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Revisiting Ramadan

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Daood Butt

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Nova hain

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hamdulillah Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah. While early he was a woman who Allah

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said Mr. Anil Kumar offers a lot about our cattle.

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One thing that we need to remember is that this is the month of Ramadan. And the topic that I have chosen to speak about is Ramadan, cruise control off. Okay, you're turning off your cruise control, you're turning, you know, when you're driving your car. I'm an automotive technician, right. So I know everything about cars, but I don't fix your cars.

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When you're driving your car on the highway, and you turn off your cruise control what happens, your car slows down and you start to come to a stop. And it is only at that point in time when your car stops. Or, for example, you're driving on the highway and your engine turns off your car stalls. It is only at that point in time when you start to think everything about your car, maybe it's the gas, maybe the battery, maybe you know the alternators, not charging, maybe the spark plugs, maybe the fuel isn't reaching the the the injectors what's going on what happened. And is only at that moment where you start to think before that you're in cruise control, you're just going you're enjoying

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yourself, you're driving, you know, from kale to Malacca, and everything's just fine and dandy and nice and sweet you just going along. But it is only at the moments where you switch off your self, your internal self, that normal routine that you're used to going across, you turn your routine off, and you start to evaluate yourself. Just like you evaluate your car you evaluate your own self, what are you doing in your life? What are you benefiting from? Are you helping others are others helping you? What is the situation in your life? How are you living as a human being as a Muslim and especially now during this month of Ramadan. So this is what I have chosen to, you know, share with

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you. When you know we get into the routine of Ramadan. A lot of us it is all about fasting. It is about coming to the masjid for tada we It is about waking up for support. And obviously having a father which is the most important part of him, right?

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That's wrong.

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But before Amazon came, what was everybody reminding each other about? It is time to prepare yourself for Ramadan, prepare for Milan prepare, prepare, prepare, half of them alone is gone. You prepared yourself before I move on. You had two weeks to prove yourself to Allah subhanho wa Taala Have you done that? Have you given it all you got? All the things that you prepared yourself for? Are you doing those things? have you achieved the goals that you wanted to achieve or not? And this is what we're going to talk about. It is just a reminder to remind all of us. Where are we now? And what can we do to make ourselves better in a long time? Are you getting what you wanted to get out

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of the month of Ramadan?

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This Ramadan

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when it started you had so many things in your mind that you wanted to do and achieve and accomplish. Now the two weeks have passed. Are you getting out of Ramadan what you wanted to? Do you feel something in your heart that you wanted to feel before? And I'm Yvonne Kenya like handler Ramadan is coming? Yes. So happy I got to reach another Milan. And I'm going to be with my friends and my family and so on and so forth. And we're going to be together we're going to pray that always together. We're going to fast together we will encourage each other. Are you feeling that

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or not? If you are 100 in love.

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There's always room for improvement. If you aren't, it is time to pay attention and turn your cruise control off. This is where you need to be attentive. You need to evaluate yourself and look at what you've done so far during Ramadan. Your car comes to a stop tonight, right here right now. And now you start to look at yourself. What have you done during this month of Ramadan? I want to ask you a question. Why do you fast?

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Why is it that we fast during the month of Ramadan?

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Anybody?

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Sorry

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sokoine Okay, what else?

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good to remember the poor and what else

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to get closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala correct. These are usually the three

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Most important things are the most common things that people say. When you ask them. Why do you fast to get closer to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to remember the poor people who don't have the food. Right. That's why we fast and taqwa to increase our taqwa. Now I asked you

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if fasting is about remembering the poor people and those that are hungry. Why is it that when we go shopping during Ramadan, we spend more money?

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Aren't we supposed to be decreasing the amount that we spend when we go shopping? We are remembering the poor people, those who have less than us. And when we go shopping, we see kit cat. I want that Pepsi. I gotta drink that tonight. Chips, Doritos. Yep, buying that to ice cream. Yes, late night snack. But during the rest of the year, when you go shopping, you see KitKat not in the mood. Pepsi, I'm trying to cut down on Pepsi too much sugar, ice cream. That's too cold. don't feel like eating it. But during the Ramadan chiffon is like, you know, in our minds, we're thinking Subhana Allah, I need that. I need this. I gotta have that at night. I can't have it during the day. So how are you

