Facts after Ramadan

Bilal Philips

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Facts after Ramadan
Khutbah – Friday Sermon
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Following the

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religion, something unheard of, until our times, but we have in various parts of the Muslim Ummah today, those who would deny the Sunnah because it doesn't agree with their ideas. Their modernist ideas are their sectarian or their political agendas. So they hold the banner of the Quran high while

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opposing

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and negating nullifying the Sunnah. And this is among the great leaders of our times, which is creating among the big fitness amongst the oma today.

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But coming to today's hookah,

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which I would have to begin by

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asking that Allah accept the fast the prayers of Ramadan to Kabbalah minimum income.

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We celebrated eat a few days back.

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And that was the climax, the climax of a month, dedicated to Alor subhanho, wa Taala.

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a month in which

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we increased our ibadah

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we fasted continually.

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We stayed up at night and prayers,

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we sought to be as generous as we could. It will fit for

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being this cattle fitter being the expression, that final expression of charity

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and compassion and care and concern for our fellow Muslims and non Muslims in this world.

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We have completed that month. And the question that remains in our minds, then what

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are now what

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do we just put it behind us and leave it saying we've done what the law has asked us. And then next year when Ramadan comes, we go and do the same thing. Or was that month

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a preliminary

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a preparation for our lives over the next 11 months.

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For sure. Everything in Islam, every pillar, every

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principle, every source of information with guidance in it revealed by last month Allah is for our lives. They are not nothing in Islam is for the moment. Because we don't live moments we live lifetimes it's built on moments. But our focus though we do need to focus on the moment.

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Because excessive thinking about the future, or worrying about the past can also sway us from dealing with the moment.

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But ultimately, the message of Islam is a way of life. It is for a lifetime. So the fast of Ramadan. Everything that we did in Ramadan should be reflected over the rest of the months.

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We should see its impact in our behavior. Our turning to a law are closest to a law, our halaal relationships with family, friends, workmates, classmates,

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it should all have an impact on every aspect of our lives.

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So that's what's now. Now we need to assess what we did

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and what we need to do to keep it alive.

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Because it is easy for it to die.

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It is easy for it to die.

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Like the match you light it burns for a moment.

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Finished.

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That's not what we want. We shouldn't be like that.

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That's failure.

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Success is to keep that flame burning.

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And to do so, the same things that we did in Ramadan, we need to do after Ramadan.

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Really, the rest of the year is no different from Ramadan. Though we have made Ramadan, that special month in that sense of ibadah technically speaking,

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it is a month in the life of a Muslim.

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It is a reminder

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about the things that maybe we have become neglectful about.

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But it is not doing something that we don't do the rest of the year. There is nothing in Ramadan that we do. That we cannot do or that we shouldn't do in the rest of the year. The only thing

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is to fast every day

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in the rest of the year, continually because Prophet Mohammed Salah Max said, when a man came to him and wanted to fast continually, he said, as the maximum do the fast of doubt, la sala, which was fasting a day, and breaking fast The next day, every other day. So that it doesn't become such a routine, because I'm sure we've all felt it in Ramadan in the beginning of Ramadan, you know, you did feel that fast. But then after everything is moving, your whole life shifts to adjust itself now to Ramadan. So you can lose the impact of Ramadan, if breaking of the fast isn't there.

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So for the rest of the year, though, we do make that concentrated effort in Ramadan, we're not allowed to do that outside of Ramadan, every other day instead. So we fast today. And we break fast The next day, so we can't get used to it. It's always something to have its own challenge for us. So if we want to continue, then we know we have the option of every other day for the rest of the year.

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Otherwise, Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam told us that one who follows Ramadan was six days from show while six days of fasting.

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And that is not including the first day, which is aid on which it is forbidden for us to fast

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then he or she gets the reward of fasting the whole year.

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They get the reward for fasting the whole year, because 30 days of fasting is worth 10 times its value which gives us 300 days and then the six days from Chahal becomes 60 days. So, we have 360 days, the lunar year

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that is the great blessing from Allah to Allah His grace that such a small effort would be multiplied so greatly. So, this is what we have

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until the end of this month show out which coincides with October

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we have six days which we can fast and earn the value of 60 days completing

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a full year of fasting Of course,

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if we have days old from Ramadan due to traveling breaking the fast for one reason or another which we should never whatever we should make up those days first those are the obligatory days of fasting that we need to do first and foremost.

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Then after doing the obligatory we can now turn to the recommended

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the idea of doing

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the recommended with the intention of both the recommended and the obligatory meaning you do your six days so you all three, four days in this included in the six.

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This is an idea which is doubtful.

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best is to do your obligatory, fulfill that follow to a last one to Allah and then afterwards, do your six

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that you're sure is correct. Sure is accepted. The other one is doubtful. It might be some scholars say it's okay. You can do that. A number of other scholars say no you

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Get. So, in the doubtful areas as the prophet SAW, Selim said, Allah halaal obey and will haram obey Him. The Hillel is clear and the Haram is clear.

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And between them is that gray area

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known only to the scholars, whoever avoid that area protects his honor and his religion. Whoever falls into that area consistently, going to the gray areas eventually falls into Hara.

