Mirza Yawar Baig – New England Law MSA Event Fasting

Mirza Yawar Baig
AI: Summary © The importance of being aware of Islam and its benefits, including the church's values, is emphasized. It is important to be aware of the church's values to avoid negative consequences and to increase confidence in one's behavior. The benefits of fasting include reinforcing healthy behavior, building a resume, and being a valued person. The importance of being aware of Islam and its benefits is emphasized.
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May peace and blessings be upon all of

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you. We ask Allah

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to bless

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this day. As Riza said, it is a,

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it is a historic day.

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It's and historic days are not marked by

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how many people

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were there in numbers, but who had the

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dedication to come and,

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be there. So it's the individuals

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that matter.

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And,

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I'm very happy to see all of you

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here.

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Very quick one, which is

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since it is Ramadan and today is the

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15 days have passed, so half of Ramadan

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is over.

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Ramadan is the essence of Islam.

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Because Islam, as you know, means to submit,

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and we believe that all

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prophets of all religions

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came with the same religion which is to

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submit to the creator,

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God Almighty,

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and that submission is called Islam.

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Fasting, Ramadan,

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is the essence of that because Allah,

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the glorious and magnificent

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in the Quran about Ramadan, Allah said,

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Allah said, O you who believe fasting has

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been prescribed upon you

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as it was prescribed for those before you,

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so that you might become mutakoon, you might

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become conscious of Allah in your lives.

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As you know, of course, fasting is common

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to Judaism, to Christianity,

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to practically every religion. In one form or

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the other, people fast

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And they all fast for the same reason,

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which is to get close to God, to

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get close to the Creator,

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have a sense of the Creator in our

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lives.

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The Creator, Allah, is part of the equation

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anyway.

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The key is to

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be aware of that and to be conscious

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of that. The benefit of being conscious of

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Allah

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in our lives is twofold. 1,

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is keeps it keeps us on the straight

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path, on the on the path of steadfastness.

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It keeps us away from all forms of

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evil, all forms of negativity,

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keeps us safe from all forms of sins

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because I'm aware that Allah is with me.

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Right? So if Allah is with me, then

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obviously I don't do anything which is displeasing

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to him.

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I don't do anything which I

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would feel ashamed to do,

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before

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him. I mean, anyone

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with any sense of decency,

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even for example, a simple thing of, you

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know, many of us have get we get

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used to using all kinds of language. So

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when we are

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with our peers, we might use that language.

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But if if our parents come,

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right,

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anyone with any decency will not use foul

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language before their parents as a matter as

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a mark of respect. Right? I'm not saying

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it's good to use it anyway, but the

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point I'm making is that out of respect.

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So now the point is if we if

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I am going to behave in a certain

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way

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in front of my parents, how can I

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behave in a way different from that in

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front of God himself?

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So if it's if it is

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bad enough that I do not speak that

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language in polite company, I don't speak that

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if I'm in a board if I'm in

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a board meeting, both

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Mohammad and myself, we come from corporate backgrounds.

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No matter what language you speak outside, in

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a board meeting, you do not use certain

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words. As simple as that. Right? Now and

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so then how would you use that in

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front of God? In front of Allah

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He is with me. So it keeps us

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on the straight path. The second big benefit

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of a sense of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala,

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sense of God almighty in my life

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is it gives me enormous confidence. It takes

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me it takes away all the fear, takes

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away all depression and despair and hopelessness and

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anxiety and all forms of tension from the

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heart and illuminates it with the glow and

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the glory and the magnificence of Allah Subhanahu

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wa Ta'ala, which we call.

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Right? Because Allah is God is with me.

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Is there a problem? No problem. God is

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with me.

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I even take it to the extent of,

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like, I do this all the time.

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I can't find parking. I say, God is

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with me. Allah is with me, and parking

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happens.

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Try it to seriously.

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And why not? And my point is very

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simple. You know, if if God is with

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me, why I I don't have to wait

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for some great calamity to be,

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to face it. Everywhere,

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constantly,

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my decision in life, any fears I have,

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if I'm feeling sad, if I'm feeling, you

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know, angry about something, if I'm feeling helpless

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about something, I'm feeling hopeless about something, Alhamdulillah,

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Allah is with me.

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Allah is with me. And you will find

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that the enormous amount of comfort you get

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from that.

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That is the that is the the big,

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benefit of that. Now Ramadan reinforces

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and reiterates that, Because in fasting during the

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period of the of the fast, which is

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from about an hour before

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sunrise to sunset as you saw here,

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during this period,

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we do not do things which are normally

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permissible.

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Right? To eat and to drink and to

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have to have intimate relationships with our spouses

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are normally permissible. They are good actions. If

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you do that, Allah will reward you, but

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during this period, you don't do that. Why

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not? Because God said so, because Allah said

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so. There is another reason.

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We fast because Allah told us to fast.

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That is it.

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It's not doing that to to decrease my

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glycemic index or to, you know, to,

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do some good to my cholesterol or something.

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No. This is for because Allah said so.

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This is to reinforce the fact that my

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whole life

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must operate on that same principle

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which is

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because Allah said so.

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So everything I do

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must be in that framework.

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I do this because it pleases Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala.

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Now the beauty is that everything that pleases

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Allah

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is intrinsically good by itself.

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It's something that any

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normal, decent, moral,

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you know, human being, responsible person would do

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anyway. For example, not lying, not cheating,

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being faithful

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to your,

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to your spouses, to your relationships,

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right,

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not slandering, not backbiting.

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All of these things are good anyway.

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I mean, who who who says that? You

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know what? This guy, Oh, fantastic fantastic guy.

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You know the way he lies. Oh my

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god. I mean, you need to learn from

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him. How to tell life? Nobody does that,

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right? No one does that.

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Even the people who

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may say, alright, so someone

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nobody praises

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things which are intrinsically bad. Nobody.

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Even people who are doing that.

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Somebody who might might might have a very

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very foul tongue will not teach his little

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children.

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He won't have a class to say, okay.

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I will teach you how to curse. Right?

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So these are the curse words. Learn them.

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Now repeat after me. No.

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Even people who do bad stuff, they know

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it is bad. Intrinsically, inside, we know it

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is bad. So when we have Allah

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with us

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and we live our lives to please him,

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then automatically our lives become good because these

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things are good in themselves.

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And the worldly benefit of that is you

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really become the most beloved, the most respected,

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the most influential person

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in your own circle in any case.

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And then, guess what? You are also pleasing

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. So fasting reminds us

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that one day we will meet Allah.

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And that day must be the best day

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of my life.

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And that's why fasting Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

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said,

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wa anaajibeh.

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He said, the fast is for me, and

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I will reward it.

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In Islam Allah

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gave, told us different kinds of,

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you know, we say hasarat, which is good

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deeds, different kinds of rewards for different things.

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For example, reciting Quran,

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the prophet

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told us, peace be upon him, he said

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for every letter of the Quran to be

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which is recited, not word, letter,

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Allah will give you ten good deeds, 10

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hasanat. Right? And he said alif, lam, mim

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is not 1 letter, alif is 1 letter,

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lam is 1 letter, mim is 1 letter.

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So if you say alif, lam, mim, you

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got 30 hasanat.

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But for the fast, Allah did not say

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how many. Allah said, I will give.

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Right? So it's beyond count because if Allah

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is giving, then Allah gives in keeping with

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his majesty and grace.

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It's not it's not 1 or 2. Right?

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So this is the thing to understand which

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is

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that is why fasting is so important. That

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is why as Muslims we look forward to

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fasting.

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And InshaAllah Hamdulillah,

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the fact that the MSA here is being

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set up in the middle of Ramadan, may

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Allah make this

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means of great khayr and balaka, means of

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great beauty, means of great

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blessing

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for this college, for this city, for the

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country, for all of us, for the world,

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and make all of you because of guidance

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for all those who are in the world,

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who need guidance, which is every all of

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us, Insha'Allah.

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