Welcoming Ramadan into Our Homes
Channel: Mufti Menk
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Singapore 30 May 2015.
A beautiful dua followed by a series of “Must-Know” Sunnah for effective preparation of Ramadan. Below mentioned is a brief outline of the topic Discussed by Mufti Menk.
– Understanding the importance and benefits of Ramadan.
– How to prepare, look forward and experience the blessings of the month of Quran.
– Excellent Message to parents on preparing the family to welcome the blessed month.
– How to break the fast – The Sunnah way.
– Goodness of Taraweeh and the daily compulsory prayers.
– How to develop a link with ALLAH SWT and experience the changes in one’s life.
– Incorporating Quran recitation in the daily life, its amazing benefits and rewards.
– Duty of a Muslim towards Quran.
– Understand how charity builds your Akhirah.
– How to develop Khushoo and the Sunnah way of reciting Quran in Salah.
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah shuffle MBA, mousseline Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa tabin woman Toby I have a son Eli Yomi Dini, we're back. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we thank him upon all conditions, we asked him to grant us every reason to smile. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to help us through the difficulties that we may be going through in our lives and we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless every single one of us.
We send complete blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, may Allah bless them all. And once again, Allah bless you all and May Allah bless humanity at large. I mean, my brothers and sisters, it's awesome to be here at must ulis DICOM and this morning in this beautiful city and country of Singapore, and although I'm not used to the heat and the humidity, but inshallah as the sweat trickles down my face so we shall share words of advice regarding the month of Ramadan. At least today we're not fasting
my brothers and sisters we have a beautiful month ahead of us how many days remaining? Who can tell me how many days remaining for the month of Ramadan?
I can't hear an answer.
18 days 18 days is that correct?
Might be 19 May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us 18 to 19 days remaining for the month of Ramadan. So what is it that we are supposed to be doing right now? What is it? We are supposed to be preparing ourselves for this beautiful month of Ramadan
in many ways, and we are supposed to be understanding why Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept this beautiful month for us. Why is it that Allah has kept every year there is a month that comes and it keeps returning. It's a beautiful month that Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed us with although we are not supposed to be eating in the month of Ramadan. We have lots of food stored in our fridges in the month of Ramadan. Although we are not supposed to be eating in the month of Ramadan. The food that we do we have in the evenings tastes much better than the same food when it is eaten or if it is eaten before or after the month of Ramadan. You and I know this the blessings of that month begin
the moment the moon is sited or the moment the month is announced automatically you feel the blessings of this beautiful month but none of us has a guarantee that we are going to witness the month we are going to see this month not a single person has a guarantee that he or she will actually see the month of Ramadan.
And so many of us we have witnessed previous Li months of Ramadan and our lives have not changed maybe in Ramadan we became holy we became pious we became noble we read our Salah in Ramadan and once we saw the moon fossa for eat that day Salatu was not where am I right?
I heard quite a loud yes remember forgive us
but its effect then when Ramadan goes sometimes we put hijab month of Ramadan the minute Ramadan goes hijab is out. So it's like the scarf it says on there Ramadan that's it. You know Subhana Allah, the masjid it says Ramadan outside the masjid. Is this Masjid Ramadan? No, no, no it is masjidul st karma. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us is if we want to benefit from the beautiful month of Ramadan that is about to come. Let us understand. It is the month of fasting, the month of discipline, the month of taqwa the month of the Koran, the month of developing a link with Allah subhanho wa Taala the month of repentance.
The month of making resolutions so that we can leave the rest of the 11 months of the year leading up to the next Ramadan in a way that will please Allah subhanho wa Taala Subhana Allah. So sometimes many of us we complete the Quran in the month of Ramadan is that correct? We read the Quran we keep a bookmark, and we make sure that we read page by page or we read verse by verse, or we do something known as a man. Am I right? Is that the word you use here? satin
is a word that's used the completion and we read it and we say wow, I read one Quran in the month of Ramadan. What did you do outside the month of Ramadan?
What did you do to the Quran? Is it on your bookshelf? collecting dust? So one young boy says no, it's not on my bookshelf. It's in my iPad.
Allah subhanho wa Taala Granta sees. Today we have the Quran with us wherever we go yet we do not refer to it.
How many of you have the Quran as an application in your phones put up your hand? Put up your hand.
I can see right to the back there. So put up your hand Do you have the eye you have the Quran in your phone Subhana Allah then you are almost all of us. But how many of us read it every single day? Very few.
It's in your phone. It's with you wherever you go. But imagine the month of the Koran is coming. We are waiting for the month to come and even then we will be dilly dallying you need discipline. You know when you are going on a holiday somewhere. You will plan in advance people already know the next holidays where we are going. I believe Monday is a public holiday right?
Who knows where they're going on Monday put up your hand.
Well I suppose from from the perspective of the control that Allah subhanho wa Taala has and the fact that his
decree is always always comes to pass no matter what we plan then definitely we don't know but many of us have already planned what we are going to do in the December holidays. You agree
is we've planned what we will do. We've bought our tickets because Singapore Airlines had a sale, there was an international sale. So no matter which airline it was, we purchased our tickets. We got our accommodation brother I got it at 10% of the price.
