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Okay. All right, inshallah. So today's topic, or the way we're going to discuss it, our bond is something that's going to be very different from the entire discussion. Today is about Ramadan.
But why should we as Muslims be excited about Ramadan? That's the entire discussion today. Because what ends up happening is towards
towards the end of Sudan and beginning of Ramadan. There are things that are happening in comb in cabinet in the world of ALLAH SubhanA dialer, which we believe in as part of our iman.
But we do not see them visually. You know, Allah subhanaw taala says when a person dies, right, Allah says for Kashia
for several Coloma Hadith, that Allah He lifts the veil in everything that you and I have been all the anime that we've been talking about all the elements that Allah wanted us to have nothing in all of these things.
Allah is like Phobos article Yola Hadith on that day, you will see it with crystal clarity with ironclad clarity.
I eat that Gita, that vein is going to be lifted and you're gonna be like, Oh my god, this is what's been happening behind Subhan Allah. So similarly, what takes place in the cat in that in the cone, at the time when Ramadan is about to happen are some major
Ashiana for that key PSA last year things are taking place that we cannot describe except that Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam has told us that. So one of them is to the home of bois Jana.
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there's a big difference here. First of all, in fact, the whole they're opened
in that opening, that you know how you say, you know that person he slammed the door shut on me.
He closed the door on me. He shut the door on me. He slammed the door shut on me. There are three different levels. All of them is doors being closed. But the latter one is very emphatic in its nature to affect the whole means what that Dean's doors are forced open.
Now Jana listens to Allah subhanaw taala. So the lmrda describes what's this force. Agenda is at light, it doesn't have severe amounts of data. So that's the first the minute Allah provides this permission for Jana to open out of excitement it slams open its door. Agile, everyone is welcomed. Subhan Allah. This is the power of these subtle things and everything that we missed. If you go and translate them the doors are open. You missed an entire concept today. Similarly, not too long ago. What's the Hadith 200 level slam shot the days of Jahannam are like Allah commands or before even Allah finishes the gym, Johanna blocks its doors and closes it. The second part
is that the doors are closed and locked up ie emphasis
In their closing ie the possibility of them
ever opening and there is no possibility of the doors of gender ever closing ever.
Okay, and the next part
is that the show how teens are trained. Now all of these things are actual things that are taking place. Janna exist Jahannam exists the show our team exists. And these are like imagine like for them, they like let's call it as much facade as possible because our days of imprisonment are coming.
So we do not see them, but that happens. So these are things that right before Ramadan, things change, everything changes.
And these are changes that Allah subhanaw taala is just beginning to tell you that
a season is arriving
just where as we are in spring and we're seeing all these white spring blossom trees. Right. A season is arriving. There was a season it's time for us to to prepare to get ready and all the platform the stage is set for us to come and benefit from this.
Next part, there are three stations the dilemma they say. Allah provides every believer in Ramadan, three stations. Every believer in Ramadan has provided by three stations that are through our power button. Three stations that he must if he if he really is sincere number one, these three stations if you embark on them, there is an absolute guarantee that you're going to be victorious in Ramadan in sha Allah.
They are in form of three Hadees
mon sama Ramadan, Eman and YT Saba
whosoever fasted the month of Ramadan with this eemaan That this is felt on me This is wajib on me. If the sabun hoping and wishing and longing and desiring the reward of Allah subhanaw taala it does happen. That's one meaning. The second meaning of this app is you took accountability of yourself has Septon of suck
you you had some form of a notebook or some form of reflective time and moment with your time with yourself. Where you know you you sit with yourself and Allah subhanaw taala
if you did that in the month of Ramadan, mon Sama, Ramadan EMA and then YT Saba, what's the address?
What's the other
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them be every sin of yours that you have committed are all forgiven.
All of them, all of them, Europe, all of them.
Some of the irrelevant they said, no, no, but these are just sins that are, you know, they're not those that are all sins.
They're just minor sins, major sins are not forgiven. But the best answer that I think is the answer of ignorance.
Where he says, when Allah says lamina tilaka Allah will have run when Allah has left the door of forgiveness open and he didn't specify a major and minor sins, man No, no, no by you do who? Who are willing to come and confine them and say no, it must be only the minor sins, major sins cannot be forgiven. I mean, is it hard for Allah subhanaw taala to do that, not at all. Allah can forgive everything except
shook everything. So that's one. Number two. This one is an interesting one. Man Panara Lavon
had Yun serif who prayed MTM you came to for taraweeh behind the Imam until the Imam said Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah and he left from his spot.
