Farewell Oh Ramadan

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Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali has saud  the following:

‘Servants of God! The month of Ramadan has resolved to leave, and only a little of it now remains. Those among you who have done well in it, let them see it through till its end. Those who have fallen short, let them finish it with goodly actions. Enjoy the remaining few days and nights that are left of it. Bid it farewell with righteous deeds that will testify in your favour before the All-Knowing King. See it off by parting with it with the purist greeting of peace…

O month of Ramadan, be gentle! The tears of the lovers are streaming down at your departure and their hearts torn asunder at the pain of separation. Perhaps standing to bid you farewell may quench the flames of yearning that burn within. Perhaps a few moments of repentance and abstinence may mend of the fast all that has pierced it. Perhaps one cut-off from the caravan [of fasters] may find divine acceptance along with them. Perhaps one who was deserving of the Fire will be set free. Perhaps one shackled by sins will be liberated. Perhaps the sinner shall be shown mercy to by the Protecting Master.’1

Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-siyam wa’l-qiyam. Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-tilawati wa’l-qur’an. Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-barakah wa’l-ihsan. Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-ghufran wa’l-ridwan. Salamun ‘alayka ya shahr al-Ramadan. Salamun ‘alayka.

From: Lata’if al-Ma‘arif (Riyadh: Dar Ibn Khuzaymah, 2007), 486-7.

End of the Month of Ramadan

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The month of Ramadān is the month of serenity and purity [shahr as-safā’], the month of fulfillment and fidelity [shahr al-wafā’]. It is the month of those who practice the remembrance of their Lord [shahr adh-dhākirīn], the month of those who endure with patience [shahr as-sabirīn], and the month of those who are honest and truthful [shahr as-sadiqīn]. So, if it does not have the effect of improving your heart — if it does not induce you to desist from the rebellious acts against your Lord, and does not make you avoid the company of troublemakers and criminals — what else can exert a positive influence on your heart? What goodness can be hoped for in a case like yours? What redeeming quality can survive in someone like you? What successful outcome can be expected from an individual like you?

You had better pay attention, O miserable wretch, and try to learn from what has happened to you. Come to your senses, wake up from your slumber, shake off your heedless indifference, and take a good hard look at what has befallen you. However little of the month you still have left, you must seize every opportunity for repentance [tawba] and contrition [ināba]. Take full advantage of the time that is still available for seeking forgiveness [istighfār] and practicing worshipful obedience [tā’a]. If you follow this advice, you may yet be one of those who receive the blessings of mercy [rahma] an compassionate grace [ra’fa].

Then, when the month of Ramadān comes to its close, you should bid it farewell with the shedding of copious tears. You should weep over your unfortunate self, while moaning and wailing and uttering plaintive cries of lamentation. For, as you must be well aware, many a keeper of the fast [sā’im] will never keep another fast, and many a keeper of the vigil [qā’im] will never keep vigil again.

The worker will be paid his wages, once he has finished his work, and we have now finished the work [required of us in the month of Ramadan]. But if only I knew for certain whether our fasting [siyām] and our vigil [qiyām] have been accepted, or whether they be used to slap us in our faces! If only I knew for certain which of us has been accepted, so that we may congratulate him, and which of us has been rejected, so that we may offer him our condolences!

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) once said:

There is many a one who keeps the fast by day, yet who gets nothing out of his fasting but hunger and thirst. And there is many a one who spends the night in vigil and prayer, yet who gets nothing from his vigil other than insomnia.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) also said that on the final night of the month everyone would be forgiven. His Companions asked if this night was Laylat al-Qadr.

He replied:

No, do you not see that when workers finish their work they are paid their wages in full?’

– Al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq – Sufficient Provision for the Seekers of the Path of Truth by Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani rahimahu Llah –

Ramadan – Vi kan nå det endnu…

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Allahs Sendebud ﷺ sagde, som en del af en længere hadith:

»… Ved Allah! Jeg frygter ikke for jer, at I skal sidestille nogen med Allah efter mig, men jeg frygter for jer, at I skal strides om verdenens rigdomme« (al-Bukhari, Muslim m.fl.).

