Did you know that tonight, there are Muslims who will break their fasts with shisha, that there are Muslims who will be breaking their fasts with cigarettes, beer. That time that you spend in the mosque praying taraweeh, there’ll be Muslims spending their nights in clubs and casinos.
On the other hand, there are Muslims who won’t have anything to break their fasts with. Muslims who have very little to eat for suhoor, and while you’re in the mosque praying taraweeh, there are Muslims getting bombed right in their own homes; women and children being exposed to violence. Children who are being orphaned, adults who are experiencing great loss.
And at this very second, this very minute, there are Muslims lying in their graves, who all thought they were going to make it to this Ramadhan just wishing they could be here.
Take a second and realize the situation our Muslim Ummah is in. Realize, that there are many people who are indulging in great sin during this month. That there are Muslims who are suffering a great deal just to continue living during this time.
Now realize Allah chose YOU. He chose you to be His obedient slave, to be protected from harm, to be sheltered and taken care for. He chose you to live to see this blessed Month. He gave you opportunities to repent to Him. He wanted you to be closer to Him.
He loves you so much! Have you not realized it? How much have you used of these opportunities He’s given you? How much times have you taken out of your busy days to thank Him? How many times do you need to be reminded of your endless blessings for you to wake up?
Now that you have taken all of this into account, I shall move onto the second resource given to us by Allah that shall, inshaAllah, allow us to increase in our knowledge of Allah.
Another great blessing from our most beloved Raab – the Quran. What better way to get to know Allah than by His own words? However, the same that applied to the 99 names of Allah applies to this too. Without much reflection, the words of Allah could be overlooked without any impact on us.
I know that it’s Ramadhan, and everyone’s trying to complete reading the Quran. But Wallahi, (and I very RARLY say Wallahi) I don’t see any use in reading the whole Quran without knowing what you’re reading or, at least for a moment reflecting on what you’ve read. There could be someone who read the whole Quran but it had no affect on them. And then there could be someone who read a very small amount, reflected on it, and allowed it to impact his or her lives hugely.
Yes, it is the month of Ramadhan, and by all means strive to complete the greatest quantity, but don’t neglect the quality of these beautiful words while you’re at it.
How can we reflect more on these beautiful verses? Three things:
- Learning the Arabic language. I can’t stress enough on this importance. Understanding what you’re reading or listening to or reciting plays a huge role in improving your relationship with the Quran.
- Studying Tafseer – this will help you to look at the beauty behind these verses, the reasons behind them, as well as allowing you to gain a greater understanding of the words of Allah.
- Open up your heart. Remember every time you come to read the Quran, memorize it or gain greater knowledge of it, that you are doing it purely for the sake of Allah and that you want to soften your heart in that process and be forgiven.
You need to make the Quran your life. What I mean by this is that it should always be of close reach to you. When you’re traveling have it playing through your headphones. When you’re free have it near by you and learn it’s meaning and tafseer. Don’t let a day pass by without you at least listening to it. For surely there is great reward in just listening to the Quran.
The Messenger of Allah has said: “The one who recites the Quran and the one who listens to it have an equal share in the reward.” [2. Mustadrakul Wasa Volume 1, Page 293]
Keep the Quran close to you and close to your heart, especially during the Month of the Quran itself. Remember it’s the manual to your life and the answer to your every problem, so refer to it when you need help. Let us utilize this beautiful blessing given to us by Allah and use it rather than neglect it.
Oh Allah, you have given us the gift of being practicing Muslims. You have given us the gift of people who love us, a shelter, a home and we haven’t asked for it. Oh Allah, grant us Jannat Al-Firdaws and we are asking for it.
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