How to Prepare for Ramadan

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on maybe on Wednesday or Thursday,

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right.

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And I heard about it is more likely to meet on Thursday

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you know, the definitive statement was come out on Tuesday night

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when I heard it may be more likely on Thursday.

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The reason why we change the topic is that this is going to be the last Friday before Ramadan begins. Once Amazon begins we will suspend the Friday lectures because of you know, Ramadan and the functions that are allowed and so on. So, we figured that it may be prudent to to talk about turnover before Ramadan begins, and to talk about preparation for Ramadan. Now, the talk about

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could vary depending on what we are more interested in hearing. Tomorrow we will have some more of a funky discussion of the rulings between two to 3pm here in the Russell, so the routings will be addressed

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between two to 3pm tomorrow. So I would suggest that we do not have a therapy discussion. today.

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The traveller talks about some other things that relate to Ramadan, we could talk about the versions of Ramadan, but you probably must have heard this so many times the purchase of Ramadan and the virtues of fasting.

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And we could talk about the wisdoms and benefits of Ramadan. But you probably also heard this so many times. Yet we could somehow included in our discussion of the preparation for Ramadan. So how can we how can we prepare for them?

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Because we still have about one week

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but less than one week or almost one week to the beginning from avant. So how do we prepare for another? And do we need to prepare for it absolutely is

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such a like a great occasion. Magnificent

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and significant, momentous occasion that happens only once a year. And we never know whether we will

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have another one out of it or not. It does happen once a year. But we don't know when is our last year and when is our last time around. So an occasion like Ramadan does call for and learned some preparation and some serious preparation and some serious stuff to get the best out of one another. So the first thing that we have to think about is the intention to you know, to purify our intentions to work from now on our intention to seek colossal Connaughton and only Allah by everything that we do in Ramadan is not easy. It is not easy. You may have an easier time with fasting but it may be become a little bit more difficult without the Catholic with the night prayers

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with many oh you know coming to the master plane in Jamaica, there are so many parts of the function start Ramadan, so many elements of the functions of Ramadan that that are a little bit harder than fasting and I'm not saying

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Either that fasting is particularly easy.

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Many people may think that fasting is basically, you know, sincerity and devotion and fasting, the the fact that the intention could not be for anything other than for loss of pinata

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is just a given, you know, like, because each and every one of us knows that we don't see it and we don't go into the kitchen, you know, in the absence of

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others and eat, or drink and so on. So if you know that you'll never do this, you may think that it that's it, we're done, we, we purified our intentions for fasting. But it is that the intention is not a yes or no question. The intention is a spectrum, there is basically the purification of the intention, it is not the confirmation of the intention only where you confirm that your intention is for the sake of Allah, because the intention is not

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like a set

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a yes or no matter where you have sincere intention, you do not have sincere intention, you could promote your intention, you could enhance your intention, you could augment your influence, and most certainly will not get out of fasting, as much as many before us got out of fasting.

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You know, as much as I can, and Omar got out of fasting. And that is because intention needs to be re energized. You need to really

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rank it to the floor, but you are doing this for the sake of allowing for the sake of Allah alone, because you grew up fast and most likely you're the if you were born Muslim, you grew up fast and your parents got you into the habit of fasting every mother madonn since you were, you know, whatever. I know some people that started at six and seven,

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but you may have been eight or nine when you became regular, you may have been 10 or 11. When you became regular.

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Are you really, really paying attention to your intention for is has it become a second nature, like a habit? routine, mundane routine because every Ramadan comes by and since you have been 10 years old, you've been fasting so you don't even think about it. You don't think about purifying the intention and making it for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala and for the sake of Allah though, so the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said mon sama Ramadan he man on the Sabbath, Wolfie oligomeric aka dynamin Gambit

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woman Pamela compadre email and WhatsApp and Allahumma Takata woman,

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whoever fasts the month of Ramadan, imagine how to face one of the seven. And for the reward, desiring the reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala woofie Allahu Nakajima Minh Zambia, he will have all of his sins, previous sins forgiven.

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So he's, he's pointing out the importance of intending to do this for the sake of a lucky man and like the Sabbath, you are doing this out of faith in Allah subhanho wa Taala and you're doing this for the word of Allah subhanaw taala not because you just have to do it because you've been doing it ever since you were nine and this just another Ramadan and you'll have to go through the motions and and you'll just have to fast because that's how you grew up. So basically, think about it one more time and try to confirm that this is for last Kanaka and trying to purify from anything else. Try to say to yourself, if I were if everyone around me quit fasting Will I still be fasting?

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Well, why don't we say we sometimes ask ourselves those questions because they are very important for our faith. If everybody around me quit praying when I continue to pray if everyone around me I'm talking about that everyone

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I'm talking about you know people you know the Muslims and others and here and the allowance here in your your parents a aunts and uncles and your wife and kids. So everybody quit pray and all the sudden they quit pray. Thanks, you know

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It's possible for some people, that's possible. But some people have small, very small families, and very, very limited support system. If I lose the support system all of a sudden, when I continue to pass,

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or

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I may also follow suit, and do as the, and quit fasting, it is an important question to ask ourselves,

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are you resentful of fasting?

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That could be that these are questions that you want to ask yourself to verify whether you're truly doing it enough and likely seven out of faith and a desire and out of a desire in a lousy Ward out of faith and a lot of desire and his reward. So someone who does this out of faith in Allah, for the love for Allah subhanho wa, taala and desire because he will or will he ever be resentful? And sometimes we do express resentment, right? You say, Well, others from others, maybe a car, you know, you know, how many hours is it 16 hours?

