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August 10, 2012

How Does One Soften Their Heart?

by Simple Muslimah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

*May Allah The Most High reward the dear sister who forwarded me the link to this article today, exactly at a time when I was looking for such a thing to post!*

 

As the last ten nights of Ramadan are upon us, many of us are still in shock at the speed with which Ramadan has passed.  Our goals may not yet be realized, our habits may not yet have changed, and our hearts may not yet have felt the sweetness of this beloved month. Disheartened, many of us may have already given to despair, feeling that our Ramadans have not been as fruitful as we had wished and planned.  To make things more uncomfortable, we sometimes pray in mosque where the Imam or those around us begin to cry, weeping loudly when they hear verses of the Qur’an or when the Imam makes the du`a’ (supplication) during witr. Everyone else seems to be touched by this blessed month; everyone else’s hearts seem to soak in sweetness of this faith, the tears soaking their cheeks as they beg for mercy, provision, and forgiveness.

What about me? What about you? How can we, too, be of those whose hearts are softened?
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