Ramadhaan has come
Sheikh Saalih Aal Taalib
July 20, 2012 ~ Ramadaan 1, 1433
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All praise be to Allah. He returns to His servants the seasons of goodness. And He prepares for them that which cleanses the souls and raises the ranks. And He eases for them that which nears them to the Lord of mankind. So from them are those who draw near to their Lord and are therefore elevated. And from them are those who are disgraced and deviated, and others whose desires degrade them to the lowest of positions. I praise my lord – Exalted is He – and I thank Him, and I praise Him and seek His forgiveness. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. He recompenses greatly for a little and He forgives great sins. He removes grief from believers, and He covers the ugly (sins) and He portrays the beautiful (deeds). He is Far above a similarity, partner and an equal. “There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.” [Surah Shoora; Verse 11]. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave, messenger, friend and chosen one. Successful is the one who is guided with his guidance and misguided is the one whose desires cause him to dislike him. May Allah send salutations on him (Muhammad) and on the family, companions and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgement and may much peace be upon them.
Thereafter: So fear Allah – the Exalted – as He ought to be feared, and hold onto Islam with the firm tie. “And fear Allah, and know that you are to meet Him (in the Hereafter), and give good tidings to the believers.” [Surah Baqarah; Verse 223]
O Muslims: The days pass by us in haste while we are out of breath in them, and our lives are shortening while we are heedless, and our tasks busy us from what is required of us, and surely a violent year has passed in which thrones were overturned and countries were alternated and conditions were troubled and a page of history was changed, a whirlpool of quick incidents of which no human could capture its depth, of them were those of lesson and those of kindness.
And from the mercy of Allah and His Kindness is that we awaken today to the morning of a day of Ramadhaan, by His Grace, Blessings, Glad-tidings and Victory. Ramadhaan is a shore on which the ships of hearts are raised after the violence of events and heedlessness of days. A year passed with the changes of its conditions, and our business and our neglect.
And surely the day has come for us to devote our souls (to Allah) after dryness, and to soften our hearts after hardening, and may his nose be rubbed in dust: the one who experiences Ramadhaan and is not forgiven.
O Allah, start it (Ramadhaan) for us with safety, faith, security and submission.
O believers: Verily the seasons of goodness are auspicious opportunities. Although the coming season (requires) activeness (but) verily the gains in it and from it are patience for an hour, then the Muslim will be, after the acceptance of his deeds, from the successful, and to his creator from the close ones.
O, by Allah! How much of rewards are deposited in this season, and how many apparent sins are decreased in it. So make us, O Allah, exposed to Your fragrances (of mercy), and hasteners towards Your forgiveness, and possessors of Your pleasure, and grant us the ability to (perform) good deeds, and accept us, O Allah, among the accepted , and complete for us with goodness when the appointed time (death) arrives.
O Muslims: Fasting is an old law: “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you” [Surah Baqarah; Verse 183], and Ramadhaan is a month of mercy and goodness, the doors of Paradise are opened in it, and the doors of Hell are closed. In it is the Night of Power which is better than a thousand months. And for Allah – the Exalted – are those He frees from Hellfire and it is authenticated from the two authentics (Bukhari and Muslim) that the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadhaan with faith and expecting reward, his past sins will be forgiven”, and “whoever stands (in prayer) in Ramadhaan with faith and expecting reward, his past sins will be forgiven”, and “whoever stands the night of power with faith and expecting reward, his past sins will be forgiven.”
The smell of the mouth of the fasting person is sweeter to Allah than the scent of musk. And for the fasting person, there are two joys: when he breaks his fast, he is happy with his fast-breaking, and when he meets his Lord, he is happy with his fasting.
And in Saheeh Muslim, that the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “And one Ramadhaan to the next is an expiation for what is between them if the major sins are abstained from.”
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).” [Surah Baqarah; Verse 185]. Jibra’eel (Alayhi Salaam) used to teach the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) the Quraan in it. And the predecessors – may Allah have mercy on them – when Ramadhaan came, they would leave out Hadeeth and busy (themselves) with the recitation of the Quraan. And fasting and the Quraan will intercede for their companion on the Day of Judgement.
It is the month of taraweeh prayers and standing, and lining up in the niches of tahajjud while people are asleep; a month of shedding tears and abrogation of sins. For the fasting person is a supplication that is not rejected. “And when My slaves ask you concerning Me, then (answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My Knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me. So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright.” [Baqarah; Verse 186].
In Ramadhaan the souls are purified, and character is refined. And in fasting, there is training on breaking desires, and cutting off the means of servitude to whims and desires. In Ramadhaan the poor and suffering are supported, for it is a month of charity and equality.
O Muslims: Make sincere your religion for Allah, and dispose the dirt of sins and disobedience, and wash them away with repentance and forgiveness, for verily sins are a restraint to obedience (of Allah) and an obstacle to good deeds.
