Channel: Karim Abuzaid
What is Taqwa
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Welcome to the second segment of Hodor. Tonight, I'm your host Sinead de and today we're going to talk about the holy month of Ramadan. This month is full of mercy is full of Rama is full of generosity and giving.
The Prophet sallallahu Sallam and his companions would be eager to wait for this month, they would want to join this month and benefit from his numerous benefits to the point where they would be a famous doctor that would be read along my belief, not Ramadan. They would make this though on numerous occasions so that they could meet from above so that they could meet Ramadan and be prepared for its beautiful blessings and benefits. Allah subhanho wa Taala he tells us in the Quran, that this month is a month full of reward this month is for those who prepare. So the question is here, are we prepared for this month? The question here is, are we ready to meet this month in the
way that we should meet it? For example, if you have an exam, would you not prepare for this exam? Would you not wake up early? Would you not revise would you not put in the effort so that you can be successful in this exam? So the more preparation you do, you will find that the results will be better. So now we have the month of Ramadan in front of us, we have less than two months. Are we prepared? Are we going to seek the rewards that we put into it. So today's program will be broken down into a number of different segments. We'll have a look at first the importance of Ramadan. Whenever look also at this word taqwa, Allah subhanho wa Taala. He mentioned this with taqwa and
connects it with Ramadan. So what's the significance of taqwa and its connection with Ramadan, and fasting.
We'll also have a look at different types of people who foster those who fast and they fast is just for thirst, and just for hunger, but there are those who fast from their heart and their spirits are revived, the mind is strengthened, and their hearts change. So we have the two types, we'll discuss that. And then also towards the end, we'll have a look at different ways in which we can prepare ourselves for Ramadan, how we can be from amongst those that enter Ramadan in one manner, and leave Ramadan completely different. So let's have a look at a short report and then join me and my special guests for the evening in just a few moments.
How many people we know
and therefore, we need to prepare for this one.
That many of the startup would actually prepare six months for the month of Ramadan, before they would say
what is the purpose of
time we don't think about the purpose of the month of Ramadan.
For instance, what is the purpose of man last season
we have created man to worship what is our communal beautification, we ever thought what our communal location is as an oma,
you are the base of people taken out for the benefit of you
what is the
is the purpose of the month
to abstain from eating and drinking only.
Well, if we look into
why something else we lost, last thing has been prescribed appointment like it was prescribed upon those who came before you. Why
abstaining from eating, drinking a relationship with a partner is a catalyst in attaining a goal. Now how many Rama bombs are be in you folks
and we have ever attained.
is that by the time that you finish Ramadan, you are very careful you tried very carefully for the only part of life. That is the purpose of the month of Ramadan, that we be by the end of the month of Ramadan.
We become people of color. And therefore, once we fast once we have stayed, eating and drinking, we also abstain from all those things are lost.
What often happens that we obtain from eating drinking relationship with a partner, but we carry on like we normally do, we back by the salon, we don't pray Our salah and hence by the end of the month of Ramadan we never attain.
And also this is harmala a month long for the province and we'll learn a lesson from said that if the month of Ramadan comes the person attains Ramadan and he does not
attain Moksha forgiveness from Allah subhanaw taala that he is removed from the law of Allah subhanho wa removed from the Word of
God and therefore, this is a month where
it says though Allah wants to forgive again and again a person fast in the server, the progress of all his sins are forgiven. A person stands in Salah at night in the lobby Salah proposal as a man and disarming seeking, you know, relief and seeking reward from Allah smarter
in a beautiful narration. The robot is awesome spoke about muslera
Global is beloved to Allah subhanho wa
salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah he worked out. What a nice report. How many months have we fasted? And yet, we're still the same. How many years of Ramadan have we experienced and yet our character hasn't developed? How many days of fasting have we've gone through and yet, our tongues and our bodies are still the same. This year, let's make it a special year. This year, let's be from amongst the best of Muslims. And let's take these advices that we'll find today and implement them and make this Ramadan, one that changes us forever. So this topic of Ramadan with us today in the studio, we have our respected shake.
Brother Karima was eight. shifter Welcome to the show, which is like Hello, hello. Okay, I need to be with you.
So, let's begin talking about this topic. There's so much to discuss about Ramadan, we could be here for a very long time. So let's begin by looking at the importance of Ramadan. Why is it this month has been singled out for a better and for worship and the reward is multiple.
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brother junaidi the viewers we, we, we live in the West, you you live in England and amongst Christian community and I happen to live also amongst Christian community with a majority in
the old was they strike you with that question? What is the concept of salvation in your religion? Right?
