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). Nevertheless, we couldn’t appreciate the true worth of such a blessed month and the auspicious blessings and opportunities it called us to avail. 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.
At times Allah makes someone fall into a trouble so that he/she may get closer to Allah by means of:
1. Pardoning of sins – It’s mentioned in a narration that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و آله و سلم said: “There is no calamity that befalls a Muslim but Allah expiates (sin) thereby, even a thorn that pricks him.”
(Narrated by Imām al Bukhārī and Imām Muslim)
Note: For major sins, however, proper Tawbah (repentance) should be made (i.e. remorse should be present in the heart along with determination that it will not be repeated)
2. Gaining huge rewards by practicing Sabr – i.e. remaining satisfied with Allah’s decree and not getting lazy in fulfilling His commandments out of despair.
Allah Ta’ālā says “Give glad tidings to the Sābirūn (patient ones)” (Surah Al Baqarah: 155).
3. Making Du’aa – one becomes deeply attached with Allah by making Du’aa. Allah loves when an ‘Abd (slave of Allah) begs in front of Allah and shows his Ihtiyāj (destitute).
4. Undergoing Islāh (Reformation) – misfortunes and afflictions give person a chance to change him/her-self. If this change shall ensue in a positive way (i.e. one becomes more obedient towards Allah and leaves away sins) then this will rather turn out to be a great ‘fortune’.
So imagine you attaining attachment with Allah, The Most High, due to a trivial, worldly mishappening ! Thus some pious person said in a verse:
جو ساتھ تم بھی ہو تو غم کا کیا غم ہے
If one attains friendship of Allah then grief for the mishap, that enabled this to happen, will surely be replaced with joy and tranquility.
Sunnah: Upon getting any sort of affliction (be it a prick of a thorn), one should recite the following:
Translation: We belong to Allah and to Him shall we return; O Allah, reward me for my affliction and give me something better than it in exchange for it.
(Narrated by Imam Muslim)
Lastly, remember that any event that’s going to happen in our lives is either going to make us happy or make us sad. A believer utilizes both these opportunities to gain closeness with Allah – he does Shukr (offers gratitude) at that which makes him feel joyful and practices Sabr (patience) at that which makes him grief stricken. So thereby he gains benefit from both sort of situations! Thus a Hadith states ‘Amazing is the affair of believer’, and then it refers to the aforementioned phenomenon (Narrated in Sahih Muslim)
Adapted from various discourses by Ulama and Shuyukh
قال الله تبارك وتعالى: لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنْسَانَ فِي كَبد
“Indeed, We have created man (to live) in hard struggle” (Surah al Balad: 4)
Sayyidi, Shaikh Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani mentioned, while explaining this verse, that every person is in a sort of struggle in this life – be it a male or a female, be it a person from any age group, be it a poor or a rich, be it a religious or an irreligious person – each one of them is in some sort of struggle which can be physical, mental or both. Now, if one was to direct his struggle in such a manner that would make his Rabb to get pleased with him then, out of this struggle, he’ll get an everlasting reward (and he’ll be at peace in this life and the hereafter). On the other hand, if this shall not be done, then the person will ultimately land himself in to an everlasting torment. So, we need to ponder over this reality that we all have to face the struggle of this life (without which nothing can be achieved in this world). However, if done in a proper direction – as ordained by Allah Ta’ālā (i.e. we shall fulfill the commandments, abstain from prohibitions and carry out our worldly affairs as instructed by Allah) – we can bear the proper fruit. On the contrary, our struggles will render fruitless – rather, lead us to a path of destruction (May Allah protect us all).
– Adapted from a discourse by Shaikh Mufti Taqi Usmani.
We all face hardships and struggles in our daily affairs. By keeping the above mentioned reality in mind, we can strive to keep ourselves on the right track while feeling content in anticipation of the upcoming ease in the Ākhirah. Talhah