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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

It was Ramadhan

Shaykh Haafiz Yunus Patel Sahib

The Musjids were filled with worshippers. The atmosphere was generally one of submission to the Will of Allah Ta'ala. ...It was the month of Ramadaan visiting the Ummah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

Fountains of sympathy, love and affection for the poor and needy, irrespective of nationality, race or religion, poured forth from the hearts of Muslims. Generosity as wide as the oceans was pre-eminent in the month, with charity exceeding all limits. Visits to hospitals, prisons, old-age homes, the hospice, the sick and disabled became the order of the day, together with care and concern for many a Muslim....

Speeches, talk shows, broadcasts on Radio Stations and a flood of literature covered almost every subject from Salaah, Fasting, Zakaat and Haj to the duties of a Muslim and fulfilment of the rights of all Muslims and non-Muslims.

Intensifying the surge of 'Islamism' was the contribution on Islamic politics, Islamic business and financing, Islamic etiquette, Islamic schools, etc. The Ummah was kept apprised of the unfolding events in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Africa, America and other parts of the world. Analysis upon analysis and solutions upon solutions were offered. ...Alhamdulillah, 'Da'wah' was the buzzword in many organizations, societies, associations and trusts. Masha-Allah. May Allah Ta'ala accept all activities which were conducted according to Qur'aan and Sunnah.

In Ramadaan, the Qur'aan Sharif was recited in Musjids, Madrasas, halls, offices, factories, tents, huts, aeroplanes and ships, by rich and poor, sick and healthy, men and women, young and old....

...It was recited in Taraweeh, individually and in congregation, from cover to cover, by millions throughout the world. 'Khatams' upon 'khatams' were made.

The fasting Muslim was conspicuous by his abstinence from food and drink. He was even more conspicuous in his absence from cinemas, theatres, discos, raves, casinos, video shops, etc. Such venues even lamented the loss of Muslim patronage.

Masha-Allah. May Allah Ta'la accept all the Ibaadaat (worship): the salaah, zikr, tilawat, du'aa, the piety, God consciousness, and efforts to advance and uplift the Ummah through various projects. May Allah Ta'ala perpetuate these good deeds. May Allah Ta'ala grant us all steadfastness on the principles of Islam which had been expounded in this month. May Allah Ta'ala grant us complete submission to His Will, as well as the ability to follow the perfect example of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

But what will the end of Ramadaan herald? ...What will the Eid moon bring?

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