Guest contributor, Fatima Moolla of Timeless Teenz shares some of her pre-Ramadan emotions.
I have a burning desire to meet Ramadan. My soul is spiritually starved all year round and aches to be nourished by Ramadan. I want to physically feel some ounce of sympathy for the less fortunate and become more grateful for all the delicacies that we are blessed with, rather than our usual lip service to them.
The Quran tells us:
"If you are thankful, I will surely grant you more."
And by being grateful we will gain more and more barakah and ni'mats from Allah as we are promised.
Once (during Ramadhaan) Rasulullah (saw) performed the Taraweeh salaah in the Masjidun Nabawi. The Sahabah (rad) followed him in the salaah. When Rasulullah (saw) again performed the salaah the following night, an even larger congregation followed him. It was then, either on the third or fourth night, that Rasulullah (saw) did not come to the Masjid for the Taraweeh salaah. Explaining his reason the following morning, Rasulullah (saw) said to the Sahabah: “I noticed your fervour and did not come to the Masjid to perform the Salaah fearing that this Taraweeh salaah would become compulsory for you.”
We are so fortunate as the only nation to be blessed with Taraweeh salaah. I wish to re-live those moments when you’re in sajdah, and you merely whisper down on earth and it is heard up in the heavens. Subhanallah! I totally love those long nights that are better than even a thousand months, standing before my Allah and conversing with Him. How I wish not to be deprived of such a great reward.
Ramadan is the month of the Quraan as it was revealed in this auspicious month. I look so forward to finding my hidden voice to recite the words from His book with a willing heart. Such excitement and awe pervades gloomy spirits when I dive into surahs; long and short.
And now, even more, because I’ve learnt the translation of verses and their explanations I look forward to turning the pages to discover new miracles and lessons, in which only Allah speaks. Those words take me to places unseen that I would never have dreamt of visiting, to days gone by and memories that are to be held dear. It lifts my spirits and fills hope in me. The Quran indeed consumes my life during these 30 days.
Almighty Allah says:
“And we have indeed made the Quran easy to understand and remember, but is there any that will actually remember?”
There are no veils between a fasting person and Allah, especially between the asr and magrib prayer, and at the time of iftaar. When we ask of a favour in this dunya we're rejected, but Allaah will never disappoint his devoted servants. I yearn to engage in dua at that time.
As I grow out of my childhood my appreciation of this month increases because all thanks to Allah, Shaitan is chained and I am free from his whisperings that lead me far, far away from my deen. In Ramadan I have time to gain closeness to my Allah peacefully without any distractions. All of these immense rewards come only once a year and I have no surety whether I’m going to see the next Ramadan.
I hope to meet you at Baab-Ur-Rayaan in Jannah one day, the very door through which those who fasted will enter. When that dear crescent of moon pie is sighted and the holy month of Ramadan begins, may Allah bless you with happiness and grace your home with warm and peace.
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