What Did You Prepare For Ramadan?
In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
All Praise is due to Allah alone. And prayers and peace of Allah be upon His
chosen Prophet and Messenger.
Dear brother, here is Ramadan. It came with its glad tidings, lights and
fragrance. So, dear brother, what did you prepare for it?
Did you prepare for it true repentance?
Did you prepare for it strong determination and strong will?
Did you prepare for it a submissive heart, remembering tongue and a body
patient during upon the acts of worship?
Did you prepare for it good manners, good face and exalted behaviors?
Did you prepare for it caring for the times and investing the hours in
performing the acts of worship?
Dear brother, beware of staying till Ramadan in your current case of
inattentiveness and loss. Actually, this is the case of the losers who have no
mind or religion.
The Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: ''May his nose be
put in sand (in remorse), a man lived till the month of Ramadan approaches and
then passed without having his sins forgiven.'' [Reported by At-Tirmidhi, and
authenticated by Al-Albani]
«رغم أنف رجل دخل عليه رمضان، ثم انسلخ قبل أن يغفر له» رواه الترمذي وصححه
If your sins had not been forgiven to you in Ramadan, then when would they be
forgiven? If you had attained mercy in Ramadan, then when would you attain it?
If you had not been released free from the hellfire in Ramadan, then when
would you be released from it?
This month is a very valuable chance many people had been deprived from after
fasting in the previous year with us; they are now in their graves and each
one of them desires returning back to the worldly life to utter a single
Tasbeeha (i.e. saying Subhan Allah) or a single Tahlela (i.e. saying La Illaha
Illa Allah) even if it costs him the whole world, but it is a cry to the moon!
The time of working had passed and now there is nothing but reckoning their
Dear beloved brother, you still have the opportunities; therefore, you should
make your deeds good in this month, do your best in worship, obedience and
invest the times of this month in whatever makes you close to your Lord (i.e.
prayer, fasting, charity, reciting to the Holy Quran, remembrance, invocation,
enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, obeying parents, uniting the ties
of kinship, spreading peace, beneficence to the orphans and poor and weak
people ... etc.)
Beware, may Allah mercy you, from whatever enrages the Lord of the worlds, and
do not nullify your fasting by the sins, because the Prophet (peace and
prayers of Allah be upon him) said: ''Whoever does not give up forged speech,
evil actions and ignorance, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and
drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)'' [Reported by Al-Bukhari]
«من لم يدع قول الزور والعمل به والجهل، فليس لله حاجة أن يدع طعامه وشرابه» رواه
Dear brother, the Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) used to
exert effort in Ramadan more than any other time. He used to exert his
ultimate power in prayer, reciting the Holy Quran, remembrance and charity.
Also, the righteous forefathers used to follow their Prophet. Some of them
used to recite the whole Quran in three nights of praying in Ramadan, others
used to recite it in the prayers of seven nights and others in ten nights.
As-Sâib bin Yazîd narrated: ''They used to recite hundreds of verses until
they lean on the sticks from the long period of standing, and they don't
finish until it is dawn (i.e. moments before it).''
Therefore, dear brother, you should care for obeying Allah in this month, and
follow the example of your righteous ancestors. It may be that your sins are
forgiven by Allah and your position is exalted by Him and your name is written
in the records of the happy winners.