Have a Blessed Ramadan
Huquq Allah (Rights of God on Man)
Islam is the religion of peace, kindness, compassion, and care for our fellow brothers and sisters. Looking after the needy and deserving, and sacrificing our own benefit for the sake of others is the teaching of our deen. Fasting is for Allah and helping a fellow brother break his fast will bless us with unlimited rewards, and the most important prize – the pleasure of Allah!
Our Lord is the most merciful, He forgives even if a believer only thinks in his mind, embarrassed after committing a sin, repenting on his lack of control over himself, that he has crossed the boundaries set by Allah, gaining his displeasure. Only on one’s thought of repentance, our merciful Allah opens His doors of mercy and forgiveness, allowing the believer to be forgiven, blessing him with maghfirah.
The humility expressed by a believer in his prayers via prostration is ultimate, expressing to the creator, that no one is more supreme in the eyes of this believer. Allah, the Almighty, the most Forgiving has expressed to His creations that He is keenly listening to the pleas of those who are searching for Him in their prayers and prostrations.
We witness this Holy month of Ramadan once a year in order to shape our behavior for the next months to come. fasts are mandated obligatory for us so that we may become righteous, better practicing Muslims, an asset to the society, and a source of goodness for our own selves and others around us. The rewards and returns of the good deeds exercised in this month multiply manifolds, urging the Muslims towards an abundance of good-doings.
These temporary setbacks are a sign from Him to turn back to Him, to steer our boat away from the typhoon and towards the light tower, seeking guidance from Him alone, repenting over our past unintentional sins. Allah is ever so kind, so forgiving, He will eventually send down His blessings, but we should remember the lessons learnt in this age of Corona pandemic. The virus may seem scary, but it has taught us the value of the missing pieces of our life’s puzzle.
Being humble in your prayers and supplications and trying to please Allah brings a feeling of contentment and peace in our hearts. When we know that we are doing everything in our power to please our Creator, then an environment of humility and serenity prevails. Of course, we are responsible for fulfilling our roles as a fellow being to ensure that no soul is hurt or harmed by us.
The best way to express one’s gratitude to Allah is; Being thankful in abundance and practicing patience in trial. True essence of gratitude lies in accepting every hurdle that comes your way, keeping expectations low, being content with whatever Allah blesses you with; may it be less or more, and adapting to all kinds of scenarios in life for the sake of gaining the pleasure of Allah. If Allah wills, a believer will gain rewards in this world and also in the next for his ways of practicing the Quran and the Sunnah, and believing in the immortality of this world and the reality of the ever so desirable, paradise.
The race to win the best of all things material will never come to an end. This will continue as long as we breathe our last forcing us to stay in tension, aspiring things we don’t have control over to bring in our possession. Being grateful to the Almighty for each and every thing we possess, for all His blessings can lead to a better and more enduring life ahead in the hereafter, in sha Allah. It shouldn’t matter if we don’t live the most favourite version of our lives in material terms, rather, accepting the mortality of this dunya being a temporary resting place while the afterlife being a place much desired should be the case.
The salah needs to be filled with our heart, mind and soul, being fearful of standing in front of Allah, while humbly praising Him and aiming for jannah in the hereafter, in sha Allah. The khushu and khudu, the humility, the devotion, the submissiveness, the humbleness of our limbs, the alertness of our body parts, these are the required elements of a salah which Allah almighty will accept in the akhirah. The true essence and spirit of salah revolves around the presence of khushu and khudu, meaning inward and outward submission and devotion respectively, praising Allah and communicating with Him with our deepest interest and love. The heart remaining free of any worldly worries and tensions while our body exhibits submission of even the tiniest body part.