Cleaning up before Ramadan
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Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Al hamdu lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah he was Allah Allah He was happy he urged main.
My beloved brothers the first request I have is for you to put your phones down.
Inshallah we are recording this and we will make it available on YouTube by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala
but this being the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala to have everyone stand and everyone's phones come up and all the lights shine bright.
Personally, I think it's a disturbance not only for the speaker, but even for the others who want to concentrate.
My brothers and sisters I start off with a dua a supplication a prayer, may Allah forgive all of us. May Allah grant us steadfastness may Allah be pleased with us. May Allah alleviate the suffering of all those who are struggling across the globe. May Allah grant is in all your lives. Whoever is struggling in whatever way May Allah grant you is May Allah answer our do as obviously the halal ones. May Allah say, Amin
May Allah Almighty protect us from haram May Allah Almighty make us realize that we need to develop a relationship with him and make it easy for us.
I was told to speak about utilizing your time during the month of Ramadan how to do it perhaps the preparation, the run up to the month of Ramadan.
And I think one of the most important things for us to note is why the fasting was prescribed in the first place. Yeah, I you
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simple reason made mention of directly Why did Allah tell us to fast?
He says Lala contacter code. That's the reason
are you who believe fasting has been prescribed upon you just like it was to those before you in order that you achieve taco Wha what is taqwa? When you hear people speak about it. They say the consciousness of Allah the fear of Allah. What else do they say? They say
various other things. I'm sure you've heard. Consciousness of Allah Taqwa.
I'm sure you've heard the fear of Allah Taqwa.
There was a question that someone raised a few years back, which resulted in a beautiful explanation that I want to share with you. They said the question from a young lad Why should I
be scared of Allah? Meaning that when you say fear of Allah, fear Allah? You know?
It's a good question.
One of the primary things you and I need to understand is the consciousness of Allah, which means to know that He is your Lord, He made you He is in control of everything on Earth, and you are going to helplessly go back to him, helplessly go back to him, meaning the day you are in your last no one and nothing will be able to delay you by a moment in Agile Allah He either Jah Allah, you know, quantum to Allah moon, if only you knew when the fixed time of Allah comes for you or for anything or anyone, it will not be delayed, not even by a moment. You gotta go, you got to go. You could have had all the wealth on earth or all the health on Earth, but your time is up, it's up, something will
happen to ensure that you're gone. So I need to be conscious of that all the time, all the time. I need to keep thinking about the fact that I came from somewhere I am somewhere and I'm going somewhere, consciousness, but the fear of Allah?
Do I worship Allah because I'm scared of him?
Good question, right?
When you're scared of someone, what type of relationship would you have? So you need to put this fear of Allah into context, what is the context? There is a way of explaining it or there are perhaps more than one way. There is more than one way of explaining it perhaps. But here's one.
So when you love someone, and you love them dearly, think about someone you love. You love them so much.
Sure, you guys have someone in your minds, right?
Oh, by the way, you're nodding your head. I hope it's halaal. Brother.
You have someone in your mind, I love this person so much right? Would you do anything to hurt them? Would you do anything to be in their bad books? So the relationship is disturbed? Would you do something like that? The answer is no. Why don't you want to do something? Because I don't want to spoil this relation that I have. You understand what I'm saying? So I fear spoiling the relationship with the one I love. So this fear is born out of tremendous love. You understand the point? Because I love Allah so much I fear getting into the bad books. You see what I'm saying? So Tekoa is untouch alibi in a carabiner either below he will die. Yeah. If you look at the deep explanation that some
have given, they have said Taqwa comes from the term we die, which refers to a barrier. So create a barrier between you and what? That which displeases Allah or the punishment of Allah, I make a barrier. How do I make that barrier? Well, by doing the right things and staying away from the wrong things as simple as that, so that is taqwa in essence. So Allah says, I have prescribed fasting so that your relationship with Me can be on the highest level, you you realize who I am, you worship me correctly, you become compassionate and all the other benefits of fasting. And at the end of that prescribed time, you should have achieved a better relationship with Allah. That's why they say ye
lunamon Adara Kurama Ivana fala meuble for Allah, you might have heard that one day, the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, said Amin thrice as he was climbing up the member, the pulpit. And when he was asked later, he said Jabril made a few do as and I was saying, I mean to them, what was one of the two as one of them was that will be upon the one who witnesses the month of forgiveness, and doesn't achieve the forgiveness. Something is for sale, literally for sale.
