Alhamdulilah! Another year has made its circumference. The world has moved. Both outside and inside ourselves. Changing our perceptions, expanding through whatever
new light has uncovered of in our understanding and brought us together at the beginning of Allah’s month. Ramadan! Take a moment to congratulate yourself. Being here, being Muslim, at the door
of the most Generous Host. We enter together into the month of Ramadan where there is nothing but increase. For all our terrific efforts in the year to derive some benefit, to gain success, for increase, this is a special time in the event of our lives where Allah turns His complete attention to your every
act, and pays you most kindly beyond their worth. In Ramadan, success is unavoidable for those that seek it. At no other time in the year do your good efforts bring benefit as tremendously as in the month of Ramadan. I have always been excited about Ramadan, growing up I would miss the closeness that was experienced at every level. Provision was closer, people were closer, my deepest thoughts were closer and most importantly, my Lord was closer. Once very abruptly whilst sitting with a man of knowledge, I remarked:

“I am so excited about the fast!” To which the man of knowledge replied swiftly, “the fast is excited about YOU!”

A grin swept across my face at the idea of the fast during Ramadan being a living
personality as if a long expected friend come to spend a month in my company. A close companion, where ever you travel as if always in Jamaat, Shaytaan locked away in chains. I wondered through the remark of the man, to uncover the hidden treasure of understanding, he so obviously insinuated
by his tone. I immediately reflected on my behaviour during the fast of Ramadan as being in the company of an important guest. A guest of indeed high character and stature that treated its host with the same courtesy of which it was given. I gave mind to my speech and acts whilst in the company of this
precious guest. Being in high company, did I act accordingly or did I spend a tiresome amount of time trying to forget I was in this company. A company that had a high enough opinion of me to be excited to see me in return. Perhaps rightly speaking we have two companions during Ramadan, where Qur’an is
the second. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said:

“The fast and the Quran are two intercessors for the slave of Allah on the Yaum al-Qiyamah. The fast will say, ‘O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.’ The Quran will say, ‘I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.’ And their intercession will be accepted.”
[Ahmad]

May Allah bring us the very best of this month, may we be successful throughout it and may it be this kind of success we experience throughout year following it. May the Ramadan transform our character and our acts and may it be pleasing to Allah, glory be to Him. May we greet the Laylatul Qadr with sincere hearts that from it a certainty will flow through each dua. That we ask for the highest of things expectantly from our Lord, in high opinion of Him. Amin

Nabeel Abdalhaqq
ISLAM HERE
Cape Town Editor
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