Training the Heart to Connect to the Quran

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for today inshallah. shatta haisa Yunus Alhamdulillah salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. One day for Salaam rahmatullah wa barakato. How are you doing? And hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah. I forgot a very important title of yours, Dr. Schaefer.

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Haifa Yunus 100. So I'm going to give a brief introduction to you, although you don't need an introduction and from the law. You are very popular here with us in the UK. However, it gives me great honor to introduce the short bio to give a short insight into one of the some of the great work that you have accomplished and you go on to do in in your day to day life. So Dr. hayford, Jonas is an American Board Certified obstetrician and gynecologist with roots from Iraq Mashallah her pursuit of Islamic knowledge initiated when she began to study with various Islamic scholars from across the United States.

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While she simultaneously attended individual courses and lectures on subjects, including actually the fit, or soul fit, Hades and the skier purification of the soul from the United States. She moved to Saudi Arabia when she graduated from the mecca Institute of Islamic Studies in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. And I'll hold the Quran memorization school which is also in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

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She completed the memorization of the Quran. She is also the founder and chairman of genette Institute and an unhandled learner so many people are handler who have benefited from this wonderful Institute, and currently teaches seminars on the thematic commentary of various chapters of the Holy Quran. She offers retreats on key topics that inspire hearts, combining the inner essence of Islam with an outward expression of practice. Dr. hayford is passionate about spreading the word of Allah subhanaw taala and igniting love of Islam and the crown through her teachings. Alhamdulillah it's an absolute honor to have you with us. Shaffer, Dr. Yunus.

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What I'd like to invite you to do today for us and many of us are waiting eagerly for this is to share with us how we can train our hearts to be more attached to the Quran, particularly in this month of Ramadan, where we've been through lockdown, not quite sure what our future holds. There's a lot of still uncertainty. But one of the things that is close to us is the Quran Subhana Allah. So it'll be lovely to hear from you. And if you're okay to share with us for about 30 minutes, and then we will have a few questions and answers and Sharla

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Sure, Joseph, come over here. My last pantalla make me better than what people think of me and forgive what he does what they don't know about me. You ought to be I mean, it's a pleasure. It's always a pleasure to be part of specially East London Mosque and the sisters in the UK I have a special bond with them. 100 Langer. But I mean, you've been a great support for Jana and a good number of our students agenda Institute are actually from the UK and even part of our team. Administration team is actually both from London they have lost puntata increase you may have lost contact and I always make this dua to the brothers and sisters, the Muslims in the UK to in order to

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know the blessing that our last pantalla gave you. You are way far ahead of us.

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In the United States with a lot of dedicated people may last pantalla increase in it

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Dr. biani

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speaking about the Quran and I always start by saying, What's this?

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The servant of Allah will talk about the words of Allah subhana wa Tada.

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And I think the first step, and I asked for last pantalla to open my heart and to open my tongue slightly Sadhguru is sadly only 100 of the time and listen if you're on Vianney and after I send Salalah soiree, salatu salam, WA salatu wa Sallim wa barik ala Sayidina, Muhammad Ali, he was happy to see him and Kathy rock.

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What do we say about the Koran

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and I think one of the,

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again personally, anything in life, let alone the Koran itself.

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Unless you know

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what you are

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reading, learning, listening, the reality of what it is, it's going to be very difficult to have your heart let alone all your life connected to it.

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For example, and take food as an example.

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Unless you love that food

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and you will not love that certain amount of certain kind of food unless you know what is that food and you have tasted it. Whatever people tells you is not like when you're tasted yourself.

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Once you taste and love, you will be attached not you know the body, the heart. So even when it is not there and people talk about it,

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your body reaction will be different.

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And that applies to everything.

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So how do I get my heart attached to the Quran?

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That's the question. And the answer will be number one, as a doula I was taught long time ago Allahumma salli ala llamada, alto Salah, yeah, of law, there is nothing easy, except what you makes it easy. anything in life, whether it is daily love dunya every day issue or it is major issue, whether it is a major issue, or a minor issue, whether it is of this life dunya.

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Or, more importantly, on the alpha, nothing will happen, let alone be easy, except for what Allah wills and makes it easy.

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That leads me to my heart will not get attached to the Koran unless I want to.

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I really want to, again, talk about how yet view really and that's the question that every one of us have to ask themselves, myself included, if not, number one.

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You I really love the words of Allah. Joe, I really look at the Quran as the words of Allah, not the book, not the holy book.

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It's the words of Allah.

