A summary of a khutbah by Prophet Muhammad - peace be upon him - on the Holy Month of Ramadaan:
"Oh people! The Month of Allah, The High has come with blessings, mercy and forgiveness.
To Allah, this month is the best month.
Its days are the best days.
Its nights the best of all nights.
Its hours the best of all hours.
And this is the month which you have been invited to be the guests of Allah and you have become the graced ones by Allah.
Your souls in it [month of Ramadan] are glorification [of Allah].
Your sleep in it, is worship.
Your deeds in it, are accepted.
Your prayers in it, are answered.
So ask your Lord with truthful intentions and pure hearts that He would grant you success in fasting and reading His book. For the unfortunate is the one who forbids Allah's forgiveness in this great month. With your hunger and thirst remember the hunger and thirst of the Day of Judgment.
Give to your poor and needy.
Respect the elder. Have mercy on the younger.
Be nice and keep in touch with your relatives.
Protect your tongues.
Cast down from what is not Halal for your sights to see and what is not halal for your ears to hear.
Be compassionate and caring for the orphans of other people, so that your orphans would be taken care of and receive compassion.
Repent from your sins.
Raise your hands towards Him in dua during the hours of prayers, those hours are the best hours and Allah-azza wa jall- looks at His servants with mercy; answers them if they ask for help; answers their call if they call upon Him; answers their dua if they ask Him.
Oh people! Your souls are hostages by your deeds. So let yourselves free by asking Allah's forgiveness.
Your backs are heavy with loads, so make it light by prolonging your sajdas. And know that Allah-jalla zikruh- has vowed to His Dignity that He would not punish those who pray and those who make Sajda. And He would not worry them with Fire on the day which people rise to the Lord of the Universe.
Oh people! Whoever feeds a fasting believer during this month, to Allah, it is as if he has freed a slave. And his past sins are forgiven.
Then he, peace be upon him and his family, continued:
".....whoever does one 'fareedha'(a religious deed) during this month it is as if he has accomplished doing 70 good deeds in other months.
Whoever increases sending blessings on me, Allah will make his rewards heavy on the day which people's rewards are light.
Whoever recites one ayah of Qur'an, will receive the reward of finishing the whole Qur'an in other months.
Oh people! The doors of Heaven in this month are open, so ask your lord not to close it on you. The doors of Hell are closed, so ask your Lord not to open it for you. The devils are in chains, so ask your Lord that they do not rule you.
"And when My servants ask you about Me, I am indeed close: I listen to the prayer of every praying person when he calls on Me: So let them also, listen to My Call, and believe in Me, so that they may walk straight." Al-Quran Surah Baqarah Ayah 186 (2:186)
"Whoever is desirous of meeting his Lord, let him work righteousness, and in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as a partner." Al-Quran Surah Kahf Ayah 110 (18:110)