Raising Your Game after Ramadan

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Salam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

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tone, Muslim.

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we begin by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala we ask him the almighty the Lord of all worlds the exalted to send his choices to blessings and salutations upon the final messenger, our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was lm, his family members, his companions and all those who tread upon his path with utmost sincerity until the day of karma. When the brothers and sisters in Islam, I welcome you to this session and I thank you for your time. I begin by reminding myself and then all of you all who have tuned in from different parts of the world perhaps to bring in a life of taqwa. And that is to be conscious of your makeup to be aware of your makeup. To be

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mindful of your makeup during every single second of your lives if you wish to attain victory and success in this world, as well as the hereafter. As per the words of our making sure to never nll Mata Tina Mufasa indeed for the people of taqwa is Mufasa Mufasa as in victory and success, victory and success in this world as well as the next May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us all from the people of taqwa. And may He make us from the victorious and successful ones, I mean.

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So here we are after the month of Ramadan, we are in the month of shall while we are after the month of Ramadan.

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You know, this morning I had a class just before this session,

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a tafsir class actually, and we're dealing with is related to the day of karma.

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So we were discussing a SRA to satis sobre ashra to scytale Cobra, today's discussion was specifically around the gel. But in the previous class we spoke about a SRA to site is silver, in other words, the minus signs of the day of gamma. And you see that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. In his teachings as per his words, he is reported to have prophesied many a minus sign of the day of karma. You have scholars who have gone on to list them 50 6070 minus signs of the day of karma Now you might be thinking Oh, so you know, there are so many minus signs. So perhaps we have a lot of time with us. Interestingly, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, from those minor signs, a

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lot of them have already taken place. We just have a few more minor science to take place. And then the major science will commence our SRA to saddle Cobra we have 10 major signs. Now these 10 major signs their major signs you have the jolly George and George Goggin. Magog, you have to do a sham smell Margaret, we have the sun rising from the west. You have cost from Bill mushrik has formed Bill Murray has four major Santa Clara we had the three major earthquakes then you have the descending of a Sally's latos law. These are all major signs. Now coming back to the point that I wanted to establish with regards to the minus signs we are the profits that are long, why do you

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ever sell them telling us that time along the lines of these words that time will pass quickly?

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With regards to time passing quickly or time shrinking?

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You can literally take it where perhaps okay now we have 24 hours, you might be thinking okay, do does that mean that you know we will start losing hours, there is becoming shorter nights becoming shorter.

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Well, that that could be one way to look at it.

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But another interpretation that has been put forth is that the Baraka of time

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will be stripped away. So much the extent that you will have the same

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time with you. But you will only be able to do very little in that time and is that not something that you and I we can relate to Subhan Allah think about it when the month of Ramadan came about we were like you know the previous Ramadan was just with us and here we are now another month of Ramadan has come about. We thank Allah for the opportunity for blessing us with good health and long lives to attain many months of Ramadan. But the scary part is that month after day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year is just zipping past whizzing past us so this is a sign from the signs of the day of karma My dear brothers and sisters in Islam. So this should serve

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as a reminder. So I wanted to start off with this because we are going to be talking about maintaining the momentum after Ramadan you know so

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if you look at the if you look at the poster, basically we're talking about what is the title raising your game after the month of Ramadan? Now that the month of Ramadan has ended, how do we keep the Ramadan spirit with us? So this is what we're going to be talking about inshallah, the month of Ramadan. We obviously value the month of Ramadan. We know that the month of Ramadan is special, it is one of a kind it is a season of opportunity, a season of goodness and we want to try and do as many good deeds as possible. We know that the shouting have been shackled up we know about the virtues for law in the virtue is Fabiola, Ramallah and we know the virtues of the month of

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Ramadan. But now that the month of Ramadan has left us, where does that leave us until the next Ramadan comes about? Or believer? My dear brother, my dear sister, it is from the infinite wisdom of allies of a gel that he has created these seasons of goodness and seasons of opportunity for all of us.

