The Why And How Of Ramadan

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Ali Albarghouthi

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Episode Notes

This khutbah goes through the reasons behind our fasting and ways to make it more meaningful and us more conscious of its lessons.

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In Alhamdulillah number two who want to start you know who want to stop Pharaoh

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when he mentioned Rory unforseen our si te Amina Maria de la who Fela Medina woman, ugly fella ha de Allah. Wa Chateau La ilaha illallah wa de la sharika Mohammed Abu Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam I'm about to fit in higher on howdy Chiquita Allah tala

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de Haji Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, or shuttle Amorim to Herculaneum, the 13 b de wakulla, v da, da da, da, da, da, da, da da, da. All praise and thanks to Allah the Most Hi, we thank him. And we seek His help and aid and ask Him that He forgive us. And we seek His refuge from the evil of ourselves in the sense that we commit. Indeed, whomsoever Allah guide, no one can lead astray, and whomsoever Allah misguides, no one can guide and I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah alone. And then subtle, Allahu Allah, he was seldom is his slave and messenger. The best speech is the book of Allah. And the best of guidance is the kindness of Muhammad

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sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And the words of religious matters are those that are innovated at every religious innovation is a bid on every bidder is misguidance. And every misguidance will be in hellfire. Above.

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We know that everything important in our life requires preparation.

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And in proportion to how important this thing is, we will pay attention and spent effort and spend money and time preparing for it.

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And definitely the month of Ramadan

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is one of the most important months, if not the most important month of the year.

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This is a time that we are going to encounter and it's going to encounter us and there is a lot at stake.

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There is a lot that can be achieved, and also a lot that can be lost.

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And

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it is important when there is something that repeats itself, a repetitive action,

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that we try to dust off,

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dust off the boredom that comes with it.

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The habit that comes with it, and ask ourselves to revive our interest in it. How do we do this? How do we fast the month of Ramadan? If it is that important? How are we supposed to fast this month?

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And the answer to this question has to be linked to another basic question. It seems basic but it is profound.

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And unless nothing because we have fasted this month, over and over a lot of us that we really know the answer.

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And sometimes we know but we forget. So the answer to how should we is connected to why should we? Why do we fast the month of Ramadan? That's the question that we want to ask ourselves today. The why and the how and only you understand the why it is easier for you to improve and modify the how.

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And we find in the Quran in the book of Allah subhana wa Allah Allah in a very simple statement, he says, Yeah, you are levina quotevalet camassia, mocha, makuti, ballerina and publikum all you who have a man and it is important here in every I or ally addresses the believers because of their belief to know that the impetus right, the motivation for the action that is going to follow is really you it is with your Eman. It is because of your email that are you going to be listening and it's because of your email that you're going to be responding and in proportion to that email. You're going to succeed or fail. So have to pay attention now to your email is your man alive now as

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you're going to listen to online

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loss of power dialer, or is it weak, and if it is weak, you have to sense that and say I want it to be higher and stronger because Allah is telling me something. I'm not able to hear it.

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I'm not able to hear it the frequency is not there. I am not able to pick up that frequency. I need my Eman to be stronger. And Allah says, this has been prescribed for you, as it had been prescribed for those who were before you made an obligation on you. And immediately the person who understand the Sharia of Allah subhanho wa Taala knows that Allah subhana wa Taala loves this immensely. Allah loves fasting immensely. How do we know this?

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In the Hadith,

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Allah subhana wa Taala says on the tongue of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Mamata carrabba la Abdi BA in the LA Masato LA, my servant and slave is not going to come closer to me and draw nearer to me with something that is more beloved to me then what I have made an obligation on him. In other words, when I love something immensely, so much, he makes it an obligation and you look at fasting, more than a billion people are going to be fasting at the same time. Allah had made it an obligation on every adult Muslims with few exceptions. This tells you that Allah loves this

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kulu emiliania The mela illa sophina Julio Zb yet ruku Shahada Hua Hua Shara bahaman edgley Allah says in the Hadith, all the actions of the child of Adam are his. They are in one category except fasting it is for me, it has its own different category and standards. He leaves his shadow his desires, what tempts him and food and drink for my sake.

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It has a very different category, and Allah subhanho wa Taala loves it immensely.

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He loves it so much that the better than the breath, the odor that comes out of the mouth of the fasting person is more beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala than the smell of must which is the sweetest of the sweetest smell. And if this is how Allah loves the smell that comes out of you, when you fast, imagine how much Allah subhana wa tada would love you, the person when you fast for Allah subhanho wa Taala. So when you know that the heart that is connected to Allah, the heart that loves Allah subhanho wa Taala when you say Allah loves this, the heart will rush towards what Allah loves, and will not look at it as a burden.

