Channel: Abdur-Raheem McCarthy
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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa salim al Rahman al al amin Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi, Jemaine Shahada, Ramadan and let the own zero feel for the month of Ramadan that the blessing Quran was sent down to our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And this is the month of fasting for the Muslims. And fasting was prescribed for the Muslims in the second year of Hinduism. And our beloved prophet may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him fast at nine Ramadan's in his life, and he set out to sit down before his death. And we look at this month, the month of fasting to the Muslims, we see it as a month of happiness, the Muslims before Ramadan comes, they become happy. And you'll see that the way of our pious predecessors the self before us, that they used to ask Allah subhanaw taala for six months that they will reach Ramadan, and then pray six months after that, that loss of Panama to accept from them their fasting, and we
see it's a month of happiness because the Muslims who had shortcomings during the year when they come together with their brothers in Islam, they come together in the masjid and they're praying, and they totally and they're reading more and more of the Quran. And they're staying away from the actions which are displeasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And they're striving to do that which pleases our lawn stay away from the bad deeds, that their Eman grows during this month, and they become closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And they make up for the shortcomings they had in the past month, even though Muslims should be all the time striving like this, but this month is it's a
special month, where he increases in his acts of worship as our beloved Prophet used to do and he comes even closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala during this blessed month, it's also a month of happiness because when a Muslim sees his Muslim Brothers coming back to Islam and implement Islam in their lives during this month, doing what is pleasing to Allah stay away from that, which is how Rama displeasing he sees that Alhamdulillah the oma our Muslim nation is still in here, they're still in good and there's still there's hope inshallah, that the Muslims will come back to their religion and practice their religion in their life in Ramadan, and outside of Ramadan, as well in
shallow Thailand. We look at the month of Ramadan, we call it the month of happiness. Also, because it's the month of victories for the Muslims. Throughout Muslim Islamic history, we see that the major victories in Islamic history it was during the month of Ramadan. And we're not going to go into detail because we have such short time here on this episode. But I want to point out that we gained from this as Muslims the fact that this is the month of victories that it is a month of Iman a month of actually working and striving because unfortunately today, Ramadan has come to so many Muslims are become to so many Muslims a month of just taking it easy and relaxing. And they don't
work very hard and they put things off. So a real Muslim and Islam you'll see that Islam that is the fasting does not affect the fact that we strive and we work very hard during this month as well as Muslims.
So this is a blessing month we mentioned it's a blessing, it's a month of happiness, it's a month of opportunities, as it will come now inshallah and it's a month of gifts were lost the loss of what Allah has given gifts to his oma, these gifts. If you look at for example, when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in the Hadith kulu, Iman, Adam lo elhassan, for in the Holy Land, Zb, that all of the actions of the children of Adam, or his except for fasting. And we'll also find out that he's pointing out in this handy little clip see that the reward for the as it came in other narration, that all of the actions of the children of Adam, they will be for him except for the past
thing, all of them, they have, they will be doubled in the reward as it came in. And one has no one good deed will equal 1011 near death as it came in the narration until 708 times more so it shows you now that how the reward of all actions are doubled, except for fasting because the fasting itself it has no limitation. It can go even more than 700 times more. So you'll see now in this Hadeeth these two narrations that we see the loss of other said and the importance of the edge of the great reward you get for fasting that the reward for it, it's unlimited. Secondly, we talked about the gifts that a Muslim receives in Ramadan. This is the month of opportunity, a month
opportunity to get his sins forgiven. And it came in three different mid three different IDs that you have three opportunities three chances to get all of your sins forgiven during the month of Ramadan. The first of these as it came in the Hadith of the Prophet so I sell them mon sama Ramadan, Eman and wacky cyber warfare Allah hamata caught them and then be that whoever fast the month of Ramadan out of Eman through faith. We have the seven that he wants the adger he wants to reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala that his past sins will be forgiven. And it's important we point out here when you're listening. When the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says that his past sins will be forgiven
Given that this means as it came in other Hadith that the Juma to the Juma and ramadan ramadan, that is that they are forgiveness of the sins that come between them much to an evil cabal, that it's not the major sin. So these are the minor sins and also the major sins obviously if he repents from them, but if he doesn't repent from the major sins, He won't be forgiven. The point is that you have the opportunity during this month to get all of your sins forgiven through fasting the month of Ramadan. The second chance is through the pm to the prayer which mean the total we have during the month of Ramadan. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said mundo como Ramadan, Eman and wacky
