Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
How can we reach a state where we actually enjoy the month of Ramadan? Where we look forward to it and prefer it to other months? Allah had made certain promises to us in the Quran, and if you listen to Him, Allah will take you there.
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all praise and thanks belong to Allah, the Most High, the most exalted, the Most Merciful. We thank him, and we seek we seek His help and aid and ask Him to forgive us. And we seek His refuge from the evil of ourselves and the sins that we commit. Indeed, whomsoever Allah guide to, nor can lead astray, and whomsoever Allah leads astray, no one can guide and I've ever witnessed that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah alone. And then Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is a slave and messenger. The best of speech is the book of Allah. And the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And the words of religious matters are those that are
innovative, and every religious innovation is a bit every bit as misguidance every misguidance will be in Hellfire a My bad.
Today as we approach the middle of Ramadan,
the middle 10 days of Ramadan,
we are really caught between two peaks,
the peak of the beginning of Ramadan and the peak of the end of Ramadan.
The peak of the beginning of Ramadan when there is all this excitement and energy, about receiving the money and all the forgiveness that it's going to bring and the changes that he's going to bring to our lives. So there is this excitement with the beginning of the month.
And as we approach the end of the month, the last 10 nights and days there is excitement, about the worship during those nights, and about forgiveness of Allah in them. And also the role of Ramadan, the end of Ramadan.
But when you are in the middle, you really are caught in a rut
where you lose or It seems that some of us lose our energy and our excitement and our commitment and our enthusiasm about the month of Ramadan because now we have fell into the routine of Ramadan. The monotony of now I know when I'm going to wake up and sleep. What I'm going to eat every day where I'm going to go to the masjid, what Masjid etc, etc. It had become routine. And slowly, the novelty of the month wears off. And you're left with monotony,
repetition of an act
and you can see that in action.
Attendance over the messages, attendance in taraweeh until you hit the last and narrow nights and days of Ramadan then the attendance increases again.
And that loss of interest, so panela in the middle of the month
because it is still Ramadan, that loss of interest prevents us actually from gaining the full benefit of the month of Ramadan.
It prevents us from actually achieving or reaching and gaining the joy of the month of Ramadan
because our ibehre is not consistent and what is not consistent. We have failed to observe one of the conditions
in achieving Joy In Our iba and that condition is Mujahidin
striving with ourselves to perform that.
And only when you actually strive with Allah subhanho wa Taala lead you to the destination that you want to reach
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or actually before that Allah subhana wa tada says in the Quran,
when Athena Athena, then Athena home sabudana.
Those who strive for our sake and in our sake and for the sake of Allah subhana wa tada and in the religion of Allah in what I had commanded Allah who will guide them, to their ways to his ways.
The ways of Allah subhanaw taala are encompassed by the religion of Allah all of these ways are inside the religion of Allah. So if you want to reach a goal, within the religion of Allah, Allah forgiveness, Allah
for Allah subhana wa Taala to teach you something
as it is said, Minami lobby May Allah Masha Allah, Allah May Allah is the one who applies the things that he knows. Allah subhanho wa Taala will give him with a knowledge of the things that he does not know.
This is what we want in the month of Ramadan, but because what we're missing in it
is the joy of the month of Ramadan.
And in today's hooked by insha Allah, our goal should be what is the joy of the month of Ramadan and how can I reach it.
And for me to be able to reach it, I must have this Mujahidin and when I'm on the path and Allah sees that I'm striving, Allah will lead me to it.
Is there joy in the month of Ramadan?
There's definitely hardship and challenges.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam called the month of Ramadan was
the month of patience.
Meaning it teaches patience and also requires patience.
And you only need to be patient with things that you need an effort to perform. You might find some hesitation and resistance in yourself to perform. So you need to push yourself to do it. staying away from what you like to call his patience. staying away from answering someone's insults and becoming angry requires patience. So there are restrictions in the month. There are challenges in the month. You have to push yourself to a bad day in the month. So is there a burden? Yes, there is a burden. Is it exclusively a burden? That's what we want to see. And for us to understand this I want to transfer you from Seon to Salah
because Allah subhanho wa Taala says about the Salah when Halla Kabira
it is difficult
the five daily prayers that Allah subhana wa Taala had asked you to do imagine think about it every day, five times on time, not missing any one of them.
That's not for the faint of heart does not have a person who has a very weak image.
