A little while ago I was realizing the magnitude of Surah qadr in the Quran. In it there is a description of the night of power (laylatul qadr), in which doing good deeds is the equivalent as doing those good deeds for 1000 months. Meaning the reward given is that humongous. That reward amounts to the equivalent of having done the good deed for 83 years. So Allah put a night in between a month to give us that much reward. Not only that but that night happens to be in a month where we are already mentally preparing to do good deeds because it’s Ramadan. It’s not like trying to do it all year long hoping to finally get to laylatul qadr. It’s literally in a night in a month that we are already in higher worship mode naturally. Then it got me thinking. How merciful is our Lord?
Outside of Ramadan, every Friday there is a time between asr and Maghreb in the last portion where we can make dua and it will be like an arrow hitting its target. Right on the mark. Every single Friday comes that time. Every week of the whole year. Then there comes a time that when you pray in congregation and say Ameen after the imam has finished Surah Fatiha in the prayer, if you end up saying Ameen at the same time as the angels then all your previous sins are forgiven. If we look deeply, there are many many ways to earn the pleasure of Allah. There are many ways to be forgiven. There are many ways to come back to Allah. To get what we so desire in the world and afterlife. Isn’t that a merciful Lord?
He is the bestower of both mercy and punishment as he is the King but on His throne he has written that His mercy supersedes His anger. We sometimes get an achy feeling in the heart as the end of each Ramadan draws near. And with good reason. But the ache should be comforted in knowing that even though Ramadan leaves us, Allah never does. Alhumdulillah. May Allah be pleased with us and forgive all of us for all of our wrongs and admit us into jannatul firdous without hisab. Ameen.