Ramadaan Reminder ~ Valuing every moment of this Great and Blessed Month
أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting, as it was decreed upon those before you, that you may ward off evil~ Surah Al-Baqarah 2:183
As the auspicious month of Ramadaan dawns over us, we the reciters of the Kalimah ~ La ilaha illAllah, should be experiencing a great deal of enjoyment and ecstasy, knowing that this great important guest, is now at our doorstep! We had been earnestly awaiting the arrival of Ramadaan, hoping to seize this golden opportunity of becoming a ‘True Friend’ of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam had assembled the Sahaba Radiyallahu Anhum on the last day of Shabaan and gave them a lengthy Khutbah (sermon), in which he emphasised the importance, the blessings, the virtue of the month of Ramadaan.
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam addressed the Sahaba Radiyallahu Anhum on the last day of Sha`ban, saying, “Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; ….. [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]
This month of Ramadaan has been mentioned in this Hadith of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam Alayhis Salaam as “Shahrun Azeemun Mubarukun”. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam chose the words ‘Azeem’ (Great) and ‘Mubaruk’ (Blessed), to describe this auspicious month. It is indeed a month full of Barakah. In this month of Ramadaan, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala’s Barakah pours down in torrents … It descends in full force! Unfortunately we do not possess those (spiritual) “eyes” to see that Barakah coming down … Hence, we should treasure and value every moment of Ramadaan and ensure that we dont spend a single second incorrectly losing all the Barakah of this Blessed month.
We should rectify our Niyyat (intention) at the very outset and treat Ramadaan differently this year. From the time Ramadaan enters, till the time it ends, we should spend every moment in a manner that Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala wants us to spend it … i.e: how our Beloved Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, the illustrious Sahaba (RA) and our pious predecessors spent it. (Insha`Allah).