On behalf of Islamic Center of Rockland we wish you and your family a blessed Ramadan. Please do not forget those people around the world who needs your help.
Prophet Muhammad's (saw) Sermon on welcoming the month of Ramadan
O People! The month of Allah (Ramadan) 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.
Prophet Muhammad's (saw) Teachings about the Month of Ramadan
Imam al-Baqir (A.S.) said that Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) used to face the people and say: "O people, when the crescent of the month of Ramadan shines, all devils will be chained, the doors of heaven will open, while the doors of hell will be closed; prayers will be answered... Then with the advent of the month of Shawwal, the believers will be told to count their rewards... These rewards, I swear by God, could not be compared with material rewards of money".
Importance of month of Ramadan
The holy month of Ramadan unites all Muslims in fasting, feasting, worship and prayer. It is a time for contemplation, spirituality and brotherhood. It is also known and recognised as the month of the Qur'an Allah (SW) says:
The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).(Al-Baqarah 2:185)
May this Ramadan be one we benefit fully from and whereby we increase in emaan and taqwa, ameen.
Please also remember to make Dua for all our Muslim brothers and sisters facing difficulty around the world. Iftaar time is the best time for your Dua's to be accepted. Don't count how many different savouries & cakes are on the table, but count your blessings for all the favours Allah'Tala has given you and think how the destitute are struggling around the world tonight and every night.