Ramadan is here again and Alhamdulillah, after a tumultous year of battling the Covid-19 pandemic, we are slowly but surely rising up to a new normal routine of handwashing, temperature taking, social distancing, masked on, safe entry checking in and out, 1 m apart, working from home, online classes, zoom meetings….. and the list goes on and on.
Despite all these inconveniences, there is so much to be thankful for and one of the most important thing that we should be grateful for is to be alive and well, and given the chance to welcome Ramadan again this year, while many more have succumbed to the virus and lost their lives or otherwise passed on due to old age or other illnesses. Subhanallah, Glory be to Him, the Giver of Life (Al-Muhyi) and the Bringer of Death (Al-Mumit) and the Ever-Living!
﴿ ٱللَّهُ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ٱلۡحَىُّ ٱلۡقَيُّومُۚ لَا تَأۡخُذُهُ ۥ سِنَةٌ۬ وَلَا نَوۡمٌ۬ۚ لَّهُ ۥ مَا فِى ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَمَا فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِۗ مَن ذَا ٱلَّذِى يَشۡفَعُ عِندَهُ ۥۤ إِلَّا بِإِذۡنِهِۦۚ يَعۡلَمُ مَا بَيۡنَ أَيۡدِيهِمۡ وَمَا خَلۡفَهُمۡۖ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَىۡءٍ۬ مِّنۡ عِلۡمِهِۦۤ إِلَّا بِمَا شَآءَۚ وَسِعَ كُرۡسِيُّهُ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٲتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضَۖ وَلَا يَـُٔودُهُ ۥ حِفۡظُهُمَاۚ وَهُوَ ٱلۡعَلِىُّ ٱلۡعَظِيمُ ﴾
Allah! None has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His permission He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. Al-Quran : Al-Baqarah verse 255
May this Ramadan 1442H/2021 be a fresh start to a new normal, whereby we strive to do our best to get closer to Allah and , despite all the restrictions and inconveniences that we have to put up with. May He grant us forgiveness for our sins, and guide us in search of the Night of Al-Qadr. May He accept our fast and make it a shield for us from the fire in the Hereafter and an intercessor in the grave. Ameen.