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10 Ritual of Radiant Life

1. RITUAL OF SOLITUDE – (MOMENT OF SILENT)

  • Moment of silent to Solitude and quiet connects you to your creative source and releases the limitless intelligence of the Universe.
  • Maybe this is the reason why Islam recommend Muslim to stand in night prayer in the last 3rd of the night, when the night is dark, and people are sleeping, to relieve yourself of your worries and prepare for the next day.
  • Maybe this is the reason why most Muslim scholar belief that night prayer would not only make your closer to God, but also happier.

2. RITUAL OF PHYSICALITY (POWER OF PHYSICAL CARE)

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  • The Ritual of Physicality is based on the principle that says as you care for the body so you care for the mind. As you prepare your body, so you prepare your mind. As you train your body, so you train your mind. Take some time every single day to nourish the temple of your body through vigorous exercise. Get
    your blood circulating and your body moving. Did you know that there are 168 hours in a week? At least five of those hours should be invested in some form of physical activity.
  • ‘To breathe properly is to live properly.'”
  • How to breathe properly ? Your belly should move out slightly. This indicates that you are breathing from the abdomen, which is good. A trick taught to me was to cup my hands over my stomach. If they moved out as I inhaled, my breathing technique was proper.

3. THE RITUAL OF LIVE NOURISHMENT

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  • A poor diet has a pronounced effect on your life. It drains your mental and physical energy. It affects your moods and it hampers the clarity of your mind.
  • ‘As you nourish your body, so you nourish your mind.'”
  • So what to eat? Live food. Live foods are the answer. Live foods are foods that are not dead. Basically, live foods are those which are created through the
    natural interaction of the sun, air, soil and water. What I’m talking about here is a vegetarian diet. Fill your plate with fresh vegetables, fruits and grains and you might just live forever.
  • What does Islam said about that. It remind me of a speach from Hamza Yusuf on eating meat (from the audio tape “The Science of Shari’ah” ):

    “Meat is not a necessity in Shari’ah, and in the old days most Muslims used to eat meat, if they were wealthy, like middle class—once a week on Friday. If they were poor—on the Eids.”

    “So traditionally Muslims were semi-vegetarians. The Prophet was, I mean, technically, the Prophet (SAWS) was in that category. He was not a meat-eater. Most of his meals did not have meat in them. And the proof of that is clearly in the Muwatta—when Sayyidina Umar says, ‘Beware of meat, because it has an addiction like the addiction of wine.’ And the other hadith in the Muwatta—there is a chapter called ‘Bab al-Laham,’ the chapter of laham, the chapter of meat. Both are from Sayyidina Umar. And Umar, during his khilafa, prohibited people from eating meat two days in a row. He only allowed them to eat [it] every other day. And the khalifa has that right to do that. He did not let people eat meat every day � he saw one man eating meat every day, and he said to him, ‘Every time you get hungry you go out and buy meat? Right? In other words, every time your nafs wants meat, you go out and buy it?’ He said, ‘Yeah, Amir al-Mumineen, ana qaram,’ which in Arabic, ‘qaram’ means ‘I love meat’—he’s a carnivore, he loves meat. And Sayyidina Umar said, ‘It would be better for you to roll up your tummy a little bit so that other people can eat.’”

    “Now Umar, if there was a prophet after the Prophet, it would have been Umar. And that is really verging on prophecy, that statement. Because if you study the modern meat industry, you will find out that a lot of the famine in the world is a direct result of the over-consumption of meat in countries like the United States and Canada and Europe, because the amount of grain needed to produce 1 pound of meat, right, is much greater than the amount you need to produce grain itself. And beef in particular—I really recommend Rifkin’s book Beyond Beef. It’s an extraordinary book. And it’s interesting ‘Baqara’ is also a chapter of the Qur’an (‘kill the cow’), because beef-eating societies just have massive impact on the environment, on natural resources, on all these things. And traditionally the Muslims were not cow-eaters, they were sheep and lamb [-eaters] when they did eat meat.”

     

4. THE RITUAL OF ABUNDANT KNOWLEDGE

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  • It centers around the whole notion of lifelong learning and expanding your knowledge base for the good of yourself and all those around you .
  • However, knowledge is only potential power. For the power to be manifested, it must be applied. Most people know what they should do in any given situation, or in their lives for that matter. The problem is that they don’t take daily, consistent action to apply the knowledge and realize their dreams.
  • The Ritual of Abundant Knowledge is all about becoming a student of life. Even more importantly, it requires that you use what you have learned in the classroom of your existence.
  • Get my priorities straight? Try not to live your life bound by the shackles of your schedule. Instead, focus on those things that your conscience and your heart tell you to do. When you invest in yourself and start to devote yourself to raising your mind, body and character to their highest levels, you will almost feel as if you have a personal navigator inside you, telling you which things you must do to see the greatest and most rewarding results. You will stop worrying about your clock and start living your life.
  • Read regularly. Reading for thirty minutes a day will do wonders for you. But I must caution you. Do not read just anything. You must be very selective about what you put into the lush garden of your mind. It must be immensely nourishing.  Make it something that will improve both you and the quality of
    your life.

