Mufti Menk – Ramadhan Ends 2018

Mufti Menk
AI: Summary © The speakers discuss the importance of achieving forgiveness, respecting individual and culture, managing loss, and setting a time for oneself to pursue completion of the Quran. They emphasize the need to stay alive all night and be the best people possible. The speakers also emphasize the importance of dressing well during events and helping others to build a connection with Islam. They stress the need to be considerate and not pretend to be strong or mean.
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

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smilla rahmanir rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy his main blessings and salutations upon Muhammad salallahu alayhi wa sallam his household, his companions. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every one of them, and to grant every one of us goodness in this world and the next. My brothers and sisters, you and I know that at the moment people are more into football than they are into the deen. And it's unfortunate that in a way, it distracts us sometimes from the deen. But we do have some players whom we

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acknowledge are probably more religious than those who are cheering them on Subhana Allah. So it's about time we learned a lesson. I've seen sports persons who are so keen on fasting on fulfilling their Salah, on fulfilling their obligations unto Allah subhanho wa Taala that it leaves us quite embarrassed when we see the those who have not even arrived at such levels of fame or of

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professionalism in anything on the earth. Yet we are far away from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us a deep lesson. I mean, the reason why I start this way, even though I'm talking about the ending of the month of Ramadan, when I came to speak to you earlier, I was speaking about the beginning of Ramadan, the excitement, I want to tell you that what happens in a lot of cases is when a football match starts, everyone is excited. They're cheering There are so happy when people don't score goals, what happens? The excitement starts dwindling, you know, 20 minutes, 30 minutes into the match. 45 minutes half time no goal. What happens? A little while

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later, still no goal and everyone is quiet. You might hear the odd war cry, you might hear you know the odd few people making a little bit of noise here and there. You might hear the odd slogans but the excitement is not that much.

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And suddenly you have

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the opportunity to score but you didn't score. You thought I was gonna say a goal, right?

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That's the deception of the devil. You have the opportunity to score but you didn't score Subhan Allah I'm referring all of this to the month of Ramadan. It started we were excited for the first few days. This is what happens to almost all of us, myself included. The first day we're excited the second day, the third day, perhaps the first weekend thereafter, although there's a whole month to go Subhanallah especially when you're in England like this Subhanallah we're the fastest so long. People say haha you know, can I travel to Africa? I think I'll be lucky there Mashallah, by the way, we have very short fasts Mashallah hamdulillah but the reward is the same bonus Mashallah.

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So my brothers and sisters, the reality is yes, indeed we should protect ourselves from becoming from among those who lose the momentum as this beautiful man is proceeding and progressing because the days are parsing the minutes the seconds are ticking away. And every second that we lose is a great loss. We are trying to achieve taqwa as the Quran says Allah Allah contact akun we want to achieve God consciousness piety. We want to achieve the closeness to Allah. We are trying we were excited when we started Why did we allow it to dwindle? Here comes an opportunity to score a goal. There is excitement in the stadium Mashallah. But nobody scored that goal.

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And then comes another opportunity. Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us you know what, the last 10 nights are here a little bit more of momentum because now we want to put pressure on all the players right? The difference is in Ramadan, we are all the players. We are all the players.

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Will you score the goal will you keep up the pressure you can make the difference? Subhana Allah what is the goal we are trying to score we want to achieve forgiveness way eliminate other karma formula will be unto the one who has witnessed the month of Ramadan, but has not achieved forgiveness. I don't want to be from them. I want to witness the month.

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By the will of Allah and I want to achieve forgiveness by the will of Allah. So I'm going to keep the momentum going when I have the opportunity to score, I'm going to kick that ball straight into the Nets by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the excitement will continue. And you know what? I should not allow shavonne to score against me. How many people sleep over Salatin fudger in Ramadan. It's a reality. Many people sleep over the other Salas, the prayers,

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they sleep, and it's the month of Ramadan. you've allowed shaper to score a goal, get up and do something about it. Save that ball from going into the net on the wrong side.

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We should become so happy when the obedience of Allah is right in front of us and there is no obstacle to fulfill that obedience.

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May Allah make it easy for us. I mean,

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my brothers and sisters thereafter, the most blessed moments begin in the last third of Ramadan from the 20th right up to the end any of those nights can actually be can actually be like a little cuddle The Night of Decree.

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The night of tech deal Laila to cuddle.

