Fasting – Food for the Soul
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respect to listeners salamati.
Ramadan begins in a few days
as promised in Sharla. Today, I'll speak on the topic of fast food for the
last panel more than a season. Yeah, you have lilina quotevalet camassia can I put the bio public land
fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you.
Learn the content, perhaps you may attain the
the main message of this verse
is that or one of the main messages of this verse is that fastings primary benefits, its primary purpose is to create Bagua in a purse.
Fasting has many benefits,
And all of these are good.
But they aren't the primary purpose, or the main objective and the goal of fasting
And especially in the month of Ramadan,
the person doesn't fast with the primary goal and objective of becoming physically healthy. Although that may be one of the
A person doesn't fast in the month of Ramadan with the Express intention of gaining mental clarity.
Although again, it's one of the accrued benefits of fasting.
What law tells us
is that the he has set fasting for the believes he has prescribed it for the believers
in the hope, look into the home that you they may attain that
in Islam, and especially for the fast of the month of Ramadan.
As also for any other time of the year.
believers have been instructed to fast in the hope that this period of fasting this exercise or fasting will instill in them,
create and develop in them.
what exactly is that?
We hear this word a lot. And
the word duck wha this term has to be found
in every aspect of our religion
When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was performed in a guard,
then he would preface the contract of nigga
a short sermon
and this short sermon in the Hadees is known as hot button.
The sermon of need
so even before joining two people in Metro, the prophets of Allah it will send them
recite this hot
one of the unique things about the hookah hodaka
is that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would recite three verses of
and then with the praise of Allah and His messengers are lahardee, who are similar.
But these three verses they constitute and form the bulk of the hookah, of nica and the theme of all three verses is just one thing, which is
So, even at the time of the Prophet sallallahu, it was symptoms some now some nutzern an introduction to the contract of marriage was the verses of hope. The sorry the verses of the
when the last panel who
speaks of Hajj in the Quran,
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And the reference is the last panel with the Anna reminds believers about the obligation of hedge. And then he says when you do embark on this journey of hedge when you do depart, then what does a What do? Make sure you take your provisions
and the best of provisions on this journey of hedge is that
even when speaking about clothing,
last panel horadada sames. And the verse prior to this
phrase speaks about the about clothing. That clothing
line speaks about clothing, and in various ways that it's meant to conceal you. It's meant to conceal your privacy and your chastity. And it's also meant to guard you from the elements from extreme cold and extreme heat. But in the context of clothing, Allah subhanho wa Taala also says, what about the quality of fi and the clothing of Bagua This is far better. So whether it's Zakah
whether it's hatch,
whether it's solar,
whether it's fasting,
every pillar of religion, every aspect of religion
has an element of the law is the law. Seldom have spoken about taqwa in relation to all of these things and more.
So taqwa is a very important term in religion. So what exactly is that, and I wish to elaborate on this because the last panel with the ad essays
that Allah has prescribed and ordained fasting for you, just as he made its obligatory and prescribed it for those who came before you. Learn to whom perhaps you may attain.
But before I actually speak about
the first part of the verse tells us that Allah has prescribed fasting for as just as he prescribed for those who came before us. So fasting is not new.
extraordinary just for the believers.
But it's always been a tradition of everyone, every religion, every faith, and the messengers of Allah alayhi wa Salatu was Salam prescribed fasting, they practice they practice that
themselves, and they prescribed it for all of their followers. So fasting has always been an elementary part of all faiths, religions and religious traditions. So it's not new. And it's a continuation of that tradition that we have fasting in Islam. And what's the primary purpose Allah says that
perhaps you may attain that. So what exactly is that?
The word that
comes from God, it means to God
that word means anything which protects them guards someone or something.
So it's all it's a noun, any item of protection. And it's also it can mean a guard. And it's also an adverb meaning the process and the act of guarding. So, that means, either a guard such as a shield or a barrier, or the Act and the process of guarding and protecting from something or someone.
And so this is the original meaning of dupois. To guard to shield to protect.
protection from what?
When we speak about taqwa in the context of religion, it we mainly means a law keeps on saying in the Quran,
in one verse last easier, you're gonna have to toccata
in another verse, yeah, your NASA
or mankind or people observed taqwa in respect of your Lord. In another verse, oh believers, observed, observe that we're in respect of Allah.
As the qua should be observed, in respect to Allah. Now I've been I've translated these verses rather freely for the purpose of explanation.
So in respect of law, what does it mean? Does it mean that we guard and protect ourselves from Allah?
