The month of Ramadan has come and left us once again. It seems like only yesterday we were making our preparations for this blessed month and waking up at Sahur for our first fast.
It doesn't feel like 29 days have passed before us, it doesn't feel like we have fasted every one of those days or stood in prayer each night, SubhanAllah. How quickly this month has gone.
Rarely, do we ponder upon the passing of time in any other month, week or day, as we do in Ramadan.
Throughout the year we don't notice how quickly time is passing, until we enter upon the Month of Ramadan, and then we take note and watch in amazement at how fast the first ten nights disappear, then the second ten and finally the last, until it is gone.
Think about this; and reflect upon how year upon year, at the completion of this month, so many of us say to one another how quick this month has gone.
Now, with this in mind, ponder upon our death.
The moment when the Angels come to return us back to the One Who created us. In that moment, we will realise how quickly our life has passed.
Just as we reflect at the end of Ramadan how quick the month has gone, we will reflect at how quick our life has ended and how fast it passed us by.
SubhanAllah, time is passing quickly, but how few of us notice.
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
By Al-'Asr (the time). (1) Verily, man is in loss, (2) Except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth [i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Ma'ruf) which Allah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar which Allah has forbidden], and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allah's Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism or Jihad). (3)