Saturday, August 14, 2010

First Ramadhan 2010

Bismillah Hir Rahma Nir Rahim


                When there was a chance that the moon of Ramadhan would be sighted that evening and it was the last day of Shabaan. Rasool AllahSallallahu Alaihi Wasallam would gather the Companions in Masjid e Nabvi and deliver a sermon in which he would explain the blessings, excellences, worships and importance of the month. He would urge the Companions to benefit from the days and nights of the month and not to be lazy in the slightest during the month, and consider each second of the month a great treasure.

                Details about the welcome sermon are found in the books of Ahadith, which we had mentioned below:

                Hazrat Salman Farsi Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that Rasool Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam delivered a sermon on the last day of Shabaan and said, “O People!
= A very auspicious month is about to arrive upon you.
= Allah Ta’ala had made Fasting during the days compulsory and standing in worship during the night voluntary.
= The person who tries to attain closeness to the Lord through any good deed, it is as though he has performed a compulsory worship in any other month.
= The person who performs a compulsory worship in Mahe Ramadhan, it is as though he performed 70 compulsory worships in any other month.
= This is the month of patience, and the reward for patience is Paradise.
= It is the month of sympathy towards other people.
= The livelihood (Rizq) of believers is increased in this month.
= The sins of the person who provides food to another to open their Fast (Iftaar) are forgiven, his neck is freed from the fire, and he gains the same reward as the person who is Fasting without any reward being subtracted from the person who was Fasting.
Upon hearing this, some of the Companions said, “Ya Rasool Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, not all of us has the means by which to satisfy a Fasting”. Rasool Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam replied, “The reward will also be granted by Allah Ta’ala to one who feeds them even one date or one sip of water or milk.”
= This is a month whose beginning is mercy, middle is forgiveness, and end is freedom from the fire.
= The person who lightens the load of his slave in this month is forgiven and freed from the fire by Allah Ta’ala.
= Do four things constantly in this month. With two of them you can please your Lord, and two are such that you cannot get by without them. The two things with which to please the Lord are reciting the Kalima and seeking forgiveness and repentance (Taubah o Istigfaar). The two things without which there is no chance of forgiveness are to ask Allah Ta’ala for Paradise and seek His Mercy form the fire of Hell.
= The person who gives water to a Fasting person at the time of Iftaar will be given water by Allah Ta’ala from my Pond of Kausar (on the Day of Judgement), after which he will not feel any thirst until he enters Paradise.”

May Allah Ta’ala guide us to obtain maximum benefits from the Mahe Ramadhan.
And May Allah Ta’ala forgive all Ummah of Rasool Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam Ameen.
Dated: 11th August 2010

 Sunni Dawate Islami’s 20th Annual Sunni Ijtema 29th, 30th and 31st Oct ’10 at Wadi-E-Noor (Azad Maidan, C.S.T., Mumbai 400001)

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