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Like the month of Ramadan, you have certain other passages of time that need to be capitalized as well. So what I want to establish here is that you should not think Oh, now I need to wait for the next Ramadan to come about to perhaps get back into the grooves. No, not really. Because throughout the week, if you take a week, for example, you have Friday as being an extremely powerful day, an extremely good day, a day where we are supposed to do as many good deeds as possible. Then you have now the 10 days of the hedger that are approaching us and this is from the wisdom of Allah that He constantly keeps giving us season after season of goodness and opportunity to get closer to him to

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do as many good deeds as possible. So now that Ramadan has left us we have the 10 days of the ledger that's coming about then you have on a weekly basis you have Friday, the professor Allison is reputed to have said Hiroo Yeoman Tara Tara Hisham, so Yama, Yama, the best of days upon which the sun has risen is Friday. So when talking about month, the month of Ramadan is the best month when talking about days on a weekly basis. Friday is the best day when talking about it on a yearly basis, the 10 days of Dell hedger at the best of days when talking about nights, the last 10 nights of Ramadan are the best 10 nights when talking about one particular specific night during the entire

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year you have related to the quarter. So it is from the mercy of Allah from the wisdom of Allah that Allah has chosen these passages of time. Allah has given superiority to these passages, passages of time over other passages in a move to encourage us.

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You see when when you have these sales, with regards to a worldly perspective, when when the sales come about where you have prices slashed and discounts being offered people's people clamor, people rush people, you know, at times line up in queues, to be able to avail of the discounts to be able to get those products at a discounted price. Because as human beings, we know that this is a season, okay, maybe it might come about next year. But I want to aware of these discounts this particular year. And if I don't go, if I don't go early, if I'm not there early, if I don't put in hard work, I'm not going to be able to avail of the discounts. Then what about your mother, your brother and

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your sister? What about your good deeds? Now that that I didn't know that

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85 inch TV or that MacBook or that that camera or whatever the device that you purchased, you are not necessarily going to take that with you to the next life? Yeah, maybe you can. For example, if it's a computer, you can purchase it and attempt to do good deeds with it. No doubt. But having said that, the actual substance in regards to what you're going to be taking with you to the next life is armello salejaw. So when Allah gives you a season, that's the comparison I'm trying to strike here when Allah gives you a season of goodness, when Allah Allah gives you a season of opportunity to do good deeds. Don't you think you need to put in a lot more effort

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A lot more hard work than the hard work and effort that you would put towards a season of acquiring worldly possessions. Subhan Allah, that's that's kind of where the imbalance is, you know the seasons when they're given to us, we tend to

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remain oblivious of the virtue of the seasons. So now let's talk about a few tips with regards to maintaining our momentum after the month of Ramadan, raising your game up after the month of Ramadan. So I'm going to in sha Allah talk about three main action items, three main tips, I'm going to give you three tips on Sharla. Tip number one, be realistic with your self. That's tip number one. You see, sometimes what happens is we tend to

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too much from ourselves.

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We tend to think that you know what, after the month of Ramadan, I need to be sinless, I need to be perfect. And you know until the next Ramadan comes about or until the end of time. My point is, the minute this doesn't happen, the minute we slip, then we come crashing down, we lose hope we lose all hope.

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And we fall back into the same pits that we were in prior to the month of Ramadan.

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You have to understand my dear

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brothers and sisters in Islam we have a hadith that has been recorded in the book of Imam Muslim Rama law. But the Prophet sallallahu Sallam is reputed to have said, I swear by the one in whose hand is my soul.

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If you were a people who did not commit sin, Allah would take you away and replace you with the people who would sin and then seek Allah's forgiveness so he could forgive them. So what do we understand from this? There are other Hadith as well to the effect that tells us that we were created between forgetfulness and mistakes. So from these narrations, we understand many brothers and sisters in Islam, that we are prone to making mistakes. So our expectations need to be realistic. Now, that doesn't mean that you know, you fall back on to the other end of the spectrum and you start saying, Oh, you know what, I'm prone to committing mistakes. So why do I even need to

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strive to stay away from sin? I might as well do all of the sins because if I were not to do sins, that Allah would bite me away. If I were to do sins, Allah is going to be punishing me. So what am I supposed to do? My dear brother, my DSS, my dear sister, it's the balance that you need to strive for. That that sweet spot, the balance, where that's what Allah loves. And our Deen is a dean of moderation it is a dean of balance and the professor Allison was an extremely balanced individual, Mohammed Salawat, Robbie was 11 highly. So that balance, where you're striving to do as many good deeds as possible, you're striving hard. And balance is key consistency is key. Along with that you

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slip whenever you slip, you turn back to Allah subhanho wa Taala you seek His forgiveness and you mend your ways and you come back. So it's it's this it's that maintaining that momentum so you see you're at that sweet spot. So whenever you feel like you're swaying, you know, I towards either direction, you recalibrate, either sometimes you have these applications on your phone.

