Last ten Days of Ramadan
Channel: Saad Tasleem
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Last ten Days of Ramadan: Saad Tasleem
Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.
Brothers and sisters, as we all know, we have made it to almost two thirds of the month of Ramadan. And now the last 10 days, the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan are upon us. And indeed these last 10 days and 10 nights are very, very special dates for us. We know this, obviously from the guidance and the Sunnah of the Prophet said the law of hiding the sedative. We know for example that I shall give up that I'd have told us about the process, that during these 10 days, he used to work hard, she says and unlike any other unlike unlike any other games. And what this working hard means is working hard obedience and worship.
And this, this narration is actually amazing. Because if you were to look at the life of the person sending them, you would never look at his worship, I send them and say he's not doing enough or he's not doing that much. You would always this how they're always looking at the worship center. And it was always the epitome of your worship. Who was yet Ayesha.
She says when the last 10 nights in the 10 days he his worship went to another level. And this shows us that it was indeed there was a difference between the last 10 days and the rest of the rest of the year as well. And so for us, our goal in these last 10 days, the last 10 nights is that we have to make sure that they are unlike any other days of the year. And I'm sorry, but I can't do for you is I can't tell you exactly what you need to be doing. I can give you some general advice, some general things that we can do in the last 10 days. But as for yourself, that's a personal matter that you need to judge for yourself. And what that means is you say yourself, well, in the last 20
days, I have been doing such and such and such, you know, maybe you've been reciting some on during the day. Maybe you've been praying your fogging for some time, maybe you've been adding to that, you know, prayers. And so during that first part of Oman, you have stepped up your game you have been doing board and the rest of the year. But these last 10 days, it has to be something more than that, whatever it may be on a personal level. So maybe you weren't praying your son knows, maybe you were just sticking to your felt presence The good thing. But in the last 10 days, you say, well for myself, my personal goal is that in these last 10 days, I've made sure that I pray all my Sooners
for my prayers. And even with the alarm, maybe you were reciting if you weren't reciting.
But in the last few days you saved yourself, at least recite half a page, or a quarter page or a couple items from the beginning, there has to be a difference between the rest of Ramadan. And these last 10 days and last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan. We know that our spirituality must go up. And we see this in certain actions that are more specific to the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan, for example, the action, the worship of teacup, which is to seclude ourselves in the worship of a wasp. And I know we tend to think of actually kalfas as coming into Michigan. And you know spending time with question and eating, and sleeping and fish and all that. And yes, that's
part of Africa. But the spirit of Africa is seclusion with a lot kind of attack, which is something that you know, during the rest of the year, we really don't get time for that. Our lives are busy, we have so much going on. We have our families and our relationships and so on and so forth. How much how much time we spend, we just ourselves and the last,
the last 10 days that you have to account. What that means is that we put everything else aside, we put our jobs, and our other issues of life and all that we take moments, at least moments out of our days and our nights. wanted to just
and I know we prayed
together and that is a good thing.
But my advice is that during the last 10 days, and especially during the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan, there has to be some prayers, something which is just between you and the law. Maybe it's just two hours that you pray by yourself. You're in your house, your family's sleeping, your kids are sleeping, your spouse is sleeping, and you wake up and just maybe just two short hours where nobody is watching you and you know that you are alone with what kind of Metallica specific to the last 10 days in 10 nights is
the Night of Decree or as some people call it the night of power. We know that they that was kind of the Avatar
This is hi Roman Russia is better than 1000 months. And what that means for us is that the worship that we do on later, this night is better than the worship of 1000 months. And this is supposed to motivate us to seek out later. And one of the traps that we fall into, as a Muslim Muslim community, is sometimes we will argue, and we will debate the exact night of maintenance. And
so some people will say, no, it is that night of the 27th. And we will say, No, this is the 29. Some people will say I saw signs, and I know that it was the 25th, and so on and so forth. It's kind of like every year, we see this discussion take place, and if you're online, every year, somebody posts something about saying, well, when really, is it really the night of the 27th? Is it really is it the 29th and so on so forth. And you know, that the point of
it is not that we argue over which exact night, it is supposed to be, you know, the scholars, however they look at this issue, they pose a question, they say, why is it that we don't have a crystal clear narration from the process, Senator, we said that night of the 22nd is made.