Had Dion serif Luffy Rolla Houma to put them in them be all of his grievances are forgiven for that. Now, obviously, when we come for a place like you know what a mustard like this or any other massages, we would want to be able to enjoy the Quran because Quran Allah subhanaw taala has revealed it and it is something that is recited the word Quran means something that is often recited in something that is often recited an exaggeration is that it is often recited similarly, Quran for us to be able to enjoy it, it has to be recited in utmost melody
and proper Tajweed
Malaviya Tana Bella Quran fillet Samina who does not beautify his voice in with a melody with the Quran she is not from a mosque amongst us for them seven days now from amongst us insha Allah for most of you insha Allah we're going to, you're going to see the poster about it, but you get to hear about it, but for the poster is Hamdulillah we were able to secure
a quarry who recently placed fourth in the International Karate competition in Makkah, were over 700 participants go from all across the world. They participate in a competition and he came forth. He is an expert in Ashok Tirat he is 22 years old, very young guy and insha Allah He wouldn't be arriving to our Masjid to lead Rawi for us this year. And inshallah we will see that you know, when and especially to be able to listen to the Quran in all the varying different recitations right. You know, Vasa Franco is if he's not here, I last Juma I read Kulu Allahu Ahad Nila who summer so he went and he opened the Quran. There's no noon here, like where did he get this noon from?
I mean, you're gonna you're gonna find a lot of means and was in the eyes after he comes right if you were worried about my little note.
But again, he is going to let you know that what Kyra that we're doing and the purpose is because Ramadan is the month of Quran and pIane is all about Quran. We want to also educate the community together about varying different ways of reciting Quran. So our first talk at the first Iftar that we're going to have in the evening, we're going to have you know, an hour before our talks every Friday, that top is all going to be about listening to varying different recitals. And we inshallah we're going to have a second one also that is coming. He is visiting from Spain, and he's also several art and he's going to be here for 10 days but he's going to join us for a couple of days. So
you will get to hear different flavors that all this is about Quran this entire month who should get excited about God in sha Allah. So he would lead he is if is if everything goes well he is going to lead Muhammad on Wednesday. Over here, if it is Ramadan that obviously
and if it has not been today we will be next day. So if you want to come and listen to Him and meet him, he will be here Wednesday insha Allah for motive Salah where he would be leading the Muhammad Salah and sha Allah. Okay, so the next one is TM right? So you pray behind the Imam 820 Whichever Masjid you go to, it really doesn't matter. The fight is not about that fight is that you prayed behind the Imam until he left. Okay. And if you happen to be in certain countries of Africa, you will end up praying 36 Because they pray 36 That always over there? Right so so the ones with eight they're definitely not going to enjoy Africa. They're going to be like No, no, we're good here.
The last station that Allah gives us in the month of Ramadan, when ba Mei Li that will
whosoever stood up the entire night do pm in Laila to
Luffy Radha Houma taka at the moment, all of his previous sins, Allah will forgive them. So, these are three stations. That is why Prophet sallallahu Sallam he says that if a person is not being after even given all of these three paths opportunities to to reclaim back his life from sin, if he does not take this opportunity, then let there be destruction for that person.
So very severe because this is an opera it's like you know, somebody that you know, all you need to do is go to the gas station for two hours every day you will get free gas.
But you still don't end up getting it and gas
is the whose fault is it your fault? Nobody else's fault. It's our fault.
Okay, now we must understand that Ramadan is the time where the Sahaba ik Quran and the seller for Salah Hain this was a moment of joyousness like they would feel they will be filled with joy they would give glad tidings to one another. As the time of Ramadan would get closer you would see as a set as like a sense of excitement they will be like man, we need to get excited about Ramadan do it start telling people they will start giving God titles in sha Allah to sell Ramadan inshallah you will enter number one. Now I remember, you know, in certain parts in certain villages of you know, that I've visited in Arabia, you will find that they have this culture, especially in the city of
some foods before Ramadan. Right before Ramadan, they start singing songs about Ramadan
about the fact that we're going too fast for 30 days. This is Ramadan. This is the
Oman, we're about to fast for 30 days, so that we are above the law. And everybody just you know, it is short sighted
that you literally feel it that you're standing there like man Ramadan is I can't miss this opportunity. And I think in Canada or in America and these places that we live in, where our children are bombarded with St. Patrick's day, this day, Easter day, that day, Halloween day and stuff, and then no dawn comes as like there's absolutely no excitement within the community. Like there has to be this this, this joyousness that the community should feel that Allah has allowed us to reach that this is not a small moment.
There are so many people before us, there are people who left yesterday.
They were waiting to enter Ramadan.
I just got to I heard about us about a sister. In Toronto. Her nine year old daughter passed this morning.
Nine year old
she she just didn't wake up from sleep.
And they're devastated. They don't know what happened. She went to sleep there was absolutely nothing wrong a couple of days ago she posted a picture of with her daughter willing to ice cream and all of that just like you and I were all what we're enjoying our moments.
