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The Mercy That Is Ramadan
Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
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Ramadan brings a lot of rahmah (mercy) with it, a gift from the Most Merciful. It allows us to draw near to our Creator and to recover from the troubles and burdens of the last year. In this khutbah, we explain the mercy that we receive in Ramadan and how to be ready to receive it.
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Howdy howdy Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
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la Valentina. All praise and thanks belong to Allah, the Most High, the Most Merciful. We thank him, and we seek His help and aid and asked him to forgive us. And we seek His protection from the evil of ourselves in the sense that we commit. Indeed, whomsoever Allah guides, no one can lead us 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. Then Mohammed Salah Allahu Allah, He will send them as a slave and messenger. That 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 innovated and every religious innovation is every bit as misguidance every misguidance will be in hellfire. America.
Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us so many blessings in our lives.
So many that they are beyond count. So many that we are aware of some, but not aware of many we can thank some, but we can contain so many of them.
And whether we think those blessings or not we appreciate them or not Allah subhanho wa Taala keeps giving us these blessings every day, every minute every second of our lives, and of the blessings that Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us the greatest honor is Rama and forgiveness and mercy and guidance.
As Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran directing our attention to the true value of this life compared to the next he says subhanahu wa taala but before he will be able to commit he will be very carefully for who
he says to Hannover to Allah let them be happy and overjoyed with the mercy and the fever of Allah subhana wa Tada. This is better than anything else that they are gathering and collecting
because the mercy
Rama Rama subhanho wa Taala is the thing that lasts in life. Everything else has a shelf life, it will expire, even if brings us happiness when you think about it, even if it brings us happiness makes to this happiness is also sorrow, sorrow at the expectation that we're going to lose it. Subtle that is mixed with the fact that we'll be always afraid and worried about it. But the true blessing that Allah subhanho wa Taala gives and it lasts. And that even extends till the next life is that I'm over loss of power, Dallas forgiveness, the guidance, this is the thing that really has value that you can hold on to and you say I have something that will never leave me. There will
always stay with me and it will bring me true happiness in this life will really change my life to the best and will change in sha Allah my destiny when I meet Allah subhana wa tada that's what you should be happy with. As Allah subhana wa tada says in the Quran,
and you will find deposited in the month of Ramadan
a concentrated Rama from Allah subhana wa tada a concentrated guidance of Allah subhana wa tada a concentrated forgiveness from Allah subhana wa tada deposited into this month. So that when we are receiving the month of Ramadan as Allah says in the Quran, you should be excited about it and happy anticipating that is going to come because of everything that Allah has given you and will give you in it.
If you want to really understand the value of the month of Ramadan, listen to examples and demonstrations of Allah in the month.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that Allah subhanho wa Taala says calamari emiliania Dharma yoga have to actually am 30 hyenas
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He says so Maharani, Allah subhana wa tada says that all the actions for the child about him are his will be multiplied one deed multiplied 10 times multiplied to 700 times.
This is the math for everything that we do. Whatever the thing that you do, can be multiplied 10 times this is the minimum if Allah accepts it, but it can even go beyond that based on the benefit and the intention behind it, and to up to 700 times.
Yet, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that Allah subhana wa tada says the only thing that he mentioned in this hadith that escapes its mathematical formula is fasting.
In the psalm except for fasting, it is for me, and I will reward for it, meaning that the rewards of fasting exceeds the 700 times multiplication.
That when Allah subhana wa Taala rewards for it He rewards them with in ways that escaped my in your imagination and count. So panela more than 700 times is the reward of every single day that you fast and that is an AMA from Allah subhana wa Tada. If we don't count that as an AMA. I don't know what we can count as an AMA to do something so little.
Even though we may complain about it, it's too hard. It's too long, but so little I will count as more than 700 days that you fasted for Allah subhana wa tada
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says
that can only mean Ramadan
Ababa now when the first day of Ramadan ushers comes in,
he sits alone He was alone, the gates of heaven open are wide open, and the gates of Hellfire are closed.
And what does this tell you about this particular month?
What does this tell you when the gates of heaven are wide open?
It tells you that anything on the inside control outside
and anything that is on the outside of heaven can easily access having an Enter.
And this is really the other narration or the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says
Baba Rama the gates of mercy will be open from the first day of the month of Ramadan. That is the mercy of Allah subhana wa tada we'll be pouring out so much that anyone who's interested anyone who desires it, anyone who works for it, will get it by the will of Allah subhana wa Tada. And it will include everyone who goes towards a loss of Hannah, who you want to have examples of that have the immense Mercy of Allah subhana wa Taala during this month, so that you understand it better so that you can work for the better so that you can be excited about it.
