Bidding Farewell to Ramadhan
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Alhamdulillah All praise is due to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah blessings and salutations upon the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam while he was happy to remain blessings upon his household, his companions and May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every one of us and grant us an acceptance during this beautiful month of Ramadan that is almost grown to an end.
My beloved brothers and sisters I'm very very impressed by the attendance here this afternoon. At the Platinum suites here in Leicester or just outside Leicester, is it investor or outside list?
It's been less than so panela so we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant you all acceptance a lot of patience is required when large numbers of people participate in an event or a program. When it comes to the food inshallah this evening, don't worry, it is provided by saffron kitchen all the way from London. The reason is, we trust them Mashallah.
they've actually been with us for a very long time and their food is number one Mashallah. You know, when you're hungry, always good at speaking about food. Yesterday when I was seated
at my sister's house,
a few 100 miles from here.
I was actually saying, we're going to eat all of this. And when the alarm went off, we only ate a few things and when we're done so panela they say don't ever go shopping for food with an empty belly. You must always eat the food to the brim and then go shopping for food you will hardly take much and that's serious. Trust me the men are smiling because they're so happy I said this Mashallah. Allah bless you all. I mean,
on a more serious note, guess what? We were waiting a few months ago for Ramadan who remembers that? We were waiting for Milan and we were saying Oman is three months away, then two months away. And then you know, suddenly, Mei came in and guess what happened? Ramadan was the first few days of May it started and we are already in June today.
So Han Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to utilize the days before they slip through. In this way. Ramadan has come and gone way in limine Abdullah kurama Ivana palemoon Bala, one of the two hours that we were told that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said Ameen to was at a loss is the one who will misses the month of Ramadan and didn't achieve forgiveness. You know why? Because forgiveness is on sale. It's on sale.
What that means it's, it's going and it's meant to be achieved by every one of us. No matter who you are, no matter what you've done. No matter what type of sins you've committed, you're supposed to be forgiven during the month of Ramadan.
So don't ever let shape and trap you by making you think the sins I've committed are too big. All it needs and all that is required of you is to turn to Allah in repentance, he will wipe out your sins. Remember that Ramadan is a month of mercy. It is a month of forgiveness. It is the month of freedom of fire of freedom from the fire. It is a month that the Most Merciful has given us Allah is the Lord of forgiveness. He doesn't call himself the one who forgives, but he calls himself the one who have forgives. The one who always forgives, that's the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Subhana Hannah law, the one who constantly forgives, so don't let the month of Ramadan pass by without having achieved the forgiveness of Allah. My brothers and sisters. I've known of so many people have late diagnosed with what
cancer they they say it themselves cancer. There is something wrong. I don't know if it's what we eating or drinking or if it's the mobile devices or whatever else it might be in the environment. I really don't know but I know something is wrong. Young people suddenly cancer you know what stage four and they gone? Yes, there are some who are cured by Allah. But what does this tell us? It tells us what law he lives in.
Temporary it is short, it is very, very short. People are going in their 20s and in their 30s and 40s. Before when a person gets to 70 and you hear that they die, you know, people say oh well you know he lived a good age I know of an uncle who passed away not too long ago, 95 years old, Mashallah. They clocked quite a bit martial law.
But people are going young, what guarantee do you have that you are not going to be diagnosed something or die in a crash or die somewhere people don't like to talk about it, but we have to. That's why Allah gives us Ramadan so that we can keep on plugging back with him. You know, we distract and sometimes we are distracted. But come back to Allah. Allah is merciful. He loves you. Allah knows that you are going through a lot. Allah knows the environment you are living in. Allah knows the difficulties you are facing. Allah knows the challenges that you have. Allah knows what type of difficulties perhaps the depth perhaps the issues are you finding it difficult to get
married May Allah bless those who are not married with spouses who will be the coolness of their eyes say I mean
Mashallah, I always hear the men who are already married saying the loudest means, I wonder what that is in a dog.
