Pre-Ramadan Boost 2022

Mufti Menk

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Salam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim Al hamdu lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Abdullah he was truly Muhammad wa ala Ali, he was happy at my in my brothers, my sisters.

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You know that when you would like to start something big, you need to prepare for it. When there is a major event about to happen. It's important to prepare for it.

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We have the month of Ramadan in about two weeks time just over two weeks if I'm not mistaken.

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And subhanAllah it would be wrong for us not to prepare for this beautiful month.

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If I were to ask you this month is about what you will tell me. It's about fasting.

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So people begin to prepare for Ramadan by packing away a lot of foodstuffs, the opposite.

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I mentioned a few days ago that the month where we're supposed to be staying away from food and drink during daylight hours.

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If a person who didn't know more than that had to watch the Muslim homes, just before Ramadan, they would be shocked to find that they're stockpiling. Before the month of Ramadan. You're filling your freezers, you're stocking up on all the food and all the savories and all the pies and whatnot before the month of Ramadan. But that's the month when you're not supposed to be eating. Surely it should be the other way round where we don't need to stock on anything because we're not going to be eating for a whole month from dawn to dusk, but Subhanallah we prepare for the food for the month where we are supposed to be fasting. But we forget that it is the month of forgiveness.

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It is a month in which there is a night more powerful than 1000 months Laylatul coordinate.

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I'm in El vicia The Night of Qadr The Night of Decree the night of power is better than 1000 months 80 something years.

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So before we get into Ramadan, my brothers, my sisters, one of the first things you should do to seek the forgiveness of Allah so that you start Ramadan with a clean slate. One might think well, Ramadan is the month of forgiveness. Why should I started with a clean slate? Let me get into it, and then I'll clean my slate. Right.

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But you don't know if you're going to witness the month of Ramadan.

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We have seen Healthy People suddenly drop. We have seen wealthy people suddenly leave and depart. We have buried people who didn't imagine they were going to die suddenly, a few days later they were gone. We saw it happening within the last two years more than in the other times in our lives because of the pandemic. May Allah protect us from all pandemics.

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My brothers, my sisters,

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just bear in mind at the back of your mind that it could be that this might be my last day on earth.

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If I were to tell you that now, you understand him better than you would be if I told you the same thing, two years back.

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No one knows how long they're going to live for. But Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us a recurring gift that comes back every year. It says though, Allah knows that the battery needs to be recharged once a year in this particular month. And so we reconnect with Allah subhanho wa Taala

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what battery needs to be recharged? Allah says, We have prescribed fasting upon you we have made it compulsory for you, like we did upon those before you. The nature of the fast might be slightly different with the previous omen and the previous nations but it is still fasting for the sake of Allah abstention for the sake of Allah discipline for the sake of Allah. When Allah says, stop eating, you stop. And that's why it's always good to have support. So who is the pre fast meal early morning? You have something because when the time clocks in,

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it's very good to abstain that moment when Allah says stop eating and you're about to put something and you don't Subhanallah or you've just had the last morsel and you say the time is up, I'm not going to be having this and this because the time is up. That is great.

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obedience of Allah when Allah said, Don't do you stopped it instantly. Similarly, when Allah said now eat,

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it is detested to delay the opening of the fast, if this is the time, try and open at that time, put something in your mouth because Allah says eat.

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You know, it is detested if you were to say, okay, the fast ends perhaps at whatever time perhaps at the moment, it's approximately six something 615 Also, if it were to end at 615 and you say it's okay, I'll just open my fast at 715 what happens? That's not a fast, you've decided when to open it when Allah says I will decide when it will be open. So you have to have that, to obey Allah in abstention, as well as in fulfillment of an instruction. That is the complete obedience of Allah. When you have a mathematics exam, they don't only test you multiplication and addition. They ask you, okay, now subtract this as well, let's see, do you know subtraction and division? If the answer

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is yes, then you're, you're better you may pass your exam. But if you only know how to add, and multiply, and you don't know how to subtract, it's not complete. The same applies in Islam. Allah asks you to do certain things. So you know, I've got to do and then Allah says, Okay, I've made certain things that I don't want you to do. There are certain things in front of you, you're not allowed to eat them. Some things are haram. Nudgee sewline, some things are considered impure, impermissible, you're not allowed to go near them or to consume them or to make money out of them. Are you going to abstain? And then people say, but Why did Allah created in the first place? If he

