Honouring the Grey-Haired

elderly

The Prophet said, ‘Part of glorifying Allah is honouring the grey-haired muslim.’ (Abu Dawud, classed as Hasan by Sh Al-Albaani in Sahih Abi Dawud)

Islam. Our complete way of life, and system of living has granted each individual dignity. Respect and reverence are never in short supply in our deen. Perhaps however, its followers fall short, and thus I bring you, a quick reminder on caring for ‘the grey-haired muslim.’

“And We have certainly honoured the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with [definite] preference.” (Al-Israa 17:70)

Allah has preferred us, and granted us abundant blessings, and amongst these, is the blessing of having the elderly.

The elderly have a special station in Islam, they have lived through the various stages of life, they have experienced things the youth have yet to come to across, and have come through the thick and thin of the daily struggle of life. They were the forefront of our deen, the flag bearers and upholders in their youth, and some continue this task even in their old age.

But even if they missed such a golden opportunity to be an ambassador for our deen, they still deserve the respect that Allah has decreed for them.

Some would describe the elderly as a burden, and would gladly dump them in a ‘home’ so that the encumbrance of their care is lifted of their shoulders. Yet, little do we realise the blessings in the elderly.

  • They are the means of us existing on earth. Without the elder generation, there wouldn’t be a younger one.
  • They are wise and provide great advice and support. They can be a source of comfort in times of difficulty and an eye-opener in times of confusion. Their hindsight and experience is always useful.
  • Serving them is an opportunity to earn ample rewards from Allah. So stock up on your hereafter by helping the elderly, because not an atom’s weight of good goes to waste.
  • Upholding the ties of kinship with them, may increase your sustenance and your life. The Prophet taught us, “he who desires that he be granted more rizq and his life be prolonged should maintain good ties with his kinship.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
  • Caring for them is an opportunity to get their duaa. Making someone happy doesn’t just warrant rewards from Allah. Rather the receiver of good often reciprocates with a favour, and sometimes it may something as simple as a small duaa of theirs that opens the doors in your life.
  • And something that everyone enjoys: the elderly are great story tellers! They weave such intricate webs that even fidgety children get caught up.

These are just a few of the many blessings that are found in the elderly.

They may be better than you, and as such you should wish to emulate them. The Prophet said, ‘“The best of you are those who live the longest and do the best deeds.” (Classed as saheeh by Al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 3263)

Let’s not forget the saying of our beloved Prophet peace be upon him, “He is not one of us who does not show mercy to our young ones and respect our old ones.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1919; classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh At-Tirmidhi, 1565)

And he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The Most Merciful has mercy on those who are merciful. Be merciful to those who are on earth so that the One Who is in heaven will have mercy on you.” (Narrated by Tirmidhi (1924); classed as Saheeh by Al-Albaani in Saheeh At-Tirmidhi, 1569)

May Allah soften our hearts to towards the elderly, and enable us to serve them. Ameen

Let us endeavour to change our attitude towards the elderly, show them some love, attention and the respect that they deserve.

Our Mothers

mothers

Mother, mum, amma, ummi, ma and all the other names used all refer to the one person who gave birth to you. Some of us have never met our mothers, others see their mothers pass on right before their eyes, and others still, watch their mothers grow into old age outliving them.

Before we were born our mothers planned for us. They began by choosing for us, our fathers, and then chose a name for us. From the moment we were conceived our mothers have cared for us. She watched her diet to enable us to grow heavily, and she bore the burden of carrying us for nine long months. Then she agonised in pain to bring us into the world, and endured sleepless nights to feed and care for us. She stressed over our food and clothes, ensured we were comfortable, and secure, and when were sick she would do her utmost to to help us return to good health. She spent her days gazing at our little faces as they matured, and her nights she prayed for our well-being and success. May Allah reward all our mothers.

But how do we re-pay our mothers? Do we care for her now that she has reached old age? Do we run to her service, bend to put her socks on and tie her shoes? Do we try to make her smile, when she feels down?

