Steps For Seeking Forgiveness In Ramadan
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Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Yeah Even in Amazon quotevalet camassia fasting has been prescribed upon you made obligatory upon your wardrobe upon you come Ikuti Valentina mean publico just like it was prescribed upon those before you amongst the people who kita and others before you. Let go that upon so that you may have the so that in hopes that you have taqwa in where it is taqwa where is the where is the place of Dakar, Medina,
the heart attack HA, HA Hoonah a taco have on. And that's why first thing you have to do is you have to cleanse your heart. Why? Because if you want to put something in, you don't want any filth to be there already. Right. And so what you want to do is the month of Ramadan is the month of taqwa, the month in which we fill our hearts with Taqwa the month in which Allah subhana wa Taala teaches us to fast so that we can have taqwa in order for us to have tuffeau Allah subhanho wa taala. We have to cleanse the place where Taqwa is going to be and that's going to be the heart. That's going to be the heart and so the first thing we have to do is what we have to how do you cleanse your heart?
When you commit a sin? There's a black spot that's put on your heart. Nikita looked at and soudha a pearl when a person commits a sin, a smart a black spot will put be put on his heart. And then what does he do?
How do you clean it?
You make Toba repent, it's still far. Ask Allah subhana wa Tala for forgiveness. May Allah increase your knowledge. Allah subhanho wa Taala cleanses your heart by making Toba supplicating to Allah subhanho wa Taala and doing good deeds. And so the first thing we have to do is make
a Tober and the sewer which means sincere Toba. You know how sometimes you make you can you you clean your house right daily right? In America. When did the big cleaning?
When do they get the big cleaning every year?
Every year they have like this cleaning this make major cleaning time? What season is it?
No, there's a specific month season. Spring Cleaning right they call it spring cleaning. When spring comes right? They say spring cleaning. What is spring cleaning. They are of course you gotta keep your house clean. But spring clean is a big major cleansing of the house. The year right so that you know you are the clutter everything here sometimes you forget. Or sometimes you just are negligent. You don't clean your house all the time. Or you clean it but you don't clean it thoroughly. When do you clean it thoroughly? Like sometimes you have to spend time you can't you have to give you have to make time. You have to make time to clean your house. Right where you scrub you know in your
bathroom. And then you also clean all the clutter clear the clutter. What do y'all clear the garage for those who have garages? Or basements? Yeah, so like the alien new car you have detailed cleaning, right? Regular cleaning, you go to the washer, and then you just vacuum right? And then when the four before you sell it, you weren't super clear. What do you do? Want to go detail somebody opens it up and you clean every single thing. Right? Why? Because you say you want to sell it you want to make it as clean as possible. Right? Or if you have you know, normally you clean regular right? But do you have a big guest coming? You have a guest coming to your house that
someone who is very, very respected. Someone who you love a lot and they're going to spend some time in your house, maybe part of your house you got to let them live there. Are you going to keep it like that? Now before they come? What do you do?
When you clean it really well? Right? So in the month of Ramadan
is a noble guess. Allah subhanho wa Taala chose this month out of the year, just like Prophet, Prophet Jacoba has ever had 12 sons and his favorite son was what Zeus have ALLAH SubhanA wa has 12 months. And the best of those months is the month of Ramadan. The whole month of Ramadan is the month in which Allah subhana wa Taala revealed the Quran. And that's why the receptacle of Taqwa is your heart. First thing you realize the first thing you have to do, you have to cleanse your heart. cleansing your heart requires us to make Toba to repent to Allah subhana wa Tada Yeah, you have Adina Amma to boo Ilahi del button so ha. Are you who believe
make Toba make
the type of Toba that is called sincere Toba. There are sometimes you don't even make it still far but they're sincere Toba
It means what it means that you, first of all number one, the first thing you have to do is you have to be remorseful, of all the things you did in the past. remorseful, that remorse, net them in the Arabic language you can't let them remorse, that remorse you feel because you know all the things that you did. You don't want to do them sometimes because of your weakness and faith and Iman, you fall into these traps. And so you don't you don't like them. And so you're you have this remorse or some anyone who doesn't have remorse, then the acceptance is not accepted there the repentance will not be accepted. Why? Because if you're not remorse for what you did, that means you're some people
are not only are they not remorseful, some people are even proud of what they did. You know how some people like in
there there are some people who who are so proud of what they did they posted online.
