Assalaamu Alaykum warahmatuLlaahi wabarakaatuhu!
Dear Brothers and Sisters,WE are on a journey to the Hereafter, a journey to Allaah,a journey that neither needs a booking nor a vehicle. Its a forced journey; unexpected and sudden journey; an unwilling journey. Its destination is the Hereafter, either we end up in Paradise or into Hellfire!
My dear brother,my dear sister,how much are you prepared for this unexpected journey to your Lord and Creator?!
Sep 7, 2010
Thought-provoking and heartfelt words on Ramadhan
Assalaamu alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuhu!
Some thought-provoking and heartfelt words on Ramadhan by Ibn al-Jawzi (rahimahullah):
‘… Where are those who fast and where are those who pray by night? Where are those who obey their Lord and where are those who work righteousness? Where are those who are foremost and where are are the humble ones? Where are those who remember (their Lord) and where are those devoted to Him? Where are the truthful and where are the patient? Where are the charity-givers? Where are those who enjoin good, who save the troubled ones and who forbid the wrong? Where are those who heed contemplation and who listen to good advice and life-lessons? By Allah, they have indeed gone with the Salihin (righteous), returned with the Mu’minin (believers), settled with the Anbiya’ (Prophets) and taken residence with the Siddiqin (truthful ones). But us, we remain behind with the ignorant, have settled with the wrong-doers and have taken the heedless as our guides…
Fasting is the shield of nations, protecting from the Hellfire And fasting is a fortress for whoever fears that fire Fasting is a covering for all the people of goodness Those who fear the burden of blame and sinfulness And this month is the month of the Lord of the Throne A Most Merciful Lord, Who conceals the heavy sins & burdens So therein have fasted men who thus profited Their reward lies with the Exalted and Forgiving One And so they came to settle in Everlasting Gardens Surrounded by maidens, and rivers and plantations…
So glad tidings to those who obey the Most Merciful King in this month of Mercy, this month of Ramadan. They bore patience over a few days, and thus long-lasting mercy and abundant blessings came after them and pursued them. Every time you do good in this month, you shall be rewarded for the rest of your life because righteousness is a habit and evilness is mere stubbornness.
Where are you O’ fasting one, who prays by night? Come forth to goodness and you shall triumph with everlasting happiness! Trade with your Lord and you shall profit, work with Him and you shall be successful, apologise and He shall accept your apology, seek His forgiveness and He shall forgive your sins, draw close to Him and He shall alleviate your suffering, ask Him from His Bounties and He shall expand your provisions, repent to Him and He shall increase your portion (in life).
O my dear brother, in this month all faults and mistakes are concealed, all souls and hearts are softened, sins and burdens are forgiven, and Allah `azza wa jall relieves every sad and troubled one. He says to His angels, ‘O My Angels, look at those dry tongues, how they become moist with My Remembrance. Look at those hard eyes, how they soften and weep out of fear of Me, and look at those delicate feet planted firmly at the stations of prayer out of desire for Me!’ O my dear brother, whenever you give food to others in this month for the Sake of Allah the Lord of the heavens and the earth, you shall be raised to high ranks in the lofty grounds of Paradise, and you will be clothed with complete goodness and stripped of all sin…’
[Ibn al-Jawzi, ‘Bustan al-Wa’idhin wa Riyadh al-Sami’in’ Pp. 185-186]