In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

All praise to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. And salutations and greetings upon our Master Muhammad and upon his family and companions.

“As we approach the end of this blessed month, it is time that we make our New Years Resolutions, and renew our goals, aims and intentions.

Why is that when Ramadān approaches us, we are happy and joyful, and when it ends, we are sad and nostalgic? Why is that in spite of all the discomforts we experience – from no food, to no water, to little sleep, we still want to stand up for Tarāwīh and we still want to stay up the night in worship? Tonight, the last night of Ramadān, we are missing Tarāwīh. Why is this so? Because our souls are being nourished during Ramadān. And whilst our Nafs is subdued, we are still yearning for Allāh and His Messengerﷺ. And the reason for this is because we have tasted the sweetness of Īmān. When Sayyidina Bilāl Radi Allāhu `Anhu was asked how he remained steadfast and continued to say ‘Ahad – [Allāh is] One’ even whilst he was persecuted, he said that the sweetness of Īmān was greater than the bitterness of the pain the oppressors were inflicting upon him.

We ask Allāh to make whatever boost we have gained in this month, provision for the rest of the year. And we ask Him to make us wise and efficient in our usage of this boost.” Allahumma Amin. Allahumma Amin. Allahumma Amin

– paraphrased from Shaykh `Ābdul-Karīm `Abdullāh (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).
JazakAllahu Khayran to Sr. Haleema Shaikh for allowing us to share this.