‘How to maximize Allah’s grace during Ramadan’
UNLIKE other 11 months of Muslim lunar calendar, the holy month of Ramadan offers Muslims opportunity to build up righteous deeds, erase all wrongdoings and earn superfluous blessing of the Almighty.
As a result, the Muslims Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) has therefore called on Muslims to spread acts of generosity among Muslims and non-Muslims during the blessed month.
The Executive Chairman, MPAC, Disu Kamor, in a statement said during Ramadan, Muslims have a unique opportunity to channel the charitable spirit of Ramadan into giving back to their local communities through acts of service and compassion.
“Today, we thank Allah (SWT) for His special blessings on us individually and on our nation. We will take advantage of the days and nights of worship throughout the month of Ramadan to remember all Nigerians that were directly touched by all violent attacks, those living in IDPs camps, families of the victims, friends and loved ones of all those who have been kidnapped, murdered or affected in any way by all acts of terrorism, aggression, oppression and persecutions.
“Ramadan marks the revelation of the first verses of the Qur’an more than 1,400 years ago, and as such we urge all those newly elected into public offices to imbibe the sublime virtues, ethics and accountability which the Qur’an calls to in public offices,” he said.
MPAC however congratulates all Muslims for witnessing a month which Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) described as the most blessed month of the year.
“It’s the best season for offering good deeds and gaining rewards. It is the month of reciting the Qur’an, fasting, saying dhikr (remembrance of Allah), performing i`tikaf (spiritual retreat in the mosque), and visiting Muslims.
“During this month, more than 1.7 billion Muslims worldwide will practice compassion, restraint and generosity as a reflection of their commitment to God and in fulfillment of the commandment of fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam. We pray that Allah make this month for us all a month that is filled with piety, forgiveness and blessings. Amin.”
Kamor quoted the holy prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in his address to his companions on the last day of Sha’ban as saying: “Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; a month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray at night.