mela bless you. May Allah grant us happiness those who are married Ramadan is a month to resolve your disputes. Spend the moment to solve your matters, you will be rewarded greatly by Allah subhanho wa Taala. Ramadan is a month where you need to set aside your pride and forgive people wouldn't you like to be forgiven by Allah, one of the ways of being forgiven by Allah is to forgive people. I may not want to associate too much with someone who's bitten me again and again. But I forgiven them without wanting to embrace them thereafter. There are two things, sometimes we forgive people, they expect us to return to normal. But I can't do that. Why I've been bitten nibble too
hard here, but too much here. The loss was a bit too big here. I don't have such a big art that I'm going to embrace you because the hobby says
attain a true believer is never bitten from the same hole twice. Never. Someone robbed you, and then you forgave them and you went to embrace them again and they did a bigger robbery The next time you were foolish, you may want to forgive you may want to let go. But you don't need to embrace the highest level is to do both of them. Your family members, someone you've got a petty issue with pride issues. You know, divorce happens in societies and communities. I think 60% of all marriages are probably ending in divorce at some stage maybe more than that some communities go all the way up to 90%. I was in a country without making mention of it. They said this country has a 90% divorce
rate. Whoa, I was shocked. And it is a 100% Muslim country. So Pamela Well, I see you guys are curious to know which country it is right?
More than the curiosity of wanting to know which country it is save your own marriage you will become a statistic so Panama to see the point. But what I said is fact some of you might know where I'm speaking about. I see you guys really want to know right? You know,
no way not at all. No way wrong. Sorry, my brother. He said Dubai. No, you're wrong. Actually. The Maldives? The Maldives? That's the place Did you hear the beauty that Allah has blessed them with? It's 100% Muslim country. It's an amazing place. They told me divorce here is 90% I hope now it's gone down to 80 a defined perhaps less inshallah be in the law. But what beautiful people The reason I'm talking about divorces, when divorce happens, do you know what?
A lot of people say things and accuse and so on not realizing that they will pay a heavy price, a very heavy price for those words that they utter for what they've done for what they say later on. SubhanAllah and then they're not happy sometimes 10 years 20 years later, you're suffering you're struggling your health is a problem you're paying in your wherever else, and so many other things are all going wrong. Perhaps you harmed someone with your time with your words sometime earlier in your life. And guess what? It's coming back to haunt you. That's why the best thing just watch your mouth. When you have a dispute with people. What's your mouth? I have started developing a habit of
saying good words. No matter what. You know when you're young you say that guy's an idiot. Look at this. She's so stupid. You don't need to use stupid an idiot. You can take it out of your vocabulary, your remote mean, respect yourself, I promise you Your life will change. Take it out. Why do you want to call them an idiot and the donkey and the dog and the monkey and whatever else?
That's what we do sometimes, right? We call people names, we say bad things, we use bad words. And we don't realize that those bad words will come back to us to haunt us. Don't think like you're not gonna pay a price for something, you will pay the price for it. So don't do it. Don't falsely accuse people don't hurt people, especially divorce. You were married. You lived with each other. You were intimate with each other. You might have kids with each other. Just watch your tongue. Just watch your tongue. I'm not saying don't see justice, but Watch your tongue. I know of a case where the family members who didn't like their daughter in law said, You watch we're going to make sure that
he divorces you. Do you not think Allah exists? And guess what they did? It took them a few months, they convinced their son somehow or their brother at some time that you know what, she's a bad person. They kept on accusing and creating this is the family. You're doing it not just to your own child or to someone else. You're doing it to the creature of Allah, without you already do. They don't need to pray against you. No one needs to say Oh Allah destroy these people know you have destroyed yourself. Why? Because you have harmed someone that harm has to come back to you. You know, Allah is just something Muslims forget is the justice of Allah. It might not happen instantly.
You know, you slap someone you won't feel it on your cheek immediately. No, you don't. Like you know what happened? No. A man will serve it back to you in a far more painful way. A few years down the line. Why a few years, those few years is Allah's mercy, he gives you a time to seek forgiveness, a time to make amends, a time to resolve and solve your problem. If you haven't solved it within that time, then you start seeing things coming to hurt you. They attack you what attacks you, I'm suffering, I lost my job. I lost this. I lost that. You know, Rama and pious people will tell you don't worry. It's a test from Allah. At the moment when something happens, they will tell you it's a
test from Allah. But I'm telling you in advance, the first thing you need to do when calamity strikes.
