Posted by: Abu Husaini | July 26, 2013

Ramadan Increases our Deeds

Dear Friday Jemaah blessed by Allah,

We are currently in the third week of Ramadan. Let us continue to ask from Allah s.w.t. that He grants us strength to heed His commandments and avoid what Allah has prohibited upon us. Let us ask from Allah to allow for us to leave Ramadan, as His servants whose taqwa has increased. Amin Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

My dear brothers,

We are indeed grateful to be given the opportunity from Allah, The One God, to be able to still experience the blessed month of Ramadan. Every day in this month is an opportunity for us to gain rewards from Allah s.w.t. and His rewards are boundless. Every moment is a valuable opportunity for those who truly understand the beauty of Ramadan.

Fasting may cause some of us to feel weak, hungry and thirsty throughout the day. But my brothers, it is this hunger and thirst that will rejuvenate our hearts and faith and inspire us to increase our deeds and efforts for the sake of Allah s.w.t. History has proven that fasting has never been a reason to prevent the companions of Rasulullah s.a.w, to attain excellence.

In fact, throughout the history of Islam, there were more than 10 significant events that took place during the holy month of Ramadan, for example the Battle of Badar and the opening of Makkah.

This serves as an inspiration and motivation for Muslims throughout the ages. It shows that Ramadan is the month that heightened the determination of the companions to strive and attain Allah’s pleasure. This is in line with what Allah has said in surah Ali Imran verse 133-134:

Which means: "And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous. Who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good."

My dear brothers,

The key to strengthening our faith during this Ramadan is to realise that each and every physical difficulty, and the time that we sacrifice to perform ibadah are solely for the sake of Allah s.w.t. Hence, when we are too hungry or too thirsty, make this doa "O Allah, I am indeed hungry and thirsty, bear witness that my hunger and thirst is only for You". While we control ourselves from doing something that will incur Allah’s wrath, seek from Allah: "O Allah, I am restraining myself from doing something that you have prohibited upon me, please be pleased with me". This is to increase our determination and perseverance to continue sacrificing our time, energy and wealth for the sake of Allah s.w.t. 

By doing so, we hope to follow the footsteps of the companions, who performed even more good deeds throughout Ramadan.

And we do not need to look very far to be able to reap this opportunity to improve our good deeds. Just look around us, are there family members who need our help and support? Do we have neighbours who do not have enough to eat during Ramadan? Rasulullah s.a.w. had taught us in a hadith narrated by Imam Al-Bukhari:

"A man is not a believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour is hungry." [Al-Adab Al-Mufrid].

This is the time to increase our compassion, especially in this month where the rewards for good deeds are multiplied. In fact, it should motivate us to strive harder to perform good deeds.

Even though most of us lead very busy lives, it is not an excuse to prevent us from spreading some cheer to others. Alhamdulillah, today we see a trend whereby more members of the Muslim community have taken their own initiatives to cultivate the spirit of ihsan (compassion) during the month of Ramadan. They get together with their family and friends to bring some joy and rays of hope to those who are in need, to the best of their abilities. May Allah s.w.t. help to further spread this spirit of cooperation in our community to continue undertaking acts of compassion, and that it may be a witness of our good deeds when we meet Allah s.w.t. in the hereafter, Insha’Allah.

To further spur the compassion in our hearts during this Ramadan, whenever we are hungry and thirsty, think of our relatives, friends and neighbours who are in need. We may only experience hunger in the day during Ramadan, but think of how they and their families often have to go to bed at night on an empty stomach throughout the year. We may be blessed with wealth to be able to shop for the coming Eidulfitri and be able to buy several pairs of new clothes, but for those who are in need, do they even have food on the table on the morning of Eid?

Therefore, my dear brothers, we should participate in any effort that is being organised for us to contribute funds and to help in these noble causes. This is the attitude that must be instilled in all of us, for this is the rahmah that was shown by Rasulullah s.a.w. who was extremely concerned about those around him. Remember what the Prophet s.a.w. said:

Which means: "The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind." [Hadith Narrated by Imam Baihaqi].

Hopefully, by helping those in need, Allah s.w.t. will in turn help us, and forgive all of our sins. And hopefully, by lightening someone else’s burden, Allah s.w.t. will lighten our burden and our suffering when we are gathered in front of Him on Judgement Day in the Field of Mahsyar. Amin ya Rabbal Alamin.

Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura
Friday Sermon, 26 July 2013 / 17 Ramadan 1434


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