The greeting of Ramadan

Since 2012-11-11

The month of Ramadan came to you with greetings add loftiness to its loftiness and augustness to its augustness. It came with the hunger and thirst where you see the food in the rich of your hand but you cannot eat it, and you find thirst burns your body

All Praise is due to Allah for granting us life till Ramadan without being sick, deprived, apostate or alterant to our religion. We praise Him for being slaves owned by Him, He has the authority of reckoning us while we do not have authority to reckon Him, we can take nothing but what He gave to us and we can prevent ourselves from nothing but what He prevented us from. We praise Him for His bounties as we praise Him for His afflictions. He deserves to be praised as He says and better than what we say. All praise is due to Him, to Him belong all the good and to Him all affairs return. All praises and thanks be to Him (both) in the first (i.e. in this world) and in the last (i.e. in the Hereafter). And for Him is the Decision, and to Him we will be returned.

I testify that there is no God except Allah alone with no partner, and I testify that Muhammad is His servant and messenger, prayers and peace of Allah be upon him and upon whoever followed his guidance till the Day of Judgment.
The month of Ramadan came to you with greetings add loftiness to its loftiness and augustness to its augustness. It came with the hunger and thirst where you see the food in the rich of your hand but you cannot eat it, and you find thirst burns your body and the water is beside you but you cannot quench your thirst. Sleeping covers your mind and plays with your eyelids but Ramadan wakens you to eat Suhûr. It is a chain of patience and persistence.
How happy is the fasting person! How does he gain the reward of his thirst and hunger from the One that does not miss the weigh of an atom: {That is because they suffer neither thirst nor fatigue, nor hunger in the Cause of Allâh, nor they take any step to raise the anger of disbelievers nor inflict any injury upon an enemy but is written to their credit as a deed of righteousness. Surely, Allâh wastes not the reward of the Muhsinûn.} [Surat At-Tawbah 9:120]
{ذَلِكَ بِأَنَّهُمْ لا يُصِيبُهُمْ ظَمَأٌ وَلا نَصَبٌ وَلا مَخْمَصَةٌ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَلا يَطَئُونَ مَوْطِئًا يَغِيظُ الْكُفَّارَ وَلا يَنَالُونَ مِنْ عَدُوٍّ نَيْلا إِلا كُتِبَ لَهُمْ بِهِ عَمَلٌ صَالِحٌ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يُضِيعُ أَجْرَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ} التوبة: 120