And you don't make use of it yet. You need it.
Yesterday, I gave the example and I'd like to give it again, of Black Friday. Which month is Black Friday in
November? Everyone knows right? Why do you know? You know, because you wait for it, you know, because I can't really afford some of the stuff through the year but I'm going to market I'm going to watch it. And I'm waiting for Black Friday because there's going to be some awesome specials. And as soon as the sale is announced,
we are on our phones we are on the laptops and we busy buying and we want to be as quick as possible before it's sold out. And we've got what we wanted and the next best thing is everything's delivered at home and we feel rich, but what did we do? We achieved during a sale, a sale. I wanted something but I got it a quarter of the price. I got it at a song Subhanallah
forgiveness is on sale in Ramadan. You need it, I need it. In the same way we sit in put on our phones, all these reminders to remind us about a sale. That is material. Surely it's more important to put the reminders to remind you about the sale of the forgiveness of Allah, the commencement of the month of Ramadan. Allah gives you beautiful, beautiful opportunities. As soon as the Crescent is sited there is excitement. The ambiance changes. Don't you agree? It feels amazing. There is a Rohani there is a beautiful spirituality that suddenly comes to life. It's the month of Ramadan, but we just saw the moon or it was just announced. Before you know it. You're already in salata. tarawih
and everything's changed. What's that? That's a gift of Allah. The example of Black Friday is cheap, it's low. It's material the example of Ramadan is the real example.
But the question is are you going to wait for Ramadan to seek forgiveness when you don't know if you're going to even witness Ramadan? Allah Houma believes in now Rama Ivana Oh Allah grant us the acceptance to witness the month of Ramadan.
In the interim, start seeking forgiveness now, I started off by saying May Allah forgive us all? Did you hear this application? Because forgiveness I wanted you wanted. I'm a human. You're all human.
Human beings, I am not only prone to error, but I make mistakes. And I'm a sinful slave of Allah, and so are all of us. Obviously the level of sin differs from person to person, but you're a human.
I am consoled by what Adam Alayhis Salam Did you know what that means?
At least it makes me feel human. Allah told him not to do one thing and that's exactly what he did. I'm not telling you to do something that Allah told you not to do. But the consolation is in the fact that Allah forgave him as soon as Allah subhanho wa Taala heard him seek that forgiveness. Rob BANA vollen.
For Santa in Delphi, Lana, what the Ohana, Lana, Coonan Meenal for serine. Oh our Lord, we have wronged ourselves. We have wronged ourselves. And if you don't forgive us, and if you don't have mercy upon us, we will be from among the losers. We're going to lose. Oh Allah, we seek Your mercy. Allah forgave him.
What does that mean?
That means part of the plan of Allah is to watch who is going to turn to him in repentance often.
And so shaitan came up with another plan. What was his plan?
His plan was, I'm going to make these people lose hope in the Mercy of Allah.
So you seek forgiveness,
And then shaitan comes to you and makes you think you're not forgiven.
So you start believing that perhaps I am not forgiven.
Allah's Mercy will not encompass what I did. That itself is a bigger sin than the initial sin you committed because now you're doubting a name or quality of Allah. You see what I'm saying? You're a human. You made a mistake. Allah has given you opportunity upon opportunity to seek forgiveness. Did you seek the forgiveness? The answer is yes, I sorted once and twice and thrice well. Don't let shaitan trap you again, by making you think that you're not forgiven. Subhanallah How dare you doubt the Mercy of Allah.