cyber warfare Allahu Mata caught them in den v. that whoever stands in prayer during the month of Ramadan through faith and hoping for the reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala that he will have all of his past sins forgiven. A third opportunity or a third chance is the other hand the prophets I send them said man karma laylat al Qadir Emmanuel it cyber warfare Allahu Mata caught them and then be there whoever stands during the night of rather than a decree later that he had will also have auto Eman And throughout the sab wanting to reward from last month Allah that He will have also his past sins forgiven. And another idea another gift which is also paired with Allah gives us during
this month is the night of the decree laser cutter itself when Allah subhanaw taala mentioned that it's clear of an empty shell in the Quran that it's better than 1000 months. So now reflect on this. When Allah subhanaw taala gives you the opportunity of an to have a one night one night of worship that is better than 1000 months to panela what a gift it is from him subhanho wa Taala also, as it came in another Hadith, that every night and every day there will be a fireman and now that people will be freed from the Hellfire I mean they have their sins forgiven and shala and that they will be freed from the Hellfire in the hereafter. May Allah grant us all that in channeled data, and fifthly
we'll move on to a fifth gift that'll also bind with Allah gifts to the Muslims during the month of Ramadan. And that's through fasting in general in Ramadan and Ramadan to be water fasting, they have a special door that to enter the paradise called Arabian and nobody went to this door except for the people who are the fastest ones. May Allah grant us all this success in shallow data. We asked ourselves at the beginning of Ramadan Why do we fast? What do we hope to gain from our past as Muslims and we see that it's enough for us Alhamdulillah the law has prescribed for us the fasting and orders the fast then we say semi now upon that we here we obeyed. But if you want to look into
the hycon the wisdoms behind the fasting the for why the benefits that we gained from it, we will see that there are countless and before we go on to the for adding the benefits will mentioned briefly if we were to look in to some of the what we gained from the vs itself will also panel data and sort of Bukhara from 182 to 185 when he's talking about fasting, we saw what we see with some of the things we can gain and why we're fasting. Allah subhanaw taala says quotevalet komatsuna Yeah, you heard the nominal or you believe quotevalet como cm Kana kuchibhotla dinniman publikum la la home takuan O you who believe Allah subhana wa tada He calls us in the name of our faith as
believers. And he says quotevalet camassia has been prescribed for you. So now we see that it's, it's compulsory eponymous NTFS this there are lots of panel data points out something to the Muslims came out kuchibhotla demon publico that even those were for us from the other religions from the Christians and Jews and those who came before them as well. Although the past nations, they used to fast as well. So all nations had fasting perhaps that how they fasted was different, but all of the profits they came with fasting to their nations. And then something very important Lhasa subhana wa tada points that at the end of the ayah What do we hope to gain from this fest and one of the what
is the one of the main things and benefits that we gained from this fast, he said, should panel with Allah, Allah, Allah come to tahuna perhaps you will gain the telkwa you will fear loss of panatela you will fill your heart with a tough one and a tough one. There's different definitions that this kind of Islam gave for a tough one, but perhaps one of the easiest ones it is doing and that what you are ordered by Allah subhana wa Taala and stay away from that what you have been forbidden from this is the easiest definition and with somebody who does what he's told him to do, and he stays away from what Allah has told him to stay away from, and he's a person who shall always telco who
has fear of Allah subhanaw taala in his heart and He is considered the pious person.
And we looked at the Quran, we see Allah subhanaw taala. He always orders about taco and talks about taqwa. And if we were to look at
the verse instead of that Hashem, when Allah subhanho wa Taala as one example, when Allah subhanaw taala says, Yeah, you know, it truffle law will come don't have some malerkotla
not in the libido, not that moon. I lost the peloton. I mentioned in this verse. And when I was reflecting on this verse a little bit ago when I was thinking about the verses about tuffeau there's so many of them, but
One of the verses that popped into my head, and when I reflected on this verse I see, you'll see the last one that he causes and the name of the man in the being in the verse. And he he ordered us to have Taqwa to fear alone. And then he says to a soprano with data with a tumbler enough so mathematically, that every soul should see that what she puts forth for tomorrow. And we look at the verse and the 183 in sort of the bucket or the one that comes after the order of fasting. Allah mentions in the beginning of it a Yemen Mark do that it's just a specific or a certain amount of days. It's not that many days is a short amount of time. So we met we benefit from this one of the
things also we gained from Ramadan is to benefit from our time and to strive in this life, to be able to inshallah benefit from our time. And this is one of the things that Ramadan reminds us of is benefiting from our time and striving and thinking about what we're going to put forth for tomorrow from our deeds.
