Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
What does Ramadan teach us? Can it transform us? Is it a burden or an opportunity? This khutbah traces the reasons behind our fasting and the spirit this will create in us as we get closer to the month of fasting. When you know why you are doing something, you are likely to do it better. To complement this khutbah, please listen to the other khutbah: How to fast Ramadan?
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the question that we want to ask ourselves today is, why do we fast Ramadan?
And we're not asking this question because we are unaware of the answer.
We are asking this question so that we can remember the answer. Because like everything in this life, whatever we are doing in this life, when we remember why we are doing it in the first place, we are likely to be more dedicated to it, we're more likely to remember why we have fallen in love with it, we're likely to purify our intention, and be more enthusiastic about it. Everything in life is like that. And we are more likely to purge it from foreign elements from additions. That hamper its production. That hamper its performance. This is typical for everything that we do in life and it's so also with fasting. When we remember why we fast were likely to purify our intention likely
to be energized about the fasting likely to prepare ourselves for it and also likely to distinguish between what is going to help us and was going to stop us in achieving the message of the past normal body.
Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran, yeah, you are Latina, Manu, Kuta Bali, como se
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Man. So Allah subhanho wa Taala here is eliciting a response that is based on what on the man that you will have in your heart and your response your reaction to Allah call will depend on how much Amen You have. So you want to actually increase that a man or listen to it carefully if your email is not high, so that you can have the type of reaction that would enable you to succeed in that month to succeed in responding to a last call. Yeah, you are looking for you will have a man listen. Even if you're a man is low at this format. Listen.
Ally, same quotevalet fasting has been prescribed for you.
What do we learn from this one? We hear it
when you know that this Islam is a religion of mercy. How do you feel yet and somehow it's an easy religion.
There's no burden in it as the burden was put on previous nations. Yet you know that Allah subhanho wa Taala has put this as an obligation fasting on every adult. every adult with few exceptions every adult has to fast and though there are some challenges in it, yet Allah subhanho wa Taala had beta to a almost universal Apple obligation.
And this tells you that Allah subhanho wa Taala loves this thing. And that this thing is very significant in the eyes of Allah subhana wa Tada. That's why Allah had made it an obligation on everyone. Otherwise there are other things in Islam that are not an obligation and everyone they are recommended or obligations on to people but on every single Muslim. Why? Because this is something that is very important. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Hadith, good to see Matt acaba de Shang in Albania.
My slave will not come closer to me with something that is more beloved to me than what I have obligated on him or her. That is the things that Allah obligates on us are the things that he loves the most.
And this obligation which is a pillar of the pillars of Islam, is something that Allah subhana wa Taala loves tremendously.
Allah subhanho wa Taala also says in Hadith, could you see Hulu and live near the mela in the
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he says, all the actions of the child of Adam or his except for fasting, it is for me.
And I will reward for it. He has left temptations what tempts him, what attracts him his desires, and his food and his drink for my sake.
So Allah is saying that all your actions of worship belongs in one category. This is yours. Fasting, on the other hand, has its own unique category. It is for me, what does this mean? What is it for me? We're all our actions are supposed to be to Allah subhana wa Taala. And for him, what does it mean that fasting is for me? You know, the only man the commentators have said, among the reasons is that fasting is the least susceptible to react, to showing off to doing things so that other people can notice you and admire you and praise you. Fasting is the least susceptible to that.
And they also said that typically, people worship other people and other things with all acts of worship. seldom do they do it with fasting. People can prostrate and pray to other people, but seldom do they fast. For the sake of another person, they can do it sometimes, but seldom do they do it. So it is a unique type of worship. And it's interesting here to contrast, if a government wants to legislate fasting,
they can try to enforce it. And in public, we will comply. But as soon as you enter your home, you're free to do whatever you want. No one can monitor you.
No one can stop you. Yet when Allah subhanho wa Taala here see the difference when Allah legislates and commands, you'll be in your home alone, you'll be hungry, you'll be thirsty and you have food in your fridge and there's cold water and you will not dare to move and take a sip or take a bite. Why? no one is watching. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala is watching.
And that's why Allah says in then it belongs to me and the type of reward that is suitable for that interaction is with me, different than other types of reward that Allah subhanaw taala has for other types of worship. And Allah explains, he leaves what he loves.
