Ramadan 2023 – Reviving the Spirit #11

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Reviving the Sunnah: Following in the Footsteps of the Prophet (PBUH)

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Assalamu alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah, who Allah, Allah, he was rbh mine, my brothers and sisters, beyond that which is an obligation is something that is recommended, but it's not an obligation. And sometimes there are things that are permissible. And if you were to do them you would be rewarded, but it's not an obligation. These are some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him in nearly every act of worship. There are certain things that are made compulsory by Allah subhanho wa taala. And then there are other things within the similar grouping of acts of worship. That may not be

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absolutely compulsory, but Allah is giving you an opportunity to develop in your relationship with him in a manner that you would actually achieve so much. We call it the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. When we use the term sunnah it refers to several things. I'd like to start off by making mention of this one where it's an act of worship or something that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has taught, he's done, he's recommended, but it's not compulsory. For example, if you were to look at the five daily prayers, certain units, or what we call records are compulsory. for Fajr. There are two units of all for us or for Maori three units and Asia, four

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units. These are compulsory, when you're traveling, yes, there is a discount in the sense that Allah says to you, and because of your journey, you may cut the units of prayer. However, beyond that, which is far off, once you're done with it, don't leave or sometimes, before you do that, first of all that which is compulsory, Allah wants you to engage in something, it's voluntary, or it's recommended, if you were to leave it, you may not be sinful. But if you were to do it, you will actually achieve so much in this month of Ramadan. The reward of those types of voluntary acts of worship is actually multiplied so much that it makes it more meaningful to participate in and engage

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in these types of worship. So for us to get up a little bit early for Fudger for example, and make sure that we don't just fulfill the two units that are far away but rather, we start off with two that are sunnah. sunnah means the Prophet peace be upon him did it he taught it, one would not be sinful to leave it out. But one would achieve such a great reward to fulfill that particular sooner of Fajr that the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him says Rakata alpha g, Hiram minute dunya wa mafia, the two units of voluntary prayer the Sunnah prayer that you offer, before Salat al Fajr, as part of the Fajr is better for you than the whole world and whatever it holds. So that's an amazing

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reward. Now, if we were to take a look at your as well, once you're done with your prayer, don't just dismiss right rather, if you'd like to go home if you're in the masjid, yes, it is recommended to fulfill all your prayers besides that, which is compulsory at all. So the Prophet peace be upon him has said that it is best to fulfill your prayers, besides that, which is compulsory at home, and he also says Don't make your homes graves. Because a home where the remembrance of Allah is not fulfilled or or is not engaged in and Salah is not fulfilled, which is the prayer

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and Quran is not recited is actually a home that is dead. It's more like a grave. So therefore, if you know that you are not going to be lazy and you go home and you fulfill the Sunnah. Get used to it. The same applies to Salah to Muslim for example, select Malaysia for example and so many other

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units of prayer that are not compulsory, but you will get a reward for them. That's as far as the prayer goes. Thereafter you have

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many other acts that are the Sunnah of the Prophet peace be upon him. I give you a quick example. When we remember Allah and that remembrance of Allah in terms of your vicar after every prayer is a sunnah by

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The reward is so, so huge. So try to get this fitted into your lives, especially during the month of Ramadan with the idea to continue even outside Ramadan. And this is the whole aim of the month of Ramadan, to develop a relationship with Allah on a level that is higher than what it actually was. So Allah Almighty wants us to engage in these acts of worship. And Allah Almighty wants us to develop the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him his entire life, every movement of his recorded every statement of his recorded every action of his recorded the nodding of his head recorded, and the lessons learned from all of this something amazing, we believe that we should try our best to eat

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the way he ate, to look at some of the foodstuffs that he eat, and study them and try and eat in a similar fashion in order for us not just to earn a great reward, but to benefit holistically from these beautiful things that the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, taught and did and he acted upon. You know, when the way he drank his water, for example, and the way he speaks about drinking it in three sips and not gulping so much in that is so beneficial in terms of the medicinal value of the method of drinking the water. Imagine the reward you would achieve if the intention was to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. This is why we always say, don't take

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for granted something that the Prophet peace be upon him taught or did or something that he recommended or something that he was used to. Many times we would find ourselves taking similar teachings from others and not realizing this was actually a teaching of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him 1400 years back, we look at the intermittent fasting that people speak about now. And the Sunnah fasting is actually a Monday on a Thursday. It's very similar to the intermittent fasting people speak of the health benefits, we as Muslims look at it from a religious perspective to begin with, and everything that follows including the health benefits, all of that is a bonus. A bonus for

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a believer. So my brothers and sisters, that is an example of fasting, the example of drinking water. Similarly, when it comes to relieving oneself, we need to understand that the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him has taught us a method of doing things. He's taught us how to protect ourselves from splashes, for example, how to protect ourselves how to wash ourselves. Similarly, he has also taught us how to wear our clothing and what type of clothing to wear Subhanallah how to wear the clothing. So, you know to start off with the right and then the left. This issue of right and left is something that is given so much of importance in the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad

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peace be upon him, to the degree that when we're eating, we're supposed to be eating with the right hand. He says don't eat with the left for indeed the devil or shaytan e to the left. How does shaytan e to the left? I don't know. But I believe in the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him so you make sure you try and do all good things with your right hand. He used to love using the right to do the good things. Can Rasul Allah is allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam your gebouw to him monifieth Anna Ali he What are a Julie he or two who he will Fisher and equally the Prophet peace be upon him loved to use the right when it came to certain things now, I've been asked a

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question by those who sometimes are left hand that it is it prohibited to use the left it may not be prohibited especially when you're not defying a sunnah of the Prophet peace be upon him and you happen to be left handed it's okay to be able to write with both hands. I can't say that it was assumed to write with this or that because the Prophet peace be upon him did not write. However, what I am saying is it is sunnah to do these good things with the right hand where possible where applicable, there might be people who are struggling with their right hand and they may not be able to do much with it. In that particular case you're excused. So these are some of the Sunnah

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teachings of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him that we must not take for granted. And we we need to understand when he has told us something when he has explained verses of the Quran. That explanation comes first. When he has expressed something and given us instructions, those instructions are to be taken seriously. They are people who sit back and relax and say you know what, I believe in the Quran, but I don't believe in this

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and of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him what we need to realize my brothers and sisters,

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the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was given the Quran to give to us, Allah chose the most trustworthy, if we can trust him regarding the Quran, which is the revelation of Allah that He gave us, how can we not trust him regarding his own life and his other statements that he has said, if we didn't believe these, how can we actually believe the others? So my brothers and sisters, those who say that we won't take any Hadith need to reconsider their stance The reason is, you can only be a Muslim when you declare, I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah. And I bear witness that Muhammad peace be upon him is the messenger of Allah. A messenger comes with a

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message. The Quran leads you to the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Again, some people come in and say, well, those verses were revealed regarding something else all together and so on. If you look at the reasons of Revelation, indeed, they are important to consider and to look into but remember the meanings of the terms used. They need to be understood in the proper sense. When Allah Almighty tells you take what the Prophet gave you understand His instruction and so on. Allah Almighty expects you to follow what he is saying. The explanation of so many acts of worship happens to be only from the Sunnah teachings of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. If we did

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not take from the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, we would not be able to fulfill what the Quran has brought. So that too is part of the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Similarly, when engaging in acts of worship, make sure that those acts of worship were taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam so that they fall under the broader term sunnah. It is not something that is an innovation, but rather it's something that was taught, and it's something that was given by Nabina Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam May Allah Almighty bless all of us and grant us the acceptance to follow the beautiful sunnah in all of its different aspects of go look

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