Ramzan Greetings !

September 13, 2007

My Nearest and Dearest ,

Many thanx for all your wonderful Ramzan Greetings.

This is the month of mercy , fasting , self-control, charity, and prayer.

May Allah give us all the strength , patience & tolerance required in this month ,

to fast , pray and control our selves properly and may

HE accept our prayers and fasts .

Ameen.

This is also the month of mercy.

May Allah have mercy on us all and forgive our sins.

May we have mercy on our fellow brothers and sisters and forgive those whom we think have wronged us, unintentionally or intentionally.

May others have mercy on us , and forgive us , if we have wronged or hurt them – intentionally or unintentionally.

May we try to be more charitable towards our fellow Muslims, especially those Muslim brothers and sisters who are less well-off than us.May we remember to share our wealth, and help it circulate in our society, so those who are less well-off than us, can also benefit from others’ monetary progress .

May Allah help us become less selfish and small-hearted, and may our Muslim society become less materialistic and capitalist.

Ameen.

On a very sad note, Javaid Khalu – AIR COMMODORE (RETD.) SYED JAVAID AMJAD ANDRABI – the husband of late Hafsa Khala, Ammi’s younger sis ; passed away in the early hours of Monday 10th September 2007. He had been suffering from cancer of the liver.

May Allah rest his soul in His highest and choicest heaven, Ameen.

I’ll miss Javaid Khalu. He was a typical Lahori – so “larger than life”, full of fun, laughter, jokes, loudness. Khalu loved singing and entertaining, yet he was strong and courageous and brave too. I have fond memories of staying with him and Hafsa khala, in their many houses in the different airforce bases, where they were stationed. Khalu was a distinguished fighter pilot and officer of the Pakistan Airforce.

Although Khalu got married to Nausheen Aunty around 15 years ago, he never divorced Hafsa Khala (as many people in our family wrongly assumed) – but looked after her and their children, as best as he could.

Alhamdulillah, Abbu and I were extremely lucky to meet him on Sunday ( a day before he died) at Aga Khan Hospital. Although he’d become extremely weak, till the end, he was fighting the cancer; and was his normal strong, brave, courageous self.

Javaid Khalu leaves behind his children (from Hafsa Khala): Dr.Imran Andrabi, Mehreen Khan, Remeen Saif & Sabeen Ateeq; and also Aunty Nausheen Javaid Amjad & their daughter Mahnoor Amjad.

May his soul rest in eternal heavenly peace, Ameen.

 Thanx for all your greetings.

JazakAllah Khairan.

InshAllah, I’ll respond to everyone’s Ramzan greetings individually, very soon.

Best Love :

Amr.

One Response to “Ramzan Greetings !”

  1. Nashmin Says:

    Assalamualaikum,

    I wish everyone a blessed Ramadan. Please pray for all your Muslim relatives, as we are all related in one way or another. Welcome this Holy month of Ramadan with peace and prosperity and make it an effort to do your fasting, prayers, and du’a for everyone at your best. Please also remember me in your du’a at all times.

    Here is a pleasant video of Sami Yusuf in “Hasbi Rabbi Jalallah…”

    Lots of love,
    Syeda Nashmin Nomaan

    “Ramadan Mubarak!”

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    What is Ramadan?
    Ramadan (رمضان) is an Islamic religious observance that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when the Qur’an was revealed. The name “Ramadan” is taken from the name of this month; the word itself derived from an Arabic word for intense heat, scorched ground, and shortness of rations. It is considered the most venerated and blessed month of the Islamic year. Prayers, sawm (fasting), charity, and self-accountibility are specially stressed at this time; religious observances associated with Ramadan are kept throughout the month.

    Ramadan is divided into three ten-day parts, or ashra (Arabic for ten). They are named Rahmat (mercy of Allah), Maghfirat (forgiveness of Allah), and Najat (salvation), respectively. Laylat Al-Qadr* which falls under the last third, commemorates the revelation of the first verses of the Qur’an and is considered the most holy night of the year. Ramadan ends with the holiday Eid-Ul-Fitr*, on which feasts are held. During the month following Ramadan, called Shawwal*, Muslims are encouraged to fast for a further six days.

    What are the timings for Ramadan?
    The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Ramadan migrates through the seasons.

    The ill and travellers may substitute other days to perform their Ramadan obligations (2:185). Children, the elderly, and pregnant women are viewed as excused. Women may make up the days missed, usually in Shawwal due to personal reasons.

    How is fasting practiced?
    The most prominent event of this month is the day time fasting practiced by most observant Muslims. Everyday during the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world get up before dawn to eat and perform their Fajr prayer. They break their fast when the fourth prayer of the day, Maghrib (sunset), is due and can eat and drink until dawn the next day.

    During Ramadan, Muslims are also expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam as well as refraining from anger, envy, greed, lust, sarcastic retorts, backbiting, and gossip. They are encouraged to read the Qur’an. Obscene and irreligious sights and sounds are to be avoided. Purity of both thought and action is important. The fast is intended to be an exacting act of deep personal worship in which Muslims seek a raised level of closeness to Allah. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, its purpose being to cleanse the inner soul and free it from harm. Properly observing the fast is supposed to induce a comfortable feeling of peace and calm. It also allows Muslims to practice self-discipline, sacrifice, as well as sympathy for those who are less fortunate, intending to make Muslims more generous and charitable.

    Prayer and reading of the Qur’an
    In addition to fasting, Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Qur’an.

    Muslims tend to perform the recitation of the entire Qur’an by means of special prayers, called Tarawih, which are held in the mosques every night of the month, during which a whole section of the Qur’an (Juz, which is 1/30 of the Qur’an) is recited, so that by the end of the month the entire Qur’an has been completed. Tarawih is an Arabic phrase referring to those extra prayers. This prayer is performed after salah of Isha’a, but before the Wit’r Rakat. These are done in rememberance of the fact that the revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Mohammed (SAW) was begun during Ramadan.

    *Laylat Al-Qadr (Shab-E-Qadr in Farsi)
    Laylat Al-Qadr is literally the Night of Decree or the Night of Measures, is the anniversary of two very significant dates in Islam that occurred in the month of Ramadan. Muslims believe that it was the night of the Laylat al-Qadr that the Quran’s first verse was revealed. The exact night of the Laylat Al-Qadr is unknown. Abu Bakr, who was a companion of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) indicated that it was one of the last ten odd nights of Ramadan.

    *Eid-Ul-Fitr
    The Islamic holiday of Eid-Ul-Fitr marks the end of the fasting period of Ramadan and the first day of the following month, after a new moon has been sighted. Eid-Ul-Fitr means the Festival of Breaking the Fast, a special celebration is made. Food is donated to the poor (Zakat Al-Fitr), everyone puts on their best, preferably new, clothes, and communal prayers are held in the early morning, followed by feasting and visiting relatives and friends. The prayer is two rakats only, and it is an optional prayer as opposed to the compulsary 5 daily prayers.

    *Shawwal
    Muslims are encouraged to fast the six days of Shawwal, the month following Ramadan that begins after Eid-Ul-Fitr; these days need not be consecutive. According to the Hadith, one who fasts the month of Ramadan and six days during Shawwal will be rewarded as though he fasted the entire year.

    Remember to make it your best and keep it your best!


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