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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi h moraine. All praise is due to Allah and made a Peace and blessings of Allah be upon our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and upon all those who follow His guidance, his methodology, he stood in his way he's creed until the last day, brothers and sisters in Islam, salaam wa Alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Today inshallah huta Allah will lecture is entitled Ramadan for a limited time only.
And this heading or this title was inspired by one of the verses in Surah Al Baqarah, which talks about cm and talks about Ramadan and fasting. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, yeah Lavina Amano Kuta Bali como si
Kuta Bali como sia mukana katiba Allah Allah vena cava Nicola Allah.
Allah subhanaw taala says kuchibhotla como cm cm has been ordained for you as it was ordained for those before you. So that in order you gain taqwa, in order that you gain righteousness and piety in the fear of Allah azza wa jal and reverence of Allah. Immediately after this command of fasting, Allah says, a year mama do that a year means days young is the day or days module that they are a limited number of days. There are a limited number of days, Allah azza wa jal is bringing to our attention that they are only a few days, I mean, they are going to be either 29 or 30 days of some 355 or so days of the year of the lunar calendar year. So there are a number of days and Allah
subhanaw taala wants us to make the most out of these days and not turn these days into a missed opportunity. So just like you when you go to when you hear about shopping centers or a certain store that says For a limited time only, or while stocks last What are they actually saying what are they trying to do to us, they want us to act quickly, before the time is up and you miss out on the on the discounts and you miss out on the concessions that are on that are available. So Allah azza wa jal is saying, am and Matthew that purchased a number, a limited number of days out of this how we make the most out of them. So Allah subhanho wa Taala mighty brothers and sisters in Islam. He
really has blessed us in ways that we will never be able to enumerate or count. You can never count the blessings of Allah azza wa jal, Allah himself in the Quran says, We're not Allah, Allah to sue her. If you were to enumerate or to count the blessings of Allah azza wa jal, you will not be able to count them. Who can count the blessings of Allah azza wa jal whether it's the blessing of actually being Muslims and not being kuffar not being disbelievers or moon, African or hypocrites. We're into dunya Mata la de la sua, whether it's Eman, Islam, whether it's the poor and that we have, whether it's belonging to the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as an owner, as a
nation, whether it's our health, whether it's the peace and the security that we enjoin, that we enjoy. So, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, Allah azza wa jal, he does so much for us and blesses us and rewards us and gives us so many opportunities to be outstanding in this life and outstanding in the hereafter.
And Allah azza wa jal, he has blessed us with certain stops throughout our lives for us to nurture our amen and and tend to our Amen. Because our belief is that immense increases and decreases your your Eman, your Eman levels, they increase in decrease they don't always stay the same. So do not be surprised if you have you know, if you see yourself and your Eman levels are low at times and sometimes they are extremely high. So they increase with good actions and they decrease through sin and transgression and not doing what Allah azza wa jal has commanded. So Allah azza wa jal bless blesses, he hopes up
Along the way, so we don't become misguided. So Allah has placed put in place for us seasons or stops for us to revive our Amen. You know sometimes when you driving on the freeways or on the streets and you see a sign I know this is applicable in Australia. I don't know about other parts of the world. But you know, you often see the sign stop revives survive, right. So when you're driving on a long road, they're reminding you to take some breaks to take it easy on yourself even though you're just sitting there. You have the air conditioning on you just driving, but it does have a toll on your body and life. Life brings about hardships, many dilemmas many challenges many arduous
situations that we find ourselves in. So we need to stop to do certain exercises that will that will revive our Eman so to allow us to survive the hardships in this life and the hardships of the hereafter which begin in the grave. And when we stand before Allah azza wa jal so stop revive and survive, what are the steps what are some examples what we have daily slump stops, such as what such as solar, Allah azza wa jal in 24 hours once Esther stopped five times, and he has chosen those times, and so we stop to we make will do and will do revitalizes us freshens us up, you know it's very invigorating, and we make will do ablution and we perform the Salah, we we exercise our limbs
in our joints, and we find ourselves now more energetic, more productive and focused in sha Allah, Allah and what's about to come throughout the day. So we have our five daily prayers for Jared and vorinostat Muslim in Asia, they the five daily stops, then we have
weekly stops yo Majumdar whereby a Muslim male is obligated to attend the masjid the mosque and perform Juma prayer.
We have yearly stops okay Ramadan is one of them whereby we stop and and all of these stops can contain disciplinary exercises and spiritual exercises and in Islam is a Deen is a religion of spirituality.
We also have lifetime stops had a pilgrimage to Mecca whereby we connect with people from all walks of life in Mecca and its surrounding areas whether it's Mina arafat was Delhi fact we go to Medina and we meet our brothers and sisters from all over the world. And we connect with them. And we are reminded that we are all equal in the sight of Allah azza wa jal only Allah azza wa jal judges us for our Eman And for our taqwa.
So, Allah subhanho wa Taala
has put for us the seasons, these places for us to stop to revert to revive and to survive inshallah, who to Allah. And so we need to make the most out of these stops, they're there for us. They're there for us, we need to reach out and we need to make sure we do the correct exercises out Amen. Needs nourishment. As human beings were made up of a physical body and a spiritual body, many of us nurturing our physical bodies, through food and through drink and through exercise, but many of us are neglecting and neglecting our spiritual beings. Right? And so hence we find people are depressed and we find one of the highest selling medicines and drugs in the world, our
antidepressants, people resorting to drugs to become happy because they are not nourishing them their souls. So we have the Quran we have the remembrance of Allah we have these religious obligations that nourish our faith, but none of many of us are not reaching out. So I'll give you an example. If we have food in front of us, very balanced food, healthy food, whatever it might be in front of us, and we know for sure it that it is healthy.