They posted online, and they're proud of it. Like though, even mentions, places that they did went and things that they did, they'll post pictures of the, you know, the parties that they went to and so forth, are they are they remorseful? No, they're trying to show off. And so these people who try to show off, and they're not remorse for their sins will not be forgiven for it. Because if you're not remorseful, that means you don't think you did anything wrong. You don't think it's bad. And so sometimes the person's lack of remorse is greater than the sin in and of an inner in and of itself. Why? Because there are some people are harder to manage to Billiton there's some people when the sin
commit they commit the sin. They have, like pride and arrogance in it. Some they even boast about it. Like some people say, You know what, I slept with that girl. But they were mentioned like, you know, in college or high school some of the youngsters Yeah, I did it. You know, like they're telling their friends like, yeah, oh, you gotta hit a homerun. And they're like, people bragging about it. Now, whenever you're bragging about Satan, when are you going to repent? And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Gulu OMA, Timo Alpha Hill, OMA will be forgiven for everyone. In my home, I will be forgiven for ILL muda hero, except for those who are who commit
in a pattern, and don't hide it in the open, and they're proud of it. Like they're like, look, look what I've done. I don't care. You know, say what do you want to say? Don't be judged. Don't some, some people will say, Don't be judgmental, right? They will say don't be judgment just to get to see me don't be judgmental. What are they trying to say? They're saying, I'll do whatever I want to do. Yeah, we're not trying to be judgmental. We're trying to help you. So that because Allah will judge you. Now we may be able to judge you, but then the Day of Judgment, then that's, that's the day that you better be worried about. And so if you're doing something that's displeasing to Allah, now,
we're reminding you, right? And it's not you have you know, if this is of course, you have a choice to make, and the choices but the choices you make also have have consequences. And so the first thing we have to do is we have to repent. First thing we have to repent is remorseful, all the times that we wasted everything that we did. That was against the, the, the Sharia or against the, the deen of Allah subhanho wa Taala we repent from that remorse fully. Secondly, we have to abandon what we're doing.
Meaning you have to stop what you're doing. You can't continue to do something and say, Yeah, Allah forgive me, then you're still doing it.
You can't pretend that's that's a that's like, a mockery. Right? So if you're repenting from something, you Allah subhana, Allah will accept your repentance, if you're remorseful and you leave that sin. So some people they might say, you know,
I stole her a lot and they're like, still drinking.
Like your stuff or a lot of stuff or like, you know, stuff or a lot like that I'm drinking over Allah. What can I do a spell for Allah? What's this style for Allah Subhan Allah here, it's like a mockery you're just making you're just joking. You're joking, right? If you do have to stop what you're doing, we have to stop doing that which is haram. And then after that, you have to make the commitment, sincere in your heart at all by NASA means that you're sincere, to make the commitment and to make the intention that you don't return to it, that you don't return to it whatsoever. That means you don't want to do it again. You don't want to go back to it. You make that promise, and you
make that commitment. And then of course, if you do that, as long as it's not between the servants of Allah subhanho wa Taala it's not between the rights of you and another servant of Allah, or creation of Allah.
inshallah Allah subhanho wa taala, forgive you, if you're sincere, Allah will forgive you. You make the commitment that you know what, I'm not going to do that again. And you might come in later, or maybe you're a man because we can you do it again, but you don't, you don't want to write Allah who accept your repentance. And if you fall into sin again, then you do it again, you fall into sin again, then you do it again in every single time, try to be as sincere as possible. Try to be sincere, you have to be sincere. And you have to also take precautionary measures, meaning you have to take steps so that you don't return back to it again. Take steps move away from the people whom
you who are having a bad influence on you. Sometimes you have to cut bridges that lead to the hellfire. Right, if you see these bridges, leaves the hellfire, this is the connections you have really need and how far you have to cut them. Otherwise you can continue, continue. And that's why the prophets of Allah have told us about a man who killed 100 100 to 100. But he when he repented to Allah Subhana Allah, the men, he killed 100. But that man was on his way to the land of the good people who was leaving his hometown, because he wasn't able to do good, you know, he wasn't able to be strong in his hometown. Now I know some brothers even you know, like, here live, they live in
Seattle, before they had bad problems about you know, they had sometimes they have drug problems, and they have some friends. And so, you know, the wife says, No, you have to stop. So it's okay, if you can't stop. He says I can't stop all my friends. Every time I hang around with them, I go back to it and says, Okay, we're moving.
