27 Jun If The Last 10 Days of Ramadan Could Speak…
Past the halfway mark of this beautiful month and on the brink of entering its last ten days, there is not much time we have left with beloved Ramadan. Just like what the Prophet (SAW) said of Mount Uhud in Madinah,
“This is a mountain that loves us and is loved by us.” (Bukhari)
Would Ramadan be the same?
Would it miss us as much as we miss it once these numbered days are up?
If the last ten days of Ramadan could speak…
… it would tell us not to focus on how many days there are left, but how we will spend those days…
It might have seemed long & weary at first, but now the days pass before we even know it, and we struggle to make up for what we missed while striving to further increase in our deeds.
If you think your fasts or your prayers are not of quality as they could be, make them count for these last 10 days. Occupy your mind with positive thoughts and reminders of Allah (SWT). Talk less and smile more – it will keep us from unnecessary talk about others and allow us to practise the sunnah of the Prophet (SAW). What counts is not how many deeds we do, but how we do them.
“Be conscious of Allah (SWT) wherever you are. Follow the bad deed with a good one to erase it, and engage others with beautiful character.” (Tirmidhi)
… it would tell us that Laylatul Qadr is really within reach, we just have to seek it…
The night better than a thousand months of worship, only found in the last ten days of Ramadan, and it will be upon us very soon. For the pleasure of Allah (SWT), His Mercy and His Rewards, what are we willing to go without?
Begin with good intentions, and make the effort wholeheartedly and consistently. Allah (SWT) will ease it for you. Set up alarms to wake up in the final third of the night for tahajjud, or better, spend the night at a mosque for i’tikaf AND tahajjud with family and friends! How better to strive for His Pleasure than with our loved ones?
… it would tell us to never give up hope in Allah (SWT) and to call upon Him with patience and prayer…
So many times we recite in our prayers on the extent and the depth of Allah’s Graciousness and Mercy, Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem, yet we still have moments of hopelessness and despair. His Mercy and His Generosity is endless and even goes beyond that in this blessed month, especially in these last ten nights. A’ishah (RA) had asked the Prophet (SAW),
“O Messenger of Allah, what do you think I should say in my supplication, if I come upon Laylatul Qadr?” He said: “Say: ‘Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me).'” (Ibn Majah)
Never doubt that Allah (SWT) knows your situation and hears your whispers.
“O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I have forgiven you for what you have done and I do not mind. O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you would seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, if you were to come to Me with sins that are close to filling the earth and then you would meet Me without ascribing any partners to Me, I would certainly bring to you forgiveness close to filling it.” (Tirmidhi)
… and it would tell us to rejoice, for He (SWT) had written for us to meet.
There are those who have left us before Ramadan even came, and there are those who have left us before the beginning of these last ten days. And here we are.
If the last ten days of Ramadan could speak, it would greet us with salutations, telling us to rejoice and glorify Allah (SWT) for He has granted us the opportunity of spending this Ramadan in His remembrance and for His sake. It would console our hearts of its coming departure, with assurance that if we keep its spirit alive in our hearts and our actions, it will be as if it never left.
The question now is, to this last ten days of Ramadan bearing upon us so soon, what goals would we have to show and what would we say to it in return?
May we be of those who love Ramadan with our words and our hearts and our actions, and may Ramadan be a witness of our love for it for His Sake.
JOM.sg Guest Writer