To Ilm Summit Students

Ramadhan Reminder,

When we were in Ilm Summit, my dear fellow Solange started the Ramadhan Reminder where everyone can share some reminders about Ramadhan . I ‘d like to share my reminder here.

Asalamualaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu,

How are you all. I just wanted  to share my feelings I gained through all the tafsirs and lectures attended throughout the whole month. Every year we are blessed with the month of Ramadhan. we are fortunate enough to earn the blessings of this month. Every Ramadhan passes by and we are drilled to worship, read Quran, do good deeds, not waste time, take care of relatives, extra gentle to our families but I never understand why the bubble pops as soon the month is finished. Why we can’t we climb one stair of piety, one more step of closeness to our lord, open one more door of mercy for us. Why it happens. I truly believe that Ramadhan is the month to earn the reward as much as you can but the only purpose is to earn tons of reward and then go back to zero again? The only purpose is to pray, read  read and read and then altogether leave the book of Allah. Do we think that Allah wants us to be muslim only in this month and the rest of the year is a free ride. I think that Ramadhan is the month of transformation. It is the month of connecting to Allah when shaytaan is chained so you can feel the real sweetness and try to maintain this sweetness throughout the rest of the year. you can feel the real peace in this month and try to maintain the same peace throughout the year. If you have developed the relationship with Quran and felt that it was the real food for the soul then nourish the soul after this month too.This month was the sample life style or ideal life style a muslim can adopt but there is no such thing as ideal so at least we can do even half of it. But don’t leave it altogther.Don’t stop reciting the Quran at fajr, don’t sleep after fajr, don’t backbite, call your relatives, try to help someone always, use your talent for the community . Ahh! we have so much to do and so much less time. Still we can’t see what are we doing. Where are we heading to? this life is not easy. Path of paradise is not filled with bed of roses. We are created for hard work as the Surah Inshiqaq mentions:

Chapter (84) sūrat l-inshiqāq (The Splitting Asunder)

Sahih International: O mankind, indeed you are laboring toward your Lord with [great] exertion and will meet it.

Therefore, I really feel that if you have developed some relationship with your Lord, don’t let it go. Hold it. This light should enlighten the rest of your life. The power of taqwa gained in this month should energized you to do eveything for the sake of Allah, to gain His mercy, to gain His closeness. Just trust me my sisters, no one can give you the full measure of whatever good we do in this world. Only Allah can. Only He can return the reward the way it should be rewarded but for this you have to appriase him the way He should be. Then definitely, He will praise you the way you should be praised in both the worlds.

Sahih International: They have not appraised Allah with true appraisal. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might.

I pray that this month become the source of attaining real taqwa. Whatever steps we have taken to gain his pleasure should become the strong foundation to race to the tower of tolerance, patience, piety and productivity(Ameen).

Love and duas to all the seekers of knowledge.

Sharmeen Makda.

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