This article was translated from Arabic

REMINDER #8

               
Ramadan is an opportunity for reflection, review and evaluation

By: Ustath Ali Sadreddine Al-Bayanouni (Abu Anas)*

{Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves}

Dear brothers and sisters, each of us needs from time to time a pause with the self, to review one’s account and relationships, to determine what is genuine and positive, and try to build and develop it; and what is wrong and where the shortcomings are and try to avoid or reform; building one’s vision for the future on this basis.

The best time for this review is the month of Ramadan, as it is a month in which the Muslim is free from many restrictions and obstacles and is encouraged to do good. The gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are shut; the devils are chained and a caller calls out each night: “O seeker of good, proceed; O seeker of evil, desist.” 

The moments of reflection and self-analysis in this holy month allows a person the opportunity to recognise their mistakes, weaknesses and shortcomings, and pushes them to develop themselves further.

Ramadan, brothers and sisters, is a great opportunity to bring about the desired change – in our souls, our customs and our lives; correcting our path and ascending towards betterment. Indeed, Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves. Do we have a choice but to elevate and reform our situation, so that we may follow the path in the right direction?

Ramadan is an opportunity to review one’s thoughts, convictions, traits, habits, behaviour and actions. It is an opportunity to review one’s relationship with Allah Almighty, and with parents and family, with siblings, relatives, kinship, the community and what benefit has been provided for Islam. It is a time to question and assess the shortcomings and how they can be improved.

Upon recognising any shortcoming, one shouldn’t falter or hesitate to change and correct matters, for it is the best opportunity to correct one’s path and to uphold Allah’s guidance. It is the best occasion to upgrade social conduct and servitude, and to resolve any grievances and differences one has with others. Indeed, it has been narrated in numerous narrations of the Prophet (pbuh) that Allah’s forgiveness of His servant remains pending until whatever grudge or estrangement or dissension is removed between him and others. Ramadan is a call for social reconciliation and for overcoming differences.

The importance of this review is that the person should then decide to reform what he finds in his shortcomings, work to develop and upgrade himself, to leave Ramadan a better person than he was when he entered it. This is the essence of uprightness, and it is a sign of acceptance (of Ramadan) which one should be weary of. It was narrated that Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) about this verse: {And those who give what they give with their hearts full of fear, because they will return to their Lord[Qur’an 23:60].” Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “Are they those who drink alcohol and steal? He said: ‘No, O daughter of al-Siddiq; rather they are the ones who fast and pray and give charity, but they fear that it will not be accepted from them; they are the ones who race for the good deeds.’” 

May the month of Ramadan be a base for our new start, and the foundation of our anticipated advancement. Indeed, the path that begins from the meanings of this holy month and its lessons is a blessed path. Certainly, a reawakening that is based on the consciousness and piety of Allah Almighty, is one that is based on a firm foundation.

 


 

 

*Ustath Abu Anas, Ali Sadreddine Al-Bayanouni, was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1938. He has been part of Islamic work in his native Syria and many other countries since his youth. Ustath Abu Anas has been a resident of the UK since 2000 where he continues to lead on various important strands of Islamic political work.

 

 


 

Muslim Association of Britain

24th May 2018 | 8th Ramadan 1439