Ask yourself, avoid harm someone in my life. Did I say bad things about the person who might be a friend of Allah? Have I said things that are terrible? Have I stolen? Have I cheated, deceive? Have I bad been bad mouthing someone backbiting, slandering? If so, I am paying the price. Don't lie to yourself, you are definitely paying the price. It's a punishment of a lot without a doubt. Because why? You deserve it. You didn't seek forgiveness Allah gave you despite? That's quite scary, right? It's very scary, right? So what's your mouth? What's your tongue? When you're young and you're growing old and you start attacking people? I've seen it happening even in schools, high schools,
colleges, where you have someone you just don't like and you keep on bugging them. Don't worry, you'll enjoy the moment. But when their moment comes without them knowing Allah will take care of you. So Allah, do you want that to happen? No. So two things. One is change your ways and habits learn to speak with respect. You want to refer to a person you really dislike. Just say, I disagree with this person. You don't need to call an idiot for what you don't need to say dog for you don't just say I disagree with this person. They are a person as well. You use that respectful term to refer to Balu. Adam, the children of Adam, your brothers, your sisters, your cousins, I might be in
fact we're all cousins in here, aren't we?
Exactly. We're cousins. first cousins.
10th cousins, 100 cousins, or 1000 cousins. But we're cousins. We're related. Because I've got a nose just like yours. That's why
Mashallah. And it's good to be related. I feel that connection will lie with everyone brothers and sisters alike. We're honored by Allah to be man and we're not animal. We're not just a tree or a plant somewhere else. Imagine if you and I were plants I wonder grass savunma well as Hannah who Allah grant us forgiveness, Allah Allah knew by making you a Sherpa must know the most honored the most high of the creatures of Allah is man. And the highest form amongst us is the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, no doubt. So now, if Allah has elevated your status, don't drop it. That's why Allah says lapada fall upon Allah.
Be Sangeeta Gumi. Indeed we have created men in the best of postures. The best possible posture ever to be given to a creature of Allah was given to men.
You know what's meant by posture?
your organs and your limbs
as a human being, were placed by Allah and he challenges you in the best possible place for those organs and limbs. I want you to pause for a moment and think about your organs, your eyes. Can you think of any better place to put them than where they are right now?
Can you imagine if your eyes were where your knees are?
Just think about it. Because you know the greatness of Allah. Imagine your hair, your beard.
Imagine if it was on your elbow have been doing this all day.
Imagine your fingers the five Imagine if the little one was somewhere in the middle. What would happen? People you'd say How are you? They think you swearing themselves, Allah. Allah protect us.
So Allah challenges us. Have you thought about it a lot already? You mean, he skipped the brain right at the top. Imagine if you our brains were in our feet, what would have happened? We wouldn't be playing football.
So Allah says, I've created man in the best possible posture. Then Allah says, from Adana, who was philosophy me, then we have lowered him to even the lowest of the low, the lowest of the low. Why? For many reasons, attitude, habits, different types of evil, that man does so many things, so there must be an exception. Why would Allah say we've dropped men? Allah says, No, there is an exception, the man who is still very high and the highest in
Wow, some Allah, Allah says, except for those who believe and do good deeds for them, there will be a recompense that is unlimited. Allah will give you great reward. Who those who believe and do good deeds, these two things will carry you to paradise. And you know what on earth they will give you contentment, happiness, you want happiness, we're searching for happiness. I've had a series this whole Ramadan known as contentment from Revelation, if you heard about it, put up your hand.
Mashallah, that's quite a large number. contentment from Revelation. You can catch it on YouTube or anywhere else right now, as I'm speaking.
One of the episodes was just released Subhana Allah just released on YouTube.
It's the second last one, I think.