And I've got everything sorted out I'm taking myself and my family and sometimes if we cannot afford the journey by a we will go by road perhaps across the border or anywhere else in order to enjoy a day or two we've got it planned and set out and before we go we make sure we've got some money currency agreed. We've got some money who would go on holiday without money anyone you want to go on holiday you don't have cash would you go on holiday?
I see we are saying no but some of the young people maybe they will take a loan and go May Allah forgive us really to take a loan just for a holiday is not worth it not as Muslims know it's something if you if you need to take a loan in order to go on holiday, the best thing is don't go on holiday.
Don't go on holiday perhaps spend a bit of time with your family. So we would plan a holiday we would make sure in advance if you're going to a Hot Country you start planning if you're going to a country where there might be malaria or dengue the flu or fever or whatever it's called. You may want to take the pills in advance you may want to plan if you are going to a place where perhaps it's going to be very cold you will organize and you will get all your warm clothing before you travel. Because you know you want to have a beautiful trip. You will arrange things organize things I hope as Muslims You will also want to know where is the masjid and where is the halal food because
that's the important cornerstones of a successful holiday.
As a Muslim you cannot have a successful holiday when there is no Masjid no halal food, nothing to eat, no way to pray, nothing to do and so on in terms of your link with Allah subhanho wa Taala so my brothers and sisters the point I'm raising is similarly the month of Ramadan is two three weeks ahead, we need to prepare we need to make sure get your warm clothing for the cold month if it is this is just an example. But what I mean is you will be standing in Salatu tm How many of you are planning to read Salatu tarawih in Ramadan please put up your hand if you are planning to do tarawih in Ramadan. You want to read a few extra Raka put up your hand hi I want to see it please
Mashallah The reason why I made you put up your hand
is so that your hand bears witness for you that yes, I have a good intention and inshallah I will do it if you die.
Before this, if you die before Ramadan, at least your intention is loud and clear. I was planning to read Salah tarawih so if you are planning to do tarawih and right now you don't even read your foreign Salah you won't be able to achieve goodness in tarawih
I don't know about Singapore but I know about my country and many other countries. People are looking for the fastest tearaway Ferrari, you know, quick tarawih speedy because they are not used to reading Salah if the Imam takes a little bit longer in Salah. They really feel that this is very long, and I don't want to go back here tomorrow. Really that's how it is. The reason why I don't want to go is because the mom is saying Alhamdulillah Yong
ki Mishima de ke, D me. I can't stand that it's too slow for tarawih
everyone is laughing because maybe they might be thinking, hey, that is very slow man.
They want al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen Allah Allah Mohammed, Maliki amin, right. That is correct recitation, but my brother, the one which has a calmness and a coolness, correct recitation, which is I'm not saying so slow, but which is clear you can follow it and it is not a rush. That is what you should be searching for. You will only be able to search for correct recitation if you are bothered about the Quran. So start making yourself bothered about it now. That is the book that will take you into gentlemen, it will take you into paradise alpha alpha jet to laka our lake. The Hadith says this Quran will bear witness for you or against you on the Day of Judgment. So none of us want
the Quran to bear witness against us that you know, this person did not want to listen to me unless I was recited in a rush. This person did not want to read me at all, although I was in their phones, although I was with them wherever they went, What a great insult. Whereas if you want to go to Geneva at least open your app How many times do we open WhatsApp and and we chat and so many other things a day and all these new
links that we have.
We open it so many times Facebook and Twitter and we refresh it to see who messaged me and who didn't. But the message is from Allah subhanho wa Taala are also in the same phone. Do you know that? How many times do you see those? How many times do you listen, if I sent you a joke on WhatsApp or on your phone somehow you would want to listen to it because it's a joke. It's going to make you laugh at the end of the day. But if I send you a verse of the Quran, you might say you know what so gloomy. So dooney you just listen to the Imam starting and you switch it off and say I shouldn't even have downloaded it. It wasted my my
It wasted the space in my phone. And it took away my gigabytes I'm paying for the service data.
That should not be the attitude of a Muslim We ask Allah to forgive us. That should never be the attitude of a Muslim. You need to develop a link with the Quran so that the Quran takes you into general you need to learn to read the Quran and its meaning so that it takes you into Jenna because it is the word of the owner of gentlemen. That's the reason it is the word of the owner of Jenna. And I've given the young people an example that you know what if someone you really love sends you a message no matter how long it is, you want to read it Why? Because you really love them. Really love them. What about Allah subhanho wa Taala he sent you the whole Quran? You don't just read it in the
month of Ramadan, start now start today pick up the Quran and read one verse every day. Is it too much? Is it too much? one verse, not more than one verse, one verse every day today, you need a hamdulillah here have been I mean, tomorrow you can read our Rahmani Raheem, no problem. The next day you can read Maliki Ahmed deal. This is the minimum minimum.
You must be thinking next to liberal isn't it? You must be thinking I can read the whole of Surah Al Fatiha read it with its meaning one verse a day at least minimum
put a marker voila he they will come a day when that Koran will bear witness for you because the Hadith says enamel Amma Lubin me yet we're in the cool memory Manawa
all actions are judged by their underlying intentions and every person shall be rewarded according to their intention. So if your intention was to complete the Quran, and you were reading one verse a day and you die after having read perhaps one chapter out of 114 chapters, you will still be rewarded as though you read the entire Quran because of the consistency the dedication and the intention you follow.
