Several times have we made this promise that this ramadhan I will fast all throughout the month and also the six fasts after Eid day, I will pray each night this month, I will do this and I will do that. But at the end of the month, are we sure about whether did we actually complete or fulfill those promises that we made. The answer for many of us could be:
yes I did but not satisfied,
Yes I did but I missed few of XYZ things,
No I didn’t.
Rarely do we get the reply as a complete Yes, wherein you are 100% sure that all the parameters where in place.
Let us read this ayat from the Quran from Surah Araf: Verse 172 which says:-
When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): "Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?"- They said: "Yea! We do testify!"
There was a gathering of all the rooh’s, that we all have within ourselves where Allah asks “ Alastu bi rabbikum” and we all answered “balaa shahidna”.The Rooh that we have knows Allah. It has already spoken to him and has given a covenant in the above verse.
Now, This Rooh is blown into our body and when we are born the Rooh comes out with the body.
So, we have the Rooh and the Body. Both have needs.
Body has needs: Food, Protection, it has a need to beautify itself, does things to comfort itself, various needs and desires.
Rooh has needs: It needs the tranquility by you praising Allah, doing righteous deeds, following the commands of Allah and all that he has declared as Halaal. As Allah says in Surah Raad:Verse 28 that Truly in the rememberance of Allah, do hearts find peace.
When it is Ramadhan, we are getting an opportunity from Allah(swt) to increase our Taqwa by feeding our Rooh and not feeding our needs of our body.
Allah says: O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you that you may achieve Taqwa( Surah Baqarah).
We have not been so serious with the needs of the Rooh for other months, so it is like a training programme wherein you control yourself ( hunger, speech, thirst, intimacy and many other things which are not allowed when you are fasting). Allah says that if we fast then we can attain taqwa.
When it comes to standing the night, Allah says in Surah Zariyat: verse 17 that “ They were in the habit of sleeping but little by night”.
Please read this verse carefully and also read from the Glorious Quran the verses before and after this verse. You should be standing at night even in other days to attain Jannah as Allah says that Jannati’s are those who slept less at night. Coming back to Ramadhan, There is also a hadeeth where prophet (pbuh) says that whoever stands and prays the nights in Ramadhan with perfect faith and seeking reward, all his past sins are forgiven(Bukhari).
And think for a while, how much are we in pace with the commands of Allah and His Messenger(pbuh) and How much have we prepared for Jannah. Ramadhan is an opportunity which Allah has bestowed with where we can change our habits and try to get more and more closer to Allah, Alhumdulilaah. We cant say we will be in this world next Ramadan.
Before I end let me warn you by telling you why did Allah take a promise from all our Rooh. Allah gives the answer in the same verse of Surah Araf.. This we did , lest you mankind should say on the day of Resurrection, "Indeed, we were of this unaware". Our Rooh will not be able to say on the day of judgement: Inna kunna a’n hadha gafileen, because Rooh already knows Allah and it had a conversation with Allah.
Are we making use of this Ramadhan to enrich our Rooh or are we are still the same as we were enriching our Body?