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Ahsan Hanif

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Mohammed Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was short on Omar to Hakuna Matata timbira wakulla better attend Allah Allah Allah Allah Allah cynefin. Now,

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on this Plessey day of Friday, Yeoman Juma the first Friday of this month of Ramadan, we praise and thank our Lord and creator loss of Hannah guatamala, for having given us all the ability to once again within our lives, witnesses place it month, and we ask Allah subhana wa Taala that just as he has allowed us to witness this month, he makes it a month in which we take maximum benefit of the opportunities that Alonso region has placed before us that he makes it a month in which we fast and we pray, and we give charity and we sat down and make to her and to all of those other good deeds that earns the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And through those deeds that are larger, which

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will frees us and our parents, our wives, our children and our families. And everyone in this oma from the fire of hell. Indeed, it is from the greatest blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala. That alarms that Virgil has chosen me and you selected us, and given us this great opportunity to witness the month of Ramadan. And because the vast majority of us have witnessed many Ramadan's, some of us maybe this is our 10th 20 3040, maybe even 50 of Ramadan, and maybe even more. Sometimes the problem and something comes upon you so many times, is that its significance drains within your eyes. You think that it is insignificant because it is something which you expect to come upon you over and

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over again, just like most of us take for granted the fact that we've pray five times a day, every single day, because it's something that happens every day and so many times. It's something which we take for granted. Even though we know that our Prophet told us and Allahu Allah, he was telling him that when a person dies, and is within the grave for them, just to come back and pray two quick short rockers would be more beloved to them than everything else in this world. Before me and you, we take it for granted. The month of Ramadan is like that as well. Because we've witnessed so many Ramadan's and it comes and goes every single year. And we because of the deception of shaitan. Many

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of us think and expect and believe that we will witness many more Ramadan's May Allah give us that opportunity. But we take it for granted. And so we think that it's something that we can take lightly. But our Prophet told us on Allahu alayhi wa sallam in a hadith that is narrated by his servant and the illustrious companion Ennis Immanuel Malik. rhodiola Wang, he said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam if you're not the Huracan, whatever dolina for her to rock Mattila for in the dilla Hina for her team, a rough method, you'll see will be harming your shadowman rebar there was an Allah And yesterday our article and you me in our article, he said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam do

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good deeds perform good deeds throughout your life, but take benefit and grasp the opportunities of the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. For there are times and seasons when Allah azza wa jal bestows more.

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And that mercy He gives to whomsoever He wills from amongst his slaves. So ask Allah azza wa jal that he conceals your sins and mistakes and that he lays your fears. Allah subhanho wa Taala from the seasons of His mercy is this month of Ramadan. And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, even though he was the greatest of people when it came to the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And there was no one more subservient, more submissive to his Lord and creator than our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam even though if you were to look at all of the various

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Many different acts of worship that we as Muslims can perform. If you were to look at prayer, if you were to look at the recitation of the Quran, if you were to look at charity, if you were to look at good character, any act of worship, you would find that there is no greater example than our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and that was just his usual normal South anytime throughout the year. But even he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in this month of Ramadan came upon him, he would Excel, and he would do more, and he would become more generous, and he would spend more time praying, and he would give more charity, and he would spend more time reciting and understanding and reflecting upon

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the Quran. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did this as an example for us. It is difficult for me to summarize all of this in the single hotbar. But I want to take a single aspect, a single aspect from the life of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in terms of the act of worship that he used to perform, and how it is something that we need to concentrate on at the beginning of this month of Ramadan. And that is the connection of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala with the Quran, not just in terms of its recitation, because insha Allah Most of us in sha Allah, if not all of us, in this month of Ramadan, we will attempt to recite

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Quran and inshallah the vast majority of us at the very least, will finish this recitation at least once we will finish reciting the Quran from cover to cover a single time at least insha Allah Allah, that is a goal and aspiration that we all have. However, the thing that I want to focus on is how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, not only did he used to recite the Quran, and more, and concentrate on his recitation, but he would spend more time studying the Quran, analyzing its meanings. Because if there is a problem that we faced today in our oma in general, whether it's us as Muslims in our personal lives, or with our families, or as a community and as an oma, it is that

