Al-Wida`a

Farewell

by La'l

translated from Urdu by Ustaz Ishaak Rawoot of the
Khaana-e-Adab School of Urdu Grammar

As you take leave of us, we sadly say:
"Farewell 0 month of Ramadan."

As you take leave of us, we sadly say:
"Farewell 0 month of Kindness."

As you take leave of us, we sadly say:
"Farewell 0 month of High status."

As you take leave of us, we sadly say:
"Farewell 0 month of Salvation."

As you take leave of us, we sadly say:
"Farewell 0 month of Mysticism."

As you take leave of us, we sadly say:
"Farewell 0 month of Divine Integrity."

When this month of fasting arrives, all
true believers become ecstatic.

They all say in one voice: "We shall all
enjoy worshipping our Creator Most High
with consistency."

The true believers are overjoyed at the
arrival of this month, their hearts
becoming filled with the invocation of the
Almighty's name.

They free themselves from wrongful
innovations and infidelity.

You are on your way and they all profess
their sadness.

Oh! Alas! How negligent we have been. Oh
woe unto us! We have lost forever, the
benefits of this auspicious month.

Not for even a moment did we devote
ourselves in submission to our Creator
Most High. There was no enjoyment in it.
No gain!

Alas! Alas! We have been blessed to meet
with you, 0 month of Divine Light, after an
entire year. We left our native homes to
eke out a living in some foreign unknown
land.

Whom shall we share our grief with, so far
away from home?

Every heart is abounding in the
remembrance of the Creator, Most High.

Day in and day out, Divine Light descends
on us in the days of your visit. Because of
you, the true believers were joyous
continuously. You are now taking leave,
and they are all feeling a sense of grief.

Oh illuminating month, you are truly a
month full of strange bounties.
The Creator Most High is pleased with the
true believers.

You are making every heart your captive.
Loving you is an experience on its own.
How is it at all possible for us to calculate
your status?

You have brought the pleasure of the
Almighty Creator on us.

The sounds of Taraawih could be heard everywhere.

We were avid in our worship day and
night.

You were so full of strange bounties, 0
month of good qualities.

Every true believer's heart, La'l, was alive
because of you dear month of Ramadan.

Why should we not lament your departure?

May the Creator Most High show us your grace again, quickly.