About what are they asking one another? [The Noble Quran 78:1]
About the great news – [The Noble Quran 78:2]
I remember it clearly. When the imam was reciting these verses on the 27th night of the last Ramadan, he was getting emotional.
I do not know why he was getting emotional. Surah an-Naba is a surah with a very strong message. It is one of the four surahs that caused some pieces of beard of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) to become grey. This surah contains one of the scariest verses of the Quran. Allah subhanahu wat’ala said:
“So taste [the penalty], and never will We increase you except in torment.” [The Noble Quran 78:30]
For the people of Hell Fire, increase will be granted in nothing except in punishment. May Allah protect us from such predicament.
That night, I had suddenly felt a weight of the Quran in my heart. This overwhelming feeling was borne out of the appreciation that Allah had enabled us to listen to His entire Book while standing in front on Him on the glorious month of Ramadan.
The fact that I would like to highlight as we are about to embark on another Ramadan journey is appreciation.
Because how much we appreciate makes all the difference.
How much we worship Allah depends on how much we appreciate His blessings. How much we follow the sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) depends on how much we appreciate his sacrifice. How much we learn the deen and teach it to others depends on how much we appreciate the deen of Allah.
Our problem is we appreciate the deen of Allah occasionally.
Appreciation is one the differences between us and the companions of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). We are simply unable to truly comprehend their appreciation of the deen of Allah.
Why the companions of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) would often cry? How were they so humble? How could they worship Allah so much? How were they able to give their life for the sake of Allah so easily?
Didn’t many of them receive the glad tidings of Jannah? They did. Many of them received multiple glad tidings of Jannah.
Yet their heart would never cease to tremble from the remembrance of Allah. And their eyes would never stop shedding tears.
The answer is appreciation. They were unlike us. They did not appreciate the deen of Allah occasionally. Their appreciation was 24/7. It was always there and each and every action of their life demonstrated this appreciation.
Because of their knowledge, understanding, consciousness, and genuine appreciation, the deen of Allah felt very heavy on their hearts.
When you appreciate something, it will feel heavy upon your heart. Because if you truly appreciate something, you will take it seriously. You will not take it for granted.
Did you see what happens to the worshippers when the imam becomes emotional while reciting the Quran? Did you see what happens to the believers when the imam reminds them from the mimabr? Their heads go down. Because when people are reminded, they wake up from their forgetfulness and they suddenly appreciate what they were oblivious about. This sudden appreciation feels heavy upon the heart and it causes their heads to go down.
There is a thought that crosses my mind sometimes. There will be no one on this earth who will understand any aspect of the deen of Allah more than the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). About any aspect of the deen, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was given the most knowledge and the most understanding. La ilaha illlahah? The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) had the most knowledge of it. A verse from the Quran? The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was given the most knowledge of it. He (ﷺ) was brought to the presence of Allah subhanahu wat’ala where he talked with Him and he was made to witness the Paradise and the Hell fire.
With all this knowledge, can you ever imagine the appreciation the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) had of this deen? Can you imagine the weight his sincere love and appreciation had produced in his heart?
And he (ﷺ) had to carry this weight upon his heart for 23 years. T-w-e-n-t-y t-h-r-e-e years.
He carried it in order to save us. He carried it so that we can appreciate the deen of Allah and earn paradise.
Later, his noble companions carried this weight to convey the message to us.
And the message has reached us. The deen of Allah has reached us. But unfortunately, we do not appreciate the deen as we should appreciate it.
Because of this lack of appreciation, we have become heedless and careless. Because of this lack of appreciation, the deen of Allah does not weigh heavy upon our hearts anymore. Because of this lack of appreciation, we forget that Allah is watching us. Because of this lack of appreciation, we can easily disobey Allah. Because of this lack of appreciation, our hearts have hardened. Because of this lack of appreciation, we have become lazy. Because of this lack of appreciation, we never have the time to learn Arabic. Because of this lack of appreciation, appreciation has become a lip service and is not transformed into acts of worship.
And because of this lack of appreciation, Ramadan comes and goes but we neither change nor achieve something meaningful and memorable.
When you help a person and he does not appreciate you, do you help him again? You do not.
But Allah is Al-Kareem. He is the Most Generous. We do not appreciate His blessings but he keeps giving us.
So as we are about to be blessed by another Ramadan, the onus is on our back. Because we do not know if this Ramadan will be our last Ramadan. Are we going to truly appreciate the month from day one and turn our appreciation into good deeds? We need to appraise ourselves honestly. Because Allah subhanahu wat’ala asked us the same question in the Quran:
So will you then be grateful? [The Noble Quran 21:80]
O mankind, what has deceived you concerning your Lord, the Generous [The Noble Quran 82:6]