What We Learned In Ramadan
Channel: Kamal El-Mekki
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Jumuah Khutbah delivered at the Clear Lake Islamic Center
Sheikh Kamal Mekki always comes through for his listener. In less than an hour he fits in seerah, hadiths, Quranic verses into his khutbah and every one of it adds to our understanding of Islam and increases and cements our love for Allah.
Do you know what feeds the body and what feeds the spirit? Do you know there is a message within Surah Al- Araf from Iblis? Do you know why the Prophet s.a.w was prohibited accepting sadaqa? Whose wealth are you actually spending on yourself?
You will discover here the intention of Ramadhan’s annual visit to us. Does Ramadhan’s practices end once it leaves us or is it a choice we make to let it go without leaving a lasting impression upon us? What are the habits one acquires during Ramadhan? Learn all this and much more knowledge by taking some time to listen to Sheikh Kamal Mekki’s khutbah.
Salam aleikum wa barakaatuh
Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar.
In Alhamdulillah nama Do you know when to stop Pharaoh? Why not? Oh the billahi min sharara and fusina amin say, Marina Maria de la hora de la medalla. Woman,
de Allah. Well shadow Allah Allah illallah wa de hula Sheree Kayla was shadow, Mohammed Abu rasuluh All praises due to Allah we praise Him and seek his assistance. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil within ourselves and from the evil of our deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides, none can misguide him, yet whomever he allows to go astray, none can guide him and I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah alone. He has no partner and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger
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On Avi Ma'am, are you who believe fear Allah and speak the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great achievement. I'm about for inner circle howdy tabula. Well Arsenal howdy howdy Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Bashar Al Morimoto de Vaca llama desert in beta wakulla Middleton Bala wakulla, God and Finn our
brothers and sisters in Islam. Today, our hookah is about what we learned in the month of Ramadan. And as you all know, the purpose of Ramadan is that so we can acquire some good habits and excel in acts of worship and abandon some bad habits. And we'll continue that for the rest of the year. The purpose of Ramadan is that we change during the month and we continue that change for the rest of the year.
And we spent this last month close to the Quran close to the book of Allah subhanaw taala constantly reciting it, learning it memorizing and contemplating its meanings. And the question is, did we continue that close relationship with the Quran after the month of Ramadan? Did we immediately continue reciting images of the Quran every single day? Someone sent a text message reminder. And it said today is the third day of eat. Are you on the third use of the Quran? Today is the third day of aid Are you on the third use of the Quran? But who thinks like that? Who thinks that today's the day of eight I have to do my duty of the Quran, we're into the next month. And every month I finished
reciting a juice every single day and I finished reciting the whole Quran every month. How many people thought that today I have to do my juice on the day of read. It was a vacation there was a day off the second day how many people thought I need to get back with my Quran. But for many Unfortunately, it went back on the shelf until next Ramadan, or maybe just until a few days after eight. So the scholars say when you love someone, you love their speech. That's why you listen to what your children say. Even if it's nonsensical and doesn't make sense. You love their speech because you love them. Someone will speak to their fiance for hours upon hours because they love
them they don't get tired of what they're saying. So the scholars say we all claim to love Allah azza wa jal How much do we love the speech of Allah subhanaw taala you never get tired of the speech of the one that you love. You listen to them for hours upon hours, do we get tired from listening or two from reciting the Quran, the speech of Allah subhanho wa Taala. The companion Abdullah in the midst of the long run, when someone would give him a copy of the Quran as a gift, because as you know, back then they didn't have printing presses. So it was a rarity to get a copy of the Quran, someone would have painstakingly written the whole thing out with his hand. So when someone would
give him a copy of the Quran, he would hold it to his chest, press it against his chest, and he would say Kitab or a be kitamura be the book of my Lord, the book of my Lord. You can see just from his words, how much he loves the Quran, how much he loves the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala
if during the month of Ramadan, you sat down for three hours straight reciting the Quran, putting effort for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala The reality is you weren't doing anything for Allah, Allah subhanaw taala was doing something great for you by sitting down and reciting the Quran Allah subhanaw taala was fixing you up inside was improving you as a believer and as a human being and the loss of how to Allah says in Surah Fahd kita boon Enza la la cama Baraka, Leah de barro is a blessing book that we sent down to you so that they may contemplate its verses. And that is what it's about contemplating the verses and the meanings of the Quran. Because first and foremost, it is
a book of guidance.