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we have become distanced from the Quran, not distance in the sense that we don't have a Quran at home. Because in fact, we probably have more copies of the Quran now than our parents probably did, or our grandparents. Now everyone has a copy of the Quran on their mobile phone, on their tablet, on their computer, on their laptop. And even if you don't, there are many websites, that with the click of a button, you can find the Quran, it is available, the way that it's now been bound, the calligraphy, the type of of cover that we have, all of these things are much better than they used to be before. The problem isn't that there are less copies of the Quran, although we can find the

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Quran or perhaps even for some of us that we don't miss fight the origin. But one of the greatest problems that we face as an oma is that we have become distanced from the meaning of the Quran, that we don't understand the Quran, from the smallest of sewers to the greatest of sorrows, from verse number one to the last verse in the Quran. We have a difficulty and there was a problem that we face that we don't understand the Quran and because we don't understand the Quran, we cannot reflect over its meanings. We cannot contemplate and ponder over the message that Allah azza wa jal wants to give to us. And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says in the famous Hadith, in the month of

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Ramadan, he would be more generous than he would be at any time. And the reason for his generosity was that gibreel alayhis salam would come down, and he want you the rest who are on the word that is given is that he would study the on on with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, not just simply its recitation, not simply revising, its memorization. The word they are also means to study and to analyze. It means to ponder and reflect. And this is the problem that we face. Our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was someone who when he recited the Quran, it would affect him, because he understood the meanings. And he contemplated over the meanings of the Quran. And there are many

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narrations of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, that, that tell us that this was the case in Ramadan and outside of Ramadan in the hadith of Abdullah bin or Miss rhodiola, who uncollected in the Sahara of Eman Muslim, he said that I came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and he said to me, are we being Miss ruled with sight? And to me? So I replied, and I said up our lake and we're on a council, how can I recite the Quran to you a messenger of Allah, when the Quran was revealed upon you, it was revealed to you and you want me to recite to you, by Allah in the Hebrew and the smuggler whom in it, he said that sometimes I like to hear its recitation from someone else.

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So even my throat or the Allahu, and this great,

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scholarly companion, began to recite from the beginning of surah to Nisa, and he recited and he recited until he reached a verse in which alonza which says

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For k for either jitna min call the meeting Misha head wandjina because hula is shahida then what will your case be? When we bring from every single nation, a witness, and we will make you a Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a witness amongst all of them. When he reached this verse him and said, I heard the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say, has book enough, and because of the aura, and the presence and the respect that had been through the heart of the Prophet salallahu, alayhi wasallam, as he was reciting, he was lowering his head would look directly at the face of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but when he said a woman was rude enough, he said, I raised my

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head, and I saw tears flowing from the eyes of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa cenomanian, recited this verse, He understood that he replied to him, that Allah was addressing him, that our time will come on the Day of Judgment, when all of the prophets will give testimony against all of the nations. But those nations will not accept the testimony of their own province, they will ask for witnesses to be brought to attest to the truthfulness of the prophets that Allah sent to them. So Allah subhanho wa Taala will make us this oma witnesses against them. Why? Because Allah has told us the stories over and over again in the

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Quran, we will bear witness against them, but who will be our witness who will bear testimony for us who will testify on our behalf, that responsibility will fall upon the shoulders of only one man, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and even though this is something which Allah is speaking about many centuries in the future about the process alum died 1400 years ago, this incident is about the Day of Judgment hundreds of years to come. Yet still the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was affected, that he made him cry. And this is only one such incident. In another incident, the hadith of Buddha rhodiola when he said that I was with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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one night, praying for your family in print 100. And by Allah, He only recited one verse, one verse the whole night, didn't move from it. And that is the verse that Allah Subhana Allah says, into the boom for him, not a burden, that if you choose to punish them, Allah, then these are your slaves. You can punish them if you wish, or enter the home for indika until Aziz will hack him. But if you choose to show them mercy and forgiveness, the new are all mighty, all wise. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam understood that this verse was applying to me I knew that if Allah subhanho wa Taala chose to punish us, then who can stop Allah subhanho wa Taala who can delay his punishment?

