Ramadan Spiritual Refinement in the Age of Confinement

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The coronavirus pandemic has impacted people, including the need for guidance and support. The speakers discuss the history of Islam, including the use of fasting as a means of addressing facing tough situations and adversities, and hesitation as a means to highlighting the importance of fasting in addressing problems and challenges. The importance of showing off one's fasting deeds and connecting with the Lord through service to the creation of the spiritual eye, as well as setting a daily routine and promoting a book and social media platform. The importance of following social distancing rules and praying in the night to improve one's spiritual well-being is emphasized.

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Small Al hamdu lillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah is a huge drain and hamdulillah Muhammad Hornstein Horner stalks you don't want all the below him in Cerulean fusina Women say your RTI Malita may have the hula hula Molly La la la mejor de Lille who follow her de la watch headward La la la la la la hula hula hula Sharika wash Hulu and Mohammed Abdullah Soto Allahumma Salli ala Sayidina whenever you know Hamas by cinema Fidel wedding while Saudi Lahoma was selling Mubarak Gotta Have you know whenever you know Mohamed Salah Hadees at Allahumma Salli ala Sayidina wunderino Homicide Salam Kula Malika Vecchione Labrador Wakulla melphalan Dickensian life you don't All praise

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is due to Allah subhanaw taala who knows what you reveal, and knows what we conceal, and even knows what the animals feel. We thank him we praise Him and on him we have reliance. It is to him we only turn to for our true guidance. We asked him to send his peace, his blessings, His mercy on the best of human beings and prophets, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on whom be praised until the very end of our days. And we asked him for steadfastness, guidance, mercy, and to never lead us astray and for him to save us on Judgement Day. Welcome everybody. hamdulillah to this session of Jamar reminders with Islamic Relief inshallah we'll be discussing Ramadan spiritual refinement and the

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purpose behind the topic and of course is to prepare for Ramadan which is less than 100 and now almost a week exactly a way where we can start to reflect on what it's like for a Ramadan which most of us will probably have never witnessed before in our lives. And Ramadan, which probably will be one of the most unique Ramadan's that we will ever have. And a Ramadan which will probably make us feel a sense of sadness over things that we may not experience from the previous Ramadan and Ramadan which may it will make us have this heightened sense of emotion because of maybe loss of someone that that is dear to us before the Ramadan has started in Ramadan which will may make many people

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feel a sense of anxiety and anxiousness over what what's coming Ramadan and confinement right out Ramadan and quarantine. So, what can we do to make this all Milan a Ramadan which is not about physical confinement, but about spiritual refinement? How can we make this Ramadan which we can rejuvenate and we can actually take the benefit and blessing of Ramadan in sha Allah azza wa jal this is what this talk will be in sha Allah Tada This gem a reminder will be so that we can collectively reflect in sha Allah onda Ramadan was legislated interestingly enough to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam at a time of also immense adversity and difficulty in the life of Rasul

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La Silla. The month of Ramadan was legislated to fast right before the Battle of brother in the second year Hijra. So right before a major event that would take place and the hardships that they would go through which essentially the prophets lie Selim in the Battle of bed that he would pray, Oh Allah, if these people die today, you will not be worshipped on Earth. Oh Allah, if you want to be worshipped on earth, then give these people victory. So it was such a hard time and adversity that they were just about to reach. And it's as if Allah subhanaw taala wanted us to tie the idea of Ramadan being the factor that will help us overcome adversities and hardships and difficulties.

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That's the power of this month that it was revealed for a immense, powerful objective and purpose, tying it between the difficulty and adversity and hardship that the Prophet system would face in his life and Ramadan being legislated right before that, as if Ramadan is the solution to our answers, and the calamities and difficulties that we're going to face. And this is also from the Hickman wisdom of Allah subhanaw taala that we're going through the Coronavirus pandemic and Ramadan is going to come in sha Allah Ramadan will be a means of lifting this Coronavirus pandemic from all of us in sha Allah azza wa jal. So it's beautiful to reflect on when things happen in the life of the

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Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, and where we can derive and draw analogies to our lives, which is so powerful. Also, when Allah subhanaw taala legislated fasting to the to the Prophet Muhammad cisilion. A lot of us think that maybe it was when Ramadan was legislated. That's not true. In fact, fasting was one of the first and early things in Islam that was revealed to the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam in the Meccan period, and I want you all to pay attention in what context did Allah subhanaw taala reveal the month of fasting in the month of fasting? It was was Ramadan but fasting was prescribed before that wasn't a month No, it wasn't it was simply just too fast and too fast,

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according to what will bring a person closer to Allah subhanaw taala so I want you to pay attention to some of the ways that Allah subhanaw taala tied fasting with that

