Fueling Your Faith A Guide to Preparing for Ramadan

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AI: Summary © The importance of the Islam and medicine initiative and the European Institute for Islamic Research is discussed, along with practical tips for preparing oneself for life, including staying at a high level of sleep, praying with their eyes, and using dreams to make predictions. The segment also touches on the demoralization of people's actions and the importance of forgiveness and mercy in bringing them back to their home. The importance of avoiding sinful behavior and creating a "hasn't done" list is also emphasized.
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No, I can't hear you very well where is it a spirit, as I said

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way better.

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Thank you for coming and be part of this amazing gathering. I would like to thank my Islam and medicine initiative and European Institute for arranging this amazing lecture within the swearing shade at this beautiful place, Qatar Doha.

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So our guest speaker, as you all know is Jay hommerson A man he's our special guests mashallah Tabata kala share Commerce today man is the founder and the President of the European Institute for Islamic research, and he's a professor of Islamic Studies at the graduate Liberal Studies program at SMU Southern Methodist University. He is also the residence color at Valley Ranch Islamic Center. I would like to welcome che Homer Suleiman to inspire

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our souls and oversoul to inspire our souls and fuel our faith with insha Allah Allah has amazing speech. So welcome SHEIKH AHMED Suleiman.

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So now money comm rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

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other velocimeter in ministry Tanaji misspend Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen whatever one illa Allah wa T meanwhile, Akeeba to begin with technique almost all the sudden without a karate kata so they can Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, why the early he was looking to sell them to see him and cathedra before I get started, I want to really thank the IMI initiative, masha Allah, it seems like they have not taken a break after the World Cup and hamdulillah they're still active, and still organizing events and still pushing things forward. And I think that that's something that is not only admirable, but depends on you in sha Allah to Allah to continue to match the excitement,

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the enthusiasm, and to promote these types of initiatives and these types of programs. Here in Qatar Bismillah heeta Allah so my last parents I bless each and every single one of them, say Amin, and you can give them a round of applause to it's Helen okay.

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And may Allah bless all of you for coming out and may Allah subhanaw taala grant us and accepted Ramadan Allahumma Amin say Amin

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Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah

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when the earthquake happened

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in Turkey and Syria, and I'm going to start from that place, because unfortunately, we move on so quickly from things.

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So I'm going to take you back to that place for a moment in sha Allah to Allah. As we come into Ramadan, when the earthquake happened in Turkey and Syria, may Allah subhana wa Tada have mercy on all of those who passed and accept them as shahada Allahumma. I mean,

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I tried to think of the other side of that earthquake. And what I mean by that is that the world becomes a much clearer place. When you view the world through the lens of the hereafter. Rather than viewing the opposite of viewing the hereafter through the lens of this world, the world becomes a much clearer place so much more clarifying when your lens is a lens of akhira, a lens of the Hereafter looking at this world, rather than a lens of this dunya, a lens of this world trying to understand and look at the ocular look at the Hereafter. And I tried to imagine what was happening on the other side.

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And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned to us the way that the Shaheed the way that the martyr and enters into that next round.

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And the celebration that takes place in the heavens. Here you see destruction, devastation, but if you are amongst the righteous souls, may Allah make us amongst them Allahumma Amin, you hear a sound, you see a light, you know that someone has just come to join you. The Throne of Allah has a new occupants under one of its chandeliers as the prophet slice I mentioned that the souls are nestled the souls of the martyrs are nestled in the chandeliers that hang from the throne of Alabama that hang from the Throne of Allah subhanho wa taala.

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And as that's coming into this new realm,

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in recent memory, this may have been one of the last

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are just entrances of Shahadat that's our husband of one and ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada and I sat with him cathodic, our good assumption of Allah may have been one of the largest entries of martyrs into the next realm in recent history. And so there's a lot of commotion amongst those souls who's here, who came,

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and the people rushing to meet and greet those souls, some of them our brothers and sisters in Syria, who have been traumatized and have been attacked and been under all types of problems way before an earthquake, receiving their loved ones who died in a different way. May Allah subhanaw taala unite them all Allah him I mean, and I want you to imagine being on that side of the spectrum,

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and looking in.

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Now let's stay there for Ramadan for the next five or 10 minutes or so and then we'll get back to us on the practical tips and your to do list and how you can get ready and how you can mentally and physically prepare yourself should Allah bless you to be alive for Ramadan.

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While you're still over there, and you're looking at the world, you've got this dream and you're seeing, for whatever moment, Allah Subhana Allah has given you something of what's happening on that side of the spectrum.

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Tom Heavener obey the law huddled the Allahu Taala and one of Asher Mobis Shaleen agenda, one of the 10 promised paradise. He had this dream In the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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And how amazing was it to have a dream and the profit slice and I'm after so lots and Fajr every morning he would sit he'd remember Allah subhanaw taala for some time, and then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would sit with the companions. He would pray slothful Doha, he would ask them who amongst you saw a good dream last night that you want to share? And he would interpret their dreams for them. sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told him to obey the law or the law and who had a very interesting dream. He said, Yeah, rasool Allah. I saw myself standing in front of barbil Jana, okay, a knee, Allah Bible, John, as if I was right in front of the gates of Jana, waiting for my

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entrance waiting for my name to be called. So put yourself on tall has shoes for a moment, you see a dream and you're standing in front of the gates of paradise.

