Countdown to Ramadan: Who’s really counting down?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
أَلَمْ تَرَ إِلَى الْمَلَإِ مِن بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ مِن بَعْدِ مُوسَىٰ إِذْ قَالُوا لِنَبِيٍّ لَّهُمُ ابْعَثْ لَنَا مَلِكًا نُّقَاتِلْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ ۖ قَالَ هَلْ عَسَيْتُمْ إِن كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الْقِتَالُ أَلَّا تُقَاتِلُوا ۖ قَالُوا وَمَا لَنَا أَلَّا نُقَاتِلَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ وَقَدْ أُخْرِجْنَا مِن دِيَارِنَا وَأَبْنَائِنَا ۖ فَلَمَّا كُتِبَ عَلَيْهِمُ الْقِتَالُ تَوَلَّوْا إِلَّا قَلِيلًا مِّنْهُمْ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ عَلِيمٌ بِالظَّالِمِينَ
“Have you not thought about the group of the Children of Israil after (the time of) Musa? When they said to a Prophet of theirs, “Appoint for us a king and we will fight in Allah’s Way.” He said, “Would you then refrain from fighting, if fighting was prescribed for you?” They said, “Why should we not fight in Allah’s Way while we have been driven out of our homes and our children (families have been taken as captives)?” But when fighting was ordered for them, they turned away, all except a few of them. And Allah is All-Aware of the Dhaalimoon (polytheists and wrong-doers).” [Surah Al-Baqarah (2) :246]
So, we are told of a group of Banu Israilis who claimed that they wanted to fight in the way of Allah. However, when the time came to walk the walk (i.e. prove that they were serious), most of them did not do so.
What does that mean? Well, it means that they were just talking the first time around and they didn’t mean what they were saying.
What am I trying to say?
Well, here’s the original Countdown to Ramadan post. Look at how many replies I got. Many people pointed out that they were interested in participating in this challenge.
When we actually started, most of the people disappeared.
Of course, it could be that they are all participating silently, right? Yes, that’s possible.
So, I have a suggestion. For those of you who are really serious about participating, please let us know how you’ve been doing with this challenge.
On the Daily Dose blog, I mentioned how I was doing and asked about everyone else. A sister was brave enough to reply, may Allah reward her. She also mentioned something which helps her to stay awake after Fajr, which is a good tip for the rest of us.
So, any other brave souls out there? If I can do it (and I’m not doing too well with the challenge) then anybody can do it, insha-Allah.
What if you were working on another habit instead? Okay then, why don’t you reply to this post and tell us how it’s going.
Awaiting your replies.