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really didn't want you to partake

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in intoxicants? Why did he make it? Well, he needed to teach, he needed to test you the subtraction, also the division also to say, we're going to make this I remember a young boy, he came to me and told me in one of the schools, he said, Why did Allah create a pig if it was haram to eat? And I said, well, because it's a creature of Allah in order to test you, are you going to eat or not eat when Allah said, don't eat? And everyone says, oh, have you had some ham? Have you had some bacon, say, Allah has prohibited it and I'm not going to have it, I haven't had it and Inshallah, that's how it will be.

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That's a beautiful response. With the other people are doing it will not be the, you know, those of other faiths, etc. It's that's their, their business. But for us as believers as Muslim in we know Allah made something, we will be respectful towards the animal, because it doesn't mean that you start harming the animal. But we don't consume it. That's it. We don't eat it. So Allah is testing us this month of Ramadan is a month of forgiveness. We start now saying Oh ALLAH forgive our shortcomings. Allah help us guide us. We start planning to do things oh Allah. I'm starting now to read a verse a day from the Quran two verses a day from the Quran. I want to attend the lessons that

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are going to be happening here in the East London Masjid. They are beautiful lessons, I'm going to attend them in Ramadan, I'm going to make sure that I participate. I want to expand my knowledge. And subhanAllah if you happen to die before Ramadan, Allah will give you the full reward of having attended the lessons that you just planned to attend. Why in normal ama lupini yet we're in nama liquid memory Manawa a person will be given the reward of what he has intended. And all actions are judged by the underlying intentions. So Allah Almighty has given us a gift, what is the gift? The gift is when I plan to do something good, I'm rewarded for the planning. So let's start planning my

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brothers my sisters taraweeh is going to take place in Ramadan. Where am I going to be? What is the timing? How's my work placed? How is my travel going to be? Where am I going to open the fast what's going to be happening Inshallah, in the weekends, what do I want to do? Will I have the opportunity to listen to a beautiful melodious recitation in a masjid where I'm going to enjoy every moment of it as an act of worship?

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Why do I say an act of worship because sometimes we're guilty of fulfilling Salah as though it is a race and not an act of worship. That's, it happens.

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So we select a place where they're done 10 minutes

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and we actually tell off

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Let's go to that Masjid. Why? Because we can sit outside and smoke later you know they finish in 10 minutes. Oh, you're planning that? Is that what it is? That's wrong planning. You'd rather say Guys you know what we quitting smoking it's a bad habit. We quitting shisha it's a bad habit and I know they were all around this area.

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But it is to say the least we just saying the least.

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We're going to quit this bad habit. It's a bad habit. I'm going to give this thing up. It's a bad habit start from now. So quitting have bad habits. Don't say I'm going to do that in Ramadan. Just in Ramadan. I'm gonna quit smoking though. A bad habit must be given up from now but something you want to do in Ramadan, that's going to happen in Ramadan. You can plan for all of that. All of that. Like I said, taraweeh doesn't happen now. It will happen in Ramadan, the fasting, you can start voluntary fasting from now it's the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Do you know the benefits of fasting on a Monday and a Thursday, try it out, your life will change. Fasting on

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the 13th 14th 15th of the lunar calendar, try it out your life will change rewards a multiplied by 10. So if you fast those three days every month, it's as good as fasting 30 days because it's multiplied by 10.

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And if you fast the two days every week Subhanallah imagine how much reward you are attaining. By the time you've completed the year. It's as though you fasted the whole year. But guess what it was only by virtue of reward. It's Allah's gift.

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Another thing

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sometimes we are food lovers. What's the food lover?