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Well, let's see, we'll go through it and

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be able to take care of it, I'm handed it and so is like a burden, when in fact, our likeness of the did not use too fast in the winter, so that he energizes itself and saves his energy for the summer. So I know, it's not like a luck with the knotfest in the winter at all, but he would fast, much less in the winter, so that he's ready for fasting in the summer, because that is when the day is longer. And that is when the heat is when it is hotter, and more difficult. To the point you know,

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think of this, that they did not have air conditioners, this is Arabia, you know, the Jazeera, no air conditioners in the middle of the desert, you know, the middle of safe and and many reports talk about people passing out, in fact that that was regular for the love nama, he was fast until he passes out. And you know, and he carries on, and then he passes out for passing the long days of the summer. And because they did it out of faith and Allah subhanaw taala out of desire and his reward out of love, that they enjoy that they enjoy the struggle, because the struggle became becomes sweet, because it is a struggle for a greater purpose. Do you see how the marathon runners and

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Olympic player you know,

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participants and so on they they love the struggle, the love the sweat, and the pain, because they are aspiring for a great objective to win, you know, like a gold medal in the Olympics and become the fastest person on earth or become this strongest or this or that.

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So you you enjoy the sweat and the pain and the suffering and the struggle and that is what the Sahaba era and that they enjoyed because they did it out of love out of faith and Allah subhanaw taala and out of desire for his reward more average ninja by the way he by Ravi Mohan who there was one thing that he was regretful of which is the fact that he will never be able to fast anymore in the middle of the summer, the hot days of the summer.

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He said that I you know, I regret being unable to

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summon Howard

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to do the fasting in the hot summer days. That is what I was going to miss from this dunya Solomon How'd you know are the fasting in the middle of the site, you know, hot summer days.

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Those are people that did it out of love. So when

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and I'm understanding that some people may have health conditions that will make it a little bit more difficult for them to fast but I think that we should remind ourselves even if we have health conditions, even if it is harder for us, and I'm not saying that you don't have the rocks or you don't have the executes or exemption from fast and you do but if you will be able to do it if you will be able to fast

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don't let any

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You know,

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resentment or,

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you know,

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basically

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don't let the resentment just ruin it for you spoil that experience. It should be an experience of joy, that the difficulty, the struggle, the pain, the tiredness, the fatigue, the dizziness, the lack of concentration should be joyful for you, because you're doing it out of love of Allah subhanaw taala and facing him, and desirable as reward and your desire will be

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in accordance with your struggle as the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said, is a

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magical key property and loss of the key. Your reward will be congruent with your muscle suffering.

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Yes.

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What

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is the strength of joy?

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Joy is a feeling of calmness, contentment,

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contentment, you know, and pleasure. You know, so you're, you are enjoying.

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And this is a spiritual joy. You're not going to be jumping up and down necessarily, but you're going to be full of contentment. And you're going to be your heart's going to be full of sweetness. Here, the spiritual sweetness of doing this for Allah, Kundalini are struggling, and then you're getting tired that by the end of the day, but you're as if you're saying to Allah, watching, watch me, I don't care if anyone sees me, but

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look what I'm doing. You're saying this, and that is fine. Watch what I'm doing. That is, that is the Morocco Bangkok lock and makara failed on arrival fail to worship Allah is if you see it. And if you don't, then you know that he sees you. That is a sad, which is the level of merkabah highest level of merkabah towards Allah, as if you see him, but, but if you can't reach that level, then you worship him as if he sees you. So you're saying to Allah, I know that you're watching me and I know that you're watching how tired I am and how difficult it is for me and how

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a travel ban on the first day because of you know, lack of sugar, lack of energy, lack of concentration and so on and so forth. So that is the joy it is the inner contentment, inner happiness

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that you experience with the struggle of fasting Soman sama Ramadan.

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As the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said in this Hadith, it's the portable recording from a bioreactor for the low iron woman Samarra Bhavana Emirati Southern

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woman Tom Elena Takada, email and of the Southern with your ultimate cotton in Zambia and he prays, you know, the

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night prayers during a lot of capital will have all of his sins forgiven. And then in another Hadith the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said woman man karma also equals by

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karma Ravana mmm after 700 am at Captain zombie whoever

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sprays the night prayers in Ramadan will have all of his sins forgiven. Every time the prophets of Salaam said it. He said the man on the face was the sovereign and desire for the reward of the face and desire for the reward from Allah subhanaw taala. So the intention is important. Now we should be working

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on our attention on purifying your intention and thinking about you know, Ramadan and thinking about how we will enjoy it and how we will seek the very word regardless of the fatigue and tiredness regardless of the moussaka and the hardship that comes with Ramadan in the middle of the summer.

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That we are intending and we are determined to enjoy it.

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To enjoy every bit of it, you know and to particularly enjoy it more because it is particularly

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More difficult

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being in the middle of the summer. So, that is one thing intense

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in our preparation for Ramadan. The second thing that is that is quite important is to learn about from above, you know, this is

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we have, you know, we

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have a crisis, right, so everybody should agree that we are in crisis, we are very fatigued on for some reason, right?

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You could say that we're very lazy or very fatigued, we're very tired. This is we are spiritually fatigued as well.

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So, like

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you should,

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like if you are if you're going to be receiving an important visitor like Ramadan, you should do your homework, we don't do our homework, you should learn everything about from above, in order for you to read to connect with our madonn better, in order for you to relate into Ramadan, to connect with Ramadan to develop this relationship of affection with Ramadan so that you're waiting for Ramadan, six months out of the year to make the Sahaba use us to before Ramadan, by six months, they are waiting for Ramadan, and they're making diet for Allah that they reach from above.

