Comfort Zone

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Ramadhaan 1441 (2020) was indeed very unusual. It was a Ramadhaan in lockdown – something never experienced before in South Africa and many other parts of the world.

Due to lockdown regulations most people were generally confined to their homes. Businesses could not be opened nor could workers go to their jobs. Many were in dire circumstances since they could not earn their livelihoods.

A much greater tragedy was that most people had no access to the masjid. Some made Jumu‘ah Salaah in small groups here and there while most tragically, thousands missed their Jumu‘ah Slaah altogether.

Innaa lillahi wa innaa ilaihi raaji‘oon!

Likewise, thousands all around the world were unable to perform the great ‘ibaadah of I’tikaaf.

While those who could not make it to the masjid due to the lockdown regulations will not be taken to account for this, however this situation gradually created a “comfort zone” for many.

There was no leaving the home for salaah, iftaar was enjoyed in ease and comfort since there was no rush to catch the Maghrib Salaah with jamaat, and Taraweeh Salaah was short and quick since there was no Haafiz to make khatam of the Quraan Majeed.

At present, it is likely that Shaitaan may try to push us back into that “comfort zone” in order to deprive us  and break our link to the House of Allah Ta‘ala.

Those who could not go to their businesses, offices and jobs did not have the early morning rush to work or the dash back home to try and make it in time before iftaar. Yet they were not comfortable being at home during the day and were not relaxed. They stayed at home with a very heavy heart and prayed much to be able to get back to their occupations.

Likewise, those who were forced by circumstances to make their salaah at home, should never feel “comfortable” and “relaxed” in doing so. It should have been done with a very heavy heart and a deep sense of loss due to not being able to go to the house of Allah Ta‘ala.

Alhamdulillah, thumma Alhamdulillah, the masaajid are once again open. May Allah Ta‘ala never deprive us of His house due to our sins. Hence, this Ramadhaan, every salaah must be performed in the masjid with jamaat. In particular, the “relaxed” iftaar at home should not deprive us of Maghrib Salaah with jamaat in the masjid nor should laziness make us lose out on the great rewards of listening to the entire Quraan Majeed in Taraaweeh Salaah.

May Allah Ta‘ala enable us to fulfil the rights of Ramadhaan and may we receive its great blessings and rewards, aameen.

 

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