Are We Already Halfway Through Ramadan?
Author: Abu Bilal Sackor
All praises and thanks due to Allah and we sent our blessing and peace upon our beloved Prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him).
It is amazing to realize that just a couple of days ago, (1.5) billion Muslims around the globe started observing the fasting of the holy month of Ramadan. Now, the question that we all have to wrestle with is to ask: What are our takeaways? What have we learned up to now?
As for me, I will admit that I have learned the following as my takeaways, namely:
- Whenever the Sun rises, it will ultimately set: This means that we all have limited time on this earth. Time flies by very quickly. Therefore, we must spend our time effectively in seeking the blessings and pleasure of Allah. For the simple fact that, every soul will taste death. Indeed, the prophet explains this idea of utilizing our times in a useful manner in a Hadith reported by Ibn Umar. On the authority of Abdullah Ibn Umar (RadhiyAllahu ‘anhuma), who said: The Messenger of Allah (SallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam) took me by the shoulder and said,
- Be in this world as though you were a stranger or a wayfarer.”And Ibn Umar (RahiyAllahu ‘anhuma) used to say, “In the evening do not expect [to live until] the morning, and in the morning do not expect [to live until] the evening. Take [advantage of] your health before times of sickness, and [take advantage of] your life before your death.” [Reported by Bukhari]. Unfortunately, many Muslims do not govern their times, rather they are controlled and governed by time. We should be capable of managing our time during this month in doing good and righteous deeds such as, reading Quran, making Zikir [remembrance of Allah], commanding others to do good acts, and helping older and disabled men and women in our communities with their errands.
- Do not cause injustice to yourself: Few will wonder how can one do injustice to himself/herself? Yes, it is possible, and here is a case which illustrates such dichotomy. As Muslims, we should employ wisdom in our daily life. If one places a thing in a wrong position, he has committed an injustice. A few days ago, some Muslim brothers neglected Salat Taraweeh, and went home in order to watch the NBA game, Cavaliers vs Warriors. I believe that those who left for the game inflected injustices upon themselves. And for those who stayed to pray did earn tons of reward from their Lord. Verily, time is a precious tool and valuable gift in our life. Ibn Abbas narrated that the Prophet ﷺ states, “There are two blessings in which most people are in great loss: good health and free time.” (Bukhari &Mustadrak). We ask Allah to forgive us in our shortcomings.