As the evening enters every night of Ramadan, it brings with it a unique type of mercy of Allah and a special blessing that descends. We ask Allah to allow us to taste it.
it’s amazing how in the month of Ramadan, as much as we have given so much of importance to the abstaining from food and drink and so on, we have not given as much importance to the other pillars of Islam. And as we enter the evening, Allah makes it recommended to involve in much more of that pillar of Islam, a prayer.
What about the nourishment of the soul and the spirituality, the relationship with Allah? and the spirituality, the relationship with Allah?
Let’s fulfill at least two units every night in the month of Ramadan of the hajjud, and then see how Allah will bless you to fulfill it even outside of Ramadan.
If we take a look at how Allah Almighty has blessed us and favored us, we would need to ponder over it in order for us to be able to realize the favors and the bounties of Allah upon us.
Look to begin with within yourself. Do you not have a body with limbs and organs, with bones you don’t even know the number of? Do you not have a heart that beats more than 100,000 times a day?
Allah Almighty tells us very clearly, If you are going to count the favors of Allah upon you, you will never count all of them because that is the system of Allah.
But the opposite is true. If you count the difficulties, the hardships, the calamities that Allah has thrown at you or made you go through, you will definitely be able to count them, all of them, and you would be able to say, I’ve got this problem and this and this and this and count them.
So if you want increase from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala, you must make sure that you first ponder over the gifts of Allah.
The first supplication that is made in that Quran For the Guidance of Allah
We need to call out to Allah. The most important du’a or supplication is guide us to the straight path.
The opening Surah of the Quran, the first supplication that is made in that Quran, Allah says, Guide us to the straight path.
We are to repeat this supplication. That’s what Allah wants. This goes to show us that the most important matter in existence is the issue of guidance.
When you seek Allah’s guidance, genuinely, sincerely, He will not let you down. When you seek Allah’s guidance and you really want to look for it and you are trying hard and you would like to search for that which is the most authentic, that which is the best, that which really would bring you towards the best relationship with your Maker and you ask that to Allah, He will not let you down.
You need to make sure you’re asking someone whom you know owns it without a doubt.
Strengthening bonds is something very important in Islam. Allah Almighty has created us in a way that we are related to people.
When Allah has kept a relationship of blood between you and someone, biologically, you’re connected, you need to know lineage in Islam is sacred. Sacred means it cannot be tempered with.
Because Allah has kept so many rules and regulations, each one of them connected to our success in this world and the next. The ultimate contentment and victory, happiness and success relies on understanding what the Almighty has said and adopting it to the best of our abilities.
Allah Almighty wants us during this beautiful month to achieve a reward by going to those whom we don’t have a relationship with, starting with our family members, the closest from amongst the family, and either apologizing or extending a hand of goodness, a hand of forgiveness, a hand of solidarity, a hand of building the bonds.
Very important for us to develop a big heart, as we say, and to extend the arm and to be the first one to extend that arm of reconciliation.
So to go out of your way to mend relations is an act of worship.
The biggest charity, the biggest donation you can ever make right now is to resolve the matters with those who are right around you.
If you take a look at Allah Almighty’s plan, many times people forget that before birth, before they were born, we believe all of us were with Allah (swt) But we don’t remember as sophisticated it as we are right now, we don’t remember the day we were born, or the first few days, or even the first year, perhaps.
We believe we are too sophisticated to just disappear one day.
Between you and something you never dreamt of, which was going to be called the life of the dunya.
There was just a membrane. You had to cross one membrane for you to witness something. Today you don’t remember, but you know you went through it.
When you thought there was nothing to come, something came. What came? A life.
Allah Almighty tells you, in the same way, you’re going to cross another membrane one day into a life that’s going to be everlasting….
A believer is told, don’t worry, just prepare for the day by trying to achieve the mercy of Allah, because the mercy of Allah is what is going to bring you into heaven, paradise.
Today, for some petty reasons, your father could tell you divorce your wife. What is right for you to do?
You need to ask yourself, is my father right or is my wife right?
Amazing verse in the Quran;
O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allāh, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allāh is more worthy of both.1 So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allāh is ever, of what you do, Aware. Quran- 4:135