Attaining Victory in Ramadhan
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Okay, I think okay. Yes. beenleigh. seller, Miss Miller hamdulillah salat wa salam ala rasulillah salam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu Welcome to this show. How to attain victory in the beautiful month of Ramadan. With myself for those Aziz from voice of Islam in New Zealand all the way over there. What time is it there brother?
1030 Al Hamdulillah 1030 10:30pm. Right. Yes, nine times. We are 10 11:30am i right now in the UK. And Shaykh Bella is joining us from from Qatar I believe is that correct? Check Samaniego? That's correct. Why they come Salaam Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh Good good good. We actually have this advertise for an hour later. But we changed it last minute but Alhamdulillah all praises due to our last panel atella beautiful month of Ramadan we just have to keep cracking out the programs doing whatever we possibly can. And the focus today brothers and sisters will be
how to obtain you know victory or success during this beautiful month of Ramadan. Subhan Allah and you know shake Bilal, of course presides over the what used to be the Islamic
online university or Open University is now the international Open University Alhamdulillah myself in shape below go a long way back by the way, you know, he was I was his student in the UK where we used to attend his halaqa in Brixton mosque and all over the place actually, you know, he used to follow him around.
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Yeah, absolutely. So panela we got certain good number of people on this podcast and we ask Allah subhanaw taala make it easy for our brothers and sisters who during this month of Ramadan, particularly those in parts of the world, which are undergoing some oppression, and difficulties. I mean, and, you know, we'll try and address some questions and issues. The first question I wanted to ask check below. And, you know,
he's had a few Ramadan's under his belt. But I wanted you to sort of tell the audience what was the most memorable to your record to it as far as you can remember, Ramadan was your most memorable Ramadan?
Well, this is, you know, this question is there for me, it's a very difficult question. Because
I don't really
have one stands out, you know,
it's a really this was it. This was the Ramadan. I know, I've done Ramadan in so many different places. You know, so many different stages of my life. You know?
If you say 40 years of Ramadan,
give me the best. Is it just a hard choice to make? I mean, is it
Right, it's 40 plus.
Because I'm on 28, this is my 28th Ramadan. So
yeah, but so there are no standout moments. What about the first couple of Ramadan? Do you remember those? Well?
Well, of course, you know, it's the new experience of Ramadan, you know, having converted to Islam. I mean,
that stands out. Yeah, because I never fasted, you know, before. So
before Ramadan, we didn't have any preparation, like, you know, normally people fasting Mondays and Thursdays and now three days in the month, the middle days, they call the full moon month days.
So you have some kind of preparation, but, you know, coming into Ramadan
You know, it was a challenge, you know, what is this gonna be like, you know, how, how am I gonna be able to deal with this? You know? So, that was, I think, notable, because it was so new. It's such a new experience
in Canada at that time, you know, there are only few Muslims.
So, inshallah, you know, it was
it was very, it was a whole new experience, something I'd never experienced before in my life. So, even though I lived in Malaysia, I lived in Sabah, and there are Muslims there.
But it was just like, the celebration of Ramadan. So Ramadan was just going and, you know, because people would open up their homes during Ramadan, you could go from house to house and eat
feasting and ramadan ramadan feast
that stood out more so than fasting.
Hmm, I didn't know fasting.
The fasting part was just
incidental. Okay. Okay.
At that point, you weren't a Muslim?
No, I wasn't Muslim at that time. I see. So did that have? Do you think it might have had an impact on your, your, your journey to Islam, then, fact you were around in Malaysia, witnessing this up to it didn't have any impact really, actually, even at that point.
At that point, my family, my parents adopted an Indonesian Muslim in the family. So, you know, he was fasting and doing all this, and my mother would get up early for support to prepare support for him. You know, she's Christian, you know, bye.
Respected Islam. And in all the different requirements when we're eating pork fish for him, you know, if we had a bit of wine with the Sunday meal, she would make, you know, juice, grape juice.
So, so here's Islam was preserved, but it didn't have any impact on the rest of the family's lives. He was our adopted brother. But you know, he had a different culture. So we just saw that culture.
Mashallah, so it wasn't really until I accepted Islam. Years later, maybe about 10 years later, I accepted Islam. And they taught me Salah. And when I learned this alliance, and the sujood when they showed me this sujood I said, so behind Allah, I didn't realize.
it took me all the way back to Malaysia, to having entered my brother's room on certain occasions. You know, I just went in open to go in and knock on the doors just opened the door, and there is on the ground with his
sister, Hey, have you seen this? She said, Yeah, sometimes I come into his room. And so I'm doing that.
What is it? Yeah.
It's just saying, you know, religion, you know, I think
it didn't click until that point. 10 years later, when I learned how to make the dude put my foreign on the bomb in the air. I said, Oh,
That's funny. That's funny one. So your parents were
Actually, academics were they and they were traveling.
Yeah, so they go
to Malaysia, they went to the what's called the Canadian Colombo Plan. So they went to Malaysia to help them develop their teaching capacities.
anyway, I mean, we, we want to stay on the topic of being victorious in the month of Ramadan. So, there's a few principles that I think you've come up with, in order to express how to attain that victory during this amazing month, of course, I mean, I became Muslim in this month, and a lot of people become Muslim in this month, don't they? Because Because it's, it's just that type of month where, you know, the doors of Paradise are open and, you know, shaped the share team have kind of chained or restrained, not completely locked up, but restrained.
So it's a great month, but you've got some principles, fantastic principles to go by. So number one is Jenna.
Jackie, I chose.
I chose transgender because of a well known Hadith, in which the prophet SAW solemn when a man came to him and told him, tell me to do something that's gonna put me in Jannah. And the promises, and I'm said to him, I like a bit so
friend who lied Lala, because there is nothing similar to it. There's nothing comparable to it. So that's it. There it is. And the man actually went on to say, I came back a second time. And I asked the process alum.
Again, same question. And he said to him,
the first time he said, So, second time, he said, See, these are Google AdWords, but stick with fasting. That's it? No, of course, there are. There are
different answers, which the prophet SAW Selim gave to people who came to him and asked the same question. He didn't give the same answer to everybody. But still,
this stands out, you know, as a clear, beneficial point for looking at fasting that the ultimate goal is actually Jenna. This is what we're actually supposed to be aiming for. So among the things that, you know, great things, which can take us to
you to all the other benefits that come out of it.
