- With the grace of Allah today we are going through the twenty second day of fasting and are in the third ashra (ten days) of Ramadan. According to a saying of the Holy Prophet(saw) we have passed Ramadan’s ten days of God’s mercy and then ten days of God’s forgiveness and are now going through ten days of salvation from the fire of Hell. It is God’s favour on us that He has granted us the opportunity to experience this.
- Indeed, God is Gracious but when man violates His law and is guilty of chastisement God’s attribute of justice comes into play. Generally God’s mercy encompasses everything but in places violation of Divine law requires punishment, yet God can have mercy and forgive. Such a situation is not becoming for a Muslim. A true believer has special status and his belief demands to keep his spiritual state in check and abide by God’s commandments to the best of his abilities. However, if owing to human frailties he happens to commit sin, God’s mercy covers him.
- Drawing attention to Divine mercy during Ramadan signifies that God’s favours and grace specifically come into play during this month and during the ten days of mercy His special beneficence which is specific to forgiveness is dispensed. During this time one should seek power to do good and seek light from God’s light so that one does not turn to darkness again. Man is inherently weak and thus in order to safeguard against this weak state and to take power from God’s power, Istighfar is necessary.
- The Islamic concept of Heaven and Hell is not limited to the Hereafter. There is also heaven and hell in this world. As the hadith of the Holy Prophet(saw) explained if we think that we can see God or that God is seeing us at all times, it will stop us from going astray. Those who do wrong are always in fear of being caught and this in itself puts them in a hellish state. One who fears God attains paradise in this world and the Hereafter and one who is embroiled in evil selfish and base desires is embroiled in hell in this world and the Hereafter.
- We, the followers of the true and ardent devotee of the Holy Prophet(saw), the Promised Messiah(as) need to bring about a revolutionary change in ourselves and elevate our state of faith to the level where our each word and deed is to attain pleasure of God and where we spend our lives holding ourselves accountable. May the blessings of Ramadan always remain with us!