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The Spirit Of I’tikaf

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Ali Albarghouthi

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Episode Notes

Why do we practice I’tikaf (seclusion in the mosque) in Ramadan? What do we hope to gain from it? And how can it help change us and recharge us for the rest of the year? In this talk, we discuss the objectives of this great worship and the impact it leaves on those who practice it.

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Under the law,

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he wasabi usnm for buying an electric shock recovers Nevada ticker of bellami.

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So I thought it shall I'll share with you. Or I will talk mainly about what a lot of us are doing today, attending here, which is se Caf itself.

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And the muscle, the vertical, or the intent, the objective of etiquette, or you can call it even the philosophy of Africa.

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And Africa, you know, in the language in the Arabic language or identica, it'll allow you to shape meaning that you seclude yourself, right? Let's call it liberate yourself from anything else. And you maintain attention to focus on one particular thing.

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So if you see a technophile, Agatha Agatha, that can mean that he's just dedicated, devoted himself to this thing, and left other things that are, you know, foreign to it, left it aside.

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So this is Attica, it's dedication is devotion, staying connected to one thing.

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So Attica in the messages from the son of the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. I know without a doubt, it's mentioned in the Quran when to give wonderful massages, while you are making a decaf in the mystery. So as mentioned there in the foreign, but from the action of the profits of the law, it was sent down, we know that he used duetica, every Ramadan. So in the beginning, he's a lot of insulin when he did not know yet when the little cutter was, he made a decaf in the first 10 days of Ramadan these nights. Then he made it seem you made it in the second that the middle 10 days and nights, then at the conclusion of that he's told the companions is only allowed, I've been informed

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that later to Qatar isn't the last 10. So all the wants to stay with me they can whoever wants to leave the car. So we made the gifts of the law to send them his wives also made it and as soon as the Muslims

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violate him from that time till today to make a ticket in the masjid.

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Now, erotica is not only

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legitimate, ethical, this other legitimate types of etiquette that is mentioned in the Quran as well. Because now we I want to compare these two so that we can come back and understand why is it that we're making it to God? What do you want from Attica when you make it? So lots of panel data says, when he brought him on a cinema sticking to his feet, people may have eaten and he will let the anthem, the hockey food? What are these statues and idols that you're making? The Tikka is the word same word, you're making a coupon meaning you're worshiping continuously and you're not leaving them. So you're dedicating yourself to their worship, to the exclusion of anything else. So there is

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that type of a coup for that type of Attica, which is a Attica that is worship, but not a worship that our last panel data proves of. So that's one type of Attica, right? And as mentioned, also somewhere else in the Koran. When the people of Musa alayhis salaam, they cross the river. And they found people worshipping an idol.

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They asked Musashi Salaam to grant them an idol or to grant them a God, or a deity like the deity that they have. And they mentioned their Yakuza last time in the home, so they are worshipping in dedication, the idols that they have. So other people have your teacup as well. So it's not Muslims, only biomedica. Other people have decaf, and then Muslims have a decaf.

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Now, what's the difference between there at the half an hour at gap and there's both of them are religious, there's also another type of Attica, you want to expand the meaning of that word itself, where it's not necessarily religious. But if there's a Cuf on the dounia

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dedication and devoting yourself to the dunya to the exclusion of also a loss of kind of data and the hereafter that's also another topic etica right. So like, what are you getting yourself to your attention, your mind, your heart, your body? All this is a time of etica

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so comes the month of Ramadan, specifically, and the last panel, Allah wants to do something that is different and allows us to do something that is different than the rest of the year.

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What is this thing The first thing is fasting

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and what is fasting you're staying away from what

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food drink right sexual relations during the daytime. So all of these things are shut out right desires, temptations, attractions of this union. So once upon a time

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When you start fasting a lot now is putting a distance between you and some of the shadows.

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Right? So it's creating this distance.

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What does this distance do? Maybe you can tell me what does this distance do?

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Maybe you've noticed that in yourself, because I know now you're gonna work towards the end of the day, and you guys are just waiting to eat right? All of us are, so their energy is very low. So if I don't engage you that I find all of your sleep by the end of lecture, so, let me let me ask you. So what is what does it do? Right? When you distance yourself from the shower? What happens?

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Okay, what else? increases spirituality, increased spirituality, okay, how does it increase spirituality? How does it give you dakhla.

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nearness to Allah? How does it do that?

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How does it do all of this?

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So the craving of food makes you realize the purpose of fasting, what is the purpose there

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is to be closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So, you know, think about it as this, the dunya is competing with the Hereafter, the hereafter competes with the dunya, right? They're all competing for your time for your energy for your focus. So the more that you have the dunia, the less that you'll have

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a fear. All right. So that's how it works. Like Think of it as a family and job, the more that you're dedicated to your job, less time for family, right? More time you want to give to your family, you can neglect your job, right? So you can find that balance. But what I'm saying is both once your time, so as here on the dunia both wants your time. And it's very limited. So when you're eating and drinking all the time, and that's where you're thinking about that occupies a significant or a good portion of your time and day, eat breakfast, after your breakfast, you're thinking about lunch, lunch, and thinking about dinner, and snacks in between, and tea and coffee and whatever,

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right. So thinking about these things, and when you push them all aside, you have some empty space. So your mind now is not always focused on eating and drinking because I can't, I have to wait till the end of the day. That leaves some space empty.

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So it empties your heart empties your time empties your mind for something else to take place in it. And that other thing is if you read the Quran, if you remember Allah subhanho wa Taala. That's the thing that comes in felson.

