Ramdan invitation in English

This is an

announcement from

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

washed away.

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

that person.

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

scarcity".

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

Ramadan had

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

(SWT).

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

month.

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

Pilgrimage).

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

committing sins.

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

from Him!

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

as follows,

"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

Successors?

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

happen?"

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