So, show Allah Goodness From Yourselves

Dear beloved Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

As-Salaam ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullah

Ramadan Mubaarak

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Allaah  says ( which means): “…whoever witnesses the Month of Ramadan should fast through
it…” Q(2:185)

The beloved Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam) informed us that: “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” [Bukhari] 

Also , it was narrated, that The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) says,  (which means): “Ramadan has come to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers. In it, Allah looks at your competition (in good deeds), and boasts about you to His angels. So, show Allah goodness from yourselves, for the unfortunate one is he who is deprived in (this month) of the mercy of Allah, the Mighty, the Exalted.” [Narrated by Tabarani]

Also, Abdullah ibn `Amr reported that the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said: “The fast and the Qur’an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: ‘O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.’ The Qur’an will say: ‘I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.’ And their intercession will be accepted.” [Ahmad]

And narrated Abu Huraira(r.a): The Prophet said:”… whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari).

Dear beloved Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

Indeed, Ramadan is the special Month, It is the month of Allah, in which, He sent His Merciful Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam), as Mercy to all mankind, and sent The Holy Qur’aan as guidance and light for the righteous  and Allaah’s favors are uncountables….

Dear beloved Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

Ramadan is here, now, to liberate us from all negative behaviors, empower us with love, kindness, selflessness, Mercy and to bring  us back to our beloved Allah.

Dear beloved Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

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Ramadan requires Sabr in its fullest sense and provides a training ground for that very important quality to be developed and nurtured. Here is a recipe for the complete overhaul of our life, not just a small adjustment in meal times.

Ramadan is the month of  kindness and charity. With those in distress in the millions in the world today, the need for remembering this message of Ramadan cannot be overstated. Syedna Abdullah ibn Abbas, Radi-Allahu unhu, was performing itikaf, when a person came and sat down silently. Sensing his distressed condition, Ibnu Abbas enquired about his situation, learnt that he needed help, and proceeded to leave the Masjid to go out and help him. Now this action does nullify the itikaf, making a makeup obligatory. So the person, though grateful, was curious. Explaining his action, Ibn Abbas related a Hadith that when a person makes efforts to help his brother, he earns the reward for performing itikaf for ten years.

Dear beloved Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

Do not allow any body to make you lose your fasting, for bad character ruins deeds just as vinegar ruins honey.

  Sayyidina Muhammad, peace be upon him, told us ( which means): “The most beloved of people according to Allah is he who brings most benefit, and the most beloved of deeds according to Allah the Mighty, the Magnificent, is that you bring happiness to a fellow Muslim, or relieve him of distress, or pay off his debt or stave away hunger from him. It is more beloved to me that I walk with my brother Muslim in his time of need than I stay secluded in the mosque for a month. Whoever holds back his anger, Allah will cover his faults and whoever suppresses his fury while being able to execute it, Allah will fill his heart with satisfaction on the Day of Standing. Whoever walks with his brother Muslim in need until he establishes that for him, Allah will establish his feet firmly on the day when all feet shall slip. Indeed, bad character ruins deeds just as vinegar ruins honey.” [Tabarâni, Hasan]

Dear beloved Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

No one can take away our Ramadan from us; we just give it away ourselves. And if we realize the utter blunder we have made, we can take it back.

Do good deeds as much as you can… Invest for the day, in which, you’ll  stand before Allah… 

Take advantage and make Ramadan full of good deeds, as if it is the last Ramadan of your life… And it might be that one.

May you have the most blessed Ramadan, your Family, Muslim community and all kind people,

W. Abdul Baki

Imam of the  Islamic Society of Western MA