June 29, 2015 by Verse By Verse Quran Study Circle
The state in which one comes out of Ramadan is very important, because it pertains to two things:
First: After the great season is over those destined to win have won forgiveness, mercy and emancipation from Hell, and started proceeding on the way of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and those destined to lose and fail have lost and failed. However, both parties wonder. As for the former, they ponder: how could one maintain those states he has reached in Ramadan, and show gratitude to his Lord for what he has received of mercy and forgiveness? If he has achieved nothing and rather comes out with failure (i.e. if he is one of the other party), then, how could he return to his way to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala once again?
Second: after Ramadan, the believers continue to receive the favors of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala successively. He opens for them the days of righteousness and the season of Hajj, which is one of the greatest seasons of forgiveness. People in that season are of two kinds: the first are people who have received forgiveness in Ramadan, and those seasons come as a provision for them to do more acts of obedience, and be able to show gratitude to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala for what He has opened for them. The other are people who have received nothing in Ramadan, and those seasons come so that they would join the procession of the followers of the Path of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and be able to make up for the missing acts of obedience. Thus, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala opens those seasons for both parties, in order to forgive them, bestow mercy upon them, and emancipate them from Hell. With those also, the people of faith would fulfill their longing to visit the House of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, in preparation for seeing the Almighty at the appointed time, on the Day the people would stand before the Lord of the Worlds.
This speech then is intended to show the signs characteristic of the followers of the way of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, the path the people of faith should take in the known months, and the illuminating guideposts which aid the followers to stand straight on their way to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, in order not to retreat nor deviate.
It should be known that this can only be achieved by seeking the aid of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, dependence on His power, reliance on Him, and imploring Him not to leave us to ourselves.
Ultimately, the right is from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala alone, and the wrong is from us as well as from the devil. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala bestow mercy upon the one who presents to us our defects. Ameen.