So the whole family moved, they never returned back to Seattle, and I'm the lead. That's how the problem because all his friends can go moved all the way the other side of the country. Right, not only the move to another, the other side of the country, where he moved to somewhere that is not even a big city, just just get out, get out of there, get out of there, then you don't have the bad influence. Environment. Yeah, you have to change, you have to do something, you have to make a commitment. Otherwise, it's just it's just, you know, your marriage is gonna fall apart, says we either do this or our marriage is gonna fall apart. So you know, he's okay, we'll move and then when
he moved to London, that solved the problem, because he's not hanging out with his friends anymore. So if you want to stop smoking, then you hang around with all these people are smoking, you're gonna go back to it. Right? So make the commitment and you have to make the, if you're sincere, then you change in your actions. And those who change in their actions, that sincere repentance, and that's why every time like right now, every day, right now, before Ramadan, we have to do that. We have to make the commitment. And ask ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada for forgiveness, because the month of Ramadan is a very precious month. It may be their last month, there are some brothers here. There are some
brothers who were here last year, they're not here. And they were they were with us in Ramadan. And there's some brothers now they're not here with us. Like some of them there. They prayed with us. And we know everybody here knows somebody who prayed with us was always there, he was there with us and Ramadan, maybe broke fast with us, but he's no longer here. You know, that's them. Maybe next year, we are the ones that are going to be missing.
Like loss of karma. And only Allah knows a lot only Allah knows and nobody knows when it's going to be their last room Allah and that's why you have to make it as if it's your electron. Every day you wake up, you make it it's as if it's your last day. And so Allah Subhana Allah is giving us an opportunity right now. In sha Allah to repent, and we ask Allah, the another thing we have to do is we continue to ask ALLAH SubhanA, Allah Allah, to, to help us to be alive to worship Allah during the month of Ramadan. Because there's no other month, there's nothing like it. And it's the month in which Allah Subhana Allah Allah, Allah Subhana Allah Allah, not only.
Not only does Allah subhanho wa Taala
not only has he chosen this particular month, but Allah Subhana Allah, Allah has made it easy for us
to do good deeds, made it easier for us to do good deeds. So what you want to do during the month of Ramadan, and even we have a question right now where we were, it's not Ramadan yet, but we have to prepare for. The second thing we have to do is of course, we worship Allah, we sincerely we have to work, all the worship that we do has to be sincere. The second thing is, not only does it have to be sincere, it has to be correct. Because if it's not correct, then Allah subhanaw taala will not accept our lead. It has to be done correctly. And some people they say, you know, they will do something, and they think that it's it doesn't break their fast and if it breaks your fast, if it
breaks your fast and you don't know, like you don't know, and you never made the effort to learn, then then it's not excusable, which means what which means that a person who doesn't know and
refuses to learn or refuse doesn't want to know, Allah subhanaw taala will hold them accountable. That means you're responsible. Why? Because you had the opportunity to learn. And if you have the opportunity to learn and you don't learn, then you yourself will be responsible for every single action, everything that happens there. Why? Because you could have learned but you don't. You could have learned that you don't. And so Allah Subhana Allah Allah during this month also makes it easy. And he says, the doors of paradise are open the doors are the Hellfire close. And he says yeah, burial higher up in Yabba real higher. Oh, those who are seeking good, seeking to do good. Come
forward. I mean, this is your time. This is your time come forward. Those who want good this is your time. You know, everybody has their time, right? Sometimes some people like you know, when it's time for the holidays. They they they work hard. This is the time to work hard, right? This is the time to make money and everybody for some people the Ramadan. You know, I know like, especially back home. I know some people in Ramadan, they don't get to pray a single
the single thought of a prayer
then the Ramadan is their favorite season by nowise their favorite season.
