: – The Clandestine of a different NEW – :
We have just stepped in the month of Ramadhan and find ourselves a different new; the feelings, the emotions, the actions and observations are quite different. It’s predominantly distinct atmosphere we are finding ourselves in. The Mosques, the individuals, the families and every nook and corner of the streets resemble angel-like persons who are embodiment of sheer obedience of Allah. True, obedient servants everywhere, it’s a common observation and there exist precise uniformity as far reality-of-observation is concerned. We are obedient now, punctuality in prayers, adherent to moral values and absolute control over the senses, in particular the seeing, speaking and hearing, defines our persona.
Yes, we are a different new. But, on the whole, we were not so the previous days. From where did we get inspiration for a complete transformation? How absolute- transformation of our persona materialized so quickly? Any secret or miracle of such a wide range transformation? If yes then it could be within our reach to bring about changes in and around us, isn’t it?
I think this aspect of “swift and absolute – transformation of personalities” from not-so-good to very-good needs our utmost attention and serious evaluation. The true sense of which coupled with judicious attempts for realization would help us get the rich dividends of Ramadhan.
It all started with a mental and physical preparation, right from the advent of Sha’ban, the predecessor month of Ramadhan. We have been advised to keep fast and try to stand in the night as an advance preparation for Ramadhan. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) advised us to pray for an organized transformation from month of Sha’ban to Ramadhan.
اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِي وَشَعْبَانَ، وَبَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَانَ
Oh Allah make the month of Sha’ban a blessing for us and help us reach Ramadhan safely
The Quran clearly exemplifies that when the faith is rejuvenated, as is the case here, the believers get special bounties from Allah, of which the prominent ones are the increased amount of mercy and an enhancement of efficiency to excel on all fronts:
يُؤْتِكُمْ كِفْلَيْنِ مِن رَّحْمَتِهِ وَيَجْعَل لَّكُمْ نُورًا تَمْشُونَ بِهِ ….الحدید:28
…..Allah will grant you a double portion of His mercy and will give you a light in which you will walk
Added to this is the continuation of our thinking and readiness about the month of Ramadhan and its benefits. We have been taught and trained to get rewarded with the peerless offers of Ramadhan. And here we go, the blessed month started and we are on the toes to be good and perform good.
You can say that the Muslim society depicting positive changes is the resultant of the blessings (برکہ) we sought with our prayers. Even if there were a few adherents of the Prophetic instruction for the month of Sha’ban, the existing positive changes, for sure, would have reflected the same vigor. For Allah’s blessings, initiative is important as it opens the doors of His Mercy; His blessings are limitless and multiply even with our insignificant deeds and gestures performed just for His sake.
This is a treasured secret; the rise of a Nation depends heavily on its adherence to obedience of the Creator. Obey the Creator and there you find all-round and sustainable development, Ramadhan shows just a glimpse of it.
In continuation with the clandestine of a different new, if one sticks to the etiquette of prayers, fastings, recitation and standing in the night, for all the days of Ramadhan, the individuals and the society could depict true form of peace, happiness and prosperity.
© Muhammad Abdullah Javed – May 2017
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