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And for the you know, half of the year that follows Ramadan, they're making the offer a lot etc, about from them to develop that relationship with the month. This is an abstract concept. So it's time you know, it's a period of time. But to develop that relationship of affection with that period of time, we need to do our homework, we need to do a little bit more work. It certainly would help to learn about the versions of Ramadan. Right. And it would certainly help to learn about the wisdoms of Ramadan, we need to do this. We need to also learn about the rulings so that it is not, you know, it's not like

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and this was something that was also very frustrating, because sometimes the Muslims use questions and answers like the index of a book that people never read any book. And they asked questions that could be looked up in the end. It's a very basic book.

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But why are you really why is it enough for your religious commitment for your debut? If you are a practitioner of any profession, if you are like a doctor or like an engineer in your profession, would you like to ask, you know, Dumb Questions? Would you like to go to a coworker, ask ask them the dumbest question that, you know, you know, have you already gone to medical school know where your bed

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like the doctors is filled me on day, every time they were talking about trash is I was absent.

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So you don't really wanted to do this.

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Learn about it. Learn about the rulings and take any book and read learn about the rulings so that you familiarize yourself with what Allah wants to view what I told you, you know what's

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right and wrong and what you should do and what you should not do. And Ramadan. How do you protect your car for being invalidated? How do you improve your CRM? How do you augment your experience? How do you increase your reward by having some of the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam learn how to profit? You know how to for how did how did he break his past? What did he say when he broke his past? How did he break his fast What did he eat or drink when he broke his fast? Learn about some additional senate so that you increase your reward and this homework will build up the relationship between you and Ramadan? That affection you know Pam waiting for Ramadan and waiting for this

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visitor I'm trying to learn everything about this visitor to the rulings the sun and the wisdoms the benefits to make the best out of it. Not only this should learn about all of the history, Islamic history and Ramadan.

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You will relate to the days of Ramadan

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you will know what happened when

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you know what happened on the 17th of Ramadan. What happened, you know on the 25th of Ramadan.

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So to learn about you know the history

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of Ramadan, the history of the process

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Follow us under Manny's companions, and on along the Islamic history that leads Ramadan will familiarize you more with Ramadan because it is not just about rulings and, and so on and why

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this is important. You should start with this because you want to correct your a babble. It's also a sign of devotion. And I repeatedly say give this example. What do you want to buy your mother a gift that will impress her?

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Is it about the size, the value of the gift, or about your effort in the selection of the gift, someone may stop by any score, and buy an expensive gift and take it to his mother. And feel that you know, I've done my part about and I spent a lot of money on this. And other person will sit down and trying to figure out what does he like? The most? What color is the see the CLA? What is what is he in need of the most? And you ask around? And you go talk to your sister? Have you heard of your mother, your mom recently talking about anything that she wishes to have? Or do you have a desire to have an in? So that effort? Isn't that an indication of love?

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Here? You know and affection. Absolutely. Versus the one who just goes to any store and buys money buys an expensive item?

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Who's most deserving of this? Hello? Yeah, hello is more deserving of this than your mother. And she would be next you know?

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Certainly Allah and His messenger and then your mother would be right next to that.

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Most the most deserving and there is no comparison between you know what the law deserves and what's your mother's deserve? When you say next it's just a matter of

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order but but there is no comparison. So Allah is most deserving of this. So Allah asks you to fast in Ramadan Sure, oh my gosh. Oh Allah subhanaw taala that you care. So So how would you like me to do it? Right? How would you like me to do it correctly? And to do it perfectly? And who can tell you better than his messenger? sallallahu wasallam no one. So how you know in light of the piano and the center of the messenger? And certainly this color and the precedent?

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The teachings of the scholars, how do we perfect our Ramadan so that we're gonna get in the way that is most pleasing to Allah. So learn about Ramadan, learn about its history, build this relationship with Ramadan, you have six days to figure out a lot more about from Yvonne before Ramadan starts and learn about some of the benefits and the reason why can the wisdoms of Ramadan and the reason why you want to bring this to the floor and you want to be cognizant of it alert to it is that you do not see all the benefits unless you know

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those benefits right. Unless you have some recognition, you cannot reap the benefit the all of the benefits of Ramadan unless you have some recognition of how Ramadan could benefit you. How could Ramadan benefit you

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in turn in terms of your relationship with Allah subhanaw taala in terms of your spiritual development

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and purification, refining and refinement of character in terms of your you know, empathy for the people, your involvement in the community.

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You're being a good member of the community and dumb topics from Urban Health in all of us. without learning about the wisdoms and benefits that are expected of Ramadan, you may not be able to reap all the benefits certainly you will benefit by fasting but you're not going to reap all the benefits and you're not going to get the best and the most out of Ramadan. So we want to learn

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more about how you know what what is it

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what does it do for us how does it improve our relationship to a BA in in what capacity

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which are what are the qualities of Milan and crows.

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What is the first one is the very devotion or good idea and is lost to a loss of Ireland or acaba watchfulness of Allah subhanho wa Taala This is the first one the very erhu D

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and merkaba

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Allah subhanaw taala Ramadan helps you

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develop that agua de to Allah subhanaw taala

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and that the floss

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can and there is nothing that that is more conducive to the development of devotion, Vann fasting and fasting in the month of Ramadan

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part of this is the is asleep, which is that subservience, which is the submission, which is the surrender to a loss.

