Ramadan Reflections: Day 3


Bismillah.

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كان العبد الصالح همام بن الحارث  رحمه الله يدعو ربه فيقول : اللهم ا اكفني باليسير من النوم وارزقني سهراً في طاعتك

Hamam ibn Al Harith rahimahullah would pray to Allah, “Make sufficient for me a little sleep, and provide me the ability to stay awake in obedience to you.”

I remember this one morning when I was feeling particularly groggy and tired having pulled an all-nighter for a midterm. We were on the way to university and Niqabinja sensed my drowsiness. She wrote this dua’a for me at the back of my notebook and I’ve haven’t forgotten it since.  

Staying up in Ramadan is one of the most beautiful experiences of the month. It suddenly becomes so easy. We can do more than we usually give ourselves credit for.

Ustadha B. would say, “I always tell myself that sleep can be made up for later, but once lost, this chance will never come back.”

It is reported that Imam Al Nawawi used to sleep very little at night. When sleep overtook him, he would lean and slumber for a while against the support of books!

After taraweeh today, the Imam gave a short speech.

He said, “Are you tired? Sleepy? Aching? Hungry? Do not despair! Forgetfulness is a great blessing for us. On that day, you will be standing in front of your Lord and you will not remember that one night your feet swelled up standing in Qiyam, but وَمَا كَانَ رَبُّكَ نَسِيًّا Your Lord never forgets! (Surah Maryam) Do not forget that Qiyam Al Layl is not for anyone except for those whom Allah has favored and chosen.”

اللهم كما بلغتنا شهر رمضان فأعنا فيه على القيام و الصيام وقراءة القرآن

– The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

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