It seems like from the literature even so we differ on the details that we're all sinners we sin we fall into sins okay as human beings and Rasul Allah, Allah wa salam in a good chained Hadith chain of narration.
He said had the finest fishermen that could look near the Mahabharata, right? All the children of Adam are sinners.
So salvation for them, they came up with that comfortable formula that somebody else did it for them, without going there. somebody died on the cross to save them from the sense what is our concept of salvation? Okay. Ramadan is just one means to gain salvation.
It touches me the day that our righteous predecessors used to make.
I read in the books that after each Ramadan they would make dua that Allah would accept the rulership during Ramadan for six months, and the other five or six months or Allah, prolong my life, so that I witness Ramadan, I observe around
All right. Why?
The report stressed pointed out why you have three chances in this month. Look at this. And this is all Anil bahariya Muslim authentic man sama Ravana. Eman and YT saben ofera lahoma, Taka, MD. Okay, I think the viewers know what this means, but we'll translate it whosoever observes fasting of the month of Ramadan with the two restrictions, imagine okay 87 right, that he is believing in Allah subhanaw taala in reference to sincerity, and in reference to adherence as well. And he's seeking the reward. He's not doing it to lose weight or something. No, he's, he's, he's wanting that he would have Allah Subhana Allah, Allah Subhana Allah Allah will forgive his previous sins. Okay.
That's one two man karma Ravana email and urban warfare Allahumma dakka dakka Mb, okay. Whosoever observes pm which has started with the nightly prayer after Asia, between Asia and till fetish, okay, whoever observes this also, imagine and watch this ever. He will also get his sins forgiven. Right. Look at number three, which is one night, hidden in the last 10 nights of the month. Men calm a little country man and watch this era. OCR Allahumma Takada moment MB, Whosoever observes one night, hidden in the last 10 nights of the month, a lot of Muslims Unfortunately, they they settled, that it is the 27th it's possible there is a high possibility that it is the 27th but for you really
to coincide with a little country to observe a better throughout the last night of the month, therefore Rasulullah Salallahu alaihe salam established the pseudonym of Attica secluding himself in the masjid the last night of the month and in the Hadith in order to coincide with letter to get rid of it so it's important here to note that like you mentioned the beginning the Christians put their salvation upon somebody else right but we as Muslims, our salvation depends on ourselves. Beautiful. Yeah, if we don't wake up and do something we haven't salvation. Absolutely. Absolutely. You got it. And that's where really I wanted to your salvation is in your hands. Right? You know, you have a
merciful forgiving God, Allah, Allah Allah Allah Allah who he calls upon us boulia evadne Latina sofala, unfussy him letak lotto Mirage Mattila, Omaha Mattel, my servants were transgressed. done everything. They messed up their lives. Do you disappear from the mercy of Allah Subhana Allah just come back to Allah. But this is how you do it. This is how you come back to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we have the Hadith Abu Dhabi alone and the Muslim Look at this. Not only Ramadan, but look at this. of Salawat Kala sallallahu alayhi salatu salam Salam says, A Salah wattle hums will do more to illuma Romano Illa Ramadan Kapha to Lima in hoonah, a damage to be generated from Salah to the next
Salah Juma to the next Juma from ramadan ramadan. So just by you living until the next Ramadan, you get your sins forgiven. But there is a restriction here that you avoid the major sins and it's like it's like this month is surrounded by Mercy right right less mercy surrounding this month and anything you do with the sincere intention will take you to the mercy of Ramadan is is an ultimate gift from a merciful God to us. And not not only this tonight, look at this that Allah Subhana Allah sets the stage for you.
You know Rasul Allah Allah Allah mentioned that when Ramadan is here what happened to the sheltering the Satan's the devil, the agenda, they are chained up, look, Allah helps you I want to help you, I want to I want you to come back to me. I want to but you have to do it. You can just you can just sit and say it's gonna be done for you like other people and it's very unfortunate, that sort of thinking is developing that Oh ALLAH is forgiving, Allah is merciful, right, I do do do you use this means here is the The stage is set for you. Also in Ramadan, somehow this spiritual environment is out there. The Masjid is filled with people.
