(from Tariq Ramadan’s In The Footsteps of the Prophet, pg 112-113)
Salam, Brothers and Sisters! Hello, non-Muslims friends! As you may know we are now on the 23rd night of Ramadan, with the end nearly in sight (perhaps only seven more days of fasting)! Even better is that tonight, as an odd numbered night within the last ten days of the month, tonight might be Laylat Al-Qadr.
In honor of this special month, and perhaps this special night, I wanted to share this passage from a biography of Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu alaihi wa-sallam). I know that I myself felt at the beginning of this month that I was not doing enough, that I was failing spiritually and in my faith. Ramadan intimidated me because I was not sure I was going to be able to reconnect with my faith, with Allah, and I was afraid of wasting this beautiful opportunity.
In this section, author Tariq Ramadan explains how the Prophet (SAWS) reassured the Sahaba, his Companions, when they expressed similar insecurities about the quality of their faith. Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) preached with love, gentleness, and care about moderation, being aware of your needs and limitations, and about Allah’s love and forgiveness for those of us who return to Him after we make mistakes.
Take this message and keep it close to your heart, especially in the coming week as we finish this holy month. Insha’llah God will keep us all on the right path.