The moment we’ve been waiting for, Ramadan has finally arrived upon many of us!
I hardly got any sleep last night, but when I heard the salat al qiyaam call from the Masjid Al Haram, I was like yaaaayy. I risked burning a few samoosas when I went to turn the volume higher, but khair inshaAllah. 😳 It seems like everything has gone back to normal with Sheikh Shuraim and Sheikh Sudais leading together, unless they decide to bring another a pair tomorrow.
However, it was pretty thought provoking that Sheikh Shuraim cried in the first rakah. Usually, the Haram’ain imaams just flow through the first several nights, and then slowly as the middle and especially towards the end, they truly choke up in tears. When he came to the following ayah, he got emotional and couldn’t control himself until he went in ruku…
They (think to) deceive Allah and those who believe, while they only deceive themselves, and perceive (it) not!
Those who are aware, know that Saudi Arabia only had an hour within the birth of the moon and their Maghrib. Therefore, their “sighting” it at Maghrib was impossible, as it is not visible to the naked eye. Amazingly, these sightings do not occur in Makkah or Madeenah where the millions of people are, but in some remote area where an 85 year old man sees it. This is a sign of Qiyamah that has come true during the last several years.
Hadhrat Anas (Radiallahu Anhu) narrates, “One of the signs of Qiyamah will be that the moon will be sighted before it appears on the horizon, and people will say regarding the moon of the first night (of the month) that “this is the moon of the second night”.
For those living in the Middle East, it doesn’t matter, its not your choice, because the ruler is Muslim. Technically, for fooling his subjects, he is held accountable to Allah. May Allah help the rulers on that day when they are need of mercy. For those living in the West, fear Allah and try to do the right thing. Why do I care so much? Well, you’re fasting on the wrong day, and ultimately end Ramadan on the wrong day therefore missing out on a fardh fast, and the nights of Qadr are mixed up.
Maghrib has yet to come for us, so I’m clueless whether it will be Ramadan tonight, however more than likely we will start on Saturday night. Ah, I’m sooo excited for Ramadan. May we all make the most of this beloved month. 🙂