As soon as Ramadan they're looking forward and they prepare for preparing for by going to the store shop right you're stocking up everything right? And then Ramadan comes as the time to make money.
The people don't yeah, they can't time to make money. I know some people who did a time Ramadan, you don't want to bother them. Now because they're busy with bad. They're busy, because that's the time in which they profit the most. Everybody goes especially this is of course Muslim countries, like a Muslim country. That's business that's like that's their favorite time and forget about the Biden worship and so forth. They go after the the dunya and then then hereafter, yes, you have nothing. You have nothing. And so for the believers for a Muslim movement, this is the time yeah by real fire for them. We are barely a sharp upset those who look you know are looking to commit sins and do bad
stay you know, stay behind this is not this is not your time. This is not your time. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is calling us and then he says what will Allah He oughta pa in the Prophet sama mentioned of course, this hadith. And will Allah He AutoChart Mina na and Allah subhanho wa Taala has those who he emancipate from the Hellfire that means this is your ticket your ticket the agenda when you get the freedom from the Hellfire that means you're not you don't get to you you will be free from the Hellfire you are not going to the hellfire. In other words, the ticket to Jannah is being passed every single nights being given
it's been given it's been given to those who are in the Mercy of Allah subhanaw taala every single night so that's why when you come to pray you know like some people they come they're hoping that they will you know they'll get something that when something and and if they work hard enough they will they will be able to get the ticket for retirement imagine right now right? Imagine if someone if you knew in the masjid if you prayed
every single night just one person okay? One person one night one person will be given
what in this Masjid let's say we make an announcement this much yet. Every single night one person will get $3 million every night you get $3 million you can retire right for her you don't have to work anyway you can just like alright that's it for some of us like I go back home and that's it I'll retire I don't need to work anymore. But imagine you're getting your you get all you need for retirement don't have to work anymore. Right $3 million. Okay, forget about $3 million even less than that but let's say you get $3 million
and only one person in the masjid will get it right now you get how many days how many chances every night in Ramadan? You get 29 you wish it was 30 days?
Everybody wish the Ramadan just one extra day? Maybe that's the day
this Masjid if we had something like that how do you how many people you think that come to worship
just in hopes that they get all the way up there right? Oh no without that, you know Allah. Because forget about going home.
You give and you know and and if you were to try right let's say some way somehow the person who was like who isn't has the most will show that night in sha Allah they'll get that $3 million every just one person the most for sure it will get that 3 million
Dogs How do you think you're gonna pray?
Yeah Allah forget about the dunya
yeah Allah my chance I have a chance to get $3 million every single night so just one person. But you know what every single night I just one person maybe I lost him how it gives five the 10 there are more day more people who get Janna during the nights of Ramadan than any other nights
and the other the normal nights. So Subhanallah you know what Jana is? Forget about three months.
This is excess in the hereafter Jana that is eternal forever. And that's why those who realize how great their reward is. They come to the masjid. And they had tried the very best to have short in hopes that maybe Allah because you don't enter Jannah with your deeds, it's the Mercy of Allah, how do you earn the Mercy of Allah
you earn the Mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala by doing good deeds and trying to excel doing the best that you can. When you try to do your best, that's when you get it because you can never earn Jana. You can never work for Jenna, what I mean by you can never work for Jana. Jana is only earned by the mercy of Allah, whatever you do, people work so hard just to get a house work so hard, they have to wake up five o'clock every morning. And they make sure they don't they're not late because they don't want to get be fired. They work hard because they don't want to get fired because if they get fired, what's going to happen? The bank is going to take their house back, they will have money to
pay the mortgage, they will have paid enough money to pay for the mortgage. So they're so worried they will wake up at five every morning. And they will not be late. They make sure they go there early because they're afraid of losing their job. Because if they lose their job, they lose their house. How much how much work did they have to do to get that? Allah Subhana Allah gives you a palace, the list of wishes 10 folds, this earth dunya this dunya
Jeff Bezos has nothing is nothing the richest people in the world have nothing tenfold everything in this dunya you want that and more Alaska magazine rather than the minimum that's the person is the lowest level of paradise. How are you going to work for that?
