Ramadhan Musings 2

– – A  moment  that  defines  your  love  for  ALLAH

It’s a fact, brief period of time as little as a moment can cause historical turn around. There are innumerable instances that grasp the viewpoint to the truest possible extent. There are heaps of pages of human history that suggest it was a moment that went wrong and centuries faced the brunt thereafter.  Countless historical moments constitute the present day human history and vehemently proclaim that they have shaped either conquests or defeats. 

Though billions of seconds constitute a year, but for a year to get materialized, a moment can play significant role. With its historical past of ups and downs, it appears, moment is quite a decisive factor.

Now, when we look at the speedy changes caused by moments from a different perspective and try to understand in what ways Almighty Allah’s orders are being implemented, we find the same horrendous speed of things, as He categorically says:

وَمَا أَمْرُنَا إِلَّا وَاحِدَةٌ كَلَمْحٍ بِالْبَصَرِ : القمر: 50

and Our Command is but one Command, which takes effect in the twinkling of an eye.

With a desirable amount of speed He expects us to adhere to righteous deeds as every moment of our lives brings us closer to its end. What do you think of an amount of time taken to perform a deed as small as an atom? Is it possible for you to personify that deed? How microscopic it could be? Almighty Allah is so particular that He takes account of the deeds performed to the precision of an atom, reward for good deeds and accountability for the wrong doings is what you can say as an ultimate decree.

وَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ شَرًّا يَرَهُ  :الزلزال:9-8  o  ومَن يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيْرًا يَرَهُ

Whoever has done an atom’s weight of good, shall see it; and whoever has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it.

The Almighty Allah is very swift in getting into the reality of things, in fact one of the most beautiful attributes with which He ascribed Himself for assessing the human deeds pertain to the same gamut….إِنَّ رَبَّكَ سَرِيعُ الْعِقَابِ… – Indeed your Lord is swift in retribution (Al-Anaam: 165) and إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ سَرِيعُ ٱلحِسَابِ – Truly, Allah is swift at reckoning (Ibrahim: 51).

On an average, we experience about 2.5 billion seconds in our life time. These moments passes off quickly; we can’t imagine the speed with which our age increases from seconds to minutes, from hours to days and from months to years. What determines a noble and exemplary life is the quantum of moments spends in the obedience of the One Who is Swift in all sense. 

We have been taught to be at the quickest best, respond quickly to the happenings, delay is absolutely undesirable. If one sneezes, he is supposed to say praise be to Allah (الحمد للہ) and the one who hears has to respond quickly by saying may Allah shower mercy on you (یرحمک اللہ). Just calculate the amount of time for all these instant acts; don’t you think they simply constitute a mere few seconds or less than that?

Again, what we feel and experience is justifiable because every fraction of a second ensures a decent coordination with mind and heart. The feelings of joy and sorrow, and pains and gains are all due to the coordination between these vital organs. At the time of a calamity or difficulty, immediate observance of norms of patience without any delay is expected. The one who sticks to such an instant form of patience is a true believer:

إنَّما الصَّبرُ عند الصَّدمةِ الأُولَى : بخاری و مسلم

Verily, the patience is at the first stroke of a calamity.

Forms of worship like prayers and fastings are sum total of the moments spend with patience and devotion. You find the association of patience (صبر) with both forms of worships. In the month of Ramadhan, through fastings we are being trained to be quick in responding to the Divine obligations, right from Saher (dawn) to Iftaar (dusk), there are tons of instances that strengthen our ability to respond quickly. Have you ever pondered why fast (صوم) has been equated with the term patience (الصیام صبر)? The reason is very lucid, every second of the day contributes in successful completion of fast, and without patience spending of even few seconds is unmanageable.

You can realize that whatever good deeds you perform from dawn to dusk, they create countless instances to strengthen your Imaan. Just wanted to quote an instance; rather it’s a task for you to check the depth of Allah’s love. Read the following carefully:

“The summer heat is up now; the temperature has risen and will rise even more in the days to come in some parts of the states, in India and around the globe. In the scorching heat, cold water brings respite. At a time when you are tremendously busy in your work, patiently bearing the heat, the magnitude of thirst begins to sore with the rising temperature. After a while you get a glass of cold water. You would move hurriedly to quench your thirst. The moment you take the glass and touch it with your lips, the water starts oozing out and goes directly to your stomach, so smooth and so fast, what else then? Respite all the way, isn’t the way one quenches his thirst? Now, take a look, is it possible for you to stop the flow of water just for a moment to thank the Almighty Allah Who bestowed cold and sweet water: 

أَفَرَأَيْتُمُ الْمَاءَ الَّذِي تَشْرَبُونَ 0 أَأَنتُمْ أَنزَلْتُمُوهُ مِنَ الْمُزْنِ أَمْ نَحْنُ الْمُنزِلُونَ 0 لَوْ نَشَاءُ جَعَلْنَاهُ أُجَاجًا فَلَوْلَا تَشْكُرُون :الحدید:70-68
Have you ever seen (with open eyes) the water that you drink? Is it you who cause it to rain from the clouds, or do We? If We so pleased We could make it salt. Then why don’t you be grateful?

Or say at the time of breaking fast, is it possible for you to discontinue the drinking and move away glass of cold water from your lips and swap the feelings of respite with thanksgiving? The moment that abruptly stops the flow of water from mouth to stomach is a just reflection of Allah’s Love that your heart possesses. You tend to demonstrate that more than the thirst and the cold water, the Love for Allah occupies a pivotal place in your heart. It’s a reflection of highest form of Imaan. This is what we have been taught: 

اللَّهمَّ اجعل حُبَّك أَحَبَّ إِليَّ من نفسي، وأَهْلي، ومن الماءِ البارِد : ترمذی

O Allah! Make Your Love dearer to me than myself, my family and the cold water”

An exemplary life of a believer is all about faithful moments, every moment is precious, every act counts. Immediate initiative has its own credibility over delay of even a second.

 التُّوَدَۃُ فِی کُلِّ شَئْیءٍ خَیر اِلاَّ فِیْ عَمَلِ الآخِرَۃِ  : مسلم

Delay could be beneficial but not in the matters pertaining to the life hereafter

The piety, patience and penitence that we get as offerings of prayers and fastings in the month of Ramadhan actually make us swift in action. The speedy style of performing things is what piety (تقوی) is all about and for this very reason we have been advised to keep fast. At the end of the day, you need to look at yourself, check your speed of actions and evaluate your quick responsiveness. Greater the speed, greater will be the canvas of good deeds. Unarguably, your “swiftness” and “quick-responsiveness” prevents you from worldly desires and ensures smooth transformation of your vehicle of Taqwa from one blessed Ramadhan to the next one, and of course, from success of this world to the eternal bliss of the Hereafter.

© Muhammad Abdullah Javed – June 2017

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