Preparing For Ramadaan
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Brothers and sisters,
I students, as businessmen, as athletes, as parents, we all require some sort of preparation for everything that we do.
Take an example of an athlete, one who runs 100 meter sprints. He spends eight or nine months of his life for approximately 10 seconds of work.
And then take the example of an engineer. He goes to school for about 25 years. And then he starts working or twice to start working, not knowing when it's 30 whether or not he will get a job.
And then take the example of a parent, a mother before her pregnancy, she will read up book after book tries to prepare herself mentally and physically so that she may take care of her child.
No brothers and sisters. And this is what we do for our dunya who is going to prepare for our
approximately one month from today. The Blessing month of Ramadan is to come upon us. And we need to ask ourselves, how do we look forward to when I'm alone? Are we are those individuals who when Ramadan comes? That is when we prepare for it? Or are we like our predecessors? Who six months prior to the advocacy of Ramadan will start preparing for it? And then after the six months that followed Amazon, they would ask Allah Subhana Allah Allah to accept the deeds from him. You have to ask yourself, where do you stand?
Now obviously, for a fact and with assurity we know that it is our Islam that is caused us to gather here today. And brothers and sisters, I'm here to remind you, as almost Hannah, what Allah said was that to find a different meaning, and remind For indeed the reminder, benefits the believer. I'm here to remind you that Ramadan is coming close, and always messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and a beautiful Hadith. He said, Man so Nora Medina, he man and the server warrior Allahu masaka. Gentlemen, zombie, that whoever fasts, the Ramadan, with faith and aspiration, then Allah will forgive for him everything that he puts forth, such as the blessing of Ramadan. And in another
Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said that it is during this burst it was it must have known that the seraphim, the devils, those creation of Allah that whisper to us to do evil, Allah subhanho wa Taala locks them up during this blessing.
And it is during this blessed month, that Allah subhanho wa Taala multiplies our
Geez, exponentially. It is through this but it must. There was apparently what Allah says down the Quran. Brothers and sisters, I could stand here from now until a shot just mentioning the merits of Ramadan. Ramadan is a blessing month that it is not healing from any one of us. Yeah. And then why is it that any of that none of us prepare for this Brexit month? Why is it that we go into Ramadan with this left the digital attitude that when Ramadan comes, then I will prepare myself for it. For those of you who have experienced Ramadan before, you know, Ramadan is not an easy month. It takes a lot of strife, a lot of struggle, and it has a toll physically and mentally on the individual
fasting every single month of the day. And then every month, every day of the night, you're praying towards Allah subhanho wa Taala for about an hour. There's not something easy to do. Imagine if not you do this every day of the year. Imagine how would you react to it. Just like the athletes prepare for their physical events. Just like the mother prepares for the delivery, just like doctors and engineers prepare for their jobs. Why is it that the Muslims then don't prepare for Ramadan. So for the sisters, today, I thought we will take a couple of examples of how we could prepare for this lesson one.
I shadowed the Allahu taala. In describing the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, she said that he was the most generous of creation. He was the most generous of creation. And he would add the pinnacle of his generosity during the month of Ramadan. Such that he was like the wind that blows through the streets, that anyone that needed something to focus on was the first one to get off. Anyone needed money, he would give it out anyone needed food, he'd make sure that they got it. What is this, this is this is how we need to be. But if we don't prepare in advance for this month, we will never reach such a level. We all know that we have this emotional attachment to money, Allah
subhanho wa Taala forgive himself for mankind. When he says, Well you should borne in mind of Benjamin, that they love
to such an extreme, that it is the most beloved thing to them. Right. And now when it comes time during the Bush years, most of our Amazon, so here for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala, to take care of the poor and the needy, you will find yourself that you are unable to do so. Not because Allah subhanaw taala has been bestowed upon you. But because you haven't prepared your soul, you haven't prepared your hearts, phone fortune for this world, from parting from this world.
Now it is something very interesting, the Islamic concept of things in the Western world, or in the world that we live in today. Rather, it's not just restricted to Western society, we take our money and put it in bank accounts, hoping that you know, it will accumulate some sort of interest, by the way, which is how long Of course, and then eventually we just expect you to know and stay there, regardless if we live the next day of week.