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because keep in mind that you're being told to abstain from water and milk, things are completely wholesome. And you're being told to abstain from water and milk,

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and wheat and things that are completely wholesome and completely hollow. And you're also told to abstain from conjugal relations or marital relationships, something that is completely hard if not recommended.

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You're being told to abstain from all of this from a certain time to a certain time when you say yes.

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And you're being told that if you that you have to break your fast right away if you don't break your fast right away. And if you don't have support right before fed, its macro, it is the slide. So you say yes. And you've been told on the day of the eat. If you fast, it's hard.

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You're sending, don't fast eat. And you say Yes, I will. So that develops that quality of submission, surrender. subservience this lead fellow Arbuckle IO Minato, haka, famous Azerbaijan, somebody added up FCM hora de Lima provide waves and limitus Lima, and to submit, with full surrender, full surrender to our last pinata, and he don't say what Hi. And

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you could, you could basically reflect on the wisdoms but you're not waiting for this to comply. Compliance is immediate. submission is immediate, submission is unconditional. It is unconditional you do and venue you're trying to figure out the wisdom for basically your own benefit

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for your business and

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so Ramadan is and fasting grows that, you know, quality and augments that quality of submission. I am avoiding things that are completely hollow and outside of this time slot of submission. And then I eat right away out of submission, and then others around too fast on the day, I do, I do also have submission. And then if I don't have anything to eat, you know, when I break my fast and I don't have anything to eat

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out of submission, I tried to look for any water to drink a sip of water, so that I break my preps. And if I don't have a sip of water to drink, I intend to break my heart of submission. Because Allah wanted me to fast up until that time, and then Allah told me to eat afterwards and the province of Southern forbade them from carrying on with their fast he's allowed some of us to do this. But he forbade us from doing so it is my proof

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that if I don't have anything, then I intend internally that I'm breaking my fast even if I don't have anything to eat or drink.

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So it grows the quality of submission. It certainly talking about devotion. You know our Buddha. watchfulness, maraca subservience submission, you know, which has been the last one, but we must also talk about the

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fact that Allah subhanaw taala says this, clearly. And this is all in terms of our relationship with Allah, that which is between you and Allah subhanaw taala although they are asleep, that we're super Nam, you know gratefulness, all of this is between you and Allah subhanaw taala. We will get to

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the development the spiritual development and growth and refinement of character.

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Connecting with the people and the community and so on. But still talking about your relationship with Allah god how Ramadan should help this relationship with Allah taqwa.

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Faculty is a big thing.

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When this stuff What? How do you know the best translation would be some frustrating? Right? Self restraint? Is that restrain yourself from that which will this please a lot

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out of fear from Allah, part of fear from Allah. It is same frustrated as you're restraining yourself from the disclosures of Allah out of fear from Allah subhanaw taala that is awkward.

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To be cautious, and to be watchful. This will this please Allah, I stay away from

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a loss of wholeness. This isn't sort of in America, but I can see a mocha mocha publikum la la come

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for your belief rustiness prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you that you may have that La la la quinta taco, that you may attain taco.

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Can you imagine anything that would work more for sale for

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that would work better for

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this quality event fasting?

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You know,

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we need a lot of support. We particularly in our times, taqwa is like the dam on our on our river.

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The higher the waters, the higher should be the dam right or not.

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The water is spiritually hard with impatience, and the

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suspicions

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skepticism.

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Negative thoughts about the last time

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uncertainty, that's the water that is about to flood, the fortifications

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and destroy, you know, annihilate your fortifications.

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And that is why you need to build the higher them because there is so much of this nowadays. temptations, suspicions, skepticism, all of this is abandoned nowadays. So Ramadan might help you raised about them to hold the water bath, all of this water to prevent it from the soil here for the vacations. And there are some examples, you know, every time and it's it's also like training gear muscle. Ramadan is your training ground. It is like training your muscles physically training your muscles, it mentally training your brain by basically those quizzes and mental puzzles and

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exercises and so on that develops your brain cells and synaptic formation and so on. And the same applies your spirituality every time you refrain from eating and drinking because you're fasting that is helping the article it is helping yourself restrain. because keep in mind, like we said and when we talked about it the sleeve you're actually refraining from milk and water.

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Fewer pure and wholesome things. But just because a lot of you don't do it from this time to that time, then you are afraid and then you stop yourself.

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And that is an exercise. Like an important exercise of flatworm. It gets sometimes to be like even more this is the

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you know for married people particularly.

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He has keep in mind that you know, when when you when you are told to stay away from Xena, you're told to stay away from Xena and you're told to stay away from anything that leads to Zen and you're told to stay away from anything that would bring you a little bit closer to the things that would lead you to zinna

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you know that glances of the eye the you know, even the older everything years don't stay away. But at Acropolis dinner in Napa, California. hisako was out as a dealer, and it's beautiful. It's a beautiful expression of Quranic expression. What are Acropolis in and don't come near Xena. It did not say what are

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No it's sad what acaba Xena and don't come near as in because you can't come all the way here and stop yourself because at this point you have so much of, of

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evil momentum that it is hard to pull yourself back.

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But here

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and then keep in mind that this is completely important, important because this exercise is like harder than real life because in real life outside of Ramadan or outside of Ramadan outside of Iran you're told to stay away from Zin so you are told to stay away from

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having cut off relationships with someone that is you know, your coworker that is, is like far away from you there is there is a distance. But here, you're actually told that your spouse that is next to you in bed, you should not have relations with them.

