Competition

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Hazrath Ubaadah bin Saamit (R.A.) reports that one day when Ramadhan had drawn near Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "The month of Ramadhan, the month of Blessings has come to you. In this month Allah Ta'ala turns towards you, sends down upon you His special mercy, forgives your faults and accepts your duas. Allah Ta'ala also appreciates your competition for the greatest amount of good and boasts to the angels about you. Therefore show to Allah Ta'ala your righteousness for verily the most unfortunate person is he who is deprived of Allah's mercy in this month." (Targheeb)

   With regards to worldly matters we always strive to do the best. As a result we very often end up competing with others who are also desirous of being the best. In the Hadith above this spirit of competing is commended. However, this is strictly restricted to competing in matters of Deen. This "competition" gives one more vigour to engage in excessive recitation of the Qur'an, zikr, etc. Nevertheless it is obvious that the intention in performing these good deeds should be solely the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala.

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