A Khutbah just before the last ten days of Ramadan: Imam al-Sa’di

In a collection of more than 400 sermons which sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Naasir al-Sa’di wrote and/or delivered from the minbar of the main masjid of his native city of ‘Unayzah, Saudi Arabia, the following khutbah was written to be delivered on the 19th of Ramadan in the year 1376 A.H. (corresponding to April 19th, 1957 C.E.)*:

خطبة قُبيل العشر الأواخير من رمضان

A Khutbah just before the last ten days of Ramadan

الحمد لله الذي بسط خيره وإحسانه في هذا الشهر الكريم ، وجعله مورداً للعباد يغتنمونه للوصول إلى النعيم المقيم . ـ

All praise belongs to Allah who has extended His goodness and ihsaan during this noble month, and has made it a well-spring for the slaves through which they can attain lasting bliss.

وأشهد أن لا إله إلّا الله وحده لا شريك له ذو الفضل العظيم ، والإحسان الشامل العميم . وأشهد أن محمداً عبده ورسوله النبي الكريم . اللهم صلّ على محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه وأتباعهم على الهدى المستقيم ، وسلّم تسليماً . ـ

I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship in truth except Allah alone with no partners, the Possessor of great bounty and abundant and encompassing ihsaan. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger, a noble prophet. O Allah, bestow Your peace and blessings upon Muhammad and upon his family and companions and upon those who follow them according to the correct guidance.

أمّا بعد : أيها الناس ، اتقوا الله تعالى بفعل مراضيه واجتناب مناهيه ، وتداركوا الأوقات الفاضلة قبل أن يندم المفرط على غفلته عن مصالحه وتماديه . ـ

To proceed: O mankind, have taqwa of Allah by performing what pleases Him and avoiding His prohibitions, and make good use of this meritorious time before you regret wasting it out of heedlessness of its benefits and out of immoderate behavior.

فقد أمدّكم مولاكم في هذا الشهر من موائد جوده بفضائل جمّة ، وتفضّل عليكم يخيرات وكرامات وخصائص مهمّة . ـ

For your Master has allowed you to live until this month out of the bounty of His generosity due to His abundant blessings, and He has favored you with goodness, noble endowments and a great distinction.

جعل الله صيامه مكمّلاً للدين والإيمان والإسلام ، وقيامه موجباً لمغفرة الذنوب والآثام ، وأوقاته أوقات مغنم ومضاعفات وأنوار وأسرار عظام ، وأعان المتقين على تكميل الصيام وتحقيق القيام ، وأعدّ لهم في دار النعيم ما لا تدركه الأوصاف ولا يخطر على الأوهام . ـ

Allah made its fasting a completion for the deen and eemaan and islaam, and He made its observance a cause for the forgiveness of sins and offenses. And He made its time a time of great profit, multiplication (of rewards), illumination, and joy. And He aids the muttaqoon in perfecting the fasting and fully actualizing its observance, and He promises them with that which descriptions cannot convey and which the whims cannot even imagine in the abode of bliss.

فمن لم يربح في هذا الشهر فبأي شهر يربح ؟ ومن لم يزل قاعداً عن الخيرات فمتى تحصل له الاستقامة ويفلح ؟ ومن لم يتب فيه إلى ومولاه ويتب من خطاياه فبأي وقت يُنيب ويصلح ؟ ـ

So whoever does not profit during this month, then in which other month would he profit? And whoever remains idly sitting, refraining from good deeds, then when else would he achieve upright standing and succeed? And whoever does not turn in repentance during this month to his Master and repent from his sins, then at what other time would he turn back and rectify himself?

فقد قال ﷺ : رغم أنف امرئٍ أدرك رمضان فخرج عنه فلم يُغفر له فدخل النار . وذلك حثّ منه لأنته على الاجتهاد والالتحاق وزمرة الأبرار . ـ

For the Prophet (ﷺ) has said, “Humiliated is the one who enters Ramadan and exits out of it without being forgiven and thus enters the hell-fire.” And that is an incitement from him to his ummah towards exerting oneself and affiliating oneself with the company of the righteous.

ألا وإنّ شهركم الكريم قد أخذ في النقص والاضمحلال ، فتداركوا أيامه الثمينة ولياليه الشريفة بصالح الأعمال . ـ

Alas, indeed this noble month has begun to wane and vanish away, so supplement its precious days and its noble nights with righteous good deeds!

