By Majed Iqbal- Insha’allah you are all in the best state of health and Imaan. Please take time to send durood (salutations) upon the Prophet ﷺ (Allah’s peace and blessings be be upon him), especially on the Day of Jum’ah. Abu Hurayrah (ra) may Allah be pleased with him narrated Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “The person who recites eighty times on Friday (the following supplication) immediately after Asr Salah, before standing up from his place, eighty years of his sins will be forgiven by Allah and the reward equivalent to eighty years of worship will be written for him: Allahuma Sallay Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin Nabiyyil Ummiyi wa Ala Aalihi Wa sallim Tasleema” [Al-Jami Al-Saghir; Allamah Sakhaawi RA in Al-Qawl al-Badee’; Imaam Daraqutni RA and Al Muassah al-Rayyan]
And continue to send durood and salaam upon the Holy Prophet ﷺ every day insha’allah.
The month of Ramadhan is still with us as we see the blessings flourish and Allah’s mercy descend upon the believers.
It’s not over yet!
We maybe tired and drained, our bodies shattered with fasting, our legs aching from lengthy prayers and dizziness from staying up late at night for reciting Quran and joining circles of adkhaar (remembrance)
Have we done enough? Have we honoured this month correctly? Have we fulfilled its dues? These are the big questions!
These are worrying thoughts which circulate our minds, and rightly so.
It has been narrated that Ayesha (ra) said : I said “O Messenger of Allah, the saying of Allah (swt)
“and those who give that ( their charity) which they give (and also other good deeds) with their hearts full of fear (if their deeds have been accepted or not) because they are sure to return to their lord (for reckoning) [Al-Muminoon- 23:60]
“Are these who drink wine and steal?” and in another narration “Is he the one who fornicates, steals and drinks wine but despite this he fears Allah?” The Holy Prophet ﷺ replied “No O daughter of siddeeq, but they are those who fast, pray and practice charity etc and they are afraid that their deeds may not be accepted by Allah from them” (Bayhaqi)
And these are the natural feelings we are going through. Only the foolish will pass through Ramadhan’s last days without feeling fearful or worried about what they have failed to do in the month.
Abdullah Ibn Masud narrates that the Holy Prophet ﷺ said “The beloved sees his sins as a mountain beneath which he is sitting and which he fears it may fall down upon him. The rebellious person sees his sin as a fly which passes in front if his nose and he swats it away”
How can it be that in this month of purification that anyone does not feel the burden of their sins towering upon them and do not use this month to wipe away their misdeeds! Surely we would be of the losers if we failed in the last week of Ramadhan to achieve this.
In this month we could have lost track! Maybe missing those Taraaweeh prayers, just hanging around in the days or watching telly.
Some of us may have simply not valued Ramadhan at all as the month passed us and we were not moved by the blessings of this momentous month.
Did we change? Did we come closer to Islam? Did we connect to our fundamental quest of why we are here in this dunya?
Did our fasts and prayers make us better?
Abu Huraira narrates that the Holy Prophet ﷺ “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)” Bukhari
Did we change our lifestyles which are affected by the environment, Media, Popular culture, bad friends that are around us?
Did we remain on track or did we lose it?
In the last days, we still have some chance. The Holy Prophet ﷺ “Every son of Adam sins and the best of the sinners are those who repent.” (Ibn Majah)
Allah’s mercy is still available in unquantifiable amounts, Do we want it??
There are still some days left in this glorious month that we can get ourselves back on track and become those who are of the repenters.
We are in the last days of Ramadhan and our beloved guest will be leaving us in a few days. How have we entertained our guest? How have we spent time with our guest? How have we honoured this guest? How have we been hospitable to this guest?
When the ones whom we love leave us to go on a journey or to move to another town, province or country, we hug them dearly and our eyes are full of tears. Why?
Is it not that they are so dear to us that we can’t bear to see them depart from us? Is it not because we will miss them so much and feel the emptiness of our homes in their absence? Dont we ask them “When will we see you again?” Does the thought not cross our minds that we may not live to see each other?
Brothers and sisters, are you happy or sad at the departure of Ramadhan al Kareem?
Will Allah (swt) bless us with another ramadhan such that we repent, cleanse our sins and establish our resolve to seek knowledge, work for and see this Deen implemented?
Ramadhan time was not a month just for personal reflection alone. It also should have served as a wake up call to the condition of what is happening around us in the Muslim Ummah.
Why is a resourceful and rich area like Africa currently starving like we see in Somalia? Why are drone attacks in Pakistan continuing by America when we have a powerful Army that can stop these crimes? At what stage is the Arab spring at now? Rulers have changed, but have the systems of Governance become Islamic?
Why is that Karachi burns with Politically instigated violence by power-hungry secular parties even though opinion poll after opinion poll states that Muslims in Pakistan want Shariah implemented? If Mubarak is gone, why is the new Government not disengaging with Israel and calling for the Liberation of Palestine?
These turbulent times make us question if these state of affairs would ever change to a situation of peace and stability and Glory for Islam.
Remember, When the Prophet (saw) was making hijrah to Medina with Abu Bakr as-Sidddeeq (ra), the bounty killer sent by the Quraish, Suraqah, was on the verge of catching the Messenger of Allah (saw) and Abu Bakr (ra). He could see his prize for catching them and returning them to Quraish.
