The spirit, just like the earth, enters into its own springtime. As the chill of winter fades and the warmth of summer slowly blankets nature, we mirror inside of ourselves a similar change. Flowers start to grow, and in us hope begins to blossom. We spring into the season and into the springtime of faith.
The cycle of the seasons mimic the cycle of ease and hardship. We feel saddened when the leaves of the tree fall away, losing sight of the fact that the tree itself continues to grow. Just as the tree must shed its leaves, we too must renew the fabric of faith in our hearts. We must not lose sight of the fact that renewal sometimes comes with a temporary loss for a greater gain. The leaves disappear for a while, but the tree itself continues to flourish.
The most striking examples of nature are when we are witness to a begetting or bringing forth. The blooming of the blossom, the fluttering of a butterfly from its cocoon, the explosion of greenery just as the snow begins to melt, the turning between day to night and night to day. We witness a crossing – a threshold occasion, when nature embraces change and redefines its beauty. In front of our eyes, we see the unfolding of a world seemingly out of itself. For Allāh decreed and commanded it to be and so it became.
The ending of Ramaḍān marks a new beginning. Ramaḍān serves as a threshold occasion year over year for the believer, offering its bountiful virtues and toning the harmony of our hearts. A month spent in fasting, prayer, the recitation of the Qurʾān, charity and other acts of worship leaves us renewed in our faith. One of the most powerful experiences of the month, is that through our good deeds – through du’a – we become witnesses to change, to begettings unknown to us prior. Changes we never even imagined could be possible.
And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.
The Cow, Verse 186
This particular verse of the Qurʾān follows the verses of fasting. Allāh directs our attention towards making du’a. “I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me.” When we look towards the conditions through which people’s supplications receive a response the supplicant either called with a desperate need and focus directed towards Allāh. Or the supplicant made du’a at the time of answering and so it led to their prayer being responded to. Or the supplicant did a good deed in the past for which Allah rewarded them through answering their prayer.
The month of Ramaḍān is a time in which plenty of good deeds have been planted. Like the seeds planted into the earth during spring, that later on appear as a variety of fruits and flowers. The harvest of our good deeds – of our du’a – we shall see both quickly and slowly brought forth. The hollow hands that we raise are meant to be filled. Just like the empty earth that is filled with plants and fruits after the arrival of spring. All provided for through Our Lord’s generosity and mercy.
The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah is conscientious and generous. He would be shy, when a man raises his hands to Him, to turn them away empty and disappointed.”
Sunan al-Tirmidhi 3556
So when springtime comes and a season of goodness departs, raise your hands in asking towards Allah, to renew and grow more beautiful and resplendent the spring of faith in your heart. And see again that springtime is beautiful for everyone.