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The Virtues of Ramadan

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

10 August 2012 Burton, Michigan

Jumu`ah Khutbah at As-Siddiq Mosque

وقيل جبريل امان اهل السماء ومحمد امان اهل الارض ورمضان امان لامته

Wa qeela Jibreel amaan ahl as-samaa wa Muhammad amaan ahlu ‘l-`ard wa ramadan amaan al-ummah.

It is said, Jibreel (a) is the safety for the people of Paradises and Sayyidina Muhammad is the safety for the whole world and Ramadan is the safety of the whole ummah.

Those who are fasting and even the non-fasting, as Muslims, their safety is with the Prophet (s), if he wants to make shafa`a for them, and Ramadan is the safety for ummat an-Nabi (s) as yarmad adh-dhunoob, it burns the sins. There are too many sins and so we need Ramadan to come.

Allah (swt) said:

الصوم لي وأنا أجزي به

As-sawmu lee wa anaa ajzee bih

Fasting is for Me and I will reward for it.

In Ramadan, angels cannot even know the rewards for those who are fasting. And hadith states that Friday in Ramadan is the best of all days of Ramadan, and Ramadan is the best of the twelve months of the year. That is why the Prophet (s) was always awaiting Ramadan, not to miss it. And he never missed spending the last ten days of Ramadan in `itikaaf in the masjid, and after his passing, his wives (r) never missed spending the last ten days of Ramadan in `itikaaf.

Ramadan begins with the letter ‘ra,’ which represents Allah's Ridwaan with those who are fasting; the next letter, ‘meem,’ represents Allah’s maghfirah, forgiveness for sins of those who fast; ‘dal’ is … ; ‘alif’ represents the good company for those who are dependent only on Allah to reward them; and ‘noon’ is nawaal Allah li as-saadiqeen, what Allah gives to sincere and pious people. Each letter of the word ‘Ramadan’ has great significance of which we cannot go into detail now.

Look what Ramadan gives. nawm as-saaim `ibada, “The sleep of the one fasting is worship,” which is similar to the saying, “Sleep of the tyrant is worship,” as at that time people are protected from his evil, and not only that, but every one of his breaths is praising of Allah (swt). You don’t feel it, but Allah makes your body and heart move in dhikrullah, and the du`a of the one fasting is accepted, whatever he asks, and if he did not see the answer or reward in this life, he will see it in Akhirah! Also, his sins are forgiven and whatever he does of good deeds Allah will multiply it.

And the Prophet (s) said in another riwaya, “Whoever fasts Ramadan, imaanan wa tihtisaaban, purely for Allah's Sake, then Allah will forgive whatever of his former sins and protect him from falling into sins in the future.”

And the Prophet (s) said, “Whoever attended a gathering of dhikr in a mosque or with any group people, and make dhikr or read Holy Qur'an or hadith during Ramadan, Allah will write for every footstep towards that majlis and in the Day of Judgment he will be with me under the `Arsh.”

Prophet (s) said that, and it means he will be his Companions (r) there. May Allah guide us to Ramadan and make Ramadan our guide! And you and he and everyone will be with the Prophet (s) at the same time! How many Muslims are there? How will they all be with the Prophet (s); think about it, can you find an answer? One million, one billion, or a hundred billion people will all be with the Prophet (s) under `Arsh, so imagine how much power Allah (swt) gave to the Prophet (s) to be with everyone at the same time!

Sayyida `Ayesha (r) said, “The Prophet (s) observed `itikaaf in the masjid in last ten days of Ramadan until he left this life.” And all his family and wives used to do the same after him until they left this life.

من صام رمضان وأتبعه بست من شوال فكأنما صام الدهر كله

Wa man attaba` ramadan bi sittati ayaamin min shawwaal ka-annahu saam ad-dahr kullihi.

Whoever follows Ramadan (fasts) with six days (of voluntary fasts) of Shawwal it will be as if he fasted the whole year.

How is that? Because Ramadan is comprised of thirty days, multiplied by 10 factor by which Allah multiplies all good deeds, and then the six days fasted in Shawwal multiplied by ten equals 360, minus the five days of `Eid we don't fast, which makes 365 days, one entire year.

May Allah bless us all.



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