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That is the reality the gray area is an area which needs to haraam if one doesn't have the knowledge, to properly assess it to judge it. So complete the fast those days which were missed, then do this. And now this is our better choice. And furthermore, Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam.

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Use the fast three days of every lunar month,

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three days of every lunar month, that's the three middle days of the month, the 13th 14th and 15th. Those are the days of the full moon.

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It has nothing to do with the effects of the full moon. We don't believe that the full moon has an effect on us. So we have to fast to counteract the effects some people have made that kind of connection we don't need to go there. Performances alone just recommended that we fast those three days so we fast them.

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And Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam also was in the habit of fasting Mondays and Thursdays of every week.

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This is this one.

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Very few people follow this.

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And when he was asked about Monday,

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he said that was the day on which I was born.

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So in commemoration in memory of the day on which I was born Monday, I would fast.

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Now the majority of the Muslim world tries to remember the day on which a prophet SAW Selim was born. They call it Milad, un Nabi and various other names

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on a day which is uncertain,

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as the day in which Prophet Mohammed Salah was born,

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historically, is unknown.

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Historians have many opinions, and those various opinions do not have solid evidence behind it. So as the date of birth of Prophet Isa Elisa Lam was hidden

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to the generations that came after him. The date of birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW Salah was also

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the day on which he died, is known.

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And unfortunately, that's the day that people celebrate the day on which he was born, which is unknown. So in fact, we're celebrating his death with a as a biller, which is something hideous something evil when you stop to think about celebrating the death of the province or something

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instead, to celebrate his birth problems Our solemn gave us fasting every Monday.

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But we don't want to do that one that's got too much effort involved to leave it to Robbie assignee or whatever. And just that one day in the air, we all get together we have a good time.

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That's easy. So that's the one we choose.

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In fact, the the

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innovation, displeasing to Allah,

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not supported by Prophet Mohammed Salim or his companions

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begun by deviance in Egypt,

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known as the fatimids,

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400 years after the time of Prophet Mohammed Salah they began it

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so it is not from the Sunnah or the way of the sun at all.

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That is what we have chosen, instead of what the prophet sallallahu Sallam gave us. And truly, as the scholars say, whenever a bit is born, a sadhana dies.

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So the Sunnah of fasting every Monday

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in commemoration of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu birth, as Allah described him as rock metal al Ameen as a mercy to the worlds

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that sin has died amongst us. So inshallah we pray that Allah gives us the tofik the special blessings of guidance to revive the Sunnah of Prophet

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Mohammed Salah

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as an extension of our fast of Ramadan

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that at least if we don't make Monday and Thursday at least we make Monday a day of fasting for us from now on.

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From this Monday coming onwards, we will revive that sooner

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remembering Ramadan remembering Prophet Mohammed salatu salam and taking the full benefit that Allah has provided to this source of guidance for us. Our cola cola star for lolly Welcome resilence Amina system through in the whole world of Rahim I asked forgiveness for myself and for yourselves and I call on you to turn to Allah to seek His forgiveness because no one can forgive sins except for him. hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah

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All praise is due to ally Milan's Peace and blessings when the last messenger of Allah

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Ramadan was is always will be the month of the Quran.

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This is something we spoke about many times, it was the month of the Quran. Allah describes it as that month, the month in which the Quran was revealed chakra Mallanna the owns in the field for the month of Ramadan in which the iron was revealed.

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And as such during Ramadan, we try to read as much of it as we could. And we stress the importance of reading it with understanding not necessarily completing it, it's good to complete it. It was from the Sonata completed, but it was the bigger so not to understand it.

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So if we have to wait between completing it or understanding it uncomplete it's better to have understood it on complete than to have completed it. Without understanding it. You have to be clear on that.

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Make no mistake, that reading the Quran without understanding it is not in accordance with the Sunnah.

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reading the Quran, without understanding it is not in accordance with the sun now. Yes, prophet SAW Selim did say, whoever reads a single letter of the crime gets 10.

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And he said, I live I don't mean Alif laam. Meem is a is a letter. But Alif is a letter, lamb is a letter and meme is a letter. So there's great rewards in meeting the choir.

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But when he said that, he said that to his companions, who understood Arabic.

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So that encouragement to read the Koran was encouragement to understand its meanings. As they said, We used to read the Koran 10 verses have the time, learn them 10 versus the time, we wouldn't go on to another 10 until we understood what the law wanted of us in those 10. And we try to implement it. And a law tells us so many places in the Quran of Allah, will they not reflect, contemplate on the meanings of the Quran? How can we do that if we haven't understood it? So obviously, the goal of the reading of Quran is to understand it, and then having understood it, to implement it,

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to live it,

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that it be a light in our hearts that guides us as it was for Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and his companions.

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And this is one of the missing links in the Muslim Ummah today that that light of guidance of the Quran is not in the hearts of most of us today.

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We read the Quran,

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we memorize the Quran, but we don't know what the law is actually saying to us. So naturally, it has no impact on our lives.

