Shaikh Mustafa Abdulhussein
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar is its most sacred month. Though all creation belongs to Allah, this month has the distinction of being called the month of Allah, hence its title, Shehrullah.
Allah chose to reveal His final Message to mankind in this month, for in the night of Qadr, its 23rd the Qur’an descended upon the heart of His Messenger and Prophet, Muhammad al-Mustafa (SAW). It is said that the Prophets Ibrahim (SA), Musa (SA), Dawood (SA) and Isa (SA) also received their first revelations in this month.
Imam Ali Zayn al-Abedin (SA) in one of supplications, calls this month:
“the month of fasting, the month of Islam (surrender to Allah), the month of purity, the month of putting the soul to test and the month of standing in prayer.”
Muslims all over the world welcome this month as one that is a time of increased piety. The lapses of previous months are corrected and even the most negligent of adherents makes a special effort in this month to focus on those deeds and acts of worship that fulfil the higher purpose for which he was created. It is a time of reflection and renewal. A time for overcoming the desires of the flesh by denying the body nourishment and pleasure, and enhancing the status of the soul by engaging the spirit in prayer and meditation.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is incumbent upon all believers, except the ill, travellers and women in pregnancy, nursing or menstruation, for Allah decreed that this month be exalted over others by making unlawful in it what he made lawful in other months. This exaltation of the month of Ramadan is a source of great blessing for the believer who, besides the immeasurable benefits of fasting is promised recompense in multiples of seventy times for a single deed of another month.
Al Dai al-Fatimi (TUS) Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (TUS) the embodiment of piety, spends his Ramadan with an extremely heavy workload. Besides the increased prayers which he leads in various masjids and the increased time spent in dua everyday, he holds audiences for mu’mineen who wish to offer zakat. Zakat is linked with Salat as a pious act, one augmenting the other. Our huddat kiram (SA) fostered a tradition of offering zakat annually in Ramadan, for a pious deed done in that month attracts more merit than in any other. Hundreds of mu’mineen flock daily to a benign father who accepts zakat in the same tradition that was established by Rasulullah, for the Qur’an commands Rasulullah (SAW) to take the zakat of the believers, purify their possessions and bless them with dua. The representative of Rasulullah in each age has continued to do the same for centuries and today, Al-Dai al-Fatimi does the same, despite the gruelling schedule this entails.
To one night in this holy month, Laylatul Qadr, He bestowed the honour of being better in excellence than a thousand months! The mystery of this night and the power within it described in the Qur’an as one in which:
“the angels and the Spirit descend by the command of their Lord with peace until the rising of dawn”
has been the subject of constant study of scholars as well as the pious.
Whilst Muslims of other denominations struggle to find this holy night of exalted blessing just as they struggle to unite on the start and end of Ramadan, mu’mineen gather on the 23rd night of Ramadan assured of its efficacy through the Fatimid calendar. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (TUS) prays the whole night, beseeching the mercy and forgiveness for his spiritual children. He writes a munajaat, an intimate poetic conversation with Allah and allows mu’mineen to use this munajaat themselves. Even the smallest child stays awake the whole night, receiving the bounties of Allah on the most auspicious of nights.
So when the month of piety ends, mu’mineen are happy in the knowledge that they did not waste this bounteous gift of Allah by being slothful during its days or being negligent during its nights. For such worshippers, a true happiness descends on the day of ‘Id.
by: Shaikh Mustafa Abdulhussein