Khutbah – Friday 11 May 2018 – Preparing Ourselves for Welcoming the Blessed Month of Ramadan by Salahdin Kakooza

Khutbah – Friday 11 May 2018 – Preparing Ourselves for Welcoming the Blessed Month of Ramadan by Salahdin Kakooza

 In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

24th Sha`ban 1439

 الحمد لله الذي هدانا لهذا وماكنا لنهتدي لولا أن هدانا الله،

اللهم صل وسلم على سيدنا محمد مفتاح باب رحمة الله عدد ما في علم الله

صلاة وسلاما دائمين بدوام ملك الله، وعلى آله وصحبه ومن والاه.

وأشهد أنه الله الذي لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، إلها واحدا وربا شاهدا ونحن له مسلمون.

وأشهد أن سيدنا وحبيبنا وقرة أعيننا محمدا عبده ورسوله،

 أرسله الله بالهدى ودين الحق ليظهره على الدين كله ولو كره المشركون.

أما بعد: عباد الله فإني موصيكم وإياي بتقوى الله.

 

 

Dear Jama’a tul Muslimin.

 

It is fitting that we speak in today’s final khutbah of the month of Sha`ban about ‘Preparing Ourselves for Welcoming the Blessed Month of Ramadan.’ The countdown has already begun and we have just a few days left in order to prepare ourselves to welcome this Holy and auspicious month.

 

Our Prophet (s.a.w.) taught us, that this blessed month is the sayyidu al-shuhur, the preeminent and the best of all months. One of the most important etiquettes at this time is that we warm up our hearts so that we receive this special guest with great joy and anticipation.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Beloved Brothers and Sisters,

the best way of preparing for Ramadan is first of all to prepare our hearts, to start feeling ready inside our hearts. This is indeed a great test to determine our level of iman!  

Do our hearts rejoice on hearing that the month of Ramadan is approaching?

 

Allah, the Most High, proclaims in the Holy Qur’an (in chapter 10 Surat Yunus, verse 58):

(قل بفضل الله وبرحمته فبذلك فليفرحوا هو خير مما يجمعون)

“Say that in the bounty of Allah and in his mercy let them rejoice”.

 

This is the way of the believers that we rejoice in the great blessings of our Lord (s.w.) because of the great opportunities that Allah has given for us in the blessed month of Ramadan.

 

 Imam al-Bayhaqi in his book Shuabul Iman narrated a prayer to be read at this time which reads as follows; 

 

Allahumma Barik Lana fi Rajab wa Sha`ban Wa Balligna Ramadan.”

 

“O Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha’ban and let us make it to Ramadan.”

 

This du`a must be recited continuously and with vigorous fervour during these final few days before the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan.

 

In preparation for the month of Ramadan it might be useful to briefly re-acquaint ourselves with its meaning  and the good etiquette to be observed in it in order to reap its great blessings  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Literal Meaning of the Word Ramadan.

 

The word Ramadan is literally related to the Arabic root word أرمض يرمض رمضاء meaning to burn up.

 

Consonant with its literal meaning some of the scholars have said that this month was called Ramadan because it is a month that burns up and extinguishes all our sins. And for that reason, Ramadan is pre-eminently a month of forgiveness.

 

We should therefore view it a wonderful opportunity for us to reconcile ourselves with our families, friends and people in general. This reconciliation process must begin with our Lord Allah (sw), by repenting for our sins and sincerely and earnestly seeking His forgiveness

 

May Allah (sw) allow us to attain the highest degrees of forgiveness in the forthcoming month of Ramadan.

 

Reflecting on the Importance of Ramadan

 

I would like to reflect on two hadith which teaches us about the greatness of Ramadan and the manner in which the Prophet (pbuh) used to conduct himself during this blessed month. I do so in the hope that it may inspire us to welcome the month of Ramadan with great joy and anticipation.

