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Ramadan: A Way Of Life

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Bilal Philips

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Mija de la sala Moodle Allah,

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Allah,

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Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah.

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Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah.

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Indeed a phrase due to law and as such, we should praise him

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for his help and seek refuge in Him from the evil which is within ourselves, and the evil which results from our need.

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To whomsoever Allah has guided, none can misguide

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you Allah has allowed to go astray nun can guide

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the witness that there is no god worthy of worship.

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And that Muhammad

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is the Messenger of Allah.

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The topic of this evening

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presentation, as was mentioned, is fasting a way of life.

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I mean, this topic

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is most appropriate because of the fact that we are in the month of Ramadan, a month of fasting.

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And, by this topic, I intended

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to share with you some thoughts

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I had on fasting, which I think we all need to reflect on.

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I need to reflect on it.

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And hopefully,

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in our reflection,

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it will produce

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action inside of ourselves, which will need to transform ourselves into something which was in accordance with what Allah has intended for us from fasting.

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And saying that

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I'm implying that

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perhaps

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many of us if not most of us,

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are missing out on the essence of fasting.

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fasting for us,

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has become

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a cultural tradition,

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which we do, every year.

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We did in our country, the country that we came from

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everybody shares in it, it's a time of festivity.

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Nice food is such a it's such a

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fun thing, having an impact,

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a positive impact on our lives.

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That we can say, when we turn and look at last year,

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this year and

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this year,

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can you turn back and look at it and say

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I have grown

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from last year to this year.

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There have been a tangible change in my personality, my spirituality,

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my

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character has really been a change.

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These are the questions which I asked myself and I think that you need to ask yourself

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because

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informing us

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Assemblymember Karima macadam, Allah was only sent to perfect for you the highest of character tree

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in that statement that fasting

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is intended

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to change our character

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experiencing a change.

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When we are not achieving the actual goal of fasting, there is something missing

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as a yearling

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ritual, a cultural habit,

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a traditional practice

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these are the terms which are usually used to describe

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shame so

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that

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we find people

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quote unquote, Muslims.

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And then

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how can you faster? Why are you fasting?

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fasting is just once a year,

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everyday, everyday everyday.

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So fasting is a lot easier because

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I met my dad personally when I first came into Islam back in the 70s. And in Toronto, and we are in Toronto, and

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you know,

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most of them are immigrants like

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explaining different things.

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And I remember one friend of mine a Moroccan, same as

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me,

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many of his friends, many of

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his friends

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with hashish.

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The State of Minnesota explained to me this thing of culture and really what Islam is about and how to be aware of that why because, you know, people come into town, they're very enthusiastic, you should really make a person

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This one's from different parts of

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Nigeria to the standard, you know, and it's, sometimes it can be very devastating emotionally, you know, psychologically spiritually devastating. So, he was trying to prepare me, you know, to be aware of these different cultural practices, you know, so fast men become that

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Muslim saying, for example,

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we gain weight in Ramadan.

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You know,

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a shocking thing

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is that understanding, again, the 510 kilos

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seems to contradict

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what happened to the vine especially because

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so severe to them? No, no food, no, nothing for them to

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give them a chance to Catholics that they have lent

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chocolate

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for one week. So when they try

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no food, no wrinkles, really harsh.

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as something very shocking.

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To see all of this is a reflection of this cultural aspect of the past amongst us today.

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To look to see, what is it really

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designed to develop? And what is this that I really wanted from us in the fall? We see it in the verse from the Quran.

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Last month, Allah says,

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fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those destroy you, in order that you would become pious

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in order that you would fear

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that it was described to us, as as described before us,

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pointing to the concept, that fasting is not something unique in

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Muslim tradition in Islam,

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by the final messenger of Allah to humankind, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and if one goes to the scriptures of the Christians, and then

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Exodus one of the Old Testament is considered to be a part of the Torah today

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and describes when I went to receive the commandment from Allah.

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And he was

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40 days and 40 nights, he needed a

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more drank water. And he wrote upon the table the words of the covenant, the 10 commandments

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of Moses

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fasted for 40 days and 40 nights,

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without eating any brands or any food or drinking,

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find in the New Testament, which is the documents or scriptures which are followed by the Christians in

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describing Jesus

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and He fasted 40 days and 40 nights. And afterwards, he was hungry.

