By Nayyab Zehra
“(It was) the month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fasts) that month…”
– [al-Baqarah 2:185]
Ramadan, one of the 12 Islamic months, is full of blessings. Our holy book the Quran was sent down upon the Prophet (SAW) to perfect all humanity and guide them to the path of Allah. The Quran is our sole guide to the right path which takes us towards Jannah. This month we should strive to read the Quran as much possible, and try to understand the meanings of the surahs. We get 30 days to reach the excellence of the recitation of the Quran if we urge to acquire the perfection in our lives.
Prophet (SAW) said “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” [Sahih Bukhari]
We should take advantage of this golden opportunity given to us by Allah Almighty and strive to become better, practicing Muslims. In Ramadan we observe the fast, starting from Azaan of Fajr at dawn, and till the Azaan for Maghrib prayer at dusk. But do we ever think for a split second about what are we doing, or are we just going through the motions? How have we spent our whole day while fasting? Maybe we went to the university, came back and sit around waiting for Iftaar time? But we don’t spend even ten minutes of our whole day for reciting or memorizing the Quran? I am talking about the majority of Muslim youngsters when I say this.
Every one of us should realize that the best worship is that which you do in youth, when your health and abilities are at their peak. Who knows when any of us will perish. Why not prepare for tomorrow, today. Allah bestows His blessings on the ones who struggle on the right path and guide others as well. Why not promise ourselves today that we will show the world what real Muslims are, and how they live their lives. Why not to take full advantage of this blessed month Allah gave us, and undergo a renewal of soul and faith, so that we may develop traits of a better Muslim.
Let’s promise ourselves today that while we are fasting in this heat of August, we will do our best to develop traits of patience, conscience, and compassion in ourselves and learn to care for our fellow man.
Because what we sow today we will reap tomorrow. May Allah give us all the Taufeeq to sacrifice in the way of Islam and fulfill our religious responsibilities with devotion and passion. Ameen!