I’m writing this with a heavy heart knowing that Ramadān came and it’s also leaving us very quickly. I haven’t had the chance to honour this guest as I should have, I haven’t respected this guest like I should have, I haven’t done justice to this beautiful guest in a manner that it deserves. The worse part is, I don’t know if I’ll see this guest again… and the thought of that scares me half to death.
My brothers and sisters, Allāh truly blessed this ummah with Ramadān and I just wish we all understood this point: Ramadān is a blessing.
Allāh blessed this month in a way that cannot be compared to any other blessing; and thats because in this month we’re able to reach the heights of piety and righteousness we can’t in any other month. In this month of Ramadān, Allāh blessed this entire ummah with the opportunity to easily taste the sweetness of emān if we wish to do so, because in this month of Ramadān we’re able to easily do righteous actions that bring the tranquility, peace, and pleasure from Allāh; we’re able to wake up for tahajjud with ease; we’re able to make time to go to the masjid for Fajr, we’re able to stand in taraweeh for hours, we’re able to give in charity, we’re able to hold back our tongues, we’re able to be conscious of Allāh in our dealings, we’re able to witness an ummah come alive, we’re able to hug and embrace our brothers and sisters, we’re able to break fast with our communities… we’re able to be true Muslims.
The reality is after Ramadān, we go back to our lives, our routines, never really maintaining the peak we attained in this month. We go back to the grind of life which leads us away from those actions which bring about that pleasure and sweetness of emān; and to be honest, it sucks. It sucks knowing that in 20 days I won’t have that easy fountain of emān to drink from… Ya Allāh…
My brothers and sisters, these next 20 days are the entirety of our lives. You and I have no idea if we’ll witness another Ramadān and therefore we need to live every day in this month as if it’s our last. We need to make the most of it as if this is that last drink of water we’ll ever drink, like the last morsel of food we’ll eat, like the last prostration we’ll ever make to Allāh. The gates are wide open, the devils are locked up and the fountain of emān is bursting for the taking. Please, let your soul go wild on this special all-you-can emān buffet! Don’t worry, it won’t ruin your physique in any way, rather only enhance it. However, if you chose to deprive yourself given all of this, I ask Allāh to open your heart because only a heart that is locked and dead would deprive itself of Allāh’s blessings.
Recall the statements of the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasalam in which he said:
“Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven”
“…And may a man upon whom Ramadan enters and then passes and his sins are not forgiven, be humiliated.”
The blessedness of this month will leave us but the least we can do is take advantage of the time we have. May Allāh give us the opportunity to make the most of these next 20 days left of Ramadān and allow us to live with the teachings and enthusiasm of Ramadān until we meet our graves. Ameen.
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