It was said that some students of knowledge came to the late and great scholar Sheikh Abdullah has been buzzer I'ma holla and they said they shall give us advice. So he advised them to memorize the Book of Allah. They said after we memorize the Book of Allah, what do you advise? He says, memorize the books of Hadith? They said inshallah, after we finished memorizing the books of Hadith, what do you advise? He said, After that contemplate the Quran? And they said after that, would you recommend and the shift just smiled, Rahim Allah, meaning you are never done contemplating the Quran. There is no way you're going to be done contemplate the Quran and move on to something else. It never ever
ends. One of the early Muslims, he had a walima at his home, he had a feast, a gathering in his home. And he says the occasion is that after 20 years
He finally completed reciting the Quran. Quran he says after 20 years, so they asked What do you mean after 20 years it took you 20 years to finish reciting the Quran. He says, well, ah he, I never passed by a verse except that I asked myself, What does Allah subhanaw taala want from me from this verse? So what he meant is that he is going through a slow contemplation of the Quran, and it took him 20 years to do 100 and to complete at once, because it's not about singing it through and going through it quickly. But it's about contemplating its meanings. So it took him 20 years and he paused at every single verse, what is the lesson? what is required of me when it comes to this verse? Do I
act upon this verse or not? Or do I ignore this verse, and that's the kind of hurt him that he completed, and it took him 20 years to complete it.
Again, of the loving the most older the loan on who the companion, he used to advise people on how to recite and how to read the Quran. And he would say, Do not sing it along like poetry, do not rush through it. But pause and contemplate its meanings, what I had come across what he said, and do not let the concern of one of you be the end of the surah. Someone would sit down and say, I'm not going to get up until I finish reciting Surah Al Baqarah. So they put a bookmark at the end of sawtell, Baccarat, and every few minutes, they see how thick, how many pages left until the end. And then you keep checking every now and then how much more until the end. Even though Mr. Rotella and he said
Don't let the concern of one of you be the end of the storm. That's not what it's about. But contemplate its meanings. Read through it carefully. And you will find more pleasure and more enjoyment in doing so than when you're just trying to get through and get rid of it. People trying to see how much more do I have for this visit? Counting the pages and looking back every time. But don't let that be your concern was the advice of a venomous rhodiola on
a large region says what tequila? Well you are Nemo como la and fear Allah and Allah will teach you. And that's why the scholars said so many people come expecting to be moved by the Quran but nothing happens. And they argue How can you be moved by the words of the Quran if you have thrown the values of the Quran behind your back. And so many times people will come to the masjid and say, I didn't feel the Salah today, or the Imam didn't do it for me today or this Imam doesn't do it. For me. It is not about the Imam It is about you. So if you have completely turned your back on the values and the meanings and the lessons of the Quran, then what are the chances that just the words of the
Quran are going to move anyone.