The consistency the dedication and the intention.
So we need to ask Allah subhanho wa Taala. To help us we need to start somewhere start today we don't have a guarantee that we are going to live up to the month of Ramadan.
But if I start today I will be able to at least I will be able to do something I will be able to achieve by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So one verse every day when Ramadan comes, you can increase that definitely because good deeds are on sale, you get a much bigger reward for a good deed done in the month of Ramadan than you would if the same deed was done outside the month of Ramadan.
But that does not mean wait for your good deeds. I remember someone asked me a question regarding helping the brothers and sisters who are struggling in Burma. And they said that
the Romanians who need our help, I want to help them financially but I want to wait until Ramadan so that my reward will be increased. That is wrong. Someone is dying now and you say die now I will wait for Ramadan is that how you should look at it, Allah will reward you more than the reward that you will achieve in the month of Ramadan because he knows your intention was to wait but the need is immediate. So give it now do we follow the need is immediate. You do not have to wait for the month of Ramadan to give out your charities you can give it now. And you can also give in the month of Ramadan. If there is a desperate need, you use the need to determine when to give not necessarily
the space and the time. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us all. So if we are people who are very negatively very stingy we don't like to give even $1 $5 when the when the connection comes around. We don't want to give anything even $1.50 we don't give How will we give in the month of Ramadan?
Brothers and Sisters when you calculate your second Don't be miserly. Don't be a person who says look, you know what? It might be 50 or $60 but let me only use $50 because Allah doesn't need my money the other 10 I needed more stones.
That's how people think. The young people are very intelligent today. They tell you does Allah need our money? So the answer is no. So then let me give him less. It's not a law whom you are giving. It is for the cause of a law that you are giving. It is for the sake of Allah that you are giving. There are people in greater need than you are you help them fulfill their need and Allah will help you fulfill yours when you give a poor person $1 you might be helping him build his dounia but trust me he's do our will help you build your Akira.
Let me translate that into English. When you give a poor person $1 you might be helping him in terms of this worldly life, but his prayer for you will help you build your hereafter.
That's what it is. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala accepts our wealth. A person who doesn't give before Ramadan, what do they expect to do in the month of Ramadan? So let us start giving from now learn to be generous. And remember, the causes of goodness are plenty there are so many here in our own country as well as elsewhere across the globe. Choose the best cause and give and someone comes give again and give again and don't wait for them to come to you. You ask yourself where are the good causes that I can give? Let me see, it does not mean you need to be a multimillionaire in order to donate. And in order to give a charity no $1 $5 $10 we can all afford correct. We can all afford.
No one has an excuse even the little boys and girls, the children $1 you can give learn to take from your pocket money $1 a week or whenever and put it into the donation box from the time you are young. But my brothers and sisters part of the topic this morning is also to speak about parents and their duty to help prepare the home for the month of Ramadan. My mother's and my father's who are seated here today and who may listen to this, I really have a message for you. And that is if you are going to be generous your children will learn to be generous if you encourage your children to give them they will be giving following your example. But if you are a person who runs away from
donating, if you don't talk about it at home, how do you expect your children to follow suit? How do you expect your children to follow this example when they haven't seen that example? So speak to your children about being generous. speak to them about those who are suffering across the globe and tell them how how fortunate we are
I remember this, tell your children how fortunate we are that the few struggles that we may be going through are nothing compared to those in Iraq, in Syria, in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, in Yemen, in Sudan. In so many other countries in Burma and Bangladesh, everywhere else, you name them, the number of these countries increasing as we breathe. May Allah help them all. So our children become depressed when they don't have an iPad. Those children are not yet depressed, but they don't even have food and drink and shelter.
They still have hope in Allah. So look at the depression and look at where it has come. It seeped into the wealthy more than those who don't have a person who has a home, a roof, electricity, water. In my own country, we barely have electricity and water, it cuts every single day, every single day without exception. The electricity goes for a while.
And it comes back but we thank Allah that it comes back.
And we thank Allah that we are able to have inverters. We are able to have generators that can generate power for us. We are able to drill boreholes where we can extract the water from the ground for ourselves, were able to do so many things on our own. So you are living in the literal paradise compared to others, including myself, Subhan Allah, may Allah bless us all May he make us happy people. May He make us those who can appreciate what we have. And one of the biggest gifts that you and I have after he man is a man, a man referring to peace, peace and stability, security, never, ever do anything that will result in the disturbance of the peace, stability, law and order of your
community, your nation. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all.
Never be lured into believing that I need to become a violent person in order to be a good Muslim, no way. The best of Muslim mean are those who are the most peaceful of us. Islam means peace and it stands for peace. And it really we have a problem we will deal with it. According to the law. We will understand we need to be peace loving people who promote the peace. Ramadan is a month of peace we achieved so much of calmness in the month of Ramadan. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us that calmness even before Ramadan, may he make us food with peace. My brothers and sisters many of us believe that we have huge issues in our lives. Whereas if we compare those issues
with other people who are going through real issues, we will realize that ours are nothing they are eclipsed into thin air. May Allah protect us. May Allah help you and every single one of us myself included through all the issues and difficulties we are going through in our own lives. I mean
so if the parent of the home does not read Quran does not show the importance of the Quran. How do you expect the children to do that I challenge you, my brothers and sisters, every one of you early morning as you get up, I hope Salatin fudger is there. I hope Salah is being read. You know the sunrise is quite late. We get up and prepare to go to work. What about Allah you might not come back from work, you might not get to work, you might leave and go to a law. Look at the earthquake that happened in Nepal. What happened to them? They were taken suddenly can it happen to us? No point in saying No, we are not in an earthquake zone. These zones can change over time only Allah knows. And
if not an earthquake something else can happen. We do not wish it to happen. We pray that it doesn't happen. We pray for peace and calm and stability but we need to know anything can happen. Even a little car accident. I'm sure a lot of us have lost loved ones or people we know in motor vehicle accidents that were fleek.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us. Every one of us.