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You know, these applications, like for example, if you want to look for your parabola, you know, you have these applications that attempts to recreate you recalibrate your phone, you to move it in an in an eight figure, you know, to recalibrate the compass inside the phone. So similarly, you and I, we need to recalibrate ourselves, you know, at times we tend to drift either this way or that way. So you need to recalibrate yourself and get yourself back to that moderate path. Look at this Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam again, this hadith is recorded in the book of Imam Muslim and it is recorded in the book of a moment Buhari as well. Our mother eyeshadow, the loved one ha

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she reports to the Prophet sallallahu Sallam his report to have said, be deliberate in worship.

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You need to be intentional in your worship, and draw near to Allah and give glad tidings. wearily, none of you will enter Paradise because of his deeds alone.

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Then those will be the prophets of nihilism, they immediately ask the Prophet Elias and MBR should Allah, not even you and the professor nice and responds not even me. In other words, none of us will enter Paradise because of our good deeds alone, not even me. And the professor Allison says, unless Allah grants me mercy from himself, and then the professor is meant to say, know that the most beloved did unto Allah is that which

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Done regularly even if it is small, consistency is key even if your deeds are small, my dear brother, my dear sister, so it's imperative it is of paramount importance that after the month of Ramadan, you strive to maintain consistency with your good deeds.

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So this is action item number one to be realistic with yourself expectations and then it overlaps on to action item number two, which is to continue your good deeds to maintain consistency. Now take for example the relationship that you developed with the Quran during the month of Ramadan.

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You spent time with the Quran yes or no, you strove hard to read as much as possible from the Koran. Some of you may have read a juice every day to work towards completing one entire Quran towards the end of the month of Ramadan. Some of you might have read less than that some of you may have read more than that. Now this habit of reading the Quran needs to continue after the month of Ramadan as well. It shouldn't be the case shouldn't be where now the month of Ramadan is over the day of aid came about and now you take the Koran and placed it on the shelf where it's now going to gather dust until the next Ramadan comes about. Now this is not consistency and this is not in line with the

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words of the messenger in this particular Hadith. You need to continue this habit of reading the Koran

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working towards developing your relationship with the words of your makeup. Perhaps during the month of Ramadan, you were part of certain study circles, studying reflecting and pondering on the words of your maker. This needs to continue after the month of Ramadan as well. So consistency with regards to your good deeds, your Asana, you were praying your Salah on time during the month of Ramadan. This needs to continue after the month of Ramadan as well. You were waking up for fudger during the month of Ramadan. This needs to continue after the month of Ramadan as well you need to strive see at times you might oversleep at times you might slip that's where action item three comes

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about and we will discuss that in just a bit.

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You need to turn to Allah whenever you slip you turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala but you strive hard to maintain consistency to pray your Salah on time. If the masajid are open in your areas you strive hard to make it to the congregation with the jamaa with with the Imam for your Salah. You gave out a lot of charity during the month of Ramadan. You need to continue the habit of giving out charity after the month of Ramadan as well.

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You are helping the poor, you are helping the needy this needs to continue after the month of Ramadan as you were doing what you were fasting. As in you were controlling your limbs and your faculties. You were preventing your limbs and faculties from doing things that displease allies of agile. In the sense, you were striving hard to ensure that your eyes do not witness that which displease Allah subhanho wa Taala. This needs to continue after the month of Ramadan. You are striving hard to ensure that your ears don't listen to things that displease lies. This needs to continue after the month of Ramadan as well. You are striving hard to ensure that your tongue does

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not utter that which displeases Allah subhanho wa Taala in the form of falsehood, in the form of lies in the form of slander in the form of backbiting in the form of gossip in the form of humiliating and insulting others in the form of swear words, in the form of filthy and vulgar language.

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So this needs to continue after the month of Ramadan as well. You see, unfortunately, there are many of us, we stay away from bad habits during the month of Ramadan. You quit smoking you stay away from bad company you don't swear. You don't use filthy language but the minute the month of Ramadan goes, you go back to your old ways.

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You see my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, we need to see the whole month of Ramadan.

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It is a spiritual training. It is to discipline ourselves it is to help us to survive for the entire year. So that one month that puts you into all of these good habits. You need to strive hard to

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keep those good habits alive and to stay away from that which displeases Eliza Virgil This is the whole point of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan, the ayat that I read at the inception yeah you are Latina, armano quotevalet Kumasi I'm kamakoti Balala Deena mini la comme la la quinta de Pon. taqwa is the objective of the month of Ramadan. And what is the fwaa as a hobby or the Allah one who was once asked

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With regards to talk a taqwa if I'm not mistaken, it was Abu huraira the Allahu anhu. And he responds, he asks the question, have you ever walked down a Tawny path? a thorny path a path full of thorns and brambles, if you've been?