This is for a person who really wants to be close to Allah and has discipline in their life. And yet with all of this they might find it difficult at times that I need to leave this and that for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala that I always need to put a lot before anything and everything else. My family my job my interest, my hobby, playing a game watching TV, I have to leave all of this for Allah subhanho wa Taala is this not Kabira? Is this not a term is difficult.
So there is difficulty. We're not gonna deny this. But Allah subhanho wa Taala says what Illa Allah
except for those who have pursued
their hearts, or had submitted before Allah subhanho wa Taala for sure as to be low or low land is to be so low before Allah subhana wa Tada. They're ready to achieve or receive anything from Allah and to apply it. They're very close to Allah, the level of the fear Allah when your heart is like
That Salah stops being kaviraj
becomes easy to perform.
Do we have evidence for this?
No other than Allah, Allah, Allah you are yourself.
Because Allah says it is difficult requires challenges and effort. But for the prophets in the law, he was hitting them. What did he do about saddam? How did he feel about so now what did he say about Salah
you may know this, but the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said draynor kurata is
the most beloved thing to me the horror of the
most beloved thing to my eye that brings the most joy and comfort to my eye is Salah.
Among everything in this dunya if he were to choose something sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he would choose Salah as the thing that brings him most comfort and joy and happiness. Now it seems to be with him Salalah Hollywood Selim Kabira, or difficulty or a challenge, it becomes something that he enjoys.
As he says to be the
villain, oh, Bella, bring us comfort to a tip.
That is called the add on then call the comma so that we would pray and then when I pray, what do I find in
comfort, happiness, peace.
In fact, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam can either a moron says
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when he would be distressed over something, he would receive bad news. What would he do? He would go and pray for the love Adios. And so the Salah here was transformed by persistent acts of worship by being close to Allah subhanho wa Taala until the Prophet sallallahu wasallam found joy in it. One of the Center for hammer home Allah also said something
to tell us that you can still find joy in a bada. But what do you need, listened to him? What do you need? He said
to be harsh Rossini. He said I struggled with myself to perform Salah is talking about night prayer. This is no more difficult of the prayers because it's voluntary. You don't have to do it. And it's a times when nobody's awake. Except you and no one sees you and no one is around you to motivate you to do it except you. So he says I struggled with myself to perform this for 10 years.
Then I enjoyed it the following next 10 years.
So cc Pamela, a fulfillment with Allah subhanho wa Taala said gehad rufina you struggle with yourself in other content and happy with a superficial act of worship or the one that is not or does not bring you close to Allah subhana wa Tada. So you keep pushing and doing and sticking and asking Allah subhanho wa Taala and then Allah subhana wa Taala gives you that joy at the end. And it's the same thing for the month of Ramadan.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam find joy in the month of Ramadan
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can also lie sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he was
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used or is the most generous person.
This is the assessment of his or her body allow them when they're looking at him. generosity with money generosity with time generosity with smile, with everything you can add, you are the nicest, the most generous person. But what can add you are the Maya kunafa Ramadan and he was most generous in Ramadan
when he would meet with jabril alayhis salam and they would read the Quran together.
Leave the second part for now we'll talk about it.
But what brings on this increased generosity from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
is meeting with gibreel and reading of the Quran and you can only be generous on the outside. If you have in Shiraz solder on the inside. Your heart has expanded so much. And you're so happy with what you have. And you're so close to Allah subhana wa tada that money doesn't mean anything to you anymore. This belongs to this life. Anybody wants to take it? My heart is with Allah subhana wa Taala I don't care about money. You need my help. I'll give it to you. Because Allah loves this. So anything that pleases Allah becomes easy to do, and easiest to do, the more expanded Your heart is, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his heart would expand the most in the month of Ramadan
means that he finds joy
In the month of Ramadan, is the month of the month of Ramadan is a month of happiness for him.
But it takes
effort and struggle brothers and sisters to push through it to keep asking Allah subhanho wa Taala for it. And I want to give you here an example a contrast.
Imagine if someone tells you
that you can go and travel and many of you have performed this trip but for you haven't always to do it again. You can go again or for the first time and visit Mecca and Medina,
the first Masjid on the face of this earth, you say to yourself, I want to see for the first time or again, where the Quran was revealed to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said and received the Quran, where all the prophets of Allah came on pilgrimage, where the Tao of Islam started. I want to go to Medina and seeing the first message that the Prophet sallallahu wasallam had built. And I aside from his grave, go and say Salaam to him and his companions, see where all the story of Islam started.
Would you not be excited about going to that place, about the forgiveness and Rockman in that place.
