Mirza Yawar Baig – Spirit of Ramadan #03

Mirza Yawar Baig
AI: Summary © The internet is the 11th of century and the news is the 11th. The speakers emphasize the importance of fasting to transform one's life and reset standards, obeying Allah's words and actions to achieve success, and revisiting goals and identifying the blocks and retardants to achieve success. The importance of knowing one's intentions and setting goals is emphasized, as well as seeking forgiveness and maximizing one's chances of success through hard intentions and reignering oneself.
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My brothers and sisters,

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this is the second in Ramadan.

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I want to remind myself and you

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as we have come today, this Jummah

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is

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the

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11th of Ramadan.

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One third of Ramadan is over already.

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And so it is a good idea to

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take stock of what

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we gained, what we still need to do,

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and make sure that we do it before

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the month is gone.

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The purpose of fasting is not to fast,

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but to transform our lives and put ourselves

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on the path of success in this world

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and the next.

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Ramadan comes to reset our standard, the criteria

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of what has value and what doesn't.

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When we stay away from even the halal

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during the hours of daylight, we are emphasizing

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for ourselves

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that what makes something good and valuable is

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not the thing itself,

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but whether

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it pleases Allah

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or not.

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That is the meaning

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of a wudia.

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The slave has no will of his own.

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His will is the will of his creator,

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Allah He wants whatever

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Allah wants for him

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and not only accepts it,

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but is pleased with it. This is the

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essence of ridaqalqaba,

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to be pleased with the destiny that Allah

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wrote for us.

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That is the first lesson.

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Obedience is the essence of Islam.

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When when Allah

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revealed

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Allah

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revealed, which means

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to Allah alone belongs whatever is in the

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heavens and whatever is on the earth.

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Whether you reveal what is in your hearts

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or conceal it,

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Allah will call you to account for it.

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He forgives whoever he wills and punishes whoever

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he wills,

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and Allah

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is most capable

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of everything.

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When this ayah was revealed, and we know

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this from the of this ayah,

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the Sahaba went to Rasulullah

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and

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knelt before

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him, went down on their knees before him.

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And they said,

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you Rasulullah

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Allah

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has said that he will hold us accountable

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for our thoughts and desires and emotions.

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We have control over our speech and actions,

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but we have no control

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over our thoughts and desires.

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If Allah

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punishes us for that, we would be destroyed.

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Now ask yourself before I tell you what

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happened.

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Ask yourself if this doesn't sound like a

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reasonable plea,

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but see the response of our civil rights

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and asylum to this.

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His blessed face

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became red with anger.

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He asked them, he demanded,

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will you be like those who when they

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received the command of Allah,

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they would say, we hear, but we will

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not obey.

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Obey.

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We hear and we obey. Forgive us. Our

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rub to you is our return.

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The Sabbath did argue.

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They didn't make excuses.

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They didn't even hesitate.

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They obeyed him instantly.

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And they

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said

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Ask what happened then.

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Did anything happen?

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Nothing happened.

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Nothing happened.

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And nothing happened for 1 year.

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When nothing happened, they did not know

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that this was a is that this was

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going to be for a period of 1

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year and then something will happen.

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For 12 months, the Muslims lived with the

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knowledge and belief

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that Allah

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would hold them accountable

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even for their thoughts and desires.

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That was the toughest

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training imaginable

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to inculcate the fundamental

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and greatest of all virtues, obedience

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to Allah in the way of Rasulullah

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Not any way you like

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in the way of Muhammad sallallahu alaihi salam.

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Obey Allah,

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the way Rasool Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam tells

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you to obey Allah.

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Then after 12 months, Allah revealed,

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The messenger

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firmly believes in what has been revealed to

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him from his realm

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and so do the believers.

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Who is saying this? Who is declaring this?

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Who is being the witness for Rasulullah and

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the Sa'adah? Allah

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himself.

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Allah

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is saying the messenger

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firmly believes in what has been revealed to

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him

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from his rub and so do the believers.

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They all believe in Allah

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and his malakah, his angels, his books,

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his messengers,

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And they proclaim and they say,

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we make no distinction between any of his

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messengers.

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And they say,

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They say we hear

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and we obey,

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and we seek forgiveness

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of our lord,

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of our rob. We seek forgiveness, oh, our

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rob, and

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to you alone

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is the final return.

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My brothers and sisters,

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the reward

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of obedience

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is sweet

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and honorable.

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When they obeyed him,

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Allah

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honored them

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by repeating the words of Rasulullah

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as his word.

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The Saabah

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Alhamdulillah.

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The Sahaba repeated the words of Rasulullah Hisr

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Rasulullah,

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and Allah

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12 months later

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sent down the very same words

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as his word

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to be recited in salah

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until the end of time.

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Allah gave the Sabbath relief

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and honored them

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by teaching them this beautiful Dua.

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Let us reflect on the value of the

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dua.

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The value of a dua that is taught

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by the one who will accept it.

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Milk, caffeine.

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Allah revealed, which means

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Allah does not require of any soul more

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than what it can afford. Allah will not

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give more than you can bear. Allah will

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not give you more difficulties or more trials

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than you can bear.

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All good will be for its own benefit,

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and all evil will be its own loss.

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The believers,

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may Dua,

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our Rab, do not punish us if we

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forget or make a mistake.

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Our Rab, do not place a burden

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on us like the one you placed on

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those before us.

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Our rub, do not burden us

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with what we cannot bear.

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Pardon

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us, forgive us, and have mercy on us.

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You are our only guardian,

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so grant us victory over

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our enemies, the disbelievers.

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Fasting comes to reinforce

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this primordial and fundamental message that all virtue,

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blessing, and success

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starts

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with obeying Allah

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and making his will

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be the guiding light in our lives.

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I ask Allah

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to illuminate our hearts with his light and

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to drive out the darkness of fear and

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depression and despair.

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As we face a hostile

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world

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today only because we are Muslim,

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it must be clear

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that the only source of support and protection

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we can always, always, always rely on is

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Allah

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himself.

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So let us repair our bridge to him.

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As I mentioned before, the first 10 days

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of Ramadan are over, and we have entered

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the second.

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It is important to take stock

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of where we are and what we need

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to do to ensure that we finish strong.

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Here is what I suggest for all of

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us.

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Number 1,

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revisit the goals we set for Ramadan.

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If you did not set any goals, do

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so right now,

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and check how you are doing with respect

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to achieving your goals.

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Number 2,

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identify the blocks and retardants

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to your success and remove them.

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They will be time wasters,

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pointless conversation about things not in our control,

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low achiever friends who will drag you down

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to their level,

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distractions in your day combined with the inability

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to say no.

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Number 3,

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apply the start, stop, continue standard

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and see

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what we intended with each

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and if we are on track.

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What did you intend to start? Did you

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start it? What did you intend to stop?

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Did you stop it? What do you did

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you intend to continue, and are you continuing

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that with more consciousness and with more energy?

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Remember that metrics

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is the evidence of existence.

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If you can't measure it, it doesn't

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exist. Good intentions are not

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followed.

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Good good intentions which are not followed

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by action are useless.

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Number 4,

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finally, having identified

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all of these things, turn to Allah

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and asked for his help to get closer

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to him because that is the purpose of

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Ramadan.

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That is why in the middle of the

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ayats related to fasting, Allah

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Allah

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said, when my slaves ask you, oh, Muhammad

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Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, about me, I am truly

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near.

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When they ask me, I'm near.

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I respond to their dua, to their prayer

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when they call upon me. So let them

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obey me and believe in me.

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Perhaps they will be guided to the right

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way. Every perhaps

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in the Quran is at the level of

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yakhid.

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Definitely, it will happen because Allah

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said this.

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See the mercy of Allah

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that when the slave only asked about it,

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Allah

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tells Rasoolullah

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to assure him that he's near.

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When the slave is close to Allah, he

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asks Allah for his needs, and Allah

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assures the slave

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that he will answer his supplication, his dua.

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Then Allah shows

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him what makes the supplication, the dua, worthy

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of being accepted and answered.

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Allah

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shows us the conditions

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for dua to be accepted.

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Let them obey me

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and believe in me.

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Obedience is the key,

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and obedience with knowledge of who Allah is

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engenders and strengthens

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iman belief.

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Obedience

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is proof of iman.

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When the heart of the slave is illuminated

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by the nur of the glory and magnificence

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of Allah

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filled with gratitude to him for all his

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blessings. The first and most critical of which

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is Tawhid.

