Khutba to Welcome Ramadan – 2

On the last day of Sha’ban, the day before the advent of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah (upon him be blessings and peace) delivered this soul-enriching and heart-inspiring sermon [khutba] to his beloved companions (may Allah be pleased with them):

“O people! There comes over you now a great month, a blessed month in which lies a night greater in virtue than a thousand months. It is a month in which Allah has made fasting compulsory by day, and extra prayers recommended by night.

Whoever performs one good deed in it shall be rewarded like the one who had performed an obligation [fard] in any other time. And whoever performs a fard in it shall be given the reward of seventy in any other time.

This is indeed the month of patience, and the reward for true patience is Jannah (paradise). It is the month of sympathy with one’s fellowmen. It is the month wherein a true believer’s rizq (sustenance) is increased.

Whoever feeds another who fasted, in order to break the fast at sunset, for him shall be forgiveness of sins and emancipation from the fire of Jahannam (hell). For him shall also be the same reward as the one who fasted, without the latter’s reward being decreased in the least.”

Thereupon those listening to this fascinating and appealing message asked, “Not all of us possess the means to give a fasting person to break his fast.”

The sublime orator (Allah bless him and give him peace) replied, “Allah grants the same reward to the one who gives a fasting person to break the fast a mere date, or a drink of water, or a sip of milk.

This is a month, the first of which brings Allah’s mercy, the middle of which brings His forgiveness, and the last of which brings freedom from the fire of Jahannam. Whoever lessens the burden of his servants (bondsmen) in this month, Allah will forgive him and free him from the fire of Jahannam.

And in this month, four things you should continue to perform in great number; two of which shall be to please your Lord, while the other two shall be that which you cannot do without.

That which shall be to please your Lord are that you should, in great quantity,

  1. bear witness that there is no deity to worship except Allah (i.e. recite in abundance the sacrosanct kalimah tayyibah, ‘lâ ilâha illa-Llâh‘; and
  2. make much istighfâr (i.e. beg Allah’s forgiveness saying, ‘astaghfiru-Llâh‘)

As for that without which you cannot do, you should beg of Allah,

  1. for entrance into Paradise; and
  2. refuge in Him from Hell

And whoever gave a person who fasted water to drink, Allah shall grant that giver to drink from my Fountain; a drink after which  he shall never again feel thirsty until he enters Paradise.”

And Allah is the Guide.

Source: M. Monawwar Ateeq’s “Preparing for Ramadan”

2 Comments to "Khutba to Welcome Ramadan – 2"

  1. Raheela's Gravatar Raheela
    August 2, 2011 - 8:00 am | Permalink

    Al-Sayyida `A’isha asked the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) what she should ask for if she knew that it was Laylat al-Qadr.

    He replied: “O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You love to pardon so pardon us.”[4]

    He also said (Allah bless him and grant him peace): “Do four things in abundance: two things with which you please your Lord, and two things which you cannot do without. As for the two things with which you please your Lord: your testifying that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and your seeking His forgiveness. As for the two things which you cannot do without: your asking Allah for Paradise and seeking refuge in Him from the Fire.”[5]

    So say these things in abundance, for they are the best things for which you can use your tongue. Say them in your homes, in the streets, in the mosques not just at Iftar or after Tarawih.

    [On the basis of these two hadiths the scholars and people of Tarim repeat the following du`a throughout the month of Ramadan:

    أشْهَدُ أن لا إلهَ إلا الله نَسْتَغْفِرُ الله نسأَلُكَ الجنَّةَ ونَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ النَّار (3)
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    Ashadu alla ilaha illallah, nastaghfirullah, nas’aluk’l-jannata wa na`audhu bika min an-nar

    “I testify that there is nothing worthy of worship other than Allah and we seek the forgiveness of Allah. We ask You for Paradise and take refuge in You from the Fire.” (3 times)

    اللهمَّ إنَّكَ عَفُوٌ تُحِبُّ العَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنَّا (3) يا كَرِيم

    Allahumma innaka `afuwun tuhibbu-l’`afwa f`afwa `anna

    “O Allah, truly You are all-Pardoning, You love to pardon so pardon us” (3 times). On the third time say “O Most Generous” (Ya Karim).]

    [4] Narrated by Ahmad, Ibn Majah and Tirmidhi with a sahih chain of transmission
    [5] Narrated by Ibn Khuzayma

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