A Night with the Qur’an in this very busy Ramadhan!

Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

I know, I know, it’s been at least a week since I put a new post up and yes, I know, it’s not good!

So apart from the usual work, home and mosque lifestyle that I lead, what else have I been up to recently?

Well this Ramadhan has been so busy hasn’t it?  You get up for Sehri (pre-dawn meal) and after munching a bowl of porridge in a semi-sleepy stupor, make your way to the Mosque to read Fajr with congregation.  And after that the hard part – trying to fall asleep again on a full stomach and an active mind knowing full well that you’ve got to get up in a couple of hours to get to work – aaarrrggghhh!!!

And after spending a long hard day at work, all you feel like doing is going home, praying a bit of Qur’an, breaking your fast and relaxing a bit.  But no! It seems that as soon as you break your fast and have offered your Maghrib prayers, it’s time for Isha and Taraaweeh (where did the day go?) and that brings us nicely up to 11 pm (or thereabouts!) when all you’ve got left is the will to trudge back to bed knowing that you’ll be awake again in a few hours to repeat the cycle – phew!

But alhumdulillah (all Praise belongs to Allah) it’s all good!! Only through Allah’s Mercy do we find not only the time, but the energy to get through this and furthermore, it’s not as if we’re not getting anything out of it – oh no!  Not only is Allah rewarding us for every single miniscule hardship that we are enduring, but also for every time our stomach rumbles, every time we feel our throats are dry, for every letter of Qur’an we pray and not to mention every single Dua (supplication) we make.

Even when we’re tired, for every single ounce of tiredness there is great reward from Him who has no limit to the Bounties He can bestow or the Mercy with which He showers us with.

Last night we had a bit of a ’sleepover’ for the youngsters in Dewsbury at Zakaria Masjid.  Alhumdulillah things went really well and it seems like the boys had a good laugh as well as learning about the Qur’an which was the topic for the night.

Mufti Abu Bakr Karolia enlightened us with his extremely informative PowerPoint presentation about the Qur’an and we were also graced with the presence of Moulana Abrar who recited a beautiful Naat about out Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and also the venerable Qari Saeed Makda who infused the night with his beautiful recitation of the Qur’an

Pizzas and snacks were provided (!) and the lads from Ansaar lightened up the night with a highly entertaining Islamic Quiz of which there is still controversey as to who were the real winners!!

So alhumdulillah it was an extremely eventful ’sleepover’ with absolutely no sleeping bags and definitely no sleeping!  My thanks go out to Mufti Abu Bakr Karolia, Qari Saeed Makda, Moulana Abrar and our Imam saheb for their esteemed presence together with Abdul Wajid, Ebrahim Jogee and Abu Bakr Fadia and the rest of the Ansaar crew for being instrumental in the execution of this event.

And last but definitely not least, my thanks to all the local lads inlcuding Hafez Shoyab, Hafez Imran, Siraj, Max, Ma-aaz, Ismail, Hafez Yasser, Haroon, Elyas bhai and Ayub bhai for their much needed help and to the youth of Dewsbury who came and made it the night it was – may Allah accept us all.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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