May the holy month of ramadan bind the whole Islamic world together in a spirit of joyous unity
Ramadan, from whose material wealth the whole Islamic world benefits, is a holy month that is instrumental in Muslims binding together in a spirit of joyous unity. The bonds of love among Muslims are further strengthened with the fervor that comes from being honored by the prosperity and abundance of this holy month. With the month of Ramadan there is a fervent joy and excitement in the entire Islamic world, and spiritual profundity increases many times over. Muslims' feelings of love, compassion, forgiveness, mutual aid and solidarity are strengthened still further. Throughout this holy month, Muslims share the fervent joy of Ramadan all together, by remembering God, giving thanks for His blessings and praying for one another. The moral virtues of Muslims affected by the spirituality of this holy month are improved yet further. To put it another way, religious observance in the month of Ramadan is inextricably bound up with the joy of faith, and spiritual unity and togetherness. The enthusiasm and excitement that stem from this spiritual profundity that Ramadan bestows on Muslims manifest themselves in sincere talk and the lavish tables of iftar. Those in need of help are watched over, feeding the poor produces an enormous lightness of conscience and fasting and protecting the poor give Muslims a joy and ease of heart that stems from performing the religious observances commanded by God. Just as in the past, Ramadan today is a time that Muslims await with longing and great excitement, when warmth, sincerity, love, respect and brotherhood are enjoyed to the full. Everyone fasts together and performs the Ramadan prayers, and for a month a spirit of friendship and solidarity enfolds the hearts of all Muslims. The unity and union enjoyed during Ramadan must act as a role model One of Muslims' greatest needs today is the establishment of a climate in which Muslims can always feel the sense of solidarity, union and unity ruled by the love that expects no reward, and friendship, brotherhood and solidarity that prevail throughout the month. The Muslims of the world must come together and a new age of peace, security and solidarity everywhere must dawn, in which the greatest possible measure of love and respect prevail. God commands this in the Qur'an as an obligation for believers: Obey God and His Messenger and do not quarrel among yourselves lest you lose heart and your momentum disappear. And be steadfast. God is with the steadfast. (Surat al-Anfal, 46) The solidarity and union of the month of Ramadan must form the basis of daily life in the Islamic world, no division or aloofness must be permitted between brother countries, communities must treat one another with love, affection and compassion, all obstacles to love and closeness must be torn down, hearts must be softened, and most especially people must embrace everyone else, with no discrimination of the basis of sect or opinion. There is no doubt that this is what is required by both the moral values of the Qur'an and by the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (saas): ... Do not quarrel with one another. Do not be hostile to one another. Do not sever the good relations among you. Do not turn your backs on or be offended by one another, but be servants of God and brothers. (Ibn al-Majah, Vol. 10, p. 32) Therefore, relations between Muslims must be based first and foremost on a deep love. It must not be forgotten that one of the main features of the paradise that believers compete with one another to enter is that it is a place of infinite love, brotherhood and peace. God reveals in many verses of the Qur'an that Muslims are brothers, for which reason they must be unified and united. In a verse, we read as follows: 'The believers are brothers…' (Surat al-Hujurat, 10) With these glad tidings we wish the Islamic world all the very best for the month of Ramadan and hope for health, peace, abundance and the joy of faith from Almighty God for all our Muslim brothers and sisters.