And if someone tells you, you have to pay money, 5000 or so to go there, if you're truly excited about it, if you really want it, you consider this to be a small price.
Just for me to reach that
area, just for me to sit in it, and make it makes you to care 5000, it doesn't matter to me, just take me there. And if someone tells you, it's hot, and it's crowded, and it's long, and you may be mistreated, and this and this and this, you say some small price to pay, I don't care about this, as long as they reach McCarran Medina. And I have the joy of being in Lubbock and Medina.
And for some people
paying and giving all of these things, is not only a small sacrifice, they actually would be happy to do it. Because they know every dollar and spending is recorded with online. So I'm between two numbers, the first number being in that place, the second Nana going through all the trouble and sacrifice to reach it, whatever dollars you spend, however, you are mistreated, however hard it is, you say has or not, has not has not Subhan Allah, Allah is taking me there and elevating my rank while I'm on the path. So all of it becomes happy, all of it becomes joy. And it's possible to achieve.
On the other hand, contrast this with another individual that is only focusing on what he loses 5000 that I have to pay, that's too much. Look how I'm being shoved and pushed, it is too hard, I can tolerate this, etc, etc. This person will go there. And we hardly get anything from that trip and it will come back. Both of these individuals would spend the same days, number of days, same number of time, amount of time. But when they come back, they will come back with different attitudes and different benefits and different drama from our lots of panel data. Because one person wanted something, and the other did not want it. One person wanted to be close to Allah and considered
anything that he's giving for a law. And he was happy because of it. And the other person looked at the negative part. Like with fasting. It's not only me eat and drink, it's giving me headaches, and lethargic and tired throughout the day. It's monotonous viscera, we don't care about it, that Riverside is boys, I don't care about it, etc, etc, etc. And we sit back expecting to receive all the benefits of Ramadan right at our door without putting any effort.
Without saying to ourselves, yes, my email today is weak, but what can I do to increase my email? A man is not going to come and knock on my door and say received me. A man is telling you telling you take me but come to me.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala contrast two types of individuals in the Koran Amina
Rama, Arabs and the nomads who will consider whatever they have to spend a loss. If Allah and His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam commands him to spend and they have to spend, they'll spend, they have no other choice, they'll fast. They have no other choice. But they consider it a loss. They do it with reluctance and resentment.
There's tightness in their chest, they don't want to spend it.
But Allah subhanaw taala is also says about others may attempt to do that in Angola.
But among the nomads are also those who choose to take what they spend
as a means to bring them closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala and turn the two out of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So
Individuals exists. And both individuals exist in Ramadan.
And you actually and I might be actually two types of individuals in Ramadan. The one who is happy with Ramadan is the first day who considers everything in Ramadan, even its hardship. Something that you actually enjoy something to process, something to say yeah Allah give me patience through it and make me enjoy it. And the other person who's angry and resentful, or at least, Ramadan stops mattering much to him because it's a part of a monotonous lifestyle, that now he's just accustomed to, and it does not leave much of impact on himself on his heart, or his lifestyle. AppFolio probably had was the Fulani.
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one of the reasons
as we said in the Hadith, one of the reasons that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam found so much joy in Ramadan was that he met with Jabri Ali Salaam, and they read the Quran together.
And this inshallah should teach us two things. One, the importance of good company
and the better your company is, the better you will feel in Ramadan, and the more you'll be able to take advantage of it. And company today does not also only include individuals, but also the things that you're watching and listening to also count as your company. So what is your company tells you how how your heart will be doing throughout the month of Ramadan, and are you inclined towards Allah or disinclined.
The other thing is reading the Quran, reading Kitab Allahu Allah. And there is a strong connection between fasting and the Quran.
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in the body, that both of these things, fasting on the Quran, will come to intercede on your behalf on the Day of Judgment. If you actually was of the people of fasting and of the people of
fasting will come, the reward of your fasting will come and see you out of the
facility is Yeah, Allah I deprived him
stops him from eating and drinking and his desires. He likes that my intercession on his behalf, meaning he's, your fasting will argue on your behalf. You don't even have to talk like a lawyer coming with you. He Allah protecting your law saving your law forgiven. And the other lawyer that would be with you, as your reward of reading the Quran, Yamanaka woman unknown, Allah I deprived him of sleep. He was reading me he was thinking about what he's reading is contemplating he's applying he alive deprive them of sleep.
Let me intercede on his behalf, I take him to Jenna.