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remembering the poor people? How do we remember the poor when we're eating the things that are, you know, pleasures and bounties that we don't normally have during the rest of the year? So we tend to spend more, I asked this question to my neighbor said how's your your your grocery bill during the month of Ramadan is actually kind of I don't understand, during Ramadan, my grocery bill is three times more than it is during the rest of the year. So really, he goes, Yeah, at least three times more. So kind of on mine is the same thing. And it's like that for most of us. And this is because we say that we fast to remember the poor, but we're not actually remembering the poor. We think of

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them when we're fasting when we're hungry. Like now, at this point in time, I could really use some water. So I'm thinking of those poor people in countries you know, other countries around the world who don't have water to drink. They don't even have water to drink all yours forget about a month all year they don't have water to drink. But as soon as it's bought time comes along and you give me a nice glass of room temperature. I don't drink ice water, incense, room temperature water, I forgot that for people. Panama. So we need to turn the cruise control off and start to think

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does your income have raised during the Ramadan? or decrease? Do you get more money during Ramadan or not?

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We don't get more money why should we be paid more during Ramadan or not? So why are we spending more money during Ramadan at restaurants? And at grocery stores? If our salary stays the same?

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Why are we spending more money? Why are we eating more? Why are we remembering people when we're hungry but not when we're full? We have to ask ourselves these questions. If you go to a restaurant during Ramadan, the buffet buffet is something which is famous during Ramadan especially in Muslim countries. If half time people don't even come to the mustard to pray love it and then go to the buffet or they have the buffet then they come into play. And this is this is wrong. We should do the opposite. We should go to Allah first. And then fill our stomachs. Okay, so try and think of these things.

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The second thing that you know we mentioned we fast to get closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala really are we getting closer to Allah subhana wa tada we look at the massagin during the month of Ramadan right at fudger time more people come at fudger during Ramadan correct.

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We could say more people come at fudger time because people wake up for support. Right they eat food. And sadly we we get up very easily to eat food in the morning at five o'clock. But throughout the other 11 months of the year. It's time for flagellin like hit the snooze button. I have another 10 minutes. You know so we take our time for budget, but for food we're awake. So I massage during Ramadan our full fledge of we see people more people than the rest of the year. Russia hacked Muslim we have to eat so we're there. Right? So we

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were in the mustard. What happens on the day after?

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Where's everybody

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in the restaurants chilling out with their friends, studying working. Are we closer to Allah? We said that we fast during the month of Ramadan to get closer to Allah subhana wa tada when Ramadan is over. Are we really closer to Allah? No, we're not closer to Allah. The points of Ramadan is to try and train ourselves so that the rest of the year we are doing

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What we did during the month of Ramadan and we'll mention this later on that it was the son of the of the companions is that habit, the tradition of the companions that they would use Ramadan to train themselves to be steadfast, not skyrocket and and then fall at the end of Ramadan know, train yourself to be steady to continue and do these things throughout the rest of the year. So we have to ask ourselves, are we really getting closer to Allah subhana wa Tada. The third reason we mentioned that we fast is for taqwa. What is taqwa?

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What is step one, a lot of you are Arab. You speak Arabic. You know what taqwa is? I want you to explain to me what is taqwa? Even if you just do it in one word.

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Here last panel is Allah

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shala good. That is the book definition.

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Are we all living according to that? Most of us when we hear the word taqwa means fear Allah subhanho wa Taala. Fear his punishment or fear the Day of Judgment, right? This is something which is common. And I asked this question to children as well as to adults. What is taqwa? And a lot of the time we come up with fear.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala says,

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You Hannah, Dina. No booty Dara equals Liam kana. pootie darlin, Deena,

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Father, Nicole. I love that.

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So that we acquire taqwa. But does Allah subhana wa tada want us to fast and live Ramadan and do all these actions and events and so on to be scared of him?

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Why should we be scared of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Hannah, I think that when you are young,

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and you did something naughty, you did something bad during the day and your mother saw you and she said, wait till your dad comes home.

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And your father comes home from work. And you run to your room? Why do you run to your room because you're scared your father came home, you know what you did during the day? You broke one of the windows or something, you know, damage someone's car, whatever it may be. So your mother goes to her father and says, your son or your daughter.

