As the blessed month of Ramadhān approaches it’s end, the believers strive to make the most out of these auspicious moments before they end.
Hazrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Saheb Usmani mentioned that at the end of Ramadhān, we need to perform two important deeds:
1. Shukr (i.e expressing gratitude to Allah Ta’ālā) for whatever good deeds one was able to carry out during Ramadhān. We should acknowledge the utmost Tawfīq (guidance), granted by Allah Ta’ālā, which enabled us to accomplish whatever we could.
2. Istighfār (i.e. repenting for the mistakes and sins). Even after making good efforts, we are not able to fully appreciate the true worth of such a blessed month and the auspicious blessings and opportunities it calls upon us to avail. Hence, through Istighfār it is hoped that Allah Ta’ālā will not make us answerable to our lackings and sins in the hereafter.
– Adapted from a discourse at Jumu’ah by Shaikh Mufti Taqi Usmani. Talhah
While striving to increase our worshipping during the last 10 nights of Ramadhān, we must also remind ourselves of this important lesson!
Narrated by Ubada bin As-Samit رضي الله عنه :
The Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم came out to inform us about the night of qadr but two Muslims were quarreling with each other. So, the Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم said, “I came out to inform you about the night of qadr but such-and-such persons were quarreling, so the news about it had been taken away; yet that might be for your own good, so search for it..”
Sahih Bukhari Chapter No: 32, Night Prayer in Ramadaan (Taraweeh)
Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani Saheb mentioned, after referring to this narration, that our beloved Nabi صلي الله عليه وسلم didn’t forget the knowledge about Laylah al Qadr without Allah Ta’ālā’s will. Rather, Allah Ta’ālā had intended for us to strive more (throughout the odd nights during the last 10 days of Ramadhan) to receive the immense rewards of this blessed night. However, through this incident, Allah Ta’ālā further revealed the wrongfulness of the act of altercation and dispute (1).
– Adapted from a discourse at Jumu’ah by Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani.