Ramazan Kareem: Welcome Ramazan

Bismillah Hir Rahman Nir Raheem

All praise is for Allah, The Almighty, and Lord of the Universe and Sustainer of the worlds. And blessings and Peace be upon our beloved Nabi Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alahi Wasallam).

“Verily, Jannah becomes perfumed with the sweetest fragrance in Ramazan. From the beginning of the year till the end, it is being decorated for the coming of this blessed month. And when the first night of Ramazan appears, a wind blows from beneath the Arsh. It is called “Mutheerah”, and causes leaves of the trees of Jannah to rustle and door handles to sound, whereby setting forth such a melodious sound as had never been heard before”………..

Can you beat this?

Once again it is that time of the year for us to refresh our mind, mend our spiritual lives by acquiring the great virtues and blessings of this month; for if we realize what Ramazan really is, we would wish that the whole year should just be Ramazan. WELCOME RAMAZAN.

It is the month of patience and the reward for true patience is Jannah. It is that very month in which Noble Qur’an was brought down from Lowhul Mahfoozh to the samaa’ud dunyaa from where it was revealed bit by bit to our Nabi (Sallallaahu Alahi Wasallam) in a span of twenty-three years. Ibrahim alaihi salaam received his scriptures on the first and third of this sacred month. Dawood alaihi salaam received the Zaboor on the twelfth of this month; Moosa alaihi salaam received his Towrah on the sixth and Eisa alaihi salaam, the Injeel on the twelfth.

This holy month has been divided into three sections, because normally people are of three kinds. Firstly, there are those who have no burden of sins. For them, Allah’s mercy descends from the very beginning of Ramazan. Secondly, there are those whose burdens of sins are not too heavy. For them Allah’s forgiveness descends after one-third of Ramazan has passed. Thirdly, there are the real sinners, for them Allah’s forgiveness and mercy comes after having fasted the major section.

One of the pillars on which Islam is based is fasting in the holy month of Ramazan. Fasting simply doesn’t mean abstaining from food and water but it has to be equally coupled with keeping our sight away from where one is not supposed to look, keeping a check on our tongue or avoiding listening to anything that is forbidden-haram. Thus, fasting not only helps to diminish one’s carnal desires; it also strengthens the angelic qualities and illuminates his soul.

Isn’t it proven that whatever the heart is convinced at and with what it desires, then the most difficult task presents no hardship? Will it be very difficult for any one of us to follow the example of Khaleefa Uthman, who after fasting for the whole day, spend the whole night in Salaah. It is well-known that he used to recite whole Qur’an during one Rak’at, or another Khaleefah Qataadah who used to finish the recitation every three nights of Ramazan but during the latter ten nights, he used to complete the whole Qur’an every night.

Can’t we all do the same? Can’t we too recite the Noble Qur’an as much as we can and beg with sincere repentance for all our past sins to be forgiven?

Yet, another miracle of Allah (SWT) is the night of “Laylatul Qadr”, a night that is noted for its great blessings. And, fortunate is that person who attains the full blessings of this night by spending it in ibaadat because he has attained the reward for ibaadat of 83 years and 4 months. So, can’t we increase nafil ibaadat, as in Ramazan any nafil deed is rewarded as much as a farz in normal times and a farz in Ramazan carries the reward of seventy farz at other times.

Why can’t be seclude and isolate ourselves from all worldly things and go to Allah’s door….what doubt can there be for his du’aa not to be accepted?

And, how can any of us forget Eid-ul-Fitr, which symbolizes the common goal of unity and binds each and every Muslim brother and sister, in faith, the world over. Oh, the thronging and vibrant markets, the buying of new clothes, the sweet taste of dates, applying of mehndi, and the lingering taste of luscious and delicious sheer korma or waiting with excited anticipation for our Eidi from our near and dear ones.

Let us vow to increase our self-discipline, self-control, charity, empathy, generosity, patience. Let us accelerate and engage in Salatul Taraweeh, Salatul Tasbeeh. Is it beyond our control to bring this joy and contentment in our everyday lives? Why can’t we make it a way of life? Why can’t we dedicate and submit ourselves in seclusion to the absolute power? Why can’t we make it a ritual to go to the Masjid to offer our Salat? Why can’t we control our hunger, anger, temper, speech? Why can’t we beg of Allah, entrance into paradise and seek refuge from hell?

So, are we ready to welcome and gather the innumerable and incomprehensible benefits and rewards of the most sacred month? O’ Allah, make us of those fortunate ones, Aameen.

Article submitted by Sarah Zameer Shaikh