Sermon Delivered on Friday 2nd RAMADAN, 1436 (26th June, 2015)
SERMON FOR THE 1st JUM’AT IN THE MONTH OF RAMADAN 1436 AH (19/06/2015)
Title: The Blessings in the Month of Ramadan.
As- Salaam alaykum warahmotu llah wabarakaatuh.
Praises and adorations are due to Almighty Allah (S.W.T). The First and The Last, The Self-Subsisting, The Sublime. I adore and I glorify Him, and I seek His Forgiveness. I beseech Him to shower His blessings upon the soul of noble Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W), his household, companions and the generality of Muslims worldwide.
Servants of Allah! With the injunction and instruction of Allah (S.W.T) in Quran 2:183-185, fasting of the holy month of Ramadan became incumbent on every believing men and women. The injunction is however with exception of some, with excuses; for those categories of people are different options that are commensurate with their excuses to pay back or cover up. Allah (S.W.T) says:
“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you that ye may ward off evil”. Q2:183
Fasting, a certain number of days; as for him who is sick among you, or on a journey, the same number of other days; and for those who can afford it, there is a ransom: the feeding of a man in need. But who so does good of his own accord, it is better for him: and that ye fast is better for you if ye did but know.
Behold! Servants of Allah; the blessings of fasting the month of Ramadan are numerous. If the knowledge of a servant coupled with their level of I’maan comprehends the blessings and benefits inherent in the fasting, they would have loved that month of Ramadan be throughout the whole year.
All of these blessings are found directly from Holy Quran and ahaadith.
- Piety (at-Taqwa): With fasting, the morale of a servant becomes improved; he becomes elevated by Allah (S.W.T) in self-evaluation, self-restraints, self-control, self-discipline and God fearing.
- Increase in level of Morality: A servant who observes fasting will have the fortitude to shun immoral acts, engaging in makroohaat (detested acts), vulgar words and forbidden things. He gains fortitude to bear and withhold anger and outcry. Achieving these, a Muslim comes out of fasting a better human being.
- Doors of al-Jannah are opened, Doors of hell are closed and Shayatin (devils) are Chained down.
- Forgiveness of sins for those who observe the fast with I’maan (good Intention) and expectation.
- Joy and Enthusiasm: This is evidently clear from the Hadith of the Prophet that a fasting Muslim will attain double joy. He is joyful at the point of breaking the fasting after the sun set and will attain another one upon meeting his Lord (Allah S.W.T) on the day of judgement.
- Mouth smell of one who fasts is better and beloved to Allah (S.W.T) than smell of musk on the day of judgement.
- Multiplication of Reward: any good deed of a Muslim attracts ten rewards on normal days; the reward is however in multiple during the days of Ramadan.
- He who provides iftar for his fellow fasting Muslims especially during the last 10 days of Ramadan will attain reward similar to that of the person he made provision for.
- Dua (Supplication) is accepted from fasting Muslims at Iftar time.
- Night Prayer (Tahajud / Taraweeh) which is recommended by Allah (S.W.T) and His Prophet (S.A.W) for elevation to position of divine honour is inherent in the month.
- Lailatul-Qadri (The Night of Majesty): revelation of Al-Qur’an commenced in the night of Majesty and the night is incorporated by Allah (S.W.T) in one of the last ten days of the month of Ramadan. Blessings and mercies that are attainable in the month equate those attainable within 1000 months (83 years) in the life of a human being. Q97: 1-5
- Sadaqah/ Zakat duly observed at the end of the fasting is aimed by Allah (S.W.T) to alleviate poverty among the fasting Muslims and to meet various demand and necessity.
- It improves health status:
(a) Purification of the body from toxins.
(b) Reduction in weight.
(c) Rejuvenation of the body.
(d) Purity of the brain.
- Sharing of Hunger: a fasting Muslim shall through fasting exercise, share and experience thirsty and hunger that the less privileged people usually experience. He is therefore admonished and expected to cultivate the habit of supporting (financially or otherwise) those who are in need and paupers rather than making jest of them or shouting on them.
- Umrah in the month of Ramadan is likened to Hajj: Umrah is known as lesser Hajj while Hajj is bigger and attracts more reward in the real sense of it. Muslims who are able to perform Umrah in the holy month of Ramadan shall have reward equated to performance of Hajj.
Oh Allah! make us sincere and successful Muslims, strengthen us over our enemies, subdue the power of enemies of Islam, render their powers and supports useless and impotent. Oh Allah grant us long lives and sound health, make our steps firm on the right path and grant us guidance and fortitude to do away with acts that can attract your anger. Oh Allah, grant us success in this life, on death day, in the grave, in the hereafter and make al-Jannah our final abode (aamiin).
Fa-s- salaamu alaykum wa rahmatu llah wabarakaatuh.
PREPARED AND DELIVERED BY: MALLAM M.O RAUF