THE PROPHET'S KHUTBAH FOR RAMADĀN
It was narrated by Salmān Al-Fārisi [RA] that the Messenger of Allah [S] delivered a Khutbah on the last day of the month of Sha'ban.
The Prophet said:
"O you people! A great and blessed month has arrived for you.
A month wherein is a Night which is better than one thousand months.
The fasting during this month is an obligation;
And the extra prayers during its nights are voluntary.
Anyone who comes closer to Allah through a good deed during this month is as if he performed an obligation during times other than Ramadān, and he who fulfills an obligation in it will be like one who fulfills seventy obligations in another month.
It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is paradise.
It is the month to visit the poor, the sick and the needy to share their sorrows.
It is the month where the nourishment, the sustenance and the income of believing Muslims increase and they are blessed.
"Anyone who invites others to break their fast at Iftār will have his sins forgiven, and be saved from hell, and will receive a reward equal to the fasting person without reducing that person's reward in any respect."
Some of the followers of the Holy Prophet [S] said:
"Not all of us may find food to share with one so that he could break his fast".
The Noble Prophet [S] said:
"Allah will reward you even if you help the fasting Muslims to break his fast with a date, a sip of water, or a drink of milk...
It is a month:
Its beginning is Mercy, and
its middle part is Forgiveness and
its last part is freedom from hellfire.
"Anyone who helps a slave to be freed, Allah will forgive him and free him from Hell.
Increase in yourselves four characteristics: two by which you will please your Lord, and two others by which you cannot live without.
The first two qualities to please Allah (SWT) are to bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah, and to ask forgiveness from Allah...
However, the other two things that you cannot live without are to ask Allah (SWT) for Paradise and to ask Him to protect you from Hell-fire...
Anyone who gives water to a Muslim at Iftaar, Allah will give him water during the Day of Judgment from the fountain of the Prophet Muhammad, which will make him not feel thirsty till he enters Paradise".
[ Reported by Ibn Khuzaymah in his SAHIH, and also reported by Al-Bayhaqi and Ibn Hibbān ]