Fellow Muslims, as we begin this month of fasting and intensive prayers, I encourage you to cleanse your heart from hatred and rebuild a heart of peace towards your fellow beings. Bear in mind that the choice is always yours. Allah is not in need of your fast, you need Him and He knows our hearts than we know ourselves. Our choice to either Paradise or Hell begins on earth here and completes on earth when we are no more. Be a humble servant for Allah’s sake and not for people’s sake.
As Muslims, one thing we must realize is that the world pleasures are none but secondary in any other vain. We should be more concerned with pleasing Allah than any acts that would court the attention of humanity. Allah’s attention is supreme and infinite. There is more joy and pleasures in paradise than on this polarized hateful earth.
The beauty of this month is that we are trained to stay away from permissible things like eating, dining, sexual pleasures with spouses etc in this month. So after this month it is easier for us to stay away from impermissible things like alcohol, fornication, gambling, lying, betrayal etc. The refresher course of fasting we go through this Ramadan should hold us in good stead for the rest of the year because is a month of a kind. This is the only month which contain in it a month of decree (Laylatul Qadr) which is better than the worship of thousand months.
In the Qur’an, Allah states that the only purpose for which He created mankind is to worship Him. Islam recognises that humankind has free choice in whether to obey or disobey God, but ultimately we will be held accountable to Him in the next life for the choices that are made in this life.
It's a time to reflect on the wisdom and guidance that for many people comes with faith. It is also an opportunity for families and friends to come together, and to promote goodwill and harmony in the wider community.
As stated in the Qur’an, “O you who believe! Observing the fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become the pious." [The Holy Qur’an; Al-Baqara: verse 183]
This is the month during which the Heaven and the Earth communicated following six centuries of severance. Revelation came down with the Qur’an and the Light so as to attain for man his moral, familial and societal peace and organize for him all the aspects of his life at all levels. "The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guide for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)." [The Holy Qur’an; Al-Baqara: verse 185] "Indeed there has come to you from Allah a light and a plain Book wherewith Allah guides all those who seek His Good Pleasure to ways of peace, and He brings them out of darkness by His Will unto light and guides them to the Straight Way." [The Holy Qur’an; Al-Ma’idah: verses 15-16] It is the month of solidarity and unity, the month of patience and victory, for there will be victory without patience. "Victory comes with patience; relief comes after distress and after difficulty comes ease." This victory begins with the victory against one’s own self, the victory in resisting the temptation to indulge in material and to pursue lusts and desires and culminates in achieving victory against injustice, oppression and corruption.
Whosoever succeeds in winning the battle in the fight against himself is worthy of achieving victory against his enemy. Ramadan has always been a season of decisive victories that turned the course of history and rectified the march of humanity toward truth, justice and good. The most prominent of these victories are the Grand Battle of Badr, the Conquest of Mecca and the Battle of ’Ayn Jalut, which saved humanity from the recalcitrant savage Mongolian aggression.
Last but not least, by the will of Allah, came peace and His will, too, could be sorrow. Let us continue to wage a battle of helping others purely for Allah’s sake; not because of political, religious, societal and personal reasons. Allah’s sake is supreme and worthy of joy than anything on this earth. Let us always go by the undefeating saying: in the name of Allah and with the slogan Allah-u-Akbar (Allah is Greatest).
May we find comfort in health, in our deeds; and conquer the deadly coronavirus that is threatening world peace. May Allah use this month of Ramadan to cleanse us from this virus.
In His name, we shall find joy and comfort on earth and hereafter.
Shukran, thank you!
Columnist: Abdul-Razak Lukman
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