For my sake
and this is what Allah subhanho wa Taala wants us to do, to put what he loves before what we love, to put what he hates before what we hate, to be watching Allah subhanho wa Taala before we watch other people around us,
and that is fasting.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala loves it so much, that the Prophet says when a hollow form is fine el tiempo en de la him in real misc, that this smell that comes from the mouth of the fasting person is sweeter with Allah subhana wa Taala than the smell of musty, which is the sweetest of the sweetest smells. And this is how much Allah subhanho wa Taala loves the smell that comes out of his or her mouth. Imagine the person
think about how much Allah subhanaw taala will love that person, if he loves that smell so much.
And to testify to its importance, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, cannot coup de vida de them in public, as it was prescribed for people before you. And subhana wa you know, as a testimony to this, you look at all other religions.
And most of them if not all of them will have a tradition of fasting in them will have a practice of fasting then testifying to the truth in that
they practice it in one way or another either they abstain from food or drink, or from food or from certain types of food, but they have that practice in them. Either it was revealed to them in one form or another from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Or they adopted that from a revealed religion.
So all of them had it What does that mean that it is an essential to worship, like Salah.
Like charity, it's an essential worship in the construction of the Muslim
in creating a Muslim whom Allah subhanho wa Taala loves.
when the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and I just want to contrast how we sometimes look at these obligations, and how they looked at those obligations.
Because there is definitely some challenges in fasting, like there are challenges with anything of value in this life. If it is worthwhile, there is challenging it, it is very easy. It's not worth it at the end.
So there is some challenge in it. And sometimes we might feel hesitant or resistant to that challenge. We're going to leave what I like I'm going to leave food, it's going to be hard, it's cetera, et cetera.
looked at it as an opportunity as an AMA from Allah subhanho wa Taala as a blessing. They used to say in their poetry, Aloma Lola and Dana
aulassa laina Yala. If not for you, we would not be guided. And we would not know anything about giving sadaqa charity and we would not know how to pray. So they're not looking at it as a law. This is a burden. This is something that is heavy, but they're looking at it as what here is guidance that attempt to us from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Without Allah we would know nothing about this, we would not be guided we would like be like animals or close to them. But a lot taught us guided us.
And the pillars of that guidance. They're saying a lot taught us that we should give charity and that's
Allah taught us how to pray in that cinema and also law taught us that we should fast and that is
the cinema from Allah subhanho wa Taala.
In the Quran, about the Quran.
Allah subhanho wa Taala says here after he is recording what the non believers were saying to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he before he had the open dinner,
bring another Koran than the one that you brought us or change it.
And after he says on the tongue with the prophets of aloha to sell him a coup de Nova de la homie to kind of see I cannot change it by I bought my own because it's not mine to change. He says, por la la la la. La comunidad de combi say, If Allah had willed, it was I was desire to be so I would not have recited that and heard of Reddit before you and you would not have known anything about it.
One of the things that you take from that, that it was a possibility that Allah would not have revealed the Quran to humanity.
That the Quran that you have in front of you that when you open and you feel that serenity and peace in you that gives you all of these answers that had created this land that we see around us, let's say
aves from punishment in the Hellfire Allah subhanho wa Taala could not have revealed it to you.
And then where would you have been? And what would you do and where would you get that guidance from? Now in the same fashion, I want you to think about everything that you love about Ramadan.
About the fasting itself, about the yam, about the Koran, about
anything, anything that you love about Ramadan, then think about it, who put that in place?
If not for Allah subhanho wa Taala Ramadan would be like an ordinary month it would come it would pass we would know nothing about it. Everything that you would love about it would not be there.
And it's not there that Allah subhanho wa Taala made it so we would not be enjoying the fruits of that month.
So it is a near man and opportunity from Allah subhanho wa Tada. So this is how they looked at it. And this is how we also should look at it.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala concludes the ayah by saying what
La La Quinta Cahoon that is the objective. Allah had advocated this fast and made taqwa the objective that you should reach and you should rush to. And what is this duck we're here to here is for you to protect yourself. shield yourself from punishment and the anger of Allah subhanho wa Taala and hold on to what Allah subhana wa tada loves to hide to be at the level of a heightened spirituality where you are aware of Allah subhanho wa Taala and everything that you're doing and everything that you are saying.
You know that the prophets of Allah we send them just to see the connection between cm and Tacoma. So yeah, taqwa is to avoid a loss, anger to avoid everything that Allah hates. And the prophets law do you send them says FCM una.
Fasting is a shield.
Think of armor, think of a shield in a battle that protects you, from everything from the lows of your enemy from harm. So is fasting. What does it protect you from?
It protects you from Allah. Anger protects you from hellfire. It protects you from sin. But also it protects you from every other thing that distracts you from Allah subhanho wa Taala protects you from stinkiness protects you for being cold hearted, protects you from being distant from Allah subhanaw taala protects you from evil thoughts and evil actions.
