The Ramadan will be over soon with the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr with thanks giving prayers, feasting and socialising.
The fasting month of Ramadan provided us the opportunity to come closer to Allah in order to improve ourselves and our relations with those around us.
There are rights that Allah has over us called Huqooqullah while there are rights of those around us called called Huqooqul-ebad. Both are equally important to be fulfilled by us as followers of Islam.
The rights of Allah include ibadat, worship, prayers, fasting, charity and various other duties that we need to carry out as Muslims. Being human, we will always be short of fulfilling these completely committing errors and mistake.
As believers in life hereafter, we need to be mindful that we will be accountable personally on the Day of Judgment for our ability or inability to fulfil the rights of Allah and that of His creation, both Huqooqullah as well as Huqoogu-ebad
To err is human, to forgive divine. Therefore we need to keep asking for Allah’s forgiveness from time to time. Since Allah is most forgiving, he has promised to forgive these mistakes. Dua, tahajjud, fasting and Hajj are means to seek forgiveness in the hope of His mercy in order to forgive us for our shortcoming in fulfilling His rights.
For example if you have missed a prayer or a fast, you need to do Qada while at the same time seek forgiveness from Allah for your negligence. Hopefully by performing extra ibadat like Umrah and Hajj, these mistakes will be forgiven by Allah.
On the other hand Huqooqul-ebad, fulfilling the rights of His creation is different. If you have done injustice to some one, before Allah can forgive you, you not only have to seek forgiveness from that person but also to redresss that injustice.
For example if you have procured some one’s property unjustly, Allah will not forgive this injustice unless you have returned this property & the person has forgiven you.
Sincerely seeking forgiveness from Allah and those to whom we have offended is clearly very important. We should never be shy in seeking forgiveness.
This has been exemplified in the Quran when depicting the day of Judgement where the infant girl will be asked, for what reason was she buried alive, a cruel custom in pre-Islamic Arabia.
By the same token those who carry out injustice today and get away in this world will be accountable for their actions.
A suicide bomber or a mass killer will be accountable for not only destroying his life but also those of other innocent people who have died or injured as a result of his actions.
There is no difference between those who decapitate innocent people crudely using a knife and those who use more sophisticated means of doing the same by using aerial bombardment, missiles and drones, all will be accountable for their unjust actions on the Day of Judgement.
Let us reflect this on the day of Eid.