Now That The World Cup Is Over

There is a famous saying - what goes around comes around. Brazil will know better by now. Brazil being known to have defeated Germany in the past did not even make the third place. Such is life. We have very high hopes and Allah (SWT) humbles us. Congrats! Germans and thumbs up for the good work and not given up. They are called German machine for a reason.

The world cup is over, but, Ramadan is still very much on point. We inch towards the last ten days of the glorious month. I’m sure the guys hardly missed out any match and the other leagues for that matter. Now, what are your plans for Itkaf? That song we sing at the beginning of Ramadan is for mercy, the middle, forgiveness and the last part is for emancipation from hell fire, there is still time to sing these songs loudly through fervent prayers. Life is about challenges; we all have one problem or another. Are you asking Allah (SWT) for a wife or husband? Is your business struggling? Do you need a job? Or a better life? This is the time to access yourself and your lifestyle. Are you shariah compliant? This is the time to put life into perspective and work to receive the full benefits of Ramadan. If you have been lazy and focused on football in that past 15 days, here is the time to get serious about Ramadan. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: "When it is the first night of Ramadan the evil devils are chained. The gates of hell is locked, not a single gate is opened, and the gates of Paradise are opened, not a single gate is locked, and a caller calls out :'O seeker of good come forward, and O seeker of evil withhold, and there are many whom Allah frees from the Fire - and that is every night. [at-Tirmithi, Ibn Majah, and Ibn Khuzaimah : Hasan].

Whatever you do in this period is on your own account because the Devil has been chained and the gate of paradise is wide opened. Therefore, seek that which is good for you. The first phase has gone, we are now on the second part. Make this du’a for forgiveness of sins.The second ten days (11-20) of Ramadan are the days of Forgiveness. So we should seek Allah's forgiveness on those days. * Allahum-magh-fir-li dhunoobi Ya Rabbal Alameen * Rabbana Fagh-fir-lana dhunoobana wa kaf-fir-'anna sayyi-aatina wa ta-waf-fana ma-'al abraar. (Surah Al-Imran:193) Meaning: Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and remit from us our evil deeds, and make us die in the state of righteousness along with Al-Abrâr (those who are obedient to Allâh and follow strictly His Orders). “Allahumo, innaka afuwwu, Tuhibul afuwwa fa’afu anna”. ‘O Allah! You are the Forgiver who loves forgiveness, forgive us’. Instead of singing Aye or Doro, make this supplication your lyric, at least for now. Ramadan is coming to an end, what have you done to deserve rewards from Allah. Is your status guaranteed? Some started fasting with us, but are no more, time flies and such is life. Death is inevitable. Do something now. Ma salaam.

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