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Islam in the early part of Islam, okay, and that is when Allah subhanaw taala. In the Meccan period, this was the early stages of Islam. He told the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam a story, and that story was the story of Isa and Miriam. Right, where Maryam Ali Hassan was given the news about her going to give birth to a righteous son, which is going to be recited to them. And she was so overcome with with grief and hardship over this, that she had a level of difficulty, right. And Allah subhanaw taala wanted to strengthen her. So Allah subhanaw taala gave her a fast, and this fast was told to the Prophet Muhammad SAW I said, I'm in the Meccan period, so that Maria was one of

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the Mexican chapters, right? And this context of the fast I want you all to hear what kind of fast that the previous nations have, and that how was was it given to the Prophet Muhammad said Allah. So Allah subhanaw taala. He, he told Madame la Salaam and sort of Miriam, verse 26, in the sense of her having a difficulty and hardship and this pain of what is she going to tell her people? What is what is she going to tell people and say how you know, you are such a righteous woman, how could you come with this with this child and you're not married? And there's just so much for her this hardship and, and adversity and difficulty that she would have to go overcome? How would she overcome it with

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fasting with fasting and I want you to hear what Allah subhanaw taala had told her in the form of a message, a last part that I told her to say to them, for Cooley was Shalabi were called Li aina. For imata nominal battery or hidden for only for only in Nina them to live. None you saw guna Ferlin or can Lima Lea woman is in SeeYa last part that says that it was told to her through the message. It's worth million, verse 26. So eat and drink and be content. And if you see from among humanity, anyone say to them, I have vowed to the Most Merciful Soma Soma. So here I'm not going to translate yet. So I'm not going to translate yet I have vowed to a Rahman a psalm. So I will not speak today to any

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man I will not speak to anyone today, Allah subhanaw taala in the context of fasting and introducing it to the early Muslims, he introduced it in the form of the story. And those and the story described that Meriam took a fast a fast of what not speaking a fast of not only not

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not eating but back then they would not speak at all, so that the relationship between fasting and low lessening your speech is something very powerful. The early Muslims were given this message that she vowed a fast to Allah subhanaw taala back then bunny soil their fast was what fasting from speaking. So when the people came to ask her and were yelling at her, what did she do, she just pointed to the child and then the child Italia Sam spoken the cradle. And this was the first form of fasting being introduced to the early Muslims. The idea that the previous generations they used to fast from speaking as well as fasting from food. So this was the earliest onset of how fasting was

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introduced to Islam. Now Allah subhanaw taala when like we said, they used to fast these to faster Asha law, they used to fast Harlem they used to fast other days voluntary days, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam will tell them that Whoever fasts one day for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala, Allah subhanaw taala will remove them from the from the fire of hellfire, their face of the from the fire of hellfire, a period of 77 years or more I'll call Macaulay Saltos setup. And he would say, the Hadith of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, where he said that

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call Allahu Kulu Anna Livni Adam LA who in LA Siyam for him the holy were Anna GCB, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that every deed of the of the child of Adam is for them except for fasting, it is for me and I will reward for it while CEM will junuh and fasting is a shield. So when one of you fast and someone says something obscene to them, or attacking them, if someone insults them or fights them, let them say I'm fasting. I'm fasting Meaning I'm not I'm here. You're beyond me to respond to you. I'm here to doing this for Allah. I'm fasting right? By the one whose hand the soul of Muhammad is, the breath coming out of the mouth of a fasting person is more pleasant to

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Allah subhanaw taala than the scent of musk. The fasting person has two moments of relief. One when they break their fast, this moment of joy and relief. There's two that the fasting person has one is at the time when they break their fast and one when they meet their Lord and

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They see the joy of the reward of the fasting itself. So the Prophet sallallahu Sallam would give these type of reminders for people to fast and encourage them to fast until Ramadan came became became an obligation in the second year Hijra right before the Battle of better okay and Allah subhanaw taala said and sorta Bacala the versus of commanding them. Last part that assess as you all know the very famous I have the obligation of fasting. Yeah, you have Lavina Aman who quotevalet como CMO, Kumar katiba Allah Lavina Kabini comme la la KU goon oh you believe fasting has been prescribed for you like it has been prescribed for those before you they already knew what the

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fasting was before them. Why so that you may attain a sense of God consciousness coming closer to Allah subhanaw taala coming close to Allah azza wa jal Okay, and then Allah subhanaw taala describes this month, shahada Lama lon and Levy, Uzi Rafi

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who then Lin nurse Yoda Yuna team Meenal, who the full con Allah's point that I said, the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was revealed. So already you have, you already have three main objectives of this month. Number one, the whole month is mainly about what coming closer to our Lord God consciousness, being conscious of Allah subhanaw taala. That's what Taqwa is to be a little bit more aware than you were in the past. And if you are in a state of neglect and heedlessness to come closer to your Lord, okay, and it's the month in which the Quran was revealed. So the Quran is the main objective of this month connecting through Allah with his words and with our words, how was his

