قُلْ إِن كُنتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَاللّهُ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“Say, if you love Allah then follow me, Allah will love you, and forgive for you your sins, and Allah is All Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Surah Ale ‘Imran, Verse 31)
This verse highlights the importance of adopting a sunnah, a way of life. If adopted, you will gain the love of Allah and have your sins forgiven. The reward of a Sunnah during Ramadan is like the reward of completing a Fard. Evaluate your life today, and see where you can adopt simple sunnah in your daily routine. E.g using a mishwak before your salaah
لاَ تَكْذِبُوا عَلَىَّ، فَإِنَّهُ مَنْ كَذَبَ عَلَىَّ فَلْيَلِجِ النَّارَ
“Do not tell a lie against me, for whoever tells a lie against me, then he will surely enter the Hellfire.” (Sahih Bukhari)
We should ensure that any hadith or sayings that we attribute back to the Prophet (SAW) are actually his words, otherwise we will fall under this hadith. Also, to double check any forwarded messages, which may contain a hadith, to ensure they are correct.
رَبَّنَا لاَ تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْوَهَّابُ
“Our Lord, do not deviate our hearts after you have guided them, and grant us mercy from you. Indeed you are The Bestower”.
Tonight, try and offer 2 rak’aat salahtul taubah and sincerely ask Allah to forgive your sins. Cry to Him and beg Him as though this is your last chance. May Allah shower his mercy and forgive us all this Ramadan. Ameen.
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of two, qualified solicitor and an Alimiyyah student.