But it's not offers you and I'll show you a solution that we know this must life is limited. Whether we live 5060 100 years, it is like and we will parse from. So let's find out what's on offer just a solution to preserve our lust. And this solution is seen in the Hadith again, from minion eyeshadow the Allahu taala that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam brought her a sheep. He bought her a sheep and she said, sacrifice the sheep and give it to those around this around this meaning our neighbors, give it to our relatives and give it to the poor people of Medina.
So I shall Jolla husana embarked upon this test. And she gave out the vast majority of the meats as she left the shoulder blades, because she knew that was the most tender part of the meat. So she wants to preserve it for the puppets on the left wanting to sell them. So when you profit from a low value 70 investor, and he said, Yeah, I said, What have you done with the meat and then she rhodiola hutan on her. She said that I gave all the meats away. And I saved for us, the shoulder blades. And then I was left in just a little love while he was sent him taught her that concept of Islamic financing and taught her how the believer looks towards as well. And he said some of Lavalle who
said them, but rather at the shoulder blade that you have, you know consumed and given away and it is everything else that you have seen. And then he recited the ayah from the Koran, Allah subhana wa tada says,
the content for the woman and the law is often that anything that you consume, right it will perish. It will disappear in
There's not much to say, but that which you give for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala that is what will stay that is what will remain. So now when the blessing of Ramadan comes, and you want to increase your sustenance, and you want to deal with those individuals that is not disclosed on your piano, one of the best ways to do this is getting in the way of Allah subhanaw taala, feeding the poor people
and giving food to the hungry and increasing the ties of kinship with your relatives by bestowing gifts upon them, but you will not be able to do this until and unless you have a pair your heart and your mind to do this. I request all the brothers to come forth inshallah so that we can make some room for the brothers who are coming late. So brothers in the back, please come forth and bozo in the front, please come closer towards myself.
So now, again, this concept of financing and saving our world.
The one who is successful is the one who benefits from his dunya for the axiom, that he prepares for the Acura through his dunya. So now this small concept of giving your work for the sake of a loss of funding which is a which departments have a lot of money within themselves, that save your faces from the hellfire. Save your faces from the hardware, even if it is by giving half logic in the way of a loss of time.
so badly body the sisters, prepare your hearts. Prepare your mind from today's gym world for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala even if it is little, and when the time comes, when our deeds are multiplied exponentially, and the reward for them is magnified and gratified. Then we will be able to give whatever Allah Subhana Allah asks from us. Now how is the attitude of the Sahaba of the Allahu taala know when it came to giving for the sake of a lot of time?
Let's take the example of oma an avocado do Louboutin and woman
that we know Amara de la he used to compete with Abu Bakar to do good deeds. So one day he thought to himself today with a surety, I will outdo Abu Bakar and want you to have my word and give it to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So this is what Amara della husana who did and then the prophets of Allah, Allah, Allah, Masha, Yama, what have you left behind, for your family? And he said, I have left behind half of my work. And then at that very moment, Abu Bakar rajala Hassan who comes to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with all of his wealth, brothers and sisters, every single dinner he had to his name, every single extra piece of clothing, every single piece of food
or green that he had. He gave it to the party still alone while he was selling and deposits of a lot while he was selling it. Yeah.
What have you left behind for your family? And Abu Bakr radi Allahu taala, who he said, I have left behind Allah and His Messenger
of Allah Allah. Now, what is this, this is this is not something Islam makes compulsory upon us. This is something it is just recommended and it is a story chamber just to give it away I have a lot of friends
that have mortal humans beings before to do such a deep, then why is it that we can do not claim that we are better than those that procedure? But little do we realize that all good at this oma was was the cell of no loss of Hannah was to Allah be pleased with and in another example of giving love in the way of Allah subhanho wa Taala let us turn back to Surah two tober when Allah subhanho wa Taala is describing one of the expeditions that he was going upon, and the people wanted to go out with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, yet they had nothing to hear. How does Allah subhanho wa Taala describe them? Brothers and Sisters Think about this. And if this does not bring tears to
your eyes, you need to check yourself and increase your Eman. Allah subhanho wa Taala describes them I think, or doing or feeling
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That their eyes used to flood with tears in their eyes you suffered with tears because we could not find anything to give.