Ramadanmåneden er snart over os; husk at tilbedelse ikke kun er bøn og faste, men også omfatter godhed, velgørenhed og velvilje overfor andre. I stedet har vi travlt med at løbe efter verdenen, og undskylder det med, at det er for vores og vores families overlevelse. Er det virkelig kun et middel eller er det efterhånden blevet til et mål i sig selv, for hvilket vi strides med hinanden og bekæmper hinanden?

Tilbedelse er ikke kun bøn og faste, men skal forbedres igennem fordybelse og refleksion, og en stræben efter at opnå mere oprigtighed og renhed i sin overbevisning – hvis der ikke er kvalitet i vores tilbedelse, så opnås ikke dens forbedrende og gode varige effekt, som den bør have på os.

Praktisk set handler det bl.a. om at bekæmpe sine lyster og impulser, og overgive sig til en højere moral samt stræbe efter at udrydde negative egenskaber og ondskaber i sig selv, så det nytter ikke noget at tilbringe dagen med at undlade tilladte madvarer (ved at faste), for så at gå rundt og begå forbudte handlinger, skade andre eller gøre oprør mod sin Nådefulde og Barmhjertige Herre.

At opnå tilgivelse er det mindste, måske endda det letteste; meningen kære menneske, er at du kommer ud på den anden side, som et bedre menneske, med et styrket forhold til din Herre og Hans Elskede ﷺ; at dine omgivelser mærker en forskel i din adfærd, og din sjæl mærker en oplysning; dén slags, der kommer igennem fravalg af ondhed og ved udbredelse af godhed i alle aspekter af dit liv.

Så tænk dig om og spild ikke tiden. Lad den fysiske svækkelse om dagen styrke din indetrængte og fængslede sjæl.

Tag fra din krop og giv til din ånd. Medicinen kan være hård, men dens virkning vil føre til bedring i såvel sjældens som kroppens tilstand.

The night of power or decree

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The night of power or decree (laylat al-Qadr) is better than a thousand months (al-Qur’an, 95:3),

so seek it and its blessings and spend all your efforts to achieve it. Do not neglect it and do not be heedless. Perhaps you shall never have another chance again.

However, the Qur’an did not state that the night of power is the best of all nights; merely that it is better than a thousand months. Thus is our view that the night of power is not in absolute sense the best of all nights; rather, the blessed morning of the birth of our Beloved ﷺ, the mawlid, is actually far more blessed and better than the night of power.

Do you not see how Allah ﷻ exalted His Beloved ﷺ in every way possible?

The city that he was born in, is the best of all cities
The place that he was buried in, is the best of all places

The lineage that he came through, is the best of all lineages
The family that he was given, is the best of all families
The companions that he was surround by, are the best of all people

From his extraordinary miracles to his magnificent character, from his inner excellence to his outer perfection; in all aspects and in every way, Allah ﷻ blessed him ﷺ and through him everything else that he came in contact with, such that it all became better than everything else of its kind.

So the time that he lived in and the air that he breathed in; the camel that he rode and the mountain that he climbed; the solitude that he sought and the congregation that he established – there is nothing in the whole of creation that could ever match their excellence and superiority. Even his very name, his very mention and love for him – is beyond anything and everything else.

So it is an easy conclusion, that of course, and beyond all doubts, the morning that he was born is indeed the best of all events that ever took place.

So seek the night of power, but do so burning and engulfed in his love; recite his revelation and exalt his name with sincerity and I swear, your night shall not merely be better than a thousand months, but indeed better than a million years.

– Shaykh Imran bin Munir Husayn (hafizu Llah) –

For those who prefer the quick or shorter tarawih, reflect:

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Tarawih literally denotes ‘to rest’, and it is within this meaning that the secret of the night vigil of Ramadan is hidden. The noble Qur’an was revealed not to cause distress, rather the Qur’an was revealed to relax the one who recites or listens to it. Without doubt, the Qur’an is the communication channel between a believer and one’s Creator; and the ultimate goal of the tarawih prayer is to gain tranquillity by conversing with Allah.

