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Are we liable to cheat on regimes or manner of humor hamdulillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala

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Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi Germain My beloved brothers and sisters in Islam, Solomonic law here over the cattle Alhamdulillah Welcome to number four of Ramadan. 2020 ramadan 1441 and I pray from the law that the fasting is going well and Alexa from all of us, I mean, we continue with out of syrup sort of at home we mentioned that this is the greatest source of the Quran. And Allah subhanaw taala himself says in Heidi who's devoted in Sahih Muslim, Allah Subhana Allah mentions that he has divided Surah Fatiha in half and so we know that there are 783 of them of Allah subhanaw taala and three of them are for us and in the middle we have a middle Ayah which

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links the two and we continue with that middle is where we say ear canal Buddha can Stein so we begin the first three is are praising Allah Al hamdu, lillahi Rabbil aalameen Rahmani Raheem the Most Merciful the most time, Maliki only been the king, the owner the Sovereign of the Day of Judgment. When we say these three if Allah subhanaw taala responds to us by saying, My servant has praised me has magnified me has exalted me. And then when we say he cannot do what he can to stay in you will only Allah we worship and You alone do we do we seek assistance. Allah says this is between me and my servant and now I shall give him whatever we want he requests. Now this is where we begin

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to talk to each other this evening. This ayah economic UI I can Stein we said this is the link between us and Allah subhana wa Tada. It is our link with him his in depth of worship and servitude. eBuy the concept of a vida. The word Ibiza is to be in servitude. It is an Abbot is a slave. And so we are servants and slaves and we humble ourselves in humility to Allah subhanho wa Taala we are in need and Allah subhanaw taala is free of of any need, that we worship Allah subhanaw taala for our own sake in our own benefit, and Allah subhanho wa Taala is not in need of us. This is our concept of of our relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala and the purpose of life The reason why Allah has

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created us alemannic is in the Quran, Maharashtra, Gino and INSA Italia Abdullah, the purpose of our life here is that we worship our last panel that alone, we also see from this verse, as we said yesterday, the fact that we say a lot You we worship and You we seek assistance, rather than saying, We worship You, we bring Allah first why because we mentioned Allah first all those more important than our worship. Also it means exclusivity that you alone we worship and this is the homework and the theme of the religion of Islam than in other religions. The concept of a creator is they they you know, most religions, we see all religions, they believe in one supreme creator, the Hindu

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faith, the Christian faith, but if you look at that which they worship, it is very seldom do they worship that creator, the Hindus for example, they believe in one all powerful creator, yet they worship many, many different deities, statues and idols and these things, the Christians as well they believe in the father the Creator, but yet they worship Jesus Christ, peace and blessings be upon him. We our concept of Islam and Islam his message is that the same one who created you The Lord of the worlds let's say one that we began 100 like He alone is the one that we worship Allah subhana wa tada has made that the purpose of our life is to worship Him. Now worship we need to

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understand is not just the rituals we do in the masjid. If that was the case, then we would stop worshipping Allah now that the machines are closed, or other worship is a lifelong journey. Everything we do is about that. There are certain types of worship which are ritualistic, like your five daily solders like Hydra, they are rituals, they are rules, you have to follow the rules, you have to follow the Sunnah you can't break you can't decide how you want to do the ritual The format is given. And these are the compulsory kind of kind of worships, then you have non ritualistic worships. And this is in a very famous narration a famous Hadith which you video visited the Prophet

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souls alum and you really ask them what is Islam and the promises of Islam is basically to fulfill the five pillars to fast and to to make Sala to say the kalama to give us a Congo and Hydra these are the five pillars. But then jabril also asked a very important question he asked him to be Salaam what is a sand? What is perfection? What is the ideal way of life? If the Pillars of Islam one way to think of it, the Pillars of Islam are the the basics the default you have to do this, this is the foundation to become a Muslim. This is sort of entry level things. As for what you aspire to what is perfection what the journey is to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala constantly to always be in a state

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of worship. Now one may say how can I constantly be in the state of worship of Allah? Does it mean I need to be on the masala 24 seven, no, rather worshipping Allah is doing the things living your life in a manner which pleases a lot that Islam as we said is not a religion. It is a deal. It is a way of life. It is a path that you follow. The way you treat your your wife the way you teach your husband, this is worship. This pleases Allah subhanaw taala when we are good to each other, the kind of neighbor you are is part of your deen the kind of parents who are children.

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on how you teach your environment, how you use the toilet, we know all of this, these guidance from Islam, and the way we do it is for the sake of Allah. And one way and we spoke about this when we speak in the best manner, when either you do among no inverted commas or mundane tasks, or V any of the ordinary tasks during the day, like going to the shop, buying groceries, you know, going to bed at night, eating these things are just normal things we do as human beings, we can make those elements of our life worship, because we have to have a sincere intention, why am I doing this, I'm doing this for the sake of Allah, Allah, you have blessed me with a family and therefore I go to

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work so that I may support them then a B. So someone says it is of the best forms of charity is that we feed our family that I sleep in the evenings, why you gave me this body as a as an Amana. So part of it is tourists and for it to recover. So it becomes an act of worship. But you know, Sinaloa, as we know, we have those of us who are able to have an eight hour sleep and I know who are very seldom people get this luxury. But if you sleep eight hours a day as is, as is required, then really one third of the day sleep meaning one third of your life, your spin sleeping one third of your whole, you know, 60 years, 20 years of your life, if you live for 60 years would be fast asleep. And you

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can make that sleep and act of worship just by having a sincere intention. Before you sleep a lot. I do it for your sake. You begin with a bus Mala. If it is to do or to be recycled before the activity, you recite the door. Now this entire eight hours of sleep is an act of worship. And so this verse er can Abuja Allah, the only reason I am here is to worship you. And every decision everything I do in my life is to please you. This is really the concept of our existence. The reason why we are here the purpose of of Islam. And if we look more deeply into the ayah, we would notice that spinalonga decided this so many million times in our lives, but to do everyone take a note that

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the I had changed from a third person to a direct conversation or law. So in the previous is we're speaking about a lot in the third person a law is the load of the Al amin the Most Merciful, he is the load of the Day of Judgment most of the day of judgment in the fourth if we say he aka you, we worship and You alone do we do we turn for assistance? Why? Why did the tents change, the reason being is it is to show that we are in a direct communion we are in a direct conversation with Allah subhanho wa Taala. He says even though we are standing before Allah, and now we are praising him and we are we are pleading to him, we are begging to him, we are acknowledging our servitude to him. And

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also interestingly, we see that we went from a singular to a plural, meaning we Allah even though you might be standing alone, performing Salah all by yourself, you're not in a jam Are you still say we are Allah, we worship you alone, and we put our dependency on you alone. So why plural, because it shows that all of creation, this is not just the humans, an infinite number of creations. Yet there is only one Allah there are many, many of us, but there's only one Allah also it shows that we make dua, we don't only make dua for ourselves, we make to our for our family, our parents, our kids, that our community, our entire family is maybe maybe that my doula is not enough and your do

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is not enough. But collectively, the billions of Muslims making two are together, this might be the thing which collectively gets us the assistance of a lot. So after we say this, Allah subhanaw taala now responds, this is for my servant, and my servant shall have what he asked for. So now Allah is pleased with the way in which we invoked him. And so now almost is not asked, What do you want, what I may give you. And so the next verse, we ask Allah only for one thing, and this is the most important thing, we say, in a sirata, Muscatine Allah guide s upon v, this is schelotto stuck in the strict path. Now let's break this ayah down a little bit further, in our mini Allah guide, as we

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asking him for guidance, and what is guidance. And the analogy that is given in this ayah is someone coming to a city and not knowing where to go, he's lost. And so he's looking for directions, he's looking for someone to show him the way now he Daya we can do a whole series on hedaya on its own guidance, but some elements to it. Part of the diet is part of guidance is a searching for it. using the tools Allah has given us our intellect, studying the world around us looking at analyzing and constantly thinking or many of us, we fail. We don't we don't do the research we're supposed to do. So he Daya is about you, like someone that is lost. You need to make the effort and search for the

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truth. But of course you will not find the truth if you don't have a guide if you don't come across someone to show you the way. So we say Allah guide us that we live a life which will constantly be in your worship guide so that we make the right decisions that our choices every single day, we make hundreds of choices. We don't know what's the right thing, the wrong thing to do any situation. You know, should I respond? Someone says something negative to me, how do I respond? Should I be angry? Should I not be angry? How do I make the right choices and the right how do I live the right life? This is from guidance of Allah. And if Allah does not guide us, then we will be lost. That is why