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This is what happened today. Bla bla bla bla bla, your father's furious? What did he do? I know nowadays, you know, because of laws and stuff like that. Most parents don't beat their children. But when we were younger, what happened? Father takes his belt off. goes and get the stick. Come. I'm gonna fix you now. Look what you did come. Your mom told me. You're scared of your father, right?

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In that situation? Do you come and sit next to your father and say yes.

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You're scared of your father. You have tough love your father, right? Are you scared of your father and tell them you sit next to him? No, you run the other way. You go to your room, you lock the door. You go to the bathroom, lock the bathroom door, pull the shower curtain closed and hide. You're scared of your father? does Allah subhanho wa Taala want you to be scared of him so that you run the other way and lock the door and hide from him? No, of course not to be scared of Allah. It is to live as though you are in connection with Allah subhanho wa Taala all the time. You're connected to Allah, you walk, you're thinking of a lung. You look, you're thinking of a law. You

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speak. You're thinking of a law. You're writing something you're thinking of a muscle.

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Every single thing that you do, you click Facebook, you're thinking of

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everything is a connection with Allah taqwa, not fear. Allah doesn't want you to be scared of him. He wants you to know that you need to be close to him. And if you do something wrong, there's a punishment. Be careful of that punishment. But don't think of the punishment. Think of Allah subhanho wa Taala. When you think of Allah, you get closer to Allah when you think of the punishment, you get closer to the punch.

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So these are three very important things that I wanted to mention about fasting. during Ramadan, we remembering the poor and the hungry people. Really turn your cruise control off and think of those people and get closer and closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala not only during Ramadan after Ramadan as well. taqwa Don't be scared of Allah. be close to Allah and then you have nothing to be scared of. In sha Allah to Hana.

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Have you evaluated yourself during this Ramadan? Have you sat down?

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At night and wrote down what you did during the day evaluation. Sometimes we do you know, I do a lecture somewhere and people, they hand out evaluation sheet I was the speaker. Did you like his tone? Was his English clear? You know, did he crack a few jokes? Did he keep you interested? Was he you know, proper in his method of delivering the speech evaluate the speaker, do you ever evaluate yourself? You ever turn back to yourself in the evening and evaluate your date? I woke up at this time was that the correct time to wake up? What did I do once I woke up? Did I untie the three knots that I go make? Whoo hoo. Did I recite the door? How did I go pray to Allah subhana wa tada? Did I

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have some food on time? Did I you know, was I conscious of every single thing that I did in my day? Or not? Did I park my car in a place where it's okay to park or not? Did I break the speed limit?

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Or not? All of these things, evaluate yourself be the best person that you can be inside and outside of Amazon

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profits on the learning and send them send that from an Amazon so Amazon is forgiveness, right? It is forgiveness from Ramadan. So Ramadan, you fastest Ramadan, you faster Ramadan, what comes in between you do your honor, and so on. And it is forgiveness. Are we really working to our capabilities so that we achieve forgiveness? Have I done what it takes to be forgiven? is Allah happy with with what I'm doing during the month of Ramadan so that he can forgive me or not? ask ourselves these things.

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The prophets on the lower end of us send them said to be aware that your day in the Ramadan doesn't end in hunger and thirst. What does that mean? What does it mean that your day doesn't end in just hunger and thirst? This means that you evaluate yourself. So you know what you are doing during the entire day. Every step of the of the day, every single thing that you do, you're conscious, you're aware, you're watching yourself, not others. Stop pointing fingers at others. Look at yourself internally. What are you thinking? What are you wanting to do? What are your desires? What do you want to do right now? Do you really want to be sitting here where it's hot, humid? no air

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conditioning, listening to this guy who just came here and you know he thinks he's speaking all fancy English and just entertaining us? Do you really want to be here? Ask yourself.

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If not, correct your intention. Do whatever you do to please Allah subhanho wa Taala take one thing from what we say and implement that in your day and shut a long time.

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Why is it that we have a need at the end of Ramadan? What is the purpose of aid?

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What do we do on aid most of us we just get up in the morning and it's just he has chow down food, I'm gonna go grace Allah, I have to slow down meeting the guys we're going to go to the restaurant, we're going to eat whatever we can pray for somewhere, wherever we are, maybe at our house or something like that later on. We got to go and have coffee. And we're going to go Baskin Robbins, we're going to eat this we're going to do this we're going to do that meet family and friends. That's what he does all about, right? That's what most of us do during eat for example.