Just let me just ask one question of getting bit of an echo. So probably CIG blah, maybe it's because you're not wearing a headset. But anyway.
For those, yes. What was your most memorable Ramadan? By the way? I just need to ask you that because you know, we always talk to other guests, and we never talked to you that much.
Sure. I think I mentioned that before.
I think, like chef said, the first time I started too fast. And I remember that really, really well.
I was eight years old. And as you know, I'm from Malaysia. We everybody fast, you know, in Ramadan, the whole school, you know, everyone in the Union.
Everything changed in Ramadan in Malaysia. I remember, remember that really, really well. So when I first when I started used to fast, I was eight, and I used to only fast half a day. And I remember the first day that I fasted. And I skipped my, basically my morning at 10 o'clock, which is my school break.
And I was so excited that I go home and I told my mom and my dad, I said I fasted today. Today, the day that I started to fast, and I really, really, I find that I remember that really, really well because my parents were excited and they made a big deal out of it. And I remember that really, really well. And I think since after that year, the next year after that I fasted Alhamdulillah the whole the whole Ramadan since then. So eight years old when I first started to fly and that was the most memorable experience maybe because the way how my parents made me proud of myself that I actually attempt to fast that day. So that's that's from my from my from my side, and I still
remember until today very, very clearly. My parents after school and I told them I fasted today, even though I you know, early on at lunchtime, but yes, that's very memorable for me. hamdulillah
Marsha, so yourself
Yeah, what's your most memorable? I thought you were gonna ask me that.
It has to be the first one. Because that's when I discovered the faith of Islam. And I actually, that was the last 10 days of Ramadan I studied.
You know, I'd read a lot about,
you know, the faith, because I've been given a whole pile of books, and I read about fasting, all that, and I saw these guys that were repeatedly you know, doing the fasting in the month of Ramadan. And
then one day, I just said, Look, I'm going to do this, I'm going to, I'm going to fast for the sake of the, whatever created me, whoever created me, I'm going to fast for them. So
so you hadn't got
no, no, I wasn't a Muslim. I wasn't, I wasn't officially Muslim, but I, I was seeking out the Creator of the heavens and the earth, I didn't know who it was, and, and I would try anything. And I would meet the Christians, I would meet the Buddhists, Hindus, that Jews, the Sikhs, I've met virtually all of them by that time. And I still wasn't convinced of any of them being anywhere near the truth, although they all had elements of truth within them. And then when I came across Muslims, and they were fasting, I wanted to emulate them, because I thought this, this is a great way of,
you know, taking yourself out of this world while you're still in this world, you know, can disconnecting yourself from the material, and trying to get closer to whatever created the heavens in the earth. So
on the one particular day, unbeknown to me, it was the last 10 days of Ramadan, I suddenly said, Look, let's do this. And I woke up, I started fasting, and I remember off all the way through the day, I would meeting the people that I would know, that I'd known for many years, and I'd my work colleagues and people, I'd known friends and so on so forth. And
and then Subhan Allah,
you know, I would I just,
it was like, somebody had either put some virtual reality glasses on me.
Because I mean, you know, or they taken them off, and I was seeing the real world for the first time.
So the fasting actually led me to really get deep about the faith in it. He kind of convinced me about Islam as the final thing the day after, I went in and took Shahada. So the, that is the most awesome Ramadan experience you'll ever get. And I remember thinking it was like, you know, I mean, it is a bit like, you know, you're kind of locked up, you're chained
along with the chez Tom. And your eyes are covered, you know, you can't hear you can't see, you know, some Bookman omean, you know, you can't, it's a bit like that. And then suddenly, with the fast I was able to, you know, it was like somebody had broken the shackles, kick the door down and said, Look, look at this world. This is the world you live in the world you were living in.
That wasn't the real, real McCoy, you know. And that's it. So the first one of them was that And believe me, I was living on cloud nine, you know, is an expression. I was living on cloud nine for the rest of those 10 days, and I didn't want to leave the mosque. I didn't want to go to work. I didn't want to see anyone outside in the in the Big Bad world. I literally, I even myself, I didn't even look, I looked in the mirror and said, Well, what was wrong with you? What were you doing? wasting your time? You know? So literally is that massive realization? And that was the first Ramadan Subhan Allah. We ask Allah Subhana Allah keepers put us back in that state because I don't
know whether you think that shake but I don't think I've ever
tasted the sweetness of faith like that. Either to unfortunately, maybe because of our sins because of what what is it? Why, why is it that we just don't feel the same?
You know, you know, back in the days,
I think that anything new,
anything new that you accomplish,
in time it loses.
significance or or depth the
Kind of depth of emotion of feeling that you have for that first time. You know, it's I think this is a natural experience. It's not something you know, you're sounding like the case of the Sahabi, you know, handler
started walking in the streets saying, I'm a hypocrite.
who stops and says, Hey, what do you say, Rhonda? Like, come on, man, you
know, I'm like, Why? Because you know, when I was wrestling, you know, it's like, wow, I'm seeing Jenna, seeing the Hellfire as soon as I get home to my family and pay
me so much I forget all about it.
That's the same thing happens to me too.
I declare them clear enough with Absolutely. Hey, you know, it's time for this one. There's time for that one.
That's how life is. You know, we'll go through those highs and you experienced those lows. But you know that's Yes.
it's difficult to explain that moment. I mean, I know because a lot of people they want to hear about reversion stories. Maybe it's because deep down you know they wish they could go through that. You know that massive realization it's just it's what it is. I mean,
it's probably like the the opium isn't it that what
what's his name? Who said that? Marx opium
Yeah, the opium of the masses. Yeah, you know, but but the reality is that day was like
and it's you know, in the sense that it was a huge bus. But it never came in obviously it didn't leave me with a real bad hangover and you know, an addiction to that one an addiction.
You're addicted to Islam, Masha, Allah is still here.