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To which the questioner replies in the affirmative, he says, Yes, I have why. Then Abu huraira the loved one who asks him So okay, what did you do was making your way down that Tony path. He said, I gathered my clothing. And I made sure that I, you know, made my way very carefully down the path to avoid snagging my clothing onto the thorns and tearing my clothing and harming myself and you know, scratching myself.

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So then Abu huraira, the other one went on to say that is the definition of taqwa. So now, if you look at that, that parable, that metaphor that this companion was striking in that narration.

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The path is this life that you and I were traversing our destination is an era where destination is the life of the hereafter. The thorns, the brambles, are the prohibitions of Allah subhanho wa Taala. One interpretation is that you can look at the thorns and the brambles as the prohibitions of Allah. Everything that displeases allies have yet

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another interpretation is that you could include the traps of the devil

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as well, so the thorns and the brambles or the mojarra metabolizer gel and the traps of shaitaan. Now you will believe my dear brother, my dear sister, as you're making your way down this path, you have to understand that you need to be vigilant. You need to be mindful of being a believer cannot be heedless. A believer cannot just

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You know, you need to be vigilant. You mean you need to be very conscious, you need to be mindful. Or there's a ton there. There's a Bramble there, there's a branch there, this is from the Muhammad Allah,

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I need to stay away from it. Think about it. Let's say you bought a brand new vehicle and you're driving down a bumpy road.

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Would you not be careful with your vehicle? Would you not avoid the holes, the potholes? Let's say there's a speed bump, would you not slow down. For the brothers who like to drive very low, you know, you have these cars that are very low, you don't have much of a ground clearance.

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And even if you are driving something like an SUV, or whatever it is with a lot of ground clearance. If it's a brand new vehicle and you value your vehicle, you're not just going to roughly drive down that road, you got to be very careful and you will make your way gingerly and at times if you come across a huge pothole or a huge bump. You might even get down from your vehicle to ensure that you know you can make it across that bump. Why? Because you are worried about your materialistic possession because your vehicle is something of value and you don't want to damage it.

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Then what about this journey onto the hereafter? My dear brothers and sisters? How can we carelessly make our way down the path without being mindful of Allah and the commandments of Allah and the prohibitions of Allah that is taqwa. And the month of Ramadan is all about installing the choir. It's not some fancy diet to marry your brothers and sisters in Islam. Some of us think of the month of Ramadan as a diet, staying away from food and that's what Ramadan is all about.

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No, you have lofty objectives behind the month of Ramadan and the loftiest of them all is the instilling of taqwa. So can taqwa just be instilled for the month of Ramadan alone? Know that oil is something that needs to be part and parcel of every single second of our lives. Yeah, are you hon Nasser obudu raba como la de Hola, como como La Nina Mina. Camila. Camila Allah.

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Allah says what mahalo couture agenda will insert in Lally I boon. Allah says I have not created Roma holla Koto gene, I have not created gene kind or mankind except that they worship me. So we understand that the purpose behind our creation is a bada. And then Allah says in another plezier yohannes, or obudu raba kumala de Kanaka como la la la cuenta con all mankind worship your Lord or Buddha bacame la Pollock I'm the one who created you all well as in I mean, probably commend the ones before you all. Later I'll come to the console that you become people of taqwa. So you understand that the purpose behind creation is a bad and the purpose behind a bad that is the core.

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So from this we understand that the ultimate objective

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is taqwa.

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And it is through taqwa that you will attain victory and success in this world, as well as the hereafter. So my dear brothers and sisters in Islam coming back to the action items, number one, be realistic with yourself.

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affectations Otherwise, there is this possibility of crashing very badly May Allah protect us all. Number two, consistency consistency is key. Continue the good deeds that you did during the month of Ramadan, perhaps the quantity might reduce a tad bit. For example, you see, with regards to the description of the generosity of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam that he was known to be an extremely generous individual throughout the year and during the month of Ramadan, he would enhance his generosity. So that's what I'm trying to establish here. You may you must strive to be generous throughout the year you can enhance it during the month of Ramadan so your relationship with the

