Week 2: Ramadan – A month not to be lazy!
عن أنس بن مالك -رضي الله عنه- قال: كان رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- يقول: ((اللهم إني أعوذ بك من العَجْزِ، والكَسَلِ، وَالجُبْنِ، والهَرَمِ، والبخل، وأعوذ بك من عذاب القبر، وأعوذ بك من فتنة المحيا والممات)) مسلم 2706
Anas RA said that the Prophet SAW used to say: O Allah, I seek refuge with You from weakness, laziness, cowardice, senility, and miserliness. And I seek refuge with You from the torment of the grave. And I seek refuge with You from the trials of life and death.’ (Muslim)
This is one of the oft-repeated dua’s made by the Prophet SAW. From amongst the things the Prophet SAW sought refuge from was laziness. He would ask Allah to protect him from this and this is the point of discussion in this reminder; laziness.
Being in the month of Ramadan it is even more pertinent we fully understand the concept of laziness and the impact it can have on our lives. We can truly understand this by dividing laziness into two categories like some of the scholars have said:
1) Laziness of the mind – This is when a person cannot and does not reflect or ponder over the great blessings Allah has bestowed upon us with from our health, wealth and children. Alongside this we don’t see the creation around us from its natural beauty and lush green lands. As Allah says in the Qur’an
الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ (ال عمران:191)
Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth (Al Imran: 191)
2) Laziness of the body – This is everything that culminates concerning our limbs falling short in the worship of Allah. This includes things like not praying in congregation, not seeking knowledge, not rushing to do those deeds which are beloved to Allah from the acts of worship. All of this is to do with laziness pertaining to our body.
This month is a month where we train our bodies and mind to reflect on the blessings we have been given by Allah and to remove laziness from our bodies when it comes to His worship. We ask Allah to remove all forms of laziness from our lives, Ameen!