You are what you EAT & You are what you READ.

-Ahmed Deedat

    1. I would never tell you not to read as many books as you can. But remember, some books are meant to be tasted, some books are meant to be chewed and,
      finally, some books are meant to be swallowed whole. Which brings me to another point. I simply want to tell you that to truly get the best out of a great book, you must study it, not just read it.
    2. Thirty minutes a day will make a delightful difference in your life because you will quickly start to see the vast reserves of knowledge available for your use. Every answer to every problem you have ever faced is in print.
    3. All the mistakes you will ever make in your life have already been made by those that have walked before you. Do you really think that the challenges you are facing are unique to you?

5. RITUAL OF PERSONAL REFLECTION

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  • By taking the time to get to know yourself, you will connect to a dimension of your being that you never knew you had.
  • It’s actually a very practical concept. You see, we all have many sleeping talents inside of us. By taking the time to get to know them, we kindle them. However, silent contemplation will deliver even more than this. This practice will make you stronger, more at ease with yourself and wiser. It is a very rewarding use of your mind.
  • Remember, there is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Mistakes are part of life and essential for growth. It’s like that saying, ‘Happiness comes through good judgment, good judgment comes through experience, and experience comes through bad judgment.’ But there is something very wrong with making the same mistakes over and over again, day in and day out. This shows a complete lack of self-awareness, the very quality that separates humans from animals.

6. RITUAL OF EARLY AWAKENING.

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  • One of the best pieces of advice I learned was to rise with the sun and to start the day off well. Most of us sleep far more than we need to. The average person can get by on six hours — and remain perfectly healthy and alert.
    Sleep is really nothing more than a habit and like any other habit, you can train yourself to achieve the result you want; sleeping less in this case.
  • For the first few days, you will feel very tired. I’ll freely admit this. You might even feel this way for the first week of getting up nice and early. Please see this as a small measure of short-term pain for a large measure of long-term gain. You will always feel a little discomfort when you are installing a new habit. It’s sort of like breaking in a new pair of shoes — at first it’s a little hard to wear them but soon they fit like a glove. As I told you earlier, pain is often the precursor to personal growth. Don’t dread it Instead, embrace it.”
  • Here are a couple of quick tips. First, never forget that it is the quality and not the quantity of sleep that is important. It is better to have six hours of uninterrupted deep sleep than even ten hours of disturbed sleep. The whole idea is to provide your body with rest so that its natural processes can repair and restore your physical dimension to its natural state of health, a state that is diminished through the stresses and struggles of daily use.
  • The ten-minute period before you sleep and the ten-minute period after you wake up are profoundly influential on your subconscious mind. Only the most inspiring and serene thoughts should be programmed into your mind at those times.

7. RITUAL OF MUSIC

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  • And i don’t mean heavy metal or rock music. But music that give your heart joy and soothing. For Muslim, i would recommend listening to the holy Qur’an, since it has soothing effect for the soul.

8. RITUAL OF SPOKEN WORDS

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  • The sages had a series of mantras which they would recite morning, noon and night. They told me that this practice was immensely effective in keeping them focused, strong and happy.
  • For Muslim, I would recommend to recite the collection of prayers and verses of the Qur’an from Al-Mathurat as compiled by As Syahid Imam Hassan Al Banna based on authentic narration of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W.

9. RITUAL OF A CONGRUENT CHARACTER.

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  • Simply stated, this ritual requires you to take daily, incremental action to build your character. Or simple Kaizen, a daily step of self-mastery and improvement.

The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. said: “He whose two days are equal, is a loser.”

    • Strengthening your character affects the way you see yourself and the actions you take. The actions you take come together to form your habits and, this is
      important, your habits lead you to your destiny.

You sow a thought, you reap an action. Reap an action, you sow a habit. Sow
a habit, you reap a character. Sow a character, you reap your destiny.'”

10. RITUAL OF SIMPLICITY (requires you to live a simple life)

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Unless you reduce your needs, you will never be fulfilled. You will always be like that gambler in Las Vegas, staying at the roulette wheel for ‘just one more spin’ in
the hope that your lucky number will come up. You will always want more than you have. How can you ever be happy?”

 

 

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