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But the funny thing is the companions of the profits on the long run English seller needs to feel sad, when the end of Ramadan came. They used to feel very sad from Amman is leaving.

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It's a time where you know we're going to lose all these extra benefits and bounties and blessings from Allah subhanho wa Taala and they would feel sad and cry and the profits on them or I need to send them you know, you mentioned that this aid is something which brings happiness to those who are feeling sad for the end of them alone. So are we sad that Ramadan is leaving and we have aid to help us feel happy? Or are we saying Ramadan is over man he has to eat, I can eat anything that I want to eat? No.

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Correct our intentions. It's so simple. We just have to think of what we want to do to please Allah change our intentions and the reward is there from Allah subhana wa Tada. So try to remember the life of the companions how the profits in the long run either send them lives with those that were around him.

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They used to make go out for six months after the month of Ramadan, or love Please accept our armelle accept our actions accept our deeds except from us what we did during this month of Ramadan, and for the next five months after that they would make all of these allow us to reach Ramadan again, please allow us to reach in a little

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We are here sitting 2012 during the month of Ramadan.

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the companions of the Prophet Solomon long running the Salaam would cry to be in our shoes so that they can reach another Ramadan. It's 2012 we are during the month of Ramadan are we doing with those companions wanted from Ramadan? Are we pleasing Allah subhana wa into Hana or not? Ask yourselves my whole lecture for the next until the end is all about asking yourself, ask yourself, evaluate yourself.

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You know, during the week, I'll tell you a story because I don't want to bore you during the week,

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about two or three days ago.

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You know, in Malaysia and Canada, everybody has

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your oven and your stove is electric, but in Malaysia runs on gas, right. So when your gas runs out, you need to go and get another gas tank and connect it to your oven or stove. So I have a tank, a backup tank. And sometimes I'm away and my wife runs out of gas. So there's an extra tank in the house. She can just do it doesn't have to call me. So I delayed to get this backup tank for maybe four months now. And have the last few days ago I saw the gas guy who's driving this truck. Usually I go and get it but he came. This is kind of a this is from Allah The tank is there the gas guys there. Let me just go and get it.

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From my place where I live, my apartment is in LG. So I have to go down about six flights of stairs to get to my apartment. Okay, so the gas guys all the way upstairs on the top of the hill. So I see him. I say you know what, I'm going to go get my tank and come back. So it's no problem. I bring the empty tank and give it to him. He looks at me says so how you going to bring the tank down.

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The first thing that clicked in my mind is, you know, this is a Chinese person non Muslim, I can tell certain things.

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He's not Muslim, he's not fasting. He should be the one carrying it on fasting. You know, it's like 10 o'clock in the morning. I'm tired. I'm fasting. It's hot. Malaysia is hot. I love winter. I'm from Canada, I love the snow. So I'm thinking, Well, you know, he should carry it. He can go drink water after I can't write.

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But it was at that moment where I realized I did the wrong thing. In my mind.

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I actually did carry the tank myself. But that was after I corrected myself and thought No, just because it's Ramadan doesn't. That doesn't mean that I can make an excuse for myself. Why do we as Muslims make excuses for ourselves that Oh, it's hot out, I'm thirsty. Someone else is not fasting, they should do the hard work and I get to relax. They get to go to work at eight o'clock in the morning and I get to sleep until 12 o'clock noon. Why? Why do we make the excuse for ourselves? We should be the example. Allah Subhana. Allah has given this this fasting so that we can acquire taqwa we can be stronger, we can be better, we go out there and we show people I'm fasting. Look at me.

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I'm doing this for the sake of Allah and look at me. I'm better than everybody else around. I'm stronger than everybody else around. And I'm gonna carry my own gas tank that's full and go up six flights of stairs. You know. So this is the way we need to be thinking that it's an avant don't make an excuse for yourself.

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Making excuses for enough until you enough. You know what, something's wrong with you. I'm going to do what I want to do. Okay, that's the way we need to be thinking insha Allah.