And that all of that allows you to achieve the opposite of it. It allows you to be a generous person, it allows you to be close to Allah subhanho data to be kind hearted.
It allows you
it expands your heart, so that you can be a forgiving person, so that you can focus on what is important in your life, and not what is not important. There is this myth in fasting, that when I'm fasting, I'm going to be more irritable than when I'm fasting, I'm going to be angrier than usual, because I'm missing something.
But that is not
what the prophet sallallahu wasallam instructed us to do. That's not what he expected from us. That's not the realization of the past.
Because what is he saying? He says way anymore on
our short term failure anymore on fire him anymore on Simon.
He says when a person
is fighting with you with the fasting course and you're fasting and the person is fighting with you, or quarreling with you
let him say, I am a fasting person with his time
so that he can hear it and the other person would hear. I'm a fasting person. I'm a fasting person.
So here are the prophets on insulin is not expecting from us to engage in the type of activity that we justify, or because I am fasting. I'm excused because I'm doing so he says no, it's the opposite. Because fasting is supposed to transform you. It's not about just staying away from food and drink.
Because think about it if you're fighting with someone quarreling someone, and you tell them I'm not eating or drinking today, what does it have to do with the fight over the quarrel? I'm not eating today.
Yeah, I'm not fat. I'm not drinking today. That's not it.
But there's more than that. Because Previous to that statement, he said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Samia hajikko fella your food.
When it is the day when you are fasting, what do you not speak Russia, which is vulgarity or soccer
Loud speech, because you're arguing with people,
or speaking, generally speaking ignorance or acting in ignorance.
This is what is expected.
That this fast is not simply only about, I'm not going to eat for this day, I'm not going to drink for this day. But it's supposed to be a comprehensive, fast it moves from not eating and drinking. But it becomes a fast that includes all of us, all of our bodies, all of our senses, all of our ideas and thoughts. That's what fasting is.
So I will watch what my tongue is saying, I will watch what the other people are saying to me, I will remind them that this is a fasting time. So it's different. It's a different level. It's a different plane. There are different expectations. It should be seen in my behavior. I'm not shouting, I'm not crying. I'm not arguing No, I'm catching myself. No, this is different. This is different.
And even when someone
tries to push you into an argument, you're careful enough to stop yourself and realize that this day is different, that the obligations are different, and it should transform me.
That's why if a person just engages and only simply engages in the physical, I'm not going to eat I'm not going to drink. He achieved one level of fasting but not the desired level of fasting.
In another Hadith, he says sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Malema de todas zurriola Anna Lee, financially I had yet to see and yet the alcohol the who was
the one who does not leave
the saying of falsehood and acting according to falsehood, Allah needs not for him to leave his food and drink.
Of course it remains as an obligation on the person. But here the Prophet is telling you what Allah really wants from you. Not that level of man that just physical abstinence from food and drink says What about your tongue? What about your heart? What about your eyes?
It should be or you should allow yourself to be completely transformed open yourself to complete transformation because you're fasting
and this does not did not only happen with us this happened with Mohammed sal Allahu Allah you it was similar.
They used to say about him this is an advocate he cannot assume ally Jordan.
He was so Allah Allah you it was the most generous person.
Before I continue what is this generosity come from? It's not just simply a habit it comes from email.
Because when you have generosity inside when Allah subhana wa tada is inside, you're able to be generous on the outside. When you perceive a less forgiveness on the inside, you can be forgiving on the outside. You can be patient, you can be content, all of it comes from the inside. So it's just only natural if he had the highest of he man. He'd been the most generous personality, a lot of stuff
but also generosities and level and they noticed what can add to them I akun up Ramadan. Hey nyako jabril Delica pico de la ciudad de su Koran, follow suit ally and you do we hate him in our rehab Mercedes serratos.
So that that moment, or at the time of Ramadan, the prophet SAW lucidum was especially generous. He's generous throughout the year but especially generous in the time of Ramadan. Why? Because God breathed the sand and he swam, and the both of them breathe, he read the entire Quran they study the entire Quran every night. So say because of that the Prophet sallallahu wasallam would be especially generous, more generous than the flowing wind.
This is absolute generosity, human generosity. Where did this come from? From fasting for meeting gibreel from reading the Quran. So there is a transformation that happens even in Mohammed Salah Allah you are you are sending them. So there also should be a transformation that happens in us as a result of this month. So when this month approaches, when this month comes and we start fasting, let us remember, we're not just simply physically abstaining from food and drink. This is a holistic experience. Allah subhanho wa Taala had put this to help us transform ourselves entirely. move from one level to another from one spiritual level, from practical level to another spiritual and
practical level. And this happens through the month of Ramadan. A whole lot only had a little line you
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brothers and sisters fasting also is not simply a physical event.