Brothers and sisters in Islam,
our body where we are composed of the body and the spirit, that's who we are a body and spirit in connection. When that connection breaks, that's when it's death. So the body the scholars say was created from Earth, the soil was taken from this earth, our bodies were created from this earth, and therefore taking care of our bodies and whatever brings peace to our bodies will be from this earth. So eat eating from this earth food. Drink is from this earth sleeping, everything that takes care of our bodies is from this earth. But the second part of what we're composed of is the Spirit. And the Spirit did not come from this earth. The Spirit came from the heavens. And so the scholars said that
because the Spirit came from the heavens, whatever will take care of the Spirit will ever will bring peace to the spirit must also come from the heavens. And by that they are referring to the Quran. So that means whatever brings peace to our bodies will be from the heavens and that would be the book of Allah subhanaw taala and before reciting the Quran, Allah tells us in Surah Nan for either corrupt and Khurana for stays Billahi min ash shaytani r rajim. So when you're about to recite the Quran, seek refuge with Allah from a shavon regime. And as an SDR that seeking refuge with a larger agenda. It means an ill teacher what Arab Islam what the hustle, it means turning towards or turning
to Allah azza wa jal holding fast to Allah azza wa jal and seeking protection of Allah subhanaw taala now we've been taught that when you recite the Quran, the Quran sends away the shape on so you would imagine this by virtue of reciting the Quran, it would send away the shell thing so why do I begin by seeking refuge with Allah from a chiffon regime when I recite the Quran, if the Quran itself is supposed to send the way the shell thing, but not only that, if you look also at the door of entering the masjid, and one of the doors of entering the masjid in front of Buddha would you say are Oh the villa hill of him will be watching he'll carry him was a little funny he'll Kadeem min
ash shaytani r rajim. You're invoking and you're calling upon powerful attributes of Allah subhanaw taala, describing him by these powerful attributes to seek refuge with Allah azza wa jal
From shaytani r rajim. As you're entering the masjid, you would imagine this should be a dog because it's so powerful that you should recite before you enter a wicked area, a place of how long because the children will be there for sure. But why am I reciting this powerful as I'm entering the house of Allah as if the children are sitting there? But the answer is in the Quran, and from a police himself where he says in the Quran, he says to Allah subhanaw taala
he said Paula Fabian habima of whitening the occludin Allah whom sirata colonoscopy he says because of what you have caused me to be misguided with, I will sit in late would lay in wait for them I will sit in waiting for them on Serato Kalmus talking on your straight path. So yes, the shaytaan will wait for the believers where they go, they frequently massage it, they recite the Quran, and he'll be waiting in them on the path of Allah subhanaw taala he will not wait for them in the places of Harlem where they don't go, he will be waiting for them in the places of good where they go. And that's why we seek refuge with Allah from the Shaitaan. As we're entering the masjid, we seek refuge
with Allah from the shaytaan as we begin the recitation of the Quran, because he is going to come and try to put you to sleep. And that's one of the fastest things that put people to sleep. You start reciting the Quran in five minutes the person is snoring because the chiffon is trying to take you away from it. Or he will try to confuse your understanding and whisper to you as you're reciting the Quran. That's why you seek refuge with Allah azza wa jal before reciting, or it will try to take your attention away from the Koran or get you bored or give you other ideas that remind you of other things. All of this is an effort to keep you away from the book of Allah subhana wa Tada. So that is
the job of the shaitaan and that's why we seek refuge with ALLAH even before we begin to recite the Quran. So his job is to take us away from the book of Allah azza wa jal and if you have abandoned the Quran after Ramadan, that means the ship on is successful in his job.
