The Holy month of Ramadan is approaching an end. For those of you who are not familiar with it: Its a month when Muslims all over the world observe fast from the crack of dawn to the setting of the sun. The person fasting is supposed to refrain from eating, drinking, swearing, lying, backbiting and arguing throughout this period. Peace and tranquility are the highlights of this month. While the days are occupied in fasting, the nights are spent in prayers and other forms of worship. Charity becomes commonplace. Everyone actively participate in volunteering activities. It is an opportunity given by Allah (God) to enrich oneself spiritually and physically by exercising self-control over hunger, anger and wordly temptations.
Another important feature of Ramadan is the Laylatul Qadr or the Night of Power. It is believed by Muslims that this night is the one when Allah decrees all affairs for man for the coming year. Allah has revealed in the Quran in Surah Laylatul Qadr that this night is better than a thousand nights. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) asked his followers to search for this precious night in the last ten nights of Ramadan and revealed that if anyone stays up in this night worshipping Allah with pure faith and pleasure, then all his past sins will be forgiven.
The main point of sharing this with you all (apart from sharing general info) was that I had been to the night prayers held last night in the Mosque behind our building. It was not a first time but it was definitely one after a gap of two years. So I was really looking forward to it and although I had work the next day(today) , I was determined to go and pray because of the sheer amount of peace one achieves after the prayer is done. Everything about it is pure, sublime and divine. It feels great to know that the Almighty is hearing your plight. It feels reassuring to know that you can surrender to Him and confess all your sins and ask Him for forgiveness. Admit it, you might deceive the world with your shining armour of gold, rich, strong and powerful but in the dead of night when the world around you is sleeping, you want to let go of that suit and be who you really are. And when you really see yourself, the reality shakes you and nothing can elevate your soul the way confiding in God does.
I came out of the mosque after prayer, lighter than when I entered. I could feel my face radiate the calm I felt within. And that’s what I ultimately wanted to share with you all. The exceptional moment when surrendering fills you with joy.