Rejuvenated and Prepared

“Had We sent down this Qur’an on a mountain, verily, thou wouldst have seen it humble itself and cleave asunder for fear of Allah. Such are the similitudes which We propound to men, that they may reflect.” (Surah Hashr, verse 21)

Ramadan reconnects the servant with Allah and places the precepts and primacy of Islam in the minds. This conditioning process should imbue us with the ability and desire to consciously practice Islam, and to never compromise upon its particulars in the face of difficulty. The fast during the day taxes the body whilst the iftar replenishes and relaxes the body.

Symbolic here is that difficult periods will be overcome with ease, as Allah says,

“Indeed, with hardship there will be ease.” (Ash-Sharh, verse 5).

The exegetes point out that in Arabic, “hardship” is in the definite form denoting a single difficulty whilst “ease” is in the indefinite form indicating to multiplicity. I.e. a single difficulty will be followed by the precipitation of many eases.

Enduring the period of difficulty will require harnessing what we have (by the Will of Allah) acquired in Ramadan.  The anti-Islam tides in every level of society are rising. Stability is needed. And there is nothing more stable than the Quran. The Quran reminds that all that occurs, however great, occurs within the Sight and Plan of Allah.

Please remember and supplicate for the oppressed, orphaned, widowed and poor in your prayers. Make conscious Al-Aqsa Masjid in the minds and make present intentions to travel there. Aggression against the blessed sanctuary increases under the cover of geopolitical crisis. It is not in need of donations. What is needed is our presence there.

Eid Mubarak

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