۱۰ خرداد ۱۳۹۹ | May 30, 2020
ramadan

اَللّـهُمَّ اجْعَلْ سَعْيي فيهِ مَشْكُوراً،

O Allah, on this day, make my efforts worthy of appreciation,

وَذَنْبي فيهِ مَغْفُوراً

my sins forgiven,

وَعَمَلي فيهِ مَقْبُولاً،

my deeds accepted,

وَعَيْبي فيهِ مَسْتُوراً،

and my flaws concealed,

يا اَسْمَعَ السّامِعينَ.

O the best of those who hear.

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* Ramadan, a Means toward the Deeds which are Worthy of Allah’s Recognition and Appreciation 

The month of Ramadan is a time for cultivating piety in oneself and engaging in self-purification and moral training. It is therefore the best opportunity to purify oneself and cultivate piety in oneself to the point where one would become worthy of being granted entry in to Paradise and to do good deeds for one’s eternal life in the Hereafter.

This issue has also been reflected in the Islamic traditions; for instance, Imam al-Ṣādiq (‘a) has been quoted as saying: “The gates of the heavens are open in the month of Ramadan, devils are in chains, and the good deeds of the believers are accepted.

To such people who seize this great opportunity toward earning the good pleasure of Allah, Allah will say the following in Paradise:

إِنَّ هذا كانَ لَكُمْ جَزاءً وَ كانَ سَعْيُكُمْ مَشْكُوراً

Indeed, this is your reward, and your endeavor has been appreciated.”

By delving in to the deep meaning of the word “مشکورا” [meaning appreciated] used in this Quranic verse and also in the supplicatory prayer of Ramadan 26th one realizes that this word is used to refer to a reward far greater than Paradise. Because the depth and grandeur of the appreciation of an individual is obviously based on how great their own self and essence is not based on the quality or amount of what the other person has done.

This being said, it is clear that Allah’s appreciation of good deeds will be based on His infinite essence; this means that Allah will appreciate the good deeds of His servants in this world with unimaginably great rewards, both physical and spiritual ones.

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