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You know, and this is your own spouse in your own bedroom, closes the bedroom and next to the bed. And you're told no.

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So isn't that

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perfect training for you know, the outside of Ramadan.

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It is perfectly for the outside of Ramadan.

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You're teaching yourself to have control over your baser viler karma fleshly bodily desires, the lower desires, you're training yourself to be in control, which is absolutely liberating. Absolutely liberating, that you're now in control. You're not enslaved to any of your desires, you control them you have a grip over all of your desire. And that is part of the beauty of this exercise of fasting.

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Then

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also shukran

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shukran Allah has Allah Allah Allah is gratefulness

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is part of those

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qualities that you know pertain to your relationship with Allah subhanaw taala that particularly develop in Ramadan, because fasting can because of the other functions of Ramadan.

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And this is what Allah subhanaw taala said.

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You need to learn to become an expert on areas of the Quran only middle ahead, thought it could be allowed on Maha dakumar

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tasche Guru, Allah you read a lot of different videos and a lot of intense ease for you. When I read a book in the last and he does not intend answer for you, what he took note of

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and so that you may finish the entire period which are faster, finish the whole month while he took a biro loud and methodical. And so that's your main magnify. exalt to cap bear, Allah, Allah for the guidance that he bestowed upon you for the guidance that he led you to prefer that which he has guided you to what I'm not going to school, and so that you may

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have shook, gratefulness, gratefulness to Allah subhanaw taala. And, certainly, certainly, when people are indulgent

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in eating and drinking all the time, how do you develop the appreciation for food? And I really feel bad for people that don't ask.

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Because how do you really develop appreciation for food if you're, you know, sometimes people like, they go, like hungry for six hours without a meal, you know, for six hours, and then they they almost freeze, you know, have not had lunch, and it is two or 3pm. It's just like

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so if you're always set, you know, basically responding and trying to satisfy, you know, the very first signal of your brain,

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you know, signal of hunger or thirst that your brain sends and your run and you just quench your thirst and you feed yourself. How do you ever develop appreciation for the number of food and drink and particularly people

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This is certainly for people in poorer countries, they may develop this because there is some force fasting.

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But people who never experienced it is it is difficult to have to develop the true appreciation for these now.

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So first thing does help us recognize when Allah subhanaw taala. But really without reflecting on these things, it is it is hard that you get

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the benefit all of the benefits out of it without reflection in terms of your own spiritual growth in terms of your own spiritual

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development, and purification

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and refinement of character.

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That there is a huge list that we cannot go through

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in terms of how fasting will help you they help you in this regard. Keep in mind that those lower, baser desires

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are basically spoiling the equation between the physique and the spirit between the body and the soul all the time, because

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they are given precedence. Most of the time by us prayed around.

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You know, if you think about it, we're we're consumed then in these desires throughout the day, I mean, you wake up in the morning and you are thinking of what you will have for breakfast. And then there is a snack before lunch and coffee time. And then there is lunch. And then there is you know, after lunch is just like you will find something to nibble on. And then it's dinner and then after dinner, you can't resist eating a little bit of something before you go to sleep.

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But

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keep in mind, if you're dieting, you're also even if you're dieting, you're also thinking how am I going to what is going to be my next I mean

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I get to lose weight. So that that constant, you know, concern

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and pursuit of these needs, the needs of the body could really impede the spirit could really impede the Spirit because the spirit has not given attention. And the Spirit has been weighed down by the needs of the body.

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Medical may vacuolar Lachman fellow he's available. He's talked to me a little bit on behalf of another fellow from our Hibernian for the Infinity Luckily, last month, Allah says in Surah Tilbury, Nina, I'm an American mimaki lolicon ferrovie Sevilla is close to me.

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All you who believe why is it that when it is that when you're told to dispatch for the sake of Allah Jihad for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala is called to middle art, your way down to the, to the first, here your way, way down your way down by your ears, to the needs, your way down by your earthly needs, your earthly aspirations, your earthly ambitions, you know, the the crops that that you want to wait around to harvest

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the business that you want to wait around, you know, conclude or to finish off all of this, you're being weighed down by your various leads. So, one must be elaborated, as long as we are consumed in this ongoing pursuit of appeasing and pleasing and satisfying the needs of the body. So Ramadan, gives you a bit of a break from you know, that busy pursuit of those earthly needs, you know, always so at least for some time, you're not going to be thinking about food because there is no eating out.

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And but that is that is very important in liberating the soul and making your soul lighter.

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You know, how some

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you know, some people can this is not for profit or anything but some people say that we do this when we are excited the pyramidal remake

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because it is, it's like almost an attempt of the higher

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parts of the body. What is the upper part what does the

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heart the heart and basically that is the, you know, home for the soul and the mind

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As if they are trying to, to take off to the park and leave

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behind the lower

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your tummy, your stomach, and the rest from their downward, it's a leave that behind and to be liberated from the soul is thirsty for nurser. And the soul is not giving enough nurture because all of the food is going to the body, you are not planning meals for the soul throughout the day, five means, you know, although you should, if you're truly taking yourself seriously, then you would be

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but how many of us? And how often do we really take themselves seriously, where it provides spiritual nurture, where you walk away from the salaah comfort content, you know connected to Allah Subhana Allah, if that doesn't happen so often. But the five meals, the three snack meals and two snacks, that's a constant. So, that the this is basically a perfect time to redirect your focus to reach out your energy towards the nurturing of your soul versus

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the satisfaction of your body.

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So, now,

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you know what are the qualities some of the quality is the trauma bond the develops are fast and will develop in us some of the personal qualities, some of the good personal qualities

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kushida

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for sure, you know for sure, can be translated sometimes as humidity.