Meaning it's not just simply humans or some humans engaging in the act of fasting abstaining from food and drink.
But it is a cosmic it's a metaphysical event as well.
It happens in a plane that we do not perceive, but we were told about and that tells us also about its importance.
Not just a month like any other month, he says Salalah Holly Will you send them you find that also in Makati that Ramadan foodie had available, Jenna will will be available Johanna masucci Leticia
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the month of Ramadan comes, the gates of heaven will open and the gates of Hellfire will be shut
and the devils will be chained.
So imagine here, when the month of Ramadan and you are starting to fast and you have to bring this into your mind as you're fasting. To understand the importance, the significance of what we are doing. Imagine here heaven in heaven is great,
is great in size, and it has these great gates. And imagine these grades grades opening for the entire month.
And imagine that these great gates of Hellfire closing for the entire month. This is something great happening above the seventh heaven that we don't know about who don't perceive, but we feel when we read the Hadith of the messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam we feel that it's of it's happening. And Allah subhanho wa Taala he changed the devils. We don't see it, but it's happening and Allah subhanho wa Taala here is telling you come hither, come forth, come to me, because the doors of My Mercy are open and the doors of my answer are closed. And that being that I was destined, there was put on this earth to destroy you I have changed. And here you have an opportunity more than any
other time to come close to me.
What is it that you want from Allah subhanho wa Taala that is the month for it. Throughout the year we carry the burden of sin on our shoulders, don't we?
throughout the year we carry the burden of worry on our shoulders.
The burden of this life of things that we wanted but we did not get our problems that we are suffering and going through throughout the world carrying so much anxious, disturbed, agitated, clueless, we don't know what to do. And yet here Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling you here is this month, here is this station, take advantage of it. If your burden if your sin is troubling you he says masama Ramadan amen and YT seven who fear Allah hamaca demand when you fast Ramadan with a man with belief in Allah, anticipating reward from him, all your previous sins will be forgiven. Man karma Ramadan Lord who prays during Ramadan, the same thing.
Always previous sins are forgiven. So if you have a sin and you're worried about it, you want to get rid of it. This is the month you have something that you want from Allah subhanho wa Taala and you want to ask him and you've been asking, this is your month of Allah subhana wa tada
without a doubt, when my slaves asked you about me, I am close I answer their prayer. This was inserted in between the verses about fasting. It is relevant to them. If you have this burden, Ally's telling you whatever your burden is unloaded and loaded in that month, worried and worried and believe in Allah and heavy reliance on him and trust in him. You want something asked me in that month and come close to me so I can give you everything that you want and better than it. So this is your month, this is your refuge, this is your harbor and it is a name of Allah subhanho wa Taala that He has given to you has given to him he has given to all of us. So when we look at it, don't
look at it. Oh the month is coming. And it's a burden and it's this and instead look at it as a gift from Allah subhana wa italiani Allah Alhamdulillah prays to you, thank you, but you've extended you my life so I can live during this month so I can say something in a do something in it, that when I die, I'll say this happened during that particular month of Ramadan.
If you want to be a better person, and all of us want to be better people, right? All of us have ideas in our head of where we want to be. But the reality is different. We want to be here but the reality is different. This you can take steps in the month of Ramadan to achieve where you want to be, who you are in your head versus reality. You can take steps in Ramadan, you can discipline yourself, you can ask Allah you can find support, the doors are open. They're just waiting for the person who wants to enter.
They don't even need to know. You just need to enter. So make the month of Ramadan a month of Rama for you another opportunity receive it as the Sahaba of the messengers of Allah, how do you send them and the Prophet used to receive it and thank Allah for it and don't waste a single day of it. And remember, before the month comes, and throughout the month, why am I fasting
and make that for Allah subhanho wa Taala because we want Allah subhanho wa Taala to forgive our sins and everything that we've done in the past year so Allah yada man we are him. We asked you to make us all here and everybody who hears this of the people who are forgiven in the month of Ramadan he ALLAH forgive all of our sins in the month of Ramadan you'll help us to pass the email and what the Saba Allah help us to fast amen and what the server Allah enable us to fasted amen and what the Sabbath enable us to pray in it amen and yT serba Allah enable us to pray in it amen and YT server yeah Allah enable us to pray in it amen and wacky surber Yeah, Allah make us of those who fast
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