You don't need to wait for Ramadan in order to seek forgiveness. As soon as a sin is committed. You ask Allah, Oh Allah, I didn't do that out of defiance. I did that out of human weakness. I regret it. I won't do it again. Forgive me. Allah says You're forgiven. The first time you asked for forgiveness. Your sin was already wiped out. You're taught to ask for forgiveness again and again. Not because you're doubting the Mercy of Allah because that would grant you elevation in your status in the eyes of Allah.
to Don't doubt the Mercy of Allah. Allah is for Rahim. Rahman. The fact that you are seeking forgiveness, there's no chance that Allah is going to punish you for a sin that you sought forgiveness from. Sincerely. Whatever has happened in your past is exactly that. The past PA, St. That's what it is.
Don't let it determine who you are today. You're a good person you have goodness. Why do you think you're here listening to this? It's the house of Allah, not mine or yours? Would you ever attempt to visit a house of someone you didn't? Like? No way. Would you ever want to go to a house of a person you're not connected to and decided I'm going to go there. When you're close to someone you feel comfortable to walk in. When you come to the house of Allah it's Allah who's allowed you to come here to feel comfortable so you walk through the door and say Allah Metalia Baraka Matic Allah open for me the doors of your mercy. So Allah flings open the doors of mercy. You come in here, you
fulfill your Salah, you do some amazing, beautiful, a bad worship for the sake of Allah. You listen to something that reminds you about Allah that moves you motivates you to become a better person. And if you want to become a better person, you need to value the man you have. You need to value the Lord who created you law Allah Contacta con so that you can achieve consciousness of Allah. A lot of acts of worship, were prescribed in order for us to develop a better relationship with Allah fasting being one of them.
When I translate the Allah Contacta cone, I say in order for you to develop the correct relationship with Allah, what is that relationship? It's the relationship of a worshiper
and his Lord, a slave and the master.
We are slaves of Allah. I put my head on the ground, but only and solely for the one who made
Me no one else I can never imagine putting my head on the ground with that position or posture for any one or any thing besides my maker. That's it. When I go down on my forehead, I say subhanallah BL ALLAH SubhanA wa G, let the Halacha who my, my face has been put on to the ground in frustration for he who made it.
Amazing. Look at that Taqwa. You should be thankful to Allah for giving you an opportunity to put your head in the highest level of submission, which is closest to Allah sujood the frustration a caribou, Maya canola Abdulah B was urgent. The closest that a slave is to his Lord is when he is in frustration. Brothers and sisters, take your time in solitude. Take your time in frustration, you're close to Allah, the closest you could ever be. Take your time in solitude from now on. Be conscious of the fact that when I am down there, I'm the closest to Allah don't just rush through your prostration
it's Allah. So when you seek the forgiveness of Allah, on one hand, Allah has forgiven you. Have you changed? It? The answer should be yes, I've changed. I don't want to do this. If human weakness makes you falter. Once again, do not despair. Repeat the drill Subhanallah repeat it again to say, Oh Allah, I regret it. Do you really regret it? Yes, I do. But it's the second time I've done this, but I regret it again. And you know what? I don't want to do this. I will not do it. Oh, well, I'm determined. Forgive me. You are my Lord. I have no option but to return to you. You are the greatest you made me in the first place. I didn't even ask to be made. You made me You put me you gave me you
control everything about me. You decided my color, my race, my family, whatever else my surroundings, you decided so many factors for me. Oh Allah, I am your slave. I depend on you holy, totally and solely Have mercy on me Have mercy on me. If Allah knows the ends that are under the rocks, do you think he doesn't know you?
He knows you personally. He knows your problems, your name. He knows everything about you more than you know about yourself. If I were to ask you, how many of your grandfather's Can you mention, I think the most knowledgeable from amongst us will not go beyond eight. Anyone knows more than eight of their grandparents Put up your hands.
I see one, two.
By the way, eight is not the past tense of it. It's a number.
Yes, so one person. What about the rest of us? They probably know nine or maybe 10. Beyond that, who knows? You don't even know where you come from some Allah and you think you know everything La Ilaha illa Allah? Do you know you and I came from the same person. Do you know that? Who was he? His name was new. May peace be upon him? I heard some of you say Adam, yeah, Adam is right. But no Halle salon. And they came from Adam. So Adam, and then No, and we're all the family of Noah. If you didn't know that, you know it today.