As I said, that one needs to guard and protect and that means to be wary to be cautious. So what these verses mean is Yeah, you're NASA.
People, be wary of your law.
Yeah, you have Lavina amatola. Takata. Oh believe is be wary of Allah, as you should be wary of him.
ie you should fear
for the last panel with the other is one to be cautious of wary off as part of our respect and reverence while last panel with the other. One should guard oneself from the displeasure of Allah, by guarding oneself from the disobedience of the law. These are just some of the meanings incorporated into the word dakhla. So going back to fasting, what does fasting actually do? A lot. panelboard Allah says that under the own, perhaps you may attain that what what fasting does is that it creates a higher awareness, a more acute awareness of a loss.
It makes a person conscious of
it and when a person is conscious of the law, a person is cautious of consciousness leads to caution leads to awareness, and guarding oneself from Allah imagined cameras.
we behave when we know or when we are conscious of someone monitoring watching or observing us.
The moments we are conscious, we modify our behavior, even children, even infants. If children and infants are conscious of an adult, a parent watching and observing them, infants, even at the age of two or three, have been scientifically observed to modify their behavior, because they are extremely conscious, and therefore cautious of anyone who is watching, observing.
And that's an infant. And as adults we do exactly the same. If we are ever conscious of being watched, or being observed or monitored by a live human
Being in our vicinity or buy a camera, then we are extremely cautious consciousness leads to caution. And this is exactly what that why is that why is the idea of being forever, constantly conscious of the last panel with when a person is conscious of a law, person will be cautious of a law. That's the law.
And we have to be cautious of the law. So how can we came to be that the servants of Allah subhanho wa Taala love Him and OBEY Him fulfill our duties to him fulfill his rights.
we disregard the last panel, hoard data, but we take into regard and consideration everyone and everything else.
If we know that the camera is watching us we behave if we know that people are watching us, we behave. And yet, when it comes to our last panel with the other, nominally we believe that lies, watchful lies, all hearing all knowing, all observing, all seeing, and yet we
disobeyed law with impunity, with a sense of impunity.
So taqwa and Allah azza wa jal says oh believers.
Yeah, you're Latina, Amano la Hakata party he was a law unto some believers. Be wary of a law Be cautious of Allah, as you should be wary of Him and do not die except as ones who submit to
law reminders again and again throughout the poor and about the Aqua. And as I said earlier on, the Aqua comes into play and the white is mentioned in the context of almost every aspect of religion, and even personal and social life. Someone saw that even marriage. As I said, before a person gets married. The hook bar of nica contains three verses whose most prominent theme is the
law is assumed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam reminded everyone repeatedly about the law. And this is that consciousness, that awareness and that awareness,
of taqwa that the fast intends to create. So,
awareness of the last panel who had the honor leads to wariness of him, consciousness of Allah has his origin leads to caution
in respect of a law, that is the law.
Now, how does fasting achieve this?
the consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala, although we think, although we may think that it's mental, it's actually more spiritual than mental.
It's more spiritual than mental, the awareness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Again, we may think it's mental, but in reality, it's actually more spiritual than mental. And this is what fasting is designed to achieve. Now, how does it achieve that and spiritually, not mentally
lost power, who has created us
as human beings,
but the essence of our life
is our room, our spirits.
This is what makes us who we are.
Our bodies are important to some degree, but they are not as important as the soul.
It's the soul which makes a person a purse.
Not the body.
last panel who created the souls of mankind, without the bodies initially,
last panel with the other
created Adam alayhis salam, and then instruct the angels
to prostrate to other maladies.
But the words of the arm are very telling Allah subhanho wa Taala says for either so we do who won a trophy he made a rule he forgot rula husana Dean when I have fashioned him when I have perfected him, so wait means when I have leveled him, not leveling
sense of flatness but leveled in the sense of when I have molded him and freshened him in proportion, I have made him perfect. Equal I in proportion. So when I have proportionately fashion the molded
then a lot doesn't say them fall into frustration before him because that would have meant falling into frustration before the body of Adam Adam.
Rather last panel with Anna sees fit either So wait, when I have molded him when I have freshened him when I have proportionately made him and perfected him as a body. Wonderful. Sophie Hema Rory. And furthermore, when I have blown into him of my spirits,
for karula, who serve God, then why does the law say my spirits this isn't
the spirits of law per se, a lot attributes our rule,
our role, our spirits that resides within us
as an act of honor and dignity,
a last panel with the added attributes it to himself. Imagine that is the position of the rule.
The rule that resides in a person
is sacred. It's special.