فيا أيها المتواني كأنك به وقد شارف الارتحال ، ويا أيها المتعلِّل بالتسويف كم قطع التسويف من أعمال وآجال ؟ ويا أيها الكسلان كم فوّت الكسل من خير وكمال ؟ ـ

So O you negligent one, it is as if you are competing to show how wasteful of time you are! And O you who proffers excuses for procrastination, how much will this procrastination cut out from your (potential) good deeds and ultimate success? And O lazy one, how much has your sloth lost you of goodness and perfecting your deeds?

وقد أقبلت عليكم عشرة الأخيرة الكرام ، فاستقبلوها بالعزائم الصادقة والاحترام . ـ

The noble last ten nights have come upon you, so meet them with firm determination and reverence!

فقد كان ﷺ إذا دخل العشر : شدّ مئزره وأحيا ليله وأيقظ أهله وذلك لالتماس ليلة القدر ، وهي ليلة عظيمة الشرف جليلة القدر ، جعلها الله في خيرها وفضلها وبركنها خيراً من ألف شهر . ـ

For when he would enter into these ten days, the Prophet (ﷺ) used to tighten his waist-wrapper, stay up during the night and wake his family members, and that was out of eagerly seeking Laylatu’l-Qadr, which is a great night whose distinction is grand in measure: Allah made it better than one thousand months in terms of its goodness, bounty and blessedness.

أبهمها في ليالي العشر رحمة منه بعباده المؤمنين ، ليكونوا في جميع العشر متعبدين قانتين ، وينالوا جزيل الثواب والقرب والزلفى من رب العالمين . ـ

He made its date uncertain among the last ten nights as a mercy to His believing slaves, in order that they would be devotedly worshipful and obedient in all of the ten nights and that they would attain a plentiful reward and closeness and nearness to the Lord of all creation.

أنزل الله بها القرآن وهو أشرف النعم والمواهب ، وأغدق فيها الإحسان والخيرات والرغائب ، وغفر لمن قامها إيماناً واحتساباُ جميع الذنوب والمعائب ، وأودعها من الأسرار والأنوار ما يصل به المتقون إلى أعلى المطالب ، وأذاق العارفين من حلاوة أنسها ونفحات قدسها ما هو من ألذّ المشارب ، وجعل لكل مؤمن ومؤمنة من خيرها وبركتها بحسب الإخلاص والجدّ والمراتب ، ولقد أُصيب من حُرم من خيرها وبرها بأعظم المصائب . ـ

Allah sent down the Qur’an in it while it is the most noble of blessings and bestowals, and during it He showers down ihsaan and goodness and affection. And He forgives all the sins and faults of whoever stands it in prayer out of eemaan and expectation, and He imbues it with pleasure and enlightenment by which the muttaqoon can reach the highest of goals. And He causes the aware ones to taste the sweetness of its pleasantness and the favors of its holiness which are the most delicious of refreshments. And He makes its goodness and blessedness for every believing male and female in accordance with their ikhlaas, diligence and their levels. And truly stricken one is he who is barred from its goodness and righteousness – stricken with the most severe of afflictions!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم : إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ‌ * وَمَا أَدْرَ‌اكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ‌ * لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ‌ خَيْرٌ‌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ‌ * تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّ‌وحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَ‌بِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ‌ * سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ [القدر]‌ ـ

In the name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful:

إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ‌ * وَمَا أَدْرَ‌اكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ‌ * لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ‌ خَيْرٌ‌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ‌ * تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّ‌وحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَ‌بِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ‌ * سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ

Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during Laylatu’l-Qadr * And what can make you know what is  Laylatu’l-Qadr? * Laylatu’l-Qadr is better than a thousand months. * The angels and the Rooh descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. * It is Peace until the emergence of dawn. [97:1-5]

بارك الله لي ولكم في القرآن العظيم . ـ

May Allah bless me and you in regards to the Magnificent Qur’an.

[Majmoo’ Khutub al-Sheikh ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn Naasir al-Sa’di pg. 584-586]

[Published Ramadan 19th, 1436 A.H. – corresponding to July 6th, 2015 C.E.]

*Translator’s Note: What seems apparent is that the sheikh wrote this khutbah earlier in that year with the intention of delivering it on that date, however he passed away before reaching it on the 22nd of Jumaada al-Thaani 1376 A.H. (corresponding to January 24th, 1957 C.E.) at the age of 69. May Allah forgive him, his parents and all of the Muslims.

For more khutbahs from Imam al-Sa’di, click here: Majmoo’ Khutub al-Sa’di

For more Ramadan material, please see our collection of Ramadan Articles.

See also: An encouragement towards rectification in the last days of Ramadan: Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali

See also: The wisdom of not disclosing the date of Laylatu’l-Qadr: Imam al-Baghawi

See also: Which are More Virtuous, the First Ten of Dhu’l-Hijjah or the Last Ten of Ramadan?

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