Whats Your Outlook To Ramadhan
Channel: Habib Bobat
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under Malema respected elders and brothers.
What is the meaning of Ramadan to us?
What does Ramadan mean to me?
What is my outlook to the holy month of Ramadan
and that's what I want to discuss today.
And when we speak about this topic, you generally have three categories of people.
The first category of people are those people.
They outlook to Ramadan is one of optimism.
They see it as an opportunity to redeem themselves by Allah subhanho wa Taala.
They maximize from the Baraka of Ramadan, and they tried to become better individuals.
For them, the month of Ramadan heralds in a new change in their life.
That's the first group of people that you usually find in the community.
The second group that you find are those people.
Their outlook to Ramadan is one of burdensome,
they find Ramadan, very burdensome.
It's cumbersome for them. For them, the month of Ramadan kicks them out of their routine. I can no longer sleep on time. My eating habit has to change. My routine has to change all together. And I'm not comfortable with that.
I have to wake up early in the morning,
have my early breakfast, after they're rushed to the masjid and then hit the road for work purposes. And then I get home. I freshen up and before I realize it's time to get into the machine again for taraweeh Sarah. So for some people the month of Ramadan despite it auspiciousness
it does not signal a good message for them. That's the second group of people.
The third group of people that you find in the month of Ramadan are those people for whom it makes no difference
from a bond or no Ramadan.
Whether it's big night or an ordinary night for them, it makes absolutely no difference.
The second group still continues with our ibaadat of Ramadan. But the third group, they defy all commands of Allah. They don't fast. They don't perform Salah. They do not make the love of the Quran. It's an ordinary month for them like any other month in the year. May Allah protect us from being in the third category of people.
Now I want to expand further on to these three categories of people that we are discussing today. Let's try and understand the characteristics. Let's try and understand what motivates the people in the first group. Let's try and understand what are the barriers for the people in the second group? And let's try and understand what pushes away people from the holy month of Ramadan.
Let's start off with the first group of people.
The first question is Who are these people?
And let me start off by saying that whilst the pious people do aspire to be in the month of Ramadan, enjoy its fruits and blessings. They are also ordinary people like you and I, sinners like you and I, who also aspire for the month of Ramadan.
So yes, the pious people, indeed they look forward to the month of Ramadan. They have a lot of optimism is a great yearning. There's a great zeal for the month of Ramadan. But they are also sinners like you and I, who understand that the month of Ramadan is a season of change and how many people we've seen
change their lives by the ushering of the month of Ramadan.
How many people coming on to swim? How many people changing the dress code? How many people changing the demeanor? How many people connecting themselves to the Quran, there are so many people in the world out the ordinary people like you and I are not talking about the pious they are there. It's a given. Undoubtedly, they are going to maximize from the month of month of Ramadan, but I'm talking about ordinary people.
And so the month of Ramadan heralds for them a new change their outlook to Ramadan is that our law I've been waiting for the season to come into my life so that I can become a better human being. And indeed there is why the month of Ramadan has been given to us.
Above the Aloha iraq bill, way above your show up the words of Rasulullah sallallahu send them the angels call out what the starting of Ramadan did those who are seeking a better life, those who are trying to reform the ways here's the month of Ramadan. And at the same time, the caller calls out saying that those who are indulging in vice and evil, perhaps you need to put a stop to your ways and change the way you are doing things in life.
So brothers, the month of Ramadan signals a month of hope for every person out there
for us to become better human beings, for us to improve our relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala. So in the first category of people, you find the pious people, and you also find ordinary laymen and also ordinary people sinners like you and I, who look forward for the month of Ramadan. And the reason why I'm emphasizing on this point is that shaytan makes us believe that Ramadan is perhaps for the ultra pious
entire year you are party now you're all of a sudden become an
effect on places games before he leaves also. So we should not be disappointed we should not despair from the mercies of Allah Subhana Allah has kept hiring Baraka for every person out there, Masha.
So number one, in terms of the people, it's the pious, it's the ordinary people young and old, male and female, educated, non educated, everybody falls into that category as but the unique quality of this first category of group is that they all have a deep yearning for a MOBA.
The outlook to Ramadan is unique. The outlook to Ramadan is that I am going to get a chance to come closer to Allah, their outlook to Ramadan is that I'm going to listen to the words of Allah in taraweeh. The outlook to Ramadan is going to shed off sense from my life, the outlook to life is an I'm going to be connecting myself to the Quran. And so when the month of Ramadan starts, the I excited.
Can you see how important it is? to do some soul searching as far as our outlook to Ramadan is concerned.
And that is why I'm emphasizing this point today that we all need to sit down and do some soul searching and ask ourselves that what is it that I'm looking for in Ramadan? What is it that I'm going into this month for?
You know, if you cut the lead on the wrong side, you're going to you're only going to climb faster towards the wrong end of life.
