Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Ramadan Reflections: Day 21

Bismillah  In the Name of Allah the Most Merciful

I watched an excellent video today . Most of us know that our beloved prophet Muhammad salllallahu alaihe wa sallam taught us through our mother A'isha RadiAllahu Anha the dua we should be doing during the last ten days of Ramadan. He (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) taught us that the most frequent and beloved dua to be said on the last 10 nights is: Allahumma innaka afuwwun tuh’ibbul ‘afwa fa’ffu ‘Anni (O Allah, You are the Pardoner and You love to pardon, so pardon me).

But how many of us really understand how powerful this tiny dua is? Subhanallah the video is just mind-blowing. Please listen carefully. May Allah subhanau wa ta'ala give us the ability to do the dua very frequently, ameen! May He accept this dua from us, ameen!

Also another great reminder by Imam Zaid Shakir of Zaytuna College

"One of the greatest forms of deception in this world is the assumption that we will be given a long life. Hence, we assume that we have ample time to repent, ample time to get serious about the religion, ample time to restore broken relations. Oftentimes, our enjoyment of worldly delights and pleasures leads to our procrastination in undertaking good deeds.

Such thinking is deceptive because tomorrow is promised to no one. One of the reasons this fact escapes the procrastinator is his or her infatuation with the world. They revel in its delights and do not stop to take time to consider the sobering reality of death, which is one of the greatest means of cutting short ones hopes for a long life and ones procrastination in undertaking religious responsibilities.

In this respect, one of the most penetrating bits of advice ever given is contained in the saying of the Prophet, peace upon him, “Be in the world as if you are a stranger or a wayfarer.” In the same hadith he mentioned, “When you turn in at night do not anticipate that you will live until the morning, and when you arise in the morning do not anticipate that you will live until the evening.” (Imam Zaid Shakir)

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