But how is it going to benefit us if we don't eat it or drink it? He can't just look at it. You can't just say that. Yes, I love the Quran. I love prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I love Allah azza wa jal
it's not going to benefit you. You need to basically put your money where your mouth is.
In Mohave belly, man, you have to if you love something you will obey you will obey Allah azza wa jal you obey the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the Quran, Allah
Who's in tune to hip bone Allah effectively with Kamala, that if you love Allah, the prophet SAW Selim said, If you love Allah Follow me, Allah will love you. That's how you get the game. That's how you gain the love of Allah azza wa jal by following in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And when we have this Eman, when we have this faith, that's when we will be happier individuals and the opposite is true. And Allah says in the Quran, woman arada victory for in Allahumma schatten Blanca, and whoever turns away from my remembrance, will have a wretched life will have a miserable life. So, if you want to have a successful and happy life, okay, then it's very important that we adhere to the teachings. Otherwise, Allah is telling us in no uncertain terms, that you will have a wretched life. We need to check ourselves, we could check our relationship with Allah azza wa jal, Allah azza wa jal is giving us an opportunity throughout the through one month to discipline
ourselves. And studies have shown that I've changed for change of behavior. It takes some some 30 or 40 days for a change of behavior to become a habit. And then it takes some six months to become a lifestyle. So we have an opportunity coming up to really reform ourselves and to reconnect with Allah azza wa jal and to get our priorities straight in sha Allah hota Island. So as you know, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, we are approaching the end of this month, this is the month called the month of Shaban
and it's a and we are approaching. a month in which the Quran was revealed
in Ramadan is Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed. And it was not only the month in which the Quran was revealed, but there are authentic narrations heidy.
that indicate to us that the scriptures of the past were also revealed during the month of Ramadan. That's how special this month is.
This is a month of remembering a lot. This is a month of performing night prayers. This is a month of repentance. It's the month of Ramadan that we're talking about here.
And during this superior month, there are many
historical milestones that took place. For example, the first battle of Islam, the Battle of better took place in the month of Ramadan. And the Muslims were victorious in this battle.
And what is amazing about this victory is that the Muslims were outnumbered
a ratio of three to one whereby there were 300 Muslims 300
of the Sahaba Okay, and there were 1000 mushriks 1000 mushriks, trying to annihilate Islam, trying to annihilate the prophet SAW Selim and his message. And so upon Allah, had it not been for the victory of the Muslims in this battle.
You and I perhaps would not be here as Muslims today. It would have been the end of Islam.
Because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam before this battle, he raised his hands. He's he raised his hands, his arms in supplication
into our to Allah azza wa jal. And he said, Yeah, Allah, O Allah, give us victory. Because if this band of Muslims should be destroyed, no one will be left on earth to worship you. Because they were the only ones that were worshiping Allah azza wa jal who were following the true path of Allah azza wa jal following Hamas arson.
And so let's not underestimate the great battle of better that took place during the month of Ramadan. It was also during the month of Ramadan, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, that the conquest of Mecca took place. The conquest of Mecca, federal Mecca, took place in the month of Ramadan.
It was also
in the month of Ramadan, that the conquest of Turkey known back then as Constantinople to press in the month of Ramadan. And also we have Spain.
The conquest of Spain took place in Ramadan.
And so it's a very Blissett month and from amongst the death of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he used to say Allah him
baddeck lenor derecha Shabana Ileana Ramadan he used to say
and Oh Allah, blissful for us the month of Rajan and the month of Shaban and deliver us to the month of Ramadan, allow us to take part in the month of Ramadan because of the great reward that waits in the virtue and the benefits of Ramadan and so we find the center for silence, we find the Sahaba for
for five for five months of the IE they are making do I Allahumma boliviana Ramadan Allah my boliviana Ramadan Allah whom Allah Ramadan Oh Allah
bless us so grant us the ability to fast in the month of Ramadan to take part in the activities of Ramadan then Ramadan would come and then six months for six months to do that you would always make Allahu Akbar Mina Allah methylcobalamin Ramadan Allah except from us the actions that we get in front of our done because the actions are so high and and meritorious and so rewarding, that they want to ensure that they have secured all the all those actions and the rewards that they have granted that they committed in in Ramadan.
This is how we should be inshallah who to follow following in the example of our Salah Pharsalia our pious predecessors
and Ramadan, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam
is one of the Shah era of Islam. It's one of the symbols. It's one of those things that we need to venerate. And if you don't venerate Ramadan, and if you if you look at Ramadan is just another month, just another ritual, then there is an issue. A problem with your Eman with your faith.
when you honor the symbols of Islam, whether it's Ramadan, whether it's Joomla, whether it's solid, whether it's selecting Gemma, whether it's
Laila to the other, whether it's Mecca, whether it's Medina, whether it's Palestine, these are all symbols, these are all icons of Islam. And we should always honor these things and reveal these things and love these things because they love By Allah, a Muslim loves what Allah loves. A Muslim hates what Allah hates. So, Allah subhanaw taala says, vaniqa woman you have insha Allah, He for in the home in Tukwila, kulu, that whoever, that whoever honors the symbols of Allah, whoever honors the symbols of Allah, then it is truly from the piety of the heart. And we find this in Surah Al Hajj, the 22nd chapter of the Quran, verse 32.
