Ramadan Teaches – 1
Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
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As a significant religious experience, Ramadan must have an impact on our lives. So what does Ramadan teach? Here we discuss some of the important lessons of Ramadan that include: (1) Ramadan as the scale of our life, (2) Ramadan and self-improvement, and (3) learning generosity in Ramadan.
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when we experience
or rather allow the experience of Ramadan into our lives, meaning that we have to be open for it and allow it in.
We will not fail to see that from Oban is teaching us something
that Allah subhanho wa Taala through the month of Ramadan is teaching us many lessons.
So it is then important that we ask ourselves as we go through this experience, what has Ramadan taught me?
Personally, what has Ramadan taught me? What did I learn from this month? What impact did it have on me? Because if it didn't have no impact and if there is no change and if we did not learn anything, then we have somehow missed the Ramadan experience. So Allah is teaching are we open to learn from Allah subhana wa Tada.
So what is the Ramadan teach?
Among the many things that Ramadan teaches us, Ramadan teaches
that Allah has set aside certain times and days and seasons of worship.
For us to come close to him, where we can forget, sometimes for hours sometimes for days about what preoccupies us, about what burdens us of this world, about what had consumed us of this world, and instead dedicate our life, our heart, our mind, our emotions to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And it is important that we do this important that we take the time important that we slow down.
So no matter how busy you may be,
or mentally and emotionally, no matter how busy you may be, you have to stop and reflect and slow down and ask yourself in this season of worship,
what am I getting from it and what do I want from it?
It is an important season for reflection and asking an important question.
And sapan Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala had made a promise from us had promised that if we care about what he cares about, he will take care of what we care about.
If there is something that is a burden on us, Allah subhanho wa Taala has told us to His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam take care of what I want you to worry about. And then the rest of these worldly matters, I will take care of them for you.
So this is a season that we have to do such. And we have to appreciate it, that we have that opportunity. There are brothers and sisters of yours in the world today in one spot in the world, where they are not allowed to fast.
The authorities would come and force them to break their fast
and then a part of the world they are not permitted to pretend Are we a person with a gun will enter the masjid and we'll shoot them out so that they will not return
another part of the world they will be breaking their fast with one eye at their food and another eye at the sky. Why? Because they're afraid of the planes and the bonds that they can be dropping on them.
That's a reality that is taking place right now. I'll have the law behind me we're not suffering, like they are suffering we hope we asked a lot to alleviate their suffering very soon.
But we are not suffering their suffering. So we shouldn't take these things for granted as if they are commonplace. know Allah subhanho wa Taala selected them and favored them so that they can teach us that we can learn something from them. So be open for that.
And Ramadan teaches us that these moments and these seasons are the scale and the balance for the entire year on our entire life.
If no Chi Rahim Allah says that when you look at Friday, and Ramadan, and how these things act as a balance and a scale Friday for the entire week, Ramadan for your entire year and Hajj for your life.
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he says that if your Juma is Salima, virtuous, safe from sin, as Allah wants it to be, he says then the rest of the week is likely to be so
a from Oban is Saleem his sound is virtuous than the rest of your year is likely to be so.
And if your hedge is sound, then the rest of your life is likely to be so.
So when we're going through this Ramadan, they're not just simply about the 29 or 30 days that we are fasting. This is about the rest of your year or the rest of your week or the rest of your life.
This is about forgiveness and guidance from Allah subhanho wa Taala How is the rest of my youth going to look like?
What does it be good or will it be bad?
Will I have guidance from Allah subhana wa tada or will I be left to myself and to my wit,
a large part of that is determined in Ramadan.
And there's a hint of that when Allah subhana wa Taala says in Angela Baraka in
Baku, ambreen Hakeem, he says we have revealed the Quran in a blessed night. Why in quantum theory because we are sending warning to people to tell them about what benefits them and harms them. So that's why I lost them in a blessed night. What is this night
And Allah says she has.
Hakeem on that night, as we ordained marrow is going to be written down.
Meaning that what is going to happen for the next year is going to be written down in data to cut, who is going to live in? Who is going to die? What are you going to earn and what are you going to lose? Who are you going to be with and who you're going to miss. All of these things are be decided in labor to cut. So it tells you here that this is not just simply about a single night or a single month, it's about the entire year.
And what we do in it really affects us, affects us as individual and affects us as a community.
Listen to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says,
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he says people will continue to be good or to have this goodness in them, as long as they hasten the fall, breaking their fast and delay there's the for the pre dawn meal.
You may think, What is the connection between food and goodness?
The scholars said that when Muslims started to compromise that they lost that goodness in them, they started to fight with each other. They started to be dissent and conflict.
So it is not just about a simple act of when do you eat. It's about what pleases Allah and following His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and this hydrea that he lost this goodness that he lost you find it its effect in your family and in your community and in a Muslim country and worldwide.
So this is a season of worship, that we have to take advantage of. And we have to ask ourselves continuously.
ask ourselves, why am I fasting today?
Especially as you reach the 10th and the middle of the month before the 10th because because we lose steam.
Ramadan, we started with some motivation because it's new. Then we get used to it and we lose steam in the middle then we come to the end and we regain some of that steam because Ramadan is about to end and it's the last 10 days and nights. But in the middle, it's an important phase for us to reignite our interest in Ramadan and our understanding of it. Why am I fasting today? Not just because I fasted yesterday or I'm gonna fast tomorrow, but for Allah subhanho wa Taala when I'm going to break from class, why am I breaking my fast? Why am I reading the Quran tonight? What am I getting from it?
And 100 Allah, Allah subhana wa Taala had put a wonderful combination in Ramadan. First, there is this Dalia and Talia the mentioned Tesla and emptying.
You stop eating and you stop drinking. And it's again, it's not just about not eating and drinking. Because when you stop these things you leave yourself open to receive from Allah subhanho wa Taala what happens when you overeat?
Think about what happens when you overeat, become sleepy, become tired.
But when you don't, you're awake, you're alert and you're ready to receive from Allah subhana wa Tada. So there is this there is emptying. But then there is this Dahlia there is this addition and that comes with the Quran and the remembrance of Allah subhanahu wa Tada.
So you empty but then you add and you include and incorporate so when you're reading the Quran, you ask yourself what did this surah teach me?
And there is nothing sweeter than connecting with the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala in the Koran especially when you have concerns and questions. You say Allah and speak to Allah Subhana Allah, I have this question. I have this concern. I have this worry. And you want to hear Allah subhanho wa Taala talk back to you and answer you will Allah is not going to reveal anything new to you. But when you read the Quran, you will find that answer in one verse it will strike you it will hit you and it will say this is the answer that I was looking for.
And it is sweet to encounter that because then you are talking to Allah subhanho wa Taala and Allah is talking to you.
And part of that beautiful combination also is that that season or this season of purification
and being close to Allah subhana wa Taala happens
in a group.
You're not asked to do this alone, but because a lot of people are doing it around you it becomes easy for you to do it. And that is an option.
Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So no matter how busy we may be, we have to take ourselves out of this dunya out of this world and connect with Allah subhanho wa Taala not worry so much about this world, Allah will take care of it, but connect and understand who you are worshipping. And who is your Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam? And where are you going and where you're coming from? And what are your priorities, revisit all of these things, and establish your man upon solid grounds.
Ramadan teaches us
that we can change.
Ramadan teaches us that if we want to change the course of our life,
adopt better practices, leave bad ones, be more religious,
that it is possible for us to do all of this. And a lot of us handed in that have that intention, had that desire, I want to be a better person, I want to be a religious person.
But what stands in our way,
sometimes it's laziness. It's just pure laziness. We want it but we procrastinate will happen later. Not now I'm too busy.
Sometimes it's habit that is hard for us to leave. Sometimes it's the context the environment that we live in, sometimes it is family.
And we have to understand that within ourselves, there are two colors. There is there is a call that calls us to Allah subhana wa Taala. And there is the call of temptation.
Both of them are inside of us.
And it is up to us who do you go, who do you push? or which one of them do you push? Which one do you encourage and strengthen that will be the one that will prevail. And Ramadan teaches you what
Ramadan has changed your entire routine.
You fast for most of the day.
You battled thirst and hunger and you do it, though you're not used to it before, but now you're used to it and you will be even more used to it by the end of the month. So what is this telling you, it's telling you that you have the power, if you ask Allah for assistance, you have the power, and that you can introduce change. And that change could be small, could be gradual. But it's important to introduce it and to put it in your life so that worship will be the norm and sin the exception,
not sin the norm and worship the exception
that you can introduce in your life and Salah in congregation in your life on Sunday at night in your life.
And you don't have to pray the entire night but you can start it with toorak as
and then you can develop it into four cameras and then into six rock as and before you know what if you miss it, you felt that you had missed something significant in your life and in your day and you would not do so.
When you stand before Allah subhanho wa Taala to pray that it is not the obligation.
You ask yourself am I conscious of what I'm saying of the movements and what they mean? Why am I standing before Allah at this time? Why do I want from him?
What does he want from me
when you do that, you will taste the sweetness of the prayer
and you will not miss it and you will not perform it in a minute or less or a little more. But you will take time to experience the Salah itself
and that in the beginning needs some effort
as some of them have said
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It says about praying at night. It says I struggled with myself 10 years or 20 years to pray at night.
