i typed 'Ramadhan' in my search box, and ended up reading old posts i made about Ramadhan. some made me chuckle, but most made me think. a wave of gratitude fills in, for the reminders He Made me write, to remind my own self, most definitely. and anyone who bumps into this small blog.
reading back those posts coming from different years, i wondered have i changed much? to be the person i wish to be when i was writing them. wallahua'lam. i pray i have. :)
Ramadhan is special, even when it's standing on its own. the doors of the Heavens are opened. Lailatul Qadr is in it. the Devils are off-duty. infinite bounties are up for grabs. the rewards are multiplied only Allah-Knows how much. Barakah is everywhere; alhamdulillah.
but this month can only be special to us, if we make it as one. it will always be called, syahrul Quran, syahrul Ibadat, and the so many different names it is. but it can only truly be one, if we make it as one.
syahrul Quran, when we make ourselves really close to Quran, with all the tadarrus and tadabbur.
syahrul i'badah; when we fill this month with all those i'badah that we know of.
a thought struck me a few hours back, which somewhat becomes another solid proof of Allah's Greatness. remember the ever-famous tip in changing habits? it was said that it takes about 28 days for one to change their habit. which made me thought of Ramadhan. every year we see or hear people telling stories about the changes that they have made in the month of Ramadhan. some stopped smoking, some wear the hijab, some perform prayers on time etc. so i guess ultimately, it's up to us to decide on the things we want to change; the effort that we will put to change, and insyaAllah, this 30 days (if i'm not mistaken) will work wonders.
we have 30 days of barakah.
we have 30 days of syaitonirrojim-free zone.
we have 30 days of doa-doa yang dimakbulkan.
and one very special night. :)
so i pray that you and i are able to make all the changes that we wish for, to make us a better Muslim, fi dunya and most definitely fil akhirah. and i pray that the changes that take place will lead us to be among those muttaqeen, mu'mineen, muhsineen and mukhliseen; those who are promised a place in Jannah.
“O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed upon you as it has been prescribed upon those before you, so that you may attain taqwa.”
Narrated Sahl: The Prophet said,
“There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Raiyan, and those who observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who used to observe fasts?’ They will get up, and none except them will enter through it. After their entry the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it.”
Salam Ramadhan Kareem 1433H
Forgive me for all my wrongdoings J
only hours left till our first tarawikh.