The telkwa, as you mentioned, it goes on and on and on. And at the end of this verse will mention another benefit, we can benefit from fasting as well also mentioned this verse and shorten hasha, where Allah subhanaw taala said the beginning that he is well at the end, excuse me, that he is well acquainted with that which we do. And if you look into fasting, the maraca of Allah subhanho wa Taala is one of the main keys and one of the main benefits that we gain, that fasting is teaching us to be aware of Allah subhanaw taala at all times, because nobody knows if we're fasting or not, except for who except for our last panel with Allah. So now when you come to the masjid, you pray,
or you give your as a cat, if you give it in front of people, you go for Hajj, all of this, the people know because they see you're doing it, the fasting, people might think you're fasting, but you can go into a room and nobody sees you and you can drink and eat, but only it also panatela knows. So the first thing is teaching you when you will stain from food and drink during the day, to remind ourselves that Allah subhanaw taala, he is always seeing and hearing what we're saying what we're doing in this life, and encouraged us to always what stay away from that which is displeasing to Him and do that we are told to do is one of the great benefits we gained from the fasting. The
spiritual benefits we gained from the first thing we mentioned, for example, from the ISF to Tacoma. And this is one of the main goals of the fast thing is for us to cleanse ourselves through this fastest what we're doing, we're cleansing ourselves spiritually. And all human beings are made up of body and soul. So we need to purify as we need to be in good shape. And our bodies also need to focus on purifying our hearts and our souls as well. Also for the benefits that we see for society. Now, how many of our brothers and sisters who are more unfortunate than us, they don't have the money, we have them have the ability, we have to buy the things and eat the things that we have. So
when the people have more money than them, they're fasting during that date. And they feel the pains of hunger, and they the dryness of the thirst in their throats. They are reminded of their brothers and sisters in Islam who are less fortunate them. And this caused them to give sadaqa and to give charity to them and to help these people. And obviously this encourages them also to do it all throughout the year, not just in Ramadan. But it's Ramadan in the fasting, it's a reminder of this also, so panela the health benefits that we gain from the fasting, because unfortunately, we have become people who eat too much, and all the time. So that's why our body waste continued to grow and
grow and to expand, and the diseases we have in our society continue to spread. But through fasting we actually give our bodies we give our stomachs time to rest during this period, one month a year, the stomach is to relax by being attacked three with three heavy meals a day or more, and snacks and what have you. So during this time, we benefit from the health benefits and the doctors who are specialized in this field they've been they mentioned several benefits for the fasting the health benefits for that one of the great things we gain from fasting is expressing it teaches us Sabra teaching us patience, and the life we live in this world we live in. If you don't have patience, you
will not be successful in your life. All of us are going to get angry all of us are gonna lose our tempers all of it. We have difficult times so the first thing is teaching us how to have patience. And you see in the Hadith where we're not allowed to swear or say bad things any anytime. But also it's more emphasis and put on it in Ramadan when you're fasting. So this can be your way in your life all throughout the year and shadow data.
Also one of the great things we need to remind ourselves as we're coming into Ramadan, and we're in Ramadan inshallah is that Ramadan is actually something greater than fast answers actually a school you're entering our school, where it's teaching all these benefits that I mentioned all throughout this this episode, and how to benefit from your fasting. It's teaching you to renew your relationship with the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala if you don't, during the year, you didn't have a good relationship with the Quran. It's calling you back to read the Quran constantly. It's calling you to pray your prayers in the masjid if you were not from the people who are doing that to strive
to always pray and the mercy with the Muslims. We mentioned also is teaching them to be aware of Allah subhanho wa Taala at all times. There's so many benefits that the school of Ramadan teaches us and therefore we want to do it in this Ramadan
is for all of us to focus on benefiting from this Ramadan and that we gain from it, what to reflect what do we gain from our past. And it's so much I actually call it one lecture that I gave about the School of Ramadan I mentioned more than 40 benefits just from the school Ramadan itself, and what the school Ramadan is teaching us as Muslims.
It's important we mentioned in this episode, the study of our beloved prophet SAW Selim, the manner he used to fast and what he used to do when he was fasting. So we're gonna start from the beginning of the fast. If we look at the fast of our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he used to focus on what we call Soho, which is the pre dawn meal, he will focus on the suhoor. And he ordered us to have suhoor pay attention this because at the soeharto, this is an order from the Prophet size in him, it's not something just recommended, it's actually an order. So you must strive to do it, if you are capable to do so. So he ordered us to have the support, he said, but in ethics to hurry
Baraka because it barely in this pre dawn meal there is but aka there's blessing, it puts Baraka in your fast and gives you strength to be strong during your fast and also Baraka and all aspects of your life. Because the process Adam said it has been okay in it. It has blessings in it. Also, from the benefits of the of this, we mentioned, it will make you strong, and during the day and it makes it fast, the links to the fasting shorter, so you don't harm yourself in any ways. It's important to point out that support itself, the pre dawn meal, it's soon up. And another soon is to make it as late as possible. And as it came in another Hadeeth what is the distance between the dam the Alaska
done, and the time that a professor Sam will start his tour instead about 50 at about 50 versus 50 is 50 versus the roster. This is the time so that shows it's actually a short amount of time. And unfortunately today there's been a lot of ignorant Muslim masses who put on the calendars worked in M sec, the time of fact that you refrain, they put like 20 minutes before the budget and this is directly against the Sunnah of our beloved prophets I send them because as soon as to have your support at this time, so you get to gain the benefits from it. So as soon as have as late as possible, even if it's right before the then obviously the event is called then we stop inshallah
eating and drinking at that time, up to the done, it's the sooner to eat and drink during this time.
