وَلَئِنْ أَذَقْنَا الإِنْسَانَ مِنَّا رَحْمَةً ثُمَّ نَزَعْنَاهَا مِنْهُ إِنَّهُ لَيَئُوسٌ كَفُورٌ
“If We make man taste mercy from Ourselves, (and) then take it off from him, verily he is despairing ungrateful.” (Surah Hud, verse 9)
In this this verse, Allah swt mentions human habit. When Allah swt gives us the taste of blessings and takes it back, we lose courage and hope and become ungrateful. And When Allah gives us the taste of blessing after hardship, we forget the sufferings and start bragging and boasting.
كَم مِّنْ صَاءِمٍ لَّيْسَ لَهُ مِنْ صِيَامِهِ اِلَّا الظَّمَاءُ و كَم مِّنْ قًاَءِمٍ لَّيْسَ لَهُ مِنْ قِيَامِهِ
“How many there are who fast but do not gain anything from it but hunger, and how many there are who pass the night standing in prayer but do not gain anything from it but sleeplessness” (Darimi)
Those who fast without seeking reward from Allah or who do not abstain from committing sins, their fast will be accepted by Allah swt but no reward will be attained. And those who stand for lengthy vigils at night, their motive may be to show off etc. Again, it will be accepted by Allah and no reward will be attained
اللهم إني أعوذ بك من فتنة النار، وعذاب النار، ومن شر الغنى والفقر
“O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the trials and the torment of the Fire and from the evils of wealth and poverty.” (Abu Dawud)
Last few days and nights remain of this beautiful month. Let us all reflect and evaluate our acts of worship, if we come under the above hadith, what changes can we make for these last fasts and night prayers in Ramadan. We need to ensure that there is sincerity in all our acts of worships and perform them in the most beneficial and correct manner possible. May Allah accepts our fasts, our salaah, and all our voluntary acts of worship. Ameen.
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of 2, qualified solicitor and Aalimiyyah student