My dear brothers and sisters. This week we enter the month of Sha’ban, alhamdul’illah. It is a great gift that Allah (swt) has allowed us to again come to this time of the year. And in one month, insha’allah we will enter the most blessed month of Ramadan. Sha’ban is a great opportunity for us to think about the things we need to from the past year and to look forward to and prepare for Ramadan.
سبحان الذي اسرى بعبده ليلا من المسجد الحرام الى المسجد الاقصى الذي باركنا حوله لنريه من اياتنا انه هو السميع البصير
Subhana allathee asra bi’abdihi laylan mina almasjidi alharami ‘ila almasjidi al-aqsa allathee barakna hawlahu linuriyahu min ayatina innahu huwa as-samee’u albaseer
Glory to (Allah) Who did take His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the farthest Mosque, whose precincts We did bless,- in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things).
As we progress through this month we are aware of the approach of Ramadan coming on the horizon. Our preparations for reaching that sacred time can prepare our heart for all the inner works and insights available to us during that time.
Of course we continue our du’a, imploring Allah (swt) to grant us blessing during this month and the next, Sha’aban, and allow us to reach Ramadan. This du’a can be repeated as often as you wish during these two months. Remember to clear your heart and mind of distractions and make your intention to sincerely ask for this blessing.
Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, a brilliant Indian musician, came to the West in 1910 at the behest of his Sufi teacher, Sayyed Muhammad Abu Hashim Madani, who charged him with a mission: to harmonize East and West with the music of his soul.
Each year as we approach the holy month of Ramadan we travel through two other months designated as sacred months in the Qur’an and Hadith. First we come to the seventh month of the Hijri year – Rajab, and then the eighth month – Sha’aban. Both of these months offer opportunities for preparing for Ramadan in both the exoteric and esoteric ways.