Ramadan 2023 – Reviving the Spirit 18

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Laila reifying

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Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatu Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi wa ala who was on Allahu wa salam ala Milena via by the Hawala Allah He was happy personally, my beloved brothers and sisters, balancing your life is something important sometimes during the month of Ramadan, we tend to do more of one thing, neglecting our other duties. For example, because of the importance given to acts of worship, such as prayer, such as reading the Quran, such as the vicar and the remembrance of Allah, such as going out to help people who are in need, sometimes we neglect our own family members. Sometimes we neglect our duties that are primary. And this happens even

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outside Ramadan, where the balance we strike between family life, the work we have to do, and the worship of Allah, these three things connected are all actually the worship of Allah. Because if you take a look at the meaning of the worship of Allah, to lead your life in a way that is in the obedience of Allah, and not in transgression of Allah subhanho wa taala. That is called worshiping Allah, even if you're sleeping, you're worshiping Allah, you're earning, you're worshiping Allah, you go out to do something, you're worshiping Allah, you're playing with your children and family members, that is worshiping Allah for as long as you are not doing something in transgression of the

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Command of Allah, you're conscious of the command and the prohibition of Allah. And you've kept that as the limits. So if you have that in mind, and you bear that in mind all the time, you will be engaged in constant worship of Allah subhanho wa taala, even though it's part of your family life, it's part of your work, your job and so on, to earn sustenance that is halal to ensure that what you're earning is halal is considered worship of Allah subhanho wa taala. So

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the balance that we strike when we speak about the three things, the worship of Allah, the work that we have, and the family life, in essence, it's mainly these two things, the family knife, and the work on condition that we make sure we don't miss out that to which Allah has ordained, like your prayer, and everything else, all of which should be within what Allah Almighty has taught. So while you're spending time at work, doing things earning a living, don't forget your prayer, it's part of it. Don't forget your duty to earn Hulen do not cheat people, don't deceive them. Don't transgress while you're working, don't shortchange your employer, if you're working for someone, you know,

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don't be busy on your phone, when they're paying you to do something else, unless there is permissibility and scope of using your phone. But to that degree, you may do so. But it's wrong for a believer to lose consciousness of the fact that they're at work. And they're not supposed to be doing something. And they just busy doing that, especially in the age of social media and the gadgets that we do have. Similarly, when you're spending time with your family, make sure that you don't miss your prayers, make sure that you're dressed appropriately, depending on who you're with. Obviously, the closer the circle, the more relaxed the rules of dress code are. So the dress code is

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it becomes your spouse, your parents, perhaps your children, your brothers and sisters, these are those who are very close relatives, the way you dress would probably be different from the way you dress when you walk out of the house. All of this when you're conscious of it, you convert it into acts of worship, this balance is something tremendous. It's amazing. So if I'm walking out of the house, just for recreational purposes, see, I want to take a walk, walk in the park, because I'm I just need a bit of breath of fresh air. If I walk out of the house, bearing in mind that I'm a Muslim, I wish to be dressed modestly. I'm supposed to carry myself respectfully. I'm supposed to

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bear my prayers in mind. If I'm going to eat something in the process. It must be halal. If I'm going to interact with people It must be respectful. I can start off with Salam and I can make sure that while I'm walking I know where and how to lower my gaze and so on. Automatically my exiting from the home just for purposes of a prominent taking a walk becomes an act of worship. How's that? Amazing. So in the same way everything else we converted into an act of worship because icon

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I just have a Muslim, unconscious. I'm a believer, I should carry myself as one. Now, when we talk of acts of worship, like I said, there are three things, Your Worship, your work and your family life. And I remember saying the two are what we're talking about. But when we say worship, we're talking about the obligation that which you cannot let go off, such as your prayer, five daily prayers, such as in the month of Ramadan, you're fasting, yes, some people have a leeway. Some people definitely are allowed, not too fast, because they're sick, they're on journey. They may be breastfeeding, they may be pregnant, there is permissibility, then there's also prohibition of

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fasting. If you're on your menstrual cycle, you're not allowed to fast. And you should be excited about the fact that you're obeying Allah's command, I'm going to get a full reward and even greater reward because I got to deep down that I can't fast in that it's the month of Ramadan. However, I'm excited to be adopting Allah's command and instruction. He told me, Don't fast, do it later, I will reward you not just for the fast, but for having abstained in Ramadan and did it after Ramadan, you get a greater reward.