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words his words is the Quran our words is dua. So these are the three concepts. Allah subhanaw taala ingrains and at the end of the verses Allah subhanaw taala as follows it up with the other main objective we already mentioned, Allah subhanaw taala says what either so

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the need for any curry OG Buddha were to die either the failure study boo LEE Well you mean OB La La whom your shoe don't? Allah says, if My servants ask you Oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam about me. I am near he doesn't he doesn't say to the prophets I'm tell them I am near. Allah subhanho wa Taala responds directly saying I am near meaning what not even the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the messenger for this message, Allah Himself directly respond saying, I am near, not even the prophets, I said was going to give that message I am telling you all I am the one who is near to you. And I respond Allah Spanner continues, I respond to the call of the one and the

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prayer of the one who's calling and praying to me. So let them believe in me and

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let them turn to me. I will guide them and I will grant them rushed and rushed is what when your actions meet your statements when you become a person of your of your word, spinal that's what Allah is trying to promise us. So these are the three main objectives that all Milan came with, number one, to connect us to our Lord divine connection and to make us realize our level of of distance from our Lord and connecting to him having a sense of awareness of our Lord more and more, number two, to connect with him to with his speech with the Quran, and then number three, to connect to him then in response with our speech to him. The Quran is Allah speaking to us and our dua our prayers

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is us speaking to Allah. These are the three main objectives of Ramadan. These are the three main objectives of Ramadan when it comes to spiritual refinement. The other aspect of Ramadan, which we're going to discuss Inshallah, in great detail is, this is service to the Creator. The second aspect of Ramadan is service to the creation. Okay, so these are the two main components of Ramadan. The first has three main objectives. The second one is serve servicing the creation of Allah subhanaw taala. Now, I want you all to pay attention to this. Ramadan, the word Ramadan, Imam Arrazi Alhamdulillah speaks about its origin speaks about the origin of the word Ramadan. He says that

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Ramadan comes from the word rumba, or Rama which is extreme heat, and Rumbaugh. Around BA is a rain that which is a type of rain, they call this name of a rain that comes in autumn, to cleanse dust from the surface of the earth. That's what Rumbaugh means, that umbrella is a rain that comes in autumn to cleanse the earth from from any kind of dirt and any kind of you know, build up of, of any kind of impurity. In the same way. oramo Bond this this word that comes from the word rumba comes as a spiritual rain to wash out

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weigh our sins and cleanse our hearts. So just like the this rain that comes in autumn and cleans the earth is called Rumbaugh and all Melbourne is the spiritual rain that rains down upon our hearts to cleanse and wash away our sins and to bring us connection to Allah subhanaw taala in that purity is such a beautiful way and that is why we call to the session, spiritual refinement, spiritual rejuvenation. This is a month of Ramadan this is not cancelled because of Coronavirus. The blessings of Ramadan remain because whether we're in confinement or whether in public, the amazing nature of Ramadan remains in this OMA and that's the blessing of it. And that's why Allah Subhana Allah the

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Prophet sallallahu sallam said, and Allah azza wa jal fell over cm Ramadan was an unto Kiama who Allah has made it an obligation to fast the month of Ramadan and I have made it a Sunnah the practice of the prayer at night, meaning this is from the Prophets Allah Salam, by the command of Allah subhanaw taala Furman sama Hua comma hora de sab and Hala Jimena Vinoba Yomi, what are the two or more I want you to pay attention to is that whoever fast sit and stands in the night hoping in the reward from the from Allah subhanaw taala. Right, ha Raja Mina Zulu be Kiyomi what are the two or more they will leave but Ramadan, cleanse from sins like the day their mother gave birth to them,

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like the day their mother gave birth to them, and that's powerful. I want you all to understand the powerful nature of this, of this, of this blessing. If we fasted all along with hoping and reward and standing in its night, we will be cleansed from all sins major and minor. Why? Because you're not standing except to ask for forgiveness. You're not You're not praying and you're not fasting except for asking for forgiveness. And I've already have the lieutenant generic on the Prophet sallallahu wasallam and this hadith in Sahih Muslim that a Salah two humps, while Juma to Isla Jumeirah was Ramadan Isla Ramadan, mocha Fila tune nabina Han either tunable is adjustable Kadidal

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Kumbhakarna is how to set up the prophets I said Emma said that the five daily prayers meaning from fajr to low water to answer assets the mother the mother of Tunisia, and one Friday which is today to the next Friday. And Ramadan to the next Ramadan is an expiation is a forgiveness of sins between them acts so long as major sins are avoided, so long as major sins are avoided. So how do we balance between what I said to you in the first Hadith and this hadith? It will claim Rahim Allah said that there are certain deeds there are certain deeds Allah Sparta because you do those deeds you will be forgiven immediately. Number Number One Hajj actually before that, number one Islam when you accept