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Who has the audacity to stand between us and Allah, and demand that our mana punishes into a deep wound for him number a burden. They are your slaves or law, but because of the love and the mercy and the care of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that he showed to his oma, he repeated this verse over and over again. And under the narration, Sahih Muslim the same verse that is repeating the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam began to cry, and he said Aloma Almighty Almighty, Allah, this is my nation, my nation. So Allah subhanho wa Taala said to the angel jibreel Allah His salam, go to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa send them and ask him what makes him cry. And Allah knows what

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makes him cry. Allah hears and he sees and he knows, but as an example to me, and you go and ask him what makes him cry. So Djibouti rally his son, um, came and he said to the Prophet, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he asked him and Mohammed, what makes you cry? So he told him, that he was fearful his oma, the mayor knew, if Allah azza wa jal chooses to punish us He will punish us that Allah subhana wa Taala may entrance into the fire. So Jubilee, rally his cinnamon back to Allah, and he told him what made him crying. So Allah subhanho wa Taala said to Jubilee will go back to him and say in nurse an OB Kofi Matic will Anna sue me We will make you pleased we will make you happy when

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it comes to your oma and we will never harm him. But look at how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam interacts with the Quran. Look at how when he recites this verse, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam repeats this verse is unable to proceed and continue because of the weight of the verse because of how heavy it is. Because of the burden that he feels even though this verse does not apply to him, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, his position with Allah is guaranteed his places and Jenna has already been reserved. It is about me and you. But so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam This is how he would interact with the book of Allah azza wa jal in yet another example, in

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the hadith of Allah

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Chateau de Allahu anhu. She said, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came to me one night. And he said to me today, Arusha, let me worship My Lord. Don't disturb me. So I saw the Allah. And he replied, and she said, Indeed, I love a messenger of Allah, that which you love. So she said, he began to pray. And as he was praying, he began to cry. And he cried so much, that his cheeks became wet with his tears. And then his beard became wet with his tears. And then he went into record, and he continued to cry. And he came out of record, and he continued to cry. And he went into su June, and he continued to cry. He cried so much, that the ground around him became

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moist and wet with his tears. He cried, and he continued this way, until the time of fragile came in. And as the time of fragile came in Bilaal rhodiola, who didn't have the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he came to call the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, to tell him that the time of Fujian is approaching. He came in and he found him crying. He found him in the state. So be routed to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a messenger of Allah, do you do quiet like this? Look for Allah who look at them in them because I'm at Aha. And Allah has forgiven you for all of your sins already. Past, present and future. This is how you cry. So the Prophet said to him,

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sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I found an akuna abdon Shakira, should I not be a grateful servant of Allah? But on zealot Allah your Laila to react when you don't demand? Aha, one of them you forget via for very this night, Allah azza wa jal revealed to me verses woe to the one may he be destroyed the one who recites these verses and doesn't think about them. those verses are the final passage of soda early and moron in which Allah azza wa jal says enough he helped somewhat he will walk the laughing lane he won a hurdle in the above, Allah Xena has grown Allah

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wanna jump obey Him, wait for Karuna for your help some of you will have

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heard about Allah Subhana can subpoena other banagher indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and indeed in the changing of the day and the night, there are signs for the people of understanding science for the people who reflect, ponder and think those who remember Allah once they are standing. And once they are sitting, and once they are lying down, and they think about the correlation of Allah. They think about the creation of the heavens and the earth and it really leads them to that realization that Oh Allah our Lord, You didn't create this in just in mockery in play. So glory, mute you Allah, and save us from the punishment of the Fire. And the verses continue and

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continue this passage of the arm, stop the Prophet sallallahu He will send them made him cry for a whole night cry to such an extent that the ground around him his word, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Look at how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam would interact with the Quran. Look at how when he recited a verse, it wasn't just simply about verbalizing or or saying the words, but rather it was about the meaning. What is the message that Allah azza wa jal wants me and you to take away in another Hadith in the narration of what had been Abdullah rhodiola who and he said that a group of companions one day was sitting with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and some of them said

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to him, you know sort of love shipped, shipped out of stone Allah, O Messenger of Allah, you have become old messenger of Allah, your hair has become white. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied and he said, share your Bethany who don't refer to her. It is Surah Hood of the Quran and surah similar to it, that have made me grow old that have made my my beard go white, my hair go white. In another generation, he said Shay Bethany houden will walk you know, one more salad, where am I at a sir alone or in the Shem Sukkot, we're on these five soldiers of the Quran, who would work in masala Ahmed sir, alone is a sham so called Iraq. These are the souls that have made me go

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around. Imagine that the recitation of the Quran is physically ageing him. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam doesn't say I have become old, because chronologically my body clock has become older, doesn't say I become old because of the stress of my family and my oma and all of those many things that he had to deal with. Because of these five sores, because of the way he understood them, the way he internalized them, the way that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam pondered over them. And more than one scholar has mentioned to me and rahimullah that the reason why this was in particular I mentioned is because they speak about the punishment of Allah and they speak about the

