Preparing for Ramadan – Heart & Soul (Part 2)
One of the greatest blessings of the gatherings of remembrance of Allah is that the Angels look for them. When they find such gatherings, they come and sit with its people. And when the gatherings have concluded, it will be said to those people, “Get up while your sins are forgiven.”
This only happens in the gatherings of religious knowledge.
Allah swore in the Qur’an, in Surat Ibrahim [14:7], that if you are grateful, He will increase you:
“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: “If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings), but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily! My Punishment is indeed severe.”
“لئن شكرتم لازيدنكم” – If you give thanks, I will increase you
Allah left it open; He did not specify what He will increase you in. He will increase you in knowledge, in faith, in understanding, in all provisions – in spiritual provision, worldly provision, etc. This is what Allah promised. So whoever appreciates these gatherings, Allah will give him more and more. But there are many people who do not appreciate this غنيمة booty from Allah and they do not give it its due importance.
Another of the effects of attending gatherings of knowledge is an increase in faith and this faith has light. In the Dunya, this light is intangible. We do not see it, but we may feel it when our hearts are broadened. On the Day of Resurrection, this faith will take the form of a tangible light.
The light of the sun and the moon and the stars, which are tangible, will be extinguished on the Day of Judgment.
In Surat at-Takwir [81:1]:
“When the sun Kuwwirat (wound round and lost its light and is overthrown).”
The only light that will remain is the light of faith. You cannot see it in this world, but it will be tangible on the Day of Judgment. It will brighten your way on the Siraat – the bridge, so that you are able to cross it.
Ibn Mas’oud رضي الله عنه said that the people will be in complete darkness before they cross the Siraat. Allah will then distribute light according to each person’s faith and good deeds. There will be people whose light will be as great as mountains, others like a palm tree, others like a standing man, and others like the tip of their index finger – it will be lit for a while and extinguished for a while. This variation is according to the level of faith each person had while he lived in this life. The more faith you had, the more light you will have on the Day of Judgment.
However, the lights of the hypocrites will be extinguished and they will be in complete darkness, because they did not have faith in their hearts. We have to take care of taking advantage of every opportunity in this life to increase our faith. We have to take all the means to acquire knowledge. No matter where you are, how old you are, how much remains of your life, acquire knowledge!
It is enough for you that your sins will be forgiven when you attend the مجاليس الذكر – Assemblies of Remembrance. Our sins are barriers which prevent our faith from increasing; however, attending and listening to the gathering are means of our sins being forgiven. Remembering Allah, performing good deeds, pondering over the Qur’an, avoidance of persisting to commit sins are all means of increasing one’s faith.
We are approaching the month of Ramadan. All the means mentioned above will help us in the Dunya; to be able to fast in the way that pleases Allah.
We have to put effort towards increasing our faith and not neglect ourselves by showing laziness. The true believer does not recline and allow the whispers of the Shaytan to make him lazy. This life is too short for that.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said,
عُمُرُ أُمَّتِي مِنْ سِتِّينَ سَنَةً إِلَى سَبْعِينَ سَنَةً
The lifespan of my nation is between sixty years to seventy years. [At-Tirmidhi]
In these times, many young are dying before they get the chance to grow old. What guarantee do we have, that we will even live to that age? The Shaytan gives us high hopes in the Dunya. Those who are twenty look at those who are thirty and think they are young. Those who are thirty look at those who are forty and think they are still young. Those who are seventy look at those who are eighty and think they are still young.
And yet, no one can guarantee that we will live till tomorrow. We have to take advantage of every minute of our lives.
اللهم اجعل خير أعمالنا خواتمها وخير أيامنا يوم نلقاك
O Allah make our best actions our last and the best of our days the day we meet You.