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So and also, of course, the shadow when you take the shadow away the fuel away, because you'll find that you'll have the greatest urge or energy to commit on when you're

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not when you're hungry. Because people are hungry or worried about what

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eating, I don't care about, you know, this woman walking and she's beautiful, I want to eat,

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do you eat and you're full and you're satisfied, then you think about your next shower, but you drain the shower or that fuel for the shower, you have less energy and less interest in looking at these other things. It's not necessarily zero, but it's decreases. So that's the last panel attalla does with fasting.

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Now comes now the second part of it, which is the part of Africa.

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So we said with fasting, you create an end distance between you and some showered, that the calf comes to add to it a greater distance between you and the Chihuahua that are around you. And a greater distance not only between that and showered, but only also distractions. So you're trying when you're staying in the messages, that's what the meaning of etiquette is. And in crypto Illa

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to dedicate yourself to Allah Subhana Allah remain in the worship of Allah to the exclusion of anything else that is foreign to it.

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Right? Does that make sense? So you just are doing this? Not other things. Doing this only and not other things. That's why you stay in the miscued. Why is it that you think the mustard all the time, that's what the gap is? Why you're staying in the mustard all the time. So what's outside the message?

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distractions, right. So you want always to stay focused on Allah subhanho wa Taala and not only now control the shower, but also and what he does.

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So passing thoughts and incoming thoughts. What are you thinking about? I hope this is not too abstract isn't to stripe, but I'll give examples. So incoming thoughts and even you know, passing thoughts because once you know leave them as did inevitably you can control it. You look at you'll notice somebody's car, somebody's dress, somebody's house, this shop, that's advertisement, you know, this food, that thing, this thing, so they're always you know, depending on where you're looking, there's always something that is going into your mind and

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You're thinking about it all the time. And this is typically what do nice things. Anyone you're gonna look at everything around you, these are dounia things. And you will see this in yourself right? You will step outside you notice somebody has a new car, let's say, that will make you think about the brand. How old your car is, should I switch to another car? Not you notice somebody Mashallah has a nice in a suit or nice, you know, dress immediately, right? You start thinking about maybe after Ramadan, I'm going to go and check out what can I buy, etc. So these are all thoughts, and you can't really control them. Because you have to be thinking you're always thinking all the

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time. Can you stop thinking?

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Have you ever tried it, but he can't stop thinking you always are thinking about something. So if you put a limit to what you're looking at, on what you're listening to, then there's a limit to what your heart is occupied with. Just like fasting sciatica is another form of fasting. So you're distancing yourself from all of this. But of course, you need something else to take its place. Otherwise, if there's nothing else, you've got cogitate over the past, and if there's nothing new happening, you'll just sit and think either you fantasize you plan for something in the future, or you'll remember all that good or bad things that have happened. Just think about that. So there has

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to be something else that will occupy your mind. What is this thing? That's the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So that now everything that's going to enter your mind and enter your heart is going to be from the decree of Allah, from the Koran, from the Salah, from reading Islamic books. So you're in a sense you're trying to saturate yourself and your time with what pleases Allah subhana wa tada and drain out anything that this pleases Allah. Not only now displeases Allah but also acts as a distraction that takes you away from Allah Subhana Allah that that's how Africa can increase your email.

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And if you've noticed how many people have done Attica, previous years, this is not just their first year.

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Yeah, so some right? And you stayed in domestic Vianney for the length of the period right? 1010 right. So what did you notice as soon as you've left the masjid for the first time after you finished? What did you notice?

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If you don't mind telling me everything? Right.

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Yeah, so the first thing is that you're being bombarded by everything from the Disney Jr. Right? Okay. Your senses our senses are overwhelmed. Right senses are overwhelmed, right? Which is the same thing that you're saying. Okay.

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emptiness outside. Okay, explain that you feel empty when you're here and you've done that for 10 days

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Yeah, so when you when you step outside there's emptiness he says big change big change

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a big change

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inside was doing

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anything

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Yes, yes. Yes. Different different you know we are on flexes Yes.

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You have more control when you step outside on yourself like compared to bed previously for you energetic Absolutely. Like that's positive. So you notice more control and have some money? Yeah.

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Yeah, I think we're gonna blame the wife. Because at least here you had relief over there. What can you do? Face to face right.

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tight quarters to he can escape.

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See, you can tell her province always tell them once made, it took us 10 days of chawan coming back to them as

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close to Allah inside or outside.

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Well, okay, but closer here, right. But when you're going to still have maybe that feeling when you are inside? Right? And do you notice your reaction to the harm, for instance, that you see outside that before was so unusual, but now after you step out, and you notice it again?

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Yeah.

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You become a part of it. You need

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to readjust right? Yes. Right. So there is this gap here is a genuine perspective, change in your past life.

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It gives you a chance to reflect on your past life and a change of perspective. And this is actually one of the aims of that decaf, which is the func of insha Allah so remind me if I don't mention that inshallah we need that. Yes, yeah.