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And he said, I look to my right, I look to my left. And this is actually something that's very profound about the dreams of the companions, when they used to have these dreams. And they used to see these images of the Hereafter, they would see people that they knew in these dreams are beloved, no matter what the Allahu Huma famously had this dream, where he saw himself being taken to paradise. And then he saw himself being taken to hellfire. But when he looked at hellfire, he said, I saw people in Jahannam I saw people in the fire, I knew their names, and I knew their faces. And then the angel said, This is not your place, and they took me to Jana. And he asked have settled the

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Allahu anha to interpret that dream from the prophets like Selim and the prophets. I'm so near metrologic Abdullah, what a good young man Abdullah is counting accumulate, let them pray a little bit more at night. So they used to see people in their dreams of the Hereafter, in good or in bad so it's an old model, the Allahumma said I saw people on Hellfire that I knew but he didn't say who they were. Paul has says, I looked to my right into my left, and I saw two men that I knew.

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One of them died a martyr died a Shaheed the other one lived a year later than that man. So they're two brothers that used to compete with one another and good. One of them died a year before the other and he died as a Shaheed he died as a martyr.

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And so we're waiting in front of the gates of Jana for our names to be called.

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To my surprise, when the caller comes out, the caller calls the brother who did not die as a martyr who did not die as a Shaheed

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to come into Jannah first,

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then the caller comes out

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and the caller calls the martyr, who died as a martyr to come forward and to enter into Janna. So Tara, the Allahu Anhu said, I'm standing in front of the gates of Jana, I'm ready. And then the angel comes and says, Not yet. And I wake up.

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So he said, I told some of the companions these dreams and the prophets lie Selim would hear what I saw. And so we'd go to the prophets lie some of them with this dream, and all of us had the same reaction. Why did that guy get into jail?

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I'm not before the other one. Why did he go first?

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Now that the result is good because they all get to agenda at the end of the day, but why him first?

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And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, when he that he could attach one.

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What are you amazed via? I said he had a suit Allah. That person died as a martyr and the Shahid has his rank and the prophets like Selim said, Elisa, called the Mecca Banda Sana, but didn't that one live an entire year after the other one? And we said Nam Yatta Sula, yes. So messenger of Allah, God Allah wa we're at Draka Ramadan

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and he caught another Ramadan.

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And we said yes, O Messenger of Allah. And he fasted that Ramadan. Yes, O Messenger of Allah wa Salah Kava Kava was such a de cada waka and then he prayed this amount of times and made this many prostrations. Yes O Messenger of Allah and the Prophet sign son. I'm sad from Albania Houma, about a dual Mega Bangna Samadhi what

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the difference in their ranks them is greater than the difference between

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the distance between the heavens and the earth.

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And you go wait a minute, how amazing Hadith about Ramadan, you're still looking at it from that site. You're still viewing remember from that site?

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I just had the blessing to come from Allah subhana light. My last day Shah was in the huddle.

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May Allah subhanaw taala allow us all to have an accepted Amara and Hajj Alana Amin. And as I was there, remembering the Hadith of the prophets like Selim, where the prophets lie some was walking with a bow bucket or Amara and Earth man may Allah be pleased with them and shook and the prophets lie some said with what to be firm or hurt you have upon you, a nubby a prophet a Sadiq a truthful person

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was Shahe Dane and two murders So the Prophet size and I'm basically just told her on what on Earth man that they were going to be murdered. But you have a prophet a Sadiq, quassia heeding a prophet, a truthful one and two martyrs. Now I'm not an Earth man, may Allah be pleased them are also people have said, there are people of truthfulness, but there's a Sadiq

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and the interpretation of that. And the beam was said the theme was shahada, what Salah him or her sunnah Allah ecography, the prophets, the truthful ones, the shahada, the martyrs, the righteous ones, and what an amazing companionship that is May Allah subhanaw taala grant us that companionship Allah humma Amin. So basically, the scholars reconcile this hadith by saying that the person that lived another year

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may have been a person of great sin, a person of great truthfulness, truthful in their words, truthful in their deeds, when they said they were going to do something for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala they meant it. And so even if the particular circumstance didn't present itself to them, Allah saw in their hearts, this desire to please Him. And you can belong to two categories simultaneously, because every prophet is a person of truth is a Sadiq and is one of the signs of Hain is a person of righteousness. And many of them were also shahada were martyrs, some of them check all the boxes, but the point is, is that Allah looks at the hearts of some people. And Allah

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sees their striving. And Allah sees something so truthful, so sincere, that it's not about the circumstance. It's not about the quantity at the end of the day, it's not about how many things happened to that person or how many things that person did. It's that no matter what that person did, they did it from something here.

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And this desire to please Allah subhanaw taala Mina, me Nina Regina alone sada kumara Had Allah de familia who mencoba and a woman whom a young toddler one but the root hub dealer, there are believers that are truthful to the covenant that they take with Allah subhanaw taala some of them have an opportunity. They say, Yeah, Allah, if I have an opportunity to please you. You give me one more Ramadan, you give me one more opportunity. You give me one more this you give me one more that watch what I will do. Minimal mencoba sometimes it happens right away. Minho, Mignon Tada. Some of them have to wait, who am I but the blue tab dealer, but their intentions never change. As soon as

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the circumstance presents itself, it presents itself. They are accepted. They are accepted. And so there were people that missed out on better, but they said yeah, Allah, you give me a chance for good and you will see what I will do. And they were people of truthfulness. They meant it when they said it.

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So it wasn't about the circumstance. It wasn't about the missing out on something. It was about what their hearts actually

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He wanted to be a part of an Allah subhanaw taala, raise the rank and raise the rank and raise the rank. And so there will be people on the day of judgment and in paradise, that will be counted amongst the people of better, that will be counted amongst the people of the hijra, there will be counted amongst the people, there'll be counted amongst the people have heard they via and so on, so forth, even if they were not physically present because their hearts desired so bad that they would have that opportunity to please Allah subhanho to Allah, Allah did not need the circumstance to happen to know the truthfulness that was in their heart to say, Yeah, Allah, give me a chance. And

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you'll see, you'll see how much I want your pleasure, how much I want your forgiveness, even if I don't get the actual chance to do the deed. You know, what my heart desires? My heart desires. Your pleasure. Yeah, Allah. My heart desires forgiveness, yeah, Allah.

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There are people on that side of the realm now on that side of the spectrum, you're still up there

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who used to live amongst us on this earth.

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They were here.

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And they were planning to be here and other Ramadan.

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And they left behind these books Huff's is copies of the Quran

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that you can't see crying, but they're actually crying in a way

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that you can't perceive. Because they miss those fingers. They used to turn their pages. They missed those eyes that used to read them, they missed those tongues that used to recite them, they missed those hearts that used to attach themselves to them. They miss it. There must haves miss them, their places of such though, their places of prostration has been imbecile the Allahu Anhu my son, when a righteous person passes away your place of such the you know that place you always pray in at home, it misses you starts to cry. That's the interpretation of my buckets. It hemo sama will adult that the tyrants the heavens and the earth Do not shut tears over tyrants. And I'm an imbecile, the

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Allahu Anhu Massa that for the one that is righteous, the place on earth that they used to prey on the places of their height of the places of their benefit cry, when they die, and the heavens, there was a gate that belonged to them, where their deeds used to ascend to Allah subhanaw taala. And that gate shuts and it cries, knowing that that person is no longer on this side. And so while the people cry over them, because a person of goodness naturally leaves behind people that miss them, because they tasted and felt their goodness,

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there are most hops and gates and grounds that cry for them, because they miss their sincere good deeds that's on this side.

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You know, subhanAllah I used to,

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when I used to read the stories of the seller, the stories of the rights, his predecessors, and the amount of Quran that they used to read in Ramadan. That's like, Is that really possible? Really a whole hot them in a day, and it can be demoralizing, if you're reading it, if you're reading it, to try to take a number from it and I'm gonna get to that inshallah Tada with your to do list, it can be demoralizing, like, Alright, I'm sitting here struggling to get through the Quran in the month of Ramadan, the whole, the whole Quran. These people were reading in a whole time, every single day, twice a day, some of them, it feels demoralizing. And I used to wonder, wow, like, how was that

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really being done?

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Until I met my mother, Elijah Hama, and I remember her last Ramadan. And

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you know, my *

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couldn't find anyone from his students to compete with in terms of the amount of Quran that we were reciting in Ramadan.

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So he told me, he said, Alright, ask your mom, how much she's going to be reading the Quran.

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So I asked my mom,

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she said once every two days.

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So you Sure? She said Yeah, half the Quran every day and Ramadan.

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And subhanAllah she did it.

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I saw it in my own life. He finished the Quran eight times. She finished it 14 And some because it was a 29 date on Milan. And then this miskeen was like way back.

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I completely got out run in that race.

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And I used to see that and I thought to myself Subhanallah because she passed away and shut down the next year.

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And I looked at her most half and I said, How many tears are you shutting right now and I can't understand it. I don't see it. Not tough kohona to be at home. What a tough kohona worker at home. You can't perceive they're glorifying Allah subhanaw taala

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You can't perceive their tears, but how many of us certain people and just as we cried over them, they left behind books and grounds and gates that cry for them.

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Back on the other side

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they are celebrating and being celebrated.

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And Ramadan comes around. What does the Ramadan look like in the heavens?

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Suddenly, all these places of darkness, from the earth that emanate from the from the earth, all these places where people used to sit in their rooms, and watch haram.

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That Haram has turned into not just something Halal but something good. Suddenly, your radios and your stereos and your phones that used to emanate darkness start to emanate light.

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Suddenly, these tongues that are accustomed to backbiting and speaking ill of people, suddenly, these tongues start to become tongues of tests, beer tongues of praise. Suddenly, those homes where people spend the nights partying or doing things that they shouldn't be doing become places of Yama, Leyland, tahajjud, suddenly the massages that are empty and neglected, become full and radiance, suddenly your most half that you put on the shelf or that app that you open one time a year

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starts to emanate light.

