Islamic Sermon On Ramadan By Nazeef Ahmad.
In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful.
All praises and adorations are due to Allah. May His peace and blessings be upon the noblest of the children of Adam, the leader of the prophets and messengers, the seal of all prophets, Muhammad.
Sha’ban is one of the months in Islamic calendar with unique and exceptional features and virtues. Although, it is not one of the sacred months but high and magnificent importance was accorded to it by the messenger of Allah.
(Surely the number of months with Allah is 12 months in Allah’s ordinance since the day when He created the heavens and the earth, of these, four being sacred; that is the right reckoning).
The messenger of Allah lived as a sinless being, a man whose future shortcoming was accorded pardon and forgiveness by Allah.
‘Surely, we have given you clear victory,
that Allah forgives you your past fault and the future and complete His favour to you.’
The prophet, peace be upon him, was an epitome and an embodiment of perfection.
In his lead in striving in the act of worship in the month of Sha’ban, in sahihul bukhari and Muslim, Aisha Allah, be pleased with her said ‘I have never seen the messenger of Allah fasting a full month except in Ramadan and I have never seen him fasting much in any month except in the month of sha’ban.’
Bukhari 1969, Muslim 1156
Also in bukhari 1970 he used to fast in all in shab’an.
Also, in the report of imamu Ahmad and annasaai from the hadith of usamah, may Allah be pleased with him, said. “Oh messenger of Allah, I don’t see you fasting in any month the way you fast in shab’an, the prophet peace be upon him said, “that is the month many people incur loss ie between Rajab and Ramadan, it’s the month deeds are raised to Allah and I will love my deeds to be raised while I am fasting.’
From the above hadith, every Muslim is highly encouraged to participate actively in good deeds. Some of which are:
2. Recitation of the glorious Quran.
3. Qiyamul lail.
5. Preserving the five daily prayers.
6. Visitation to orphanage homes.
7. Visitations to graveyards.
8. Helping the less privileged
9. Engaging in any act of good. (Every act of goodness is charity)
We pray Allah forgive our imperfections and reward us handsomely.
*You And Ramadan*
In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful.
All praises and adorations are due to Allah alone, The Affable, The Evident and The praiseworthy.
The month of Ramadan is indeed a month of mercy, forgiveness and happiness.
Fasting on the other hand has immense benefits. Some of them are:
1. Special To Allah
Allah the First and Last said ‘Fasting is mine and I only give the recompense of it.
Allah in the above hadith specifically called fasting HIS because of its surreptitiousness.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan is fardun ‘aynun.
Fasting is an obligation, which is carried out by every Muslim who has attained the age of maturity, sane and capable of fasting.
Allah the Exalted said ‘whosoever of you witnessed the month ie Ramadan should fast.’
The messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said ‘Islam is built on five pillars, testification that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, to establish the five daily prayers, to give alms to the poor, to go for pilgrimage and to fast in the month of ramadan Bukhariyy and Muslim.’
3. The Reward Is In Manifold
The reward of fasting is only known to Allah, The All Knowing. He said ‘The deeds of the son of Adam are multiplied by ten then by seven hundred except fasting’ The reward is indisputably more.
4. The One Fasting Exemplifies Patience And Forbearing.
The instruction to the fasting person is to completely shun arguments, abuses, curses, and scurrilities.
Allah The Exalted said, ‘if one of you is fasting, he should avoid scurrilities, if he is abused by someone, he should say I am fasting, I am fasting twice’
5. Entering The Paradise Through Arrayyan
The hadith of umar tells us that the paradise has a total of eight doors. One of these doors is called Arrayyan meant for people who fast.
It was reported by Bukhari and Muslim that the messenger of Allah said,
‘Verily, in the paradise there is a door by name arrayyan, those who fast enter through it on the day of judgement, no one enters through it except them, it will be said ‘where are those who fast? They will stand and enter the paradise through this door, when they have entered, it will be locked.’
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