The Sha'ban Springboard
OK Google! Alexa!
Did you know that use of smart assistants within the home ranges from 2 to 18 commands a day?
We vividly recall one of our Hajj mentors reflecting upon communication with our Creator during prayer and outside of prayer.
He saw it as a fluid environment: one where the communication continues regardless of time of day but varies in intention and intensity.
He even jokingly suggested that you could talk to Allah during your drive to work and passersby will just assume you're on a bluetooth call.
As we called out to our digital device yesterday evening, the action reminded us that maybe we should call upon Allah similarly - ask anything - with expectation, with hope, with clarity...
A makeshift yet poignant notice on the door of Ibn Arabi's mosque complex in Damascus when we last visited back in 2008 comes to mind:
"Sever your connection with the created and establish a connection with the Creator instead."Sha'baan, the launchpad month for Ramadan, is an ideal time to recalibrate our connections.