UUM ONLINE: Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Alhamdulillah, let us give our most heartfelt thanks to Allah (the Most Glorified and the Most Exalted) for it is by His leave that Muslims the world over have been granted the opportunity to celebrate the advent of the month that is replete with blessing, grace, and forgiveness, that is, Blessed Ramadan 1438H.
The noble month of Ramadan is the month for the faithful to enthusiastically pursue merits because this is the month in which Allah (the Most Glorified and the Most Exalted) promises to lavish manifold rewards to the staunchly pious and those who conscientiously perform good deeds for the benefit of others. Giving alms is one of the good deeds that is very highly recommended in Islam, as is stated in a hadith from Riwayat Bukhari, which goes:
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him): “Indeed, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the most generous of people. And his generosity used to reach its zenith in the month of Ramadan when Jibril met him. He used to meet with Jibril every night of Ramadan to learn about the Qur'an. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was the most generous person, even more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds)…”
The generosity of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is a trait that we have to emulate, and cultivate, so as to reap as many merits as possible in our quest to gain the acceptance of Allah (the Most Glorified and the Most Exalted). Giving alms during this month will also enable the poor and the destitute living amongst us to share with us the joy of fasting and of breaking the fast.
We could redeem ourselves from such failings by contributing a portion of our food to our neighbours and inculcate generosity in our midst, banish envy from the hearts of the less fortunate, foster fraternal bonding, and avert wastefulness, which can nullify the merits of fasting.
Lastly, I wish all Muslim members of the Universiti Utara Malaysia campus community, Ramadan Kareem (Blessed Ramadan). I fervently hope that the attitude of generosity and the spirit of helping one another in the Muslim community, which we shall nurture throughout Ramadan, will flourish within each and every member of the community and, thence, develop into an abiding culture of help and cooperation, and spill gainfully into our pursuit of excellence in the here and now and the hereafter.
I wish all a Happy Ramadan Al-Mubarak.
Professor Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak
Universiti Utara Malaysia
Translated by Ravi Rao
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