Prophet Muhammad (saw) Sermon on welcoming the month of Ramadhan


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Ramadan Kareem Bros & Sis!
Just wanted to share this beautiful sermon of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) Sermon on welcoming the month of Ramadhan.

O People! The month of Allah (Ramadhan) has approached you with His mercy
and blessings. This is the month that is the best of all months in the
estimation of Allah. Its days are the best among the days; its nights are
the best among the nights. Its hours are the best among the hours.

This is a month in which he has invited you. You have been, in this month,
selected as the recipients of the honors of Allah, the Merciful. In this
holy month, when you breathe, it has the Sawab/thawab (heavenly reward) of'Tasbeeh' (the praise of Allah on rosary beads), and your sleep has the
thawab of worship.

Your good deeds are accepted in this month. So are your invocations.
Therefore, you must invoke your Lord, in right earnest, with hearts that are
free from sins and evils, that Allah may bless you, observe fast, in this
month, and recite the Holy Quran.

Verily! The person who may not receive the mercy and benevolence of Allah in
this month must be very unfortunate having an end as bad (in the Hereafter).
While fasting, remember the hunger and thirst of tomorrow in Qiyamat. Give
alms to the poor and the needy. Pay respects to your elders.

Have pity on those younger than you and be kind towards your relatives and
kinsmen. Guard your tongues against unworthy words, and your eyes from such scenes that are not worth seeing (forbidden) and your ears from such sounds that should not be heard by you.

Be kind to orphans so that when your children become orphans they also may
be treated with kindness. Do invoke that Allah may forgive your sins. Do
raise your hands at the time of Salat (Prayers), as it is the best time for
asking His mercy. When we invoke at such times, we are answered by Him, when we call Him, He responds, and when we ask for anything, it is accepted by Him.

O People! You have made your conscience the slave of your desires; make it
free by invoking Him for Istighfar (repentance/ forgiveness) . Your back is
breaking under the heavy load of your sins, so prostrate before Him for long
intervals and make it lighter.

Do understand fully well that Allah has promised in the name of His Majesty
and Honor that He will not take to task such people who fast and offer Salat
in this month and perform 'sajda' (prostration) , and will guard their
bodies against the Fire of Hell on the Day of Judgment.

O People! If anybody amongst you arranges for the Iftar (food for the ending
of the fast) of any believer, then Allah will give him a reward as if he has
set free a slave. He will forgive his minor sins.

Then the companions of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: "But everybody
amongst us does not have the means to do so?"

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) told them: - Keep yourself away from the Fire of Hell, by inviting for 'Iftar', though it may consist of only half a date or
simply with water if you have nothing else. O People! Anybody who may
cultivate good manners in this month will walk over the 'Siraat' (Bridge) in
'Qiyamat', though his feet may be shaking.

Anybody who in this month may take light work from his servants (male or
female), Allah will make easy his accounting on the Day of Judgment.

Anybody who does not tease others in this month, Allah will keep him safe
from His wrath in Qiyamat. Anybody, who respects and treats an orphan with
kindness in this month, Allah shall look at him with dignity in Qiyamat.

Anybody who treats well his kinsmen, in this month, Allah will bestow His
mercy on him in Qiyamat, while anybody who maltreats his kinsmen in this
month, Allah will keep him away from His mercy, in Qiyamat.

Whoever offers 'Sunnat' (Recommended) prayers in this month, Allah will give
him a certificate of freedom from Hell. Whosoever offers one 'Wajib' Salat
in this month, for him the Angels will write the rewards of 70 such prayers,
which were offered by him in any other months.

Whosoever recites repeatedly 'Salat and salam (Salawat)' on me, Allah will
keep the scales of his deeds heavy, when in Qiyamat the scales of others
will be tending towards lightness.

Whosoever recites in this month only one 'Ayat' (verse of the Holy Quran),
he will be rewarded in a manner as if he had recited the full Holy Quran in
the other months.

O People! The Gates of Paradise remain opened in this month. Do invoke that
the gates may not be closed on you, while the Gates of Hell are closed. Do
invoke that these gates may never be opened. During this month Shaytan
(Saten) is imprisoned so ask your Lord not to let him have power over you.