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Enhancing Your 3Ps this Ramadan

We often hear that ๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฏ๐ข๐ซ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ž and it is a trait that is built over many years complemented by the acts of ๐ฉ๐ซ๐š๐ฒ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ, ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž, and ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž thoughts.

As Muslims, Prophet Muhammad SAW is the best example of how we can become progressive Muslims - by practicing these traits mentioned above. Our Messenger was not free from tribulations and struggled with different challenges in his life. This include losing his parents when he was a child, seeing his beloved wife and children passed on, and facing rebellion from his people when he was spreading Islam. Despite all these, he was patient in his tests; he persevered to achieve what Allah SWT had ordered him to do; and remained positive despite the pain he had to endure.

The month of Ramadan is, therefore, a good starting point for us to reflect on ways to bring balance to our physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual quotients. On top of our daily zikir, we can strive to be a successful Muslim loved by Allah SWT by enhancing our patience; persevere in our endeavours and be optimistic Muslims who will benefit and earn the rewards from Him in this world and hereafter.

The Three Ps - Patience, Perseverance and Positivity

1. Patience (Sabar) โ€“ Patience is seen as a ๐ง๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ญ in the eyes of Allah SWT and those who accepts the challenges with a steadfast faith will be rewarded abundantly. As a Muslim, there are many instances where our patience is tested. Always find out the triggers and avoid them as much as possible. Learn to hold back our tongues from saying things or actions that may hurt and offend others or break ties and bonds between people. Allah has said that in the Quran.

When we realise that ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐š๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐€๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ก SWT, we will acknowledge that there is a reason behind everything that happens. ๐’๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐€๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ก ๐’๐–๐“ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ. In essence, patience is a virtue, and especially so when you learn to do this in Ramadan, it will enable you to uncover one of the worthy values you will carry for the rest of your life.

2. Persevere โ€“ In Islam, ๐ฌ๐š๐›๐š๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ฎ๐ค๐ฎ๐ซ are two ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž. Everything that thrives in this world is based on consistent effort and persistence. Even the grass that grows on the ground is based on the combined efforts of the sun, water and wind. For Muslims who believe in Allah SWT, he will know that he will be tested regardless of their race, language or status. There will be situations where we cannot control what has happened or will happen. Allah SWT has promised in Surah Al Insyirah, which Allah SW revealed to Prophet SAW as a consolation to ease his unease and discomfort. In verses 4 and 5, Allah SWT said :

ููŽุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ู…ูŽุนูŽ ุงู„ู’ุนูุณู’ุฑู ูŠูุณู’ุฑู‹ุง.

ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ู…ูŽุนูŽ ุงู„ู’ุนูุณู’ุฑู ูŠูุณู’ุฑู‹ุง (4) Surely with difficulty is ease. (5)With difficulty is surely ease

This verse serves as a message of hope and encouragement for us when we face hardships and persevere in what we do. The verse also reminds us to always remember Allah SWT in times of distress for his help. Just like patience, perseverance is an integral part of our faith. If we are oppressed, we can ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐’๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ก ๐€๐ฅ ๐€๐ฌ๐ซโ€™ ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ.


ุฅูู†ู‘ูŽ ุงู„ู’ุฅูู†ู’ุณูŽุงู†ูŽ ู„ูŽูููŠ ุฎูุณู’ุฑู.

ุฅูู„ู‘ูŽุง ุงู„ู‘ูŽุฐููŠู†ูŽ ุขู…ูŽู†ููˆุง ูˆูŽุนูŽู…ูู„ููˆุง ุงู„ุตู‘ูŽุงู„ูุญูŽุงุชู ูˆูŽุชูŽูˆูŽุงุตูŽูˆู’ุง ุจูุงู„ู’ุญูŽู‚ู‘ู ูˆูŽุชูŽูˆูŽุงุตูŽูˆู’ุง ุจูุงู„ุตู‘ูŽุจู’ุฑู.

By (the Token of) Time (through the ages), Verily Man is in loss. Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.

3. Positivity โ€“ In Islam, being positive means having ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ง๐ฎ๐ณ๐จ๐ง on the things that happens in our lives. This include in our relationships with our brothers and sisters. In addition, having an optimistic view on what has been laid for us by Allah SWT is a virtue of a successful Muslim. Among some good habits to instill positivity in us to ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง-๐ฐ๐ข๐ง ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง in any situation, ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ that Allah will bestow from the incidents, ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ง ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ as much as possible and ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ in any situation.

Make this Ramadan as a turning point in your life by reviewing and adjusting your intentions behind every act that you do. Being grateful for what you have is another step to achieving positivity in your lives. Always adjust your intention and attempt to please Allah through your daily actions and remain positive despite the hurdles that come your way.

Starting the habit of becoming a successful Muslim do take time. However, Allah SWT loves His servants who strives to make a change for the better. Let's make it a point to review and assess how we can be better. Learn to identify and recognise what worked and doing more of it.

May these tips help you enhance and improve your three Ps and make you a better individual this Ramadan and in months to come. Don't forget to share this blog with your friends and family, and may we all get the same blessings and barakah from the knowledge.


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Azhari Alwie
Azhari Alwie
Apr 16, 2022

Islam is a wonderful religion! With Patience, there is Hikmah. With Perseverance, there is Reward. With Positivity, there is Peace. Thank you for these reminders. Half-way through Ramadan, and we are still going strong. Alhamdulillah! And may ALLAH protect those that needs protection! Ameen!

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