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Regret For Wasting Ramadan So Far!

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We are now half Way through Ramadan and many of us are regrettful of what has passed without doing many good deeds. But fear not there is still time. A Muslim continues to strive until the end!

 

The best of days and nights are yet to come. The first of the blessed 10 nights begins this Saturday from Maghrib and the first day on Sunday from Fajr:

 

Ibn al-Jawzi said: "When the race horse knows that it is nearing the end of the track it exerts all of its effort to win the race. Do not allow the race horse to be more clever than you. For verily, deeds are judged by their conclusions. So if you didn't do well with welcoming Ramadan then perhaps you will do better bidding it farewell."

 

Ibn Taymiyyah said: "The lesson lies in perfection of the conclusion of a thing, not in the shortcomings of the beginning of it."

 

Hasan al-Basri said: "Improve your performance in what is left (of time) and you will be forgiven for that which has already passed. So take special care of the time you have left because you do not know when your soul will be turned over to Allah’s Mercy.”

 

So let us learn from what has passed and make the best of the present for any secind may be our last and we may not see another Ramadan!

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Have we just wasted the whole of Ramadan?


Many of us are feeling right now that we have wasted the whole of Ramadan.
We feel we could have read more Qur'an, done more dhikr, done more
prayers, made more Dua's. We also feel that we have done a lot of sins
and that we have been lazy and have procrastinated much.

However all is not lost! A Muslim does not give up near the last few
hurdles! There are still 7 days and nights to go and many scholars state
that Laylatul Qadr is more likely to fall within the last seven nights:

Ibn 'Umar reported that a man among the companions of the Prophet (peace
be upon him) was shown Laytal al-Qadr in a dream, and that it was one
of the last seven nights. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)
said: "It seems that your dreams agreed
that it is one of the last seven nights, so whoever wants to seek it,
let him seek it in the last seven nights."
[bukhari, 1911; Muslim, 1165] . Muslim reported: "Seek it in the last ten nights, and if any of you are weak or unable to do that, then let him not miss the last seven."

So we still have hope. We can still redeem what we lost of Ramadan so
far. Therefore let us pray 2 raka'h Salaatul Tawbah and beg of Allah for
forgiveness and for him to pardon us and then make a firm conviction
that we will fulfill all of our obligatory duties upon Allah and leave
our bad and sinful ways. Let us ask of Allah to bring us closer to him
and for us to be guided to the straight path like those of whom he has
favoured.

From this moment let us recite as much of the Qur'an as we can with the
meanings, pondering and implementing them into our lives . Let us
remember and glorify Allah as much as we can. Let us make much Dua
especially 20 minutes before fasting ends and before Suhur. Let us pray
all the Taraweeh with the Imaam until he finishes. Let us open up to
Allah and ask of him and beg of his mercy and forgiveness and be
thankful, appreciative slaves of his. Let us ask of Allah to be saved
from the punishment of the grave and Hellfire. Let us be obedient to
parents and the best towards them, our partners, children, siblings,
families, Muslims and non Muslims. Let us adopt the best manners like
that of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and fully implement his
Sunnah into our lives.

If we do not change now then when will we change? If we do not pray our
prayers on time and have bad habits and are committing sins that are
having a detrimental affect to our lives then there is no better
opportunity to change like now!

So let us grab this opportunity so that we can be successful in this
world and the next! Let us walk towards Allah so that he runs towards
us. Let us get closer to Allah for he has been waiting for us to go
towards him patiently.

If we do not grab this opportunity it may never come to us again as death may sieze us and then it will be too late!

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Ibn al-Jawzi said: "When the race horse knows that it is nearing the
end of the track it exerts all of its effort to win the race. Do not
allow the race horse to be more clever than you. For verily, deeds are
judged by their conclusions. So if you didn't do well with welcoming
Ramadan then perhaps you will do better bidding it farewell."

 

Ibn Taymiyyah said: "The lesson lies in perfection of the conclusion of a
thing, not in the shortcomings of the beginning of it."

 

Hasan al-Basri said: "Improve your performance in what is left (of time) and you will
be forgiven for that which has already passed. So take special care of
the time you have left because you do not know when your soul will be
turned over to Allah’s Mercy.”


So let us learn from what has passed and make the best of the present
for any second may be our last and we may not see another Ramadan!

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Ramadan has almost gone & most of us are in utter regret for the time we have wasted this Ramadan. However we must not give up hope! A few blessed days and nights still remain & it is the opinion of most of the Sahaba and majority of scholars is that Laylatul Qadr is most likely to be on the night of the twenty-seventh. It was reported, in a hadith narrated by Ahmad from Ibn 'Umar, and a hadith narrated by Abu Dawud from Mu'awiyah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Laylat al-Qadr is the night of the twenty-seventh." [Musnad Ahmad and Sunan Abu Dawud, 1386] .

Ubayy ibn Ka'b (Ra) used to assert, without saying "insha'Allah", that it was the night of the twenty-seventh. Zurr ibn Hubaysh said: I said: What makes you say that, O Abu'l-Mundhir? He said: by the signs of which the Messengers of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) told us: that the sun rises that morning with no visible rays. [Narrated by Muslim,2/268] .

Many marfu' ahadith were narrated which said that it was on this particular night. Ibn 'Abbas also stated that it is the night of the twenty-seventh. He reached this conclusion by means of an amazing process. It was reported that 'Umar gathered the Sahabah together and included Ibn 'Abbas even though he was very young. They said, "Ibn 'Abbas is like one of our children. Why have you brought him here with us?" 'Umar said: "He is a youth who has a good mind and who asks lots of questions." Then he asked the Sahabah about Laylat al-Qadr, and they agreed that it was one of the last ten nights of Ramadan. He asked Ibn 'Abbas about it, and he said: "I think I know when it is: it is the night of the twenty-seventh." 'Umar said, "What makes you think that?" He said, "Allah made the heavens seven, and the earths seven, and the days seven, and He created man from seven, and He made Tawaf seven (circuits), and al-Sa'i seven, and the stoning of the Jamar seven." So Ibn' Abbas thought that it was the night of the twenty-seventh because of this analysis. This has been soundly reported from Ibn 'Abbas.

Therefore we must give it our all in this blessed night. We may not see another Ramadan or Laylatul Qadr like many who have passed away before Ramadan. We know we can be seized by death at any moment so surely we must ensure that we pass away whilst doing good and not whilst in sin. So this night must be a night that we change ourselves and strive to get closer to Allah and live for the Hereafter not this temporary life.

May Allah enable us to make the best of the nights that remain. Ameen

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