Channel: Ahsan Hanif
Series: Ahsan Hanif - The A-Z of Ramadan
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This production is brought to you by red brick media. Cinema alikum warahmatu Allahi wa barakato Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa sallahu wa salam wa barakaatuh unafraid, Allah. We're an early he was talking to a woman who Allah will seldom at the Sleeman kathira about the return illustrious companion. What are the blue Jebel? rhodiola who aren't one of the greatest, most senior most knowledgeable companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam after living a long life filled with Jihad filled with knowledge filled with worship. On his deathbed, radi Allahu, and when he was laying there, one of the things that he said was that when I leave this world, I will miss three
things more than anything else. And so the people around him asked, What will you miss the most on wealth? And he replied, what the Allah one, I will miss fasting in the long, hot summer days. And I will miss playing in the long nights and crying to Allah, and I will miss going to the gatherings of knowledge and learning about my religion. This is the great illustrious Companion of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who would miss many, not many of the things that we will probably miss from the dunya. He wouldn't miss his family, he wouldn't miss wealth, he wouldn't miss some of the other beauty, vacations and adornments of the dunya. But what he would miss was fasting. In the
long, hot summer days. This year, Ramadan will be one of the longest that you will experience in your life, the days will be very long, the nights will be very short. And that in a way is an opportunity from Allah subhanho wa Taala. It is a test for us to see what we will achieve in the month of Ramadan. Now often when we think about fasting in the month of Ramadan, we often associate to it some of the things that are not as important as the spiritual side. We often associate not eating, not drinking, not having marital relations, and so on and so forth. But even more than this, what is more important is the spiritual aspect. And that's what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam was referring to in the famous Hadith, in which he said mela Mia de atolla zuhdi Well, I'm an OB, Felisa de la hija via yoga parama who wash araba whosoever doesn't leave false testimony, and acting upon it in the month of Ramadan was the fasting, then Allah has no need, that they should leave off the eating and drinking. What the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is telling us is that fasting isn't just about not eating or drinking. More important than this is that you achieve that taqwa of Allah, that you raise your level of Eman, your level of piety, you come closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that's why when Allah looks at our actions and our eBuy, that our acts
of worship, Allah isn't just looking at the way we perform those actions, even though they are important. Allah doesn't just look at the halal and haram the do's and don'ts of that action, even though that two is very important, but Allah is looking at the essence of that worship. He's looking at the way that we demonstrate our taqwa. And that's why when Allah speaks about sacrifice in the Quran, he says lejana Hola Hola, como habla de ma, Wallachian Allahu taqwa, min km. Allah does a benefit from the meat or the blood of your sacrifice. He benefits from your taqwa. This is what Allah wants to see. This is what Allah wants to take away from this a bad, your righteousness, your
piety, how close you come to Allah. And this word, taqwa piety is exactly the same word that Allah uses when he speaks about the legislation of fasting. Allah says in Surah Al Baqarah. You live in armano katiba Lake Como swam kamakoti by Anna Levine. I'm in public from La Jolla. Come on. Are you who believe fasting has been legislated upon you, just as it was legislated for those who came before you. So that you may achieve you may increase in taqwa in piety. So what is taqwa? taqwa is to place between yourself and Allah, a barrier between yourself and the punishment of Allah a barrier. So there are normal kayama when you come, it will be your fasting. It will be your
recitation of the Koran, it will be your prayer, it will be your charity that will protect you from the punishment of Allah from the fire of hell. This is what we want to achieve from our fasting. So how do we do this three very quick, easy steps inshallah that I will mention. In conclusion to this video, number one sincerity. Make this Ramadan sincerely for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala don't make it just a month of habit. Don't just let it be another Ramadan that comes and passes by. You don't know when it started. You don't know when they finished. It was just a drag upon you. Make it something in which you perfect your sincerity your intention with Allah subhanho wa Taala make it
a special Ramadan and the way that you may get a special Ramadan, that journey of making it a special Ramadan. It begins in
In the heart by purifying your intention by knowing that fasting is more beloved to Allah than many of the other acts as Allah azza wa jal set himself in the Hadith and could see that every single action of the son of Adam is for him or her, except for fasting for that is for me, and I will reward it accordingly. That's the first very important thing. The second very important thing is to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam to the best of your ability, even the smallest points, such as waking up early in the morning just to have a light snack or meal, even if it's a glass of water, a few dates a very small snack, this is a sooner breaking your fast at the
end of the day, our marketing time beginning that the third meal with a date. These are small sooner than that sometimes we neglect but they're important because they will increase not only your piety or taqwa but they will ensure that your fast is exemplary. It's done in a way that is in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And the third and final thing is time management. We have a very rare and unique opportunity this month of Ramadan, where the days will be very long, the vast majority of our time this month will be spent in the state of fasting and the nights will be short and people will be tired and they'll be hungry and the days may well be hot.
But it is a unique opportunity from Allah subhanho wa Taala because Allah is giving you more time to recite the Quran more time to make more time to give charity more time to do all of those deeds that you need to do in order to achieve a last pleasure and his reward. And I conclude with the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he ascended on the steps of his minbar and gibreel allihies salam came and he made a dwejra and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam responded to it. I mean, he responded to the art of jabril and one of those two islands that he made was that may he be distanced and remove the person who sees the month of Ramadan and he is unable to have all of
his sins forgiven. May that person be distanced and removed from Allah and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said amin, so make this Ramadan, a special Ramadan, make it a unique Ramadan. Make a plan of action for yourself before the month begins and hold yourself to account during the month of Ramadan. And then sit down and ponder and contemplate over what you achieved by the end of the month of Ramadan. ask Allah subhana wa Taala that he makes this Ramadan truly unique and special, and that it gives us the ability to achieve the highest levels of taqwa in this month of Ramadan. Asana la semana Bina Mohammed Ali he was bH marine whatsoever aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
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