Now brothers and sisters, look at your situation and the situation of the Sahaba of the alongside
that they were individuals when they didn't have anything to give. This is when the eyes would show up and they would complain and with all the words that Allah subhana wa tada has bestowed upon us, with all the bounties and emotions that Allah subhanho wa Taala has granted us We are the one complaining when we are asked to give and that
For the sake of a lesson,
what is the sisters realize that anything that you give for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. First of all, it will not decrease your work. This is a promise from Allah subhanho wa Taala his message of some alone while he was the son of God will not take away from your work.
And secondly, anything that you give for the sake of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, Allah subhanho wa Jalla will replace it with something better.
When it comes to money, and when it comes to work, it's not just about the amount that you have. But rather it's about how much you can do with this world. As we know, money is there is from Allah subhanho wa Taala. From his from his home from him in terms of return. There are times all of you are working or have worked at one point in your life, that you may work a week. And then at the end of the week, when you get your paycheck, you realize that all this is going towards bills. And then another week will come when you will have paid all of your bills and you still have money leftover. And you're able to do with that money that which you are not able to do with a full paycheck. That
is that Allah subhanho wa Taala puts in your work, but this Baraka will only come once you give it for the sake of a loss of time. It will not come by holding on to it and being stingy with it, but it will only come when you give it 300
now look at the example that you probably sell allamani you send them gifts, and if it is mentioned by the Korean Muslim, when he said set out on loving the home ALLAH hafiz indeed, yo mudarabah imagine that certain individuals will be shaded in the shade on your piano idea that there is no shade other than the shade of Allah subhanho wa sallam. Now of the seven individuals,
Allah's Messenger messages all alone while he was still upset that one of them is the one who gives in such secrecy and privacy that his left child will not know what his right hand the left hand will not know what the right hand no Which one of you in the heat of your mouth.
When you are drowning in your perspiration, and it feels as if the sun is only inches away from you would not want to be shade by the shade of a lot of
brothers and sisters. Prepare your enough fulfill your hearts for giving in to say for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala I'm preparing for the month of Ramadan, the month that the politics of Allahu alayhi wa sallam was most generous in. Now another way that we can prepare for this blessed month of Ramadan is by returning back to one of the very foundations of this Deen.
Turning back to what our Dean is based upon the guidance of Allah subhanho wa Taala policies, the mercy, the healing, the for fun, brothers and sisters, it is not none other than the Koran. We know that it is through the month of Ramadan, that Allah subhana wa Jalla sent down the Quran.
Allah subhanho wa Taala sends down the Quran in discipleship and that it is known as the most of the Quran. Now, let me give you one example of the blessings and mercy that lies in the Quran. In terms of D's
and F's, as is mentioned by budos and you might not see the correlation from the very beginning department, some of them were dealing with his companions. And a man came in and he said a Salam Alikum the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, the Sahaba dilemma. They were you know, astonished. You're like, why would the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say a number instead of, you know, saying walakum salam, or by you know, commenting on this person or by anything else. A second man came in and he said a salaam aleikum wa salam deposits of Allah vinings sentence set 20 again, that's the homology along with animals are astonished. And then a third man comes in and he
says, uh, Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. So wish the hospital a low Hollywood seller says 30 now at this point is about a good language and
they couldn't find any more. Their inquiries got the best of them and they said yes to a lot. Why is it that when each man entered in and gave you salon, you repeated a number of departments all along it was seldom said that the person who comes into a gathering and he said the salon Monica
and a person who says a Salam aleikum, wa rahmatullah. He has 20. And a third individual who says Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. He has three words. Now, how do I relate this to the what is his decision, he married by Abdullah odo and alongside ongoing al Bukhari and describing the marriage of the Quran
he knows from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. I think that with each lecture of the Quran
That you excite and announces, you get a reward. And each reward is 10 times its life. Meaning for each letter of the Quran, you get a reward of 10% and then he goes on to say, What a fool Ooh la la mean harpoon voloshin Elephant harpoon. Voila mon hartwood Swami montage top that just was saying Alif Lam mean? Words from the Quran. The first three letters from suicide because you get the same reward. I say a salaam aleikum wa sallahu wa barakaatuh. And we all know of the great station that Allah subhana wa tada Jason is Salaam is not Islam. That Allah's Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said, learn say the following agenda has said to me, no one told me no ha, ha ha boo. I
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that, he said, none of you will enter Jenga until you believe. And you will know what you believe until you love one another. So shall I not guide you to that thing, if you were to do it, it would increase the level amongst yourself, spread the salons amongst yourselves. This is the station that Allah subhanho wa Taala gave to the salons and then look at its rewards. Now if that is the case, with just this allowance, then how both those actions that Allah subhanaw taala Jesus more awards to like the recitation of the Quran. With three near letters, you're getting the reward of seeing the whole sentence and saying the tsunami suddenly changes us agenda. This is something to reflect upon
brothers and sisters. And likewise, Allah subhanho wa Taala either he raises people with the Quran and humiliate others, meaning that those people who have memorized the Quran and read the Quran frequently, you can see it on the faces. You can see it in the way they walk and they talk. You can see it in their good morals and manners and in their attitudes. Whereas those people who do not read the Quran and do not memorize the Quran, likewise, you can see it on them, they will have the worst of manners. Allah subhanho wa Taala will not bestow His nor upon them, and he will deprive them of good in this life and in the Hereafter.