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This is showing that fasting

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was a part of the way

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the Sunnah of the Prophet

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was today's with unite, complete fast

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break in the past

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to do the same kind of stuff

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that

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we saw before the fasting is forbidden for the followers of the Prophet

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obedient for the followers because Allah provide sustenance from for them as explained, you know in ways that we cannot grasp and we don't obtain.

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To try to fast in this way. We'd be dead after a few days,

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obviously, is not something to be prescribed for fasting in our culture, but it is a complete fad

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that is practiced amongst the Catholics today is in the shambles. fasting for them is nothing.

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Nothing of the way of Jesus, they tend to follow Jesus

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anywhere near what

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they're showing us and this was the way of the Prophet alayhi salam.

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This is something I describe. With the earliest and the prophets.

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The prophets fasted and their followers the righteous followers are

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fasting, to develop agonised

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from time to time, to develop,

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a consciousness of

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a consciousness which will lead us

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to righteousness.

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Because taqwa is the heart of righteousness.

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righteousness, is the heart of goodness.

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It is missing,

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then goodness,

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like a body without a soul or without the heart. It's just

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a shell.

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It's not real.

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And this is why when you find non Muslims,

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atheists etc, who say,

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we are good

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because we believe in a God

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is rewarded for being good and punishment for being bad. Because we know that

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we can understand that it is good and that's why we do this good.

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Because what they

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promote this idea that your goodness is beyond this issue of reward and punishment, God is you know, being authorized.

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Because we know we

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can actually we can see

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the reality

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that

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they do without taqwa

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which they see is good.

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As long as it is convenient.

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When you get down to the realities of it, as long as it's convenient,

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the when it becomes inconvenient.

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That good night is gonna create problems for themselves.

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Time around them. Everybody's been bad and getting away with it

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anymore. So they're good do they say it

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is because it is convenient to do it

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or not? convenience. And you can see this

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in people's lives in general, I wrote my own personal experience. When I visited New York City in 1981,

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after there had been a blackout

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the electric grid had gone down in New York City for about three years, three days, three days.

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Of course, for many of you coming from Pakistan or India or Egypt, whatever, that's not unusual.

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was a big deal with the idea of electricity gone in the city for three days. Something unheard of

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what happened

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two days after they got the electricity back on again. When I came into New York City, you know, anything Brooklyn, the Bronx,

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I was shocked when I saw I was shocked the place looked like Berlin after world war two

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place was just in shambles. I mean, you could not find a store you know, whose windows were not joking in all of the stores were broken in Boston and we didn't know what to do

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with kneeling we just started

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showing on television what was going on during those three nights?

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Three days

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fine, why? Because during the three days policemen were on patrol and you know to be a policeman in New York like here, when you have to be at least 16 you have to weigh at least 260 pounds.

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Now, once the night came

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when the night came when people came out of their houses

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noticed men

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smashing into individual stores and getting the big

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guns of collecting

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incredible

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photographs much of this in the night of their cameras would license

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and again people think the poor people in our poor people in the ghetto and

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showing the people driving down with a Mercedes Benz

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Mercedes going to the supermarket right. So the common people that hit the supermarket

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go to the first you know grabbing you know

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expensive

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city was involved in Nazi looting

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the most civilized country on Earth,

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democracy's civilization

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for three nights

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because

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time when people know you can

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catch you.

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When that opportunity came

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to

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the opportunity came for people to get away with bad then

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there is no point in being good.

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Because there is no fear of

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I personally

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when I went to study in Medina,

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Medina university,

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I spent six years there in Medina

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and I when I first got there nice to see these policemen in Medina.

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And Medina when the time for prayer comes in, close up all the stores and he would have jewelry stores and that you

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No one

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would just put a piece of cloth over.

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Something

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interesting enough in any Western city, you know, your store is finished in a minute.

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The bags of plastic bags filled with money.

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To do that New York City, Chicago, Toronto, New York,

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I was shocked to see the policeman there.

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tape is in the barrel of the gun to make sure that didn't come in.

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Summary, something happened to take away the big guy

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walking away with

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the sense of security,

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security, you know, that I experienced, there are many Westerners that I've known.

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in itself a sense of security, there was the

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same thing

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I was involved in,

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those were given down to the American troops, you know, after the Gulf War, for five and a half months, you know, before they were out of the country, more than 3000 of them accepted Islam.