And so panela despite this introduction, despite the verses, despite the hadiths, there are many people, many Muslims who don't honor the month of Ramadan. And when it comes to Muslims and Ramadan,
a Muslim is one of six categories. Every Muslim and Ramadan will belong to one of six groups. You're either in one of those groups and no other group. Let's go through the six number one. They are that they're the worst of the lot. They are the ones who don't remember Allah, not in Ramadan and outside of Ramadan. They just Muslims by passport or by their, you know identity cards or whatever you want to call them, Muslims by name.
And their individual individuals who are heedless, hatless of Allah azzawajal, who created them and has provided for them and whose every cell in their body is from him from Allah azza wa jal.
Yet they do not worship Allah azza wa jal in the way that he is to be worshipped. And they don't even pray. They don't fast. So this is the worst of it. There are people out there who say they are Muslims, and they do not show any reflection of the Islam through the actions.
These people forgot about Allah azza wa jal and when you forget about Allah azzawajal Allah azza wa jal will forget about you. Allah says so in the Quran, when he said in certain hasher while otaku can levy Nana sama,
sama whom fusa home, una eco hormonal fasciae qu and to not be like those who forgot about Allah, so he made them forget about themselves, these Muslims need to think they need
To think about one day, they will have to enter into the message whether they like it or not, not to pray but to be preyed upon, that they one day they will be carried on the shoulders and they will be meeting be meeting Allah azza wa jal how are they going to meet Allah azza wa jal, not having fasted not having prayed not having done the things that Allah azza wa jal has asked them to do. So, this is the first group this and these people who don't First I want to remind them of, of a hadith.
This Hadith is found in is collected by a man who is a man and even a bad chef. Nothing in alabang Rahim Allah Allah He declared this hadith as authentic. It's about the punishment of those who don't fast or those who break their fast earlier than the prescribed time.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he mentioned that one day whilst he was sleeping,
two men, two men came to him, and they took him by the arms, and they brought him to a rugged mountain.
And they said to him to climb up this mountain, he said to them, I cannot climb this mountain. So they helped him. very rugged, steep mountain. So they helped, they helped him.
And when he got to the top of the mountain, he heard loud voices.
And he asked, What are these loud voices? They said, this is the howling of the people of the Hellfire of people of Japan. So then it was taken by these two,
until he saw people hanging by the hamstrings, with the sides of their mouths torn and blood pouring from their mouths. He said, Who are these? They said, these are people who broke their fast before it was time to do so. This is the punishment for those people who broke their fast before the prescribed time. What could be said about those who don't faster. So a very serious Howdy.
So, today, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, today is a time for action and tomorrow is a time for reckoning. Just as we have heard from our pious predecessors, that today is actually today there's no reckoning. But tomorrow, there'll be no actions. And it will be a time for reckoning and it's too late. It's too late to come back to this life. Allah gives us you know, one chance, that's it.
So, you will only live one life. But there will be a resurrection and you will be an I will be resurrected and standing before Allah azza wa jal and communicating with Allah azza wa jal, the prophet SAW Selim said lay cervena who Aveda Who told you man, that there will be no interpreters, no translators, and we have to stand before allies. And we have to answer the questions.
The second group of people are called the transformers, transformers.
These people basically Muslims, who transform days into nights and nights and today's What does that mean? It means in the in the daytime they just sleep. They sleep throughout the day. And at night, they are up eating and drinking and playing and in amusement. So they're not like up in night prayers and up remembering Allah azza wa jal so they'll say they'll actually sleep through the days to lessen the hunger pains. Okay, and the tiredness.
But at nighttime, they'll spend in all sorts of amusements and many of which is displeasing to Allah subhanahu wa Island and they sleep through the Select and yet the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when he was asked about masala when he when he was asked which actually is most favored by Allah azzawajal he said what he said it is a solid Allah worked he had a solid to Allah Bhakti high means pray at its fixed time. In a salata cabinet, mini Nikita been makuta Allah says that the Salah has been been prescribed upon the believers at fixed times.
So these people are wasting their time through social networks. Whether it's Facebook, whether it's Twitter, whether it's MSN, whether it's movies, television game consoles.
So again, is this why Allah azza wa jal prescribed the month of Ramadan.
And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and I want to remind parents, the prophet SAW Selim said kulu camera and
We're cool Luca Massoud on Android at all of you are shepherds and all of you are responsible for your flock. So we as parents have a duty regarding what our children are doing, what are they seeing? Where are they going, what are they eating? What are they reading?
So we have a responsibility and we need to ensure that we are fulfilling our responsibility.
Then we have those Muslims the third group are those who only abstain from food and drink. That is to say that to them, Ramadan is just about not eating and not drinking between fudger between the break of dawn and between Margaret between sunset. And so that's all they refrain from and what do they engage in, they still continue to gauge to engage in
LIBOR backbiting and slandering or Boutin
lies or profanities you know, using swear words and, and and language was not befitting for a Muslim to use. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the military standard Buhari Muslim. He said men llamada Ola zuhdi will Imma be that whoever does not abandon evil speech and acting upon it. fillet cellulare he has a BA and yada yada Parma Hua Sharapova, that if a person doesn't abandon this bad speech during the month of Ramadan, then Allah azzawajal is not in need for him to live off his food and drink. It's about discipline, it's about the package of Ramadan. You know, we are going to inshallah, to Allah.
Yeah, rectify our state reform ourselves during the month of Ramadan. And it's not just about not eating and not drinking, that's not the purpose of Ramadan.
Then we have the fourth group.
The fourth group of Muslims are known as Ramadan Muslims.
