by AbdelRahman Mussa
The prophet (pbuh) informs and educates us that:
“…Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional / nafl / sunnah) good deeds in (this month: Ramadan) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month: Ramadan) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time… ”
[Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]
Truly Allah is The Most Kind, The Most Generous !
Due to this hadeeth and the likes of it, we see the mosques are crammed in tarawih, we see the optional acts everywhere and it’s so heart warming to see.
We look forward to Ramadan because we know of it’s blessings, but also – and especially in the West – because of the warmth of community. That buzz of meeting your brothers and sisters in Tarawih, or earlier if you break your fast together.
There is however one trend that is a little disturbing.
Brothers and sisters will come to the mosque for Taraweeh. This is an optional prayer. BUT THEY’LL MISS CONGREGATIONAL ISHA PRAYER !
They miscount the reward that Allah bestows upon them.
I asked a friend once: “Do you not finish work any earlier ? I noticed that you arrive just in time for the first rak’ah of Tarawih and that you miss Isha”
He replied telling me that he did this intentionally. That he came for Taraweeh because it was something special to Ramadan.
SubhanAllah, he also told me that the reward for Taraweeh is greater than that of Isha.
The fact that Taraweeh is specific to Ramadan, coupled with the hadeeth above… people err in their logic and they think that Taraweeh is greater in reward.
Lets do the maths:
1 fard in Ramadan = 70 fard
1 nafl in Ramadan = 1 fard
12 rak’as of nafl in Taraweeh = 12 fard
Praying Isha alone and then going home = 70 fard
(I’ve not included the reward for praying in jama’ah – do the maths for that for yourself)
In other words… if you pray each prayer in the mosque you will be rewarded far far far more than those that pray Taraweeh.
SubhanAllah, The Creator, The Perfector, The Wise.
The devils are chained and Ramadan is a month long… if you do anything for 30 days it will become a habit, iA. And the devils are not there to distract you from the acquiring of this habit.
Wouldn’t your Creator want you to acquire the best of habits… once you complete them, He would want you to acquire the second best of habits… and so on.
You’ll have come across this hadeeth before:
“Allah Most High says, ‘He who is hostile to a friend (Wali) of Mine I declare war against.
My slave approaches Me with nothing more beloved to Me than what I have made obligatory for him,
…and My slave keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary works until I love him.
…And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he seizes, and his foot with which he walks.
If he asks Me, I will surely give to him, and if he seeks refuge in Me, I will surely protect him.’”
According to this hadeeth there is nothing more beloved to Allah than doing the obligatory.
How do we know that our good deeds have been accepted ? The ‘ulama have said the sign is that Allah allows us to do more good deeds…
Will this be more likely if we have installed within ourselves the good habits ?
30 days for you to build habits… chose the ones that Allah Loves the Most.