It's not the body that special. last panel data created the body of Adam it has Solomon says when I have created the body, and I have blown into this body of mind spirit.
So it's our spirits, but a lot of attributes it to himself as an act of on as a thing of dignity.
Just as a loss as of the garba This is the house of Allah. So it's an attribution of have. It's not a physical attribution, it's an attribution of honor and dignity.
So Allah has the budget tells us in this verse that the body is the body. When I have created the body of Adam, and I have blown into him of my spirits of mine, then you fall into frustration before him. Two things, the verse tells us that the body is not as important as the Spirit, the body larger sees the body, the spirits, a lot of attributes to himself. Allah has honored our spirits by attributing our spirits to himself. Furthermore, the verse tells us that a lot hold the angels to prostrate not to the body, but only to the spirits of Adam alayhis salaam when he was in that body. So what the angels were frustrated to was the rule of thumb is around, and not just his body.
So it's the it's the rule, which is the essence of life. The body is a cage, it's a wrap.
It's, it's not that important. This is why the router survived and lived before it came into the world. It will continue to live and survive after it leaves the world. And in order for it to make its journey through Earth, on earth through this life, Allah gave it a suitable body and carriage and wrapping. That's all.
The body didn't exist before
birth and it will disintegrate and deteriorate after death, the spirits will live on. It's a spirits which lives and in fact, we now know that even within this life on Earth, this body
is even more important than we thought it was.
Why the body continues to change.
As we grow old,
our heads even as children, our teeth fall out they are replaced. Once if we lose our teeth, we can replace them with false teeth.
enamel, silver, gold teeth,
we can lose all our teeth. And we have dentures.
Our hair falls out regularly throughout our life.
Our our bodies actually quite independent of our soul.
To the extent that
after death, even after physical death, when the soul leaves the body, some parts of the body actually continue to grow before halting and then deteriorating, and they are the hairs on the nails. It's almost like they have a life of their own.
So, hair falls out and is replaced, hair is cut and replaced, nails are clipped. And they regrow.
Our cells are constantly changing. To the extent that within a few months, almost all the cells of our body are replaced within a few months. So the body that we have now
is not the body we had a few months ago.
It's the same hand. But the cells that made up this hand, both externally as well as internally are replaced.
So physically, we actually undergo so many changes throughout our whole life. And that's why, how important is that body? Again, we can lose all our limbs, or most of our limbs, and weak those limbs can be replaced by prosthetic and artificial limbs.
They are now even talking about doing head we've already got heart transplants, but now they are even talking about head transplant transplants.
So Subhana Allah, so where where? How can you say this is the same person, the body is not that important. And through recent scientific discoveries and medical advances, we've learned that in fact, the body is even more unimportant than we thought it was. So what makes a person a person, it's not the body. It's the rule. It's the spirit.
Now, having said all of that, it's a sad fact that we have a tendency to pay far more attention to our bodies than we do to ourselves. We worship our bodies in the cosmetics industry is worth billions.
When we look at each other, we see only apparent beauty
and we fail to see beyond
the veneer, the facade,
the rapid the thin film,
we fail to see beyond apparent beauty and apparent and savoriness
even though Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself says in the law in our sawadee kumarakom
Allah will be Kumara Malecon, even Allah. Indeed, Allah does not look at your figures, your appearances and your wealth, rather, a law looks at your heart and at your deeds. So even the last panel who had the honor although he is the one who has given us these figures, and these appearances, Allah Himself despite having given us these figures, and appearances, does not pay attention to them or look at them. A lot looks beyond them to our hearts and our deeds. But we have a tendency to look only at the exterior and never been theory, we can't see beyond apparent beauty.
We don't look at the beauty of a person's character
ugliness of a person's character.
We pay more attention to just the external appearance. And that's with others and even with ourselves. The cosmetics industry is worth billions
people undergo surgery,
cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery,
they change their appearance, their complexion, their color, their shape,
not for any medical purpose, but only for cosmetic reasons.
We spend so much beautifying ourselves. scopes sculpturing ourselves chiseling ourselves. the fitness industry is worth billions. But even when it comes to fitness Yes, there is still a significant element of concern for
Health. So people resort to exercise and people resort to fitness and subscribe to gyms and go to gyms or exercise at home or outside with the specific intention of improving their health and guarding themselves against disease and ill health. But even when it comes to fitness, there is also a significant element of fitness for the purpose of beauty, fitness for the purpose of appearance. So to appear to be fit and chiseled and muscular, and attractive and appealing to us.
is even a phrase, your body is your temple worship.
