Eid Mubarak!! So we have reached the end, maashaAllaaah! I thought I would do something different for this last reflection! I have taken a few sentences from some of the previous posts (Day 1-Day 28) which include my own words as well as quotes, ayahs, hadith and more in hopes of creating a condensed, and hopefully coherent, reminder to sum up the whole series. I have really enjoyed writing up these short reflections. I did get behind schedule a few times but Alhamdulilah overall it’s been a very enriching experience! Furthermore, this series has motivated me to keep writing after Ramadan and bring this website back to life. I’m so excited for what’s to come, inshaAllaah! Thank you for following along!
Without further ado, here is the compilation. Bismillah:
Throughout the year, we have accumulated so many sins. We need to deep clean our Deen! Our ibaadah! Our intentions! Let’s declutter by doing away with bad habits, getting rid of them entirely as they’re doing nothing but cluttering up our Deen! Let’s increase those habits which bring us closer to Allaah and decrease those which make us further from Him. Or those which are just not as beneficial for us even if they are permissible. After Ramadan finishes, let’s make it a goal then to tidy our Deen by continuous, small actions so that our deep cleaning efforts do not go to waste.
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.”
“Allah Azza Wajal informs us in the Quran that the goal of Ramadan is to attain taqwa or piety. How is this done? By gaining discipline. Every action in Ramadan leads to increased discipline, which is a necessary component to any kind of success. You could be the most talented person and have the best of opportunities available but without discipline, it will all fall apart. Through fasting and worship, we discipline our bodies and souls, to constantly challenge ourselves and either break up bad habits or acquire good ones.” [Latifa Aimaq]
At the end of the day, our Creator wants the best for us. He wants us to choose the right path in life, despite the many tempting alternative paths we can take. He wants us to walk Siratul Mustaqeem (the Straight Path). Though we might not see it this way, even Allah warning us from His Punishment is a great mercy. For only someone who cares about you will tell you the truth.
Imam Ash-Shafi’i, may Allaah have mercy on him once said, “O my soul, it is not for a few days patience, As if her extent were a few dreams. Oh my soul, pass quickly on through this world, And leave it, for indeed life lies ahead of it.”
Also, there is a beautiful quote from Ibn Qayyim (rh) in his treatise on patience:
“O you who are patient! Bear a little more, just a little more remains.”
Though short, this quote is so comprehensive. It’s so reassuring to read especially in these times of fitna (tribulation). Many of us are facing internal and/or external battles. Though they may differ in size, length, cause, manifestation, and other factors, they share one thing in common: they require struggle, steadfastness, and patience.
’Whoever works righteousness ” whether male or female ” while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter)“ [al-Nahl 16:97]
So in addition to having patience and remaining steadfast, we need to be active participants in our Deen. We cannot fall back on what our forefathers did or did not do. We will be held accountable for our own deeds. And the truth is we live in a time of accessible information and knowledge. It is practically at our fingertips. Therefore we do not have an excuse to be weak in the Deen, to be negligent of obligatory actions, to continue ineffective parenting techniques, to ignore the emotional and social needs of children, to ignore our real purpose in life.
We have no excuse, and we will have no excuse on the Day of Judgement. To simply attribute our faults to our forefathers is to remove responsibility from our shoulders, to escape accountability. And that, like with previous nations mentioned in the Qur’an, will simply not fly. Let’s take responsibility for our own lives. Our Deen. Our children. Our here and our hereafter.
Let’s strive for Jannah.
In Jannah: there will be no grief, no tears, no sadness – only everlasting delights and comfort.
No tragedies – only bliss and satisfaction.
No shame or guilt – only rewards for past good deeds and forgiveness for transgressions.
No trauma or pain – only joy and contentment.
Imagine that life? It cannot be purchased, we can only strive for it with faith, good deeds, patience, and perseverance.
Allaah (azza wa jal) says:
“A spring wherefrom the slaves of Allah will drink, causing it to gush forth abundantly. They (are those who) fulfill (their) vows, and they fear a Day whose evil will be wide-spreading. And they give food, inspite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to Miskin (poor), the orphan, and the captive, (Saying): We feed you seeking Allah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you. Verily, We fear from our Lord a Day, hard and distressful, that will make the faces look horrible (from extreme dislikeness to it). So Allah saved them from the evil of that Day, and gave them Nadratan (a light of beauty) and joy. And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient.” [Surat al-Insaan: 6-12]
Let’s also remember, if we have any character or personality trait or a frequent habit we engage in which opposes our Deen, we only have one option: to drop it! So for example, if we tend to have no filter when we speak, and thus say inappropriate comments or nitpick at peoples’ faults, this is something we need to rid ourselves of before it destroys us. Before we have to pay for it in this world and possibly the next. A famous, well-quoted hadith which is sadly overlooked in terms of implementation, details what will happen to a person who harmed Muslims with their tongue and hands on the Day of Judgement. One such unfortunate person will have all of their good deeds taken away by those they harmed and when their good deeds run out, they will be left with the sins of others! Imagine! A whole life of ibaadah and good deeds converted to sins! All because of the evil they created on earth with their tongue and limbs. I know we do not desire such an unfortunate end. This is a reminder to myself first that we should take great effort in refining our manners, controlling our tongues, perfecting our speech and getting rid of bad habits and traits which negatively impact those around us.
Our Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa salam) when mentioning the best deeds, frequently referred to good character and dealing well with others as in the following three hadith:
“The best of the Muslims is he from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe.” [Muslim]
“The best of people are those with the most excellent character.” [Tabarani, Sahih]
“The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind.” [Daraqutni, Hasan]
Let’s remember that all the knowledge in the world will not benefit us, if that knowledge is not displayed in our manners and character. May Allaah grant us good akhlaaq and adaab! And may Allaah keep us steadfast on His Deen! Ameen