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So hey,

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yeah, of course the contrast is very big. So here you are adding as clean in an environment as you can create. You know, there is no harm in it, you're really focused on remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala. Your Eman is high. Spirituality is high to thinking about is the right thing Salaam to this person smiling in his face. So it's nice. There's kindness, this generosity, and you're very close to the last panel data continuously asking and asking and asking and your unmanned is going high, you're away from the home, stepped outside. And you're shocked by the heart on the thing that before like just a billboard thing that before used to pass by did not pay attention to now you look at it,

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as he said change of perspective, you look at it and you say, this is ugly. This is how long this is wrong. So wrong. So you gave you a chance to the fact right to withdraw from all of this to reassess. Increase your Eman and come out re energized. And that's another thing that ethica does. You need this energy. And we lose this energy right? When we're in the dunya. It was so immersed in it, we forget about why we've been created, where we're going, what do we want to do with all of the things that we have, and what was our past, present and future we forget about all of this move now to the defect code that is a heavy reminded me of the defect code.

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You know, one of the things that Attica does, is to encourage you to be by yourself.

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Right? To encourage you to actually be by yourself

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to be alone. It's not always easy, but you should take and I would encourage you to take some time when you're by yourself, thinking about who you are about Allah subhana wa dot and as he said about your past, present, and what's going to happen in the future. And this is something that we don't do enough.

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And Allah subhanaw taala calls for it in the Quran.

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Right? Getting caught in the dunya difficult in yourself difficult about the prophets of the law, he was in them about a man you needed. Now, because of the technology that we have. We're seldom alone. We're always not never alone. Even when you're alone, you're not alone. Because your phone is with you. You're always connected to something else. And you can see the factor effect of that is that you can't be alone with your thoughts. Just by yourself. You cannot. It's very disturbing for a lot of us to be without our phone. Like if you actually misplace your phone, five minutes, 10 minutes an hour, or do you feel

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alone, like extremely alone, like an extreme sense of loneliness, like I've been deserted on an island, right? I can contact anybody, no one can contact me and I don't know anything about the outside world is the shot that it gives to us. So it's very difficult right to be alone. And in fact, I remember that they've done an experiment. I don't know, a number of people who participated in it. But they've asked people to enter a room, there's nothing, absolutely nothing in that room, except that you'll be hooked to a machine. And then machine has an electric current in it.

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There's nothing in that room and you have to stay I think about 20 minutes in it. They can't do anything else. The only thing that you can do if you choose to do is just press a button there and shock yourself. Right? That's the only thing that you can do, but nothing else. You have no phone, nobody to talk to anything else. So you will go inside and you have to sit with him by yourself, you know 20 minutes. Right? When it came to men, more than 50% of men chose to electrocute themselves at least once right? Because it's hard to stay still and not do anything says boring right 20 minutes right so this at least once they shot themselves woman for better than men but at least men more

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than 50% decided to do that. That tells you how difficult it is right? Sometimes you notice it like your life is so busy busy busy busy busy. You come to the message right 20 minutes before your comment maybe like you didn't notice or then you'd like you misread when the plan is the economy is 20 minutes and you said to Sofia 20 minutes I'm gonna have to sit to an invoice so so long, like maybe I should go and come back or something else right? I can I can sit still for 20 minutes what I'm going to do in 20 minutes to pick up the Quran especially if you haven't read for a while and you can't sit still and read the four on one page and isn't enough and then you're looking left and

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right hoping y'all was just sent somebody I can talk to doesn't matter. I know him I don't know him I'm going to introduce myself, but at least we can start talking. Right. So Attica really urges you also to be alone.

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With breathing the more on what do we do with the curve Allah subhana wa tada just to sit by message, specify yourself, leave other people aside and just think

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to yourself,

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who am I? You know, where am I going so far? Am I on the right path? Is this pleasing to the last panel? What data? can i improve? How can I improve? These are the disturbing thoughts that are so disturbing that we run away from them and don't want to be alone. But when you try, actually and you find an answer, you're not going to be averse to being alone anymore. Because now you have an answer. And you have a plan. Oh, yes, I know that I when I'm alone, I'm going to sit and read the Quran, I'm going to make sure I have sweetness and sweetness in the sweetness of remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala. So I will not hate to be alone. And just imagine the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa

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sallam, let's get to two incidents, right? One in Africa, of course. And we'll describe his ethic of salatu salam, but before that, before he will actually, you know, got the message. Why would he use and seek seclusion before he was a prophet?

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Right. So what Hara he sallallahu wasallam. Before he was even a prophet, he needed and understood he had to be alone. Now no one is going to tell you go and locate a mountain and find a cave and go plant that's not Islam, right. But the prophet of Islam at least understood in that moment in time, that he needed to be alone and think about things in his life. what is right and what is wrong? Where am I? What am I? What do I believe? No, what are my values? Right? Am I doing the things that I aspire to that I want to be or I'm being distracted by this dunya because as long as you don't allow yourself to think about these things, you will be you know, washed away by this dunya it will

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overwhelm you all the time, because they're always demands, do this do this one problem after the other one requirement after the other. So he did that a lot, he said, and before his death, and now when he would do it.

