Finishing Strong

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July 4, 2016 by Verse By Verse Quran Study Circle

finishing strong

By Brother Omar Suleiman

Many of us have regrets that we didn’t make the most of Ramadan. We may have had nights where we didn’t wake up for Qiyam, days in which we didn’t control our tongues properly, or spans of Ramadan in which we slacked off with our Qur’an reading. But now is not the time to cry. Nor is it the time to splurge in Eid shopping and act like the month is over. Reflect on this wonderful statement by Imam Ibn Rajab (RA) in his Lataaif:

“Let those who have failed to make the most of this month of Ramadan end it with good, because actions are judged by their endings.”

The last part of that statement about actions being judged by their endings is an authentic hadeeth and one that should give us much hope. Here’s my challenge:

1.Make this last day or two of Ramadan the BEST days you have spent all month and count on Allah to judge your entire Ramadan by that last day.

2. Spend the last Asr-Maghrib of Ramadan in reading Qur’an, supplication, and remembrance. If you can do I’itikaf [seclusion] for that last period in the masjid then do so. If not, then try to make it a time of peace, quiet, and reflection.

3. Cry your heart out in that supplication and ask Allah to forgive you for all of your shortcomings in the month and give you the full reward of Laylatul Qadr EVEN if you missed it.

4. DO NOT waste your time arguing over moon sighting now. You are not in a position to change anything. If you will differ from your community in regards to the Eid day, then do so quietly.

O Allah, this is what we have presented, understanding our shortcomings but still depending on Your mercy for acceptance.

May Allah allow us to finish this month strong. May we meet Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala completely forgiven, basking in His mercy, freed from the gates of hellfire, and registered in the highest level of Jannatul Firdous.

Ameen!

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