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One, two, do I really want

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to learn it, to live it, to memorize it, to understand it to really not talk? Of course, if I'm going to ask anybody, the answer is yes, of course. Please make dua for me.

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Then my question is going to come, what effort you put for that journey?

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What sacrifice you put for that journey?

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Bringing the heart bringing the origin, to my heart is a journey. Living the Quran or living by the Quran is a journey. And that journey is not easy. That journey needs a lot of hard work and sacrifice.

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hard work and sacrifice. So number one, God wanted

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Ramadan is the best time not only to answer but to show you

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what is your relationship with the Quran in Ramadan in general that will tell you what is your relationship and then after Ramadan, what is the Quran in your life? So the first step is, as they say, is

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honest question to yourself.

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Where are you now with the Quran?

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Number one, number two, do you really want that journey? Do you

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You really want that resolved? And the three?

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What steps you took?

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And I'm, I'm sure, I've no doubt that everybody there is no Muslim. When you ask them, Do you want to have a relationship with the Quran? The answer would be no, I doubt it.

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But how much?

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Is it a priority? And how much I put in it?

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Practically speaking, where do I start?

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Unless you learn about the Quran, and I'm going to share with you as we go this 30 minutes what did Allah said about the Quran? And what is it?

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You will not have this feeling and desire and longing to learn it.

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First thing first.

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So I thought about the

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chapter two.

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First to ayat, Al Islami, and then that he killed keekaboo. Now Bonnie, Buffy, who then then we're talking

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I'll share with you some of the verses. But we need to move from just reading, reading to reading.

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I spent time so I look and I say let me translate that we can keytab this is the book or that is the book and the book here Al Kitab a foreign

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now Roy Buffy no doubt in it. Okay. Uh huh. Who then?

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It's a guidance. It's a guide to home to those who have Taqwa.

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Who is saying this last panel tag.

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And this is his words. The Quran is common law, unnecessary allowed or solely is the words of a law that is revealed Torah soiree Software Center, through Satan edubirdie. It's that is an act of fortune to read it.

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That is written between the two sides of the Quran of the book, that's the definition of the Quran, the words of Allah.

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So the first question,

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if I want my heart to start getting attached to it, is when I read your I read with the intention, with the desire with the longing, with the resolve, I want to understand I'm not talking about all of it, just take one I understand.

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See if I am there yet.

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If I am not How can I be here? Who then will not happen? Why the Quran does not guide you.

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And Allah said this in the beginning. Why

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am I a person of taqwa?

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So, first thing I'm going to say the or I should be

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and this is what I'm getting. As I am going to Ramadan as I'm entering Ramadan. I'm gonna say that the Quran Allah said 12345

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Now Allah helped me to be 12345 let the Quran be in mind life 12345 helped me Show me guiding

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guidance

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thing what else Allah said about the Orion Allah said this in Surah tunes. Yeah yohannes caja mo Lovato. murah become what Shiva only Matthew so God or houden urashima 10 Leilani

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could be fugly foglia, he will be rahmati Toby radica failure for a whole hire your own. Nehemiah, Jamal.

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What is our lesson? Yeah, yohannes people, all people everybody Muslims and non Muslim caja has been revealed to at came to Nairobi confirm your Lord, what is it? Yeah, a jet calm. Now we're able to become a donation from your Lord.

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You wanna come over tomorrow?

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Or she fell on wahoo then you're gonna come over tomorrow because she fell on well who don't want off my tongue in my mini guidance. admonition cure and mercy didn't want me to be diverse. That's what the Quran is. When I hold the Quran in my hand and open it in Ramadan outside Ramadan, look at it.

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May Allah forgive us but it is a parable so we can understand you know, when you take it out

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blitt any kind of a tablet

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and when you swallow the tablet, you get you know that this tablets, inshallah, by Allah grace will help you won't kill you, you know because it's a medicine Do I look at the Koran this way? That's what the law says, moreover admonition Do I look at the Quran when I open it, there is some coming to me and says, or you person or you person, this is what it is it can guide you. Moreover, who then

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guidance, shifa, cure

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rosmah loving mercy, a more meaning to the believers. And then Allah says, Paul, tell them Muhammad Ali saw to Sarah tell them

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before we lie, by the grace of Allah and the grace here is a Quran will be your affinity and that most of the scholars does your Rama here is the Sunni Zahra Swati site was set up to be daddy carefully for

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let them rejoice and be happy and enjoy that how you roaming my edge model way better to them than what they are collecting.

