[Again, sorry for the poor editing. It’s already late so I don’t have time to fix it.]
[Note: By now I’m pretty sure that everybody (and by this I mean the few of you who actively follow the blog) has figured out that my teensie-weensie reminders are not at all teensie-weensie. So why do still refer to them as such? Well:
1) It’s nasty changing the name mid-way through the series, isn’t it?
2) For me, they’re quite teensie-weensie because if given a chance, I could ramble on forever.
3) If I called them “Longie-Wongie Reminder”, then nobody would check.
So, I’m sticking with the name.]
Give myself a chance to do what, you ask?
Give yourself a chance to be great in the sight of Allah.
Okay, I can sense your confusion. Everyone wants to be great, right? Especially in the sight of Allah.
Therefore, everyone gives themselves a chance, right?
Nope and let me tell you why:
1) When you read the Quran and come across the stories of those whom had Allah has praised, do you yearn to be amongst them?
To the sisters, when you come across the following ayah (verse), what thought runs through your mind:
Allah has granted us a month like Ramadan out of His Mercy and his Wisdom. Everyone knows how much easier it is to worship Him during this month.
However, were we given this month for us to worship Allah only for its duration? Or were we given this month so that we could train our bodies and souls to be constantly obedient to Allah?
You know what the answer is.
The first thing that we need to do is to intend for this month to be a new start for us. If we don’t intend to continue being obedient to Allah after the month is over, then why exactly are we being obedient to Him in this month to begin with???
So, how do we make a fresh start? The first way is to close the doors.
Close the doors? Yes, the doors of sins. Our sins.
How do we do that? By seeking Allah’s Forgiveness and repenting to Him, of course.
How do we do that?
Well, there’s a hadeeth which tells three ways to seek His Forgiveness. It’s quite beautiful. Also, Imam Ibn Rajab (rahimahullah) has explained it in a magnificent way.
You can the read hadeeth and its explanation here.
Let’s all read it, ponder over it and aim to apply it, insha-Allah.
Want some motivational stories of people who made a fresh start?
Well, here’s the story of the man who killed 99 people and here are the stories of a whole bunch of people who tried to seek the truth. (The link is to another blog of mine.)
In case you’re wondering what sin the latter group was guilty of (before they sought the truth) – it was shirk (ascribing partners to Allah) and that is the worst sin in the sight of Allah.
So, here’s to a new beginning.
PS. Yes, I’m going to have teensie-weensie reminders every day, (which will include motivational stories), insha-Allah, along with some other stuff.