And hers her entire life has now changed nine year old and you see the picture of this beautiful girl that a posted Subhanallah gone
tomorrow maybe you me anyone else. So when we make it to Ramadan it's an it's that we all to Allah to show that man Allah Zack Allah here we reach this like Hello, this is it. We entered the Lavon there was a heavy
one of the Sahaba has he passed away.
this was Jared and Abdullah. So Javelin Abdullah. He had two friends. One friend passed away, let's say to 2021 one year, and another one passed away after one year. One friend he passed away as a shahid, cake and the other one, he passed away normal death.
Then Javelin ibn Abdullah he sees a dream. Okay, he sees the dream. And in the dream what he sees is that the one who passed away later, who was not a Shaheed, he was in much higher rank than the one who was Shaheed so John Dylan was really confused. He goes through the sort of loss of SLM era so lucky for Harder, harder matter Shahidan will have amounted to the idea. This person died as a Shahidan this person died in normal life code for how to how's that possible?
So Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, he says, Come Sam, I'm in Ramadan.
And he fasted 30 days of Ramadan. Do you think somebody who had 30 days of Ramadan over a Shaheed his rank obviously is going to be higher than a shaheed? Welcome Salah and how many Salawat he prayed you know these oils only five daily prayers. Those five daily prayers and the faster for Ramadan ended up that this person has makan became higher than a shaheed. And for us to be able to understand this MACOM the status Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us about the two records of Fajr that they are better than what? Pharaoh Mina duniya Rafi Ha,
right. The Mufasa rule of this Hadees they say the shura are the ones who have explained this Hadees they say is our Kana higher than La comolli sunnah till fajr if this is the status of the Sunnah of Fajr which is not even an obligation for calling febrile Fajr
Now what about the status of Fudger? I mean like if the sooner or Fajr is better and everything that is in this world than what about just fudges right so then if we get to number one Allahumma will live in Ramadan one foreigner the Ramadan Yeah, right before we get there Subhan Allah, it's a moment of choice that we should our kids should feel that you're happy that Ramadan is here. There shouldn't be decorations in our households. And in our Masjid.
We should let other people know that we're excited about Ramadan, hence the painting.
Just that's what I could do.
And I'm like this needs to be painted.
It's work in progress, don't judge it.
Okay, this is the month of Quran
if the entire year we have not spent any time with the Quran than this is the time to spend time with the Quran. This month is that time. I mean, when are we going to get that moment when we're going to decide
I did we're going to spend at least some time on the Quran.
Right? So this is the month that the sulfasalazine they would that our pious practice that would stop everything in America would say no, there's no Hadith, or the Quran Hala part of Quran That's it.
Nothing else in Riyadh they used to have this beautiful practice in the month of Ramadan. They used to do these intensive hevs a revision that was in Ramadan.
So they would say who would want to realize half of the Quran full Quran and stuff and the entire Masjid you would walk in Masjid the write up will be filled with like after answer until love read after Fajr the entire message will be filled with this is quarter Quran revision this is half Quran revision This is three quarter Quran revisions is full Quran revision, the entire Masjid of kids, older people, younger people everybody just revising Quran it's just Quran recitation of the Quran nonstop, right? So Quran and our interactions with it is in three folds. The first Daraja of interaction with the Quran is Cara, we must learn how to recite Quran properly.
a at the bare minimum you must we must learn how to recite Surah Fatiha properly that is the bare minimum I mean that is the that the minimum performance acceptable level for everyone to be able to recite Surah Fatiha correctly without any major mistakes. That is the bare minimum.
Why? Because our salons are dependent on it. So if our salon if our five to hire is not correct, according to a lot of the scholars, the salon of that individual is not accepted. He doesn't get the sin for missing the poor but by most of the surgery scholars your Salah is not accepted because you had major mistakes. Some of the major mistakes in Surah Fatiha one of the biggest ones that people do is well I mean
what's the mistake
month now fish deed you Mr. Lamb
you missed an entire letter
leaving two lambs
we missed an entire lamb. Okay, this is hesitant for roof, we eat words in total Fatiha so in Ramadan, inshallah the party is going to be here. So one of the tasks would he would have Inshallah, hopefully he agrees to it. I haven't spoken to him yet. Let's see how much we can push him. But the idea would be that if we can rectify at least with repetition, our students and Fatiha and get it better. That should be a goal for every single one of us. If you're already past students will fight too hard and others that read goals, right or at least recitation goals for it. So that's the first level the second level is that
Allah subhanaw taala asks an open question. He says a fella that Varun Al Quran and Isla Caloocan
Do they not ponder upon the Quran? Or is it that their hearts are locked up? So how do you ponder upon the Quran? Like this? Ayah let's ponder upon it together, right? So first, Allah is asking the question. So when Allah asks a question, it must be something very important to Allah. The second Allah subhanaw taala over here I found out that the Quran
it's Gemma was asking why is it that all of you Don't ponder upon. So it's a collective thing.
