If it were revealed to us about our death, that this year's Ramadan is the last Ramadan in our lives. How do we go through Ramadan this time? How much good do we try to collect?
Surely we will truly fill day and night with lots of worship. Many good deeds that we do, even though we need a lot of energy and material sacrifice. Release intention in all practices. Determined to leave behind everything that can damage fasting and reduce perfection. In essence, we will seriously undergo Ramadan this year.
As for the feeling "This is my last Ramadan and my chance to do good deeds for a while" we instill in ourselves. So that it will encourage this soul to be serious, earnest, and fully concentrate on undergoing Ramadan worship. Do not be fooled by mysticism (I will do this tomorrow, the day after, so on) and long dreams, that my death is still long and my chance is still long.
There was a man who came to the Prophet Sallallaahu 'Alaihi Wasallam, then said, "O Messenger of Allah, teach me and urge me briefly. Then he said, "If you stand in your prayers, then pray like a farewell prayer." (Narrated by Ibn Majah and Ahmad)
That means: like a prayer someone who thinks that he won't pray again afterwards. If the person who prays is sure he will die and there is still one prayer as the last prayer, he should be devout 'in the prayer he is doing, because he does not know that this prayer can be the last prayer. (From of the 33 Causes of Khusyu 'Prayer, Shaykh Muhammad Shalih al-Munajjid: 45-46)
This feeling should be presented in all of our worship, especially the fasting of Ramadan this time. We feel that this year's Ramadan fast is our last fast. We treat Ramadan this year as farewell Ramadan. So that we are encouraged to fill it as well as possible, because we will not find this opportunity in the following year.
Let us privilege Ramadan this time by increasing our attention to him, as if we fasted to him as parting fasting. We throw away the laziness that consumes our age and we get rid of the long delays that neglect the earnest worship. We come out of the bulk of the routine in the implementation of the worship that lives.
It may be that in the past Ramadhan we did it only to abort the obligation, then we made Ramadhan this time really be able to realize the meaning of Shiyam Faith wa Ihtisaban, so that it is forgiven of our past sins.
It could be that there are those of us who have been passionate about inciting the Al-Quran several times this year, so we make the Qur'anic remarks in Ramadan as a blessing to be recited, understood and practiced in its contents.
If in the previous year there were those who had a hobby of moving mosques to find a priest who was good at reading or faster to pray, then this year we planted the determination to pursue more perfect prayers.
If we usually treat ourselves and our families with drinks and delicious food and things that are worldly, then this year we treat ourselves and our families with ruhiyah and imaniyah dishes so that the light of faith in our homes is radiated.
We are happy because it has made our family happy with worldly material, so we extend that happiness to other families in need. We increase our sense of sharing with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Ramadan this year as a manifestation of our grace to others. May God bestow mercy and love on us.
If we often give alms to help people who suffer, then we make our charity goals in Ramadan to save ourselves from the flames of hell due to our mistakes and sins. Because charity that is sincere can erase the error as the water that extinguishes the fire. Alms is also an effective means of quelling Allah's wrath.
Instill in yourself the pleasure of giving a meal of breaking for people who are fasting. This is to perfect the reward of our fast. Because the person who gives the meal breaks, he gets the reward of fasting as the culprit obtained without the slightest reduction.
Among those of us who have spaciousness in sustenance, intent on umrah in Ramadan because of its great virtue. We make Umrah this time as an eraser of our past sins.
We plan in the last ten of this year's Ramadan with I’tikaf. We spend it in it, maybe death comes to us suddenly. We spend time when we are in the grave, are there still deeds that are the cause of the torment of the grave that we have not forgiven of it. We memuhasabah self, is it enough our deeds to face the reckoning of God on the Day of Judgment later. Are we worthy of being residents of heaven? What happens to us if we have to go to hell?
Don't be stingy to pray for our brothers and sisters around us and in other hemispheres, may God forgive their sins and bless them. May Allah heal who is sick, God strengthens their hearts with patience for the calamities that afflict, Allah lifts up 'and waba' from them, and Allah helps them over their enemies. Indeed, when we pray for our other Muslim brothers and sisters, the essence is that we pray for ourselves.
Hopefully we can realize these messages together so that we make this year's Ramadan the best Ramadan among the Ramadan that we have lived. May Allah bring His heart and guidance to all of us. Aamiiin!