And we were seated here. It speaks about how the verses of the Quran are filled with ingredients. If you were to bring them together, you would actually achieve contentment and happiness. We're looking for happiness. People are so upset because things happen in their lives. I give you the same example of divorce. If you've been through a divorce, learn to take it in your stride. It might hurt you it might impact upon you negatively for a while. But Allah knows long term it was definitely better for you. Definitely. When you see what Allah gives you either on earth or later on in the earth era, you will definitely say Oh Allah, I thank you for blessing me with that gift that you bestowed upon me.
Perhaps the person who divorced you or the person who was with you may not be fit to be with you. I know of people who sustenance does not open up completely until the divorce happens, after which the doors fling open as though they've never ever seen money before. A lot didn't want you to share it with that person. So Allah subhanho wa Taala caused that person to come out of the equation, it happens. But all this needs to happen with respect. Respect. You break up in business, your factory burns down your shop burns, one of my good friends, a brother I know.
in Durban, a few days ago, he was sitting in one of the lectures just like this, he received the message that your entire factory has burned down.
He decided as soon as they were done, or just as they were done to go with a few brothers to see the place was gone, completely done. But guess what happened to the brother? He came back for the program. So Panama, what can he do? May Allah grant a strength May Allah grant him Baraka say me.
And may Allah grant all of us Baraka, perhaps so many stories I don't know about this brother came back to the lecture, and he's sitting there with his friends. And the chef who was speaking was actually told that you know what, this is what happened. And the chef says, Wow, this there is a brother amongst us whose whole place has been burnt while he was here. He went out he saw that it's burnt. He came back
And guess what? He's still sitting with us. Amazing.
But Allah knows I've known of people who've lost their businesses some years down the line, they've made so much more than they ever had in the past.
How is this connected to Ramadan? Ramadan is a month of surrendering to Allah. If Allah tells you don't eat, you won't eat when Allah says eat, you will eat. If Allah says you will not be fasting, you won't fast. A woman in her menstrual cycle sometimes become sad that I can't fast and it's Ramadan. Don't be sad. The aim was not too fast or not too fast. The aim was not about fasting or not fasting. The aim is about obeying Allah. So Allah says you're not allowed to fast. I just need to say hamdulillah I'm such a happy person, because I'm still obeying Allah, what the bonus, I'm getting a reward just like you. And guess what? I'm munching away.
May Allah grant us ease. That's a law, he decides when you're on a journey, you have a choice, whether you fast or not, it's up to you. When you're not well, depending on the sickness, when you're expecting you have a choice. When you're breastfeeding, you have a choice.
By the way, if you're pregnant, it doesn't mean that you have to break the fast. But if you cannot fast, no problem. You can make it up later. The only difficulty is making it up later. You will be breastfeeding for another two years. So Pamela, then what happens? Then you're going to be pregnant again. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, Allah grant us goodness, may Allah bless those who don't have children with children. When Allah hasn't given you something that you desperately want, perhaps it is because he knows what is better for you. You surrender to the decree of Allah. That's what it's all about. It's not about how much Allah has given you. It's about being happy with
whatever he has already given you. That's what it is. Just like I said, when it comes to the past, it's not about the past or not, or no fast, but it's about obeying Allah. The same applies when it comes to what you have. It's not about what you have. It's about being happy with what Allah has already given you. Many people have a spouse, a husband or a wife, absolutely lovely person.
And guess what?
They don't appreciate that spouse so they're busy looking elsewhere and outside until they lose the spouse. And Allah says, but we gave you we gave you the best for you. But you didn't want it did you? Allah forgive us?
That's why I'd rather my family be so happy with me.
than trying to please people I'm not even supposed to be pleasing.
I'd rather one person be happy, who's supposed to be happy than all others. I'm trying to impress them when I'm not even impressing the one whom I'm supposed to have impressed in the first place. So para la. I hope you know what I'm saying here.
People have halaal they have it beautiful. They have it lovely but because they don't appreciate it, they lose it. And when they lose it it's too late. And sometimes their friends cheer them on to say you know what? Yeah, good thing just divorce. Just go close it send them back home. Send her back home. Okay, I'm sending her back home.
