When we have the opportunity to do overtime at work and earn time and a half or double pay, we ensure we do not miss out on the opportunity.
In Ramadhān, a fardh (compulsory) action is worth seventy times its value and a nafl (optional) action is worth the same as a fardh action out of Ramadhān. Despite the increase in rewards being so huge, we do not find the zeal to do anything extra for our hereafter, in stark contrast to our readiness to do overtime for material gain.

We should make the most out of this Ramadhān as only Allāh knows who will live to see the next Ramadhān. Value every moment by:

  • Carrying out as much 'ibādah (worship) as possible.
  • Spending as much time in the masjid as possible.
  • Staying away from every sinful activity. A large tank full of milk with only a few drops of urine or alcohol is useless. Similarly a tank full of 'ibādah mixed with a few 'drops' of sin will have no value.
  • Staying away from the internet. Many people use the internet for good reasons and with good intentions, and then end up on sites that cause us to sin. We move from site to site without even realising that we are committing sins. Furthermore, the internet is such a waste of our time that we log on for only a few minutes, but hours pass in futility without us even realising.
  • Staying away from answering unnecessary e-mails; they can wait until after Ramadhān.

Every moment of our life is very precious, as each second can potentially be used to acquire the pleasure of Allāh ta'ālā and earn great reward.

However, during Ramadhān, these moments become even more precious. This is why we should take great care to use the very precious moments of Ramadhān wisely.

The common definition of Taqwā is to abstain from the disobedience of Allāh ta'ālā be it minor or major. In the initial stages this will seem difficult. However, if one strives and compels his nafs to stay away from the disobedience of Allāh ta'ālā, then Allāh ta'ālā will honour him with true taqwā by enlightening his heart with the nūr (light) of Taqwā. Once this happens, one will no longer have to struggle to avoid sins as before; rather the heart will develop a disliking for them.

His condition will become like that of a person who has to walk through a path with filth all around. He will be repulsed at the very thought and will try his utmost to avoid that route. However, if he is compelled then he will be very careful as not to let the filth dirty him or his clothes. If by chance some filth does dirty his clothing, he will not be able to rest in peace until it is washed off. Similar is the case of that person whose heart is enlightened with the nūr (light) of Taqwā. He will have an aversion to sins, and if he was to slip and commit a sin, he will not be able to rest in peace until he makes tawbah (repentance) and cleans his heart from the filth of sinning.

There is no better time to adorn ones heart with true Taqwā then the month of Ramadhān. The one who values Ramadhān and spends his time wisely will become a muttaqī.

Rasūlullāh sallallāhu 'alayhi wasallam used to make du'ā in Rajab to be given the opportunity to live until Ramadhān. Having already seen Allāh ta'ālā during the night of mi'rāj, it is beyond imagination how much desire he had to leave this world and meet Allāh ta'ālā.

Despite this, when he would find himself only two months away from the blessed month of Ramadhān, he would desire to be given leave in this world in order to benefit from the innumerable bounties and blessings of Ramadhān. This should help us understand the extraordinary nature of the blessings of Ramadhān and encourage us to yearn for it and benefit from it.