I found this post thought-provoking and so want to share with you all.
In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;
Sheikh Muhammad ibn Haadi al-Madkhali(1), may Allaah preserve him, says in one of his very beneficial lectures entitled ‘The categories of people at the ending of Ramadan’:
“From that which there is no doubt about it is that the people are divided into three categories at the ending of Ramadan.
1: From them are those who are well aware of the virtues of these last ten nights of Ramadan and are diligent concerning them and this is the one who you see upholding the rights of Allaah that have been placed upon him in these last ten and you see him eager upon the hours and minutes of these last ten and thus he doesn’t spend them except in that which draws him nearer to Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.
So this person and his likes strive and compete in good in these last ten with numerous actions of obedience and you will find every time that when one of these individuals’ soul try to incite him towards comfort and remissiveness, he encourages it upon increasing in virtue and incites it by remembering the text and the stories of those diligent people who have passed away from the first three noble generations, the Companions of the Messenger, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, and those who followed them in goodness. Every time his soul remembers them and reads about their news and biographies, he is rejuvenated and refreshed.
2: The second group is the one who knows the excellence of these ten and their excellency is not hidden from him, however he has within him laziness and lethargy that overpowers him. This individual is in need of someone to help him after Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, from his brothers, relatives and friends by taking hold of his hand and leading him towards the obedience of Allaah. Thus, they remind him of that because the angel has an inkling over his heart and likewise the devil has a inkling over his heart just as the Prophet, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, has mentioned. Allaah says:
“Verily, those who are Al-Muttaqun (the Pious), when an evil thought comes to them from Shaitan (Satan), they remember (Allaah), and (indeed) they then see (aright).” [7:201]
Therefore it is befitting for the Muslim to assist his brother who is in this type of situation by encouraging and inciting him upon the good, making it easy for him and frightening him about the passing of virtuous times (without benefit), that life is very short and he is not guaranteed to reach these last ten again in the future.
So this person will gain benefit from this pure and good brotherhood and these are the characteristics of the believers. Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, says:
“By Al-’Asr (the time). Verily! Man is in loss, Except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth (i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma’ruf) which Allaah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar) which Allaah has forbidden), and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allaah’s Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism or Jihad, etc.).” [103:1-3]
So these are those who possess righteous actions and true faith and they do not suffice that they themselves be upright and correct rather they call others.
3: The third group; this is the one who doesn’t care if the last ten come or go, this is the one who, by Allaah, is truly deprived and depleted and the one who the Prophet, may Allaah exalt his rank and grant him peace, said about when he mentioned this month, the last ten in it and he mentioned the Night of Decree he said:
“Whoever is prevented from its good then he has indeed been prevented.”
He is the true deprived one! This is the true deprived person! That is because the opportunity has come to him and presented itself, health is with him, he is still alive, he isn’t busied by other matters and with all that he misses out on the good. An example of this individual – and for Allah is the highest example- is a person seeking a job and so he gets the job and everything and there’s nothing else except for one to say to him, “walk!”, “proceed!”, “Race with those who are racing to this job,” and all of the conditions have been met but he says, “I will go tomorrow” and sleeps. And so the people receive the virtue and the job while he’s sleeping.
This is his example, the one who is granted the bounty of reaching these ten and misses out on the good and is prevented from standing the Night of Decree then he is the true deprived one. Not the one who misses this package or that one that can be reattained, however if the Night of Decree is missed it cannot be reattained. This person has been defeated by his devil and desires.”
(1) The Sheikh, may Allaah preserve him, is from the Scholars of al-Madeenah an-Nabawiyyah and teachers at the Islaamic Univeristy of Madeenah, KSA in the faculty of Hadeeth.
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May Allah give us the Tawfeeq to value the golden moments, and let not another blessed days/nights slip away from us. Aameen.