Preparing for Ramadan 1 – Wisdom Of Ramadan

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Ali Albarghouthi

Channel: Ali Albarghouthi

Topics: Ramadan

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Why do we fast? Is there wisdom behind Ramadan. This lectures details (8) lessons and benefits from the fast of Ramadan.

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So Sharla this week and the week after the internet will be about formal dances like a mini series

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not very long inshallah so the first thing that we'll be talking about which is tonight inshallah is the wisdom of Ramadan

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and then next week and shall lights the practice of Ramadan or practical tech tips or steps into how to fast what is the last power dialer one from us What should we avoid? What should we do? But tonight inshallah we'll be doing

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why the wisdom of Ramadan inshallah?

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So, first of all, before we go into the wisdom of Ramadan,

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we want to ask ourselves,

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first, is there wisdom behind Ramadan?

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Of course, right, there is wisdom behind Ramadan.

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Why should we know about the wisdom behind Ramadan?

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So

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the first question is, is there wisdom behind Ramadan? That really opens up a nother bigger question? Is there wisdom behind the laws actions? Is there wisdom behind the laws actions? And there's definitely the answer to this is yes, there's wisdom behind the laws actions. How do we know? Well, first of all, one of the names of our last panel with that, as we've mentioned in previous Holocaust, nights, is Al Hakim,

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the wise and obviously al Hakim does what he does for a reason there's wisdom behind everything that he does. So even when apparently you can see the wisdom behind it, as we say, what there is wisdom, right along with what the wisdom behind it is, we may not be able to detect it. We may need to wait till we meet Allah Subhana Allah to understand the full extent of that wisdom, but still, we believe because Allah is the wise that there's wisdom behind it. So this is the first reason and the other reason is that a lot of kind of with Allah in the Quran actually tells us not about everything, but about some stuff that the objective behind it. Allah did this for that. So there is Musleh high in

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our last panel data sometimes tells us in the Quran, there's an objective, there's a Muslim, there's a map so that's why there's something that's called nakasu Shani are the objectives of the Sharia. And we understand that the Sharia is there to fulfill specific objectives bring on specific benefits and prevent specific harms. That's like a branch and all sorts of so what does it come from, that allows a panel with Allah in the Quran itself, and the prophets audition, I mean, this semester, there are objectives. So in the past, and we're getting ahead of ourselves, but in the past, Allah subhanaw taala when he says koulibaly CUCM we're gonna put the Babylonian and publico then he

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mentions y, La La Quinta home. So lots of panel down here explicitly says there is this facets obligated on you, and his reason. So there is wisdom and benefit behind the fence. So that's settled, inshallah. Now the question also to ask ourselves is, why should we know about the wisdom?

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Now, when you think about it, suppose that you're taking a course, right? And that course tells you that by the end of this course, you're supposed to learn ABC and D.

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Why do they state these things in addition to the fact that they want to attract you to that course. But also, one thing that this helps with is that by the end of this course, you'll be able to assess that course and what you've learned. So if you find that the course has not met its objectives, then either there is something wrong with the material that they're offering, or you were not able to capture it. You didn't pay attention, you did attend enough sessions, but it's a process of assessment. So you set goals and you see Can I meet these goals or not? So why you understand the wisdom, first of all, is that when you understand the wisdom, the objective the benefit of the fast,

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you will be able to continuously assess and reassess your fasting. To see does it align with what Allah wants? Or is it different, that it's straight? Right? Did I make like these objectives, but when you pay attention to them, this is what a lot wants from me when I'm fasting today, then you will be able to continuously bring this fast to where Allah subhanho wa Taala wants it. So this is one benefit of knowing why the wisdom is or what the wisdom is. The second thing, the second benefit, is that it reassures you that Allah azza wa jal has benefited everything that he has legislated. We may know this generally,

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but then when you

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Think about it. And you see it manifested in clear in one of the burger, one type of worship, and then another type of worship. And then in a third type of worship, you believe or your belief that Allah subhanho wa Taala has wisdom behind every act increases. So in areas where you cannot see that wisdom or the shavon is trying to play with your emotions, your surrender to the wisdom of Allah subhana wa Tada. So there's that added benefit in it. The third thing is that it motivates you.

