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The importance of practicing the path of the d Darth, which is full of temptations and desires, is emphasized in Islam's actions during Easter. Sh basis of behavior is from the blessings of the month of Guinea, and the actions of the creator are reflected in sh basis of worship. The speaker emphasizes the importance of avoiding shaitan and not trying to achieve something, as it is a natural evolution. The speaker also announces upcoming events and announcements, including a tour of a clock tower and monthly secondary school club.

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Yeah. On

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Today is the 3rd day of Shawwal, 3

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days since the passing of the month of

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Ramadan.

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On this blessed day of Friday we ask

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Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala that he accepts from

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us that which we did and that which

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we put forth in the month of Ramadan.

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That Allah accepts from us our salah and

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our fasting

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and our sadaq and our dua and our

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recitation of the Quran. That Allah makes us

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better now in these days after the month

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of Ramadan

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than we were during the month of Ramadan

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and before the month of Ramadan.

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I want to reflect in today's short

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on one of the major objectives of the

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month of Ramadan,

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and how not only did we by Allah's

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permission achieve that objective,

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but that it is something therefore that shows

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that it is something which is doable,

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possible,

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something which is actionable throughout the rest of

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the year.

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Allah says in

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the Quran

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Oh, you who believe, oh, people of Iman,

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fasting was legislated upon you as it was

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legislated upon those who came before you, that

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you may attain taqwa,

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attain piety and god consciousness of Allah subhanahu

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wa ta'ala.

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Taqwa is that term that speaks about constantly

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being mindful of your lord and creator, subhanahu

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wa ta'ala, that he is ever watching, all

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hearing, all knowing,

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all observant of you, subhanahu wa ta'ala.

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That Allah, by knowing Allah, by knowing his

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commands, by knowing his halal and his haram,

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you prepare yourself for that day that you

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will stand before him.

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The companion, Umar ibn Khattab,

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as the other illustrious companion, Ubayi,

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he said to him, oh, obey. What is

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taqwa?

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He said, oh, leader of the Muslims,

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have you ever come across a road that

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is full of thorns,

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full of things that will harm you and

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prick you? He said, yes. Ubay asked him,

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so Amirul Munin, what did you do on

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that road? He said that I lifted up

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my garments

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and I was careful where I placed my

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foot, and I was diligent in the way

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that I made my my way across that

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road. He said,

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that is taqwa.

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Taqwa is to know that the path of

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the dunya is full of that which Allah

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has made haram, full of temptations and desires

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and sin. So therefore to lift up your

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toe, to be careful where you place your

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foot as you tread, and to be diligent

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in the way that you make your way

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across, that is

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Taqwa Khabib

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Rahim the famous scholar of the Tabireen,

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he said in his definition of taqwa, it

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is to know that which Allah has made

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his ta'a,

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his obedience to him, by having knowledge from

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Allah

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hoping for Allah's reward, and to be aware

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of that which Allah has made haram that

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which is disobedience

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to him from knowledge upon knowledge from Allah

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fearing Allah's punishment, that is taqwa. And if

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one of the things that these 29 or

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30 days of Ramadan have just passed have

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shown to us that it's something which is

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possible.

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How many times during the month of Ramadan,

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especially at the beginning of Ramadan,

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were you tempted to eat? Were you tempted

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to drink? Were you tempted to sin and

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disobey Allah azza wa jal for every single

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time? There was that voice that came into

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your head. There was that warner that was

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in your heart that said, it's Ramadan.

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It's Ramadan, you're fasting.

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Be careful.

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Don't do anything that will diminish your reward.

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So you stopped.

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You didn't eat. You didn't drink even though

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eating and drinking are from those things that

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Allah has made halal normally

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outside of the month of Ramadan. But you

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stayed away from that which is usually halal

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because Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala for that month

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of Ramadan made a haram for you. So

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then what about the rest of that which

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is always haram in Ramadan, outside of Ramadan?

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That reminder that comes to you, that you

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pay heed to, that you listen to, that

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you take that you take heed of its

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warning, that is taqwa.

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That is what Allah gives in the hearts

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of all of the believers.

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That warning that comes that tells you stay

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away from that which is displeasing to your

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Lord and to your creator. The month of

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Ramadan shows that it's something which you can

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do. Yes, it may be at a lower

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level. It may not be the greatest form

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of taqwa or the highest level of iman,

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but it shows that it's possible. And just

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as everything with this religion, it takes practice.