That's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said he called Khurana
Alia Fabio Mata you read the Quran, because it will intercede on your behalf on the Day of Judgment. So following the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam when he will, he would study the Quran and read it with jabril Ali Salaam. We do this every night when we attend Torah we but of course it's not limited to that. And what I what I want to emphasize is finding the joy, rediscovering the joy in the month of Ramadan has to also include the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In
reading it, and understanding it and also applying it
to different readings of reading the Quran. You can read it for Baraka, and you can read it for hotter math and that is good.
But there is a higher level and those who can achieve it, please strive to achieve it. Those who reach for understanding and application, those who read for extracted benefits that they want to integrate into their lives. As one of the cilip Rahim Allah who said, If I
fail Ameen ha
ha says read the Koran, as long as it is forbidding you from ever doing evil
as long as it is teaching you
if it is not teaching you you're not reading the Quran.
If it's not teaching you, you're not reading the Koran.
Because Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed this book sapan on what Allah not just for a book to be on the shelves or simply in the hearts and in the minds of
But not in our life. Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed that Leah did borrow it so that you will think about it, see the lessons that are in it, and take it materially physically into your life and you start changing and changing your family.
So when you incorporate the Quran and reading it and understanding it in this way, with fasting, and you keep pushing, and you keep asking Allah subhana wa Taala but Allah mean, let me before I die, find that joy of the joy of the Quran, that joy of Ramadan where I'm actually happy. It may take you a knee, one Ramadan, two 310 Allahu Allah and how many Ramadan's is gonna take me in you, but as long as you are pushing and striving, Allah subhana wa tada made a promise in the Quran. Then do
you believe in the promise of Allah subhanho wa Taala
if Allah subhana wa tada said, we are going to guide you to our ways and our ways will take you to where you want to go. Then Allah subhana wa tada will put you on that way. Our problem is that we not don't strive, or we try, and then we stop. And that's what not what the last panel were Dionysus. So ask more from your Ramadan. Every day. You say to yourself, my Eman today is weak. Don't sit idly and say my email is weak, then what are you going to do about it? No one is going to come and increase your email for you. What are you going to do about it?
So you ask yourself, why am I fasting and you rediscover that and you renew and rededicate your intention? You go to the masjid, you break your routine if you need to go ahead, you go to the masjid you pray, you make a long suit and you put a lot of dirt in it. And you ask Allah subhanaw taala to increase your Eman. One of the most things most beautiful things that will cleanse your heart in Ramadan is to make dua to Allah subhana wa Tada. Now one or two statements a lengthy while you're talking to Allah subhanho wa Taala and asking him about everything and all the things that you want.
One of the great things that will bring you closest to Allah subhana wa tada and that is the objective of Ramadan. You find yourself not feeling the Quran when you're listening to it. You go back and you say what is wrong with my heart? And you say is the thought upon thought upon is did you go to the eyes that were read and you read it? That's driving, this is Mujahidin, this is a person that wants to reach something and somewhere This is a person who's taken for Ramadan seriously. And this gift of Ramadan is not going to be given to anyone and everyone.
If you want it like Jenna strive for it. If you want beauty in your salon strive for it. Beauty and Ramadan strive for it beauty in the Quran strive for it. I was gifts are precious, like anything precious, you have to give the price and the price is your time your concentration, your body, your mind your heart.
So God that for our sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah will overwhelm you with gifts.
So we ask Allah subhana wa tada the Most Merciful, he or bellami make us of those who find true joy in the month of Ramadan. He Allah make the month of Ramadan actually more beloved to us than any other month. He Allah make the month of Ramadan more beloved to us than any other month. He Allah makes the month of Ramadan, more dear to us and more beloved to us than any other month. He Allah forgive us it's all of our sins. He Allah forgive us in it all of our sins. He Allah is still our enthusiasm and love for the month of Ramadan so that we worship you sincerely wanting your pleasure so that we would read the Quran in it sincerely wanting your pleasure, so that we would pray at
night in it sincerely wanting your pleasure. And if you're lucky, chase away boredom, Chase or chase or a lack of enthusiasm in it and make us of those who strive for your sake and guide us to
make us of those whose sins are forgiven in the month of Ramadan who are guided in the month of Ramadan. Allah make us of those who pray during later to cut them and make them during it and then gets accepted here Allah forgive us our sins and the sins of the rest of the Muslims and protect us from all evil the honorable enemy. Aloha manana Silikal Haleakala
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