By Umm Ibrahim
We’re funny people, aren’t we?
We get lost in rituals and forget the rationales. We get lost in words and ignore the meanings.
Ramadan has embraced us once again. Suhoor, Iftaar, Taraweeh. Eat, Drink, Sleep.
Different people have different intentions, and they will, accordingly, reach different levels.
Some are planning to sleep through the long days and surf through the short nights. Some are planning their menus and parties.
And some are planning to milk this month of mercy and forgiveness! To make the most of every moment. And to emerge as winners in the sight of Allah.
What’s so special about Ramadan anyway? Is it special because we fast in it? No! Rather, we fast in it because it is special! Think about that.
It is special because:
“Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Quran, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting..” (Surah al-Baqarah: 185)
So, if you have one goal this month, let it be this: Connect with the Quran like never before.
It is the Speech of Allah addressed to YOU. Recite. Read the translation. Learn. Teach. Extract gems. Put into practice. Feed your soul. Let your heart be cured.
“No people gather in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, but tranquility descends upon them, mercy overshadows them, the angels gather around them, and Allah mentions them to those who are with Him.” (Sahih Muslim)