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Published in the 1-15 December 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVES

The Lord of Ramadan is the Lord of the whole year

We have to worship and serve Allah throughout our life. We must lead a righteous life always, every day and every moment of our life. Some pious people used to say: “Try to be a Rabbani (belonging to Allah always), do not be a Ramadani (only worship Allah during Ramadan). Muslims have to do good deeds always. 

Observe your daily prayers, fast during Ramadan, give Zakat, make Hajj if you can afford it. Speak truth, be honest, and treat each other and all human beings with courtesy and kindness. Remember that good deeds lead to more good deeds and bad deeds lead to more bad deeds. It is said: “One of the rewards of good deeds is more good deeds after that, and the chastisement of evil is more evil deeds after that.” When people do something good and then do more good things, it means that they really benefited from their good actions and Allah accepted their good deeds. 

But when someone prays, fasts, does some acts of charity, and then he/she stops doing these things, this means that from the beginning his/her intention was not good. He was not sincere in his/her good deeds. It is worth stressing that Allah accepts only those actions that are sincere. The Almighty says: “Verily it is We Who have revealed the Book to you in Truth: so serve Allah, offering Him sincere devotion. Behold, the sincere devotion belongs to Allah…”(Az-Zumur: 2-3). Almighty Allah also says: “And they have been commanded no more than this: to worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion, being True (in faith); to establish regular prayer; And to practice regular Charity; and that is the Religion right and Straight.”(Al-Bayyinah: 5). 

Islam is the religion of purity and sincerity. This applies to all the seasons of the year and not only to Ramadan. On the Day of Judgment Allah will not count our deeds, but He will weigh them. In a Hadith Qudsi, the Prophet (pbuh) said reporting from Allah: “For the person who fasts there are two joys: when the fast ends, he/she feels happy; and when he/she will meet his/her Lord, will feel happy because of his/her fast” (reported by Al-Bukhari). 

So it is clear in the light of the above-mentioned facts that Allah, the Lord of Ramadan, is the Lord of the whole year. We should not confine our acts of worship to the month of Ramadan. Rather we should seize every chance to show humbleness, devotion and sincerity to Almighty Allah, at all times, so that we may gain His pleasure. 

Dr. Muzammil H Siddiqi
Former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

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