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in one area where I was documented, not just rumors spreading, I put their names on computer and sent it to me to the states to have to follow up for them.

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Many of them have told me that, you know, this is what they experience, they come in from maneuver they come in late at night, you know, a lot of time o'clock at night, one o'clock, two o'clock, three o'clock, they will be out in the streets,

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Mr status and knowing that so many of these people were there. And they will be walking in the streets at two o'clock, three o'clock in the morning. They didn't feel

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scared

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among them, and then.

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And they express to me the sense of security, I mean, normally go to the middle of a city, any of the big cities in America, you know, past 10 o'clock, 11 o'clock, walking right in the street by yourself.

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You'd be walking in checking your back.

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There's no sense of security that

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is one of the things that's caused them to really question you know, what is it that has made the society

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so

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that sense of taqwa even though I'm not to say, Saudi Arabia was the example the perfect example of Islam and

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Islam is being implemented

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in many other places, and it's had that effect on the society. And that's just the way things are in Arabia. Now.

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You can read the stories of the travelers in the Arabian early days, people to come to the hubs, and they have to be

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in the caravan to make sure that made him come and catch them in

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dangerous

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times.

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That would

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change a word with the establishment of Sharia, as the law of the country, you know, applying the law across the board and, you know,

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promotion of Islam in the society education started with some such as it has no major impact on the society.

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And again, as I said, it is ultimately in a tug of war, which is at the core of it.

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When you look for example, at

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the condition of alcohol, this is something which all of the major societies recognized as harmful. And America for 13 years, between 1920 and 1933, inhibited alcohol

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prohibition instituted law prohibiting the production and the sale of alcohol.

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13 years

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fear of God was not behind it. The consciousness of God was not behind it. So

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many people do

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masses of the people who were

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prevented from being able to consume alcohol.

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A criminal element developed Al Capone,

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the famous gangsters of that era, Capone was you know, he was making like 60 odd million a year from selling illegal alcohol,

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anti

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money

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segments in the society, we still have access to alcohol

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internationally. Not to say that it's the case of all Muslims, Cobra Muslims.

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Without the pressure of law such as such a US do find that the mass of Muslims

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Why? Because of

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consciousness, it has to do with the consciousness of God.

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And this is what the

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focus is on developing that consciousness. We have two different levels, you know, having been raised or having come into Islam,

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there is a degree of it.

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And unfortunately, in the mass of Western cultures, that degree is very, very small.

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And this is what I wanted us to reflect on this evening.

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What

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are we really working on?

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When we look back at last Ramadan and Ramadan before it before that, can we see any kind of progression?

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Or is it just the same thing every year? We did it last year, we did it the year before and before

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that happens in our lives every year.

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The thing that we need to reflect on because if

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the issues of taqwa

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were being developed

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or been focused on then we shouldn't be from ramadan ramadan, they shouldn't be a progressive

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spirituality in our ties to a cetera. But if we look at ourselves and ask ourselves,

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do we feel a change? Then we have to admit that's really

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just the same.

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The same thing each year

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we need to again

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reflect on

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the purposes of Ramadan

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and find out what is missing.

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What is missing, which is not allowing

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to take its rightful place in our

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consciousness of the left is not increasing.

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We are not growing with each Ramadan What is

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my observance in looking at

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the method of fasting

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I feel that to a large degree,

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we are far away from the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu

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whenever

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it will be because they have left the center

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because

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then we will be on the right path. We will be getting some

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what Allah has prescribed for us.

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Now if we look

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at the cinema, cinema,

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we find that

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to begin the fact and he emphasized, don't miss it. Even if it's only drinking a glass of water. Don't miss

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us to begin

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with.

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Red, violet red or whatever

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I'm wearing

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it

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For

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three days,

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drank some water to learn to pray and follow that you would have a moderate meal

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a moderate meal

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you can gain weight in Ramadan doing that

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us to be gaining weight and it means we're not doing

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what we find the tradition is when we begin the fast because we know we're gonna be fasting for the next so many hours

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we prepare three course meals, you know again into the star eating you know, half a chicken and you know, some legendary rice in the Army or whatever, you know, whatever we just

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we just tank up going in

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what happens of course, is that our systems are overloaded. And I notice where I am you always see before Ramadan comes warnings from the doctor is threatening to the population to control the eating goes away because so many people are coming into the hospitals with the problems of overheating.