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There's commotion, especially in the last night's so much commotion, that it steals the light of the sun, as the mom has an imbecile Rahimullah acid from the amount of Mullah Iike that are going up and down reporting the deeds to Allah subhanho wa Taala and praising Allah subhanaw taala and carrying names, they steal the light of the sun

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from their ascent and descent. One of the meanings of Laila to cuddle

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toddler also refers to capacity is that the heavens are at full capacity. There's traffic between the angels going up and down in the heavens, carrying the deeds

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and then there is the supreme conversation. The Supreme conversation is the conversation between Allah and the angels May Allah subhanaw taala put us in a good conversation between Allah and the angels when Allah subhanaw taala says hola in Canada him salawat and then Robbie him what they are the ones who have the prayers of their Lord upon them and Rama and mercy Salawat la him as a call to be Rahim Allah says a a vicar within a film Allah Allah Allah. It is when you are praised and remembered in the highest dimension. When your name finds itself into a conversation between Allah and Djibouti and it is set up and the angels

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and ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada is hearing the angels come up with those names.

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This person is turning back to you. This person is fighting off a caffeine headache. Trying so hard to remember you. This person is reading Quran, this person's making a turn. This person is striving and each of the last two nights trying to find your mercy Allah

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Allah subhanho wa Taala boasts to the angels about these people about this creation the angel see humanity and its best manifestation and the Milan that's when humanity is at its best. And the angels were skeptical about our creation has it been a Josie Rahim? Allah says you know describing the idea a touch I know he has a you'll see to see how as we could the map are you going to put on this earth people that spill blood? People that spread corruption color in the Alamo mana takla Moon Allah says I know what you don't know. So the angels see humanity at its best and Ramadan, ascending good deeds, spreading charity, spreading goodness. And if you're on that side, imagine your

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conversation

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or you in a conversation between Allah and the angels. May Allah make it as such for each and every single one of us a llama I mean, in fact Bismillah Bismillah this gathering right now is surrounded by angels that are carrying up our mentioned to Allah subhanho To Allah we pray that it'd be a such a llama I mean, and what does Allah subhanaw taala say as he looks out to the tired as he looks out to the hungry as he looks out to the struggling?

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Allah says ma Arada ha hula What do they want?

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What do they want and Allah knows what we want. What do they want?

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You out up? Jana? They want Jana? Have they seen it? No. How would it be if they would have seen it would have been another level?

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They want to avoid Hellfire have they

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seen it? No. How would it be had they seen it? They would have been another level. And Allah subhanaw taala calls the angels to bear witness, I forgiven them, all of them. May Allah subhanaw taala make it as such. This is Shadow Ramadan, the month of Ramadan, from the lens of the heavens, from the perspective of the heavens, it is a celebration, while people hang up decorations. There are lights emanating throughout the heavens of the deeds that people send up of the Toba of the repentance, and of the tiredness, the exhaustion. One of the greatest forms of Riba, one of the greatest forms of worship is not when you get yourself into a really poetic duet with ALLAH SubhanA

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wa Tada. And you're doing, it starts to rhyme. And it looks so perfect and everything seems so beautiful. It's when you have a headache, you're hungry, you're tired, and you're still up pursuing Allah subhanho Tirana. And that's why do I saw him

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the supplication of the fasting one, until the time of a fall, right before that time of thought, when you're most vulnerable is accepted. It might not sound its best. In fact, you don't have your energy. So you might be a little incoherence when you're making that you're right before a thought, but that's the one that's most beloved to Allah subhanaw taala just like an homage the most beloved time to Allah is not when you got yourself a really nice place in the huddle, Masha, Allah and you feel great, and you've got your zamzam cooler there and the weather is really nice. No, it's when the servants of Allah are in alpha, and they're dusty and disheveled and tired. Narada Allah, what

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are they want? They want you, yeah, Allah. They want you. That's the time Allah subhanaw taala was most pleased with you.

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And I want to bring it back to our world for a moment and how to prepare for Ramadan. And I'm going to get to your to do list and shall I'm going to keep talking about your to do list because hopefully some of you will make your to do list and a few more lists that I'll give you at the end of this but the nine Tada

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but let's move it back to our to our site now.

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When a month like this comes around, what's your first reaction Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah

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what a Lord, who doesn't have to forgive us who doesn't have to show us mercy, but he still sends us seasons of forgiveness and mercy to inspire the best version of us. What a Lord who sounds upon us a month that even if we just did the deeds that we typically do of obligatory deeds, they are multiplied and their reward. What a Lord who controls the gates of the heavens and the earth and who by his will by His power by his might by His mercy foot the Bible Jana well holy cut Ababa, the gates of paradise are flung open, the gates of hellfire are shut and the devils are put into chain Hamdulillah we have a merciful Lord a Rahmani r Rahim. Allah wants you to know him as a

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compassionate and as a merciful Lord, who sends you these moments of forgiveness. And so the first thing about Ramadan is if Allah subhanaw taala allows you to live to see that moment. The first thing is and Hamdulillah you allow me to see that moment because you have to be happy because you're here for the season. In the first place. hamdulillah Don't you say Alhamdulillah when you wake up in the morning and hamdulillah Olivia Jana back to mountain mountain out your first your first day is All praises be to Allah Who gave me life after he gave me death? I was dead last night but I'm awake this morning. I'm alive this morning. So what is it like to wake up on the first day of Ramadan?

