Italian marathon runner Max Calderan goes on a spectacular Ramadan journey across the desert of the Sinai Peninsula.
Al Jazeera World presents ‘Son of the desert’, an inspirational story following Italian marathon runner and desert explorer Max Calderan and his ability to survive alone in the desert without food or medical help for unusually long periods of time. His dream is to cross some of the world’s most dangerous and unexplored deserts on foot.
In 2013, Calderan realised that dream and decided to make it a spiritual journey by crossing the desert of the Sinai Peninsula. He started on the first day of Ramadan and followed in the footsteps of Moses who led the Jewish people out of Egypt towards the Promised Land according to religious text.
Calderan left Suez for the Gulf of Aqaba where he converted to Islam. He then fasted from sunrise to sunset, stopping five times a day to observe the times of Islamic prayer. Temperatures reached 45 degrees as he started his run from Oyun Musa to Nuweba, accomplishing 240km in around 72 hours.
The lesson of his spiritual journey was ‘Al Saber’, patience, or the ‘fruit of the spirit’ in adversity. Calderan came to believe that we all have an inner strength and that with strong belief we can go beyond our normal limits. He decided that if he can cross the desert in extreme summer conditions while fasting, then anyone can achieve their own goals no matter how remote they may be.
It is better to do what matters most now, than to watch all hope slip away over time.
Es mejor hacer lo que más importa ahora, que para ver toda la esperanza se escape durante la hora.
Het is beter om te doen wat het meest telt nu, dan om naar te kijken alle hoop weg te glijden in de tijd.
Il est préférable de faire ce qui importe le plus maintenant, que de regarder tout espoir filer sur l’heure.
Es ist besser, zu tun, was am wichtigsten ist jetzt, als zu beobachten, alle Hoffnung weg gleiten über die Stunde.
Det är bättre att göra det som betyder mest nu, än att titta på allt hopp glida bort över tiden.
Лучше делать то, что самое главное сейчас, чем смотреть всякую надежду ускользнуть с течением времени.
Bu zaman içinde uzak tüm umut kayma izlemek yerine, artık en önemli şey yapmak daha iyidir.
E ‘meglio fare ciò che più conta oggi, oltre a guardare tutti scivolare via la speranza nel tempo.
Hal ini lebih baik untuk melakukan apa yang paling penting sekarang, daripada menonton semua harapan menyelinap pergi dari waktu ke waktu.
You can’t fix yourself by breaking someone else.
No se puede arreglar usted mismo rompiendo otra persona.
Je kunt jezelf niet oplossen door het breken van iemand anders.
Vous ne pouvez pas résoudre vous-même en brisant quelqu’un d’autre.
Sie können nicht selbst beheben durch Brechen jemand anderes.
Dǎpò biérén nǐ bùnéng xiūfù zìjǐ.
Du kan inte fixa själv genom att bryta någon annan.
Vy ne mozhete ispravit’ sebya , lomaya kogo-to drugogo.
Başka birini kırarak kendinizi düzeltemez.
Non si può risolvere da soli rompendo qualcun altro.
Anda tidak dapat memperbaiki diri sendiri dengan melanggar orang lain.
Iman (faith) is a priceless gift from Almighty Allah. He has given it to each and every person who acknowledged him as the only one worthy of being worshiped. And it is up to us to safeguard that gift and keep it strong until we return to Allah.
Qur’an says: “Say not that you have iman, rather say that you are Muslim, for iman has not yet entered your hearts.” (49:14)
The objective of this article is to discuss some basic steps to keep your Iman strong. If you follow these instructions from top to bottom, Insha Allah you will notice a remarkable growth in your Iman.
1. Remember that Allah is always available.
There are times that you don’t feel the presence of Allah, and you think you are lonely and you have no one to let know about your struggles, but never forget that Allah is always with you; even when you feel sad or glad, He is there for you. True Iman is developed when you realize that Allah is always available.
“We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein”. (Sura 50:16)
2. Daily relationship with Allah.
Having a relationship with Allah on a daily basis is a great privilege. It’s a vital part of your spiritual life. Hence, to maintain a strong Iman you have to be in a continuous relationship with Him by spending more time in prayer and reading the Quran. Remember! Allah wants a real relationship with you, so try to spend more time with him and always be thankful for His blessings.
3. Keep in touch with a Spiritual guide.
We can understand this from our daily experiences. For example; if you want to become proficient at a particular skill, you naturally seek an experienced person to guide you. If relying upon an experienced person is necessary for these simple achievements in this world, how much more crucial it is for a strong and a firm Iman which will help us to attain success in both worlds.
4. Get involved yourself in Islamic gatherings.
Try to attend Islamic gatherings on a daily basis. This is a great way to preserve a strong Iman, because if you feel like your Iman is becoming weak and it hasn’t been as strong as it used to be, there will always be someone who will offer his support to work through your struggle.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said this regarding Islamic gatherings: “Whenever a group of people gather and remember Allah and talk about him, then they separate, It will be said to them “ Allah has forgiven your sins and replaced your bad deeds with good ones.”
5. Calling people towards Allah.
One of the most efficient ways for a strong Iman is to call people towards Allah (Da’wah). It is said that the Iman of the prophets were always on the rise because they dedicated their whole life towards Da’wah. Da’wah is an essential part of Islam, and you don’t have to wait for your Iman to be strong enough to call people towards Allah, because Da’wah itself will make your Iman Strong.
Prayer for a strong Iman:
“Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate now after you have guided us, but grant us mercy: for you are the grantor of bounties without measure” (Ala Imran, verse-8)
Do you know any other ways that would help to keep your Iman strong? Share your comments below; so that it might encourage some other Muslim, and feel free to share this article with your friends.
Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.
El perdón es un atributo de los fuertes.
Vergeving is een kenmerk van de sterken.
Le pardon est un attribut de la forte.
Verzeihen ist eine Eigenschaft des Starken.
Kuānshù shì qiángzhě de shǔxìng.
Förlåtelse är ett attribut för stark.
Proshcheniye yavlyayetsya atributom sil’nogo.
Affetmek, güçlü bir niteliktir.
Il perdono è un attributo dei forti.
Pengampunan adalah atribut dari yang kuat.
The Prophet (Salallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.” [Bukhari]
Fear your sins more than your enemies.
Teme a sus pecados más que sus enemigos.
Vreest uw zonden meer dan je vijanden.
Craignez vos péchés plus que vos ennemis.
Fürchtet euren Sünden mehr als Ihre Feinde.
Dānxīn nǐ de zuì bǐ nǐ de dírén.
Frukta dina synder mer än dina fiender.
Boytes’ svoikh grekhakh bol’she vashikh vragov.
Daha fazla düşman daha senin günahlarını korkuyorlar.
Paura vostri peccati più i vostri nemici.
Takut dosa-dosamu lebih dari musuh Anda.