And they I then enjoyed it for the remaining remaining 20
I struggled for the first 10 years.
But then when it becomes a habit and when Allah blesses you, it says and then I enjoyed it sweetness thereafter.
So if you want to become a more religious person, a better person, a more virtuous person. This is within reach. And what you need to do is look at Ramadan and deploy that model outside of Ramadan. Changes possible introduce it be persistent. ask Allah for assistance. Why did the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asked why
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do not leave saying after every sada Allah assist me under the creek and remembering you wash your Creek and thanking you very bad thing and worshiping you well
and after every silver because you need Allah's assistance, every salah and for the next Salah.
So this is what Ramadan teaches, you can see it, it has changed you and it can change all of us.
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Ramadan teaches us to follow the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he was setting them.
When the Muslims with the Prophet
were on their way to Mecca, in the opening of Mecca, which happened in the month of Ramadan. They were fasting.
And so when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was recorded was reported to him that the Muslims were experiencing difficulty on that journey towards Mecca while fasting, it was hard on them.
So we asked for a cup of water. And he stood in a visible spot where everybody can see him and he drank.
He broke his fast in Ramadan. And that happened after.
Then he was told
he was sent him that some of the Sahaba continued to fast.
So he said what? He said hula,
they are the two surveyors. They are the two surveyors.
He called them Salalah honey what it was in them, though they were doing what
fasting went and Ramadan?
Why did he call them an OSA
because they didn't follow his example Sall Allahu Allah you and he was sitting them.
He broke or ended his fast for their sake.
And because he did that the best action at that moment was to follow him. Some allow us not to continue fasting.
And we realize, here's something that is very important about himself. A lot of you are using him as a model
that he presents for us the full picture of what to do, and how to worship or learn how to be close to him. So if he did something,
we say, then we do it. We say how he did it. Where did he do it? And we do it exactly how he did it and where he did it. So a lot of you it was a number because he is the full model.
And if we did not do something, then we don't do it.
Naka Candela configural su de la Houston Hasina. You have a marvelous a beautiful model in the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa he was setting them. And so when we want to come close to Allah subhana wa tada and all of our religious affairs and all of our religious matters. This is something that Ramadan teaches us.
Why do you eat dates in Ramadan?
Except for him sal Allahu Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Why do you pray that? Are we in the way that you pray? Except for him? Sal, Allahu Allah, you are yourself.
So when you want to change when you want to model your life, don't add anything to what he did.
Because that's the harbor there. And you must find in your mind, some excuse for what they did.
Because it was still Ramadan. And maybe they felt that they could push for it, push through it, and finish the fast.
But that's not virtue.
That's not virtue. virtue is to do what he did. So Allah Allah, Allah will send them so if you find him doing something, don't add anything to it. And if he did not do something, don't do it.
And this is the life
The Muslim who is a servant of Allah subhana wa danada follower of Hamas Allah Allah you it was not a follower of his own whims and if his own mind or a servant of his own self.
Ramadan teaches among what it teaches is to be eager for goodness, the hell soil Hey,
when do you have to find the hand good intention.
eagerness from Oban gives us a good exercise in it.
You're told about all of these things.
To motivate us. There is this reward in fasting. So you know that there's virtue, when you rush too fast, there is this reward in praying, then you rush to it, this this reward and giving the new rush to it. So this teaches your builds in you that whenever you find an opportunity to do something good, Allah provides that for you, you rush and you embrace it, and you take advantage of it. Because you want that reward from Allah subhana wa Taala. And you don't know if that opportunity will present itself again. And maybe perhaps it is this thing that is going to take you into heaven.
Did that guy who gave water to that thirsty dog
know that that action is the action that is going to put him in paradise?
Did that guy who remove the branch from the people's path? And Allah thanked that act by putting him in heaven? Did he know that that simple act is going to take him to paradise? So when we say ask yourself why you're fasting today?
maybe perhaps, today is the day that when you ask yourself that question, and you answer it right and you fast Allah wants you This is the day that Allah puts you in heaven because of it.
or maybe tonight when you are in terror, we heard you listening to the Quran, you will listen to something that will save you.
Or maybe today or Tonight you will encounter someone who needs help, and you will assist them and that will be the something that will raise your sense today.
And when you wake up tomorrow you ask the same question because tomorrow could be the day
and how beautiful is to be that servant of Allah subhana wa tada who lives like that?
with the proper intention behind everything that they do. Once it Bukhari, a high mala he was laying down after a long period of Hadees and writing Hadith and teaching howdy then he got tired, he like down.
Then the person next to me said he saw that an opportunity. He said, Yeah, ma'am, you said something before he said that. From as long as I could remember everything that I did I did with an intention.