 

Hadith One:

 

In a Hadith by Abu Ya’ala the Prophet (pbuh) is reported to have said:

(لو يعلم العباد ما في رمضان لتمنت أمتي أن تكون السنة كلها رمضان) أخرجه ابن خزيمة في صحيحه

Were the servants to have known the greatness of Ramadhan,

my Umma would have wished Ramadan to be the entire year (narrated by Ibn Khuzaima in his Sahih)

 

 

 

 

 

We may understand from this Hadith the following;

  • The Prophet (pbuh) is teaching us here that there is something special about Ramadan, and this is something related to Divine mercy and Generosity.
  • The Prophet (pbuh) is instilling in us the love of worship, he is presenting Ramadhan to us in a very motivational manner. Because he does know what we don’t know from obviously what Allah has allowed him to know.
  • The Prophet (pbuh) is teaching us the proper etiquette and Adab of conduct during Ramadan. Instead of just going through the motions and wanting to quickly finish fasting so that we can go back to our normal everyday lives we are encouraged through this hadith to raise the quality of our fasting and the quality our prayers. We can do so by being more attentive to listening to the book of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, to increase both our iman bi Allah and our understanding of the meanings of the book of Allah.
  • The Prophet (pubu) concludes the hadith by saying “my Umma would have wished Ramadan to be the entire year” meaning that; because of the high quality of the spiritual experience we could obtain during Ramadan, and because of the month’s numerous bounties. we will ultimately wish that Ramadan stays with us the entire year.

 

Hadith Two:

In another instructive Hadith that was narrated by Bukhari and Muslim, we are informed about the Prophet’s generosity and his recitation of Qur’an, especially during the month of Ramadan.

عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ: ((كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَجْوَدَ النَّاسِ، وَكَانَ أَجْوَدُ مَا يَكُونُ فِي رَمَضَانَ حِينَ يَلْقَاهُ جِبْرِيلُ، وَكَانَ يَلْقَاهُ فِي كُلِّ لَيْلَةٍ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ فَيُدَارِسُهُ الْقُرْآنَ، فَرَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَجْوَدُ بِالْخَيْرِ مِنْ الرِّيحِ الْمُرْسَلَةِ))

The Messenger of Allah () was the most generous of people;

and he was the most generous during the month of Ramadan,

when Jibril visited him every night and recited the Qur’an to him.

During this period, the Messenger of Allah () was more generous than the rain bearing wind.

 

Imam Nawawi(R) brings out a number of benefits of this Hadith and among them are the following;

  1. That Allah has honored the month of Ramadan because it’s the month that He chose to begin the revelation of the Qur’an.
  2. Ramadan is also the month that Allah chose for jibril to visit and recite the Holy Qur’an with the Prophet, year after year until during the final year of his life jibril revised the entire Qur’an with him twice.

بارك الله لي ولكم في القرآن العظيم،

ونفعني وإياكم بما فيه من الآيات والذكر الحكيم،

ثبتنا وإياكم على الصراط المستقيم،

 أجارنا وإياكم من خزيه وعذابه الأليم.

أقول قولي هذا وأستغفر الله لي ولكم ولسائر المسلمين فاستغفروه إنه هو التواب الرحيم.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Khutbah

 

الحمد لله، يهدي اللهُ لنُورِه مَن يشاء،

وأشهدُ أن لا إله إلا الله وحدَه لا شريكَ له،

 وأشهدُ أنَّ سيدَنا ونبيَّنا وقرةَ عيونِنا ونورَ قلوبِنا محمداً عبدُه ورسولُه،

 اللهم صلِّ وسلِّم وبارِك وكرِّم على سيدِنا محمد،

وعلى آلِه وأصحابِه وأهلِ حضرةِ اقترابِه من أتباعه وإخوانه مِن النبيين والمرسلين،

 وآلهم وصحبِهم والملائكةِ المقرَّبين وجميعِ عبادِك الصالحين،

وعلينا معهم وفيهم برحمتِك يا أرحمَ الراحمين.

 أما بعد عباد الله: فإني أوصيكم ونفسيَ بتقوى الله.

Dear Respected Brothers and Sisters.

The Holy Qur’an in Surah al-Baqarah verse 185 after informing us about the importance of fasting in the month of Ramadan it goes on to teach us the correct etiquettes of fasting and concludes by reminding us that Our Lord is near to us.

(وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ

أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ)

 

“And if My servants ask you, concerning Me,

tell them that I am quite near to them.

I hear and answer the prayer of the suppliant, when he calls to Me.