And I mentioned the other day that
it wouldn't be wrong for you to say you're from the family of a prophet. You can say I'm from the family of a prophet, who was the Prophet alayhi Salah
was allegedly to whom all burpy in when Allah speaks about the destruction that happened at the time, he says we made his family the ones who remained so his progeny was the only one that actually continued thereafter.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala Have mercy on us.
But closer to that a lot of us 15 Fathers up we probably meet at one person but you don't know I don't know.
You realize that we're related by the way smile my brother.
The next time you see me say that's my uncle.
But my brothers, my sisters, it's factual we are connected we should be feeling that importance. The person sitting next to you right now guess what? If you have a connection with Allah, you will realize that the same Allah I'm trying to impress made this guy here sitting next to me, or this person sitting on the other side, the same Allah made that person so if I want to impress Allah, I gotta just be good to what Allah has made right? Allah made these other people here. You don't like this guy. You don't like that guy. But why? Because Allah made them
Even if they are wrong, you got to try and correct them with a beautiful mannerism in a nice way but you got to develop some form of contact with them. You go on to the street, who are those people on the street? Are they not creatures of the same Allah that you're trying to impress? So you think Subhan Allah and hamdulillah Stanford Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah Allah while walking on the street, you praising Allah praising Allah, but someone that Allah made that walk past you, you spat in their direction. What was the point? What was the point? Did you achieve Taqwa? Did you understand the relationship with Allah, you got to start fasting. You know why? When you fast and you're a little
bit hungry, many, many things happen. Many, many things happen. You start thinking of food, and then you realize I'm not allowed to eat. And then you start thinking of those who don't have food at all. And then you have a bit of compassion. And then you're taught in another verse, be charitable, the reward is increased in Ramadan, be charitable, so you pick up you put your hands in your pocket and you start taking out a pound or two pounds or $1 or two, whatever it may be, who do you give it to?
Someone who doesn't have what you have, Allah tells you, you're a human we made you while Allah Hoover Mala Bamako Kumala bow,
feel this call, Allah has given some virtue over others in sustenance as well. Some of us are more knowledgeable than others. Some of us are wealthier than others why it's a test when Allah gives you more than you need.
He, he wants you to share that excess with someone, others who don't have that's what makes you conscious of Allah. We're on earth together. Imagine if five guys were stuck on an island. And two guys found a tree with mangoes, and they collected 50 mangoes and they started eating and the other three were looking at them. But there's only five of you on the island. Are you gonna say guys, you guys can die we're gonna be having these mangoes, it doesn't happen. Because there's only five of you and so many mangoes, it's only correct for you to say let's share Subhanallah
you see what I'm saying? We need to survive together this earth we will all placed on it.
Your right to existence on earth is equivalent to mine. It's equivalent to mind. What brought me on here is the same thing that brought you on here Subhanallah but man forgets because why he's either wealthier, he's either healthier, he's perhaps maybe more good looking, he might have a better job or she or whatever else it may be, you might have a better scenario you might have a slightly more luxurious life. And so what you think you're bigger and you're better reach out to others had it not been for the poor, you would never have been able to give a charity.
So be thankful Allah has kept a few people who are poor, so that you can give
as a Muslim, you should get a kick out of giving.
You know that means
As a Muslim, you should be excited about giving. I didn't realize I'm in the UK kick me in something else.
But as a Muslim you should be happy you should be excited something should move you to a certain level of joy to say you know what I gave Alhamdulillah I'm happy. I had 1000 pounds I've given away 50 pounds 100 pounds done I'm so happy man shall I help someone who didn't have there are some who do that some who give more than they are supposed to give in terms of compulsory giving. You know the Zakat is a small percentage. What have you given more than zakat?
Zakat was always Allah's it belonged to him in the first place. If you gave it it's okay you get a reward for fulfilling it. But do you want to give more, give more? How much more you're going to give that from you now?
May Allah opened our doors. So that's what fasting should do to you. It makes you start thinking of others and people and reaching out to them. Muslims become compassionate. They start giving they start mashallah thinking about people who don't have the homeless,
those who don't have food or drink
and then the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him speaks about the reward
of being the one
who gave the food to the one who's trying to open his fast at the end of the day.