We read Salatu fudger we should be in the morning. And after that, please my brothers and sisters get the Quran itself. You know someone was asking me Do you get a greater reward to read the Quran from your phone or from the most half? You know what's the most half the Quran that you see here the most half? Definitely you'll get a bigger reward when you read it from the pages. Indeed, the reason is for that you need to be on a level of purity. There is a certain level of respect you do get a reward when you read it from your phone. No doubt, you definitely get a reward. No doubt. You will get a reward when you read it from your phone for every letter 10 rewards you will get full reward
reading it on your phone but it is better and more virtuous and more spiritual for you to read it from the book.
Open the pages, pick it from where it is. Make sure there's no dust, put it in a proper place and you open it and please my brothers and sisters. I'm not supposed to be begging you. I'm not supposed to be pleading with you. But I am telling you
For the sake of Allah, I'm pleading with you to say read the Word of Allah before you leave your house every day. Even if it means reading one line, one line, just one line. We have not asked for much all we are developing a link with Allah. A lot of us have no link with Allah. Some of us don't even read Juma. Some of us we only on the day of Eve The only thing we know is to say Islam, Islam, Islam and hairdryer and whatever else it is Subhana Allah.
That's the only connection between us and Islam.
But every day when you develop a link with Allah, let me tell you what will happen. Allah knows that this is my worshiper, he or she started her day with me, I will be with them for the rest of the day. So Han Allah Subhana Allah now even if you have a massive car crash through the day, and you happen to die, guess where you're going to go? Your day started with Allah, you said the software Allah you exited the house that will come to Allah and after after that you passed away. People will also remember you that this person read the Quran before they left. They will be inspired by your deed and you will get the full reward for them following your example. Wow, where did you go you
went two gentlemen. Whereas before we leave, we are fighting as we leave the home we are swearing as we go out we are engaging in adulterous connections with you know the opposite sex that are unacceptable and so on. And as we go we want to go into the nightclubs or perhaps gambling. I just got my salary $5,000 whoo big salary, Mashallah huge salary. Let me go to the casino to make it 50,000 we go into the casino, and we lose all 5000 then we borrow from someone to say you know what, why don't you lend me X amount so that I can double it up and we lose even the other amount? What a fool. What a fool. Start your day with Allah. When you get your salary at the end of the month, you
will thank Allah and you will budget and you will spend and you will be happy.
You can fill your belly with $10 and you can fill your belly with $100 common factor is your belly is still filled. It all depends on how much you have to spend on food. So if your earnings are such that you are supposed to be filling your belly with $10, but you are greedy to want to fill your belly with $100 you will suffer you will struggle because you did not budget. And my experience is sometimes the low cost food is far healthier
than the high end food. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us understand.
But the point that's being raised is lead by example, leave your home in the morning after having read a verse or two of the Quran, in your living area, in your dining room or in your lounge, a place where your children can see you not privately in your bedroom where they don't know what went on. Let your children see you. It's not showing off it is teaching them to to live by example, when you want to read Salah in a way that your children see you and they can follow you and you can do jamara and you have read all together as a family that is big. That is the encouragement you will be rewarded for your children doing that in your absence.
This is how to prepare for the month of Ramadan. If the Father Himself is lazy to go to the masjid and the mother doesn't want to go for telecare or Shara and whatever else you call it. How do you expect the children they won't want it? But you show the excitement you show that? Oh wow. I'm so excited. They will want to come to the talk because you show the excitement whenever that talk comes.
And I'm sure you know what I'm talking about here.
Today For example, I was excited to come to this Masjid. As I entered I felt the heat and I said I wonder if I will be able to speak then I reminded myself You are here for Allah. No matter how hot it is. You are here for Allah. ask Allah to help you and start. So I came in Bismillah and I started speaking with excitement, you saw the smile when I started. It's because when I saw brothers and sisters, I felt the love while I I felt that Allah Subhana Allah.
I can feel a bond the connection, everyone's looking and the eyes are genuine. They're looking in order to learn something. We are here to learn. We want to be better people we want to be able to serve Allah through reaching out to the rest of humanity and the creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala we are living in a minority, we must reach out to those who are in majority here
in a beautiful way Subhana Allah so I was excited and I'm sure I see a lot of young people here. They must have been excited as well. Excited to handle I remember someone said Oh, I'm so excited to see you. I said more than to see me I hope it is to hear the message.
To hear the message whether it comes from me or someone else a good message.
is a good message.
So if we lead by example, and we show a keen interest in the home for certain things, then the children will follow. But if we are on our phones ourselves, and we are busy following the soaps, we are busy following the movies. And we will know the latest of all the songs and everything else, your children will become experts in the same field, and they will overtake you in that field.