Transliteration: thalika biannahum la yuseebuhumthamaon wala nasabun walamakhmasatun fee sabeeli Allahi walayataoona mawtian yagheethu alkuffara wala yanaloona min AAaduwwin naylan illa kutiba lahum bihi AAamalun salihun inna Allaha la yudeeAAu ajra almuhsineena
Ramadan came to make people return to their Lord and go to His Houses to fill them with Tarawêh, remembrance of Allah and occupy them for observing worship or acquiring knowledge. In any place you would find people in the Masjids stand in one row (their feet and foreheads are lined on the earth with no discrimination between rich or poor, inferior or superior, pauper or prince; they all submit themselves to Allah) so He grants them honor over all people because of this submission, if they performed it well with sincere intention. O Muslims, it is not strange that Allah grants honor for whoever submits himself to Him, and that whoever is an obedient servant to Allah, Allah makes him a master among people. And whoever is with Allah Almighty by following His legislations, Allah is with him by victory, success and forgiveness.
O servants of Allah, that is why our ancestors dominated the world, acquired glory and established a state history did not know a state is better, nobler, more generous or more just than it. So after the truth, what else can there be, save error! They were not empty people; rather they were people would be mentioned if Ramadan is mentioned and Ramadan would be mentioned if they are mentioned. In Ramadan, Quran had been revealed upon the master of the humankind (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him). By Allah, it is the life of people at death and it is their light at darkness.
The month of victories and conquests:
In Ramadan, Allah Almighty granted victory to the believers in Badr, after they were humble, and He called it ‘the Day of criterion (between right and wrong), the Day when the two forces met’. In Ramadan, Makkah had been given to our Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him), so he purified it from the filth of paganism and liberated it from all forces of retreat and polytheism. In Ramadan, Allah Almighty granted Khalid ibn Al-Waleed victory in Al-Yarmouk battle and granted victory to Sa’d in Al-Qadisiyyah battle, and Tarek ibn Zyad in Andalusia at Likka River, and king Qutuz and Adh-Dhahir Babers against the armies of the Mongols, so the root of the people who did wrong was cut off. And all the praises and thanks are to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn, and all that exists). The same occurred in Hetteen and Galolaa battles. There are a lot of victories in Ramadan, and this is Ramadan that gives the Muslim who observes fast soundness of health beside loftiness of spirit, the greatness of the self and the satisfaction of Allah Almighty before and after anything.
The month of love and rapport:
O people; Ramadan is the month of love and rapport; so, you should be more patient and talk better words and be away from dispute and evil. If you found mistake from your family, you should tolerate it. If you found default, you should correct it and be patient. If you were encountered with quarrel do not engage in it; rather you should say ‘I am a fasting person’. Otherwise, how could the person, who does not like this, have the reward of fasting after abstaining from eating the lawful food and having the unlawful food! The Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]
«من لم يدع قول الزور والعمل به، فليس لله حاجةً في أن يدع طعامه وشرابه» رواه البخاري
People in Ramadan:
People in Ramadan are different sitting in groups on the right and on the left. Some people do not see Ramadan more than deprivation has no value and worship there is nothing to justify it. Therefore, they intend to breakfast in Ramadan, with or without giving publicity to this. Actually, those are fools who became disbelievers after their belief then they increased their disbelief and thought that fasting suppresses the freedom, which means going after the whims and the desires and taking from them with no limits. O servants of Allah, this is false freedom; actually, it is disorder in the first place, then it is humble slavery to the body at the end.
O servants of Allah; in fact, the material freedom is the complete slavery, while on the other hand slavery to Allah alone is the complete freedom. The true Muslim has free soul even if the walls surrounded him or if he lived in wasteland; he is free even if he had been chained with shackles and lashed. I swear by Allah that this is the true freedom that fits the dignity of the children of Adam and it is the opposite to the freedom of the ghosts and the empty bodies {Is he whose breast Allâh has opened to Islâm, so that he is in light from His Lord (as he who is a non-Muslim)? So woe to those whose hearts are hardened against remembrance of Allâh! They are in plain error!} [Surat Az-Zumar 39:22]
{أَفَمَنْ شَرَحَ اللَّهُ صَدْرَهُ لِلإِسْلامِ فَهُوَ عَلَى نُورٍ مِنْ رَبِّهِ فَوَيْلٌ لِلْقَاسِيَةِ قُلُوبُهُمْ مِنْ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ أُولَئِكَ فِي ضَلالٍ مُبِينٍ} الزمر: 22


Transliteration: Afaman sharaha Allahu sadrahu lilislami fahuwa AAala noorin min rabbihi fawaylun lilqasiyati quloobuhum minthikri Allahi olaika fee dalalin mubeenin
O servants of Allah, some people do not see Ramadan more than time of hunger their abdomens do not afford and thirst their veins do not afford. Those people had become sick from the name of Ramadan; its coming is hard for them and it is like a chain ties their desires and whims. They fast it unwillingly. Such people missed the pleasure of faith and the happiness of the righteous people that is result to their submission to the Creator Who is exalted in His orders and legislations: {And your Lord creates whatsoever He wills and chooses: no choice have they (in any matter). Glorified be Allâh, and exalted above all that they associate (as partners with Him).} [Surat Al-Qasas 28:68]
{وَرَبُّكَ يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَاءُ وَيَخْتَارُ مَا كَانَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَتَعَالَى عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ} القصص: 68


