Channel: Bilal Assad
Preparing For Ramadan 2015 Talk #2 – Bilal Assad
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my brothers and sisters in Islam Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
It is a pleasure for me
and an honor for me
to represent Islam, and to stand here before you
to talk about one of the compulsively compulsory pillars of our religion.
One of the five pillars, which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam commanded us to act in our actions.
My sisters and brothers,
those verses which shall be less than noon recited before,
our beautiful verses coming out from a beautiful voice, may Allah preserve him
versus speaking about Ramadan, about fasting, the virtues of obeying Allah subhanho wa Taala, by abstaining
from your basic needs of life, the food and the drink
the sexual temptations
between husband and wife,
which I will also recite to you because I need to explain them in my talk.
But Allah subhanaw taala praises the fasting in these verses, and praises that the first thing came down in a holy month called Ramadan.
And after these verses, the beautiful verses which are lost on dialysis to us,
calling out to the messenger sallallahu wasallam. And telling him
that if my servants asked you about me, were either say I like a bad Eonni if my servants asked you about me, tell them for in nikoline I am close to them. Allah can hear and see and knows everything. You don't need to call out too loud or shout.
And he knows what you think,
Oh gee, without a doubt, either done. I will respond to the call when they call me. So let them answer to me and obey me.
And let them and so that they can reach success. These verses coming after a last command about fasting and submitting to him in fasting are beautiful. It is as though Allah, Allah is telling us
that if you fast
if you sacrifice something which is deity for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. If you obey Allah,
and sacrifice your basic needs,
then don't worry. Allah will not lose any of your actions. Allah will not lose any of your deeds, who will preserve them for you and multiply them by assuring you that he is close to you. And that even following fasting, your closeness to Allah is so close, that you can be heard by Allah Subhana Allah and there is a greater hope of them being accepted.
So with actions that please Allah comes acceptance of my brothers and sisters, and UPS abstinence from the forbidden things comes also the hope of your heart being accepted and probably this is why many of us we complain and we hear complaints about people not being accepted.
To begin with.
Allah subhanho wa Taala
is our Lord.
And what does Lord mean?
It means one who maintains sustains the Creator, the one who monitors us, the one who trains us, the one who makes sure that you are rightly guided and going on the right path and not falling into harm.
The one who chooses the best means for us to train ourselves into attain the best
and reach the highest purity. This is what Allah Allah wants from us. He wants us to reach purity. He wants us to reach honor. He wants us to reach righteousness. He wants us to regenda Allah wants to meet you in
Gentlemen, he wants to talk to you.
He wants to have a conversation with you. He wants to show you his glorious face. And there is nothing like Allah. He wants to show you himself in gender. And how can you meet him? If you don't strive towards it, and deserve it?
Allah subhanaw taala The one who created us, he knows how we can achieve this success.
And he knows how we can achieve purity.
So among his vast bounties and mercy brothers and sisters, yes bounties and mercy is that he prescribed upon us the oma of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a month of fasting,
obligatory, compulsory upon us to fast.
And this is from the mercy of Allah.
What he learned in methadone, Allah when you speak about parents, for example, in the way those of you who are parents here will understand this, how do you train your children? How do you monitor your children,
sometimes you need to ground them, punish them in a certain way. Probably punish them by keeping them in a corner or in a room for a little while.
Probably punished them or hit them, if they go towards the knife or towards that red flame.
They don't understand what that red flame will do to them. They don't understand what that knife is going to do. It's shiny, the flames are red, they're colorful. So when you punish them or hit them at a young age, they cry, they think that you've oppressed them. However, as they grow older, they begin to understand that you are merely doing this out of love because you want to prevent them from harm. And you are teaching them and training them.
So you make things compulsory upon them, you prevent them from certain things which they love to do.
Especially when they're older than that
towards the becoming teenagers, or at the age of teenager hood.
So it's only because you love them and you want them to become the best. Allah subhanho wa Taala wants to train us because he knows that this knifes of ours this soul which we have this conscience of ours, this knifes American be so it always commands us to do evil.
And we have desires, we love to live in luxury. We love to feed our knifes
with greed. We love to strive towards eating and drinking, we'll have to serve our sexual temptation faster than anyone else. And if you were to study the majority of the problems that we have nowadays in the world, among Muslims and non Muslims, you will find that most of it if not all of it is a result of this mouth, the eating and the drinking and the sexual appetite.
All these crimes that you see all because of some desire to eat and drink sexual appetite because these are the minimum and the basic needs. If they can't get it, they will eat you. You know human being can become a cannibal after a few weeks or probably a few months if they have no food. They'll turn around and eat their friends you know that?
So a Lost Planet Allah wants to train us.
