“Bismillahir rahmaanir raheem”
-in the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful-
Ismail returned from taraweeh just as I made salaam upon completion of my witr of esha salaah….
Ismail:”yoh! The masjid was packed…I couldn’t even find parking….I had to park right around the corner…eish!”
That’s so nice….to find everyone so eagerly welcoming this great month of ramadaan…but the very sad part is that its mainly full on the first night of ramadaan and then slowly dies down as the days go by up until the odd nights at the end of ramadaan..
And whats sad to see is that in most cases, on eid night already the masjids are absolutely empty…
Something just comes to my mind…the narration about when nabi(S.A.W) passed away…
On Monday 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal 11 A.H. after an illness lasting thirteen days, Rasulullah (S.A.W) passed away. Rasulullah (S.A.W) ‘s family was plunged into indescribable grief. Hazrat Uthman ibn Affan (RA) fell in a swoon. Hazrat Ali ibn Abu Talib (RA) felt as if the earth had caved in under his feet.
The news spread everywhere and the Muslims of Madinah were stunned and dumbfounded to think that their beloved Nabi (S.A.W) was no more in this world . On hearing of this sad news, Hazrat Usamah ibn Zayd (RA) came back to Madinah from Jurf with his whole army.
Among those who was struck with disbelief was Hazrat Umar ibn Khattab (RA) . Upon hearing the news and hardly believing it, Hazrat Umar (RA) turned quickly to Rasulullah (S.A.W) quarters . Upon arrival, he went straight to Rasulullah (S.A.W) ‘s bed uncovered and looked at his beloved’s face for a while. He perceived its motionless and deathlike appearance as a coma from which he believed Rasulullah (S.A.W) would soon emerge. Hazrat Mughirah ibn Shu’bah (RA) tried in vain to convince Hazrat Umar (RA) of the painful fact. When Hazrat Mughrirah (RA) insisted, Hazrat Umar (RA) said in anger:
“Some people are saying that the Rasool of Allah
(S.A.W) had died. By Allah I swear that he did not die: that
he has gone to join his Lord, just as Hazrat Moosa
(AS) went before. Hazrat Moosa (AS) absented himself
from his people for fourteen consecutive nights
and returned to them after they had declared him
dead. By Allah, the Rasool of Allah (S.A.W) will return
just as Hazrat Moosa (AS) returned. Any man who
dares to spread a false rumor such as Muhammed (S.A.W)
death shall have his arms and legs cut off by
The Sahaba (RA) were becoming anxious at Hazrat Umar (RA)’s outburst. Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) arrived and entering the quarters of Hazrat Muhammed (S.A.W) he found that Rasulullah (S.A.W) was laid down in a corner and covered with a striped cloth. He approached, uncovered the face and kissed the forehead, saying, “How wholesome you are, whether alive or dead!” He then held Rasulullah (S.A.W) head in his hands and looked closely at the face which showed no sign whatever of death’s attack. Laying it down again he said, “What would I not have sacrificed for you! The one death which Allah has decreed for you as for any other man, to taste, you now have tasted. Henceforth, no death shall ever befall you “. He covered the head with the striped cloth and went straight to the masjid where Hazrat Umar (RA) was still proclaiming loudly that Hazrat Muhammed (S.A.W) had not died.
Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) rose and made a sign to the people that he wished to address them. No one could have dared impose himself upon the congregation in such manner except Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA), for he was the ever trustworthy friend of Rasulullah whom Nabi (S.A.W) would have chosen from among all men. After praising and thanking Allah, Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) delivered the following brief address:
“O Men, if you have been worshipping Muhammed (S.A.W) then know that Muhammed (S.A.W) is dead.
But if you have been worshipping Allah, then know
that Allah is living and never dies”.
This just brings a comparison to my weak mind…but do we as modern day muslims worship the month of ramadaan? Or do we worship Allah?
We need to contemplate and ask ourselves…if we worship the month of ramadaan then we would only make ibaadah during this blessed month and forget for the rest of the 11 months of the year…
But if we worship Allah, then Allah is there every second of every day…and our ibaadah should continue even out of the month of ramadaan…
If we adorn the hijaab in ramadaan, stopped smoking, performes all our salaah, with jamaa’ah for the men…read abundant quran, dua and thikr…then what reason is there to stop upon sighting the moon for eid…
And so this very thought got me thinking really hard..
This ramadaan, I have new resolutions…
I am going to be the best muslim. I have already began using the miswak since ismail came back from the UK…as maryam had gifted us a whole bunch of miswaks…
We often wonder how come the month of ramadaan is so peaceful and blessed and we generally attribute it to the fact that the shayaateen are locked up…but its actually so harmonious and sacred because almost every muslim is abiding to the laws of Allah….so certainly if we all abide to the laws of Allah throughout the year, we’ll find our whole lives so tranquil…
I sat reciting a few pages of quraan whilst ismail had a cup of coffee and soon retired to bed…I was so excited to wake up for sehri this year…
I awoke rubbing my eyes 3 times with my palms as was the sunnah of nabi(S.A.W) and reciting:
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ
“All praise be to Allah, who gave us life after killing us (sleep is a form of death) and to Him will we be raised and returned”.
I then reached for my new best friend….my miswaak, brushed and headed towards the kids room to wake them up for sehri….
Abit of a longer post to cover up for not posting yesterday but I haven’t forgotten that I owe you all an extra post…
My work isn’t still complete so just bare with me till tomorrow night inshallah and hopefully I can catch up with you all…
Jx for being so understanding