Ramadān Reinforcement: Part I | Part II
A poet wrote that death was like arrows; it may miss you and hit someone else. But one day, it will capture you.
During this month, we start the day strong and as it continues we get progressively weaker. So that shortly before the sunset prayer, our muscles start to tighten from dehydration—it gets hard to move and our facilities begin to fail us. Then, as the call to prayer is sounded, announcing the success, we rehydrate, eat, and find our souls overcome by a sense of peace and comfort.
The days of Ramadān are microcosms of death. They remind us, scream at us, our own mortality. We start life active.We flourish in our youth. If God blesses us, we live to be old and feeble. If we lived good lives, we will celebrate in the hereafter.
Our birth is fajr (dawn); our youth is duhā (when the morning sun is bright) until `asr (the afternoon prayer) and middle age sets in from then till maghrib, and just before death, we are resurrected by food and drink.
Each day is an analogy of life; we start strong and gradually get older and weaker. If we spend our lives struggling to worship God and serve others, we will break our fast after our deaths! We will break it drinking from the fount and hands of our beloved, Muhammad ﷺ. Ibn Rajab said, “I have fasted my life from the forbidden and I hope to break my fast after death!”
Think upon this well and respect yourself, your age and your place. Use the time you have to serve your Lord and be useful to others.
Praying that your Ramadān is blessed, and asking you to please like and support Ella Collins Institute! An institute I started a few years ago. I’m about to embark on an important fundraiser and I will need your help!