What's your Ramadhan motivation? What motivates you to leave your bed on a working day in Ramadhan when your brain, or should I say hawa (passions), keep telling you: 'I need more sleep'?
Thank God for genuine people. I asked a friend, how's Ramadhan so far? He replied very frankly: "It's been tiring so far, the days are long and it's hard when operating."
That's my motivation when I hesitated leaving my bed on the first working day of Ramadhan. That it's not as difficult here in Malaysia, we don't have summer, so no long days, it's not scorching hot and I don't have to spend hours doing surgery on people. And imagine if we were to be in Syria? (May Allah protect the believers there and lighten their burdens. Ameen)
He's also right in saying, after several days, things should become easier as we get into the Ramadhan routine. Didn't the Prophet s.a.w say, the first 10 days is rahmah (mercy)?
Rahmah we need when standing up to go through teraweeh. Rahmah we could get from imagining Rasulullah s.a.w in front of us, as taught by Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi recently.
The imam at Masjid Khalid Al-Walid tonight said we should reap this Ramadhan limited-time offer just like we rush to a limited-time Mega-Sale once or twice a year. And keep in mind the big bonanza on offer on the last days of this 'sale' - Laylatul Qadar.
May Allah grant us the tawfiq in optimizing this holy month.
Kullu 'am wa antum aqrabu illAllah
wa qulu bukum aqrabu
ila mahabbatihi wa muqarrabatihi.