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Islam, number two Hajj and number three hedger, right. And these three if you do them, you are forgiven immediately. You are forgiven, if you do them sincerely, and you fulfill their obligations and their conditions, and you do it the way you're supposed to do, you're forgiven. And he said, even if from a bond in and of itself, doesn't forgive sins like Hajj, but there's no better opportunity that you are more closer to Allah subhanaw taala then for in Ramadan, and Ramadan when you ask, of course for forgiveness when you're that close to Allah and seek repentance that will allow for your repentance to be accepted. That is why the prophesy cinema said whoever does it, the

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sab and whoever does it, hoping for the reward and with honesty and sincerity, they will leave Ramadan as if the day their mother gave birth to them as part of the power of Ramadan. Okay. And the Prophet sallallahu sallam said, fasting for three days each month every month, and then fasting in Ramadan, each year is like and you're rewarded for as if you fasted your entire life. As if you fasted your entire life if you fast three days a month, and you fast the month of Ramadan, those three days a month are multiplied by 10 Each in reward. So that's what 30 As if you fasted 30 days the entire month, and then you're you fast Ramadan the entire month, it's as if you've been fasting

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your entire lifetime. This is narrated in Sahih Muslim, and he said fasting the month of patience, he called Ramadan what the month of patience, La ilaha illallah right. So among the greatest objectives is to build patience in this month. The prophets I said I said this and Hadith and Sunnah and they say, Whoever fast the month of patience Ramadan, and three days from every month is like fasting a lifetime. So Ramadan and fasting itself is the School of spiritual refinement and discipline, to build patience with our within our own selves. And when the prophets of the Lord he said Emma said in that previous Hadith that every every D

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As the child of Adam is multiplied from 10, to 700, this is because of the generosity of Allah subhanaw taala. When you do one good deed, it's multiplied by 10 to 700, based on your sincerity and the will of Allah subhanaw taala this how merciful Allah is. And when you do one bad deed, it's only counted once. So somebody who's going to join them really just doesn't want to be forgiven, honestly, because ALLAH forgive so much he multiplies your deeds by just you doing it. So, Allah subhanaw taala when he multiplied every deed, the prophets I said, Emma said in the Psalm except fasting, Allah said,

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a soul moly, what energy is Eb? Allah The Prophet said, Allah said that fasting is for me and I reward meaning what without any measure without beyond 700 times beyond your comprehension, understanding. And in another narration, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam added, he says, All Allahu isoa JAL, your true who Tama who was Sharapova who was shahada whom in agilely, a CMO li WA, Zb, well has turned out to be I actually am failure. He says that Allah azza wa jal Ushiku the most appreciative How can Allah be the most appreciative to his creation? Because Imam Al Ghazali said that He rewards and multiplies beyond your wildest imaginations. So Allah subhanaw taala what does

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he say? He shows Subhanallah the sense of a Shaku he says to His servant, that my servant abandons their food, their drink, and their desires for my sake, fasting is for me and I will reward for it and every other deed and every deed is multiplied by 10 times the life of it. Look at how Allah azza wa jal is appreciative. And that's why they said, if you want to have lofty character, simply

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try to mimic the way Allah subhanaw taala is so kind and generous with his creation and his descriptions among them as a shekel look how Allah subhanaw taala is showing appreciation to us by rewarding us beyond our wildest imaginations. And then another nourish in the prophets I send my said, like we already mentioned that Allah subhanaw taala, rewards fasting more than any other deed. Normal other deeds are multiplied 10 to 700. Whereas fasting says this is beyond measure. And even Hajra Rahim Allah and other scholars they mentioned about why this is why is it? So number one, that this fasting, there's no way for you to show off. There's no way to show you for you to show off

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now. 100 We found ways to show off right people for posting like 100 a fasting was easy today when they talk about voluntary fasting. But in Ramadan, everyone's fasting, it's very hard for you to show off everyone's fasting at the same time. So the thing that differentiates between our fasting is the level of sincerity we have in it. The level of sincere meaning what you know, some people when they're younger, whatever they used to do when their parents used to force them and not teach them the meanings of Ramadan. What would they used to do? They used to drink when they were in the bathroom or when they were to go elsewhere. Or they used to eat privately or sick. And this people

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still like this right? And others who just make excuses that I you know, I have certain issues and whatever and help and in reality, they're fine, but they're just trying to make an excuse, right? So this idea of this level of sincerity that you have in your Ramadan is something between you and Allah azza wa jal, and you might want to be says, Because showing off may enter in all types of good deeds, but no one can see when a person is fasting for Allah subhanaw taala and the quality of their fast. So Allah connected it to himself. He says he gives it up and gives up their desire for my sake. If not, Josie said all of worship can be seen when done, and they be contaminated with some

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elements of showing off except fasting. And the second reason that what is meant by fasting is for me, it is is because it is the dearest and most beloved action to Allah subhanaw taala. And if not, the verse says, The word fasting is for me, is sufficient to indicate the the lofty status of fasting over all other acts of worship, in the Hadith of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam narrated incident as a viable model the Lord's had and who, who said that listen to this, you should fast because there is nothing like it. This is a direct command of muscle loss. I said, Okay, you should fast because there is nothing like it in terms of Allah subhanaw taala loving the sincerity that a

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person shows when they're fasting to him. Now I want you to pay attention to this beautiful, powerful verse.

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Excuse me, this hadith of Ramadan, Abu Dhabi, Allah Tala and who narrates in this hadith is that reported in Messiah by Muhammad. He said that there were two men in the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam who accepted Islam they were from the Cold War

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Our tribe, okay, one of them. They defended Islam and they passed away as a Shaheed in jihad, right? And the other lived for an entire year after them. Okay so one of them became a martyr a Shaheed and the other friend one even though they accepted Islam at the same time, they lived for an entire year after them and they also passed away as a as a shaheed. So one of the companions by the name of Paul Harold, the Allahu Taala had been Obaidullah, but all the Allahu Taala and who he saw them both in a dream and he turned to them. And he said to them, I had a dream of paradise Jana, like May Allah grant us the dream to see paradise in our dreams. But how many of us even dream about gender? Right?

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That's already amazing, right? So he said, I dreamt Jana and I saw these two men at the gates of paradise. He said that when I saw these two men, I saw the one who lived longer meaning one extra year after the first one, enter paradise first.

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And then the second man who had died before him as a Shaheed, he was then asked to enter after him. So he said, I woke up and I asked myself, I said, I was amazed why. The first one that died a Shaheed was delayed, the second one that died, died like a natural death. He didn't die as anything other than just passing away. He just lived one extra year. And his friend died as a martyr while his, he passed away a normal passing, but he lived just an extra year. So he said, I was amazed by this. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he went to him and he he mentioned this dream to him and the prophets Allah audio set him I want you all to listen to hear what he says. He said,

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Elisa sama Baraka who Ramadan was salah, sit turtle Allah frog Katha Okada Okada raka salata, sunnah, and he said to them, did he not fast the month of Ramadan after him, meaning he lived for another year he got a chance to fast the month of Ramadan. And he prayed he prayed over 6000 or more about kind of prayers, meaning over the course of this year. And another narration, he said at least Otto Sadam that the one that entered after him, and the one that entered before him, even though the one after that entered after was a shade and the one that entered before simply got a chance to fasten on Milan more and passed away a natural death. The prophesy said Emma says philam Boehner

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Homa Aluma bein a summer he will earn the distance between them and heavens is greater than the distance between the heavens and the earth, the greater than the distance between the heavens and the earth, speaking to you about how powerful and amazing it is just for you to have the opportunity and the blessing to be able to fast Ramadan, don't ever take for granted the month of Ramadan and being able to reach it at Hamdulillah. So some of the things that we need we can do here in our time of focusing Ramadan in the month of that's coming, inshallah in less than seven days and in the time of confinement and quarantine. Okay, how can we take benefit from it in this month and challenge it?

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Number one, cut back on things that are distractions, no doubt cut back, you're on a Netflix binge, you know, cut back from that. You need to focus now on something that's more important. And you're like, Well, I'm bored. Well, boredom, can be filled with something that you only didn't have experience with. So people who don't read what happens when they actually read a book, they're like, Hey, this is amazing. I'm actually enjoying this because you never did it to begin with. Right? So cut back from things that you that will control things that wastes your time. So we're everybody's on a Netflix binge, but you can actually benefit from your time when you just focus on cutting back

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from things that will not not be a you know, ideal for you to do it all alone. Number two, stop, you know, arguing with people on social media or WhatsApp or anything like that. Okay, just stop the arguments. There's no purpose behind our arguments and forwarding stop being the news source for the dunya people will get their news, you don't need to forward anything to anybody other than maybe beneficial reminders and do not force anything anyway, you haven't checked yourself. Just a straightforward response. Stop forwarding things to people you haven't checked and just because you want people to benefit, like for example, these amazing health benefits and you don't even know if

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that's true or not drinking this type of tea or eating this kind of that. Don't worry about any of that bet forward that what that which benefits people and reminds them and are good reminders. Okay. And

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when terms of our Ramadan refinement, number one have a daily routine, write down a daily routine. I will do this afterwards.

