ARTICLE: THE APPROACH OF RAMADAN
Well, Ramadan is less than 4 weeks away. The important questions are:
1) Will we live to see this Ramadan?
In the past week:
a) My maid’s father died (she got to see him before that, alhamdulillah)
b) My sister-in-law’s cousin died (he was in his early 20’s and the illness came all of a sudden and he died within a week)
c) My cousin’s mother-in-law died (she was fine and then suddenly had a brain hemorrhage, had an operation and died less than 2 days later)
May Allah have mercy on them all and grant them all Al-Firdaus.
Two of the three people who died were FINE and then the illness came out of nowhere and then….
We’re all going to die sooner or later. There’s no point in running away from it. Rather, we should prepare for it. How? By piling on the good deeds, of course.
This is what happens when a person dies: The Hadeeth about Death.
[Please read it and don’t chicken out.]
2) Will we live until the end of Ramadan?
Yes, just because we see the beginning, it doesn’t mean that we’ll see the end.
3) Will we earn Allah’s Forgiveness this Ramadan?
Yes, this is the key question. So many people strive so much in Ramadan. Unfortunately, many of them do it for the wrong reasons and many do their actions in the wrong way.
Remember, an act of worship is not accepted by Allah except with two conditions: 1) It is done solely to seek Allah’s Pleasure and 2) It is done the way the Prophet Muhammad (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did it.
Should one be certain that an act of worship has been accepted? NO. How can one be sure? Only Allah knows whether it is accepted or not. We should hope that He accepts it and fear that it has not been accepted (due to some deficiency on our part).
Here’s a nice article on the Approach of Ramadan by Shaikh Abdullah ibn Saalih Al-Fawzan.