Bayaan from Masjid Un-Noor
Ramadaan is coming Delivered 20 Jumad-ul-Aakhir
(9 March 2018)
Ramadaan Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. Respected friends and elders. Asaalamu Alaikum. Thanks to Allah I stand here today to deliver a Bayaan. This time we are going to look at ourselves. Our readiness and our expectations and probably also our destination. Ramadaan. The Holy month of Ramadaan. The one month which forms part of the five pillars. Something very very central in Islam. But is it just another month which is dawning on us suddenly? One evening, there is the moon, and now off we go from tomorrow? I think we need to be clear on a few things. Ramadaan is a serious undertaking. There are probably several PhD’s out there by people more clever than myself. But, let me also put forward my thoughts. It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, he will be forgiven his previous sins.”’ So, Ramadaan is surely something inward focused. It is about YOU and ME. But now let us look a bit deeper. Is Ramadaan then only about fasting? I think it is a lot more. Here is the thing I think we all recognise. We meet at Maghrib to end the fast of the day. And we are a lot of Muslims there during Ramadaan. It is a joyous occasion. Why? We are all in it together. The fasting aspect is transcended by the fellowship. The sense of being together with like-minded. Suddenly we see friends around us. Suddenly we must feel like the companions those 1,400 years back in time. The hardship of fasting washes away. It is the central objective, but it releases a lot of other energy. Fellowship. Companionship. We may ask ourselves if this is now important? I think it is very important. If we hardly know the names of the people at Ramadaan, how can we then look out for each other? How can we assist if we don’t know the situation of the people around us? Impossible. Sometimes, I imagine the scenario, 1,400 years back. Our Prophet (SAW) sitting with the companions after work. Maybe after dinner in the evening, reflecting on things. Would our Prophet (SAW) not have known the names of everyone around the table? I think so. We can do the same.
is coming! Now, this leads into what Ramadaan is also about: Set goals for what you want to achieve during that month. Somehow, with a whole month to achieve goals, we could probably set goals that will require a bit of work. I mean, set a goal as ‘Not being late’, well, it is a bit tame. That is just like doing it. Let me reveal one of my goals: I want to get to know the names of all of us. I can’t remember names very well, but my goal is to make the effort to know everyone. Be prepared! I may ask you of yur name several times and so on. Indulge me and excuse me. But I think it is important that we start to do fellowship and friendship. Let us look at such a goal. It will require work – a whole month or more, as I am starting today – and it will require determination. But also a bit embarrassment as I have to ask. OK, that cannot be helped. What can be other goals? Plenty of it, really. But that will be up to every one of us to start planning. And then Ramadaan is suddenly finished! Do you also feel the emptiness coming to Maghrib after Ramadaan? The next day? Not so many around again. It feels so empty as though something has gone out of life. A candle that was shining brightly but now it is gone. One can ask: Where did the fellowship go? What happened? Could we carry on somehow? See, these are also goals worth evaluating. It involves us all as a little group of believers, as Muslims. I know we are all busy people, but another goal of mine is to somehow create a bit of friendship. Best friend is the term. OK, I am a very private person, but being a Muslim is more than just fasting for a month and then on with life again. If we look at Ramadaan as a part of the journey as a Muslim, we might also see what Ramadaan can do for us. If we strive to behave like true Muslims for a whole month, it might also just create the habit of being Muslims all the time. Let us face it: we do slip up sometimes, isn’t it? laikum Ilyaas Otterstrom, 076 503 1282
Ramadaan is coming! I do harp on this fellowship thing. The overriding principle is again: All for the pleasure of Allah. Is it pleasing to Allah to exist in a fellowship of believers? Of course it is. It is called a good life. Allah wants you to have a good life. To be friendly, to have friends, to laugh and have a good time here. How can anyone have a good time in isolation? Who should be your best friend? Your spouse! It is called family! How can anyone bring up kids in the right faith without the role models of a mom and dad? And not just two people staying in the same house, but friends. It is not a new concept this. Of course friendship and fellowship extends into the realm of religion. The same care and compassion we share with our spouse is also to be a part of how we handle our religion Ramadaan is another excellent opportunity to show the humility and awareness of everyone around us. Be there for the family, take care of the family. Because: It is all for the pleasure of Allah. So in conclusion: Set goals for Ramadaan. Start now and start preparing and even starting out on it now. Time is now. Allah is the time. Be realistic in your goals. Make it something which can be achieved. And always weight it all against one simple thing: Make it pleasing to Allah whatever you do! I am grateful to the Almighty for having granted me this opportunity to address you today and I thank you for having given me the time to talk to you. First give me hidayah and to all mankind success, only on the command of Allah and the lifestyle of the Prophet Mohammed, Sallaalahu Aleihi Wasalaam. Ameen. Asaalamu alaikum Ilyaas Otterstrom, 076 503 1282
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