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What is it like to wake up on the 20th day of Ramadan and to have that opportunity and hamdulillah The second thing is

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notice that Ramadan does not have any secrets it doesn't have any specific acts of worship How many times is Ramadan mentioned in the Quran by the way

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oh

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that already put you all to sleep

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I know the weather's nice and Mashallah. It's nice and cool out here but how many times it's been mentioned in the Quran

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one time

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it's only mentioned once this month which becomes the centerpiece of our lives of the year. That didn't look I am Rahim Allah described as use of it his salaam to the rest of his brothers by one. The rest of the 11

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are forgiven by one the one month out of the 12 this one month that becomes our home

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Heart and Soul and chance to come back to Allah subhanaw taala is mentioned only once in the Quran, SHA Rama Hwan, a lovey Hoon Zilla fi Hill Quran. That's it, the month of Ramadan where the Quran was revealed. Why is that so profound? Because all you're doing in Ramadan

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are the things that you're supposed to already be doing better. All you're doing in Ramadan are the things that you're supposed to already be doing better. Meaning what salata tarawih by the way, if you open a copy of sahih al Bukhari or sahih, Muslim, you're not going to find the word taloja.

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Why? Because it was beyond Ramadan, all it is, is the night prayer and Ramadan, and it became called tarawih. Because of the breaks that you take the rest that you take between the karats between the prayers, but all it is was Fiamma Liu in Ramadan, the night praying Ramadan, the Companions prayed pm throughout the year, but in a normal Dawn, they push themselves more. You don't pick up a special book, you know, if you look at other religious philosophies, and I don't say this in a denigrating way, I say it in a way that we can appreciate our own for a moment. You look at other religious philosophies and other religions and other ways. There's a special text that you read only for that

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holiday, there's a special thing you do only for that moment. For us, we're reading the same text, you're going to something familiar, you're going to the Quran, but you're reading it with more devotion, and more recitation, you're attaching yourself to it more. You know how to pray, you know how to read, you know how to exert yourself, you know how to make do, but you make more of it, and you make better do and you connect to Allah subhanho wa Taala with a greater sense of devotion, there are no secrets here as to what you need to be doing. To get close to Allah. There are no unfamiliar acts of worship.

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And many times, we start to think about these extraordinary things because religiosity is, so up and down for a moment. We started to think about all these extra things. And so there's this phenomenon with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, where you have people going to our mother it shuttled the alarm to Anna Anna, and they're looking for a to do list. We need a to do list. What was the the arm of the profit slice? I'm like, what was the Siyam of the profit slice? I'm like, what was this? What was that? And our mother I shot all the alarm on her always had the perfect answers. They went to her. They've got their notepads in the metaphorical sense ready? What was the character of the

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prophets lie some like kind of political?

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His character was the Quran you want to know His character, open the Quran and read the first 10 verses of Surah to me known read about or Rahman and Surah Furqan, the servants of the Most Merciful that's also the La sala audio sound, that's your prophet. He was a manifestation of everything that He lived and he preached and teacht he was everything that he taught you sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you want to know what he was like read the Quran. That's who he was to Allah He was and they asked, inshallah the Allah Anna, how many records did he pray in Ramadan?

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How many records did he pray in Milan? Now I'm not gonna get into a 50 debate here. All right, this isn't a debate of jurisprudence.

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This is to show you a mindset and attitude and the way our mother it shall the Allahu Anhu wanted to teach people a lesson that your Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a man of great consistency.

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She said, Look, if you're asking about the fiam of the prophets lie some and Ramadan Mercanti is Edo. sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Ramadan wala fie lady here. They are shorter. Raka she said look, he prayed 11 records or he did not go past 11 Archives because sometimes the prophets lice and I'm prayed the Yamuna to duck as the whole night.

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Common avy SallAllahu Sallam Biya, the prophets, lice and I'm spent the entire night reciting one I have the Quran at times. So she's saying listen, you're asking about Ramadan. He didn't use to go past these 11 records. Not in Ramadan. Well, if he later he, but she said, But here's the point. Let us earn and totally Hiner is ninja. Don't ask about how long and how beautiful those records were. It was different. So you're thinking quantity? You're thinking, Alright, how many archives? How many do that? How many times do I got to do this? How many times I gotta do this? No, no, no. Don't ask about how long and how beautiful. Those records were of the profit slice. It wasn't the quantity.

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Don't miss the point here. It wasn't the number.

