It has been ages! The guilt of not finding the time to post has become quite unbearable and I'm happy to finally clear my conscious (though my previous post wasn't anything worth mentioning either). It is quite suffering to see my blog always at the bottom of every bloglist - due to the 'least' recently update of course. I assume it's not too late to wish Ramadhan Kareem:) Since it is Ramadhan, here my post goes...
Ramadhan is a very important part of every Muslim’s life. Ramadhan is the month of giving and mercy, and during this month Allah blesses the believers with forgiveness and great reward.
This is a time to stop and contemplate, to look inwards and out, it is a time to set our goals. We should ask ourselves what we want to achieve this month - something we will carry into our futures.
Achievement is accomplished by change. ‘How’ and ‘what’ we change are as important to consider as ‘when’ we change. Ramadhan gives us a huge opportunity to improve ourselves and gain rewards for our actions.
Just consider how precious time is. Our time when used well can gain us much reward, but when wasted we lose something of unimaginable value.
Therefore, whoever is merciful and giving in Ramadhan, Allah will be even more Merciful and Giving towards them and will bestow upon them countless bounties and blessings. All praises to Allah SWT, Lord of the worlds. As revealed in the Glorious Qur’an,
"Oh you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you that you may keep your duty to your Lord" 2:185.
There are many actions we can take during the month of Ramadhan which will benefit us immensely. One of these would be to take 'sahur' as there is great benefit in it. The greatest blessing of 'sahur' may be that Allah engulfs those who partake in it with His Forgiveness, showers His Mercy on them, while His angels ask of Him to forgive and pardon them.
Reciting the Quran has much benefit as it was in this blessed month that the Qur’an was revealed to prophet Muhammad SAW.
"Verily! We have sent you (O Muhammad) with the Truth, a bearer of glad tidings and a warner; and there is not a nation but a warner has passed among them," 35:24.
"Surely this Qur’an' guides to the way that is straightest and gives good tidings to the believers who do deeds of righteousness, that theirs shall be a great reward.” 17 : 11.
The importance of the Qur’an cannot be presented in a few words. It is not just another book on the shelf, but it is the words of Allah, speaking to every one of us. It is direct contact with Allah Himself. This is what we should keep in mind when we read the Qur'an or think about it.
The Giving of charity also carries much blessing and the rewards, giving during the holy month will increase your reward immensely. Zakah does not only purify the property of the contributor but also purifies his heart from selfishness and greed.
The Prophet said, 'Charity is a necessity for every Muslim'. He was asked, 'What if a person has nothing?' The Prophet replied, 'He should work with his own hands for his benefit and then give something out of such earnings in charity'. The Companions asked, 'What if he is not able to work?' The Prophet said, 'He should help the poor and needy persons.' The Companions further asked, 'What if he cannot do even that?' The Prophet said, 'He should urge others to do good'. The Companions said, 'What if he lacks that'also?' The Prophet said, 'They should stop themselves from doing evil. That is also charity.'
Charity is not only giving money but following the above example will ensure you are giving charity as well as receiving Allah’s blessing.
'Solah' which can only performed during Ramadhan ('terawih' of course ^^) is an opportunity for us to gain as many good deeds as we can. It's sad when people are looking for only the fastest 'imam' who leads the terawih prayer, or the earliest mosque which finish the prayer. And it is even more disappointed to see the 'saff' of this particular prayer shrinking each day. It seems like people are not aware of the reward offered by Allah.
And the biggest reward of all is the night of alQadr. Whoever performs the 'ibadah' during this night will be given the reward as equal as he is performing the 'ibadah' in 1000 months. MasyaAllah. How Gracious and Merciful Allah is towards His vicegerents. We can only meet with alQadr with the will of Allah. So, gain as many bless from Him for He will recognise you and insyaAllah you will be among the peolple who are chosen to be awaken during alQadr. May we will be given the chance to meet this particular night. And may our mission for this month to reach 'taqwa' is accomplished.
I wish all of you Ramadhan Kareem and I would like to express my deepest apology upon any misbehave :) May this Ramadhan is better than our previous one.
P/S: btw, thanks for those who are not giving up hope on me and on my blog particularly hehe