Good morning folks.
I just wanted to be an early-bird today, enjoy sahur-time and be quick in sending you warm greetings on this special occasion - Ashura day. If you watched the video I posted yesterday, you might recall Habib Umar bin Hafiz speaking about the merits of observing Ashura Day and some of the recommended actions for the day.
Yes we are told to be generous to our family on this day - it's a day of generosity, says Habib Umar. But what is a mortal's generosity as compared to the Lord's generosity of offering to pardon a year of our sins and reward a day of fasting with an entire year of fasting; that He would gaze upon those who care to recite a thousand Al-Ikhlas and thereby reflect upon His attributes.
The Lord is offering us plenty of great bonus in return of one small deed. The Lord is willing to forgive all our sins with one repentance, whereas the mortals would exaggerate one misdeed of ours and forget the rest. And they do that while forgetting they too are being assessed by the Creator. So this is a day to glorify the Lord, for His assessments and rewards are all that matters.
Praise be to Allah that we have come to this special day. May Allah grant us a long healthy life so we live to see many more Ashura days - a day of victory as He did make victorious Prophet Musa, Yunus and Nuh (a.s). And Saidina Hussain too, because dying and meeting one's Lord for an elect servant of Allah, is indeed a victory as said Habib Umar: "Death for a penitent doer of good is a gift."
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