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Quran you enhance it during the month of Ramadan and outside of Ramadan if it were to reduce a tad bit it's fine as long as you don't abandon it entirely abandon the Koran entirely abandoned charity entirely abandon and discard your Salawat entirely. So obviously, you know you need to understand what is obligatory and what is now you can't apply the same logic and say okay, during the month of Ramadan, I'll pray my five prayers outside Ramadan, I'll reduce it to three or I'll reduce it to two. Now that doesn't work because you're talking about your obligate risala word. So let's say during the month of Ramadan, you went on to pray excessive knuffle worship, like for example with a

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tarawih and Serato and other NFL prayers outside of Ramadan, perhaps you can reduce that a little bit. It's fine as long as you continue with your main good deeds. See, for example, you don't have taraweeh outside of the month of Ramadan. It's only reserved for the month of Ramadan but Korea is something that you can play throughout the year and the Prophet used to practice it throughout the worshipping align the night in the form of the Hajj in the form of waking up perhaps towards the last third of the night and worshiping Allah making Doha reading the Quran. So these are things that we have to instill with regards to fasting Yeah, during the month of Ramadan every single day you

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fast but outside of Ramadan, you're not advised to fast every single day. So you strive to fast the you know the aim will be the 13th 14th and 15th you strive to fast on Mondays and Thursdays as per the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So point being you continue to do as much good deeds as possible striving for consistency. There shouldn't be one big spike and then a drop where zero no good deeds at all you go back to your old ways but Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all I mean, and the last action item that I'd like to touch on for today's session is

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so I can see that there seems to be a lot of questions that have come in Mashallah just going through them

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we'll try to address some of them towards the end inshallah Allah you can keep posting them and I'll try to address as many as possible inshallah, towards the end depending on the time that I have. Yeah. So, the last action item is October, repentance.

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What did I say earlier on, we as human beings, there is this tendency to slip.

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Whenever you slip, you turn to Allah Subhana. Allah in Toba, Allah azza wa jal describes himself as I look a fool. As Oliver Farr. Allah describes himself as Ar Rahman AR Rahim. Right each time, I mean, you take the Koran 113 surahs 113 chapters of the Noble Quran from the 114 chapters begin with Bismillah Ar Rahman AR Rahim In the name of Allah who is a rough man who is at Rahim, the Tafseer of a rock man and the understanding of Ar Rahman AR Rahim is beautiful. But for the sake of you know, keeping it concise Rahman Entirely Merciful Rahim Especially Merciful. What can I believe me Nina rahima.

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is a special type of mercy and layers of mercy where Rockman in its entirety is not able to encapsulate the mercy of Allah that's why you have another layer or Rahim is brought about both these names stem from Rama, merci and it is to illustrate layer upon layer, the

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the amount of mercy, the infinite mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we know this as well to the teachings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a very beautiful Heidi that you might have seen me cite very often those who follow my my reminders, the Hadith where the companions along with the prophets, Allah Allah Islam, observed a mother who lost her child. She's looking for her child frantically the narration goes along the lines of these words, and perhaps the companions were about to help her when they spot her. When they see her spotting her child. She spots her child and man can relate to this very beautifully. Think about it or mothers or sisters. You have lost your child

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and or father

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As well you have lost your child. And then there's panic that grips you. There is fear. There is grief, there's anxiousness. There's anxiety etched on your face. Because you're frantically looking for your child. Let's say in a cloud, you lose your child. You're frantically looking for your child and suddenly you spot your child.

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There is relief now washing down over your face. So the mother she spots her child and you can see relief washing down her face, she hugs the child brings the child close to her bosom.

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The Prophet sallallahu Sallam made my mother my father and myself be ransomed for him be sacrificed for him. sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wa sallam he sees as the opportunity to educate the companions and by extension, each and every one of us all my companions. Do you think this mother would throw her child into a fire?

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Which they all reply in the negative? They say no, yeah, Rasul Allah, or mothers would you throw your children into a fire? No, you would not? Or fathers would you throw your children into a fire? No, you would not? The apple of your eye. Subhana Allah, you love your child, you love your son, you love your daughter.

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The prophets that alone while he was Ramadan, says Allah. Allah is many more times more merciful and to his slave than this mother is to her child. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Allahu wa Rahman who had Rahim, the Most Merciful, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, if you have confidence,

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it makes 1pm. When you think of the mercy of Allah, if you have confidence, okay, if you have confidence in the mercy of your mother, you know, for a fact that regardless of what you do, all you have to do is go and hug your mother, hen everything is forgiven. Just imagine Let me ask you, if on the day of Yama if Allah were to decree that every slave of his is going to be judged by that slaves mother. In other words, your mother is going to judge you on the day of karma. If that is going to be the case, hypothetically. Would your heart not be at ease? Would you not be like Alhamdulillah it's my mother. She is going to overlook she's going to forgive.

