The Way of Bidding Farewell to the Holy Month of Ramadan
Despite all its auspiciousness and happiness Eid al-Fitr puts us in a feeling of eagerness and regret. On one hand we are proud of passing Divine exams and fulfilling His commandment, but on the other hand we are so sorry for missing the period full of the blessings and assistance of Allah (SWT). By the arrival of Eid al-Fitr, Ramadan leaves us and our eyes will be gazed to its return till next year. Departing this noble month is well felt by those who experienced the pleasure of fasting, breathed in the blessing and forgiving atmosphere of this month, and who where relieved from evil of the Satan.
All people, more or less, feel a sense of regret by departure of this Holy month; however, no one will be as regretful as Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.), who are the leading ones in the way of obedience of Allah (SWT). Imam Sajjad (A.S.), the noble and great teacher of praises and supplications, have taught us the way of bidding farewell to this month in the 45th supplication of Sahifa Sajjadiah. In this supplication, after praising Allah (SWT), the Imam thanks Allah (SWT) for assigning special duties in this precious period, which helped the Muslims to gain proximity to Him. Then the Imam continues as follows:
“This month stood among us in a standing place of praise and profited us with the most excellent profits of the world's creatures. Then it parted from us at the completion of its time, the end of its term, and the fulfillment of its number.
So we bid farewell to it with the farewell of one whose parting pains us, whose leaving fills us with gloom and loneliness…
Peace be upon you, O most noble of accompanying times…
Peace be upon you, the companion who is great in worth when found and whom your absence makes us unhappy when lost…
Peace be upon you, the companion who brought comfort to our hearts when coming, thus making us happy, and peace be upon you, who left loneliness when going, thus giving anguish!
Peace be upon you, helper who aided against Satan, companion who made the paths of good-doing, easy for us!
Peace be upon you, How numerous sins you erased! How numerous faults you covered over!
Peace be upon you, How drawn out were you for the sinners! How awesome were you in the hearts of the faithful!
Peace be upon you, just as you has entered upon us with blessings and cleansed us of the defilement of offenses!
Peace be upon you, How much we craved you yesterday! How intensely we shall yearn for you tomorrow!
[O Allah] Please accept our apology for being negligent about your right in this month and make our lives reach the next month of Ramadan...
O Allah, with the passing of this month make us pass forth from our offenses, with its departure make us depart from our evil deeds, and appoint us thereby among its most felicitous people, the most plentiful of them in portion, and the fullest of them in share.
O Allah, any person who observed this month as it should be observed, safeguarded its inviolability as it should be safeguarded, attended to its bounds as they should be, attended to fear its misdeeds as they should be feared, or sought nearness to you with any act of nearness-seeking which makes incumbent upon him your good pleasure, give to us the like [of that] You give these person from Your wealth, bestow it upon us in multiples through Your bounty, Your bounty does not diminish and Your treasures do not decrease…
O Allah, we repent to You in Eid al-Fitr which You have appointed for the faithful a festival and a joy for the believers a time of assembly and gathering, from every misdeed we did, ill work we sent ahead, or evil thought we secretly conceived, the repentance of one who does not harbor a return to sin and who afterwards will not go back to offense, an unswerving repentance rid of doubt and wavering. So accept from us, be pleased with us, and fix us within it" (1)
We hope that Allah (SWT) lengthen the lives of ours and our friends with obedience so that we may witness the blessed month of Ramadan once more, and shower us with His blessings and kindness.
1- A part of 45th supplication of Sahifa Sajjadiah, translated by William Chittick with minor changes.