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 What does Ramadhaan mean to YOU?

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PostSubject: What does Ramadhaan mean to YOU?   Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:55 am

What does Ramadhaan mean to YOU?


Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

I know, I know. Itís one of those oh-so-common questions, something youíre bound to get at least once every year. They look you straight in the face, all deep and meaningful, and they say somethin to the effect of, ĎSo, what does Ramadhaan mean to you?í And you jus think ah damn! Now I gotta say something intelligent!

Itís a pivotal question though, isnít it? Think about it, what does Ramadhaan mean to you? Most of yíall are probably gonna mentally race thorough the various scholarly snippets youíve read about the benefits of the month, the merits of good deeds, increasing in worship, etc etc. Yay or nay? Nobody really stops and thinks about it on a personal level, do they? Donít get me wrong, Iím not sayin thereís anything wrong with taking scholarly advice and applying it, not at all. But at the end of the day, youíre your own person, right? When you go to bed every night, itís you; an individual with your own personality, your own preferences, strengths and weaknesses. You have your own implementation of Islaam, and ultimately, youíre heading to your own grave, preparing for your own standing before Allah. So doesnít it make sense that you should stop for a second, and really ask yourself, what does Ramadhaan mean to me?

Get this, I was at this thingamajig sometime back, and the brother [rahimahullah], he says [words to the effect of];

ďThe first 10 days of Ramadhaan are for the muhsineen. Those who, although they havenít done that many good deeds, because of their ihsaan [excellence], their deeds are most beloved to Allah.

The middle 10 days are to seek the maghfirah [forgiveness] of Allah. They are for those who try to stick to the straight path, people who strive hard in doing good deeds, but sometimes they go astray, they fall short and wrong themselves. Itís their time to seek forgiveness and appeal to Allahís mercy.

And the last 10 days? The last 10 days of Ramadhaan are for those upon whom Jahannum had become waajib [necessary].Ē


Itís one of those moments when suddenly, the ordinary humdrum of rustling papers, furious scribbling of pens, low murmur of voices, it all comes to an abrupt halt. Everything just stops, and his words hang in the air. Itís like everything in existence suddenly ceases to exist, and itís you, on your own, and those words echo and resound within you. ďThe last 10 days of Ramadhaan are for those upon whom Jahannum had become waajib [necessary].Ē The last 10 days of Ramadhaan, full of abundant mercy, when Allahís forgiveness, blessings and generosity are greater than ever, when Ė according to the majority - the Night of Decree falls; itís for those upon whom the Fire has become necessary because of the extent of their transgressions. SubhaníAllah. Thatís when you stop and think. Damn. Those last 10 days, theyíre for me.

I sípose thatís when I realised what Ramadhaan means to me. It means Iíve made myself a very comfortable seat in the Fire, and hereís my chance to climb out. It means that Allah has granted me another precious opportunity to mend whatís broken Ė my relationship with Him. Donít get it twisted. Itís not piety, thinking like that. Itís called being for real. Because if you kick back and think, really think, then you realise that in reality, any one, tiny, insignificant misdeed that you thought so little of; itís enough to destroy you. So what about the mountains of sins youíve enumerated against yourself? How you gonna explain them? What excuse will you make?

I dunno how to stress this enough; Ramadhaan is precious. Hereís an analogy that might work for yíall: Ramadhaan is to your Hereafter, what extra time is to, I dunno, Tottenham or Liverpool, when theyíre up against Chelsea [under the Special Oneís guidance of course]. Itís those few, decisive moments that are make or break for the underdogs, and they go out there and they give it their best shotÖand fall flat on the their faces! [Arenít you lucky that analogy doesnít completely apply to Ramadhaan?!]

For real though, Ramadhaan is the Muslimís bonus. Itís those few, precious moments where your deeds accumulate tremendously by the mercy of Allah [swt]. So donít waste it. Find out what it means to you - you, personally - and give it all youíve got. Doesnít have to be nothing spectacular. Revive a sunnah maybe. Read Surah Mulk every night. Make salaah in congregation. Make the taraweeh in congregation. Regulate your dhikr. Learn a new duíaa, or a new surah. Something small, but something consistent. Something that, when you stand before Allah, you can attempt to present. Like the poor beggar, caught out in the freezing cold with no shelter, possessing nothing but a few pennies. He offers you those pennies, and with them his heart, and he pleads that you grant him refuge. Now you, the one destitute before Allah, you go to Him, and you offer your humble attempts, the few deeds that you have, and you plead with Him for His shelter. You ask Him to grant you refuge in His Paradise.

Ramadhaan is Allahís gift to you. Hereís your chance to show Him how much you appreciate it.

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