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The point is that people you know, tank up

00:31:23--> 00:31:27

happening is that the system is just, you know, it's taking time to

00:31:28--> 00:31:40

digest this and it's working and it's working and it's working, you'll find that it's working all the way through to about an hour before sunset it finally finishes work

00:31:45--> 00:31:49

and then when the time comes to bake the fat instead of three days,

00:31:50--> 00:31:53

some water, some juice, whatever we're going to break

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out all these foods you know this stuff, which starts with all the sugar and calories and you know we pile up and we eat and eat and eat. We eat

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you feel something stuck in it is

00:32:18--> 00:32:21

that when you finally have to stop, stop when you reach that point.

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When you go to stand for therapy

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In this

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video, we will look at it

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in this way.

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This is how we gain weight in Ramadan.

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Because we're not

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we're not following

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the fast

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which on one hand

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is to develop a sense of control over our eating habits, eating drinking habits, the sense of control

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Yes, we are not fasting during the daylight hours.

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The test of control is at the time of the breaking of the

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intestine

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gain control as we learn control,

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control realities.

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Because the sooner that

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we just let all the rain and

00:33:48--> 00:33:49

snow control there

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is no control over anything.

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He says he has one stomach and the disbelievers if he had seven

00:34:04--> 00:34:05

criteria

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to judge the Muslims today in their factories.

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We should eat, drink

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and leave a

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leave of

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that you're never

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gonna be without feeling

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this way in between

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the worst

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the worst container that a person can save

00:35:00--> 00:35:00

In

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the last container

00:35:06--> 00:35:10

identify the stomach as the source of most invasive

00:35:12--> 00:35:13

medical events.

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Most of the sicknesses and illnesses that people suffer today

00:35:18--> 00:35:21

can be traced back to the king.

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When he spoke of the sign of the last day,

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he spoke of things to come, that would happen amongst Muslims, whether it is drink alcohol, calling it by other than its name, take interest and call it a different name is document a different thing. And you find them saying

00:35:52--> 00:35:55

they will appear among them amongst Muslim

00:36:04--> 00:36:06

glandular problems are normally

00:36:14--> 00:36:16

be known to be

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amongst the many,

00:36:23--> 00:36:23

early

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today,

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unfortunately,

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you find the most

00:36:38--> 00:36:40

religious leaders issue.

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Because this over eating is

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indicative of something,

00:37:02--> 00:37:09

it's indicative of a lifestyle which is not in keeping with

00:37:11--> 00:37:12

the way

00:37:13--> 00:37:17

we know where we eat enough to keep your back straight.

00:37:19--> 00:37:22

To keep your back straight in and out, you know, bent over from hunger.

00:37:25--> 00:37:25

This was three.

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By

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maintaining

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this nightmare coming into the

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modern, you're coming out of the past. A person then experiences hunger,

00:37:44--> 00:37:49

meaning that any day of fasting, he or she will feel hungry.

00:37:51--> 00:37:58

Unfortunately, today for us, we don't want to feel hungry. This is why we eating so much. You don't want to

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remember that, you know, people used to tell me when I first came to slums first. You know you're fasting in a

00:38:08--> 00:38:10

fast growing Muslim.

00:38:17--> 00:38:19

Because you're Muslim, eventually, you know, you learn

00:38:30--> 00:38:33

that the whole issue of hunger is not

00:38:34--> 00:38:35

hungry.

00:38:36--> 00:38:39

Feeling hunger, hungry is a part of

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we should feel hungry every day, we should feel pangs of hunger.

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Why? Because that hunger and feeling of hunger. It reminds us of those who are hungry, because they've chosen to fast but because they have no food to eat. And this should then motivate us to be generous to seek out the needy and to help them and this is why we have

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the celebration for breaking the stock is one of

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the poor.

00:39:17--> 00:39:28

This is what is supposed to be generated. This is part of what is generated from the FAFSA, an empathy or sympathy for those people who are needy and generosity.

00:39:31--> 00:39:35

This characteristic should be valid in the course.

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Unfortunately,

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we're not considering that.

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Somebody may say to us

00:39:55--> 00:39:59

if I eat, you know, extra, you know, how does that

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That doesn't really affect my face. And okay, maybe I'm not complying with the

00:40:05--> 00:40:06

letter of the law. So the

00:40:09--> 00:40:12

reality is that

00:40:13--> 00:40:17

this attitude of overeating,

00:40:19--> 00:40:24

indicative of an attitude towards the dunya.

