Intentions for Ramadan

7 holy intentions by Habib Ali al Jifri

  1. We intend to fast all the days of this month, beginning from the first night of its inception, and intend to renew this intention every day before sunrise (fajr).
  2. We intend: to expose ourselves to Allah’s subtle spiritual breezes (nafahat); a sincere repentance, by having regret for what may have transpired from us, leaving sinful and disliked actions, and having resolve to never return to them; to return people’s rights or dues and if unable, then seek their pardon: to persist in renewing one’s repentance after every sin.
  3. We intend to recite the Quran in a sate of majesty and exaltation toward its words, and attain an opening in it from Allah.
  4. We intend to call to Allah through good behaviour and virtuous character, particularly when quarrels and arguments might take place during the fast.
  5. We intend from the beginning that it be a month of nearness to Allah through mastering our works and actions.
  6. We intend to spend the nights of this month in righteous works and take benefit from the Night of Immense Worth (Laylat-al Qadr).
  7. We intend to rectify the state of our hearts so they be better after Ramadan than they were before it. We intend to remain in a continuous state of upward spiritual ascent until our meeting with Allah is that of those who are loved.

What are some of your intentions? Tell me in the comments!



“As the wind blows and the river flows, let us let it go”
Life lessons by Sheikha Maryam

Just as the wind blows and the river flows, may we learn to let go, to surrender to the powerful movement of Allah/God’s grace and the mercy, and the light, and the love.

May we reinforce the determination to be conscious travellers and surrender as we go.
Let go as we go on this holy journey.

We are swimmers in the ocean, we drowning in the ocean and uplifted by this Ocean and carried along by it. We must never forget we are not in charge of our life-story but we are discovering “what is the meaning of it all, for what purpose?” To love, worship and praise Him collectively. How do we do this? by His Grace (fadl).

The collective is one in which the sounds of praise are like the currents of the river, they’re continuous ~ in continuous praise. We were sent here to sort out that which is unreal from that beautiful Reality: God’s created universe celebrating His praise.

I encourage us: to develop discernment, to discern, to cut away the false images of crisis, trauma, pain and doubt; let them flow to the other shore; let us live in the present moment of Allah/God’s wonderful love for all; let us be one of those who are conscious of receiving it and giving it

All are One in the Grace of God; All are united. The world has seemed to overlook the possibility to unite in the light

Every one, welcome :)

On the way to that great assembly, we have to leave our burdens behind, that unhealed trauma, now its time to let it be healed, let go of what has been tormenting us individually and collectively. Let it go. Let us rise up and eternally celebrate the grace that God has created us for and of.

Unite in his light; unite in his love; unite in his presence

This is an invitation for us: be warm amidst a cold world; to be well in the midst a traumatized universe; to transform what looks like trauma into healing: the healing modality of worship and God/Allah has provided us with all the shifaa (healing). He is sending down the warmth from the sky. May our hearts be warm though illumination, though perceiving God’s grace and through sharing it, heart to heart to heart, going beyond all boundaries: ethnic, colour, national and even religious to the point where the unity is so profound and resuscitating to all the brokenness of being separated. Separation has caused us to be in an anguish of isolation. Now the invitation is coming: 

Reunite in the light, reunite in joy of true worship, reunite in service all together, love one another for the sake of God

As a community comes together, every being has a great gift to give and the collective is that which empowers us; each one of us has so many gifts to give and so many gifts to receive: each one of us needs to turn back to the Source of wellbeing, the Source of true illuminated guidance and ask the Deepest questions to our souls: why have you assembled us, why have created us, to do what, how can we manifest the true purpose for which you created us.

Surely with difficulty comes ease (Quran 94:5)

Remember this, as the challenges come like the waves crashing on our shore one after the next: God is the ruler and master of the plan, let us remember not to take this seriously. Don’t cling to the challenge but just accept it as a doorway leading to a much greater reality.

The Good Eye

Pir Aftab came to visit us in London. A spiritual master of a Naqshabandi Sufi order from Pakistan, he was sweet and cherubic with a thick black beard and turban. My heart was in a state of contraction. I sat in the back of the gathering, head lowered. He gave a discourse. I was too distracted with my own self-concerns to listen. My chest was constricted, my eyes burned. I looked up. For one split second, he looked me straight in the eye and smiled. His eye sparked with light. The light hit my heart. My eyes cooled. Peace descended over me. In an instant a crushing weight lifted from me in a single, fleeting glance. – Michael Sugich (excerpt from Signs on the Horizons).

People speak of the evil eye
but they overlook the good eye.
The good eye exists.
Just as the one possessed of the evil eye
can cause illness with a glance,
the one possessed of the good eye
can heal with a glance.

– Habib Ahmed Mashhur al Haddad

In the Islamic tradition, the evil eye, Isabat al-’ayn, is a common belief that individuals have the power to look at people, animals or objects to cause them harm. It is tradition among Muslims that if a compliment is to be made one should courteously say “Ma sha Allah” (ما شاء الله‎) (“God has willed it.”) and also “Tabarakallah” (تبارك الله‎) (“Blessings of God”) to ward off the evil eye and to recognize the source and protector of that blessing. Many Muslim devote the blessed times after Fajr and Maghreb to recite Quran chapters such as: Sura Ikhlas, Sura Al-Falaq and Sura Al-Nas 3 times each as a means of personal protection against the evil eye. There are many prophetic invocations that act as a shield to protect from the Evil Eye. Some Muslims employ charms such as the Hamsa—known as the Hand of Fatima in Islam—or the Nazar as a means to ward off the Evil Eye. There is a Sheikh named Ahmadou Bamba Founder of Muridism in Senegal, who wrote a Qassida (poem of prayers and dua) called “As Sindidi” (“The Generous Chief”), on which He praises God and seeks refuge in Him from the evil eye: “Be He, who will protect me against the evil of the Jealous, the mischief of the evil whisperer, from the mischief of the envier when he envies. O Allah! Be my refuge against the evil of the magic, against the evil of the Jinn, and other venomous creatures. O Allah!” (in Arabic transcript).

In a world full of envious evil eyes, be a charitable good eye that heals, that sparkles & smiles and reminds people of God with but a glance. Let’s look at people, let’s look at animals, let’s look at insects, let’s look at everything with love.

Handmade Hamsa


The Sun

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.”

– John Muir