RNA – Speaking at the Imam Ali Mosque in Stockholm, Sweden, Hujjat al-Islam Sayyid Murtadha al-Kashmiri emphasized the necessity of spiritual preparations to welcome the holy month of Ramadhan.
The representative of Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani in Europe referred to the sermon of the Prophet Muhammad on the last Friday of Sha’ban on the reception of the month of Ramadhan and said, “Ramadhan is undoubtedly the best month of the year and has many characteristics and benefits. Therefore, it is important to think a lot about how you can prepare yourself and the Muslim community to welcome Ramadhan.”
Referring this sermon from the Prophet Muhammad who said, “It [Ramadhan] is the month which invites you to be the guests of God and invites you to be one of those near to Him,” he stated, “Muslims must cleanse their souls before the holy month of Ramadhan and the rights must be given to God Almighty and the people. The doors of the repentance and the mercy of God are open to the servants this month.”
Hujjat al-Islam al-Kashmiri stated, “Muslims must prepare themselves by rejecting the oppression and granting the rights of others because the prayer of the oppressors and someone has violated the rights of others will not be answered. The prayer of the oppressed person will be answered and God hears the voice of the oppressed.”
He emphasized the necessity of reforming the relations between believers and continued, “The supplication of the people whose hearts are full of grudge and spite will also not be answered. The Prophet of God said, ‘Do not harbour grudge against one another, nor jealousy, nor enmity and do not show your backs to one another and become as fellow brothers and slaves of God’ and ‘Verily, jealousy consumes all goodness just as the fire consumes firewood.’”
Hujjat al-Islam al-Kashmiri said that meeting with the needy families and examining them in the early days of the holy month of Ramadhan is necessary and said, “There are families who are unable to clothe themselves and we who have a good financial condition must assist the needy.”
Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.
During Ramadhan, Muslims fast as an effective way of practicing self-discipline. They are also expected to strengthen their character through self-restraint, charitable-giving and introspection.
Rasa News Agency