A lifetime of good deeds are up for grabs. Will you be a winner?
By Ismath Khatoon
A Friday Market in the Gulf
Eyes light up, hearts beat fast and the thought crosses our mind: “I sure hope I get a hold of this offer.”
We remind one another of the date when a sale starts and often wait anxiously for it. We make sure we reach there on time and wait no matter how long the queue to avail a discount.
How about Ramadan? A month filled with so many blessings that every good deed receives multiplied rewards. How about the offers that Allah سبحانه وتعالى sends to us during this entire month?
The best charity is the charity in Ramadan, an umrah during Ramadan is equivalent to Haj, A tasbeeh in Ramadan is better than a thousand tasbeehaat, the gates of heaven are opened, the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained to enable us to attain good deeds easily.
Are we availing these special offers?
And how about Laylat-ul-Qadr?! A night that Allah سبحانه وتعالى himself addressed as the Night of Power?
لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ
تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ
سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ
The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, (i.e. 83 years and 4 months).
Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibrael (Gabriel)] by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees,
Peace! (All that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn.
(Qur’an 97: 3-5)
A single night equals in reward to spending 83 years and 4 months just worshipping Allah سبحانه وتعالى . Isn’t that amazing?
Can we even think of getting a fraction of such benefit from any other sale in the world?
Yet, how different is our approach when we are experiencing Laylat-ul-Qadr to when we get a chance to grab a discount at a shopping festival!
The hype and the hysteria around all of these holiday sales makes our day revolve around getting up early, fighting the rush, navigating crowded parking lots, going through deal after deal and a never-ending sense of not getting enough! Compare that to the peace that descends on the night of Qadr while bringing a lifetime’s worth of rewards till dawn. Actually, it’s more than a lifetime. We can’t even expect to live our lives up to the age of 83.
Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven.”(1)
Now ask yourselves: Is this offer worth losing?
Let’s go grab it and seek Laylat-ul-Qadr.
A’isha (رضي الله عنها) and Ibn Numair reported Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) as saying:
Look for Laylat-ul-Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan. (2)
And is it really too hard to seek this one night from the last 10? Even if it were to be sought during the entire month it wouldn’t be hard if we appreciated the guaranteed rewards that it holds.
Just imagine: if we are successful in catching Laylat-ul-Qadr, we get a lifetime’s worth of good deeds in our pocket, with the hope to live longer and earn more, with the Qadr of Allah! We also get to rise multiple levels of jannah. How does that sound?
If that wasn’t enough to spring you into action, here are the simple yet sad words RasoolAllah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) had for someone who misses this opportunity.
“In it [Laylat-ul-Qadr] Allah has a night which is better than a thousand months; whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.” (3)
Let us not be amongst those who are deprived. Let’s strive to increase our good deeds and seek Laylat-ul-Qadr.
I ask Allah to forgive our sins, accept our good deeds, and make this month a means to increase our ranks in jannah. Ameen.