The Return of an Old Friend

Wednesday, 12. September 2007

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Assalaamu`alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatuh

Alhamdulillaah that Allaah has brought us to Ramadhaan. The return of Ramadhaan is like the return of an old friend – a friend that visits but once a year. This visit, however, is one that leaves a mark lasting the entirety of the year. It is a visit we spend half the year anticipating, and half the year remembering. Such was the way of the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah, salallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, as they would spend the six months prior to Ramadhaan making du`aa’ to Allaah to allow them to reach the upcoming Ramadhaan, and they would spend the six months after Ramadhaan asking Allaah to accept their deeds in the previous Ramadhaan

And like an old friend spreading cheer, Ramadhaan comes with good news. The good news that Ramadhaan brings is that of mercy, forgiveness, & hope. It is during Ramadhaan‘s yearly visit that the news of the open doors of Jannah and the closed doors of Jahannam are delivered.

And like an old friend’s visit that we expect with certainty, there is no Muslim but that he looks forward, with anticipation, excitement, and even anxiety, towards the visit of our old friend, Ramadhaan. And yet, once the old friend, Ramadhaan, has visited, we are content, at peace, and enjoy his company.

And like an old friend that brings gifts for one-and-all, Ramadhaan brings with it the opportunity to increase in taqwaa & `ibaadah to all who seek them.

And just as an old friend comes to encourage us to do good, and to leave bad, Ramadhaan comes to do the same, by encouraging us to leave our sins and to increase our good deeds.

And just as the time spent with an old friend is cherished, Ramadhaan comes with the Blessings of Allaah for its entire visit, in time, deeds, and all other aspects.

And just as would not wish to dishonor our cherished old friend by wasting his time and ignoring him, thus should we give our old friend, Ramadhaan, his rights and what is due to him, for indeed, he brings to us so much good & opportunity. Therefore, the least we should do is give him his dues, as we can only benefit.

Ramadhaan Mubaarak wa kul `aam wa antum bikhayr.

O Allaah, make this Ramadhaan a truly blessed one for all of us. O Allaah, help us to increase our deeds for Your sake in this blessed month. O Allaah, in this month, forgive us our sins. O Allaah, in this, your blessed month of Ramadhaan, accept our good deeds. O Allaah, let us leave this month better than when we entered it. O Allaah, let us continue through to the rest of the year the good deeds & habits we take up during this, your blessed month of Ramadhaan. O Allaah, in this, your blessed month of Ramadhaan, grant victory to the Muslims, give the Muslims respite from the oppressors, and shower us all with Your Mercy, and you are the Most Merciful, Most Beneficent. O Allaah, accept our du`aa’ in this, your blessed month of Ramadhaan.

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