4th Ramadan 1442 A.H
(16th April 2021C.E)

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE MOST BENEFICENT THE MOST MERCIFUL

BEING THE FIRST SERMON FOR THE MONTH OF RAMADHAAN DATED 4TH RAMADHAAN 1442 AH (16TH APRIL, 2021 CE)

THE MEANS OF FORGIVENESS

All Praises belong to Allah, with Whose Favour all goods are perfected and blessings desend.We praise Him, a praise that fits His Favours and is sufficient for an increase. Then the most perfect and complete prayers and peace, upon the Messenger and his nice household, his close companions, and those who follow his path and are guided by his guidance, until the Day of Judgment.

Thereafter…
I enjoin you and myself with the fear of Allah Ta’alah, as it is the supreme goal and the ultimate purpose of fasting. The Almighty said, "Fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may be pious". It is upon you to fast the month seeking reward and recompense from Allah. The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has said: "Whoever fasts in Ramadhaan with faith and seeking reward, his previous sins are forgiven".

This is the first meeting in this blessed month, and the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that the first part of Ramadhaan is forgiveness, and that the middle part is Mercy, and the last part of it is emancipation from the Fire. It is on this that our sermon today is centred on and focused on the means of forgiveness.

These are some of the means of attaining forgiveness of sins, by Allah’s Permission, that were mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). How excellent would it be for us to learn them and teach them to people so that good becomes for everyone in general, in-shaa Allah, and so we live with it throughout Ramadhaan, and infact throughout our lives until we graduate from the school of Ramadan and we are forgiven and pardoned from it.

The First Means: Seeking Forgiveness
The servant’s seeking of forgiveness from his sins and mistakes, and not persisting in committing sins and transgressions is one of the most important means for entering Al-Jannah, and attaining forgiveness of sins. Allah Ta’alah said: "Those – their reward is forgiveness from their Lord and gardens beneath which rivers flow [in Paradise], wherein they will abide eternally; and excellent is the reward of the [righteous] workers. ". (Al-Imran:136)

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) related from the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) while narrating from his Lord, Tabaaraka wa-ta’ala, he said: "A slave commits a sin and then said: ‘O Allah, forgive me my sin’. Allah Almighty said: "My servant committed a sin, and he knew that he has a Lord Who forgives sin and takes guilt , then returned , and said: Lord, forgive me my sin, said the Almighty: guilty servant committed a sin, knowing that he has a Lord Who forgives sin and takes guilt, and then returned Voznb, and said: Lord, forgive me my sin, said the Almighty: guilty Abdi sin Knowing that he has a lord who forgives sin and takes away sin, I have forgiven my servant, so he may do whatever he wants). agreed.
And the Messenger of Allah, (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “By Him (Allah) in whose Hand is in my soul, if you had not sinned, Allah would have taken you away and bring people who would sin and seek forgiveness".

The Second Means: Taking Care of Salaat
The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Do you see if there is a river at your door and you wash in it five times each day, would there remain on you any dirt? »They said: "Do would not remain any dirt". He said: "That is like the five daily prayers, Allah removes sins with them." (Bukhari). The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "The five daily prayers and Jumu’ah to Jumu’ah is expiation for everything in-between them for whomever does not commit the big sins. (Muslim) The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "The slave when he prays, comes with his sins, hanging on his head and shoulders, as he bows in ruku’ and prostrate in sajda, they (the sins) fall off him. (Sahih Al-Jami` by Al-Albani).

The Third Means: The Worshiper Praise when He raises his Head from Ruku’ coinciding with that of the Malaaika (Angels)
The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "When the Imam says " Sami’a-LLahu li-mani hamidau", say: "Rabbana Walaka-l Hand". Whoever his words coincide with that of the angels, he is forgiven his sins". (Agreed)

The Fourth Means: The Adhkaar mentioned after the call to prayer.
The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Whoever said when he hears the muazzin says "I testify that there is no god but Allah alone with no partner, and that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger", then he says: "I am pleased with Allah as my Lord and with Muhammad as messenger, and Islam as a religion" he is forgiven his sins". (Muslim).

The Fifth Means: Perfecting Ablution and Walking to the Masjid
The Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:“Whoever performs ablution and rinses his mouth and nose, his sins committed with them are removed. When he washes his face, his sins committed with his face are removed even beneath his eyelids. When he washes his hands, his sins committed with his hands are removed. When he wipes his head, his sins committed with his head are removed even from his ears. When he washes his feet, his sins committed with his feet are removed even beneath his nails. His prayer and walking to the mosque are extra merits.”