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But it

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is a very complex concept.

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This one has to do with the MLS it has to do with humbleness, has to do with calmness has to do with clemency has to do with graciousness. It's a very complex concept. Someone who's harsher is is opposite to someone who's forceful

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in a lot a lot of you know

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Muslim

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in the book lottoland jawaban spec but in Harbin

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Ireland in bhamra dunia de la cara hammer in relaly American highly different in Malaysia having

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a cup in

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total in jawaban stack in order to live jervois

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mistake there is the one who is protune is the one who's big,

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fat and big. But is it your fault that you're created big, you know six, three or six four?

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No, it is it is not your fault. But it is basically

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it means here that someone who's overbearing

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you know you see how like kids in their teens and tweens and

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they're always walking in like a certain way. They're always trying to basically

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stretch the chest and act like you know, like I can't put my arms down because of the muscles here

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that that forcefulness is opposite to assure that it forcefulness and that forcefulness remember when we were talking about the the evil qualities, they go back to three rooms there are supported by e mail support support, support safe only supported by E media, which are the

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qualities of the Catherine berhad capital and support support

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which is qualities predatorial or predatory qualities, qualities of predators you know and that is the father shape on a satanic qualities. And those are three big groups, three big groups. So under you know, like is apostasy familia to get out of the way it is basically hazard is one of the smartest shapes on a

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kibra is one of the prophecy funny. The you know basically hidden

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dread is one of the fastest rates on a you don't find the cattle hateful. Not even the predators, they're not hateful. You know, you know, I'll just eat you, I don't hate you, I don't eat. I don't hate the

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deer, any game animals, I am just gonna eat the animal because you just need to these are predatory of qualities along with body which is a basically aggression predatorial qualities

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to be allowed

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to yell and to curse and to call people names and to take their money in to her to beat them and to hurt them and to kill them. All of these things these are called predatorial thoughts about predatorial qualities. So Father, say for me are different. You know, it is not just about aggression, it's about hatefulness, but in the you know, so I hate you, I envy you, you know, I want to hurt you, even if I will not benefit. You don't find lions doing this do

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like I'm not gonna go like and hurt a flock of deer, just just to to basically make them and to disable them.

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I will just go with hang on to eat in whatever I catch me eat. So, these are supposed to buy, but all you know, Suffolk, Bohemia, the cat the qualities of the cabin.

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We have those for right or has intelligence improved in 1000s. In re indulging in sexual relations. This intelligence is the fact that he made that is what Katherine do all the time.

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does not mean that Islam condemns goes

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desire, a lie created in an inculcated them in us for a purpose. And he is most why is

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that Islam does not look at them the way other religions may look at them, you know, so that Islam does not consider them to be lowly desires. But Islam considers indulgence and then to be lowly. Islam considers distraction by them to be low, the Islam consider is the inability to attain them and control them, control those

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desires and qualities to be lonely and sinful.

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So as long told you they are there,

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there they are not holy. But there are more than many of the other pursuits. The pursuit of success preposition of pursuits, like success, are given higher than the pursuit of food, and drink and so on. Even if it is not for the sake of Allah, even if you're just busy in your lab,

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or busy conducting a study

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that is called the pursuit of preposition of pursuits, which are higher than the current bodily pursuits. But those pursuits

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when they're not controlled, they're Central, they're bad, they're condemned islamically that which is the desire for food, drink and sex. And that is, for most of the people, that is where the, that is what hurts most of the people, because most of the people

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are not necessarily predatorial

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most of the time, they just want to have more, and to enjoy more and to collect them to hoard and to have and to possess and to consume and to use, you know,

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thinking about, you know, talking about consuming,

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modern civilization is about consumption.

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So, if, if the whole world

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became

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as modern and advanced, as, you know, the modern kind of advanced nations, developed nations, let's say the whole world became developed. Do you know what that means?

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mathematically, it means it means it means that we need six planets

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for our consumption, and two for our waste.

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So if the whole world became

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developed world, and that's the epitome of you know, modern civilization are trying to civilize the world and modernize the world. And so if the whole world became developed, we would need about eight planets, six for consumption and to four ways.

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Because where were depleting the resources, and 20% of the people, the population of the planet is consuming 80% of the resources. And despite that, despite the fact that 480 percent are not developed, and are not consuming as much, but we're still depleting the resources on the planet.

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But I hear it. So most of the people, you know, they get hurt, because of those qualities, indulgence, consumption, and so on. And Ramadan comes in to take care of all of this to tell you stop, cut down, slow down, you know, control all of those desires.

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Because you should be eating to live not living to eat.

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And

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certainly, many of us

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converted Ramadan into like,

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like a food

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festival, like a 30 day Food Festival. But

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it was not really meant to be like that. It really was not, it was meant to do the opposite.

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But then, so you brothers, when you go back home, like

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it is it's amazing about all of us agree, but we were still having issues. So we if you go back home and you don't find the best like assortment of foods, you will be resentful start to be angry with your wife, you know, we're fasting. Yes, she should tell you yes, you should be protesting. This is Ramadan should be eating less.

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So you shouldn't blame her for having less food, because that is the purpose of the whole thing.

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Anyway, this is the

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one of the things one of the basically categories of evil qualities, and so forth of Bohemia, the quality of the candle that we should be trying to have a hold

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on our grip of in Ramadan, and to control now safaga, several a year, told that there was the overbearing one the who is louder than who collects and hoards and does not spend

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as well, who is louder than the market.

