How do I know things are going well for me so far? Has Allah forgiven me? Do I have his mercy? Muslims tend to ask similar questions as the days of Ramadan progress. Only time will tell. However let’s take a closer look at how Allah invites us to his love and mercy.
Much of the Quran revolves around Taqwa (God consciousness), for example Surah Baqarah, v:183 begins with a command to fast and concludes with the reason, “perhaps we can attain a level of Taqwa and Protection”. The verses continue with Allah bringing our attention back to the Quran in Ramadan rather than the abstinence of food and drink. Now this is what we are looking for, this month is all about Quran. That explains why Imam’s throughout the world try to complete its recitation in Taraweeh, Qiyam and even privately.
So how do we know our lives are changing? Our sins are forgiven? The Mercy of Allah is upon us? It all lies in our relationship with the Quran. Imagine two people planting a flower at the exact same time. However one person cares for and waters his flower everyday, where as the other only once a week. Whose flower is more likely to blossom with fragrance and beauty? Such is the case for the one who is attached to the Quran each and every day as opposed to only once a week.
One of the things we notice this month, is only a handful of Muslims use every opportunity to read or memorize, whether it be waiting for Iftaar, Taraweeh or between Athan and Iqama. The Prophet (pbuh) would recite the Quran every night in Prayer until his ankles would swell, and this would only increase in Ramadan! So to really make the most of your days, it really depends on how close the Quran is to you.
In Surah Baqarah, V:186, Allah concludes his Ramadan discussion with a verse that sets the tone for all believers. Allah says: “And if my servant asks of me, Verily I am near to him, answering the call of the caller whenever he calls, so let him respond to me and believe in me perhaps he may be of those that may be [rightly] guided. (Baqarah v:186). Now that you know all about Ramadan, now come and ask me. Allah tells us, now you can make Du’a, now you can request, only after you’ve fulfilled the previous three verses you qualify to have your Du’a accepted. You see, there’s still time, there is still hope to bring back the Quran to your heart and give life to that flower.
Now that the last 10 nights are here, we’re at the final push. Scholars of the past made it a point to shower, wear their best clothing and set out for prayer every night. Why, you may ask? Because Laylatul Qadr is here, Itikaaf (seclusion in the Masjid) is here, and the last stretch of the most beautiful time of the year is also here. If you haven’t already done so, use these last few days to plant yourself beautiful sweet smelling flowers and inshAllah the Quran becomes a part of you, forever.
Shaikh Musleh Khan recently returned from studying at the University of Madina, Saudi Arabia. He is an active member of the community teaching courses at Al Kauthar Institute as well as the Islamic Institute of Toronto.