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If you have that much of confidence in the love of your mother, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam.

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Your heart needs to be at much more ease.

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Knowing that Allah is the one who is going to be judging you on the day of karma because Allah is many, many, many, many more times more merciful unto you, then your own mothers.

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There are instances

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in today's world where mothers have been cruel to their children, fathers have been cruel to their children. injustice has taken place. But will Allah be unjust?

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woman asked menos de comida la hayleigh ominous dokumen Allah Hadith that will injustice be served in the court of Allah? Will Allah be unjust? Will Allah be unkind? Will Allah ever

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stay away from his mercy? Allah is the Most Merciful as long as you don't take his mercy for granted and this is the balance of the Quran always strikes,

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always strikes

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when Mercy is mentioned.

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The anger of Allah is also highlighted so that we do not take the mercy of Allah for granted.

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I hope it's clear. So my dear brothers and sisters in Islam,

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whenever you slip, turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala in Toba. And Allah is waiting to forgive you of your sins, as long as you fulfill the conditions of Toba and and that is perhaps a discussion for another day. And I would advise you to learn about the concept of tobei learn about this beautiful act of a bad day. It is not something that you turn to or live in. You're saying rather, you're supposed to make it part and parcel of your day to day life the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam being the Prophet of Allah being the best of the creation Mohammed Salah Torabi, wa salam, O Allah, please remember, whenever I mentioned his beautiful name, being who he was, he sought the

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forgiveness of Allah on a daily basis. Then if he did so as per one Hadith more than 70 times if he did so. What about you in a perpetual sin as a regular sinners we slip. So often we find it so difficult to control our time is to control our eyes to control our limbs to control our hearts. We think bad about others we think you know suspicious thoughts about others. We back by being gossipy, indulgent, evil we lie we turn to be break the hearts of others. We use up the rights of others, we infringe upon the rights of others. We do all these things handled.

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Law. We we fall short in fulfilling the rights of Allah we fall short fall short in fulfilling the rights of Allahabad the creation of Allah. So if the Messenger of Allah being who he was Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam if he sought the forgiveness of a life, he made his death fall on a daily basis and whatever you and I, so Toba is something that is not reserved for the criminals, the wrongdoers the transgressors and the sinners only Toba is not something reserved for a certain passage of time like the month of Ramadan or the last 10 nights of Ramadan or a specific night during the month of Ramadan. doba is not so not some kind of a special prayer where you you No no,

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no. doba is something that needs to be part and parcel of a believe as day to day life.

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Look at who is being entrusted the ayah related to Toba? Yeah, are you holla Dina amanu

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to boil Allahu Tabata, NASA

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is Allah subhanho wa Taala addressing the sinners, the wrongdoers, the criminals, the transgressors, the oppressors, the dictators, the tyrants law. Yeah, you have larina Manu, all you who have believed not even here you live in a slum? Yeah you alladhina amanu or you who have brought in a man or you who have believed to Allah, turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala and in another place were to eat Allah He jammy iron again, are you help me known turn to Allah, all of you are believers like I like him to flip on so that you are victorious and successful, those of Fela Mosley horn so that you are victorious and successful May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who are victorious and

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successful in this world as well as the hereafter. I mean.

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So with that, I come to the end of this reminder, I'm just going to run through the questions very quickly.

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Let's look at some of the questions in sha Allah.

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so we have this question that someone has posted how to feel sincere with Allah subhanho wa Taala in prayer in Doha and in reciting the Quran.

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So with regards to sincerity class, see the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as reporter have said, in normal Malou Binya that your actions. You know, along the lines of these words are chemical analysis that your actions are based upon your intentions. So the intention is key in our Dean,

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it's of,

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you know, pivotal importance.

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And we know about the concept of a class where whatever you do, you're supposed to do it for the sake of Allah. So if you take an example of an individual giving a mountain of gold,

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and another individual, just giving one single date,

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the individual who gave a mountain of gold, if he did it, to be slapped on, Forbes, as the most philanthropic person on Earth right now, if he did it for name and fame and for the limelight, if he did it for all of that, then it will be for that.

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On the other hand, this individual who gives out this one date, he did it sincerely for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala, seeking the pleasure of Allah as a butcher.

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When those two things are weighed, that date that was given with a class will outweigh this mountain of gold that was done, that was given for name and fame.