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The Night of Decree can be any one of those nights. And it's described in the Quran, Laila to cardinia.

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mean Alfie shahara that One Night of Decree is better than 1000 months Subhan Allah, Allah is giving you one night better than 1000 months. We need to make an effort to look forward to search for that night.

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Imagine if we were told when that night was that's not a blessing of Allah.

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Because all of us maybe myself included I don't know just as well we're not told but if we were told we would have probably given more importance to one night and then the rest of them are yeah by the way, I was

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like what we do sometimes Juma we there the rest of the week. What Salah what is Salah? I thought Salah is a football player

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yeah, people don't know what Salah is Subhana Allah by the way that is Salah.

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If you know how to read the Arabic language, you know, it's a you know, because he is quite hot when it comes to football. Mashallah.

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So it's amazing. It's Allah telling you subhanho wa Taala that I'm going to give you an opportunity and I'm going to hide it from you as a blessing so that you can search for it so that your worship is not just going to be one night but stretched over a whole season Subhan Allah. So there is a season in the season. You have Ramadan, inside Ramadan, you have the last 10 nights inside those last 10 nights you have the Fridays as well. So Han Allah, at least one and if you're lucky sometimes too.

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What are you going to do?

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Brothers and sisters, I want you to promise yourself something very big here and now. We want to achieve the pleasure of Allah. We want to be happy. We want to be content. We are good people. I'd like to believe we're all good people. I don't think from amongst us there is someone who is evil. May Allah protect us. Shaytan is evil, but we're all good Subhanallah we won't allow Shaban to take over. We won't allow shaytan to distract. We're all good. We want to achieve the pleasure of Allah promise that this month of Ramadan, you will at least strive to get up to worship Allah for an entire night, at least one of those 10 nights. Is that a promise?

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So Han Allah. Is that a promise?

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Okay, we heard the Yes, but more than me, those angels right here heard that. Yes, we better fulfill that promise. Now. I was saying moments ago I come from Africa. So I'm fortunate are faster short, guess what? You come from this part of the world. You are fortunate you can stay awake all night in Nevada and it's just like three hours, four hours. SubhanAllah so there is a bonus on either side. You see, it's Allah and His mercy. If I want to stay awake all night, it's like Subhanallah almost 10 whole hours perhaps for you it's much shorter, although the fastest longer. But that's our last gift. Promise Allah that you're going to do extra ibadah during the last 10 nights don't don't do

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Don't let things become stagnant. Not at all.

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Promise Allah. This is a month of Ramadan that's coming. It's going to be a month with a difference. Already from the beginning. we've sorted ourselves out we've eradicated bad habits. We

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developed some good habits we've become better people the way we speak to our family members the amount of patience we have the the way we communicate with others the words that we use when we talk to people and I want to suggest something strong, very strong. You know what people do nowadays?

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They don't even smile.

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They don't smile

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Subhanallah no smiling.

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Come on guys.

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My name is smile by the way.

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It's my you know, it's how you pronounce mo Salah. Well, you can also say smile, you know?

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Subhana Allah. Come on. It's a charity is an act of worship. I want to complain to all of you about something I noticed. We are here all of us want to earn the pleasure of Allah. All of us want to gain closeness to Allah. We want to feel good. We want to become better people, but we have not greeted each other. Here now today. Did you greet the person next to you? The answer is no. I didn't. Maybe a few of them. spend a moment I'm going to stop for 20 seconds perhaps or less. Please greet the person next to you. And at least greet them Mashallah smile. hamdulillah brother sister, Mashallah. Mashallah.

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Mashallah tabarrok Allah, I see we're having a big discussion. Okay. Now you can continue this a little bit later. And you get acquainted with one another not because brother I need your business card. I seen you driving a Rolls Royce out there. No, but Subhan Allah, I want to enter Jana radula, Anita haberfield na, those who love each other for the sake of Allah, I don't want money, materialistic items, nothing but you could be from anywhere in the world, your ethnicity becomes irrelevant. Your background becomes irrelevant, your race becomes irrelevant, everything becomes irrelevant. You are a key to the door of gender for me, because you are my brother or my sister. If

