Ramaḍān and Emancipation from Hell

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Friday 15th May 2020. Let’s talk about ‘Ramaḍān and Emancipation from Hell’ today.

All of us at some point in life will have experienced hardships and difficulties. That is what this life is all about. I was in Birmingham one day with my family and went to pray Ẓuhr Ṣalāh, at Central Masjid, on Belgrave Rd. As we were leaving, we saw 2 very different scenes.

In one part of the Masjid, a wedding was taking place, where the guests were having a happy time. In the other part of the Masjid, there was a Janāzah, in which the family members and friends of the deceased were in mourning. This is the reality of this world. Once our life ends, there are only 2 destinations, either Jannah (Paradise) or Jahannam (hell).

Whilst we all pray for Jannah and always remain very hopeful that, اِنْ شَاءَ الَّلهُ, Jannah will be our last and final destination, we must keep in mind that Jahannam is not a very pleasant place at all. The hardships and difficulties we may suffer in this world are absolutely nothing compared to those of Jahannam.

So what do we need to do to ensure we remain away from Jahannam? First and foremost, we must stay away from sins, minor and major. Remember, minor sins lead to major sins, so the best option is a sin free life. Easier said than done I hear you say! True, very difficult, if not virtually impossible, to stay away from sins. We are humans at the end of the day and will, therefore, commit sins.

Here’s the answer. The best sinner is one who repents, asking Almighty Allāh for forgiveness, with sincerity and an honest heart, not lip service and not parrot fashion. Feel a sense of remorse within yourself, let tears flow profusely down your cheeks, and cry like a baby does when it is hungry and seeking attention.

Make a promise to Almighty Allāh that you will never commit that sin again, ask Him to protect you from it. He is the Forgiver and He is the Protector; what a Merciful Lord. As if ‘just’ Forgiveness was not enough, He bestowed upon us the last ꜤAsharah of Ramaḍān, اللّٰهُ أَكْبَر, the ꜤAsharah that brings emancipation from Hell for all of us.

So come on, each and every one, make the most of these last 10 days. 2 days have already passed and only 8 remain. Let’s please our Creator and make Him so happy that once our eyes shut in this world, then for us will be eternal happiness and heavenly bliss, Āmeen.

Almighty Allāh bestow us with the ability to make the most of the remaining 8 days of this last ꜤAsharah of this extraordinary, amazing and unprecedented Ramaḍān, Āmeen.

جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
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وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala