We have passed now the half way point of Ramadan and we’re coming up to the last ten days, these crucial last ten days…
We want these last 10 days to be something that comes for us in the Hereafter; something that makes a big difference to our destiny and to our story.
Make the Most of Every Opportunity
Positivity means so many things as we’ve been trying to touch on in previous episodes. One of those meanings is to make the most of every opportunity that comes to you; so this Ramadan is that opportunity, so let’s not let it pass us by.
Continue Moving Upwards
A second meaning is to continue moving upwards. Positivity, going towards the positive, going towards a higher trajectory in life, even if the reality is we will always have peaks and troughs, we will always have ups and downs…
The key is to try to make the lower part whenever our iman feels like lower or our actions are less to make sure that we are covering the minimum, to make sure that we’re always within what is the boundaries of this religion.
We’re always trying to move upwards and we want to leave Ramadan in a better state than how we entered it.
Well remembering that not every month is going to be like Ramadan, it is special for a reason.
Take Account of Yourself
A third meaning of positivity is to take account of yourself, to check how I’ve been performing; how have my actions been matching up with my resolutions…
Account yourself before you are accounted on the Day of Judgment.
But, at the same time, don’t let Satan be your accountant, don’t let him do audit for you and drive you into depression and despair because the fourth meaning of positivity is always to carry that hope, that expectation in Allah’s reward as the hadith tells us:
Whoever fasts Ramadan with faith and also seeking Allah’s reward, then all his or her previous sins will be forgiven.
So it’s very important to have that hope and expectation in Allah’s reward.
Almighty God knows you and He knows His creation. He says in Surah Al-Mulk:
Does the one who created not know? While He is the Subtle Acquainted, The Aware.
Win the Race
So Allah (God) has made this life a trade and transaction and He knows that, as human beings, we like a bargain; so this month has been made as a special sale, a special bargain season, when we can reap those rewards with less effort than we would have to apply throughout the year.
And Allah has made this life a race and competition. Yes, slow and steady wins the race, we should indeed have been pacing ourselves throughout this Ramadan only doing whatever we can actually manage; and yet we are now coming to the finish line, we’re coming to that stage where we have sprinting so that we can cross the line in the best possible form.
The wife of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Aishah, described his actions in the last ten days she says that:
He would exert himself in worship in the last ten days more than he do so in the rest of Ramadan and therefore in the rest of the year.
So these last ten days of Ramadan are extremely important. And just as Allah has made this life a trade and transaction, just as He has made it a race and competition, also He’s made it a test and examination.
Any of us who does exams, we know that there are those people who study throughout the year and they are the ones who hope will get the highest rewards because they prepare themselves and they understand the material. But there are those of us also who wait till the last moment, who’d try to cram at the last possible second.
And the same thing can apply to worship and seeking Allah’s rewards.
Maybe we’re among those people who are trying to cram at the last moment with Ramadan itself or in the last days of Ramadan, but Allah in His mercy, will not cause any of us to fail for that reason.
Seeking the Night of Power
After all, in the last ten days, we have a very special night, which is called Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power or the Night of Decree) as Allah Almighty says:
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
And some people do a calculation here and say a thousand months = 83 years + 4 moths as the remainder; but of course, we should remember that it is not that this night is equal to 83 years and 4 moths but rather it is better than that, it is better than a thousand months.
So this is our chance to reap those rewards and there are a lot of videos and information and articles out there about seeking Laylatul Qadr when it is. So make the most of that and most importantly spread your worship out throughout these last ten days and nights seeking Allah’s reward, having full faith in Him.
Inshallah we’ll see you in the next episode which is talking about the blessed day of Eid.
(From Discovering Islam’s archive)