Assalam 'Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Its not so beautiful and happy to see what we often see these days. Everybody (including myself) are busy. Yes too busy. In what? In Judging people, in backbiting, in calling others by names, in making takfeer, in hearing haram, in seeing haram and in walking towards haram.
A blessed month is meeting us soon. Are we prepared to welome this blessed guest of us who visit once in a year? Is the place (heart) cleaned before it arrives? What have we done to prepare?
O my dear respected brothers and sisters in Islam! You are the hope of the Ummah. Yes you, the one who is reading this. Let us ask these questions for ourselves inorder to make it easy to see a real picture of our individual situation.
1) How much information do I know about the Seerah of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam), the best man who ever pleaced foot on earth's surface, and His companions? And how much information do I know about the famous polititians, celebrities, football & cricket players,film stars and singers?
2) Howmuch time did I spent in playing games and watching movies over the past year? And howmuch time did I spent in reading Quran and other religious books?
3) Howmany story books and comics have I finished over the past year? And howmany chapters or pages did I read read from Quran?
4) Howmany days was I late to the dinners with friends over the last year? And howmany prayers did I do in Jamaa'ah?
5) Howmuch did I spent for fun and holidaying over the past year? And howmuch did I spent on the needys and poor?
I can go on like this. But hope you got the point here.
My brothers and sisters in Islam! I call upon myself and you all! Let us start from here. Do a sincere Tawbah before meeting Ramadan. Meet it with a pure heart and try to get the blessings it brings. Rasoolullah (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) said, "Whoever fasted the month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith (i.e. belief) and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven ."
Narrated by by Abu Hurairah. (Sahih al-Bukhari).
We often do so much Israaf in Ramadan, in food. Brothers and sisters please be careful for this. Indeed there are so many of our brothers and sisters in Humanity and in Islam, who are dying in hunger each and every minute.
This could be our last Ramadan. Howmany of our friends and relatives who were with us in last Ramadan are left us and this Dunya now? Are we still going to be like this?
Remember! A day is coming towards us. It is a dangerous day. Our time is the present. No second chance will be given. Allah (subuhaanahu wata'aala) says in Quran, "And guard yourselves against a day in which you shall be returned to Allah; then every soul shall be paid back in full what it has earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly". (Surah al-Baqarah, Verse 281).
May Allah (subuhaanahu watalaala) make our life successful and grant us with eternal happiness of Jannah. Allahumma Ameen.
Wassalam 'Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh