Ramadan Is Over Now What ?
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What are we supposed to do now that Ramadan is over? Does Ramadan and its blessings/lessons matter after the month has passed? Do we go back now to our old selves and habits? Can Ramadan be part of a greater plan that covers our entire year? Our whole life? This khutbah puts our Ramadan experience in perspective as one part of our ongoing journey towards our Creator.
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Waku la bola and attend phenol. All praise belongs to Allah, the Most High, the Most Merciful, we thank him, and we have him for his help and aid and we ask him that he forgives us. And we seek His protection from the evil of ourselves in the sins that we commit. Indeed, whomsoever Allah guides, no one can lead us astray and whomsoever Allah leads astray, no one can guide neighbor witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah alone and that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is is profit and messenger. The bestest speech is the book of Allah. And the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the worst of religious matters are those that
are innovated and every religious innovation is a bit every bit is misguidance. That very misguidance will be in hellfire.
About before we begin shall make as much space as you can, if you can move closer to the Imam, there's an empty spot and shall fill it. There are people standing in the back.
We will hamdulillah saw in the month of Ramadan, how Allah subhanho wa Taala blessed us and transformed our lives
even the most negligent among us.
The sinner among us must have noticed in the month of Ramadan, the breeze of a man coming and the breeze of a man changing himself or herself, or the family or the community around them. And this is an AMA from Allah subhanho wa Taala, who had allowed us to worship Him in that month, has sent us an invitation. And when we accepted that invitation and took it into our lives, we started to see that transformation. We started to see these acts of worship working their way into our lives and changing us. And the question that we have to ask ourselves and the Muslim in fact, is always asking himself questions. Question about his intention, about the validity of that that he's doing about
the usefulness of that act about what he's supposed to do later, is always interrogating himself. Before he gets interrogated by the angels of Allah He interrogates himself.
So at this time, when we
Finish with the Ramadan to ask ourselves
what are the lessons and the blessings? And the teachings that we've learned in the month of Ramadan only for that month?
Or are they supposed to extend beyond it?
A question similar to the one that we may ask ourselves or notice sometimes in discrepancy, when we say someone prays five times a day, but the rest of his life doesn't reflect it.
So then it's the same kind of question when we pray five times a day, are they supposed to be an aberration? There's sort of, is there supposed to be a disconnect from the five daily prayers and the rest of our day? Or should the five daily prayers influence the rest of our day.
And in fact, something that we miss, we may not notice is that the way that you spend the rest of your day influences how you perform your Salah, what you doing the 24 hours influences how you stand before Allah subhana wa tada and what you can accomplish in that scenario, and what you can gain from it. And when you stand before Allah,
and you concentrate and you pray with Sure, it will influence the rest of your day.
There is no such disconnect between our acts of worship and the rest of our life.
And it's the same thing with the month of Ramadan.
In fact, there is no disconnect and there should be no disconnect between the month of Ramadan, and the rest of the year.
We know from the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa, he was setting them just as one evidence among money that we will
We know from them that when the month of Ramadan would pass, they would pray to Allah subhana wa tada six months afterward, that he would accept their worship in the month of Ramadan. They didn't forget about what they did there. And there was no such disconnect or gap between Ramadan and what comes after Ramadan. But they continuously would pray Allah accept our tm, except our fasting except our reading of the Quran. Then after the six months would pass the remaining months until the next Ramadan, they would pray to Allah subhana wa Taala help us reach Ramadan and to worship you in it. So there is here thinking about your past Ramadan and preparing and anticipating the coming Ramadan,
there is no disconnect. And let us take here an example from our lives. So understand that this is really a fact that we go with, and we go by suppose
that you are a person who wanted to live a healthier lifestyle. You want it to diet to lose weight, you want it to exercise to build muscle, you want it to adopt healthier eating habits, but then you say to yourself and to the people around you, I will do this one month in the year and the rest of the month, I will neglect all of that. How much gain can you expect from that one month? Think about it.
It is a blessing, it's a good decision that at least for one month, you decided to live right to eat right to exercise. But then you will find that when this is done, when that month is done and you go back to your old habits, all of these gains, all of these benefits are slowly gonna start to evaporate and disappear. All the struggle or the effort that you had put in exercising and leaving bad habits, eating habits away and staying away from what harms you, all of that effort is going to be squandered when you go back to your regular routine into your regular bad habits. And then when the next year comes, and you want to restart all of that you will see that you're going to start
from zero or close to it because all of what we have gained has been lost.
It's like someone brothers and sisters who decides I want to run a marathon
and you know in a sense our life is like that is really like running a marathon yeah you know in a different era lot of
Oh human being alive speaking to us, oh human being.
You are laboring in this life, with created in Kibera does. Allah says in the Quran in turmoil, there is struggle in this life.
There's hardship in it.
So you are laboring, but laboring towards what end to Allah.
So there is a destination and you are racing towards it. And Allah says firmly
and you're gonna meet your labor and the fruits of your labor, and you're gonna meet Allah subhanho wa Taala or kulu Mati Oman chiamata. Every single human being is going to come
Come, and it's gonna stand before Allah subhana wa tada and imagine this, that is the conclusion of my life and your life. What?
A meeting with Allah subhanho wa Taala, where you are alone. And he's with you. And he's asking you questions, and there is no room for you to maneuver or to lie or to hide because you're speaking to your Shahada.
Imagine if you're working and if you're studying, and at the end the conclusion of your studies after four years, he has to meet with the President of your university. And then he decides whether you're granted the degree or you get expelled. You meet with your boss, after four or five years of work, and then he decides, either you get fired or you get promoted, we will be trembling.
anticipating that meeting,
we're going to be meeting Allah subhanho wa Taala. So every Ramadan is connected to every year that we have. And every year that we have is one step closer that is taken us to Allah subhana wa Tada. So really, and in fact, there is no disconnect when you want to one on prepare for running a marathon, you come on that day, and he said, Today, I'm going to run with no previous preparation, no previous steps, no thought given to what you're going to be doing. The result of that is going to is that you're not going to finish that crease, you're going to collapse in the middle. And maybe afterwards, you're going to Foursquare running any kind of marathon because it is so exhausting, and
tiring and dangerous. And that's what happens to us when we start
and try to switch gears in Ramadan. before Ramadan after Ramadan. We're not like that. But when Ramadan comes now I'm going to become efficient, dedicated sincere in the worship of Allah subhana wa tada completely a different person. What happens happens is that we lose momentum. We experience fatigue, we experience boredom by the middle of the month or by the end of the month we had it we cannot continue. When the month is over. We had it we do not want to fast anymore.
It's as if it's a vacation. We've done what is needed, and nothing else is needed from us. Someone asked to be surely happy once
you've got one shot down, which is better Roger and Shabana. He said could rob baniya urbania he said be godly. There is a few just asking not to know know about what is the best season so I can worship more but what is the best season so I can worship only?
So he's saying Don't be shabani
worshiping only in chabanne be urbania worshipping Allah subhanho wa Taala. Throughout
worshiping Him in every month
and that was the sin of the messengers of Allahu Allah. He was sending them they asked I shall momineen What the
hell cannot assume ally Yasuo min min as a young as a Muslim.
You find this in Muslim with the prophets of Allah we sent him designate specific days for worship.
Call it la can Ahmed Houdini, why you can talk to McKenna Jacobo Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said no, he would not designate specific days. His action was continuous.
every day, every month, of course, actions can intensify, can go up. But there's a minimum that our prophet SAW listen does not depart from so he says it was steady and continuous. And Who among you can do what he said Allah audio system used to do?
In another Hadith, she said Can
he introduces a good deed in his life. He would stick with it.
To rock as sometimes, too. Sometimes he had to pray to Raka one day after he got busy after the war, he couldn't pray that tried to rock as
so he made him up after officer because he made them up after us and he continued to pray to look after us. When he introduces something in his life. He sticks with it. He doesn't leave it because he knows sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that it's easy to lose worship of Allah subhana wa tada it's easy to forget about it. That's why she also says in the Hadith, well can a nun Amina lady our money
and if he would sleep the night and would not pray at night for whatever reason and he got sick in the morning he would make it up by praying 12 Records.
So it's possible for us sometimes to miss an opportunity to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala
petitioner was you miss it, you make it up. You never abandon something in your life that pertains to the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala You always make it up so there's always that minimum and his life and you look at his Sunnah, steady, consistent, but he doesn't overburden himself does not, though he can take it but he's an example to all of us. She says, What am I to Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam Carmelita?
Well, I saw my Shahada mattevi and in the Ramadan I've never seen him pray the entire night, until the morning. He never does that he must sleep. He must interrupt it with sleep that is his sooner he doesn't go to an extreme but behave but he was consistent and he never fasted an entire month all of it except the month of Ramadan.
So you look at the sin and the practice of the prophets of Allah Allah you it was cinnamon, what do you notice? You notice consistency and connection between what comes before Ramadan and after Ramadan between the morning and the evening, because he is going towards a loss of Hannah who was the island that's where he's heading from Oban becomes a vehicle that helps you not a rest area where you can just do and worship Allah subhanho wa Taala and then forget about Allah afterwards.
And let us take here one example quickly one example which is the six days of Shiva
to understand the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala honest and how what is before after and Ramadan itself are all connected.
He said so Allah Allah you it was cillum inside Muslim
Muslim Ramadan I mean sure, well can I come on some of that?
Okay, do I can I come in summers center, and that may have been
the one who fasts Ramadan follows this by six days of show? Well, it would be as if He fasted the entire year.
36 days or 35 days?
And the prophets a lot do I send them fast these and it will be as if you fasted the entire year. And another Hadith it says the fasting of ramadan suyama ramadan Yeah.
What's the Yama CTR, delusionary fasting Ramadan is equal to 10 months.
You fast v six is equal to two months that is the entire year right there. That is when you're going to meet Allah subhana wa tada it will be counted if Allah accepts this from you, and you actually do it. This slave of mind fasted the entire year. And the only thing that you had to do is 30 plus days.
But you see here that Allah followed Ramadan with something and the owner said this is like the obligation that we pray Lord
where there is some that before or after for Allah giving you the opportunity here you've done the obligation but those among you who want to climb higher
and those among you who want to get closer and those among you who want to love me, I want me to love them back. Here are six days to connect your Ramadan to show well and your show wall is gonna connect you so what is the first month of hygiene so Hutch is also connected here. And once you midsummer you, you go to Hajj
you go to Muharram and there is a sacred month and when you go to Vienna you preparing for Ramadan, the life of the Muslim is always continuously linked and connected to Allah subhana wa tada
what are the benefits of fasting or why would fasting the day of show will also be important for us. They said it's like thanking Allah for Ramadan that Allah has enabled you to live in it and to pray for him to pray in it
and to worship that is like thanking Allah there. And that is also like compensation for any shortcoming and Ramadan like the sun is a compensation for any shortcomings in an obligate obligatory prayer. So there are a lot of benefits in it. But this tells you
when they see that eight out of eight, it doesn't mean that it's over. It means that it is time for us to continue
getting closer and closer to Allah subhana wa tada and to look at every year as one step in that ladder, that is taking you closer to Allah subhana wa Tada. So if you have gained and if I have gained something in Ramadan, don't squander it and don't lose it you have done so much to gain it. Don't lose it, but make it part of your life and we will see inshallah in the second quarter, how we can make this part of our life our portfolio. lolly When
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If we had a plan for our Ramadan, we have must have also a plan for post Ramadan.
No progress can be achieved nothing concrete can be accomplished without a plan and a specific plan.
So, first of all, develop this plan and be firm with it.
firm with yourself.
What could this plan be?
