The last 10 days make me sad. Not because Ramadan is ending (although that is a factor as well) but more so because of the intense increase in people at the mosque. I know I should be happy. At least all these people came to the mosque in the last 10 days. At least they came on the 27th night. At least they’re here right now.
Alhamdulillah. Yes. I am happy for that. You never know what obligations may have kept some of us from Ramadan. But it’s bittersweet. The whole month is blessed yet, in general, we only most excitedly take advantage of the last 10 days and sometimes only one night. It’s a reflection in other parts of our lives. How many opportunities for mercy or khayr are there in our lives but we only take advantage of those that require the least effort, least work, least energy on our part? We can pull countless all-nighters for school or work but exerting our efforts throughout a mere 29 or 30 days is too much.
This Ramadan is almost over but it’s never too late to reset our priorities. We should be taking advantage of every single minute of what is left, inshaAllah. Let’s not let it end there. We partake in the sunnah of taraweeh – allow it to mean that our sunnah salah is prayed throughout the year. We stand in qiyaam on the 27th – allow it to be a means of praying qiyam, maybe even once a month throughout the year. We aim for at least one completion of the Qur’an in this month – allow it to be at least one khatm in the whole year.