Ramadhan Mubarak - A Time for Reflection
Salaam and Peace to all!
I am currently sitting in the jungle in Malaysia.
Internet coverage is sparse at the best of times and since yesterday I have been trying to post this short message to welcome Ramadhan.
As of yesterday evening after the sunset prayer, we have entered the Blessed month of Ramadhan, a month of fasting from dawn until sunset. Many of us simply avoid food and drink during these hours, but we should really consider deeper aspects of fasting.
This Blessed month should also be a time for deep reflection, searching the inner self, purigying the soul, cleansing the heart, and seeking sincere forgiveness for our past mistakes.
We should avoid harbouring ill intent, bad thoughts about people, backbiting, cheating in business, and many other negative traits that plague our daybto day lives.
Unfortunately, like Christmas, Ramadhan and ‘Eid have been commercialised as we see the launch of extravagant buffets in hotels and restaurants for breaking the fast.
In my humble opinion, this defeats the purpose of the physical, mental, and spiritual struggle that we put ourselves through during the daylight hours. I pray that we can avoid these wasteful events and that we can instead reflect on the deeper aspirations of fasting.
Rather than focusing on filling our bellies let us instead reflect on the following:
The needs of the unfortunate in the world
How to further improve ourselves and become a light for others to follow by setting a
The poor condition of Muslim relations between the various groups and inter relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, let us pray that alLah guides us all to find reconciliation
Reflect on the attrocities committed by so-called Muslims that claim to be conducting jihad in the name of Islam and let’s pray that alLah guides them to repent and put an end to their violence
Pray that as Muslims we can truly achieve the status of being the best of Ummah
In closing, I wish you all a happy Ramadhan, and I hope that you can attain success in reaching ever higher in the quest and journey towards alLah.