In order that we may reach duck Where shall we learn recited the verse which says, Yeah,
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qu. O you who believe fasting has been prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you in order for you to reach God consciousness. darkwa darkwa and taqwa not only means God consciousness, if you want to know more detail, is basically to place a barrier between you and all harm harm of this world and harm of the hereafter. That can also be interpreted as a person who is walking in a field full of thorny branches. So you are monitoring each step, whereas the next step going to go, afraid of being harmed, spiked by those thorny branches. So you are always careful every step that you take. So Allah, Allah wants us to reach that form of attitude, not only in
Ramadan, Ramadan is the time of training, Ramadan is the time where Allah subhanaw taala
is teaching us training us physically in practice, by experience so that we may become better Muslims, conscious Muslims aware of Allah subhanho wa Taala better attitude a better enough's in the later months to come. So in other words, brothers and sisters, fasting or a whole life is the month of Ramadan if you like you live for 60 or 70 years.
100 years that 100 years is your month of Ramadan. That's how a Muslim should look at it. This is what we need to reach
taqwa in Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now Allah spent Allah He says, he has prescribed it upon us as he prescribed it upon the people before us. This tells us that it's not only the Muslims, the Omar, Mohammed Salah Salem, that have to fast order that it was commanded to them. This was to the Jews and the Christians before the People of the Book. Many other scholars, if you read in the deaf seed, as well, talking about almost every probably every generation that passed before us, Allah had commanded them in one way or another, to fast, their prophets fasted. And every generation had a prophet who came to them, their prophets told them to fast commanded them to fast, some of the
narration say that they used to fast from every month, three days. And this is how the fasting used to be in the beginning of the message of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. You see in the beginning, when prayer came down, and hijab came down, and they all these came down before even fasting came down. What I'm talking about is the first thing of the month of Ramadan, it wasn't compulsory, it
they used the first three days of each month, and it was also volunteering, whoever wanted to, didn't want to fast them, they should feed a poor person for each day of that of those days. So this is what used to happen until finally after two years of the hegira of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, after two years of the hedger of the province are sending me talking about 13 years later, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam received that command that they must fast in the month of Ramadan.
In other words, fasting actually existed way before. And this is why you probably hear still today that Christians or Catholic or orthodox or whoever they are they still fast in a certain way. Obviously, they've manipulated the way they fast, and they've added and subtracted things, right, but they still have something called fasting in the Bible, in gene. And also the Jews have a form of fasting in the Torah. It's also communism's of Deadwood, and many other scriptures before you can read also about that and look it up. But Alhamdulillah we receive the best form of fasting, and it is the owner of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who receives the greatest reward of fasting and
the greatest success in fasting, no other woman other than Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who was given this compulsory fasting for a month in the month of Ramadan.
And said to us the following Hadith, which I'm going to mention to you about the virtues of Ramadan,
my brothers and sisters in Islam,
since we all know that fasting is an act by which a believer abstains from his or her most basic needs and urges for a lengthy time.
Why do you do that?
You do that brother or sister because of your wonderful piety in the last panel dad, because of your God fearing because you believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala because you see, the wonderful thing about fasting.
The reason why Allah Spano what Allah said, in the Hadith, who could say Allah subhanaw taala says,
Every action that son of Adam does
is for them.
The angels reward you and there are prescribed rewards, some of them are multiplied by 70 to 700
or 10 to 700. However, he said except for the fasting,
it is for me to deal with, I want to reward it in a special way.
For in a holy war, Zb, Allah Subhana Allah says, fasting is mine meaning fasting is for me to look upon each individual alone. Nobody no one knows the extent of your fasting, the intention of your fasting except for Allah subhanho wa Taala. And so Allah said, This is a special deed. My servant abandons his food and had and his drink for me. His basic needs which I naturally created for them to survive, he has given it up
so Oh my angels, oh people listen.
Fasting is for me, bring it to me. I am going to reward this person in a special way that only I know about.
So it is definitely a unique
action. And it is directly tied with taqwa in our last panel what Island because no one knows whether you are fasting or not tell me when you fast in Ramadan, you can tell whether you are fasting on how can you tell when we were young, we used to stay stick out your tongue if it's white, that means you're fasting. But that's really not true. You probably chewing and chewing gum and your tongue will go white, or suck a white lifesaver and your tongue will become white but
Really no one knows. Except for Allah and you,
you could probably go somewhere and have a little bite it only take you five seconds, a drink of water to take you maybe a few seconds, no one will know.
Therefore it's completely reliant upon you how strong as your taco in our last panel with the island, and this is why last month data monitoring, he recognizes this and knows that you're fasting is something so special, so unique, different than Hajj, different prayer different to Jihad different to anything, because all of those other actions, you can probably show off with them. But with fasting, you can show off
your mighty brother or sister as a true believer.
You give up and you surrender is to slam your food and drink and sexual desire for an entire month. Out of desire and intention to draw yourself closer to Allah and fulfilling the area where Allah Allah says, or any boo Isla de como es name una
And come closer to Allah draw yourself closer to Allah and submit to Him before the day of torture approaches you and you will have no support. And this is what you are doing and Ramadan is what you are doing in your fasting.
