Seize the Second Phase (Ashra) of Ramadhan

Seize the Second Phase (Ashra) of Ramadhan

 

By Md Afsar Khan Ishati

It is with sheer Mercy of Allah that we have safely and peacefully passed through the first Phase (i.e. the Stage of Mercy) of Ramadhan while its second Phase is just on the horizon which signifies the Divine Pardon or forgiveness.

Truly speaking, instead of being utterly nervous and downhearted, the present global condition should be viewed and treated as a blessing in disguise and wake-up call from Allah to take the stock of our lives and rectify it mending our ways turning to Him in repentance. 

This year, the blessed month of Ramadhan seems to be predestined in the decree of Allah to fall in such a troubled and distressing time causing us to be more devoted to Him by the way of returning to Him in repentance of our past wrongdoings and be more steadfast in our religion.

Allah (S.W.T.) states in the Holy Qur'an:

ظَهَرَ الْفَسَادُ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ بِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِي النَّاسِ لِيُذِيقَهُم بَعْضَ الَّذِي عَمِلُوا لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُون

( 30:41)

Translation:  Calamities have appeared on the land and the sea because of what the hands of men have earned, that He (Allah) may make them taste a part of what they have done, in order that they may turn back.

 

As a true believer, we must take this opportunity to welcome this momentous and limited duration of Ramadhan with great zeal and zest being fully prepared to seek forgiveness from Allah and repent for our sins each and every moment during the course of day and night being more particular about abundance of prayers and making plea in the Court of Allah for earning His Good Pleasure and Countenance saying:

لا الہ الا الله، استغفر الله، اسئلک الجنة و اعوذ بک من النار ۔

“There is none worthy of worship besides Allah; I seek forgiveness from Allah; I ask You (O Allah) for Paradise, and I seek refuge in You (O Allah) from the Hellfire.”

 

During this phase of the month, one should also do his best to be at arm's length from all minor and major sins, endeavour to curb and crush the base desires straight away resulting in incurring Allah's Displeasure and never repeat them once repented to ensure the acceptance of his invocations and supplications.

 

Taubah is, literally, a means of seeking propinquity or proximity (closeness/nearness) of Allah having cleansed ourselves from the filth of sins. But, as it is explicitly known to everyone that, one of the prerequisites of the Repentance to be answered by Allah, the oft-Forgiving and oft-Returning, is to be just and fair in our dealings with others both materially and morally as well as fulfill others rights, as the majority of Muslims neglect this point.

Just ponder for a while how is it possible to attract Allah's mercy still harbouring envy, hatred and grudge against our fellow-beings and continue bearing ill wills and bad assumptions for them? Hence, before we embark upon observing this noble act of repentance, it should be considered mandatory to settle our debts if possible as well as rebind and reunite the broken ties of kinship if any. We must strive to please those who are displeased or not on speaking terms with us since the pleasure of Allah solely lies in conducting well with His creature.

It is narrated on the authority of Hazrat Abu Hurairah (R.T.A) that the Prophet (S.A.W)) said: “And he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should unite his ties of kinship.”

At another place, warning against severing the ties of kinship, it appears in a Tradition: It is narrated on the authority of Hazrat Abu Bakra (R.T.A) that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) said: “There is no sin more fitted to have punishment meted out by Allah to its perpetrator in advance in this world along with what He stores up for him in the hereafter than oppression and severing ties of kinship.”

[Related by Abu Dawûd 4902 and At-Tirmizi and ibn Maja 3413, and authenticated by Al-Albani]

So, let's resolve to restrain our Nafs (lower-self) from evil pursuits and strive to submit ourselves entirely to the Will of Allah and be entitled to acquire His Pleasure.

May this time proves to be a mercy for us and may it prompt us to change our lives for the better! May Allah enable us all to truly value this Phase of Ramadhan making it the beginning of a new chapter of our righteous lives in which we gain His Pleasure and become as He wishes and deserves us to be. Ameen!

Writer is director and lecturer at Markaz-e Islami Education and Research Center, Ankleshwar, Gujarat