You we all have read the Quran in the month of Ramadan.
Be consistent and let's be consistent and reading the Quran every day. As some of you have said,
if you can read if you can spend
10 to 15 minutes, every day reading the Quran, you will probably will be able to finish half a juice. If you fluent in reading Arabic, you'll be able to finish half a juicer in about 15 minutes or less. That means in two months, we'll finish the entire Quran.
And think about it how little is 10 minutes or 15 minutes, can we give 1015 minutes for Allah subhanaw taala every day, and then witness how that is going to changes and transform the rest of our day
10 to 15 minutes. That is what is requested of you. And don't miss it. And if you miss it, make it up. We take that from the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam you introduce
a worship into your life to stick with it. Because the cells brothers and sisters, the cell phone, the neffs is Malala. And it's also weak. This soul that we have the self that we have is weak and is spoiled, like a spoiled child. And you treat it like a spoiled child. If you are firm with it, it will come your way. And if you let it do whatever it wants, it will destroy you. So be firm, but not too firm, so as to bore yourself or to burden yourself. And we also take that from the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he would vary his worship and this is very important for you to understand about yourself, he would vary his worship, they would say about him pasaba if you
would visually wish to see in fasting at any time in the month you would see him. And if you wish to see him not fasting at any time of the month, you would also see him he would vary sometimes the beginning of the month is the temporary is fast. Sometimes it's the end of the month change is important. So maybe sometimes you will read the Quran, the beginning of the day, maybe the middle of the day, maybe the end of the day, but be consistent and do it and keep with it and ask Allah subhana wa Taala to give you the power to do it. And soon enough, you'll realize this is part of your routine. You don't need to push yourself as much anymore, you will miss it. If you don't do it,
you will regret it if you don't do it. So reading the Koran fasting, let's not leave fasting.
Mondays Thursdays once a week, three days in a month but let's not leave fasting. Let's leave few days of fasting in a month for Allah subhanho wa Taala
coming to the masjid
coming to the message as much as you can let's not leave that attending Salah in congregation. Let's not leave that donating giving for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala maybe you've given a lot in the month of Ramadan.
No one is asking you to break the bank. The dollar consistency that's what it is. What can I have balama li Adama Who is the most beloved action to the prophets, a lot of you send them was the most consistent even if it is a little. And in another Hadith that is the action that Allah subhana wa tada loves, even if it's $1 a day, even if it's $1 a week, but consistency. So it is a part of your life. That's what Allah subhana wa tada loves. So you set a plan for yourself and you say I'm going to stick to this plan and I will not allow myself to deviate from it.
That is the first thing.
And also notice number two, what are the types of worships that Allah had made easy for you?
You have to understand yourself there. But who said, Rahim Allah, how could I be?
The best worship is the easiest one.
So now Dilbert says commenting on it. It is the best worst
According to Tom Woods because likely, when it is easy for you, when you like it, you're gonna do it and he will do it it'll become part of your life and it'll become a habit and you will not leave it. Some of us Allah subhanho wa Taala had given them love for the Quran. There is no hardship in reading the Quran, others really love fasting, others really love donating other really lead volunteers love volunteering, etc, etc, etc. Find out what is it that Allah had made beloved to you,
hold on to it,
build on it, make it part of your life and then add good deeds to it, you build around that thing.
Why because it does not require as much struggle to perform this thing to form that act. So understand this.
Understand also your mood and your desires and your strengths and your weaknesses and the fluctuations the ups and downs of your Eman
and treat them wisely.
The prophets of Allah Allah you earlier send them said, in Nicola Hamelin, Sherif Ali Khaleesi, the rotten Petra from Canada, Toronto
He says salatu salam, every action has a period of intensity and every intensity will be followed by fatigue was explained this that every action
will have a period of desire you will desire to do what you would want to do what you will find that eagerness in you your Eman is strong. So you will do it. And you maybe you will do it well, and sometimes sometimes you will even overdo it.
But he said, every period of intensity will be followed must be followed by fatigue.
