Meaning of Ramadan
Anas (radiya Allahu anhu) said, that Prophet (salla Allahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, that “Whoever walk in the way to help his brother, the Muslim brother, Allah will write for him seventy hassanat. He will give him seventy rewards and erase, take from him seventy bad act.
And this is the answer for, when he wrote this article in the newspaper that (peeri – mureedi) you don’t need a shaykh.
Look at what the hadith of Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) from Anas:
<Arabic>. That Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, that “Allah has certain type of human being that people run to them when they need something or they are in difficulty, those are the safest group that Allah has created.” It means, those are the awliya.
<Arabic>, this is another hadith, <Arabic>. Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alayhi was sallam) said, ”Whoever attends a dhikr association in Ramadhan, Allah will write for him, be, with every step he step to that place, worshipness of one year; and he will be with Me in Judgment Day under the Throne.
When a Zoroastrian beated his son, when his son was eating in Ramadhan in front of muslims, and he said to his son, “Why you did not keep the dignity and respect for muslim in their month? How you are eating in front of them? He beated him. And that Zoroastrian die, died after one week. He was seen in the dream by many people, in the dream, in the, in that, in their village, that he is in Paradise. And they asked him, “You were not a Zoroastrian? How are you in Paradise? And he said, “When I was dying, Allah granted me Islam in the last moment because I respected Ramadhan.”
This, this they never, no one speaks about these things. This, this what how make people to be happy with Ramadhan.
<Arabic>. Ramadhan is five letters: ‘ra,’ ‘mim,’ ‘dad,’ ‘alif,’ ‘nun.’
<Arabic>. First letter ‘ra’ is from <Arabic > from…
Audience Member #1: Being pleased.
Shaykh Hisham: Being, being pleased, Allah being pleased for those who are near to Him.
<Arabic> And the, the ‘m’, the ‘mim’ is the <Arabic> means repentance, forgiveness of Allah to the sinners.
[Interruption by phone call, light comments by Shaykh Hisham and other audience members, laughter, etc.]
<Arabic>. Allah said We have revealed the, the Holy Qur’an in the Night of Power.
And the first verse came, Read in the name of God that He created human being.
And the last verse of Qur’an, what was it? <Arabic>. The last verse – this is the first verse of Qur’an: “Read.” And Prophet said, “What am I going to read” And he said, “Read in the name of God that He created human being and that He create everything – And then, the last verse of Qur’an that revealed to Prophet after twenty-three years was: And <Arabic>. Be aware of one day you are going, going to go back to Allah Subhana wa Ta’ala. <Arabic>. And every person, self is going to be given as, as a dead and without oppression. That was the last verse that was revealed on Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), that every person is going to die and is going to be given what has, has done in this world. And as-Subki said, one of the great Imam, that Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), that after that verse, the last verse, he lived only seven days and he died, that was the last verse of Qur’an.
[Shaykh Hisham makes comments about the telephone, ringing, responses by audience]
Audience Member #2: Shaykh, that, that hadith, the telephone came, you said ‘ra’ is ridwan, ‘mim’ maghfira?
Audience Member #3: We missed, we missed that.
Shaykh Hisham: You want to continue it?
Audience Members: Yeah. Yeah.
Shaykh Hisham: Allah, Allah. ‘Ar-ra’ is ridwan, ‘mim’ is maghfira forgiveness for sinners, ad-dad <Daman Allahu liltae`een>
guarantee of Allah to those who believe in him
Shaykh Hisham: The guarantee of Allah for those who believe in Him. Wa ‘alif’ <ulfatul lahi llate`een> …
Audience Members [give various answers]: Love.
Shaykh Hisham: Love for those who depend on Allah.
Audience member #4: Compassion.
Shaykh Hisham: Wa ‘nun’, the ‘n’ <Nawalu Lahi lil sadikeen> those trustworthy they will get Allah’s favors.
And it is said that Jibreel is the guarantee for the, the, the, the heavenly beings. And Muhammad (salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is the guarantee for the earthly beings. Wa Ramadhan, and Ramadhan is the guarantee for the nation. And it was called Ramadhan because it burned the sin. And Ramadhan, in Ramadhan, all the doors of Heaven will be opened and all doors of Hell will be closed. There are many hadiths, very nice hadiths. I don’t, they don’t like to present these kind of hadiths. They bring these strict hadiths only – only, only punishment. Hell, Hell, Hell, Hell. No, no, no room, they don’t give space for people to breathe – only Hell.