If the sailor doesn't know where the ship is going, no matter how fast is going is going in the wrong direction. So we need to first find the direction in terms of our output.
That's the first group of people.
I also need to highlight here
that I mentioned that not only pious people here for the month of Ramadan, even the ordinary people the center's yearn for the month of Ramadan. It is at this point I need to highlight our the importance of making positive remarks to those people who are trying to change the lives.
So you see somebody who you would not see frequently in the machine in every other period of the year if you see him on the first day of Ramadan.
Our approach is not all I can see Ramadan is 13 you
can see the numbers.
We don't make such disparaging remarks. Rather we uplift the person and we say Masha Allah, may Allah bless you. Now like saint mela, give us the strength
So our duty is to bring people closer to Allah not to make them go further away from a law. That is the duty of every believer.
Every believer, a father should not make disparaging remark, at least now read namaz old life you don't read namaz Ramadan is here. If you make such disparaging remarks, you're only going to distance the person further away from the house of Allah than to bring him closer.
So whilst the sin is like you and I are yearning for the month of Ramadan, it is equally important for those people who are in good stead in terms of spirituality, that they bring people closer to Allah by making positive remarks. What a pleasant sight Marcia, it's so nice to be in the house of Allah isn't.
So make positive remarks to not chase anybody away through your demeanor or through your conduct. Yes, Allah has blessed you with the ability of performing five times Alhamdulillah Yes, Allah has given you the ability to carry out many good deeds in your life. But that does not give you the license to make disparaging remarks with regards to anybody who's trying to reform his life. May Allah bless his soul. I mean,
that's the first group of people.
The second group of people are those people who find Ramadan is burdensome.
The reason why they find Ramadan is burdensome is because of the outlook to Ramadan.
Simple as that a man is willing to wake up four o'clock in the morning, groom himself for work, and hit the road as early as five o'clock travel 50 to 60 kilometers. Why?
Because of his outlook to his job and his profession.
It's his passion. It's what motivates him. It's what drives him.
And so he's willing to do it seven days a week 24 seven.
Because it gives him pleasure, it gives him the thrill that is seeking. So his outlook to his job and his profession is one of optimism. And so he's willing to wake up so early in the morning, he doesn't find burdensome,
ask another man who doesn't wake up so early,
probably wakes up eight o'clock at night in his breakfast and then goes to work, how you manage
how you manage can wake up so early.
It's the outlook
the outlook of the men towards this profession is different. And likewise brothers, if our outlook to Ramadan changes, I promise you you will find Ramadan more pleasant and more fulfilling for you as an experience. So Panama. So the second group of people because of the outlook to Ramadan, a finding burdensome.
And what we say to people in this group or in this category, is it trying to understand for who you are fasting
for every I bother these days and allocation of reward which Allah has promised, if you perform solid This is your reward. If you give charity This is your reward. If we give the card This is your reward. If you perform override hedge, this is your reward. But when it comes to fasting,
even the angels do not record
because Allah says I am the reward for the fasting person.
Even the angels are baffled, they said Oh Allah, how do we record the deeds and the rewards of a person who's fasting
and the Hadith?
The Hadith says that Allah says, I am the reward for the past in person and I will give him the reward. So perhaps they need to relook at their outlook to Ramadan and understand for who they are fast.
And perhaps they need to understand for who they are making the sacrifice. It is for Allah, Isaiah.
And perhaps they need to understand that instead of dragging themselves to the mercy for turabian, Sarah, they need to understand in front of whom they are standing.
Whose message are they listening to?
Who's column are they enjoying?
For whom are they standing for 20 minutes. It is not for the sake of the person who's standing next to me. Others look awkward if I don't have a taraweeh
we are standing for the sake of a law
for every letter that we listen to Allah has given us reward.
So again, if we change our outlook
if we change the way we see Ramadan
People have a different meaning for us.
And perhaps they need to look at the priorities.
And this is a very important point. If Allah subhanho wa Taala becomes your priority then everything else in life changes. So if we change our outlook to Ramadan, and we understand for whom we are fasting for whom we are standing for whom we are giving charity for whom we are being kind, for whom we are doing all the sacrifices, we will enjoy the experience of Ramadan.
So that's the second group of people.
The third group of people
are those people who defy the orders of law.
And through my travels and experiences, I've met people of such nature also. So what manana if I don't fast.
and they are bold to such an extent, you would see them smoking, eating, drinking, publicly without any functions.
They are such people also in our communities.
And that's where the danger of a man lies. Because the man is becoming bold, in front of a law.
One is a person is committing a sin out of a weakness, but he acknowledges that he's doing wrong and he's shameful he has the remorse in his heart, he has the regret in his art, his hope for that person.