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Imagine, imagine how difficult belay works as hard as a donkey during the day. And he's like, a bit piece of flesh at night, because of the hard work that he did during the day on him and Dominic dunia gentlemen, are well versed in the affairs of the dunya and ignorant ignorant about the affairs of theater. So that is the predatory of person knocked on the door was the one who is overbearing, the one who uses his strength, his physical strength

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to commit aggression against against people. And these are the predatory of qualities that group predatorial qualities from our bond teams.

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You don't find people acting, you know, even the people who would be acting like this outside of Ramadan, Ramadan will slow them down, will calm them down, they will have some more harsh work, some more humidity, some more calmness and clemency

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because they are fasting.

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So even though it slows down your body somewhat, that is a blessing in and of itself. Because it is liberating your soul and it is allowing you to experience some of the qualities of righteousness at least for a month

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in the hopes of you know, carrying on with some of those qualities so that you're not going back

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to your old ways of being aggressive, overbearing, loud, forceful, but you will have humidity for sure. Han pavada humbleness

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is one of the things. The other thing is or the other quality that we grow in Ramadan, is the quality of sub.

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Ramadan is all about Sabra to the point where some of the commentators

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Some of the FSC rune

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said that when Allah subhanaw taala certain sort of Baccarat Stein of slavery was Salah, in Saudi Arabia, I'm spying on somebody else right in the law, slavery. And then before it was, was spying on somebody else Allah. Right. So when Allah subhanaw taala said was saying all of a sudden your Salah and seek help or assistance

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in sub discovered some of the short run commentators said, it is fasting that is meant here, because Allah talks about Salah afterwards. So they said that Allah mentioned in this verse, two of the pillars, two out of the five pillars, fasting in prayers, so seek help in fasting and prayers. So fasting was called according to them some because it is all about

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and if you wonder why fasting in particular?

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Why is it that fasting in particular

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does not have a

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stated designated reward Illa song of the Holy One as either

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remember the hobbies will normatively add on all of the deeds of the son of Adam are for him at the hospital, the hospital tm 30 highlights of a man of the house and I will be multiplied 10 Times up to 700 times in a song of a nobody except for fasting gave this for me what I'd add to the bed and I will reward for it. But a lot of not saying what three words You know why?

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Because in my office LaDonna Rhonda herself verily the sword the rune will give it be given the reward without wrecking it and that is diabetic to sub that is diabetic.

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The sum is pure suck, it is all about some

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sense a lot of promise for Sadhguru to be given the reward without reckoning Allah said for fasting because it is purely about some it will be without recommend. So certainly Ramadan develops that quality and us or that characteristic can ask which is the characteristic of a summer

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weapons event.

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1006 is that I have?

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And then we pray at 1015. Okay, let me finish quickly.

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Let me sit down after the I'll come back and sit here after the session and then whoever wants to come back or can have questions and answers. And if someone would not be able to come tomorrow for the session on rulings, we could also have some questions and answers about some of the rulings.

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So, we said some of the qualities some of the spring you know the qualities that pertain to your spiritual development your

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camp your purification, refinement of character would be the shoe or the humility humbleness to other sub patience.

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But there are many many other qualities that you will be able to develop which will we will not you know discuss in detail now because of the

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time limitations. So, I will move you know into the community

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community

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forum about so Ramadan fixes the relationship between you and Allah and enhances that relationship and gets you connected and gets your focus re directed and aligned to your higher objective of pleasing Allah subhanaw taala. Ramadan improves you as an individual

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by working on your qualities, enhancing the good qualities and suppressing and helping you suppress your pure bad qualities. But I'm about to also connect you in better ways with the community and it strengthens the relationship between you and your community. It is time

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which is usually mentioned about by you know as the first one of the first benefits from avant it is to develop empathy for the poor and the needy and the less fortunate

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and it is

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to really help us develop empathy for people who do not who are forced to fast because they can't find food. And it is not a secret that Muslims have become more generous in Ramadan, right?

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services are far more Muslims are more generous in Ramadan. Further because the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said as little South Africa, South Africa Ramadan the best charity is charity mahoba part of it is the thought, you know, people have that the award will be multiplied in Ramadan because it's less of the month and then there is a bit of controversial authenticity, about the for Eva being equal to 73 days outside of it. And to Naveen equal to the freedom outside of it, but it is has a week of simplicity yet we all agree that it is a pleasant month and during blesser times that lesson times are grateful patients for the mercy of Allah subhanaw taala

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the prophet SAW someone said in an inner hippie Amita had enough for her

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for Allah to Seba hoonah, from India for hotteok Matilda Helios Papa Hubba. So Allah subhanaw taala has blossomed blossoms of His mercy has occasions where the you know, His mercy and His forgiveness and his grace

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last blossoms. So, those blossoms of His mercy, he said in some of the

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times

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is the professor sell himself,

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expose yourself to them, expose yourself to the blossoms of Allah's mercy, during those times, you know, the bliss of times, certainly on Milan is one of the lesser times where you want to expose yourself to the mercy of a law for one of you may may

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catch

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some of his bounties during those times.

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there with the win, never have have find hardship or this distress afterwards. Anyway, it is it is established that there are occasions there are times where the reward is magnified and Ramadan is one of those lesser times and that is why people are becoming more generous, but that is also because we are in some way, the spiritual descendants of the most generous of all people, the prophets are allowed in some of the best can also by someone other than us. What can I add to an American feel Madame Hina Maya Angelou debriefing with a resource for amfa who have been failing but failing in return myself. The prophet SAW someone was the most generous of people. And he was

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particularly in service and Ramadan, when debris the use of the Sun then study the puranam with him, he would be he during those times more generous than a goodly went, coming, bringing forth a goodly array. So I'm certainly the expression here is is constructed.