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I really love you, for the sake of Allah, not for my own personal gain of this world, but rather for a heavenly gain something way beyond then in that case, I will definitely be able to earn the closeness to Allah by getting closer to you for the right reasons. But we get closer to people for the wrong reasons. You see someone Mashallah they look wealthy, they are smelling good, etc. They perhaps might look quite good. And then we like one to associate with them. The minute you see someone who might just look average, mediocre, we haven't even greeted, I'm sitting next to you and I move away. SubhanAllah. Why? Because I don't really want to associate why May Allah subhanho wa

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Taala grant us is learn to smile at one another, learn to greet one another learn to respect one another. When we go to the messages in the houses of Allah. Those are the houses where the angels are watching us, Allah is watching us is his own house. How do you communicate with those who are with you in the same house for the same purpose, heading to the same direction, I always say I witnessed some of the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa, not to say I attended the matches, but I saw what happened. They made lift clubs because the people were so many heading in the same direction. They used to give lifts to strangers who are going to the football match, but we as

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Muslim mean, who are part of the oma will not give a lift for the Muslims or to the Muslims going to the house of Allah to end the pleasure of the same Allah to do the same thing. And we are connected in a far bigger way. Our agenda is sometimes dependent upon how we treat one another

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Subhan Allah,

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we can improve on that. Starting at home, starting at home because then you get some wise people who are so beautiful outside the home and when they come into the home, there are someone else altogether. And we've said this so many times but the Quran says why that kid fell in the car

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found me in remind For indeed the reminding benefits those who believe. So we're reminding you Mashallah. And I'm reminding myself, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy with all the bruises that I have in my mouth, with what I have inside on my teeth, I'm still smiling at you. And I'm still speaking Subhan Allah only Allah knows what I must be going through inside here. But it's an act of worship my brothers and sisters Alhamdulillah we thank Allah. Imagine we have such a religion that teaches us to smile at one another, to be kind to one another. To be able to get closer to Allah, you need to also respect the creatures that that same Allah has made starting with humankind,

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your family members and the others. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us. So we have this beautiful season of the last 10 days in it hidden nights. Like I said, we've all promised that we are going to make an effort

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We are going to make an effort by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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To do some extra acts of worship, at least during these last 10 nights, even if it means an extra two units of prayer, an extra page or two of recitation of the Quran, something known as the Corolla, the remembrance of Allah Subhana Allah Al hamdu, lillah, Allahu Akbar, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, and so many other ways of remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala that are mentioned in the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, come on, we can do so so much better.

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And you start feeling good when you've made resolutions, when you see your life changing, when you have hope. Do not be a person who doesn't have hope, no matter what has happened in your life, the future is better than what happened in the past. The future is better than the present as well. Subhan Allah, it will always be better. We all suffer loss because that is the plan of Allah. He wants to see how you're going to manage the loss. If you want to take the guidance of Allah, He will help you manage it. But if you don't want to take the guidance of Allah, you end up depressed and you get into a worse situation. But the help of Allah, you will come out of it stronger than you

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ever were before. That's the promise of Allah. You just need taqwa. You need God consciousness, you need closeness to Allah. That's what the fast is meant to bring to you.

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So my brothers and sisters Mashallah tabarrok Allah.

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We're in the houses of Allah. we're engaging in a Bader we're reading the Quran, we're expanding and increasing our knowledge. We're trying to put it into practice. We're conveying it to others, we've become softened. We are better people. And we have the Night of Decree one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. And the ration says are the bulk of the narration say one of the last odd nights from the last 10 one of the odd nights from the last 10 but there is a narration that says it could be any one of those 10

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Did you know that Subhana Allah

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still call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala

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I always see the brothers filled the masjid for salata Juma, and the answer of the same day is empty.

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to be strong. We don't want to be worshipers of Allah only in the month of Ramadan, but rather do you know, when you put something in your mouth in Ramadan, as you're opening your fast, it tastes so beautiful.

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It tastes so beautiful.

