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Ramadan Mubarak ! - Kiran Salim (QI-2016)

Often when the Isha Adhan fills the air, I stand in my window to see the atmosphere around the Masjid changing. The Mosque which is comparatively empty before the Adhan, comes to life with people coming slowly and gradually. It is a sight to see from afar, people running to get to the mosque on time, each one in his own particular frame of mind. Some come alone, the older ones are generally accompanied or come with their walking sticks, the youngsters with their friends. The sight is so heartwarming that I have to drag myself away from the window to hurry for the taraweeh myself. The elevators are generally full at this time and if we are not on time then the only choice remains to pray outside the mosque in the heat.

For a person like me, standing in a corner and watching each one come for Salah, is an experience in itself. Regardless of the race and creed, every one enters with pretty much the same expressions, their eyes hungrily looking for an empty space, and as soon as they spot a little piece of unoccupied floor they race toward it. What follows on, is a different level altogether; the streaming tears, the change of expressions with the intensity of the prayers, the silent sobs echoing throughout the prayer. Some even don’t mind praying in the heat outside, when you look at them engrossed in their prayer it looks like they don’t feel the heat at all. This all leaves me in awe.

What is it that brings them out in the nights from the warmth of their blankets?

What it is that brings out such struggle, such intensity!

Fear is one factor but I think what over powers the whole scenario is the love, the dependence, the need to cling to a Higher being. The Mosque coming alive with the dhikr of Allah reminds me of an ayah:

“and among his signs is that He shows You the lightning, by Way of fear and hope, and He sends down water (rain) from the sky, and therewith revives the earth after its death. Verily, In that are indeed signs for a people who understand.” Surah Room,Ayah 24.

Just the way water comes down as a blessing and brings out the best from the dead earth, this month brings out the love of Allah in intensity we did not know was there. The more fertile the land, the more the produce;  similarly the more humble the heart, the more production of tears and khushu.

It leaves me in awe at the fortune of the people who are chosen to walk out in the darkness of night in search of their Rabb’s pleasure, leaving many a thousand sleeping behind.

It makes me wonder sometimes that are these the few chosen sujood that keep the Azaab from coming to us?  Maybe the tears of hope and fear are what cool off Allah’s anger?

As the Ramadan is coming to its end the heart does feel sad, but the hope of Allah’s mercy remains. May Allah make us from those who stay away from their beds at night, for His sake, in Ramadan and after. Ameen.

“Only those believe In Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), Who, when they are reminded of them fall down prostrate, and glorify the praises of their Lord, and they are not proud. Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord In fear and hope, and they spend (charity In Allâh’s Cause) out of what we have bestowed on them. No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.” Surah AsSajdah,Ayah 15,16,17.

Ramadan Kareem Everyone!

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