But do you know what happened? Do you know what it's all about? Do you think it's that easy? May Allah subhanho wa Taala give us this Ramadan is not yet over. But it is almost over. I want to tell you last night there was a match. I didn't watch it by the way and I'm not lying.
How many of you watched it? Don't worry. You don't need to like put up your hands.
Marsha, Mashallah. I can see very few have watched it. Either were lying, or we will make it that's why Liverpool one.
To be honest with you, I don't have a favorite team. I don't have I don't really follow football that much. But we have a few good moments here. And there are a few Muslims out there who really, you know, doing us proud in a certain way. We have to acknowledge that right? If someone is a dedicated Muslim and they happen to be a cricketer or footballer, we acknowledged that Mashallah we have to, we should that we must. dedicated person people might say, oh, how could you say that? You're supposed to be a chef, you know? Yeah, you know? That's right.
I'm the chef, and he's the one who's gonna be reading the Salah behind It's okay. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to acknowledge one another. When you see a person dedicated to Allah, they are trying I mean, the brothers were fasting I don't think they needed to if they were traveling, did they but they were still fasting. However, we had the football last night right? Like I said, I didn't I didn't watch it people were single you were up watching. I wasn't up watching I heard the score immediately after someone today these guys and I heard this commotion What happened? Is it Liverpool one did they win by the way?
Let me not pretend okay. So
you know football, which
moments are the most exciting. Tell me what time what parts of that match is the most exciting. Tell me, please can you say it?
The last 10 minutes the brother says last 10 minutes. Would you guys agree last 10 minutes of the 1990 minute match the most exciting Why? There's a lot of noise in the stadium right? And people are waiting for goals. There's just a few more minutes left for a chance to score your goal. It could change anything, the last minute people are holding their breath especially when your team is winning just with one goal. You're holding your breath hoping especially when the ball is now getting a little bit too close for comfort the other way and you like Yala it's like the first time you've gone on to a lot genuinely like you know like serious genuine drought
you know that like Kmart like are you supposed to be saying those Alhamdulilah on a daily basis without any such reason you know? No. And then we want Mashallah then you get excited, I tell you
something similar, but on a higher level happens to
in Ramadan, you are judged by how you relate.
This The beginning is important, we will start we will go before the end you must have changed your life you must have achieved the forgiveness. The last moments are the most important moments hence, labor to capital is not at the beginning of Ramadan. Imagine if it was at the beginning. We would all come to the masjid imagining we knew each night it was without knowing which night it is we still come on the 27th and we go away you're lucky you can come on the 29th you know perhaps Lester has this thing where 29 Mashallah, they also come from the dealer. But if we knew which night it was st was the third of Ramadan, I think Ramadan would just be one day. That's it. Allah plan is so
superbird that he kept playing near the end. So when you go into the last 10 years now on full mode last 10 minutes, didn't he say? I'm saying last 10 days of Ramadan. Allah has given you the right time. You know, some of my friends say no, cricket is a bit boring. You know why he stretches a bit too long. So now they created something known as 2020. You heard that right.
I believe one of the reasons was to cut the time to make it exciting and to let people bat as they wish and you know, hit the ball as they want. So it's not a three days three days are boring. Trust me, you only need to listen to what happened the score later on.
You might want to watch highlights.
Imagine if Ramadan was more than 30 days what would have happened, say two months from Allah, I think it would have been difficult. And imagine if Ramadan was less than 30 days, 10 days Ramadan, what would happen Subhana Allah. So part of Allah blessing is he says, We prescribed it to you.
We want you to finish the time we prescribe. It is for you, oh man, perfect from the Creator who made you He knows you need this month every year. You need it. And he knows that the last 10 nights need to be full of a burden. And he knows that if you were fasting and suddenly you know from every aspect, it's a blessing. health perspective. It's a blessing spirituality, it's a blessing socially, it's a blessing. You reach out to people poor you reach out to the others who are wealthy perhaps with your character with your conduct. You soften yourself you refine your character during Ramadan and you make sure when you come out of Ramadan, one thing needs to happen.
What needs to happen? You need to save the changes
have you ever exited your applications or word or whatever else it may be without saving the changes?
And you say gosh, I can't believe I just typed for two hours and I forgot to save the changes
is that's what we do with Ramadan we work hard for 30 days we forget to save changes to come out of Ramadan straight into the nightclub they read what happened forgot to save changes. So Panama the day of evil people already start planning haram I don't know how it works here. But already people say oh, you know I'm glad it's like you as a shapefile being released some people say shapefile was tight I know I'm waiting to be released. They agreed we're gonna meet were at the nightclub or wherever else you planning with whoever your boyfriend or girlfriend to do haram on that day worse than that you planning to wear clothing that's actually going to
it's quite difficult to even suggest that these days. Why it's like it's my day until happiness Who gave you the deal happiness, Allah make Allah happy by doing what just went good clothing that's always saying
can be the best. It can be beautiful, it can look awesome, but you don't need to be immodest in your dress. You don't need to slice your clothing in a way that you are sliced yourself. You don't need to displease Allah, on the day that he gave you
to be happy, make him happy. You know this happens twice, maybe more, but two, I know. Number one on weddings. And number two, on the days of read. A wedding is a happy day given to you by Allah, I challenge you, my brothers and sisters, your wedding, make sure you're dressed beautifully in a way that Allah will be happy your entire marriage will be happy. That's a challenge.
I've seen in Indonesia. I've seen in Malaysia I've seen in the Philippines. I've seen in Nigeria I've seen in Sierra Leone, I've seen in various other countries, people who are Muslims from a wealthy background or even from a poor background, and they are covered so correctly, that nothing bad can come out of your heart to say Oh Allah bless these people, my own people are struggling. They love to reveal my brothers, my sisters, the day you enjoy to cover more than you love to reveal is the day that your connection with Allah is heading in the right direction. Did you hear what I just said? If you love to expose more than you love to cover, you need a lot of help my brother, my
sister, notice I'm saying brothers because these days we have to lower our gazes even from brothers
might see half of their backsides.
Allah forgive us
used to call it a cleavage. I don't know what the call is. Allah protect us. It's happening. You wonder what you witnessing and you're about to go into sujood in Salah. Instead of saying Allah, Allah, Allah forgive us. It's a reality that has struck us. My brothers were something respectful. That's always saying, be modest, were something respectable, and carry yourself with utmost respect. And you see, Allah will grant you contentment. Ramadan cannot end on a note where the day of where we are celebrating the obedience of Allah through disobedience can happen. What am I doing?
I'm celebrating the
act of worship the whole month of Ramadan. How on earth can I celebrate worshiping Allah through the disobedience of Allah? Does it make sense what I'm saying?
Am I the only one sweating or is it getting warm in here?
I had a feeling you know what happens sometimes? Would you say it's a bit hot, then it becomes freezing. It's a bit cold, it becomes hot. I still want to find people who know what's like medium. mela grantors goodness. But don't you agree we need to make it to our for the people of this venue, the Platinum suites May Allah bless them and their families and grant them goodness. I see Mashallah. We're actually full to capacity here. Brothers and sisters. Really, I'm so so delighted to see you. And to be here with you. What I'd like to share with you I actually got one minute remaining, but I think I'm going to I'm actually going to go a little bit beyond that. If the
brother allows me Is it okay. Okay, how many minutes more?
God said, I've got 2000 witnesses here who said, Do whatever you want. Okay, you guys know if not tonight?
No, no, we'll end just two minutes. What I want to say the main message is when Ramadan ends, please, please carry through some of the goodness carried. That's why you have the Six Paths of chawan plan to do them. I know there will be a little bit long in the UK and in this part of the world now, but plan to do the six it will help you they don't need to be all together. They could be staggered. They could be separated. But within the month of June well do these six fast you get the reward of having fasted the whole year. It's good. It's something another thing, Watch your tongue Watch your mouth. Watch what you say. Watch what you eat, what you drink. Many people don't bother
about halal and haram. Some people actually think that you know, haram can only be pork and alcohol. That's what they think. So if they see chicken and beef and anything else to them, it can never be haram because why? It's just chicken, but you don't know it needs to be slaughtered in the proper way. It needs to be done in the correct way. be concerned about what goes into your mouth. Allah will give you happiness, he will give you contentment more than anything else. Watch out how you treat the rest of people. Those whom you live with. make life easy for them. Say good things. bring people together, solve your problem, solve your matters. That will be the most blessed Ramadan Your
life will change your attitude will change. If you come back from hygiene, nothing has changed in you. You did your farm but your husband was not that acceptable hygiene, which would have a reward of you returning as clean as the day you were born. No
You didn't know. But you didn't come back as clean as the day you were born. Why? You come back straight into your dirty ways and habits.
