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1st Holy Ramadhan, 1425 AH: Imam Welcomes the Holy Month

All praise belongs to the Almighty [swt], the Master of the Universe.

The Holy Month of Ramadhan is upon us, and alhamdulillah, we have become the guests of the Best of the Hosts. The Almighty [swt] has declared this month as His month. This is the month for the acceptance of our prayers, and the fulfillment of our desires. Thus, let us plead to the Almighty [swt] for our foremost wish, i.e. the return of the Hujjat [a], and the establishment and rule of al-Haqq on earth.

The following is a passage from Imam ‘Ali bin Husayn, Zainul-Abideen [a] welcoming the Holy Month:

Praise be to Allah, who ordained this month, the month of Ramadhan, the month of fasting, the month of Islam, the month of purity, the month of purification, and the month of prayers. In this month the Qur'an was made to descend as a guidance to mankind and contains clear instructions and distinctions. He gave this month superiority over all other months by giving it abundant honor and dignity. He prohibited in it what He has allowed in other months in order to exalt it, and forbade in it food and drink in order to honor it.

O Lord! Bless Muhammad and his family, and inspire us to know this month's excellence, and to honor its dignity, and to abstain from whatever You have forbidden in it. Help us to observe its fast, by restraining our limbs from disobeying You, and by employing them in that which would please You, so that we may not lend our ears to any vain speech, and may not direct our eyes, hands and feet towards anything forbidden, and that nothings fills our stomachs except what You have made lawful, and our tongues may not utter anything except what You have allowed.

The rest of this sermon can be read at:
http://www.al-islam.org/gallery/kids/Books/lessons/5.htm

NOTE: The Muslim Youth Association would like to take this opportunity to remind brothers and sisters that the 12th Imam [a] Contest deadline is fast approaching (Friday 7th, Ramadhan / October 22). There are two age groups: 12-17 and 18-28. Prizes include some of the latest books on the 12th Imam [a] as well as cash!

Download the 12th Imam [a] Contest:
http://www.muslimyouth.ca/users/mya/News/con1425.pdf

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