Ramadan Day 1: The Much Needed Break

Welcoming the beautiful month of mercy, Sayed M. Baqer Al-Qazwini talks about the need for a break in our lives and how it helps us move forward and progress, plus an exciting plan to shed bad habits!

Bismillah, ar-Rahman ar-Rahim. Allahumma salli ala Muhammad wa aali Muhammad. One of the greatest gifts of the almighty Allah is the holy month of Ramadan. This month of spirituality. This month has so many beautiful dimensions, but one of the most beautiful aspects of the month of Ramadan is that it gives us an amazing break.

We all need a break. Don't you need a vacation? Many times when you are stressed, you are working hard, you are experiencing difficulties in your life, you long for a vacation. Why is a vacation so refreshing? You come back, you feel energized. Now we are talking about a halal vacation of course! The reason is because it gives you a break from your daily routine. Our daily routine sometimes burdens us. It makes us tired. It fatigues us. We need a break from that to recalibrate, and to refocus, and to re-energize.

The month of Ramadan gives us that amazing opportunity to break from our normal schedule, from our daily habits. We change our schedule in the month of Ramadan. We focus on the holy Qur'an. We focus on spirituality. We control our desires. We are mindful of our thoughts, of our words, of our actions. We get together with our communities. We establish better ties with our kinship, the holy month of Ramadan gives you that amazing opportunity. Even your sleeping schedule changes! That's healthy. We all need a break. And the month of Ramadan gives us an opportunity to get rid of bad habits and develop positive, good habits.

We have a number of narrations that indicate if we maintain good habits for forty days, if we remain sincere to the almighty God for forty days, Allah, Subhanah wa Ta'ala, will cause the springs of wisdom to flow from our heart out our tongue.

If you can manage to develop a good habit for forty days, it becomes second nature. Let's say I am not a generous person. For forty days, I can pretend to be generous. I am not generous inside. I struggle with giving. But forty days, I pretend that I am generous. Forty days, I pretend I am not angry if I am a hot-tempered person. If you do that for forty days, you will develop the power to have a good habit. You will become generous! You will manage your anger.

If I have bad habits in my life, if I keep away from them for forty days, that becomes second nature. The month of Ramadan gives you that opportunity for thirty days. Change your lifestyle, change your schedule, break free from your daily routine, increase your dose of spirituality, your dose of quality family time, your dose of quality Qur'an time. Develop positive habits, and then when the Eid comes, just add ten more days.

When you have these forty days, you will change your life. The holy month of Ramadan gives us that amazing opportunity.