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It was a clear desire from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam you don't even above so the Allah Tala and Houma describes the charity of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam canon Edward sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the prophets like some of the most generous of people, but in normal

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Elan he was more generous than a blowing when you can't even categorize that I can't quantify that. It's not like a percentage. It's not like the profit slice and I'm kicked into 1520 25% in Ramadan. He wasn't crunching numbers sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was looking at something different. He was already generous but in Ramadan, it was another level of generosity. I can't describe it to you by quantity. Just like I can't describe to you right now. How much wind is hitting me or what particles are around me? That's the generosity of the Prophet slice and um he was a walking storm of generosity sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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Allah, Allah Subhana Allah Allah said that he has sent you to this world to test you to see who will be the best with their deeds not UK federal Angela, not more deeds, better deeds. It wasn't this crazy equation that the prophets I send them had what was the most frequent do out of the prophets of Allah race and let me get my notepad out. Let me write down this long beautiful dua. By the way, I have to tell you WhatsApp messages and Ramadan be careful with WhatsApp had eats

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and the WhatsApp rewards whoever recites this 30 times will have 3000 rewards of Mars and Jenna they didn't even use to say Mars back then. But like we'll have 20,000 angels that will carry him to Jupiter and we'll take him to Alpha dose and bring him back in the same night. And if you read this dua and by the way if you don't forward this message, you're going to die and never have children

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reading your whatsapp and like what are these messages? Where do people find these Hadith like at least if you're going to have them older be creative about it and be smart about it you need to decorate your fabrications a little bit better.

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But you know usually the numbers are giveaway when people start coming up with numbers and start giving up with these weird things it's a giveaway right? So they go to the Onsala model the Allah Anna what was the most frequent of the prophets of Allah honey was Saddam

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And I saw the allowed time and hope. He said the deer I heard from the Prophet Seisen a most was a bene Artina for dunya Hassan Oh Phil Archeologia Hassan Joaquina Davina Robina Tina for dunya hasta la fille. Archeologia Hassan Joaquina Adam Banagher. And also the Allahu Anhu says that was the most frequent of the prophets lie some his most frequent supplication Oh Allah give us the best of this life the best of the hereafter and protect us from the punishment of the fire. You should all be Allah and Hassan your civil Allah in a drugged if I caught later to gather or I have a feeling I'm in it these last two nights what's the drought that you're supposed to make?

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Allahumma in a careful one to Hibbeler for for me.

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Oh Allah, you are the forgiving one. You love to forgive. So forgive me. None of these years you could memorize all three of these dramas, the prophets lines, so I'm used to love Allah Joanna. I used to love comprehensive short do sallallahu alayhi wa sallam because Allah doesn't need your poetry. Allah needs your piety.

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Allah doesn't need you to rhyme. Allah wants you to be sincere.

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It's comprehensiveness. Allah knows when you say attina for dunya Hassan know what you mean? And what you want from him. It's gotta be something here. So when you start to try to quantify,

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you might get lost in the in the math, you might get lost in the numbers game, you might get lost in your to do list. I keep talking about your to do list. I promise you I'm coming to it.

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Alright, I'm gonna give you another one. Imagine if you were a top very top very means what? You lived to meet the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but you did not meet the prophets lie some himself Subhanallah that generation and I'm going to talk about them a little bit more tomorrow night Inshallah, for those of you that will come because they're fascinating generation to me. But imagine if your mom and your dad could tell you stories about hosting the Prophet sighing some for lunch. And imagine if at every corner let me go to I'm more Ebola. Let me go to Ali, my dad's friends. Let me go to isha my mom's friends. Let me talk to them. And see, tell

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me about the prophets Isom and you'd see their faces light up and their tears start to flow as they remember the profit slice i love and you're missing out. You're with a generation of people that got to pray with him. So I saw them. I got to be with him and his thoughts was salam. I've got a lot of catching up to do right. So that's why the tambourine are defined by Catherine to laminal. They were a generation that used to produce a lot of good deeds. They used to do a lot because they felt like they were always running behind. Which they should feel that way they met Sahaba they met companions.

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And so you're around Abdullah Mr. Little the Allahu Anhu All right, you know when you go online now you always look for pro tips you look for hack What's your Ramadan hack? What's your Ramadan pro tip some of you came tonight probably looking for Ramadan hacks and pro tips I'll still give you a few at the end but if you've been Mr. Doolittle the Allahu Anhu was the one giving you this lecture. q&a session with our beloved Mr little the Allahu Taala annual man SallAllahu

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whoever wants to hear Al Quran, Dan Perry and come out on ZIL fresh as if it just came down listen to the Quran of our beloved Mr. Little the Allah on who this man love the Quran. This man was given life by the Quran this man even brought the Prophet slice on him himself to tears with his recitation

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amazing person with all the Allahu Taala and hope and a bit Mr little the Allahu Tada and who was asked by the tambourine How did you use to receive Ramadan kg for Quantum? How did you meaning the Companions used to receive the month of Ramadan? So you got your notepads out? It's a q&a session with our beloved Mr. Little the Allahu Anhu I'm waiting for something mind blowing right like you've been missing who is gonna say well we the Companions, you know the prophets like some told us 30 minutes here, you do this and then it says if you got this right, a hack, right?

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And the prophets Allah and Abdullah Mr. Little the allowance Allah and who says, ma Karna Yatra had una no one of us would have the audacity. And yes, duck beat al Hilal to receive the healer of Ramadan

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worth he will be he myth, Kali, that Allah Manhattan, Allah Aki Hill Muslim

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having a single Adams worth of hate towards their fellow brother or sister.

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You want your hack. We would not dare for Ramadan to come upon us, and we still have grudges in our hearts. And we're still not taking people's calls. And we're still ignoring people were still cutting off family members. We're still cutting off old friends. We're still cutting off brothers and sisters and hating people. We would not dare we the Sahaba would not have the audacity for Ramadan to come upon us.

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And that was still there.

