Channel: Mohammed Faqih
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one sixth of the month, is about to come to an end.
if not more,
and we still hamdulillah have plenty of time. to
reap the fruits of this month, we still have plenty of time to excel in doing this. Today, I want to talk about Ramadan, the month of excellence, Ramadan, Shahada.
This is what this month is all about. to excel in everything that we do this month comes and makes us realize that the spiritual energy, the energy of the Spirit, is stronger and greater than any other energy.
In your own personal capacity at your own personal in your own personal life. For you, there is nothing that you possess as a human being that is more powerful than the power of the Spirit. And the month of Ramadan provokes the month of Ramadan, Alicia, the month of Ramadan sparks it.
And that's why we see wonders. We see ourselves being able to do things that we normally make all kinds of excuses for failing to do
we find ourselves able to endure in a way that we normally don't, without complaining or without failing ourselves. somewhere in the middle.
We see ourselves
being able to relate
to many elements in our lives, whether it's the book of Allah, the Quran, or the Salah,
or our relatives in ways that we don't find ourselves motivated to do so in the month of Ramadan.
we wonder where that energy comes from.
It is a potential that you have. And what the month of Ramadan does is just it creates the opportunity and the environment for that energy to come out for the best of you to appear in the month of Ramadan. So it's not only Ramadan, the month that we welcome as a guest, but we should also welcome the new the new us the robotic version of ourselves that keeps coming back every Ramadan. And hopefully it keeps it keeps coming back better and better.
And this is this is the idea. This is the beauty of being able to observe this and do this as many times as you can in your lifetime.
This is the beauty of it, that you are a better person. Every time you have another opportunity. You're getting closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala in the Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us about two individuals in Islam that accepted Islam around the same time. One of them was martyred.
FISA vilella was killed, the other one lived for a year and then eventually he died
So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam informed us a habit or one of us a habit actually a third friend of theirs, saw them in his dream and he came back to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he told him that I saw the one that died later.
Right, in a higher position in a better place, or according to the dream, he was given access to Jenna sooner than the other. They both came, and they stood by the gates agenda. And he said, the one that died later, not the Shaheed not the one that made the ultimate sacrifice and gave up his blood and his life, but the other one
and he was surprised. So when he told the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, Yeah, because he got to worship Allah Subhana Allah and live a year longer, during which he was able to catch Ramadan. One of the elements of prophecy seldom highlighted was the fact that he was able to fast another normal one or more Ramadan, then his brother.
So, it's a blessing indeed, that Allah subhanaw taala is allowing us to experience the month of Ramadan. Again, we ask Allah azza wa jal to keep us well. And to keep us strong, until the end of the month, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to help us Excel. So what does excellence or sn in the month of Ramadan look like? may look different, you know, it depends on the individual and their capacity or what they have. But the average Muslim should be able, my dear brothers and sisters, not only too fast every day, again, I'm talking about the average person, those who are excused should not feel bad, glad tidings to them from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, you will be rewarded as if
And you're excused by Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So don't feel bad.
Don't, don't be upset, accept whatever it is that Allah Subhana Allah is putting you through.
Right? Whatever Allah Subhana Allah is testing you with except that condition.
And praise Allah subhanho wa Taala, for his graciousness, and for his generosity, but the average person should be able to fast.
the vast thing that I'm talking about brothers and sisters should should, should go beyond abstaining from eating and drinking from the elements that invalidate our fast.
And this is something that even those who may not who may be eating and drinking because they have a special condition because they have a health reason. Right? can actually also observe. So whether you're able to stay away from food and drink, or you're not and you're excused, we can all fast from more than eating and drinking.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said and this is what excellence and fasting
should sound like. melamine cola zuri Well, I'm really hesitant.
If whoever fails to stop lying and acting upon lies and, and live live a life that that is deprived from, from integrity. Whoever does not maintain his or this is what it means.
If you if you can't maintain your integrity, then Allah subhanaw taala doesn't need
doesn't benefit from you. Sacrificing or giving up your drink or your food. starving yourself is not it's not the point, though that that is a result a natural result of you not eating and drinking. But that's not
what what is intended. What is intended is for you to stay away from since
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has spoken another Hadith specifically about gossiping about about backbiting,
right? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam also informed the members of his household, right? To stay busy with things that that rejuvenate and enrich the spirit as opposed to things that just waste time and distracted.