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Because you're fulfilling my instruction in a very unique way. And I'm the one who forced you and compelled you to go through these changes that have resulted in this menstrual cycle. Subhan Allah, that's Allah, that's Allah. So do not despair. However, strike a beautiful balance. Sometimes people spend so much time cooking in Ramadan. And yes, it's beautiful to have something nice to make a bar with, it's lovely to have a little beautiful meal be it's all be it Iftar. But to take so much time that it compromises your acts of worship, then it becomes wrong. So spend some time with the Quran set yourself, maybe time limits, spend some time listening to good lectures may be attending a few

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good lessons, expanding your knowledge, spend some time maybe finding out about your family members, perhaps those who are sick and ill, and Allah Almighty will grant you a lot.

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So if you then set aside the time for the cooking, it might be one two hours. You know what, make sure that you don't prolong it too much. I know that some people say well, you know, you're gonna get a reward for cooking, which is true, you do get a great reward for cooking for others and feeding them, if I'm a to am is one of the great acts of worship to feed people. Now, whether you're feeding strangers, whether you're feeding broader family members, whether you're feeding the close circle, family, all of it is included. And whether you're a person who paid for it, or who made it, if I'm a bomb is one of the cornerstones of the Islamic teachings, to feed people food, to give them

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food to care for them enough to prepare the meal. So it is very rewarding, but not at the expense of your Salah, not at the expense of your other duties Unto Allah. You've never read Quran why I'm busy cooking, and I'm getting a big reward for someone told me I get a bigger reward than reading Quran. No, you don't. reading Quran is a different type of act of worship, indeed. So you need to strike the balance. And this is how we will become people who grow in a beautiful way. We care for others, we serve others, we also concentrate on our own growth. I for 1am, here speaking to you, but I'm always concerned about my own personal growth, my private recitation of the Quran, my private ADKAR

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that I need to fulfill my salah, the way I should be growing, how I should be expanding my knowledge, how I can improve myself. That's a constant concern. And if I don't do something about it, I will stagnate and stop exactly where I am, maybe even go back backwards. And that's not good. In the same way, all of us need to make sure that we're progressing somehow. People sometimes go to work during Ramadan. They forget that fasting is an act of worship, they're just doing it because everyone is doing it. And we're fasting and I know that, well. I'm going to just spend the day and enjoy the day I'm going to eat.

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So just wait, stay hungry for the day. Allah says it's not about hunger. It's not about thirst. It's more about the taqwa and the consciousness of Allah that lies within all of that. That's why the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him says some people achieve nothing from their fast besides hunger and thirst, and some

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people achieve nothing from their standing in prayer besides becoming tired and losing sleep. So if that's the case, let's ask ourselves Who are those? They are the ones who think that the only thing that you're supposed to be doing here is staying away from food and drink. That's it. No, it is development of yourself. It is the consciousness of Allah. Once you develop that consciousness, like the example I gave you walking out of the house, the minute you intend to walk out of your home, you convert that walking out into an act of worship, just by becoming conscious of who you are. That's it. And if you carry yourself throughout your trip, wherever you went to the shops, or to the

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stores, whatever it might have been, you went to do the school runs, the fact that you continuously pour in mind who you are. And you carried yourself in a respectful way that that is befitting a believer, you're you're in a constant act of worship. And that's why Allah Almighty tells us wama hello to Jean our INSA in Dalian, Buddha, I have not created mankind of Jean kind, except for them to worship me. And people think, Oh, does that mean I need to stand in constant prayer or fast every day, or be reading the Quran throughout the day, every day, and on the fact that you lead your life conscious of who you are, and who your maker is, and what you all your maker, and you carry yourself

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appropriately, automatically makes your entire life is huge worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala you're obeying these instructions to the best of your ability? And you know what? You are fulfilling what you're supposed to staying away from what you're supposed to. Now, if that is the case, then surely we will develop ourselves in such a beautiful way. May Allah grant us the best of this world and the next May Allah help us strike a beautiful balance this month of Ramadan. We take things a little bit more seriously outside Ramadan is we can engage in recreation and everything else a little bit more. Perhaps it's still the Lord within Ramadan is the same one outside of Ramadan. May

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Allah bless you all, who locally had Salama who Osama ala Nabina Muhammad Laila to call the reifying

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fish ah