Then preserve your fasting from that which depreciates it or nullifies it. Make sincerity and continuity a reality in all your acts of worship. And beware of polytheism for it is the severest prevention to the acceptance of deeds. In fact, it is a nullifier of them. And distance yourself from every innovation in religion, for Allah does not accept deeds that are not legislated by Islam.
Protect your fast from that which injures it. Abu Hurairah (Radiallahu Anhu) narrated that the messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Whoever does not give up false statements, and evil deeds, and speaking bad words to others, Allah is not in need of his (fasting) leaving his food and drink.” [Narrated by Bukhari]
And in the two authentics (Bukhari and Muslim) that the prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “If one of you is fasting, he should avoid sexual relation with his wife and quarrelling, and if somebody should fight or quarrel with him, he should say ‘I am fasting.”
O you fasting ones: Verily the objective of fasting: is the training of the self towards the obedience of Allah and purifying it with patience, and elevating it of base desires. Just as the body is prevented from permissible things during the condition of fasting, so it is more deserving that the body is prevented from the impermissible. Verily the time of Ramadhaan is too valuable to be wasted in front of lowly viewing (of television programs), even if the only thing (about viewing them) was wasting valuable time, it would be enough to shun it. How then when its channels are in a frantic race with the devil in promoting corruption and sedition, and a prevention to the remembrance of Allah and to prayer. So, will you not then abstain?!
Ramadhaan is a reminder to the ummah to review its accounts and its relationship with its religion, and to inspect the defective positions. “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become pious.” [Surah Baqarah; Verse 183], for it is a month of purifying the souls and training them.
O Muslim, O servant of Allah! Take the call of the Irresistible to you towards repentance, and answer the call: “And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.” [Surah Noor; Verse 31]. Hurry to repentance, may Allah forgive me and you, and beware of placing in your book of deeds today that which you will be ashamed of being mentioned tomorrow, and verily the greatest relaxation is for those who work hard.
O you fasting ones: And at pre-dawn, there are secrets, breezes and mercy with the divine descent, and perhaps a supplication may cause everlasting success to be written for you, and at the time of breaking the fast there is a supplication that is not rejected.
So be happy with your month, O Muslims, and deposit as much good deeds in it as you can, and draw near in it to your Protector, for surely Paradise is calling you: “Allah calls to the home of peace (i.e. Paradise) and guides whom He wills to a Straight Path.” [Surah Yoonus; Verse 25].
May Allah bless me and you in the Book and the Sunnah, and benefit us with what is in them of verses and wisdom. I say these words of mine, and I seek forgiveness from Allah – the Exalted – for me and you and the rest of the Muslims, so seek Allah’s forgiveness. Verily He is Oft-Forgiving.
All praise be to Allah, Who has made fasting a shield, and a means of attaining Paradise. I praise Him – Glorified is He – and I thank Him. He guides and eases (as a) grace from Him and a bounty. And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger. He guided us to the clear path and upright method. May Allah’s salutations, peace and blessings be on him, and on his family, companions and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgement.
O believers; those who are fasting: Ramadhaan is a month of reminders, conquests and victories, so to the extent of our joy with its coming, we put together our hopes that Allah will change the condition of the ummah to (that of) honour, victory and stability, and that He will return it, a beautiful returning, otherwise Ramadhaan will dawn on us while the ummah is inflicted with wounds; burdened with pains.
Ramadhaan dawns while the place of the night journey of the messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is occupied (and) lamenting under the pressure of the oppressors.
Ramadhaan dawns, while the believers’ stationed troops under the shade of the holy house (Baitul Muqaddas) are being killed and captured, and their houses are being destroyed, and their lands are being shovelled away, and their unity is perishing.
Ramadhaan dawns while our brothers in Syria are being slaughtered and destroyed, and the evil people of the earth are oppressing them, and verily we see relief for them closer than one may think; victory that builds towards the tributaries of the patient ones, provided by the supplication of the humble fasters, and it is not difficult for Allah that at Eid there will be two eids in Shaam (Levant): the Eid of Fitr (breaking the fast) and the Eid of victory.
So O my Lord! Your servants, Your servants, You know of them better, and surely continuous calamities have come to them, so O my Lord! Grant them victory from You, victory (where) they thank no one besides You, and (victory) that suffices them on their enemies and Your enemies.
Then send salutations O my Lord and peace on the best of mankind. O Allah send salutations, peace and blessings on Your servant and messenger Muhammad, and on his good pure family, and his companions, the noble personalities. O Allah be happy with the guided leaders and rightly-guided successors: Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman and ‘Ali, and with all the rest of the companions of Your prophet, and those who tread their path and follow their method, O Lord of the worlds.
O Allah grant honour to Islam and the Muslims…