00:40:27--> 00:40:40

When you really get down to it, desire to eat, when we're eating is an expression of our general desire towards the dunya. We want to grab as much as we can.

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Because when these habits when you make a habit, they're all interrelated.

00:40:48--> 00:40:56

You're not going to be uncontrolled in your eating habits or them controlling your other habits. No, it means uncontrolled, in general.

00:41:05--> 00:41:16

desire to want to grab as much of the money as possible, has caused them to be unaware of the purpose of life.

00:41:27--> 00:41:31

I desire to want to get as much money as possible.

00:41:33--> 00:41:34

This is overwhelming.

00:41:37--> 00:41:42

And naturally, how can one be spiritual in the midst of all

00:41:45--> 00:41:47

the role of spirituality and

00:41:48--> 00:41:51

spirituality only develops in

00:41:55--> 00:41:56

abstinence,

00:42:04--> 00:42:05

not trying to get all of it.

00:42:09--> 00:42:10

What has happened to

00:42:13--> 00:42:17

Muslims who suffer in different parts of the world, whether it's in Chechnya,

00:42:20--> 00:42:23

or in Kashmir, or Somalia, or wherever,

00:42:25--> 00:42:30

we don't find the rest of the Muslim world, rising to their

00:42:33--> 00:42:44

sacrificing, putting aside the dunya and coming to the fight alongside them, in defense of Western rights.

00:42:46--> 00:42:47

property.

00:42:55--> 00:42:59

Americans are coming to sit down, and all of a sudden, he was talking about jihad.

00:43:06--> 00:43:10

a political statement that leaders will fail to

00:43:11--> 00:43:18

promote their cause. It doesn't have the meaning that it's had in the past.

00:43:26--> 00:43:38

So we have to look at this far. You know, and its implications because when we speak of taqwa, when we speak of generosity, you know, control,

00:43:40--> 00:44:04

moderation. We, this is not something unique to Ramadan. This is something which throughout our lives, why I titled this presentation, fasting, a way of life. And you can see that from customer instructions to us, after about 256 days of chawan that it has the reward and our Ramadan is fast and the whole year is the past

00:44:05--> 00:44:11

three days 13 1415 certain days, in a year,

00:44:13--> 00:44:14

different days.

00:44:15--> 00:44:18

So that encouragement and fasting continues throughout the year.

00:44:21--> 00:44:23

reminding us that fasting

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is a way of life.

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And it shouldn't be helping us to grow.

00:44:31--> 00:44:32

aspect of this,

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that we should also reflect on and that is the

00:44:38--> 00:44:44

the inner aspect in regards to how we communicate, how we

00:44:45--> 00:44:50

interact with other people because we live in society. And as such,

00:44:52--> 00:44:53

what you find is that

00:44:56--> 00:44:57

it's the norm

00:45:00--> 00:45:00

For

00:45:04--> 00:45:05

the people that

00:45:07--> 00:45:12

sit down with compensation, whichever compensation is involved in talking about other people

00:45:14--> 00:45:16

did you see what I'm

00:45:18--> 00:45:18

talking about?

00:45:21--> 00:45:22

Wi Fi and some

00:45:24--> 00:45:26

statements with regards to fasting.

00:45:37--> 00:45:39

Amanda abandon live and acting on them

00:45:41--> 00:45:41

during Ramadan

00:45:43--> 00:45:45

alone, we're not we weren't

00:45:46--> 00:45:48

even food and drink alone.

00:45:55--> 00:45:58

Hello, Mila hajra

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Parma masaba

00:46:04--> 00:46:06

narrated by Mr. Mohan.

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in Ramadan, we're not supposed to be

00:46:15--> 00:46:26

talking about people, spreading rumors about people, gossiping, backbiting all these kind of things, it destroys the value of the fact.

00:46:30--> 00:46:31

You know, had said,

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Listen to me.

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Listen to me.

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In person, again, nothing, some is faster

00:46:50--> 00:46:51

than hunger.

00:46:54--> 00:46:55

At night,

00:46:56--> 00:46:58

we'll get nothing but tiredness.