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I will do this after the fajr prayer, I will recite this much Quran a day, whatever it is practical to you write it down, I will listen to this Tafseer podcast. Okay, set a minimum of Quran that you're going to read a day set a minimum, if you don't set a minimum what will happen is you won't do that. But if you at least set the minimum and you reach it, then you can do more. Let's say my minimum is one juice or half inches a day. So what happens is when I reach it 100 I have I have energy, I actually want to do more. All right, this was my time to read and then I will read again later, but at least I've done the bare minimum that I've set for myself, a podcast of Tafseer listen

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to Tafseer hamdullah I'm doing tafsir throughout the month of Ramadan, you're more than welcome to listen and come join us Inshallah, it will be on my Instagram, and also my Facebook page. So you're more than welcome to join tafsir Surah Al Anon, which we're doing in sha Allah Tala I, as well am hosting a Ramadan intensive you can sign up for which we will have accountability, as well as the Tafseer of surah Taha and going through this book, which is called disciplining the soul level Rowhani you're more than welcome to sign up for it Inshallah, where we can collectively three days a week meet and have an interactive session of accountability, reflection and spiritual development.

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So but have a connection with the Quran, spiritual refinement through listening to a podcast of Tafseer and Hunter there's so much out there

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having daily vipkid and dua that you set. This is a time for that. For example, many people who are so busy cooking, don't make this a month of cooking. Like this is not the month of cooking. I know people are excited about Ramadan food, they love their samosas and they love their egg rolls and they love all kinds of fried food, but just make it a point that this shouldn't be the month of eating it should be the month of fasting right and give a break to especially the lady folk in the House who work tirelessly every single day cooking and cleaning. This is not it's not the Sunnah of Rasulullah salah they also deserve to sit and relax and to focus on their on their Ramadan,

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especially during the time of breaking the fast what happens is Everybody's rushing in the kitchen. This is a time the prophets I said and I said that the moment when a fasting person breaks their fast is a time when dua is accepted. So if you're in the kitchen, you should be making dua make dua while you work while you put the rice while you put this while you serve people just make dua and don't bother people in general or in or at the essence the entire family should go and help one another during this time. And also I give you good news because you like okay, I'm busy at that time. The prophets I sent him I said also In another Hadith that the dua of a fasting person is

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accepted. So the entire day is a time draws accepted for the fasting person, not only the time of breaking the fast, that's another Hadith both of the Hadith are authentic. So when you have dailies, daily routines, you're not overwhelmed and you have a plan. Okay, and when it comes to Ramadan outreach opportunities, you can, for example, sign up for all these organizations that are doing relief work and giving food to for example, health care and essential workers and relief workers. You can do that you can for example, in a safe and social distancing way offer food to your neighbors, your non Muslim neighbors or your friends or your Muslim friends and neighbors who are

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around you giving and sharing with each other in sha Allah to Allah.

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In this moment of of quarantine and confinement, we can still maintain a sense of social togetherness and coming together for example, having a collective thought everybody in their home but you're on for example, online on one of those apps where you can have your entire family just you know, be together and one person can give other than online and then you can all share an eight year in break your fast and do your dog child together as a family or friends so that you can at least not be isolated even though in this time of confinement. Inshallah

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you want to also remember that the prophets of Allah Salam was one of the most generous in Ramadan even Ambassador the Lord Talon Houma. He reports that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam can Rasulullah sallallahu some edge woodenness What can I do to my account fee Ramadan Hina yah hoo. Jibreel kenergy Riedell Karhu equally, later, may Ramadan for you Doris will Quran fellow Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Mahina Allah Who Jabril Eduardo will hate him the ritual masala, even Ambassador the Allah subhanho He said that the prophets I said was the most generous of people. And he was the most generous during the month of Ramadan. So even though he was the most generous in

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Ramadan, he was extra generous. And when Gibreel visited him every night and recited the Quran to him. During this period, the generosity of the Prophet SAW Salem became even more than the rain that are the wind that that brings about that beautiful breeze. He was like a ray more Salah with that beautiful breeze and benefit that comes to you. So the idea is Listen, my brother says there's so much out there. I want you all to put something that's practical, and that is every time you see something good try to

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donate, even if it's one or two pounds, or dollars or whatever, even if it's just little, but that little means what I'm still giving in generosity, and then have hamdulillah things that you give regularly, and make it a point where hamdulillah now there's apps, there's launch good, there's Islamic Relief, there's so much out there where you can benefit by giving daily at Hamdulillah. And you can set it on the website, if you go to the stomach relief website, you can set a daily amount where every single day you will be able to give to the charity and Hamdulillah you if you forget Allah subhanaw will bless you and reward you, but 100 and now these websites have features where

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every day, there's an amount that that's given to people that that that needed, so there's not a day in Ramadan, except that you've given in charity in Charlottetown it so with that? The Prophet alayhi salatu salam also mentioned to us something so beautiful and powerful, and we'll finish an end with this in Charlottesville. And that is what a barrage of Rahim Allah comments on he says that Arborea are the alone who mentioned that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would give good news and glad tidings to his companions on the arrival of Ramadan. There's an authentic hadith escenario by Muslim Imam Ahmed and certainly say what Abu Huraira the Allah Allah and who said la Maha Ramadan,

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Allah Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam you Bashir was horrible attack on Ramadan, shahada on mobile rock, follow the law who is our gel Alikum Suyama. Who to photography here at wibu. Sana we're to the left Kofi Abu Abu Jehane. WHAT TO HELL Luffy Murata to shayateen and Allah He fee Laila to tune hieromonk Elfi Shahab man hurry Mahira Mahalia Maha Faqad for him, the prophets I said, I'm gonna give this good news to his companions. When Ramadan arrived that first day the first moment of Ramadan, the prophets I send them over I would tell them there has come to you Ramadan, a blessing month, meaning regardless of Coronavirus pandemic, regardless of what's going on in the world.

