O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqûn (the pious).[Observing Saum (fasts)] for a fixed number of days, but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days. And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (e.g. an old man), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a Miskîn (poor person) (for every day). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him. And that you fast is better for you if only you know.The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’ân, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Saum (fasts) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fasts) must be made up] from other days. Allâh intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allâh [i.e. to say Takbîr (Allâhu Akbar; Allâh is the Most Great] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him.
The Holy Quran ( 2:183-185)
May Allah SubhanahuwaTa’ala shower His blessings upon us during this month and forgive our sins and keep us on the right path for the rest of our lives. Ameen.
Death is an ultimate Truth. Everyone dies. Everyone of us will die. So this life, these hardships, these luxuries are but for sometime. The only thing that will benefit us in the long run is our A’maal. Life’s too short to be thinking that we can do one wrong thing today and then repent the next day. What if (Allah na kare) we die in disobedience… Time of death is not certain, we don’t know if we’d be able to wake up tomorrow or not so why do something to displease Allah before I sleep. The realization of death keeps the person alive to whatever he is doing and he judges it accordingly.
Most of us, even me, myself and I, when come to know about the Sunnah of the Prophet, think that we can start doing it tomorrow or whenever there is time. Is there ever going to be time? We are not ever sure of that. I’m writing this because I myself has experienced it recently . I want to do it and then I become lazy. But Alhamdolillah Allah has given me Taufeeq of doing it when surely I am not capable of it. The High Power of Allah is revealed in the slightest of our works,e.g. when praying it is Allah’s blessing that we remember Quran and we are able to recite it from our memory. He can take it away anytime. We fail to thank Him for soo many blessings that we never think of them as blessings, we take them for granted. As the month of Ramadan has started, most of us try to make the most of it. But fortunately or unfortunately we think that the only Ibaadah is Salah, prayers and reading the Holy Quran, but when we submit to Allah Ta’ala and try to seek His pleasure via every action, our every action even the worldly action becomes forms of Ibaadah. If I sleep with the niyat that I will rest so that I’d be able to pray with more concentration, then that sleep becomes an Ibaadah. It was a simple example but we can apply it to everything even our professions. Life’s too short to waste over futile things. May Allah give us the Taufeeq of making all our actions forms of Ibaadah.Ameen.
It’s the month of Ramadan. And we don’t know if we’d be able to make it to next Ramadan. The Holy Prophet SAW used to wake his family memebers in Ramadan at Tahajjud so that they don’t waste precious time of Ramadan. Remember it’s the month when all our sins are forgiven if we ask for it. It contains the night in which if you pray that would be equal to a thousand months. It’s the month when Satan is chained and we have one enemy less to stand up to. May Allah give strength to our Imaan and may He shower His choisest blessings upon us all. May we make the most of this month and may Allah forgive our sins and answer our prayers. Ameen. May the habits we adopt this month remain with us for the rest of the year. Ameeen.
I was 5 or 6 then, when my brother and my sister along with me, used to fill the plastic glasses with Zamzam and used to make a little circle with them while our elder siblings and parents used to go for Tawaf after Asr prayer. I still remember that certain smell of carpets, the joy of breaking your Saum on the first floor, over looking the Ka’ba. In the early 90s, it was not used to be crowded at all during the first two ashras of Ramadan. There was never a need for us to take anything inside the mosque as the Dates and Zamzam were more than enough for us. They are the blessings of Allah.
Times changed. We became older and used to accompany our parents during Tawaf. The best thing that you could ever experience there was the generosity of people. If people were not able to complete their Tawaf a few minutes before the Azaan, other people used to come and provided them with dates and Zamzam, so that they don’t have any difficulty in breaking their Saum. Even when we used to sit inside and wait for the Azaan, families sitting around us, they used to share their food items with the others without any descrimination of creed, race or colour. This is how I’ve seen people breaking their Saum inside the House of Allah.
Above all, praying Trawih prayers in His House is one blessing of Allah that I’m thankful for. I was barely 13 when I came back here in Pakistan. But the feeling of ecstacy, fulfillment and joy of actually praying inside Masjid Al-Haram is still instilled in my soul. And I still long to go back and experience all those things again with much devoutness and love for Allah.
Watching Tarawih a few days back on T.V. brought back all those loving and amazing memories and feelings. And the desperate feeling to experience everything once again. And I hope, wish and pray to Allah that may He call me there soon. Ameen.
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