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So you have to understand that a floss is of utmost importance, doing it sincerely for the sake of Allah. So this is where the teachings with regards to the intention comes about mahalo the place of intent, the intention is the heart. And we know that the heart is a central

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organ. When it comes to the teachings of the dean, the spiritual heart, the professor Laila Islam, he says, Allah in the field of study, moreover, he does the cooler weather fest at that festival just sort of kulu and Avi Allah, Allah here called that the heart if it is upright, and the entire body is upright, if it is bad, and the entire body is bad, and that that piece of flesh talking about a piece of flesh, that piece of flesh is the heart. Then we're talking about taqwa, the prophets. Allah Islam is the portraits that taqwa one hour eyeshadow, palettes and turquoise over here, turquoise over here, turquoise over here, pointing towards his chest. So my dear brothers and

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sisters in Islam, before you start off with a good deed before you make the before you pray before you read the Quran you intend before you fast before you give out charity. I'm doing this sincerely for the sake of Allah. And even during the act of worship, shaitaan

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cunning and sly enemy of ours, he'll try to creep in and do what he will try to creep in and contaminate your good deed.

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you're praying he tried to come in with his was was mean Shatta Wale was was in harness, he'll come in with his waswas or you know, so and so is watching you, why don't you you know, add another layer of you know hoshido and hadoo in your Salah because people are watching you they're observing you. You're giving our charity will come in, you know at times your good deeds may be short, good deeds, you may have long good deeds, let's say you're involved in a long term project. Okay, so you start off this project with the most noblest of intentions sincerely for the sake of Allah. And as the project continues, shaitaan comes in and out the project is gaining traction, people are getting to

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know about it. There's praise coming in left, right and center. There's media coverage coming in. So now shaitaan comes in and starts whispering and contaminating your good because he knows the minute he contaminates your good deed, this hard.

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Work of yours is all going to go in vain in vain. you're striving so hard, you're putting in so much of hard work. Unfortunately, if the right intention is not in place, you're going to see it being thrown back at your face in the court of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So whenever these thoughts of was was come in, you must strive hard to block them. You block them by recalibrating your intention by telling yourself again I'm doing this for the sake of Allah I'm sincerely doing it for the sake of Allah. A constant recalibration of intentions through it throughout and this is why my brothers and sisters in Islam

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you take the books of faith.

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You take the books affect

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the first you take the books of Hadith The first thing that is spoken about most of the time is a nega

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and Nia you take the books of Shafi 50. For example, the first integral or near the first integral of buddhu or near first integral of a Sala or near, near near near is brought about in at every turn. Why to highlight Yes, from a jurisprudence standpoint, it is an 18th it is discussed as an integral integral with regards to the validity of that action but from a spiritual standpoint it is also to highlight the importance of a class, the importance of doing what you're doing for the sake of Allah you're waking up in the middle of the night do it for the sake of Allah, you're walking to the masjid, you're going to the masjid to pray do it for the sake of Allah you're giving out sadaqa

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you're giving out Zakah from your hard earned wealth, do it for the sake of Allah you're going on Hajj, do it for the sake of Allah not to come back and for community to look at you as someone who has fulfilled Hajj and and call you with a certain title of respect because you have done Hajj? No, you're not doing it for your community, you're not doing it for name and fame, you are doing it for a lot sincerely for the sake of Allah. So this is something to constantly keep telling yourself telling yourself telling yourself that's how you work on your levels of class.

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So you have more questions that have come in Let me see.

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If your life after Ramadan is not the same as during Ramadan, is it because people are not sincere?

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Not necessarily, not necessarily. Because you see, you have to take into consideration that you have now other forces of evil that are at play as well outside of Ramadan. See, during Ramadan, we understand that the devil is all shackled up, right? And then you also get the question that suppose that time is but then you know despite the devil is being shackled up during the month of Ramadan. I used to get evil thoughts I used to you know, Allah forbid let's say if someone were to say I had committed since May Allah protect us all. You have to understand that despite the devil's being shackled. The answer to that is Chetan is not the only force of evil that you are dealing with.

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I'll tell you from our bond you have shared on as let's say the primary force of evil, but you have something that you're dealing with within yourself known as the neffs. And Allah talks about the neffs in the Koran, for example, in certain use of chemical battery NFC in an F cell Mr. Ratan bisou that indeed the naps is ever inclined towards evil.