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Regardless of the hardships and calamities every single person individually faces, the sense of loneliness, the sense of something they want a sense of being disappointed by others. This month remains bless it for you, among a blessed month, which Allah has obligated on you to fast in it, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed. And the devils the major devils are chained. And in it there is a night that is better than 1000 months. Whoever is deprived of its goodness is really and truly deprived. And even Raja Rahim Allah He would say some scholars mentioned that this hadith is the basis of how people should greet with one another on the arrival

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of the month of Ramadan saying Ramadan, Mubarak, Ramadan may be blessed for you. And then he says, listen to this. Listen to this beautiful statement of Mr. Raja. He said, How can a believer be greeted and not find happiness with knowing the doors of heaven are opened? How can they not be happy? How can a sinner not find happiness and knowing the doors of hell are closed? How can an intelligent person not find happiness in the fact the devils are chained and help them overcome their desires? How can this be this time even be equal to another time? He said this in love life and matter to him a whole lot. And Abel Josie, I want you all to pay attention to what he said. He

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said by Allah. If the deceased were asked to wish for something, they would have wished for one extra day to fast in Ramadan. Out of the blessing of this month, how many of our family members who have passed away this before how many of those who have passed away this month they would have wished that this Ramadan came and they would have just tasted the blessings of it even if they were sick and they were not able to fast it but the month itself is blessed it in and of itself. Don't be the person that takes it for granted. Remember the One the prophets I said Emma said he entered paradise and has a higher level and Jana than a Shaheed because he he fasted Ramadan and he got to

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pray extra for an entire year. And the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam I said about protecting the month of Ramadan fasting is a shield. A Soma Jana fasting is a shield. So as long as you do not damage it by lying or backbiting or speaking ill or speaking obscenely or treating it as if it's like another day and you're just stopping yourself from food. And you're always constantly upset and angry. And you think that oh, I'm fasting I have to be an angry person. This is this is not a fast a fast is when you control yourself. And with a smile even though you may have a sense of annoyance. Your food is not in your body. The carbs are not going through your your blood, right? You welcome

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people and you're good with them and you treat them well. Your family starting first and foremost your spouse, your your parents, your children, your family members. This is a fast when you're smiling in the face of others because of the happiness you have in your heart. Not Oh, I don't have any food in my body. I'm going to act like fit our own. This is not a fast and that person has no fast and they should does

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Why the prophets of Allah audio cinema says Allah is not a need of the a person to go hungry and to go thirsty if they cannot control their desires, if they can't control their impulses and their anger and say, Oh, they start screaming at everybody and angry because they're fasting, this is not what fasting is about. And there is no there's no purpose behind fasting if a person is that this may this way in this manner and that is why it used to

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be a month, which you worked on spiritual refinement. And the last thing I advise you all, inshallah Tada is look at what you are facing in your own life, in terms of your own personal characteristics. Are you somebody who is short tempered? Are you somebody that makes assumptions of people? Are you somebody that back bites and speaks about others? Are you somebody that, you know, assumes of people bad things and then has an argument with them and start fighting and things like that. So, these are the things that we need to work on spiritual refinement in the in the age of Coronavirus confinement, because you could be physically confined, but not spiritually confined, you could be

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physically confined, but your heart is so contented at peace, because that is helping you grow and develop and come to Allah subhanaw taala. In a way probably some of us have never done so in our lives, because Allah is forcing us to do an anti calf. And anti calf as you all know, is an act of worship. The prophets I seldom used to dedicate the last 10 nights of Ramadan in spiritual retreat, and I take half he would go to the masjid and his wives and other and others. So I want you to understand, when you are spiritually in retreat, Allah Subhanallah as if he's given us the entire month in spiritual retreat. It's patola. So take this as a moment and an opportunity. And lastly, we

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also want to focus on the prayer at night at least at least pray in the night something, pray in the night something at the very least and at most you can gather with your family, someone can hold the Quran. Someone can hold the Quran Regardless of which method Have you follow and they can recite the title away inshallah Tada and you can pray behind them and shallows agenda taraweeh. You can pray eight or you can pray 20 It does not matter the men that have all say that it's valid and they prefer that a person prays hello if in general in gathering 20 Dhaka but if you do a darker that's great and make dua in your sujood when you're Institut that's the time of DUA and you can make dua