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The fact you and me were given the Quran free

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watch struggle. And I always say this one we meet and we will interact with the reverts the converts, what struggle they go through. And we born as Muslims and was given to us. And people want us to read people including history that people want us to understand.

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So guidance to those who have Taqwa, guidance, cure, or mercy, loving mercy, the meaning it's something I should rejoice in it.

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So the first thing that I need to change my mindset, when I pick up the Quran is not it's the Quran, and let's just read it. And sitting and just read through Milan, and I have no idea what I'm really just reading.

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Yes, when I pick it up. Number one, when I open it, I tell myself, this is the words of my Lord had a kannamma Ruby.

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This is the words of a law. This is not the word of a human being. This is not the word of the most famous,

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whatever Prize winner.

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This is the words of the Creator. Call if they want to be my Lord.

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No cost when you when you feel this way. Even when you touch the cloud will be different. keep reminding yourself, not all the time will be able to remember that remind yourself. This is the words of my Lord. One.

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Two, it is talking to me.

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It's not the story, just a story is talking to me. It's telling me something. It's when when it says For example, yeah, when he saw Edith curonian

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so when I've lost pantalla say to us, or a cow, oh people, children of Israel, remember the blessings of Allah upon you. I as a Muslim.

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I as a person was reading the Koran. I need to read it this and says you have any Swahili that's to them, but that's to me.

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All the cooling and metaldehyde eco remember the blessings of Allah upon

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the blessings of Allah upon you Where do we start?

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So when I read it, the words of Allah spawn tada talking to me, addressing me,

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as if you are talking to someone,

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then I have to train myself and tell myself that when I read it when I close it, I'm guided more Huda? One I have one verse, if I read it, well ask Allah to teach me to show me I am a better human being.

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You're

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sure of everything. I don't feel well. I'm feeling down. I don't think I am in the right direction. Just open it, open it with the intention that this is going to guide me because Allah said so.

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And the most important thing

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related to the Koran is what Allah said also about the Quran and he said that the twice he said it inshallah Teresa, and he said to insert Muhammad, I follow you to the bottom of the Koran. Amala following up, follow her. On Lhasa, this also Mohamad

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They understand the Quran and actually it's not understand. Why don't they comprehend? Why don't they reflect? That? Is you understand you reflect your practice. Why don't they do that Allah sing this. Amanda Kubiak follow her or there is locks on their hearts.

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What should I say? When I open the Quran?

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I'm going to say to myself Yeah, Allah, open the locks of my heart

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open the locks of my heart. And Allah says it's unclear to me, sir.

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Follow through the bottleneck Quran same question. Don't they understand and reflect on the Quran, Willow can endure hydrilla e, la Jeju, 50, DAF and kt.

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And if it was from other than Allah, they would have seen in it so many controversies, or contradictions.

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Here's a lot more heart, my heart attached to the Quran. When I change my heart in the way I look at the Quran.

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What is it? Who is it from? The word of whom?

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And what did a lot? Why did Allah send it? For what? Is it guidance? Is it directing me? Is it something that I refer to it? Anytime I want to make a decision, I want to do something or not do something. So what is the relationship of the Quran now I have

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another practical point.

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And this advice was always given to us. In the School of memorization, Panama, the Quran will give you as much as you give the Quran,

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how long,

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you give the Quran a lot of your time. See what will happen to you from understanding learning, memorizing, reflecting, you give the Quran less, you will get less.

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And the second beautiful advice.

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Again, we were given a students of memorization, don't give the Koran your left over time.

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Don't give the order on your left over time, I'm going to do one and two and three and four and everything, including social media, including cooking, including cleaning everything, not necessarily in a priority. And then when I am done when I have a little bit of time, I'm going to go to the camera that's left over time.

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Versus it should be my prime time. When I am full of my energy. I give it to my

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The more you give the Quran, the more the Quran will give you and don't give it your leftover. When you open it up, say to yourself, that's the words of my Lord. That's the word of the one I'm going to meet one to one in person. That's the law, the word of the one who created me, who gave me everything, or facilitated everything for me Sahaja chromaffin of the Jamia, he facilitated everything in this earth for you and me.

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This is all from him, and this is his words.

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I need to read it. Give it my time, my focus, reflect and ask Allah Subhana Allah to guide me

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and remind myself repeatedly that reading the Quran is an act of worship. Just like I said, Allahu Akbar, and I'm praying, but reading the Quran is an act of worship.