The older people when someone went for Hajj and came back, they used to call them an Hajj. I know in North Africa, it really works. You know, in West Africa too harsh and hard. Why did they say I had to keep reminding you you know what you're supposed to be on a much higher level of character conduct and consciousness of Allah because you made Hajj. Today, when they call you Haji sob you say, That's not me. But you may have had four or five times Subhanallah I'm too young to be called Haji. You've not, it's an honor. It is an honor that is given to you. So it's obviously a cultural thing to call you a lot. But it's a reminder completely to say to you listen, you've made Hajj. So
if you went for Hajj and came back a changed person, perhaps that had was totally accepted by Allah. I want to say the same about Ramadan, if you exited the month of Ramadan, and certain things have improved in you and your life has changed even a little bit. Your heart has become purer you've learned to love people, you speak to them in a proper way. Well, like it means that Ramadan by the will of Allah will be such that you would have been forgiven totally for everything you've done before.
Start a new leaf. And every Ramadan, you change one or two of your bad habits and ways. Trust me you grow up, you become a person who's content who's happy, concentrate on your family, your community, and you go ahead and you're such a happy person because you know, what Allah once and you know, to make the most of what Allah has given you. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless you all, I'm really looking forward to the rest of this evening inshallah, we will be having, like I say, if our very, very soon, very, very soon, we allowed to bring it forward by a few minutes today.
I don't think so. No, no matter how much we say it's okay. We all know even one minute ahead of time you wasted all those 18 hours, is it 18 hours? Yeah, Mashallah 18 hours wasted just because of a minute. So therefore jela, let's make a lot of
let's make the most of the last few moments of Ramadan, score as many goals as you can
try to earn even if you haven't read the Quran through the whole month. And I know there are some who may not have even picked up the phone and for the whole month, please pick it up or open the app on your phone. And please read a few verses, at least you can say month of Ramadan, I read five verses between you and Allah. No one needs to know if you say five verses to people, they say so little. And if you ask them, what did you read? And didn't even read? You know?
So it's not a competition with other people. It's a competition with yourself. I must do best and the best, I tell you the best I can do. I will do. Never let your connection with Allah.
Never let your connection with Allah. completely off. Totally diminish. No, there needs to be the flicker there. At least. If your battery on your phone has gotten from 90 to 80 to 70 to 60 then it's probably an iPhone. Sorry. 70 to 60 you can see what phone I use right?
70 to 60 to 40 to 20 what do you do at 15? The phone reminds you to say what charge right? gets to 10 to eight what do you do? You start getting edgy, am I right? You start minimizing the use, right? You want to get to a charger, you put it in the charger. You know what I can use I can do the net I can do this I can do that one law hey my brothers and sisters your connection with Allah is more important. You see our spirituality it dwindles. Don't ever let it extinguish completely keep it going. Even if it's one verse a day, your Salah, at least your Salah, even if you're doing other wrong things and you know that other things are wrong and you know they're your weaknesses. But
don't let go totally of Allah. Never ever, never ever. Keep it going. Keep that Salah going keep some goodies going. Keep the consciousness within you. You need to know inside yourself. Yes, these bad habits I have. I know they're bad. I'm going to give them up. Keep on telling yourself keep on being strong. A day will come when if you have that slight link, Allah will make it stronger and stronger and stronger until you eradicate the bad and you become a person you wouldn't believe you would have been years ago.
Keep that thing going. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us exit this beautiful month in a way that pleases Him. Apolo Cali holla sallallahu wasallam Allah Baraka, Allah novena, Mama