Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wishing you a peaceable Ramadan

Ramadan Kareem to Sheikh Mo, the UAE family and to all my readers
Some 1.6 billion Muslims around the world today begin celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan.
With so much turmoil, violence and death around us again this Holy Month, I would like to dedicate this Ramadan to Sheikh Mo -- as we affectionately refer to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s Vice-President, Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai.
Thank you Sheikh Mo for creating a dream I can share. Thank you for keeping this country safe for us to build a home away from home.
It is every adult and healthy Muslim’s obligation to fast -- abstain from eating, drinking and sexual activity from dawn to dusk. But it is also a spiritual journey to avoid immoral behavior, anger and show compassion.
The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Holy Quran was gradually revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUP) over a period of 23 years.
I wish Sheikh Mo, the UAE family as well as my readers a blissful and blessed fasting month of Ramadan.
May Allah reward your self-restraint and answer your supplications.
Allah's Apostle said, "When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates
of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained."
[Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith no. 123, narrated by Abu Huraira]