After the 15th fasting day has came to an end now too, this is another post on this blessed month Ramadan. But this time I don’t want to annoy you with my thoughts and ramblings, but redirect you to the English translation of Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlavi (r.a.)’s ‘Akaabir Ka Ramadhan’ (translated ‘Ramadan of the Pious’). Compared to that booklet my writings are really a waste of paper… or actually space.
He already wrote much on this subject in the ‘Virtous of Ramadan’ chapter of his notorious book – ‘Faza’il-e-A’maal’. But because of some demanding friends he wrote this booklet to go further in detail about the practices, habits and routines of the saintly elders in this blessed month, ranging from Maulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (r.a.) over Hakeemul Ummat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (r.a.) till Shaikhul-Islam Maulana Madani (r.a.) and many others. Of course his late father Maulana Yahya Sahab (r.a.) and his late uncle Hazrat Maulana Ilyaas Sahab (r.a.) haven’t been left out.
Maulana Zakariyya Sahab (r.a.) concludes the booklet with a short Du’a (supplication) of his own, which I want to quote here.
“O Lord, through the blessings of the great guides,
Let mine ending be a righteous one,
Through the intercession of the family of the Rasul
And his companions let Thy Grace be my companion;
Grant to me, O Lord of All, that strength and might
That full control over myself I shall have;
Let it be that at the final hour the Kalimah be on my tongue,
And that on Judgement Day among the righteous I be raised
Grant me Thy Helping Hand in this world and the next
Through the blessings of every saintly, pious one.”
Finally read the english translation of the booklet typed up here:
May Allah give us the strength and motivation out of this nice literature to spend the remaining half of Ramadan in a better way than the first. May Allah forgive our sins and neglectfullness, we indeed can’t give this blessed month his rights like those before us did. Ameen.