So you knew all the dirty songs, guess what, your children are writing new songs that are even dirtier.
But if you were interested in the Quran in your home, you never had something bad and evil, and you were ashamed of anything that was bad and evil because Allah placed on your shoulders, the duty of being a role model to your children. So you realize that need to be a role model to my children. So let me now
it doesn't mean you need to roll and become a model. No, no, no. Role model has nothing to do with rolling and modeling.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. It's got to do with leading by example, for your own kids. For your own family, it's your duty.
If the father of the home is never in the home, it's not a home, it's just a house.
If the mother of the home doesn't have the time to spend speaking to the children, or the father, it's not a home, it's just a it's a mere accommodation. That's what it is. It's just a roof. That's what it's a bedding. To make it a home. You need to have a family to make it a family, you need to have communication, to be able to communicate, you need to spend time with each other. You need to put your phone aside, turn off the Wi Fi of your house. 10 o'clock at night off nine o'clock at night, switch it off so that you are not on your phone and your kids are also not we tell our children, you are on the phone whole day whole night. You know what? If they could, they would say
Mom, you're on the phone the whole day, whole night every day every night. I'm only on it once in a while.
But if mom says nine o'clock we turn it off. I'm off. You guys are off. Someone is dying, they will call you. They will phone you.
I know the excuses people say no, I leave everything on because what if someone is dying?
What if someone is dying? If they're dying, they will call you
so many ways of getting hold of you. But if you don't have time, because everything is to do with the internet and why do you have a family? What's the point?
wasting time, May Allah help us to help our children. May Allah help us to help ourselves and then help our children. And voila, he my brothers and sisters, the globe is struggling today. People are being brainwashed into extremism. You know, one of the reasons is, the family unit is no longer as solid as it was. If the family unit is solid and the communication is good, and there is a decent understanding and we go to pray together and we go to listen to our lectures together, we will be able to guideline our children, we will be able to guide our children and go to places that are meaningful where they will have a balanced upbringing, and they don't have to resort to something
that is bad and evil. They don't have to do things behind our backs because we have a good communication. The minute their mind is deviating slightly we will pick it up in the discussion we have with them because we have daily discussions. A lot of us do not have daily discussions with our children. I asked one man, do you ever kiss your daughters? He says daughters no ways.
You don't kiss your daughters. Oh, how can I do that? Say Why not? I'm not talking about kissing them on the lips. No, we're talking about kissing them on the forehead kissing them on the hand embracing them telling them I love you. I love you so much. I miss you send them a message. Your daughters are growing up your sons. How many of us have teenage sons? We never messaged them. They've got phones. They get messages from the whole world. They never got a message from dad. Maybe not even from mom sometimes message them I'm at work thinking about you love you mercy. Allah he see what it does for you and your home. See?
Don't be the old school we say how can I say I love you to my children. What do you what do they mean? You know, I remember the old man one day I gave a talk about how important it is to say I love you to your wife. He came back to me and he says I've never ever said I love you to her.
But I know she loves me.
And I said uncle your generation is already gone. You are one of those who are fortunate to have remain behind
new generation. You need to say 20 times a day minimum minimum. That's why everything is free Subhanallah internet free WhatsApp calling free, because they know you have to send it but the problem is we send it to the wrong number.
We send it to the wrong number.
Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us really it's something you
Important, something good to learn. Remember to use your tongue just like Vicar of Allah is a very great act of worship, to say good words to your children is a very great act of worship. One day the prophets of Allah, salaam crystal has an analysis of the law. And when he was a baby, that was his grandson. So electribe mahabis was sitting near him, and he says, You kissed your grandson, I have 10 of them, I haven't kissed even one. The Prophet says malaria.
Whoever doesn't show mercy will not be shown mercy. So my children, my grandchildren, I will kiss them. So to kiss your children is the sooner it's an act of worship. It is an act of worship, if to kiss your children is an act of worship. Imagine what type of an act of worship it would be to kiss your wife or husband Mashallah.
May Allah help us please don't do that in public needs to be done in private. I always believe those who do it in public in private, they don't really get along. This is just showing that we get along. Those who really love each other don't need to show they know.
So my brothers and sisters, this issue of reading the Quran, in order to lead by example, even a little bit every day to start your day with a good deal to read a two hour or two how many of us sit to eat together as a family? How many of us very few. And we say no, Singapore you know is the full life is very difficult is fast. We need to go to work early. No, you make the time to have at least one meal together. Start off with Bismillah alone, how simple it is. That's the minimum GPA minimum da is to say Bismillah.
If you want you can say it in English. Oh, ally, Thank you for the meal you've given me I thank you for the food that you blessed us with and the drink that you've granted us say so your children know that every time my father or my mother eats or drinks, they thank Allah so let me do the same. And they related to Allah. Oh Allah, it's you who has blessed this blessed us with this?
How many of us, say Bismillah before we eat?
We just Munch straight you bought your burger and it's in gone. You've eaten it and that's it? No Bismillah sometimes it's so unhealthy. You're supposed to be saying Allahu Allah.
Allah forgive us.
Some of these fast foods are so unhealthy that you are supposed to be saying our beloved May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from the evil of the food stopzilla.