Number three, we know that this Allah subhanaw taala has knowledge that Muslims people who will be given the Quran will not ponder upon it. So hence Allah is asking this question knowing our behavior in advance of an edited version of Quran number three, number four is MRP. Reading According to her, Allah is telling us that there are things that will prevent you from understanding into the devil of the Quran. And one of the first ones is your heart.
Number five, that will we see we realize that our hearts have a possibility of being locked up or being opened all of these five points of the depth door that every person that reads even the translation can learn from you can look at that if you sit there and think about what are the difference. So today actually comes from the root word of that Baba.
That basically means ma Soto what that which is not obviously mentioned on the lines, what is behind what is the untold
what is the unread? What is this, the untold meaning
and that comes from something
There is behind Google that is hidden, it is behind. So it's not the obvious text. But what's the understood meaning of this text? That is what the Buddha is all about. So that's second level.
This is the command for everyone. So many of the Mejlis that we're going to do in the month of Ramadan are heavily going to be based on to the right, because that's somebody everybody can take away some lessons from it. The third interaction of the Quran with the Quran that we have is the interaction of Tafseer.
Okay, which is, why was this ayah revealed? What is the ASVAB knows all of this iron? How are different understandings? What are this one particular word? How have the dilemma of deceit heard that now proceed and fit or are two opposites? Because all the STR fat, all the differences that you find in fic we've been studying FIP all of the differences that you're going to find in fact, those differences are if the law of tunnel war sorry, Africa, there are differences of opposites so this person says it's allowed the other foot Farquharson is not allowed, or the majority say this is allowed. One person says it's not allowed. Okay, so tada there on the two ends in
Deaf see why it's so beautiful for the community and everybody to learn from it's ft traffic than a war. It's multiplicity of meanings. I'll give you an example. Allah subhanaw taala say Khadija says, because they are acquainted with Allah He know Rosa kitab. Mooney, a movie Kitab Levine. So the word know
has been mentioned in the Quran and understood by the setup, not me, not you, not somebody contemporary, not somebody, we're talking about the first three generations, how did they understand the worldview?
What was there to see
that has been codified and recorded. So they understand that as three move because your opinion Allah indeed it came to you from Allah, that's your opinion, Allah He moved in Wakita Adam. So, some people say this No, is the light found in the Kitab, that Allah subhanaw taala took out the mood of the Kitab extra so more emphasis, that movement is found in
the light which is the guitar the primary characteristic of that guitar, that is a guiding it is light, that will guide you, what could happen and all the other rulings that are found in the book, the second meaning, the second, the second way the seller has understood that is this is referring to
that he died that comes from the book. So when you are on the buyer you are on.
So you are following a path of guidance, which is filled with bloom and the second meaning is kitab. The third meaning they say that the Jonathan Miller Maha Kitabi Levine is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Right and Kitab is the book of Allah.
Both came from Allah provinces that came from Allah, always three meanings only add to the flavor of our understanding, rather than not creating any opposites. They're called Akela fourth 10 A war it has. It has added more flavor for us to be able to understand the Quran. Okay, so these are the different ways how should a person do you should have a Kyra section, you should have something that you do on a daily basis with the Quran. If you haven't recited the Quran in a while, I would not recommend aiming for doing one juice a day. You may be able to do it on the first day or the second day by the third day insha Allah you're going to have so much muscle fatigue, you're going to be
like Rolandi and most then from half it's going to be over and then you many people don't even touch the Quran by the end of Ramadan. Okay, so if you haven't been reciting for us no problem. This Ramadan is an opportunity for us to start How do you start? Where do you start? Start with no more than a page a day?
No more than a page day
if you've not been reciting if you've been occasionally reciting so let's say three days a week you pick up the Quran or in the weekend you pick up the Quran and you've finished at least one Quran since last Ramadan. You have been able to finish one Quran that in your case you should focus on at least doing one robear one word you see what you want to do is you want a strong foundation
what ends up happening is we entered Ramadan and we want to build Burj Khalifa without a foundation
so when there is no sound
nation like I met this brother Subhanallah he is that the entire year who didn't read Quran
and in level one he got so excited to recite Quran. So in the restaurant he came to me and said she hired three Jews said, masha Allah. I said, How many Quran? Did you autumn since last Ramadan? My first question was if he's doing three jewels like He must be really well, this isn't the previous question. He said, I haven't finished any. I'm like, whether you're headed in the wrong like, I love your excitement. But let's be practical, like it's not gonna last year you're tired? No, no, I'll be able to do it.
And guess what happened? After the sixth? The eighth? At the eighth. He never went past eight.