So we do wish our bodies we lavish attention on our bodies, food, the
Food and consumption, determine everything.
Medicine is a huge industry.
But again, it's all just for the physical body, food and nourishment, again only for the physical body.
And this leads us to fast
when it comes to food,
we are obsessed with diets. We are obsessed with superfood.
And what do all these superfoods do? What do all these diets do? diets are designed to make you lose weight, or to make you eat well.
And this is where superfoods come in. The idea is that you can eat the same amount. But
the superfoods are excellent for unique nutritional benefits.
We pay a lot of money to buy foods that we think are good and will benefits us in a unique way because of their nutrition, nutritional benefits, regard them as superfoods, and we are willing to pay extortionate amounts.
We do so much for food, or we pay so much for food and formats. But again, all of this medicine and all of this nutrition is geared only towards a physical body. There is no consideration of the spirits. And this is where fasting comes in.
And specifically the fast of Ramadan. Allah subhanho wa Taala has prescribed fasting for is made. It's obligatory for us.
It's because for 11 months of the year,
we lavish attention on our bodies.
What would we think of someone who buys a car
never drives it spends all their time and money polishing it.
The exterior never drives it.
they are the drivers.
So the person is the driver. The person says I have a budget. I have a budget of 2000 pounds a month.
So 500 towards rent
300 towards bills.
I've got 1200 surplus. Now those 1200 pounds I need to use for myself food and drink. Do you know what?
I actually need those 1200 pounds for the car. So all 1200 pounds are spent on polishing painting. And looking after the car. person says for myself I'll start doesn't matter. We would think the person's mad.
Or a person has a dunk
and the person feeds the donkey but starves themselves.
What would we think of such a purse?
Doesn't need elaboration.
We may laugh at this person. We may scoff at this idea. And you may even sound silly for me to suggest it. But in reality this is what we do with our
lives. Allah has given us a body. That body is our donkey.
That bodies our cage. This body is our carriage. It's our wrapping. It's ours.
The real person is a spirits that resides within the body. Yet
for all our lives, we starve the body. Sorry, we starve the room. We starve the real me the real person. And we lavish all our attention, our food, our consumption, our nourishment, our nutrition, our care, our medicine,
all our wealth on the carriage, the external party must what we do.
Pay no attention to the
last panel with data Saison minha kalapana Murphy, Henry lucam, amin Hannah, rotten okra, it says from the earth that we have created you either dust
and to the earth we shall return.
And from the earth we should extract you once again.
Allah created us the bodies from the dust of the earth.
Allah subhanho wa Taala did not create.
In fact, the last panel who had the honor did not create our bodies
from any elements of the heavens.
They say that we are stardust.
Every part of us every sellers comes from this world, this universe. In fact, even Stardust, source parts of is maybe
constituted by particles that have come from stars.
Still, whichever galaxy or another part of the universe, that our cells ultimately come from
these the universal these universes, the multisense are still from the lower world
other than the heaven.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala has created our bodies from the earth from the lower
from the dust of the earth.
But the spirit of Allah subhanho wa Taala created the spirits the rule in the heaven.
Its place is heaven.
The place of the body is the earth.
And each beings nourishment
will come from its original source, the body was created from this world. So the food of the body, the nourishment of the body will come from this way.
or even meat, the animals feed on the vegetation of the earth. So whether we eat means, whether we fish, whether we eat vege vegetables, this food comes from this world because the nourishment and the support for each being
ie the body must come from the same source. Our bodies come from this world. The food and nourishment of this body will come from this way. But the spirit is not from this where it's from the heavens.
And the nourishment and the food of the spirits can never come from food and drink. It's alien to it. The nourishment and food of the spirits of the rule comes from the heavens, which is the Holy Quran.
It's a revelation.
It's a thicker of a large pan of water.
The rule is from the heavens, its food will also come from the heavens, the bodies from the earth, its food will also come from the air. And yet what do we eaten for every day of our lives, we spend all our time, our money, our attention on just the physical body.
We In fact, we don't have the means unless we pay attention to it to nourish our soul and our spirit. So what last hamariweb data tells us is
that for at least one month of the year, you will be forced
to starve your bodies
so that you can feed yourself.
For one month of the year, you will starve your bodies
so that you can pay more attention to feeding and nourishing and caring for your starved
All, this is the purpose of fasting.
And that's why for throughout the day, we are forced to stop drinking, stop eating.
Wow. So that it's not a form of punishment, but so that we can divert our attention away from our bodies to our spirits to our world.
