First 10 days of Ramadan: Shower of mercy

The beauty of the first ten days of mercy is that it is a blessing within a blessing. While muslims are actively striving to please the Almighty Allah, the Almighty Allah adds a gift to the special month by creating this season of mercy. His mercy is showered upon those who engage in good deeds and the merits for them are multiplied. Those with a streak of bad deeds even are forgiven – provided that they are sincere in their repentance and strive to please Allah alone. It is during this time – through Almighty Allah’s mercy – that the status of pious servants are raised, and the more mercy that is compounded upon them, helps cleanse their hearts and turns them towards the correct direction in worshiping the Almighty Allah. What a great reminder for muslims to bask in Almighty Allah’s mercy during the first third of the holy month of Ramadan. Not only is fasting piling up merits and blessings, but the mercy of Almighty Allah continues to wash over everyone who engages in worship. Almighty Allah has created his slaves to worship him, as he says in the holy Quran: {And I (Allah) created not the jinns and humans except that they should worship Me (Alone).} (Adh-Dhariyat 51: 56).
The virtues of fasting are great indeed, and one of the virtues is that Allah chose fasting for himself. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “(Allah said): Every good deed of Adam’s son is for him except fasting; it is for Me. and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it.’ Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk.” (Al-Bukhari). Thus the rewards without measure will manifest itself throughout the days of Ramadan for those who sincerely repent and engage in good deeds for only Allah alone. All this mercy spills over throughout the holy month of Ramadan and through a believer’s life up until the Day of Judgment where the fasting person may be recognized as amongst the pious, by God’s merciful decision. A great way for muslims to worship for the first ten days of mercy is to recite Du’as (supplications) and Dhikr (remembrance) invoking Almighty Allah’s mercy. With the doors of heaven swung open and the doors of hellfire shut, the Almighty Allah never goes back on his promise and with that, this is the perfect time to beg for the Almighty Allah to shower his servants with mercy. A recognized Quranic supplication, that can be recited as a remembrance is: {O! My Lord, forgive and have Mercy and You are the Best of Merciful.} (Al-Mu’minun 23: 118). The Almighty Allah also says: {So, Remember Me, and I will remember you.} (Al-Baqarah 2: 152). This is the best reminder to continuously ask from the Almighty Allagh, to continuously invoke blessings from the Almighty Allah , to continuously prostrate and beg the Almighty Allah for his mercy – no matter how low, no matter how tired, no matter how riddled Muslims are with difficulties. Believers must never give up on the Almighty Allah’s Mercy. Imagine Almighty Allah’s mercy during the first ten days of the holy month of Ramadan, and imagine the mercy may bestow amongst those who take full advantage of the first ten days and how the mercy will manifest itself on the Judgement Day and in the hereafter.

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