In this difficult and dark time the Holy Prophet ﷺ said to him “Turn back and i promise you shall have the Bangles of Kisra”
The Prophet (saw) informed Suraqah that Islam will dominate Persia and the jewellery of the king, the then head of a regional super power would be given to him. Surakah agreed and let the beloved Prophet and Abu Bakr continue to Medina where the Prophet was met by the people as their new head of state, forming the beginning of the Islamic State.
And indeed the Prophecy came into fruition under the Khilafah of Umar ibn al –Khattab who brought the bangles of Kisra to Suraqah who had by then embraced Islam!
In the difficult times today, where is our vision gone? Where are the discussions based on the seerah to draft out a political path based on Islam to rescue us from the clutches of despotic rulers, foreign intervention, poverty, backwardness and societal breakdown?
Why is that this vision has been lost today such that people stop looking to Islam as the way forward and calling for its solutions.
Where are these discussions on how Islamic Economic model can lift the people of Africa out of poverty?
Where are these discussions on how Islam’s Political system can unite people of different factions, regions, races, religions to stop the violence we are seeing in Pakistan and Bangladesh today?
Where are these discussions to become unified such that the oil of the despotic Arab kings is taken off them and the armies in unite to form a block to counter Israel?
Surely this is only going to happen by calling for the complete and comprehensive implementation of Islam for the Muslim world that all of us need to work for.
Inspiration from Quran
In this entire month we have been listening to the glorious Quran by renowned Qari’s in our locality. But where is the connection of the verses of the Quran on the condition of this Ummah in the actions of people?
Mu’ad ibn Jabal (ra) once called the people of the town and said to them
“Today the reciters of Qur’an are few but the implementers are many, what of the time when the reciters will be many and the implementers will be few.”
Isnt this a description of our time today. Today the reciters may be many but the implementers are few. That our societies are not ruled by the revelation of Allah (swt) and the Sunnah of his beloved messenger (saw).
Why is that even in this month, muslims are selective in what they practice from the Quran. the Holy Prophet ﷺ said:
إن الله يرفع بهذا الكتاب أقواماً ويضع به آخرين
“Allah will elevate some nations through this book and degrade others with it” [Muslim]
Isn’t our degradation due to the abandonment of the Quran in our Societal and state life?
In the last days, let us make a firm promise that we will seek the knowledge of Islam, we will study it vividly, we will make dawah in our communities, we will be the voice of the oppressed and the ambassadors for the call for Khilafah in shaping out a new future for the muslim world.
We need to be the strong believers who have re-vitalised in Ramadhan and are are ready to work for change. We must know how Islam calls for change and be in a position to explain it and call for it with people.
The Holy Prophet ﷺsaid “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, and there is good in everyone” Sahih Muslim
Which ones are we that are being described in the hadith?
Are we those that have not taken anything from ramadhan? Are we those that didnt increase in our Taqwa? Are we still the same old characters or have we stripped away our laziness, lack of knowledge, spiritual decline and renewed it with a new resolve, coming out like refined coal, ready to light the fire for change?
It’s not over yet
Could we be the blessed ones, who as a result of our efforts in Ramadhan are described and honoured in the below Hadith?
Sahl bin Saad narrates that the Holy Prophet ﷺsaid “Islam began as something strange, and it will return as something strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers” . It was asked “Who are the strangers, O Messenger of Allah?” He replied “Those that correct the Sunnah when the people become corrupt (Tabaraani)
Look around you. What do you see when you switch on the news channels, News Websites and radio stations? Do you not sense the revival of Islam in the masses?
So it doesn’t finish with Ramadhan.
May Allah (swt) give us tawfeeq to be the upright ones who changed the state of affairs for the muslim world in the corruption of the times we lived in and bought about a new dawn, a new destiny for the Muslim World.
The Holy Prophet ﷺwas most truthful when he said: “The grinding wheel of Islam is turning. So, turn with it wherever it turns.” [Tabarani]
Will you remain behind or be one of the cogs in this wheel that contributed to this Global movement for change?
Will you be the one who has sacrificed their time, wealth and efforts to make Dawah for this unique and distinct change which the Muslim wold is crying out for?
Will you be the one who was able to guide people out of darkness into the light by highlighting How Islam is the Solution to the Global problems of Political Corruption, Poverty, Financial meltdown, Occupation of lands, the social breakdown of families and the many other ills which plague the modern world.
May Allah Azza wa Jal accept our Siyaam (fasts), Our Qiyaam (Standing in Prayers), our recitation and hifz (memorisation) of Quran, Our itikaafs (Seclusion in the Masjid), our Seeking of ilm (knowledge), sitting with Shuyukh (learned), Feeding the poor, Honouring our ties of Kinship and making Dawah all only and purely to seek the pleasure of our lord and to seek his forgiveness.
The Holy Prophet ﷺsaid “The people of Paradise are one hundred and twenty rows, this Ummah takes up eighty of them.” (Ahmad)
May Allah Azza wa Jal giv us the Tawfeeq to be of those described in the eighty rows and gives us the ability to continue running with the baton of Islam outside of Ramadhan with a resolve and iman that is unbreakable.
Allah humma Ameen