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Fasting should affect us, because it is not just refraining from food. It is to perfect our entire day and to remain away from backbiting. Remain away from stealing, cheating in justices and so on. So it is not staying away from food. It is staying away from anything that is not right. not correct. stuff that we need to refrain from. Be careful from those things. It is not just remembering the port. And a lot of the time. Like I said, when we ask people about Ramadan, what is fasting? Why do we fast, none of us has to stay away from backbiting, to stay away from picking a fight with our friends, you know, to stay away from arguments to stay away from injustices to

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remember, oh, I'm speeding but I'm fastings you kind of love big mistakes slow down. You know all of these things we have to remember and try and continue this during them alone. Like I said, I'm Yvonne trains us for the rest of the year. So we try and remember this after Milan as well for the rest of the year.

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If people look at you and say

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You are different during Ramadan than you are during the rest of you, during the rest of the year.

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You're doing something wrong.

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Most of us think we're doing something right. Because it's Ramadan, we need to show people that I'm alone is special, something better. You're wrong, you're doing something wrong. People should not look at you and say you are doing something different during this month. And all the other months, you're a different person. But during this month, something happened. What's up, man? What's going on? No. during Ramadan, you should try and make yourself more consistent, so that during the rest of the year, that consistency remains. And people don't see this drastic up and down, change in your behavior.

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Make yourself consistent. If during the year you know you're weak, try and strengthen that weakness during Ramadan. Don't try and be a backup during them along. Don't try and be all motivated, long run. Don't try and stand all night long. When you know you're just going to get tired and get discouraged and not want to do it anymore. If praying to America, during our week, is what it's going to take to allow you to do that throughout the rest of the year during the night. That is better than praying 20 hours every single night during Ramadan. And from the end of Ramadan. Until the next Ramadan, you never pray to God during the night.

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Correct.

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being consistent the hadith of eyeshadow, the love and the best actions, the profits in the long run to send them said the best actions are those that are done consistently. Even if they were they're small actions. Small.

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But you do them consistently. Train yourself pray to it. I can say No, you know what, I'm going to pray. Instead of eight I'm going to pray for or just to because, you know, I will train myself in sha Allah. Make sure that you pray those two guys the rest of the year. Don't say, alas dose came and said I can pray to no big deal. I'm going to go home. No, you're just doing something wrong. You're making excuses for yourself. And this is what we do as Muslims, we make excuses for ourselves all the time. We point the finger at others you look at you What are you doing? You did this you did that you did this you thought about yourself? What have you done? Someone did something and along

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the way while doing this type of data, maybe they made a mistake. handily now that person is doing that.

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I give you an example of a sister I saw some handler I say she's a sister in Islam. But when you look at her the first time and I have no idea who this person is. I was in Pavillion shopping mall once. I've been there maybe four times. And I went to the masala this round. In pavilion mall was my wife. She went inside to pray after me and I was outside waiting with the stroller, the baby stroller.

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So I'm standing there. And I see this lady, I don't know if you've been to this route into the alien mall. But you have to go down this hallway and it's like a maze. And only a Muslim would go down there because there's nothing at the end of the hall except the soil. So only a Muslim is walking in. So I'm standing there in the hallway, closer to the sunlight. And I have the baby stroller with me. And I see this lady she comes. She's wearing a really really short skirt. And a top that's revealing like I was like, Where's this lady going?

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And she walks straight and goes into the ladies section of this without some

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kind of love.

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This sister, she's a sister in Islam. Allah knows why what her condition is. Most of us would point the fingers that are stuck that allow look at how she's dressed. We can see most of her legs. Maybe if she sits down we can see more than her legs. If she you know, she bends over we can see inside her shirt. And I'm only exaggerating, not exaggerating, but I'm only giving you the details. not exaggerating. I'm seriously giving you the actual details. My wife saw this sister, she saw her and I was actually panela most of us would point our finger and say look at her look at this, why she doing this bla bla bla bla bla

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none of us would look at the fact that she's coming to pray herself.

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Maybe she's in a situation in her life where she just became Muslim. One week ago. She doesn't even know how to pray maybe. And she's coming to the masjid. Not even to actually praise Allah for me with all the code and reciting the sutra and everything. Maybe she's coming just to put on the clothing and feel like it

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I'm a Muslim. I'm going to dress like a Muslim sister dresses and stand and just do the actions of Sunnah. So she feels comfort in her heart. So we're so quick to point the finger at others and during Ramadan, we have to try and control this in sha Allah to Allah.