So maybe we should rewrite this stuff about Karl Marx actually a different we've done it. I think we sorted it.
Yeah, so Subhana Allah.
So * de la la mina, you know, in terms of going back to our victory. How can we attain victory you know, through your nine points, your your points that you've got this. The second one is taqwa. Now, a lot of people get confused about the term taqwa anyway, is very difficult to translate, right?
No consciousness, though.
Is that it God conscious? conscious of God.
That's it, you know, okay, all the time. Not just on
you know, occasion, but all the time. Okay. say most of the time. You have that consciousness of God. This is the essence of Tableau you know, what's the process I'd said? I've talked to a hoonah waiting to his heart It's in the heart It's in the soul. That consciousness of god it's it's recency
you know, so many different statements of the prophet SAW Salaam versus you know, wish to connect prayer with taqwa. You know basically everything that we do every good act that we do, you know, where it is truly good and not just a ritual. Then talk Why has to be behind taqwa is what gives us that motivation to go do that. Whether it's charity, whether it's, you know, Hajj, whether whatever.
What, as long as it's real, because head on is real and, you know, fake level, you know, people can go and make Hajj but there's no taqwa there it's just you know, to put a badge on your shoulder you know that says I am a hygiene put on you
especially the only people who make had you're allowed to wear
that's a whole nother you know world but for fasting and Hajj Actually, it's sorry for fasting and Tempah. The connection is there in the Quran itself and so buckle up, where Allah said the Iron Lady amanu kuchibhotla Kumasi amo Karakuri Bella Lindemann kubla Khan
fasting has been preached
Grab for you as it was prescribed for those of you for you, in order that you would attain
consciousness of God. So this is
identified by Allah as one of the purposes and goals of Hajj and obviously, it's a big one, because that is ultimately the foundation for everything good. Everything good because
as I said
these are judged by your intentions. So unless you have the right intention, right intention is one which is pleasing to Allah. That's,
you know, it's one where you had an idea which is pleasing to Allah, you went ahead and did it.
And it's so powerful, that even if you had a good intention, which is for the sake of a lot to do, and you didn't do it, you still get a reward. So by the luck
that's the power of taqwa. Yeah.
So we we moved on from from Jana, to taqwa. And third point that we want to raise is being having gratitude, gratitude to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Is that right? The gratitude.
We call it the attitude of gratitude, which Muslims should
that's, you know, thankful.
personality, thankful to God thankful to those around us. Because if you don't find those around you who do good, you're not thinking a lot. So, you know, this is statements of
fact. So this, you know, when we look at even swirl Fatiha, what does it begin with? Alhamdulillah that's the very first set of words of the 40 of our daily five times daily prayer with us telling us that, that this gratitude thing is very important. It's so important that alarm made it the first words of our prayer.
Yeah, so this, of course, it's in the prime, you know, in Surah, Baqarah, also, where Allah, you know, said that,
you know, Allah Come on, you know, he, sorry,
perhaps you will be thankful for this event, talking about the fasting, etc, the, he spoke about being part of the fasting is to be thankful. And really, that's what should come to mind. If we're fasting, you know, according to the proper principles of fasting, that is, we start the fast with three days,
you know, a few days, that's it, three, five days water, that's it, not the five course meal, that, you know, traditionally, people are setting up for getting into in their father,
start properly, and go into that fast and experience hunger, and think about the people who experienced those kinds of hunger, not because
because they have nothing to eat. So that should bring about some not only the empathy and sympathy for those people, but it should also, you know, bring out of us a thankfulness for what Allah has given us.
And this attitude of thankfulness is so important. When, you know, people come to me and they tell me Listen, you know, I feel,
down, you know, I'm, I'm
in you know, I've given up life, this doesn't, you know, lost its, its taste its benefit, and I just feel everything is, you know, in a state of depression seriously. So, what can I do to get it the first thing I tell them is do so June.
So June a sugar.
Sugar? Most people say,
what is that?
So many places, I've gone around the world. I've given this talk, I give us a second. You know, I when I asked, I was standing in Somalia, I'll stand in Kenya. I'll stand in, you know, New York. I'll stand in
Malaysia and I'd start so Judas Shakur now would ask, how many people have done so Judas Shakur this week?
No hands go up. How many people so do the sugar this month?
How many people have done sudo the sugar this year?
he was somebody that I
don't even know. And this is what we call tsunami.
Now this is for size Suna that the processor always did like the to rock out of budget
to record the budget that we do. So now record before the forum
used to do it all the time. Even he traveled, when he drops all the other students, you know, from the war monger and from Asia, he would keep those two factions. So they scholars classified it as soon.
Always, that's what to do. Whenever something good came to him, he would fall down into Jude. And
thank Allah for that blessing.
This is something which should be a part of our lives. Now, this Ramadan fast should remind us to be thankful to implement this bring alive sooner which is dead in most people's lives. God just comes and goes, you say great luck. But the 100 lies just
some words, you don't even start to think, really Alhamdulillah that, you know, thank you, Allah.
Allah, God. So Ramadan should bring that sense of thankfulness and gratitude to us, you know, on a scale, which
would cause change in our lives, if we were negligent in this area. And for those people who are depression, because when you understand that depression, you're thinking, there's nothing good, everything's bad. My whole life is meaningless. You know, why even live? You know, this, you reach that stage, you can't find any good. So this is what we say, makes you do the sugar. You go down in sudo, you don't need to have Voodoo. You don't need to face the cobbler.
You know, you don't even need to have your hour covered. I'm not saying go and do it naked. You know, I'm saying that. You don't have to for women, for example, they want to make some sugar, they don't have to cover their heads. And that's what I'm saying. Right?
So you go down and make suju sugar, and not the way we're making sujood where people are coming in.
On the ground. That's what non Muslims are looking at us praying and people just back up again. You know?
You wonder how could they say Subhana Allah three times that is just you just see the ball in the
trap was the dude. Dude, get that nose in the fart on the ground, you know, and stay there. Stay there. And think
was in my life today?
If you can't find anything, this week, can't find anything this month, you will eventually find things. And you will start to see that actually, there wasn't this week. Yeah, in fact, there was today. So this is the whole idea to get you out of that state of depression.
