We have reached the halfway-point of Ramadhan, a reminder of how quickly time passes. We have another 2 weeks to make the most of this blessed month, alhamdulillah we still have time.The Prophet (saw) said: “It is a month of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers.” (Tabarani).
Whether you notice it or not, you have been blessed abundantly in this month! Allah has already decreased sins, He has already sent down His Mercy, and He has already answered your prayers. This is a cause for so much hope – for even the smallest act, whether you just handed a date to someone else or offered one extra rak’ah of prayer, has accumulated hundreds of rewards for you.
The Prophet (saw) said: “Ramadhan has come to you…in it Allah looks at your competition in good deeds, and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from yourselves, for the unfortunate one is he who is deprived in this month of the mercy of Allah, the Mighty, the Exalted.” (narrated by Tabarani)
We might wonder: “how can I compete with others who seem to be doing so much? I am not at that level…” But look at it another way: the hadith is reassuring us that we are ALL very much in the race to attain Jannah, not one person is excluded. The hadith also takes it as a given that everyone has goodness within them – it is already there, we just need to put the effort in to express that goodness through our deeds.
When the hadith mentions “competition in good deeds”, remember too that often the greatest and toughest competition is against ourselves. There are only two weeks remaining, not long to go – so whatever additional good acts you have done so far in this month, keep doing them and have confidence in Allah’s blessings and Mercy.
And if we haven’t been able to do as much as we wanted, this is the perfect time to start. Ramadhan is about changing habits, and that doesn’t happen straight away. The Prophet (saw) said: “Ramadhan is the month of sabr (perseverance)”. To understand the true meaning of perseverance we need obstacles to overcome, and troughs to climb out of. And the reward for sabr is Jannah. So with Ramadhan passing quickly, let’s try to push ourselves just that bit further to achieve our own ‘personal bests’ – our greatest achievements may yet be in these next two weeks. Every tiny bit of progress is an important milestone, and the returns on that investment are limitless.