Abu Huraira reported that a person said, “Allah’s Messenger, who amongst the people is most deserving of my good treatment?” He said: Your mother, again your mother, again your mother, then your father, then your nearest relatives according to the order (of nearness). (Muslim) 

Our Prophet peace and blessings did not leave this stone unturned. He taught us Islam as a complete way of life; our mothers are instrumental to our life on earth, so how can we neglect the one who gave birth to us, whose heart cried when our eyes cried, whose heart tore when we were so much as scratched, whose heart broke, when our toys broke?

Our dear, dear mothers. Today, children; young and old alike, have no time for their mothers. They ignore their calls, tune out their voices, and feel burdened by the obligation of devoting time to her. How wretched we are! Do we not feel any shame, that our mothers sacrificed many things for our sake! She sacrificed her health, her time, her sleep, her enjoyments, her hobbies, her personal ‘me’ time, her pamper time, her food, and her money to take care of us, and we don’t even bat an eyelid! May Allah forgive us, and guide us!

Allah reminds us of this great obligation towards our parents,

“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents, whether one or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them “uff” (a word of disrespect), nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour, and lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, “O Lord, bestow upon them your mercy as they did bring me up when I was young,” (Surah Al-Isra 17:23)

The scholars have explained that Allah used “uff” to show us that such a small word that indicates dissatisfaction, or any sort of negativity, should not be used. Uff is barely even a word, so how about those words that blatantly illustrate disrespect, and rudeness?!

As the saying goes, “you only appreciate it once it’s gone.” How many will count the days until their parents pass on, eager to get them off their hands and be free of the responsibility! Even worse, how many will dump their parents in care homes, to absolve themselves of the duty of care! Only when we arrive at the hereafter will we realise the missed opportunities of earning our mother’s pleasure and will we regret those moments. But regret will do nothing, remorse cannot bring back the past.

Take the time enjoy your mother’s company, just as she used to treasure yours, and discover that she is the long lost best friend you never knew you had! Spend a moment, say a kind word to her. Kiss her forehead, and tell her that you love her. Ask her to forgive you for all the times that you’ve fallen short in serving her, and strive to make her happy; it’s well worth it.

Abdullah bin Amr narrated that, the Prophet said: “The Lord’s pleasure is in the parent’s pleasure, and the Lord’s anger is in the parent’s anger.”(Jami’ At-Tirmidhi, Hasan).

 

Silatur-Rahm

kinship

Silatur Rahm or observing the bonds of kinship is highly praised and recommended in our religion. Family ties and blood bonds are sacred and are to be revered and maintained.

Abu Huryarah narrated that the Prophet peace be upon him said, ‘learn enough of your lineage, so that you can establish the ties of kinship, for establishing the ties of kinship increases the love amongst families and multiplies wealth and extends age.’ (Tirmidhi, Hasan)

The love established by the ties of kinship is precious, and healthy. It breeds social cohesion and encourages co-operation, thereby building the ummah, and its unity. Every small family unit contributes to the unity of the ummah at large. If within the four walls of our house we cannot get on, then how do we expect to get on with the rest of the ummah?

Allah has issued a severe warning regarding cutting the ties of kinship,

“And those who break the Covenant of Allah, after its ratification, and sever that which Allah has commanded to be joined (i.e., they sever the bond of kinship and are not good to their relatives), and work mischief in the land, on them is the curse (i.e., they will be far away from Allah’s Mercy); And for them is the unhappy (evil) home (i.e., Hell).” [al-Ra’d 13:26]

Breaking the ties is grievous sin, and thus Allah has deprived its perpetrators of His extensive Mercy.

Even if it is just a phone call, or a quick visit, everyone appreciates family and good company.

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘Allah created the universe, and when He had finished, kinship (al-rahm) stood up and said, “This is the standing up of one who seeks Your protection from being cut off.” Allah said, “Yes, would it please you if I were to take care of those who take care of you and cut off those who cut you off?” It said, “Of course.” Allah said, “Then your prayer in granted.”’” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Recite, if you wish (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Would you then, if you were given the authority, do mischief in the land, and sever your ties of kinship? Such are they whom Allah has cursed, so that He has made them deaf and blinded their sight.’ [Muhammad 47:22-23].” (Saheeh Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi, 16/112).