So this attitude of gratitude.
It's something which the Muslim has this is what makes us optimistic should be no and that's why the pastor said I'm stressed that optimistic approach, you know, that we should always be optimistic thinking the best. giving our brothers and sisters the benefit of the doubt. Don't think the worst. Some people you say anything that thinking the worst possible meaning that you could take from nothing. That's what they think. One of the best.
Positive, you know, and this, even amongst psychologists they call this out
Gratitude psychology now where they have focused in more recent times before, it wasn't even included among their list of, you know, good characteristic
of six or so good characters. They didn't even include gratitude. But, you know, other more recent research has shown that it is probably more powerful in it than any of the other things.
The other six
I tried terms of Ramadan, this attitude of gratitude.
should mind out of
Zoho, okay. You know, one of the things which
this reminds me of is the fact that a couple of months ago, you had you have good reason to have gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala because you were,
you were struck down with a sickness right?
And you battled back.
It was COVID
So, a lot of people think that COVID doesn't exist by the way, even now. They think it's
friends, people I've known for years. I just have to say, Please don't send me any more your doctor this one and that one from here and everywhere.
Proving that there is no COVID or vaccines are dangerous. They're gonna kill you and it's to reduce the population and Bill Gates and Baba Baba, Baba Baba. Oh, man.
Spare us. Spira.
I've been there.
I've had severe COVID. And I know it is hyperreal ibori. Yeah.
Yeah. So, but you the gratitude, talking of gratitude, then we, you know, we, we understand that Allah subhanaw taala gives us another opportunity to correct ourselves in this in this month of Ramadan. So I've been having problems with this camera all the time.
Anyway, I think I'm going to go back to my old camera,
and go back to the laptop one because this one's not working. Anyway. So the next point from your nine point shake is of course we can't forget forget forgiveness. Forgiveness is the next point.
Yeah, because the promise I Salam had specifically you know, talked about it and uh, last month Allah Himself you know, said
that you know, forgiveness is amongst the goals but the statement of the prophets Allah men sama Ramadan, he man what is urban?
zombie, whoever fast Ramadan out of faith means meaning real fast, not cultural fast.
What is I've been seeking their reward from Allah, their previous sins will be forgiven.
That's real. Only for those who truly fast, who truly fast not who culturally fast along with everybody else, the whole community is fasting. So we're fasting. This is what we do. You know, when somebody asks, Why do you this is what my family does. This is what our culture does what our people do we just do it.
It's just a ritual that we do every year for this one month we do it that is not going to do anything.
Because that fast, you know, we'll miss out the soul of Ramadan would be dead. Just the ritual the outer practices you have you know, if so, who are you? Are, you have that are we?
That's it. Even some people write me and ask me the programs that I do. But if you fast Ramadan, and you don't pray
the world is that
as you pray, yeah, technically speaking, technically speaking. The fact that you're not praying does not nullify your
That's according to the law.
Yeah, but what are you doing?
What are you doing? Why are you fasting? You know, that's the point, it means that you obviously missed out understanding why you're supposed to be fasting. You missed it. It's just gone right over your head.
So that question is just irrelevant.
you know, forgiveness, the bottom line is that there is forgiveness in it. If we fast properly, again, all the things have to be in place. It's not the feast of Ramadan
where people gain weight by the end of Ramadan, they walk away, they put on five kilos.
I used to amaze me. The Muslims used to tell me what it is. To encourage him your property is not that difficult. Once we gain weight in Ramadan, it's really
fasting for 30 days.
really, how's that? How do you managed to do that?
We make upgrade at night.
Just the I'm sorry to go back to your previous point. But there is a question here from nimra name. She said, you know, the last one, you want to talk about gratitude. The question was, how to stay consistent in gratitude. I mean, it's good to be, it will be up and down. But how you be consistent being in being thankful?
Well, the bottom line is this. You know, that consistency, right? We wish, we wish that we could be consistent, meaning your level and when you you work yourself up to that level of gratitude, and you just stay there, no, not dropping at all This movement is just at the top, all the way back down again. And then you're fighting to get it back up again.
What how do we keep our faith
you know, are in mind are we able to keep the mind up there, like the highest point of our mind, we can keep it there and it's not going to move?
We know Eman increases and decreases. So gratitude increases and decreases thankfulness.
That's just how it is that's how our lives are. And that's why we are constantly in struggle about the insanity covered. What Allah said I have created human beings in struggle. That is a struggle. Because if you can reach that level where you have no struggle to keep it there, then no you reach perfection.
Perfection is with Allah only.
So ever the Sahaba you know pantalon abubaker
were complaining about their state.
Then where are we?
And they were companions of the Prophet SAW salon they sat in a circle. Imagine sitting and hearing the Bronx
teach you is not so behind Allah.
So if even after that
up and down, then what does it tell us?
We are in struggle, and we will continue and struggle till we leave this world if we're sincere. If we're not sincere, then of course
you know, you're not in struggle. That sense you're gonna struggle in other senses in struggle keeping your money, you know, making your profits struggling, you know, for all the dunia things Yes, you'll be in struggle there too.
But you won't be in struggle about a man because it's
not a consequence.
I think we
you know, the question will be once we struggled all the way through Ramadan here, how would we know that we've attained victory because I just asked that now because I might forget it later on. How do we know that we've got
an accepted Ramadan fast with all the different things that go with that.
It's like everything else. You know, how do we know after making Hajj that it was accepted?
It's about us
we haven't changed change
if there is some change then we can be assured that there's been some
there's no change if after Ramadan we are exactly the same as we were before Ramadan that is telling us that
the Ramadan really wasn't accepted. But of course the change might be subtle you know, it's like your kids
they want to grow up
so they you know, they you can make a mark put them up against the wall and you make a little microscope
you know, they'll come and check every day that go check every day they can again see I'm not growing but because the growing process takes time you know accumulation of of doing the right thing that eventually causes you know bigger change the changes on a level which may not be percent you know perceivable you may not be able to see it Yes, I stopped doing that sometimes I guess if you make you know resolutions you know that you are going to give up this particular thing and then after Ramadan you stay on it, left it you can say
barely, that could be a clear criterion for yourself and this is why now some people encourage no Ramadan resolutions like
non Muslims have new year's resolution Ramadan resolutions, we set some things that we want to accomplish in Ramadan, then
we check ourselves to assure that we continue to maintain those
goals that we achieved during fast after the fast
so it's a good way now if you're keen to know
did I change?