So brothers and sisters, let's observe or less experienced fasting at a higher level or a deeper level, however you want to see it. Right. This this year is not only hamdulillah I managed and I know what are the things that I should stay away from that will invalidate my fasting. But I am going to not only not crave these things, but I'm going to resent them and reject them and stay away from them in my heart.
I'm not going to go back to committing certain things or to some of my bad habits. After I break my fast some people stay away from things during the day and then after.
excellence and fulfilling our obligations to Allah subhanho wa Taala being more committed to our Salah being more motivated to do more Salah
being committed to tarawih prayer, the numbers are already dwindling down. Brother sisters, we we as as believers as people who are seeking this, this loss of Hannah with Anna in the month of Ramadan, and outside the month of Ramadan, but people who understand that Ramadan is, is a golden opportunity, it's going to slip, it's slipping out of our hands already. We understand that every day, in every night, not only every day, but every night.
Is is a precious opportunity that we can't waste.
And there is nothing. There is no meal in the world. There is no party in the world. There is nothing that is worth us missing or missing out.
And for those who may have some circumstances, family obligations, that does not allow them to pray. tarawih brothers and sisters taraweeh doesn't have to be prayed in the masjid, prayed at home,
prayed at home sisters prayed at home, but experienced this. You don't want to come at the end of the month and say you know I only managed to do one or two nights. Do it even if it's short prayers, even if it's 20 minutes or half an hour. Because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said the same Prophet sallallahu Sallam who said whoever fasts the month of Ramadan sama Ramadan amen and what he said well if you're a nomadic at the moment, then be he also said man, Mr. Ramadan, whoever stands up the nights of Ramadan and praise Eman and whitey seven Overlander.
And again, it's not about the quantity but rather the quality, right? Eight records or 20 records at home that will take you 20 or 25 minutes, or 30 minutes, right with for sure. Right, or better than nothing.
They're better than nothing. So, excellence in Salah
brothers and sisters also excellence in other ways, that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam calls a Bible higher the gates of good or the gates of goodness, there are many ways to gender and we have to seek all of them. There are many paths that we have to pursue the month of Ramadan gives us the energy and the power to pursue all of them. Right. So let's take advantage of that.
Every time Allah subhanho wa Taala, in most places Allah subhanaw taala talks about
Salah you always find it being associated with giving.
This is the month of giving.
This is the month of excelling in giving. This is the month where we need to out do outperform out spend any other month.
Now many people their budget when it comes to grocery, in the month of Ramadan is double for some reason. We're supposed to be eating less, but somehow we end up spending more.
Right? This is this is from the strange phenomenon of the month of
how we're supposed to be eating lesser meals or supposed to be spending less on groceries. So perhaps maybe we're inviting more people are
but where we need to spend returns This is not on our bellies has proven to add them and I imagine your criminal Salta as those who who are getting by with with you know small portions healthy and ask them how they're feeling
and how they're enjoying the month. Right?
Where we need to excel and spend an out performance ourselves and outdo ourselves is in giving and sharing with other people. Right? Because this is what the month of Ramadan you asked the youngest right child in in the school here in Islamic school. What is why do you fast or what are we supposed to fast? They will tell you the number one answer that is given by the vast majority of people. Right? Even when you ask non Muslims who are familiar with fasting or they're familiar with the Muslim community they will tell you Isn't this a month for it for us to feel with the
hungry with the poor within within
needy, with the homeless. This is a time for us to know what it feels like to be hungry, what it feels like to start, right? Just get a glimpse of it, though we have a lot of options and we are blessed. So this is a month where we need to make a difference. And remember, whoever feeds a person who is fasting, fella who is euro, he will or she will earn the reward. I asked a loss of power data to make you an AI of those who listen to follow the best of what they listen to all who have a bolus of a lie. They were looking for some fill
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Alhamdulillah, Hamed and Kathy are on to Moroccan fee or salatu salam ala rasulillah who Allah Allah He also became aware that
the month of Ramadan is the month of excellent time for us to excel and fasting and praying and in giving. But it's also time for us to excel in our relationship with the Quran with the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala time for us to read more than we used to read. Time for us to improve our reading and our understanding of the
time for us to listen to more than we were used to. Right. It's time for us to reconnect with the book of Allah azza wa jal, the scholars of Islam, right. It was almost a common practice amongst them, that even those who were specialized in the field of heady and fit, when the month of Ramadan comes, they put all of their books away, and they open their Messiah. That's the only thing they focus on studying the Torah, this is the month of the Quran, Shadow Ramadan and levy on zelophehad. The Quran was revealed in it, this is the month where the Quran needs to be celebrated. This is the annual global
month of the Quran.
