One of the most beautiful things about Islam is that Allah SWT gives us many chances to become better servants to Him. But it’s up to us to seize the opportunity.
It’s truly a blessing when Allah SWT gives you the chance to live another day, breathe and walk on earth. We shouldn’t let days just pass by without bringing ourselves closer to Him, for every waking day that we live, we inch closer to our departure from this world.
Throughout the 12 months in a year, we know that the Almighty has chosen four sanctified months – Zul-Qadah, Zul-hijjah, Muharram and Rajab. In line with the month of Muharram which signals the Islamic New Year let us reset our spiritual resolutions and make the best out of this sacred month.
Throughout this month, we should take advantage of our deeds being multiplied. Here are a few ways to make the best out of Muharram.
As we know, the 10th day of Muharram, the Day of Ashura is approaching. It is encouraged to fast on this day as your minor sins from the previous year will be forgiven by Allah SWT. Any chance we get to redeem forgiveness from Allah SWT is something we should take advantage of. It is also recommended to fast as many days as you can throughout Muharram.
Abu Hurairah narrated that: “The Messenger of Allah said: “The most virtuous fasting after the month of Ramadan is Allah’s month of Al-Muharram”.
Indeed, Allah knows best.
Now is a good time to pick up on your Quran recitation if you haven’t done so in a while. Take it day by day, set realistic goals on your aim to complete the Quran. Reading one or a few pages a day is good enough to help multiply your good deeds.
This is something a lot of us tend to overlook, but never underestimate the power of dhikir. Make it a habit for you to dhikir so that Allah is constantly in remembrance. Dhikir is really easy to do and the best part is that it comes with extensive reward.
Being generous won’t decrease your wealth in any way. Since Muharram is the beginning of the Islamic New Year, establish good habits by doing charity and give regular sadaqah to those in need.
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “ The acts most beloved to Allah, Exalted be He, are those which are done regularly even if they are small.”
So many important events happened on the Day of Ashura which we can learn from. For example, Allah SWT enabled Prophet Nuh’s arch to land peacefully, Prophet Ya’qoob was united with his son Yussuf, Prophet Yunus was safely let out from a whale’s stomach, and more.
All these historic incidents teach us to always be grateful for our lives and that even though life comes with its challenges, know that Allah SWT would not burden his servants more than they can bear. We are where He wants us to be in life. Alhamdulillah.
Allah SWT says: “If you are grateful, I will surely increase you in favour (Quran 14:7).
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