There are so many benefits related to fasting brothers and sisters and I'm going to talk about them today and reasons why we fast and the benefits to us physically, mentally and spiritually in this life and in the Hereafter. You will be amazed inshallah, by the benefits, and probably I would like you to go and share them with your family members who didn't attend here tonight. share them with your friends who aren't here with you tonight. share them with your friends or people who you know have monster non non Muslims. Me personally I'm in back in Melbourne, we have students always coming to the mosque from non Muslim schools, Catholic orthodox, Xavier college, all these other different
non Muslim schools, they come to the mosque and one of the first questions that asked is why do you fast, and then we give them these explanations, we're lucky. And they really feel like they're lacking from so much and they feel humiliated in some way.
But you need to know because this is a question they all ask us why? Why do you have to give up your food and drink man? They look at us like with some strangers or widows? Why do you want to give up your food and drink you need to survive that they don't understand. They don't know why.
But insha Allah maybe Tonight you'll get a kind of an understanding.
Fasting is one of the tremendous ways that a Lost Planet Allah helps us to educate ourselves,
to honor ourselves,
to make ourselves better people with a better attitude, and a better personality.
And it lessens the burden of physical, mental and spiritual harms that one may be afflicted with in this life and in the Hereafter.
But if only we knew how Allah Allah says in the Quran, why doesn't Ohio law come in? Don't
if you fast it is better for you. If only you knew, If only you knew. But we are like children whose parents are always trying to slap them so that we don't go and burn ourselves in the fire or come neither guess
Allah subhana wa tada My dear brothers and sisters wants the best for us and wants to ease lots of the pain and wants to make us better people as we said and he warns us from those people who follow their desires your friends who follow designs they want to lead you astray very fast so I lost my data says on long Leo need to
be Runa Shanna
Tommy no Mina, no Lena, you need a long way.
which means Allah wants to forgive your sins. This is what Allah wants. He wants to forgive your sins. But those who follow their tempting and sexual desires, they want to ruin you. And they want to turn you away from righteousness and purity. Allah wants to listen to burdens off you.
He wants to listen to burdens of harm off you. But man was created weak in his nature. We are guided by Allah subhana wa Taala. To overcome our weakness My dear brothers and sisters, a Muslim tries to overcome their weak nature which they are created with.
Allah subhanaw taala chose the month of Ramadan for our fasting why in order to do
Recognize the superiority of this event.
in a Sahih Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam narrated by even our best I think,
and you will find this hadith in Rio de Sala hain, if you wanted to look it up,
that every revelation, every holy book that was sent down from Allah subhanho wa Taala onto the prophets that received them
was always in the month of Ramadan.
The months of Islam have always been the Mahabharata. And all of those nuns, always in the month of Ramadan, either in the beginning or the middle or the end. So the engine was sent down in Ramadan, that of Ramadan, as the bosoms of the world in Ramadan, all these were sent down Ramadan, and the Quran was also sent down in Ramadan, even our best or the Allahu anhu explains the Quran was sent down from Allah to the worldly sky, all of it together the whole code and we all know that we received the Quran from from Cyrus lm in his time, over a number of 23 years. So it was bit by bit. So how do we explain what Allah spirit Allah says in the Quran, Shahada, Madonna and lady who's in a
field? She has been as he was reciting the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was sent down? How do we explain the verse or it says, in
a movie like in a condo, we sent down the Quran in the night of Qatar of power, meaning in Ramadan,
if not better, best explains to us that Allah has sent it down from him to the worldly sky, in a place called beta Eliza. And then jabril Allah has center and began to give it to the Prophet sallallahu Sallam in portions. As we practice our day to day life, this is how it was. So the Quran was actually sent down, complete, prepared to the world, the sky, and the angels knew about it. Before it was sent down here, this is the meaning of that. So it is a holy month. It is a wonderful month, the month in which this great revelation the Quran was the words of Allah not created a part of Allah, which are his words, was sent down to us. And I don't mean the writing that you read. It's
the re citation that you recite.
In the same verse, Allah says, Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship. Those of us who think that fasting is said that we can go through hardship has misunderstood the meaning and the purpose and objective of Ramadan of fasting. Allah does not intend for you hardship and once for you to complete the period of the month of Ramadan and to glorify Allah for guiding you, Allahu Akbar, fasting month Ramadan is guidance. Let's see how it is in sha Allah. Allah says Finally, in the hope that you will be grateful
in the hope that you will be grateful we abstain from food and drink
and our intercourse has been in wife. We give it up sacrifice it it's not a hardship and in the end the lie saying in the hope that you can be grateful to that.
Let's see how it is inshallah. Allah works in mysterious ways. While La Jolla lemma and tome that element Allah knows everything and we don't know anything.
