To all my Muslim and non-Muslim friends alike, Ramadan Mubarak!
To Muslims all across the world, Ramadan is a sacred month celebrated due to the Qur’an (the holy Muslim scripture) being revealed in its finality during this month. It is a month of Qur’anic recitation, meditation, and devotion. During this month, Muslims fast from dawn till sunset, engage in extra acts of worship, and increase their charity and community service spirit.
I’d like to share a quick reflection on the significance of this month and what it means for me personally. In multiple places in the Qur’an, God reminds us that He sent scripture [in the form of revelation from Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them both)] from the heavens, similar to the way He sends rain from the sky. In this, He draws parallels that I find amazing.
It is important to note the purpose of rain: to give life to dead earth. God says in the Qur’an that in same way that rain gives life to dead earth, the Qur’an is meant to give life to dead hearts. God implies in His analogies that religious scripture is meant to be a cure for all spiritual diseases that adulterate the heart.
In the Islamic tradition, the concept of a pure heart is of extreme significance. In the Muslim tradition, Jesus (peace be upon him) said, “Blessed are the pure at heart, for they shall see God.” Furthermore, God says in the Qur’an, “On the Day of Judgement, no one is safe except the one who returns to God with a pure heart.”
If we examine the trials and tribulations around the world, we find that they are rooted in diseased hearts. Every criminal, miser, hateful, envious, greedy, etc. person does what he or she does due to a diseased heart. The Qur’an is meant to help purify such hearts. As rain comes down to bring life to the earth, our interaction with, our pondering over, and our meditation concerning, the Qur’an during this month brings life to our hearts.
As the lover constantly re-reads and ponders over the love letter of the beloved, lovers of God constantly recite, ponder, and reflect on the love book of the Beloved.
May we all find peace in this blessed month. Amen.
Salman Abdul Majeed
Muslim Voice Blogger