Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum- May Allah accept (our good deeds) from us and you
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The title for this post is the supplication which Muslims make for one another at the end of the blessed month of Ramadaan. In what seems like the blink of an eye, another Ramadaan has come and gone….
It seems as though I had only just starting blogging about Ramadaan 2013, yet it has already left us. As always I have mixed emotions at this point- sadness, but also gratitude and hope.
On the one hand there is the sadness of a dear friend departing, with no guarantee of ever meeting again (none of us has any guarantees that we will live to see another Ramadaan). Suddenly I no longer have my ‘Ramadaan routine’, which by the end of the month begins to feel like your only routine. This year has been extra special for me as I decided to take advantage of the school holidays to undertake I’tikaaf, a special act of worship performed in the last ten days of Ramadaan. You can find out more about I’tikaaf here (click link). Admittedly it was a very humble attempt (and Allah knows best), but just the physical act of turning away from dunya (worldly affairs) for over a week certainly gives one time to reflect and contemplate on what is really important. I feel blessed enough to have made the attempt at all and I pray that the peace and contentment arising from the experience helps me to navigate the next few tough months adjusting to life without the blessed month.
It is not all doom and gloom, however, for on the other hand many of our hearts feel lightened and for many of us our resolve strengthened after the training camp which Ramadaan really is. The fact that you have spent more time in prayer, more time with the book of Allah, more time asking for forgiveness for your many sins and transgressions cannot help but to begin to mend even the most damaged of hearts. This healing is not possible because of our efforts or exertions, but because of the extra mercy and acceptance of the One who even outside Ramadaan is already the Most Merciful of those who show mercy. Our own sins and transgressions aside, we live in difficult times- all around us we seem to be surrounded by misery, tragedy, injustice and oppression- where hope can seem like a fleeting mirage. Alhamdulillah then for Ramadaan for also reviving our hopes.
Of course the reality is that the real hard work begins now that Ramadaan is over- when the devils are no longer chained and good deeds are no longer that much easier to perform! The mark of an accepted Ramadaan is surely that one continues on with the good habits developed in this month. It is so much easier to type about than it is to implement, but I pray that it is a reality for all of us who have entered and exited through Ramadaan 2013.
May the Lord of Mercy accept our fasting, our standing in prayer, our recitation and contemplation of the Quran, our repentance, our supplications and every other good deed we managed to perform intentionally or unintentionally, knowingly or unknowingly. May The Most Forgiving forgive our shortcomings and mistakes, the deficiencies of our intentions and actions, our negligence of this blessed month and the times when we wronged ourselves and others. May The Most High give us the ability and the strength to continue on with the good habits we have developed in this month and may the Best of Protectors protect us from the increased harms we face now that we have left the protection of Ramadaan. Ameen.