If you have given that person something to open their fast with at the time of sunset, you get to reward of their fast hence people go around telling people when you open your fast with us will you open your fast with us. Usually the term used is to break your fast but I
I want to use the term open fast because we don't break it. We want to keep it intact, right? We say open the fast so we open when we open the fast together. And mashallah we're happy because we get the reward of it. But I tell you what, at the same time taqwa and that consciousness of Allah, that relationship with Allah should make you care for the person.
care for one another. What's the point of feeding you but I hate you inside. I'm jealous of you. I'm envious of the fact that you have something I don't have for what Allah gave you didn t. Allah has provided for you dignity, help people reach out to them speaking with respect to a creature of Allah would probably earn you paradise. Did you hear what I just said? Speak with respect kind words, what does it cost you? You go home and your own parents. You speak to them as though they're not even fit to be spoken to such derogatory words. Why? What did it cost you to disagree with them? If they need a disagreement, but with utmost respect, your parents are not angels. They're humans just like you
ally. Your you are duty bound to respect them to be kind to them, not necessarily to obey the wrong instructions they might give you. But if your parent has said something wrong, or they have asked you to do something outside what Allah has ordained, you can respectfully disagree. Look what Allah says in the Quran
why Agia Carla to Sri Gabby,
Gabby curvy in Fela, Houma Warsaw Hebron Houma, dunya, maumoon.
If they are trying to make you do something in the disobedience of Allah, such as association of partnership with Allah, then you don't obey their instruction. But immediately Allah says, but live with them with goodness with kindness, you still got to live with your parents, even though they may belong to another faith. You've got to be kind, you've got to be respectful. You tell your father I disagree with you look at Ibrahim alayhis salam. It's a beautiful example.
And the reason I'm giving this is in the run up to Ramadan, we've got to develop our character. Because if you fast and your character is not up to scratch, you may be
decreasing the reward or getting a sin rather than being rewarded. And I'll explain that in a few moments. But let me get to Ibrahim alayhis salam,
his father used to carve the idols. His father
was definitely far off what he was on.
He was on the straight and narrow.
Now the father threatens him
and tells him we will do this to you. We will do that to you. We're gonna burn you. We're gonna kick you out. We're gonna whatever we're gonna whatever. You know what he says.
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said we do those sound like swear words.
Does that sound derogatory? Does it sound disrespectful? He says, Yeah, Betty. Oh, my father. Oh, my father. knowledge has come to me. That didn't come to you. So follow me. And I'll guide you. I'll show you the path. Yeah, but Isla Tabo the shine ca on in Shay Bonica. Man, you're asleep. Oh, my Lord. Sorry, oh, my father, do not follow shapen don't follow shaytan For indeed, he is transgressive against the Most Merciful. So he's mentioning the Mercy of Allah, the quality of Mercy of Allah. What respect does he have?
Yet the disagreement was a big, very big disagreement. His father tried on so many occasions and actually executed the threat. Allah saved him. didn't accept the message. Did Allah say swear him disrespect him because he was a creature of Allah. Perhaps his disobedience is a test for you.
May Allah grant us goodness. So in Ramadan if you fast instead
away from food and drink but you don't bother about your character and conduct your your moral standing and your speech. Do you know what Allah says? Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May peace be upon him says
Mala Mia Dhaka Hola zurriola melebihi will Jalla fillet Salli ala he had jetten V and Jada Atama, who was Taraba
has not quit, foul speech, false witness bad language and so on and the utterance of that which is false and what you know, bad words bad character, conduct, etc, while fasting. If they haven't quit that, then they should know that Allah Almighty is not in need of them having stayed away from food and drink through the day what was the point they achieve nothing? Do you really think Allah achieved something by you not eating or drinking nothing? It's you who achieves what was the point the point is Lala contactar con in order that you achieve the consciousness of Allah. So if you're not going to be holistically conscious of Allah in Ramadan, what's the point?
I want to drive home something today. Many of us
lose our temper in Ramadan
especially when the fast is long.