~ Excerpt from the chapter ‘The Radiant Month of Ramadan

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3rd Ramadan – Wisal of Sayyida Fatima Radi Allahu ‘anha

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Bi Fatima by Sayyidi Habib `Umar حفظه الله

بِفَـاطِــمَـةْ قَـدْ صَــفَـا حَــاِلـي وَ نـِـلْـتُ الْـمَـرَ امْ
بِــضْـعَــةْ مُـحَــمَّـدْ حَــبِـيْبُ اللهِ خَــيْـرُ ا لأَ نــَامْ
By Fatima my state has been purified and I’ve attained all that I seek.
A piece of Muhammad, Allah’s Beloved, the best of humanity

أَعْــلَـى لــَــهَـا الُلهُ قَـدْرً ا فِـي اْلــعُـلا َ وَ الْــمَــقَـامْ
نِــعْمَ الْــبَــتُـوْ لِ الرَّ ضِــيَّـةْ نُــوْر كُـلِّ الــظُّـلا َمْ
Allah raised her rank and station to the highest
How excellent is the Chaste, Pleasing One, a light in every darkness

أُمُّ الْـحَـسَـنْ وَ الْـحُـسِـيـن أَهْـلُ الْــمَرَاقِـي الْــعِـظَـامْ
لــَـهُمْ عَـطَـايــَا مِنَ الْــمَـوْلَـى كِــبَـارْ جــسَـامْ
Mother of al Hasan and al Husayn, of tremendous ascension
Recipients of grand, momentous Divine gifts

هُمْ سَـادَة أَهْــل الْـجِـنَـانِ الْــعَـالـِـيـَّةْ يـَـا غُــلا َمْ
مَــنْ حــبُّـهُمْ صــدقْ بـَـا يـَـسْـكُــنْ بِــدَ ارِ الــسَّــــلا َمْ
They are the masters of the highest paradise
Whoever loves them truthfully will dwell in the abode of peace

وَ مَـنْ تـَـــعَـلَّـقْ بِـــهِمْ يــَـظْــفَرْ بِـــنَــيْـلِ الْــمَرَ امْ
أَكــرَ مْـتِ يـَـا بِــضْــعَـةْ أَحْــمَـدْ فَـانْــعِـمِـي بـِالـتَّـــمَـامْ
And whoever attaches himself to them shall attain all desires
How generous you are, O piece of Ahmed, so please complete the favour

وَ امْــنَـحِــيْ عَــبْـدَ كُمْ فِـي الْــقُرْ بِ أَعْـلَـى و سَـــامْ
نقوم بحمل الريات الهد أحسن قيام
And confer upon your slave the highest distinction of proximity
The distinction of upholding the Flag of guidance most excellently

تَـــعُمُّ دَ عْــوَ تَـــةُ فِـي ا لأ َ كْــــوَ انِ كُــلَّ ا لأَ نَــامْ
نــَـلْـــبَــسُ خَــلْـعِ إِرْثُ مَــا يــَصِـفْ سَــنَـاهَــا كَـــلا َمْ
So that the Prophets call encompasses all humanity
And thus we are dressed with the robe of Prophetic inheritance, whose brilliance is indescribable

يـَـانُــوْ رُ قَــلْـبِـيْ وَ يــَا أُمِّـيْ عَــلَــيْـك الـسَّـــلا َمْ
فِـيْ كُــلِّ حَــالٍ وَ شَــأْنٍ كُــلِّ لــَحْـظَــةٍ دَ وَ امْ
O light of my heart, o my mother, upon you be peace
Perpetual in every state, affair, moment

عَــلَــيـْكَ صَـلَّـى ِإ لـــهِـيْ مَــعَ أَبِــيْـكَ ا لإِ مَـــامْ
ِإمَـــامْ كُــلِّ الْــوَ رَ ى فِـي كُــلِّ خَــاصٍّ وَ عَــامْ
May Allah send Blessings upon you along with your father, the imam
Imam of all creation, the elite and the commoners

