Welcoming Ramadan

August 2, 2011

Assalamu’alaykum,

Ramadan kareem to you and your families! Princeton Muslim Life marks the beginning of this blessed month. From all of us at Princeton University we wish you a blessed and fruitful month of fasting, devotion, and spiritual elevation. May Allah ta’ala accept our fasts, charity, and good deeds during this month.

This Ramadan let us remember that less is more…Less consumption of food, less waste, less futile speech, less sleep. And, in return we get so much more…More good deeds, more spiritual rewards, more awakening of our souls, and more of a deeper relationship with Allah, the Messenger (s), and the Wise Qur’an. Spend Ramadan wisely, my dear brothers and sisters, for you never know when this blessed guest will come around in your lifetime for the very last time. Make a plan of how much Qur’an you want to read, reflect upon, and memorize during this month. Make a committment to get rid of at least one bad habit, and to pick up a good new habit that will last you beyond Ramadan. Give much in charity through your wealth and deeds to local and international worthy efforts. Remember those who are struggling with oppression when you make dua’ for yourself and for your family and loved ones every night. This Ramadan, take another step in becoming masters over your ego, desires, and wants, and learn to direct them for the pleasure of Allah (swt). May Allah make it easy for us, Ameen.

Every day in Ramadan we will breakfast (iftar) together in Murray-Dodge Hall beginning with Maghrib. Everyone is welcome. Please make a donation or volunteer to cook to sponsor one of our iftars this month. This month as we fast and break fast together, let us experience as much of a Green Ramadan as possible. Everyone is responsible for thinking of the environment and making a commitment to use less resources during this month of fasting.