I hope I have the right day, I’ve kind of lost track of the days! They are so long, that there’s little recovery time or time to rest. But I am loving it all the same, because it really is all about willpower and our relationship with Allah.
Despite the fatigue that comes with looking after, chasing my kids and fasting my soul is on a spiritual high.
Fasting is a personal thing as only you know if you’re doing something that will break it. Most other forms of worship are more physical or visual, but not fasting, I mean who would know if you broke your fast right? It is truly a test of faith:
“Allah said ‘Every action of the son of Adam is for him except fasting, for that is solely for Me. I give the reward for it. The fast is a shield.”
So we have more or less fasted 1/3 of Ramadan!
In a very weak hadeeth that’s often quoted, the first 10 nights of Ramadan are for mercy, the second 10 are forgiveness, and the third 10 are redemption. Aside from the fact that the chain of the hadeeth is broken, the concept is also problematic since it implicitly justifies the laziness many people carry themselves with through the first two thirds of Ramadan waiting for the redemption part. In truth, the entire month is mercy, forgiveness, and redemption.
In fact, in an amazing authentic hadeeth, the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) said, “At every breaking of the fast, Allah has people whom He redeems from the fire.” [Ahmad]
SubhanAllah can you imagine, EVERY night some people are written as those who will be protected from the fire?!
Why is this so important: The Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) and his companions (may Allah be pleased with them) frequently emphasized the importance of treating every moment as your last. So with that, we have the narrations such as “pray as if it is your last prayer”, “actions are judged by their ending”, etc.
As such, we should fast every day as if it is our last fast and hope that on each special night, we are amongst those written from the redeemed!
So ask Allah in those last moments of your fast every day to write you from amongst them and here’s a good way to ask:
It’s been said over and over that Ramadan is the month in which du’aas are answered. The du’aa of a fasting person is answered. The du’aa at qiyaam is answered. The du’aa at a time on Jummah is answered.
And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” (Quran 40:60)
So what’s stopping us from taking advantage? Why not ask for every single thing we wish for Allah to bless us with?
Those things that look impossible to us? God can make them possible. All we need to do is *ask* Him.
If you haven’t already made a du’aa list, make one now (note to myself first). There is still more than half the month left, inshaAllah.
Make a list of things you want in the dunya (this life) and in the akhirah (the after life).
Include yourself, your family and friends. Keep it with you – on a paper, on your phone, tablet, laptop, etc, and pull it out when breaking your fast, after salah, even when looking for a form of ‘ibaadah (worship) during some down time.
The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Duaa benefits in the things that have happened as well as the things that have not happened yet. The calamity comes down, but the Duaa confronts it and they may continuously wrestle until the Day of Resurrection.” [Reported by AlHakim]
If the sea parted for Musa, the fire cooled for Ibrahim, Yaqoob was reunited after years with Yusuf, Ayyub was granted a full recovery from his sickness, what is stopping us from at least asking?
If we claim to believe these stories and have full faith in them, the least we can do is have full faith in our sincere supplications. Allah promises that He never leaves His slave empty handed. So what is there to lose?
May Allah make us amongst those who progress in these next 10 nights and reward us with the highest level of Jannatul Firdaws. Ameen!