He came back to me on the day after he just said you were right. Right, don't get tired. So the idea is, if you've not built that Stamler use the rubberband as a foundation. It's okay. It's not about how many atoms you do. But you may have a person who may not even do one of them, that that one page that he resides with pure intention with right with this consciousness that he's reciting. And he wants to recite everything correctly. And he does that one I have to recite may become a source of that person being guided for the rest of his life. Allah is not after quantity for you from you. He wants quality. So if you cannot do a lot, we want quality and a lot of quantity. But we don't want a
lot of quantity and no quality. So start with that and build the foundation. Amen That Allah if I'm able to do this, I will stick to this habit until next summer one
let's have a bang comes you make the quarter half
and you stick to that have throughout the ideas whatever habit you want to use Ramadan it's a habit built a moment you build that habit so you never leave it until next Ramadan
next Ramadan comes two years later, one Jews becomes very easy. Then to juice becomes easy. Then three juice becomes easy. I met a chef I used to work in this Masjid at Esna Isner, Canada and we had the six year Ebola Idris half of the hola he's 73 years old 74.
And last level Bong when I met him, or Ramadan, before that, it was the 27th tonight. It was the 27th tonight. We just finished along fundraising. We're all tired, exhausted. And the chef he came at Fudger and we were there at Fudger. And the shift is like well, I you know, I feel like I want to read another Quran before the end of Ramadan.
So obviously, we were like Chesley, I need 74 And you're looking at your health and stuff.
He said let me let me think about it. We come back in Madrid, who all went home crashed, woke up at 530 Come to the masjid, you know, because the entire night was busy. We used to have like 3000 4000 people every night in that Masjid every night. Every night we had a parking chaos every night for 30 Nights. So like conference every night for 30 Nights. Like that's how bad it was like it was good, but like bad for the people in the parking. We come in Madrid and Chef Abdullah Idris has done tenders.
We asked the chef and like did you go home? He said
when I spoke to you guys, Allah put it in my heart. I don't know if I'm going to live to next Ramadan. So I sat there with a girl that God when I said I said, That's the word. He said to me. Right? And come the last day I remember it was like so and we were all last and you enter and you see this old man sitting there. And he's like, you know he because he's these words. So he's like leaning over. And he's like finishing and he's I've got all the problems. I could have the real attempt. I finished. But that happens. Because she Abdullah Idris finishes the Quran every seven days.
Every seven days this these are people that are alive today. I'm not talking about some you know, I can give you an average shot 30 Who did 6060 or anthems in a day. Now people come and they say, yeah, he can come on now to knock on a cave.
Like some of the brothers or some of the Jordanian chef, my calf Cliff eonni Howe?
And the answer is there's an entire concept called Baraka, which we do not understand. See, Allah is the Owner of Time. And Allah is the Owner of your experience through that time.
So for some of us that same time will go really fast. And for others, Allah can slow the time is still the same.
Have you experienced that time Allah is Able to change that
and we have numerous examples of the self numerous examples if you do mathematical calculations, you will see it is made possible for anybody such as Mr. Levine passed away at the age of what young age of 38 or 41 depending on which direction you take. He wrote, like not typewriter, his handwritten if you compile all the books he wrote and say average day of how many pages he wrote, if you start from the day he was born.
Not from the era he started writing. From the day he was born, he wrote 78 pages every day.
78 pages of new knowledge are not like copy paste.
Not Chad GPT okay, no charge if.
So, how am I why this is baraka, right? So may Allah grant is that so start to iron as a foundation. The second Ciara that you should have is the recitation of that borrow, that God requires you to have a good translation, I'll give you two recommendations, okay, for people who can read or do honestly one of the best best translations slash the pain that a female Quran of Maulana Maududi for you to be able to start getting the flavor of the Quran, right? If you want to be a little bit deep, you can go into my article Quran and odo but it's a bit deep like it goes into the Messiah and and stuff like that. You want to keep it at a higher level, you want to enjoy the flavor of the Quran,
you know to for those of you that want to enjoy it in English.
Personally, I think the translation and the tafseer that is done by the brother who lives in Minnesota, I believe his name is Ali Hunan, highly.
He's Turkish and his translation. You can type it early on URL, it's available on Amazon. That translation in the commentary in English, it is not a cop, it is not a copy paste or translation commentary. It is a commentary that he after studying from all different scholars was able to write knowing the Canadian in the American and the North American context.
So in English, that is probably one of the best translations for the people who are in war Arabs and one wants something in error in Arabi and something right and you can read untellable There is a book called Al Quran double while while Harmon at that door will hammer one of the best books you can open the Sahara, you will have one maybe two or three or four points of tafseer that you need to focus on. And it even has loads for you to take. And it is probably one of the best contemporary works for us to be able to do to that word enamel together. Beautifully done. It has word meanings, a special focus all of that is the Quran to that program. Okay, cool. Next part,
Ramadan is a time where Allah Subhan Allah died out in every night frees people from hellfire
and on the night of Laila to paddle Allah subhanaw taala freeze all the number of people that he has freed in the entire month of Ramadan combined, all of that in the latest quarter.
Now what I just want you to understand, you know earth come in and now it came in and now freedom from hellfire means that you shall not enter hellfire.
I want you to let that sink in. Like when Allah says, This person, Rotary come in and now you have no chance of going to hellfire.
