Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Ramadan Reflections: Day 28

Bismillah... In  the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful

2 or 1 day left till the Eid inshAllah. Today quite a lot of people were sharing news about the possibility of Eid happening tomorrow! This is first time in my life I came across this dilemma. Apparently, sometimes moon sighting may go wrong and we can end up fasting only 28 days. If that happens, we are supposed to fast the missed day after Eid. As it was quite cloudy in Saudi during the month of Sha'abaan, they couldn't see the moon. Today they tried to witness the Eid moon, but couldn't find it. Alhamdulillah I am really glad that we will be fasting tomorrow. I just hope Eid is on Friday inshAllah so that we can have 30 days of fasts. Ramadan is an amazing opportunity for us earn the pleasure of our Lord. That's why the more fast we have to do, the better. May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala enable us to do our best during the remaining hours of Ramadan, ameen!

Sheikh Omer Suleiman has shared a beautiful reminder today through Facebook. I hope to follow his great tips, bi'idnillahi wa ta'ala and finish strong inshAllah! May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala reward him for his excellent efforts, ameen! Through out the Ramadan I really benefited from his brilliant work, mashAllah. 

‪#‎RamadanResolution‬ Day 28 (Finish Strong)

Depending on what part of the world you are in, you have anywhere from 1-3 days left of Ramadan. Many of us have regrets that we didn’t make the most of it. We may have had nights where we didn’t wake up for Qiyam, days in which we didn’t control our tongues properly, or spans of Ramadan in which we slacked off with our Quran reading. But now is not the time to cry. Nor is it the time to splurge in Eid shopping and act like the month is over. Reflect on this wonderful statement by Imam Ibn Rajab (RA) in his Lataaif:

"Let those who have failed to make the most of this month of Ramadan end it with good, because actions are judged by their endings." 

The last part of that statement about actions being judged by their endings is an authentic hadeeth and one that should give us much hope. Here’s my challenge: 

1. Make this last day or two of Ramadan the BEST days you have spent all month and count on Allah to judge your entire Ramadan by that last day.

2. Spend the last Asr-Maghrib of Ramadan in reading quran, supplication, and remembrance. If you can do I’itikaf (seclusion) for that last period in the masjid then do so. If not, then try to make it a time of peace, quiet, and reflection.

3. Cry your heart out in that supplication and ask Allah to forgive you for all of your shortcomings in the month and give you the full reward of Laylatul Qadr EVEN if you missed it.

4. DO NOT waste your time arguing over moon sighting now. You are not in a position to change anything. If you will differ from your community in regards to the Eid day, then do so quietly.

Oh Allah, this is what we have presented, understanding our shortcomings but still depending on Your mercy for acceptance.

May Allah allow us to finish this month strong. May we meet Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) completely forgiven, basking in His mercy, freed from the gates of hellfire, and registered in the highest level of jannatul firdaws. 


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