People are always talking about Allah subhana wa tada and Islam. So it's out there. And this is why this is why and I hate to do this at the very beginning of the show, the trustworthy of the heavens gibreel alayhis salam, I mean,
the one whom the angel, the one whom Allah subhanaw taala trusted to bring the revelation to the messengers, and the first worthy of the revelation in earth. Rasulullah sallallahu midrash again is the person which one
Famous Hadith is certainly tirmidhi Hadith Abba hora de la Han su Salam went to his bobbitt and he said, I mean, I mean, I mean three times. Then he faced his companions and they questioned. I mean, why are you saying I mean Oh messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that jabril came to me and made those three, three supplications three invocations and I said I mean after him, one of them a loser urashima unfamiliar in hobo hustle in another word, may he lose. Men up dakara Madonna, when a new fella, someone that Allah Subhana, whom Allah subhanaw taala prolongs his life, to live through Ramadan, and he does not gain forgiveness. That means his agenda is not forgiveness. I think
this is an important point that we stop and just highlight because unfortunately, in our lives, especially those who are born Muslims, they don't really appreciate the blessing or the virtue of Ramadan. And we go through our lives and we just fast and we just fast and we just fast and we don't contemplate, and there's a real fear that we could fall into this this category of people that don't benefit. They just go in and go out and don't take any benefit. fees. I have no hidden rasulillah sallallahu Sallam hinted to that he pointed out to those people he said and halifa Seibel hibernates authentic obasa imin lei Salah hoomans me he ll ga latesh Whoa, baka imin lei Salah humann Kriya me
Electra was Safar that was so hard. It may be some of you would be fasting, for refraining from eating and drinking. And all what they doing really is making themselves hungry and making themselves thirsty. Right and it may be some of you are praying pm every night and all what they are doing staying up late, and causing themselves tiresome or be getting themselves tired, but they have not gotten the essence of fasting. There is a there is an essence the this ibid Junaid especially fasting you need to pay attention to this a lot
in the Muslim different wording Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Allah Subhana Allah says Hadith could see could normally be Adam Allah, write a love song for Holi
The only act of worship Allah said about it exclusive to him exclusive to him all the deeds of the son of Adam. The wording of the man Muslim tener explains that right that when we do something, when we do an act of worship, normally it's multiplied Hashanah into 10 and it can go up to 700 based on the quality of your sincerity, okay, and it can go more than that. But the scholars they say the angels they write down this person is fasting. They don't write how much has to get.
Karima was it is fasting Okay, in your book, Junaid is fasting. Mustafa is fasting is fasting. Right? That's over then that he would is with Allah subhanho wa Taala based with Zb. It's like, you know, when he landed method Allah whenever we want to use an example like this with Allah subhanaw taala we have to always throw that restriction there to Allah belongs the ultimate example in the heavens and the earth, okay.
When there is a generous person out there and you're working for him, do you tell him how much wage I'll get? You know, you're gonna get you know, you'll get a good wage, you don't even ask, ask and, and that's, that's so special that's so special about Ramadan and you know, I can't wait, you know, it's it's, it's it's a very special season and, and every Muslim should look forward to that. You should you should, you should be excited. Because that's really what what we should rejoice. I think also circuits built upon the points you just mentioned. I think it's important to possibly highlight to some Muslims who always complain to say, I am a sinful Muslim. I do bad deeds, I lie, I cheat so
I'm not going to pray or I'm not going too fast. There's no point I'm a bad Muslim. We need to highlight here to show to them that the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala is so vast that any person no matter how many sins he has, has the opportunity to become a completely different person in this month. Anyone who says this tonight seriously and I say this with respect and I love all my brothers and sisters the viewers will love you all for the sake of Allah. But if you say this you really disregarding the quality, the names and the attributes of Allah soprano that right what I met he was the articulation my merci encompasses everyone.
Junaid there is somebody and please don't don't misunderstand me the viewers who killed 100 people okay.
And yet he still made it
I'm not asking you to go and kill people now. I hope they will.
Maybe we need to go into the Hadith in but you know just to show you the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala there is a woman who used to work as a prostitute, right? as a profession.
She still made it to Jenna
How did you disappear from the mercy of Allah subhana wa tada when you see these examples in our authentic sooner when you hear Allah subhanho wa Taala telling you ANOVA for him and for forgiving and merciful.
When we hear that call of blindness, oh it said about our area fakie tabula. The verse which gives the most hope in the book of Allah, my servant, right Allah still calling you My servant
if you transgressed if you don't, it all disappeared not from my mercy
in Allah Ohio, funeral Luba, that should be enough. Allah forgives all sins that should have been enough. Jimmy
haritaki Hello and Arabic This is a way to confirm to Andrews right to emphasis the emphasis not only this in who in who look at this whole
emphasis on top of emphasis
not only this special offer Rahim al foo our him, okay. What else do you want? There is something wrong, there is something wrong with you.
disappearing from the mercy of Allah Subhana Allah is a quality I wouldn't describe it to be equality but is an attribute of someone who ignores I'm sorry, who lacks the knowledge of the needs and the attributes of Allah soprano that you need to know who you worship. You know, in the States, some people will say to the Muslims, that your Lord is not merciful. Oh, God is just tuck tuck. He just wants to make cutting the hands and cutting this and just formal praise. But when you read verses like this, and you look at how Allah subhana wa Taala put emphasis upon His mercy, you find that Allah Allah is the Most Merciful.