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very beautifully another

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Word attached to a guidance IE Daya. The word for present in Arabic is hydeia. Daya Do you can, you can yet sounds very similar. A present gift is an idea, meaning it's something that you get from someone else. And therefore, guidance he Daya only comes from Allah and this is really if you think about it, it is the best blessing you can ever ever have someone who has money and he has power and he has all the the privileges of this world, but he's not guided to be a good human being than what was the purpose of his life when he dies, it has absolutely no purpose his life was a failure. Rather, we think of this and we know that this life is an exam it is a taste and while we are in the

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middle of the test, the only one who can show us the answers is las panatela. So we asked him yeah Allah guide us in this life to always make the right choice. And so we say Allah guidance he said often was stuck in we are very specific what what guidance we want, we want to be guided to be upon the Surat Al Mustafa in Surat is in the olden days in every city you would have a set off it is the main highway it is the big road of the city. The car is not a smaller road. It is the big road. It is the road that is very clear. It is usually very flat. It is level it has room for a lot of people. It is straightforward so we're saying yeah Allah guide us to this path which is clear which

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is straight which is right which is always on which will keep you in the right direction. It is the setup and mister him we stopped him like when we talk about Allah at Masada same kind of verb. Allah doesn't say performance Allah He says what a key masala establish Sala perfectly perfect your Salah Muslim has a connotation of someone standing straight, meaning someone that is someone who is standing in the perfect posture. Once again. The Sirat implies a straight path yet Allah says it is the slate shirat a lot as the influences of this path will not deviate everything in life you know when we are you know sometimes going to debate sometimes we go through life and our principles our

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models shift we been we fluctuate as the tide goes, we give into pressure, peer pressure, work pressure, family pressure, when our models go and then very quickly, we go into the lesser self we lose ourselves this year out if you're upon it, you will never ever be lost. Every decision in your life will be quick so we saying yeah Allah guide us to this clear path that is perfect and whoever is upon that path will always be in the right this is your compass. It is like asking Allah give me that compass that will always show me what is the right thing to do. What better thing than that in every decision of your life? You know what the right thing to do is and also once again we are not

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making do out yet Allah guide me we say, Idina guide all of us upon that straight path, because no one none of us wants to be on the path alone. We want to intergender together, one may ask am a Muslim already Why am I making dua Allah guide me on the spot and not on the possibility Yes, indeed, if you Alhamdulillah we are on that path. But as we as that path moves, it's easy for us to deviate and take off there are many side the road pulling us off that path. And so we constantly ask Allah 17 times a day at least keep us on this on the straight path. Within mentioned further, we give a further detail about this path we saved in a certain study sirata Latina and EMTALA him,

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Allah lit as walk this path guidance to this path as those who you have favored the guidance, the path The path of those who you have favored, meaning this path is not the end of the first people to walk this path. There are people who you have favored that have been on this path. So who are the ones that Allah has favored, lays an ayah Allah Spano mentioned tsunami, sir, as IoT we usually decide and it's not the sooner to decide when someone passed away, but usually it is recycled, you'd find it in the janaza we say Manila tienen la mina bien, au sidiki or shuhada. Sorry, our La Liga has been in the companionship in the company because be amongst those who you have favored those who

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you have blessed Who are they the MBI then Abby's obviously the MBR the prophets of Allah all of them, they are on guidance was c d, or C D clean. The like aboubaker and Marissa Marissa Moloch was the mother of Jesus Christ. She wasn't Siddiqa, she was acidic. ac D is someone who has reached the highest level of demand, the highest level of demand after that of the MBA, we they are true in everything they do, that they believe so completely, that the demand does not does not really shake they never waver. So this is the second category of the MBA was shuhada. Those who die martyrs for the sake of Allah they have sacrificed everything, even their lives to Allah. And then the fourth

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category was sure that was solid and those who are good people, and also what an excellent company they are. So we've seen Yeah, a lot of leaders be on this to guide us to work and be on the straight path. As those let us follow in the footsteps basically, of those who have come before us and that you have favored and are basically in general, and we didn't go further and say ready to do big mana Pauline, but let us not be of those who incur anger. Those who have anger upon them. It doesn't say who is angry