In other words, they are very religious and very committed only in Ramadan. But as soon as the eight day comes, they go back to their former ways or Ramadan. Muslims, some scholars when I was reading some Rama, they call them these Ramadan, Muslims, they call them pagans. Why? Because it's they are worshipping Ramadan, as opposed to worshiping the Lord of Ramadan. Allah azza wa jal is the Lord of every month of the 12 Islamic months. Why is it that we just worshipping him only Ramadan and forget about him in every other month? So let us not be Ramadan, Muslims.
And we find Subhanallah there was during the times of our pious predecessors, a slave girl, a slave girl was sold to a Muslim family. And when Ramadan was about to commence, you know, Muslims they stuck up, they stuck up Ramadan is coming, they go do all the grocery shopping for the, you know, for the food and for the thought of time. Okay, so they were stocking up on all the provisions. And she found this strange she she said to them, Do you only fast in the month of Ramadan?
She said, you know, I've come from a people. My previous master and his family, the whole year was Ramadan, meaning they acted. They fasted not only in Ramadan, but other days, you know, as Muslims, we can fast Mondays and Thursdays, and the white days, which will be the 13th 14th and the 15th of every lunar month
fasting, the 10th day of Muharram fasting the day of our fat, okay, so fasting, the six days of showare that come after Ramadan. So she said take me back to my former owner, I don't want to be with a family that only facts and reveals Allah in the month of Ramadan. This was the attitude of some of these great pious predecessors. Then we have the fifth group and the fifth group are those Muslims who who enter Ramadan and exit Ramadan. But then Ramadan doesn't change anything about them. They have the same attitude as they did before Ramadan and you know, given that Ramadan is a disciplinary month, we should come out of Ramadan with some sort of change, leaving off a bad habit
taking on a good habit, inshallah who Thailand so these people really have forfeited a great deal of reward and virtue that Ramadan offers and then we have the sixth group and they're the base of the group. The sixth group are those Muslims who really honor Ramadan and revere Ramadan and do so much Ramadan to them is not like any other month.
The but they really excel, they excel and they treat it and they honor it in a way, which really shows their true Amen.
Now, the question is how can we be part of this sixth group, the best of the best, the best of the best? Now, first of all, we need to understand and learn about the virtues that are related to Ramadan. What is so virtuous about Ramadan? What is the reward? What is the prize? You see, we as human beings are motivated when we know the prize, when we know the reward, we know what's going to be waiting for us. That's why we need to educate ourselves and lm is very, very important. as Muslims we cannot be superficial Muslims, we cannot be ignorant Muslims. We need to be Muslims that understand why we are doing things and the and the virtues that are that are related to the act of
wish. So let's go through some of the virtues and rewards are first in the month of Ramadan. First of all, in the Hadith that is found in Sahih Bukhari, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said man sama Ramadan amen and what he said and who fear Allah who met at the moment that whoever first the month of Ramadan out of a man out of faith, believing that it is obligatory it's a duty he man and what he said and and seeking the rewards are who fear Allah Houma. Takata means MB, O your sins that you have put forward in the past will be forgiven. So panela
isn't that enough of a virtue? Isn't that enough blessing to make the most out of Ramadan, you can have all of your previous sins forgiven.
And this is in relation to all the minor sins because the major sins need a sincere repentance such as intending to do it again putting a stop to it, having remorse and regret and repenting before it's too late to do so.
In the Hadith, very Spanish Muslim the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam my brothers and sisters He said,
The time between the five daily prayers
and between Juma and Juma between Friday and Friday, and between Ramadan and Ramadan,
Your sins are forgiven, as long as you do not commit the major sins as long as you avoid the major sins. If you avoid major sins and you're praying your five prayers and you're fasting your Ramadan and
you are going to Juma then those sins will be forgiven between them with hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen. Even if your sins are as much as the foam in the sea,
there's no limit. Allah is the process lm is saying that your past sins will be forgiven.
There is a door that is specifically created and designed for the people who fasted Ramadan, or the fast. It's called Babel, re an array an array and you probably heard this name. This is a name that some people they name their children. It's one of those names that you can hear. That's, that's given to a boy or a girl or a yen and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the Hadith founder and Buhari, he said there is a gate in gender called Arabian
and those who observed fasting will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it, it will be said where are those who used to fast Where are those who used to fast they will get up and none except them will enter through it. After the entry the gate will be closed and no one will enter through it especial gate just for those who foster the month of Ramadan. Babel Ryan.
Now, when it comes to the reward of fasting, the actual reward of fasting only Allah azza wa jal knows the actual reward.
Listen to this hadith could see that is found in Bukhari Muslim, Allah azza wa jal, he said, all of the righteous actions of the children of Adam are multiplied. A good date is counted as 10 good deeds
up to 700 700 except for fasting in love song for in the Hollywood hcb except for fasting, it is for me, and I will give the reward for it. This is the words of Allah azza wa jal had it could see he leaves his desires
and his food for my sake. And then he says Lissa, me for Hatton.
person has to choice to choice
for Hatton and the factory he you have the joy when you come to break your fast you know you fasting all day, so many hours and you come now to reach out for some green confer some dates and some beautiful and you know nutritious food. This is a joint. That's what that's the first joint
we're for Hatton Delica era P and they will be a joy when you meet Allah azza wa jal and you have fasted Ramadan.
And then the prophet SAW Selim he said in his Hadith
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He said that the smell that is emanating that is coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is more Beloved, or more beautiful than the smell of musk. And the smell of Musk is a very beautiful scent, it's a smell.
It's a perfume,
very well known to the Arabs, right how to misc.
So, these are some of the virtues that we need to keep in mind that will motivate us and inspire us to excel in Ramadan.
