Our Ramadan Reflections series kicks off with our beloved Imam Magid from ADAMS Center. Subscribe to the series to receive the video of this reflection along with the other daily reflections each morning.
Ramadan is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed. In Surat al-Baqarah, Allah (SWT) says:
It was the month of Ramadan in which the Qur’an was [first] bestowed from on high as a guidance unto man and a self-evident proof of that guidance, and as the standard by which to discern the true from the false.
As you read Qur’an from the beginning to the end, it takes us on a journey of defining the relationship between us and Allah (SWT). But the Qur’an also came to teach us how to relate to the rest of humanity. And that’s why I say that the Qur’an is a book in which the subject matter is the human being. Its relationship with Allah, with itself, and with the rest of humanity. In the beginning of Surat al-Fatiha, Allah (SWT) introduces Himself as the source of mercy and the giver of mercy to the whole world. In this month of Ramadan, we should experience ourselves as being merciful to others by giving to others. This is why I really like that Islamic Relief is doing this, because we need to always connect the Qur’an to action. In the Qur’an when Allah talks about worship, He connects it to giving. When you read Surat Al-Fatiha, you are reminded twice that Allah is the giver of mercy. Once in the beginning with the basmalah:
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
And then again in the surah:
Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Allah (SWT), as the Lord of the worlds, has asked us to care for our fellow human beings, wherever they may be. To care about the environment that we live in.
The surah begins with Al-Hamd, praise:
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds.
We need to thank Allah (SWT) for what He has given us, not only with our tongue but with our actions. Allah (SWT) provides for us so many things and showers us with blessings. Allah says in the Qur’an:
Labor, Oh people of David, in gratitude. (34:13)
Al-Hamd is to praise Allah and thank Him, and we thank Allah with action. That’s why I’m asking myself and you in Ramadan to have three things as we reflect on the Qur’an:
- We have to be generous with our time. Choose any cause and volunteer for something good and make it your Ramadan project.
- Give for the sake of Allah (SWT). You may adopt an orphan, you may help people in neighboring communities, you may donate to Islamic Relief. Do something with your money that is helping others.
- Take care of your family, because charity begins at home. As we think about Al-Fatiha, and Allah being the Lord of the worlds, and the Most Merciful, then we have to share His mercy with all His creation.
We have to remember that this life has limitations. It has to come to an end one day. And that reminder is there is Surat Al-Fatiha where Allah (SWT) says:
Master of the Day of Judgment.
There we will get tremendous, multiplied rewards for what we have done. And in everything we do, we ask Allah for help and we ask Him for guidance.
اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ
صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا الضَّالِّينَ
You alone we worship, and to You alone we turn for help.
Guide us to the straight path.
The path of those whom You have blessed, not those who have incurred the wrath, nor the misguided.
My dear brothers and sisters, may you have a beautiful Ramadan full of guidance, full of mercy, full of tranquility. May Allah (SWT) open our hearts and our minds to do all that is right. Because the month of Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an, let us act upon the Qur’an and make a difference in the world around us.