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With him doesn't say those who allies angry with each other it is those who incur anger, and those who are steady those who are lost. So what are these two groups of people? So, in this ayah, we see three groups of people, the ones who are less favored, we mentioned them they are the, the BNC Deacon and Shahada salia him they are the ones Allah His favorite, then the other two categories, those who are those who incur anger, who are they, the Hadeeth and sauces, they are amongst amongst them are those who followed the who did not follow the Moosa correctly those who did not follow what Nabi Musa had brought to them, right? So Allah had given them knowledge. And this could be any

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person who has knowledge, who has guidance, who knows what the right thing is, but he deliberately goes against it like shavon shavon, he believes his sin is one not of not knowing not of making a mistake, rather, he knows but it is arrogance that refuses him to accept so he won't fully disobeyed. So Allah says such people, they incur the anger and what is implied here is the anger of Allah, Allah is deeply displeased with him. And this is not just a group of people external, it is all of us are susceptible of being in this category. When we know what the right thing is, Allah has shown you so you may do I, Allah guide me to make the right choice. Allah shows you what the right

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thing is. And still, we go against that, then we are liable for incurring the anger of Allah. And then the last category, radium, I'll do ballet in Bali. And it is not be of the Darlene those who have gone astray or those who are lost those who don't know the path, those who have not been given guidance. And the response here it is of those who did not follow the teachings of Nabi sallallahu sallam. So they make up as they go along that they did not receive and not act on knowledge. It is someone that acts without knowledge, he basically makes up his life and he decides what even feels good for him today. He sincere he wants to do the right thing. But he only follows what he wants

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from himself, and does not act upon knowledge. And therefore, like, again, someone that is walking around, but he doesn't have a map, he doesn't have a GPS, and he just turns left and right, whatever he feels is the direction of course, he will be lost, and he'll be gone straight. Again, it links back to knowledge. So you have three categories, all linked into knowledge. The first category is the one who is guided to knowledge and he acts upon it. And these are the ones Allah loves and are the ones that Allah has favored. And then the other second category from Allah protect us. They are the ones who was given the knowledge and given guidance, but they turn away from it and they do

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contrary to it. These are the ones that incur the anger. And the last category are those who act without any knowledge. And so they are they are a straight metal of particulars from this. And once again, it shows you the importance of knowledge. Lastly, to conclude Surah Fatiha is a beautiful template in terms of how to make dua and this month of Ramadan is a month really of a month of how to how to turn to a light is the month we we sit in the verses of fasting, the idea of that if my seven asks me about me, I am Nia, I answered it to us. And so we should increase into our evil we went from the dunya or the alpha, whatever we need from big or small, this is the month to do it and

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sort of it teaches you how to make. So if you want something you know, maybe you want the job, you don't pick up, you know, you don't raise your hand say I want the job, I want the job, I want the job, give me the job, I need the job. So how do we begin by saying by first is Allah focuses you firstly Allah, so we praise Him Alhamdulillah we establish His Majesty, we call upon His names that are appropriate. So if you need the risk yasak if you need loving your marriage, yeah, we'll do the manyara him. So you begin by praising Allah and you use the name of Allah that is appropriate for your need. And if you don't have a specific name that you are familiar with, then just Allah

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subhanho data is sufficient. Then you mentioned your servitude and your condition your ally depends on you. I need you. There is no one else besides you. Yeah, Allah you mentioned I am your slave, I'm turning to you. Who else can I turn to? And then you ask Allah now that I have established, Allah is basically giving you a form, how to find out to get a request from him. So now you say yeah, Allah, I need this I need that helped me. And you will begin by asking the important things, for guidance for forgiveness for gender, the things of the earth that are more important than dunya. And then you ask the dunya things as well. And you make it very clear, I don't want to be of this. So as the

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Surah Fatiha, it tells you Yeah, I want this. And don't make me be of these people. And then you mentioned Don't make me like this. And of course, like sort of it every single day. We'll repeat it at least 17 times a day. So we repeat every two hours you need every day. It's not might not be answered the first time, or it might be a lot once as to ask many times before it is answered. And so when a petition is key, and at the end of the day, we'll sort of RTI in particular and indeed while we say I mean which means our law except our do, except I will do our last panel data except from us and grant us all that which you want of goodness in this dunya and the after the cycle of

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hate or sort of loss no Mohammed

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Al Hamdulillah hemlibra mean saramonic