Transliteration: Warabbuka yakhluqu ma yashao wayakhtaru ma kana lahumu alkhiyaratu subhana Allahi wataAAala AAammayushrikoona
We have nothing to do more than reminding such people, if they listen, by what is mentioned by Ibn Rajab, the memorizer, who said that one of the boys of Haron Ar-Rasheed was a fool boy disliked the coming of Ramadan. Then this boy had epilepsy and used to suffer from epileptics attacks many times a day and stayed in this case till he died before living till the coming of the next Ramadan! O Allah, make our end good in all things and save us from the humiliation of this worldly life and the punishment of the Hereafter.
Some people see Ramadan as annual season for the tables that are full with all kinds of foods and consider it good opportunity to play and nightly entertainment lasts till the dawn. The days of such people are like their nights, their air is black and their eyelids are like the burning coal. Ramadan came to such people in time of major catastrophes many Muslims suffer from; however, they did not bother themselves by such things. The supreme kind of kindness toward Ramadan, that such people may have, is to make it time for the monotonous riddles, misleading propagandas or missed appointments because of waiting the new vile movies and the suspicious series that throws sparks (huge) as Al-Qasr (i.e. a fort or a huge log of wood) to burn the remains of chastity and pudency or to condemn something deserves to be praised and encouraged. Allah said the truth when He said: {And most of mankind will not believe even if you desire it eagerly} [Surat Yusuf 12:103]
{وَمَا أَكْثَرُ النَّاسِ وَلَوْ حَرَصْتَ بِمُؤْمِنِينَ} يوسف: 103


Transliteration: Wama aktharu alnnasi walaw harasta bimumineena
and {And how many a sign in the heavens and the earth they pass by, while they are averse therefrom} [Surat Yusuf 12:105]
{وَكَأَيِّنْ مِنْ آيَةٍ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ يَمُرُّونَ عَلَيْهَا وَهُمْ عَنْهَا مُعْرِضُونَ} يوسف: 105


Transliteration: Wakaayyin min ayatin fee alssamawati waalardi yamurroona AAalayha wahum AAanha muAAridoona
Those who take benefits from Ramadan:
On the other hand; there are some people, we praise Allah because they are numerous, who see Ramadan as month for things are not like any of the above mentioned things and deem far above all of these things. They see it as the month of refinement by fearing Allah, the beautiful selflessness and the generous patience; they knew that these are lessons learned by fast not in schools or universities that educate the mind not the soul and develop knowledge not strengthen the relationship with Allah, except those whom Allah granted mercy to them.
O servants of Allah, those are the people who take benefits from Ramadan; those are the people who find the delight of manhood in its days beside the true freedom and patience in face of the hardships. Those and their likes are the people to whom the gates of Paradise would be opened and the gates of Hellfire would be closed. They are the people whom Ramadan does not end before having their sins forgiven and their faults pardoned. They have self’s highness, noble goal and righteous hearts. Actually, those are the people by whom the statuses could be better and the societies could be happy. How urgent is the need of the Muslim Ummah to such people in each time and country!
The status of some young men in Ramadan:
The Muslim young men observe fast; however, most of them fast by just leaving food and drink and live the month of Ramadan without occupying it by something useful. Actually, their staying on this bad status emerges consequent problems in the society and the family makes the roads and the alleys the only shelter for them. They disturb a man and waken another and molest a girl and annoy another; the roads are satanic table for them which teaches them each obscene word and lewd deed. Their actions say, “The devils of Ramadan had been chained except them.”
O Muslims, we need something that makes their behavior good, elevates their culture and limits their play and the loss of their times in vain affairs. We want them to be sure that unemployment is death and that they are the people who deserve most to be resurrected as broken people have nothing but stagnation and loss.
The status of some women in Ramadan:
As for the Muslim woman, may Allah help you, she is the sister of the man; rather she is half of the society and she gives birth to the second half. Actually, she is like a complete society. Thereupon, would all her efforts in Ramadan be dedicated to cook and spending the times in mastering the arts of making foods and drinks or to going out the house with clothes that conceal nothing except to spread infatuation! Would she indulge in these things and do not care for whatever makes her close to her Lord by reciting the Holy Quran, observing supererogatory prayer, giving charity or enjoining good and forbidding evil in her house and her family that recognize her pioneer in these matters! Did you forget that she is the teacher of the righteous generations! Women’s share for caring for the month of Ramadan is not less than the share of men; the mothers of the believers used to share the Master of the humankind (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) in his fast, prayer at night and generosity.
Al-Bukhari reported in his Sahîh: “When the last ten nights began Allah's Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) kept awake at night (for prayer and devotion) and wakened his family.”
«كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا دخل العشر شد مئزره، وأحيا ليله، وأيقظ أهله» رواه البخاري
Also, ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) asked the Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him): “O Messenger of Allah, if I knew which night is lailatul Qadr, what should I say in it?” the Prophet said: “Say, O Allah you are Oft-forgiver Generous likes to forgive so forgive me.” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]
«عائشة -رضي الله تعالى عنه- تسائل النبي -صلى الله عليه وسلم-: يا رسول الله! أرأيت إن علمت أي ليلة ليلة القدر؛ ما أقول فيها؟ قال: قولي: اللهم إنك عفو كريم تحب العفو فاعف عني» صححه الألباني
O Muslims, Show your efforts to Allah in this blessed month because there are grants from Allah Almighty the one who is deprived from them is deprived from much good. Also, take glad tiding from the saying of the Chosen Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) in the Qudsi Hadeeth: “There is penance for each deed, and fasting is for Me and I will reward for it.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]
«لكل عمل كفارة، والصوم لي وأنا أجزي به...» رواه البخاري
Generosity and charity in Ramadan:
Know that the month of Ramadan is the month of generosity and charity. The Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) was the most generous person and he was more generous in the month of Ramadan where he was more generous than the wind that bears rain.
The good charity is one of the best generosities in Ramadan, whether it is money, food or condolence. Actually, gathering between giving charity and observing fasting is one of the things that facilitate entering Paradise. The Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “In Paradise there are chambers their outward could be seen from their inward and their inward could be seen from their outward.” A Bedouin stood and asked: “O Prophet of Allah, to whom are these?” The Prophet said: “They are for whoever spoke kindly, presents food, fasts continuously and prays to Allah at night while people are asleep.” [Declared good by Al-Albani]
«إن في الجنة لغرفًا يرى ظهورها من بطونها وبطونها من ظهورها، فقام إليه أعرابي، فقال: لمن هي يا نبي الله؟ قال: هي لمن أطاب الكلام وأطعم الطعام وأدام الصيام وصلى لله بالليل والناس نيام» حسنه الألباني
So, the Muslim should be kind toward his brothers in religion, wipe their tears and end their hunger. Actually, the rich Muslim who does not feel that he has duties toward the poor people has a hard heart that does not have sympathy and is away from the mercy of Allah: {Surely, Allâh’s Mercy is (ever) near unto the good-doers} [Surat Al-A’râf 7:56]
{إِنَّ رَحْمَتَ اللَّهِ قَرِيبٌ مِنَ الْمُحْسِنِينَ} الأعراف: 56