None of us wants to incur the wrath of Allah. We all seek His mercy, so why then do we cut relations throwing ourselves into the curse of Allah?

The Prophet explained exactly what is meant by the one who upholds the ties of kinship,

“The one who maintains a relationship with his relatives only because they maintain a relationship with him is not truly upholding the ties of kinship. The one who truly upholds those ties is the one who does so even if they break off the relationship.” (Reported by Bukhari, 5645).

Returning favours and giving gifts, or exchanging visits for the sake of worldly benefit, or in kind or for some other reason is not considered upholding the ties of kinship.

Islam inspires us to reach a higher state, whereby we visit, call and give gifts without expecting a return. We uphold the ties for the sake of Allah, seeking His sole pleasure and His abundant reward.

I leave you with a final hadith to spur you on. Remember the case of the man who approached the Prophet regarding his family, who returned his kindness with nothing but animosity?

A man said to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), “I have relatives with whom I try to keep in touch, but they cut me off. I treat them well, but they abuse me. I am patient and kind towards them, but they insult me.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “If you are as you say, then it is as if you are putting hot dust in their mouths. Allah will continue to support you as long as you continue to do that.” (Reported by Muslim).

May Allah make it easy for us to uphold the ties of kinship. Ameen.

Can I Trust You?

trust

“O you who believe! Betray not Allah and His Messenger, nor betray knowingly your Amana (Things entrusted to you, and all the duties which Allah has ordained for you).”(8:27)

It is always good to have someone we trust to share our secrets. In Islam, every believer is a brother or sister to the other; we are one body, and so we should trust one another.

Trustworthiness, one of the most important characteristic a Muslim should possess for it makes our relations and also the society better. Trustworthiness is a dimension of honesty. Trustworthiness entails honoring and fulfilling commitments, promises, trusts and covenants.  It covers moral, social, legal and religious obligations.

In Arabic, the word for it is Amana, and our prophet was called Al-Amin even before prophethood by the non-believers. Fulfilling job duties, repaying debts and fulfilling marriage vows also come under being trustworthy.

Anas bin Malik narrated: Allah’s messenger addressed us and said in his sermon, “He has no Iman who is not trustworthy, and he has no Deen who does not keep promises”.

Allah Hu Akbar! How seriously should we take the matter of being Trustworthy? We should even be trustworthy for those who were treacherous to us as it comes in a hadith.

The people of Midian were dishonest and so they were punished for it.

Allah says:

“And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with an even balance. That is the best [way] and best in result.” (17:35)

We should always remember, fulfill promises but only as long as it doesn’t contradict with the Islamic teachings.

Introspect now on how trustworthy we are…How many secrets have we exposed and promises have we broken? Repent now before it’s too late.

 

Fatima Damad

Writer, AATeam

 

Al-Qaahir and Al-Qahhar Pt2

In the last session, we looked upon the linguistic and Islamic definitions of the names Al-Qaahir and Al-Qahhar.

(To review part one, follow this link: http://aateam.org/blog/al-qaahir-and-al-qahhar/)

The greatness of Al-Qaahir Al-Qahhar:

  1. Nothing can go outside the knowledge and Dominance of Allah (Praise be to Him). His Creation is submissive in His commandments.

“Not a leaf falls but that He knows it.” (Surah An’am, 59)

  1. Allah the almighty gives life whenever and to whomever He wills and gives death to whenever and whomever He (Glory be to Him) wills. He provides riches of this world to whomever and whenever He wills, likewise holds His bounties from whoever and whenever He wills.

