An unceasing gift. (11:108)
May all who completed a Khatm of our Glorious Qur’an, whether individually, or as a family, or within a community, during this blessed Ramadhan be favoured with Allah Ta’ala’s uninterrupted giving.
Millions of the faithful attended the Khatm in the Holy precincts of Ka’aba, and around the Sanctuary of the Seal of Prophets and Messengers SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.
The image below is scanned from Okaz one of the Arabic daily papers. Any explanatory words would be superfluous!
Insha’Allah an image is published from Madinah, where I have been told the Saf extended out to the first ring road!
The experience indelibly imprinted on the heart and soul. The numbers in attendance reaching the extraordinary, adding to the emotional impact. Unlike previous nights of Taraweeh all seemed to remain until the final Dua by Shaykh Ali Abdur-Rahman Al-Huzaify, when deep sobbing was heard from the throngs of pilgrims. I was one of the thousands of sisters outside in the western courtyard, which became a sea of black, punctuated by random coloured scarves, but it seemed the majority were locals. And even though we were on the hot marble, and many children in attendance it was amazingly subdued. The black, moonless sky was pierced by the glare from the dazzling minarets, which also seem to act as giant antennas carrying the melodious sound of the Qaris directly to the Arsh of Allah Ta’ala. As well as amplifying the impact of the moving sentiments of the Du’a. May Allah Ta’ala hear and accept all our pleading and begging and repenting. Ameen.
May Allah fill our hearts with Iman, Ameen.
May our love for listening to His words as read by those blessed with the true beauty and skill of Tajweed be ever on the increase. Ameen.
As I become more and more intoxicated by the sublime lull and mastery of Mahraj of various Qaris, I am reminded of a talk given by Maulana Tariq Jamil some years ago in Chicago, and so diligently translated by an ‘Alimah friend, of how there is no comparison between what our ears hear in this mortal existence and what we will blessed with in Jannah, Insha’Allah.
"Allah Ta’ala says, "I will make you listen to the melody of the Hur of Jannah, whose spit would sweeten the seven seas. How sweet would the words coming out of her mouth be? There is a river in Jannah called ‘Harwal’’ where.the Hur of Jannah will be singing on both of its banks. There is such attractiveness and sweetness in their voice that if you listen to it you would be transfixed. Allah Ta’ala will ask: "You want to listen to a voice better than this one?" The inhabitants of Jannah will exclaim: "Oh Allah! What could be better than this?" He will call out, "Oh Dawood! Come ahead and climb the mimbar and sing my hymn.” His voice was so sweet that when he used to recite Zaboor the mountains used to sway with his voice, the animals of the jungle used to gather to listen to him and people used to faint. Dawood alaihis Salaam will sing and the people of Jannah will be stupefied and fazed. They will exclaim, "What can be better than this Oh Allah?" Allah Ta’ala will say, "Oh My beloved! Come ahead and climb the mimbar, you sing Oh Muhammad.
Muhammad SallAllahu alaihi wasallam’s voice will echo everywhere and silence will prevail in every corner. Allah Ta’ala will ask, "You want to listen to something even better?” They will ask, "What can be sweeter than this?" He will say, (lam yabqa illa arhamurrahimeena) "Now I am the only one left." I will sing and He will call out, "Oh Ridhwan draw the curtains." Then He will reveal Himself and seventy thousand curtains will be raised. They will see their Lord, as in the hadith (innakum sa tarauna rabbakum kamaa tarauna alqamar lailatal badr laa tudha’amuuna fee ru’yatihee) "You will see your Lord as you see the moon on the full moon night and you shall not be wronged." Allah Ta’ala will say on that day, (marhaban bissadiqeen, marhaban bitta’aieena) "You are welcome Oh My truthful, Oh My obedient bondsmen." And when Allah Ta’ala manifests His glory they will be bewildered and dumbfounded. They will exclaim "Oh Allah we failed to give you your due of Ibadah, we were extremely forgetful and heedless. We were dishonest many times and lazy in prostrating ourselves in front of you. The Angel who was in Sajdah ever since he was created, will set his eyes upon Allah Ta’ala, because Allah will reveal His glory for everyone, (only the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam has seen Allah before) Gibraiel, Mikail, Israfeel and Izraeel and all the Angels of Allah’s throne and the Angels of the seven skies will set their eyes upon their Lord, and the people of Jannah will see Allah Ta’ala too. So great will be His manifestation that even the Angels who had breathed their last in the state of Sajdah will say: “Ya Allah maa qadarnaka haqqa qadrik wa ma abadnaka haqqa ibadatiq" (Oh Allah! We did not pay esteem to you as you had the right to be esteemed and we did not worship you as you deserved to be worshipped) The people of Jannah will ask their Lord to allow them to perform just one Sajdah in respect of their Lord, just once. Allah Ta’ala will reply: "qad wathatu anqum maunatassujud" (I have relieved you from the duty of Sajdah) Now you are my guest and I am your host, and a host never tells his guest to arrange his own food, at least a civilized human wouldn’t be so mean. Allah Ta’ala will say, "You are My guest, and a guest is never troubled." (kulu washrabu haneean bima aslaftum fil ayyamil khaliah)
Eat and drink to your heart’s content as a reward for what you have done in days gone by. (69:24)"
Insha’Allah, may this be how we all meet. Recipients of an unceasing gift. Ameen.
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. Ameen.