Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has said, “Whoever does any good in Ramadhan, he will get the reward of doing a fardh act outside the month of Ramadhan and whoever does a fardh act in Ramadhan, he will get the reward of doing 70 fardh act.” (Mishkat)
Assalamualykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh…
Dearest brothers and sisters, as you know it is now the holy month of Ramadan 2011; The month of worship, where every Muslim fasts during the day and increases their ibadah (worship).
To ensure that Mu’mins (believers) excel in their worship, Allah Almighty has decreed the Satans and evil spirits to be detained so as not to interfere or prevent His servants from striving towards Him. Remember, no sooner do you commence this journey that Allah Almighty throws the doors of Jannah (paradise) open in anticipation and honour and the doors of Jahannum (Hell fire) are slammed shut. Subhanallah! Look how easy Allah has made it for us!
Allah Almighty, showers most blessing in this month. So much attention is given to us in this month that we should also, turn back and give our due in return. However, sometimes we are so engrossed in our worries and hardships that we turn a blind eye towards our ibadah.
Ramadhan presents the perfect opportunity for us to rekindle and rebalance our lives away from the materialistic and towards the spiritual. Inshallah through this, we will gain contentment and ease in our hearts, bodies and souls.
The Prophet (PBUH) once stated “I swear by that being in whose possession is the life of Muhammad, the odour of the mouth of the fasting person is more liked by Allah than the fragrance of musk.” (Bukhari)
My brothers and sisters, this month is a very blessed month where we can all rectify ourselves and ask Allah for happiness and contentment in our lives. We can ask Allah to take away our hardships and bring spirituality in our lives. Through our ibadah, we can gain closeness to Allah, a trust, a personal bond between ourselves and the Almighty. Do not despair with all these problems for remember Allah only tests the ones he loves. Think of it as means of taking you to Jannah, a means of getting closer to you a test from him to see if you fall and become ungrateful.
When we feel down we should remember the hardships of Ayyub (alayhis salam) and the torture and torment that or beloved Muhammad (PBUH) went through. They had faith in Allah and Allah gave them victory in the end.
Remember after hardship there is always ease… to get the best is difficult, sometimes it takes more effort, sometimes more tears, but never ever does it bring less smiles, less contentment, less satisfaction and less reward. Reap the benefits of this month as it has many blessings. And ask yourself, when is Eid? And look forward to it; as it is a celebration which has been given to us as a blessing.
Ask from Allah, as the duas of a fasting person at the time of iftaar will never go unheard. I can carry on writing about the benefits and blessings of Ramadhan however, I leave you with a dua (prayer) from my heart, that Allah be with you through hardship and ease and give you the ability to keep strong and take each step with patience and faith in Allah.
A note to leave you with, “Never fear when Allah’s near!”
Nour Islamic Advisor