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Because there is a blessing in it from Allah, you stayed away from food for the entire day. Now when you put something in your mouth, the same thing that tasted different before a man and shall taste the same as it did before Ramadan after Ramadan. during Ramadan it tastes much better you enjoy it Subhana Allah, it's the blessing. It's Allah subhanho wa Taala This is why earlier in my session I spoke about

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for attorney Lisa him. The one who fasts has two points of happiness one is when he opens his fast at the end of the day, the other is when he meets Allah subhanho wa Taala and the first one actually includes when he's completed the month of Ramadan. Subhan Allah there is a day of each day of happiness given by Allah subhanho wa Taala

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but before I get to the day of eat, let me tell you

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if the last 10 nights of Ramadan come, and we do not become serious about what is remaining of Ramadan, then we've not understood we haven't understood the Ramadan and we haven't understood

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what Allah has just blessed us with it reminds me of a person who gives you a stone and tells you you know what, keep this it's valuable. You look at it looks dirty, you decide to throw it away. SubhanAllah another man picks it up and says Wow, this looks like a diamond. It's a bit dirty. rubs it cleans it Subhanallah goes to the jeweler and gets 3 million pounds for that stone. And then you come and say Hey, that was my stone you threw it away. I'm sorry. Allah has given us the month of Ramadan that many of us do not know the value of we throw it away. Others have picked it up. They're earning and gaining one day we might regret when we look back and say wow, the month of Ramadan

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person I didn't know it was so valuable. So take it seriously. take it very seriously my brothers and sisters, polish it up. Make sure that you earn and achieve and Allah subhanho wa Taala will bless you. We need to make the effort and Allah will do the rest for us. We need to make the effort and Allah

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Hannah hautala will do the rest for us. So, we are coming towards the completion of the Quran by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala we're coming towards the completion of the Quran. And remember, you don't have to just do one item in Ramadan kata, meaning the completion of the Quran. But you need to try to look into its meaning complete that as well. You need to try to complete and start again, it doesn't mean that if I started at the beginning of the month, I'm just happy to do one Jews a day No, do more than that.

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Don't set yourself a limit of the Jews, but rather set yourself a time that I'm going to spend X amount of time and try and maximize

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the benefit within that time for yourself with the Quran with the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Isn't it a month of the Quran? Isn't it a month of happiness? Isn't it the month of forgiveness? Isn't it the month of the mercy of Allah? Isn't it a month of resolving our disputes amongst ourselves?

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If you look at the Hadith that speaks about the Night of Decree, the powerful night known as Laila will cover that we spoke about,

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it mentions how they were people disputing and for that reason, the knowledge of the precise date was taken away.

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That to me,

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is a lesson that when we dispute the Baraka is gone from a lot of things.

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While I

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in law saw meaning, do not quarrel dispute amongst one another fight with one another because you will be unsuccessful and you lose your mind your energy your power.

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Allah says Be patient for Indeed Allah is with those who bear patience.

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Let's go back to the football match.

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Okay, so we've scored it's one one and guess what? We're at nine minutes. Can you imagine the feeling Subhanallah at nine minutes and the score is one one. There is excitement what's happening in the stadium. Everyone is screaming this side that side people are up one minute remaining. And they know Wow, someone needs to score here. Allah blesses us with extra time. Do you know how when the moon is not cited Subhanallah

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when the moon is not cited, you got one more day Why did somebody needs to score here? We still on par?

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We still equal

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so the moon is not sited. Subhan Allah one more fast, don't be upset. Don't be angry. I know the long Mashallah tabarrok Allah but it's your opportunity given by Allah. Imagine if between myself and the fire of * was just one more fast.

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Allah gave it to me and it was the last term of van and my last opportunity to engage in a forest fast for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala and I'm going to die somewhere through that year. Isn't that a blessing of Allah? You can

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look at it that way. When the Prophet salallahu Salam speaks about Salah. He says suddenly, Salah Tama doesn't fulfill your daily prayers, each one of them as though it's your last opportunity to fulfill prayer for the sake of Allah.

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When I say Allahu Akbar, I must think to myself, maybe this might be my last chance. It's my final farewell prayer. I want to take it further and say that should be the case with all our ibadah that should be the case with my fasting as well. I must think to myself, this is the last fast you know, last year, I had someone messaged me and say, you know, I'm not feeling too well. Can I break my fast? Now you and I know that we do have we do have the rulings in Islam that are filled with mercy. If you really not well, you can fast later on. If you're traveling, for example, you have a bonus you may choose to fast later on there is that leeway that we have. It's the mercy of Allah. But you

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know what?

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If you're not really that unwell, go for it. Bismillah.