I was debating with a Christian priest, and he got me on that area. Right? You know what I told him? Okay.
Let's use something neutral between us and you.
Adam ate from the tree. Okay.
What do you believe? Adam repented? Did Allah accept his repentance?
No, they don't believe that Allah. No, Allah did not Allah did not accept Adam repentance, right? Because that would destroy the doctrine of the original sin. Right? The fact that every newborn is born with the sin which he inherited from Adam, right? In our religion. In Islam, we believe that Adam alayhis salam repented. As a matter of fact, Allah subhanho wa Taala taught him the words fat Allah kar Adam milva de Cali Martin fatale. Allah told Adam the words with which he needs to ask for forgiveness, to hear about Ben avellana color of Ben Avraham fusina, who Allah who wronged ourselves, we're in Atlanta, Atlanta with a handle an akuna, nominal for serene, if you do not
forgive us and have mercy on us, we'll be amongst the loser's. So we condone the doctrine of forgiveness and mercy. from the get go. From the start. We are the leaders of forgiveness, we are the leaders of forgiveness. You know what he said, he got me. He said, You got me? I said, No, that's that's incorrect. What you're talking about here is Sharia matters.
lose, lose. And and, and this has, you know, that's where the misconception about Islam in the West, that, you know, stuff like that cannot just be done randomly.
It has to be done in a court of law. People must be aware of the law. I mean, that's not our subject. Just to add to that, also, the concept, the law itself, the punishment prescribed in Islam are no different than those prescribed in the Old Testament. It's not something which was just brought back to the front. We call it this is a Mosaic Law, right Islam, Islam.
Allah EMP, and an f7 nefs. Well, I in Avalon, right, well, I'm fabulous. This isn't the total. That's right. We prescribed we decreed upon them there that you know, the law of quality once it comes to punishment and so forth is there and other countries stoning to death? If they read the story of Jesus with Mary Magdalene and when they wanted to stone her to death? Why did they give Maria a hard time when she came back with the Isola Salaam in the cradle? And why did Prophet Isa
spoke to save his mother from
we will just put it back to the front Okay, now we discussed the importance of Ramadan and we looked at the mercy of Allah subhanaw taala. I want to look at another very important point here and that's the point of taqwa. Because we know that loss of power to Allah humans This was in the Holy Quran. Yeah you will Edina mn yakushima aliko cM kamikochi valen Latina macabre home now Allah con, the tycoon. So we hear the from Allah Spano. Allah tells us here that oh you who believe fasting has been ordained or prescribed upon you like it was of the previous nations like we just discussed the mosaic.
Why is that you may attain taqwa, this word is this word is difficult to translate into English. Roger explain to us what is meant by taqwa. Well, I always like to throw that the foundation for that for the whole thing. You know, we we hit a lot of people asking this question, why would we create it? Okay? Why did the likely hit us? Why did Allah make make made me? Of course we shouldn't be questioning Allah, because that's not something that we should do. Right? The question should be really, what is the wisdom? What is the purpose of our life? Allah Subhana Allah Allah answered this in a verse at the end of solidaria, which all the viewers memorize. Okay, well Maha luck to Elgin,
well, INSA Illa, Leah Abu, I have not created mankind and jinn kind but to me, so really, the purpose for our creation is, is is to worship Allah subhanaw taala is to submit to Him. Now, there is another question that a lot of people
do not ask and they should ask, what is the purpose of worship? Okay, why do we worship Allah subhanaw taala? What do we gain if we worship Allah subhanho wa Taala? The answer in the first school made in the Quran in Surah Al Baqarah. A yohannes obudu A Baku lady Hola, como La Nina mean? publikum la la Combe. That the whole Okay, so the same word. All Mankind worship your Lord who created you and those before you so that you may gain taqwa like you said, taqwa is a concept is not a word that you translate he taqwa as an Eman aqidah, he cannot give it an equivalent in English, you can because there are concepts, you really have to explain the concept, if you can just say
that. And that is why a lot of the brothers who use who read the English translation, or the meanings in English, that's the right way to phrase that. They normally find that that school or that translator, use it funeral funeral law, never have consciousness of Allah. That's right, different words and then they get confused among eternity. It's a concept. So the purpose of our worship is to gain taqwa. Look, look when Allah Subhana Allah spoke about us offering calvani sacrifice, right? What did he say? Look? lenina Allah La hare.
