O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow – and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do. And be not like those who forgot Allah, so He made them forget themselves. Those are the defiantly disobedient. [The Noble Quran 59: 18-19]
These are two very profound verses of the Quran. Allah is exhorting us to reflect and think about what we are putting forth for tomorrow, which is the eternal life of hereafter.
The month of Ramadan is back among us. There cannot be a time of self-reflection better than the month of Ramadan. Therefore, we need to reflect what we have put forth since last Ramadan.
How many good deeds we have put forth? Have we kept the promises we had made with Allah in the last Ramadan? Will the good deeds of last year outweigh the sins we have committed? How many nights we took account of our deeds before going to sleep?
We need to think. We need to reflect.
This self-reflection is necessary to find out who we are and where we stand.
When we commit sins, we forget Allah. However, in the process of forgetting Allah, we forget our very own self. We forget our very purpose of existence, our purpose of life, our utter helplessness before Allah’s decree and His punishment, and our ultimate goal, which is Jannah.
That is why when we commit sins, we not only forget Allah, but we forget our own self. And this is very scary.
Think about it deeply. Allah created us for worshipping Him. There will come a day when we will face our end -the death. At that moment, we will see our whole life in a flashback. We will look back into our fond memories. We will look back at our loved ones -our parents, spouse, children, siblings, relatives, and friends. We will look back at our houses and our worldly achievements. But at the face of death, when someone will finally realize that he will have to leave it all, a really horrible feeling will overcome him. It is truly a horrible feeling. At that moment, the person will realize the value of standing before Allah with utmost humility in the darkest part of night and praying before Him. At that moment, we will all realize the worth of worship -all forms of legislated worship. At that moment, we will realize that it is submission and worship of Allah that truly defines a human being.
Undoubtedly, there is no tragedy for human beings greater than forgetting Allah, their Creator, and forgetting their own selves, which is a natural consequence of forgetting the Creator. Therefore, in this blessed month of Ramadan, let us all do a self-audit. Let us reflect about our deeds. Let us find out who we are and where we need to be. Let us assess the extent of damage we have done to our souls by committing sins. And after self-reflection, take actions to repair the damages. Let’s not be lazy in this Ramadan. Rather, let us strive a mighty strive to make the most of this month.
O Allah! Forgive our sins and give us the ability to make the most of the blessed month of Ramadan.