The Divine Feast of Fasting – Farewell Blessed Ramadhan

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Salaam dear readers and today on the threshold of Eid al-Fitr, we join you bidding farewell to the blessed month of Ramadhan, which indeed created a spiritual and transformation in our life.

Since today is the last day of the month of fasting, let us recited the special supplication of the 30th day:

“O Allah, favour my fastingthis day with appreciation andacceptance,and let it be such asto please You and please Your Prophet, its branches strengthenedby the roots, for the sakeof our master, Mohammadand the pure ones of his Progeny!All praise belongs to Allah,the Lord of all the worlds!”

May God accept our fasting, prayers, supplications, recitation of the holy Qur’an, participation in mourning ceremonies for the Great Martyr of the month of Ramadhan, and all other acts of worship, including contributions to charities, and educational, social and cultural works! This year Ramadhan had 30 days, in accordance with the Will of God Almighty on Whose Wise injunctions we lead life as Muslims, whether we fast, eat, study, work, play, travel, socialize, and engage in all other lawful and legal activities.

Thus, the end of Ramadhan is indeed a time for reflection for our acts of the month, and whether or not we have been successful. We in the Islamic Republic of Iran and in countries where peace prevails, should consider ourselves fortunate to have spent Ramadhan in a calm atmosphere, while in our neighbourhood, Muslims have been uprooted from homes and hearths, terrorized,traumatized, killed, mutilated, and their organs savagely tore from their bodies and eaten raw by cannibals on the payroll of the US, Israel, and certain reactionary Arab regimes.In Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Myanmar and other places, peaceful Muslims, while in the state of fasting and busy in the acts of worship,were targeted by terrorists in mosques, husseiniyehs, bazaars and homes. This is the height of hypocrisy by those who call themselves Muslims but worship at the altar of devils in human form such as the Crusaders, the Zionists, and the Salafis.

Nonetheless, we have hope in the Mercy of God Almighty. We know that sooner, than later, the Divine Promise of the end of oppression and corruption on earth will come true. We are eagerly waiting for the reappearance of the Redeemer of humanity, Imam Mahdi (AS), the 12th and Last Successor of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) for materialization of the global government of peace, prosperity and justice. In the meantime, on the eve of the auspicious Eid al-Fitr, let us recite and ponder over the words and phrases of a supplication for the farewell of blessed Ramadhan:

“O Allah, You have said inYour Revealed Book, “The monthof Ramadhan is one in which theQur’an was revealed.” And this isthe month of Ramadhan and ithas elapsed. So I beseech Youby Your noble Face and Yourperfect Words that, if therehas remained any of my sinsthat You have not forgivenme, or one for which Youintend to punish me, or onewhereby You would judgeme, forgiveme before therise of the dawn this nightand before the passage ofthis month, O Most Mercifulof the merciful!

This eloquent and thought-provoking supplication in the Divine Court was bequeathed to humanity by Imam Ja’farSadeq (AS), the 6th Infallible Heir of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). It has been recorded on the authority of the Imam’s companion, Abu Baseer, in the famous book “al-Kafi”, compiled over a millennium and a century ago by the eminent Iranian Islamic scholar, ShaikhKulayni. The faithful punctually recite it and by pondering over its contents awaken their conscience. Let us bid you goodbye by reciting another passage from this excellent Ramadhan Farewell Supplication which is indeed a food for thought.

“Exaltedbe Your praise, for Yourhelp in observing it, by enablingus to fulfill the dutyof carrying out its fasts andperforming its players andacts of piety, thanksgivingand remembrance.

O Allah, accept that fromus with Your most graciousacceptance, disregardingour faults, with pardon, forgiveness,forbearance andYour true approval, so thatwe are blessed therein byYou withsuccess in obtainingevery coveted good andYour plenteous gifts, andare protected therein fromevery outrage, affliction andsin.

“O Allah, I beseech You by the greatest of Your noble Names by which any of Your creatures has besought You, and with their beautiful praises and choicest of supplications, to bless Muhammad and the Progeny of Muhammad, and to make this month the best Ramadhan that has passed for us since You have sent us into the world in its blessedness with regard to the safety of my faith, the deliverance of my soul, the fulfillment of my needs…”

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