Allah is the object not the subject here. Lenny annelle Allaha lahoma wala deema
wakeeney and alhuda cominco. When you slaughter a sheep, Allah is not going to get the meat. A lot of the needs of Hannah dolla dolla, right, a lot of that. Allah doesn't need to eat doesn't need. Allah is not going to get the blood of it. The skin of it. No, but Allah will get from you. The taco. Okay, the taqwa that. You know you, you're glorifying. You're magnifying the commands of Allah subhana wa Tada. You're exalting Allah subhanho wa Taala by fulfilling his commands. Woman you have Zim Sha, era Allah, that in him in the coal loop, when you glorify, and I'm sorry, when you pay attention, when you give attention, when when when you go and buy the best sheep out there and you
check it out and you check the skin. Make sure it's healthy. And when you bring it you feed it and I'm gonna sacrifice I'm gonna offer this as a property to my Lord. I love my Lord. This is this is this is what taqwa is right? That that you try hard to implement the command of Allah subhanaw taala. To the best ability you have. So So could we say then just for our viewers who don't understand Arabic, it just in a broad sense that the word taqwa in somewhere in between fair God consciousness, and also we mentioned, the love of Allah, and obedience.
Here is we should have we should do it just to give but I hope the viewers are going to give us five minutes. Don't be distracted. Now if you really don't understand the word Depo
taqwa linguistically. Okay. Let's let's deal with the word linguistically. We have the word linguistically derived from. It derives from that you're protecting yourself from something.
taqwa, linguistically, in the language and the Arabic language. It derives from that you protecting yourself from something. So it's like, we could give the example like a shield, a shield, sometimes. Very good. Okay. That is why sometimes you hear a takana. Okay? Don't you read that sometimes in the class, feel what? Or shield yourself from what? From the file in the file type
linguistically that you're supposed to protect yourself from something. file, we have different ways to explain it. And we're going to use
different statements. Let's use Abu hurayrah. Right. I will run on one day he was asked about hora and a wave niqab. Also Rama Gianni that after was narrated after one after the three of them, right? Metallica. What is it?
What is it taqwa? I hope the viewers North Dakota is now is an Arabic word is the concept that we're trying to explain. Then Abu hurayrah asked the questioner, this question Petaluma shade. Allah 30 finfish. Okay, have you ever walked on a thorny path? road? Social industry pose? We actually have a phone call. Brother Mohammed from Egypt, his brother?
Hello. So Michael?
How are you? Alhamdulillah? Brother? I'm good yourself.
hamdulillah Thank you. Would you like to present your question please? I don't know if I want to ask a question for you. Okay, go ahead.
I want to know, how can I learn English
to invite to Allah with this language?
Okay, I present the question to the shift. The question is out of topic. So we don't spend too much time on it. But he's asking he needs to learn English so he can invite people
to Islam. He has a different he needs to go to school. Right? English is a language is to be learned.
You know, going to school practice
probably can answer the question better than we are an English speaking.
I may be just as a suggestion if he's fluent in his own mother tongue maybe you could invite fellow Arabs in his tongues which would make his right that was I think there is something that anybody who's who wants to explore that they need to understand that the vocabularies and the religious arena of of
of English is different to the vocabularies that are used in C you really have to begin reading literature in English, right? translated from Arabic to English in religious literature, okay, so that you you begin
developing as much or as many words as possible. Okay.
Brother Mohammed, if you have any further questions about learning English, for the sake of Tao and so and so forth, send us an email to our email address inshallah we can give you a better, more comprehensive answer should I say and inshallah get you started with learning English so you can call people to the way of Allah. Coming back to our point we were discussing. taqwa Abu hurayrah was asked what is taqwa?
Our IRA asked the questioner.
Have you ever walked on a thorny road? Right, a road of thorns?
The questioner answered Yes. Then he asked him, What did you do? I'm going to use the Arabic answer in the Arabic way the Arabic word that he answered or how he answered in Arabic call at the high Ito right. You can tell that there is there is a correlation between Yes, I protected myself from the phones, okay. So.
So that is what taqwa is that you stay away from the sense
that you protect yourself. You shield yourself from the sense because the sins will bring you the wrath and the anger of Allah.
This connects us with the with what we said is that the coin is a shield shield is a protection. Yes, yes. It's linguistically as a sound tool. And one of the poet
His name is Joel Martinez use this actually to to come
with beautiful lines he said, Holly Lulu bosavi raha KB raha for Hua taka wassenaar kamesh in focus of the shoki yahoomail era I will translate this while I have Kiran Nasri, Ratan for ineligible. I mean AlHassan Okay, this needs a long transcript no no very quickly leave off since right minor or major. This is taqwa. Okay. And do like someone who is working on a thorny road. He protecting himself from the thorns.