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Knowledge comes from studying.

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Patience comes from acting and trying to be

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patient. So likewise, taqwa comes from practicing taqwa,

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and that which leads taqwa.

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The month of Ramadan shows that it is

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possible.

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However, the month of Ramadan is also a

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set of ideal conditions.

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They make it easy for us or easier

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for us to practice that which gives us

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taqwa, and that is from the blessings and

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the virtues of the month of Ramadan.

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So one of the challenges after Ramadan ends

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is to recreate and to maintain

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as many of those conditions as is possible.

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So thereafter the month of Ramadan, you can

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continue to know and benefit

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from those conditions that Allah gave to you

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in the month of Ramadan. So thereafter in

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Ramadan, you continue upon that path that you

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began in the month of Ramadan. So after

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Ramadan, you're from those people that is a

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negligent of Allah a sa wajal and heedless

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of him for the remaining 11 months, but

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you continue upon that path and those good

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practices, those good habits that you instilled within

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yourself and your family in the blessed month

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of Ramadan.

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And that's why that's why I want to

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address in these few minutes.

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From that which Allah

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made from the virtues and the blessings of

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Ramadan,

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which helps you to attain and maintain taqwa

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is what prophet told

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about the virtues of that month. And that

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is that as the gates of the paradise

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are opened

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and the gates of the fire are locked

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Allah commands that the devils are chained.

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The devils are chained, meaning that there are

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less temptations

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and less desires in the month of Ramadan.

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You're less inclined towards haram and to do

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haram because those Shayatin are locked up. Now

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after the month of Ramadan,

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those shayateen are no longer locked up, but

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Allah

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taught me and you a vital lesson in

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the month of Ramadan.

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If you minimize the impact of shaitan upon

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you, you lessen the door, you close the

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door, or you lessen that gap that leads

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you to temptation and desire. It's from one

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of the greatest ways of attaining and maintaining

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the taqwa of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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Shaitan,

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he he is as the prophet sallallahu alaihi

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wasallam described him,

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He runs in me anew like our blood

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flows. So he knows our weaknesses.

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He knows which temptations and desires will lead

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us to sin. He knows which keys to

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turn and which buttons to press in order

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to make us disobey Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.

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But in Ramadan,

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he was weakened.

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In Ramadan, we were too strong and powerful

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for him for the most part by Allah's

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permission.

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So after the month of Ramadan, you also

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have to keep maintaining

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that lesson of Ramadan.

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Lessen the temptations from Shaitan. You know that's

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a weakness that you have, that particular sin,

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that particular issue, don't go near it. Don't

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approach it. Stay away from it because you

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know that this the closer that you get

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to it, the more likely that shaitan will

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overpower you.

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Ramadan teaches us that. The prophet said salallahu

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alaihi wasallam, someone comes to you and he

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swears, he curses, he does something to provoke

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you, what do you say?

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I'm fasting. I'm fasting.

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Stay away from that temptation.

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So you're not fasting anymore, perhaps each and

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every single day, but it's the same principle,

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the same concept.

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Stay away from the doorways of shaitan. The

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pastor shaitan open up for you. You know

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what they are. You know them better than

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anyone else.

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Every single one of us is different.

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Every person knows themselves best even if they

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make excuses.

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You know what's going to lead you to

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temptation,

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so stay away from it. And from that

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which will help you of this or with

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this is something else that we learned from

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the major lessons of Ramadan.

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Something which Ramadan does to a maximum scale,

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and that is that it encourages us to

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do as many good deeds as possible. Within

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that limited period of a month, you're told,

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pray as much as you can pray. Give

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as much sadaqah as you can give. Make

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as much dua as you can make. Read

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as much Quran as you can do. All

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of this is something which helps you overcome

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shaitaan.

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Because

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great acts of worship and many of them,

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especially

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the nawafil,

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because the sharia assumes that me and you

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will do the obligations.

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Obligations are not something which should be a

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question mark or perhaps, maybe, if possible, if

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I have time, it should be a given.

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So what does Ramadan say to you? Do

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that which is optional and do as many

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as you can. Read Quran.

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Pray qiyamulayl.

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Give more sadaqa. Make more dua, make of

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Allah

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feed the poor,

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give these are the actions that Allah loves.