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day of judgment and the punishment that Allah azza wa jal has in store

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For those people that he chooses to punish, may Allah save us from that. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam interacted with the Quran. And it wasn't just the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, but his companions and the scholars who follow them, when they would recite the Quran, it wasn't just simply about the recitation of the Quran, in fact is narrated for more than one companion. And for more than one scholar, that they would actually frown upon those people who simply recite the Quran so fast that they don't understand a single word, or they recite the Quran simply to finish its recitation, even though it's recitation in and of itself is virtuous, and there

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is much reward to be gained. But when it becomes your habit and you're accustomed to recite the Quran in this way, very few, very little of its meanings enter into your heart. And the greatest or one of the greatest purposes of the Quran is for you to understand the Quran is for you to interact with the Quran, ponder, reflect, contemplate over the Quran, Abubakar on the Allahu and he said that when I heard the verse being revealed may YAML, so a huge survey. whosoever does evil, he will be punished. He said I came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and I said O Messenger of Allah. Are you an alum nochmals who and who from amongst us has never committed evil. Allah says if you

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commit evil, you will be punished. Abubakar is afraid, who from amongst us doesn't commit evil. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Abubakar do not become sad, do not become ill do not have hardships in your life. That is the way Allah subhanho wa Taala is punishing you for those mistakes. Meaning the for the believers in this life, the trials that we go through, they expiate our sins, they cleanse us from those mistakes and those sins and Allah subhanho wa Taala will punish the disbelievers with the fire, but the companions used to interact with the Quran. And consumable Muhammad Rahim Allah, the nephew of Arusha, radi Allahu Allah He said, that I would often go on

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Enter upon eyeshadow, the Allahu Allah. This was many years after the death of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, I entered upon her one day during the daytime, and she was standing and praying. And she was reciting a single verse, and she kept repeating it over and over again. And all she would do was cry. And there is the verse in Surah toto femen Allah who are Lena Baba karma or the sermon that Allah has conferred his favor his blessings upon us, and he has saved us from the punishment of the scorching fire. He said that I sat with her, waiting for her to finish that I could speak to her. But she took so long, and she kept on crying and repeating this verse

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that I left her house, and I went to do some other chores that I had to do. And then I came back later and I found in exactly the same position, crying over exactly the same verse of the Quran. This is how the companions or the Allahu anhu would interact with the Quran. This is how the recitation of the Quran and its meanings and it's understanding what affects them rhodiola Hanuman Jain and it wasn't just them, but even the scholars who came after them. And what even more Abdullah Aziz Rahim Allah who tada the great and illustrious Allah and Holly if of the Muslims. His wife Fatima, says that I saw him one night praying, he would stand in prayer. And he started reciting

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surah to one of the smallest soldiers of the Quran. There's probably not a person here except that he's memorized alpari malpighia a woman adrar common carrier, but she says that when he reached the verses, yo Mei akun nurse who called for rush in my booth, what a cool analogy by Luke and Raven elmen fouche on that day, meaning the Day of Judgment, when the people will be like moths, which are dispersed, and under day meaning the Day of Judgment, when the mountains will be like fluffy one. She said he began to cry, and he cried so much and so loudly that he collapsed. He found down and he cried so much that I feared that he was about to die. And then when he stopped crying, I thought he

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was actually dead. But then I heard him continue to cry and cry. And he didn't stand up again until the other end.

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Until the Adana furjan over two verses of the Quran that we recite, and we recite them often within our prayers, and we hear it's recitation by the Imam, the scholars of Islam, when we hear these stories, sometimes we're amazed about the profound effect that they had upon them. This wasn't them showing off. It wasn't them putting on a display. This was how they were there when the Quran would be recited to them or when they would recite it themselves. It would affect them in this way. Surbiton, bonanni Rahim Allah tala, one of the scholars of the past, he would cry so much when he would recite the Quran that he began to lose his eyesight that affected his vision. So the doctor

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came to him to see what was wrong and he said that the only cure is for you to stop crying. sabbat said in that case, I will continue to cry. For there is no goodness

