Rasullulah’s ﷺ sermon on welcoming ramadan
O people! The month of Ramadhan has approached you with His mercy and blessings. This is the month that is the best of all months in the estimation of Allah. Its days are the best among the days; its nights are the best among the nights. Its hours are the best among the hours.
This is a month in which He has invited you. You have been, in this month, selected as the recipients of the honors of Allah, the Merciful. In this holy month, when you breathe, it has the thawab (heavenly reward) of tasbih (the praise of Allah on rosary beads), and your sleep has the thawab of worship.
Your good deeds are accepted in this month. So are your invocations. Therefore, you must invoke your Lord, in right earnest, with hearts that are free from sins and evils, that Allah may bless you, observe fast, in this month, and recite the Holy Quran.
Verily! The person who may not receive the mercy and benevolence of Allah in this month must be very unfortunate having an end as bad (in the Hereafter). While fasting, remember the hunger and thirst of tomorrow in the Day of Judgment. Give alms to the poor and the needy. Pay respects to your elders.
Have pity on those younger than you and be kind towards your relatives and kinsmen. Guard your tongues against unworthy words, and your eyes from such scenes that are not worth seeing (forbidden) and your ears from such sounds that should not be heard by you.
Be kind to orphans so that when your children become orphans they also may be treated with kindness. Do invoke that Allah may forgive your sins. Do raise your hands at the time of Salat (Prayers), as it is the best time for asking His mercy. When we invoke at such times, we are answered by Him, when we call Him, He responds, and when we ask for anything, it is accepted by Him.
O People! You have made your conscience the slave of your desires; make it free by invoking Him for forgiveness. Your back is breaking under the heavy load of your sins, so prostrate before Him for long intervals and make it lighter.
O People! If anybody amongst you arranges for the iftar (food for the breaking of the fast) of any believer, then Allah will give him a reward as if he has set free a slave. He will forgive his minor sins.
Then the companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) said: “But everybody amongst us does not have the means to do so.”
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) told them, “Keep yourself away from the Fire of Hell by inviting people for iftar, though it may consist of only half a date or simply with water if you have nothing else.”
Anybody who does not tease others in this month, Allah will keep him safe from His wrath in Qiyamah. Anybody, who respects and treats an orphan with kindness in this month, Allah shall look at him with dignity in Qiyamah. Anybody who treats well his kinsmen, in this month, Allah will bestow His mercy on him in Qiyamah, while anybody who maltreats his kinsmen in this month, Allah will keep him away from His mercy, in Qiyamah.
Whoever offers sunnah prayers in this month, Allah will give him a certificate of freedom from Hell. Whosoever offers one obligatory prayer in this month, for him the Angels will write the rewards of 70 such prayers, which were offered by him in any other months.
Whosoever repeatedly sends peace and blessings upon me, Allah will keep the scales of his deeds heavy.
Whosoever recites in this month only one verse of the Quran, he will be rewarded in a manner as if he had recited the full Quran.”