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Try and go for it. The reason is, it might just be your last opportunity. That's what I'm saying. So panela imagine any opportunity to score that goal. Go for it, don't leave it. You know, don't say okay, we might lose this match, we will will gain it later on. No, you may not have that chance. So therefore my brothers and sisters, make the most of the month of Ramadan ensure that hopelessness is never a word in your dictionary. Not in the dictionary of a true believer. Eman is there to eradicate hopelessness because I have hope in the mercy of Allah. That's what my Eman is my conviction. My

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Faith, I will never be hopeless. I will be happy. I will smile when you smile already you have eradicated some of your problems. And you have a positive outlook. There was a brother of mine, recently a brother in Islam, who suffered the loss with his business burning down. I spoke to him I said, Brother, don't give up. Keep on going, keep on trying there. There are people whose businesses were burnt, who lost their jobs, people who suffered and struggled in so many ways when they did not give up Allah opened the doors way beyond their imagination.

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When you give up, that's when your doors close. For as long as you have not given up your doors will never close. So no matter what you're going through in life, never give up as an admin never have opened the mercy of Allah people might ask well for how long I promise you 10 years 20 years is nothing in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala he knows why he has delayed you. He knows what he is doing for you. He knows what he wants. I give you a real example. A brother lost his job. Two years unemployed crying. I see him in the masjid my brother make dua, Allah will open your doors he comes to me says you know I'm losing hope I kept on telling him Don't lose hope. Make dua keep on asking

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ALLAH and keep on trying. That's an important point because you can't just say, Oh, well I'm making dua for you and then you sit and say Oh Allah, I need a job. When you expect some big CEO of a company to come into the machine say you are employed.

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That's not going to happen. That's a joke. SubhanAllah you need to go out search looks and your CV apply here apply there, you might get you might not get go for this interview that interview keep trying. Two years later, the brother got a job with a salary far beyond what he had thought he would ever get in his life. I told him wasn't that worth it? He says we're lucky it was worth it. It was worth it. Subhana Allah, this is a real example.

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The patient, we know the struggles we all have to go through struggles. That's the plan of Allah. That's why we have the month of Ramadan, to reconnect with Allah subhanho wa Taala you must reconnect with Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah says, I will give you a season it's the month of Ramadan. One thing that impresses me about Ramadan, my brothers and sisters, you will agree with this. You know, that month, that month of Ramadan, it's the ideal ideal prescription. When Allah says quotevalet como si amo we have prescribed upon you fasting, we have written for you fasting, a prescription, you know is set with time from moon to moon, one lunar month. If it was less than

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that, it would not give us the kick that we get out of it. Right? If it was more than that, perhaps we may have become a little bit despondent and lazy. I cannot imagine

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Ramadan being less than a month or more than a month. So it's a gift of Allah. Have you thought of that? It's exactly right. In the 12 months one is taken out. That's for you to reconnect with Allah fasting. What if Ramadan was like spread over, say a week in January a week in Muharram say a week in Ruby allow one a week in Ramadan and one week in say, we'll get there.

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It would really have the impact it has. It's so beautiful. We have 30 Jews of the Quran. We are covering them in the month of Ramadan. Not once but a few times in sha Allah, we have so much just as we are gaining this momentum

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we get to the 15th day when we have the 15th We are now going downhill Subhan Allah as we go downhill, we're climbing up again because we want to end on a good note Subhanallah It reminds me of what they call the penalty shootout right where now there's excitement everyone is watching, waiting. So what are you gonna do and the one comes up, and guess what it goes straight into the Nets of hannula now you're watching the other one. You have to do two things, you have to be good at scoring and good at saving. You have to have a good goalkeeper and at the same time you have to be able to score Do you know from a spiritual angle, what that would refer to you have to be good at

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doing good deeds and protecting yourself from bad deeds. That's what it is. I must be good at scoring my good deeds, my Salah my bad etc. And I must be good at saving from saving myself from letting a gold be scored against me by chiffons handiwork. One might say Chapin is tied in the month of Ramadan. Yeah, I think he gets to us by Wi Fi by the way.

