The Holy month of Ramadan had started; Imam Ali (AS) entered the mosque of Kufa. He went up the pulpit and after praising Allah (SWT) and sending greetings upon the great Prophet (PBUH&HP) addressed the people as such,

‘O Servants of Allah! This month is not like any other; its days, nights, and every hour of it is the most valuable among all others. This is the month in which Satan is imprisoned for the whole month. Allah increases the sustenance of people and increases the length of life and selects the guests of His house (for Hajj). It is a month in which the believers are accepted with divine forgiveness, with divine joy and blessings, in the pleasure of a just and capable ruler.

O you who fast! Be very careful about what you do and perform. You are the guests of your Lord in this month. Observe your behaviour every day, and watch how you prevent your organs and body from committing sins. Watch out not to sleep all night and be careless during the day and as a result, this month passes and you are still carrying your sins.

O you who fast! Recite the Holy Quran in day and night as a means of getting closer to Allah; Indeed, the Book of Allah can intercede for those who recited it and its intercession will be accepted on the resurrection day.

Glad tidings for you who fast! I heard from my most beloved one, the Prophet of Allah that, "Allah forgives a high number of people from agony of fire, but no one knows how many they are except Himself. On the last night of Ramadan Allah will forgive as many as He has been forgiving throughout this month."

At this time a man from a tribe named Hamdaan stood up and said, “O Amir al-Mu’minin! Tell us more from what your beloved (the Prophet) told you about Ramadan.”

Amir al-Mu’minin said, “I heard that my brother and my cousin, the Prophet of Allah, that he said, ‘Whoever fasts during the month of Ramadan and avoids the sins, he shall enter the paradise"...

The man from Hamdaan repeated his request three more times and Imam replied him in the third time as follows,

“I heard that the greatest of all Prophets, Messengers, and angles to Allah said, ‘The Master of Successors will be killed in the Master of all Months."

I asked: Which month is the master of all month and who is the Master of Successors?

He said, "The master of months is Ramadan and the Master of Successors is you, O Ali."

I asked, “O Prophet of Allah! Is this going to happen?”

Prophet said, “I swear to Allah this will happen. Indeed, the worst among the people of my nation will hit the top of your head with a sword such that blood will cover your face and beard."

People started to cry and weep after these words; Ali (PBUH) finished his sermon and came down from the pulpit.

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