I changed as Ramadan really affected me. We can do it by setting goals.
Setting goals, okay, good.
Now, the next point is to create
well this shield to have or
shield is your next point. So discuss this with us as well please. Well the shield I mean
the protection of fasting when the prophets Allah
had said a CMO Jinnah
it's a shield process I would describe fasting as a shield.
So the fact that
the process and and describes it that way it means then that we should see in it this protection that it provides, you know, some some form of a shield doesn't necessarily mean
a physical shield we're talking about spiritual because you know people even weak people weaken faith etc. They know in Ramadan
you shouldn't be engaged in lewdness you know any kind of watching pornography this kind of thing so they're gonna give these things up this Ramadan
Yeah, husband and wives who will sit and watch porn. But once Ramadan comes.
if they just stopped and thought about why they are stopping
this is out of respect to Allah.
They say why it's out of respect to God, you know, just so disrespectful. We're just going quick Hey.
Is it only disrespectful to Allah in Ramadan? I mean, outside of Ramadan, it's not disrespectful.
You know, you found a logic for why to give it up in Ramadan. But then really is that logic not applicable after Ramadan.
So this is
They're nice too,
because it provides a shield in that sense. But their their provision is more traditional with traditional explanation as opposed to
spiritually committing oneself.
You know, to give it up, because this is wrong, I need to let this go. No, I shouldn't have it in my life. So, that is the one that makes it the shield. When we look at our reasoning, or reasons why why are we not doing this?
Because it will be pleasing to Allah. Of course it will be pleasing to Allah outside of Ramallah.
It will be even more pleasing to Allah outside of Ramadan because in Ramadan, you have to give it up otherwise you have no Ramadan.
Whereas outside of Ramadan, it's just the same. You know, whatever, whether they are medium or small, it's the same.
So, to be able to give it up outside of Ramadan is far greater than giving it up in Ramadan.
We need to come to that realization. Once we have come to that realization, then it becomes truly a shield
that protects us from
clears our path together.
Mandala Mandala, Mandala panatela allow us to erect that shield to all sorts of
for following our desires
I mean, yes, so then the next point of course is the Sunnah, the Sunnah
tradition of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam I believe and we like actually I just got a signal that my
plugging in the I get that shield Okay, okay.
Put the shield up afterwards. Yeah.
So for those Yeah, so we got we got through how many balls by yourself? Five isn't it? Yeah, that's this that's five year soon is the next one six. So how are we doing for timeshare? handling I'm good. Yeah, I'm good. Mike from the side and then it's 1120 in New Zealand and the moment Yeah, so hamdulillah you know we're sleeping I think the thing you'll have to come over here and create the studio for me and put all the bits together brother
I need somebody to the thing is I need a place a studio where I can put the everything and leave it there permanently. Because otherwise you have to constantly I'm moving everything around in bags, you know, at the moment every time I have to set it up and then I have to find the right spot the lighting this. Anyway brothers and sisters we are waiting for shake blood to come back because his battery was about to die. I hope your battery is not dying in this beautiful month of Ramadan and you're making great effort.
You know, going and reading your Quran as least once in the month of Ramadan. I think there's a Sunnah saying it's three times it should be it preferred but more importantly that you understand the Quran and it's impacting upon you. So that's something I think you can attain victory and also if you can read a surah of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi Salaam has to remind you of this great man and what he accomplished
for himself first and foremost and for all of the the Arabs and then all the world so Han Allah Allah Spanner della gave us this profit for the entire globe, not just for the Arabs, not just for Pakistanis in Bengalis, etc.
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But yeah, so Shaykh Bilal is back with us today. And point number six is the sooner. That's it. So we're talking brothers and sisters about how to attain victory through this month of Ramadan. And so we're on point number six. The first point was Jana, then taqwa and gratitude, then forgiveness shield and the 6.0 would you check? I think you were you're already touching on the
baby elements of the Sunnah, you know that, in following the way of the Prophet Muhammad was
necessary, we need to achieve that for the
fast itself to be attained, I mean, to the benefits of the fast no can be gained. The promises element said
nehama sohoton movement,
This is authentic hadith as soon as authentic, but I only found out about it a few years.
Near master hood and movement, the best.
So war of the believer
I mean, I had already been telling people still, you know, the three course meal was a war anyway, it's you know, it's just not a good thing. Because, you know, you're filling yourself up. Yeah, you know, you're, you know, the whole of the morning, going into the afternoon, your body's digesting that full three course meal that you just typed up with. So by the time you reach, you know, after us, sir, heading into my room, no, digestion is complete. Now you start to feel okay, where's my next meal? You're ready for the next meal? You know, so the fast is not really a fast,
you've feasted all night. And you're ritually fasted all day.
But it's not a true fast. So it just surprised me. You know, sometime back, when I actually came across this Hadith, where the prophet SAW Selim himself identified what the Civil War is preferable, what's the war is preferable? dates, dates, and water is always new that you know, for if tar Yes, we know, we break it with dates and water. We all knew that. But the whole
I didn't know that it was specified, but it is authentically specified by the province.
So if we, if we then were to enter into the fast following that advice of the Prophet Allah and His dump, obligatory, we're not saying now it's obligatory for you just stop eating, you just go with your three dates and do it No, no, because the places in the world you can't get it.
So, obviously, you know, this is not a strict
absolute, but it is talking about a light,
very light coming in to your fast not tanking up, and then coming in
gaining weight through Ramadan. So we have to lighten up in Ramadan, lighten up on the food, because, you know, even when the scholars talked about things which corrupt faith, Major corrupters of faith, one of the things they said is eating too much.