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Subhan Allah, I wasn't expecting that answer. Do you know what, let's be real here. If I told you pray the last two nights, three hours of the last 10 Nights. For some of us, that's easier than taking 10 minutes to pick up the phone and call somebody that your ego has kept you away from reconciling with

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let's be real. It's not always about what we want. It's what Allah demands from us. And sometimes stepping on that ego is a lot harder than exerting the body and extra a bother exerting the body and even the soul Yes, in the heart and extra worship, but only Doha. They need to slay how Allah says leave these two until they fix what's between themselves. The gates of the heavens are shot for them. I'm not talking about the one who's marooned, by the way, who's wronged and who would expose themselves to harm. I'm talking about the natural types of grudges, the things that developed between us and others. And all of us if we're introspective enough will see that even if we're a

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little less guilty we're probably guilty as well and contributing to that hatred and to that standoff and you be the one because Allah to help buena and your fear Allah hula come you want Allah to forgive you? You want Allahu Allah humma in Nikka alpha one to Hibbeler Alpha far for Anna. Oh Allah you are the forgiving one. You love to forgive so forgive me. Well, yeah, for what else for who?

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Allah to hit bone on your feet Hola Hola, como alright, and put your money where your mouth is? Forgive pardon people. Don't you want Allah to forgive you in part and you pick up that phone? Call that person? Go visit that person. Break that standoff. The Sahaba would not have the audacity that Jura. He's literally calling audacity to let a grudge carry on to Ramadan. I'm crushing it. I'm squashing it because I want Allah to forgive me. I want the Mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala that wasn't the Ramadan hack you were expecting was it? But that's your hack. That's how we would meet Ramadan. That's how we wanted it. And Allah knows how hard it is from you. So I'm going to get to

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inshallah to Anna your to do list

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but before your to do list.

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Ramadan is not your set of deeds that you're going to suddenly tally up and a lot of people want to make their goals set their goals for Milan and they should

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more than anything else. Could TBR equal mausoleum will come out kuchibhotla The and I'm in publikum

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Allah Contacta con Allah wrote fasting upon you as he wrote it upon those that came before you, le Allah come to con, so that you could become God conscious people it Tekel Muharram. Call Salallahu Salam, a tequila Muharram to Khun Arbor the nurse. Leave off the sins you will be the closest of people to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam manlam Jada Colas zoo will judge. Well Anna lovey, this is an interestingly why an interesting narration. He said Salam Salam, whoever does not give up, cola zoo, evil speech and cola zoo here are the actions of the tongue. Alpha Hush, the sinful things that you say even if they're just between you and Allah Subhana Allah

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azza wa jal in one narration, ignorance here refers to lob, fighting other people arguing with other people getting into it with other people. Watch your tongue when you drive in Ramadan, watch your tongue in general, and watch your other body parts as well in general when you're driving in Ramadan, but it's not worth your fast manlam Yada Colas zoar Well, John, will NLP. Whoever does not give up these sinful things of the tongue, and these arguments and this hatred and acting upon them the deeds that follow because if you have a nasty tongue, you probably have a nasty slate of deeds as well. And the tongue itself is a place of deeds and actions.

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Allah has no need for you to give up your food and your drink.

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A lot of us approached Ramadan with this to do list of so many good deeds, but the sin that you're insisting upon, or a sinful lifestyle, and the worst sins are the ones that are lifestyle sins. You know, there are sins that you fall into every once in a while. There are sins you know, subhanAllah you were in a conversation, someone's name came up that Liba was too sweet. It was sweeter than a piece of cake in front of you. And you just went right into it. You felt regret afterwards a stuff that Allah you moved away from. There are lifestyle since there are the sins that you consciously do every single day of your life, and you've just accepted them as part of your life. You have

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literally adopted them as lifestyle since they're part of who you are now.

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Those sins are like holes in the bucket.

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So if you pour 20 gallons of Quran or 30 gallons of Quran into that vessel, you still got those holes in the bottom of the bucket. takla is plugging the holes Taqwa is Torquil Murase it's leaving off what is displeasing to Allah subhanaw taala. If when you're making your list, if you say after Ramadan, I will never commit this sin again. Knowingly in sha Allah, I'm going to do everything I can to root the sin out of my life. I'm going to change this about myself. I'm going to take this next step towards Allah subhana wa Tada. And if you can't think about anything that you need to change about yourself, think harder because the Sahaba remember the tambourine. Abu Laila says, I

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met 70 of the companions of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam couldn't OMYA tell him well enough, so hope and effect and they were accusing themselves of hypocrisy, they were worried about themselves. They were people of deep reflection and self scrutiny, not self sabotage self scrutiny to where they always tried to better themselves. So if you can't find anything to refine, Think harder, be more reflective because there is something you need to refine

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that is far more precious to Allah subhanaw taala then the math the numbers are going to check off.

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And so what I'm saying to you is before your Ramadan Ramadan to do list, what's your to not do list

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your to not do list is more important than your to do list in the sight of Allah subhanaw taala your to leave off, what you're going to stop is more important than what you're going to start because you are meant to go back to Allah subhanaw taala your fitrah your natural inclination is to go back to Allah subhanaw taala Jana is your destination on the GPS so long as you don't take a wrong turn. So your to not do list is more important than your to do list. So I'm challenging each of you to first and foremost have a to to not do list for Ramadan.

