Ramadhan means to be scorched, parched. Just as the sun-baked earth is cracked and shriveled with the searing heat, so it is hoped with this Mubarak month, that our sins are similarly burnt and shrivel away as our hearts and souls are subjected to this intense purification process.
This City of Enlightenment is sizzling, literally and spiritually.
Ramadhan is also the month of the Qur’an. Jibreel Alaihis Salam was commanded to fill the horizon as he came to our Noble Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wasallam as he meditated in the Cave of Hirra, high on Jabal Nur above the Makkan valley, with the very first words of Revelation. And every subsequent year Jibreel Alaihis Salam would sit with our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam reading and listening to his recitation, with two readings in the final Ramadhan of the life of HabibuLlah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.
The venerable Mu’adh ibn Jabal RadhiAllahu anhu tells us that he was going somewhere one day in the company of our Master, the Messenger SallAllahu alaihi wasallam: “Messenger of Allah,’ said I, ‘tell me something that will be useful for me in this world and the next, if I apply it in my life and put it into practice.’ Our Master, peace be upon him, replied: ‘If you wish to live like the blessed, to die like the martyrs, to enjoy the shade of the Throne in the heat of the Day of Ressurection and to achieve guidance out of error, then practice the recitation of the Holy Qur’an. For the Holy Qur’an is the Speech of the All-Merciful. It will being you within God’s fortress and protect you from the mischief of Satan. On the Day of the Balance, it will fill up the right scale, the good one. The most meritorious forms of worship from my Community are reading the Qur’an and acting on what they have read. Every responsible member of my Community must learn to read the Holy Qur’an, keep on reading it and make it his preoccupation.’”
May we all strive, regardless of our ability or level of recitation, to devote to this Divine Speech in these next thirty days of extreme blessing.
And repeat the words of our Noble Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wasallam: “I ask You by every name belonging to You which You have named Yourself with, or which you revealed in Your Book, or which You taught to any of Your creation, or which You have preserved in the knowledge of the Unseen with You, that You make the Qur’an the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety.”
I repost this chart. May it be of assistance.
Tune into the Haramain:
I have chosen the delightful manuscript ‘The Sanctuary it Medina’ from the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin as the Ramadhan 1429 banner. It presents a metaphor of being intimately enclosed within a hallowed sanctuary with our Blessed Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam for the next thirty days. May his perfection seep into our hearts and souls, Ameen.
And the words of Allah Ta’ala fill the skies: "Does anyone have a request to make, so I may grant his request? Is there anyone who wishes to repent, so that I may relent towards him and accept his repentance? Is there anyone wishing to seek forgiveness, so I may forgive him?…"
O Allah to help us fast this Ramadan in the way it pleases You the most so that we may enter Your Garden through the Gate of Ar-Rayyan, to be in the company of Your Beloved SallAllahu alahi wasallam.
O Allah, we ask you by Your Beautiful Names and Attributes of higher rank, and by all the sincere deeds we have done, do not deprive us from his company, and do not deprive us from looking at you in Paradise. Aameen
All praise is due to Allah, who has guided us to this; and we would not have been guided, had Allah not guided us.
Wa salla Allahu `ala Nabiyyina Mohammad wa `ala ‘aalihi wa sahbihi
Insha’Allah I will attempt to post as much as is written during these days. I am attempting to file whatever posts I manage under the category of Ramadhan 1429. Insha’Allah it works, otherwise I will have to revert to the current unsatisfactory system
Now to rush to the first night of Taraweeh in Masjid an-Nabawi!
ALLAH, on this day make my fasts the fasts of those who fast (sincerely), and my standing up in prayer of those who stand up in prayer (obediently), awaken me in it from the sleep of the heedless, and forgive me my sins , O God of the worlds, and forgive me, O one who forgives the sinners. Ramadhan Du’a day one, go to Darvish for the complete month.
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. May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.