one of the most difficult things for us as human beings to do is to forgive others. It is very difficult, especially when it is done by someone who was close to you, when they’ve wronged you and they have oppressed you or harmed you or usurped your wealth or something has happened.
Sometimes it’s a misunderstanding. But this is the month of forgiveness. We need to talk about the most difficult of things and we need to encourage one another to forgive and to reconcile because to mend relationships is a great act of worship.
if we’re all connected, surely it means we should try our best to understand one another, to make life easy for those on earth who are our family members anyway.
Get used to not holding too much. Leave it be. Let it go.
We were about to commence a season that is the most powerful season from the seasons of the year. The most blessed night in existence, the most powerful night in existence is indeed the night known as Laylat al Qadr.
Allah Almighty says very clearly, The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
If you are going to waste your time in these last 10 nights, then indeed you would be the loser.
make sure that I understand the favor of Allah. Through the year, there is not going to be another night more powerful than this.
The decree, Allah Almighty decrees things on that particular night with His wisdom. And whatever your destiny is for the following year, whatever is going to be predestined and written, the details for the following year, according to the most correct opinion of the vast majority of scholars is on this particular night of decree.
It is indeed a time of the mercy of Allah, His forgiveness and freedom from hellfire.
As we draw closer to the last 10 nights of Ramadan, from the 21st night, there is something known as Itikaf, that is a sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. It’s his way. Now, it is called I’tikaf, where a person goes into… It’s not seclusion, but they go into the Masjid and they would remain in this place of worship with the idea of it serving as a spiritual retreat for the person.
There may be others with that person, but the idea is to develop taqwa and the consciousness of Allah, seek the forgiveness of Allah, and more than anything else, find the night of decree or Laylat al Qadr.
If Laylat al Qadr is said to be one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, most likely one of the last odd nights from the last 10 nights of Ramadan, and most likely towards the end or the second half of the last 10 nights. So it would make it 25, 27, perhaps 29. But it does not mean it’s not going to be the 21st.
Sometimes even maybe the even nights according to some of the narration; So if the 21st night sets in as the sun is setting and you’re opening your fast, you go into the masjid and you make sure that you’ve taken whatever necessities you have, you’re going to remain in there in constant acts of worship for the next 10 nights.
You come out of that itikaf after 10 days and Insha Allah, so much goodness will be showered upon you by the blessings of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.
Balancing your life is something important. Sometimes during the month of Ramadan, we tend to do more of one thing, neglecting our other duties. For example, because of the importance given to acts of worship, such as prayer, such as reading the Quran, such as the dhikr and the remembrance of Allah, such as going out to help people who are in need.
Sometimes we neglect our own family members. Sometimes we neglect our duties that are primary. This happens even outside of Ramadan, where the balance we strike between family life, the work we have to do, and the worship of Allah. These three things connected are all actually the worship of Allah.
Because if you take a look at the meaning of the worship of Allah, to lead your life in a way that is in the obedience of Allah and not in transgression of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. That is called worshiping Allah.
The balance that we strike when we speak about the three things, the worship of Allah, the work that we have, and the family life; In essence, it’s mainly these two things. the family life and the work, on condition that we make sure we don’t miss out that which Allah has ordained, like your prayer and everything else.
All of it should be within what Allah Almighty has taught.
This beautiful month of Ramadan, Allah Almighty wants us to do as much as we can and to push ourselves. How much of Quran did you read today? That’s a question.
The month of Ramadan comes by in order for us to get closer to Allah in the form of taqwa, meaning the consciousness of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.
The month of Ramadan comes and Allah expects us to have improved. we will be judged by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala based on how we were at the end of our lives. We still have some time, Insha Allah, although we don’t know how long.
But the fact that we’re awake right now, we’re alive right now, we’re alert right now, we can make an intention by His will to change for the sake of Allah, to develop for the sake of Allah.
Character and conduct is something that Allah Almighty has enshrined and shown us an example in the beautiful Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him. In fact, when Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, was asked about the character of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, she said his character was an embodiment of the Quran.
Similarly, when the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, spoke himself, he says, The best from amongst you are those with best character. Similarly, he said, The best from amongst you are those who are best to their wives or their family members.
Islam has come about with teaching you to worship your Maker alone. Then what Allah Almighty wants you to do once you have fulfilled the rights of his, of the Maker, you fulfill what is known as the rights of the creatures, the worshipers,..
Before you say something, think about how you can say it and look at the options you have and choose the best possible option. That is when you’re a true believer.
Laziness is something that has been dealt with in the Quran and the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). For a Muslim, there should be no room for laziness. We need to fight it, tackle it, and ensure that we are as productive as possible.
Salah is the five daily prayers. Those are put in timings that are divine, given by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. The first one is very early. It is before sunrise. You have to get up. A believer is not allowed to be sleeping beyond that point.
So Allah wants you to fight your laziness, and there is absolutely no room for procrastination
The fact that Allah gave you life to see that time and to witness it, you owe Him the Salah.
Many people love to actually give their Zakaat out during the month of Ramadan because of the multiplication of reward. And if we take a look at it, yes, indeed, the reward is multiplied. And it is not wrong to calculate your Zakaat during the month of Ramadan to pledge it and to start giving it out.
However, something of importance; If there is a need prior to Ramadan, you must remember that you will get a full reward when you are meeting the desperate need, even though it is not in the month of Ramadan when you have already intended that I’m going to work this out in Ramadan and give it in Ramadan, because Allah Almighty rewards you by your intentions.
If we are going to delay when there is a need, we could have delayed and caused loss of life in an indirect way because there was a need and we are saying, Wait and hang on.
Cry as much as you want. Shed as many tears as you wish. It is the month of shedding tears for the sake of Allah. No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve achieved in life, Allah Almighty has definitely made you in need of Him in such a way that you will have difficulty, you will have hardship, you will have situations whereby you are helpless, you will have needs where you know that without your maker, I will not be able to achieve this.
Therefore, cry as much as you want. Cry for the sake of Allah. Cry for your needs. Call out to Him and weep.