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Right in motivation. So in fasting in general, there's there are worldly benefits, and there are religious benefits, we're not going to be talking really above the worldly benefits, the physical, worldly scientific benefits Tonight, we're not going to be talking about that. But when you learn about them, doesn't it not motivate you effective as if you fail, if you, for instance, if you learn that fasting, detoxifies the body,

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or you say, Okay, I like that this is something good. So that motivates you to fast. If you know other benefits in fasting, it helps you focus. I don't know if that's your experience or not, but it can help you focus, be better at time management, to set goals, to conquer weaknesses. So all of these are objectives in the dunya. Some of them could also be transferred to the afterlife, but objectives in the dunya. When you learn about them, you say, Well, I want to fast, because it's actually very beneficial and helpful. Okay. But it also brings other words, the benefits, and when you learn about all of these other worldly benefits, it will motivate you to fast, even more.

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So this is why we will learn about the wisdom of any app.

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And you know, especially in these times, and in the time of the prophets of Allah, it was in them and shortly after people's email were strong and certainty was strong, they didn't need to go in detail, tell us why we have to do this and why we have to do that. But our emails have a lot, you know, the distance from the profits a lot of the time shows its effect, that the amount declined. So we need more of this. It's not always a condition by the way. It's not like show me the wisdom or I won't do

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so Hey, are you with me? It's not like show me the wisdom why Allah prohibited this, otherwise, I won't do it. Because sometimes I or others can show you those This was done sometimes they can.

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Sometimes they can't I have to say to you, you have to trust a last panel with Allah. So it's not like convinced me, otherwise, I'm not going to follow it along one. So this is not what we're doing here. But we're saying let's try to extract some of this wisdom, so that we can gain as much benefit of it as possible. So where does this wisdom come from that I'm going to be talking about two places. inshallah one sentiment is explicitly mentioned in the Quran, is right there in the Quran. And some of it is by induction, like when you practice the fast when you see others fasting, you notice that they are gaining some stuff. So it's by both one what is stated in the Quran is a clear

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wisdom in any app. And also, we speculate, we guess that also it brings this type of benefit and that type of benefit and this type of benefit. And by the way, when we are talking about some of the wisdom on fasting, it's not restricted to the things that I'm gonna be talking about. As you're fasting inshallah you fasted and you continue to fast you'll discover that along Will you know open up and reveal to you more of the benefits of this fast and more the wisdom more of the wisdom that lies behind it. So there's more and more to it, it's not restricted or limited to what we'll be talking about inshallah today

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so let's discuss some of them some of them inshallah, this is my effort and based in on shall also some of what shuttle shot What do you like to hear we wrote in

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so some of it and then I added some other stuff to it.

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So the first wisdom we can note is that Allah subhana wa tada gives you in Ramadan, the chance to detach from this dunya and the grasp of this dunya and attach yourself to the archaea.

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So we as humans, are caught between these two worlds, the dunya and we are from this world and the world to come.

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And both of these worlds has its own priorities and focus and type of thinking. That unit tells you work for me. worry about me. Wake up for my sake sleep for my sake, do everything for my sake. For me as number one. The earth era.

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They say is the opposite. After has its own priorities, and the ACA is telling you know, make me number one, make me your focus. Think about me first and the junior comes second as soon as

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dounia is not happy with them as is or doesn't work for me. Think about me first, the Acura, second co card between these two posts. And we notice from ourselves that the junior takes a lot of our time takes a lot of our attention, a lot of our concern. We're happy because of it. And we're sad because of it. We work for it. And we stopped working for it. So a lots of panel with Johanna, once in this month in the month of Ramadan, to start detaching from this dunya how do we detach from this video?

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by a lots of Canada data asking us to stop eating and drinking? Because food and drink are the main fuse of the shower

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desires? Where does it come from? If you're hungry, do you have time to think about your desires? No. You know, there is no energy, your mind is somewhere else and there's no energy you're tired. So when you feed the stomach under the sun that is full, valid concern to other types of desires. But if you starve it,

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it can't. It doesn't have that energy doesn't have that focus or intention to run after the dunya. So Allah subhanho wa Taala wants to give us this time to detach from the dunya and to focus on the afro. So it's like a spiritual retreat.

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Now the wise across history, wise men and wise women across history, realize that the pastor the hero must, you know pass through some sacrifice of the journey.

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You go to any nation, any type of religion, you will find that there is that understanding that there is this competition or sometimes some clash between the dunya and vfm. And if you want to reach the athlete on the next slide, you have to sacrifice some of the dunion but their sacrifice of the junior different from what Allah subhanho wa Taala wants because they take it to an extreme, they'll tell you what run to the top of the mountain. Not don't talk to anyone, don't eat meat, be celibate, for say children forsake absolute wealth, anything you they'll tell you this, and they say that's the only way for you to combat

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the dunya in this world, and its grasp. But Allah subhana wa, Allah knows that this is not possible.

