Ramadhan: Time for change

A tsunami of mercy is about to hit us.  An eruption of mercy is on the verge of exploding.  A downpour of blessings is on the brink of descending.  A gale of light is within sight.  A month is dawning upon us wherein the clouds shower mercy, the rivers overflow with mercy, the gardens blossom with mercy, the winds whistle with mercy and the waterfalls trickle with mercy.  Our horizons are illuminated.  The skies are radiant.  The trees seem to be in high spirits.  Animals seem to be ecstatic.  Ramadhan is approaching.

 The month of Ramadhan is the month of the Qur’an.  It is the season of devotions and worship wherein spirituality reaches the highest peaks.  The root letters of Ramadhan denote incineration.  Ramadhan incinerates all our sins.  It removes the rust from our lives.  It makes us shine.  It is a time to become pure from the filth contaminating our souls. 

 Ramadhan is a provision for the whole year.  It helps one through the remainder of the year until the next Ramadhan.  It is like a person crossing the desert.  The more water, food and other such provisions a person has, the easier the journey and the safer he will reach his destination.  Likewise, the more the Qur’an Tilawah, Salah and other devotions a person has in stock, the easier the battle will be with the nafs and Shaytan throughout the year and the safer he will reach the next Ramadhan.  

 The month of Ramadhan is a time to heal the soul from the effects of sin.  It is like a sick person who has been deprived of medicine for 11 months and then is taken into hospital.  He is given all the care and medication required.  It replenishes his soul, strengthens his body and revitalises his spirit.  Likewise, Ramadhan is our spiritual hospital.  All the spiritual care and medication is available.  Ramadhan infuses within us the vigour, courage, energy and drive to become Allah conscious.     

The month of Ramadhan is a time to nourish our souls.  It is like a person who has been surviving on water and bread for 11 months and then for one month is given all the exquisite dishes of the world.  He will eat as much as he can.  He will put his mouth on everything presented in front of him.  Likewise, the month of Ramadhan is where the cuisine of Allah is presented.  Every deed is multiplied in reward. Every action emanates a different fragrance and blessing.  Every act gives off a distinct taste.

Ramadhan is synonymous to the Qur’an.  Ramadhan is the month of the Qur’an. Our pious predecessors truly appreciated this.  Their every second was tilawah of the Qur’an in this month.  The authors stopped writing.  Researchers abandoned researching.  Scholars stopped working.  They dedicated the month of Ramadhan to the Qur’an.  Imam Shaf’i rahimahullah would complete 60 recitations of the Holy Qur’an.  Aswad ibn Yazeed rahimahullah would complete the recitation of the Qur’an every two nights in the tahajjud prayer.  Let alone the scholars of the past, more recently, Hadhrat Shaykh Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Rahimahullah would recite approximately 35 chapters of the Qur’an daily.  If they can do it, why can’t we?

Have a competition within your families.  Create an environment of Qur’an tilawah in your homes.  The men should spend as much as time as they can in the masājid.  Women should spend less time in the kitchens and more time on the musalla.  We are entering a gold mine.  Time is limited.  The clock is ticking.  Days are passing.  How much gold do you want? The time has come to return to Allah.  His doors are open.  Will you enter?

 

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