Knowing the rewards, knowing the virtues, also,
mighty brothers and sisters in Islam, we must not neglect working towards the greatest objective of fasting. What is the greatest objective in fasting the month of Ramadan? Is it that we just go without food and drink? Is that the whole purpose of fasting? That it's just about not eating and drinking so we can be just patient? We can say yes, there are many objectives of fasting patience is one of them.
Thinking about the poor and the needy, and what they are going through. But without a doubt. The greatest objective of fasting is to gain taqwa is to gain taqwa, that reverence of Allah to increase our Amen. So that he man penetrates our heart permeates it and spreads throughout our bodies.
Because Allah subhanho wa Taala says, after the prescription after the command of fasting after he said, Yeah, you have Levine, Amano, quotevalet como Seon, come akuti Balala macabre come he says La la
la la cuenta con in order to gain taqwa
in order to develop this piety, this God consciousness this reverence and fear of Allah azza wa jal.
So, taqwa This is the greatest objective.
Now, the next action that we need to take to be amongst the winners of Ramadan is to engage and to compete with one another in different acts of worship.
the greatest act of worship that you can perform in Ramadan, or one of the greatest acts of worship that you can perform in Ramadan is to attach yourself to the Quran and to be reciting the Quran, listening to the Quran, memorizing the Quran, understanding the Quran, putting the plan into practice.
And so, we find in Sahih, Muslim, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said,
For in huya to malkia mahisha fee on us hobby. He said recite the Quran for it the poor and will come on the Day of Resurrection as an intercessor.
For those who attached themselves to it,
who committed themselves to the court and he actually intercedes it comes and says, Yeah, Allah, forgive him. He is one who read me he's one who read your words.
In the Hadith that is found in Suna Timothy, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said whoever reads a letter, a letter or heard from the book of Allah will receive a hessen a good deed
for this presentation, and he said and the hacer una is multiplied by 10 I do not say that Elif Lam Meem so le fly meme Are you know are the first three letters of sort of Bukhara
is not considered a letter, but instead, Alice is a letter, land is a letter, meme is a letter. So you will be rewarded for each letter that you recite of the end. And so we find when the month of Ramadan would commence our pious predecessors in Christ
In the Sahaba, and the tab, your own experiment tab you're in. They would focus on the Quran
gibreel used to visit the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, every night during the month of Ramadan. And he would revise the car and with the profit so I love what he was selling. So when we are revising the Qur'an, and reading it day and night throughout Ramadan, we are following in the footsteps of Prophet Mohammed Salim who was revising the Quran with jabril alayhis salaam caribou.
Roseman even offend the great Sahabi with a loved one who wha he would read the Quran from cover to cover once every day. So that means he would read it 30 times during the month of Ramadan 30 times.
And some of the pious praise predecessors would recite the Quran the entire code and during the night prayers every three nights or every three nights during the pm they finished reciting the Quran,
some every seven days and some every 10 days, and some would recite it the entire point and in their Salat and some outside of the solid. It is reported that a man was Shafi rahima hula hula tyla he would read the Quran entirely throughout the month of Ramadan 60 times outside of the Sala they were very, very committed that that meant the scholars of Hadith. And other scholars, they would close up the books of Hadith and close up the books of FIFA and close up all the different books related to the different sciences of Islam and focus on the end.
Because it is the month of the Quran, it is the month in which the Quran was revealed.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala he says Chateau Rama Bon Jovi, Uzi Laffy Hilco
Chateau Ramadan, the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was revealed. So this is the month to reconnect with the Quran. And the person who lets days go past without reciting the Quran should really be weeping and crying over himself. How is it that we have a great book, the book of Allah azza wa jal, and we allow days to pass without picking it up without reading it and acknowledging it.
So we find some of our pious predecessors reciting the entire code and less than three days now some people might be asking, some people might be asking didn't the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and one howdy prohibit reading the entire paper and in less than three days? And the answer is yes. But as even Roger, one of the great scholars he said, he said the pro he bishan is for the one who reads the Quran in less than three days on a regular basis.
If you're doing it on a regular basis, then you're not really absorbing the content. But as for reading the Quran, during virtuous days, such as Ramadan, or such as when you enter Mecca, are you performing hajj for during the month of Yani, during virtuous times and places, then there's no harm in reciting the entire plan in less than three days.
A person might be asking, What is preferred and Ramadan, to read? Could an author memorize for an
or to revise it? The Roland said, whatever is going to impact your imen wherever is going to allow for your Eman to be nourished. So and the best answer will be to combine between both to combine between memorizing and between reading and revising the poor and so my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, those of you who want Allah azza wa jal to talk to them. Then recite the Quran because Allah azza wa jal is talking to us because Allah Quran, Allah Allah, they are the words of Allah. The Quran contains the very words of Allah azza wa jal. And so, when you read the Quran, Allah azza wa jal is talking to you. And when you pray, you are talking to Allah azza wa jal.
This is a time for us to reconnect with the Quran. And Allah He, you might be thinking, How is it possible? How is it possible to recite the entire plan in the month of Ramadan? Many people Alhamdulillah around the world will complete the entire code and we'll read it from cover to cover 6236 verses or 604 pages are 114 chapters in this entire month. They'll read at least once. How is this possible? The Quran is
made up of 604 Arabic pages, roughly. Let's round it down to make it easier for the mathematics
to 600 pages 600 pages, there are 30 days in the month of Ramadan.
600 divided by 30 is 20. So by reciting 20 pages in one day, 20 pages a day, every day in Ramadan, you have read the entire four and let's make it easier on the mind because soul about mind doesn't matter.
by reciting four pages after each of the five prayers, four pages after each of the five prayers, that's 20 pages in a day, Allahu Akbar, how easy it is to read the whole code and at least once in the month of Ramadan.
