Time flies, the blessing month of Ramadan 2015 will leave us soon, how have you been doing in this month? Have you been productive and value of the month of Ramadan? Have you anticipate for all the extra rewards and closeness to Allah?
Allah’s Messenger ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:
“When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained” [Sahih al Bukhari]
Ramadan is that time of the year when even the most “non-practicing” Muslim is inspired to fix their prayers, to fast, to read Quran, to raise their hands in dua, to give sadaqah etc.
It’s a new beginning for many Muslim, it’s also an opportunity for us to go that extra mile no matter where we stand in our journey towards Allah.
Although we (maybe) fasting, Ramadan should be the most productive time of the year, spiritually, socially and personally for every Muslim.
Before Ramadan started, I think many of you have listed down things ‘to do’ and ‘goals’ to achieve in this blissful month. I did that as well.
One of the goals I set for myself is to finish read Quran from cover to cover, also remember the Surah (at least one) and some dua.
This year I finish of reading Quran earlier than last year and its indeed has been a special Ramadan for me.
It is my first Ramadan in Malaysia with my husband and family, the first time performed 20 rakah of taraweeh prayer (with 3 rakah of witr prayer too) instead of 8 which I did while in Bangkok. Alhamdulliah, I feel awesome after done those intense prayers, and all things are going well.
I’m very grateful for everything I experienced of what pure love for Islam could be.
As Ramadan being the month in which Quran was revealed, it is important that we establish a strong connection and strengthen the relationship with the Quran.
By saying that, I want to share with you these beautiful words from Nouman Ali Khan regards to why does Allah compare the Quran to water?
To stay connected to the Book revealed during this month, beside of reading it, you can also listening to your favorite reciters and/or reading easy translations and tafseer.
Ponder the meaning of the Quran and aim to carry out one ayah every day or to the best of your ability.
Listening to a good, medium-paced recitation is also a fantastic way to aid with memorization.
We are now in the last third of Ramadan. May all of us be persistent in hoping, praying and trying to be better Muslims. And I pray that we are able to purify our hearts and reach a new understanding in all that we do, ameen!