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the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that every single day and night from the month of Ramadan, there will be people who will be freed from hellfire.
They will escape the punishment from hellfire. And this is what happened every day and every night in the month of Ramadan.
If I and you because of things that we have been doing, because of things that we continue to do, we're not supposed to do them. Our we're supposed to do them but we're not. And if our name is written among the people who are now worthy of Hellfire, when you go into the month of Ramadan, every single day is an opportunity for you to erase your name from there and be granted a house in general. Every day is an opportunity for you to begin a new life to try a new path. And for the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala every single day you should say to yourself, today is the day I will be freed from Hellfire by the will of Allah subhana wa Taala and you do your best of the worship of
Allah subhana wa Tada. And then when you conclude it, you put it behind you and you say next day, as you start your past, as you conclude your past throughout different stations of the day you say to yourself, this is my day, when I will be freed from hellfire.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that as long as you're fasting, you're under less protection.
You are under a less protection he says to Lola Harada he was a woman who Tim Allahu
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The one who his wife is a concluded while fasting. That's the last thing that he's doing
while fasting but he's a condition.
He is seeking through this fast the pleasure of Allah subhana wa tada the face of Allah subhana wa tada and he dies while doing this. He says he will enter heaven.
As long as you're fasting as your intention is Allah subhanho wa Taala you're not gonna have to worry about death.
You're not gonna have to worry about what's gonna happen next. Because of Allah subhanho wa Taala takes you solvent and your intention is good. And only Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, it's between you and Allah. your intention is good. Then this is a hot in a good hearty MOBA which Allah subhana wa Taala will take you to heaven.
So you're under a less protection once you enter the month of fasting.
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam says
about the month of Ramadan
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physical metal Sony law. He says fasting or the month of Ramadan is a full Chris is a strong fortress that protects from the punishment of Allah subhana wa tada and another holiday for priests of the fortresses of Allah subhana wa
see on your journey to Allah subhanho wa Taala you have different stations and you have different stops and different phases in your life.
Unlike someone who is engaged in battle, a warrior and a soldier, at one point you will have to seek relief and rest and be renewed, nourished and regained strength. You need all of this. So Allah subhana wa tada out of his mercy, and I want you to really imagine and think about this, Allah subhana wa Taala could have easily said you Muslims are not gonna have a month of Ramadan.
You're not gonna have it. It's still there's still there is Hellfire is still you will have my mercy, but I'm not going to boost you. I'm not going to help you through the month of Ramadan. Just work on your own. I'll help you other ways but you'll not have the month of Ramadan. See then and consider how much we would have lost without the month of Ramadan. What is Allah subhanho wa Taala doing for you and for me during this month, consider the boost that he's giving to you and to me, Allah subhanho wa Taala recognizes our weakness and our attachments to the slide and the power that that the shutdown may have over us. So he does something very interesting. He goes to your enemy.
What does he do with your enemy?
He puts shackles around the enemy, he ties your enemy up. It doesn't mean that he doesn't move or completely will not whisper but it moves that he's impaired. His movement is slower, his influence is weaker.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala goes to your enemy and he says, I'm going to impair your enemy.
And then Allah understands your my attachment to this dunya strong attachment and the habit that we develop, reliant on it addicted to it. So Allah subhana wa tada does something very interesting. He tells you stop eating and drinking. You may wonder what is the wisdom behind stopping food and drink throughout the daytime.
The scholars of Islam say that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in the shape banner
ad is the shaytaan runs through the passageway of the Bloods throughout your body.
So they say that when you stop eating and drinking, you narrow the pathway of the sheath on whatever desire I and you have.
It is inflamed and strengthened through food.
They say you decrease your intake without harming your body, you decrease your intake of food. And what happens is that your desire lessons and decreases and the influence of the shower upon you decreases your attachment to the slight decreases. And there is then room for you for your heart to start listening to what Allah subhanho wa Taala wants you to do. Your heart now can regain its life before it is flooded with food, whatever it wants, you feed it, you overfeed it, this is what we do in our life, we overfeed it and when we do that, we're tired. we're lazy, we're sleepy and our shadow is strong. So Allah subhana wa tada is seeing through this month of impaired your enemy. And
I'm also now going to do what decrease your attachment to the shadow around due to the desire is around you. And now I'm going to also do one third thing for you. I'm going to elicit the help of every single Muslim around
I'm going to command every single Muslim because not voluntary,
every single Muslim around you is obligated to help you, you say how is it because he also has to fast with you. And he also will come to salah and you will see him in taraweeh and you also will be motivated to read the Quran and to make and to come to the masjid. So their example will remind you and will strengthen you and will push you forward. Even if you're not motivated just by looking at the people around you. Even now,
the fact that they are here strengthens your desire and resolve to be here when you see it's happening in Ramadan, you feel guilty for not doing it and stronger because there's a crowd around you. So lots of panda with data says I'm gonna have everybody around support you.