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So if people see you as a different person during Ramadan, be careful, try and be more consistent in the way that you do things throughout the rest of the year, trying to excel and perfect this small and a few actions and have a bad day that you are already doing throughout the year trying to perfect those during Ramadan. So that during the year, those remain perfect and constant and consistent. And you can add to it, add a few extra sun here and there, you're trying to please Allah subhanho wa Taala with a few more Iman, and you go ahead with that inshallah, to Allah.

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When was the last time you invited someone to your place for a thought?

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You know, we say we're trying to get closer to Allah subhana wa Tada, you want the reward of feeding someone who is fasting, so that you can get your reward, and you do and diminish from their reward as well by feeding them to break their fast when was the last time we invited someone for a thought, just for a date. By You know, one ringgit of milk. It's that is you know, your friend likes milk, because I don't like milk. So don't get me wrong.

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Buy them water, give them a date, just to break their fast. That's all it takes. Even if you're sitting in the mustard. And if God you know, you have, I don't know how God works here, we're gonna see that. And you have you know, dates in front of you take the data and get it to the person in front of you. And he will do the same thing. He will say no, I want you to get the reward as well, I don't want you to be the only one getting the word I want to get it as well. And so you have two dates, you give a date, you take a date, you still eating one date, that person's eating one date, you still have your water, they have their water, but you got your reward of fasting, and they're

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rewarded. And they got their reward on your reward. So you you doubled up, and you still broke your fast the exact same way. With a date.

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It's just that easy. It's so easy, but we don't look at it that way. We don't take advantage must have had with Allah put these your extra virtues, you committed sins during the year you want to purify yourself here, it's easy, take a date, give a date.

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But we don't remember these things, trying to remember the small things as the profits on the long run to send them and be consistent in the

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search for extra words.

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as Muslims, you're going to come to an end soon as Muslims, we tend to be good in theory. We all know the things that I'm saying. We all know them. Nothing that I told you is new. But it is just a reminder, because we're we as Muslims, we're awesome in theory. But when it comes to practice, we forget.

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We look at others you know the sister why you dressed like this, why are you wearing gods? What are you doing?

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But in practice? Are we doing the same? If we were in the position of others, would we be doing what they're doing or not? So don't be Muslims of theory. The Muslims of theory and practicality implement the knowledge that you know, even if it is just a little bit and you will see you will feel that you succeed in life and you excel in everything that you do.

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Our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he was a unique person and an example for all of mankind through what? Through his actions. He didn't come like in an ANOVA we enamel behati and come with books and writes and fill up the entire library books and books and books. No, books were written about his actions. books were written libraries full around the entire globe, libraries, Islamic libraries, books, after books and volumes containing the life of the prophet SAW the long run incentive, through his words, through his actions. actions are very important in Islam. But we forget the actions. We look at the theory. A lot of the time we ask each other when was the last

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time you read in a static book? You know, we're busy with theory, like we're busy with our courses or doing whatever engineering, electronics, mechanics, whatever it may be getting a doctorate degree. You know, a lot of the time we asked each other when was the last time you picked up an outstanding book?

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picking up an Islamic book. Good.

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Are you going to implement what you read in that book before you begin

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Have the book, are you implementing what you already know?

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Are you implementing what you already know? If not, then it's time to start thinking it's time to hit the off button on our cruise control shala.

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One of the ways that you can know if your animal Vaughn is accepted is by looking at how you are after Ramadan. And this was advised. This is the advice of the prophets in the long run, even send them to his companions, if you want to know how your Ramadan was, look at how you are after Ramadan. So look at how you're on the second day after aid, and you will know how your Ramadan was.

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Right. Look at how you are after Ramadan. We all need to do this and we all should be encouraging ourselves. All of this is to encourage ourselves each other, we help each other are all Muslim Brothers, all Muslim sisters, we help each other in sha Allah to Allah. Lastly, don't judge the next person that is beside you.

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I mentioned this about the sister in civilian mode. A one thing that you have to know is that we don't judge each other.

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You don't know. And I don't know, someone sitting in front of us in front of me right now could be much more knowledgeable. I'm sure most of you all of you are more knowledgeable than me. Really the amount of knowledge if you knew how much knowledge I have, it's like nothing.