First of all, this month definitely is very special to Allah, isn't it? anybody's verses in this hadith we understand that this month is quite special to Allah Subhanallah Dan, so great value to him.
If it's special to a lot and so valuable to Allah, wouldn't you want to be the first to grasp it, and to do it perfectly, and wanting to play the last month and the thing which he loves a lot?
I do insha Allah.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, when the month of Ramadan starts in Ramadan,
the gates of heaven are opened, and the gates of Hellfire closed and the devils chained.
However, some of the scholars said that your Corinne, the shaitan, which you are born with, stays with you is still with you. However, he or she, the shaitaan finds it extremely difficult to be able to whisper to you or travel through your veins, because when you are fasting, your veins constrict
and the blood flows a little bit easier and thinner, which makes the pathway for the shaitan very hard because prompts are seldom said in the shaytaan ledger to be measured them the shaitan flows through your veins like blood throws close through the veins. And if you want a bit more detail, probably something for you to know. The shaytaan is made of fire and the annual is able to flow into your blood and is that when there is a current, you know when we call it a river when it has a current that current produces electricity.
Sitting and so therefore thought is able to travel through your body when there is a current of blood flowing. Did you not hear the verse in the Quran Allah Subhana Allah says can let you get a bottle of Chateau min and mess is like a person in the shaytaan possesses them out of muscle mass is similar to short circuitry.
So there is electricity in your body that shutdown flows through it in Ramadan when you fast naturally, because there's not much nutrition going through your veins and arteries. Therefore, your veins are constricted and makes it really physically hard for the shaitan. to flow to them through them. And and and whisper to you
and he's a one of the reasons why
you find yourself a little bit more pious in Ramadan, among other reasons.
And the doors of heaven are opened meaning the mercy of Allah the forgiveness of Allah, the
pardoning of Allah subhanho wa Taala is open
ended agenda all of its eight doors open ready to accept anybody. And if you were to die in Ramadan, the prompts are seldom said whoever dies in Ramadan, obviously have fasted properly and believes in the lust pantalla properly it will enter agenda. If you die in Ramadan.
And the dose of Hellfire are closed meaning Allah anger allows wrath is diminished. And Allah spent Allah does not want to be angry at anybody, he has given you this great opportunity. And this is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when he was climbing up the minbar one day and probably you know, this Hadith, the companions said as he was climbing the member, he said, mean on the first step. I mean, on the second step, and mean on the third step.
After that, they asked him a messenger Rasul Allah, why did you say I mean, I mean me. He said, gibril, Allah is Salam came to me and said to me, may his nose be rubbed in dust. In other words,
he has lost everything.
How unsuccessful is someone
whose parents I'm going to put some of them before others whose parents grow old in old age.
And they live to meet their parents old in age.
And he dies.
And because of them, he still does not enter Paradise. But as a man for himself. I mean, because it's a great opportunity, meaning your parents die and they're displeased with you. The second one, whoever hears your name, and their aunts, send them allows blessings and preys upon you. sallallahu alayhi wasallam. He said, I mean, then finally, he said, the one who approaches Ramadan
and finishes Ramadan,
and his or her sins have not been forgiven.
The prophet SAW Selim said, mean
and in the only reason the prophet SAW Selim said mean is because this is the greatest opportunity for anybody to have their sins forgiven. If in this month, you do not seize the opportunity. Do the righteous deeds, ask Allah for forgiveness in that month, abstain from the Mohammed from the forbidden things, especially in that month?
Then what kind of other chance could there possibly be a greater opportunity than the month of Ramadan? So perhaps I sent him said well, he deserves for his nose to be rubbed in dust. If Ramadan comes and goes, and still, nothing is forgiven, meaning you haven't done the work.
So we ask Allah to make us one of those who are forgiven in Ramadan.
In the Hadith, as we said, before the prophet SAW Selim said, Allah says, every deed of the son of Adam are for them, except fasting, I will reward in our real rewarded in a special way. Fasting is a shield of somo junuh. Fasting is a shield from harm and hellfire.
And then he goes on by saying, by him in his hands, my soul is the change of smell that comes from the breath of a fasting believe it is better to Allah than the smell of musk.
There are two pleasures for the person who fasts, one at the time of breaking it, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord or her Lord on the Day of Judgment. Then on the Day of Judgment, he or she will be pleased because they had fasted well. In Sahih Bukhari
they saw me if I hadn't
you know when you have a wedding is called a photo.
Well, this great fodder for the woman
is when they break their first in need, and in the Day of Judgment, when they meet a last panel and open up their book, and in your records you find so much fasting the month of Ramadan
Followed by shall word and before that Chabad voluntary fasting during the year Allahu Akbar.