And it's probably the last third of the match. And I say the match I mean, you know, your 90 minutes it's almost the end there's excitement, Mashallah. And you're almost there and suddenly something happens and you just lose it. What happened? Shaitan shaitan. Made you get angry he wants to spoil your fast, you might argue, but where is shaytan he is supposed to be tied up.
While there are so many explanations of that either you become a little devil.
Or the major Shayateen are locked up but the little ones are causing all the disaster that's also an explanation.
You see, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all shaytans effect already from wherever he is tied up may be impacting on you. Who knows? Nowadays
we probably are connected to each other but I'm not even there. But I can have an impact on you through what maybe through the internet. I'm not saying shaytan uses the net. But he appears on it. I promise you he does.
May Allah Almighty protect us all? So the Hadith says
when you are fasting you don't swear you don't commit a morality you don't do any of these things. And if someone comes and swears you What are you supposed to say? You supposed to not even respond to them in a negative way. You just say in the sign. You know what I'm fasting that should switch the debate of someone swears you you know, for example, road rage happens a lot.
And this guy rolls down his window and start swearing and you swear back and whatever you just thumbs up Palace why fasting row
so what if it looks like you've lost the debate? It's okay in the eyes of Allah I want it I was fasting. I'm not going to spoil my fast. They're gonna think you're a little bit crazy. But you're not. You're a stronger person lays a shady doobie Surah it in NEMA Shadie to levy am Liquin of several in Delgado
strain person is not he who out wrestles the other pump you up my brother or beat you up. Don't see six pack.
Trust me some of the guys with six packs have been beaten up by people with one big family pack
doesn't mean you have muscles so you can out wrestle. Some of the guys are big, they might not be that muscular, but they might push you down you will be surprised when Allah grant us is a truly powerful person is he who can control his temper. That's why when you are a top wrestler or a top fighter, a lot of the times the trainer's will say you need a lot of patience because you can beat up someone so badly if you lose your cool just become so you find the black belt and the guys who are top notch they come. You might sway him he'll smile at you. Swear him again. He'll smile at you touch him he'll just say hey, leaving leave me alone. Touch him again. He'd say Hey, leave me alone.
Third time he might say listen, this is the last warning. He's giving you so much time why? Because he knows he can throttle you in a few seconds. And then when you cross the line he just in two seconds you're on the ground with a broken jaw broken you don't know what happened but brother you kept on going and kept on going and kept on
going and you just got to, to me but the good point was, the level of tolerance was very high, very, very high. We are taught that when that is happening in Ramadan, especially when someone provokes you walk away from the provocation walk away from it
you know, one of the young boys was telling me I get very angry Ramadan but it just doesn't go.
So he says, What's the sooner when you get angry? So I told him well outside of Ramadan, it would be good to have a sip of water perhaps to be good to sit down perhaps this is but I wish we could just drink water if we were angry only you know, during Ramadan, because what's the point? You have to control yourself, it's the heat of the belly, the heat of the head, the heat of outside the length of the fast whatever else it may be, you will be rewarded greatly when you pull yourself down in the heat of that fast.
So please, my brothers, my sisters in the run up to Ramadan, we are going to seek forgiveness. We're already going to start speaking to people with greater respect.
We also would like to listen to the Quran, it's a month of the Quran.
Do you know the Quran has such beauty in it? It is extremely therapeutic to the soul and the heart, the mind as well. When you're stressed, or anything.
If you listen to recitation, you will find there are so many types of reciters. All of us have a favorite reader, maybe a few of them sometimes we could be changing favorite recitals from time to time, no problem.
It's up to you. No one's gonna say no good read mashallah Sue's me I love this recitation. Someone else might find a different reciter more soothing, and so on. Don't you realize it's a gift of Allah that people's recitations are different. So gift of Allah. Why because all of our temperaments are different. And here we are with so many different types of recitations. So you just hear a soothing recital and you can get to a masjid where you will be calmed and enjoy listening to the Word of Allah because in it there is cure. Yeah, I use suka
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only feels pseudo, more than one verse of the Quran describes the Quran, as having cure in it.
what has come to you this revelation? What does it have in it?