And don't you ever be a little sense because mountains are made of small pieces Subhanallah That's beautiful. It's beautiful. He is really taking this from ebihara
the best. Let's let's take a blindness out of the lightness old set taqwa
and use the Corolla who fella even sir. Okay, that you remember Allah subhana wa Taala always and never forget him. What are your thoughts
and you obey Allah Subhana Allah never disobey him with a Corolla, Yoko. And you're always grateful to Allah Subhana Allah Allah and he stay away from being ungrateful to Allah Subhana Allah, but he is the one that is beautiful. And scholars actually consider this this is the best explanation for the word taqwa. Okay, Toluca Hubby, what did you say? And dermalab, Utah Attila
that you act in obedience to Allah subhanaw taala. I learned more in min Allah, you don't make up your own obedience, sincerity and adherence, okay, that you must take from the guidance, total juice, however law, you're hoping that Allah will reward you for that. Okay, Roger.
What and here's the second half of it. We're going to look and see at the law, that you abandon the disobedience of Allah subhanaw taala. Again, Island wouldn't mean Allah, according to the guidance, you do not make up your own this. You don't say this is a sin. No, it has to be stressed out that this is a sin in the revelation, the half for the half Karbala and you're doing this because you want because you're afraid of the punishment of Allah subhanaw taala. So basically, taqwa is that you engage in obedience, and then you obey Allah subhana wa, Tada. That, and that's where Ramadan comes in. Ramadan comes in to train you every year. To do this. You find yourself in Ramadan, you
know, we cannot fill the hole, and then you go into prefecture, and then in the morning, you have to go to work. And then you have to keep up with the Salah, and then you're fasting throughout the day. And then you try to bring up the mesh, and the mesh and the mesh, and then the Hydra. And then so who always always you're doing was you're always engaged in the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala until you charge yourself and and you make yourself accustomed familiar with the or you reach a base where you're comfortable with the obedience of Allah subhanaw taala and that is what taqwa is really, that you work hard to do that it's almost like in the western states, and in the UK, if you
have a vehicle, if you have a car, you have to take it on an annual service, you have to take it to the garage, and you have to get everything checked the wheels, the engine, the screen, every small bit of the car has to be checked, and then you're given a certificate, you can use this car for another year. It's similar to this kind of you don't know what it is, you know what it is?
This is how I look at it.
You know, we have three enemies, okay, who are in our path to some submission who who are trying to stop you from submitting to Allah subhana wa Tada. Right. The first and foremost is you.
Your neffs Okay. shaitan that is too, and you're bad friends. Okay, the friends will invite you to do harm. The friends who do not want you to do goodness, okay, the friends will discourage you,
you know, to obey Alon and they want you to be in the world side of things. So these are the three enemies you have right shaytan is chained.
If you really have a good agenda, you shouldn't be around these bad friends during Ramadan. If you if you're going to spend every night in the machine you want to be around good friends. So the only enemy left for you really
is your nefs. Okay? Now our next when we neglect, beautifying it, it turns into a line. Okay. You know ideally let me just you know when you're used to work out everyday, how easy this is. Just stand up, get in the mood get get your gears on and just your own couple of miles. A couple of laps done. Okay, but try this. Try to stop
Working out for two weeks
how difficult it is to go back. Right? How difficult it is to go back. Impossible. You know, sometimes I lose a treadmill
and if I stopped for a week or two forget it and it becomes very difficult very difficult likewise your throw out there use your knifes oh let's play at home Don't worry about the machine. You know? Let me do that in your naps already becoming dominant. dictating now Ramadan comes my enough's Come on. Everybody Nima [???], come on. She try what? Taking your neffs back, purifying the naps getting back on track and that is why it's a pity. If you come out of the month without getting your naps back tuned in you know like the tune that like the tuning that you mentioned the service the service that you mentioned, if you wasted you wasted the opportunity shaitan is chained the bad friends
normally they don't hang around you. So you should be in the machine hanging around the right people. So the only thing that is left for you to fight with is your answer is it is it fair to say if using the analysis that you made of taking your knifes back because you've gone so far, that maybe there are a group of people Mashallah that they are close to Allah subhanaw taala. And when the month of Ramadan comes because they are preparing for the month of Ramadan, many months before, like you mentioned six months before, they are preparing themselves. So when the month comes, they don't actually go back better they actually move forward through. So some of us because of our sins,
the lying and the cheating and all the things we've been doing throughout the year, we have to go back.