Recite eight pages after every salah and you've recited the whole code and twice
and so on and so forth. But sometimes we have to do this to ourselves and shelta to remember to finish the end. And so, inshallah to Allah, when you read the Quran, voila, he is coming to have an impact on our hearts.
Okay, the Quran gives you that Sakina and that tranquility, that no other book in the world is going to give
6236 air yet leading towards the creator Allah azza wa jal and it's all about this heart. Because if we reform our hearts, the rest of our body is going to be reformed. And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, and in Phil just said Yamato, either solo Huck solo hacer la Justin. He said there is a morsel of flesh in the body. If it is sound, the rest of the body will be sound, it is the heart and is as even allowed to be he said.
He said either how little he Darya to call Ben nuship belabor that hill above that when he there. When guidance, conquers your heart, your limbs become enthusiastic with worship. So if you want, if you say to yourself, how can I be like this brother, or like this sister who's always doing the yam and salah and pour and and soda and always there, in the forefront when it comes to acts of worship, we say that this person, Allah as origin has, has permeated their heart with a man and guidance. And that's the starting point. Because the heart mighty brothers and sisters in Islam is the chief organ of the body. It's the king.
It's the storehouse of our men. It's the storehouse of our taqwa. It's the storehouse of our class. It's the storehouse of our token. And when it is sound, it's going to now make the soldiers also sound which are the limbs. So that's why we need to feed and nurture our hearts inshallah who died.
many of our hearts are locked, they've got locks on them, and Allah azza wa jal, he says, so in the Quran, Allah azza wa jal says, Fela
an Amana poo been a perfect hoo ha. He says, Do they not reflect upon the poor and or are the locks upon the hearts? Many Muslims have locks on their hearts, they're not moved by the poor and these Muslims again should weep over this story state.
And Allah azzawajal talks about the state of the believers
that when the Quran is recited, their hearts moved, why did you let polu their hearts move?
And osmania been a fan of their loved one who
were Allah He said, Well, la he Lo, Porat coluna Masha Bianna min kalami rabina if our hearts were pure and cleansed, we would never have enough never can we say we've had enough for and will always be yearning and longing for more.
And Allah subhanaw taala in elsewhere in the Quran he says if I mean haven't had the data
Why don't Hakuna Allah
Allah subhanaw taala says, Do you then not wonder about this recital? And you laugh and you Don't weep when the Sahaba heard this yet? I mean how they'll Hadith Italia Boone
were taught Hakuna wala Khun
The Sahaba began to weep.
And you can see the tears coming down from the eyes, on the cheeks. And when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he heard them crying, he began to cry. And when he cried, the Sahaba cried,
this was the way the Sahaba will move by the end.
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, he will not enter the Hellfire, the one who cries from the field of Allah azza wa jal, he will not enter the Hellfire
from amongst the actions that you can occupy yourselves in during this limited time. Ramadan is for a limited time
is the is the pm praise is the night prayers and specifically in Ramadan and in the Hadith that is found in Bukhari and Muslim. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said man, Padma Ramadan, Eman and whacky Sabha houfy Allahumma today means me that whoever stands up in night prays during the month of Ramadan
out of amen and seeking the rewards he will have his persons forgiven.
And in Sahih Muslim the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, the most virtuous Allah after the obligatory Salah is the night Salah.
And if you want to intergender peacefully
then listen to this prophetic formula ingredients to intergender peacefully in the Hadith that is found in sunon activity. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Yeah, are you Hannah's are people? He said I should sell em. What time was silyl Erhan was Sol Lu, filet Li one nurse with em tuthill agenda Toby salon. He said, Oh, people spread Salaam, say assalamu Aleikum
and feed the poor people and establish the ties of kinship and pray during the night when people are sleeping, and you will enter gender with peace.
And so we find that the Sahaba for the Allahu anhu.
And the Center for silence those who allies the widow prays, can lean and mean and lately.
They used to sleep very little during the night.
They used to sleep little.
And so we find in the story whereby a female Muslim slave,
her masters told her also to another family. And during the night she woke up to pray and the people heard her waking up for prayer. And they said to her, is it time for budget? Is it time to get up for 504?
so to speak.
And she said, Why do you only get up for budget is that that's why you know, not only for budget.
And so they said to her? Yes. And she said Look, I would prefer that you return me back to my former master and family. Because, you know, they are people who used to perform the night press.
And so I encourage myself, I encourage all of you in sha Allah, Who to Allah
to fill up the message, the hassles of alized religion, and to pray that tada we have priests, the night prayers, and they are the same whether you call them pm to head to tarawih it's all in reference tonight, Chris, and to pray with the Imam until he finishes in the Hadith found in stone in the Sudan and the books of Sudan. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Whoever prays with the Imam until he walks off in other words, he prays until the Imam has finished leading the prayer, which includes the winter pray.
He will have written for him the reward of having prayed the entire night. So you pray with the Imam that he shall then you pray your son that pray. Then you pray the Salah to throw away whether you are praying eight with the Imam you're praying 20 with the Imam
and you pray the water with the Imam and then you go home. If you do this it will it will be counted for you as if you have prayed the entire night. So don't
shortchange yourself by leaving after the eight or leaving after the 20 without having prayed the witness to pray.
And also my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, it is not a condition. It is not a condition that you pray the Torah we praise at home. If you cannot pray in the masjid. Then you can pray them at home with your family members. So if you miss a day or two or three in the masjid
Why not pray them at home. And it's not a condition that you pray eight or 20 pray some, something is better than not praying anything at all, inshallah, who Thailand.