It has in it a reminder from your Lord and cure for that which is in the bosom in the heart Subhanallah
So, when you listen to the Quran, it cures you of sicknesses, physical as well as spiritual.
without you knowing sometimes
you didn't know but you were cured of it. And when you read the Quran, it's even more powerful. It protects you. Imagine there are verses that if you were to read them, they would create an arm around you from the devil from the jinn from perhaps evil eye from black magic and so on. But we don't bother reading those verses.
Ramadan is a month of the Quran. Start from now my brothers and sisters reading a verse a day two verses a day, a page a day, is it too much? No.
start off your day with a verse of the Quran.
Your life will change.
Your sustenance will increase.
The money you have will multiply when you spend there will still be a lot of change why? I start every day with the name of Allah
and with the words of ALLAH and with prayer to Allah Subhana Allah
so Allah gives us a month we're talking about it I'm just talking about Ramadan and look, the preparation for it the run up to Ramadan, let's cleanse ourselves because I don't know if I'm going to get there but in sha Allah, if I make a good intention, oh Allah let me with this Ramadan I'm going to fast properly. I'm going to do all my salah my Quran, my extra a bada and so on. I want to do a decaf perhaps which means to hold yourself within the masjid within the last 10 days or whatever days I'm going to manage Allah accepted from me. I've made all these plans and intentions but guess what I pass away before Ramadan.
Allah says we will write for you the full reward of whatever you intended in terms of goodness or written.
You pass away in all your Ramadan plans.
But one thing you can't do.
You can't plan to see
forgiveness in the future.
Do you know what that means? I say Allah. Inshallah, when Ramadan starts, I'm going to seek forgiveness. For now. Just leave me in the clubs doesn't work that way. That has to start now. You seeking forgiveness, it must start today and it must continuing to Ramadan. You can plan to delay repentance to Allah. People say, and I've given this example before people say while I'm still young when I turned 50 I'll go for Hajj and inshallah we'll stop everything for now. I'm just enjoying life. No way. I've asked people can you afford Hajj they say yes. Are you able to go? Yes. Well, why aren't you going to say because I'm still young.
I'm still young, so I'm not going because when I go for Hajj, then I'm going to have to quit all this and all that. No, you can't do that. Allah decides when you're going to go by giving you the means and the capacity to go. While in here, Alan, see hey, June Beatty, man is tapa a lady sebelah. Allah has made it compulsory to go for Hajj for those who are able and capable to undertake the journey. So if you have the capacity, who gave you the capacity Allah, you have the money who gave you the money, Allah so he's decided when you're going to go if you delay unnecessarily, you're sinful.
Yes, if there was a restriction or you didn't get a visa or something, Allah will not hold it against you. But you tried. May Allah Almighty grant us goodness, so this month of Ramadan that is about to come.
Let's become charitable from now.
From now, we must be charitable. Learn to give a little bit why should I give today for example, or tomorrow, or within the coming weeks run up to Ramadan because of a few reasons. Number one, I don't know if I'm going to witness Ramadan. If there is a need right now you've got five pounds in your pocket or a pound or $1 You can give it there is a need right now I've got the money I don't need to wait for Ramadan when there is a pressing need.
Subhanallah you may give you don't know if you're going to witness Ramadan, but if your calculations are happening in the month of Ramadan, and that's how it works and so on. You already have an intention that inshallah I'm going to sort all of this out, Allah will reward you for that too.
I told the brothers from Abdullah aid, so you know what, bring the buckets bring whatever you want, let's take them to the masjid and inshallah everyone will give a pound or two or three whatever they may give, and inshallah we can all learn a good reward and here I am encouraging you so I'm going to get the biggest reward and shall
see if a pound is it going to affect the price of eggs in China?
May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us ease.
May Allah grant us goodness, my brothers, my sisters, this Deen this religion is so beautiful. It teaches us goodness, kindness, compassion, closeness to your maker. A very high level of morality, a beautiful level of character and conduct, how to speak to people how to talk to people, I challenge you
to improve the way you speak to your family members. I said parents earlier but I want to tell you, the guys seated in front of me if you're married, how you speak to your wife and the women who might listen to this how you speak to your husband. While Allah He plays a big role in how much of the Mercy of Allah descends upon you?