And I'm going to strengthen your resolve by taking the shower away and your enemy I will take care of them. And now come to me. I've opened the gates of Jenna
asked me for whatever you want.
How many of us have things that we want to ask Allah subhana wa tada for
things for our life. things we're worried about, for our path for the next life. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says what he saw me in definitely he does what
he says the fasting person
has a supplication that will not be rejected.
This is how this happens every single day.
So you have something that you are worried about a burden that you have
something that you want to ask Allah subhanho wa Taala you're gonna come upon a time a month that is blessed for to
have the best time to make dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala and this you can do every single day and be among those who desire is accepted. Now stay to yourself, are these not things to be excited about? Aren't these nothing's to thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for that Allah subhanho wa Taala loves you so much and cares about you so much, that he says I want to bring heaven as close as I can to you. The only thing that is left is the steps that you're going to take towards me. I asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us of those who realize the great benefits of Rama in the month of Ramadan and to make use of those to actually take advantage of it and take steps towards Allah subhana wa
Tada. I mean, what happened in India have been I mean
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Have the Russian of Allah subhana wa tada in the month of Ramadan
is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that fasting will come on your behalf to intercede before Allah subhana wa tada that fasting our cmo, Al Quran will intercede on your behalf, the reward of what you're doing. Just consider you're fasting, and the reward is being written for you. On the day of judgment, the reward for reading of the Quran, the reward of your fast will be turned into a being. And that being during this difficult time, intense time, where you want people to defend you imagine yourself in this world today, and you're standing before an authority, and that authority is reviewing everything that you're doing. And now you have to speak on your own
behalf. Wouldn't it be wonderful for someone to come volunteer, come and say, I know this person, or they know his integrity and I know what he has done and forgive him and take care of them, etc, etc, etc. You don't have to say anything for them to speak on your behalf.
If you want that on the Day of Judgment, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam will say the fasting and the Quran will come and they will intercede on your behalf. They'll speak you don't have to talk before Allah subhanho wa Taala they'll talk on your behalf. Fasting will say Allah mini Allah I deprived him of eating and drinking, forgive him.
And the reward of your recitation will come and see Ya Allah I deprived him from sleep. It made him tired, he ALLAH forgive him.
You have those sugar on the Day of Judgment just by the simple act of fasting and reading the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that fasting
is a Juna use agenda we have in a na is a shield, that you protect yourself
with it from hellfire.
We are in our life in a battle with the shape time and sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.
When you enter into the month of Ramadan, you are entering in this fortress that we talked about the fortress of Allah subhana wa tada and what is a fortress Think about it. This is a place where you're protected from your enemy, the enemy stays on the outside, not in the inside, on the outside. This is where you will find help and support on the inside and provisions. And if you have wounds, you will be taken care of. This was what happens to you in the month of Ramadan if you actually allow it to happen. A lot of panel data will say this is the time for you to increase your email and you've been fighting with the Shakedown. Now it's time for you to reconnect with me and to increase
your email and increase your network to come closest that you can to me because you will have to leave the month of Ramadan is 29 or 30 days and again you will have to fight with the shaytan again. So take advantage of this month. So it can protect you from Hellfire so that it can transform you internally and externally. Take advantage of this month. And when you do you will put between you and Hellfire as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a ditch as big as the distance between heaven and earth conduct
a lot of this is the distance that we will put between you and Hellfire if you fast for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala
if you're worried about Hellfire,
this is the month for you to seek protection from Allah subhana wa tada
now but there's also a price that needs to be paid
the prophets of Allah Han he was sending them when he said that
when you fast it will wipe away your previous sins.
And also pm Ramadan when you are engaged in the theme of Ramadan the prayer at night also that will cancel your previous sins. He said some allow it was
whoever has done this amen and YT Sarah,
your fasting and my fasting has to be man and when
and when you come to pray
every night, it has to be a man and
a man and meaning. I'm doing this. This is an internal conversation that you should have I should have with myself. Ideally every day
before you start you fast imana Why are you fasting this day?
And it shouldn't be just because of pressure or family or guilt. If I did not do it or culture or habit. I just do it every day. Everybody does it every every year. So I'm going to do it every year and every day.