Period. When do I need to take an 11 year? As long as I could remember whatever I do, there's an intention behind it. Now you lie down, what's the intention behind it? Imagine what's the intention now we had what you did. And he said we are on the frontiers. And I'm afraid that the enemies of Islam could attack.
So I'm taking the rest in case that happens I'd be ready.
There's an intention behind everything in our lives. Behind you're asleep behind your eating. A person could be eating his afar
and there may not be much reward in it. A person could be eating his a thought or Horace thought I want to have the strength to pray later. That's reward there I'm sleeping. Maybe no reordering it and sleeping so that I can worship Allah so I can go out and work and support my family there is reward in it. So 24 hours your Nia could be working for you that's something that Ramadan teaches us.
So take care of your needs, take care of your intention
and be eager if you find something good that you can do do it before we lose the chance of doing it again. And the last thing is Ramadan teaches us generosity comma
And you know very well that the prophets of Allah Allah you it was send them was most generous in Ramadan.
And there is a connection between the two between Ramadan and generosity.
Because when you witness the generosity of Allah subhanho wa Taala and you appreciate it. It will not fail to paint you with some of that generosity yourself.
When you find how forgiving Allah Subhana what data is.
And then you find him in the Quran calling you to forgive people and advocate buena. If you're alone. Don't you love that Allah would forgive you. And you see here that Allah is offering you a trade Forgive me
So that I can forgive you
in a moment without the ham command FISMA here is a trade ally saying be merciful with the people on this earth, and the Most High will be merciful with you. So when you hear these things, you will not fail to be forgiving, and not fail to be merciful everybody about you why because you want that mercy from Allah. And you want that forgiveness from Allah.
And when you are close to Allah subhanho wa Taala and you realize the real value of this life, of how little value indeed it has in the next one.
It will be easy for you to give it up to those who are asking for it, and you will not fight over it. Because what would you fight over except a something that is going to pass and evaporate
and generosity fills you with these feelings
of love of Allah subhana wa tada and love to the servants of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So if you have this inside of you, naturally thank Allah subhana wa Taala and increase it, add to it. But if you don't put it inside of you by actually practicing generosity by giving for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala and we're not in the theater speaking about money, but you be generous with your attitude. You be generous with your words, to your family, and your brothers and sisters. You'd be generous with your behavior
by forgiving others, by being close to them, by helping them
that is the type of generosity that we have to see in the past in person. A generosity like the generosity of a prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam so this is a season that teaches and continue to teach, and it will teach us every time that we encounter it.
And that's why the Prophet sallallahu wasallam would tell the Sahaba Giacomo Ramadan Mubarak talofa Babu Johanna motif topia Babu Jenna agenda was to Lutetia teen
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You have now to encounter you're about to encounter Ramadan, and it's a blessing month that Allah had obligated fasting in it on you. The doors of Heaven will be open the doors of hell will be locked
and the devils will be chained and there is in it a night that is better than 1000 months. The one who is deprived of the good of that is in it is the one who's truly deprived.
So brothers and sisters, it's not just few days and few nights, it's our entire life at stake. And it's our entire year at stake.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala had blessed that had given us this opportunity to take care of it
and asked ask Allah to forgive you and ask Allah to guide you and then ask Allah Allah Teach me in Ramadan and help me to change after Ramadan so that I can jump from Roman numeral move on to the next better person and to continue to do that until I meet you yeah Allah.
So Allah subhana wa tada the Most Merciful the honorable Armenia man we are him he Allah forgive us our sins in Ramadan he Allah forgive us all of our mistakes in Ramadan he Allah forgive us all of our mistakes in Ramadan he Allah forgive us and forgive our families and all Muslims you Allah forgive us and forgive our families and all Muslims yeah Allah forgive us and forgive our families and all Muslims you alleviate all the pain and the suffering of the Muslims in the world. Yeah Allah alleviate all the pain and the suffering of the Muslims in the world. Yeah Allah alleviate all the pain and the suffering of the Muslims in the world. He Allah help us to learn the lessons of
Ramadan. He Allah help us to learn the lessons of Ramadan. He Allah help us to learn the lessons of Ramadan. Allah help us to be those who are generous in the month of Ramadan was more forgiving and merciful in the month of Ramadan. You Allah forgive us all of our sins in this life your enemy, Allah forgive us all of our sins in this life jambalaya mean, Allah make us of those who fast for your sake, make us of those who fast amen and YT Saba, Allah make us of those who pray at night. Amen and YT Saba, Allah make us of those who pray to God amen and 50 sobre la we ask, we ask you for all the good in this life and then in the next and we seek your refuge from all evil in this life
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