An Obstacle

An Obstacle

An Obstacle

Have you ever stumbled upon rock as large as a house or a car? I bet you haven’t. And you may be laughing as well to hear this question, because if the rock is as large as a house, it is called bumping, and not stumbling,

True that we’re only stumbled upon small rock. Rock that escapes our sight, that usually stomped beneath our feet. But the impact it has might be fatal, as its that small rock that make us tripped and fall, whereas large rocks are nothing to be cautious with, since it is large enough thus everyone can see it.

This is just an illustration to be compared with the month of Ramadan and other months,

Ramadan is a large rock. Everyone knows about its greatness and virtues, and everyone gathers in flocks to welcome it. Big and small mosques are full during the tarawih prayer; the calling for sahoor are heard everywhere; lessons and Qur’an recitation are heard loudly, breaking the silence of the night. All of the preachers and religious teachers are whipping up the spirit of worship in month Ramadan. They inform people about rewards and virtues of worship in this holy month, such as sins being forgiven, reward get multiplied, prayers are granted, a night that is better than 1000 months, and so on.

But month Ramadan is just one month, while there’s still 11 months to go to welcome it next year. These 11 months are the ones illustrated as small rocks thar escape our sight, thus we often stumble and fall because of them. How many golden chance that we’re able to seize even in these months, but we miss it? That is because we are too focused in the large rock in order to avoid colliding to it.

It is true that there’s nothing that could totally rival the virtue of month Ramadan, since just by the night of al Qadr alone, it already tops all of the months.

However, there are some virtues in the month if Ramadan that also could be practiced in other months, such as:

Forgiveness of sin

Reward of Fasting in month Ramadan and praying the Tarawih prayer is Allah’s forgiveness for the past sin. This reward is also attainable during the other months, which is by:

1. Performing ablution perfectly followed with praying devotedly
The Messenger of Allah said, “Whoever performs ablution the way I do, then prayed 2 rak’ahs prayer devotedly (without imagining other things), will have his past sins forgiven.” (Narrated bu Bukhari)
2. Supplicating after eating
The Messenger of Allah said, “whoever eats then recite supplication,

الحمد لله الذي أطعمني هذا الطعام ورزقنيه من غير حول مني ولا قوة

His past sins will be forgiven.” (narrated by Abu Daud)
3. Answering to the calling for prayer (-adhaan)
“whoever hears the caller says, ‘Asyhadualla ilaha illallah and Asyhaduanna Muhammadan Rasulullah, then says,

4. رضيت بالله ربا وبمحمد رسولا وبالإسلام دينا

His sins will be forgiven.” (Narrated by Muslim).

4. Removing obstacle from street
The Messenger of Allah said, “there’s a man who saw a tree branch lied across the street, and removed it, thus Allah the Exalted praised his deed and forgave his sin.” (Narrated by Bukhari).

Look brother muslims, have we ever compete to find chance to get this forgiveness? Or on the contrary, we are being tripped by this deed? Since it is not in month Ramadan? Since there are no sight of people flocking to perform it? Since there are not many preacher who motivate to do it? How many times that we’ve heard the calling for prayer, but we’re neglecting it?

Allah the Exalted is The All-Forgiving, the most merciful, most gracious. Allah the Exalted’s forgiveness and His mercy is not just given exclusively in month Ramadan. Thus, seek for His mercy and forgiveness at all time.

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