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In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most High.
ِأَتَى رَمَضَــانُ مَــزْرَعَةُ الْعِبَــادِ ... لِتَطْـهِيْرِ الْقُلُــوْبِ مِنَ الْفَسَــاد
ِفـَـأَدِّ حُقُــوْقَــهُ قَــوْلًا وَّفِعْــلًا ... وَّزَادَكَ فَــاتَّـخِـذْهُ إِلَى الْـمَعَــاد
ِفَـمَـنْ زَرَعَ الْحُبُوْبَ وَمَا سَقَـاهَا ... تَـأَوَّهَ نَـادِمًـا يَّــوْمَ الْـحَصَــاد
"Ramadan has arrived, the cultivating land of servants,
so that it can purify the hearts from vice
Therefore, fulfil its rights in word and deed,
and store your provision for the ultimate return
Certainly, the one who cultivates the seeds
and does not water it,
shall find himself regretfully astray on
the Day of Reckoning."
Rasulullah SAW said, 'O people!, if anyone amongst you arranges for iftar (meal at sunset) for any believer, Allah will
reward him as if he had freed a slave, and Allah will forgive him his sins. A companion asked: "but not all of us have the
means to do so". The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) replied: Keep yourself away from Hell-fire though it may
consist of half a date or even some water if you have nothing else'.
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Al-Imam Al-Baihaqi (RA) reported on the authority of Salman Al-Farsi (Radhi Allah ‘Anh) that Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi
Wasalaam) delivered a sermon on the last day of the month of Sha’ban. In it he (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said, “O
People! The month of Allah (Ramadaan) has come with its mercies, blessings and forgiveness.
Allah has decreed this month the best of all months. The days of this month are the best among the days and the
nights are the best among the nights and the hours during Ramadan are the best among the hours. This is a month in
which you have been invited by Him (to fast and pray). Allah has honoured you in it. In every breath you take is a
reward of Allah, your sleep is worship, your good deeds are accepted and your invocations are answered.
Therefore, you must invoke your Lord in all earnestness with hearts free from sin and evil, and pray that Allah may help
you to keep fast, and to recite the Holy Qur’an. Indeed!, miserable is the one who is deprived of Allah’s forgiveness in
this great month. While fasting remember the hunger and thirst on the Day of Judgement. Give alms to the poor and
needy. Pay respect to your elders, have sympathy for your youngsters and be kind towards your relatives and kinsmen.
Guard your tongue against unworthy words, and your eyes from scenes that are not worth seeing (forbidden) and your
ears from sounds that should not be heard.
Be kind to orphans so that if your children may become orphans they will also be treated with kindness. Do repent to
Allah for your sins and supplicate with raised hands at the times of prayer as these are the best times, during which
Allah Almighty looks at His servants with mercy. Allah Answers if they supplicate, Responds if they call, Grants if He is
asked, and Accepts if they entreat. O people! you have made your conscience the slave of your desires.
Make it free by invoking Allah for forgiveness. Your back may break from the heavy load of your sins, so prostrate yourself before Allah for long intervals, and make this load lighter. Understand fully that Allah has promised in His Honour and Majesty that, people who perform salat and sajda (prostration) will be guarded from Hell-fire on the Day of Judgement.
O people!, if anyone amongst you arranges for iftar (meal at sunset) for any believer, Allah will reward him as if he had freed a slave, and Allah will forgive him his sins. A companion asked: “but not all of us have the means to do so” The Prophet (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) replied: Keep yourself away from Hell-fire though it may consist of half a date or even some water if you have nothing else.
O people!, anyone who during this month cultivates good manners, will walk over the Sirat (bridge to Paradise) on the day when feet will tend to slip. For anyone who during this month eases the workload of his servants, Allah will make easy his accounting, and for anyone who doesn’t hurt others during this month, Allah will safeguard him from His Wrath on the Day of Judgement. Anyone who respects and treats an orphan with kindness during this month, Allah shall look at him with kindness on that Day. Anyone who treats his kinsmen well during this month, Allah will bestow His Mercy on him on that Day, while anyone who mistreats his kinsmen during this month, Allah will keep away from His Mercy.
Whomsoever offers the recommended prayers during this month, Allah will save him from Hell, and whomever observes his obligations during this month, his reward will be seventy times the reward during other months. Whomever repeatedly invokes Allah’s blessings on me, Allah will keep his scale of good deeds heavy, while the scales of others will be tending to lightness. Whomever recites during this month an ayat (verse) of the Holy Qur’an, will get the reward of reciting the whole Qur’an in other months.
O people!, the gates of Paradise remain open during this month. Pray to your Lord that they may not be closed for you. While the gates of Hell are closed, pray to your Lord that they never open for you. Satan has been chained, invoke your Lord not to let him dominate you.”
Ali ibn Talib (Radhi Allah ‘Anh) said: “I asked, ‘O messenger of Allah, what are the best deeds during this month’?” ‘He replied: ‘O Abu Al-Hasan, the best of deeds during this month is to be far from what Allah has forbidden’.”
All praises are due to the Almighty Allah (SWA) for His infinite blessings and mercy. May His peace and blessing be upon
the Holy Prophet, Nabi Muhammad (PBUH), his companions, his family and followers.
As we reach the dawn of a very blessed month of Ramadaan, the Habibia Soofie Mosque Committee, on behalf of the
Habibia Soofie Trust and the Imaamat, wishes you and your family, and all Muslim communities around the world a
very spiritual RAMADAAN KAREEM.
May the Almighty Allah bless you with the opportunity to take full advantage of His mercy, blessing and generosity
during the month of Ramadaan. We encourage you to fill your time in His remembrance and Ibaadat, extend continuous
Durood Shareef on the Holy Prophet, Nabi Muhammad (PBUH), join us for Taraweeh and Thikr, spend time with your
families, visit the graves of your beloved deceased and immerse yourself in the blessings of the Ramadaan.
Please also remember the poor especially during this time and give generously to those
who are in need of basic sustenance and support. The Habibia Youth Forum is
maintaining the annual "Zammilooni" Blanket Drive for the second year now. They are
currently running collections of a R 100 per blanket and food parcel, which will all go
towards the underpriviledged. Please support them generously by contributing to this
We also encourage all Musallis to make continuous dua for all the Muslims that are
suffering in Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Burma and Palestine, North Africa, and all over the globe. May
the Almighty Allah ease their pain and release them from all forms of oppression and
Jazakum Allah Khairan and Ramadaan Kareem to all.