Sunday, August 23, 2009

Moon of the Month of Ramadan

Imam Zaynul Abidin (as), once, gazed at the new moon of the month of Ramadan while he was walking. He therefore stopped and said the following:

O obedient creature,

speedy and untiring,

frequenter of the mansions of determination,

moving about in the sphere of governance!

I have faith in Him Who lights up darknesses through you,

illuminates jet-black shadows by you,

appointed you one of the signs of His kingdom

And one of the marks of His authority,

So, He identified time through You,

And humbled you through increase and decrease,

And rising and setting,

And illumination and eclipse.

In all of this you are obedient to Him,

And prompt toward His will.

Glory be to Him! How wonderful is what He has arranged in Your situation!

How subtle what He has made for Your task!

He has made You the key to a new month for a new situation.

So I ask Allah, my Lord and Your Lord,

my Creator and Your Creator,

my Determiner and Your Determiner,

my Form-giver and Your Form-giver,

that He bless Mu¦ammad and his Household

and appoint You a crescent of blessings not effaced by days

and of purity not defiled by sins;

a crescent of security from blights

and of safety from evil deeds;

a crescent of auspiciousness containing no misfortune,

of prosperity accompanied by no adversity,

of ease not mixed with difficulty,

of good unstained by evil;

a crescent of security and faith,

favor and good-doing,

safety and submission!

O Allah, bless Mu¦ammad and his Household,

place us among the most satisfied of those over whom the crescent has risen,

the purest of those who have looked upon it,

the most fortunate of those who have worshiped You under it;

give us the success during [the new month] to repent,

preserve us within it from misdeeds and exposition to punishment,

allot to us within it thanksgiving for Your favor,

clothe us during it in the shields of well-being,

and complete for us Your kindness by perfecting therein obedience to You!

Surely You are All-kind, Praiseworthy.

And bless Mu¦ammad and his Household, the good, the pure.

And grant us aid from You to carry out that which You have ordered us to do in it;

Such as the obedience to You which You have made incumbent upon us,

and accept them from us, for You are the most Generous of all those who show generosity

and the most Merciful of all those who show mercy.

Respond! Respond! O the Lord of the Worlds.

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