بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Aya of the day:
And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember. And be patient, for indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good. [Surat Hud, 11:114-115]
Lesson of the day: Don’t give up
Ramadan not going as planned? Find yourself missing qiyaam, not reading as much Qur’an as you planned, or even missing fajr sometimes?
Do. not. give. up. Keep trying.
Look at the beautiful verse above. Allah tells us that good deeds do away misdeeds and that this is a reminder for those who remember. When we slip up, many of us do one of two things- we either ignore the slip up or feel so guilty we think that we will not be forgiven, and we give up on the good deed we are trying to perform. But Allah is giving us something to do- He is telling us “you can fix this- just do more good deeds”. Whenever you slip up, try to make up for it by increasing in good. InshAllah that will erase the bad that you do.
And something even more for us to look forward to- He tells us in the following verse that we should be patient and He will not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good. SubhanAllah- it is as though Allah is addressing those of us who give up on ourselves, who think we will never be able to become better, who despite trying always manage to slip up again and again. He tells us “don’t stop trying“. Be patient. This effort won’t go to waste. As long as you try to keep yourself conscious of your deeds, and you try to improve, your effort is recorded with Allah.