Imam Zaid Shakir
As we stand on the verge of beginning the great fast,
let us pray that the blessings we enjoy are decreed to last.
Let us pray for the people, who have lost their homes, fields and cattle in the flood, that they
are patient and see their sins washed away by torrents of forgiveness and divine love.
Let us pray for all of those living in lands that have been invaded and occupied, that their resolve
for deliverance is not weakened nor their hearts rendered cold, callous and dry.
Let us pray for the elders who have seen only war as successive decades pass by, that they are
not so traumatized that they cannot find tears to cry.
Let us pray for the fathers, who watch as their sons are mercilessly dragged away, that they will
live to see the justice of a better day.
Let us pray for our sisters, who with such great dignity represent all of us, that they never lose sight
of the fact that they are carrying a divine trust.
Let us pray for the teachers, who toil sometimes in unbearable situations, that they remain strong and
undaunted in their commitment to future generations.
Let us pray for the believers everywhere,
that they are the recipients of divine aid and celestial care.
Let us pray for the babies, be they little boys or girls,
that they will be blessed to inherit a saner, safer and more secure world.
Let us pray for this troubled nation we live in,
to realize that we cannot forever escape the wages of our sins.
Let us pray for the children, whose mothers or fathers have been deported, that their dreams will not be deferred nor their hearts distorted.
Let us pray for the legions, who for someone’s profits have been incarcerated, that through the message of the Prophet their minds can be liberated.
Let us pray for all of the boys and girls in the ‘hood,
to learn that virtue is its own reward, and that its recompense is always good.
Let us pray for even the malicious fools, who picket Masjids and burn the Qur’an, that they repent, are guided, and come to know the blessings of Ramadan.