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The Blessed Month of Ramadhan
By:Javaid Siddiqi President, ICNA
Date: Thursday, 17 May 2018, 4:32 pm

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

May 16, 2018

Assalam Alakum, Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,

Respected brothers and Sisters,

As The Blessed Month of Ramadhan approaches we are reminded of Allah SWT’s injunction:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

"O you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you as it has been prescribed for people before you so that you will (learn how to) attain Taqwa" (2:183)

As oft-repeated as we hear this verse, it comes alive each year as if with a new thought or at least a reminder of its sacredness to the true devotees of Allah SWT. It is a very special guest that comes yearly for an entire month. Like every special guest that comes we try to put on our best behavior and be on our best manners. We also ensure that we do not offend our guest as Rasoolullah SAS warned: Woe to the person who finds the month of Ramadhan but lets it come to an end without securing pardon for himself.

Lets make a commitment to take advantage of all the blessings Ramadan promises. Participate and support initiatives that continue the work of prophets and the command by our beloved Prophet peace and blessings be upon him when he announced on the plan of Arafat "Those who are present must deliver this message to those who are not". Today, we ask you to join hands with ICNA to deliver the Message of Islam to all those who were not present through our projects designed to "Share Islam and Service Humanity". We are grateful to Allah (SWT) for allowing us to reach the milestone of 50 years of serving and sharing His Deen in this land. We ask for you duaa, your participation and support.

May Allah accept from all of us and allow us to be saved from the fire of Hell in this blessed month of Ramadan.

Javaid Siddiqi
President, ICNA