The Lord of Ramadan is the Lord of the Whole Year
Dear Sheikh! As-salamu `alaykum! I have a simple question. Why we find that mosques are filled with Muslims during the month of Ramadan while remaining empty save for few Muslims for the whole seasons of the year? What do you have to say on this?
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Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Dear questioner, letâ€™s first express our deep and great appreciation to you for having confidence in us and for this great concern you show in understanding the teachings of this great religion of Islam. Indeed, every Muslim is recommended to seek knowledge and never be in the dark with regard to the morals and the lofty values brought to us by Islam.
In the very beginning, we would like to say to you that Islam spares no pains in elevating the morals of a Muslim and cares much about the spiritual training of the soul. This training continues for all parts of the year not just for Ramadan. It is true that Ramadan, being a season for repentance and worship, has special merit. However, a Muslim is commanded to worship Almighty Allah in all times and lose no chance in drawing near to Him.
As regards your question, we would like to quote for you the words of Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, President of the Fiqh Council of North America , which we find relevant to this issue:
We do not worship Allah only in Ramadan. We have to worship and serve Him throughout our life. We must live righteous life always, every day and every moment of our life. Some pious people used to say: â€œTry to be a Rabbani (belonging to Allah always), do not be a Ramadani (only worship Allah during Ramadan).
Muslims have to do good deeds always. Brother! Observe your daily prayers, fast during Ramadan, give Zakah, make Hajj if you can afford it. Speak the truth, be honest, and treat each other and all human beings with courtesy and kindness. Remember that the good deeds lead to more good deeds and the bad deeds lead to more bad deeds. It is said: â€œOne of the rewards of good deeds is more good deeds after that, and one the chastisement of evil is more evil deeds after that.â€�
When people do something good and then do more good things, it means that they really benefited from their good actions and Allah accepted their good deeds. But when someone prays, fasts, does some acts of charity, and then he/she stops doing these things, this means that from the beginning his/her intention was not good. He was not sincere in his/her good deeds.
It is worth stressing that Allah accepts only those actions that are sincere. Almighty Allah says: (Verily it is We Who have revealed the Book to you in Truth: so serve Allah, offering Him sincere devotion. 3- Behold, the sincere devotion belongs to Allah â€¦) (Az-Zumar 39: 2-3)
Almighty Allah also says: (And they have been commanded no more than this: to worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion, being True (in faith); to establish regular Prayer; And to practice regular Charity; and that is the Religion right and Straight.) (Al-Bayyinah 98: 5)
Islam is the religion of purity and sincerity. This applies to all the seasons of the year and not only to Ramadan. On the Day of Judgment Allah will not count our deeds, but He will weigh them.
In a Hadith Qudsi, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said reporting from Allah: â€œFor the person who fasts there are two joys: when the fast ends, he/she feels happy; and when he/she will meet the Lord, will feel happy because of his/her fast.â€� (Reported by Al-Bukhari)
So, dear questioner, itâ€™s clear in the light of the above-mentioned facts that Allah the Lord of Ramadan is the Lord of the whole year, thus we shouldnâ€™t confine our acts of worship to the month of Ramadan, rather we should seize every chance to show humbleness, devotion and sincerity to Almighty Allah, at all times, so that we may gain His pleasure.
We pray to Allah to help us stand firm on the straight path! Amen!
Excerpted, with some modifications, from www.pakistanlink. com
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