The prophet SAW Selim also said there is a gate in paradise called Allah yen. And those who observed fast will enter through it on the Day of Judgment, and only they will enter through it no one else, it will be said, Where are those who used to fast and on the Day of Judgment of voice will call out among all those trillions of people, where are those who use the fast
they will get up and none except them will enter through this door. After the entry, the gate will be closed, and nobody will enter through it again.
It is a special door for the people of fasting with special rewards with special gifts inside. It is also inside
the processor llamosa said, Whoever fasts just one day, voluntarily. Listen to this, however fast one day voluntarily, just to please our last panel. One day you just wake up and you say I want to fast today. Oh, you say tomorrow I'm going too fast for no reason. Just to please Allah span of time to get closer to him. Allah will keep his face away from the fire as far as 70 years journey
70 years journey and this is just voluntary fasting brothers and sisters. Fasting the voluntary three days of each month also especially in Japan, as we said in the six days of show where the 10th of Muharram with a promise I sent him said two years before will be forgiven of your sins, or the day of Africa when you are here and not in hajj. So this is the voluntary fasting gets so many rewards like this. What do we say when the prophet SAW Selim told us that Allah Subhana Allah says there is nothing more beloved to me than the compulsory actions which I have made obligatory upon my servants. Only the first thing of Ramadan is more beloved to Allah than any other voluntary fasting
is the voluntary fasting makes you
be driven away from Hellfire as far as 70 years journey? What about doing the compulsory acts which Allah loves even more than that? Allahu Akbar.
there are also the last 10 days, more virtues
in which later to Qatar falls in one of those days later to Qatar force and one of the last 10 days of Ramadan in odd numbers, in which any da you ask Allah, Allah will accept in that night, whatever you pray, your prayer is equal to 1000 months.
It is a night which the Prophet sallallahu was telling us to wait for it anxiously.
In the last 10 nights, he will try his belt well stay up throughout the whole nights, wake up his family, and they will pray all night to Allah. Allah, pray, recite Quran make dua, all of these types of worship. And shed will probably talk to you more about them.
But the latest one called
the night of forgiveness, we have a last Mandela granted to surely has been granted so much goodness.
It is my dear brothers therefore and sisters, the month of forgiveness, the month of forgiveness, the month of opportunity, the month of reconciling with the last panel, what Allah and not just in that month, whether some people who have any subpanel Some people want to enter into Ramadan, they think that he comes a burden, he comes a hardship, he comes a big sacrifice will have to set and they hate it. So the day before Ramadan, or a couple of days before Ramadan. He or she goes out and does every haram thing in the book. They think to themselves, well, I deserve it because one whole month I'm going to sacrifice. As soon as Ramadan is ended and run on aid. They go out and do all the
wrong things in the book again, because then they think to themselves, well, I deserve it now because I fasted and done a lot of good things for a month. Where did where does it end? These types of people, my dear brothers and sisters have gotten nothing out of Ramadan, nothing at all. In fact, these will be the types of people that the prophets I send them said are bizarre. I mean, there could be a person who fasts and will receive nothing from their fasting except hunger and thirst. What about me? And it could be that a person will be praying in the middle of the night in Ramadan will receive nothing except sleepless nights. ever imagine that you fast and you stay away and you
suffer for nothing? for nothing.
So here are the benefits and reasons for fasting for you brothers and sisters and for us to understand. First of all, you need to understand this.
is completely consistent with a human nature. Do we all agree?
our instinct, our human nature, the commands of Islamic and kin, kin tenuously consistent with our human nature and this is why a non Muslim, a Catholic when they listen to the Quran, and really listen to it properly with its meanings, or listen to the words of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. They always commonly say to me
They don't know what to say. So all I can say is, it makes so much sense. And if they have better English, they say
it relates to me.
What are they talking about?
The Quran reads them. Because Islam, Allah has designed that and created it to be compatible with the human nature. And he has given it to us.
The act of eating, drinking, and sexual intercourse are not evil things in themselves. But just because we have to fast from food and drink. And it doesn't mean that it's evil, they are part of the human nature.
But as Muslims, we understand that these natural actions must not be left to just run free, we have to restrain them, we have to control them.
As I said before, if we leave our desires free, well, I will kill will murder will, will steal will rape will become addicted to drugs, all of these sexual diseases will spread as they have done in the corporate life. So these desires have to be suppressed and controlled. nor are they to be denied completely. They didn't say I never want to eat or drink is hard on.
But you have to control them.
As I said, otherwise, we will dive into these desires and not care about the consequences.