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Then his immediate

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response

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is to make istikhaf

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and seek forgiveness.

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The surest sign of kashatullah

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is the frequency of istafar

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that a slave makes.

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Making stafar is also

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a sign of Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala's mercy.

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Imam Nabi Mahujah, after that he said, when

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Allah loves a slave

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and wants to do him a favor, he

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reminds him of his sins frequently

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so that he can seek forgiveness

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again and again and again.

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Allah

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ordered,

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walam Anahu

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La ilaha illa Allahu

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wastawfirlimbikwaleel

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mumineenawal

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he said, so know well,

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oh Muhammad that

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there is no god worthy of worship. There

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is no deity worthy of worship except Allah.

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And seek forgiveness

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for your shortcomings and for the sins of

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the believing men and women.

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For Allah

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fully knows your movements

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and places of rest, oh people.

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Surah Mohammed

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is a Madani Surah.

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Rasool, sallallahu, and the Sa'aba spent

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13

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years perfecting their iman in Makkah before going

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to Madinah. Yet Allah is

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emphasizing

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tawhid

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for Rasulullah and

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ordering him to seek forgiveness for himself and

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his followers, the believing men and women,

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among whom we ask Allah

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to count

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us. This is an eye of blessing

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and mercy for Rasool Rasoolam

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and us, and so let us make Istighfar

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after.

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And Abi Hurairat, radiAllahu

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Anhuqal,

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kara Rasool Allah SWALLAM

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WALLAhi

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Abu Huraira, Raziallahu anhu, reported,

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Rasool, rasool, rasoolam, said, by Allah,

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I seek forgiveness from Allah,

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and I repent to him

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more than 70 times in a day.

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More than 70 times in a day.

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As I mentioned last Friday,

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Ramadan

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is a time for reflection

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and introspection.

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A time

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for not only in in,

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incremental change,

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but transformation.

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A time for reorienting

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ourselves

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to Jannah.

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A time to reset our goals and our

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lives such that we that such that we

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achieve those goals.

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Let us not waste that

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reward

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The reward for following the sunnah of Rasool

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Allah

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and seeking forgiveness

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is Allah

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protection from punishment.

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In Suratul Anfa, Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala said,

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but Allah will would never punish them while

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you, O Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam, were among

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them.

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Nor would he ever punish them if they

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prayed for forgiveness,

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as long as they keep seeking forgiveness.

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Abu

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Bakr reported

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that Rasulullah said,

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whoever

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increases

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his duas,

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his prayers

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for forgiveness, whoever increases is stefar.

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Allah

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will grant him relief

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from every worry,

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a way out from every hardship,

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and provide for him in ways that he

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does not expect.

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And this is in

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Sahih most in,

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it's a Sahih Hadis in Muslath,

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Ahmed.

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It says a man complained to Hazar Al

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Basri

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about a drought.

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And Hazar Al Basri

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said to him, make us tuffah.

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Ask Allah for forgiveness.

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Another man came to him and complain complained

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of poverty,

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and he said, pray to Allah

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for forgiveness.

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Ask Allah to forgive you. Another man said

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to him,

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please make dua for me

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to Allah

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to bless me with a child.

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And he said, you pray to Allah for

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forgiveness.

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And another complained to him that his garden

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was dry. He had there was no land.

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No no no,

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irrigation in his, in his field, in his

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garden.

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And Hassan

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said to him, pray to Allah

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for forgiveness.

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He was asked about this,

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about why he

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said the same thing, gave the same advice

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to so many people.

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And he said, this is not my opinion

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because Allah

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says in Surah

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Allah

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says,

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ask for forgiveness from your wrath.

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Verily, he is oft forgiving.

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He will send rain to you in abundance

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and give you an increase in wealth and

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children and bestow on you gardens and bestow

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on you rivers.

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My brothers and sisters,

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this is

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the opportunity for us to transform our lives.

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It's the opportunity

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for us to get and gain the forgiveness

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of all those who have another time. Let's

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not waste that opportunity.

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Let us use it

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and maximize it and leverage it to ensure

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that we

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leave Ramadan

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forgiven

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for all that we did

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with a way of life

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that is a complete

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transformation

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and which puts us on the success

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leading to the rida of Allah.

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Ask Allah for forgiveness

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and his mercy for all of us.

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