Recently, we received a water bill for our home. I looked at the bill and realised that it was a higher amount than usual. My first thought was towards the fact that we had used more water than required and therefore there was wastage we could cut down on and reduce the usage of water to an amount that was required.
For a couple of days, I was very conscious of the amount of water I was using; and despite being one who did tend to look after the amount of water I used, I felt that I could reduce that use further if I consciously kept my mind on it and made it into a habit.
After several days, I realised that our water was not on a meter and neither was the increase in water rates was due to excessive use. However, it was due to an increase in the price.
This experience made me think to the manner in which we worship Allah سبحانه و تعالى. In one aspect, we can look at our connection with Him as a ‘metered’ connection, where we are very particular and selective in our attachment to Him, despite the ‘no cost’ factor involved in our connection. On the contrary, it also indicates our attitude towards sin and detachment from Allah سبحانه و تعالى. We continue in our ways and daily chores and duties whilst forgetting how much the meter of sin and displeasure is increasing by.
The scholars have always encouraged reflecting upon our day and evaluating our good in comparison to our evil. Let us ponder for a moment what would be our reaction if we were to receive a monthly bill for the sins we committed even after discounting for the good we did. What would our bill be like?
If we are to be successful in both this world and the Hereafter then it is imperative that we consciously worship Allah سبحانه و تعالى. That we obey Him whilst keeping in mind the angels who record our actions, words and thoughts. It is important that we worship Allah سبحانه و تعالى open heartedly by remembering Him constantly and not in a manner where we are selective and self-serving.
The month of Ramadhan approaches. Let us make our Nafs and Shaytaan know that our previous contracts have expired. That we have been looking, and found a new contract, one with Allah سبحانه و تعالى. A contract that allows us to worship Allah سبحانه و تعالى without the need for any metered connections. A contract where we will be free of large bills at the end of the month because our bills will be reduced through Taubah and Istigfaar (seeking forgiveness). A yearly contract which we will, Insha Allah, honour and uphold until the next Ramadhan where we will renew this contract with better conviction, belief and commitment.
May Allah سبحانه و تعالى give us all the inclination to prepare for Ramadhan in a manner that it becomes a preparation for the Hereafter. May He keep us steadfast upon His path even after the month of Ramadhan has ended. Aameen.