Widespread sexually transmitted diseases, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, murderers, rape all of these things, we find them nowadays abundant, abundant in all the worlds
so there is no control to that desire. I remember once interviewing the age, and they asked me what is a message that you would like to give to the Western people from an Islamic point of view? And I said if there is anything to the Australian, don't ask me about the Australian people, I said, is for them to learn
how to create boundaries for themselves. They've got no boundaries, man. Just feed this body, live a luxury life Do what you please whatever you like, become a sodomite If you wish to become a lesbian, if you wish, you know,
have a dog as your son or adopted if you like whatever you like, whatever pleases you just go ahead. And I did a survey one time about some university students asking them if you can rape a girl and get away with it, would you do it? and 80% of them said yes, but only the laws and the prisons. This is what prevents them. What prevents us Muslims is not that what prevents us is our party and the last part that I'll talk about in the last minute on the accountability on the Day of Judgment. Otherwise, especially as Arabs, who were to be lit free, there's no accountability for this bed now what will happen to us later? So hamdulillah for Islam, handler for Islam and hamdulillah I don't
mean to pick on the Arabs Wallah the Arabs in the beginning Mashallah if they had didn't have good in them, Allah would not have sent the Quran unto them in their language. So don't go too far brothers and sisters.
So it needs to be harnessed our desires in order to produce positive results for our souls, and even for humanity at large.
But we need to tame our desires we need to tame it Yes. Allah and Allah says in the Quran
watch him see what will happen when comedy either when
he swears by all these creations then he says, Oh I've seen
and the knifes and the way Allah created and fashioned it, he gave it the ability to do good and evil gotta fly hammers again. whoever
controls it, and honors it has succeeded or causing harm.
And whoever obeys it and gives it what it desires all the time and let's have free like an untamed animal has lost everything. So we have to tame ourselves what makes us good Muslim, we are conscious aware.
So we need to tame ourselves brothers and sisters.
And fasting does that for us. It helps a lot in our urges and teaches us how to have self control over ourselves. self control over our anger. Jani husband Zhu who get home and they're hungry from work, usually the first person that they have to
lose their anger and their temper towards this Myskina his wife at home has been looking after the children. If he doesn't find the food ready, he loses it. Obviously the person doesn't fear Allah subhanho wa Taala so Allah commands him and obliges him to fast in Ramadan and tell him fix yourself up.
You can say probably fasting or Ramadan is a time for rehabilitation.
We're too addicted to our desires, we're too addicted to our evil ways. So last night I was to give us a session of rehabilitation and what a great rehabilitation it is for those who do it properly. Among the first benefits that we receive, is that first thing is a source of forgiveness for our sins. No doubt.
The prophet SAW Selim says, however, fasts Ramadan with faith, and hoping for its reward, the seven shall have all of his previous sins forgiven for him.
If you fast that hoping for its reward, while being pleased to perform it, without considering it something heavy or a burden or a hardship upon you, and complaining all day until the if thought of time comes, right, if you do it, hoping for Allah's mercy, wanting to come to Allah being ready to enter please the lowest mentalist thanks. So yes, I am going to compete with myself, I'm going to train myself, I'm going to do it for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. And I love this training, I'm going to see what it can do for me, if you do that, and you are prepared and ready, one line, you will live a beautiful life, you'll become one of the most conscious and pious people, you'll become
happy mentally, physically, and spiritually.
But if you complain, and you find that it's a burden and a hardship for you, really, you're not going to harness the benefits of it. Number two,
if you fast, you should be able to feel like you are doing something beloved and special to Allah. And when you're fasting brothers and sisters, a lot of people lack this, they don't understand what kind of a value they actually practicing. You have to try and you have to understand and feel that this is something that ultimately loves, he loves what you're doing something special to Allah and you are doing something special to him. Yeah, anyway, learning method in Allah to Allah belongs to visit examples. Husband and wife, if you love one another a lot, you do special things for one another, right? The wife does special things to please a husband, and wife and the husband does
special things to please his wife, even though they don't really want to do these things. However they do them in order to please the azmin when they see the pleasure of their spouse, there, they feel happy about that, because they've accomplished something special. And it brings your closeness and your tie and your relationship even closer, rather than being selfish and looking after your own rights and demanding them. So when you sacrifice something special to a lust pinata, which is special to Allah subhanaw taala you develop a love from a lot towards you. You develop a closeness between you and Allah, which is special between you and him, because nobody knows about your fasting
it also my dear brothers and sisters strengthens your qualities of patience. We already gave an example of that. In fact, it touches on all the branches of patience. There are three types of patience. Patience is a fruit of three types, right? So you know them. It's persevering by continually performing the acts of worship, for example, continually praying continually fasting, continually wearing your hijab continually abstaining from continually doing the the acts of worship. fasting and breaking it at the commanded time is also a continuous thing. Another form of patience is persevering by refraining from what Allah forbade. So being patient and persevering or
staying away from alcohol and pork, and heroin looking at hot on touching hot on lying, gossiping, backbiting all that stuff. And also remaining under control in times of hardship and difficulties. A member of your family dies, your brother dies, calamity of loss of wealth, or you're sick hunger and thirst in Ramadan. So fasting and breaking. You are persevering by obeying a line that command abstaining from food, drink and intercourse, you are persevering. By staying away from the forbidden things in Ramadan, pains of hunger and thirst you are persevering by being patient on the pain of hunger and thirst. So all of the signs of patients are in Ramadan. It also reminds you Ramadan,
fasting reminds you of your true goal and purpose in life while allowing you only when you fast. You What are you actually doing? You're putting a las panatela before your own desires.
