In The Name of ALLAH, the Beneficent, the Merciful
BEING THE FIRST KHUTBAH FOR THE MONTH OF SHA’BAAN 4/SHA’BAAN/1439AH (20/APRIL/2018CE)
PREPARATION FORRAMADAN. 

Praise be unto Allah who decreed fasting on believers making it guard from sins and fire. Allah says:

يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ (183) ” {البقرة :2\183} , “

شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ فَمَنْ شَهِدَ مِنْكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ وَمَنْ كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ…” {البقرة :2\285}

O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous(183)…  The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful (184). We praise and thank Him, seek His help and guidance, forgiveness and repentance. We seek refuge in Him from the evil of our souls and deeds. Whoever Allah guides is guided and whoever He misled none will mislead Him. I bear witness there is no god but Allah alone without partner, and that Muhammad (pbuh) is His servant and Messenger who says: “Whoever fast in Ramadan with faith and hope of reward from Allah, all his former sins will be forgiven” (Agreed upon). May Allah bless him and his families and all his companions, and those who follow them in righteousness until the day of recompense.

Thereafter,

I admonish you and myself on the fear of Allah, obedience and striving in righteousness … Allah says:

ياأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ (183) ” {البقرة :2\183} , “

{And fear Allah that you may receive mercy.} (2:197).

Dear faithful we discussed last week the duties in the month of Sha’baan, and due to the closeness of Ramadan, we shall today discuss the Preparation for the month of Ramadan.

How do we prepare for Ramadan?

We beseech Allah (swt) to make this sermon the commencement of passion for obedience and good deed from this month of Ramadan forever. Allah says: (فمن شهد منكم الشهر فليصمه) So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it” (2: 185).

Preparation for the month of Ramadan:

1- Psychological, Mental and practical readiness:Engaging in prayers before Ramadan sets in. Such as praying thus: “AllahummaBariklana fi Rajab, Wa Sha’ban, Waballighna Ramadan.” Meaning: “O Allah bless us in Rajab, Sha’baan and preserve us till Ramadan.Or “Allahummasallimniilaa Ramadan, wasallim li Ramadan, watasallamhuminnimutaqabbalan.” Meaning: O Allah, make me permeable for Ramadan and make Ramadan easy for me, and accept it from me. (The first hadith described as weak by Al-baaniy )

We should have intentions for the following in Ramadan:

2- Financial preparation: This includesearmarking a portion of your income for the Ramadan projects such as:

3- Educational preparation:

4- DawahPreparation (Inviting to way of Allah):

5- Health or physical preparation:

6- A typical day in Ramadan:

Before Fajr Prayer:

After the Fajr Prayer:

The Zuhr Prayer:

The Asr Prayer:

The Maghrib Prayer:

The Ishaa Prayer:

Other programmes include: visitations to relatives, friends, neighbours, participate in ramadan dawah lectures, read profiles of islamic heroes, engage in discourse (on Islamic judgements, etiquettes, morals … ), create family gathering for knowledge, form circles of knowledge in the neighbourhood, etc in an atmosphere of faith and passion to maximize the gains of the blessed month.

The Second Sermon

All praises are due to Allah, We praise and thank Him, believe and depend on Him. I testify there is no god but Allah alone and I testify that our leader- Muhammad (pbuh) is his servant and messenger.  May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his household, companions and whoever follows them till the day of recompense.

Servants of Allah, the UN is commemorating the World Book Day. The International Day of the Book and the Protection ofCopyrights and Reading, is an annual event on April 23 to be a day for encouraging reading, preservation of copyrights, encouragement of authors and the International Day of the Book, since its inception in 1995 at the General Assemblyof UNESCO in Paris that year.

Since that year, many countries have decided to dedicate the day for a kind of celebration and custom based on

the customs and culture of the people.

The importance and benefits of books: Some of the benefits of reading books include development of anexpanded Word vocabulary, including intellectual ability, where a reader is able to development an intellectual ability

to view issues from various angles. Islam as a religion is greatly concerned with knowledge and reading asexpressed in the following verses: Allah says:

(اقرأ باسم ربك الذي خلق، خلق الإنسان من علق، اقرأ وربك الأكرم الذي علم بالقلم، علم الإنسانما لم يعلم)

“Recite in the name of your Lord who created -( 2 )   Created man from a clinging substance.( 3 )   Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous – ( 4 )   Who taught by the pen – ( 5 )   Taught man thatwhich he knew not.” (96: 1- 5).

These are instructions to the Prophet- pbuh and every individual among hisUmmah to learn and read of knowledge that which is beneficial to him and others in this life and the hereafter. Insome other verses Allah describes the respectable status of scholars:

(شهد الله أنّه لا إله إلاّ هو والملائكة وأولو العلم قائماً بالقسط لاإله إلا هو العزيز الحكيم)

“Allah witnesses that there is no deity except Him, and [so do] the angels and those ofknowledge – [that He is] maintaining [creation] in justice. There is no deity except Him, the Exalted in Might,the Wise.” (3: 18).

((قل هل يستوي الذين يعلمون والذين لا يعلمون))

“Say: Are those who know equal to those who do not know?(39:9)

These virtues mentioned are not restricted to religious knowledge alone, but it encompasses all beneficial

knowledge for Muslims and non- Muslims provided it is not contrary to the provisions of theIslamic law.

Our Lord, upon You we have relied, and to You we have returned, and to You is the destination. Our Lord, make us not [objects of] torment for the disbelievers and forgive us, our Lord. Indeed, it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” (60: 4-5).

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