And in the process feed our rule. So how do we feed our rule then? Okay, we may stop eating and drinking. But does that in itself automatically feed the rule? No. The idea is, that one's fast should be a good fast.
And what kind of fast
Allow me to explain fasting the word song or car both mean fasting, song or car OCR, literally and originally means abstention,
to refrain to abstain.
To desist to withhold,
stopping and desisting from with abstaining from
withholding from food and drink is our solvency and as I said the original meaning is to refrain and to abstain from anything.
So if a person abstain from speech,
just as Miriam alayhis salam, the mother have received no money and it was said on the last panel data quotes in the Quran, that when she miraculously conceived
Prophet Isa alayhis salam.
And she was fearful that I have conceived miraculously, what will happen when I appear before the P,
they will inevitably question me. So what do I say? So the last panel with the ANA said to her, go before the people. And if they question you, say, in the inevitable iraq man is Soma for an illiberal Yama insia
that, indeed, I have sworn a vow of silence, sorry, literally, the translation will be in Nina vertically Rahmani Salma. Indeed, I have sworn a fast for the gracious one Allah
for an O kundiman, Yeoman, see, so this day, I will never speak to me. Now, even this She didn't say she signaled because they had a tradition of a vow of silence. And that's why even today, in monasteries, in nunneries, where monks and nuns, Christian monks and nuns reside,
they have a tradition of observing silence, one of our teachers,
he, not teachers in religion, but he he was a teacher in normal secular subjects. He is an English gentleman. May Allah give him health and
piety in his remaining years is quite old now.
this teacher embraced Islam.
And he told us that he also spent time in a monastery.
And he says that we used to observe long periods of silence. So in those long periods of silence, we just could not talk to anyone.
So this tradition of observing silence, known as a fast
continues in Christian tradition, in monasteries and nunneries where they spend hours and maybe an entire day and sometimes even days, not talking to anyone The only conversation is with God.
So, Maria, Maria has said on the last panel with Allah told Indian adultery Romani, Salma say to the people, and even that she didn't say it verbally, but she did it by signalling and indicating and they understood because this was a tradition amongst them, that she has sworn a vow of silence. So Allah subhanho wa Taala calls his vow of silence sung a fast so that's what fasting means. Solomon siyam
originally just mean abstaining. So if you abstain from speech, answer fast if you abstain from food and drink, that's a fast so
last panel with Allah has
prescribed fasting for us. But fasting is not just in the sense of not eating and drinking, but it's abstention. It's refraining from everything which Allah subhanho wa Taala disapproves off. So a true fast there's not one we just remain hungry and thirsty. But a true fast is where you abstain from food from drink from haraam thoughts from her arm speech from her arm conversation.
from touching anything haraam walking towards anything, how long looking at some ogling at anything Haram, speaking or uttering a single haraam word, lending your ears to anything, how long? This is a fast so much so that there is even the facet of the heart and the mind that you don't think or dwell on anything displeasing to Allah,
the facet of the heart, you don't entertain any thoughts or any feelings, you don't harbor any feelings that are horrible. But there is purity, even in speech, even in thoughts even in listening, even of the throat and stomach, and even of the heart. This is what you call a fan. Otherwise or sort of loss allottee who seldom says and Hadeeth little beside him in Lisa home in cm e little jewel, that is many fasting person who gains nothing from the fast except hunger.
So the person observes the fall fast, and abstain from food and drink, but not from anything else. So what happens by the end of the faster sort of loss of love, it seldom says they've gained nothing from the fast except hunger, nothing else.
And so, this is the true meaning of the fast that a fast is an abstention and refraining
from everything which is displeasing to Allah, not just food and drink. Now when a person does that,
then through the purity of their heart, and emotions, through the purity of their mind and thought, through the purity of their speech and words, through the purity of their listening, and their conversations. What happens is that this clears the path and clears the way for the feeding of the soul. These good deeds feed the soul.
These good deeds lead to better deeds, the good speech leads to better speech. In fact, speaking about that word and the purity of speech, Allah subhanho wa Taala Satan sort of Azov and this is a third verse from the three verses of the football harmonica, which I alluded to earlier. Allah subhanho wa Taala says yada yada Dena Armand de la havapoo Olins de de
la hora, Sudoku first falls in Lima, Allah says, Oh believers,
be wary of Allah, that same word.
Be wary of Allah. All opponents of EDA and say, a straight word, ie make sure that your speech Your words are straight, proper.
