Gratitude via Prayers | Ramadan Reflects by Mujeeb Jaihoon (Day 02)
The fabric of Human relationship is woven with the gentle thread of gratitude. Appreciation and Reciprocation are essential for a strong bond between individuals and communities, both at the physical and spiritual domains. But gratitude should be fostered first on earth before it rises to the Heavens.
Ramadan has an inextricable relationship with the Holy Book, for both historic and spiritual reasons. Its magnetic verses are whole meal and drink for the believer undergoing hunger and thirst.
It is no coincidence that the only religious text certified by historians for its historic, if not religious, authenticity is the Quran. The very fact that there no two versions or editions of its Text, notwithstanding the 1000 and 1 sects among Muslims, is the greatest miracle of any known book in the world. And the whole of humanity is indebted to the earnest efforts of the Companions of the Prophet in this colossal service of its preservation. If not for no other reason, while there are plenty though, the preservation of Allah’s Book is suffice to enroll them as the best of Community of all times.
As we hold the Mus’haf, i.e. the compiled text, in our hand, we recall with gratitude the shy and modest Uthman bin Affan, the third caliph of Islam whose resolute dedication crowned the compilation process, which began during the times of Abu Bakr, the first Caliph, at the persuasion of the visionary Umar bin Al Khattab and the hearty support rendered by all those who had memorized the verses. May Allah be pleased with them.
“Whoever does you a favor, then reciprocate, and if you cannot find anything with which to reciprocate, then pray for him until you think that you have reciprocated him”, said the Holy Prophet.
We cannot travel in time to kiss the hands in gratitude of those noble souls of the past for their celebrated contribution. The least and the best we can do to return their favor is to pray for them.