Posted on April 24, 2020
“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you so that you may become righteous” al-Baqarah 183
Respected brothers and sisters in Islam.
Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wa Barakatu.
The Muslim Judicial Council (SA)’s General Majlis, Executive Council and Senior Council would like to wish all Muslims a Ramadhan Kareem.
The month of Ramadhan is indeed upon us and with it the blessings of Almighty Allah. The global Muslim community will experience this month of Ramadhan in a different way compared to previous years. Through Allah’s Mercy and Grace, the rewards, blessings, and spiritual upliftment that one can derive from this month remains unchanged.
Ramadhan is an opportunity for all Muslims to gain closeness to Almighty Allah. Our fasting and Taraweeh Salaah as well as displaying exemplary character, patience and being charitable will elevate our status with Allah.
We must further develop our Taqwa, or consciousness of Allah. Fasting is not only staying away from food and drink, but it is also staying away from that which is displeasing to Allah. Let this Ramadhan be a platform from where we start a life in obedience to Allah.
Ramadhan Is the month of the Quran, we encourage Muslims to increase in their recitation and interaction with the Quran. Learn, read, and study the Quran. If our connection with the Quran is strong, then our connection with Allah will also be strong.
We call upon all Muslims to adhere to the lockdown regulations and to stay home. Perform Taraweeh at home as a family and grow spiritually as a family. Your reward will be the same with Allah.
Even though we are social distancing, our hearts must remain connected and we must not forget to make duah for all Muslims, especially those who are in difficulty and who are living under oppression.
We must not fail in our duty towards the poor and needy. The spirit of sharing is deeply rooted in our culture as Muslims in the Cape and more so in the month of Ramadhan. With the lockdown in place, there is an even bigger need for assistance, we therefore kindly request of our community to respond positively when called upon.
We pray for the rest of humanity and beseech Almighty Allah’s assistance and His cure to this pandemic. Ameen
Your brother in Islam.
Shaykh Irafaan Abrahams