have done that, of course, a lot could have told us exactly not gonna make the same night every animal gone and told us it is the night of the 27th or tournament or whatever night. But the scholars mentioned a beautiful point that Blizzard
has on purpose. And what does everything offer, there's wisdom in it, everything that was
the last panel tiara on purpose, has left this matter to be fairly ambiguous why it is fairly ambiguous. So we strive on every single night, during the last 10 nights. If you were told for sure, it is the night of the 27th. What would happen if you probably just relax the other nights just hanging out. And then the 947, you would make sure you're in the Michigan, you would make sure that you pray all your prayers, which unfortunately is out of luck happens now. Right to worship a lot. And I'm 27 why because it's not a bad thing. It's a it's a good thing. But to leave out the other night and only worship a lot on the night of the 27th. That is what the problem. And that is why
didn't tell us the exact date is later other than the last 10 nights? Yes. Is it more likely to be in the odd nights? Yes. Is it more likely to be on the night between seven? Yes. Is it not? For sure? No. And the reason is, so we work hard every single night. That Yes, there are signs and we have feelings and so on and so forth. And some scholars are of the opinions parallel. And this is yes, it's a minority opinion. But some scholars have the opinion that Linda can differ from person to person, that a person may feels parallel that for them the night of the 25th to the 25th was made. And another person may feel that for me, the night of the 27th was a that was the best which
night was late. That's why so that we work hard in those last 10 nights in the last few nights of Ramadan, also from the Sunnah of the Prophet so long it will send them is to encourage other people to worship a lot as well. And you know, this is something which is almost lost is almost leaving our oma today. And that is encouraging one another, to be immediate to look encouraging one another to do good. And we have almost we're making Islam almost as a team, which is just a personal game, where we say you know my standards about my relationship with God. And that's it. And you know, that is one extreme regarding this issue. The other extreme, by the way is the person who goes around,
and hammers people with pets was right. everything you're doing is how we're headed and so on the other extreme, and we as Muslims, we have to find the middle path, where we invite people to goodness, in the best of numbers, we use wisdom, and we use knowledge and we invite people to goodness upon knowledge, but we don't stop inviting others to goodness, especially our families, especially those who are close to us. And this one, as soon as we know is I totally love that I once again tells us that not only did he stand and prayed during the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan, when
he woke up his family, he would encourage his family to wake up. And that is why for us. Our families are important. Our community is important. Our goal has to be that we make the last 10 nights as conducive as possible for not only our families, but our community as well. And the question that I will pose to myself, first of all, and the rest of us is what are we doing this Ramadan? To make sure that our mission is welcoming? To make sure that the worship was added we make it welcoming for people. are we calling up people and helping them come to the mission? Are we encouraging are we creating an environment where everybody
feels welcome in the session, because why not was the machine of the practice where every type of individual felt welcome in the machine. Whether it be the most pious person or the most simple person, every person felt that the machine is in place a spirituality of machine is a place where they can go and they can raise their Aeon. Unfortunately, sometimes we look at the question, and we think the question is only for those people were pious, only those people who worship a lot regularly. And if we see somebody who is outwardly sinful come to mission will look down upon them, will be judgmental towards them, we'll call them out. When we don't realize that this person may be
outwardly sinful, they may be in the most need of being in the mission, they may be in most need of the spiritual environment, we have to create an environment specially especially in the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan. Because as we know, more and more people flocked to the restaurant, there are people who come to the ministry during the last 10 nights of Ramadan, that may never come other times of the year. So our responsibilities, the regular mission goers, the people who come to the mission regularly is that we go out of our way to make sure that division is welcoming for them. We see somebody making a mistake, we see somebody do something wrong, if we're going to advise them,
we advise them in the most gentle way, we advise them privately. And that is from the steps of advising people. Sometimes you know, we're in a rush to advise people tell people right from wrong. And we forget that there are conditioned that there is wisdom and on how we advise people to advise someone publicly, for example, as one of the scholars said,
