Final Race In Ramadan
Abu Wa'il Akram Ahmad 'Umayr
My dear Muslim brother, be a divine servant of Allah in secret and public, in
laziness and activeness.
Now, you are in a racetrack (3000 m hurdles), "nay" but you are in a race with
time: Thirty days of fasting and Qiyam, and hurdles contain temptations,
faults and sins. Race track is full of angels who glorify Allah and ask
forgiveness to believers like you.
My Muslim brother, you are one of the racers in a hard race and severe
competition (competition in the remaining days should be on righteous deeds
and drawing nearer to Allah).
Dear Muslim brother, there is only one round left and the race has come to the
finals and there is little time in Ramadan to know who is the winner of the
big prize "Release from Hell-Fire."
Dear Muslim brother, are you satisfied to turn away from the race, lag behind
before the end, or withdraw after it had reached its peak? Do not give up and
be confident that angels encourage you through glorification and seeking
Approaching the end of the month of repentance and forgiveness must increase
our sacrifice, firmness, and exerting more efforts until we reach the final
goal "The pleasure of Allah and piety" with those who won the release of
Hell-Fire who enjoy the favors of Allah which He granted them.
Big prize or the cup:
Dear Muslim brother, every race or demonstration is ended up by a considerable
material or moral prize which makes the winner happy when having it. And to
Allah is the supreme example, Allah (Glory be to Him) who is the Most Generous
did not burden us with going beyond human traditions where He granted us at
the end of Ramadan Laylatul-Qadr in the odd number night. So, whoever observes
Qiyam and worship during that night has succeeded truly as it equals the
worship of several and eighty years (almost 84 years).
Dear Muslim brother, who of us will waste that precious priceless prize which
does not equal our true worship during our lifetimes. Dear Muslim brother,
this is a golden chance, so do not waste it so as not to regret where regret
is not useful.
What is the matter of those who joined to take the prize and the deed to enter
Paradise then turn away from it?! They replace the higher with the lower. They
offer one or two Salah with the Imam and abandon Qiyam under different
justifications. Do they seek virtue from other than Allah? Allah (Glory be to
Him) says: "Is it they who would portion out the Mercy of your Lord? It is We
Who portion out between them their livelihood in this world, and We raised
some of them above others in ranks, so that some may employ others in their
work. But the Mercy (Paradise) of your Lord (O Muhammad peace be upon him) is
better than the (wealth of this world) which they amass." [Surat Az-Zukhruf:
Dear Muslim brother, have you waken up of your deep sleep and negligence?
Train yourself for siezing chances and staying up at night for worship,
mentioning Allah, reciting the Qur'an, and beseeching Allah for you and all
the believers, especially weak people of Iraq, Palestine, Afganistan, Chechen,
and other suppressed Muslim countries.
Source: What a religion!