الــشَّــا فِــعُ الْــمَــبْـتَــغ يَــوْ مُ الـلِّــقَـاءِ وَ الزِّ حَـــامْ
يـَـوْ مُ الْــمَــلا َ ئِــكْ تُـــنَـادِ يْ جَــمْـعَ كُــلّ ا لأَ نَــامْ
The sought over intercessor on the day of meeting and thronging
The day the angels call out to all in the assembly

غُـضُّــوْ ا أَبـْـصَــارَكُمْ تَــمُـرُّ بِــنْـت الـنَّـبِـيِّ بِـالـسَّــــلا َمْ
وَ نــَكِّـسُـوْ ا رُ ؤُ وْ سَـكُـمْ مَــاأَعْــظَـمَـهُ وَ الله ُ مَــقَـامْ
“Lower your gaze for the daughter of the Prophet is passing in safety
And bow your heads”. O how tremendous a station!

أتَــَـذْ كُـرِ يــْنِـي مَــعَـكِ أَعْـبُرْ وَ مَـنْ لَــهُ ذِ مَـــامْ
حَـاشَـــاكِ يـَـا أُمُّـــنَـا تـَــنـْسِـيْنَ هَــذَا الْـغُــــلا َمْ
Please remember me, so I cross with you, and all under your care.
Far be it for you, O mother, to forget this boy of yours!

مَـحْــسُـو بِــكُـمْ يـَـرْ تـَـجِــيْـه مِـنـْكُـمْ بِــهِ ا لإِ هْــتِـمَـامْ
أَ نْـتُــمْ مَــرَ ا مُــهْ وَ مَـقْـصُـوْ دُهُ وَ نـِـعْمَ الْــمَـرَ امْ
Your child is hoping for your attention
You are his goal and desire, and what an excellent desire!

يـَـا بِــنْـتَ طــهَ فَـــؤَ ادِ يْ فِـيْ مَـحَـــبَّــتِـكِ هَــــامْ
وَ اللهِ أَ نْــتُـــمْ مُــرَ ادِ يْ فِي الــدُّ نــَا وَ الْــقِــــيَـامْ
O daughter of Taha, my heart is enraptured by your love
By Allah, you are my desire in this world and the Resurrection

وَ مَــا أَنــَا ِإ لاَّ بِــكُـمْ يـَـا سَـــادَ تِــيْ يـَـا كِــرَ امْ
عَـــلَــيْـكِ مَـــعَ وَ الِـــدكِ أَذْ كَـي الـصَّــــلا َةُ وَ الـسَّـــلا َمْ
And I am through none other than you, O my generous masters
Upon you with your parents be the purest of salutation and peace

وَ أَهْـلُ الْـكِــسَـاءْ وَ اهْـلِ بَـــيـْتِـهِ عَــالِــيِـيْنَ الْــمَـــقَـامْ
وَ الـصَّـحْـبِ أَجْــمَــعْ وَ مَـنْ عَــلَـى هُـدَ اهُ اسْــتَــقَـامْ
And the people of the cloak and his family; all of lofty stations,
And all the companions and those steadfast upon guidance.

Our intentions upon receiving Ramadān

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Shaykh al-Habib ‘Umar bin Hafīz hafizu Llah was asked:

What should our intentions be upon receiving Ramadān?

Shaykh al-Habīb’s (hafizu Llah) reply was:

1. We intend to please Allāh ﷻ and companionship of His Chosen One ﷺ.
2. Attaining good deeds from Allah ﷻ.
3. Sincere du’ā for the uplifting (of evils) and rescuing of the Muslims, for this is the period (Ramadān) of Badr and the opening of Makkah.
4. That our state with Allāh ﷻ is good.
5. That an eternal connection is made with Allāh ﷻ.

During Ramadan…

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During Ramadan, Imam Shāfi would complete the Qur’an once during the day and once during the night, so that by the end of the month he had completed the Qur’an sixty times. People used to be so absorbed in worship during Ramadan that they would hardly see their relatives or their friends. They would see each other briefly at the Friday prayer but even then everyone would be busy with prayer and reciting the Qur’an. For this reason ‘Eid would be a joyful occasion, because on that day it would be as if people were meeting each other for the first time after having been apart from each other for a whole month.

– Sayyidi Habib ‘Umār bin Hafīdh حفظ الله –