00:47:01--> 00:47:01

As we know,

00:47:03--> 00:47:05

this control

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is now psychological isn't the psychological aspect of

00:47:10--> 00:47:22

where we gain control over what is coming out of our mouth. Because we think the past is what is going in, you prevent things from coming in your mouth, but actually talking in the vegetation coming out of our mouth.

00:47:26--> 00:47:26

important part of

00:47:31--> 00:47:32

control,

00:47:33--> 00:47:34

destroy,

00:47:37--> 00:47:40

destroy, destroy, value and reward.

00:47:41--> 00:47:46

And this is something which we need throughout the year.

00:47:52--> 00:47:53

On the last day,

00:47:55--> 00:47:58

should be the speed or the silence

00:48:01--> 00:48:08

of what we say. Because, as you said, also, perhaps the person may say some things they think it's very small,

00:48:16--> 00:48:17

because of it,

00:48:21--> 00:48:22

when we consider

00:48:23--> 00:48:27

to some degree, the elements amongst us

00:48:30--> 00:48:32

have not restrained the tone

00:48:33--> 00:48:35

from speaking about others,

00:48:36--> 00:48:42

to the point where they have even spoken against the scholars etc.

00:48:49--> 00:48:52

We can see that the essence of the fact is missing.

00:48:54--> 00:48:57

Spirituality which should be gained from the past is missing.

00:48:59--> 00:49:00

They become shout.

00:49:02--> 00:49:11

Externally they appear to be practicing Islam, their fathers also, but internally, there's a vacuum there. So they don't see any kind of

00:49:15--> 00:49:23

any kind of reservation to warn, to stop themselves from speaking about others.

00:49:25--> 00:49:27

Rumors, spreading gossip

00:49:33--> 00:49:40

that Ross is the one who's constantly spreading did not enter Paradise so severe

00:49:43--> 00:49:44

that we find

00:49:45--> 00:49:46

very,

00:49:47--> 00:49:51

very anxious to talk about the honor of their fellow Muslim

00:50:02--> 00:50:04

being destroyed

00:50:05--> 00:50:07

our whole lives are being destroyed

00:50:09--> 00:50:12

that was missing we're not giving a

00:50:15--> 00:50:23

damn about Ramadan is not giving us any of the blessings that Salim spoke about when he said that from one path to the next to the next

00:50:25--> 00:50:26

sins in between

00:50:34--> 00:50:36

when Ramadan comes

00:50:39--> 00:50:41

meaning a chance to do good deeds which

00:50:42--> 00:50:43

is

00:50:45--> 00:50:46

given us this chance

00:50:50--> 00:50:51

of not taking anything from it

00:50:58--> 00:51:05

that we have amongst us today the phenomena are based on what they call the Ramadan Muslim.

00:51:10--> 00:51:13

In captivity the captain is not praying

00:51:17--> 00:51:17

only

00:51:19--> 00:51:19

in ramadan

00:51:25--> 00:51:26

ramadan

00:51:29--> 00:51:30

and I remember

00:51:31--> 00:51:33

been introduced to another concept

00:51:35--> 00:51:36

which was called

00:51:38--> 00:51:38

da

00:51:42--> 00:51:42

da

00:51:44--> 00:51:47

da. I've never heard about it before this

00:51:48--> 00:51:50

minister from Pakistan told me about

00:52:03--> 00:52:05

a loss when you're making Hudson

00:52:06--> 00:52:07

before you leave

00:52:16--> 00:52:17

in Ramadan

00:52:18--> 00:52:24

if you catch that last Ramadan, it makes up for the whole year of prayers.

00:52:34--> 00:52:36

never spoke of stasis in

00:52:41--> 00:52:42

the last five years

00:52:47--> 00:52:48

has no special lesson.

00:52:51--> 00:52:55

For those who are caught up and you have to go back to them there is

00:52:59--> 00:53:02

worth 1000 months of worship

00:53:11--> 00:53:14

calculated at 3.3 years

00:53:16--> 00:53:16

of worship

00:53:20--> 00:53:27

pray to Ramadan to just wait for the 27th of the night. I will stay up all night in terms of capital

00:53:38--> 00:53:39

you know you can see it in the last

00:53:41--> 00:53:41

10

00:53:46--> 00:53:48

years from year to year, year to year.

