As we are almost at the end o this blessed month, we all have some regrets and remorses or wishes we couldn’t fulfill. A few days ago, we all were attending Ramadan prep courses, introductory courses and numerous khatiras at our mosques on how to spend Ramadhan. After that, we were tuned into all the series about how to spend lay latul Qadr and make the most of it and how to invoke Allah’s mercy and now our hearts are weeping and bleeding to see this month depart. It is indeed a sad sad feeling, no words can capture the true pain and aches we all feel to see it is going, the first thing I hear from my
friends is “I wish I could have done more, I didn’t give Ramadan its right, I
was not generous with my money I should be more consistent with my Ibadah, I didn’t read Quran as much as I should , I didn’t reflect on the meanings of Kalam ul Allah as I was supposed to, I should have engaged less in useless talk and should have done more Zikr” and the list goes on and on. But one thing we need to remember that true believer is never satisfied with his Ibadah. He always wants to do more and more so it is a good sign that we are not content with what we have done. As Allah says:
Indeed, those who are near your Lord are not prevented by arrogance from His worship, and they exalt Him, and to Him they prostrate.
Nevertheless, if we feel we have loops and holes in our
worships and we couldn’t do justice to our Creator then we still have one night
left. One odd night is still there. In Olympics, it is observed that many
athletes are behind and in the last lap they come forward like a flash and
cross the finish lane. Our beautiful religion teaches us never to be hopeless,
never lose hope of Allah’s mercy. Therefore, as a true believer, one can’t lose
hope till the last lap, till the last second. We all still have 48 hours or
more or little less, I2, 880 minutes and 17, 2800 seconds. If we sleep 8 hours,
32 hours are still left, 1920 minutes, 115200 seconds are still there. Just
imagine how many hasanats we can earn. Even if we spare 15, 000 seconds we
still have 100,000 seconds left and if we say Subhanallah, Alhumdullilah, and
Allahuakbar each second then multiply by 80 then we can have 8000,000 hasanaat.
Still it is not too late, we haven’t missed the final train. Still the caller
is calling ‘all aboard.’ So don’t miss that final boarding, don’t
miss that final call, the plane has not take off yet. Ramadhan is not over yet,
one more night to go and according to most of the scholars all last ten nights
are divine. Hence, we all have two or more nights to run the final lap, to
board on the last train, to board on the last plane. Don’t overly engage
yourself in Eid shopping and Chand Raat parties so much so that you start
losing all the spirituality and Imaan boast even before the end of Ramadhan. As
If the Hour is about to be established and one of you was holding a palm shoot, let him take advantage of even one second before the Hour is established to plant it.” [Note: Reported by Ahmad and Al Bukhan on the authority of Anas in Al Adab Al-Mufrad,
see also Sahih Al- Jami’ Al-Saghir, No.1424].
is a religion of hope, mercy and positivity. One can never despair. For those
who were busy in their travel, college, job, or pure procrastination, Ramadan
is not over yet. Your lord is still waiting for you to turn to Him to ask
forgiveness, to repent, to regret and to remorse. Amazingly, the verses of
Surah Baqrah assures us in these words
The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify
Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.
And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me
The verses are ending with Allah’s intense mercy that He is still waiting for us to call to Him and He is there to answer. He is near, He is not far. Just call Him .
Imagine a student who has scored all C’s in his class tests and there is no way
he can get A to pass his course. The professor announced that all those tests
won’t count. The final exam is 80% and the rest is 20% and if you increase your
grade from C to B or B to A, he will increase your grade up to 100%. Now
imagine you haven’t fasted the way you were supposed to, you haven’t prayed
with full concentration, you tried to avoid gossips as much as you could but somehow you got involve in pre and post iftars conversations, you aimed to be up for the whole night but with prayer beads in one hand and headphone in your ears with Quranic recitation, you fall asleep. You woke up at the last third night and tried to grab as much blessings as you could with tears in your eyes and regrets of those extra hours of sleep. All these unintentional errors and
shortcomings are a sign of being a human. Allah knows our limitations and He is
hundred times more merciful than that professor and 700 times more merciful
then our mother. He wants to forgive you and He will but you have to turn to
him. You have to ask him without further delay. Don’t despair and go ahead and
plant that palm shoot in your hands you were planning to plant, you have planned to plant before Ramadan or you are still thinking to plant because it is never too late.
Indeed I am near, indeed I am near, indeed I
I respond to the invocation of the supplicant
when he calls upon Me.