But what is that man who breaks the orders of a law and it makes no difference to him?
for that person is a fear of losing the man also, because he is becoming bold and brazen. To the extent he's commenting on the fundamentals of Islam, and it is compromising Salah Hajj, circa fast in which are the pillars of Islam, very soon it will be on the edge on the borders of Islam. And if he continues in a similar fashion, he could end up on the other side of the road. So May Allah protect us all.
It's becoming a serious threat to many of our youngsters, who are attending universities and wide campus.
I've interacted with many youngsters on campus also, whilst they are those diligent youngsters, who are focused on the studies and who understand the objective of why they are there. They are also those who have lost the track
and it is scary where they are heading towards.
There is a thing called the honey Earth data which is called intellectual apostasy.
Intellectual apostasy is that slowly you start to question the tenants of your faith.
And you slowly question every aspect of your life to the extent you come to Allah also himself. And the Hadith has covered this, the trader will play games with you, it will make you question things like who created this world
who created this, who created this, who created this till the point you reach and who created a law.
And so this intellectual apostasy also taking place amongst many people.
So the third group of people are those people who defy the orders of law,
we need to work on them also.
We need to have a plan in place, and how we can draw them from the third group and push them into the second group. And those who are in the second group, push them into the first group. And that's our effort in the month of Ramadan.
Brothers, the month will come and go by
we all need to do some soul searching.
Spend a few moments in solitude and find reflect what is it that I'm looking for the month of Ramadan? What is it that I want from this auspicious month of Ramadan and if you know what you want, you will be working towards that from now already.
And you will be in the first category of people who yearn to see the month of Ramadan.
Last week I want to discuss some of the barriers that applies to all groups.
You have a spiritual high and then you got a tip. When you go down, it declined slightly and then towards the end you have another incline.
So how do you maintain yourself throughout the month of Ramadan? I want to talk about some of the common challenges that everybody faces
The first one is
the completion of the Holy Quran. We know that it is the bare minimum that's required from us to complete the Quran once a year during the month of Ramadan, we know that we understand that.
So the trick that the mind plays with us is that if you're going to require that it be for one certain time.
And so you see many people, they start a very good Alhambra did our first cruise down, second one down, third one completed fourth one, by the fifth or sixth one you burn out, because we're not so much in the habit of reading poron and so we say, you know what,
today read only two pages, three pages. I'm not sustaining myself I'd rather just close the Quran. And the mind tells you if you go into read the Quran, and it must be one completion, otherwise you you fooling yourself, and so many people end up putting the Quran back into the shelf in the month of Ramadan.
I often say to people,
even if you don't complete the Quran in Ramadan,
then to make sure that you read Quran every day, even if it is few pages.
The good part about it is you've used Ramadan as an incentive to start the Quran, you will reach a few months down the line where you will reach the completion of the Quran.
But he started in the holy month of Ramadan, don't let that deter you.
If the words are not coming on easily, or if it's taking too much of time and you're unable to give that time. Reduce, but don't give it up altogether.
Make sure that you read Quran every day you will reach a point where you reach the end of the Quran, even if it is six months later, but don't give it up. Read every day of the month of Ramadan.
And to help you with it brothers, we've got the smartphone in our pockets, Masha Allah, and this is very useful. You can turn your phone into a library also.
There is a beautiful for an app which is available on iOS for the Apple users as well as those one Android. The app is known as
13 line Quran app is developed by common apps, QA Mar commerce apps, it's a brown color icon. It's freely available on both Android and iOS. It's a responsive app, which allows you to read the translation of the verse that the sear of the verse, even the audio you can even listen to the audio of the of the verse and it has the option of having 10 to 15 bookmarks.
So I suggest that you download this app once again it's calmer XQA Mar commerce apps 13 nine peran It's a brown color icon you'll see it on Android as well as the the iOS store. You download it and you can read it you stuck in traffic if somebody else is driving. It won't take you more than two minutes to read a page.
sometimes no Quran is too far away from us, then we feel lazy, but you got it in your pocket. Mashallah. But make sure that you read Quran every day of the month of Ramadan, it will make you come closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
I'd like to recap and end off with what I've discussed today. I started off by saying
that when it comes to the month of Ramadan, we need to check our outlook to the holy month of Ramadan.
And under this, I discussed the three types of people that you get.
The first group of people are those who look at the month of Ramadan with optimism for them. It's a it's a season to change the lives.
I spoke about what motivates them, what keeps them going throughout the month of Ramadan. Secondly, I spoke about the second group that you find their outlook to Ramadan is that it's burdensome for me.
It keeps me out of my routine.
And the third group of people are those people who clearly defined orders of law clearly defined. They don't fast they don't stand up at night they don't report on they couldn't be bothered. And lastly, I shared with you how we can maintain our our spirituality throughout the month of Ramadan by connecting ourselves to the Quran. May Allah Subhana Allah bless us all. May Allah huddle in for us a beautiful change and a change that will bring us closer to him or marlina even better