This is the time to take advantage
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Do good all the time, and seek to be recipients of the ‘outpouring’ of Allah’s mercy. Indeed, Allah showers down these (special) ‘outpourings’ of His mercy to whomsoever He wills from His slaves.” (Tabrani)
Allah’s mercy is constant throughout the entire year. But there are special periods and times in which Allah is even more generous to me and you, in which one can achieve his proximity, gain his pleasure, earn his forgiveness and be blessed with Jannah and be saved from the fire of hell.
This is the special period, this entire month of Ramadan is filled with the extreme generosity, forgiveness and love of Allah.
I pray to the Almighty Allah that he blesses the entire ummah with his forgiveness, Ameen. But, before continuing it is time to self reflect and evaluate how this special time of Ramadan has been spent.
Let us all self reflect and contemplate over the past 20 days of this blessed month of Ramadan. We must all ask ourselves “have I fulfilled the rights of the nights and the days of Ramadhan? Have I reaped as much reward as possible? Have I made changes, new resolutions and intentions to make my spiritual life better?” You may have made mistakes and lacked in your journey but do not despair.
All is not lost
We may be feeling a sense of regret that Ramadan is passing by and we have not taken advantage this month. Some of us may also be feeling “it’s too late now.”
Do not lose hope in the mercy of the Almighty Allah, all is not lost and I would like to remind you that this feeling of regret and remorse is most definitely a strong sign of our Imaan.
Embrace this feeling of regret and let us do something that will boost our Imaan and change our lives for the better. Mistakes may have occurred along the way but it is never too late.
Grab this opportunity and make it special
Ten days and ten nights, the clock is ticking. Grab this opportunity and take each day as it comes making them better than the last. These are the special nights in which one will be rewarded with a thousand months of worship.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “When it is the first night of the month of Ramadan, the devils and the rebellious jinn are tied up; the doors of Hell-fire are closed, and none of its doors are opened. The doors of Paradise are opened, and none of its doors are closed. A caller calls out: ‘O seeker of good, come forward! O seeker of evil, stop!’ And every night, Allah frees slaves from the Hell-fire.” (Tirmidhi)
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Seek out Laylat Al- Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten (days) of Ramadan.” (Bukhari)
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “indeed there are more Angels on the earth on that night (Laylat Al-Qadr) than the number of pebbles (on the earth).” (Ibn Khuzaymah)
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever stands in prayer at night in the night of decree (Laylat Al-Qadr) with Imaan and hoping for reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)
Do little but be consistent
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.” (Ibn Majah)
The messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The most beloved of deeds to Allah are those that are most consistent, even if it is small.” (Bukhari)
We must always seek the help of the Almighty Allah and make dua to him to bless us with the strength and the willpower to worship him and gain his proximity and closeness.
Along with dua, we must also take action and devise a timetable for ourselves for the remaining 10 nights of this blessed month of Ramadan. Insha Allah with the help of the Almighty Allah you WILL be able to complete your targets for the last 10 days with ease.
Below is a suggested timetable:
- Perform all 5 salah on time with jamaat
- Recite one Juz (if not one Juz any amount regularly)
- Give charity e.g. £1 Sadaqah
- Istigfaar and Durood Shareef (x100)
- Perform 2 rakaats of Nafil Salah/Tahajjud
- Educate yourself by reading 1 Hadeeth a day
- Fix a specific time just for dua (me time with Allah)
Before the month of Ramadan comes to an end we must all seek the forgiveness of Allah. Hence, I would like to advise everyone to learn the following dua and turn to the Almighty Allah in abundance with this dua
اَللّٰهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ كَرِيمٌ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّى
O Allah, You are the Ever-Pardoning, the Generous; You love to pardon so pardon me. (Tirmidhi)
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “…May his nose be soiled in dust! (i.e. may he be humiliated) – the man upon whom Ramadan enters, and then ends before he is forgiven!” (Tirmidhi)
Spend these last ten days as though they are the final ten days of your life, make it such that Eid day is the day you meet your Lord.
Mawlana Shoayb ibn Mooseji Seedat, Blackburn
20th Ramadhan 1444