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OTM 1439AH (2018) Annual National Seminar
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بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

All praise is due to Allah, the Almighty, The Lord of the worlds, in Whose hand is the dominion of everything in the heavens and on earth as well as everything in-between them.

We thank Allah for granting us the privilege of being among His slaves who witnessed the beginning of this year’s Ramadan (Hijrah 1441) under unprecedented circumstances and spared our lives to celebrate the completion of the blessed month in sound health and in full submission to His unquestionable wills.

I pray Allah accepts all our good deeds – prayers, fasting, charity, dawah and strengthening of family ties – during the month and beyond. May He also forgive all our shortcomings, misdeeds and inactions, for indeed He is All-Forgiving and Ever-Merciful.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has indeed brought with it not only health challenges, but also innumerable constraints to our spiritual/religious activisms, economic freedom and social lifestyles.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, due to the pandemic, we have observed this year’s Ramadan under unforeseeable, unimaginable and unprecedented states of affairs that brought a set of ‘new norms’ into the ways we practise our deen and discharge our religious duties – a Ramadan without congregational obligatory prayers, devoid of soul-lifting recitation during Taraweeh and Qiyamul Layl and bereft of collective Iftar to fortify our social bonds.

Allah’s disobedience is today becoming the norms and such became manifested world over in the global oppression as perpetrated with impunity, corruptions in an organised syndicate grouping, gay practises, adultery, fornications, nudity, rape and all forms of social immoralities that have gone viral and mistakenly seen and upheld as signs of civilization but are outrightly condemned in all ramifications by our Creator and forbidden in His divine book yet globally celebrated! These and their likes are enough to trigger world pandemic as they had one time or the other competently destroyed earlier communities of the old.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,as disheartening as the situation might seem, it is my hope that the circumstances around this Ramadan must have strengthened our belief in the absolute power of Allah over every affair. This Ramadan came as a pointer to embolden us that only Allah is the Disposer of affairs, when He wills, how He wills and for whomsoever He wills. Allah says:
And never say of anything, “Indeed, I will do that tomorrow.” Except [when adding], “If Allah wills.” And remember your Lord when you forget [it] and say, “Perhaps my Lord will guide me to what is nearer than this to right conduct.” {Qur’an 18:(Kahf) verses 23 & 24}.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,know that, with the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Allah has established for us once again that only Him knows His soldiers with which He can test His creatures and punish the transgressors. May Allah guide our steps! Allah says:
‘And none knows the soldiers of your Lord except Him.’ {Qur’an 74:(Muddaththir) verse 31}

Dear Brothers and Sisters,take heed from this and be cautious of Allah in all you do. Do not be negligent of your responsibilities towards your Lord.

Those who have been afflicted by the unexplainable plague, particularly those who have died, may be hale and hearty before the outbreak of the pandemic. Hence, use your healthy period judiciously to seek the pleasure of Allah by obeying His instructions.
Allah says:
‘And worship your Lord until there comes to you the certainty (death).’ {Qur’an 15:(Hijri) verse 99}

Dear Brothers and Sisters, without doubt, the pandemic has been a cause of economic hardship and psychological distress for many due to loss of jobs, reduction in income and inability to meet their financial and social obligations. Therefore, let us go extra mile to identify and render assistance to those in need at this critical and trying time.

Lastly, Dear Brothers and Sisters,seek forgiveness of Allah for Allah’s forgiveness is a key that opens the door of His mercy and endless blessings. Allah says:
‘And said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers. And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers.’ {Qur’an 71:(Nuh) verses 10-12}.

I pray Allah heals the world from coronavirus pandemic and other afflictions plaguing humanity. May He open the door of His mercy unto us and preserve our lives on goodness.

عيد مبارك!
“تقبل الله منا ومنكم”
Eid Mubaarak!
Taqaaba’llahu minna wa minkum.

Was-Salaamu ‘Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabaarakaatuh.

Professor Qaasim Badmaasi
National Imaam,
Organization of Tadhamunul Muslimeen