I was in bed listening to the melodious call of the Fiery-Necked Nightjar as it calls each night across the river and was thinking how quick this Ramadhaan (1432) has past? It seems that each year goes quicker than the next, like we have less and less time to do what we should. May Allah remove our laziness! We all start out fresh and enthusiastic but by the time the Days of Mercy are over, the fatigue sets in and the working mother especially feels like a bus hit her. By the time the Days of Emancipation come, we can barely pull the long raka’ats and du’as in Qiyaamul Layl (Tahajjud). Those of us who do are blessed.
And as the last ten days dawn upon us, those sitting for i’tikaaf begin their seclusion, others already thinking of Eid preparations, some have left for the Makkah for Umrah in a packed Haram shareef. Who is going where, who is wearing what and who is cooking what? It’s crazy in the last two to three days of Ramadhaan as the usual South African mother thinks “If I take out the meat today and marinate it, it will be in time. But I don’t want to take it out too early or be too late because Eid could be Tuesday or Wednesday…” I smile when I think back how prepared my mother always was, still is. Only now MA makes less and makes more Ibaadah. She always emphasised ‘ibaadah over everything else. When I got older to handle the kitchen on my own, we took turns to make i’tikaaf. Allah accept our efforts and reward my parents for guiding me all my life.
Aaisha, (radhiyallahu anha), related that the Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: Look for Laylatul Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights of Ramadhaan (Bukhari, Vol 3, Book 32).
We should keep ourselves busy with Qur’aan recitation, seeking Allah’s forgiveness, Nafl salaah, rememberance of Allah and Salawaat.
Surah Al-Qadr-Syeikh Masyari Rashid Al-Afaasi
Abu Huraira (radhiyallahu anhu) related that the Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth and proclaims: Who is that who supplicates for Me, and I grant his supplication? Who is that who begs Me for anything and I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, and I forgive him? (Bukhari, Muslim).
So let us ask from the depths of our hearts, no matter how big or small it seems, Allah is always listening. Nothing is hard for Allah, how can it be when HE is the Creator of everything and to whom All Sovreignity belongs! Du’a is the essence of worship. Beg sincerely of Allah, do not despair in His mercy. And if you remember, then pray for me too, that Allah accept Madrasah Ummul Hasanaat’s humble efforts and keep our intentions pure.
Aaishah (radhiyallahu anha) said: I asked the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam): ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’
He said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are the One who is Oft-Pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ “(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).
اللْهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ
O Allah, You are the Oft-Pardoning
and You love to pardon
so pardon me
May Allah guide us to use our time correctly, accept our prayers, ease the difficulties of the Muslims all over the world and may we not forget Allah on Yaumul Eid (and throughout the months other than Ramadhaan) as so many of us sometimes do in times of ease and joy.