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in any language, any language whether it's for the prayer or Sunnah prayer, you can make dua Inshallah, in any language that you want, and this is the view of the three metalhead in sha Allah azza wa jal and the Hanafi madhhab said that it should be most known and Sunnah prayers and also the view of Imam Abu Hanifa Rahim Allah Tada which allows for anyway so again, the idea being is Make dua in any language, that nearness that you have with Allah subhanaw taala prepare your drawers that you want to say in your sujood when your head is on the ground for the or Sunnah prayer to increase your DUA in sha Allah azza wa jal so with that,

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when it comes to going into such that, for example, in the prayer simply have like a table or something high, you can put the Quran down and then when you when you get out of such that material, you can pick up the Quran inshallah Tada and continue you can do this by yourself, you can do this with a group, and it's all good and head and shoulders again, do not and I tell you again, do not gather people from outside and try to create a tunnel away in your own homes. This is against social distancing. And this can lead to the spread of disease. This is a time of confinement. Okay, if you're in a if you're in a building or in, in a house, etc, that are together, you can then gather

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in that particular vicinity, do not create the masjid in someone's large house and start gathering with different people. This is not okay, this is not okay. You it might spread the disease to these people and those people will then spread it to others do not do that inshallah to Allah only within the building and family members and so on and so forth. No problem and challenge. If you're going to hold a phone when you're reciting Quran

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then it is okay just turn off the notifications, you're reading the Quran and mashallah your WhatsApp messages are coming, right? This is not it's not appropriate. So turn off turn off notifications, so only the Quran is there and you can hold the the Quran and the Quran app excuse me on your on your phone and so on and so forth. Women are allowed to read the Quran, even in their menses they just hold it between like a cloth or you can for example have a Quran like which has a cloth like this you see the cloth you can hold the Quran that way so the cloth is already there and you can recite inshallah the Quran, while even in your menses May Allah subhanaw taala bless all of

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you allows you to make this a month of spiritual refinement, not one of spiritual confinement made last point that I make us of those that turned to him and and sincerely asked for repentance over the previous year and I'll end with something very powerful and shallow is that Jabara the low on who said

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He says don't make the days you fast like the days you don't fast

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don't make the days you fast. Like the days you don't fast. Why? Because these days are days of investing. Okay? So don't think oh, you know, I'm not going to change and I'm alone like I'm always the same the way I am. Why is Ramadan have to be different? Why am I being hypocritical? That's all shaytaan make these days special prepare for them. And the more you prepare is the better you will execute. If you don't have preparation and your expectation is not there. You will not have a good Ramadan because of your preparation is not there. So prepare for it insha Allah azza wa jal and make it serious, make something that you stick to so by the end of Ramadan, you'll find that this was a

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blessed time that you benefited from in spiritual refinement in sha Allah azza wa jal May Allah bless all of your Salah seminario hamadryas Saturday's pentacle Loma hammock, and shadow Allah Allah and Africa today may last Patrick bless us all in this month Robert Atomy Aloma Finland our home no Wi Fi no Wi Fi now we'll talk about ner Atomy Aloma as it is now. Meanwhile, Sorona Yahama Rahimi Aloha monster one last thing if you couldn't McCann along with Lena, we're together as well as you know what Maha Tina was watching it with the Reatta whether you know we're wondering what how Latina Mom You know, I'm not you know how Latino who I know the reality was watching Mira Bellamy alumnus,

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this faith and overlook their shortcomings and their mistakes. By His kindness by His mercy by his Rama. We ask Allah Panatela to make us of those that witnessed Ramadan. There's a week left but we don't have a guarantee. So my last part that allow us to reach Ramadan and bless us and Ramadan and forgive us Ramadan, and make us of those that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam man sama Ramadan wakame who is urban rural Pharaoh roofie la Mata for them and then be the one who fasted in Ramadan, Acaba College, South Sudan and who who prayed in Ramadan, and who fat who prayed in the late night later to other than he has forgiven Allah subhanaw taala has forgiven all of their sins.

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They lost their makers of them that he says the prophets I mentioned that they leave Ramadan as if the day their mother gave birth to them. I mean, I mean, I mean, masala some of them, you know, hamadryas hypetrain just acapella. How to do that. If there's any questions, we can take the questions, but I also remind you all to donate generously in Charlotte Islamic Relief for the amazing work that they're doing in Coronavirus relief. It is Darlene desperately needed at this time. We're not talking about just the distance.

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Brothers and sisters who have nothing in this little Hold on. We're talking also about our own communities as well and hamdullah they have a Coronavirus appeal that I really encourage everyone to give inshallah May Allah bless and except for everyone. If anybody has any questions which I will take them will Allahu Allah or Salah suddenly, you know, how do I separate me

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is that Kamala Harris is that there's no question so we will see inshallah Tada inshallah some other time does not go fast. I only can clock out