In this khutba, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus focuses on one of the five most important devotions for spiritual development: cutting back on food. In today’s world, where desires are celebrated and obeyed, we need to be reminded of this profound act of devotion. Shaykh Yahya also lists the ten benefits of hunger, as mentioned by Imam al-Ghazali (may Allah have mercy on him).
As you grow older so do your responsibility and sometimes you become so busy that you forget about yourself. We all know the saying you can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first. Self-care doesn’t necessarily mean giving yourself a couple hours and relaxing by doing nothing. It could be a deed that you do in private that gives you a sense of self-gratification. Allah SWT tells us in Surat Ghafir verse 60 وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” Something as small as pouring your heart out to Allah SWT can be so therapeutic and help you destress.
In this interactive halaqah, Ustadh Wisam Sharieff reminds us about opportunities throughout our daily lives where we can focus our attention and mind towards Allah in performing the simplest acts such as making wudhu, praying, eating and other acts in order to make ourselves physical and spiritual fit.