Bravo graduates as we welcome Ramadan

Abdul Hameed Mpoza

The University of Lahore held its eighth convocation on April 30, 2018 and awarded gold medals and conferred upon over 6,000 graduates degrees in different disciplines. This recent convocation ceremony brings the total number of UOL alumni to over 27,000. This is a great achievement for the University, parents, graduates and the country at large. For the University, it is a great contribution to Pakistan’s human capital and the different 15 nationalities UOL students come from.

It is a huge sacrifice to educate a child at this time when local and global economies are shrinking. Parents, thank you. Students, you have also exhibited commitment and focus that is why you were able to graduate. The administrative units and academic staff thank you for this remarkable contribution. Thank you all and let us prepare the continuing students for other convocations to come.

Now, Ramadhan Al-Mubaarak is here. Fasting of this entire month is one of the five pillars of Islam. The main essence for prescribing fasting is the attainment of self-restraint (Taqwa). Allah SWT says; “O You who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn self-restraint (Taqwa)” Al-Baqarah 2:183. Precisely, fasting must make or train us to be aware of the presence of Allah in all our endeavors. We should learn and practice self-discipline and good manners generally.

It is the most important month for Muslims around the globe. It is our chance to recharge our spiritual ‘batteries’. We must be good to others, help the poor, perform our prayers in congregation, and spread love as much as we can. Let all the five senses observe fasting. Recite Quran, listen to it, make your tongue busy in remembrance of Allah, don’t miss taraweeh namaz, help others to break their fast (iftaar), wake up for tahajjud, and make a lot of dua. And finally, refrain from whatever displeases Allah. May Allah grant us good health and enable us to fast this entire month.

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