What are these desires, your basic needs of life for living.
So when you put Allah before you enroll in fasting, you really begin to discover yourself what you really want out of life and you really begin to discover yourself. What is your true priority in life?
When you fast you're happy about it and you understand you're pleasing Allah subhanaw taala then you will understand what you really prioritize. It means that you are really prioritizing the pleasure of a lost power dialer. You really want to save yourself before anything.
Another benefit is that it gives you time to think and ponder doesn't
You see the things that occupy us right now, if you really wanted, if you had a diary in your right, what really occupies in the day, right? You will find that it all comes down to
food and drink
and sexual desires.
To get the sexual desires you need energy, where does energy come from food and drink.
If you want to work or go to the casino, or do something, activity, I mean, all the harm requires you to have energy, right? If you want to do that, you have to be able to have some source of energy, mental energy, physical energy, whatever, let's harness three food.
When you abstain from this, your energy is diminished.
Your mental your glucose in your brain is also
in a minute. So what happens to you,
you don't try to go out too much.
You don't try to go to the places we used to go to in haraam. You try not to any you don't, even though some some young fellows single, they surprised me when they say so Pamela brother, I find that in Ramadan,
my sexual appetite rises. And this is something really strange with low housing. But however really, even if you have that urge in Ramadan, really, you don't have enough physical power, you don't have the mental state to really go ahead and do it. Even if you have that urge. How many people really in Ramadan Eonni really go out to that effort and start going to those places and stuff. So it gives you time actually, it gives you more time, gives you more time and space, to reflect, to think, to ponder over your sins, to reconcile with Allah subhanho wa Taala.
It keeps you away from the toxic matters that affects your brain when you when your stomach is full. So as I said, it frees you and gives you the time to ponder and think and regret your sins and accountability with a Lost Planet. What
Another benefit is that it makes you feel the plight of others, mainly the people who can't eat can't drink, because the to pour, it gives you the opportunity not only to know what in theory, and this is what makes the Omar Muhammad wa sallam in this experience better than others.
In that, you get to feel what these poor people are going through. What does it do for you, it makes you a generous person, it forces you to think about them. This is why I lost Mandela when he mentioned this sacrifice of fasting in Ramadan. After that, he said and look after the orphans because the orphans are deprived of many of the luxuries which you have. in Ramadan, when you deprive yourself of these luxuries you get to feel it. And when a poor person is mentioned to you, or a person who is inadequate or person who is an orphan, you feel sorry for them, it trains you.
The professor sent him said look at those who are lower than you, having less than you and do not look at those or above you having more than you
as Otherwise, the boundaries of Allah upon you would become insignificant to you. You want to thank our last pantalla anymore. And this is why further and thank Allah subhanaw taala they don't understand, you know what it means to have this luxury, they're not grateful. Fasting takes you even further. You don't just see the plight of others, but you feel it as I said, especially in this day and age in our time, food, drink, electricity and luxury, you know is already available at our disposal. Everything we want is there. So it becomes easy to take them for granted. And it's easy for you to forget the Namah of Allah subhanho wa Taala upon you becoming greedy, becoming selfish,
bad tempered and spoiled is what happens to us. When we get used to luxury. This is our state here in Australia brothers and sisters were too used to luxury and we don't and it's upon us Professor Sam said go and visit the graves visit the hospitals visit the sick people see what they're going through, go through the land and see what plight other people are going through and then thank Allah subhanaw taala for having a piece of bread that you ate.
So let's not that it forces you to feel that because it's good for you.
And this is why last month Allah ends the verse by saying in hope that you may be thankful when you fast. Allah wants you to come out of that thinking Alhamdulillah that I have food and drink.
It develops awareness that Allah Subhana Allah wants us to abstain from all forbidden things before and after Ramadan.
It develops a strong awareness of Allah subhanho wa Taala when you are fasting just for Allah.
