What is "Strive to Bring Aive"

The purpose of this column is to motivate and encourage everyone to make an attempt to bring alive the very simple actions that will be presented every two weeks. Insha-Allah by making these very easy actions part of our daily lives, we will benefit from the blessings of practising on these a’amaal and they will also become a stepping stone towards doing greater actions.
As a means of encouragement to others, and also to spur us ahead, a vote counter has been attached. The idea is that for two weeks every person reading this column should make an effort to practice on the ‘amal (action) presented. At the end of the two weeks, those who have practiced upon it for at least one week or more should vote “YES.” This will Insha-Allah encourage others also to do the same.

Turning Point

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Allah Ta‘ala mentions in the Quraan Majeed, “Whoever honours the distinctive signs of (the deen of) Allah Ta‘ala, then it is from the piety of the hearts.” (Surah Hajj v32)

Respect for the symbols of deen denotes taqwa in a person’s heart. In the past there were those mothers who, when the azaan was called out, would shout out to their children saying: “Quickly switch off the haraam TV, azaan is going”. When it was Friday they would say, “Today is Jumu‘ah, no TV.” and when Ramadhaan arrived, they would announce, “Listen children, Ramadhaan has come so there will be no TV in this house.” As a result, the Shaitaan box used to be covered and put away.

Outwardly, the mother seemed to have double standards, but in reality it was only a matter of time whereby the mothers respect for azaan, jumu‘ah and Ramadhaan brought about a revolution within that home and the colours of Islam embraced that household.

Thus, we should strive to abandon all our bad habits in the blessed month of Ramadhaan. If our old habits come back into our lives after Ramadhaan each year, we should not lose hope but rather continue trying. Allah Ta‘ala in His infinite wisdom will one day make that particular Ramadhaan the turning point of our lives.