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Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:
This is the night of Sunday, [which is] the first of the middle ten [days and nights] of Ramadhaan.
We ask Allaah Ta’aala to make right for us the first [ten – which have just passed] and the last [ten – which are to come].
On this night, I would like to remind myself and you all to take advantage of time before it passes, for indeed the days pass [by] quickly, particularly in this time of ours.
[Take for example] a person, while he is on the day of Jumu’ah, and all of a sudden it is the following [day of] Jumu’ah; as if there was only one day between the two!
And this is the meaning of the saying of the Prophet ﷺ:«The Hour will not be established until time passes rapidly…» – Sunan at-Tirmidhee, authenticated by al-Albaanee
[Regarding] his statement:«…until time passes rapidly…»
…some of the scholars have said:
“The meaning [of this] is that the cities will grow larger, so where the distance between two cities was 10 days [of travel], when they have grown bigger, it has become less than that.”
So the time has become shorter.
However, that which is apparent [to me] is that it explains where we are today.
Time is short, [and] passing very, very rapidly.
Try [and ponder on this] yourself [it is as if] the month of Ramadhaan last year had only passed [a month before] in Sha’baan!
This is what I find in myself, and I don’t know [about you all]; do you find that within yourselves or not?
You do find that [to be the case too]!!
It is as if the month of Ramadhaan this year began last night.
And [right] now a third of it has been completed, and a third is a lot!
We ask Allaah Ta’aala to forgive [us for] what has passed, and to aid us to do righteous actions in what remains [of Ramadhaan].
The middle ten [of Ramadhaan] are better than the first ten, and the last ten are better than the middle ten.
You will also find that in general this is consistent; that, of the virtuous [periods of] time – the latter is better than the first.
[On] the day of Jumu’ah, the time of ‘Asr is better than its beginning.
[And on] the day of ‘Arafah, the time of ‘Asr is better than its beginning.
And the wisdom behind that – and Allaah has the complete knowledge [of all affairs] – is that when the souls begin to work, they become tired and bored; so they are encouraged.
They are encouraged with the virtues of the latter [periods of] times over the first, so they may be active during the latter [period] of time. So they may be active during the latter [period] of time, and then do righteous actions.