Also, if we look at how our profits are the lowest that it was our beloved prophet may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon him during Ramadan. They said he was edgier than this. He was always generous, at least to some very generous
man Alice Epson, but he always focused on being more generous during this month is allowed to sell him. He's always focused on reading the Quran all throughout the year, but he will focus more in Ramadan and gibreel Angela jabril and a seller would come to him and teach him the Quran during Ramadan. And during the last year of his life and it's not to Islam. He came to him twice to teach him the Quran and revise with him because obviously gibreel Ali Salaam he's the one who brought the Quran to the process and him so he will review with him to Quran and it was revealed to him twice completely. And his last year before he died I decided to set up and this is why they're all been
mentioned the beginning of the episode, Shia Ramadan and the owns the lfl Quran the Quran was actually revealed during the month of Ramadan. So this is why Ramadan is known as the month of the Quran is when Muslims strive to finish the Quran as many times as possible. And you can finish the entire week and also reading by yourself. Really hearing it when you're going to work and the car and your mp3 player or your tape or whatever you're listening to. You try to listen to as much Quran read as much hold on and the total ESL and hum they love the massage that we have now we have maybe two months, we actually finished a one on twice and the prayer during Ramadan and this was a Muslim
was due to strive to hear the Quran and benefit from the Quran as much as he can during the month of the Quran. Also the process that would increase in all acts of worship more than he would an end of the month.
Because he wasn't somebody like unfortunately a lot of us today Ramadan Muslims we only put effort in Ramadan at the provinces cinema would make effort to strive all year around. However, he would make more emphasis on the acts of worship during Ramadan. And from these acts of worship are the total. The total prayers and the process we prayed for the first few days with his companions but he was scared it will become compulsory upon him. So he started to pray by himself. But then humble as companions came later and they joined together in congregation as Muslims in the masjid and pray together. So as soon as the Muslims from the time of the Prophet I said them, and then from the time
of Omar robiola, one that they used to always pray together in the Jamaat in the masjid as a major congregation. So this is what a Muslim should strive to do, and that leave these prayers and we see how it affects our human we come together as a Muslim we see it with our Muslim Brothers, and we're in together in close ranks. And we're all making do our together he was making throughout the end, and he's saying and we're saying I mean, and then the effect of hearing the entire Koran once or twice during this blessing month, so we need to focus on not missing any days during this year and the Ramadan is to come if Allah subhanaw taala and he prolongs in our lives and shadow Tata,
the Sunnah of football. When you break your fast, it's important to know that the sooner is to break it quickly. Not to wait a little bit just in case as soon
That is called in order to prove to the court that then you must strive to break your fast as quick as possible, because they are going to make the make a quick is from the sooner as it came in the Hadeeth of our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, so we must strive to break it quickly. Also, we must remind ourselves how did our beloved prophet alayhi salaatu wa sallam break the fast, he will break it on, first of all, the root of which are the fresh dates, if you had the first dates available, he would break on the fresh dates, if you couldn't find the fresh dates, he will go to the second choice, which was the tomato the regular dates, if he couldn't find this and he will just
drink a few sips of water and then he would go to his prerelease or to cillum. And this I want to point out two things here at least, that that dates it's been proven medically now that nothing even any type of sweet or anything you have, it doesn't have the effects that dates have when you break your fast so it's important to focus on the sooner because this is your body level of strength that goes down your fasting and then we start to eat it gradually starts to work back up. It starts to work back up when you're eating the dates so panel they said it's the quickest way for it to go back up to its normal level. So patent law. So it seems from the hichem over the wisdom of our beloved
prophet it slaps on breaking is fast with the dates.
In addition, it's important that we point out when he said he would the first dates, the dates or the water and then he would get up at least to sit him to go to his prayer. What do we do today unfortunately go against this sooner we go against the sooner we bring 2030 different types of food 10 different types of juice and drinks and what have you. And we sit down for the safer to have our star and we eat and we eat and we eat and we eat. So what happens first of all, medically This is not it's not a it's not good for you because you're actually fasting for 1214 hours in a day. And then you start to cram your stomach it's actually harmful for you health wise, but when you use
something like like decent water just and you get up and pray and gives your your stomach now an opportunity to get prepared for what will come after the salad. So as soon as and what we should focus on doing also let's look how it affects our prayer itself. How many of us we eat so much and Mashallah, you see now that the he starts to become much like he's like he's nine months pregnant, he's eating so much Mashallah. He wants to get up to pray he can't get up and pray so he delays them over him because his stomach has expanded so much out of Allah subhanaw taala and then when it comes for the way he wants to pray at night, he's still carrying this big stomach around because he ate so
much. So it doesn't benefit from his prayers during that he can't reflect because his stomach and so forth. So we need to take it easy and follow the Sunnah of our Prophet sighs him for this year inshallah. And then we'll gradually eat after we come back from the salad inshallah.
Also, what we need to focus on from the Sunnah of our beloved prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam is making the dual supplication before the thought, before we break our fast, and as it came in the idea that this or this this application, it will not be rejected, it will be accepted from Allah subhanaw taala. So this is the time to focus on making that happen, people now we sit around we talk we were playing with our mobile telephones during this Blissett time. So we then not waste our time this year, focused on benefiting from this time and making the dua for ourselves and for our Muslim Brothers around the world. Also from the sooner the prophets I sell him is the attic half during the
last 10 days, he will focus on leaving the world affairs and isolating himself in the notion of decaf. And he will also not be with his his his wife during these days in order to focus on a battle on the worship even more in the first
in the first 20 days. And look at the outcome of this when the President will do this because later Carter mentioned the beginning. That's better than 1000 months, and whoever stands in prayer during this night, all of his past sins will be forgiven. This is the month this is the time during the last 10 days. So that's why we need to focus on the last 10 days on doing the acts of worship. Unfortunately, a lot of us fall into the traps of a ship on where we
always unless 10 days were in the market, the super buying stuff reading this. So I always tell the brothers to buy this stuff before this Don't waste your time doing this 10 days, even one of the rows who have the stores they get mad at me if I say this, we have to say what's more important is our Eman and focusing on building it man and we can buy him dinner from the stuff we need for eat before the last 10 days because the last 10 days or just should we should focus solely on the worship during his day and don't waste our time with the things that are not that important.
We're running out of time in this episode and there's more things we have to talk about about the outcome of CME
one thing I will point out is that important we talked about the pillars of fasting itself. Everybody knows that fasting is we staining from food and drink and what is the like food and drink the thing are the things that break your fast in general, from the dawn into the dusk, and almost don't say this. But there's another pillar which we forget to remind ourselves of. And it's taboo the lifespan with Allah. It's an act of worship, we need to constantly remind ourselves of this. This is why they talk about the importance of the Nia with the beat Ania is that you have the Nia before you fast the next day every night during Ramadan. You must have this Nia in your heart that
you're fasting next day. When you get up first of all in the morning, obviously to eat before you're fasting this also will show that you
Have the NEA. And when you say the NEA, you have the niets in your heart, not on your tongue, you don't have to say, tomorrow I have intended on the seventh of Ramadan and 1431 or whatever that I'm going too fast this month, you just have it in your heart, the intention that you're going to be fasting next day. This is very important when we say that the Buddha lab that is fast is an act of worship for Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because we want to run away from the people who have fallen into customs. Some people don't even pray Subhan Allah, when it comes to this day fast because everyone else is fasting, you'll find a specimen and he does doesn't benefit anything from his fast,
except for becoming hungry and thirsty, because he forgets to remind himself that there's an act of worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And it's important now, as we In this episode, that I advise my Muslim brothers and myself to focus on benefiting these days, it's as Allah subhanho wa Taala says, you have a motto that a specific a short amount of days that we must focus on benefiting from and I always want to say you need during Ramadan to have a schedule to see what you want to do, what you want to gain, how you're going to do it so you don't waste these blessitt days. And also, it's important and this inshallah we'll end the episode with this, that you focus on learning the
outcome, the rules of fasting, what breaks your fast when you will have to break your fast all these things, what is the sooner to do when you're fasting, what is it my crew is like to do when you're fasting, all of these things you need to focus on and obviously we don't have the time in this short episode. So all of us must go and by the end read the books of the fifth of our scholars to be able to know this inshallah. And Allahu Allah was a low selling robotic I wouldn't have been a Mohammed