None of us is perfect. But at the same time, these reminders should be able to encourage us brothers and sisters, we all want to see solutions in our homes, happy homes, happy life, Happy dounia happy up here agenda. We want to be people who are smiling. Well, it starts off by fulfilling your responsibilities, responsibilities on to Allah to your family, and to the rest of society and how will you be able to do that? Live a straightforward life? So when I'm eating Bismillah I have a meal together? Do you know what is if Tom, at the end of the fast every day you have eaten, a lot of us like to use dates, correct? dates and water. So we say Bismillah and we want to start eating. Make
it a family affair. Get together as a family make a dua to Allah because that is a time of acceptance of law and ask Allah subhanho wa Taala guidance and goodness sake, let's talk about it to our children. My son, what type of a doula Would you like to make? You'll be surprised what your son sees. Some of us the son will say that I can't tell you because you're going to get angry.
What type of a do I would that be? Allah forgive us? I hope that's not the case with us.
Imagine no communication with your children such that when you ask them, what are the types of do as you would make? Let me make dua for you also, what is it are you want to accept it?
And the son tells you, I want to take you away as soon as possible. Because you stress me in my life. Some of us that's how our children would probably react well without a job because we've played only a negative role in their lives. Never a positive one.
So let's make it a family affair. We get together we pray together we eat together. And this is Ramadan. Ramadan gives you the opportunity because you need to get up at a time when there is no excuse not to be together. And that is for sure.
What time is so very early. You cannot say I need to go to work know you're there. Get up get the people up. Don't be groggy. Why did you wake me up? No. Get up and make it something good.
Don't be lazy. Many of us get a foster home. And we will eat up to Salatin fashion and then we sleep like a log and we don't read silicon. Do you know that? silicon fortune is gone but you were eating up to you heard the adage and you went to sleep? What's the problem? Don't let the devil overtake you.
People say the devil is tied in the month of Ramadan. Trust me, those little ones are still running around. It's the big ones that are tied
to Allah forgive us, we cannot do this. We need to encourage one another. Let's build our character and conduct the prophets of Allah Salah was very generous in the month of Ramadan, extremely generous, he used to give so much so that you know the wind blowing. If we are all seated here and the wind blows very strong wind, it will reach every one of us right? Everyone will be able to say it's windy, the wind is when you know.
The wind is generous, so to speak, in the sense that it reaches everyone. The Prophet sallallahu wasallam his generosity is described in the Hadith where the Sahaba say he was more generous than the wind that was blowing strong, more generous, he used to give
he was a kind hearted person.
May Allah help us in every single way.
My brothers and sisters
the Quran, the duty that we have towards it is not just to recite it is not just to recite it, but it is to try and understand it, to implement it. To convey the message a person was asking me telling me you know what, I cannot concentrate much in Salah. Can you give me a remedy?
concentration in Salah you see shavon shavon is an expert in his field. You know he has a PhD in his field. shavon has a very high degree in his field. You know what he does? He knows that now you are trying to plug with Allah subhanho wa Taala. So as you're standing in Salah, and you say Allah Akbar, he comes to you and he says
your phone is gonna ring just now.
So now you're worried about your phone ringing. Then he says you know it's getting a bit late. Now you worried about the time. Then he says immediately after this, we have a meeting. So now you're worried about the meeting. Then he says you're going to need to go and eat just now the food is getting cold. Now you're worried about the food and it getting cold. And he says you know there is a sale somewhere down at the other shop. You need to go and buy the stuff before it is sold out. So now you're worried about the sale and the products and shaitan keeps on and when the mom says Barney we say army we don't even know whether it's the end of Surah Fatiha or another verse in the Quran in
I have witnessed the verses of the Quran that end with barley. There are verses of the Quran that end with barley. So sometimes people are sleeping in Salah literally sleeping and the Imam is not reading sort of the fatty habit in another place in the Quran. And he says
this is not even suitable Fatiha. This is somewhere else in the Quran. But because we are tuned and saying that once you hear Pauline you must just say I mean that's not what it is. It shows that concentration is 00
cannot do that. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us concentrate on the words. So I answered the young man by saying in order to maximize the concentration in Salah there are many remedies that we are being we are taught one of them is try and understand what you are saying in Salah when you start Allahu Akbar what is the drive you mean? What does it mean? What am I saying? Surah Fatiha when I go into court Subhana vilavi What does it mean? What am I saying? Why am I saying when I get up Samir Allahu naman hamidah What does it mean? Why do I say Rabbana? Allah can Hamed or Bonilla kill him? Why do I say that? And what does it mean? So when you learn the meaning of it, inshallah,
your concentration will be maximized because now you know what you're saying. If you don't know the meaning, you just come forth and you just hear bar mean and you say I mean that's the type of Salah
May Allah forgive us. So I want you to make a resolution.
I want you to promise Allah subhanho wa Taala that this Ramadan you will start learning the meanings of the of what you are seeing in Salah
it's easy to get books online.
