“Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.”
Sahih al-Bukhari & Sahih al-Muslim
As we all know, Ramadan is flying by! I want to take this opportunity and reflect on the great amount of blessings that we are currently encompassed in.
This is a month in which the evil minds are locked and deeds are multiplied 700 folds. It comes in some of the narration of our beloved Prophet (saw) said,
“Upon the start of the month of Ramadan, the doors of Jannah are open, the door of the Jahannam are closed, and the evil jinn are locked up”
That means this is primetime (first and foremost for myself) to check ourselves, what state of iman and taqwa we have. Are we still doing the same actions like we were doing before? If yes, than how? Well it comes in another hadith:
“Surely, Shaytaan flows through the human being like the flowing of blood.”
The scholars give an explanation of this is that if your still doing the actions/sins of the past during ramadan, even when the evil jinns are locked up is cuz for the whole year, a person did not check his whispering of his nafs and Shaytaan, so his actions stick to him like a magnet even when Shaytaan has left his body.
Allah (swt) mentions in Surah al-Waqiah, of three groups of people in the hereafter.
(1) The Forerunners (As-Sabiqun) – The Elite
(2) The People of the Right (As-habul Yamin) – The Moderate Ones
(3) The People of the Left (As-habush Shimal) – The Evil People
This is the month we should all try to aim to be sabiqun! Let’s help out our mothers by lessening the amount of chores she has to do for us, or go and serve in the masjid or community or just smile at someone for the sake of Allah (swt).
Let’s be reminded why Abu Bakr (ra) was one of the greatest people that ever lived. It was narrated one day that the Prophet (saw) was gathered around his Sahaba and asked:
The Prophet said: “Who participated in a funeral procession today?” Abu Bakr said: “I did”. The Prophet said: “Who fed a needy person today?” Abu Bakr said: “I did”. He said: “Who visited a sick person today?” Abu Bakr said: “I did”. Then the Prophet said: “These things cannot all meet in a single person but that he will enter Paradise.”
These are true heroes. Forget about the athletes and the celebreties. These are our true role models. This is who we should be aim to be and learn about there lives. May Allah (swt) enable us with tawfique. I ask Allah (swt) that he enables us out to take some time out in each of these blessed days to do some noble deeds. Get close to the Qur’an and his Prophet (saw)! Ameen!
Abdullah ibn Amr reported that the Prophet (saw) said,
“Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede on behalf of Allah’s servant on the Day of Judgment:
Fasting will say, “O my Lord! I prevented him from food and desires during the day, so accept my intercession for him.”
And the Qur’an will say, “O my Lord! I prevented him from sleeping by night, so accept my intercession for him.”
The intercession of both will thus be accepted. (Ahmad and authenticated by Al-Albani).