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will not look at it as a discomfort and a disturbance because sometimes we may look at it as a tech leaf as a burden on us. I have to readjust my schedule, I have to stop eating and I have to stop drinking and that is heavy on the soul sometimes, and we may look at it as a burden. I want to tell you why we shouldn't look at it as a burden but as an opportunity.

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Take the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam what he described the Salah as the most beloved thing to him, why was that? So? Look at the example of the Sahaba may Allah be pleased with them who used to say in their poetry, Allah, Allah Allah.

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Allah Allah, Allah, Allah Celina, Allah if it is not for you here they are recounting a las favors on them.

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You know, when you think about the nemos of Allah subhana wa tada and someone tells you tell me about the name of Allah on you.

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More Will you say, say hamdulillah health, handled another family handled another job and hamdulillah what were they saying? When they were counting the nightmares of Allah on them? Yeah, Allah without you, we would not be guided. And we would not pray and we would not pay charity soda. That is the that is the greatest In fact, Allah subhanho wa Taala upon you more than the name of health and wealth and family and children because all of that can go away all of that belongs to this life. But the greatest man is the one that belongs to the hereafter. And they were saying Yeah, Allah without you we didn't know right from wrong. We didn't know how to worship you and this Salah

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we wouldn't know nothing about it all the comfort that comes from that so that we would lose without you all the comfort and the benefits that come from paying sadaqa it's not an obligation. Now you notice. It's an opportunity. It's an AMA and the same thing with fasting. It becomes an opportunity to be close to Allah subhanho wa Taala so it becomes an opportunity to cleanse yourself from sin.

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I will tell you something.

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If someone comes and tells you and recounts and reports to you the benefits of fasting, the physical benefits of fasting and imagine now you are receiving this month of Ramadan with

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Some burden feeling that this is going to do this to me or that to me, but this person comes and tells you you know what the month of fasting does so, when you fast for a month, the benefits to your liver are this and that and the benefits to your kidneys this and that and to your digestive system and to your brains and to blood this this this this this it releases you from toxin proteins you from ailments etc, etc. Your attitude changes.

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And you'll say to yourself, yes, there is burden in it. But look at the other end, look at the benefit that comes with it and you become excited. You say yes, there is difficulty, but Subhanallah I will endure that difficulty was because I will become a healthier person at the end of it. a longer life a healthier life a better life. Right? You'll be excited.

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Now what if the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells you that Allah will release all of the toxins, but these are spiritual toxins. All of the contaminations will be purified but these are spiritual contaminations. What our Prophet says masama Ramadan amen and what he said about who fear Allah who massacred them in them be the one who fasts from a barn with a man and you have to have both of them. Amen. Believing in Allah subhanho wa Taala This is the cause of your fast and it is awaiting the reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala that is the end. When he does that. All his previous sins will be forgiven. Ramadan a lot um avanca fara to Lima Bahama fasting from one Ramadan

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to the other forgives the sins that are in between. So these things, these sins, that bring darkness into our hearts, darkness into our lives, conflict between ourselves and our families are in our families. They burden us they burden our shoulders, our hearts, our soul and our spirit. And here the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is telling you, you have the opportunity here to unload all of these things and throw them away.

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You have here the opportunity to connect with Allah subhanho wa Taala on levels that were not available to you throughout the rest of the year.

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You have here the opportunity because the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala is wide open

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and Allah weakens your enemy.

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All of that in exchange for you to come to Allah subhana wa Ada Joshua Ramadan for the Hata Babu, Jana

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Jana Matsu[???]a Tisha pain, when the month of Ramadan comes, the gates of heaven open and I want us to try as much as we can to visualize some of that.

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Not talking about small doors but gates, immense, great gates of heaven they open and they remain open for the entire month and the gates of hell fire that close.

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And one who loves Allah subhanho wa Taala and wants His mercy and is afraid of Allah subhanho wa Taala his heart will start to flutter

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the mercy of Allah is close and his anger is further away. A person may say by all I have weaknesses, a lot of the provinces will soon see that they show your plan and the devils will be chained. So this enemy this body, this eternal enemy, perennial enemy that I have is going to be weaker in the month of Ramadan. So here you have the opportunity. Here you have the Nima from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So when you look at it in this way, it's not a burden anymore. It's not a tech leaf anymore, but rather it is something that you do enjoying it, even if there is difficulty in it.