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In an eye, which kind of shed tears, there is no goodness in an eye. When he hears the recitation of the verses of Allah, it is moved to shed tears. Allah Muhammad Rahim Allah, Allah said that I was with the baton rahima Hello to Allah. I was with the Hebrew serene. And when the Quran would be recited to him, he will often faint and collapse, he would faint. And he Mamet says, I know by Allah, that if anyone was able to stop himself from crying in public, or stop himself from collapsing and fainting in public, it would have been able to sorry, he disliked that in public people should see him cry, well that people should seem affected in this way. But he was unable to

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stop himself. This was how the spoilers of a lot of the scholars of Islam interacted with the speech of Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is how it affected them. We are at the beginning of this month of Ramadan and if there is anything which is closely associated to this month, and which is synonymous with this month, it is the shadow Ramadan under the Orion, this is the month of Ramadan in which we will reveal the Quran. In Tanzania who feel a little odd. We revealed this whole arm to you on the Night of Decree leader to cuddle. There is nothing that you can achieve that is greater, more beneficial in this month of Ramadan than connecting back with that book of Allah subhanho wa Taala

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not just simply in its recitation, but more importantly in understanding its meaning, and understanding and pondering and contemplating over what it is that Allah azza wa jal is saying to me and you, we ask Allah subhana wa Taala that he softens our hearts and that a large soldier makes us from amongst those people who recite the Quran and understand the Quran and contemplate over the Quran. And that he makes us from amongst his chosen selected few that are the people of Allah, the special people of Allah for they are the people of the Quran barakallahu li walakum phylloquinone was sooner when after anyway Jacobi Murphy Himalaya to hikma. akula Mustapha La Jolla welcome

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religion meter and Muslim Ian I mean called either binfer stuff, you know, in the whole kind of a fara

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smilla he will from the de la salatu salam ala rasulillah while he was talking to a woman while I was seldom at the Sleeman kathira my bad

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from the tricks and the deceptions of shaitaan that he plays upon us, is that every single good deed that we're trying to accomplish and during this month of Ramadan, he will come and try to place a barrier between us so he will whisper to us. And the Prophet told us sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that the month of Ramadan is the month in which the devils are chained. But some of the scholars said that the devils that are being referred to in this hadith are the devils that roamed the earth. As for the Shang pan or the devil that a large Virgil has placed with each and every single one of us, our Korean, the one that whispers to us, the one who tells us to sin and disobey. Those devils

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are still there. They are still with us, even though they have become weaker in this month of Ramadan. But for me, one of the things that they will try to do is distance you from the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala. I don't expect anyone here to recite the whole of the tough seal to read the whole, the whole of the Tafseer of the Quran. I don't expect anyone here to memorize all of the Quran. I don't expect anyone here to listen to an explanation of all of the Quran. But each and every single one of us must make that determination and discipline ourselves from this very beginning of Ramadan. That at the very least by the time this month ends, the soul knows that we

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know that we recite that we've memorized that we teach to our children Surah Fatiha ayatul kursi sort of follow up analysis last these tours of the Quran. At the very least, we should understand what they mean. At the very least we should know what they mean. At the very least when we recite them, we should be able to stop and ponder over the meanings. It is a beginning Yes, but it is a beginning that insha Allah is blessing and I will spare you to continue after this month finishes. Don't let this month of Ramadan go go by, like many Ramadan's have passed before. The normal man comes with full of enthusiasm, and full of vigor and passion and energy. But by the time Ramadan

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finishes, we look back with regret and remorse that we didn't achieve our goals. We didn't meet our expectations and our targets. We found short we were deficient in the way that we should have worshipped Allah subhanho wa Taala. Make goals that are realistic for yourself, include your family, your children, and make sure that in this blessed month, you connect with the Quran. And alongside that to all of the many good deeds that Allah subhanho wa Taala has placed before you this opportunity that olara surgeon has placed before you in the strength blessed month of Ramadan and from the greatest of those acts and the most noblest of them is to give charity and on that note we

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ask you that on this place today of john, this first day, this first Friday of the special month of Ramadan that you give

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generosity to your Masjid and you donate generously to the way of Allah subhanho wa Taala perhaps by giving this charity Allah subhana wa tada will purify our hearts and cleanse our souls, and that Allah subhanaw taala will make it easy for us for the rest of this month to continue to worship Him in a way that pleases Him and in a way that grunts has his his mercy and wants his freedom from the fire of hell for us and our families. Somehow not because the phone was Salam ala mousseline hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen, wa sallahu, wa ala nabina, Muhammad Ali, he was a beginner's mind.