Getting Past the Mid-Ramadan Dip

Omar Suleiman


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I begin by praising Allah subhanaw taala and bearing witness that none has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. And we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his final messenger, we ask Allah to send his peace and blessings upon him, the prophets and messengers that came before him, his family and companions that served alongside him and those that follow in his blessing path until the day of judgment. And we ask Allah to make us amongst them, Allah, Allah, I mean, the brothers and sisters, I want you to think of Ramadan as one single day, one day, if Ramadan was a day, what would a day of Ramadan look like? And I'm going to

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break this down from the perspective of how the prophets of Allah, how are you still I'm taught us to see time, relative to how Allah sees it, not as how we see it. And before I get to that breakdown, in particular, I came across a powerful statement from an Imam and Josie Rahim Allah to Anna, where he talks about the wish of those who have passed away. If those who have passed could speak, what would they be saying, and this is especially pertinent when you're in that middle point of Ramadan. And you could be dipping at this point, you could have gotten used to the first part, you're not really geared up yet for the second part. And you're kind of in that middle point. What

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would the dead be saying right now. Now, in general, we know that the wish of the deceased is that they could still do more good deeds, and that's why we continue the good deeds on their behalf those that were in the performance of those good deeds, and the wish of those who disbelieved is that they would have believed and the wishes of those who did not repent as that they would have repented. But in general, think about how sweet a moment of tests via a moment of glorification to rock as is to those that have passed away and can no longer do it. Especially when we have the narration facility Rahim Allah, that one tests via one Subhan Allah and Ramadan is like 1000 Subhan Allah is outside of

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Ramadan. These precious moments that you have. And he said Rahim Allah to Allah Tala he, lo T, polyethylene COBOL. Retirement, no Letterman no young and and Ramadan.

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He said I swear by Allah. If you were to say or if it was said to the people of the grapes, to men know, what is your wish, they would wish for one more day of Ramadan.

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Not the beginning, not the middle, not the end, they would wish for one more day of Ramadan. And the scholars explained that that they would have seen the blessings of the rewards the multiplication of the rewards for the days of Ramadan that they would have put forward and the missed opportunities as we all will on the Day of Judgment. I need magnificent market data accurate. We all know not just what we put forth but what we left on the table. And if you were to think about that powerful moment that ended up Josie Rahim Allah is capturing here that a dead person would say one more day of Ramadan. I want one more day of Ramadan. So not only is it one more day, but especially the day that

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you are living right now a day of Juma in Ramadan a day where you have an opportunity to please Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, when others do not have that opportunity, per se. This is a moment for you but in Allah He to Allah to really take advantage of something. Now let's get to this idea of one day. If Ramadan was one day total, if you had to break it down from the first half, to the second half, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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He says to us yet guru Fukumura or Jana couple aronia Venus V young Prophet's life and I'm certain that the poor will enter into paradise before the rich by half a day. Venus fee young now if you stop there, you'd say that doesn't sound like it's that long, right? It's just half a day. But they asked the prophets lie Selim, what is half the day, he said, 500 years

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humps me at the end. Why 500 years because one day with your Lord is like 1000 years. So the prophets lie Selim is even using that language to encapsulate something in your memory here, that it's only one day and of course Allah subhanaw taala uses this language in the Quran, that when a person passes away, Kevin a bit how long did you live? Yeoman, Allah Liam a day or part of a day that if I was to capture it, I'd say I lived the morning and an afternoon because it's relative to those things. He also started another narration sal Allahu Allahu wa salam in Nila our Jew. And now turkeys are on Mattia and Rob be here. And you are here home, Mr. Young. He said some Allah who it

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was salam, that I pray, I hope that my ummah will maintain its position in the sight of Allah subhanho wa Taala its rank in the sight of Allah and not be compromised in the sight of its Lord, even if he delays them or if he chooses to delay them half a day and they say

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to Saginaw, the Allahu Taala and who is the narrator of this hadith? What Kevin is for young, how much is half a day, called a hum Swami at the Sunnah 500 years, this idea that it even becomes language. And it even becomes a way that you frame your entire life and you frame the significant seasons in your life. If Ramadan is a day, if my life is a day, what does my life look like? If I was to call it a day? And what does my Ramadan now look like? If I was to call it a day? Now why is this so profound, particularly with Ramadan? Because as half of them, Rajab Rahim Allah to Allah talks about your peak of your life is right in the middle. And your peak of Ramadan should be right

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in the middle as well. Where you've now developed the strength, the tolerance for that fasting, and you are now looking forward to the greatest prize of the month. It's like you've lived half of your life if Ramadan was a lifespan, and it's encapsulated in a day, half of your life in terms of gathering strength and gathering experience and gathering wisdom, you're right there. And you can either have a midlife crisis, or you can move towards what remains in terms of the ultimate prize of this month. And in every single form of holiness that we find in the seasons, the net, the hat that Allah subhanaw taala gives to us, the second half is always superior to the first half, even Mr.

