Bismillâhi-r-Rahmâni-r-RahîmAs-Salâmu 'Alaikum Wa Rahmatullâhi Wa Barakâtuh
Dear beloved brothers and sisters,
Our beloved sister Amr has sent this jewel for your hearts, thank you Amr.
The Prophet Muhammad's (s) Sermon given on the last Friday of Sha'ban on the reception of the Month of Ramadhan
"O People !"
"Indeed ahead of you is the blessed month of Allah. A month of blessing, mercy and forgiveness. A month which with Allah is the best of months. Its days, the best of days, its nights, the best of nights, and its hours, the best of hours. It is the month which invites you to be the guests of Allah and invites you to be one of those near to Him. Each breath you take glorifies God; your sleep is worship, your deeds are accepted and your supplications are answered. So, ask Allah, your Lord; to give you a sound body and an enlightened heart so you may be able to fast and recite his book, for only he is unhappy who is devoid of Allah's forgiveness during this great month. Remember the hunger and thirst of the day of Qiyamah (Judgement) with your hunger and thirst; give alms to the needy and poor, honour your old, show kindness to the young ones, maintain relations with your blood relations; guard your tongues, close your eyes to that which is not permissible for your sight, close your ears to that which is forbidden to hear, show compassion to the orphans of people so compassion may be shown to your orphans. Repent to Allah for your sins and raise your hands in dua during these times, for they are the best of times and Allah looks towards his creatures with kindness, replying to them during the hours and granting their needs if he is asked...
"O People! Indeed your souls are dependant on your deeds, free it with Istighfar (repentance) lighten its loads by long prostrations; and know that Allah swears by his might: That there is no punishment for the one who prays and prostrates and he shall have no fear of the fire on the day when man stands before the Lord of the worlds.
"O People! One who gives Iftaar to a fasting person during this month will be like one who has freed someone and his past sins will be forgiven.
Some of the people who were there then asked the Prophet (s): "Not all of us are able to invite those who are fasting?"
The Prophet (s) replied: "Allah gives this reward even if the Iftaar (meal) is a drink of water."
"One who has good morals (Akhlaq) during this month will be able to pass the 'Siraat'...on the day that feet will slip...
"One who covers the faults of others will benefit in that Allah will curb His anger on the day of Judgement...
"As for one who honours an orphan; Allah will honour him on the day of judgement,
"And for the one who spreads his kindness, Allah will spread His mercy over him on the day of Judgement.
"As for the one who cuts the ties of relation; Allah will cut His mercy from him...
"Who so ever performs a recommended prayer in this month Allah will keep the fire of Hell away from him...
"Whoever performs an obligator prayer Allah will reward him with seventy prayers [worth] in this month.
"And who so ever prays a lot during this month will have his load lightened on the day of measure.
"He who recites one verse of the Holy Qur'an will be given the rewards of reciting the hole Qur'an during other months.
"O People! Indeed during this month the doors of heaven are open, therefore ask Allah not to close them for you; The doors of hell are closed, so ask Allah to keep them closed for you. During this month Shaytan is imprisoned so ask your Lord not to let him have power over you."
The Month of Ramadhan.
We have all come from before endless time, passing through this experience and returning to endless time. Allah in His own description of Himself declares that nothing in this creation increases Him nor does it decrease Him by any measure of perceived creation or destruction. He sends souls to the Fire and He is not affected., He sends souls to the Garden and He is not affected. He is Himself, fulfilled and needs nothing. By His Love He manifested this creation to be known and worshiped. He gathered the Arwah (spirits) of all creatures and asked if He is not their Lord. All the Arwah (spirits) answered "yes!" This is the pre-???creational imprinting stamped on every created thing.
Each Ruh (spirit) is cloaked with nafs (soul) and through the heart (mirror) reflects the world around us. Face the mirror-heart towards what nourishes the primal imprint and command to 'know the Lord" and it will shine with the light of that realization. Face the mirror-heart towards that which distracts it from the pre-creational affirmation and it will languish in darkness and distraction. The heart is so vast by its nature, you may spend an eternity filling it with the pleasures and distractions of this world, yet still never be content. The heart was made to contain only the Light of Allah, therefore, it is truly "the heart of the matter"; the focal point to which Allah makes himself known. Allah in His overflowing and immeasurable bounty gifted mankind with the means to fulfil His intention, establishing His Khalifa in this world. Islam is the provided means and clear universal articulation of the path to fulfill His Love to be known and worshiped.
In this coming month of Ramadhan, Allah has spread the table wide for nourishing both the inner and outer. He provides the means to realizing His omnipresence and complete engulfing of our entire affair. Allah created the world on a dual foundation that permeates every experience and possibility. As we develop as human beings, there are basic energy centred facets of our nature that compound and play a major role in our lives. They are based on the universal law of duality. This universal dynamic expresses itself in our human experience in many ways. The essential way we experience the dual nature of things is through repulsion and attraction.
From even before we are born, we experience repulsion and attraction. We are cramped; we move. We are tired; we sleep. We are hungry; we seek food. As we develop from birth to childhood these wants and their resolution complexify into a fully developed personality we call "I", or me. Each one of us develops in different ways, but the basic foundation is the same for us all. For many of us, the way that these basic attractions and repulsion's were met, resulted in the pollution of the prime imprinting to discover His Lordship. So we ate, repulsed by hunger, seeking fulfilment (attraction) to food that may or may not have been the best for us. This is where the wisdom teachings of Islam are needed to bring about the best choices. But as children and later as adults we aren't always given the best, nor do we choose the best. It is as a long result of these errant exposures and choices that effect the development of our selves, its health or sickness. Ramadhan is the cure for these developments. It addresses the basic energies behind most of what motivates us. These are sleep, food, and sex.
In the blessed month of Ramadhan, we are awakened when we would sleep. We eat at unaccustomed times, and we curtail our sexual desires until permitted, by the wisdom teachings of Ramadhan. All these basic energy centres are affected, making it possible for old and negative patterns to be broken and transformed. Fasting through the month of Ramadhan makes it possible to realign these basic energies, giving way to a new and realised approach to the health and well being of the Soul.
The natural result of curtailing these basic energies is that it makes us more sensitive, capable of more readily perceiving the subtle nature of our being. Fasting from the engagement of these powerful primal energies frees us to direct our focus on the true purpose of heart and being. It is as though we are removed from the bodily needs, bringing forth a focus on the needs of the soul. It is in a way a mythal of the meaning of La ilaha illa 'llah, there is no god but God. Denial of one (La ilaha) brings about the realization of the truth (illa Allah). Close down the path to the appetites of the nafs and the pathways of nourishing light are opened. From constriction comes expansion, and it is in the practice of fasting that we are raised to a higher state of consciousness. Ramadhan is a great gift and if entered into with the intention to fast for Allah alone, the reward will be for what you intend.