When we are vulnerable or weak, we tend to make a lot of promises to Allah. How many times do you here “Oh Allah if you give me this, then I’ll start praying”, or “I’ll stop selling haram”, or “I’ll stop committing this sin”, etc. The implication of that form of supplication Is that Allah hasn’t already given you enough of a reason for repentance.
It’s only natural that the aspects of faith that are convenient to us will find greater acceptance amongst the masses. But the fact of the matter is that the word “deen”, which is often translated as religion, actually comes from the word “dayn” which means debt. In principle, I am forever indebted to Allah and working to pay off that debt with all the time, health, and money that He’s given to me. He doesn’t need to give me anything else or make it any easier for me to work towards that goal. And without a doubt, we will all depend upon His mercy on the Day of Judgment as no one of us will enter paradise by virtue of his deeds.
With that being said, many people hold back on their obligations to Allah with the false certainty that they will be able to fulfill them later on in life when they become easier upon them. So you’ll often hear things like “I’ll start praying when I get out of school and have more time”, “I’ll give charity when I get rich”, “I’ll do Hajj once it falls on the holidays”, “I’ll start going to the masjid when I can move closer to it”, “I’ll wear hijab after I get married”, etc. Its almost as if you’re saying “Oh Allah, Im willing to worship you and sacrifice for you BUT only to the extent that it doesn’t hinder my pursuit of something of this world.”
The problem is that neither is tomorrow guaranteed nor those favorable circumstances that we wait for to fulfill our obligations. On the contrary, what’s guaranteed is our departure from this world and our standing in front of our Creator.
It is for that reason that Allah constantly informs us in the Quran that He will not delay a soul once it’s time comes. Therefore we should be careful not to delay our obligations or repentance even for a moment as we never know when that time will come.
So in these last few days of Ramadan, rush to the forgiveness of your Lord, the performance of your obligations, and the abandoning of all that is displeasing to Him.
Allahumma innaka 3afuwwun tuh’ibul ‘afwa fa’ffu ‘Anni (O Allah, You are the Pardoner and You love to pardon, so pardon me).