All praise is for Allah, the Lord of the Heavens and the Earth and peace and blessings be on His Messenger sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam, whom Allah sent as a Mercy to the world and made him the guide for His creatures.

The Messenger of Allah sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam was sent as a guide and as a leader to humanity. He guided us to believe in the Oneness of Allah and ordered us to obey the Commands of Allah and accept him as the last and final Messenger sent to mankind. Iman and Islam represent these two Beliefs.

We Muslims are approaching the blessed days of Ramadhan; we must work hard to please Allah in these virtuous days of Ramadhan, whilst following the Commands of Allah and obeying His Messenger sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam.

We should also keep in mind that the worship we undertake in this month is not an easy task to accomplish. In the hot and long days of Ramadhan, we keep ourselves hungry and thirsty from dawn to dusk, hold back our desires and avoid even those matters, which Allah has made Halal in the common days. Then in this situation, we accomplish our daily works and spend the day according to the Commands of Allah. In the evening, after the Suhur, we await the night not to slip into the bed and rest, but to make the Qiyam and listen to the Book of Allah; we thank Allah and make sujoods unto Him. Then we await the call of adhan to initiate the great act of worship once again.

All this hard work is done only to please Allah and with the hope that this act would become a means to our salvation. Indeed, many people put together hard efforts in the month of Ramadhan, BUT who is the one, whose worship will truly benefit him on the Day of Resurrection and protect him from the severe punishments and trials of that Day?

He is the one, who believes in the Oneness of Allah and does not associate partners with Him, and performs all his worships according to the guidance of Allah's Messenger, because Allah says:

"Verily, whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allah, then Allah has forbidden Paradise for him, and Fire will be his abode. And for the Dhalimun (polytheist and wrong-doers) there are no helpers." [Al-Qur'an 5:72]

This was also what Allah warned his Messengers with, He said:

"But if they had joined in worship others with Allah, all that they used to do would have been of no benefit to them." [Al-Qur'an 6:88]

Similarly, if one performs all his worship with full sincerity but does not abide by the guidance with which the Messenger of Allah came, then all his worship will become invalid and be of no benefit on the Day of Judgement. Allah says:

"O you who believe! Obey Allah and Obey the Messenger and make not vain your deeds." [Al-Qur'an 47: 33]

We ask Allah to make all our worships sincerely for His Face and make us strong adherents to the guidance of Allah's Messenger.

Be Mindful O Mankind!

There are three things that cannot be acquired by means of three other things: riches by means of desire, youth by means of khijab (dying of the beard) and health by means of medicine.
Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (d. 13H), may Allah be pleased with him