AlhamdulillahirabilAalameen wasalatu wasalamu ala rasolulillah wa ala alihi was sahbihee aj-ma’een
Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh
O Muslims, fear Allah as he should be feared. Hasten to seek his forgiveness and pleasure. He who devotes all his attention to his Lord will succeed, and he who follows his own desires and forgets the hereafter will surely be of the losers.
The Prophet (saw) said:
“Indeed, the [results of] deeds depend upon their endings.” (Al-Bukhari)
The blessed month of Ramadhan is approaching its end and there is no guarantee that we will live to see another. Allah has made the ending of Ramadhan better than its beginning. If you have lagged behind in the first portion of the month, you have the opportunity to make up for it during its ending. Likewise, if you have been active in the first portion do not slow down, continue your activity and efforts in the last few days to gain the most ajal (reward).
There are certain things Allah has given preference to over others,
Of all his creation, the trees, the seas, the mountains, the sun, the moon, the animals, the Jinn, and even the Angels, He (swt) has given preference to Mankind,
From the entirety of Mankind, He (swt) has given preference to the Prophets and the Messengers (as),
From all of the Messengers that have passed, he has given preference to Rahmatul Alameeen, Muhammad (saw). He is the best of mankind and most beloved to Allah,
From all the nations and Ummahs that have passed, Allah has given preference to the Ummah of Muhammad (saw), Allah (swt) says,
“You are the best of nations to be raised, because you believe in Allah, and you enjoin what is good, and forbid what is evil.” [TMQ 3:110]
Of the 12 Islamic months, Allah has given preference to the King of all months, Ramadhan!
Within the month of Ramadhan, Allah has given preference to the last 10 days of Ramadhan
And from within the last 10 days of Ramadhan, Allah has given preference to one night, one special night that is worth more than 1000 months of worship. This is equivalent to 83 years and 4 months of worship! Laylatul Qadr
The Prophet (saw) said,
“Verily this month has come to you; and therein is a night which is better than a thousand Months. Whosoever is deprived of it, is deprived of all good; and none is deprived of its good except a totally unfortunate person”. (Ibn Majah)
Without a shadow of doubt this is the best of months and the night of Qadr is the best of nights. And as the Prophet (saw) says, the one who is deprived of it is the most unfortunate of people. Today is the 27th night of Ramadhan and may be the night of Qadr, the Prophet (saw) said,
“Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.” (Al-Bukhari)
As Ramadhan comes to a close I thought it would be beneficial to remind and motivate us to continue our efforts after Ramadhan. When the Prophet (saw) says, the result of deeds depend upon their endings, it is not restricted to Ramadhan but applies to our entire life. Who is more fortunate, the one who obeys Allah for most of his life but dies upon Kufr, or the one who has sinned his entire life but in the end repents and performs deeds which please Allah? Obviously the latter. This is not a licence for the youth to sin in their young age and return to Allah when they are old, but a message to us all that we do not know when death will come so we should always obey Allah so that we die upon Imaan.
We are not Muslims just for 30 days but for 365 days all year round morning and night. In our homes, in our work place, and in the community we are Muslim. The way in which we exalt Allah, the way we transact and deal with other people, and the way we dress and what we eat is all governed by Islam. We don’t lie, we don’t cheat and we don’t indulge in Haraam. Like Allah says, we are the best of nations, we enjoin the good and forbid the evil. We continue to help each other, we spread the message of Islam and we assist other Muslims in learning more about the Deen.
Let’s not be one of those who for Ramadhan we become MashaAllah obedient to Allah, but when Eid hits we go back to a life of disobedience. No, let’s make this change last. Continue to read and understand the Quran, continue to work for the resumption of Islam, continue to give charity and help others. Don’t be a ‘Ramadhan Muslim’, just be Muslim. So that when the certainty of death comes to you, you die a Muslim.
Allah does not need us, we need him
One thing we must realise is that Allah does not need you, or me, or any of us. He does not need your wealth, He does not need your time or your worship – He does not need anything from you. Allah (swt) is self-sufficient. If you were to Worship Allah for a million years non stop, that will not add anything to the majesty of Allah, not even an atom. Likewise, if you were to disobey Allah for a million years, sin upon sin, that does not decrease Allahs might in the slightest. In a Hadith Qudsi, Allah (swt) says:
“O My servants, all of you are hungry (needy) except one whom I feed, so beg food from Me, so that I may give that to you.