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The something you should be doing anyway. And

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if that's something which you're struggling with, then

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all that after the month of Ramadan, that

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should be your priority.

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But then to do more and more as

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much as you can, even though we will

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not be to the level or the scale

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of that which you achieved in the month

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of Ramadan,

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it is still something

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which which will bring the help of Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. Allah azza wa jal describes

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Iblis in the Quran, and he says, al

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waswas

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al khanas,

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the retreating whisperer.

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What does that mean? It means that shaitan

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attacks

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and shaitan retreats.

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Shaitan attacks when you're negligent of Allah,

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when you're heedless of Allah, when you're too

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busy with everything else except Allah azza wa

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Jal. But when you remember Allah and you

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worship Allah and you're thinking of Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala, then shaitan retreats.

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That's the nature of shaitan. In Ramadan,

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most of our days and nights revolved around

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the worship of Allah azza wa jal. And

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that is one of the major lessons of

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Ramadan.

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When your day and your night revolves around

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Ramadan,

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the worship of Allah, the remembrance of Allah,

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it gives you a great deal of strength.

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And that was the practice of the siddeh.

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The way of the companions and the early

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Muslims is that their day and their night

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was revolving around the acts of worship. But

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the problem that we have today is that

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our days and nights revolve around everything else,

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and the acts of worship are that which

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we fit in as and when we can.

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Ramadan taught us, you woke up in the

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morning before Fajr. Most of us struggle to

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wake up for Fajr for the rest of

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the year. But in Ramadan, you wake up

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20, 30 minutes early. You wake up and

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you have that surhom meal and it's a

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sunnah meal. So you wake up early because

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you know that your Ramadan day begins with

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a fajr salah.

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And it ends with the maghrib salah and

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the iftar.

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And then you have in your mind that

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I have to get to the masjid, rishah

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and taraweeh. So your day and your night

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was revolving around the worship of Allah azza

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wa jal. And that is how the Muslim

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should be throughout the year, because he gives

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you a great deal of strength, Because you're

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constantly remembering Allah as a wajah. You may

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not be physically

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remembering Allah, but in your mind, the next

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major thing that you have to do is

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when is the Anakasala?

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When is the next time of prayer? When

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is that and if that's your mindset, then

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you're going to be thinking of wudu. You're

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going to be thinking of reading some Quran.

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You're going to be thinking of getting to

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the masjid. You're going to be thinking of

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all of those other things that surround those

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obligations of Islam.

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That is something which Allah loves.

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It is something which Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala

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is beloved to him. So Ramadan created for

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us many of those ideal conditions.

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If you, to some

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extent,

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can maintain those conditions outside of the month

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of Ramadan,

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where you are thinking of Allah and remembering

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subhanahu wa ta'ala, where your day revolves around

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the worship of Allah

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When you do as many good deeds as

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you can pack in to the best of

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your ability, read a bit of Quran every

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day, give some sadaqa every so often, remember

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Allah

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make dua, use those other times and seasons

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of worship throughout the year to come closer

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to Allah

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and resist temptation.

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Know the traps of shaitan, beware of them,

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and stay away from them to the best

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of your ability. And when you do fall

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down and you do sin and you do

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turn away from Allah

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then know that the path and the door

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of Tawba is always open. Just as it

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was in Ramadan when you made Tawba and

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made istighfar,

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Allah keeps that door open for the rest

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of the year. Turn to

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Allah and show shaitan that he hasn't overpowered

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you. But every time you turn back to

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Allah

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you, by Allah's permission, are given strength and

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power over shaitan.

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One of the greatest lessons of Ramadan

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that we also have to keep in mind

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is what the prophet told us salallahu alayhi

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wasallam in the hadith al salami forhatan.

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There are 2 moments of joy and happiness

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for the person who's fasting.