Eating too much food
you know, because of the the nature of that is produced by go and you know, in gorging ourselves all the time, you know, eating too much eating a lot and you know, that that that builds a kind of a character characteristic of of wastefulness, no hedonism, and, you know, like, you know, you're just like the pain, you know, your, your human version, you know, oh, this is not what we're supposed to be as human beings. So,
this is one of the goals in that, you know,
We should reestablish this follow the Sunnah of the prophet
in the soul or itself as well as in the other connected acts of prayer, you know, praying
as we should and that's one of the points anyways lastly the points
so now the process throughout our lives it's a reminder you know, we are fasting according to
for breaking our fast according to the Sunnah not to keep that idea of the Sunnah alive, because as the as the last month Allah said, my uterus.
whoever obeys the messenger has obeyed Allah. That's why
not because we worship Allah.
Yeah, sorry, not because the prophets, Allah. No, no, we don't worship
follow his Sunnah closely in order to obey Allah, because he is the best example of how we should live lives in obedience to Allah.
pleasing to Allah. So, it is reinforcing that
Sunnah, the place of the Sunnah in our lives. So it's, it's wonderful. He goes, because his way is the way
you know, as Jesus supposed to I said, you know, attributed to him. That
was it. I am the way, the truth and the life.
Life, none comes to the Father except by
this, although Christians take it to mean all kinds of other things. In fact, actually, if it were
true statement from
his he I the way I should, if you go into the Old Testament, you'll find Moses talking about the way you know the way there is the way of the prophets.
And if one is to achieve paradise, it's got to be on the way.
That's the bottom line. So
remembering that Ramadan
reinforcing that idea in our minds and our hearts. So
this will give us help us to attain the goals of Ramadan.
sha Allah, Well, number one.
Yes, that's what we that's our main aim to return home to the Garden of Eden, the garden of Paradise Subhan Allah.
so the next one is charity. Something I constantly banging on about all the time, in videos all over the place. Yeah. And you are as well shake. I've seen you.
I'm your follower.
In the way. Yeah. Promoting the charities, umbrella. And it's a good thing. It's a good thing.
Because charity is so highly regarded. Now, this is one of the things I regarded in Islam and by human beings in general. No, but it's one of the notable features of the Muslim community. I remember seeing
some report searches done in the UK, about which community was the most charitable? Yeah, they said
they're the most charter
and on a global scale, they said, Turkey,
terms of being charitable, they are the most chat. So, you know, we this is a reputation that we have seen by others without claiming it for ourselves.
But that spirit of charity, you know, is there we know in Ramadan
giving charity, Ramadan has its own merit. But, you know, even fitter
is reinforcement of that charitable spirit that we should have
Ramadan in this month of fasting, it closes at that point. So that's like, you know, on
is among the spiritual, emotional, psychological goals that's fasting seeks to
create or to achieve
those of us fast
they would strive to achieve that sense of empathy with the world coming out of knowing you're fasting refeeding
times hunger cetera. And they only feel those kinds of hunger if we're doing so or according to
if we're doing traditional that we don't feel the pangs of hunger at all, as we said, gain weight
doctors at the beginning of every Ramadan do articles in the paper warning Muslims about overeating and Ramadan
I'm listed as one Whoa, what are these people do it? No. Okay. So many people, they complain doctors, so, many people come into the hospitals with all kinds of problems from overeating.
I was a bill but this is our legacy, you know, not the legacy of rasulillah
but the legacy of cultural Islam at Sharla we want to get away from and re establish the legacy of the Sunnah.
So, the charitable spirit,
which can come out of that
sense of hunger, out of choice while reflecting on those who are hungry, not out of choice or out of having nothing
that is a noble
feeling to have a lot of give us that sense of empathy and sympathy for
our fellow brothers and sisters, fellow human beings
have nothing to eat.
I mean, I mean, definitely
something we should focus upon. Brothers and sisters giving lots and lots of charity, especially during this month where the deeds are multiplied epically
massively, in proportion to what you do, your reward could be manifold increase because you're fasting. Allah subhanaw taala is the one who was the fasting person Subhan Allah so you don't need to have more than that.
Shape below them we have Quran
Well, yeah, that's number eight, if our sole
the Quran, I mean, Allah himself has said, so hold on, hold on the wounds in a fee.
Once you feel
this is the month a lot associates the Quran with the month
and this is another area where cultural Islam overpowers
And people they get into reading the Quran in Ramadan, you know, every day in the morning, every day in the evening every day. are we reading that Quran?
They don't know what the Quran says.
Allah says right in, you know, chapter number two, who doesn't live that's what the Quran is.
It is supposed to be guidance for those who fear
How do you get guidance from something you don't understand?
It's not possible. It's not like a, you know, a magical kind of situation where you just read these Arabic letters, you know, all of a sudden here electrify you know you are now
No, it comes from reading the Quran.
So I say this I mentioned it so many times evil is
the majority of Sahaba 60 or 80,000 of them were
alive in the guide.
The majority of this is not memorized.
When what what did that mean for them? It meant they hadn't read the whole graph
because the coroner was not written at the time.
So then what are they doing? They whatever they learn, they repeated and acted on.
That's what it was.
Because majority couldn't read and write. Remember, it's only a handful. Few. Those who memorize they said we're less than 10
less than 10 that memorize the whole Quran?
want those who are known, knowledgeable, etc. Amongst them, what did they say? They said that we used to learn the Quran 10 verses at the time.
And we would not move on to another 10 until we understood what was in this 10 and acted on it.
understanding law knowledge with understanding and action at the same time.
anyone amongst us, who managed to memorize the whole of Surah Al Baqarah. We used to call him half if
he called him Hi, Phil.
Now, today, if you call somebody who just memorized well, Baqara half if I was a bit
older, you're insulting to her father. What is this? You know, half is one who memorizes from five you have to know
anything less than that does not have.
That'd be very adamant about that.
said that if you got to Al Baqarah. Because Surah Al Baqarah is Surah Al Baqarah.
When you read Surah Al Baqarah in your home, not played on a
When you read Surah Al Baqarah in your home, your home is protected from Satan, satanic forces, etc. For three days and nights. So
that's Sora and backup.
Actually, it was Surah Al Baqarah, which caused my mother to think
Remember, I visited her agenda.
She was in Riyadh, they were parents right we had before me.
