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Welcome to Ramadan from The British Board of Scholars & Imams (BBSI) 

As we start the month of Ramadan, we extend our heartfelt greetings and prayers to all members of our community. This auspicious month is a time for renewal, reflection, and spiritual elevation.

الْلَّھُم أَهِلَهُ عَليْنَا بِالْأمْنِ وَالإِيْمَانِ وَالْسَّلامَةِ وَالْإِسْلَامِ وَالْعَوْنٓ عَلَى الْصَّلاةِ وَالصِّيَامِ وَتِلَاوَةِ الْقُرْآَنِ الْلَّھُمّ سَلِّمْنَا لِرَمَضَانَ وَسَلِّمْهُ لنا وَتَسَلَّمْهُ مِنّا مُتَقَــبَّلاً يٓارٓبٓ العٓالِٓمينْ

In the spirit of unity and understanding, let us remember the diversity of opinions regarding the start date of Ramadan. It is crucial that we refrain from judging or condemning one another based on these differences, instead focusing on fostering harmony and mutual respect.

As we embark on this sacred journey, let us remember Allah’s words in the Qur’an: “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” (Qur’an 2:183). Let us strive to worship diligently, seeking Allah’s pleasure with sincerity and devotion.

This sacred month presents us with a golden opportunity for spiritual growth and transformation. Here are some additional points on how to benefit most from the month of Ramadan:

  1. Establish a Routine: Set a daily schedule that includes prayers, Qur’an recitation, and other acts of worship. Consistency is key to maximising the blessings of Ramadan.
  2. Increase Acts of Worship: In addition to fasting, engage in extra prayers such as Tarawih and Tahajjud. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever prays during the nights of Ramadan with faith and seeks His reward will have his past sins forgiven” (Bukhari).
  3. Reflect on the Qur’an: Dedicate time each day to recite and ponder over the meanings of the Qur’an. Allah says: “The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion” (Qur’an 2:185).
  4. Practice Patience and Gratitude: Use this month to cultivate patience and gratitude in your heart. Remember the words of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “Whoever does not give up false statements (i.e., telling lies), and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink” (Bukhari).
  5. Give Generously: Ramadan is a time for generosity and charity. Donate to those in need and support charitable causes within your community. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity” (Tirmidhi).
  6. Seek Forgiveness: Take advantage of the opportunity for repentance and seek forgiveness for past mistakes. Allah is the Most Merciful and Forgiving, and His doors of mercy are open wide during Ramadan.
  7. Pay Zakat: Fulfill your Zakat obligations during this month (if your Zakat due date falls in this month), purify your wealth, and aid those in need. Remember that Zakat is a means of purifying our wealth and seeking Allah’s pleasure.
  8. Make Dua: Take advantage of the special moments of acceptance during Ramadan and increase your supplications to Allah. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The dua of a fasting person will not be rejected” (Tirmidhi). Use this opportunity to ask for guidance, forgiveness, and blessings.
  9. Remember the Oppressed: Amidst our own blessings and comfort, let us not forget those who are suffering around the world. Make sincere dua for the oppressed and marginalised communities and strive to support them through charity and advocacy.
  10. Engage in Spiritual Reflection: Set aside time each day for self-reflection and introspection. Assess your deeds, seek forgiveness for your shortcomings, and make sincere intentions for positive change.

May this Ramadan be a time of spiritual growth, forgiveness, and blessings for all. Ramadan Mubarak!

Sincerely,

The British Board of Scholars & Imams (BBSI)