Whenever a person, community, society or a nation plans any programme or event and a date is set for it then we see that prior to the event all preparations are seen to and a conformed effort is made to make sure that the event is a success. We see that any important  forthcoming event is treated with great care and people actually hype themselves up for it so that they are fully prepared for it at its inception. Similarily we see in the ahaadeeth that the month of ramadhaan has such an importance that Jannah beautifies itself from the end of one ramadhaan to the next in preparation for it. We know well that Ramadhaan is the most revert month in the islaamic calender that carries the greatest of virtue given to the believer to attain the highest possible position and that is taqwa, the fundamental part of becoming the friend of ALLAH. In the qur’aan ALLAH TABAARAKA WA TA AALA mentions

{ أَلاۤ إِنَّ أَوْلِيَآءَ ٱللَّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ }

“verily the friends of ALLAH are those  suffer no fear or anxiety

{ ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَكَانُواْ يَتَّقُونَ }

They are, those who believe and fear, God,( by observing His commandments and prohibitions.)

In the same manner ALLAH TA BAARAKA WA TA’AALA mwntions in surah baqarah verse 183

{ يٰأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ }

O you who believe, prescribed for you, obligatory [for you], is the Fast, just as it was prescribed for those, communities, that were before you so that you might guard yourselves, against acts of disobedience,( for, it [the fast] curbs the desires that prompt these [acts].)

In other words ALLAH is extending his “HAND” of friendship by granting us this month of ramadhaan to acquire taqwa because we are blessed with iman already. To understand it better, if we are told that anyone who completes a certain task will be granted a huge reward to be personally handed over to him by the president of the country, what will that person do? Will he not make preparations not to fail in the task? Then how can we not understand the importance of preparation for ramadhaan before it commences? ALLAH has promised the freedom of souls doomed to hell daily in the month of ramadhaan, a royal emnisty in respect of the great month. Will we not take advantage of the month and try and get closer to ALLAH?

Let us not become laxed and hope only for the best. Rather lets make a concerted effort and then hope for the best. Have we heard of the race between the rabbit and the tortoise? When the rabbit became complacent and thought he would beat the tortoise hands down in the race and fell off to sleep, only to find that the tortoise did not give up hope and tried his best which actually led to its victory. Similarily let us try and insha ALLAH REAP THE BENEFIT OF THIS GREAT AUSPICIOUS MONTH.

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