During these blessed days of Dhul Hijjah, the weight of our good deeds are amplified, and it presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and reflect amongst these challenging times that we are facing as humanity. We understand and empathise with the disappointment regarding hajj restrictions this year, and pray that our brothers and sisters will be able to embark on hajj next year inshaAllah, provided we have returned to some semblance of normalcy.
Our masajid are now able to re-open for communal worship and many will have made preparations for Eid salah. It is of the utmost importance that we do this and continue to worship in the safest way possible, which means maintaining a distance, wearing face masks and taking extra precautions if we are high risk or live with someone who is. Our communities have done an incredible job of adapting to online spiritual development during the pandemic, and we must continue this so that those who are not able to attend the mosque are still able to engage with the services. We pray for all those involved with preparing our mosques and keeping them safe, from the trustees and committee members to the Imam and the stewards. We thank Allah for giving them the strength to keep us and our communities safe, and we ask Allah to continue to keep them safe.
Whilst usage of our masajid is still only for a limited number of people, the opportunity to host Eid salah in outdoor spaces or through hosting multiple congregations is a welcome reunion within our communities, and one that brings us great joy.
I would like to commend all our affiliates for their tireless community efforts, particularly during such turbulent and testing times. We are all blessed by the Almighty with the opportunity to serve our fellow brothers and sisters. InshAllah all of our efforts are rewarded.
As many struggle with dips in imaan during the months following Ramadan, we should strive to make the most out of the remaining days of Dhul Hijjah, and utilise it as a means of turning back to Allah and refocusing our intentions in all that we do.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days”.
I pray to Allah to keep you and your loved ones safe, particularly during these testing times. May you all enjoy and celebrate the day with loved ones, and may it be filled with peace and blessings.
MCB Secretary General