You all you have to do is try to earn the Mercy of Allah. So this is the month, the month of Ramadan is the month to earn the Mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala and this is the month in which
the prophets of Allah Himself was extremely generous, generous, Canada, Canada and Canada in the visa lottery.
Ghana Rasul Allah has some adware dinners, the Messenger of Allah Allah, Allah was the most generous of people. What kind of ad you admire coal for your Ramadan. And the time in which he is most generous is during Ramadan. So does that mean we shouldn't give before No you have to give before because you want you want to give before you want to get used to be in the habit of giving. And when you give before maybe Allah Subhana Allah will, will, will give you will give you more. So Allah Allah will give you more that you have more to give. So when you have the opportunity to give, that's a great blessing. And the prophets of Allah Allahu wa sallam said, the messenger of allah
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he used to. He was the most generous and the most generous in Ramallah and he nailed it real when he would meet Gibreel for Fela, Rasulullah sallallahu Edward Belhaj remunerate Marsala, he was so generous during the month of Ramadan, he was more generous than the the wind
the wind blowing when the blowing breeze, the cool breeze that blows Well, you know, when you walk outside, right, and then the wind blows, who benefits from How do you feel, especially on a hot day, right? When it's hot, and you go outside and you see that breeze,
who benefits everybody that makes people feel, feel the generosity of the prophets, like when they go out, and that cool breeze hits them. Everybody was hit by the generosity of the prophets of Allah.
The smile, the generosity, the kindness, he was just everywhere.
Just everywhere, doing good everywhere. Everyone benefited from the generosity of the Prophet so it wasn't like you don't want some when the wind comes and hits the whole town, everybody and everybody feels it. You know, everyone feels it because the weather affects everybody. Right? Once you have that cool breeze.
It's such a beautiful description that the how the Messenger of Allah said was, he was so kind, so generous, especially Ramadan, that everybody felt it you know, somebody comes, you say mashallah, some people, some people
But they just, you know, they come and he just you noticed them right? But there are some people who say mashallah that he brings the food.
Everyone's thirsty. He's the one that gets the water. Right? He's the one that brings in water for for for Iftar. And then you come to the masjid, it's clean, or who clean. He's the one that cleaned the Masjid. So everybody, you look around, he's everywhere. Doing good. That's how the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi salam was doing Ramadan. And that's how we should be. We shouldn't be like that all the time. But even more so in Ramadan, that the prophets from everywhere you looked, the benefit came from the profits of a lot of yourself. So that's how we should be and then you look, afterwards, you look around, oh, it's dirty, who's cleaning? Oh, he's the one that's cleaning. They
afterwards. Like, that's the type of person that the Prophet Solomon was doing. And he was like that in the whole village hotel who city
in Jose, someone is in need. He was there first.
Allahu Akbar, after Iftar somebody who need food, he was there.
Or somebody needs to pay their debt. He hears about it. He's there. He's the first one to try to find out even if he doesn't have it. He's looking for help. Can Can somebody help this brother. And so he's involved in all goodness, that everybody just like the wind, the breeze that comes and blows, everyone benefits. That's how the messenger of allah sallallahu in some ways, during the month of Ramadan, that's the example that he set for us. Why? Because the reward is so great.
And the time that the reward is so great, and that and the example of the prophets, Allah Allah is like no other, that the Companions themselves they are like there. They are overwhelmed by the general the kindness and generosity what the prophets have did they're like, how, like they have their compete, you know how you the Companions used to always compete. Right? They always compete. They're always trying so hard already. Every single time the Prophet Psalm is there ahead of them.
And then I will work
with a Vasa who's worth of Abu Bakr. That's how the Messenger of Allah Salam with always beating people to all the good deeds, especially during the month of Ramadan. So inshallah with that exile, I would like to, to end it here in sha Allah actually, we have a there's a program it may also so I have to go over there also in sha Allah and we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, my Bolivia Ramadan