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Most of humanity cannot do this. And it's not useful. Yet Allah subhanho wa Taala also knows that you need some type of retreat,

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some time of detachment, so he gives you a taste of it. In the month of Ramadan, he gives you a taste of it. So the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says clearly right now, I don't have any definition. There is no monasticism in Islam. But you can as close as you can to it in the month of Ramadan when you don't eat and don't drink for an appointed time. So Allah subhanho wa Taala does not push you all the way to the extreme. We're going on hungry for two and three days. And it does not ask you also to stop eating for two or three hours. No, a loss of Hannah with the adequate wisdom understands the time that you need to feel hunger, and for that layers upon our hearts to start

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melting. So that after you break your fast your heart can and the worship at night Come closer to Allah subhana wa. So there's wisdom behind it is that starve the servant of Allah subhanho wa Taala at a particular time so that they can feel something but not so much that they can not worship a lot later or it will take them away from the genius so much that it will harm them. So there is a delicate balance from Allah subhana wa Taala at this point, detach

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and allow yourself to what come closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala which is the second point, spiritual elevation and repair.

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Now if we were away from Allah subhanho wa Taala

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the heart if you remember the series about the heart, the heart is affected by it's really hardened by it. And when the heart feeds on the Scheffer all the time, I want to eat this year and eat it I want to drink that then you drink it, I want to go there, then you go. I don't want to come to the master then you don't when you feed it, it's shallow, it becomes lazy, unable to move easily towards Allah subhana wa data because it's weighed down by its own desires. So Allah subhanho wa Taala in the month of Ramadan, on the one hand,

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weakens the shape and

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weakens the shape on how does Allah subhanho wa Taala weaken the shape on in the month of Ramadan

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change. So Allah Subhana Allah weakens the shape on through change.

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And by the way, the weight of these changes

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depends on your fasting

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because someone may say, why is it that in Ramadan there is still some whispers? Why is it in Ramadan that some people still commit sins of all the shouting or chain

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we say well that chain front obviously that would be put on the chain on your shavon depends on you.

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So if you're not close to Allah Subhana Allah His chain will be what? Very light

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for the non believers then gonna probably not going to be any change. But for us if we're not close to Allah, the chain is very light. If you're closer to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah the shaitaan will be immobilized. So Allah Subhana Allah to Allah weakens the shavon then we can the supply of the shanwa

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knows what Allah is doing, weakening the supply of the Shahada, desire temptations, drying it up as much as possible while you are still can function. And then what he says is that now you filled the rest of this time with my worship,

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fill it with the Quran, fill it with Vic and fill it with going to the masjid fill it with other types of obedience that Allah loves. So you are decreasing the effects, the contact with the dounia with that with desire, and increasing the contact with a loss of Pamela.

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While through all of this, Allah is weakening the shape on so this is spiritual elevation. That is so Pamela it does not happen throughout any other time in the month except in the month of Ramadan. Or unless you're going to travel for a month or head.

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Unless you do these things, you're not going to experience that level

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of spirituality, what Allah subhanho wa Taala is helping you except in a month, like the month of Ramadan.

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And one of the things that this this deals with is that issue of materialism.

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The focus on the dunya

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you find on Muslims, but also Muslims as well. The material is the yardstick is the goal is the objective of their life. How do I choose my friend or my friends? based on how much they have?

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How do I choose the families I interact with? How much they have? How do I assess them value myself and others around me based on how much they have based on what they are wearing based on what they are writing based on the material. So Allah Subhana Allah knows that this is not a way to live.

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But knows at the same time that this is how a lot of people are living because the junior is very attractive.

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So Allah subhanho wa Taala wants us also to give us that opportunity to refocus ourselves refocus our hearts and minds, to appreciate what is spiritual more than the material.

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Appreciate piety and dakhla and obedience of Allah and the Koran and the hereafter, and may base our relationships and assessments on them. Not on the dunya and what it brings. So it's a also a chance for spiritual regeneration reattachment to Allah subhana wa Taala reaching heights of depth of Eman, the sweetness of worship, that we may have forgotten or lost in the remainder of the

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the third one, the third wisdom is that wisdom Allah subhana wa tada Allah states in the Quran which is the wisdom of taqwa

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having cup of Allah subhanho wa Taala wherever we may be, and this is the stated purpose that Allah subhana wa tada mentions in the Quran.

