Rejected. Dejected. In Pain. Excited. Happy. In Love. As Ramadhan comes upon us, we head into Ramadhan with of various emotions, each has a story of it’s own, pulling at us, demanding our attention. Do we give them the time they deserve? At times we do, and at other times we fail.
Dear readers, an amazing month has come upon us spoken about in the Qur’an by Allah, the Most High, celebrated by best of generations, cherished by the Ummah, you and I. This is a month of hope, a month of opportunities, a month to reflect over lost time.
In this month, we are protected from hellfire, protected from the Shayateen, and purified from our sins, Allah is giving the chance to come back and return to Him. The Prophet said: “Whoever fasts during Ramadhan out of sincere faith, hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all of his past sins will be forgiven.” [1. Bukhari]. In another hadith he said: “When the month of Ramadhan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” [2. Bukhari]
Everyone is excited for Ramadhan, though many don’t prepare, I’m here to tell you it’s never to late! Whether you’ve been rejected, know that Allah, At-Thawwab [The Acceptor of Repentance, The Oft-Forgiving] will never reject you.
If you feel dejected, know that Allah, Al-Mu’min [The Giver of Security, The Remover of Fear] will restore your life with happiness, He loves you. He wants you to be happy.
Some of you may be in pain, understand that Allah, Al-Ghani [The Free of Need] will make you depend on Him alone. I’m here to remind you this month is a month of mercy, it is a month of opportunities, it’s a month of love and happiness, but only for those who seek it.
Allah tells us so amazingly, knowing our inner fears: “Say, ‘O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.’ ” [3. Qur’an 39:53].
It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it.
Hence, we at I am Alima wish you an amazing Ramadhan, we pray it’s a month of goodness, away from despair. We hope you will spend this time with us, as we have prepared many initiatives for you.
On that note… Ramadhan Mubarak!
Alima Ashfaq is the founder of I am Alima and hopes to transform it into the forefront of assisting women come closer to Allah (swt). She is the author of a number of publications, most notably Du’as of the Superstars.