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So again, that's a lengthy discussion. Perhaps on another day inshallah we need to work

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with that type of an EFS which is inclined towards evil and get it to a point where it becomes as Allah says in circle fudger Yeah, yet enough soul motto my inner ear, Jerry Illa, Rob, Becky, are all the attend malviya for the holy vi By the way, the Holy Trinity we need to get it to that calm and tranquil state, where it is pleased with Allah and Allah is pleased with it. And then it will be asked to enter into the garden May Allah azza wa jal grant us all entry into his lofty garden. I mean,

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So my point being that outside of Ramadan, you're dealing with a variety of evil forces, you have chef on being the primary one, and then you have the neffs. And you have to understand the shaitaan is an outside influence. The neffs is an inside influence. To give you an example. Let's say you have a valuable possession a valuable let's say, a valuable jewel,

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a gem, you have kept it protected inside your house, let's say in a locker in a safe in a very careful place.

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Obviously, because you don't want it stolen, you know, there are robbers locked lurking outside your let's say, you've got all kinds of layers of security, you know, CCTV cameras and god knows what you know, infrared sensors and all of that to protect your your possession.

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Little Do you know that you have a burglar that you have a robber within your own family?

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Let's say someone very close to you, is also looking to steal that jewel. Now. Let me ask you, who do you think is more of a threat, the robber, the thief who is outside who has to cross all those layers of security to get to your job well, or the one close to you, let's say maybe from your own family or from your own workforce, maybe your personal secretary, someone who's very, very close to you who's looking at stealing it. Now obviously, we understand that the person close to us is more of a threat. Why because of the proximity. Similarly, that that parable can be applied for Shere Khan and your neffs shaitaan is outside your neffs is inside and that's why the neffs you need to

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work on your naps and during the month of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is a good opportunity for you to a certain for you to determine where your Neff stands, and how much of work you need to put into disciplining your naps and taming your naps.

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And once you have tamed your naps, once you have disciplined it then you have to a certain extent, to a certain extent to a certain degree you have protected yourself from what? From the forces of evil that lie within you. May Allah azzawajal protect us all. I mean, so to answer that question, it's not necessarily only tied to sincerity, you do have these other forces of evil that I play as well. So it's multifaceted, if you will, so it's just not sincerity. So that's why you need to have a multi pronged approach to resolving this you need to work towards raising your levels of class, you need to work towards identifying the traps of Sherpa and identifying where your Neff stands. You

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need to work on all these facets to arrive at a well rounded, balanced standing outside of the month of Ramadan May Allah azza wa jal help us all to do so I mean,

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so another question as to why is it all of a sudden so hard for me to stay to maybe bring in Mr. Karma with my Ramadan routine? Mary Radha My dear sister,

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you're not the only one. struggling with this, we're all struggling with it. Subhan Allah, you know, because at the end of the day, we are weak. And that's why it's key you're not I mean, for us to look at addressing it and that's that's the whole point of this reminder, you know, it is key for us to try and address it from a spiritual standpoint. And along with that, there's no harm in you reading up on on how to do this, you know, there are there are certain self help books out there that talk about, you know, the importance of or they break down the habit, you know, the habitual routine and how they'll give you tips on how to you know, bring in this, this routine, they give you

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tips on how to stick to a routine and how to bring in you know, good habits and things like that. So we kind of need to further our knowledge in regards to all of this we need to address this from a spiritual spiritual standpoint, we need to address it from a psychological standpoint, to be able to inshallah work on bringing in karma outside of the month of Ramadan as well. May Allah azzawajal help us all to do so. I mean,

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so many brothers and sisters in Islam, I'm running out of time as it's been almost an hour. So I think with that, I will conclude inshallah loudhailer.

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With regards to the other questions, we'll see, maybe I might be able to try and address them on my social media pages as well later on in Sha loudhailer. I conclude by praying that Allah subhanho wa Taala is as all of our affairs, my brothers and sisters in Malaysia, I was reading that I think there has been a lockdown imposed there as well. I don't know but the situation has changed. But I sincerely pray from the bottom of my heart that Allah eases your affairs. Allah protects your beautiful country, my country, we too We are in lockdown, and I asked you all to pray for my country as well. And likewise, let's pray for everyone suffering around the globe.

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May Allah ease the affairs of everyone suffering, those who have been affected by the pandemic May Allah azzawajal ease their affairs May Allah azza wa jal bring about normalcy soon. And just as how he united us here from different parts of the country from different parts of the world, I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala blesses each and every one of us and unites us in his lofty garden of Jannah in the company of our beloved Beloved Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wa sallam. I mean, I mean, I have the Hawaii hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen deseq mala who had offered a valuable gift of your attention as well as your time was salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah warahmatullahi

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