You're aware of Allah, you're afraid, you know when you if you go into the corner, for example, how many of us here were afraid to break our fast when nobody's seeing us? We do, don't we? Even a child return fast. So when they're alone, they're still afraid to eat or drink because you tell them a look and see you. I love you, children.
all'amatriciana take a look and see. And so always afraid. And this is in Hamden, near the essence of taqwa in a loss planner with Ireland. When you go through that for a whole month, obviously, especially in Ramadan, we feel that more we're afraid to eat or drink, right? We develop a sense of stronger consciousness of a lost presence of a loss of presence. And therefore, after Ramadan becomes easier for you, to have that sense of a lost presence. So you will abstain from haram things after Ramadan, until the next Ramadan.
in Ramadan, you also realize the need for Allah subhanho wa Taala this food and drink which you have prevented yourself with, you realize that if Allah spent Allah wanted, he can prevent you from his food industry, and how will you survive? How will you How will your state be? So you go into that effect and find cPanel Allah can easily prevent this from me. And look at my state now. So if I lower to really prevent it from me, how would my state be? So what do you do? It should make you turn to Allah Spanner dial and say to him, yeah,
I've recognized and I've realized, well, you know,
I've realized how far away I've been how blind I have been in my other days. So I asked you to guide me, you're the only one who can sustain you can provide me guide me out of guiding, because I'm lost. It also trains you to control the two greatest potential sources of evil. Does anybody know what are the two greatest potential sources of evil? Please answer what do you think?
Have a guess.
Other than you?
Yes. Can anybody guess the two sources of potential evil?
Not killing a Muslim,
Yes, that is correct. The two potential sources of evil, where all the evil comes out from is what's between the lips, as well as, as Adam said, between your jaws, and what is between a person's legs, and in the private part. These are the cause of most of the evil that happens in the world. And notable scholars said
the other blessing of fasting is that it bows to a great extent the main doors of corruption as defined in more than one tradition.
It is this hunger and the sex urge. It is due to them that meaning that men gets involved in so many troubles and drags others into this as well. These are the routes by which shaitan attacks men. Fasting takes best care of these two, while fasting not only eating and drinking are prohibited, but also quarreling, telling lies, backbiting, indulging in idle talk and gossip are all at cross purposes with fasting.
Once again, it reminds you of the purpose of life. And last night the Eilat talks about us talks about the kofod. In contrast to the Muslims, I have two more minutes in sha Allah. Allah says, What levena aka Fotolia
Conan, Conan and
those who reject Allah will enjoy this world and eat as cattle eat
and what to cattle do brothers and sisters, they just ate a lot of olive ate and sleep and mate, eight sleeping mate. And then they die and turn into dust. So our last man talks about those who reject the last man What do they do? They just ate sleeping mate with no other purpose in life, no objective in life, and the fire will be their abode. The believer never has this type of a life. The believer
believes that eating is only a means to worship Allah, while the caffeine
believes that eating and drinking is so that they can live. And today there's a new motto among the West, especially in the modern society. And I've taken it a further step by saying that now we live to eat. Now they live to eat what the default. It demonstrates your sincerity to Allah, Allah as well brothers and sisters, and finally, which is the most one of the most important, it relieves you from the burden of once and worldly peer pressure, frustration.
You know, at the moment, we're in a modern disease called the disease, the disease, the desire for more, you always want more, more, more more, give me give me give me I want this, I want that. And the diseases even greater through the advertisements and other you know, manmade human
temptations which have made us believe for some reason that many things that are superficial are necessities in our life, that one can't live without.
That is what they've come to make us believe
That are really superficial. We can't live without them.
Like warfare, you know, the the hairdresser, we have to be there all the time, we have to have our blow dryers ready, we have to have this certain thing in our house ready we have to have a television, we have to have this certain thing, we have to have this certain that author advertisement, we have to have this type of a car these types of shoes we have to this type of dressing, this type of food we have to this this type of clothing, yani it's come to our into our heads that it's as if we can't survive without them. When you fast and you abstain from the most basic needs of your life, you come to realize, so panela you know, I can't survive without even the
basic needs. So all this luxury, which they're tempting me with and taking my money for is just really a lie. It's tentation finish a thought to lead me astray. And so it makes you humble, and makes you give up this world that you find yourself in Ramadan. And you find yourself really humbled. You find yourself wanting to do good deeds, pondering,
we will find this in ourselves then we feel like we want to do lots of good deeds. So Panama. So the first thing develops this perspective in our head, and you realize that you're pretty clothing, the collection of wishes and self made needs beautiful houses, delicious food, and fast moving cars, etc. They are not really the greatest necessity in your life and you can do without them. So makes you more generous and donate them and humble yourself. If all human crimes and sins are listed My dear brothers and sisters, and if the basic reasons of greed, destruction and murder assault, the ultimate link will be found in the food and the drink of the people.
So my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, I hope that we have benefited something from our talk today. I've gone past my time limit. And I asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to bring this glorious month of Ramadan to us while we are in the best of health and make us able to serve its benefits and harvest from its fruits which Allah Subhana Allah wants us to harvest from. I ask Allah Subhana Allah that it will be a training session for us, like a person who attains a wild horse. Right. Next is go through difficulties and hardship. I had that last month that I loves. It makes us you know, go through it with ease, and with love and happiness, and asked a lot smarter to make our unity even
stronger. akula Cody, Heather, well, hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala Sayyidina Muhammad Ali he was suffering in silence Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah