1. This Could Be Your Last Ramadan. . .

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Take out your phone. Open a blank text and address it to yourself. Write the following: “(your name) has passed away. Inna lillahi wa inna illayhi raji’un. Janazah will be held at our local masjid. Please try to attend and pray for him/her maghfirah”. Now how did that make you feel? How many of such texts have we opened since last Ramadan? Take a moment and recall how many people you were together with last Ramadan who have now passed away.

If you’re reading this then it means you’re alive and have reached another Ramadan, do you realise how lucky you are? Do you know the blessing that has been bestowed upon you? Read the hadith below so you can understand;

Talha ibn ‘Ubaydallah (radhiallahu anhu) reported that two men came to the Prophet (sallallahualayhi wa sallam) who had accepted Islam at the same time. One of them used to partake in Jihad more-so than the other, and so (one day) he fought in a battle and was martyred therein. The other remained behind him for another year, and then he passed away.

Talha said, ‘I saw in my dream that I was at the door of Paradise when behold, I was with both of them (the two men). Someone came out of Paradise and allowed the man who passed away later to enter first. Then he came out again and allowed the martyred one to enter. Then he returned and said to me, ‘Go back, for your time has not come yet.’

Talha woke up and began to inform others about this and they were all surprised. This reached the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and when they informed him of it, he said: He (sallallahualayhi wa sallam) said, ‘What are you surprised about?’ They said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Out of them both, this one strove harder (in Jihad) then he was martyred but this other one was entered into Paradise before him.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said,

‘Did he not remain behind him for one year?’ They said, ‘Yes (he did).’ He said, ‘Did he not reach Ramadan, fast and pray with such and such number of prostrations in the year?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘So the difference between them is greater than what is between the heavens and the earth .
Sahih narration from Ibn Majah (2/345, 346) and al-Albani’s ‘al-Silsilah al-Sahihah’

We have a precious opportunity in our hands, don’t take it for granted. There’s no guarantee that we’ll reach another Ramadan, there’s not even a guarantee that we’ll reach the end of this one! So let’s put in our best efforts to see that it’s our best ever Ramadan yet!

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