But there are some youngsters that don't go back they actually go forward. That is very true.
If you read the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam he says,
seldom used to fast, almost the majority of the amount of Shaban right. Not all of it, he never completed in a month, except Ramadan. We don't. But almost the majority of why.
Why? To train oneself, something that we notice I you know, I that's possibly going to be my first Ramadan here in Asia, but I normally spend all my Ramadan overseas, okay. But something that we notice in the West, in particular, I don't know about the rest of the world that the first week, normally the massage is packed. I don't know if it's the same in England or That's correct. But then gradually, you know, the number of people observing selected therapy is massage, it is filled, and then gradually what the numbers go down goes down until the night of the 27th. And then it comes up again, they come back.
This is the style that you don't want to be off these brothers, these sisters did not prepare for Ramadan. It's like if you want to, you know, if you want to play a soccer game or a football game, right? You know, in the States, we have football and soccer wolf. So I know in Britain is different, right? What do you do? Don't you need to prepare your muscles Don't you need to work out, make sure that you're not going to have a cramp or exactly what Ramadan, you need to prepare your body get your body used to bring to hydrate at night. So one thing that you need to do get your body ready from now, try waking up, at least to rock us at least to rock as anyone with. Okay, so three, you
end up with a if you're not used to this, make it five, ideally seven, ideally, nine, ideally 13. And stop 1311 I'm sorry, unstop. That's good. So to try to observe a couple of days out of the month, the three days, the three wide days, you know 1314 to 15 of project and the 13 1415 of Shaban. What about couple of Monday's couple of Thursday, especially this year, I don't know if the viewers are aware of this or not. A lot of the people already are saying this is the longest Ramadan. That's correct. This Ramadan is going to be the longest Ramadan. I mean the day wise a number of hours the day is going to be the longest
amount of hours this month you need to train yourself. Don't wait until the first day of the month and then and then you're going to So get yourself already used to. So this way you got your body ready. Stop. You know stop backbiting gossiping already, because you're not supposed to do that, you know, already train your tongue. Now get your heart ready. And this is another machine getting the heart ready. This leads us on to our next point. Yes. On to look at now, there's a very important point about fasting and the heart which is fasting. Some people are fasting like you mentioned earlier is just a physical thing.
There's just no food, no water, starving, hunger and nothing else but there are those who fast. It's the heart that is fasting. And it's the heart that is changing. Can we discuss these two types of believers?
I want to I want to take this from
the concept of Sn. Okay?
You see, when jabril ra Salam came to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu Sallam howdy jabril the famous Hadith and what is Islam?
What is he man? Right? What is the lesson?
The schoolers they say these are three levels in the religion. Okay.
Islam is the entry level. Okay.
Here's the Muslim beginners level, beginners level, okay.
Rasul Allah, Allah Selim.
When they he was distributing the booty of war after the battle for nine, I believe, okay, for Saudi Nebula cluster, the Alon was standing next to him for cornella he set them up later foolin. And while I'm totally fallen, and we're home in
it given that person, and he did not give one and he's a believer. He said, Our Muslim he's a Muslim.
The woodwinds and solid gerat carletti arabo Airmen. The Bedouins came to the Messenger of Allah saying we're believers.
We're believers we believe Okay, Allah said Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to tell them that pull them to a minimum. You're not believers yet. We're lacking kulu as lemna Okay, but see what Muslims look at this while I'm
yet holy man, have you coleauxv come, okay. And when faith penetrates your hearts, then you can you can you can do that. You can say that. So the process of selling with a clear distinction between a man and Islam. Yes. Muslim woman, right. Mormon is someone with
you know, he is believing in the unseen, okay? believing in Allah. Angels, books, messengers. They've resurrection and kata. Okay that you believe in that. But there is the third level, which is
woman lesson. What is the lesson?
Carla, he said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and that would allow haka and Nikita
in another wording of this Hadith, and Daksha law and Nikita,
that you deal as if you're seeing a loss of Hannah Montana, and of course you cannot see a lot in this dunya but this is in a way that Allah for ilam ducklin Tara hufa in Nauvoo, Iraq,
the least that you need to attain that you need to realize that if you do not see Allah, Allah sees you all the time, right? That is, that's where fasting and the heart is.
something I said there is a Muslim and there is a believer and there is
something about fasting donate, okay. Even the Muslim during the month of Ramadan reaches the level of Zen. Okay.
I still remember these days, myself as a kid, you know, as a young man in Egypt
when it was so hot, so thirsty.
And I used to work in the fall, you know, by really revealing myself for the viewers, which is fine.