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The Prophet sallallahu Sallam had

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any luck attend, and he would enter them. He would enter that tent inside the masjid, and be alone with himself sallallahu sallam, of course, he would go out at times, talk to people talk to his wives do this and do that, obviously what he needed. But the main objective of Africa

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is not for it to be a social gathering. That's what is important about it. It's not a social gathering. This is not something that is new, you go back into some scholars are writing hundreds of years ago, and they'll tell you that ticka ticka, who never we is to withdraw from people not to join them. Right is to withdraw from people and to think and to contemplate and to find comfort, in conversation with Allah subhana wa Tada, this is another univox automatica and also

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and also the law, that you find comfort and sweetness in being with Allah subhanho wa Taala more so than with being with other humans,

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that this is not something that is easy to happen. But maybe Bismillah and I pray that Allah subhanaw taala grants you all this there may be efficace who start tasting moments of it, where you will say I actually prefer this than talking to this person or that person actually prefer this. Meaning when I'm reading the Quran right now and there are no distractions there. I'm not thinking about this sin I'm not you know, being harassed by the shavon. But I'm just simply conversing with Allah subhanho wa Taala hearing what he's telling me and then I speak to him withdraw and he hears what I'm telling him and so on and so on and so on. He say this gives me the greatest comfort and

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peace and tranquility that I can achieve. That's the best thing that I can find. And if you can actually enhance this and cultivate this, they will actually have cultivated and enhanced one of the great objectives of etica and without

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that you find your most comfort and satisfaction and happiness with being with Allah subhana wa tada even if there is no one around you.

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Even if there is no one around you, and sometimes you sometimes not all the time you would wish that there would be no one around you so that you can be alone with Allah subhana wa and there comes so that prayer praying at night

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Why was the pm so rewarded by a loss of panel data pm they only asked you because I've been asked you know why? Why is the loss of data loss pm data so much? Yeah, because you're alone and connecting.

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Right even though you're not showing off right? You're not you know, faking it. You're alone with the last panel with data. So there's great if lost in in great sincerity. Right? Because when you do other types of data, you're doing other types of data maybe in the presence of other people so that pushes you to do it.

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But with a pm when no one else is watching, most people are asleep and used to stand up and pray. Allah subhana wa Dallas loves that who was that strength of a man and that sincerity

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and

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And included, of course in that is that you're fighting against your own challenge and weakness. I want to sleep, I want to eat, I want to wake up, that's another type of air to cap and we're talking about, you know, we're spending most of the night you know, awake in worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we find it hard, right? Lack of sleep and fatigue, and we're being tired. And maybe, you know, sometimes we would complain about it. It's just too hard.

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But so Pamela, you think about it, you know, and how many people do spend the night maybe not in Ramadan, maybe after Ramadan spent the night most of the night just socializing and talking to each other, or watching movies. Two o'clock, three o'clock, four o'clock, right till done. And then they go to sleep. Isn't that another type of empty cup in a sense or a goof on something you're just devoted to that you don't care about anything else? So you can see we can spend hours and hours doing this right? There's no fatigue, no, no tiredness, we're not complaining. But now when it comes in, of course, to that, you know, the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Yeah, it needs a push.

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Yes, there's going to be fatigue, but Allah subhanaw taala wants to see that you favor this over that. And that you favor what is going to last over that which going to pass and go away.

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So here etica, like fasting, and it complements fasting. That's why some of the AMA said this, others didn't agree with them. But some of the others said, you have to be fasting while you're making etica. Some of the others, like because both of them complement each other. When you're doing it together, you're fasting because fasting is working on one part of your body, and mind and heart and the calf on the other part of body and mind and heart. So you withdraw completely or as much as you can, from the duty from distractions from sin, and you're close to Allah subhana wa Tada.

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And

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in Think about it, you know, other religions or other people have their own type of etica hermits, monks, or people, you know, go on pilgrimage to their sacred sites, and shrines and holy places, and they dedicate to them, and they give and they sacrifice, and they stay for days fasting, and offerings until these things, you know, are fulfilled, because they have specific requests. So they do actually a lot. They do a lot and they sacrifice a lot of time, effort travel, you know, I don't know if you've seen some of them, right? When they go to that particular voting place. They're probably have you seen them? They're crawling some Muslims, you know, as panela you know, for some

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reason they do that. They'll be crawling, or they're rolling. Right? Because that's increased devotion. This is what they're showing. Allah, God, their Creator, whatever it is, right. They're showing them their devotion. And this is how much I'm willing to suffer for your sake, so that you can grant me something, fulfill my request, or Forgive me whatever it is. so here also, I don't want to say you're doing the same thing you're doing something better. What is better is because a lot legislated this a lot I love this Allah, I love this. But also you're showing a loss of Hannah with Allah, Allah, I'm giving you something. I'm giving you my time. And I'm giving you my attention. And

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I'm asking you, Allah subhana wa tada to bless me back and grant me my, and grant me forgiveness. And grant me Jenna. So in order for us all to get this, we need to give Allah subhana wa Tada, something. That's why also in Ramadan, you should have for me to dunya must have by any reason, it's recommended in Ramadan, to lighten your load of the dunya. If you can, maybe some of us cannot. And that's understood, right. But if you are able to lighten your load of the dunya, but if you don't have to do your project right now, or take your exam right now and you can reschedule it and do something else later, do it later. So that you can devote more of your time for Allah subhanho wa

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Taala in Ramadan, because that is the time to do it after Ramadan, you will not have the same opportunity for us to get phosphites fasting and for collective worship, that enables you to do all of this stuff to lighten your actual load of the Union. You know, I remember that, you know, scholars from not scholars, you know, let's say call them or

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maybe a generation passed, and because they are countering the accusations of orientalist or saying, you know, religions just set you backward and they're the opium of the masses and all of this right. So they're accusing Muslims of being lazy in Ramadan, are you all of you are lazy in Ramadan? And then this is just other evidence to point to the fact that religion actually you know, takes away of your productivity and you know, your ability to modernize and you know, enhance etc.

