Today is 25th Ramadhan. I am already on leave. Not because too excited to celebrate the Eid but just to lessen the number of leaves that I still have since this year end I would be busy with the semester and would not have time to take leaves. Secondly, I took leave just to spend more time with my daughter who has safely reached home from Dungun yesterday afternoon.
'Syaitan kena rantai' ... the syaitans (devils) were chained, no syaitan during this Ramadhan, etc. ... these are some of the verses that we normally hear people were saying every Ramadhan. In actual fact, there is a hadith from Rasulallah SAW on this matter:
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "When the month of ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of the (Hell) Fire are closed, and the devils are chained."
If the devils were chained, why are there still people who commit sin? Why are we still (at times) lazy to perform ibadah? Why? Why? Why? The answer is an-nafs. Nafsu.
For the past 11 months, the syaitan (devils) have trained our nafs to perform all the bad deeds and now during the holy month of Ramadan, the month with rahmah and maghfirah we are supposed to retrain our nafs so that we will do all the good deeds as suggested by Allah and his Apostle, Muhammad SAW.
According the tasawwuf, the nafs can de categorised into 7: (adapted from here)
May we are able to re-train our nafs and try our best to uphold all the good things, all the ibadah that we have been doing during this Ramadan. If we fail to continue doing all the ibadah, it's a proof that we were once again defeated by the syaitanns and did not obtain maghfirah during Ramadan. But how do we re-train the nafs? By continuously doing the ibadah and seriously ask for forgiveness from Allah through our prayers, dua' and munajat in our night prayers.
O Allah! This piece of qalb (heart) belongs to you O Allah! Give us taufiq wal hidayah. And do not let our heart to go astray after You have guided us.
رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغۡ قُلُوبَنَا بَعۡدَ إِذۡ هَدَيۡتَنَا وَهَبۡ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحۡمَةًۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلۡوَهَّابُ
Our Lord! Cause not our hearts to stray after Thou hast guided us, and bestow upon us mercy from Thy Presence. Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Bestower.
Ramadan Countdown! May we are among those who were forgiven and blessed with Jannah. Ameen.