With every minute of every day Allah gives Ramadan rewards away. Iftar* is a blessing, so is suhur*, And so is the hunger and thirst you endure. You pray morning, noon, and night to Him. He uses this to wipe away your sins. With all that you give to those less fortunate You earn His love, so it’s you that wins. Taraweeh, I’tikaaf, Laylatul-Qadr** – All ways to gain extra reward without measure. The spirit of unity and neighbourly love Gives your Lord the greatest pleasure. So with mind, body, and soul sing His praises – With each act of worship it’s your status He raises. And cherish the month, do all that you can, Because nothing is more rewarding than dear Ramadan.
The story behind the poem
In my previous post with the poem ‘What is Ramadan?’, I mentioned how some of the content I write for our local Ramadan guide is composed with a wider audience in mind of those less familiar with Islam and the holy month. The rest of the content is written for the Muslim readership from the angle of reflecting and reminding, with a view to inspiring readers and helping them get the most from their month. So when doing the special 10th anniversary edition of the book with verse instead of the usual information pages, I shaped those previous reminders of just how much there is to gain from Ramadan into a poem.
Footnotes: *The iftar is the meal at the end of the fast, at sunset, and suhur is the meal taken before dawn breaks and the fast begins.. **There are a number of practices and occasions that are particular to the month of Ramadan, and these are three of them. The Tararweeh is an additional nightly prayer in which the Qur’an is recited in full over the course of the month, while I’tikaaf is a period of total seclusion and immersive worship that some Muslims practice in the last third of month. Laylatul-Qadr, or the Night of Decree, also falls in the last ten days of Ramadan and is the night on which the Qur’an was first revealed. It is described ‘more blessed than a thousand months’, and people try to spend as much of the night as they can in extra worship.