This is an
the Emperor of
Emperors the King of
Kings and the One
who is in supreme
control of the universe.
All believers are invited to be the guests of
Allah (SWT) during the month of Holy
Ramadan. Allah (SWT) invites them to a
divine feast and gives them glad tiding of
blessings and forgiveness.
This invitation is to tell you how much your
Lord loves you and wants you to be close
to Him. He has invited you to remember
Him so He may remember you.
To ask from Him so He may grant you. He
wants you to rid yourself of the burden of
sins so that you may be lighter when you
return to Him. He has prepared for you
special gifts and rewards and stored foryou
precious robes. He has asked you to seek
Him so you can be from among His friends.
Such a royal invitation must be accepted
with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement.
Preparations must be made to attend the
royal feast in an appropriate manner.
Please make haste as the opportunity for
accepting the invitation will soon be over.
Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) reports that Holy
Prophet Mohammad (saw) has said that
Sha'ban is my month and Ramadan is the
month of Allah (SWT). Therefore, if anyone
observers one day of fasting during
Sha'ban, I will do his/her "Shafaat" on the
day of judgment, and one who observers
two days of fasting then his/her previous
sins would be forgiven and if someone
observers three days of fasting then it
would be just like all the sins have been
Imam Ali Raza (as) has said that if someone
observes fast during the last three days of
Sha'ban and combines them with the
fasting during the month of Ramadan then
Allah (SWT) will grant the sawab (reward)
of two months of continuous fasting to
During Meraj (Night Ascension) the Holy
Prophet Mohammad (saw) asked: "O Allah,
what is the gift of fasting?"
Allah (SWT) said: "Fasting leads to wisdom,
enables you to understand my signs and
ways that will elevate you to a stage of
certitude. And when a person has reached
the stage of certitude, he or she cares not
whether the days pass in plenty or
The Holy month of Ramadan is where Allah
(SWT) is the HOST, we are his GUESTS and
the Holy Quran is His BANQUET.
We pray to the Almighty Allah (SWT) to
make us his blessed guests and, in turn, we
can gain the utmost from his banquet, as
the spiritual container, unlike the physical
container, never gets full.
Maximize the benefits from Holy Ramadan:
Sermon of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (as)
The Holy month of
started; he entered
the mosque of Kufa.
He went up the
pulpit and after praising Allah (SWT) and
sending greetings upon His great Holy
Prophet Mohammad (saw) addressed the
people as such,
"O people! We are observing the month
which Allah (SWT) has made it superior to
all other months. This is the month in
which the gates to the sky and doors to the
mercy of the Lord are open; and the gates
to fire are closed.
This is the month that the voices (of
people) are heard and prayers are accepted
and the weeps cause the mercy of Allah
This is the month in which there is a night
that angles come down from the skies by
the order of Allah (SWT), and offer their
peace to fasting men and women until
dawn. That night is the night of Qadr (Night
of Power or Lailatul Qadr). Fasting in the
next day is greater than fasting a thousand
month; and performing any good is greater
than performing that good for a thousand
Allah (SWT) is sending his blessing in every
day and night of this holy month of
Ramadan. Thus, whoever makes any small
benefit from this month, he shall have
great respect in the day that he faces Allah
(SWT); and no one shall have respect in
front of Allah (SWT) unless Allah will grant
the paradise to him."
Then Amir al-Mu'minin, Imam Ali Ibn Abi
Talib (as) continued his speech on the top
of pulpit of Kufa mosque:
"O Servants of Allah! This month is not like
any other; its days, nights and every hour of
it is the most valuable among all others.
This is the month that the Satan's are
imprisoned for the whole month. Allah
(SWT) increases the sustenance of people
and increases the length of lives and selects
the guests of His house (for Hajj
O you who fast! Be very careful about what
you do and perform. You are the guests of
your Lord in this month. Observe your
behavior every day, and watch how you
prevent your organs and body from
Watch out not to sleep all night and be
careless during the day and as a result this
month passes and you are still carrying
your sins. Otherwise, on the day that
believers get the reward of fasting, you will
be among losers; and they will enjoy the
blessings and bestowing of the Lord while
you cannot get any of that; and they will be
neighbors to Allah (SWT) for life while you
will be among those who are taken away
O you who fast! If you are rejected from
your Lord, where are you going to turn? If
your Lord left you alone, who is going to
help you? And if He does not accept you
among His people, who are you going to
submit? And if He does not forgive you,
who are you going to ask forgiveness?
O you who fast! Recite the Holy Quran in
day and night as a means of getting closer
to Allah (SWT); indeed the Book of Allah can
intercede for those who recited it and its
intercession will be accepted on the day of
resurrection. Therefore they (the reciters)
climb to higher levels of paradise by
reciting the verses of this Book.
Glad tidings for you who fast! I heard from
my most beloved one, the Prophet of Allah
that, "Allah forgives a high number of
people from agony of fire, but no one
knows how many they are except Himself.
On the last night of Ramadan Allah will
forgive as many as He has been forgiving
throughout this month."
At this time a man from a tribe named
Hamdaan stood up and said, "O Amir al-
Mu'minin! Tell us more from what your
beloved (Holy Prophet Mohammad (saw))
told you about Ramadan."
Amir al-Mu'minin said, "I heard that my
brother and my cousin, the Prophet of
Allah, have said, 'Whoever fasts during the
month of Ramadan and avoids the sins,he
shall enter the paradise.'"
The man from Hamdaan repeated his
request three more times and Imam Ali Ibn
Abi Talib (as) replied him in the third time
"I heard that the greatest of all Prophets,
Messengers and angles to Allah said, 'The
Master of Successors will be killed in the
Master of all Months.'"
I asked: Which month is the master of all
month and who is the Master of
Prophet of Allah said, "The master of
months is Ramadan and the Master of
Successors is you O Ali."
I asked, "O Prophet of Allah! Is this going to
Prophet of Allah said, "I swear to Allah this
will happen. Indeed, the worst among the
people of my nation will hit the top of your
head with a sword such that blood will
cover your face and beard."
People started to cry and weep after these
words; Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (as) finished
his sermon and came down from the