Now what make us from those by like, imagine that if you walk away from that Subhan Allah in the month of Ramadan, you Tanzanians us, what else do we want? Like if users are done then the sad part is we don't know if we are from amongst them.
And that's why Allah wants us to work hard. Right? The chances are very high that you will be amongst them.
Right? But you really don't know if that is the case. So you can't give up hope and you can't say all come the law. Right. And as for those people who think that they have reached right, then you have to be careful about that. Like I was good I serious story. Like I went for kneecap once. I didn't care and there were a bunch of brothers that were sitting there. And we all about we're about to be murdered. And I said brothers time for a moment. And those brothers are like no, no hamdulillah we've prayed.
Like must have just happened. No, no, we prayed in Makkah.
Like you guys have been here the entire time and Nikka No, no Hamdulillah we don't pray in this world anymore. We've reached a level that like we are US transcend to Makkah and the asset
Can you tell me what time was Maghrib in Makkah
because because again you can make up stuff like that you don't even know if you pray because if you have worked what I was going to get maca right so we have to be careful with this type of stuff is like a lot of this stuff like an ad showed up on my thing that says it's the Hara
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Be careful with this kind of stuff, right? Like, doesn't that doesn't exist like we were practical you have happened like, Dream guaranteed $100 My coffee will be Canadian or us. I don't know if I can get it with the Canadians better.
So how do we actually welcome Ramadan and I'll start ending with this. Number one,
we have to begin with doba
we have to sincerely look at our actions throughout the year in ask Allah subhanaw taala that there are things that Allah have done
that only you know.
Right as he says out of them will never Metin he will be half with duniya the greatest namah that we live together in this world is a sitter Allah He IDing Allah's concealment on us
lovingly if he did not expose us,
he did not expose us when we wrote that message. He did not expose us when we said something about someone. He did not expose us when we saw something that we were not supposed to. He did not expose us. Love him you have done.
And that is why we begin with Toba because all of these never had all of these blessings wins and Allah says in the month of Ramadan will have no effect on a heart level to in Allah. That heart has not returned back to Allah. Not sincerely asked Allah for Toba. So before Ramadan begins, start filling yourself in your heart with this feeling of Toba Tumnus haha, look back and take an account of your ear and you ask Allah Allah Allah if I had done that action, willingly or unwillingly. I asked you to truly forgive me for that. And I asked you that this month becomes the month in which you give me the power that I do not go back and do that thing again.
We all have done things that we're not proud of. But here's the beauty Allah subhanaw taala loves people who come back to him.
And the thing is, Allah subhanaw taala has not like in our physical human body, Allah has placed a failsafe mechanism. So when you are thirsty, beyond a level your body will tell you you're about to die, it will give you some symptoms, it will give you a dry throat, you will that you would want to go and drink.
But when our soul is thirsty, it does not have that mechanism.
You need to know and the only way for you to know is when you do accountability of your actions.
Man, I think my soul is thirsty.
I haven't fed my soul. And the thing is your body it comes from the earth hence the nourishment of what you get also comes from the earth. Everything that you eat comes from the earth.
And our soul is from Allah.
Little human embryo. Right that it all comes from Allah. Since it comes from Allah its sustenance also comes from Allah, which is the Quran which is the vicar of Allah, Allah the decree law he talks about England, right? It is by the Dhikr of Allah that your heart when it is in turmoil state finds serenity and tranquility. That's it. It's only the decree of Allah. No other way can you find peace
and that is why we see so many people today you look at Kate Spade, such successful person, such an entrepreneur all over bags being sold for 1000s of dollars. And she hangs herself with one of the straps of the bags that she made.
The billionaire who just committed to that suicide one week ago or two weeks ago, billionaire,
why I love eating Karela he taught me it's the Dhikr of Allah, that is the only thing that provides us serenity with that turmoil that our bodies in.
So Allah, Allah subhanaw taala he looks at your heart and Allah Allah and Google ILA I decided to come Allah.
Allah does not look at your how beautiful you are.
Are you know I was talking to some of the young brothers how many six packs you have mashallah, you know the pecs, how much how much deadlift you do? How much bench do you do? All of these things with the guys are see focused on right? He's not looking at that. It's good to have that. But the focus should not be ultimately only the body. Allah looks at our hearts we're lacking in guru ILA to do become
in another narration,
this hadith The next one is something so powerful and Abdullah bin aroma Radi Allahu Allah and he says, de la jolla Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, somebody came to Rasul Allah and said to him, it was sent to him a University of Bonn, which group of people are the best? What are the best people? God could
be Cebu Lisa.
Every person that is subtle hearted
and Sudoku, listen, abundantly truthful in his tongue. May Allah grant us that God said openly Sania rasool Allah are often one of the posts that he said, we know what is abundantly truthful tongue that we understand.