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Back in South Africa there is a store called food lovers paradise and I think to myself Subhanallah we should have a sign on the masjid saying Allah lovers paradise, right? You love Allah come to the house of Allah. Spend time here, Raju, Lucan boo more Allah combien massage Ed, one of the VIPs of the Day of Judgment is a person whose heart is connected to the house of Allah, you are connected to Allah, his house, you love it, you come you spend time you you spend the moment and you're always an asset to the people around and to the environment, you help clean up maybe you will contribute towards you want to fulfill Salah and you're not a pain, because some people come to the house of

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Allah, just to create issues, this issue and that issue and you make, you know, you cause a problem, you make litter or whatever else it may be.

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That's not how it should be. We are people who should be coming and cleaning up if there is a small, you know, piece of

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cloth or a little piece of a string or any dirt that's around us. We pick it up, put it in your own pocket rather than live to the masjid and take it out why that's the house of Allah I cleaned it. Allah will help you clean your life my brother, Allah will clean your act for you Allah will you have a love for the house of Allah, you are bothered about the place and you look at everything you make people feel comfortable here, Allah will make you feel comfortable everywhere else. Let's remember, Allah doesn't need us we need Allah so Allah is watching us he put an instruction and he says, What are you going to do? pray five times a day for me, but not for my benefit. How's that?

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You see that? pray five times a day for me. But the benefit is actually yours. First in the month of Ramadan for me, but the benefit is yours big. How do I know the benefit is his even if he didn't tell me because if I didn't fast it doesn't even affect him. Subhan Allah. If the whole world had to transgress against Allah, it doesn't deplete anything from Allah's Kingdom. It doesn't decrease his value, even an iota.

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And if all of us had to obey Allah, may Allah make us from among those. It doesn't increase the value of Allah it increases our value. We become closer to Allah. So develop a connection with the Masjid. That's a VIP on the Day of Judgment. You have preparation by visiting the masjid a little bit more come for one more Salah how many ever Salah as you're coming for already to the masjid add one more. Make an effort, your life will change. Do you know what Allah does for you? He will protect you from committing other sins by virtue of your concern to worship him.

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Did you hear what I just said? If you are going to make it your business to fulfill Salah to be connected to the masjid to come to the masjid for as many prayers as you can. And I'm speaking here about people who are living in the cosmopolitan society in the first world where it may not be so easy to go to the masjid all the time because of where we might be working and what might be the scenario and situation but make an effort do your best. And guess what do you really think

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You're going to commit adultery when you know that. So a lot of dough is just now and I'm always at the masjid and I've planned to go to the masjid and I've just made who do what happens in na sala Tatiana and in fact,

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he will

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go Salah itself will stop you and prohibit you from immorality and sin evil.

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Because you're always concerned, I'm in will do I made will do, I've held my wudu because I need to fulfill my prayer. What's going to happen, Allah will protect you, you came to the masjid Allah will save you as a result of that. You look after others, you help them you make people feel comfortable in the house of Allah. When you look at others don't just, you know, push them. Some people they stand in prayer and they push the other guy and then they push this guy here. And then they push him a little bit more and push the other guy this way. Relax. It's not a tick tock video by the way.

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It's actually a house of Allah make people feel comfortable. Yes, you should stand together shoulder to shoulder, but it must be comfortable. It must be beautiful. Don't mess the life for the others. What's the big deal if a window or to happen to be open for ventilation. If you're feeling a little bit cold, perhaps you can move rather than closing the window for others who might feel a little bit hot.

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Don't be a nuisance in the house of Allah. And then see what happens in your own home. Allah will save you from disaster he'll help you solve your problems. He will make you love one another in the house. Why? Because you make sure that in the house of Allah, I spread the love. Greet the brothers greet the people around you. The sisters. I don't mean the brothers greet the sisters. But what I mean is amongst yourselves you greet each other. People sometimes are so arrogant, so stuck up literally in the house of Allah. What's the point? Clean your heart greet the people no matter what color, shape, size, race, whatever it may be, make sure you realize and understand coluna mean

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Adamawa Adam Amin Torah. We're all from Adam and Adam is from the dust is from the soil. You will only be successful when you respect those around you when you realize and just one even though you might be wealthier than a lot of the others. What's the big deal? What's the big deal?

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When it's your last breath, it's your last breath you cannot tell Malakal mode A I've got 300 grand in my bank account. Can you say that?