So, let them respond to My call and believe in Me.

perhaps they may be guided aright”.

  • In this verse Allah illustrates to us that Duae. prayer and supplication is the bone marrow and essence or worship. Once you realize that Allah is near to you, and that you are in absolute need of Him every single moment of your life, you will be able to more fully appreciate the importance of prayer and supplication.

In closing I would like to mention some of the intentions that we should be making during these last few days before Ramadan.

  • We intend to fast all the days of this month, beginning from the night of its inception and intend to renew this intention every day before sunrise every day.
  • We intend to expose ourselves to Allah’s Mercy and Forgiveness by making sincere repentance of our sins.
  • We intend to recite the Qur’an while beholding a state of majesty and exaltation towards its words.
  • We intend to return to Allah through our good behavior and virtuous actions during the month of Ramadan particularly when quarrels and arguments might take place during our fasting.
  • We intend to spend the month of Ramadan in righteous works and take full benefit from laylatal qadr.
  • We intend to rectify the state of our hearts so that they are better after Ramadan than they were before.
  • Last but not least we intend to remain continuously in a state of upward spirituality until we meet Allah.

Insha-Allah, if we make these intentions sincerely, our hope is that Allah (s.w) is going to grant us what we are intending.

May Allah (s.w) bless us and prepare us for the blessed month Ramadan and may He bless us in the last days of the month of Sh’aban.

 

إنَّ اللهَ أمرَنا بأمرٍ بدأ فيه بنفسِه، وثنَّى بملائكتِه، وأيَّهَ بالمؤمنين مِن عبادِه تعميماً؛

 فقال مُخبراً وآمِراً لهم تكريماً:

(إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا)

اللهم صل وسلم على سيدنا محمد مفتاح باب رحمة عدد ما في علم الله صلاة وسلاما دائمين بدوام ملك الله، وعلى آله وصحبه ومن والاه.

وعلى الخليفةِ مِن بعدِه المختار وصاحبِه وأنيسِه في الغار، مُؤازرِ رسولِ الله في حالَيِ السَّعةِ والضيق؛ خليفةِ رسولِ الله سيدِنا أبي بكرٍ الصديق.

 وعلى النَّاطقِ بالصواب، حَليفِ المحراب، الفاروقِ أمير المؤمنين عمر بن الخطاب.

وعلى مَن استحيَت منه ملائكةُ الرحمن، مُحيِي الليالي بتلاوةِ القرآن الناصحِ لله في السرِّ والإعلان؛

 أمير المؤمنين ذي النُّورَين سيدنا عثمان بن عفَّان.

وعلى أخِي النبيِّ المصطفى وابن عمِّه، ووليِّه وبابِ مدينةِ علمِه، إمامِ أهلِ المشارقِ والمغارب؛

 أمير المؤمنين سيدِنا علي بن أبي طالب.

وعلى الحسنِ والحسينِ سيِّدَي شبابِ أهلِ الجنة في الجنة، وريحانتي نبيِّك بنصِّ السُّنة، وعلى أمِّهما الحوراءِ فاطمةَ البتولِ الزهراء، وعلى بنات المصطفى وعلى خديجة الكبرى وعائشة الرضى وسائر أمهات المؤمنين،

 وعلى الحمزةِ والعباس، وسائرِ أهل بيتِ نبيك الذين طهَّرتَهم مِن الدَّنَسِ والأرجاس،

وعلى أهل بيعةِ العقبة وأهلِ بدرٍ وأهلِ أحدٍ وأهلِ بيعةِ الرضوان،

وعلى سائرِ الصحبِ الأكرمين وتابعيهم بإحسانٍ إلى يوم الدين،

وعلينا معهم وفيهم برحمتك يا أرحمَ الراحمين.

اللهم أعز الإسلام والمسلمين، وأذل الشرك والمشركين، ودمر أعداءك أعداء الدين،

واجعل بلاد المسلمين آمناً مطمئنًا يا رب العالمين، برحمتك يا أرحم الراحمين.

إن الله يأمر بالعدل والإحسان وإيتاء ذي القربى وينهى عن الفحشاء والمنكر والبغي يعظكم لعلكم تذكرون )

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