As Allah's Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, one for an awful
that is a fool for you or against you. Now, but is this just the month of Ramadan is the month of the Quran. And we all have aspirations to say to the whole court on June the selected month, we all had this aspiration. Yet the vast majority of us will fall short in this actually in the fulfillment of this aspiration. Because those of us who do not give the Quran is due right before the month of Ramadan will not be able to give it to us during the month of Ramadan. This is a Sunnah Allah subhanho wa Taala. So if you want to finish the Quran during the verse, it must have been the start reading. Start reading the Quran today start preparing yourself to do because it is when
preparation, that one will be ready. And this is why we see, as you mentioned earlier, that the telephoto Louboutin angle was so successful during Ramadan, and they were able to accomplish so much during the Ramadan, not only with the set goals of what they want to achieve during this first month, but they would actually take those physical steps of trying what was needed to fulfill those actions during the first month of Amazon. So as Allah subhanaw taala, to Burgess associates, not only to set goals, so that we may increase our demand and do those deeds that are pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala. But you're actually going to have to take those steps so that we can be prepared for
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Prison sisters, Allah subhanho wa Taala describes the blessedness of Ramadan by saying, a year in America that Ramadan is what a numbered amount of days. And we know the importance of time and the restrictions of time. When we are with our families, we try to make the most of it. When we're playing our sports, we try to make the most of our time that we get the most physical activity that we can do. And likewise, when we're studying, we try to get in the most amount of studying possible in that amount of time so that we may benefit from it. And likewise, brothers and sisters, we need to have the same attitude when it comes to out on the line that Ramadan is the month where we get
Former US Attorney was on a little mobile is a month. What do we do with those deeds that please Allah subhanho wa Taala and will save us from the hellfire. So make the most of Ramadan, set those goals, set those goals for Ramadan and take two steps that you will need to take in order to achieve those actions during the visit.
And one of the best ways to do this is by removing
one of the best ways to prepare yourself for the month of Ramadan is by remembering
that when you remember that, you will realize that you have no control over your life in this world. You have no control over how long you will live. You have no control over when or how you will die. This is completely in the hands of lots of timeless data. For all we know Allah subhanho wa Taala may not even read this like to live the cinema.
But if you make the intention from now, if you make the intention from now to improve for the month of Ramadan, and to prepare for the month of Ramadan, then if you were to die today, at least Allah subhanho wa Taala will raise you up with that intention and will reward you for that intention, even though you weren't able to fulfill.
Now, Allah subhanho wa Taala throughout the Quran, he reminds us of the scenario on your piano when we all show up, when each and every one of us is there, and their actions are in front of them. And he will say
right Allah subhana wa tada he says, once upon a marvelous upon alchemy in poverty, and yet you know, for your whole aura biloela a person in
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Then you have your loneliness and Elijah as your levels of your loneliness, and that during Europeana, Allah subhanho wa Taala will raise us and each individual he will be influenced about lots of time with data and he will say Oh my Lord, please just delay my reckoning so that I may go back to the dunya and may do some sort of good deeds returning back to the dunya so that I may do that good. Geez. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala he says, that she will not delay departing of any soul from this dunya and Allah subhanho wa Taala is all aware of what you do. First is the sisters, Allah Subhana which Allah has bestowed life upon you, he has bestowed health and was upon you make
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