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There are Bluetooth sometimes

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from outside just like how when he dropped out the money salami was already kicked out of gentlemen

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Do you know that Allah took him out of gentleness? So how did he whisper into Adam alayhis salam again, to say eat from the tree? Eat from the forbidden tree? Fine. How did he do that? Well, the mufa serene and Allah has spoken about so many different ways. One of them is from outside. He had this little, these beams, he was beaming in, you know, when we read it many years ago, I didn't understand it. But now Subhanallah we connect on to the Wi Fi, and it's far off the mobile network, everything shaytan can be far away, but he can be beaming, exactly beaming in. And there is another example that I've cited in the past where we have the winding, the winding, the winding of what you

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know, those little toys we used to wind when we were young, wind the toy and then leave it and it stems its feed for a while until the winding is all unwound. So what shaytan does, he knows he's gonna be tied up when Ramadan starts, so he winds us just before I move on, that's why you find all the moon wars right? wound completely Boom, boom, boom, Queen until the last click, and then he leaves you and we stamping exactly as per his design right up to the end of Ramadan. And when we get to the delivery due to spirituality at its lowest shaytan gets hold of you the night of aid. My brothers and sisters, part of understanding the ending of Ramadan is to understand what is the day

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of heat Subhan Allah, many of us don't know what's the day of aid. Allah says, when he told me that he wanted to come

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while I let come to school.

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Allah has blessed you so you complete that whole period that is prescribed by Allah. And you declare the greatness of Allah because of the guidance that he bestowed upon you so that you can be thankful to Allah, thankful for what he just forgave you.

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Allah gave you the Hadith says man karma, Laila tell Katarina de mon YT saben goofy Rolla Houma, Taka dama mengambil whoever stands up in worship on the Night of Decree, one night, all their sins are wiped out completely. Another narration speaks of the whole month of Ramadan, but we're talking about this one, we have a fast correctly for the whole month of Ramadan.

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their sins are wiped out. When you leave the month of Ramadan, you are leaving totally pure and clean. My brothers and sisters, I'm serious, we forget about this. So that's why when we start designing our clothing for the day of aid, it's all in the obedience of the devil, nothing to do with Allah because you know what? We are now clean, but we've forgotten that shape and is going to be released as soon as the moon is sited, and he's got touches on us completely. He's held us your meetings on the day of Eve. We've already planned her meetings, who are you meeting? My boyfriend for one whole month? I can't believe it. It's a reality. What I just said is a fact.

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Yes. So what are you planning? You can imagine? Oh Billa Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us?

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You see, we're acknowledging what I've just said, because it's a plot of the devil, and I've just pressed the red button.

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This time, it's not going to happen.

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No, I am not going to choose the day that Allah has given me to celebrate my forgiveness, to go and jump straight into the devil's hands into sin. What an insult unto Allah. You've wiped out the whole month of Ramadan in one day, and it's the day Allah gave you to be happy. You're making everybody happy besides Allah. It's not gonna happen. No way. Not this time, and not from now on. If you want to sin,

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not on the devil in that I'm not condoning sin, but I'm saying you need to understand. It's like going to Makkah and saying when I go to Mecca, I'm going to sin that is even more sinful because it's a double, triple quadruple sin.

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Allah has bestowed you a favor. I can't go to the masjid the house of Allah and then say when I get to the masjid, I'm going to sin.

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Imagine a man taking a bottle into the masjid and saying, you know,

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I know but you know, it's okay. No, no one would do that. a drunkard would not even dream of going to the house of Allah with a bottle.

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Why do we do it on a special day? the eve of it is known as les little jar ism. It's known as the prize giving night. Once the moon is cited, the prizes are dished out. You have achieved forgiveness from Allah you have achieved gender you achieve forgiveness. This one achieved forgiveness. You have a prize. You have a prize You did well. You

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did very well you came this and you did that. So how are we getting our prizes? We cannot become oblivious of a bar down that night? No, not at all. All the Haram starts on the day of eat sometimes, is that not a reality?

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Change it for the sake of Allah.

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Change it, it's not good enough, we can do better. We do not choose a day that Allah blessed us with. This is why I also say, and I'm just going to divert slightly,

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even when we are getting married. It's a sacred union celebration, according to some of half of your faith. And that celebration is marked by the pleasure of the devil in a lot of cases because we forget, like I said, we are good people. But we need to remind now and again, dress nicely on this day. It's a celebration of your Eman. It's a celebration of something great. It's the decree of Allah. It's the seed that you're sowing for your future and your progeny and your offspring and you'd love offspring who are obedient, so you today, be obedient. When I obey Allah, Allah gives me children who will obey me Subhana Allah as simple as that.

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May Allah forgive us. Now some of us must be thinking, Well, you know, my kids don't obey me at all. And yeah, you're right. We did do things wrong in the past and we didn't obey Allah. What do I do now? My brothers and sisters, I want to end my talk by telling you.