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etcetera. So these Muslims are actually fighting that is all about how they're fighting back. And they were saying, you know, actually, your productivity, your worldly productive productivity and Ramadan increases, it actually increases. And it can be for some people that their productivity can increase in Ramadan, they say for instance, with people who are taking tests, of course, there's fatigue, but they're saying that your mental alertness is enhanced by fasting.

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But what do we want to say is that we don't also want to fall in the trap, the trap of the orientalist or who are anti religious by saying to them, we're gonna do more of this dunya in Ramadan, just because you accused us of this. In fact, no, you need time, every week, actually, you need it every day, every week, every year, and once in your lifetime, to step back, we need to do that and say to the denier stop, I've been spending most of my time with you, but I don't anyway,

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right? Like when you if you calculated? How many hours do you spend a day working?

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About eight hours, right? So that's five times right? In addition, whatever, spill that into the weekend, so that's eight hours, multiply that by five, now multiply that by a week, a month, a year. Compare that to the worksheet of our last panel data that we do every day, how much time do we engage in worship along you know, for regular average day,

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one hour, one hour, two hours, maybe. And some of us less than an hour who can justify daily prayers, right? Give them in like 510 minutes, 510 minutes or so you're talking about less than an hour or less, yeah, less than an hour. So compare one hour to eight hours, right? And then multiply and you will see the great difference between the time we spend on the dounia and I'm didn't even count the time when we come home. And we spend it with family which is good but still part of the dunya there's no hereafter intention, if there's no divine intention behind Allah subhanho data for Allah behind it, it's going to count as part of the dunya not part of the kettle and then watching

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whatever on TV and then you know, reading the newspaper and checking your Facebook and all of this right so you add four or more hours or more you know to this. So this is how much time we give to the dunya and one hour or less for the eschaton every day. So consider that when it comes to your entire life. That's why to pull back and pulling back there is not something to be found on or something to be criticized you need to do it. Because if you don't do it, you will lose focus in this life. You don't know where you're going anymore. The dounia will overwhelm you because the journey is over always calling you come to me come to me Come to me. And Allah subhanaw taala is

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also calling to you. And how what is going to remind you of that your ham should be the sky see the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, Man Canada Hello

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john hello and I hope you can be what we do here alima the one who Allah subhanaw taala had made or if you may be here after your intention and your main concern. Allah subhana wa tada will enrich your heart to your medical hot rich, and the dunya will come to you despite its will but even if it is a one, two, it will come to you. Or Monica dounia

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jello

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Tina dounia illa de Bella and the whole whose intention is the dunya Allah subhanho wa Taala will put poverty between his eyes and the only thing that will come to him from the dunya is what is written from him nothing more.

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So what is poverty between his eyes? I mean,

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take suppose that you're taking classes of a specific color you put them on? Let's say that they are pink, I don't know blue. You put them on what do you see anything? Blue, everything is blue. Right? So lots of panel data or the province of Islam this hadith is saying something to that effect you're taking these classes there poverty on them, and you put them on their journey as your intention and put them on. Wherever you look. What do you see? poverty? poverty, you get money raised poverty, how what if they take it away from me? What if I lose it?

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What if I What if this and this happens to me? Oh my god, I'm gonna lose it. Now. The car needs to be repaired. I told you no, no, no blessing in this money. So you always seen poverty in anything gonna buy this house. But this house was better widened by that house. This house is too small now. So you always see poverty because there's no winner in the heart. There's no satisfaction in it. So that's the case when you're always after the dounia always after the dounia though denier will do it will destroy you like this. So you have to have something or someone to remind you and say no, make that your intention. And if the answer is your intention, and the cleaner is in your heart, then

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anything that you have or receive you happy with is actually a lot

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You know you see an empty look at this food

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not like what kind of food is this you should have cooked better by the salt is not good you know the sugar is not good this to the not good but no anything that you have allowed to make you satisfied and happy with it because you've seen it

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and your thank Allah for its Allah keeps blessing you for it. And then the dunya will come to your door.

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It doesn't Of course mean Oh, we always have you know, to make these reminders. It doesn't mean you sit in the masjid all the time, the dooney will come to you doesn't mean sit in your home, the dinner will come to doesn't mean that. But after you put this effort, whatever that is needed, but your concern is not the dunya the dunya will chase after you. I mean literally actually somebody could actually come knocking on your door and say, hey, there's a job there. Do you want it? Somebody could call you with a job and say, Hey, I found this opportunity. Do you want it? Why did it come to you?

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Because Allah Subhana Allah knows that your heart is connected to him.

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And they describe Allah subhana wa tada as being jealous, jealous in a good way. In the Hadith, Allah subhanho data is being jealous. Jealousy is a good way not our jealousy, jealousy and how they feel, give your heart to Allah Subhana Allah, Allah doesn't want you to be worried about anything else.

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Allah doesn't want you to be worried about anything else, as long as you keep giving your heart to Allah. So before you start worrying about other stuff of the dunya Allah gives it to you. Here it is. So it's just right in your hand and you keep worrying about Allah subhanho wa Taala and your heart is clean. The other person on the other hand, doesn't care about Allah subhana wa Tada. So Allah says, okay, you worry about what do you want to worry, the thing is not gonna come to you, you are an actor, you are an actor, it

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is like something like this, like someone having this bag of money giving it to you in your lab, and you sit here with this, you don't have to do much. Or someone else saying here's this bag of money, you take the coins inside and use carry them.

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And you say go collect one by one. That's the difference between the two. Both of you are going to get the same amount. But when it gets it when he's happy and comfortable and thanking Allah subhanho wa Taala and the other one is getting it while cursing because he has to pick every coin from every corner.