Ramadan made us better people made us better worshipers of Allah subhanaw taala made us better believers and abandoning the Quran is an indication that we didn't learn the lesson of Ramadan. We're supposed to pick up good habits and acts of worship acquire them during the month so that we will continue with them throughout the rest of the year. And it's not as many people believe that you have lifestyle a which is how you live outside of Ramadan and then lifestyle B which is how you are in Ramadan. And then once it comes you returned back to lifestyle eight. So brothers and sisters then a reminder to myself and to you let us not abandon the Quran. akula colada was tougher la de la
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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala rasulillah I mean, he was a big man about besides acquiring the good habit of reciting the Quran during the month of Ramadan, we also
fell in love with giving charity and giving for the sake of Allah subhana wa tada
and hustle and bustle rahima Hola. He used to say ma na Allah Muhammad and I should the mean mu Cabeza de les, when a faculty huddle man, he said in Islam, we don't know of any act that is more difficult than struggling against the night meaning the pm the night prayer, when a faculty huddle man and spending of this wealth. He's saying these are the most difficult things to fight against night prayer, and to spend of this wealth. And that is the nature of how people are. We want to gather and keep and store our wealth. And the idea is to keep it here and not spend it that way. And that's why the scholars say if you look at the word sadaqa for charity, why was it given this name
so often? And they say because
you do sit Collinson if you're not giving it to show off, if you're not giving it for any other reason than that, then you are showing how truthful you are. If you're not giving it to show off, then you're only giving it because you're truthful with Allah subhanaw taala because it's unnatural, what our nature is to keep but when you're giving away, that means that you're going against your nature. And you're only doing that because you're truthful with Allah subhana wa tada to Akito soupcon inside
Allah subhanaw taala gave so many advantages, so many bonuses that come out of giving in charity
The charity that you give you will, it will protect you, you it will be under you will be under its shade on the Day of Judgment. So whatever you give in charity will come to shade you on the Day of Resurrection, a day in which there is no shade except that provided by Allah subhanho wa Taala. So that's one of the advantages of giving in South Africa. Likewise the sadhaka decreases the anger of Allah subhanaw taala and students at tirmidhi and Nabi sallallahu Sallam said in a sadhaka lotfy
that indeed the charity extinguishes the anger of the Lord and the anger of Allah. And Allah subhanaw taala says local Nabi Sallam said took over the verb. He didn't say it decreases the anger of Allah but to say extinguishes the same word use for putting the fire out. So Allah anger is completely put out by your sadhaka. Another advantage. And in the same Hadith at the end of the Hadith was that Pharaoh made the soup, and it pushes away a bad death. No doubt every single one of us we want to have a good end on this earth and we want to die doing what pleases Allah subhanaw taala. giving charity is one of the ways to ensure that that we die a good death. And in another
Hadith narrated by a Bharani and maybe Saul Sallam said muslin maroof taki Massara assume that doing the good deeds will prevent bad endings and Sokka is one of those things you give in charity. Another one of the bonuses, you will not have a bad end on this earth, inshallah extinguishes the anger of Allah subhanaw taala you will be under its shade on the day of judgment and the sadhaka will bring blessings will bring more blessings to your wealth more Buttercup to your wealth, it goes a long way and it increases your wealth at the same time. And not only that, but Allah subhanaw taala whatever you give in charity gives it back to you. As an epistle Salim said in the famous
Hadith, manaka sama lumen sadhaka. So that charity does not decrease any wealth. And whatever you give, you see it coming back to you. And in Ramadan, there were so many people who gave and some of them were very poor. And and they gave for the masjid and they gave for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. And then they would come and tell the stories of how instantly they got their money back. One taxi cab driver, he donated $1,000 to the machine. And he comes back and he tells me that on a good day, he will make $250 on the best day ever, he will make 250 but usually he makes about 100 something $150 maximum, and very few rare days he will make $250 and that's one of the best days
ever. He said I give this $1,000 for the sake of a large origin. And the next day I made $443 double what he the best he's ever made. He made it the next day. And the day after that I made over $400 instantly. Allah subhanaw taala made it he made it possible for him to give back that money instantly. So the question is then, why this arrangement? Why this arrangement? All of this all these bonus points are just so that we learn to become brave, and trust Allah azzawajal and give when it's required of us to give that's why all these bonus points. That's why largely gives it back to you. That's why all the bonus points on the Day of Resurrection and increasing the wealth and