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And then make your to do list. Then after your to do list, make your to fix list and those are the relationships those are strained relationships that you need to fix.

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And let me tell you something SubhanAllah. Fixing the relationships in your life is not just refuge in the hereafter. It's also wrong. It's also relief in this life.

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Because those grudges they take up a lot of heart space and headspace drama, and a person of a certain inclination with their deeds will fall into a lot of drama in their lives naturally. Yet drama is a natural part of it, but some people create more drama for them.

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wells, right?

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Drama takes up a lot of head and heart space a lot of your time a lot of your focus a lot of your intention so it's not just a Raha in the hereafter it's not just relief in the hereafter it's relief here as well. I don't need all that in my life

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off of my chest so I can focus on Allah subhanho wa taala. So you have your to not do list, you have your to do list, you have your to fix list. And then I'm going to give you two more lists. There is room for quantifiable deeds in the sight of Allah subhanaw taala that have to be consistent so how will analyze it Allah, the Most Beloved of deeds to Allah subhanaw taala Eduardo are the ones that are consistent in color even if they're small. So there is something to say about quantity about numbers that's why you pray five times a day that's why his account is 2.5% on your retained earnings. So make your list from now what are the quantifiable consistent deeds that I will do after

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Ramadan? Make your after Ramadan quantity list now don't wait till don't wait till Ramadan finishes to try to pick up the scraps say in Ramadan. I'm going to read this much Quran after Ramadan I think I can reasonably do this much every single day.

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In Ramadan, I'm gonna after Ramadan, I'm gonna try to pick up my Cleon Mullin. I think I can pray with it every night in sha Allah Tala. I think knowing myself, I can do with it every night. I think I can add to that guys every night. I think I can do it three nights a week, put your quantity list together from now in sha Allah to Allah. And then your fifth one. And this is the thing I'll end with in sha Allah to Allah, your qualities list. So you have your to not do list. You have your to do list. You have your to fix list. You have your quantity list. You have your qualities list, what are the qualities, I want you to open the beginning of certain Menon and the end of Al Furqan. The

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qualities of me know the qualities of the believers and the beginning of certain what we know and what we know and Alladhina Humphrey Salah team ha Sharon, until the end of it, those qualities and I want you to read what a bad Rockman Alladhina am Shona out of the hole now either acaba Homolka hit on Apollo Salama, the last deeds of

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the servants of the Most Merciful.

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The end of those two lists the end of those two lists by the way, one of them is hula EK, your zone a lot of Fattah Bhima savato.

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They are the people that have these high places in Paradise by their patients.

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We'll talk about a lot of if any of you are paying attention to Europeans Ramadan series, we'll talk about what those are in Charlottetown Ramadan series, but the highest rooms in paradise belong to those that have the highest traits the servants of the Most Merciful are about the Rama. Allah says about a lot me known Allah aka thornell Farah DOS, they are the ones who inherit Alfetta dos. They're the ones who inherit the highest level of paradise. So what's your qualities list? Your qualities list, I want you to journal. And I want you to look through those traits and match yourself up, do some introspection and say, Where do I match up to each of these qualities? And what

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is my commitment to Allah? subhanaw taala and trying to get better? What are the things that are stopping me from having these qualities? What are the environments I need to change? What are some of the things I need to be more aware of? Who do I need to put around me and what do I need to do to start to have these qualities?

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All right, that's your quality. So it's more of a journal thing. So what are the five lists? Can you guys repeat them back to me that I'm gonna let you go Inshallah, what's your first list?

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To not do list? Your to not do list is your most important list and Ramadan? What's your next list? To Do List? What's your third list? To fix list? What's your fourth list? Your quantifiable deeds list What's your fifth list? Your qualities list the beginning of sorts and what meaning the end of certain for condos traits your to not do list your five lists your to not do lists are the things you're going to quit in sha Allah to Allah. Once and for all. From now from Ramadan onwards, you're going to commit to Allah that you're not going to return to the sins. your to do list for Ramadan, or the quantifiable goals you're setting for yourself in Ramadan. Your to fix list are the

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relationships because you don't want your grudges to get in the way of the acceptance of your deeds, the relationships you're going to fix and the reconciliation.

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Your fourth list your quantity list are the quantifiable deeds you plan to continue after Ramadan. Your fifth list are your qualities, the qualities that you hope to try to have inshallah Tirana after Ramadan and your journaling as you're trying to think about how you can embody what Allah mentions in the beginning of sorts of meaning, and about the Rama and the servants of the Most Merciful. May Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, allow us to achieve that.

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these goals. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah allow us to achieve the ultimate goal of Jana to the Fidel's of the highest level of paradise, where we are neighbors of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in those high, suspended abodes that are like chalets, in the skies of the heavens in paradise, under the throne of the Most Merciful, gazing at him day and night, completely forgiven for our sins. May Allah subhanaw taala accept this Ramadan from us. May Allah subhanaw taala accept our deeds inside and outside of Ramadan. May Allah forgive us for our shortcomings inside and out of Ramadan. Allahumma Amin does akmola hate I was set on wanting to love you but I can't