Up­hold­ing Ramadan’s spir­i­tual up­lift­ment (1)

Daily Trust - - ISLAMIC FORUM - By Idris Dan-Azumi

O you who be­lieve, be aware of God, and let ev­ery soul ex­am­ine what it has put forth for to­mor­row. And be aware of God; God is fully aware of ev­ery­thing you do. And do not be like those who for­got God, so He made them for­get them­selves. These are the wicked.” (al-Hashr, 59:18-19)

With the blessed month of Ramadan gone still less that a month, the spir­i­tual dis­ci­pline on the body and up­lift­ment of the soul that it fos­ters on the ummah are de­clin­ing.

For al­ready, the reg­u­lar­ity of go­ing to the mosques for con­gre­ga­tional prayers; con­stancy in recita­tion of the Holy Qur’an and at­tend­ing tafsir, the en­thu­si­asm in of­fer­ing ad­di­tional su­pereroga­tory (nawafil) prayers, and gen­eros­ity in char­ity, are fast wan­ing.

Us­taz Ahmad Adam Ku­tubi, the Po­lice Imam of the Zone 7 Po­lice Hqtrs, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, a Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent, in his kut­bah said: “The month of Ramadan has gone but we must nei­ther re­lax nor re­vert to sin be­cause the God of Ramadan is the same God of all the other months so we must not mar the good acts of wor­ship that we car­ried out now that the blessed month has passed. It is among the in­di­ca­tors of the ac­cep­tance of ones good deeds when he sus­tained the ef­fort. Where one re­verts to sin after seek­ing for­give­ness, he at­tracts more se­vere pun­ish­ment from Al­lah.

“Ahead of us is a mea­sure with which our deeds, good and bad, will be weighed and those whose good deeds are weight­i­est, are the ones with the great­est share of re­ward while those whose scale is with­out good deeds are the losers and Hell will be their abode.

“So no doubt shuhur (the months) are like a farm for the stor­age of work. Each day, week or year, as­sign­ment has been given to each and every­one to carry out and the out­put (re­ward) kept for him. They are also pe­ri­ods for the record­ing of the life of each and ev­ery one of us.

So, though Ramadan is gone, yet de­manded of us are the per­for­mance of the five daily (fard)prayers and the weekly Juma’at prayer when we stand be­fore our cre­ator and seek his for­give­ness and his boun­ties. So harken to the call of your Lord, be­lieve in Him and ask Him to for­give you your sins and save you from se­vere pun­ish­ment.

He who re­fuses to harken to the call of Al­lah will not be be­yond the reach of Al­lah and he has no guard or saviour who will res­cue him from pun­ish­ment.

On the weekly ba­sis there is the Juma’at prayer and in the course of that day there is a pe­riod (sa’atul hi­jaba) dur­ing which du’a (sup­pli­ca­tions) are ac­cepted.

Sim­i­larly, the night nawafil prayers have not ended. Just as we ob­served the taha­jjud dur­ing the Ramadan, we must know that Al­lah is un­tir­ing in giv­ing to His ser­vant who abide by His in­junc­tions and stay awake part of the night and be­fore al-fa­jir (the break of dawn) in wor­ship and sup­pli­ca­tion to Him. Not only in Ramadan but all year round.

You won­der why some peo­ple will be up and do­ing in good deeds for Al­lah’s plea­sure in Ramadan, but change when the month is gone. (Those who fill the mosques in Ramadan for the daily but stop of­fer­ing the salat after the month leav­ing the mosques with a di­min­ished con­gre­ga­tion).

This ques­tion was posed to one of the early schol­ars who was seen cry­ing on his death bed and he said, “Woe onto such peo­ple for they do not know Al­lah ex­cept dur­ing Ramadan when they fill up the rows in mosques but after the month they re­turn to their sin­ful ways as if they are suf­fi­cient in them­selves and do not need Al­lah.

“They be­have as if they have been ex­empted from what is com­pul­sory ex­cept dur­ing Ramadan. So they re­vert to sin as if it has been made law­ful for them.

“We pray to Al­lah not to let us go astray after he has saved us and not to make us blind after He has given eyes.

“He who goes astray after he has be­lieved he a great loser. Al­lah says, ‘O you, those who have faith, obey Al­lah and obey the Mes­sen­ger and those in au­thor­ity among you. And if you dis­pute over a thing, then re­turn it to Al­lah and the Mes­sen­ger, if you have faith in Al­lah and the Last Day. That is bet­ter and more beau­ti­ful of in­ter­pre­ta­tion.’

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