Ramadan Mubarak, the blessed month is finally upon us!
The first ten days of Ramadan are known as the “Ten Days of Mercy,” so it’s important we do our best to make the most of them. The term mercy doesn’t just refer to the mercy given to us by Allah swt, but rather it encompasses the various acts of mercy shown to us throughout the month and of course, the rest of the year.
Fasting itself is a mercy bestowed upon us. Ramadan is a time where many Muslims look forward to because of the benefit each individual derives from the blessed month. Through fasting we can experience a healthy detox from food that does not benefit our health, from distractions this dunya forces upon us, and from the weaknesses of our own nafs (self, psyche, ego). It forces us to reflect upon the state of our hearts and the actions we need to take to better ourselves. It increases our gratitude and decreases our selfish tendencies.
Allah’s mercy is showered upon those who engage in good and forbid evil, and although that is the case for the remainder of the year, the merits for good are multiplied during Ramadan. The status of the pious, and those who strive towards pious acts, are raised higher.
In order to make the most of the first ten days it’s important to remember that dua’a (supplications) and dhikr (remembrance) are key to attaining the rahma (mercy) of Allah swt. Whether you’re commuting to work, walking to school, or getting prepared for iftar, keep your tongue wet with the remembrance of Allah. After all, we’re told dhikr is light on the tongue but heavy on the scales. Below are a few remembrances you can incorporate into your day:
1. SubhanAllah or SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi (I praise Allah (or all praises to Allah) above all attributes that do not suit His Majesty).
Reward: A tree will be planted for you in paradise. Another hadith mentions whoever says this 100 times a day, their sins will be forgiven even if they were as much as the foam of the sea [Bukhari].
2. Alhamdulillah (All praise is for Allah).
Reward: Your scales will be tipped on the Day of Judgement, full of rewards.
3. SubhanAllah wal hamdulillah, wa la ilaha-ill-Allah wa Allah akbar (I praise Allah above all attributes that do not suit His Majesty. All praise is for Allah. There is no deity worthy of worship besides Allah. Allah is great).
Reward: This combination of dhikr is the one most beloved by Allah. When you say them, sins fall off of you like leaves off of trees.
4. La hawla wa la quwwata illa billah (There is no power or might except by Allah).
Reward: You will enter through a special door in paradise for those who often use this remembrance.
From the entire VB team, we wish you a Ramadan full of immense blessings. May we all leave this month better than it has found us. Ameen.