Read Prophet Muhammad's (Peace Be Upon Him) Ramadan Sermon As Narrated By Salman Al Farisi

Salman Al Farisi (May GOD be pleased with him) narrated Prophet Muhammad's (Pbuh) Ramadan sermon. Salman Al Farisi was one of the companions of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) and the first Persian to convert to Islam. According to narration, he was raised as a Zoroastrian and his quest for the truth led him to Christianity and finally to Islam. He heard of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) whose coming had been predicted by his last Christian teacher on his deathbed and during his journey to the Arabian peninsula, he was betrayed and sold to a Jew in Medina. Upon meeting Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) he recognized the signs that his Christian teacher had described to him, so he converted to Islam and secured his freedom with the help of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)  ~ Wikipedia.

The fact that he was a learned Christian scholar who converted to Islam is one of the reasons why he was referred to as Abu Al Kitabayn which means the father of the two books - the Bible and the Qur'an by Abu Huraira, another companion of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh).

Read the English version of Salman Al Farisi's narration of Prophet Muhammad's (Pbuh) Ramadan sermon as follows:

"O People, a very blessed month is about to come over you. A month in which is a night better than a thousand months. A month whose fasts ALLAH has prescribed for you and whose Qiyaam (prayers) He has made a source of reward. Whoever gets close to ALLAH in it with (voluntary) good deeds will be like the one undertaking fard (Obligatory religious duties) in other months. And whoever fulfils fard in it will be like fulfilling 70 fard in other months. It is a month of patience and the reward of patience is Paradise. It is a month of empathy and a month in which the believer's rizq (livelihood) is increased. Whoever (provides food to) others opening the fast will have forgiveness for his sins and freedom from hell. He will receive the same reward as the fasting person and there will be no reduction in the reward of the fasting person."

On this, the companions of the Prophet (Pbuh) pointed out, "None of us have the means to feed a fasting person to his full."

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) replied, "(My message was not that he be fed to his full, but) ALLAH will bestow such reward upon anyone who gives even one date or one drop of water or milk. It is a month whose first is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose last is freedom from hell. Make plentiful, four things in it; with two of them you can please your Lord and without the other two, you cannot survive. The two things with which you can please your Lord are the *Kalima Tayyiba (Its *dikr) and the Istighifar (seeking forgiveness). The two things without which you cannot survive are asking ALLAH for Paradise and seeking His refuge from the fire. And whoever gives water to a fasting person, ALLAH will (on the day of judgement) quench him from any fountain and he will not feel any thirst up until entering Paradise."

* Kalima Tayyiba is the declaration of Muslim faith and it is the first pillar of Islam. It is the first basic belief of Muslims and when someone believes and recites the Kalima Tayyiba, he or she becomes a Muslim. The transliteration and translation of the Kalima Tayyiba is as follows:

Transliteration: La Ilaha Illalahu, Muhammad ur-Rasulullah
Tanslation: There is no GOD except ALLAH, Muhammad is the Messenger of ALLAH.

* Dikr is the name of a devotional act in Islam in which short statements or prayers are repeatedly recited silently within the mind or aloud.


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