You can google it exactly as I said it. And when you get the source make sure it's an authentic source.
meanings of the words of Salah of my prayer and go into it if you want start today so that at least when Ramadan comes you will concentrate those who love or those who understand the Quran. They love the recitation of the Quran because they know what it means. They are moved by it. Those who don't understand it that don't want to understand it. They become tired when the Imam takes 45 seconds more in the units of Salah. 45 seconds more
May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, we are worried about seconds and minutes. I promise you the amount of people who look at their clocks when it comes to Salah. taraweeh in Ramadan is unbelievable. I think we should be having a notice on every machine door to say like you remove your shoes,
leave your watches outside, no time must be told inside this machine. That's it. We would enjoy our prayer much more. Leave your watch at home. Don't look at the time. This is Allah.
But a lot of us time I remember reading salah and I remember clearly there was a man next to me.
And every little while he looks at his clock, shaking his head
and I'm thinking what's going on you in Salah, the Imam is reading you looking at your clock and shaking your head instead of Abdullah you've become Abdullah clock. Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us.
There are many of the clocks that appear in Ramadan
worshiping the clock every little while look at it, look at it. Yes, if there is something really wrong, like, you know, for example, the Imam starts reading a long surah and he just doesn't end. Maybe you might want to raise the issue to say you know, Mashallah, you read very well and hamdulillah or you want to raise it with someone to say, I think it was a little bit long because there are some old people there are some children they assume this and then whatever, but in a nice way. But if for every small thing you see there is a hadith that says the Imam must be considerate of the elderly. That does not mean he must read Alif BAA and go down. No. Some people think because
the Prophet says salatu salam, the Eman must be considered. So every Raka must be in Calcutta for some Arabic, English.
Allahu Akbar because I'm considered of the old people I'm reading in Athena. No. That is a wrong interpretation. Look at the sooner recitations The sooner recitals of all the Salah. fudger is meant to be slightly longer or is meant to be a long Salah Muslim is a short Salah Isha is a slightly longer Salah, which means if you cannot cope because you are old, get a chair and sit, but do not let people cut down on the sooner.
I hope we've understood the meaning here. People misinterpreted some scholars also misinterpreted they say brother, you're reading too long brother I'm reading the sooner This is the sooner recitation, I'm supposed to be reading these Sutras, or this length in salah and in tarawih. For example, well, let's talk about Salah first. So if you want me to if I'm going beyond the sooner you can encourage me to cut to the sooner but if you want me to read in APA in every single Salah then trust me That is not what is meant by the Hadith which says take into consideration the elderly and the women and the children and so on. The sickly
Allah forgive us.
So let's become a little bit more active when it comes to acts of worship. When there is a football game we get excited we will watch the match up too late at night. And we don't mind well cup season comes the whole month we are watching we've got our teams we are following people we don't know and we are following people if they saw us they wouldn't even want to know us and we're following them like there are gods
and when there is a season of Ramadan, which is more important than the World Cup season, we're not interested.
I'm not saying you're not allowed to know what's happening with sports and to participate perhaps within within beautiful limits and so on you can you should to a certain extent but don't get carried away, never get carried away. You understand your limits understand that you have priorities, prioritize and allow will open your doors.
So inshallah we are making some resolutions here that we will start by the will of Allah subhana wa jal and learning what we are saying in Salah Is that fine?
We agree. And hamdulillah and hamdulillah I hope and pray that you will hold yourself accountable for your own Yes, maybe that's why some of us just kept quiet isn't it? Have we all agreed? Mashallah, remember you said yes. When you look in the mirror, tell yourself I said yes.
Let me go back. So every time you look in the mirror, remind yourself as I said, I will learn the meanings of Salah you will read five Salah a day, I hope so some of us just referred three somebody to somebody five a week somebody five a year. You know when we say these Muslims should read five Salah some people translated as a day, a week, a month, a year one one is a lifetime Allah knows best. May Allah forgive us it is every single day. Allah He the benefit of prayer is huge.
It is so big that you won't believe us when it brings about calmness, when you can go into the prostration position known as such that for the sake of Allah, and you can declare his praise in that position and remain in there with a beautiful feeling. You see how you feel when you get up? You feel like Allah is yours and you belong to Allah. And that is the case. You feel so good. When we feel far from Allah, it's because we are the ones who have distanced ourselves. We don't want to read one line a day I told you one line of the Quran a day one line, it's no one can say that that's too much.
Subhan Allah, may Allah make it easy for us to fulfill. Then another very important point, if you want to fast correctly in the month of Ramadan, firstly, thank Allah, you are living in Singapore, because go and study the lives of those who are in Northern Europe.
They have a fast 23 hours, 19 hours, some countries they don't see.
Some countries do not see the sunrise or the sunset, because their sunrise and sunset the days three months long few months long. Go and read about it. What do they do? Well, they have to make a plan according to their assistance.
But with us, we've never faced that problem. How long is the past this year? I think it's quite short, 14 hours, 13 hours, I don't think it's going to be more than that. That's not much.
Trust me, if the doctor tells you you need to lose weight, what happens we'll stay away from everything.
And we will exercise you know taraweeh is not exercise. But at least our postures are corrected at least we feel you know that that we have gone down for the sake of Allah if the if your trainer in the gym tells you to jump for one hour, you will jump for one whole hour you will sweat it out. And you will be you will have you will need a shower after that. And you will be so excited about doing it and you will go back the next day. Nobody asked you to jump in the mud for one hour. Nobody asked you to sweat so badly. No.
