Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ibn Rajab on Parting with Ramadan

The hearts of the righteous people are filled with longing, lamenting from the pain of departure. How can a believer not shed tears upon its [Ramadan] departure when he does not know if he will live to see it again? O Ramadan! Be gentle, the tears of your lovers are pouring out. Their hearts are torn from the pain of your departure. Perhaps standing to bid you farewell will extinguish the burning fire of longing. Perhaps taking a moment to repent will mend everything that has been torn in fast. Perhaps one cut off from the procession of those whose fast has been accepted will be joined with them. Perhaps the one imprisoned by his sins will be freed. Perhaps one deserving to be punished in Hell will be liberated. Perhaps the mercy of the Lord will be granted to the sinner.
-Ibn Rajab, Lata'if al-Ma'arif, translated by Imam Zaid Shakir
http://www.newislamicdirections.com/nid/notes/ramadan_lessons_true_liberation#sthash.XQdfPnFR.dpuf