A Pictorial Summary of how most people seem to be spending Rajab and Shabaan…
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Are they preparing for Ramadan, you ask?
Well, from what I’ve seen….no.
Most people seem to be busy with the following:
Now, I’m not asking anybody not to enjoy the summer break. However, I’ve noticed that many people are ignoring their Ramadan preparations.
Remember that an accepted Ramadan paves the way for us to get to Paradise, so we shouldn’t let the little holiday (“summer break”) get in the way of the bigger holiday – the one that will last forever.
“Verily, the Abrar (pious, who fear Allah and avoid evil), shall drink a cup (of wine) mixed with water from a spring in Paradise called Kaafur.”
“A spring where from the slaves of Allah will drink, causing it to gush forth abundantly.”
“They (are those who) fulfill (their) vows, and they fear a Day whose evil will be wide-spreading.”
“And they give food, in spite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to Miskeen (poor), the orphan, and the captive,”
“(Saying): “We feed you seeking Allah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.””
“”Verily, We fear from our Lord a Day, hard and distressful, that will make the faces look horrible (from extreme dislikeness to it).””
“So Allah saved them from the evil of that Day, and gave them Nadratan (a light of beauty) and joy.”
“And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient.”
“Reclining therein on raised thrones, they will see there neither the excessive heat of the sun, nor the excessive bitter cold, (as in Paradise there is no sun and no moon).”
“And the shade thereof is close upon them, and the bunches of fruit thereof will hang low within their reach.”
“And amongst them will be passed round vessels of silver and cups of crystal,”
“Crystal-clear, made of silver. They will determine the measure thereof according to their wishes.”
“And they will be given to drink there a cup (of wine) mixed with Zanjabeel (ginger, etc.),”
“A spring there, called Salsabeel.”
“And round about them will (serve) boys of everlasting youth. If you see them, you would think them scattered pearls.”
“And when you look there (in Paradise), you will see a delight (that cannot be imagined), and a great dominion.”
“Their garments will be of fine green silk, and gold embroidery. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Lord will give them a pure drink.”
“(And it will be said to them): “Verily, this is a reward for you, and your endeavour has been accepted.””
[Surah Al-Insan (76) : 5-22]
May Allah make us from amongst the inhabitants of Paradise.