Transliteration: inna rahmata Allahi qareebun mina almuhsineena
“The merciful (of people) will be treated in mercy by the Most Merciful, have mercy upon who are on earth you will have mercy upon you from whom in the heavens.” [Reported by At-Tirmidhi and authenticated by Al-Albani]
«الراحمون يرحمهم الرحمن، ارحموا من في الأرض يرحمكم من في السماء» رواه الترمذي وصححه الألباني
O rich man, it is not magnanimity to enjoy yourself with decorated clothes while your Muslim brother is harmed by the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter. It is not magnanimity to prevent the support and hold your hands out of misery while the needy people suffer much. O rich man, fear Allah and move your eyelids and open your eyes to see the needy people in front of you. Imagine that your weak children have been wronged by time and turned to be poor have nothing to do: {And let those (executors and guardians) have the same fear in their minds as they would have for their own, if they had left weak offspring behind. So let them fear Allâh and speak right words.} [Surat An-Nisâ4:9]
{وَلْيَخْشَ الَّذِينَ لَوْ تَرَكُوا مِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ ذُرِّيَّةً ضِعَافًا خَافُوا عَلَيْهِمْ فَلْيَتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَلْيَقُولُوا قَوْلا سَدِيدًا} النساء: 9


Transliteration: Walyakhsha allatheena law tarakoo min khalfihim thurriyyatan diAAafan khafoo AAalayhim falyattaqoo Allaha walyaqooloo qawlan sadeedan
O Allah, accept from us the fasting and the prayer at night and make to us the most abundant good fortune.
And prayers and peace of Allah be upon our prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.
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