Ramadan Reminder – The Days Are Numbered
Yes you read it right, the days remaining in this blessed month are numbered. Not only this, it may be that your days are numbered as well, Allah Knows Best. But whatever be the case, we know that we simply cannot let go of these remaining days of such a month of forgiveness and mercy. With only few days left till end of Ramadan, we need to make that one last sprint in order to finish strong and be among the winners!
What the believer should do is to make the most of special occasions and worship his Lord a great deal at those times. One of the greatest of these occasions is the month of Ramadan.
How great are the acts of worship that a Muslim does in Ramadan, which bring a great reward.
Ramadan is the month of fasting, praying at night, reading Qur’aan, remembering Allaah (dhikr), making du’a’, doing ‘umrah, giving iftar to those who are fasting, giving charity, and being kind and generous to the needy. It is the month of i’tikaaf and turning away from this world and turning to Allaah, and striving in worship.
This is the blessed month where you can go in as the most despicable devil and come out like an angel. That blessed month when you can go in as a miser and come out as the generous … that blessed month where you can be one of those hard-hearted brothers – (everybody usually gives you a smile but you don’t give anybody a smile) – and if you do it right, you’ll come out of Ramadan giving smiles to those brothers , not in the faces of the sisters but the faces of your brothers..
The virtues of Ramadan are too many to name, and too well-known to need to be mentioned here.
Every night in Ramadan Allah has those whom He ransoms from the Fire. In it the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are shut, and the devils are chained up. There are many means of forgiveness in this month, such as fasting, qiyaam al-layl and spending the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer. The one who is truly deprived is the one who is deprived of the goodness of this month, and the one who is truly a loser is the one who has not been forgiven by the end of this month.
If a person is not forgiven in Ramadan, when will he be forgiven?!
If he does not turn to Allah in Ramadan, when will he turn to Him?!
Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “May his nose be rubbed in the dust, a man for whom Ramadan comes and then goes before he is forgiven.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3545; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
If he does not make the most of his time and fill it with worship of Allah in this month, when will he do that?!
With the coming up of Ramadan and almost 2/3 rd of it passing away, many of us have involved ourselves in various Ibadat such as prayers, Quran recitation, and so on. However, more than just “busying yourself” with various Ibadat, you need to actively engage your heart to make your ibadah more meaningful. It’s no secret that a normal day’s schedule in Ramadan fills up faster than on the usual days. The worldly demands of our time along with an increase in religious activities can pack one’s day’s schedule more than on other days.
However, when faced with such packed schedules and as we move from one activity to the other, we tend to merely focus on seeing those activities to completion rather than engaging more intently in those acts of worship. When we do so, we leave the spirituality out of those acts of worship and merely exercise empty rituals. As the prophet said, “Some who fast obtain nothing from it but hunger and thirst.”
The spirit of the month of Ramadan is not alien to most Muslims. However, many of us erroneously engage in practices that tend to dilute the spirit of the blessed month thus preventing us from capitalizing on the month’s blessings. For example, many make Ramadan the focal point of social events rather than focusing on the worship and Ibadah. Others know Ramadan because of the opportunity to feast on a variety of meals and excessively indulging in eating and drinking. There are others who tend to get lax about the obligatory prayers (e.g. Fajr) for the sake of optional prayers such as Taraweeh and other optional Ibadahs.
Let’s remind ourselves that such practices can divert our focus thus chipping away at our spiritual energies robbing us in turn of the maximum rewards that we could potentially attain in this month. Let’s remind ourselves that since such practices were never the focus of the prophet, the sahaba, or any of their pious followers, they shouldn’t be ours either.
Let’s, therefore, ensure that all our acts of Ibadah during these remaining days of Ramadan are purposeful, absorbing, given due time, and engage our hearts to the fullest. It would indeed be a big loss if we merely earned hunger, thirst, and sleeplessness from our actions at the end of the month!
We need to worry about our status in the Aakhirah, in the Hereafter and not of this Dunya. We need to wake up from our sleep. Wake up Oh Sleepy one. !! Our slumber has been too long. You got to wake up, and get within the caravan of Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam), Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq, Umar al-Khattab, Uthman ibn Affan, Ali ibn Abi Talib (radhiallahu anhum ajmayeen) – you have to get with it. How long are we going to stay sick? How long are we going to be unsettled? How long are we going to have our problems?
With Ramadan offering a unique opportunity to earn Allah’s pleasure, what more can you ask for and what could be said about you if you didn’t make use of this opportunity? Remember that many who were with us during last year’s Ramadan didn’t live long enough to see this year’s Ramadan. As none of us knows if we would live to see next year’s Ramadan, why not make the most of it now before it is too late? Ensure that you capture as many moments of this month as you can because every moment does count.
We should realize that hasanat (rewards) and sins are the basic currencies that will decide our fate in this life and the hereafter. The tilt of the scale that will weigh our rewards and sins on the Day of Judgment will determine our final abode. A change of attitude about this simple principle alone can go a long way in propelling our behaviors in the right direction.
Let’s, therefore, direct all our efforts to earn as many hasanat as possible and to stay away from sins. Ramadan provides us a chance of multiplied hasanat but the multiplication is all tied to the sincerity of our worships and the intensity with which we are eager to earn those rewards and erase our sins.
Finally, during this Ramadan, as you plead your case to Allah to forgive your sins and to fulfill your needs, don’t forget the millions of needy Muslims around the world who are in states of distress far worse than any of us can imagine. Thousands of them die of hunger and thirst daily, while others lack the basic amenities of life, and don’t have even the least of the opportunities that many of us are blessed with. As Ramadan provides us the promise of Allah’s increased mercy, let’s plead their case also to Him.
Let this Ramadan be the one where you come out of it better, come out of it committed, come out of it devoted, come out as Al-Muttaqun, you come out of it with your head held high. You are from the Ummah of the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and don’t you forget it!!
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