O My servants, all of you are naked (need clothes) except one whom I provide garments, so beg clothes from Me, so that I should clothe you.
O My servants, you commit error night and day and I am there to pardon your sins, so beg pardon from Me so that I should grant you pardon.
O My servants, you can neither do Me any harm nor can you do Me any good.
O My servants, even if the first amongst you and the last amongst you and even the whole of human race of yours, and that of jinns even, become (equal in) God-consciousness like the heart of a single person amongst you, nothing would add to My Power.
O My servants, even if the first amongst you and the last amongst you and the whole human race of yours and that of the Jinns too in unison become the most wicked (all beating) like the heart of a single person, it would cause no loss to My Power.
O My servants, even if the first amongst you and the last amongst you and the whole human race of yours and that of jinns also all stand in one plain ground and you ask Me and I confer upon every person what he asks for, it would not in any way, cause any loss to Me (even less) than that which is caused to the ocean by dipping the needle in it.
My servants, these for you I shall reward you for them, so he who deeds of yours which I am recording finds good should praise Allah and he who does not find that should not blame anyone but his own self.”
SubhanAllah – We must recognise, Allah does not need us in the slightest, we need him! Wallahi, without Allahs rahma (mercy) we are destined for the hell fire.
The one who worshipped for 500 years
Angel Jibrail (as) told RasulAllah (saw) the following incident about a man in the past who worshipped Allah (swt) continuously for 500 years. This man was granted a shelter on top of a mountain that was surrounded by salty water. However, Allah caused a stream of sweet water to flow through the mountain for that individual. The man would drink from this water and use it to make ablution (wu’dhu). Allah (swt) also raised a pomegranate tree from which the man would eat one fruit every day.
One day, this person supplicated to Allah that, “Oh Allah, bring my death while I am in the state of prostration”. Allah accepted this dua of his. Whenever Jibrail (as) came down to the Earth, he found this man prostrating to Allah.
Jibrail (as) said that on the day of Judgement, Allah will tell the angels to take this individual to Paradise through His (swt) mercy. However, this man will insist that he should enter paradise through the good deeds that he had performed over 500 years.
Then, Allah will tell the angels to compare his good deeds with the blessings that were given to him in the world. It will be seen that 500 years of his worship does not even equal to the gift of eye sight that was given to him by Allah. The angels will be asked to take him towards the hell fire. Then the man will plead, “Oh Allah! Enter me into Paradise only through Your mercy.” At that point, the following discussion will take place between Allah and that man.
Allah: Oh my servant, who created you?
The worshipper: Oh Allah, You have created me.
Allah: Were you created because of the good deeds you have done or because of My mercy?
The worshipper: Because of Your mercy.
Allah: Who granted you the ability to worship for 500 years?
The worshipper: Oh the Almighty! You have granted me that ability.
Allah: Who placed you on the mountain surrounded by the ocean? Who caused a stream of sweet water to flow in between the salty water? Who caused a pomegranate tree to grow for you? Who granted you death while in the state of prostration?
The worshipper: Oh the Sustainer of the Worlds! You have done all of these.
Then Allah will say, “All these have happened due to My mercy and you too will enter Paradise only through My Mercy.”
O Muslims, make the most of the final days of Ramadhan, but do not lose the zeal after Ramadhan. Continue to do righteous deeds, abstain from what Allah has forbidden, call to the entirety of Islam, enjoin that which is good (ma’roof), and forbid that which is evil (munkar). Deeds are judged by their ending, live a life of Islam and surely you will die upon Islam, live a life of sin, the chances are you will die upon sin. The Messenger (saw) taught us a dua that if any Muslim makes, he will die before he is afflicted with calamity:
“O Allah, let us have good ending in all matters and protect us from the disgrace of this world and the punishment of the hereafter”
Aqulu Qawli Hadha Wastaghfirullaha Li Wa Lakum Wa Lisaa-iril Muslimina Fastaghfiruhu Innahu Huwal Ghafurur Rahim.