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When we hear about taqwa, what do we get? Or what do we understand?

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That well we can say that boys fear of our last panel with Allah, Allah is avoiding the Haram and doing what Allah Subhana Allah loves from us. That is true.

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But that word really is to develop a sense or a relationship with Allah subhana wa tada that is personal and intimate.

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So that wherever you are,

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no matter who is around you, you possess taqwa.

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You're conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala at all times.

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As the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says what tequila hikmah couldn't

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have done of Allah subhanho wa Taala wherever you may be, meaning it does not matter and should not matter.

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If you are in the masjid or outside the masjid in your city, or in a different city, in your country or in a different country, if Allah is present everywhere to be counted,

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Allah to be responsive to Allah Subhana. Allah to Allah is this taqwa. And it should be there all the time. And fasting is one of the best a bother to develop this.

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Fasting is the best a better to develop this. First of all, in the IR that I quoted when Allah subhanho wa Taala says gudivada camassia mcgillicutty, Valentina and publikum Cm has been obligated on you, as it was obligated on those before you. Why did Allah say as it was obligated on those before you? And one of the reasons we can think about that Allah said this is to say this is not an obligation on you alone. It happened before

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our nation's before you, why did Allah obligated on them also an us there is a type of event a type of worship that is foundational.

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Then whatever whatever religion Allah sense will learn reveals. These don't vary. They don't change. There are types of prohibitions that are foundational, whatever religion or law sense, they do not vary. There are types of prohibitions type of obligations that could vary based on circumstances. But there are some that are foundational, they do not change. Why don't they change because they are needed all the time. Fasting is one of them. It's needed all the time.

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Why, as we said, because it's one of the best provider to develop taqwa consciousness of Allah, fear of Allah love of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because what is different about fasting?

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What is different about fasting, compare it to HEC

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compared to sada what's different about

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Allah subhana wa to Allah is the one who truly knows the reality of this worship.

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It's not if you if you want to think about it, there is no positive thing that you're doing that a person can see as if he is fasting.

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It's abstaining. staying away from so it's negative innocence, it's not positive so that I can look at you and say you're praying

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so there could be a component of react in it. Right showing off?

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hatch Yes, definitely don't get it could be a cop. I can see I can see what you're doing. I can see here your 10 V, I can see what you're wearing. But in fasting, I can see you can hide from me and you can break through fast. What's the thing that is stopping you? That's why this data is different. What is the thing that stuck with a lot is watching

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a lot watching you when I'm alone, I was watching me when I'm in with company I was watching me before I stopped my fast in the morning in the afternoon few minutes before the fast when I'm very weak when I'm very strong at all times a lot is watching me. So this develops when a person says okay, I'm going to continue to fast. Despite the whispers or despite the weakness of the self, I'm continued continuing to fast there are no other can see, and no other can feel and no other can criticize.

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that develops a beggar for

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a bad or only for a lot.

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And the more conscious you are of this, the more that you will get from it. Because fasting by the way can turn into a habit. Right? I'm just used to it. So I'm not going to be eating. But when you think about it, and here there is Baba Nia, you bring in the Nia and you're thinking about what is the objective of this fast you're on the fifth day of fasting you thought you're getting used to it now seven days of fasting you're getting used to it, you ask yourself what is the Nia behind it? What is the objective of this task? Am I establishing this stuck

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in my heart

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and this was a Pamela it it doesn't just stop at the halal and haram

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but you be develop a sensitivity to anything that upsets a loss of power with the either or may upset a lot.

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That's the level that we inshallah we want to climb to. If not in this robot on the next one, if not in the next one to the one after but as an omen or the Allahu anhu said, layer. Two happy Cotta Takahata he had the umbrella that said he had that amoebas it says one does not reach the reality of taqwa until he leaves. What is nothing wrong with what is what is allowed out of fear of

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of what you know of what this is about. And he leaves part of the hell out of fear that it could lead to the heart brings him closer to the heart. Leave the what is suspicious is I don't know if this is allowed or we're not talking about halal and haram. Not talking about her. You know how sometimes you see the Haram and you negotiate with yourself. Yeah, it's haram but somebody else said that it may be

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And yes, it's hard but I can repent after and yes, it's hard on but I'll only do it once you know how you negotiate with yourself and the shaytan is the is the third they're attending that negotiation and favoring? Oh, yeah, do do it. Yeah, absolutely. Do it alone forgive you just do it. So it's not only staying away from the harem? No, but you put a distance between you and the heroine.