blessings. Just so that we can be do we can learn to keep giving and not fear when it's time to give. The scholars say it is all well known that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam never ate from charity. And I think every Muslim knows is that the Prophet lamb never ate sadhaka The question is, why didn't the prophets Allah eat Saba? Why is it that he never ate from wealth or food that had was given as a charity, because the scholars say a sadhaka musi jet with dunno. And the sadhaka was mixed with sins. When you give $100 that $100 if you could see, it's mixed with your sins, it is completely covered, and it's taking your sins away with it. So if you want to get rid of some of
your sins, the way to get rid of them, your sins attach themselves to your wealth. So you have sins you want to get rid of give money away. And as you give that money away, that money will go covered and wrapped, it's sticky, it takes your sins with it. So they said then, that it does not be fit the greatest prophet of Allah subhanaw taala, to eat of food that comes mixed with the sins of people. That the point for us from this is that we understand now that the sort of cart take away our sins, someone gives charity away and it comes with their sins with them. So you want to get rid of some of your sins, get rid of it, along with your wealth. And when it comes to the question,
Your wealth, a lot of how to Allah insalata nor uses some very interesting language to encourage us to give of our wealth. And he does not call it your wealth. Allah says, What? To whom emanuela. Hitler the attacker, and give them from a laws wealth that He has given you, allows you and wants to encourage you to give people from your money. He doesn't say give them from your wealth. He says give them from a laws wealth that is keeping with you. And brothers and sisters, that is the reality of whatever money we have in our pockets right now. And whatever money we have in our bank account right now, we believe it's ours, we hold fast to $100 bill, this is my $100 bill. But a few weeks
ago, it was in someone else's hand, and he was holding fast to it saying this is my $100 bill. And in a few days, you're going to give it to some store owner, they're going to put it in their register, and they're going to protect it because it's their $100 bill. But the truth is, it's Allah subhanaw taala is money. And it just travels amongst us constantly. So it will leave you no matter what a minus will leave you taking away its sins, giving you all the bonus points, giving you all the blessings and leave you while you were conscious of it. And you were the one who gave it away for the sake of Allah, because it's going to leave anyways. And it's a lost money and it just
rotates amongst us to home, me man in law, Hillary attack them and give them from a laws wealth that He has given you.
And the final reminder, yes, we learned to love to give in charity for the sake of Allah in the month of Ramadan. And we should continue to do that for the rest of the year. With all the bonus points there remained for the rest of the year as well. And we want to learn also to give Allah subhanaw taala what we love, if someone is in need of charity, someone is asking for help from the sake of Allah. People put their hands in their pocket, and they find bills and they find coins. And a lot of times people will take the coins, and they will give that for the sake of Allah or the whatever they dislike, but give Allah subhanaw taala from what you love, and that is the test. And
like a hustler buster, he said that I'ma holla This is the difficulty here learning to give. And we've got all these bonus points. And every single one of us probably has a story where they gave and the money came back to them within just a few days. And yet still when the next time comes. There's sometimes a little bit afraid to give. Just as we were brave and giving in charity and Ramadan just as we were conscious of giving in charity and Ramadan. Just as we love to give in charity during the month of Ramadan. The whole point of Ramadan is so we can acquire and keep these habits for the rest of the year. So continue to have a relationship with the Quran. Continue to get
up for a pm every now and then continue to give in charity for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala continue to watch your words to make sure you don't lie and backbite and use profanity. That is the whole purpose of the month of Ramadan as the scholars call it a madrasa which means a school and you typically attend a school so that you can acquire habits and learn things that you will continue once you're done with the school. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to accept all of our deeds and all of our fasting and all of our efforts during the past month of Ramadan and to assist us and to make us of those who will be able to to be in the next Ramadan and to accept our deeds that inshallah we
that we ask Allah Subhana Allah to make use of those who recognize the truth as clear truth and follow the best of it and to make use of those who recognize faults with as clear falsehood and abstain from it for lahoma doesn't have to happen was nativa marinelle bottle a bottle and was cinnabar for lahoma La Jolla dunya Kumara homina wala blogger la mina, when Elena Ramos Tirana, we ask Allah subhanaw taala to grant victory to Islam and to the Muslims. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to grant freedom to all the Muslims who are being held and dealt with with unjustly around the world. And we ask Allah azza wa jal to grant victory and ease for the Muslims in Syria, and for the
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I'm just a quick announcement tonight. We're going to start having our short lecture series again. Mr. shikamaru should be teaching tonight after my group, I think the class is called valor. That'll be starting tonight shake while the class will start back in August.
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Okay, and the last announcement that I'm making Sharla doctor, so law class will start this Tuesday as well. It already has started
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