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So that's what Africa also does is that it does have to change your perspective about your dm, about your athlete or about your email about what have I been doing with my life so far?

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To be content, but what am I have been doing with my life so far? Is that good enough?

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Is my joy I want to meet Allah subhana wa tada with this? Or more? Am I happy with this?

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No, no, I mean, what I mean like, Am I happy with enough good deeds that I've done with all the bad things that I've done in my happy with this right now? Or should I do more?

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And that's how you start you can start seeing the course of your life and trying to change the course of your life. And that's what it gives you a few. So I said you need daily fuel or daily stuffs. These are the sutras. These are the sutras and the more that you allow yourself to pause you come before the Salah, you sit you pray the soon as you remember our last panel dialogue, then you stand in salah and you pray and you're calm and you're thinking then you sit and you do your thinker after you give it time. You'll find that it actually helps.

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Because if you press this pause button on life, on dunion pause, stop, I'm not gonna let you stop and lets you know, your phone away, keep your phone away, stop. And then you allow yourself to talk to a las panatela five times a day. And you do that also every week with fightings Friday in a sense also when you can and if you can, you give more review time to Allah subhanho data not only for the Juma coming before Japan you know, and the earlier you come to Japan is better why it gets better for you see come before if you can you spend time afterwards that's a good time for dialogue between also another live so that is a time for you to reconnect with Allah subhana wa tada then once a year

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talking about Ramadan

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and then once in a lifetime

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right. So Allah subhana wa tada is designed these stops for you, when he forces you for your own sake and my sake forces you to stop, you just have to take advantage of them. So if we want to think here about again, the philosophy of Attica,

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Attica and in fact I say this about all types of worship at the caf Sala Salah fasting is not intended for the body primarily.

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The body is there to carry you, but it's not intended for the body intended for your heart.

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That's what Allah subhanaw taala looks at, in Allah leyendo he does what he called white sandy komolika nimbu American.

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Allah Subhana Allah is not looking does not look at your bodies and faces. He's looking at your hearts and actions.

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So that first thought allied is not looking at your body and what your body is doing. That is always a means. It's important to stand in the bottom of your hands this particular way, put your hands over your chest and say does not matter. Hey, move your lips, it's important that you do all of this you have to write. But that's not the ultimate. That's not the aim. That's not the goal. The goal is what is this old doing to your heart? Because Allah subhanaw taala ultimately wants to look at inside your heart, your chest and see this person has changed on the inside. What he's saying is going inside is fasting is benefiting on the inside his ethica

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is changing on the inside is increasing his email. Now he's finding it better to be alone with me now is finding the sweetness of the foreign sweetness of the day. He enjoys it when he's talking to me now he's asking me now he has learned to ask me for you ask other people to think about me before he thinks about other people to put me before he puts other people. Right. Now he's changing. So Allah subhanaw taala wants to see what happens to your heart. So this is what you want to do in your attic. And in your fasting and in your salon, all of the things that we're doing always monitor, it's like you're attached to a monitor, right? And you always you know, observe your heart and what

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it's doing. And if it's not doing very well, you go back to your data, and then you do it, well observe it well, so that your heart comes back to beating the right rhythm. That's the rhythm of email. When it's not, when it's chaotic, it means that the dounia is playing with it, your thoughts are playing with it, you're not really on the right, a nutritious meal or whatever, right? So you're not really on the course that a lot wants you to be. So you go back and you keep reviewing yourself reviewing, examining, reviewing, examining, until when until they meet the last panel. That's how it is and that's how it goes. So I think inshallah we'll stop here because the judges are just thoughts

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that I had about what I want it to be, you know, it's not like a thing of, you know, do a tick off and when you come in and when you leave and this and that Mashallah you have Shambala with you all the time, I don't want you to ask me the questions that you asked him keep asking him these questions. But what I wanted to do is this always to see what is this spirituality that we're going to get from all of our acts of worship, including fasting, on nF decaffeinating are supposed to do these things, and made use of a lot, a lot more. And the last last thing I'll say, the more that you give Allah subhanaw taala, the more that he will give you and the more that I teach you, and the

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more that He will teach you, the more that you will be amazed at the things that you did not know, and the things that just revealed themselves to us, Pamela, and you will be amazed at how incredible these things are. So lots of data is always willing to teach us, we're just bad students, right? So inshallah as the last panel data to always make us better students with open hearts and open minds so that we will learn as the last panel data to accept the gap and the gap of all Muslims, and to teach us the benefits of ethics and the benefits of fasting and the benefits of reading the Koran and to make our hearts you know, extremely connected to a loss of handling data so that we fill in

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the most loving the most and asked him first and we rely on him more than anyone or anything else. I mean,

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God is Allah is a very powerful transmitter, but you have to have the receiver to a regime has a few receivers effective, each transmitting all the time right? That's true that's a good analogy. So last panel data is transmitting or is teaching as he said, and you have the receiver with you right so everybody has a receiver but it's not really tuned on the right channel right so the channel is wrong. So you know he switched from FM to am and maybe like you know, an email channel maybe or frequency and then you turn it there and he stopped receiving all these things from us. Dallas was a good analogy. Lots of questions without

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Russia will see you asked me and then Alaska and then Alaska.

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First is limited only to Mr. Nam shift.

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No need to see these matters they disagree on some say yes, it's limited to Ramadan. Others say it's not limited to Ramadan. So in child life, if you have the desire and you want to do it, go ahead and do it and don't want to stop you if you want to do it later. Are there certain things that will invalidate a calf or make it macrofossil?

