Its not just me who is wishing you a great Ramadan but Obama too. When I hear Obama speaking, he reinforces my belief and love for the US. Since I was 4 years old, I wanted to be in America. This post is really about Ramadan, not about why I love the American way of life. Maybe I will write more about that later. If you don’t know what Ramadan is, click here to find out the details.
اللّهم أني أستخيرُك بعلمك وأستقدرك بقدرتك وأسألك من فضلك العظيم فإنك تَقْدِرُ ولا أَقَدِْر وتعلَمْ ولا أَعْلَمْ وأنت علاَّمُ الغيوب .
اللّهم إن كنت تعلمُ (( ذكر المسألة )) خيرٌ لي في ديني ومعاشي وعاقبة أمري فاقْدُرْه لي ويسِّرْه لي .
وإن كان هذا الأمرُ شراً لي في ديني ومعاشي وعاقبة أمري فاصرفّهُ عني وأصرفني عنه واقْدِرْ لي الخير حيث كان ، ثم رَضّتَيِ به .
Sorry for non-Arabic readers. The concept of istkhara is amazing to me. Here is the translation from about.com:
Oh Allah! I seek Your guidance by virtue of Your knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power; I have none. And You know; I know not. You are the Knower of hidden things.
Oh Allah! If in Your knowledge, (this matter*) is good for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs, immediate and in the future, then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge, (this matter*) is bad for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs, immediate and in the future, then turn it away from me, and turn me away from it. And ordain for me the good wherever it may be, and make me content with it.
Ramadan has been tough this year. Work, fasting, and the long days have not been a great mix. I’m sad that I did not make the best out of this month. I found this great doa’a for Sheikh Ahmed Al-ajmi that is really touching. You can access it here. The link takes you directly to the mp3 file of the doa’a.