What will happen if you ensure that your speech is proper and upright? last panel with Allah says,
Allah will make good and pious God. What that verse expressly expressly tells us is that if you can ensure that your speech is pure, Allah in reward and as a consequence, alone will make your deeds pill.
Or do you have to do is God your speech? A lot in terms of God God means
you speak well.
Allah will give you the field to do good.
You make sure your speech is upright and proper. Allow will take care of your deeds and make them upright and proper and pious.
And Allah mentions this purity of speech immediately after that what which means of law tells us Oh believers Be wary of Allah. I observed taqwa than Allah says guard your speech. Make sure you say an upright word. What this means is you make your speech.
an upright allow will make your deeds good and pious through the goodness and the piety of your deeds you will ultimately eventually attain.
So the route to taqwa is purity of speech,
purity of speech will leads purity of deeds, purity of deeds will lead to.
Everything has a cumulative effect.
One thing leads to another,
every simple thing, many of the brothers who
bells or matchless hair at times, they say that when we stop
so if we don't come once,
it becomes even more difficult to come the next time.
And if we don't come the next time, it becomes even harder to come again. Truly, every instance of missing
has a cumulative effect. It makes a subsequent absence easier and attendance difficult.
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for amendment outlaw what was said the snafus many civil Houdini,
what a member was stuck in our snafus and he acetal
whoever it is, law says for a moment APA, whoever gives in charity, what the
UN is wearing, I have a law or so.
And who attests to the beautiful thing ie the truth of Islam, the Quran? So he does three good things which are, it gives him charity. He observes the club, and he attests and testifies to the truth.
How does Allah reward him last panel with the essays for suddenly acetyl Julio, we should ease him into ease. And one of the meanings of easing into ease is that through the burqa, and the blessing of these three good deeds alone will give him that though fee and the ability and allow will inspire him to do even more good.
And then Converse The law says, What amomum Viola was southerner?
What could this ever be?
And whether it is three things the direct opposite of the first three, which is
instead of giving in charity, one member, whether it is stingy and withholds and doesn't give in charity? Number two, rather than be wary of law, what taco he is, he considers himself independent and needless of a lot and therefore heedless of a law.
And number three, the first one was sadaqa. Krishna, he attests and testifies to the beautiful one, ie the truth. This person he does the opposite, which is what can be built and he rejects and belies the truth. What will allow do in response to these three ill deeds, Allah says, For sumeria sudo hulan Ursula, we shall ease him into difficulty. And one of the meanings of ease him into difficulty is that these three il deeds have a cumulative effect and creates a momentum by which this person finds subsequent sins easier to commit.
Good leads to good ill leads to ill. A good deed leads to subsequent good deeds, sins lead to subsequent sin.
And each sin makes the Nexen easier to commit. Each good deed makes the next good deed easier to perform. And this is what happens in fasting. Allah subhanho wa Taala sayings that in sort of the reservoir will believers
Be wary of law and say, a straight and proper word an upright word, Allah will make good your deeds, the purity of speech needs to purity of deeds, and one Hadith led by man Timothy Rahmatullah la sala salaam, salaam says, All the limbs of a person
they repeat, every morning, all the organs and limbs and the parts of the body of an individual, they scold and rebuke, the tongue,
even the heart
and they say to the tongue, it ductular Safina for in the manner
that be wary of Allah
In relation to us, again the word taqwa.
The limbs actually say to the tongue every day, that our tongue
be wary of Allah. Because Be conscious and therefore cautious of Allah. Be aware of and therefore wary of Allah observed taqwa in respect of alone when it comes to us, why? For in the man a bit, for we are as you are
fitting this the under is the commoner we interact with judge there will judge, for if you are straight, we are straight, if you are bent, we'll
what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us in this heading, is that if a person's speech is straight, his deeds are straight, the person speech is bent his deeds.
So, everything has a cumulative effects and everything creates a momentum. This is why when it comes to fasting, it's not just about abstaining from food and drink. It's about abstaining from harm, speech, harm thoughts, harm feelings, when a person ensures purity in these things, Allah subhanho wa Taala creates purity and everything else, all of these good deeds have create a momentum of purity. And thereby, a person develops that we may not understand it. But a good, proper, clean and pure fast as it should be,
creates a higher level of consciousness.
In fact, before I continue, let me mention, as I've said before, that fasting has many unique benefits, many unique benefits.
In fact, doctors and medical practitioners have been known to say that when a person fasts, the body undergoes so many changes. It's like a different machine altogether. It really is. It's like a different machine. And here I'm talking about physical mental benefits.
It's like a different machine.
Even a car,
you put certain types of oil in a car, certain types of fuel in a car, it changes the way that machine operates and functions and performs.
