Ramadan Reflections: A Sense of Closeness

Ramadan Reflections
From an Anonymous Contributor

In my youth, I didn’t really appreciate Ramadan much, except that it was a period of refraining from eating and drinking and nothing else; and waiting for Eid. As I grew older, and hopefully more mature, I began to realise and appreciate the significance of Ramadan. It was a period of increasing and refining deeds; of giving and sharing; of repentance and forgiveness; of limitless love and mercy. The rounds of aimless tawafs at the bazaars lessened, unnecessary socialising gradually diminished, heedless and mindless activities slowly faded away.

Last Ramadan however, was quite a different experience. With His Grace, I was invited to attend the rare and unique gathering of reading the Sahih of Imam Bukhari, from start to finish, over a period of 10 days, in Malaysia. People from various countries and background attended.

The program would begin around 9 in the morning and end close to midnight, with breaks for prayer, iftar, tarawih, etc. Some would take the opportunity during the short breaks for the much needed rest, while some would catch up with their tilawah and tadabbur of the Qur’an.

During the majlis, everyone would be listening attentively to the hadiths read by the asatizahs, who took turns to read. The scholars would be listening and checking the readings against their texts, while explaining the meanings of certain hadiths, and salawat would be recited every time the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) was mentioned.

However, as interesting the majlis might seem, it was no easy task staying attentive nor awake. It was a struggle for the body and the ego, but we encouraged one another, reminding that it was for the sake of Allah and His Prophet, and that it was not by random chance that we were ‘chosen’ from various faraway places to attend the majlis.

And although we may not fully understand the text and the context, through the blessings of the majlis, we felt a sense of closeness to the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him); his dealings and actions; silence and speech; guidance and wisdom, from all aspects of his life (peace and blessing be upon him).

The majlis was overseen by four notable scholars, namely; Shaykh Ahmad Khairani bin Rajab from India; Shaykh Muhammad Abu Bakr Daniel al-Muhajir from Britain; Shaykhah Fatin bte Muhammad Amin Kanakiri from Syria; and Shaykh Ali Sultan Hamid al-Jalabina from Jordan,  each of them through their chains of transmission of hadiths to Shaykh Zakaria al-Ansari, through his chains of transmission to Imam Abu Abdillah Muhammad bin Ismail al-Bukhari, through his chains of transmission to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Alhamdulillah!

And without fail, from my experience, it would always rain with a generous downpour during the khatm of the majlis, which I take to be a sign of His blessings and mercy. Allahu Akbar! May Allah bless us all this Ramadan, accept all our deeds and forgive all our sins.

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