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Ramadan Kareem!

As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

Alhamdulillah, Allah has brought us again to the blessed month of Ramadan through His Mercy—the month of striving in obedience and supplications, the month of fasting, reading the Qur’an, standing in prayer at night, and seclusion in the mosque; the month which has the Night of Decree, a single night that is better than a thousand months.

How many of our Brothers and Sisters around the world were waiting for this month and are no more! We must be mindful of the enormous privilege and blessing of witnessing this month and take care to invest these precious moments wisely.

This Ramadan, let us develop a sense of responsibility toward our Lord, ourselves, our family, and community. Let us resolve to stay away from oversleeping, idle talk, overindulging in food, extravagant parties, and wasting time on TV programs and the social media. Let us reach out to new Muslims and Muslims going through trials to make them feel part of a strong Muslim community. Let us strive hard to gain the forgiveness and blessings of our Creator, and revive the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet ﷺ.

We all need to constantly purify our intentions and seek steadfastness—what better time to take ourselves to account and renew our intentions than this blessed month?

Ramadan Mubarak, may Allah accept every good deed done sincerely for His sake.
Taqabbal Allaahu minnaa wa minkum saalihil ‘aamaal.

Yours Islamically,
Dr. Bilal Philips

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