But many of us rely on just listening to it in taraweeh. And that said, you need to engage you need to come in contact with it yourself. Lead it, hold it, study it, ponder upon it, reflect. let it
touch you that it transform it, let it change you. So reconnect with the book of Excel. And again, do better than he used to do. If you don't understand the Arabic You can always read and read the translation. Right? Read more. So the idea is read model four, and then you've been reading all year, read more, and then you did last year, last autobahn. And if you're doing that, then you're excelling. Right?
And again, we still have plenty of time, let's not wait until the last 10 nights and say oh my god, I haven't done anything. I haven't read anything. So at least stay consistent with it. Right? And then last but not least, this is the month to excel in begging Allah Subhana Allah for guidance, begging a loss of Hannah with Allah for blessings as a loss of Hannah with the Allah for forgiveness, right? This is the month of wickedness like a bear the enemy for anybody right in the middle of the ayah that talks about fasting Allah subhanaw taala talks to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when my servants asked you about me
as to whether I'm close to them or not, because also how they came to the Prophet. They said, We want to
talk to Allah, we want to
ask Allah we want to pray to a loss of paradise. We want to cry out to Allah azza wa jal, abouna, caribou una de la, we want to call out to a loss of habitat. They didn't say, Nadeau they said, Our Lord, is he close to us? So that we would whisper and or is he far so that we so that we have to learn it? We have to call out out loud, we have to call him and beg him and cry out to Him. So Allah azza wa jal answer them himself. And he said, Well, that's a bad thing. I mean, when my servants and by the way, when Allah says a baddie, that is an honor. When a lot of First you as someone as his servant, law,
he calls up lots of other causes. Right? So we that's a bad idea. And if
I am close to the Buddha today that that let them pray to me, let them talk to me, let them ask of me. Right, and another headache, loss of how totalities in the footsie
one in salmonella,
right. And another Hadith Allah Subhana Allah says could
Welcome j and you're all hungry except those who might have stopped a morning income. So ask me for provision and I will provide for you for six Sunni. Zuko asked me for clothing in our clothing.
So Allah Subhana Allah is asked me for shelter and I will give you shelter. Unless you're asking us to ask him. He's telling us to, to beg him, he gives us we are asking. So imagine if you were to ask would he deprive you? If he's already giving you without asking? What's gonna happen when you ask him? He promises to respond to your call. So this beggar loss of Hannah with that and ask him and let's not give up need to do it every day continue to make and excel in doing May Allah Subhana Allah accept from you and I may Allah subhanaw taala grant us the blessings of the month of Ramadan in sha Allah who tada
the our department has a beautiful announcement we have a day that we call call fast with a Muslim right
so encourage your non Muslim neighbors coworkers family members etc to fast one day with us and break them fast with us on Sunday May 19 in Charlotte Donna More information is available in the lobby and I heard that the registration we're almost at capacity. So if if you have someone please register them ASAP because it's by registration is required so you have to confirm that so please stop by the dog department also prepared the Ramadan gifts we still have few of them left right maybe now your coworkers are asking you your neighbors you have them left this is what the box looks like has some basic information about Islam and it has some information about our mobile and why we
fast and some of you know the most common Ramadan items you know dried fruits and dates so
share with a Mashallah down the social committee is the social committee is presents young Ramadan scholars every Friday and Saturday night during the month of Ramadan starting tonight inshallah to Allah for boys and girls ages seven to nine
you know we have we have a program a special program for them registration and drop off is required it's between nine and 915 if you miss that cutoff, they won't be able to take them so make sure that you're there between nine and 15 pickup time will be 11:10pm inshallah to Allah, this is for tarawih prayers from which begins at 930 and we end
on the weekends we end before 11 inshallah hota
when they will have more anniversaries, and they will there's more and more information available. The kids inshallah there they will pray until 10 o'clock and then they are a special program begins after 10 o'clock so they pray the first dollar guys with us and then they have a special programming so that the parents can inshallah tada enjoy praying tarawih MPs
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