00:53:49--> 00:53:50

And if you think

00:53:52--> 00:53:56

that night the 27th of May you start to get faster days early on are

00:54:02--> 00:54:07

precise one night you can catch it and and in any case if you've not been praying all year long

00:54:18--> 00:54:22

mistaken cultural understanding now of Ramadan.

00:54:26--> 00:54:27

ramadan ramadan

00:54:28--> 00:54:29

no different.

00:54:31--> 00:54:32

purify the

00:54:34--> 00:54:34

deadly sin.

00:54:38--> 00:54:39

We just gained weight

00:54:40--> 00:54:42

from one to the next and gain weight.

00:54:48--> 00:54:52

I think we need to stop for a minute.

00:54:53--> 00:54:54

We're still

00:54:55--> 00:54:58

in the beginning of Ramadan. We need to stop for a minute

00:55:00--> 00:55:00

NASA

00:55:03--> 00:55:04

is one

00:55:06--> 00:55:06

reality,

00:55:09--> 00:55:11

then we need to stop here.

00:55:12--> 00:55:14

Let me not make the rest of the way.

00:55:15--> 00:55:25

Change it. Because we can change. We're not law as robots into a particular program where we can't change, we cannot do it in another way.

00:55:26--> 00:55:27

We have free will.

00:55:28--> 00:55:29

We know what is right.

00:55:31--> 00:55:33

remind him of what is right,

00:55:34--> 00:55:35

then we can do it.

00:55:37--> 00:55:38

sha Allah,

00:55:39--> 00:55:41

that all of you and myself

00:55:46--> 00:55:48

starting tomorrow, for the rest of this month,

00:55:51--> 00:55:52

that we will

00:55:53--> 00:55:55

try to change and go back to the

00:55:56--> 00:56:00

to do it in the way of the Prophet Muhammad Salah.

00:56:06--> 00:56:14

Because when we look at why it is that our Lord chose this month of fasting, we find a lot of focus in the fire. Nevada

00:56:19--> 00:56:21

This is the month in which

00:56:22--> 00:56:23

was received

00:56:31--> 00:56:36

holy mosque these people call this the holy month of Ramadan, like the Holy Prophet

00:56:39--> 00:56:44

this terminology is Christian terminology. You have the Holy Bible

00:56:45--> 00:56:46

you don't have any

00:56:49--> 00:56:49

Quranic

00:56:53--> 00:56:54

been magnificent

00:57:04--> 00:57:05

talking about

00:57:07--> 00:57:07

Jerusalem

00:57:14--> 00:57:15

Ramadan

00:57:19--> 00:57:21

from colonial times,

00:57:22--> 00:57:24

colonial masters and they were talking about the only Bible

00:57:27--> 00:57:28

the Holy Quran and

00:57:29--> 00:57:30

the point is that

00:57:32--> 00:57:33

this man is

00:57:36--> 00:57:41

chosen by law in honor of the revelation of God

00:57:42--> 00:57:54

and this is a reminder for us that should be the foundation of our lives, not the book that we keep on the highest shelf that we take down during Ramadan

00:57:56--> 00:57:59

and we needed to put it back on the shelf for the rest of the year.

00:58:09--> 00:58:10

on a regular basis

00:58:12--> 00:58:14

we should be memorizing,

00:58:15--> 00:58:16

we should be learning

00:58:17--> 00:58:19

to recite it correctly.

00:58:20--> 00:58:24

We should be learning the meanings reflecting on the meaning

00:58:25--> 00:58:30

should not be just ritualistically you know, as you can become among

00:58:35--> 00:58:35

children.

00:58:37--> 00:58:44

You know, our mind can be elsewhere doing all kinds of other things and you know, planning for breaking the fast and the

00:58:45--> 00:58:47

lips or going through the motions that we need.

00:59:06--> 00:59:09

sealed up Brian is recited to them

00:59:13--> 00:59:14

become

00:59:26--> 00:59:27

the Prime

00:59:30--> 00:59:43

Minister Cheers. Anytime we cry, you know is when a team loses, you know in a cricket game or soccer or something. tears come down our eyes you know how can the team lose?

00:59:47--> 00:59:48

For the sake of Allah

00:59:50--> 00:59:53

many of us experienced that in our lives.

00:59:55--> 00:59:56

tears coming to our eyes.