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Shall I not tell you something by means of which Allaah erases sins and raises people in status?" They said: Yes, O Messenger of Allaah. He said: "Doing wudoo’ properly at times when it is difficult to do so, taking many steps to the mosque, and waiting for prayer after prayer. That is constant readiness." (Muslim)

And Uthmaan ibn Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) said; I saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did wudoo this way I did it and then said: “Whoever does wudoo this way, his previous sins are forgiven, and his salaat and walk to the mosque are extras” (Muslim).

The Sixth Means: The Call to Obligatory Salaat
The Prophet of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah and His angels send blessings upon the front row, and the muezzin is forgiven as far as his voice reaches, and whatever hears him, animate or inanimate, confirms what he says, and he will have a reward like that of those who pray with him.” (Saheeh Al-Jaami by Albaani)

The Seventh Means: The fear of Allah Ta’aalah
What is intened by this is the being conscious of Allah and the servant fearing Allah in the public and in private. Allah ta’alaah said: “Oh you who have believed, if you fear God, He will grant you a criterion407 and will remove from you your misdeeds and forgive you. And God is the possessor of great bounty. ”(al-Anfaal:29)

The Eight Means: Dhik after Ablution
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever performs Wudu’ and does it well, then says: "Ashhadu an la ilaha ill-Allah was ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasuluh (I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is his slave and Messenger)," eight gates of Paradise will be opened for him, and he may enter through whichever one he wishes.’ (Muslim)

The ninth means: Remenbrance of Allah at all times
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No one on the surfce of the earth says ‘There is no god but Allah, Allah is the Greatest, and no means or strength beside Allah’ except that he is pardoned his sins even if they were like the foams of the sea.” (Tirmidhiy).

The tenth means: Dhikr when one wears cloth
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever wear a garment and then says, ‘praise be to Allah Who has clothed me with this and bless me with it with no might or power of mine’, his sins are forgiven.” (Daawud).

The Eleventh Means: The Dhikr of Seeking Forgiveness
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever says this supplication, ‘I seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty, besides whom there is no God, the Living, the Sustainer, and I repent to him,’ then Allah will forgive him even if he fled from battle.” (Tirmidhiy)

SECOND KHUTBAH

All praises are due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. May His peace and blessings be upon our leader, Muhammad, his household, companions and all believers till the last day.

Thereafter:

The Twelfth Means: The Dhikr When Eating
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever eats a meal and says, ‘All praise is due to Allah, who fed me this from his provision without any capability or strength on my part,’ his previous minor sins will be forgiven. (Abu Daawud)

The Thirteenth Means: Going to the Mosque and Waiting for Salaat
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever purifies himself with ablution in his house, then he walks to a house among the houses of Allah to fulfill an obligation among the obligations of Allah, one step of his will expiate his sins and another step will raise his status.”(Muslim)
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Shall I not tell you something by means of which Allaah erases sins and raises people in status?" They said: Yes, O Messenger of Allaah. He said: "Doing wudoo’ properly at times when it is difficult to do so, taking many steps to the mosque, and waiting for prayer after prayer. That is constant readiness." (Muslim)

The Fourteenth Means: Adhkaar after the Obligatory Salaat
The Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: "If anyone says immediately after each prayer ‘glory be to Allah’ thirty-three times, ‘praise be to Allah’ thirty-three times, ‘Allah is the greatest’ thirty-three times; these are ninety-nine, and completes the hundred with saying ‘there is no god but Allah. He is One and has no partner with Him. To Him belongs sovereignty and to Him belongs praise, and He is over everything Omnipotent’, all his sins will be forgiven for him even if they are as abundant as the foam of the sea."

The Fifteenth Means: Sincere Repentance
The meaning of repentance is the return to Allah from sins. Allah Ta’aalah said: “But whoever repents after his wrongdoing and reforms, indeed, God will turn to him in forgiveness. Indeed, God is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Maaidah: 39). And He said: “But those who committed misdeeds and then repented after them and believed – indeed your Lord, thereafter, is Forgiving and Merciful..”(Al-A’araaf:153). And He, the Almighty, also said: “Say oh my servant who have wroged their own souls, do not despair from the Mercy of Allah.”

Sixteenth Means: Fearing Allah in Private and in Public
Allah Ta’alah said: “You can only warn one who follows the message and fears the Most Merciful unseen. So give him good tidings of forgiveness and noble reward.”(Yaa-sin: 11). And He, the Most Exalted said: “Indeed, those who fear their Lord unseen will have forgiveness and great reward.” (Al-Mulk:12)

The Seventeenth Means: Standing Up in the Night for Prayer (Qiyaamu Layl)
The Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:“You should pray Qiyaam al-Layl, for it is the habit of the righteous people who came before you, and it will bring you closer to your Lord, expiate for bad deeds, prevent sin, and expel disease from the body.”(Tirmidhiy)

Ad-Dua.

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