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Pig do Subhanallah mela commodes is not interested in anything. If anything, people will fight over the money that you've left behind, and maybe your own children might be at war with each other for decades to come as a result of I'd rather not have had that. See the point. So don't allow arrogance to creep in your heart in the midst of a good deed. People say I'm fasting I go for taraweeh I go for a good to a good Masjid I do this I do that these guys are useless. They don't do any of that. Hang on.

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You see what shaitan made you do? He made you feel and think that know what I'm doing is so valuable these other guys their value is zero. Automatically you got Pride. Pride was the main disease of a bliss kibra He had pride what was kibra

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that pride was the feeling that I am better The Quran mentions it. What did it bliss say? All and if I

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mean who straight? I'm sure you understood that most of you right? He says I am better than than him. Why should I offer respect to Adam when I'm better than him? We do that sometimes when we feel we are pious and then we belittle others mashallah, if Allah gave you the opportunity to fulfill five Salah in the masjid, to dress appropriately to read Quran, to understand the Quran to attend the lessons, to be able to fast in a proper way to be able to worship Him in a beautiful way that should humble you. You must thank Allah for that thank Allah but don't display to the others to say what do you guys do nothing Look at what I do. But how old are La Quwata illa biLlah may be we might

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not say it with our tongues but if you feel it within you, you don't understand. Every football match is judged by the score when the whistle is blown. Not before that. You can be as excited as you want for Liverpool to be winning five note you can be excited as you want if Subhanallah if the wind is not written for them the other team by the time the whistle is blown may win six five

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is it not possible?

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I see the Manchester supporters all said yes.

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Allah grant us ease.

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My brothers, my sisters, if your life

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has taken

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to the wrong place so far, it's not too late, you're alive you're breathing and guess what we're talking about turning to Allah. Let's ask Allah here and now Oh ALLAH forgive our shortcomings Oh Allah grant us strength to leave sin Allah Who mccreaney Behala Lika and Hara Amica Benigni before the the Carmen C work oh Allah grant me sufficiency in halaal so that I don't go into haram and oh Allah grant me independence through your virtue and sustenance so that I don't depend on anyone besides you. What a powerful dua make the DUA. Oh Allah holla let it be beautified for me, let me be content with Halal so that I never go into haram protect me from haram strengthen me, oh Allah

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create a barrier every time I plan to sin, create a miraculous barrier that I just don't see.

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Sometimes you plan to do something wrong, and then something happens and you couldn't make it. That was Allah His gift for you.

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He didn't want you to do it. It wasn't worth it. That's why when min falls into sin, he feels within himself. You know what, I shouldn't have done this. It's a good sign. I shouldn't have done this.

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But if someone has no belief at all, they can sin once and twice for them. It's not even a sin. What are you calling that a sin? We don't even believe it's a sin. Why? Because they are not believers at all. It's their life. But for us as believers, what's the sign that you're conscious of Allah?

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A sign that you're conscious of Allah is your regrets when you do the wrong thing, and your happiness when he accepts you to do the right thing. I always believe and it is a fact it is taught to us by Allah and it is taught to us by Rasulullah sallallahu sallam. Allah is in absolute control of everything, including your hearts. That's why every day we ask Allah a DNR sera Paloma stepping in prayer in Surah Fatiha Oh Allah guide us to the straight path. No matter how rightly guided you think you are you have to still make that dua Have you thought of it? I'm a Muslim I pray I do good I've done this I do my Quran I dress appropriately. I don't know haram and whatever. You still have

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to continue to say a dinner Serrata Mr. Kane, because your whistle is not blown. What that means is the end does not come you don't know where you're going to go. You don't know by the time your life ends where you're going to be.

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So you have to keep saying oh Allah guide us to the straight path. Guidance is the most important thing ever. But even beyond that, the understanding that your heart is in the hands of Allah. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to say Yamaka Liben Kulu subid Kulu BANA allergenic? Are you Oh Allah.

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Who is the controller and the mover of the hearts? Turn our hearts towards

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the deme towards faith towards goodness towards piety.

