This Ramadhan, I will …

A Personal Plan by Wa’el Hamza

 

A very important set of questions comes to my mind every time I hear the ahadith Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) in which he said, “The month of Ramadhan has come to you, a blessed month …” Were the several months of Ramadhan I went through in my life blessed months? What kind of blessings did they bring to my life and how did they do so?” The more important and more relevant question is

      “How can I make this upcoming month of

Ramadhan

    a blessed month for me and for those around me?”

I know that the Prophet said that Allah sets some people free from the hellfire in every single night in Ramadhan. Was I set free at any of these numerous nights I went through in the past Ramadhans? Am I going to be chosen to be set free in one of the nights of this upcoming Ramadhan? I know that there is a night in the last ten days called the night of Al-Qadr that is better than a thousand months. Again, I ask myself,

    “Did I ever worship Allah in this night and gain the tremendous reward mentioned by Allah and his Messenger?”

Trying to answer these questions, I realized that Allah does not choose people randomly for these blessings. I am sure He does not set people free based on their gender, race, or wealth. I am of the belief that the great night of Al-Qadr is a gift Allah gives to some people who show some effort during the month and probably throughout the year. The most important question is how can I make myself subject to all these blessings? How can I make this upcoming Ramadhan a real change in my life?

In this article, I am sharing with you my personal plan ingetting the maximum out of this upcoming Ramadhan for it may be the last Ramadhan I ever experience…

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2 thoughts on “This Ramadhan, I will …

  1. Hwaairfan,
    This is a great post in that you ask some very perceptive/ important questions. I am not a muslim, but please allow me to give my answer to the central question from according to my own religion (Christianity).

    In your article you wrote about the gift that you believe God gives during Ramadan by setting people free from hellfire. You wrote: “I am of the belief that the great night of Al-Qadr is a gift Allah gives to some people who show some effort during the month and probably throughout the year.”

    The question the becomes, what kind of “effort” makes you worthy for this great gift- the gift of salvation, the gift of having your sins blotted out so you do not have to go to hell. The answer, I think, would depend on how bad your sins are. If God is just, then He must not allow you to escape from Hell unless this “effort” is great enough to cover your sins. So how bad are your sins? Ask yourself the following questions:

    Have you ever murdered someone? You would probably say no, but if you do, you are wrong. Jesus said the following:
    “You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgement.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be in danger of hellfire.'”

    So even hating someone for a moment is murder of the heart.

    Likewise, have you ever stolen anything in your entire life? Anything. If you have, no matter how small, then you are a thief.

    Have you ever lusted after someone whom you were not married to? If you have, then according to Jesus, you have committed adultery (Matthew 6:27-28). This is a horrible crime. You know that God does not like adultery!

    If you are honest you will be forced to admit that you, like every one else in the world, have committed all three crimes. You are a murdering, theiving, adultery. I’m one too. This means we are on our way to hell. God says that “All the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, indolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8).

    So, to return to the original discussion, what kind of “effort” can you do during the month of Ramadan, or the entire year, that will make God give you the gift of salvation? What good deeds can blot out the sin of adultery, murder, and robber? What if you gave a million dollars to the poor, would this make you innocent for stealing? No it wouldn’t, because the person whom you original stole from was still hurt by your actions. It does not make the pain go away. There is nothing that anyone of us can do to atone for our crimes. The Bible says “all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

    God is a just and holy and powerful God. He is not just going to let you into heaven because you did a good effort for a month or a few months. There is nothing you can do that would make it right for him to let you escape from hell. God is holy. Wickedness must be punished. Even beleiving in God does not make your sins go away…

    Unless, there is a substitute. I know that as a muslim you do not believe that Jesus died for your sins, or that he is the son of God. But I disagree… and for good reason. If Jesus has not died for our sins then there is no hope for us. Who else can pay the debt for us? God loved us so much that He gave us all a chance to escape from the fires of hell, but we have to believe in Jesus as the son of God and repent of our sins.

    Islam does not provide a way to pay for our sins. If you really realize how holy God is an how serious your sin is, you would know that prayer, fasting, and pilgrimage are not enough to blot out your sins. The only one who can pay the debt for you is God. Jesus is God and he loved you so much that He died for you. But you have to believe in him and repent, or you will still go to hell.

    Anyway, I’m sorry for taking up such a great portion of your time. I hope you are not offended that I am attempting to proseletyze. Feel free to visit my blog any time and try to convert me to Islam. I pray that God will guide you to the Truth.

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