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Understanding the Quran is an act of worship, learning how to read the Quran, act of worship, learning to understand the words learning Arabic act of worship, let alone practicing the Quran is an act of worship.

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I asked her last pantalla that he he upali allergies.

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Kadir Mona's zittel keytab He is the one who revealed the Quran to Johanna Cora and rbR Colonia, your Allahu Allahu Allah and this is a drought for Swati salatu salam.

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your decree

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is going to happen. I do feel Kovach, your decree and what happens to me is always

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as I asked you, Nikolas me Who?

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I asked you with every name that is yours. And Zelda hoffy kita week you reveal that in your book, our limo

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or you have taught it to anyone one of your servants I was set up to be here in the pmla being that all you kept it

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in the knowledge of the unseen what do you what is the da e jalur?

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RB alpha lovina y'all Allah make the haoran the spring of our hearts

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were jela Polina and the removal and the cleaner of our worries for the hub has Amina

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and the removal of our sadness.

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Don't be me, unless you're on the army in European unless I look at the Quran in this way. guidance.

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admonition cure mercy loving from a last panel data

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and when I reach to that state, then the Quran will penetrate My heart will be part of my life

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will be will be the breath I breathe

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and I see myself changed again and again and again and again. With it, your biani I pray to Allah spawn tada to make the haoran for the Aqua luminal spring of our heart's desire from Allah female Allah subhanho wa Taala bless the Ramadan May Allah Allah Allah make us of those who live to see it on mobile to live all Ramadan to give Ramadan it's do all right shuffle, shuffle rough nights, the month of the Quran is the month of fasting is the month of mercy, your ob I mean spanic Alomar behind the eyeshadow Allah

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isafjordur kotoba sallallahu Ana signum Hamad Wanda Aggie he was hobby just even kitty shaker Thank you, thank you so much for your wonderful reminder and many reminders in how we can connect better to the Quran insha Allah, and particularly in the month of Ramadan. As we were talking I was I was making a lot of notes. And some of the key things that struck me as you were speaking just on a personal level, is really the idea of intention and making the father to open our hearts and to want to be connected it's it's not something that's going to happen the other way maybe we will be blessed with it but the intention and the want and the desire has to come from us as individuals and

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asking Allah smarter to open our hearts and to make it soft and supple to be able to receive the beautiful words of Allah smart Allah because they are his words.

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And the other thing I really liked, that you said, which is a good reminder for us is how honest we are with ourselves. So really, to analyze Where are we and where is the Quran in our lives, in order to analyze and to reflect how important it is. And I love the two nnessee here you mentioned that

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you can only get as much as you give. So yes, being able to give it's due right, you will get that back insha Allah and we know that when we give, we may get more back insha Allah, so that sincerity to be there, and the other nurse see her to not give it leftover time. And I think that's really really interesting because I find that you know, as being a mother, a wife, or somebody who's working, we always think will fit the Quran in. But actually we need to heat our lives around the Quran and the Salah in order

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for us to benefit and maximise on the four things that you mentioned, which is guidance, admonitions or healing and most importantly mercy and love.

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That's really really important and it's for believers. So again, it's those who will benefit from that will be those who enter Ramadan and and the journey of understanding the Quran and connecting to it through dakwah. So that's that's some few things amongst many that you've mentioned, some handler. So a couple of questions came to mind for me as you were speaking, that I know I know, as I mentioned that, particularly women, there's a women's show.

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Some young women, so University, college and school going, young people may say that sometimes there there are parts times in their life, that

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the exams or the studies take priority and they become very busy with deadlines and

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You know, schoolwork. So in those times, how can we encourage ourselves if we are these young people? And if we are parents to these young people, how do we encourage them to appreciate or know that there will be Baraka in that part of their life? If they focus and give their prime time to the Quran? How do you advise us to do that? Yeah, very good question.

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This is how I look at it, talking to myself.

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We're all busy. So how long is always things to do?

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In any stage of your life, there is always things to do. And you can be as much busy as you want to be.

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So the people are very busy with the studies and with

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projects and deadlines. Don't they have some time to look at their social media?

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That's difference? The answer is yes.

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Don't they have time to eat? Yes.

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They have time to sleep. Yes.

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Why there is no time for the Quran

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is because I don't look at the Quran. Now go back to the first thing I mentioned in the talk, is how I look at the Quran. I don't look at the Quran as my life hyah

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resuscitation is like food. It's like my drink. It's like my friends, and that May Allah forgive me.