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Turn it away from sin. In other words,

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so who is the Turner of the heart it's Allah for you and I to be gathered in the house of Allah is one of the biggest gifts that we could be blessed with you could be doing something else right now. So could I mashallah Tabarrok Allah, He has accepted us to come to his place I always say you won't go to someone's place if you're not close to them. So if you've come to the house of Allah and you feel comfy here, I feel good I feel nice especially ALM mashallah Nice place you know, we've got a lot of space we've got mashallah good facilities, may Allah accept it from those who made it happen. And mela continued to use such beautiful places to serve and spread the good cause. If you came and

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you feel good and comfortable, it's a sign of your closeness to Allah. And it's also a sign of the goodness of those around you. Why would you come to the house of Allah for what why are you here today? Why would you come you want to pray? You want to remember Allah, you want to perhaps listen to a good word. You could have been here without even knowing there's going to be a dentist or a lesson and you came and you sat? Why did you sit because you felt I just want to be moved a little bit. So move yourself in the right direction. We are sitting here because we wanted to hear something that would move us how can we leave without being moved in the right direction? Is your

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life going to change a fraction? If it changes even a millimeter, you are successful? The trip was worth it. No matter what it costed you it was worth it.

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Let's be upright let's thank Allah, Allah brought us to his house no matter who we are. So the others around you are also the guests. Of whom?

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of Allah.

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Those around you other guests of Allah.

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They've come to the house of Allah

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I said earlier greet them.

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Perhaps a little smile a good expression the face. You don't look at someone look down like like, what are you doing here? I mean, what are you doing here? Basically Subhanallah

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that might only happen in Haram places where you ask a guy What are you doing here? This is the same thing you're doing here.

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May Allah Almighty forgive us. You don't make someone feel uncomfortable no matter what. A person might come here with a hairstyle that is

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something let's not use the word absurd. Let's say something different. Subhan Allah, right. Something unique. Okay, totally. We haven't seen it.

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And respect the dude's someone might think I'm, you know, talking about someone in particular, no, I'm just giving an example. Someone might come in with something Subhanallah that you may not have expected to have seen in the house of Allah do not ridicule them. If the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam didn't ridicule a person who came and peed in the masjid, but corrected him and slowly told him things and answered his question and engaged him.

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I mean, that's not being in the masjid.

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Something brought him here to the house of Allah don't chase him away. You might want to Subhan Allah if they inappropriately dressed for the house of Allah, you may want to beautifully say guess what, guys? I have a clock. Would you like to have this? Mashallah, is it difficult to take it up? might cost a fortune, but no problem.

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That's okay. You can give it no problem. Cover the brother cover the sister for example, in an appropriate respectful way, without making them feel you're unwelcome here

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and see how Allah welcomes you into the hereafter.

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If a good deed to a dog gotta man forgiveness and Paradise Do you think a good deed to a human being will get you any less? Allahu Akbar?

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Did you hear that?

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If a bad deed to a cat or a kitten got that person punished. Do you think a bad deed to a human being? will save you? Do you think it's going to go unnoticed by Allah subhanho wa taala. So be careful. Don't mess your life. Don't mess your deeds. Ramadan is a month of purity to purify to cleanse your heart start cleaning it from Now why am I jealous of people who are doing better than me? Allah has given me Allah has provided for me I'm in my lane. Allah has given me food. Earlier this evening, I was speaking to someone who was saying, I'm so so suicidal. And I said, But why?

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Do you know what the reason was?

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Because people have more than me.

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Basically, that's what was being said, I have less, I don't really have a proper job. I don't really I'm struggling for years doing this and doing that, you know, I have this constant health matter. I have one. And I said, You know what, don't judge

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based on what others have looked at what you do have, you know, there is a verse of the Quran, where Allah says,

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we're in

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doubt, don't matter, Allah, Allah to show her.

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Today, I want to say something about this verse that you may not have heard before, the meaning, the simple meaning of it is, if you were to try and count the favors of Allah upon you, you won't be able to count them all. That's the simple meaning of the verse. Right?

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But if you were to count, now I'm raising the other side of it. If you were to count what Allah did not give you you can count those.

