Farewell…Until Next Time, inshaAllah

September 19, 2008

(an article written for the community newsletter)

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Farewell…Until Next Time, inshaAllah

As I sit here contemplating how I should fill this space with words of benefit, I can’t help but feel the pressure of this task. It is not the lack of ideas or topics that I would love to share that brings upon this difficulty, but rather, a worry that whatever might be presented would not suffice to meet the expectations of Muslims who have just witnessed, alhamdulillah, another month of Ramadan.

It is with great sadness that I write this, knowing that I have one week left of this blessed month. During these past few weeks our community has observed many touching events. The news of death, newlyweds, newborns, halaqas, and iftars brought us together to share these bitter sweet moments of life. I think I can speak on behalf of everyone when I say that I looked forward to waking up early at 5 a.m. in hopes of gaining ajer by following the sunnah of the prophet salla Allahu alaihi wassalam. After all, who doesn’t like getting ajer for the mere act of eating?! Our daily routines have never been as organized and well planned. We have been committed to our worship. We were dedicated to attending prayers at the mosques and we were motivated to stand in long prayers at night. We gave up many things and tried our ultimate best to act with full piety. We were in constant remembrance of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and always aware of our actions. We did this for a whole month! Surely, we learned how to be patient.

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