Ramadan weekly reflections

Week 1 – A month that will intercede on our behalf on the Day of Judgement!

The first week of Ramadan has passed us by like the blinking of an eye.  Next week will pass us by even quicker, and before we know it, Ramadan will have ended.

Imagine yourself on the day of judgement with nothing. No wealth, no position, no family, no friends. Everyone worried and concerned about themselves. 

Standing before your Lord, everything will be accounted for, everything you have said and done in this life.  This is the moment you will need something or someone to intercede on your behalf, as your deeds alone will not get you into paradise.

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو ، أَنّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ، قَالَ:”الصِّيَامُ وَالْقُرْآنُ يَشْفَعَانِ لِلْعَبْدِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ، يَقُولُ الصِّيَامُ: أَيْ رَبِّ، مَنَعْتُهُ الطَّعَامَ وَالشَّهَوَاتِ بِالنَّهَارِ، فَشَفِّعْنِي فِيهِ، وَيَقُولُ الْقُرْآنُ: مَنَعْتُهُ النَّوْمَ بِاللَّيْلِ، فَشَفِّعْنِي فِيهِ، قَالَ فَيُشَفَّعَانِ”

`Abdullah ibn `Amr reported that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم, said: The fast and the Qur’an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: ‘O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.’ The Qur’an will say: ‘I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.’ And their intercession will be accepted.” (Imam Ahmad)

The scholars have mentioned that the Quran will intercede for those who read it and act upon it. Similarly, our fasts will intercede for us if we perfect them, by controlling our tongues and staying away from prohibited acts. So, this intercession needs to be earned.

We need to take hold of this opportunity that we have in front of us…but the month is quickly passing us by.  On the day of judgement, what would we give to have something intercede on our behalf?

We have an incredible opportunity with us this month so let’s make the most of it!