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That is mcru Fiona

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he have said that the gap invalidates the gap if you just leave them as dead with no reason. Sorry. If you leave the message for no reason. You just leave it that just stops it together. That invalidates your

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They get their laptops. Yes. Yeah. So like physically you need to be in the masjid. That is the only thing that right.

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Now let's let's focus on that for so you physically have to be in the masjid. Right. And if in your message you have to leave, but you have a legitimate reason to leave, right? If, for instance, you need to take a shower, for instance of there's no food available, you know, there's a reason go ahead and you come back, there's nothing wrong with it for no reason you leave, right? The gaff is done. So when you come back, you have to have another journal article. So your decaf is done. Of course, if you invalidate like a

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cobra, right, that is if you know that you are together and you need to take a shower. You can't stay in the masjid, you have to leave. Right? So you have to leave shower and come back. These are the only things that I know that invalidate as she called the livestock and about their etiquette certificate meaning what are you doing in the message of you sitting you know, back and watching whatever YouTube or you know, chatting with someone that's valid and validates the spirit of it together and the intention of it. So this person really in reality physically in the masjid mentally, spiritually, not in the midst of anymore. So they really have to review what they're

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doing.

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When should they eat coffee? And when does it end after

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that night before they eat or what not. So this Attica when they call the advent of memory bright and you enter the ninth grade is done. And the gap is done. So you're all

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right. So erotica has done they say some of the setup some of the some of us two states have a right these two states have a total spent that night and leave the message for a prayer. So you can do that. So it's up to you. So with method they called when the last day of Ramadan and then we enter into the night of aid. You can stop and you can go home

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for a long day

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so there's a way we did the prize she mentioned there's a we had about

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half the life

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yeah. So

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so it's up to you you want to do it and stay you can stay there's no like as he said sound How about you know, in the end, that's it if you wish to do it yourself? You can some of the celebrities, but if not, you can just

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tense okay. Yeah.

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What is the last? Yeah, I don't recall a specific report about it. That's why they said you can do this or do that. So there's no specific report about it.

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Yes, as we mentioned, and honestly, this is something to be taught by scholars no doubt in notice, we cannot leave this helpful. Unfortunately, this is the month in which is keeping us consistently away from the god.

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I don't know if someone has thought about that or not, but I inconsistency from the last five days thinking about it. But this college, it is in my pocket, and you throw it and I try to throw it as much as I can. But it is keeping me away from the ball. No, even I am

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now so what do you

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actually have the time I don't think anything. Even my family said I said give me a number.

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Now

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inshallah depends of course on you know what line of work you're doing and knowing what type of connection you need to keep with your family. So you can do it in installments in doses right so you can turn it off for an hour and stay away for an hour and you can try doing that and then two hours like off completely off three hours

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or just one hour Yeah, like I'm talking to the really severely addicted to it, like they can't really stay away. So you can like install those as Deacon do that. Or maybe as he said, you know, turn it down for an hour just check if anybody you know, email anything and then off and then just spend the rest of the day scanning maybe that will work and

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so this or that just like you know you're yourself and you know your medicine, right. So this is not going to work for you try this one until you actually reach a time where you don't need to look at it and look at your phone all the time. But yeah, you're right. It is a disease of harm.

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for 2025 years without this sign and we are going on everywhere I'm going the communication is the

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Panama but it shows you that can

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It can be done. I mean, you can you can actually let go of it, but it just takes it takes effort.

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So I get rid of the smartphone.

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Thank you so much. I hope I can be able to manage between that a procedure was wherever

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we can make the joke, you know, they mean

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the speaker.

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So there's two things, but the joke was that we know that when he sees tuition and stuff like that, he knows what I mean. So like, I can tell you, I was meaning like, he leaves it or

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tuition was like, you know, it's

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like, he was, you know, you know, what they mean? And as I say that,

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Okay, so

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that was means, like, let's see, he sees a bad like harm or a fight. And so he leaves it, because he doesn't want to get that harm for himself is that when you meet, I guess, like, in general, we can be able to make like,

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you know, just take people or somebody did something for you, like in general to give them like familiar.

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When I say like, you see like haram stuff, or like, you know exactly that.

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So, like I can be able to manage between.

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Okay.

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So, do you have an answer? At

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the moment?

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Didn't know.

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I didn't know who I was.

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Yeah, I was a nasiha.

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situation.

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Oh,

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okay. So if you found this, let's see if we can answer generally, maybe it will hit or not. So

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fearing the loss of Hana data, of course, does not mean putting yourself in danger, right? Or bring trouble to yourself, because you also have to be wise at the same time. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam also was very wise, for instance, he only feared the last panel data. But he understood that if he stood out in front of what I tried, and he challenged them, and he said, you know, all the things that they didn't want to hear, they could harm him, and they could harm his companions, right? So you have to worry about them as well. So when you think about it, in realistic terms, yes, you feel a loss of panel data, but a lot at the same time told you to take the ASVAB there are means

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and these means are made the men and men there to protect you from people's harm. So something for instance, that you know, related to

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we've been mentioned when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam went to escort his wife back, and two men saw him and he said, went back to them. And he said, you know, another sneak away now Sophia, she spoke to my wife. So they said profitable, of course, we're not going to you know, think you know, anything of you. He said, I mean, the shape on runs, you know, in the blood. So I was afraid that he's gonna whisper something to you. So he could have said, I don't fear them, whatever, they're going to tell me that's fine, whatever they say I don't care. But know the proper Islamism also understood, realistically, he is responsible for them, is responsible for their welfare, what