And so we need to pray together. And this is something that really brings the family together you know in the Western world they say the family that eats together stays together well as Muslims have borrowed
the same, and we say that the family that prays together, stays together inshallah houttuynia. From amongst the virtuous apps for this limited time only is to give sadaqa is to give to the poor and to the needy all around the world,
especially in those countries that are poverty stricken, and have gone and going through calamity and misfortunes. Give sadaqa why South Africa this month,
because it's a virtuous month, and because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was very, very generous in the month of Ramadan.
And as we find in the hadith of Ibn our best, Allah, one who responded Muslim Ahmed,
the prophet SAW Selim was naturally the most generous of people and he was even more generous in Ramadan.
He was more generous than the breeze that would be coming through.
And so Ramadan is the time to be open handed. And the word sadaqa comes from sick. It's a reflection of your truthfulness in your love of Allah azza wa jal
and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he encouraged to give sadaqa especially when you are so here when you are healthy, when you are sharing. When you are feeling tight and feeling close, and you have a closed fist. When you are
tough shell factor you are afraid of poverty, what men Latina and you are hopeful in becoming rich. That's what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in the Hadith that is fundable, highly Muslim. And so don't belittle any act of sadaqa that you can give, perhaps that $1 those few cents, those pounds, whatever it is that you're spending those reveals.
those dollars that you are spending for the Kabbalah, you might find them a mountain in front of you in rewards and virtue on the Day of Judgment. While we're for the low one we gave one day I said Allah and he gave her 100,000 dirhams.
And so she gives all of it away in South Africa. And she leaves nothing for her or her family members and she was fasting. So her servant asks her why she didn't leave any money for some food to break the fast on to earth or they broke their fast and was on some, you know, dates and water, where she had all of this money in her position.
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he also encouraged feeding a fasting personal Ramadan. There are many campaigns. There are many
projects around the world, whereby they're collecting money to feed a fasting person, poor people who are fasting, and you contribute towards a fasting person. And when you contribute to a fasting person's break a fast, you will have the reward of that fasting person without their reward being taken away from them. So it is as if you have fasted two days for that day. The prophet SAW Selim said, Whoever feeds a fasting person, he will have the same reward like him, without there being any reduction in the reward of the one who is fasting. So let's say for example, you feed 30 people in the month of Ramadan, it's as if you faster to Ramadan.
If you feed 60 people, it's as if you have fasted three Ramadan's your Ramadan and the other two Ramadan for the 60 people that you have fit. And in some parts of the world, as little as maybe $70 or $50 can feed a person for the entire month, in some parts of the world you can probably even feed an entire family. So imagine $70 or $100 that is fed for people. So this is something to remember and also to invite people over when you invite people when you invite people to your home and you host them during the month of Ramadan. Those people that you host that those people that you host you will be breaking their fast and inshallah tala after the lecture I want to talk to you about one
of the projects, especially for our brothers and sisters in Syria.
And so, Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen Ramadan is also a time to repent, repent to Allah azza wa jal and to turn back to Allah because the chiefs of the shell been a change
Martha to sharpen a chain up That's why many people are not inclined to do so much evil Yes, there will still be the the agents of the shape bonds of the Chiefs that the shape on but we find in the Hadith that the shaping the devil Satan's the major ones, the chiefs, the big ones, the big guys, the big guns, okay, they all chained up. So this is a time to now
you know, come into Ramadan and reap up the benefits and the virtues and this very this time that can really strengthen us and reconnect us if we have been disconnected from Allah azza wa jal and derailed so that's why we shouldn't turn these limited days. Okay into a missed opportunity from Oban is one of those times to increase in demand.
And that's why in certain bacala when Allah azza wa jal spoke about cm, he said, when either Sila kariba de
partie Oji Buddha Amata. Is as
he said, when he does Allah carry that even my slaves asked about, about me what Allah carry by the Anita Indian curry I am nee he didn't even say I told him I mean, he just said, I am me, Allah azza wa jal, his knee, you don't need to go through a middle person go directly to allies, so which occurs directly to the source. This is the time to do, do I. And the prophet SAW Selim, he said, I do I owe him a bed. It's an act of worship by you asking Allah azza wa jal, you are getting a senate and rewards for that. And also, you might actually be getting the fruits of that in the dunya. Or you might get it in the hereafter or you might get it in birth.
And so, ask Allah azza wa jal ask Allah azza wa jal to cure you from an illness that she might have that you thought maybe can never be cured. ask Allah Xhosa to increase your Amen. ask Allah azza wa jal to read you have a bad habit or to increase to increase you and to give you the energy to do something which is of benefit to you in the dunya and get used to the times of each other. There are certain times when it is accepted one of those times for example, between the event and the karma, when you go to the to the machine, you hear the event and you're waiting for the solid, right you're waiting for the outcome, this time is a special time to make law
and the doctor is going to be inshallah, highly acceptable between then in between, between for example, the third part of the night, to the support time, make
in your schedule, make two hours when you break your fast make the day before saying Salam O Allah camino Sala before the teslin make dua when you're traveling, and the other times where I known as any Moroccan or a cotton St. jabber the day the times of St. Jen Ramadan, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam should discipline us to be patient, who are many of the subjects of Brahma, Allah azza wa jal says or the process of Selim said,
Whoever practices patients alone make them patient. It's time to practice our patience in Ramadan patience when it comes to our acts of worship, patience when it comes to keeping away from harem patience when it comes to our our adversities. Our calamities, our hardships that Allah azza wa jal has decreed for us. This is the time we've got an opportunity to become more patient of Ramadan inshallah hota Island.