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Konya ebba de la Vina Sana for Allah fusi him la Kanata met in

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in La Jolla, Nova Jamia in

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all my worshipers who have transgressed against themselves, let them know Allah will forgive all your sins, no matter what you've done for Indeed Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. Don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah. You turn back to Allah, He will make right what has happened wrong in the past, he will wipe it out completely. You don't need to confess to me to anyone else, to a family member to a spouse, to your children to your parents, no confessions in Islam, you confess to Allah, you confess to he who made you you cry to him, You tell him I'm not going to do this again. And he will wipe your sin out. Totally.

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So my brothers and sisters, I hope and I pray that we've actually taken a little bit

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I hope and I pray that we've taken a little bit as a reminder for ourselves this Ramadan, we will start it in sha Allah on a good note, just to recap what I said in my first the opening speech that I delivered here

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that inshallah before we enter the month of Ramadan, we clean our act, we don't wait to enter our motherland and then clean the act. You clean it now by the will of Allah. The Prophet sallahu wa salam used to fast more in this month, he used to engage more in a battle in this month, in preparation for the beautiful month of Ramadan Same applies with us, we will prepare for this month, we will start quitting our bad ways. And like I said, brothers and sisters, one bad habit, at least one, quit one, minimum one, that one that you know you've had to give up from a long, long time, you haven't been strong enough to throw the habit, throw it out. Now. Allah will open your doors be

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powerful for the sake of Allah. That one good thing that you know you have to do. You know, there is something you've wanted to do for a long, long time. It's in your heart, you know, it's the right thing you know, you have to get it done. But for some reason, you're just being weak. Do it now, for the sake of Allah. Make that intention, get it done, be strong, you need the push, and Allah will guide you the rest of the way. He will make it easy. He will open your doors your path.

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And thereafter, you will see a beautiful month of a bad even if you don't manage to complete the entire Quran. The fact that you read the fact that you enjoyed the fact that you were blessed, you spoke well, you address people in the correct way your family members, you did not get angry and upset when the food delayed a little bit.

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You know, the whole month of Ramadan we're not going to be eating during the day. Some people get angry when after Maghrib The food is delayed. Hey, don't you know we've got so little time, brother. You were patient for 14 hours, 18 hours and now you're getting angry for 18 minutes. Come on, you're spoiling the show here. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us.

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I also want to say something else. Let's learn to help one another.

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Don't think to yourself that Oh, that's a duty. That's my wife's duty. Learn to help. Don't think to yourself. That's my

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Husbands duty, learn to help wherever you can. This is what builds the family. This is what brings us together. When we come together when we help each other, fulfill our chores, our roles, and when we make sure we respect each other, give and take here and there Subhana Allah leniency we will lead a very, very blessed life. The more lenient you are, the more it is a sign of that Allah has had mercy on you for

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a long

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It is only because of the mercy of Allah upon you, O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that you are merciful and lenient towards them around you.

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When I read that, my mind goes to different places. I start thinking to myself, imagine, Allah is saying, oh, Muhammad, peace be upon him, because of our mercy, you will lenient upon the kuffaar of coration those around you. What about me? When I'm not lenient with my own family members, my own children, my spouse, my parents, and so on. I need to know that when I'm lenient with them, it's a sign that Allah is having mercy on me. Because Allah says to me, that you know what? charity begins at home, it definitely does.

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And that's inshallah going to change me as a person. Brothers and sisters, I've really enjoyed speaking to myself and yourselves here. We've had a few lighter moments, but all of them were to draw beautiful lessons from and I hope that we can definitely have a month of Ramadan with a great difference. Because, you know, we've gathered here today I feel the connection. I feel the love there's so many faces I recognize Mashallah so many I don't but you are my brothers and sisters in the deen. And to be very fair and honest, I've enjoyed every moment of mine here today. I pray that it was not a waste of time on my part or yours. I pray that I can benefit from what I've said in the

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others and you can benefit to take home a message or two. Let's change our lives. We all are good people. I promise you we are we all have goodness. But let's develop that goodness by the will of Allah let the people around us feel it. Let us feel it when it comes to our connection with Allah subhanho wa Taala So with those words, I want to close saying akula kolyada masala Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah homovanillic

Mufti Menk speaks on the way we should end our Ramadhan

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