Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Keep yourself busy in remembering your faults so that you have no time left to remember the faults of others.
(Sufyan Thauri ra)
As we enter this blessed month of mercy, I give this advice to myself first, and to you all:
Don't let this Ramadan be just a holiday of rituals. Don't finish reading the Quran without it transforming you. Don't feed your body at Suhoor but starve your heart of Qiyaam. Don't reduce this downpour of mercy to just a month of sweets and lavish Iftars. Seek Him, you will find. Take a sincere step towards change, transformation, redemption. If you do, you will find Him in front of you. Find Him this month. He's been there all along - closer than your jugular vein. Look, and you'll find. Walk and you'll arrive.
Speak the truth even if you see your ruin or death in it, for surely, salvation and life lie alone in truth, and avoid falsehood even if it may hold out to you the promise of success and salvation, for at the end of falsehood, there is nothing but failure and frustration.
Not a day goes past without remembering the pain and separation but life goes on. People are forgotten and memories lost. We must train ourselves to have the courage to take the next step of life.
Have a blessed week and a blessed start to Ramadan, inshallah!