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Because it's just limited. Allah Akbar, did you think of that? If Allah was telling you, when I favored you, you won't even realize the favor. How many of you consider the breathing from your nose as a favor of Allah until it's taken away? We didn't even count that how many of you consider the ability to see without having a switch on the side to tune your eyes to look in focus as a gift of Allah. And one of the biggest gifts, the hearing the sight, the breathing, the mouth, the ability to eat the tongue.

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The hair by the way?

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May Allah subhanho wa taala, grant us goodness

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all these gifts of Allah if you try to count the gifts of Allah, you won't manage but if you count what Allah didn't give you did not give you you will be able to count why because there are a few things. What don't you have? I don't have this, this this this this. If I asked you, Brother, what don't you have you? You will tell me five or 10 things. That's it. Anything else? No, that's about it. Look at the favors of Allah. Allah says we've given you way beyond what we haven't given you. But man, do you know why he becomes that way in negativity he comes from

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traits are the 10 things Allah didn't give him or her and he forgets about the billions of things that he's got as a gift of favor of Allah.

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And I tell you something, every time you think you're going through a problem, they are people not too far from you who are going through a bigger problem, but they are probably just a little bit more easygoing than you because they have managed it and coped with it by the help of Allah. So if you turn to Allah, He will make your negativity simple for you, it becomes a positive.

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If you lost a job, or you suffered in your health, or for example, you suffered in your family, or you lost a loved one, or you have a major issue this way, that way, if that particular negative item brought you closer to Allah, Allah he it was a gift of Allah.

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In fact, a point you were sending, and you were sending it, and you were sending and you didn't even have Allah in your equation, because you were young and bubbling bursting with energies, who is going to stop me and you kept on sending and sending until one day something happened. And it had to come to an abrupt stop and you stop sinning. And then they came a time when you shed a tear to Allah, you said, Oh, Allah, help me. Imagine you haven't yet asked forgiveness of Allah. But because your life has come or has turned upside down.

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You're asking Allah to turn it the right way round again.

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Was that not Allah's favor upon you that you stopped the sin at least should you not seek the forgiveness of Allah, clear the slate, it's not difficult, my brothers, my sisters, to clean your slate here. And now, no matter what you've done on earth, you can clean the slate here and now by the will of Allah. The only problem is when you have taken from the rights of a fellow human being, you're going to have to make peace with them. You're going to have to go and sort the matter out. You can't say, oh, wow, I just stole a million quid from this guy. And I can clean my slate here and now that's what I was told. No, you must go and return the money.

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Or if that person is generous enough and you tell them listen, bro, I pinched a million from me said it's okay minor. It's okay. You forgiven? Oh, SubhanAllah. I don't think that would happen even if he's a trillionaire and say, Hey, you pay back every penny. And then you you think to yourself, Why did I even tell him he didn't even know? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us forgiveness. The point I'm raising is between you and Allah, you clear the slate here and now. Oh, Allah forgive us. We don't want to sin. We won't sin. We regret what we've done. We will not do it again. We seek your forgiveness help us through the path make us strong. There is no point in sending you know, you feel

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like a fool when you grow a little bit older. And you start looking back and thinking when I had my energies, you know, I just wasted them in all nonsense. And for that reason, the same Hadith I spoke about that mentions a person whose heart is hanging in the masjid, or connected to the masjid makes mention of another person, Shah Boone Nasha, Effie a bad Atilla Heaton,

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a young person, male or female, who grew up in that youth and the young age, you know, the teenager and slightly beyond in the obedience of Allah.

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In the obedience of Allah when you're young, and you want to be a little bit outrageous, mostly to be noticed, to be noticed, to be this way, that way, Allah says you calm down, calm down. Whatever you do, don't do the wrong thing. The best gift that you could give yourself at that point is to have good friends. A lovely circle. When you have a beautiful circle around you. Automatically you will be doing the right thing. You won't be doing the wrong thing. Imagine you're cruising with your friends time for Salah. They want to pray, you're not so keen what will happen because of the virtue of the people around you. You end up praying.