But this Muhammad will pay we don't understand the subtle hearted one. We don't understand this. What does that mean? Rasool Allah says,
Allah who worked at the unity.
This was mainly a pain. The subtle hearted person is a person who is empty. He has the protection of Taqwa antivirus installed that was installed in his heart. Naughty his heart is pure unpolished. Ly Snuffy, he whenever they are, the heart does not have any inclination towards sin. Neither does the heart have any tendencies of transgression. But our bodies
were whether really, neither will they hold on to any grudges against somebody else? Well,
neither do they have any jealousy hasn't.
May Allah grant is that heart, right? So this is the quality of the heart that we're trying to seek. That has no sin. It is filled with Taqwa. It has no transgression elements, it is pure and absolutely clean. It doesn't have any hazard and we don't hold on to any grudges. Today, most of the mental health problems are all being permeated by these things. We hold on to grudges we hold they may go off I will not forgive him.
But never not at all.
Right Subhanallah IG like this is this is this is something that you know, how do we not want Allah to forgive us in this month? So the one of the first things that we need to do is to begin after we look at our hearts is are we holding on to any grudges with any person or individual and rectify that? rectify that because Allah subhanaw taala you want him to really take care of you in the month of Ramadan. So you begin with that when you say Allah, You know what, I'm gonna let go of my right. Okay. All other paths. Just just just okay, rather hold on to it, brother. I know we had this disagreement. Bother philosophique May Allah bless you. I'm ending this dispute I hope you do. So to
let bygones be bygones and we move on
the next part
we must rectify our intentions.
Why do we begin to fast? What is our intention to fast? Why are we fasting in the month of from that intention? If you look at it in the past the summer for sodic every night they would ask Allah subhanaw taala to grant them a pure intention for fasting
I G like today we you know we question what do we still need to like after we did the FIP class so many brothers games like she don't you making them so difficult? Like every night we have to make intention.
If he takes like three seconds, less time than it takes you to unlock your phone.
I intend to fast for Ramadan tomorrow. How hard is that?
Right? It's just we do not want to put in that effort.
We want the reward or not the effort and free arrow just dollar.
We want that type of stuff $100 And we get it inshallah we don't even
don't want to do this the camera for the things we want from the let's outsource it to somebody else mashallah right
Abdullah bin destroyed Robbie Allah one he used to finish the Quran every seven days but in the month of Ramadan he would finish three days three he would finish the Quran every three days. You have the self asylum in the past some finished 60 days some finished 60 Quran in a month some finished 330 Quran in the month you have people alive today that finish up Quran a day. Today the life today like I'm not talking about century ago, people that are alive today that would finish a Quran
we used to have the Syrian teacher chef Salah May Allah protect him. He used to teach Arabic to to our kids and just saw that it needs to finish on a normal day on a normal date three days this Quran would finish. No, one day we came to our home and he was very sad. And I was like why are you sad? Do you remember? It was very sad I'm like why are you sad? He said well why he only I could not finish the Quran in three days it took me four days
Wow, masha Allah I knew.
But again Subhan Allah, this is like a for him. That's like almost like a blasphemy for him like man for days. Like I'm falling behind.
Right? We don't finish the entire Quran in the entire year. Subhan Allah, right. These are people who are alive today. And he's not even like, massive shifts. Like he's a guy who's a bus driver.
He drives kids to school and back and forth.
It's the Tofik and it's the foundation of Burj Khalifa that matters. We all can be there, but we got to start with the foundation. You can't jump to one Quran jump to one Quran a day. Right? And then say Hamdulillah, you know, I didn't want to call us the rest of Ramadan, you know, and reciting the Quran.
Okay, what are the what are some of the other things that we need to inculcate in our families in our households is structural educational programs. Okay, structure, when I say structure, start a cedar class, make sure everybody within the household knows that your family collectively at five o'clock or six o'clock or eight o'clock, whatever you set a time. And so we all as a family are going to listen to some lecture together and grow spiritually, through education in the hole in the house and that responsibility who solely lies on the fathers,
not the mothers,
as far as you have to say, look, all the food all the Iftar everything is on the plate. Yes, but it is conditional on us doing this. Now if your family is really far away, and they are not ready for that. Start with something with 10 minutes, start with five minutes. Don't jump to a Syrah lecture of Maulana Tariq Jamil, one hour and 25 minutes, it will be one lecture and then harass the end everything will be gone. Right? Start with something like something 10 minutes. If they're not excited about it, is there an English do the series from Quran Weekly, it's called the superstar series. I think it's like 10 minutes. It talks about every Sahaba in 10 minutes as superstars of the
Sahabas it's really well done and different different scholars have done it really light really fun, really like and that's it, that's all you may think that no change is happening.
I personally think there is no change that is happening.
But we have to believe that see, the spiritual rectification of a soul that has been deviated, does not happen by sitting that person down in front of Quran and Hadees for 24 hours in one day and said MC Dodo, you become rectified. This happens by giving consistent five minute daily doses for one year.
And after the one year you will see the difference. It won't happen right now. It will take one year sometimes to but you may not see any evidence
any evidence of any change.
But you do not understand when that change can happen. I told this to one father whose son had really deviated and you know what went away completely, almost ignored agnostic level. So I said you know what I want you to do look at a particular series. I recommended to him that you know the inspiration series of shakaama Solomon three light stuff. It's about love of Rasul Allah and a very nice manner, really nice cinematography, he's not going to get bored. So watch that.
And all I want you to do is don't force him to watch at the time of Iftar
r1 comes and still fast with you and comes, put on the TV.
Let it hit the years.
Right? It's actually up but he's not going to listen. Don't worry about it. Allah has his magical ways like Allah has his miraculous ways to think things will change.
What happened? Literally three months later, the brother messaged me from Cambridge, like he messages me and he said Subhanallah You're right. My son he said, you know, can I get some headphones? I want to listen to lecture, Homer, Solomon's this or that or some on his own.
Even in that listening, he's like, I want to find all the Poke all the holes, I can the theories that he has.
Right? It doesn't matter. That color is entering that person's heart and eventually they will turn around. Okay, inshallah. So whether it is Sierra, I will tell you, the Sierra that we really enjoyed, we did a little bit of that, but we lost our data when we were traveling from Canada. His name was ID.
ilm, he he's on SoundCloud. His Syrah was probably after, I would say, a long time I found a Syrah is not a very famous chef. He's somebody I think, either from Australia or UK, but Subhanallah his car was on the dot, like on the dot. I do not listen to any lectures in English. My wife and my children. They all know that I don't listen to lectures in English. But that was the only lecture I was like mentors I can listen to like it was so good. And it was so simple, like my young kids could benefit from it. And I was also learning from it. It was done in a beautiful manner. In Ireland gear Estelle spelt a LMOG. IRS that little bit different. I have it on my phone, I can share it or I
share it actually, I'll share the playlist on the WhatsApp group. The community Whatsapp group, I'll share the playlist if anybody wants to. That's number one. Number two I've been seeing is you have something called
nifty Kimani. He has a beautiful series on the diet to diet beginning of guidance. Beautiful series, you can order the book Beginning of guidance on amazon it is translated by a friend of mine chef Musa Ferber, you know, if you just get that book,
basically somebody is reading the entire book on YouTube together while the chef is explaining every single word in English in detail. And it is a beautiful structured study within the end and then like a seven year old or a 10 year old will understand and even an older person will understand. The next one is Quran, pick up any Tafseer of the Quran 30 for 30 There will be a lot of light the fuse of the Quran that will be happening, I am doing an entire series with Muhammad of Institute I'm going to be doing the Quran 30 It's called Stories of the Quran. So there will be every 30 days and every day for 30 days there will be virtual stories of the Quran, where you will have different
scholars, they will come and tell the story and then pass that story then I will come in and I'll do the demo of those verses together when the chef is done telling that story. So the deceit part and the other part will be my part. So I'm doing that Monday to Thursday and some of the chef is doing Friday Saturday Sunday and it's all virtual so you can be home logging live on Zoom it's free you register it's absolutely free but you have all across the world for you have like you know shut faster Alisha Homer cinema all of these others everybody's going to be coming shift Oh, somebody asked me in which I had some of the main instructors and others also that are participating in that
inshallah so that's an opportunity for you to actually virtually connect wherever you are at home and say this time we're going to watch this life and that's it you stop everything in the house and do that last disconnect all your entertainment services, Netflix Disney all of that disconnected now disconnected.
And if you can
you smart enough mashallah the masjid is filled with IT professionals, you can get some help here, I leave I can set you up in sha Allah, all of that right, which is set up some filters to block all forms of video and content consumptions such as Tik Tok, Instagram, all of that.
Right? If you have your kids have phones, you can all install, you know certain accesses. Different software's that can be installed for you to control that. Your home router with a TNT also gives you parental controls. You just need to download an app and you get parental control you can have downtime you can have specified time specified time that you will allow internet your access to your children and their internet has to be controlled in the monitor
TV not at all. I mean, like we have the TV we brought the TV we're like we're not opening it in Ramadan and from after Ramadan right, we'll open the TV after Ramadan talking. We'll do if
it's an old TV but still, you know, we'll do another new new grand opening of the TV again. But for the time being the TV is you know, sleeping in Sharla the TV is enjoying it's it's it's, it's in the
Again, there's a lot of other things but it's 910 What time is done now right now okay, where's Abdullah Fidel?
Was Abdullah Fidel, a
column, column column column. This kid's been running away from Iran. We selected him for that and but
every time I call him he just disappears Do you can turn that off? Yes.
Inshallah, any questions before we get to Adan or any feedback or any concerns?
I think it was simple, straightforward. If you have any questions then