والحمدلله لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين
In the name of God, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise and thanks be to God, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of Prophets and Messengers
Ramadan is a time of reflection. InshAllah throughout the month I’ll be sending out some small reminders and reflections; mostly because I need them but I hope that sharing them will enter us into the realm of those who remember Allah in congregation…
“Or take the one who passed by a ruined town. He said, ‘How will God give this life when it has died?’ So God made him die for a hundred years, and then raised him up, saying, ‘How long did you stay like that?’ He answered, ‘A day, or part of a day.’ God said, ‘No, you stayed like that for a hundred years. Look at your food and drink: they have not gone bad. Look at your donkey- We will make you a sign for the people- look at the bones: see how We bring them together and clothe them with ﬂesh!’ When all became clear to him, he said, ‘Now I know that God has power over everything.” (Surat Al-Baqara, 2:259)
This verse describes the Prophet Uzayr (as), when Allah sent him to revive the deserted Jerusalem. Jerusalem was ruined by an unjust king, and when Uzayr (as) arrived, he saw it so barren and deserted that he wondered how would Allah give this place life? It seemed impossible. Still he worked the whole day, doing what he could with the little tools that he had, and laid to rest. As an example to him and to us, Allah caused him to die and brought him back to life 100 years later. Not only was that a miracle, and his food and drink did not rot, but Jerusalem was filled with people and life.
Lesson: Hope is part of a believer’s life because of the recognition that Allah has power over all things, and not people. Just like the Prophet Uzayr (as) exclaimed “I know that God has power over everything” after seeing that he was brought back to life and indeed the town was brought back to life, there is a lesson for us- nothing is impossible with the power of God. Uzair (as) did the little that he could even though he wondered if the place would ever be brought back to life. This Ramadan, let’s have our hearts overflowing with hope and certainty; that we will work with any small thing we have, and know that everything is in Allah’s Hands. Let this be evident in our du’as.