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Neutral the low tide and who says For example, when it comes to the remembrances of Carter Saba and Cardinal Messiah, the remembrance that you do in the morning and the remembrance that you do in the evening, which is after also, he said, the remembrance after ASA Escadrille Messiah, are superior to the remembrance is that you make in the morning. Why? Because in the morning, you're still undistracted.

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You're still undistracted. And if we think about our own lives, I think most of us would probably have a very similar experience that if we were to start to pick up the habit of Likud have the habit of remembering Allah, the morning remembrances are easier to start than the ones after us. Because you've already gotten into your day, you've already started with the turmoil of the day, you've already started with your work, you've already gotten tired, you've already moved towards a significant point. And most of the time when acid comes around, we're done for the day. But in the morning, it's almost natural, easier for us to start to adopt that practice. And so a person should

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build from a SCADA Saba to SCADA on myself, if they can move on from the beginning of the day, to the end of the day, and continue that regimen than that is far more superior in the sight of Allah subhana wa Tada. And of course, beyond all of that, this idea that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, the end is always superior to the beginning in them and Armel will have at the end is superior to the beginning. The end is superior to the beginning, actions will be judged by their endings and that's why we have such an emphasis of asking Allah for personal hitam for a good ending you work your entire life hoping for a good ending you know Subhanallah a dear brother that we know

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in this community of Dallas for their Anwar to tell few Rahim Allah Tala beautiful brother that many of you know Allah subhanaw taala delayed him from his sickness in February until today, Yamuna Juma in Ramadan in Mecca to pass away

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May Allah subhanaw taala grant him shahada, may Allah make that a sign of His goodness. And you think about the types of people that this stuff happens for and you go, you know, subhanAllah there was something there, there was something there you long for that type of an ending you long for that type of a story. The end is what makes the beginning worth it. The end is what makes the middle worth it. In fact, oftentimes the end puts it all into perspective. Because those types of endings don't come naturally. They come through hard work. And so what does this mean for us and this lifetime of Ramadan, which might be our last Ramadan in particular, I want you to pay attention to

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the words that Djibouti in it has Salam would use with the prophets of Allah who is someone who was looking for later to cuddle

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the prophets, like some was secluding himself in the masjid in those last time, looking for that price. Because if you catch that one night, you have a lifetime later to recover. hiraman official. You have a lifetime. If you bank that one later to college, if you get that one night. And the prophets like son was meeting to breed on Instagram every day, the angel Gabriel every day in Ramadan. And he's looking to breathe out in his salon for a sign. And every night of the prophets lice and it was a beautiful night of worship outside or inside of Ramadan. The Prophet slicin was consistent. He always gave charity

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He was always generous. Anyone in his sight always felt his generosity. Anyone that was around him at night always saw him standing up and praying all night long. You always saw what it looked like later to cutters to the prophets I seldom. But he looks to Djibouti and it Sudan every day.

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And Djibouti and it is Salam says to him in the lobby towards global anomic look at the words what you're seeking is still ahead of you. In the lobby top global anomic now you missed it last night. Not it wasn't worth it. Not you wasted your time. Because every night in Ramadan is precious. Every day in Ramadan is precious, you might be forgiven on the 16th or 17th or 18th night of Ramadan because that's the night that you're most sincere with Allah subhanho wa taala. So he doesn't say you missed out. He says what you're seeking is still out there in Allah, the top global anomic keep going yeah rasool Allah because the prize is still there. And the prophets lie, some exerts himself

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another night, and he exerts himself another night, and he exerts himself another night. This is a powerful reframing of how you approach the end of this blessing month, in another toggleable anomic. Nothing was in vain. You're gonna art your your camera, you're doing your Salah, your recitation, your supplication, your prayer, your charity, all of it was beautiful. If you reconciled if you finally made up with someone relinquish the grudge, it was worth it. If you gave charity, it was worth it every single day is going to be worth it, because it all builds up to that moment when the prize eventually presents itself to you. Because not all of those who catch later to either catch it

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the same way. Not all of those who catch later to either catch it the same way. But we all hope to catch it in the best of ways. But it's all part of that preparation. And so now, whether you're sad over the first half, and you're not meeting your goals, or you're worried about how you're going to build up the strength, think of Djibouti it is and I'm saying to the Prophet sign Salem, in Allah, the top level inasmuch it's still therefore you what you're seeking is still there. The prize is still there for the taking. So push yourself, energize yourself, take these next few days to rest, rejuvenate and focus and think about that idea that what's ahead of me, or what I want is still

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ahead of me, and I still have the opportunity to capture it. May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to be amongst those who catch Laylat al Qadr. May Allah make the best of our deeds, the last of them, may Allah make the best of our lives, the end of them. May Allah grant us beautiful endings of Ramadan and beautiful endings to our lives. May Allah subhana wa Tada forgive us for any mistakes and our beginnings. And may Allah subhanaw taala allow us to energize in the present with sincerity. May Allah subhanaw taala forgive us for any shortcomings that we have had. May Allah instill in us that desire for his pleasure, may Allah subhanaw taala guide us to the deeds that are most pleasing to

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