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I had good guys with me. But if you're a person who prays and then you're cruising with people who don't pray, and there are a lot of them, what will happen? Shake man might come to you and make you feel embarrassed of worshipping your Lord Subhanallah so you're quiet about it. You haven't mentioned prayer and you just okay with it and the time passed and what happened you didn't pray why? Because all your friends didn't pray either.

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So my brothers, my sisters Ramadan around the corner, we said seek the forgiveness of Allah. Make some plans for the month of Ramadan. What would you like to do check the lessons to something use the time to benefit yourself to come closer to Allah. codeine ballet como

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door.

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For a limited number of days Allah says, We want you to achieve Taqwa. Therefore we have made compulsory the first

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because we want you to achieve the consciousness of Allah to improve your relationship with Allah when you exit the month of Ramadan you must be a better person. And I can tell you one year

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will be your last Ramadan

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Do you know which year that's gonna be? Anyone? No. No one knows.

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One year

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maybe last year was already your final Ramadan? Who knows? I might not see Ramadan I might not. You may not. Who knows?

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How many people you ask about them. It's happened to me. How's that brother say he passed away when he passed away? Six months ago. You don't know No amatola Ali.

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Before you know it, your name will fly around in the same way.

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And so all my I'm not depressed about it. But I'm just hopeful in the Mercy of Allah because I have no option. But at the same time, I lead my life. Where I faulted I seek forgiveness and where I am accepted by Allah to do good, I don't become arrogant. I thank Allah but still greet the people talk to them. You know, mashallah spend a bit of time with the people serve the people, especially those who are underprivileged. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has told us to serve those who have struck who have been struck with calamity disaster. Those who don't have the homeless, the orphans, perhaps the widows, whoever else, it may be the poor, the wayfarer, the one on the streets, you see

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a person on the streets?

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Homeless.

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A lot of the times people look at them and don't even acknowledge that say, human. Have you ever bothered to greet a homeless person?

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Do you know they will look forward to seeing you every single day simply because you made them feel like a human?

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Do you know that? You see a homeless person is a smile at them and keep going, even if it's not a proper greeting as such, but you made a difference. You see, no matter who you are, you could be a CEO of a company. What's the big deal? In Allah's eyes? He will you come on the day of TMSA I was the CEO of that company, we had a portfolio of worth more than 30 million, you know, that's irrelevant to Allah, nothing zero. That was your dunya that was your worldly life. It had nothing to do with the hereafter unless you converted it into good deeds, because on that day, what will benefit you your deeds? You can't come to Allah and say I was a tall basketball player. I was really

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good at it, man.

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If you use that, in order to earn the pleasure of Allah, no problem, it's not haram. And it's okay. You can be a sports person, you can be anyone else. You can be

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doing so many things but do not do that. compromising your relationship with Allah. May Allah Almighty grant us ease and goodness, I am looking forward to a brilliant Ramadan. I'm looking forward to Ramadan where I can change my own life

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to do more than what I'm doing right now. May Allah help us all? To do more?

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Do you know one of the biggest diseases that we have? We overlook those whom Allah has chosen without a say from us to be

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close to us. In relation?

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Look at the Quran, Allah Almighty clearly speaks of the will CORBA so many times what DNL CORBA haka home well miskeen our buenas Sabi,

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Allah says give your relatives that do

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and give the Masaki in the poor people that do and give even Sabine AP Noosaville means that son of the of the road of the path the way for

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those who are downtrodden, give them their due. It starts off with your relatives who are your relatives, your parents, your children, your siblings, and then your spouse Subhanallah be kind to them. That's the least you could do. Charitable I've been going on and on and on. reminding people that charity actually begins at home bickering to one another. When I say your spouse, the wife needs to be kind to the husband. The husband needs to be kind and respectful to the wife as well. And we we should have a beautiful relationship. We're not going to be the same

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We're never the same. No two people have the same fingerprints or the iris, you know that. How do you think we're going to think exactly the same? You Born same mother, same father, but you're Worlds Apart. Part of your test is will you get along on common grounds, we have to.

