Watching my family having a whale of a time while shopping for Eid is great but there is a deep sorrow inside me. I feel content seeing their gleeful faces, but at the same time I’m down in the mouth.
I feel a throbbing sensation in my throat on realising that Ramadan will leave us soon; too soon.
Ibn Rajab al-Ḥanbalī [رحمه الله] said:
⠀ “How can a believer not shed tears at the departure of Ramaḍān, when he doesn’t even know whether he’ll be alive for its return or not?”
⠀[Lata’if al-Ma’arif, (p. 217)]
A few days ago, we all were united and were blessed to welcome Ramadan with full spirit.There was a joy in ushering the month of Ramadan. A joy that I can never forget.
Ramadan is indeed a month of mercy. I feel really grateful upon the arrival of this month. Everything about Ramadan is special.
There is actually fun in feeding the poor. Going for Taraweeh is like a feather on a hat. The unison of Muslims, irrespective of their status, colour, health and wealth, for standing up together for Allah and praying long qiyaam is so beautiful to see.
Oh how could I not mention the pangs of hunger while fasting! They remind me of how the poor would survive in various parts of the world without food.
Ramadan is not just a month. It’s a lesson for us to learn how to endure, to learn how to share and care and to realize that you’ve the ability to keep yourself away from your shortcomings and weaknesses.
Allah (The Exalted) has revealed a beautiful verse regarding Ramadan. I’m pretty sure we all know this since it is recited by Sheikh Sudais every first day of Ramadan.
It was just few days back, when I was on the table, twiddling my thumbs waiting to break my fast at Maghrib, I heard him recite the same verse. And that verse made my hair raise. It’s definitely a hair-raising verse,
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance,” (Surah Al Baqarah)
The Quran was revealed for our betterment and for guiding ourselves to the straight path. In it is a cure. A cure for a dead and dry heart that had become impassive due to neglecting our duties which we owe to our Lord.
In hindsight, it would be better for us to reap the benefits in this holy month by collecting as many good deeds as we can rather than regretting later for not doing so.
So my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, I appeal to you to make the best use of this time. Remember that for some of us this Ramadan maybe a new lease of life and for some it maybe the last they confront.
Ibn Rajab said, “this month is shortening, so increase in righteous deeds as every month will be replaced, but not Ramadaan.” (Lata’if Al Ma’arif pg 262)
I pray to Allah, that He grant us longevity so that we experience Ramadan every year with the same joy and glee, and that each year we develop ourselves further and increase our iman. Aameen
What have you taken from this blessed month?
“Slaves of Allah! The month of Ramadaan is determined to leave and there are but a few days left of it. Those of you who have done good should complete it (in goodness), and whoever has neglected it then let him end it in goodness since actions are according to their ending. So enjoy the few nights and days that are left and bid it farewell by performing good deeds which can be a witness for you with Al-Malik, Al-A’lam and see it off by parting with the most pure greeting and salaam.” (Ibn Rajab in Al-Lata’if Al-Ma’arif, pg 386)