he said to advise someone publicly is to condemn that person. When you stand up, when we stand up in front of everybody, and we tell this person what you're doing is wrong. Please don't Don't tell me that this is advice. Because this is condemnation. If we really wanted to advise that person, we would take them aside, we would take them aside privately, personally, talk to them and say I noticed something that you did. And as far as my knowledge goes, as far as what I understand, this may be incorrect. Meaning This is something that we need to correct. That is how we advise people, that is how the machine has to be. And I'll share with you one quick story
of a man who comes to the machine, I'm better when
it comes to the mystery, not any machine, the machine of a pop is
the second most sacred place on the face of the earth. He comes to the machine. And in one narration, he goes to the side of the machine, and another narration comes to the middle of the machine. And he starts urinating in the machine, he starts urinating in the middle of the Michigan and the companion to the person and they're shocked to see someone come to the machine and start going to the bathroom in the middle of that machine. And they're about to get up and go stop him and
leave him Let him finish. Can you imagine the Sahaba nouns are witnessing somebody urinating in the middle of an ocean. And my son says no, don't stop him. Let him finish. And he finished his journey in the middle of the mission. And then it goes to him goes to this man. And he explains to him that kindness and gentleness when he says them, he's massagin. These are places of worship. These are places where we make the kind of walk on how we remember a lot when we were on we worship a lot. These are not places meant for the Jessa does not place is meant for impurity and filth. And now this person this better one, then you understand because you know what? From the perspective of the
veteran man and sometimes we don't realize this when we advise people, the perspective of the person that we're fighting from the perspective of the veteran man, that veteran lifestyle, they were used to urinating wherever they wanted. When you're constantly traveling, you're constantly out in the desert. You wait, whatever you need to sleep, you sleep, whenever you need to walk, you walk, whenever you need to go to the bathroom, go to the bathroom, they don't have different places for different things. And so this concept of a special place in which only worship is done, that was something strange for him. He didn't know that he didn't understand that. And I said, approach this
issue from his perspective. And that was what he said to he explained to him that, you know, you may not understand this before this, but understand that we have different places for different things. And this man is so happy that the restaurant explained to him in the kindness in the kindness way. They said, Oh, well have mercy on the hamlet and no one else. And he says no one else because he thought that everyone else is going to attack him. And he was so happy with the way some advice. Now my question to you is, how do you think we wouldn't react
if someone walked into our mission, Islamic Center American, ICM just started urinating in the middle of the ocean if you think we would have the patience.
Let him finish.
As a matter of fact, what happens when somebody's cell phone goes off, and no law protect them brother sister whose cell phone goes off and there's music on the cell phone, we might have a ruckus in the machine. But that is the difference between the sender and our recipient. And not to not to not to discredit our mission does a lot of good that happens here. But there's always room to improve. And this last 10 days, as I said, are the days in which we need to be hopeful, we need to bring people to the to the missions. And that is why sometimes we make our worship,
a type of worship where we get people to lose hope guilting people, reminding them only of their sins and not providing them the goodness that is in them. And you know, that is the job of the chiffon. It is the job of the Shia thoughts and beliefs, whose meat whose name it please actually literally means a loss of hope. despair, is the job of the chiffon to get people to lose hope. You're a bad Muslim, you're not good enough, you're never going to be better, you're never going to make it to 10, you're never going to be good enough to worship and so on and so forth. That's the job of the Shia bond. Our job is to encourage goodness in people is to give them hope. And amongst
those people is first of all, ourselves. We have to remind ourselves in these last 10 nights that our worship can very well read cisgender because as I said in the last week's talk, that is our goal, our goal with gender is not this specific acts of worship, it is to attain jedna we never know what action we will take what worship we will do in the last 10 nights that will grant us dinner. We need to strive hard, but we also need to have that hope, hope that was I will accept from us. Our worship was to accept from us our acts of worship, ask Allah to grant us and buses with a character similar to the character of the Prophet son love it said them will love