وَمَن يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَيَخْشَ اللَّهَ وَيَتَّقْهِ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْفَائِزُونَ
And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger and fears Allah and is conscious of Him
– it is those who are the attainers ~ Surah Noor 24:52
During the beautiful month of Ramadaan, we were enjoying our Ibaadat : Quran Tilawat, Taraweeh and other Nawaafil Salaah, Zakaat, Zikrullah, I’tikaaf etc. We sought for and became used to “spiritual nourishment“. We were punctual in seeking our spiritual doses.
In Ramadaan we trained our Nafs to obey Allah Ta’ala, performing righteous deeds, restraining ourselves from Haraam, being generous, displaying good Akhlaaq became part of our lives. Alhamdulillah, we began managing our time very well and began giving preference to our Deeni commitments and duties.
One of the signs that ALLAH loves a person is that ALLAH makes Obedience to HIM very easy for that person.
In Ramadaan we attached and connected ourselves to ALLAH. Indeed after establishing SUCH a strong connection, we would be foolish to abandon our efforts (mujaahadah) and sever that connection! Consider effort put into constructing a ten thousand piece puzzle or a fantastic high-rise building and upon completion, the owner breaking or bull-dozing it …. Certainly this would be inconceivable! Whilst these are examples of Dunya, what then of this bond which has been established with ALLAH?
We have built Spiritual Noor within Our Hearts …
We have through the Fadhl and Karam of ALLAH endeavoured to remove the anger, pride, enmity and jealousy from our hearts and this has been replaced by effulgence of the LOVE of ALLAH and Rasulullah صلي الله عليه و سلم
It is mentioned in the Hadith Shareef that on the Day of Eid, there are Angels deputed in the beginning of the streets who proclaim and shout out :
‘ O Muslims! Proceed now to an ALLAH who is All Gracious; An ALLAH who gives abundant rewards on Good deeds. You were commanded to keep Roza in the Day and you obeyed ALLAH’ Upon the termination of the Eid Salaat, the Angels say: Return to your homes in the condition that Your Rabb has forgiven you. Now come and collect your prizes, today is the Day of prize giving’
Indeed ALLAH Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala loves us. The Munificence, Kindness, Generosity and Tolerance of ALLAH is incomparable and cannot be matched. Despite our disobedience and sins, HE still overlooks our weaknesses and continues to shower His Ni’mats upon us. ALLAH does not need us. We are desperately in need of HIM and yet we still disobey HIS Commands!
How Loving ALLAH is for HE still calls out ‘… Is there anybody seeking forgiveness that I may forgive him? … Come, I am willing to forgive.’ ALLAH is TOO Kind … Not only does HE Forgive us when we make sincere taubah, but HE actually CHANGES our bad deeds into good deeds!
During Ramadaan :
– we were kind to our brethren, we shared what we had at Iftaar
– we desired to help others and looked for opportunities to do so
– we engaged in giving charity
– we avoided RIBA and Zinaa and made Taubatun Nasuha
– we tried to develop good akhlaaq and followed the sunnah
– we stayed away from evil company and found ourselves among the pious
– we engaged in many nafl acts of Ibaadat
– we read and listened to recitation of Quran e Majeed
– we stayed up at night, after long days at work, in Taraweeh Salaah and sought forgiveness from ALLAH TA’AALA.
We still have a long way to go … but, we have made a marvellous start and ALLAH will certainly make that distance short and easy for us. When we turn to HIM, HE comes running to us!
Just as we had enjoyment in our ibaadat and obedience in Ramadaan, we will also have enjoyment outside of Ramadaan, Insha-Allah. Indeed the enjoyment in the Path of ALLAH is far more enjoyable than ‘enjoyment’ sought in the path to Shaytaan. The Path to ALLAH brings sweetness and sukoon in the heart … Such beauty that the languages of the world fail to describe. The path to Shaytaan leads to restlessness, anxiety and eventual destruction!
Hence, the lesson in Surah Noor is most apt for us now after Ramadaan ~ Obey Allah, Obey Rasulullah Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam, making sincere Tauba for over past sins, being cautious with our future.