It’s the first few days of Ramadan, and guesses are that your excitement is still burning high at the thought of witnessing another Ramadan, fasting, and giving charity.
These first few days witness the highest level of energy as everyone is trying to meet their Ramadan goals, attend taraweeh and be nice to everyone.
Ps. Now is the time to ask your parents or hubby for something, you know, as they will be trying their best to be nice and stuff 😊
Anyway, amid all these, I thought of an important reminder that will help us take advantage of some of the special blessings of Ramadan.
This is a month, the first part of which brings Allah’s Mercy, the middle of which brings Allah’s forgiveness and the last part of which brings emancipation from hellfire” [Sahih Bukhari].
So…these first ten days, apart from smashing our goals and reading the Qur’an halfway, what else should we be doing? Looking at the hadith above, we should be seeking the mercy of Allah (swt).
Of course, we can ask for His mercy at any other time of the year, but these ten days are the time to maximise our requests.
Don’t know how to ask for His mercy specifically? Here is a dua taught to us in the holy Qur’an:
رَّبِّ غْفِرْوَارْحَمْ وَأَنتَ اخَيْرُ الرَّاحِمِينَ
“Rabbig-fir warham, wa-anta khairu Raahimeen”
“My Lord, forgive and have mercy, and You are the best of the merciful.” (Qur’an 23:118)
If you didn’t know this dua before, let’s see how fast you can memorise it in these first ten days! If you did, don’t forget to recite it everywhere you go.
And…while we are asking Him for his mercy, let’s remember to show mercy to everyone around us.
Show mercy to your parents as you put up with their many criticisms of your youthful choices that are hopefully halal, just not culturally okay with their generation.
That colleague who offended you? Let it go (well, except for those being nasty and you have to stand your ground, you know).
Show mercy to your husband or wife as you tolerate habits that don’t really sit well with you, but are not harmful to you or others in the family.
Or your kids who won’t stop shouting when you need that five minutes of a peaceful nap. Instead of yelling at them, you know, show them mercy and let them play. I know, I know, that’s a tall order. But hey, we are trying to be better people here.
Ultimately, let’s be more merciful to others, treat them with kindness, and continue to ask Allah (swt) to be merciful to us during this blessed month of Ramadan and beyond. Ameen.