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May Allah make it the best Ramadan. In sha Allah, we fulfill salah. And we encourage the Imams as well,

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to read in the most beautiful way so that we can enjoy the act of worship and standing and I really feel this is an act of worship. Not like I'm on edge and I'm moving and I want to get down and get up and go down again and get up again. You're not in a gym, my brother. Honestly, it's not a gym, you don't need to Oh, whoa, how many reps have you done? today? We did 35 reps, come on.

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You're

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Samsung watches or whatever Apple watches that you have that track the movement of your heart and so on. At the end of the tearaway and whatnot, it might even give you how much you've lost in terms of calories and so on. And you're excited. No, come on, relax. Hey, today we will

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we went for it. No, this is an act of worship. You should be calm, your heart should be at ease. A loving man automa in

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and IBV Karela hit upon Takoma in blue polo. True Believers attain the calmness of the heart through the remembrance of Allah.

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The best remembrance of Allah is the Quran.

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But the other car that you have the praise of Allah as well.

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Because indeed, it is only the remembrance of Allah that will come your heart

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in the true sense, so we look forward to this month we will reach out to people, we will try our best we will be charitable, try to give a charity on a daily basis.

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Try to ensure that you put a little bit no matter what level you're on. We have so many aid organizations around us today there was an announcement that Abdullah aid was responsible to a great degree to make this happen May Allah subhanho wa Taala reward them. So aid organizations it's good for us to put a pound put 50 P get the little children accustomed to it give them 20 P and said you know what this thing put it in the tin from you so that as they grow older, they develop a culture of giving. We have the Ramadan challenge you might have heard of it where I've got it as well if you go to move to make.com for example, you find a Ramadan challenge you can subscribe to it, what it

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will do every day as you're sleeping, your charity is gone on pound, perhaps 50 P whatever the minimum is, but the maximum is up to you.

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The idea is to be able to do something good every day. I want to give a charity everyday I want to do Salah everyday I want to do Quran every day, I want to do this good deed every day I want to help every day etc etc. So, by the time that 30 days are done or 29 Euro transformed person transformed human being and every day we seek the forgiveness of Allah and towards the end you start feeling the Mercy of Allah you know Ramadan is amazing because the beginning of it mashallah the excitement of the first day, second day third day and then it starts dwindling a little bit here and there because people start easing into Ramadan right? And then you have just at the right time the middle of

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Ramadan comes in and then you start taking things a little bit more seriously. Hey, it's two weeks up already. We already on the downside, you know, and mashallah, before you know it, it's 2020 Everything comes to light and mashallah 21 the masjid start backing up again 22 As we ending Subhan Allah why is it when I come to this Masjid I always give examples of football

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I see a lot of youngsters you look like fit guys mashallah Allah bless you guys. Towards the end of the match is all the excitement everyone's WoW is loud noise everything's happening and people are watching and so on. Some people say I don't even like to watch football besides the last 10 minutes, then I know what's going on. You know? Because we're on edge. People get serious they come in they want to do a lot in Ramadan. The last 10 days we should do it from the beginning steady Mashallah. But the end of the race is what's important. If you exit Ramadan with the forgiveness of Allah, and with a better connection with Allah.

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That was a successful month of Ramadan. May Allah grant us goodness May Allah bless everyone. And may Allah Almighty open our doors help us in our homes. May Allah help us in our sustenance, those who don't have jobs, may Allah provide for you sustenance in

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manner you would never imagine those who are struggling with anxiety may Allah calm you and sue you and may Allah grant you the reassurance and those who are struggling with any health matters. May Allah give you a cure and shifa, those who have lost loved ones may Allah grant them genital for those and may Allah gather all of us in the hereafter in a good condition in the companionship of Nabina Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, those of you who are struggling in any way and those struggling across the globe, in whatever way they may be struggling our hearts and prayers, reach out to them, Oh Allah help them, grant them. Those who don't have homes, the homeless May Allah

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provide for them shelter, those who don't have food when we're sitting with so much May Allah grant them the morsels of food or the food that they need. Those who don't have clothing, may Allah grant them clothing, brothers and sisters we have a lot to do. Allah has given us more than we need. Take from that, which is over and above your need. Reach out to others. Your life will change. May Allah help us all Akula Kalia that was sal Allahu wa salam ala Baraka ala Nabina. Muhammad wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah.