عَنْ أُمِّ المُؤْمِنِينَ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ الله عَنْهَا قَالَتْ: سَأَلْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنْ هَذِهِ الْآيَةِ: وَالَّذينَ يُؤتونَ ما آتَوا وَقُلوبُهُم وَجِلَةٌ أَنَّهُم إِلىٰ رَبِّهِم راجِعونَ: قَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ: أَهُمْ الَّذِينَ يَشْرَبُونَ الْخَمْرَ وَيَسْرِقُونَ؟ قَالَ لا يَا بِنْتَ الصِّدِّيقِ وَلَكِنَّهُمْ الَّذِينَ يَصُومُونَ وَيُصَلُّونَ وَيَتَصَدَّقُونَ وَهُمْ يَخَافُونَ أَنْ لَا يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُمْ، أُولَئِكَ الَّذِينَ يُسَارِعُونَ فِي الْخَيْرَاتِ
A’ishah, the Mother of the Believers, stated she ask the Messenger of Allah ﷺ about the verse,
“Those who give what they have given, their hearts fearful of their return to their Lord.” Qur’an 23: 60
A’ishah asked if these people were those who drink alcohol and/or steal. [The Prophet] ﷺ replied, “no, daugher of al-Siddiq [Abu Bakr], they are rather those who fast and pray and are truthful. And they are fearful that those acts will not be accepted from them. Therefore they are those who rush to do good deeds”. Jami’ al-Tirmidhi, #3175
The Companions did not presume their salvation.
يا أَبَتِ إِنّي أَخافُ أَن يَمَسَّكَ عَذابٌ مِنَ الرَّحمٰنِ فَتَكونَ لِلشَّيطانِ وَلِيًّا
“Father, I am afraid that a punishment from the All-Merciful will afflict you, and turn you into a comrade of Shaytan’.” Qur’an, 19 (Maryam): 25
فَإِن كَذَّبوكَ فَقُل رَبُّكُم ذو رَحمَةٍ واسِعَةٍ وَلا يُرَدُّ بَأسُهُ عَنِ القَومِ المُجرِمينَ
“If they call you a liar, say: ‘Your Lord possesses boundless mercy, but His violent force cannot be averted from the people of the evildoers’.” Qur’an, 6 (al-An’am): 147
The urgency that you feel these days, to wake up, to not miss the suhur is your Lord giving you tarbiyah.
If we have such anxiety about missing the suhur but not about missing the Fajr then we’re not understanding what our Lord is trying to instruct us in. Ramadan is a preparation for what comes after: Shawwal, and ultimately the grave.
Our brother has taken with him what he has earned. His book has closed. Our book is still open. If he were here today, after having been questioned in the grave, he would surely tell us to take advantage of our time and correct our behavior.
We must leave behind the spectator Islam and become those who are active.