And the body is highly intelligent.
The mind, as far as human beings are concerned, this mind
of just a few pounds of weight.
This mind this brain, in fact, I wouldn't say mind tells us about brain, this brain
is the most complex organism known to human beings in the entire universe. There is nothing more complex, more complicated, more intricate than the human brain. No supercomputer can match it in its complexity and interest.
It controls the body.
And when a person fasts, so many changes occur in the body and in the brain. That it's, as I said, medical practitioners and even scientists say that it's almost like the human body is a different machine altogether. It functions and it performs differently, it repairs itself.
And that's why some people argue that one of the physical benefits of fasting is that you can actually reverse a number of illnesses, including diabetes.
Many people argue that you can actually reverse diabetes through fasting.
Of course, it has to be done in a proper manner. And I'm not advocating anything in particular. It should be done under medical supervision and advice and guidance. But there are doctors who are strongly arguing now and even experts in diabetes, that you can fast and through fasting alone. Without any medication, you can reverse a disease as problematic as diabetes
because the body undergoes so many changes. And that's just the physical benefits.
mental benefits are mentioned before that fasting creates clarity of man.
It gives people
It makes people sharper, more intelligent. Rather than dulling the brain, it actually makes it sharper.
It gives a mental edge, it gives
acute clarity to the brain and thinking. And that's just the mental benefits. Now, these are the radical and remarkable physical and mental benefits. One can just imagine what spiritual benefits the last panel with Allah has placed in fasting.
And one of the spiritual benefits is that fasting, as long as it's done properly, creates a higher consciousness and the greater consciousness and awareness of a loss.
It creates a greater awareness of a law, thereby making a person more wary of law, which is that it creates a higher consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala, which makes a person more cautious of Allah, which is exactly what that one is. And this is why Allah says, Oh believers, fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you learn to look on the moon, perhaps you may attain that.
And I'll end with
a brief discussion about the main top of the main
theme of today's talk which is fasting Food for the Soul. So having said all of this, how does this translate to Food for the Soul or this is it higher spiritual consciousness, greater spiritual awareness,
good deeds, purity of speech, the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala a deeper stronger connection with Allah, that is Food for the Soul, that is food for the spirits and it cannot be realized
with our HeMan indulgences.
You know, we are so worried about fat clogging up our arteries and rightfully so. We are worried and rightfully so, about fat, clogging up our arteries.
About the impurities of food of excessive food and overindulgence
and overconsumption, gluttony, clogging up our vessels, our arteries, our organs,
which leads to our physical death, and rightfully so.
But we should also be concerned about junk food,
our roof and thereby extinguish and killing it off.
And that's what food does. gluttony indulgence, consumption. That's what it does. And this is why showerwall Isla del Rio de la had a, he describes the wisdom of fasting, and he does it so beautifully. He says, that last panel was
in a unique way, which is, Allah created angels from noon from LA.
And a lost cameraman with Anna made them search.
See, this is where that topic comes in. The body has been created from the earth, and
the soul has been created
and with no elements of the earth. Therefore the food and nourishment of the body will come from the earth but the food and nourishment of the soul will come from the heavens, and this can be instilled from the angels. The angels have been created only from not
only from lions, not from the earth at all. This is why they have no need for food and drink.
They have no need for food and drink. None whatsoever.
Their nourishment, and their support comes from the tasks that last panel with the other has given them and their tasks are the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala that obedience is their food.
That obedience is their nourishment.
That energy doesn't come from the sun or from the soil of the earth.
Often food or drink, their energy comes from the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
They never disobeyed a law, and they do only what law has commanded them to do. So there are some angels whose sole task is to do that the speed of a law. That's all they do that the speed of a law, they are angels who sold tasks is to monitor and observe. Their monitoring and observing may appear to be a mundane task, because it's the obedience of Allah. the obedience of Allah itself is their energy and their nourishment.
These are the angels, since they are only created from lions from noon from the heavens, and there is no elements of the earth in them. They have no need for food, drink, or sleep, or rest,
no need for recreation.
No need for recuperation.
No need for food and drink and no need for procreation.
On the other hand, Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah has created not all of what I have said is what shall Will you like explains he only explains the part that humans have been. Angels have been created from
light and nothing else. The rest was my explanation. And then
on the other hand, they are the animals, the animals have been created only from the earth
and no law.
No element from the heavens. So they don't have a rule and a spirit as we have.
