The Divine Invitation (28)
The blessed month of Ramazan is the period in which the doors of the divine mercy are open towards the servants of God. It is the month of appealing and answering. Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) said, "The doors of heaven are opened in the first night of the month of Ramazan and will not be closed till the last night of this month."
The great gnostic, late Ayatollah Mojtaba Tehrani elaborating this hadith said, "That the doors of heaven are open means that all curtains between God and His servants are removed and every demand, whether material or spiritual, reaches God. As a result, these demands will not remain unanswered. To put it simple, they won't go to the archive but will reach God directly."
The blessed month of Ramazan is the best month in the year. This is due to the existence of bounties and divine graces in it. After speaking on the obligation of fasting in this month and detailing some of the laws of fasting, God says in ayah 186 of surah Baqara, "And when My servants ask you about Me, I am indeed nearmost. I answer the supplicant's call when he calls Me. So let them respond to Me, and let them have faith in Me, so that they may fare rightly."
In this ayah, God has promised to answer the call. However, there are two important conditions for this. First, the call should be a real call. It means the heart of the supplicant should conform with his tongue. Secondly, the call which is answered is the one that is asked from God not anybody else. Thus, if a person calls God with tongue while he has pinned his hope on material causes, he has not called God honestly. Imam Sajjad (AS), in the special supplication of the dawns of Ramazan, addresses God saying "It is not of Your attributes, my Lord, that You order to asking while You avoid giving. You are the all-Giver to the creatures of Your Kingdom."
When God orders us to appeal to Him it means that He wants to give us what we demand. The infallible leaders have taught us that God is far too glorious and magnanimous to open the door of call but closing the door of answer. In another part of the supplication, Imam Sajjad says to God, "It is Your habit to treat Your servants compassionately and kindly." The fourth infallible successor of the Prophet of Islam means that although God has ordered us to call him and ask Him whatever we want, it is just due to His mercy and compassion that He answers; and not that we deserve it.
The blessed month of Ramazan is a matchless period for prayer. But what is more important is to pay attention to the essence and value of prayer and supplication. Prayer and calling God is not for the mere purpose of receiving answer. It is rather a sort of invitation. The caller in fact invites God to manifest in his heart. In view of this, the caller has worshipped God whether or not he receives his demand. The noble Qur'an describes Prophet Abraham as Awwah meaning the one who complains very much and calls God very much.
Imam Ali (AS) told his son, "Know that He who has the treasures of the world and hereafter in His hand, has permitted you to call Him and guaranteed to answer your call. He has ordered you to ask Him so that He gives you. He is the Merciful and the Compassionate. He has not put any curtain between you and Himself and has not forced to bring a mediator. Then, He has granted you the keys to the His treasures which is calling and asking. So, whenever you wish you can open the doors of His treasures with calling."
The question may arise that: Many of our calls and prayers have not been answered and fulfilled. If calling and prayer is the key to the divine treasures, everyone should get the result. So, why is not our prayer fulfilled?
Imam Ali (AS) said, "Insist on praying. Do not give up praying once you have called and not received answer."
Dear listeners, we have to note that any delay in fulfilling our demand has a reason in the divine court and the order of the universe. The Wise God delays many calls due to His infinite wisdom and the principle of cause and effect in the world of creation. Many times God likes to grant more mercy to the servant; so, He doesn’t answer him immediately.
God told Prophet Jesus (Peace upon him), "O Jesus! When you call Me, pray like a drowning person who has no refuge and turn toward My court. O Jesus! Remember Me a lot in solitude and make your heart humble before Me and call Me."