You'll start feeling after that after that some boredom, lack of energy, lack of desire, your Eman was high. Now it's going down. So he said now notice that period
that period, if it is on the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, then you are saved. If it is otherwise, then you're in trouble.
He said another Hadith said that.
If he's on the straight path when he's experiencing that boredom, I am tired. My Eman is weak. I don't know what to do. I don't feel like praying. I don't feel like we didn't hold on. I don't feel like doing this and that.
He says notice him notice yourself then. It has said that he's still on the straight path and he's trying his best to reach that level of moderation. He is he's good.
But if he's not, he strays, he runs away to the
disobedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala and what angers Allah then you have to worry about him and then you have to worry about yourself. So here you learned something very important from that you said to yourself a minimum.
You never depart from it. You never stray from it, no matter what happens. Your five daily prayers are your minimum. Your hijab is your minimum. For some your mesquite coming to the masjid is your minimum.
You never stray away from it. And you know and then you try your best during those times when you are tired and fatigued. You tried your best to come back and you increase your Eman And you do something also to erase and to chase away that boredom. And once that phase is over, you go back to the shelter or you go back to that eagerness and that intensity of worship and you do your best in worshiping Allah subhanho wa Taala not overboard. Not too much, but follow the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and you try to reach ultimately that middle road,
the road of the messengers of Allah Allah you it was seldom
also tried to develop I want to say for yourself but not only for yourself, for others also around you who are younger than you or your age alternative
means for entertainment
means for Hillel entertainment, you find yourself that you need that. And all of us need that. And the only and most of the means available around this are haram
or there's something wrong with them.
So if you notice that there is such a need that you yourself needed, try to cultivate develop, create something that is halala that you can spend your energy on, and it can re energize you so you can come back to the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala and there is nothing wrong with that.
And the only now create it if Allah had given you the talent, the means the ability, the creativity, the only create it for yourself. created for the family that is around you for your neighborhood for the people
In the messages, because if you're suffering from that they are suffering from that as well.
stay close to the remembrance to the vicar of Allah subhanho wa Taala and to suffer and to do that Allah would stabilize your heart would make it strong in this religion so it does not deviate
and ask him as the Sahaba used to ask, remembering their Ramadan, Yala, accept our Ramadan from us, and accept all of our worship and don't make use of those who squander it. As a neurologist says, the Luna mattala crafter the name of a lot come to them, they turned it and they rejected it and they forgot about it. No. So yes, he Allah accept all of that that we have done. And by the way, they say one of the signs that Allah had accepted a good deed from you is to enable you to perform something good afterwards. Something good, be getting something good after something good, leading to something good after. So if you find yourself after Ramadan,
still wanting to be close to Allah subhanaw taala still wanting to do something that will bring you closer and closer to Allah, then you're good.
Thank Allah subhana wa Tada, wait for it. If not, immediately ask Allah for forgiveness and immediately come back to Allah subhanho wa Taala you don't want to lose and squander what you have gained in that Ramadan. So ask Allah subhana wa Taala to accept and to preserve all of the hassle not all the good deeds that you performed in Ramadan and then ask Allah subhana wa Taala your life you are to enable me to live to the next Ramadan make it better than the last one. So I can continue climbing closer and closer to you.
So we ask Allah subhanahu wa tada the Most Merciful yada yada hain Aloha mai acaba de yada yada yada except our worship in our past Ramadan Yola, except our worship and our good deeds in Ramadan, except our good deeds and worship in Ramadan you Allah do not make use of those who squander the lessons and benefits of Ramadan after it. Allah don't make it Don't make us of those who lose the benefits and the benefits and the gains of Ramadan after it. He Allah do not make us of those who lose or lose the benefits and the gains of Ramadan after the conclusion of the month of Ramadan. He Allah make us of those who obey you and stay close to you after Ramadan. Allah make us of those who
remember you often after the month of Ramadan Allah make us of those who remember you Alvin after the month of Ramadan along
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