How should we end Ramadan?

Sheykh Abdullah ibn Saalih Al-Qusayr


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Almighty. He is the First and there is nothing before Him; He is the Last and there is nothing after him. He is the Manifest (Ath-Thaahir) and there is nothing above Him; He is the Hidden (Al-Baatin) and there is nothing beyond Him. I praise Him, the Most Exalted, He is the One Who can do all things, the One Who knows the end of the dead and the alive, there is nothing beyond his power and there is nothing beyond his knowledge. I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah Alone, who has no partner and who is the rightful God. And I testify that Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, is His slave and Messenger, who was sent closely before the Hour as a bringer of good tidings and a warner. He is the one who invites to Allah, by His permission, and an illuminating lamp. Abundant peace be upon him, his household, his companions who used to hasten in doing goodness whom Allah, The Almighty, are pleased with and were given the glad tidings of entering Paradise in the clearest verses of the Noble Quran.

O People! Fear Allah, The Almighty and fear a day when you will be returned to Allah, and contemplate the alternations of nights and days for they are the times of the acts of worship, measures of ages, terms of lifetime, they build all everything new, bring closer every distant matter, fulfill all promised things, and they are the stores of the deeds and upon the Mukallaf (a man/woman who is competent for religious assignments) are from the witnesses.

O People!

Not long ago, you were preparing yourself to welcome the blessed month of Ramadan while today you are about to farewell it as you did with other months and then end will be to Allah, The Almighty, the One, the Prevailing and then every soul will be fully compensated for what it did. All people will reap what they have done; If they did good, they do good for themselves; and if they did evil, how wretched is what they have been practicing! They are merely your actions which are recorded for you, then you will be requited for them. Whoever finds it to be good, let him praise Allah, and whoever finds it to be otherwise, let him blame no one but himself for Allah, The Almighty, never wrong anyone.

O Servants of Allah!

Strive hard to end your blessed month of Ramadan with three matters:

Firstly, try to seal it with good deeds as much possible as you can. That is because the (results of) deeds done, depend upon the last actions. Thus, end your month while doing great deal of good deeds, seeking the pleasure of Allah, The Almighty, and His reward, supplicating Him and fearing the evil punishment of your negligence and slackness and do not end it with weariness, powerlessness and laziness. Allah, The Almighty, Says (what means): {Already Allah knows those of you who slip away, concealed by others. So let those beware who dissent from the Prophet's order, lest fitnah strike them or a painful punishment.} [Quran 24: 63]

Secondly, the Night of Al-Qadr may occur in the remaining days of the month. You are not sure that you have witnessed it and properly spent it in prayer in the last days for you got no infallible revelation that you have witnessed it in the past days of this blessed month.

Thirdly, Allah, The Almighty, on the last day of the month of Ramadaan, ransoms on that day a number equivalent to all those whom He ransomed from the beginning of the month to the end and you are not sure with a confirmed and authentic Hadeeth that you have been ransomed from the Hellfire.

O Muslim brethren!

However hard striving in worship you do in this blessed month, you need your Lord to accept your deeds and forgive your negligence and sins and give you rewards in spite of your little efforts and striving. Thus, try hard to end this month and worship with great deal of Thikr (remembrance of Allah, The Almighty) and seeking forgiveness for they complete the action and amend its deficiencies and bring the mercy and forgiveness of the All-Merciful and All-Forgiving. Be patient for indeed, Allah loves the patient, and fear Allah, The Almighty, for indeed, He only accepts from the righteous who fear Him, and do good deeds for indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of the doers of good, and fear Allah, The Almighty, and put your full trust in Him if you are truthful believers, and let not your wealth and your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah, The Almighty, for whoever does that - then those are the losers, and do not feel secure from the plan of Allah, The Almighty, for no one feels secure from the plan of Allah except the losing people, and despair not of relief from Allah, The Almighty, for indeed, no one despairs of relief from Allah except the disbelieving people, and despair not of the mercy of Allah, The Almighty, for who despairs of the mercy of Allah except for those astray.

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