It’s been way long since I last posted. I’ve been drained from inspiration and caught up in another dimension- chasing deadlines. Seriously, with higher studies you do feel like you’ve crossed the portal to another alien dimension where everything is just so fast-paced and miserably unfair and hectic. And I guess it won’t be totally fair if I just blame it all on the tough times, dub them as a hell-dimension and get myself off the hook. I am partly to blame here. Procrastination. Yeah, that’s the pit I found myself in. And when you do land in there and like it, you’re half delusional and half pushing your luck. I mean really, now when I come to think of it, life would have been much easier if I had used every moment for what it was. Now that’s something that dawns on everyone when they have to crawl out of their comfort zones aka ‘the procrastinating pit’. But yeah, that’s the most priceless (and also the most cliched) piece of advice anyone can give- and the worth of which only time will teach.
Oh great, I’m rambling now. Anyway, what made my dead machinery whir back to life is the month of Dhul-Hijjah. Particularly, the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. You’ll know why when you read through this hadith-
Ibn Abbas (RA) that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said:
“No deeds are more virtuous than deeds on these days.” The companions asked: ‘Not even Jihad (fighting in Allah’s Cause)?’ He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) replied: “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out risking himself and his wealth for the sake of Allah, and does not come back with anything.” [Saheeh al-Bukhari vol: 2, no: 457]
And it is these ten days, of which Allah takes an oath saying:
“By the dawn; by the ten nights.” [Soorah al-Fajr (89): 1-2]
Are you getting the deja vu? Remember those Ramadan nights? Those long hours of worship, excitement coupled up with hope…and that resolve to get everything right, to set those flawed records straight and that i-will-not-stray-again mantra… it’s time to replay those days again. We’re getting a another chance to score big. Let’s live every moment of it. Make every hour worth it. And like I made my point earlier- LET’S NOT PROCRASTINATE.
Whatever you do, just don’t put off doing something good for the later. Get it done with. I’ve been delaying posting this up since the eve of Dhul-Hijjah, every time pushing it off for the next morning until now when I stomped my lazy foot down and decided that it can’t get any later than it already is. Told you, procrastination is an all-time epidemic disease and this time it’s hitting bad. It’s like a drug that lulls you into a false sense of freedom, makes you believe that things will take care of themselves in due time. It’s Satan’s sweet whispers. So if you’re getting the picture, sober up. Spiritually and physically. There are a million things you can do this week to make up for the lost time. Click here for a list of good reasons why you should be praying a little too earnestly these days- and for the suggested action plan!
Plus, the rewards are multiplied in these days. Ibn ‘Abbas said: “(The reward for good) deeds are multiplied seven hundred times in these days.” So you can even catch up with your lost fasts. The reward of fasting is great, imagine how much that reward would be multiplied in these days. If you can’t fast all of the days, then at least on the day of ‘Arafah (9th Dhul-Hijjah) as it is the greatest day. Abu Qatadah reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said,
“Fasting on the day of ‘Arafah is an expiation for two years, the year preceding it and the year following it. Fasting the day of ‘Ashuraa’ is an expiation for the year preceding it.” [This is related by “the group,” except for al-Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi]
Another dimension or not, there’s no way anyone can give this up. All it takes is will and passion. Yeah, passion is the flavor. It puts the feeling in your worship, it’s the drive that makes you think good and it’s that reason that gives your work a whole new meaning. And life is too short to procrastinate. ‘It is but a moment. So make it a moment of obedience.’ 🙂