Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ramadhan Kareem 1433 Hijri


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah.

This could be your 28th Ramadhan as an individual upon whom siyam (fasting) is obligatory since puberty, or 18th or maybe your 3rd as a new convert. As we reflect on our past siyam we should feel horrified because we learned from Shaykh Hamza recently that anyone who is pleased with himself has no knowledge. May Allah forgive our past shortcomings and grant us the tawfiq to improve our siyam and improve ourselves with time.

Alhamdulillah this is the 4th Ramadhan for this Lisan al-Din blog since we started this space in 2009. What more can we say other than the phrase of submission la hawla wala quwwata illah billah aliyil azeem.

Let's heed some of the Ramadhan advice given by Ghawth Al Azam in Al Fath al-Rabbani (The Sublime Revelation):
- sleep in relation to creature
- be wakeful toward the Creator
- seclude the heart from all things except Allah
- curtail the lower self and
- practise what we hear for the sake of Allah.

Remember also the two key words we mentioned before: isolate and run. That is isolate from the non-essentials and run to Allah.

Ramadhan Mubarrak to all muslimin and muslimat! Our heart and prayers go out to the muslimin and muslimat in Syria especially. May Allah ease their hardships. May Allah protect them from further oppresions and tyranny. Given the challenges they have to face, our siyam no matter how well we think we have done, it's incomparable to the siyam of the muslims of Syria and all other countries where peace or prosperity is almost non-existent.

Here's wishing all of you Lisan al-Din visitors:
Kullu 'am wa antum aqrabu illAllah 
wa qulu bukum aqrabu
ila mahabbatihi wa muqarrabatihi

That's a special Ramadhan greeting we learned from Shaykh Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Ninowy. May we become closer to Allah, Ramadhan this year, each and every year. Ameen.

Yours sincerely,

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