By Ishola Haroon Balogun
In about three days from now we will bid the Ramadan month farewell. How have you spent the last 26 days? Has it been fruitful, spiritually exciting and physically rewarding or have you wasted the time unknowingly? Ramadan, as usual, has flown by. Despite planning beforehand, many of us may have gotten caught up in a normal routine after accustoming ourselves to the change in schedule the blessed month brings. This may have affected our initial plans to increase our worship and to seek Allah’s Forgiveness and Mercy with greater favour.
Have you kept pace with your recitation of Quran, or have fallen behind? Have you tried to attend Tarawih prayer regularly, or did you use weak excuses to get out of it? Did you observe tahajud or you use the night attempting a call to Gawat for hajj slot or Ramadan gift? Did you keep your five daily prayers with outmost consciousness?
Did you invite anyone over for Iftar or did you help any needy person, even a beggar, during this period of fasting? Did you regularly seek Allah’s forgiveness and mercy with sincerity and fear? Did you avoid backbiting and slander at home and offices? Did you constantly check your intentions, to make sure that your good deeds were for the sake of Allah alone, not to impress others, gain their favour, or to show off?
Perhaps the last three of four days could also make a difference. Whether you have an impressive record or not, you can still make the most of what is left of Ramadan this year, Insha Allah.
Remember what Allah says on ‘one night better than a thousand night’ Remember what Lailatul Qadr stands to offer. Explore the opportunity and increase your ibadaah and dua. It is a time when you can get the blessing of a thousand months, it is a time of possibilities. Do tahajud, and pray in the last few days of the month. Life is about people that take advantage of their opportunities to win the love of Allah. Lailatul Qadr is a huge opportunity.
Prayer of the day
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa‘fu ‘annee – O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me.’