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And as a consequence, we suffer

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because without the impact of the crime on our lives, the impact of the crime, the crime, the basic source of guidance or laws manual

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for life, in accordance with his will.

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Without that, then what else is there?

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As the law said, there's nothing after

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truth and righteousness and goodness except misguidance. So that's what we're living today. We're living lives as an oma a misguided life. And that is why we're suffering, what we're suffering at the hands of the nation.

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of the world today.

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So our brothers and sisters,

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among the things that we have to take from Ramadan is to continue to read the Koran regularly

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establish it.

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Prophet Mohammed Hassan Ahmed said that one who sits after falafel fudger.

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Without chatting idle talk with people around him or her

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until the rising of the sun

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makes To recap,

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he or she gets the reward of Hajj with the Prophet sallallahu

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This is a great reward,

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a great reward in that period of time now, which is about 40 minutes 50 minutes after silicon fudger that is a beautiful time for reading the Quran.

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Very few people take advantage of it.

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As soon as Salatin fudger is over, for the few that make it to the masjid

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nobody hangs around.

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But really,

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we should establish this.

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To be among those who problems are seldom said would be shaded by a lost throne. When there would be no shade on the Day of Judgment.

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There would be no shade except for the shade of his throne among those who will be shaded the few would be those whose hearts are attached to the

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masks to the massage.

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This is a way of development attachment. reading the Koran staying making that that little bit of time taking that time out of asleep.

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It's easier than tahajjud.

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tahajjud is the big one. But at least if we can't establish the tahajjud, then this one is easier. We're already awake.

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Just stay in the masjid, read Quran, memorize it,

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reflect on it and earn that great reward.

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So let's try to come out of Ramadan, with some resolutions. making some decisions about our life to come.

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Whether we make it to the next Ramadan or not, we make a decision to make certain changes in our life because that's what Ramadan should be about. about some change. That whole month of fasting was to produce a certain change in our behavior, our character, our attitudes, our commitment to Islam should have undergone some form of change. So what greater change than to attach ourselves to the Quran the way we weren't attached before.

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And

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beyond that, virtually everything else that we did Ramadan, the additional prayers, all of those prayers of Tara

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and the piano. And really, the

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original foundation of practice is

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what we call tarawih which we're doing after Asia.

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This was

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we could say permissible for those who feared missing pm.

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But really

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was the goal to have slept after Asia. And profits are seldom used to despise conversation after Asia.

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Go to bed early.

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Get up one o'clock, two o'clock

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make some prayer

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tahajjud

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and

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get the reward of the greatest prayers after the fact.

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If we can only do it once a week

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or a few times a week then we should try to do it.

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Better than not doing it at all until the next Ramadan day we're back again doing it. We try to at least once a week even if we choose a day it's probably better to choose a day rather than saying Okay, I'll do it one day in a week.

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Because deciding which one date is going to be it's easy to reach next Friday and haven't really decided on which date was till after it passed. So better to choose a day

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for ourselves, another day necessarily going to tell everybody else you should do it on Monday.

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Or you should do it on Thursday night or no, we don't want to start a bit.

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But for ourselves to choose a night and do it is perfectly okay. And when we get up, we get our children up also

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wives, the family, encourage them to get up.

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So these are amongst the benefits that we can take. And whatever.

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Whatever is wrong in our lives. Whatever problems we face in our lives, be sure that if we fast Mondays and Thursdays,

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we get up a few nights in the week and make tahajjud

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we stay in the masjid after fudger and read the Quran and reflect on it.

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It's going to make a difference.

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It's going to make a difference. Whether from the perspective of nl Hassan not with us hipness, say at

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that good deeds will erase evil deeds.

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Or

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just from the perspective that having done this good.

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Allah will reward our deeds and purify

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our hearts and relieve our stress

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our trials

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from his goodness,

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for sure, it will make a difference. But of course, that goes back to whether we really believe

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whether we believe the promise of our last month Allah or not the promises of His Prophet sallallahu wasallam.

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But if we just stop for a minute and think why it is Allah told us in the law of Malacca who saloon Elena de una de la voz de limiters Lima, calling on us to ask for Peace and blessings for his messenger. As Allah gives, and the angels ask the believers do.

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It is because of the fact that he

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gave us the example of the impact of sacrifice, worship, for the sake of a law

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on human life.

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We see the trials that he faced, we see the success which Allah gave him.

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It is a very simple solution is very simple formula that we do what Allah wishes from us in terms of the law.

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We do what Allah wishes from us, we support the religion of Islam by doing it by living it,

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that Allah will give us success. This is his promise.

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And his promise is certain. As Allah tells us, so many places in the

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world are more limited than it is in a law alone, ultimately, that the believers put their trust as a law, to give us this great blessing of trust in Him

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of sincere commitment to following his commands of sincere love for him and for the religion which he has bestowed on us. I ask Allah to give us the full reward of our month of fasting, and our month of prayers, and the month of charity and sacrifices that we made. ask Allah to keep this month alive in our hearts throughout the rest of the year. And to give us the strength to apply the lessons we have learned from it throughout the rest of the year, as a law to give us firmness in our actions and our words, in our faith in our hearts.

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