Ramadhan Gem – Day 28

Depending on what part of the world you are in, you have anywhere from 1-3 days left of Ramadan. Many of us have regrets that we didn’t make the most of it. We may have had nights where we didn’t wake up for Qiyam, days in which we didn’t control our tongues properly, or spans of Ramadhan in which we slacked off with our Quran reading.

But now is not the time to cry. Nor is it the time to splurge in Eid shopping and act like the month is over. Reflect on this wonderful statement by Imam Ibn Rajab (RA) in his Lataaif:

“Let those who have failed to make the most of this month of Ramadan end it with good, because actions are judged by their endings.”

The last part of that statement about actions being judged by their endings is an authentic hadeeth and one that should give us much hope. Here’s my challenge:

1. Make this last day or two of Ramadan the BEST days you have spent all month and count on Allah to judge your entire Ramadan by that last day.

2. Spend these last Asr-Maghrib of Ramadan in reading Quran, supplication, and remembrance. If you can do I’itikaf (seclusion) for that last period in the masjid, do so. If not, then try to make it a time of peace, quiet, and reflection.

3. Cry your heart out in that supplication and ask Allah to forgive you for all of your shortcomings in the month and give you the full reward of Laylatul Qadr EVEN if you missed it.

May Allah allow us to finish this month strong. May we meet Allah s.w.t. completely forgiven, basking in His Mercy, freed from the gates of Hellfire, and registered in the highest level of Jannatul Firdaws.
Ameen!

– Sheikh Omar Suleiman (abbreviated)

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