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But you're sitting here listening to me. And we don't know who's sitting in front of us. But we only ask Allah subhanho wa Taala with whatever little knowledge that we have to help ourselves and benefit the rest of the unknown, but never judge the person that is sitting next to you. A lot of the time we point the finger this brother doesn't have a beard. My brother's doing this. You know he's smoking. He's doing that. Okay.

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But don't judge him. And I'll give you an example.

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Today I'm sitting in front of you is shaky but I mean,

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all of you know we studied together. I told all of you we studied together. We were in Medina together. We graduated from Medina together.

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A few days ago, we were standing together as well in another university. And brothers were coming up to me and getting me set up

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with Khalid Sheikh What are you doing?

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Right, giving me some

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people may know who I am now recently, you know, I started teaching for a COVID Institute. So people know a little bit more about me Facebook, maybe I'm a little more active on Facebook. So people know me just because they see me they know who I am just by Oh, that outer part of me. This is what they see. But nobody sees the inside of me. Nobody knows what's in my heart. Nobody knows what's in my mind. Nobody knows how much knowledge I have. How much topo I have, nobody knows.

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But people come up to me and give me Sam and they were ignoring i'm saying is in front of me but I don't want to do that. But I have to say it it's an example for all of us. They were ignoring to give salons a volume shift again. Sorry, we just he called me down I call him a volume

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but he shifted on him

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people were coming in give me a shout out maybe they know me from Facebook. They will know me throughout Calvin Institute or mercy mission. So like wash I'm not sure if that was the given set up. And they don't give salons a volume. Little do they know especially Brian's GPA in Medina was higher than mine

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is his GPA his grade point average is higher than mine.

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But they look any Oh, that's the guy from Facebook. That's the instructor for Kalka you know him so they give me salami and they don't even give him Selim.

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Muslims wake up.

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I give you an example of shaker machine. The man by the name of chef Garcia.

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He lived in Toronto.

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There was a group of responsible brothers from some of the main masajid of Toronto in Canada. They went to Medina to the Islamic University. This was decades ago. And they went to the moody they went to some of their lemma and some of the Kabbalah alumna and they said you know what, we don't have a proper Imam in Toronto, send someone to us. Give us someone some students someone who graduates from the Islamic University of Medina send him to Toronto, we need someone good.

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So they said, you know we heard of someone in Toronto by the name of the sheer

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like who is easy graduate from Medina? No, but his name is Rashid. We heard of him he memorized put to the cipta in his country, traditional studies. No, it's not a university degree. Traditional studies. Memorize Bahati memorize most

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than half of the report on scholar, real scholar, no public face, no public figure.

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So they're like we heard of this man named Bashir. He lives in Toronto. He heard of him. Some of the brothers who know him from his country, you ask them, they will tell you who he is they will show you. So they went back after high drama, they went back to Canada. And they started asking that community that ethnic community, those brothers this or where's this brother named Bashir? Who is he? Where is he and they said, Oh, you can find them and so on. So please, gave him the address. They went to the address of his work. When they showed up there. It was a gas station.

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You know, we have self service gas stations. And in North America, we have a lot of full service. Full service means you drive up to the gas pump, you just tell the guy full tank, he fills up your tank for you. And you give him the money and you give him a one ring and tip. If you want a 20 usually 25 cent tip 50 cents.

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Share, but she is

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happy to put to the sector after the report is pumping gas into your car and Mike. And he's working in the gas station. Nobody knew he's a chef.

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But everyone would come and be like,

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the scheme guy, fill up my tank man, hurry up. You know, treat the person with disrespect. So you never know who's sitting next to you. You could be sitting next to the next scholar of Islam. You could be sitting next to the person who's going to find a cancer, a cure for cancer. You could be sitting next to you know a future president or prime minister of a country who's a friend of yours now and in the future you will benefit from you know, going and seeing them and being treated nicely like royalty. Don't underestimate the people who are sitting next to you. Treat your Muslim brothers and sisters as though they are much better than you treat each other with respect in sha Allah,

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Allah. That is what I wanted to end with. Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us of the VIP kid in LA he talks to the inner guru and I hope insha Allah today. This reminder, the short reminder is very practical points to me, they seem practical, can remind all of us about a loss of data, evaluate ourselves and inshallah make our hearts problema in Nakuru, tranquil and peaceful and in sha Allah to Allah closer to Allah subhana wa tada with real taqwa and not be I'm going to punish you double shot along with data which is not going to locate on Santa Monica.