And the prophet SAW Selim He even said that if somebody makes you angry in Ramadan, or somebody, somebody swears at you, he says to say to them in his heart in in the sign, I am fasting, remind yourself and remind them about cm. This is not the time not the place to be doing this. My dear brothers and sisters in Islam let me conclude by reminding you all to revive the Sunday during the month of Ramadan, revive the Sunnah. Keep the Sunnah alive. What are some of the things that we can do in the month of Ramadan, to maintain the Sunnah and to protect it and safeguard it and to reap up the rewards and benefits behind it?
Number one is to
make sure you have your pre dawn meal, so food for the meal itself, even if it's for a glass of water, don't be lazy, get up and have something you fulfill the sooner the promises are selling. He said there's a hero for inofficial foodie. Baraka, he said take up your seafood meal for there is Baraka in the support. There is Baraka in the time there is Baraka in the meal itself. Baraka is a blessing. So,
and this is a time to make analysis paralysis, where bill as Harry whom yesterday, those who asked for forgiveness during the support of time from amongst us, when they
from amongst the swing the axe that you can do during the month of Ramadan is to break your fast on dates, fresh dates.
So and to break your fast on an odd number of dates, break your fast on an odd number of dates. This is the sooner if there are no dates then sips of water. As for dates and milk, this is not from the signal processing if you're going to break your fast on date and then you want to drink milk afterward. This is yes, you can do this. But to say it's from the sun from the sun that is to eat the dates. If there's no dates that are present, then sips of water if there's no water present than anything else, and especially foods with sugary content to bring up your blood sugar levels and prepare your body in shallow data for the meal.
And also from a monster swinging the axe to remember during the month of Ramadan is the art to say when you come to break your fast and the most authentic.
To say at the time of breaking your fast consists of four phrases and they are as follows
the hub of vomit, but a little nook for Sabbath allegedly insha Allah, the hub of Burma for peloton, Allah
insha Allah which means a woman is the thirst, the thirst. The hub of vomit means the thirst has been quenched. What little rock and the veins have been motioned from the water from the food was sabotaged as root and the reward has been established in sha Allah, if Allah subhanho wa Taala wills during the month of Ramadan, I remind you to pray the 12 prayers of swindler that are associated with the solid and that by praying the 12 prayers of sin that are associated with the Salat. This can be guaranteeing you a mention in Jenna, the other two are occurred before the fall before World War Two after world war two after Maghrib and two after threat to Asia. I remind you not to miss
out, especially with the replay and the tubes from the press before the fall of the budget. The president he never missed out this press. Neither when he was a resident know when he was traveling. Whatever can be one can be three in odd numbers. It's the last part of the night. It's best to delay before you go to sleep. And or at least pray after Asia.
And the prophet SAW Selim regarding the Tucson appraisal budget. He said they are dearer to me than the whole world. And how do you defend
don't miss salette for me The sooner of budget and the sooner is to pray to the art recycling Fatiha and put your your healthcare through it in the first record so that you can have your own and in second aka to be reciting Fatiha and sort of a class full of Allahu Ahad
and for those of you who want to gain the reward of the reward of Hajj and Umrah during the month of Ramadan, it's encouraged.
After you pray celestial fudger in JAMA in the masjid, to sit in the same place that you prayed in what at least stay in the masjid and to remember Allah throughput and and Vicar until the sun rises wait about 15 minutes or so, until the sun has risen at least a species length above the horizon and prey to a cart and by doing so the prophet SAW Selim he said it is as if you have performed Hajj and Umrah, tam tam tam complete complete complete. If you also want to
gain the reward of performing hedge to reward of hedge with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Listen to this hadith that is Phantom bahaya Muslim, the prophet SAW Selim he said the Amara. There is performed during Ramadan is equivalent in reward to Hajj or Hajj with me. So if you perform Umrah in Ramadan, if you can afford it, and you have the means it's as if you have it's as if you have performed Hajj with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. I also remind you about the last 10 days of Ramadan. And they are the most virtuous days of Ramadan. These are not days for us to be cleaning and worrying about spring cleaning before aid, you know, and
to waste them in and especially those days or days, we really our energy levels have depleted because we're coming towards the end. So it's very important to stay focused. We keep up as to who we keep up our balanced nutrition so that way we have the energy levels high and shelter eating balanced foods. Okay, so the prophet SAW Selim in the last 10 days of Ramadan, he used to, you know, wait, there was a statement that he used to tighten his waist belt mean he worked harder, and he would wake up his family and night Chris, and of course why the last 10 days because it contains one night that will cover
Which is better than 1000 months of worship which is about at three years and four months of worship, let's not turn these last 10 days into a missed opportunity especially the eve of the odd days of the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan inshallah, who to Allah and so, let us
inshallah hota eila spend most of our time in the remembers of Allah azza wa jal, and to my dear sisters in Islam, I remind you, that it's not all about cooking. It's not all about spending all these hours in the kitchen. Okay? Remember the saying that we eat to live, okay, we don't live to eat and so we have to really get our priorities right inshallah, who to Allah and Ramadan is a time to connect with Allah azzawajal it's not about you know, the halwa it's not about all these different dishes. Okay, inshallah huhtala. And let's make it a blessing Ramadan and outstanding Ramadan let's have purify our intentions that this Ramadan will be the best ever Ramadan. The best
of Ramadan Allah Bella Ramadan Allahu Akbar min sia Mana waqia manaphy Ramadan, Allah and Allah the cricket wushu, cricket, hosting a Vedic Hello, aloha Island or sallallahu Sallam Baraka Elena. Bina