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And that distance is inhabited by the healer. So you say to yourself, this Helen, is either suspicious or I'm not sure about it. I'm leaving it. Or this Helen. This is a higher level of taqwa. This

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brings me closer to her. So better close that door. Close that door. That's the one

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that's sensitivity to the heroine. That's love of Allah subhanho wa Taala and fear of Allah subhana wa Taala. So how do you develop this one of the best urbaniak to develop this taqwa is Ramadan.

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So when you're fasting, you want to check your duffel.

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And if the duck was not there, and it's not developing, then you have to go back and say, Allah Subhana Allah Come on, where is this taqwa? Fix your fast?

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A lot A lot, once this a bad is so that I can be virtually closer to him? I'm not feeling it. Why is that? Check your fasting. A lot wants me to stay away from the material to detach from it not completely 100%. But to

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lessen my attachment to it, my dependence on it? Why isn't this happening, then you will check your fasting.

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The fourth wisdom that I've listed here is challenge yourself to change.

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Challenge yourself to change.

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You know that in Ramadan, a lot of things change. Right? You know, there's like asleep, because it will stay up. We wake up early. So our routine completely shifts, now only when we when we eat. But also when we sleep. And Pamela our visits, our activities, all of them shift in Ramadan. And that's for some of us is exciting, because at least you experience a Greek and Roman bond that you know, breaks that monotony for others, maybe it's a burden. But the fact that you can change in Ramadan and the loss of power to Allah brings this change

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can allow you or introduce the idea that if I'm changing this way, I can change in other ways as well.

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Because change begets change inspires change. If you can say to yourself, I could not wake up for failure before but now I can wake up for what does that tell you? That if you really are determined you can wake up for failure.

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Fasting was this, you know mountain before I couldn't fast, but now you find yourself fasting every day? What do you say to yourself? It's a Yeah, it was a hurdle in the beginning. But then if I push myself, I can do it right?

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Coming to the masjid is if you bribe me, I wouldn't go to the masjid. It's just late in Asia 10:30am. But then you find yourself go into the master for Asia staying away, coming back at 12 one o'clock, and you're getting used to it.

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What that what does that tell you?

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That you can do,

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then that naturally will then inspire you to say what I also want to change in other ways.

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And I've always told myself for myself always told me you're too weak to do it.

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But now, you find that you actually can.

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And if you push yourself and you ask Allah Subhana Allah then yes, change is possible. So one of the great benefits in Ramadan and actually it's a practical because you feel it. It's not somebody giving you a lecture,

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lecture you forget about it. But this is actually that you feel and you practice every year that I was telling you see how you can change and the next year see how you can change and the third year see how you can change

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so I was kind of what Allah wants to see. wants you to take a look at your life and say what do you want to change in it

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and start changing by the way you can take Ramadan as the start for that change. If there is something bad you want to stay away from something good that you want to do, you can say to yourself okay, since I'm changing in Ramadan, let me establish this habit. Let me establish this habit and you'll be able to get in and out with some devotion after Ramadan just consistency in after Ramadan to fix it as a habit. You Some have said that

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if you practice something for 30 days or some upset for 40 days, it becomes a habit

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30 to 40 days, it can become a habit.

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So if you push yourself in Ramadan and just few days after Ramadan

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This thing can become a habit, you can lose it if you decide to. But at least Allah Subhana Allah has given you and me the opportunity to make it a habit. So if you want it, you can keep it. And if you want it you can change even further.

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So this is what Allah subhana wa tada is teaching us. And linked to this. This is lesson number five, we're benefit number five is overcoming our weakness.

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All of us have weaknesses. All of us have points that the shaytaan knows very well I can come to him and work from that area and they will collapse they will cave.

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He knows this. And we know this. And we've been struggling for this weakness for a long time for the rest of the year. And then they used to come and they used before. So Allah subhanaw taala also wants us to see that in Ramadan, there is a possibility. Because a lot of us to panelo we stay away from that weakness in Ramadan. I don't know if you felt this, have you experienced this or not? That thing that you've been struggling with? Some people in Ramadan, they're conscious, they say, okay, in Ramadan, I'm not doing this, I'm staying away from that place from this person from this area, from this drink from that I'm staying away from them. And they're successful. They can do this in

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Ramadan. So again, Allah subhana wa Taala is showing you that yes, you have a weakness, but you're not as weak as you think.

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You're not as weak as you think. Because we give ourselves this excuse. This is too hard, and I'm too weak, and I'm no good. And this is too strong. A lot is showing you in Ramadan. This is not as strong as you think. And you're not as weak as you think. So you can change. And again, this is experiential, not theoretical, this is experiential, meaning you are going through this and you're doing all of this. Allah subhanho wa Taala is showing you that you can change.

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So as you're thinking about from Yvonne inshallah, one of the benefits that you want to get from it, is that ability to change what Who do you want to be?

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What are the things that are troubling you about yourself and about your life, and said that as a goal in Ramadan said that change as a goal in Ramadan and for after Ramadan, and work on it from now and definitely in Ramadan. And Ramadan is over, hold on to it and say, being in that I'm going to stay strong to this very nilda I'm going to have a lot on my side. And I will continue to pray that Allah will keep me strong. And you will find that you're able to conquer this habit of yours and that weakness of yours.

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Number six, at the same building camaraderie and social cohesion. That's another benefit in Oman.

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First of all,

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that rabada notice that a lot of the better our collective and you asked yourself why are they better and productive?

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A lot of them are collective meaning that they're done in congregation, not individual, there is an opportunity for you to have your own personal individual a battle.

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But the obligations you find sada had

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fasting, this is done in a group. Why is that? Isn't it easy when it's done in a group? Right?

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support and there's motivation. When you find someone at home, maybe maybe

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you're fasting but you're not reading the Quran? Somebody in your home is reading open almost half and they're reading the Koran What do you feel?

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I should read them you feel guilty? Right? You come to the mistake, a person is praying the sooner What do you feel? Why is he praying and praying? It is not real, it's not showing up? Or you're not doing it for them is doing because you want to do it for a lot as though done and you feel that I should be doing this. So because that collective makes you stronger last panel with me that Abed in a in a collective in a congregation. So fasting is easier. And by the way, how many people find that the six days of show well are harder than Ramadan?

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Anybody? Anyone? Or is the fact Yeah, okay, so some of us, you know, the rest I don't know they don't want to admit it, but right but it some and I've heard it right but the six days of chawan are harder than Ramadan. It's like why is that the case? He says uh, Pamela Ramadan has something special about it. But he there's an atmosphere to Ramadan. Maybe the shavon is working extra time after Ramadan. But there's an atmosphere to Ramadan, everybody's doing it and you have that momentum so it's easier to do. So part of the benefit is that it brings us closer together. Doesn't it in the Salah, Salah brings us closer together. Fasting also it brings us closer together. And when you move

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as one, he becomes stronger Islam

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when the when the oma or when the community or

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With the neighborhood, they're moving together, the stronger because of this. So Allah subhanho wa Taala also wants to develop this relationship in that neighborhood, in that community in the masjid, and in the oma to make us stronger together.

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But by the way, there's a challenge here.

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Because when you bring us closer together, this exposes our shortcomings.

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Right?

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Like, think of a normal, how many times have you want to talk about or call or write a person or say something to them? Because they, they're less than, you know, respectful? How many times have you want to do this? Or let's not go for in Ramadan? Right? How many times have you felt that this person is ill mannered or this person is rude or this person? Right? They come to the masjid they don't clean they come to the mess did they do this? And they do that? So you feel you know what you feel irritated rather than love for the for other Muslims? If you're more irritated, and you can say to yourself sometimes I can wait the Ramadan is over so that I don't have to see you anymore. All

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right, that leaves the message it is not as crowded.

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Yeah.

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Yeah.

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Definitely, like your brother was mentioning how, you know, once you had that experience, where he was praying, and somebody came right next to him to pray, and he had just smoke. And that of course, you know, as a family is very disturbing. So, of course, that proximity brings with it, its test and then we seek to yourself then Allah Subhana Allah wants us to be stronger and closer and love each other. Yeah, maybe you feel at the end of Ramadan maybe that I'm fed up. Right with everybody. So what is happening? It's a test. But obviously Allah subhanho wa Taala when he brings us closer together, it does expose our weaknesses, our shortcomings as an owner, right, when you go to Hajj

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and you see what are you seeing, you're seeing the oma right, this is what dogma is I its weaknesses, its diseases, its failures. This is what the oma is and when you see it here, this is what the oma is. So one, you should think about it Yes, I still should love them. With all without all minor and major irritation, I still should love them and be patient and need to offer them and advise them.

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That's that's our reality, and make that our to them. So when it exposes these weaknesses, it tells you of how much we need to do in order to improve and also it tests your own patience.

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And be in them that increases it. But it's asking you every time to check yourself and say okay, especially if you're a person who comes to the masjid on regular basis, this person right who is irritating you in the parking lot and I hear a lot of complaints parking lot in the masjid outside the masjid late early. This person may have just come to the masjid in Ramadan.

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So now you're the host.

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And as the host, you have to be the generous folks.

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The hospitable one

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the one who extends his hand or her hand and welcomes people now be irritated with them. Because what is the objective that the past

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is to bring closer? I can't chase them away. I have to be patient with them.

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Positive sight

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sight

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That's true.

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Now

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Zach, brothers noting that also on the positive side, when it brings new people to the match did you develop new friendships you meet new people, and it would be good to be able to maintain this afterwards but you're saying that it doesn't last right? But it could you know, and you could that could be a good thing you know, you can say to this person that you've just struck a friendship with I'd like to continue to see you after Ramadan. How about we know we meet every Thursday every Wednesday every weekend, we pray and we go out for coffee we pray and we go out to eat. So this is another form of dialogue, another invitation to Islam. So know that Allah subhana wa Taala is

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bringing us all together not to irritate us is bringing us all together so that we will be closer and yes there is some irritation in it but ultimately our last panel with Allah wants us to be more loving of each other and closer to each other. So be patient. And note the weakness of the oma as you see it and try to fix it inshallah with patience.

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Exactly, by Pamela the social aspect. I am

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Makes makes the religious observance easier, isn't it? The social aspects we shouldn't deny food and drink, and friendship, this meets attendance of domestic attendance of the halaqa, even activities of the hour makes it easier. So take advantage of it. And maybe this is maybe an additional benefit design the law here, Allah subhanho wa Taala shows us that you can mix the two together in a winning combination. I mean, you can eat, you can eat at home, but you can also eat here, you can break your fast here, and you can develop new friendships, right? You can, you can pray at home, but you can come here and you can be stronger because of it. And you can develop new friendships and you can use

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this friendship to continue to be a last panel with Allah after Ramadan. So you never know. So this is one of the benefits of Ramadan

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seven and eight and inshallah won't be and will be done feeling with the poor feel. Right. And I've written here this has become a cliche, I don't know if we feel with the poor feet, because some of us right and this and that is a great temptation in Ramadan, to overeat and indulge in very delicious food. So it's hard to feel what the poor are feeling when we yes abstain from food, but at the same time we have, you know, buffet in front of us right, this and this and this and this. We really are not feeling with a poor feeling. But Allah subhanho wa Taala does not want the month of Ramadan to be a month of food.

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It's the opposite. It's the month of fasting. Fasting is not food. Fasting is less food, not more food. But Amazon has become about food and Muslim countries right? The best of food is when

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it's not it's nicely any site conceivable right? The best of food is to be made in Ramadan, at least wait till eat the best and food is in Ramadan. As if you know at some point in our history, we thought we're so hungry. Just be so creative and develop the best of food in Ramadan. And then after Ramadan, you can realize that it shouldn't be about fasting. So decrease your intake of food. Don't Starve yourself. No one is saying that halal is hella no one can tell you that it's haram and enjoy what Allah subhanaw taala had made hadn t at the same time, decrease your intake of food. Why? First of all, it's better for you better for your body butter for your Ivanka and also that you can start

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feeling truly what those who don't have are feeling.

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And that by the way, this is what connects it to materialism transforms us from selfish people who are self centered or always focused on I'm hungry, I'm thirsty I need. So let me satisfy my need into a person who's worried about other people. If I'm hungry this way, other people are hungry, but they don't find anything to eat, or very few things to eat, they don't have the security that I have, they don't have the luxuries that I have. So maybe I can eat less. And the money that I would be spending on that extra food I can donate for other people who will benefit from that food that will be wasted anyway. So to take less of food is actually better. And it starts restoring the

