In deference to this holy day, the first Friday of Ramadhan, the day of the Muslim sabbath, let us raise our hands in a communal supplication of Allah Azza wa jalla, the One and Only God, the One and Only Truth, the One and Only Eternity . To Him Alone singeth the stars, whispereth the earth, speaketh the Universe. The morning dew, the first ray of day, the breathing grass, the warbling bird, the gurgling stream, the rustling breeze, the mewing kitten, the nuzzling fawn, the setting sun, the shimmering moonlight...yea..all sing his Praise ; a symphony of perfect harmony. Lets join them as the One and Only believers of the Almighty and sing a paen of praise to his Eternal Glory..........................
Praise belongs to Allah,
the First, without a first before Him,
the Last, without a last behind Him
Beholders' eyes fall short of seeing Him,
describers' imaginations are not able to depict Him.
He originated the creatures through His power with an origination,
He devised them in accordance with His will with a devising.
Then He made them walk on the path of His desire,
He sent them out on the way of His love.
They cannot keep back
from that to which He has sent them forward,
nor can they go forward
to that from which He has kept them back.
He assigned from His provision to each of their spirits
a nourishment known and apportioned.
No decreaser decreases those whom He increases,
no increaser increases those of them whom He decreases.
Then for each spirit He strikes a fixed term in life,
for each He sets up a determined end;
he walks toward it through the days of his span,
he overtakes it through the years of his time.
Then, when he takes his final step
and embraces the reckoning of his span,
Allah seizes him to the abundant reward
or the feared punishment
to which He has called him,
That He may repay those who do evil for what they have done
and repay those who do good with goodness
as justice from Him
(holy are His names, and manifest His boons).
He shall not be questioned as to what He does,
but they shall be questioned
Praise belongs to Allah, for,
had He withheld from His servants the knowledge to praise Him
for the uninterrupted kindnesses
with which He has tried them
and the manifest favours
which He has lavished upon them,
they would have moved about in His kindnesses
without praising Him,
and spread themselves out in His provision
without thanking Him.
Had such been the case,
they would have left the bounds of humanity
for that of beastliness
and become as He has described in the firm text of His Book:
They are but as the cattle—nay, but they are further astray from the way!.
Praise belongs to Allah, for
the true knowledge of Himself He has given to us,
the thanksgiving He has inspired us to offer Him,
the doors to knowing His Lordship He has opened for us,
the sincerity towards Him in professing His Unity
to which He has led us,
and the deviation and doubt in His Command
from which He has turned us aside
a praise through
which we may be given long life
among those of His creatures who praise Him,
and overtake those who have gone ahead
toward His good pleasure and pardon;
a praise through which
He will illuminate for us the shadows of the interworld,
ease for us the path of the Resurrection,
and raise up our stations
at the standing places of the Witnesses
on the day when every soul will be repaid
for what it has earned -
they shall not be wronged;
the day a master shall avail nothing a client,
and they shall not be helped;
which will rise up from us to the highest of the 'Illiyun
in a book inscribed,
witnessed by those brought nigh,
a praise whereby
our eyes may be at rest when sight is dazzled,
our faces whitened when skins are blackened,
a praise through which
we may be released from Allah's painful Fire
and enter Allah's generous neighbourhood.
a praise by which
we may jostle the angels brought nigh
and join the prophets, the envoys,
in a House of Permanence that does not remove,
the Place of His Generosity that does not change.