Why do you want to sway? Why do you want to raise your voice and show that you're the boss when you're really not the boss? Allah is the boss
Subhanallah those who work for you or under you? How dare you speak to them in a derogatory way, Allah could have swapped that around a long time back and he might still do it. And then you have others who will do the same to you and you won't even manage. No matter how young you are or how old you are. Speak to people with respect be helpful. Be kind. I'm reading the Quran with the same tongue I'm swearing with how, how can I read the Quran or do the vicar and remembrance of Allah repeat Subhan Allah Alhamdulillah Stavroula Allah, Allah Allah on one hand and on the other hand, I'm sweating. What type of worship of Allah is that? I start off my salah by saying Allahu Akbar,
Allah is the Greatest and here I am thinking I'm the greatest struggle, Allah. Yes.
Your children, your brothers and sisters and so on. Allah has placed them as your brothers and sisters. I told you the person sitting next to you, why is a creature of Allah? What about your family members?
Allah made that connection Did you decide Listen, I want this brother this sister you didn't. Allah gave you some of them might be very difficult to get along with. Some of them impossible to get along with. Maintain a distance if need be, but respectful distance you don't need to become ugly about it. You see, sometimes it's very hard to have a relationship with a tough person. Really difficult, toxic, I can't manage. It's just something so so stressful. It's so taxing. Well, there's no harm in keeping a safe distance but a respectful one, keep your peace.
This is all Taqwa it is all the consciousness of Allah developing the correct relationship with Allah. My salah is in order my fasting is in order my zakah is in order, we spoke about Hajj and we spoke about La ilaha illa. Allah worshiping Allah alone, and I remember mentioning sujood when you go into sujood only and solely for Allah, we worship none other than Allah. These are the five pillars of Islam. We've spoken about them today in the run up to Ramadan in this beautiful Masjid. I think it's called six kings or
it's called seven kings, by the way.
Okay, I must have missed one.
Who knows it could have been called eight kings.
Maybe one was a queen.
But anyway, so may Allah grant us ease and goodness and open our doors and have mercy on us. May Allah give us all the reason to smile and to be happy on the Day of Judgment, when our books will be given to us on the right side on the right hand insha Allah and my brothers and sisters, I want to say something interesting as I close, as I close, I want to say something interesting. And that is
all of us here are human beings.
You need to constantly work on yourself. You have a temper constantly work on it, you have a bad habit, constantly work on it, remind yourself admit that you know what I need to quit this bad habit and constantly work on it. If you fall, come back again. Promis Allah again, many people are hooked on to looking at the wrong things on their phones without mentioning exactly what but if you're hooked on to looking at the wrong things, you know what the same eyes that Allah has blessed you with the same eyes that Allah has given you imagine? These eyes are such a great gift of Allah. If you were to study what the AI is all about. It's mind boggling. It is no point in looking at things
that displease Allah. Because you're a human you might have fallen or you may still fall. If that happens. Just turn back to Allah have hope in Allah. But don't let shaitan make you believe or make you think for a moment that you're outside of the Mercy of Allah. Because Allah says, Latta, tornato, Mira Mattila he don't ever lose hope in the Mercy of Allah. If Allah says that we all have hope. Ramadan is a month of forgiveness and this is why that dua was
destruction be oh whoa upon the one who witnesses the month of Ramadan and doesn't achieve forgiveness because Allah is giving the forgiveness I needed you need it. May Allah forgive us before Ramadan. May Allah bless every one of us, may Allah grant us is I would like to mention the brothers and sisters who were
waiting outside because the place was full for a while. And mashallah they waited for quite a while I was uneasy even during salah, thinking of the brothers and the sisters who were standing in queues outside and how cold it is. And I said May Allah grant and Jana without reckoning.
Allah He, I felt it because I know the masjid has a certain capacity. It's impossible to have more than that. And there were people standing in queues waiting for us to complete our salah. May Allah reward you for every moment that you stood out there. May Allah alleviate your struggles, your suffering, may Allah grant you good health. And may Allah give you all the good things in this world and the next Akula Kali hada SallAllahu wasallam albaraka ala Nabina Muhammad