Alhamdulillah, we are truly blessed to welcome Holy Month of Ramadhan 2012, which is another opportunity to invigorate our spirits, strengthen our faith and pray for our resolve during this month of mercy and forgiveness. The Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, in his sermon at the approach of the Holy Month of Ramadhan, has said: "And for the one who spreads his kindness, Allah (SWT) will spread His mercy over him on the Day of Judgment."
This is the month of Allah (SWT), the month of repentance, the month of fasting, the month of charity, the month of supplications and recommended prayers, but on the top of all and according to Holy Qur'an, this is the month of Qur'an.
Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (as) said: "Everything has a spring and the spring of Holy Quran is the month of Holy Ramadhan."
Allah (SWT) has revealed this book to his last and our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam as a clear sign of guidance and judgment between right and wrong. It is an irony that we Muslims even after 1400 years are debating the method of understanding this book while ignoring a basic fact that the piety and purity of soul is the pre-requisite to understand this book. Though Arabic language skills and qualified teachers also required but if we look at the current Arab Governments it is evident that they failed to distinguish between right and wrong.
This is, perhaps, why we have the "Night of Power (Lailatul Qadr)" after almost 20 days of catharsis. The night of power, the most precious one, comes every year in this month of Ramadhan. This night is superior to thousand months and the divine revelation of the Holy Quran took place in this night. It is recommended to search this night every year so the purified souls can be elevated to the domain of revelation to comprehend the teachings of Holy Qur'an and finally be able to differentiate between right and wrong.
The attitude of indifference and idleness of people around the world, particularly in Muslims, will only be removed when they will be able to differentiate between right and wrong. That is why Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (RA) extended the idea of purification and self-restraint in the month of Ramadhan to include the International Day of Al-Quds on the last Friday, because only the purified and free souls can take brave actions for the oppressed people of the world.
It is customary among many peoples to set New Year resolutions. The majority of people lose their new found resolve, however, within just a few months. This is mainly because few of us know how to set goals for our self-promises. Even less have an action plan to achieve them.
The best time to set resolutions or renew intentions for Muslims is not in Muharram or January, but Ramadhan (R is for Ramadhan and resolution), for Ramadhan is divinely designed to be a month of personal and communal change. No surprise, then, that it is also the lunar period in which Allah Almighty changed the destiny of humankind by blessing them with His final and universal Divine Guidance.
The blessed month of Ramadhan offers a unique opportunity and convenient time for Tahajjud prayer, especially when the time of commencing the fast is favorable. Allah (SWT) gives abundant reward for all our acts of worship during this blessed month of Ramadhan, therefore, we need to make special efforts to pray the Salatul Layl and keep it up for the rest of the year to raise our level of spirituality.
We urges all Muslims to refrain from indulging in the moon sighting debates, which only divide us further and instead, we should all focus our energies towards activities that unify the Muslim Ummah and make us responsible and caring human beings by:
- Purifying soul and understanding of the Holy Qur'an
- Helping people in the Canadian community and around the world who are suffering from both man-made and natural disasters
- Raising voices against occupying Zionism and colonial Imperialism to bring justice and peace to this great world we all live in
May Allah accept all your good deeds in this blessed month of Holy Ramadhan