“His is the dominion of the heavens and earth. He gives life and causes death, and He is over all things competent.” (Surah Hadid, 2)

  1. None can rule over Him; none can get out of His (Praise be to Him) decree (taqdeer), none can deny His planning (tadbeer), and none can bypass His Command.
  2. Human intelligence is defeated against reaching Allah’s self-Sufficiency and Commandments; all eyes are humbled before the light of Allah’s Glory.
  3. Sheikh Nasir as-Sa’di says regarding the name Al-Qahhar:

“Allah’s Uloohiyah (Oneness in Worship) has been solidified…there cannot be two subduers under Dominance…” (Tafseer As-Sa’di, Surah Saad, 65)

Effects of the names Al-Qaahir Al-Qahhar on the believers:

  1. A believer on learning this name develops humility and modesty towards Allah (Glory be to Him).
  2. When a believer earns of Allah’s Qahar he receives honor and elevation from the polytheists.
  3. Truth becomes evident.
  4. ‘Uqba said: He knows better; so far as I am concerned, I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: A group of people from my Umma will continue to fight in obedience to the Command of Allah, remaining dominant over their enemies. Those who will oppose them shall not do them any harm. They will remain ill this condition until the Hour overtakes them.

A Dream Comes True

dreams

A lady saw a dream, in which a man descended from the sky with a vessel from which her husband, Abu Ubaid, his son Jabar and other family members drank. She informed Abu Ubaid and he interpreted it as martyrdom.

And true to this dream, they were martyred likewise in the Battle of Bridge.

Abu Ubaid was sent as a commander of the Iraq campaign by the “leader of the Believers-Umar ibn Al-Khattab (May Allah have mercy on him)”. He fought successive battles and Allah The Almighty granted the Muslims victory.

Our hero was extremely noble and generous. Once some of the local governors had come forward to offer truce and armistice and some of them presented their choicest cuisines to Abu Ubaid saying “This is something by which we wish to honour and cool your heart”. He replied “did you honour my soldiers and cool their heart likewise?” They said “it is not easy but we will do it nevertheless .” To which he replied “then we do not desire anything which is not available to the troops. Did I not tell you that I will not partake except from that which is also available to those with me who attacked you?” The delegates finally said “Now no one is left except that he was provided to his fill his camp of this cuisine or better than this”. Upon hearing this Abu Ubaid accepted their gift and ate from it. He sent for his guests who used to eat with him and invited him to share the meal with him. However, his guests already had their share from the Persian cuisine. They did not know whether the Persians had presented Abu Ubaid and thought that they were being called to the same coarse meal that they used to eat with him. They were disinclined to leave the exotic and exquisite cuisine for the simple fare that were the feature of Abu Ubaid diet , so they sent back the reply, “Tell the commander we do not wish anything besides what the farmers have presented us with.” Abu Ubaid replied “Our menu today is a variety of non-Arab cuisines. Come and compare this to what you have been presented with.”

This is how this humble and noble the commander was.

Our hero was martyred in the “Battle of Bridge”. It was a humongous battle because the Muslim were in a very restricted terrain with a narrow exit. A fierce and gory battle ensued, the likes of which had not been known. The Muslims were about ten thousand men, and the Persians had brought with themselves a contingent of numerous elephants which had small bells tied to them to scare the enemy’s horses. Whenever the Muslim cavalry tried to attack, their horses would flee back due to the fright they got from the elephants and the eerie sound of the bells. Only a handful of expert horsemen were able rein in their horses to maintain their positions .The Muslims were not able to make their cavalry advance towards the elephant squadron, while the Persians kept spraying them with arrows that resulted in a number of causalities.

Seeing this, the commander and his troops dismounted their steeds and forayed forward with swords in hands. It was an extremely difficult situation and Abu Ubaid called out to them to concentrate on the elephants and cut their saddle girths to make the troops on top of them fall to the ground and leading by example, he himself began with the white elephant and hung on to its girth and cut it, and the saddle along with the occupants came crashing to the ground. In the attempt to get rid of the elephant, which was attacking the Muslims, he attacked its trunk with sword. However, the elephant pushed Abu Ubaid to the ground and trampled on him with its hind legs. His brother who took the banner attacked the ferocious animal, but he too was trampled to death and met the same demise. The banner was successively passed on to men and they all were killed until Al-Muthanna became the commander.

And here we see the dream come true. These were our brave heroes and warriors, who sacrificed their life in the way of Allah, their utmost concern being to please Allah and indeed what could be better than this!