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spirits of Ramallah, the real aroma bond of why Allah subhana wa Jalla had put it there and how the hundreds of lawyers that have been the companions have actually practiced it. Now the way that we've made it. So in the halaal nothing wrong with that, but decrease intake of food and think about those Muslims and even non Muslims who don't have enough and how we can actually change ourselves to help them inshallah. The last benefit insha Allah is Ramadan offers a way for us to compensate for missed opportunities, the days and the months that preceded Ramadan, where we didn't obey Allah Subhana Allah that the way that we should

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you know, Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and every night in Ramadan frees people from hellfire. Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us later to the hospital is better than 1000 months. Allah Subhana Allah Allah, Allah multiplies the deeds so many times in normal bond. So this is a very blessed gun. What is it for? One of the things that it is for of course, is if someone says to themselves, I reached this age, and I wasted so many years, this will be our last panel with Allah being heatless not worshiping Allah. Can I make up for that? Is there a way to make up for this? And the answer is Ramadan is one of those

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Ramadan is one of those ways one of those days where you can make up for lost opportunities, days, months or years. What do you did not worship a lot or were close to him. Now one of them comes with its multiplication of days and multiplication of rewards and says if he wants to take advantage, take advantage now. Not later, not the next now this Ramadan, which grants you an extended life extra life.

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So with layer two

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they say it's more than 80 years.

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More than 80 years, if you worship Allah subhanho wa Taala in it meaning that Allah is granting you another life.

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So maybe a person was which 80 years or 90 years and said I didn't do much with it in later to, Allah is granting you another life. So another area to compensate which always tells you that it's never too late. If you want to come close to Allah Subhana Allah, it is never late, but take advantage of the season of worship that Allah has given us. So these are some of the wisdoms that Allah in that, you know, almost kind of done and allowed me to come up with.

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And as I said, the more that you give of yourself to Allah subhanho wa Taala the more that love will give you. So there's these wisdoms but when you fast in every Ramadan especially if you're close to Allah, Allah will reveal something else.

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Some additional benefits some additional wisdom some additional lesson. You just have to be open and receptive to it and allow will keep teaching you and revealing more of these benefits of Ramadan. So inshallah next week inshallah we'll be talking about practical tips or steps to take in the fasting of Ramadan will allow one from us what is our last panel Allah wants us to stay away from waste to improve our fast inshallah.

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So, we have a few minutes inshallah before the sun if there are any quick questions let me

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know

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1314 and 15

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fasting Fridays

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No, Siobhan had passed and for an associate and if someone is fasting in because of the 15th as you said, because as soon as that is allowed, there is nothing inshallah that's sooner, that is good. If a person has had had the habit of fasting shabam or have been fasting before the 15th of Shabbat, who could continue to fast in Shabbat.

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You can first any day the prophets Allah you send them fasted most of Shabbat. So fasted most of Shaban so if a person had that intention or wanted to follow that footsteps of the prophets all the sudden he can do this the only thing is that you don't want to you want to break your fast one or two days before Ramadan right one or two days before Ramadan you want to break your fast but you can fast most of Shabbat

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yes yes yes so when we said you can fast most of chabanne meaning that 25 days of Shabbat 26 days of Shabbat you can fast when you seven days if you can fast so it could be all of these days or we can choose to fast fewer days select days whatever whatever you're comfortable and you can Sharla bear

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this sushi abandon the only authentic hadith about it is that our last panel with Allah forgives all of his slaves there except a person who has committed ship or a personal has friction between him and his brother or between him and his sister.

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There's no special worship on the night of the 15th of Shabbat no special worship

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yes so 1530 so this is half this half so that's the 15th of Chevron there's no special worship so there's no special prayer there's no special there is no special Sadat there's nothing like that. But if a person fast the 15th because it's sooner the fast 1514 or 15 then yes, that's a lot of

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Yeah.

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Okay.

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Now so if a person a brother asked me if you're just waiting for the 15th of Japan as something that is extraordinary and special and you dedicate special I bet afford that's a big one. Because that Hadith about it are either fabricated or weak. Okay, fabricated or weak. So it's, you should not dedicate that day with any special worship or pay to any extra attention other than what I've said. I believe that Allah forgives in it. Right his slaves except this the one who committed ship and the one who has enmity between him and his brother. Other than that there's nothing special about us.

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No, you don't have to fast to be forgiven fasting.

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Exactly. Exactly. You just fix yourself fix your toe he fix your relationship with people and that will get you forgiven in

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Ramadan. Yes.

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inshallah there will be no no lectures in Ramadan so next week will be the last one in sha Allah and then we'll be have a break for Ramadan will come after Ramadan

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inshallah

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inshallah