01:00:00--> 01:00:01

The position of

01:00:02--> 01:00:03

humidity before

01:00:05--> 01:00:08

the reading of the Quran in this month is supposed to help us to develop

01:00:13--> 01:00:14

a foundation

01:00:16--> 01:00:16

without

01:00:18--> 01:00:18

them

01:00:19--> 01:00:24

are hard to come. This is why we don't have any difficulty in speaking about other

01:00:29--> 01:00:33

people dishonouring people, we don't have a problem with it, because

01:00:36--> 01:00:42

no longer plays a major role in our life. So what happens unfortunately,

01:00:45--> 01:00:46

people will come into a slump

01:00:47--> 01:00:51

and instead of people sitting them down, teaching them to

01:00:52--> 01:01:04

memorize, so you can use it in your prayers and learn touch we need to go on regular source also converting to Islam and you find people will be drying them aside and telling them things

01:01:06--> 01:01:06

either

01:01:08--> 01:01:09

Watch out for so and so on.

01:01:14--> 01:01:14

Don't listen to this

01:01:18--> 01:01:22

tape, and also the person is just coming to know his

01:01:23--> 01:01:24

dishes.

01:01:25--> 01:01:29

This wonderful he's become the expert on defining his

01:01:31--> 01:01:31

knowledge with

01:01:33--> 01:01:34

you might have

01:01:38--> 01:01:40

become an expert in what they call him.

01:01:42--> 01:01:46

He knows specialists in identifying specialists and

01:01:47--> 01:01:49

foundation is completely missing.

01:01:51--> 01:01:52

There he is talking about people

01:01:53--> 01:01:55

and He will speak about you know people

01:01:58--> 01:02:00

maybe among the

01:02:04--> 01:02:15

statements and he will point fingers are people when you see these people see them in their own practice and the dean etc etc. You know, these people may be among the

01:02:18--> 01:02:19

close friends of a lot

01:02:21--> 01:02:22

about

01:02:24--> 01:02:26

if someone harms

01:02:27--> 01:02:29

one of my earlier

01:02:30--> 01:02:33

I declare war against

01:02:38--> 01:02:42

themselves the war unleashed by Allah

01:02:46--> 01:02:50

instead of focusing on the foundation of

01:02:51--> 01:02:55

needing that foundation learning establishing that connection with the

01:02:57--> 01:03:13

rich in guidance, which has enabled the society democracy, a cure for what is in the heart, what is in the chest, the ceiling is the psychological or spiritual illnesses the

01:03:17--> 01:03:21

Ramadan goes and the crime goes

01:03:23--> 01:03:27

we need to get back in touch with our Ramadan

01:03:28--> 01:03:30

we need to save Ramadan

01:03:33--> 01:03:35

because our law has no need.

01:03:38--> 01:03:46

When a man does not benefit in any way, Ramadan was prescribed for our benefit

01:03:48--> 01:03:49

and we wanted

01:03:51--> 01:03:53

if we want to grow

01:03:54--> 01:03:57

if we want Islam to have meaning in our lives,

01:03:59--> 01:04:02

then we must establish it in Ramadan

01:04:04--> 01:04:07

because Ramadan is the mini mini

01:04:13--> 01:04:24

element elements of Islam is condensed down into Ramadan packaged in a very tight package where we have a requirement all the way through that we have to do.

01:04:27--> 01:04:29

If we can't make it in Ramadan,

01:04:30--> 01:04:38

then we're not making it any other time. So we need to re establish our connection with Ramadan and

01:04:40--> 01:04:47

Ramadan becomes fasting becomes for us a way of life, a way of living.

01:04:49--> 01:04:52

affect all of our actions.

01:04:53--> 01:04:57

We will grow spiritually we can feel we will feel something

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will come out of Ramadan.

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feeling refreshed. We will learn for the next Ramadan I

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will describe the taste alone for Ramadan we don't have that money

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for the sweets and whatever the longing for Ramadan as Ramadan

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in our hearts

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a desire

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to make Ramadan real in our lives

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that we will spend some time in the morning the evening, the time when you're breaking our fast

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which is made at the time of the breaking of the sock

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which is guaranteed an answer

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a thing if you managed to get out, you know normal custom two or more accurate one

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lady

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asked

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and I pray that Allah would give us the proceeds to ask us these opportunities for special

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blessings in Ramadan to transform them into a

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religious

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consequence in our lives, which would make us better human beings better Muslims and deserving of Allah's mercy and deserving ultimately of Paradise

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