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Why? Because he says sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the Hadith.

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Allegedly Allah Kudrin Masha.

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Your reward will be in proportion to the hardship that you endure.

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They say even among humans, when you love someone,

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because you love them, you will not see hardship and serving them. You will not see hardship and responding to their needs. And for some whose love is really pure, they will start enjoying that hardship. And you know why? Because they know that it is for their beloved.

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They know that it is for them. Yes, I'm going through this hardship, but at the end, they're saying it is going to be for them so it's fine, and they start enjoying it. So if you go through some hardship in the month of Ramadan, hunger, thirst, headaches or whatever. Remember that the more hardship that you go through and you don't have to intend this hardship, you shouldn't intend this hardship, nobody should understand. I'm going to make this more difficult for myself. I'm going to sit under the sun

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direct sun just to make it more difficult, no. But if there's hardship with what Allah commanded, you will start to feel this sweetness because you will remember that it is raising my levels closer to Allah. And it's taking my sins more and more. So that in itself is in Yama. So remember it if you actually go through hardship and then the experience of Ramadan will be transformed into something that is excellent and different.

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And it's important here to remember amen and wacky server.

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Not any fast brothers and sisters, but a particular type of fasting, Eman and YT Sabha because of Allah, and for the Day of Judgment for the rewards of Allah subhana wa Tada. And that teaches us a couple of important things.

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teaches us that when we do

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we do for Allah.

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Why are we fasting the month of Ramadan? If Allah subhanho wa Taala had wished we would not be fasting this month, we'd be doing something else. And if we could even imagine it that Allah tells us stop we would stop fasting it's not out of habit.

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So we're not fasting because everybody around us it's fasting and wanted not gonna stop fasting because no one in my family is fasting. Nobody in my neighborhood is fasting. Some people are like that it is difficult for them because they're the only people in the family who are fasting. So you're not gonna stop fasting because of them and you're not fasting because of them. But imana Allah said do it to you going to do it? I'm going to law says stop, you're going to stop and what the law says go forward, you go forward unless does go backward. You go backward, he Allah I am your slave.

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I'm not the slave of my desire. I'm not the slave of my neighbor. I'm not the slave of another human being who tell me what to do. I am your Slavia Allah, and I will do what you want me to do. This is one thing that the month of Ramadan teaches. And the next thing is if deserved, but what reward do I want from it?

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And the ultimate reward is with Allah subhanho wa Taala I don't want somebody to praise me, I don't want somebody to see me doing what I'm doing. These things are fleeting and they will go away. But there is something that will always stay with me which is Allah's pleasure. And Allah has mercy. So it also teaches us when you want to do something,

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let it be for Allah subhanho wa Taala because that has life.

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And don't let it be for other people who are around you

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in a sono a center and

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if they are good then you are good and they are bad then you are bad.

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You should be good at all times. Why? Because your connection is not to humans around you as much as it is to Allah subhanho wa Taala who wants you to be good at all time no matter what the people around you are doing.

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just a few in the Hall of Fame

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hamdulillahi Rabbil aalameen Hamdan Cassio even Movado confy he will suddenly will suddenly manasu li Mohammed. While early he was so happy he was telling them about

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when we noticed why we are fasting and we establish that in our hearts we begin to fast the fasting closer to the fasting of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and you know very well and I know very well that there are a lot of cultural habits that come with fasting in Ramadan. A lot of them happen in Muslim countries, and they are exported and imported. Whatever it is, there are a lot of cultural practice that actually go against the spirit of the fasting Ramadan, a lot of wasting of time, a lot of spending of our times in trivial matters that wastes the days and the nights of Ramadan. And these are precious days precious moments precious nights. And notice here our last

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panel or dialogue or half of the prophets, Allah we send them had told us as in the first Hadees that I caught it if you fast the days of Ramadan, email and YT Sabha, your previous sins will be forgiven This is the task of the day.

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But then when you're done there is something else to be done during the nights.

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Man karma Ramadan amen and YT cyber warfare Allahumma Taka Domine be the one who prays the night prayer throughout the month of Ramadan will have his previous sins forgiven. So when you finish your fasting that prepares you now you've eaten your food that prepares you for the next task that is going to come to Panama your days and nights are planned for you. Here is something that says that there is going to come and here you're going to be standing and listening to the origin to the words of Allah subhanho wa Taala

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Why the Quran specifically?

