Earlier in Ramadan, I wrote a post about the physical detox benefits of Ramadan. As we approach the last 10 days of Ramadan however, I want to turn our attention to the spiritual detoxification opportunity within Ramadan.
Ramadan comes once a year and with Satan shackled we have an opportunity to remove remnants of innate ills within ourselves. A friend of mine told me that a scholar was asked why there were still people doing immoral or evil activities during the month of Ramadan if Satan was shackled (Good question). The scholar responded turned the questioners attention to a cup of coffee when it stirred with a spoon. Wen the spoon is taken out the coffee still turns with the momentum of the stirring still motioning the whirling. He indicated that the stirring with the spoon can be taken as a metaphor for the whispers of Satan outside of the month of Ramadan and the continuous motion of the stir when the spoon is taken out can be taken as a metaphor for Satan shackled but the effects continuing to cause the stir of evil within us (good answer). I’m sure I could have worded the above better and maybe I have done some injustice to the scholars answer, but i’m sure you get the point.
By abstaining from all prohibitions and evil this month and pro-actively doing good and remembering Allah is in itself a spiritual edification worth pursuing. The days of Ramadan are fast coming to an end and I have read that the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to intensify his efforts of worship in these last days.
May Allah help you and me to benefit from this month and enable us to change for the better. We have the potential to do immense good in this world, and the only barrier to this is our own selves.
Ramadan is a spiritual detox removing the barriers and decay of lethargy and procrastination that builds up through daily toils and forgetfulness. Let’s not fail to take this opportunity to strengthen our connection with Allah.