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The first of those two moments of joy

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and happiness are when that person breaks their

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fast. And some of the scholars of the

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of hadith said that the meaning is every

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single day at the time of Maghrib. When

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you broke that fast, the joy that you

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found as you tasted food, as you tasted

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water, that sense of accomplishment that is the

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happiness that comes from Allah

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And another meaning is when the month of

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Ramadan is complete, the day of Eid ul

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Fitr. That's also the day of breaking their

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fast, that you look back of those 30

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days of fasting, that by Allah's permission that

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you completed a major act of worship, a

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major pillar of Islam fulfilled by Allah subhanahu

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wa ta'ala's mercy. So you have a sense

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of accomplishment, a pride that you feel in

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the worship of Allah

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One of the greatest lessons of Ramadan

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is that it teaches us the sense of

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delayed gratification

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to continue to work and to worship Allah

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day in and day out. And Allah knows,

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just as we know, that Ramadan sometimes can

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be difficult upon a person. The first few

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days may be difficult for some people. For

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some people, it's the middle days. After a

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week or 2, 10 days, 2 weeks of

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fasting, your energy levels lessen. Some people find

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that difficulty. Other people towards the end of

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Ramadan as they're exerting more and more, pushing

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themselves more and more, staying awake the nights

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and worshiping during the day. Ramadan takes its

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toll, but you continue.

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You strive.

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You keep patient.

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You are steadfast. You show discipline

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as you continue to worship Allah because you

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know that Allah has prepared a great reward.

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You know that the day of Eid is

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coming. That is from the lessons of Ramadan.

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Ramadan is like a microcosm

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of the person's life.

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Allah tells you to keep on worshiping,

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to continue to be diligent steadfast,

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to maintain

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the path that you are upon

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for the rest of your life.

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So Allah

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maintains upon us these acts of worship because

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of their importance.

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These seasons of worship may finish, but the

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lessons that we learn and what we benefit

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from, they continue.

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The fasts of Shawwal are a very good

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example of that. The 6 days of Shawwal

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to continue to read Quran, to wake up

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even if it is 15, 20 minutes

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before you pray fajr and pray some.

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If that's too difficult, then to pray before

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you go to sleep just as you did

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with the taraweeh.

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Pray some nafal, some qiyam before you go

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to bed after.

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All of these are things that people can

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do, but it just requires from us to

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continue to maintain some of those conditions that

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we had in the month of Ramadan. Bless

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Allah

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by his most beautiful names and love attributes

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that Allah

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allows us to continue to worship him for

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the rest of the year, That Allah

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accept from us our deeds. That

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Allah blesses them with his acceptance. That Allah

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grants us and mixes from its people. That

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Allah makes us better after the month of

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Ramadan than we were before the month of

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Ramadan, for that is from the signs of

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an accepted deed and action that you continue

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to go from strength to strength. May

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Allah show his mercy and blessings upon us

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and upon the Muslims across the world. May

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Allah

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relieve from them their hardship and their distress

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and their difficulty. May Allah protect us and

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them. And may Allah

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keep us all steadfast upon its religion.

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Straighten your roles. Fill in the gaps.

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Assalamu alaikum, brothers and sisters. Just a quick

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announcement.

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There are some people,

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outside the Masjid,

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protesting. They're not very happy about an event

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we held at the Masjid, where we invited

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local councilors and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

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They're not happy and have decided to protest.

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Unfortunately, the emotions and the actions they are

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doing is misplaced and a gross overreaction.

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As a masjid, we strive to be balanced

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upon the Quran and sunnah,

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and I would like to ask all our

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congregation not to engage with those outside.

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Let them be and,

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enjoy the rest of your Friday.

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Just a few announcements.

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The Tutor World team will be available now

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at Dawe.

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That's the clock tower entrance.

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If you would like information regarding our tuition

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service

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for 11 plus GCSEs and a levels, you

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can speak to them, inshallah.

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We have launched a monthly monthly club for

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secondary aged children called Blossoming Believers.

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Registration is open. You can find more information

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on the website.

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Tutor World are back with another GCSE intensive.

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If you are taking your GCSEs this year

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and want to boost your grades, we will

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be covering maths, English,

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combined, and triple sciences.

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We have teaching vacancies for Quran and Islamic

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studies for both online and on-site madrasah.

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Please apply

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by visiting the website.

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BeFit exercise sessions for sisters takes place every

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Thursday,

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from 10 AM to 11 AM. Register via

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the website, please.

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Events next week,

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our sisters weekly Ardu

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Majlis classes are are,

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available every Monday after the Uhura via door

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e.

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Sisters coffee morning runs every Wednesday from 10

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AM to 12 PM

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through door f.

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We have stay and play facilities available on

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that day as well.

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and sisters on Monday.

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and sisters on Monday.