Prophet Muhammad SAW
On Advent Of Ramadhan

The Prophet’s (PBUH) sermon on the advent of Ramadan
‘O People! The month of Allah (Ramadan) has come with its mercies, blessings
and forgivenesses. Allah has decreed this month the best of all months. The days
of this month are the best among the days and the nights are the best among the
nights and the hours during Ramadan are the best among the hours. This is a
month in which you have been invited by Him (to fast and pray). Allah has
honoured you in it. In every breath you take is a reward of Allah, your sleep is
worship, your good deeds are accepted and your invocations are answered.
Therefore, you must invoke your Lord in all earnestness with hearts free from sin
and evil, and pray that Allah may help you to keep fast, and to recite the Holy
Qur’an. Indeed!, miserable is the one who is deprived of Allah’s forgiveness in
this great month. While fasting remember the hunger and thirst on the Day of
Judgement. Give alms to the poor and needy. Pay respect to your elders, have
sympathy for your youngsters and be kind towards your relatives and kinsmen.
Guard your tongue against unworthy words, and your eyes from scenes that are
not worth seeing (forbidden) and your ears from sounds that should not be heard.
Be kind to orphans so that if your children may become orphans they will also be
treated with kindness. Do repent to Allah for your sins and supplicate with raised
hands at the times of prayer as these are the best times, during which Allah
Almighty looks at His servants with mercy. Allah Answers if they supplicate,
Responds if they call, Grants if He is asked, and Accepts if they entreat. O people!
you have made your conscience the slave of your desires.
Make it free by invoking Allah for forgiveness. Your back may break from the
heavy load of your sins, so prostrate yourself before Allah for long intervals, and
make this load lighter. Understand fully that Allah has promised in His Honour
and Majesty that, people who perform salat and sajda (prostration) will be guarded from Hell-fire on the Day of Judgement.
O people!, if anyone amongst you arranges for iftar (meal at sunset) for any
believer, Allah will reward him as if he had freed a slave, and Allah will forgive
him his sins. A companion asked: “but not all of us have the means to do so” The
Prophet (SAAWS) replied: Keep yourself away from Hell-fire though it may
consist of half a date or even some water if you have nothing else.
O people!, anyone who during this month cultivates good manners, will walk over
the Sirat (bridge to Paradise) on the day when feet will tend to slip. For anyone
who during this month eases the workload of his servants, Allah will make easy
his accounting, and for anyone who doesn’t hurt others during this month, Allah
will safeguard him from His Wrath on the Day of Judgement. Anyone who
respects and treats an orphan with kindness during this month, Allah shall look at him with kindness on that Day. Anyone who treats his kinsmen well during this
month, Allah will bestow His Mercy on him on that Day, while anyone who
mistreats his kinsmen during this month, Allah will keep away from His Mercy.
Whomever offers the recommended prayers during this month, Allah will save
him from Hell, and whomever observes his obligations during this month, his
reward will be seventy times the reward during other months. Whomever
repeatedly invokes Allah’s blessings on me, Allah will keep his scale of good
deeds heavy, while the scales of others will be tending to lightness. Whomever
recites during this month an ayat (verse) of the Holy Qur’an, will get the reward of reciting the whole Qur’an in other months.
O people!, the gates of Paradise remain open during this month. Pray to your Lord that they may not be closed for you. While the gates of Hell are closed, pray to
your Lord that they never open for you. Satan has been chained, invoke your Lord
not to let him dominate you. Ali ibn Talib (RAA) said: “I asked, ‘O messenger of
Allah, what are the best deeds during this month’?” ‘He replied: ‘O Abu-Hassan,
the best of deeds during this month is to be far from what Allah has forbidden’.”
May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala open up the hearts and minds of the Believers this
Ramadhan to rise up and strive urgently towards the return of the noble Deen of
Islam once more into the life of the Islamic Ummah so as to once again implement the Shari'ah of Allah which was revealed upon creation in this blessed month of

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