But they moved down to Kingdom after and I came down to visit her.
she told me
so should I just see something?
so there was so she said
because she she had made some crosses, right? Put it over the knitted crosses put it over her doorway, though we're coming in the house,
though in the different rooms and living room. And
so I said, Okay, let me read through.
That's something good.
We did know this is what the prophet said,
Exercise or remove, such as efficiency because I put this grasshopper is still the same.
so I went to read
and I left went back up to Riyadh afterwards
and I forgot to ask her
Was there anything effective
Two years later, or a year later?
When I went to Canada, came to me and told me I want to accept Islam.
I didn't try
trying trying to reach the point where Okay, saturated, you know,
so many different ways, you know, it's not happening. So I just have to get them to it.
why, why why'd you decide at this point? After you left Saudi Arabia, I thought you would have done it over there, you know, where you had all this exposure? And no i, even my,
my first book I'd written for Dawa called
the true religion of God.
And when I was printing a new edition of it, I revised it.
So it's been printed and distributed, translated into many different languages and was the main text for Dawa for the dollar centers of Saudi Arabia.
I asked them to revise it, my mother and father, revise it my father's English experts. So my mother also very eloquent, they checked it out. Anything that is wrong, grammatical is no syntax language, linguistically, whatever ideas that you think are, you know, questionable. They're not logical. They're not just let me know. And so they told me two things that I changed these things, modify this till they finally said, Okay.
I was thinking after that, now, they're gonna accept this.
So I did. There's nothing more wrong in this book. You know, everything is okay. Now as good as it says, Yeah, it's fine.
So So why don't you accept Islam?
give us a copy of the Quran.
So that started at least, you know, I gave them a copy of the code and decided to me, but when I went back to
Canada, because they went back to Canada
And my mom came and told me what
I was asking her why she said, Well, you know,
remember that time you came to visit us?
I was experiencing this stuff in the house. You came, have you read?
What do you say?
second chapter? We're glad.
said, Well, after you're ready, you're
So that no, put in her head. It's not my dad put in her head, that,
hey, there's something about this religion.
I mean, she respected it anyway, she had read about it when she was in university and all this, but this put it on another level.
And then, of course, books and reading.
But it was a big
So I mean, this is the benefit, but 100 you know, of course,
when I read swashbuckler, because I was blessed to get the chance to study in Medina. And study Arabic, do my bachelor's in Arabic, do a master's in Arabic idiom, Islamic Studies focusing on
a PhD also, but you know, research in Arabic, so much Arabic exposure. So hamdulillah. When I read through an bartra, I understand what I'm reading.
You know, I'm not reading it.
Just the words without understanding what, from time to time I go back and I look in
that series, check the meanings. So it's better.
I'm trying to say right, it's better for you.
As a Muslim,
to read Surah Al Baqarah. With Tasha,
leave the rest.
If swell bunker was enough for the Sahaba to be considered a half is that know that Surah Al Baqarah is enough for you? I'm not saying give up the whole crap. If you can read the whole ground with tafsir
Better. But if you have to start somewhere, because that's the point, you want to make the reading of the crime in Ramadan meaningful, you have to start somewhere, you have to start with understanding. So just focus on Surah Baqarah. Even if you what you do is you read the Arabic because you know what to read, read the Arabic
section by section or verse by verse. So at least meanings are coming to you as you are reading. Because in the end, it is about what the Quran actually says. What the message that is coming from Allah, what does it actually mean?
So this is how we should approach our reading of the Quran in Ramadan.
From that perspective of understanding
to be among those
So some, a lot of people they
dying to read the Quran in public extent, and they kind of overstretch themselves. I know, even this month, I've kind of done that too much, well, not too much, but I've read it and read it and read it. And I'm kind of
urgently wanting to finish it this Ramadan in Arabic and with the Tafseer. And everything in this very, very time consuming.
But the fact is, you know, what do we actually get out of that, you know, do we do we get because most people are not going through the GFC? Or any understanding?
Is there any benefit from doing it like that at all?
From read, reading,
just reading the most have, and then really not knowing what what's what's being said at all.
you know, this is this is a tough one. Right? You know, the products I sell them, I'd said
whoever reads one letter
That's powerful. Yeah. But in spite of that, we don't we know that the Sahaba would never have read Alhamdulillah as Olive lamb have named
lamb lamb Ha.
reading it letter by letter.
So good. just common sense. tells you that these letters just saying these letters, surely it has no benefit. Hmm. Surely it has no benefit.
Yeah, but it's dangerous. Because you know, you say saying that reading the letters of the Quran don't give you benefits in the process. Seven said that. You know, it sounds like you're going like off is a deviant? Yeah. Yeah. It sounds like it. But because you're taking it literally. You have to remember when the prophet SAW Selim said that what did he say to
the companions, non Arabs?
Who didn't understand Arabic?
No, he said it to those around him. Who were Arabic speaking.
Yeah, wherever they came from, whether it came from Persia, you know, like salmaan or Laos, or whatever. Still.
Yeah, linguistically, they were.
So when the prophet SAW Selim said that
he was stressing
to read as much
So it is reading as much of the Quran as possible in a language which you understand whose meanings make sense to you?
Yes, there's benefit.
But if somebody gave you a book in Greek, or you just learned the Greek alphabet, and you now read this book in Greek,
I'm asking you, what benefit can there possibly be
reality. That's the reality. But of course you have to be careful on say this in public.
that's the cold reality that people don't want to face. Because now It means what you've been doing all these years. Zero. Wow.
that's a heavy one to carry the heavy one to carry. Yeah.
But you have to be
we have to be honest. We have to know the truth. And this is the truth.
We need to be on with understanding
if we want to get benefit from it.
according to the light,
actually, in this month, especially, yeah,
yeah, absolutely. So last point is Salah. Crap.
This is, you know, I think we all know salah and Ramadan, what it represents, we have
this is probably the area that we need to consider five times daily Salah, like the guys who are saying, you know, if we don't pray in Ramadan, but we fast, you know, as our fast negated by our lack of prayer.
Those that are asking that question, we need to tell them, hey,
technically speaking, fast is not nullified. But
the reason for your fast
and the reason for your prayer
should be one.
