Written by Bint K.
Noora* and I were in the middle of the Market, trying to decide what material to buy for our new hijabs. Ramadan was exactly 40 days away and the countdown had already begun for us. It was a very special month for us you see. We would go to the masjid, plan iftar gatherings and go to our morning tafseer together. We were always busy during the month Masha Allah and we loved it.
Nine days before Ramadan, I got a call at 11.47pm. It was Noora’s Dad. Hetold me the she had a severe asthma attack was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately she did not make it. I went blank. I could not believe it atfirst. My friend, she was young, she was healthy but now she is gone. Truly to Allah Subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) we belong and verily to Him weshall return.
Although Noora is actually my fictitious friend, I would like to ask youthese simple questions, what would you do if you were Noora? What would youdo if you knew that this Ramadan was your last?
Ibn Rajab writes: Reference: Lata’if al-Ma’arif (Riyadh: Dar Ibn Khuzaymah, 2007), 351-2.”O you who were not content to sin just in Rajab; But disobeyed your Lord,even in Sha’ban.The fasting month has come now to shade you, Turn it not into a month of sinfulness too.Recite the Qur’an and glorify God, diligently; For it is the month of glorification and Qur’an. Deny bodily appetites,seeking salvation through it; For soon bodies shall be consumed by theFire. How many you knew who fasted previously: From among family, neighbours and brothers. Death obliterated them, leaving you to live on; How close are the the living to those who are dead. You take pride in your ‘Id clothes, cut to fit; Yet the morrow they will be your burial shrouds! Until when will man dwell in his place of dwelling? Knowing his ultimate abode is the grave”.
For some of us who haven’t really made the most out of Ramadan so far,don’t loose hope. Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, out of his infinite mercy and out of his generosity to always give more and more has blessed us with the Night of Power (Laylat’l-Qadr).
In ḥadith Abu Hurayrah, raḍyAllāhu ‘anhu, the Messenger of Allāh,ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “Whoever spends Laylat’l-Qadr in night prayer, out of belief and expecting his reward from Allāh, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Bukhāri and Muslim]
Worshipping Allah in it is equivalent to worshipping Him for 1000 months.That is probably longer that most of us will live. Subhanallah! This night is for sure one of the last ten nights of Ramadan but the exact day was hidden from us to motivate us to try our very best during the last 10 days.
We definately need to use this golden opportunity Insha Allah. During the last 10 nights of Ramadan, let’s all try our best bi’idhnillah. Let’s tryto perfect our salah, give more in charity, make as much dua as possible,follow the sunnah of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam andincrease our good deeds insha Allah.I leave you with the hadith of the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam.
Aisha raḍyAllāhu ‘anha asked the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhiwa sallam “What should I say on Laylat-al- qadr?”He replied, Say, “O Allāh, You are the pardoner and You love to pardon, so pardon me” (Tirmidhi).
Remember, Allah sees all of our sins and He has the full ability to punish his servants, but you know what? He doesn’t. He wants to forgive, pardon and wipe away ALL of our sins, and what is even more amazing is that He Subhanahu wa ta’ala, actually LOVES doing that.
No matter how big you think that sin is, He will forgive if you ask & He does not mind, Subhanallah!
May Allah forgive us all, help us and make it easy for us to worship Him inthe best way we can.