So, I used to be alone in the in the field, and I would see these nice running streams in front of me and search demand. You know, working somehow when I started fasting, it started also in the summer like this. Okay, so long days, I'm working under the heat of the sun. And he's dominating the street. You can see the water and guess what? No one is around you.
I never taken a drink.
I don't know. Likewise, you will find a lot of Muslims by themselves inside the house. The refrigerator is there. No one is there.
No one is there. He probably going to open the refrigerator and he's going to look at the mango juice. The orange juice, the milk and it's called been nice, but it will never take a drink. It's funny isn't sure how. It's funny how during the other month of Ramadan, the frigerators usually empty during the month of Ramadan. Yes, yes. That's the point that I'm trying to make here is the consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala is where the heart is, of course, that your heart is always engaged. Okay, and remembrance is always what it is.
autocode, Neff. Sokka in the cellar.
Be mindful of yourself. Okay in three occasions
This is where you want to be during the month either America Mellon federal court Nevada law Healy, right. When you do an act, remember Allah is looking at you
will either hold the colon for some Allah human
and if you say something, remember Allah hears it.
And if you're silent while he does sum up federal court ilma law hippique when you're silent
when you're having these inner thoughts, while an Aloha, Yala, Murphy and fusi confession Oh, yes. So be mindful, be watchful what you're thinking about. That is where the heart is, that even when you're silent, even when you're silent. You're concerned about what you're thinking about ideally, you know, you're fasting okay? And you're in the US that happens with with with us or in England and and this is non Muslims environment and especially now the summer women normally take it easy on their, you know, dresses and and so forth and you're walking down the street, your eyes landowner on a finger. Okay. What are you going to do?
Are you going to entertain it here, the thought, or even a turn away and say I'm fasting This is how long? This is where the heart is. This is where the maraca is
in all I read that beautiful story
for Muslims in a moment, okay.
Abnormal about the Allahumma No, normally he used to take his motherland Africa to the desert and do some nomadic, you know, like a nomad life.
He saw a shepherd coming down from the mountain.
Abnormal was very famous of freeing slaves from slavery, okay. It was mentioned that he freed almost 1000 slaves from slavery, and he would normally test them
before if the if he knows that they are, they are those who pray and those who are religious, they take priority in his list, okay. This Shepherd is coming down and he asked him, you know, who, to whom belong these?
These, this flock of sheep. He said to my master, I believe
he needed somebody. He said bernicia tell me once a sell me one of them said they don't belong to me. I'm only a slave and I'm taking care of the ships.
sell it to me until your master
that the wolf ate it.
You know that what the slave said to normal? What are you in Allah Subhana Allah. Where is Allah? I can do this. Yes, it's easy. He's conscious. Yeah, probably by myself wouldn't believe me if it happened before wolf wolves do eat sheep. But where is Allah? Allah.
That is what you want. That's the heart fasting shift. We're coming towards the end of the program, we've got about roughly a minute to go inshallah, we would like to invite you again for our next episode. So we can continue this discussion on Ramadan. And we can look into ways and how we can prepare ourselves for Ramadan. You mentioned the first one during the discussion about beginning to fast and start to begin to pray during the night. So these are I think the these are the key. Could you possibly in these last 30 seconds or so give some advice to us, and how we can begin our preparation just some general advice about Ramadan? Like I said,
begin some physical
rituals, right Salah refrain, the heart really needs to be prepared. Okay.
The horse needs to be cleansed, cleaned.
Some of the people was asked, What should I do? Okay. Should I recite the Quran?
Or should I ask for forgiveness? Hmm. You know how he answered?
filthy government needs water. More than musk more than perfume.
We're all sinners, right? We're all I'm the first one. We're all sinners. Okay. These sins are on that heart.
You need to clean it. Okay. You need to prepare it. Okay. Unfortunately, we have come to the end of this episode. Golden advice. I'd like to thank you for coming to the program and inshallah and
Next week, same time, same place, if you give us permission, we'd like to continue our discussion and talk about ways and how we can prepare ourselves. So thank you very much for coming along. The viewers. Thank you very much for tuning in. You had lots of things about Ramadan, the benefits of Ramadan, we talked about taqwa, how we can rectify ourselves. And the two bits of advice that we can take away from this program. Number one, is to begin to fast like the professor seldom would prepare himself and First, we should begin also, secondly is to wake up in the night and to pray just to Docker. And with Twitter, like the chef mentioned, and we can begin preparing for the exam. Those
who prepare today will benefit from the fruits tomorrow. So join me and during the shift the same time, same place next week in Sharla. Until then, I said I'm on a co author to LA he will buy tickets.