The End of Ramadhan and Reflecting on Grenfell

old-rusty-lantern-book-set-41316903We are in the last ten nights of Ramadhan. These nights contain the blessed night known as Lailatul Qadr – The night of power.

We are expected to ‘search’ for the night as we don’t know exactly when it falls. In 5 short ayaat Allah explained the blessings and miracle of this night.

“Verily! We have sent it (this Qur’an) down in the night of Al-Qadr
And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr is?
The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months;
Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [(Gabriel)] by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees,
Peace! until the appearance of dawn.”
(Surah Al-Qadr, 97:1-5)

Allah through His mercy has given us a night that is better than a 1000 months. A 1000 months equates roughly to 83 and a quarter years – i.e. an entire lifetime: that means every Ramadhan Allah is giving us an opportunity to atone for our mistakes, and to accumulate rewards that are worth more than an entire lifetime of worship. This year, from Maghrib to Fajr, it’s just a little over 5 hours in the UK (according to some timetables) – if you work it out, that means each second equates to more than 24 hours. So even saying “alhamdulillah” in one second, it would be as if you had spent an *entire day* repeating the praise of Allah with no break at all.

See how easy Allah makes it for us to gain rewards?

It is impossible to observe these last days and nights of Ramadhan without thinking about the terrible events that occurred in West London in Grenfell Tower, where so many people lost their own lives or lost their loved ones. Many of them had just returned from tarawih prayers, not realising that was their last ever prayer. Many of them were preparing meals for suhoor, not realising they would not even get the chance to eat it. Many of them had said salam to their friends and families earlier that evening, not realising it would be the last time they’d speak to each other. May Allah have mercy on them, may Allah console the grief of all those affected, may Allah enter our brothers and sisters who perished in the blaze into the highest jannah.

Life is very short, and we don’t know how it might turn with just the blink of an eye. None of us can predict what awaits us tomorrow. There are so many who started out Ramadhan with us, but they will not be finishing it with us. They will not get to experience another night of Ramadhan, another day of fasting or another opportunity to recite Qur’an or give in charity. May we all make the most of the little time remaining of this blessed month, for we don’t know if we will get another opportunity.

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JazakumAllah khair.

 

(The article was originally posted on the LSE Muslim Alumni network page)

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