We were just asked to go into a different position to stand
alone asked you to abstain from food morning to evening. And trust me when you break your fast in the evening. That's not a sign of doing cover for the lunch that you must know you have a simple meal. Those who succeed too fast in the most correct way in Ramadan are those who cut down their food in the month of Ramadan, cut down your food, eat less, for sure, you will be able to have a beautiful day without feeling much that you are fasting. But if right in the morning, before you start the fast, you have had a heavy meal, what happens the enzymes are digesting the energy required to digest and everything is happening and acidity is building by 10 o'clock in the morning.
Your belly is rumbling because it's calling for more food because you had a very heavy meal. So the sooner is to have a light meal in the morning. So who is only for purposes of Baraka.
So you have something that takes long to digest perhaps grains, perhaps a bit of porridge or cereal, a little bit of milk, maybe some water, some dates, perhaps dates are high in iron and fiber and so on and a little bit and then you see how your day goes because your stomach will not rumble at 10 o'clock.
Your energy is used to digest food. So when you have little of it, less energy is used. But we make a mistake. It's like It's like we want we think okay, I need to hold my breath. So let me take a deep breath. So we take a deep breath. Food is not the same. It doesn't mean I'm not going to be eating up to seven o'clock in the evening. So let me have as much as I can early morning. No, that's not how it works with food. It actually works the other way. When you eat less, you are less prone to becoming hungry, hungry quick.
Remember this is one of the secrets of fasting when we say secrets, we don't mean hidden in the closet. But what we mean is something that you need to know that a lot of people are unaware of.
And in the evening if you want to read tarawih correctly, make sure your star is light.
You know if you are going to eat a whole load of biryani and you know this beautiful rice and everything else that comes with and everything else they they they mentioned and you have a whole pile of it in the evening and your belly is popping out you know, you you think you're going to read Salatu tarawih Allahu Akbar and firstly Your hands are tight like one meter in front of you because that's your belly you know?
Allah forgive us. And a little while later we are all the gas is building up in the belly and so on. And then this man is disturbing us with his burping and we're disturbing him like a competition and the musty smells of food and stuff.
Be a respectable person. That is not how you should treat Ramadan. That is not the case have a light meal have something healthy Some of us have fried food. As soon as we open the fast you know we have savories or fries and so on. Do you know that that is probably the most unhealthy thing you could ever have on an empty stomach?
the healthiest thing water dates a bit of yogurt, perhaps a bit of bread Subhanallah that is extremely healthy. In fact, it's part of the sooner Mohamed Salah Salaam, the water and the dates and so on a little bit of bread and some yogurt Subhanallah amazing. But when asked no we must have all these fries you know they call him pies and samosa and whatever else I'm not too sure in this part of the world what exactly you have, but it looks nice. That is the most unhealthy thing ever, ever, ever that you could have had on an empty stomach.
May Allah forgive us? So we need to learn some discipline. And this brings me to the entire purpose of the month of Ramadan
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coo coo of you who believe fasting has been prescribed upon you, just as it was prescribed upon those before you in order that you achieve the consciousness of Allah, in order that you discipline yourselves within the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala so fasting is all about discipline, getting close to Allah, if I can read so much extra Salah in Ramadan at least outside Ramadan I can fulfill my my five follow if I can abstain from all food
in Ramadan, then at least out of Ramadan I can abstain from Haram.
Allah help us Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors, my brothers and sisters, it's been a beautiful morning.
As much as I thought it would be so hot, yes, it is very hot. But somehow we managed to carry on by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. I've spoken already for almost an hour. And I'd like to thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for giving me this opportunity to having met with my brothers and sisters in this beautiful country of Singapore. And obviously we will still be having a few more programs. And I thank you for your attentiveness and the fact that you've been sitting as well in the same heat that I'm standing in, but at the same time with all the smiles on all the faces and all the wounds that I feel from this beautiful place. I asked a lot to accept it from all of us. And I hope and
pray that Allah can help us to become better people. The month of Ramadan is ahead of us do something about it now. Don't wait and say well when Ramadan comes, this is what will happen and that's what will happen. Become regular with your Salah now start fasting twice a week. You know the sooner fast. Monday and Thursday started. Start fasting Monday and Thursday. Today we are on a Saturday agreed This is a Saturday. Sunday is tomorrow. planned from now that the sooner fast for the Monday, I will faster and faster Monday just a Monday Subhanallah and then you will have a break Tuesday, Wednesday and then faster Thursday. See what it does for you see what it does. It will
bring you close to Allah you will be able to abstain from sin because you are fasting and if you make it a habit, it's a sooner that will take you straight to gentleman by the word of Allah it will take you to paradise it will open your doors. So start the voluntary fasts. If you cannot do it every Monday and Thursday, at least some time.
Once in a while, get up for 200 you know what is Serato?
Allah, the Salah slightly before the pre dawn prayer, the fudger you just before fudger
May Allah open your doors so remember, let's lead by example. They just live in our homes make them beautiful places where we have good communication, we smile at each other, we fulfill each other's rights. We love our kids and we tell them we love our family members. We tell them our parents we make it easy for them. We tell them how much we love them and appreciate them and we should be by the will of Allah doing things collectively as a family as well. Very important points we've raised this morning. I hope Allah makes it easy for me to put it into practice and for every one of you inshallah until we meet again sallallahu wasallam albaraka Allah Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah
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