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How can I even compare, but I'm just for the audience to understand that part. Time is always there. If I make it, and we say this to our children,

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if you want to make something, you will make time for it.

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If it is important for you, you will make time for

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Yes, I'm not gonna spend five hours reviewing or memorizing or understanding the Quran and I'm not going to be studying it tomorrow I have an exam because that's not pleasing to Allah. But that doesn't mean

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either or,

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either or either No.

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Together, if I make the Quran, and that's young and old, by the way, if I'm a mother, and I'm so busy cooking, and preparing food, we're doing everything and then I give the leftover of the haoran of my time to my children will do it, but they're not going to spend their time because of for the food. And the cooking they will do to something else. Yeah, I need as a parent to be the role model that my children will notice. Not my talk my action. Oh,

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that's after for a job. My mom is reading popcorn. Oh, this is the 10 minutes after my home. My mom is reading her aura. And then they know that there is a dedicated time for the Quran.

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They will follow.

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And the balance will be yes. If I'm tomorrow have an exam. Yes, I'm not going to spend five hours. But what about when it is summer? What about it's in the weekend? I have done and I say this to myself before everybody. I have time for everything else. Then when it comes to the or I don't have time.

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What is the problem? There's nothing that time. It's not in the Koran. There's nothing the other things, it's in me and my priorities.

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If I had

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the Quran as number one

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priority in my life, that I look at it as it is my success in this life and the hereafter, I will make time for it.

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No doubt, and Allah who make it easy, in Shama, Shama, which brings me to the point you mentioned that it's about the mindset, but also about the heart set, how we how we keep our mind and heart

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with the intention and the sort of the focus of

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how we benefit from the Quran, and where it is in our life.

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The second and the last question I really wanted to ask you, is as somebody who struggles connected to the Quran, sometimes, you know, I hear people say that

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as soon as they sit with the Quran, everything else, it's a bit like the prayer, you know, they think of all the things that need to be done is actually pre requisites or pre preparation we can do before we sit with the Quran that can keep our hearts at rest and minds at rest while we recite and connect with the

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very good question, practical reality. I'm going to answer you also from the Allah.

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Allah. Allah created us. The only

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act of worship that Allah mentioned clearly in the Quran twice.

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To seek refuge in Allah form shavon is one read the Quran fadeout or uninfested Billahi min ash shaytani r rajim.

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When you are about to read the Quran, seek refuge from shaitan Raji nowadays Rasul Allah lead in Amman

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Agata being sought and

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Allah knows that the moment I'm going to pick up the Quran shaitan is here

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and he is gonna remind me and you have everything important and unimportant Oh, I have to warn get something Oh, let me do this oh let me just look and see what's on my on and on and on

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shaper

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works on my yes both they work I'm weak and I will surrender keep asking Allah refuge in Allah from a shape ontology that's number one

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as you start as you are reading as you are understanding

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esteana Willa Yak manabu what Yak can Stein seek help from a law. What is it Fatiha teaches you and he can avoid you only we worship what he can sustain you only we rely on and ask for help. ask Allah in your own language your lovemaking focus your luck Please

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let me sit for five minutes

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keep asking this Allah He knows your Sensi, yellow mustard Oh Allah He knows the the secret and what is not even a secret yet

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and he will help you. So practical answer number one, keep asking Allah and Allah

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to refuse to help you to protect you to shield you from Allah to remove the distractions.

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Shut off your phone.

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Don't bring it close to you when you're reading the Quran.

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If you have to, like for example, I'm worried the hospital will call me turn off the internet. Keep it as a phone as it used to be before.

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Don't read the Quran and everybody's around you talking and you're not going to be able to focus

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510 minutes in your musalla whenever you pray normally in your home,

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close the door and remove the distractions

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and keep asking Allah

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before you read as you are reading after

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part of your new app that you make, supplication that you make for your children for your life for everything your Allah, the DA I shared with you make the order and the spring of my heart meaning facilitated, unless distracted I love it. I want to learn that will love love you and you will never let you down Subhana

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Allah accepted from our soul

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and for all those who try in Ramadan to connect to the Quran it leaves me

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well it's sad that the the programs come to an end and we hope to see in the future inshallah in other programs.

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So does everyone know head once again for giving us your valuable time. We know how busy you are, and the schedule that you have.

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We have benefited much well I have 100 and I'm sure the viewers have benefited as much. So with that I wanted to conclude our program today subhanak a llama behind the Chateau La Ilaha Illa and as a forgettable Lake as the hula hula several of Solomonic work with the life of

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