Bint Hasan

Writer, AAT

 

 

 

Footsteps in Paradise

The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him ) called upon Bilal (May Allah be pleased with him) and said, “What did you do to deserve entering Paradise? For I have heard the rustling of your garment in front of me in Paradise.” He replied, “O Messenger of Allah! I have never called the Athaan except that I have prayed two units of prayer after it, and no impurity has ever happened to me except that I have made ablution after it.” Rasulullah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) then said, “It is because of them.”
[Ibn Khuzaimah ~ Hadith Sahih]

We benefit from this hadith:

  • Bilal (May Allah be pleased with him) is from the people of paradise because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) witnessed this for him whereby he heard his footsteps in paradise.
  • The virtue of praying two units of prayer after athan because this was one of the reasons that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) heard Bilal’s (May Allah be pleased with him) steps in paradise.
  • The virtue of performing ablution after impurity.

And Allah Knows Best!

Whilst some of us yet struggle to read our nawafil properly, reading after every wudhu may seem like a big order, but then again Paradise is something that we truly need to work for.

And then there goes the saying Where there is a will, there is a way

Once we set it upon ourselves to do something and most importantly pray to Allah, Allah will help us
Furthermore, being in the month of Ramadan with distractions at its minimum, we can surely contrive to accomplish our goal

It is said that if we perform an act regularly for a month, it becomes second to nature and we then do it all around the year.

Then surely if we practice doing this deed regularly throughout a month, we can achieve to pray after every ablution all throughout the year by Allah’s help.

May Allah keep us steadfast!

Bint Ayesha

Writer, AAT

Becoming Complacent

Now that Ramadaan is over, some people will sadly revert to their old selves, wasting away the hours spent in training to change for the better. Others will use the excuse that Ramadaan makes up for the rest of the year. But this, my friends, is simply a mask for laziness and perhaps hypocrisy also. We are in no position to judge anyone for their lack of sincerity after Ramadaan, but we must point out that one of the signs of an accepted Ramadaan is that the spiritual high continues on long after the month has passed.

We may have come across a few of the following types of people who fall back into their old habits after Ramadaan. This is just a few of them and this is just a few of the many excuses they use.

People of the 27th Night:

These people only come out on the 27th night of Ramadaan, they filled the mosques with pillows and blankets as they camped up to read Quran, make dhikr, duaa and istighfaar. Amongst these are some who feel that the worship done on the 27th night covers them for the rest of their life. My brothers and sisters beware of falling into this trap of Shaytaan. Yes, the night of Layla-tul-qadr is better than a thousand months (approximately eighty-three years), but it does not remove the obligation of worship for the rest of your life. Furthermore, there is no confirmation that Layla-tul-qadr is on the 27th night. According to the various Ahadith it could have fallen on any of the last ten nights of Ramadaan.

We remind such people, that Allah has commanded us to worship Him every day, through our five daily prayers. He has designated acts of worship throughout the year to bring us closer to Him, so that we may attain His pleasure, His mercy and His Jannah.

The People of Ramadaan:

Another group of people are those who only worship Allah during Ramadaan. They believe solely in the following hadith,

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The five daily prayers, from one Jumu’ah to the next and from one Ramadaan to the next are expiation for (sins committed) in between, so long as you avoid major sins.” (Muslim)

As such, these look to the latter part of the hadith, and so feel that they are not obliged to do any more than fast the days of Ramadaan. The remaining eleven months of the year are free for them to enjoy life…. Or so they think.

We hope that, inshallah, the worship these people do during Ramadan, will be the rope that brings them back to worshipping Allah every day without exception. For Allah did not restrict His blessings and gifts to Ramadaan alone, but rather to everyday that the sun rises upon and every night, and thus we should show gratitude to Him constantly for His immense blessings.

The people of Eid:

These people fill the mosques and musalla on Eid…and so the mosques are overflowing like never before, the musalla is alive with a new buzz; the scene is heart warming and the atmosphere so pleasing to witness; many muslims in one gathering with one intent; to pray the Eid salah. Sorrowfully, just as quickly as the prayer places filled up, so quickly do they empty, only to be filled at the next Eid prayer. The mosques are once again quiet, and the buzz no longer in the air.