So there is no element of rule or lights from them. So they they do not need any energy or nourishment from the heavens, they have been created only from the earth and therefore their nourishment and their
food and their support and their energy only comes from the earth.
And the last panel with the Allah has placed certain qualities in the animals, just as he has placed certain qualities and the angels and in the angels qualities appeal.
And in the animals, some of the qualities that have been instilled or the characteristics that have been instilled in the animals are the need for food, drink, the need for consumption, for
recreation, for kooperation. for procreation, they eat, they drink, they sleep they rest, and they procreate. These are engines. And then in between last parenthood Allah has created human beings.
And Allah has created us as a fusion of both. So on one hand, our bodies have been created from the earth. So we share all the characteristics and the needs of the animals. Our bodies need to eat, our bodies need to, I don't say we say our bodies our bodies need to eat. Our bodies needs to drink, our bodies need to rest. Our bodies need to procreate.
Not our souls, our souls do not need to eat, or drink or sleep
or procreates. These are the needs and the demands only of the physical bodies. But then Allah has also given us a rule
which is divine
in the sense that it comes from the heavens, and that we share with the angels.
Since that comes from the heavens, just like the angels, where does the energy and the food and the nourishment of the soul come from? the obedience of the law, the connection of law, the relationship with
it cannot come from these things from food and drink and rest. Now, the angels Allah has created only from and therefore they are static IE they are as they are, they don't change. The angels do not fall. There is no concept of the Fallen Angels in Islam.
There is no concept of a fallen angel in Islam. Angels do not fall.
Angels do not rise. They are as they are, they are who they are. The angel the animals are also static, in that they do not rise. They are as they are. We don't say about animals animals gone worse.
Or the animals have fallen
animals are as they are
They are beings and they remain as beasts, they do not drop they do not fall they do not rise, but in between Allah has made us. And since we share the qualities and the characteristics of both,
we then ended up swaying one way or the other.
If we continue to nourish and feed ourselves, and procreate and rest, and indulge in all of these things, to a greater proportion, we will sway towards the enemy.
And if we
have less of these things, and more of the energy and the nourishment of the soul, similar to the angels, then we will actually arise. And this is why the last panel with Allah describes some humans as will our economic will have a doll that these people are like cattle like animals, Nay, they are even more misguided. So, only humans are not static, only humans are not stationary, we are forever fluctuating and changing, and we can through our deeds. And, in fact, we through our choice of either nourishing our soul, with a with the obedience of Allah rise towards the angels, or
by over indulging and over consuming the same things that the animals consume, and sharing their characteristics, we can actually drop and fall to their level. And since we have a tendency for most of our lives, to eat, drink, rest,
indulge in recreation and procreation.
Last Chrono who would spend far, far too little time, if any, in nourishing our souls with the energy of the obedience of Allah Subhana
Allah azza wa jal has told us in the month of Ramadan, this is forbidden for you.
So even if you want to, we don't eat, we can't eat, even if we want to, we don't drink, we can't drink, even if we want to. We cannot
have conjugal relations
by abstaining from these things. And this also tells us that we shouldn't be sleeping through our fast either, all day long.
by refusing our bodies, these things, we open the way for nourishing and energizing our souls through the obedience of the law, and thereby rising
and giving life to ourselves. This is why fasting is Food for the Soul.
Allah, Allah has made fasting, a thing of great benefits, and not just physically and mentally, although these are secondary benefits which are welcome. But the primary purpose of fasting is duck and duck wa is greater awareness of a law therefore, the awareness of a law, the law is the greater consciousness of a law. Therefore the caution of a law and that's exactly what the law is. This is what the fast is designed to develop, instill inculcate in a person. And this is why fasting is actually food for the Food for the Soul Food for the spirits, which makes a person a better person, a human, more human, and a believer closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is what fasting is and
what it should be. But all of these benefits, only a crude, as long as the fast is a fast, which is abstention from everything pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And although it's permissible to eat a lot as a whole, and eat a lot at it far
an even better fast is one whereby a person controls their consumption even at several
and also controls their consumption even at if bar and such a fast will have an even greater benefits, both physically mentally and most importantly, spirit.
I pray that Allah Subhana Allah enables us to stand me Allah makers amongst those who spend the coming month of Ramadan in the best manner possible. May Allah make make our fasts beneficial for us in every sense of the word, and especially in our closest closest closeness to Allah in our gaining
Greater consciousness and awareness have a last panel with the other thereby leading to greater dakwah or some alarm will send them around. He would have sold into being hammered while he was in panic, Allahumma
Allah, Allah, Allah and Mr. Furukawa to wake