It should be because Allah asked me to do this. Allah loves that I do this and during these days and if I
love Allah, I will do what Allah loves. And if I want the best for myself, I want the best for myself, I'm going to do this Subhana Allah scientists tell you that different aspects of fasting actually detoxify your body. Physically, it makes you better and healthier. Just knowing that this liver, this organ, that organ, those hormones that are being secreted, you'll feel better about yourself because of all of this. Just knowing this makes you feel a lot better about the act of fasting, than actually getting healthier and better just by the fact that I'm fasting, abstaining from food and drink for a few hours a day. It does the same and more to your Eman to your soul into
your heart. That detoxification is greater for your heart and for your soul and for your relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah says, or the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, has to be because of Allah. She asked yourself, I'm doing it twice, because of Allah. And what do I want from it? What do I want from it allows reward.
I'm not simply just waiting for the time to break my fast. Yes, there is joy in that.
Practice. But it's not simply only that. Everything that we're gonna throughout, throughout this day, any inconvenience, even when the day is long,
even when it's hot.
Meaning that you do this with love.
To panela would love
not resentments, not anger, not hesitation, not hating the act of worship, or feeling reluctant about it. I have to do it, but I hate the fact that I'm doing it. Now we have to actually sit with ourselves sit with our hearts and say, No, if I find this hatred doesn't mean that you're a bad person. It means simply that you have to review your intention and chase away that hatred. Yes, it will be hard. But you know what, that sometimes when it's hard, that's when you get rewarded the most. When you find that inconvenient? When you find its most inconvenient. This is Allah subhanho wa Taala taking away your sins. This is a loss of power to Allah raising your level in paradise.
This is a loss of panel data, protecting you erasing your sins and because of that protecting you from future harm that may happen to you. So when you think about it this way, you'll start enjoying it. Yes, see Allah, I know it's hard. I'm going through this hardship, I have a headache. I'm thirsty, I'm hungry, I'm tired. But for you Your blood, I mean, I'm going to do it. And you will start finding joy in it because you'll know that every single inconvenience will bring you closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So this is what he meant and what he serban means. And if you do that,
and it has to happen every day, not just the first day, not just the first week, but maybe sometimes more importantly, during the middle two weeks.
When our enthusiasm falters,
you really have to go back and revisit your intention and why we're doing all of this and remember, in few days Ramadan will be actually over and done with.
When you do this, you'll move from that superficial and physical performance of the Act into the truest performance of fasting, the fasting of the entire body externally and internally.
Do you know that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
said, rasa emulate Salah woman see me in a jewel when
I'm in a Salah home to me in the shower.
Perhaps a fascinating person. The only thing that he gets back from his fast is what? hunger and thirst
and perhaps a praying person at night, the only thing that he gets back from it from that performance of worship is what?
being tired and deprived of sleep.
This is a person obviously why perform these acts of worship out of habit. There's nothing internally going on. It's just an external performance is very superficial and physical.
So do we want to actually waste this incredible opportunity and then when we meet Allah subhana wa tada we meet him. And he asked us Why did you fast and we say out of habit, had no intention behind it did not want anything from it. He keep coming to Tara every night and standing in prayer. And lots of panatela will ask you Did you concentrate? Did you pay attention? Did you learn anything from the eyes that are being recited? Did you put an effort
sometimes to Panama, as you as humans were too lazy. We want things to come to us. And we don't want to put even a little bit of effort that we have to put a little bit of effort just consider how much Allah subhanaw taala is giving you and is willing to give you You just have to put a little bit of effort. Concentrate a little bit more understand what the guys are talking about. read the transcript
Go back and reflect on it, do something to connect with it. And Allah subhanho wa Taala will reward you for all of this not only in the next life, he will open your heart and open your mind for more guidance when you do this.
So we move from this to that we know from people who are easily Earth and move to anger because we are fasting to the people of the prophets, a lot of you are setting themselves
up when it is the day when you're fasting. You don't engage in any obscene speech. And you also you don't scream.
You don't yell. You don't argue.
And if someone provokes you,
this is how much control are you supposed to have over our Shahada over our anger? Someone provokes you. You're not easily provoked. This is a lesson for after Ramadan. What do you say in the slime in the slime? I'm fasting and fasting verbally you say to remind yourself and him or her.
So this is the fasting that Allah subhana wa Taala loves and there is so much in it subpanel love and if you open your heart and you open your life to it, Allah subhanho wa Taala will keep giving you more and more and teaching you more and more. So accept that Allah accept the gift of Allah accept the mercy of Allah. And keep asking Allah subhana wa Taala every day to be among those who are freed from Hellfire and who are accepted and whose past sins are all forgiven. We ask you a lot but I don't mean to make this a blessed Ramadan for us and our families and Mohammed Salah Lavalle your Salah Allah forgive us in it's all of our sins he Allah forgive us in it all of our sins he
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