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they're going to be thinking about. And then the fear of our last panel data is there. So if you find something that is hard on something that is a fight going on, and you are unable to fix it, you know, you're solid, you're unable to fix it or change it solid obligation on you to go and fix it. If you believe that it's going to bring you harm that you cannot tolerate. It's not an obligation on you to go and fix that thing, right? Because it will put you in trouble you may not be able to withstand. So

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there is not an obligation on you though the fear of Allah channel that is always there. But Allah does not ask you to go in or risk yourself for doing this. But then they also Three Rivers, a man says find something wrong, you can change it with your hands. If not that in your heart, you know, if not that there, at least in your heart. So it's not mandatory to go and change it physically.

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That's true. That's true. So yeah, you can change to be with hand with tongue. What would your heart definitely Okay. Does that make sense? Yes. Okay.

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So yeah, this is a time that I turned my phone on, right?

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Because I made notes sister has two questions. Okay. One question is when I showed a lot alano made a calf? Did she make it as mustard for 10 days? And the second question is, can the woman do Africa, from Madrid to fudger and then break it and then do it another?

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Two questions.

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This time, it works something Yeah, it does, actually. So yeah, of course, the end of the wives of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, the gaff in the masjid. Right. So there's no question about that. So they said even now,

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even after the death of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, right they continue to do anything.

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Counting. So both men and women can do a ticket in the masjid.

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So that answers the first question shall Yeah. And the second one, can they do a ticket? to federal inshallah? Yes, we can. Because some say for instance, that ethnographies are 24 hours, it has to be from mother to mother, the bride and others day it can be partial. So if it can be partial according to some of the math, you can make your intention that my Attica is from two pages, and then you stop, you're together, do whatever you want, and then you come back. And when you come back, you come back with another year for Attica for whatever time you want to stay. And that could be you know, for some hours for half a day, for most of the day, for an entire day, whatever it is,

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inshallah, it should be

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their service.

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Because on the weekend, they can base your intentions all the time, even partially funded. Now.

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You could be working right, you could have other things that you have to do. So when you enter the studio and gentlemen, that theoretical of saying, you know, throughout that time, you need me and ethica saying the message is really dedicated, devoted, with all the advocates that we talked about the shift talked about, I've just been concentrating on a loss of Hanover data and not distracting yourself. And of course, the other problem with that is that when you do these things, you distract others. You know, what happens when I pass and I see you watching something in it, the value of that ticket drops.

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It drops is reading the Quran, like this is distract you. Right, reading out loud, right? So

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if you're too loud to not disturbing other people.

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Before

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we can hear that.

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So when we come before, though, after, after Ramadan, without without

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becoming the master, can they near the

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some of the ideas, some of the ideas, right, but he could do as he can. But I mean, what I personally would say is that it has to be some time. Yeah, you're not coming 20 minutes and leaving, you know, it doesn't have like even in Arabic, it doesn't have like,

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what is it called the meaning of etica? You're not really devoting a lot of time. But let's say an hour, you spend an hour, two hours, three hours

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and go back in Asia? Oh, yes. Yes. Yes. NHL. Yes. So this is time this is like an extended time. So according to some of the automatic Yes, yes. It's not like 10 minutes, 20 minutes now. Like you said, the spirit of aitikaf is like you know that it's like it's like in the modern corporate worlds like a retreat? Haha, yes.

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It's like a retreat, where you think about strategies and problems and marketing plans. So that is a very stripped so what does it have to be in the Muslim country do it in your home in a in a in a room isolated? And you know, cut yourself off from every all communication that's dedicate yourself to this, you could always have the option of doing that anytime of the year right? At home also. Yeah, but it's not technically called the T calf. Right? Because they are technically with a private office. And it was in the mystery, because but you can always Yeah, but can you always retreat back and read the Quran by yourself? And that's what tm is. So that worship is already there, but it's

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just called pm

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per se, technically is what you do here. You have five minutes. Any other Burning Questions? Yeah. is the same as concept for history. confined, confined once

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definitely. Yeah. 200 is raised one time because you're by yourself right in your room darkness of the night, praying to our last panel. That is exactly what it is.

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Yeah.

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I'm sorry. I was reading something that said Salaam Alaikum.

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Before I walked into

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the more conscious you are what you're doing and your knee and why you're doing it the better. But of course, if you come in and you have your sleeping bag with the one you have, you know your term is Jordan. Whatever, right? That's that's your knee. And that's why did you carry these things? I'm going karateka right. So that's already your knee. But I mean, of course if you are before you come to the masjid, why am I doing this? What do I want from it? That's even a better knee. Right? That's like renewing your intention and your email and dedication to the act.

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Another question from Schuster. This time, I didn't have to go on.

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Fridays. Can you do it at the cop from Friday prayers to Margaret or between us

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Mr. Gray is a better time.

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It's up to you inshallah whatever you know you can of course if you can spend more time in the masjid spend more time in the masjid. So if you can do it from home without making it harder I don't want to make it harder. And if this is not something that we began reading the Quran and the Sunnah make a ticket from you know, Friday by prayer to Mandalay bought from us so I don't want to make it hard on you. If it is easy, both are equally fine dude from Friday till there's more time in the masjid more Baraka in it. If you cannot ask them as Robin Sharma

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I think we will.

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Okay, we got

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