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It is culturally constructed, because for people in the desert, the most generous thing would be with water. And the most generous thing would be the wind, the breaking water, bringing rain to the thirsty land. So he is culturally constructing the parable

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to basically describe the generosity of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam.

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So, Ramadan makes people generous, Ramadan makes people,

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generous generals, and that is a great way to basically heal the wounds, the social wounds and dilemmas that our communities suffer from the wide gap between the poor and the rich in our communities. This wide gap in widening in sometimes.

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Sometimes also merciless,

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causes, like a Great Rift and a lot of ruins in the mosaic in the social mosaic of our communities. So Ramadan comes for some healing of those wounds, and during the time of the Sahaba era and this healing was

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Ongoing and permanent, but at least an hour times from Milan could be a reminder for us to work on healing those wounds

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of, you know,

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the great gap in between the

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socio economic strata of the society through generosity through empathy,

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tolerance,

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and openness, nada, TV,

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all just wait for the event and then finish off afterwards and three to four minutes.

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lot.

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Quickly.

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So, then

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the second thing in regards to the community, and there, there are many other things as well. But the unity that

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you know, that we harvest from this month, the unity of the home or the unity of the community, although there's sometimes

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there's so many stations of this unity, ignore them,

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just overlook them, intentionally overlook them, there are a lot of manifestations of unity that we could celebrate, you know, coming together for the FRS,

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which is the, you know, group of thorns that we have purpose, the very fact the very fact that we are doing the same thing at the same time, is conducive to unity. Basically, when you go to work, and you'll find a couple of Muslims, and you know, and they know that you're fasting, and they are fasting, that is conducive to bonding in and of itself without saying anything. It works subconsciously.

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So, this, this is absolutely important. And so we could celebrate and focus on and celebrate that those manifestations of unity. And for the few manifestations of this unity, particularly the issue of moon sighting, I want you to just relax, and

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step back a little bit. You know, some people should be concerned with this. All that you need to be concerned with, what did my community decide, and that's it,

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so that you avoid the unnecessary grief.

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Avoid the unnecessary don't spoil the Ramadan by beginning it on the wrong foot. Just ignore this overlook the whole syndrome of moon sighting or moon fighting as some people say.

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And just just wait for what a community decides and that's it, then you will relieve yourself from all of this.

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The other four, you know, we said the first thing that we said was what? confirming and purifying the intention. The second thing we said is to learn

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Apart from a history of Ramadan, the rulings of benefits wisdoms and that that is what we elaborated on for a little bit longer. And the third thing is basically to free yourself from all of the burdens that will impede you Andromeda most important thing, which is basically an impediment to forgiveness, to forgiveness karsiyaka which is cutting off the ties of kinship.

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Fix it before Ramadan starts, so that you're not starting on the wrong foot, fix it before Ramadan starts, call them up and talk to them. Forgive them in you know, basically forgive them so that they may forgive you in Ramadan. Because if you're not forgiven and Ramadan and you you enter Ramadan and you come out of Ramadan without being forgiven, remember the Hadees that shifts and the other day but I've in my own formula in other Ramadan felonio level, may he lose May he knows the erupt in

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the ground. The person who reaches Ramadan or comes upon Ramadan and does not have his sense forgiven. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam said this because Allah subhanaw taala will open up all the doors of his forgiveness is a kind of one hour of daylight in my Ramadan will live.

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For me up caminhar babban

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Mugler were openly available now for me have come in have album of 200 Mikasa la sanlam. also feel that a CRT or murottal gin. So if it when it is the first day of Ramadan, all of the gates of the agenda will be open, none of them will say closed and all of the gates of the Hellfire will be closed, none of them will stay open, and the rebellious chin and the society will be chained up. So Allah is giving you the chance, but don't ruin it by by the dose burdens. Because Allah the Prophet also told us that young Pharaoh liquidly Elementary can almost everybody will become forgiven accepted a mushrik, the one who commits shed and Musa Han and the one disputed the one who is who

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has a dispute with his brother, which has not been resolved. So resolve the disputes, fix the relationships settled by matters before we even start, particularly if those are close members of your kin, is sometimes we're talking about people that cut off their siblings, you know, it doesn't get any closer except for our parents, which would be criminal, but in that is extremely close. So, even if you have been wronged forgive them that alumnae forgive you.

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The next thing is that you know his organization is an organization you will or

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before this before this organization

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made me forget it.

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No.

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organization is extremely important.

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But before organization unless you have a vision, strategy strategy for what you want to get out of Ramadan, the benefits that you want to reap out of Ramadan and what you want to get out of Ramadan, it will be

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it will be

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much less productive for you. You have to have a plan you have to have a vision. Pick one bad habit, one bad habit that you have to fix. One good habit that you lack to gain

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and one change in your lifestyle that will make your lifestyle more pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala

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and one act of a better one act of a better that will bring you closer to love that you will consistently

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commit to after Ramadan in sha Allah. Is that easy is that hard? Just 11111 change in your lifestyle. One bad habit. One good habit, one edition of activate bad if you have never cried

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sooner, then commit it

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You know, the night prayers then commit to once a week for instance, to rock house once a week. One simple act that you would consistently commit to after Ramadan ends, but have a plan and a strategy so that you saw a benefit from that spiritual

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boost that you will be given under other protocols.