Friday Sermon 26 January 1996
The verses of 'The Holy Quran' and the Prophetic Traditions point out the importance of fasting. The Holy Prophet ﷺ knew about the benefits and the blessings of Ramadan more than any other person: Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Prophet ﷺ said 'Whoever stands in on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and in hope of a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith and in hope of a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.' (Bukhari, Muhammad bin Ismael. 'Sahih Bukhari: Book of Fasting'). The Tahajjud prayer has a special connection with Ramadan and should be given more importance than usual along with the other prayers. Through it the ones fasting can access a path to Tahajjud. Children should be especially advised to make a habit of waking up for the Sehr and those who cannot fast should offer Nawafil [optional prayers] at this time: Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah's Messenger ﷺ said '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 up.' (Ibid). This certainly does not mean that nobody would ever commit a sin in the month of Ramadan. It is in fact only a glad tiding for the believers who confine themselves to obeying the Quran and Muhammad the Messenger of Allah. Ramadan heralds for them messages of goodwill and teaches such virtue that it becomes impossible for them to act in a way that brings them nearer to Hell. Ramadan is a means of seeking Allah’s forgiveness for our sins in the past and well being for the future.The month of Ramadan is the safest month for a believer because he is constantly indulged in spending this month in acting virtuously. Every person has a Satan attached to them. One should try to bind him up for good. The gate of Hell is opened to those who live outside the remit of the Holy Prophet ﷺ and the Quran. To fast while traveling or in ailing health is not in accordance with obedience to Allah. In another Hadith in 'Al-Jami al-Sagheer' [Abul Fazl Abdur Rahman ibn Abi Bakr Jalaluddin al-Suyuti] fasting has been called the door to worship. No other month teaches the vast subject of worship which includes service to people as Ramadan does. Secondly Ramadan gives birth to such fervent passion that one should discover the relish of worship through fasting. Ramadan brings about a pleasant change to our physical health and various Ahadith also reveal the health benefits of fasting. In-depth research has been conducted and the researchers have come to the conclusion that fasting preserves one's good health. There is also a Homoeopathic remedy to neutralise the acidity in the stomach. I congratulate MTA that with the Grace of God its contract has been finalised for a powerful Transponder whose global Beam Covers half of the globe and it will allow the Programs to be seen brighter and clearer than before. Efforts are continuing into the final stages for the USA to inaugurate a permanent 24-hour service for America much better than before. Pray that these stages which would cover southern, northern and central America are successfully completed. May Allah bring this Ramadan to pass upon us in a manner that its peace would continue into in following year. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19960126-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International, 2015.
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