O God, You are the source of all Peace and from You emanates all peace, all blessings belong to you. You are the Majestic and the Most Honourable.
This Duaa or supplication beautifully highlights the essence of my faith. Attaining inner peace and being peaceful with my external environment form the very foundation of Islam.
Ramadan Reflection: Attaining Inner Peace
It is related from the blessed Prophet that God is the source of all peace. One of His greatest attributes is “As Salam” which literally means the peace. God loves peace and he has chosen peace as his own name. He has named the path that leads to him as peace. Everything about God is… Peace.
For me the Month of Ramadan is about training myself to find that inner peace. My prayers, fasting, charity and if I am able pilgrimage are all meaningless and devoid of any real purpose without submitting to the complete peaceful way of life.
Can you imagine someone who prays five times a day and yet constantly quarrels with their loved ones or causes trouble in their neighbourhood?
Can you imagine someone who fasts yet uses abusive language, backbites and slanders?
Can you imagine someone who claims to be a Muslim and yet demonstrates perpetual anger, resentment and disdain at others and resorts to violence?
~ Ajmal Masroor
Do you sometimes feel like your insides are all churned up in anguish or that you’re having difficulties focusing on any particular task because of anxiety, stress or worry?
It is said that the main reason for stress comes from us placing our sense of peace to a constantly changing being. Our sense of peace starts to act like a yoyo going up and down every time the other person changes in their actions, their decision making or even in their moods.
To maintain peace of mind we should be careful not to make anyone but God our main focus.
If our ultimate focus is work, then it is paramount that whenever we do not perform as expected, My Inner peace starts looking for the exit and Mr. Stress shows up at the door.
If our ultimate focus is not work but family, whenever the children disobey us or go through any ordeal, we again lose our sense of peace.
The same scenario also goes for our spouse, our parents, our friends, our community and so forth.
Our inner peace becomes the slave of others and we quickly fall into despair. Our health is affected and we are no longer able to focus on important tasks. In moments like these all we crave for is some peace, but where should we look for it?
We are told in the Qur’an that the solution for inner peace is to turn to Allah and invoke Him and constantly remember Him.
“… without doubt in the remembrance (Zikr) of Allah do hearts find tranquility” (Quran 13:28)
The beauty of Islam, the ultimate submission to the one Creator, is that once you submit to Him, your main focus becomes meeting His expectations alone. Everything else becomes relative and easier to deal with. Just take the example of the righteous people mentioned in the Qur’an.