My brothers and sisters, we have no guarantee that we will live to see the next Eid prayer. We have no idea when death will strike. We do not know whether we will live to see the next Ramadaan or 27th night. We don’t even know if we will live until tomorrow, for how many have passed away in their sleep? How many were with us last Ramadaan, but are no longer here? Ramadaan was month of training, don’t waste it away and become complacent with the good you have done in it. We don’t even know if our good deeds were accepted, though we hope, with utmost hope almost to the point of certainty, that they are accepted. Yet we should fear almost to the point of desperation that they may not be accepted. This should spur us on to continue to invoke our Lord, The Most Gracious and Merciful to accept our deeds, this should motivate us to continue the good we have done.

My brothers and sisters, are you amongst any of those mentioned above? If you find yourself to be there, then you still have a chance. Allah has given you today. And you have made the first step on the road of repentance; that is acknowledging your error. Now take the next step, and seek forgiveness from your Lord, and begin a journey of obedience to Allah, Most Great.

We want to be amongst those Allah mentioned in the Quran when He said,

“Only those believe in Our verses, who, when they are reminded by them, fall down in prostration and exalt [Allah] with praise of their Lord, and they are not arrogant. They arise from [their] beds; they supplicate their Lord in fear and aspiration, and from what We have provided them, they spend. And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort for eyes as reward for what they used to do.” (Surah As-sajdah 32:15-17)

And also,

“Men whom neither commerce nor sale distracts from the remembrance of Allah and performance of prayer and giving of zakah. They fear a Day in which the hearts and eyes will [fearfully] turn about – That Allah may reward them [according to] the best of what they did and increase them from His bounty. And Allah gives provision to whom He wills without account.” (Surah An-Nur 24:37-38)

My brothers and sisters, the striving has just begun, Shaytaan is unleashed. Do not become complacent with what you have done, but strive to do more, and be better.

May Allah accept the good we have done, and help us to do more. Ameen

Ramadaan is Departing

 

Watching my family having a whale of a time while shopping for Eid is great but there is a deep sorrow inside me. I feel content seeing their gleeful faces, but at the same time I’m down in the mouth.

I feel a throbbing sensation in my throat on realising that Ramadan will leave us soon; too soon.

A few days ago, we all were united and were blessed to welcome Ramadan with full spirit.There was a joy in ushering the month of Ramadan. A joy that I can never forget.

Ramadan is indeed a month of mercy. I feel really grateful upon the arrival of this month. Everything about Ramadan is special.

There is actually fun in feeding the poor. Going for Taraweeh is like a feather on a hat. The unison of Muslims, irrespective of their status, colour, health and wealth, for standing up together for Allah and praying long qiyaam is so beautiful to see.

Oh how could I not mention the pangs of hunger while fasting! They remind me of how the poor would survive in various parts of the world without food.

Ramadan is not just a month. It’s a lesson for us to learn how to endure, to learn how to share and care and to realize that you’ve the ability to keep yourself away from your shortcomings and weaknesses.

Allah (The Exalted) has revealed a beautiful verse regarding Ramadan. I’m pretty sure we all know this since it is recited by Sheikh Sudais every first day of Ramadan.

It was just few days back, when I was on the table, twiddling my thumbs waiting to break my fast at Maghrib, I heard him recite the same verse. And that verse made my hair raise. It’s definitely a hair-raising verse

“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance” (Surah Al Baqarah)

The Quran was revealed for our betterment and for guiding ourselves to the straight path. In it is a cure. A cure for a dead and dry heart that had become impassive due to neglecting our duties which we owe to our Lord.

In hindsight, it would be better for us to reap the benefits in this holy month by collecting as many good deeds as we can rather than regretting later for not doing so.

So my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, I appeal to you to make the best use of this time. Remember that for some of us this Ramadan maybe a new lease of life and for some it maybe the last they confront.

Ibn Rajab said, “this month is shortening, so increase in righteous deeds as every month will be replaced, but not Ramadaan.” (Lata’if Al Ma’arif pg 262)

I pray to Allah, that He grant us longevity so that we experience Ramadan every year with the same joy and glee, and that each year we develop ourselves further and increase our iman. Aameen

What have you taken from this blessed month?