Welcoming the Month of Ramadan
The Sermon Given By The Prophet (pbuh) On The Last Friday Of Sha'ban On The Reception Of The Month of Ramadhan.
Indeed ahead of you is the blessed month of Allah.
A month of blessing, mercy and forgiveness.
A month which with Allah is the best of months.
Its days, the best of days, its nights,
the best of nights, and its hours, the best of hours.
It is the month which invites you to be the guests of Allah
and invites you to be one of those near to Him.
Each breath you take glorifies him;
your sleep is worship,
your deeds are accepted
and your supplications are answered.
So, ask Allah, your Lord;
to give you a sound body
and an enlightened heart
so you may be able to fast and recite his book,
for only he is unhappy who is devoid
of Allah's forgiveness during this great month.
Remember the hunger and thirst of the day of Qiyaamah (Judgment)
with your hunger and thirst;
give alms to the needy and poor,
honor your old,
show kindness to the young ones,
maintain relations with your blood relations;
guard your tongues,
close your eyes to that which is not permissible for your sight,
close your ears to that which is forbidden to hear,
show compassion to the orphans of people
so compassion may be shown to your orphans.
Repent to Allah for your sins
and raise your hands in dua during these times,
for they are the best of times and
Allah looks towards his creatures with kindness,
replying to them during the hours
and granting their needs if he is asked...
O People! Indeed your souls are
dependant on your deeds, free it with Istighfar (repentance)
lighten its loads by long prostrations;
and know that Allah swears by his might:
That there is no punishment for the one who
prays and prostrates and he shall have no fear of the fire on the
day when man stands before the Lord of the worlds.
O People! One who gives Iftaar to a
fasting person during this month will be like one who has freed
someone and his past sins will be forgiven.
Some of the people who were there then asked
the Prophet (s): "Not all of us are able to
invite those who are fasting?"
The Prophet (s) replied: "Allah gives
this reward even if the Iftaar (meal) is a drink of water."
One who has good morals (Akhlaq)
during this month will be able to pass the
‘Siraat’...on the day that feet will slip...
One who covers the faults of others
will benefit in that Allah will curb
His anger on the day of Judgment...
As for one who honors an orphan;
Allah will honor him on the day of judgment,
And for the one who spreads his kindness,
Allah will spread His mercy over him on the day of Judgment.
As for the one who cuts the ties of relation;
Allah will cut His mercy from him...
Who so ever performs a recommended prayer in this month
Allah will keep the fire of Hell away from him...
Whoever performs an obligator prayer
Allah will reward him with seventy prayers [worth] in this month.
And who so ever prays a lot during this month
will have his load lightened on the day of measure.
He who recites one verse of the holy Qur'an
will be given the rewards of reciting the whole Qur’an during other months.
Indeed during this month
the doors of heaven are open,
therefore ask Allah not to close them for you;
The doors of hell are closed,
so ask Allah to keep them closed for you.
During this month Shaytan (Satan) is imprisoned
so ask your Lord not to let him have power over you."
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Ramadan and Fasting Resources
A Short Treatise on The Divine Invitation, by Muhammad M. Khalfan
FAQ on Zakatul Fitrah, by Academy of Learning Islam
Fast, by Allamah Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi
Fast of the Month of Ramadhan, by Yasin T. Al-Jibouri
Fasting according to the five schools of Islamic Law, by Allamah Muhammad Jawad Maghniyyah
Fasting and the Holy month of Ramadhan, by Sheikh Mansour Leghaei
Fiqh Rules on Fasting and related topics dilp.org, by Muhammad Raza Dawoodani