If you don't have that reason for prayer, then no you don't have the right reason for fasting.
That's the bottom line. And if you don't have the right reason, many you don't have the right intention, then you're not going to get the reward of fasting for which fasting was prescribed. Simple as that.
So when we come to the salaat Of course, the big issue of following Ramadan is
whether it's 11 or 21, or you know, that's a whole nother story. But leave that and just come to the core. The core of tarawih
is looked at as a prayer done in Ramadan, only done Ramadan. We don't do throw it outside.
But it's the mistake
people call it
when done in Ramadan in congregation.
So now the problem
was to do it by himself. And also to do it in congregation.
You can do either one.
Doing it in congregation is not preferred and better than doing it by yourself. In your
that's the bottom line.
But we have now made it but
congregation in the masjid that's the one that's
supposed to be doing it. Ramadan. That's the one you're going to get the reward for you pray in your home.
You should be in the masjid.
The province prayed in his own most of the time.
He went in the masjid one night, two nights, three nights people go to increase. So let's just finish it.
That's that's the reality.
The reality of throwing
that away is just to simulate what am I that's just
it's just one
people by inventing this new prayer. Now it comes the issue of okay if you made intera when you made your winter identify where you want to make 200 in the night. Can you make another one?
Just one winter in the night. Make it your last prayer.
But what if you want to pray
you just made it complicated. You know, like, like the people, you know, with Prophet Moses and the cow.
slaughter the cow. Which Got what? color? Oh, tall. Well,
that's where we've gone with our.
Because the thing about with him
is, is the thing that made me decide that there's an issue here because everyone has to pray. And I'm saying like, in my center and I tell them leave that. If you want you want to play that role we hear that's fine. Because we're a small group. We're not like a massive group. I said to the guy, you know, if you if you want to pray in your houses later on in dumb bread, or Oh, we don't pray with her here, you know, so leave the Witter for house and then you can furnish your house and not make it a graveyard as well. So that's basically what's become a reality of our brothers and sisters today and ourselves. May Allah guide us all back to the path of the Sunnah might give said one, the
point number number six was sadhana.
For us to establish the center in everything we do with reading will call on with a night prayer, with fasting with everything. So Pamela, so all of these points are inclusive, mutually inclusive, so to speak. That was the last point Salah
it's not an exhaustive list, but it's certainly the most point. poignant and important points brothers and sisters about how we can attain victory success in this month of Ramadan. And then of course take it forward and continue doing all these nine points insha Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala
so I think shake if you could just kind of maybe just sum up or last thoughts because we've been on for a long time Mashallah. We've been enjoying it too much and we've forgotten the time and if it does, he's
probably tired now and we want to let him go and sleep
at midnight or go and pray the night prayer then inshallah. So inshallah
and you know, just in closing that, as the processor, said, Man, calm or Ramadan, he man and cyber warfare Allah.
So he stressed this man karma, this is where it comes from.
From that statement of what he's talking about,
it is this summer. But in summary, as you said,
we have to always try our best to follow this
in doing whatever of the practices of Islam, that we have to do
I can just reiterate it because
the prophets Allah was sent as the guide as the representative the best time example Canada continuous reading is awesome wasn't a messenger will offer your there isn't a messenger will offer you the best of its app. So
this Ramadan, we should strive to
make whatever we're doing among the deeds of Ramadan as much as we can, in accordance with the wave of this one way of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam
strive to have some resolutions for ourselves and it's never too late. Now one may say well, I didn't make any resolution in the beginning.
And also I missed out
you can make the resolution on the last day of Ramadan.
Once I leave Ramadan, this thing which I gave up during Ramadan, I'm not coming back to it.
You can do it
because we can take that away
take out of Ramadan something that is lasting.
in glorious now Ramadan
Take out something
which we can always look back and say, that Rama bond, I gave it up.
I stopped doing it, or that Ramadan, I started doing
it took it on.
I did it throughout Ramadan, or part of Ramadan or whatever.
That's what we want.
Ramadan we can look back and say that was a turning,
turning point, getting closer to Allah.
Allah blesses us, all of us
achieving or attaining that turning point in our lives. This Ramadan for the time to come alive given to each and every one of us.
I mean, she's off a lot here, shake below for that
and enjoyable Subhan Allah
setup solutions that you've mentioned for obtaining the victory
during this beautiful month of Ramadan.
Of course, we don't know whether this will be a last Ramadan, we have to be mindful of that fact that many of us have people that were here last Ramadan in our families, and they're not here. So they cannot benefit. Obviously, they're not here Ramadan, unless, of course, you're making subtle cotton on their names or you're making lots of dough after them and you're a pious offspring of them.
Ramadan is a great opportunity brothers and sisters and I think she has expressed that beautifully today.
So we ask Allah subhana wa Taala allow us to benefit to attain victory to have a completely successful, accepted Ramadan with all our fasts intact
for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala that we've read and understood and acted according to the Koran, that we've done our Salah with the right intentions that we've done our kiama layer,
not seeking some community reward but accumulating a reward from the Creator of the heavens and the earth. I mean,
that our CRM is is done perfectly, and that we don't overeat to the Sahaba and iftaar is the shakers mentioned, that we don't put weight on.
And we don't have sins for Amazon, but we we have good deeds from Amazon. And we need Allah subhanaw taala that we gain taqwa that we gain closeness, and fit, we fear and have mindfulness of the Creator. And that ultimately, we enter once we've been forgiven by the Creator, in to the home home, we go back home to janitor feetoes Allah, that we go back to the paradise where we were before when we were taken out of as the progeny of Adam. And we all testified that Allah subhanho wa Taala was our Creator, and we knew him and we were going to obey Him.
without further ado,
I'd like to thank Sheikh below greatly and also for those who is always at the back there and working hard and now we put him up on the show. And he can end this show therefore
with salaams and do our or whatever he wants. So over to you for those
you're ending it today. I guess I can look around and look I'll just end up with Salam everybody. Salaam Salaam Alaikum too shabby learn and by the use of and to all the viewers inshallah we'll see you again next time. salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato multicam. Salah
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