So the search by many for Laylatul Qadr ensues during the last ten nights, primarily during the odd ones.
So how do we maximise on this opportunity?
· The most beautiful way to start is with intention. This may be the easiest and the hardest endeavour.
Sincerity. Maximum benefit is derived when the deeds lie in the nest of truth and sincerity.
I recently heard this statement: ‘Islam is a gift’. It’s never too late to ask ourselves “Do we really believe this?” and “How do we align ourselves with this belief?”
When we get a gift, should we say thank you and appreciate that it was truly given with love and respect and derive total use of it to benefit our daily lives?
It’s really okay to ask ourselves these questions on many occasions throughout our lives.
· We should also try to act out of love, in the actions we choose to do.
· Try to complete the Quran.
This is advice to me as it is to everyone who reads this: approach the text with love, and read to understand and allow it to transform us internally, rather than trying to get through the chapter. We should all strive to complete the Quran, and to do so with a desire to understand.
· Wake up for Suhoor. Get the blessing from it. It’s best to partake in it close to the time of fasting. So as challenging as it might be in the last nights, push yourself to wake up.
· Give up the negativity that holds you back.
An example of this may be false speech and evil actions. An interesting hadith :
Abu Hurairah (Allah is pleased with him) narrated: The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink. (that is his fast is not accepted by Allah)”. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 31, Hadith no. 127)
We’re all human, so we all falter. How about giving ourselves a chance to get our blessings by putting aside the actions that hold us back?
· Practice Sunnah that are easy for you to perform.
Start small with something that can be done consistently.
Try to do something that you know you will continue to do after Ramadan, after all Ramadan is a period of training for the rest of the year. Maybe we should try.
· Try to give charity, in time and money. Spend time doing something that benefits your parents, your loved ones, your family, your friends, your community, and your neighbours. Start with your parents, because all deeds fall short if one is not good to ones parents.
· Start small. We have to start with ourselves, before we can change the world. So try look internally, look at what needs to be changed, or what may need to be accentuated in terms of our good conduct.
· Increase Istighfaar. There is no amount of ill conduct that cannot be forgiven by Allah, so just ask.
· Ask Allah for Guidance and anything else you want. Make Du’aa.
· And say thank you. Try increasing your attitude of gratitude by thanking Allah.
· Most of all, be honest, and adopt the habit of speaking in truth. For there is one thing that will lead to goodness and that is truth. Seek it, speak it, be it. Love it. Submit to it. Let’s try.
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