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There is a connection between the Quran and Ramadan. It was revealed in the month of Ramadan and no one is here to imagine Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam sitting in that cave, worshiping Allah subhana wa Taala in ways that he could comprehend at that moment, without receiving any revelation. And during that month comes this guidance of Allah subhana wa Taala for him and everybody else, and it lights humanity lights the sky of humanity, and transforms him and everybody around him and us today.

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So we will use Dan during that time you remember, this is the guidance that Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam received and this is the guidance that rescued him and the Arabs and the people around from polytheism from confusion and from doubt and darkness. And it is the same thing I must as I'm standing here and listening to it. It's the same thing that is going to rescue me and the people around you and this oma so you stand there listening, how is this going to affect me? How is this going to rescue me? That is your connection to the book of Allah subhana wa Tada. So Allah is telling you, I reveal that it's happened in this month, learn from it, learn from it. It's not about

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the number of records necessarily that you pray. It's not about finishing necessarily. It's about pondering and understanding how many people read the Koran and please all of us should read the Quran and finish it. But how many people read the Quran and they finished the Quran and that did not affect them. It did not change them. Kika Bonanza hola como Baraka Leah baru it, this is the book that we have revealed to you blessed so that they will contemplate and ponder its verses

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and has an illusory system that is beautiful. He says, Allah Allah him.

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Lia de barro Aya t tabuchi rato am Allah

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it says it was revealed and the action that was required of them was what requesting that was required of us is to contemplate and think about it. Instead, they took this recitation as the action. You follow what he's saying that he wants, let alone wants you to read. And the action that he wants is for you to contemplate, contemplate, understand and apply. It says instead, people cut off that last part and took the recitation as the action that is required of them. The recitation is a means towards an end. You have to have something after that presentation. And this is what we want from the Quran, to transform us with the fasting itself. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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says also,

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man commelina to country maniwaki seven Allahumma Taka Domine be the one who prays to Allah subhana wa tada worships Allah subhanho wa Taala during the night of El Cajon, also his previous sins will be forgiven. So the prophets only send them here is telling you as you're fasting and beginning the month your eye should be at the price, which is later to cut. Three things that you picture to pay pay attention to your fasting, and your prayer, your night prayer and your eyes at the end is on the prize which is later to cut.

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He already sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had told you what to do had divided your time for you. So let us take advantage of the month of Ramadan let us not waste it. And if it is important for us, we'll start preparing for it. And hamdulillah we prepare for it by buying food, preparing it by stocking up on things that we need to do and eat and what do we be cooking on the month of Ramadan?

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More important than that, why the month of Ramadan is there is what do you want to get from it?

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What is it that you want to get from it?

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As you say? And the answer to that is what we talked about the question that we began this whole post Why are you fasting the month of Ramadan

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and that is important. We want to fast the fasting like the fasting of the prophets of the law to you it was in them so it can changes and affect us and lift us up so that we can gain what Allah subhanho wa Taala says La La Quinta de Haan so that you will have

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a taco not for a few days but so that what can become part of us. And taqwa is what is to protect yourself from the anger of Allah subhana wa Taala and his punishment and for you to engage in what he likes. And this fasting is going to be for us like a shield and armor of sia Medina,

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this fasting as the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says in the Hadith is a junior is an armor is a shield and it's going to protect you. If you invest in it. It's going to protect you from [???]can Allah subhanho wa Taala and we are doing things for other people's sake. It will protect you from bad habits and protect you from bad thoughts and protecting from arguments with other people arguments in the family. I'll protect you from your shape time. And after that protection, it is up to you. What are you going to fill the remaining part

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with Allah subhanho wa Taala or something else. So then ask Allah subhanho wa Taala that he would bless this Ramadan for you We ask Allah make us of those who fast the month of Ramadan amen and YT Saba the Allah make us of those who fast the entire month of Ramadan amen and YT server and except our fast from us and forgive us all of our previous sins he Allah make us of those who attained taqwa in Ramadan. He Allah make us of those who attained taqwa in Ramadan. He Allah make us of those who attained taqwa in Ramadan, he Allah make us of those who made tm and Ramadan, amen. And

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make us of those who ponder and understand the Quran. Allah make us of those who are transformed by the Quran. He Allah we ask you to make us of those who pray during later to cut and to make to accept from us on that night and to make us of those who surpass sins are forgiving during that night. He Allah we asked you that to make use of those who prepare for this month and prepare our families he Allah make us of those who prepare themselves and their families and their neighborhood for that month. He Allah make us ready for that month. He Allah forgive us in that month. He Allah make us of those who make dua in that month and accept our Allah manana is a local hero Kula became

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