Ramadan 20214 #18 Virtues of the Last 10 Nights

Sajid Ahmed Umar

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The importance of worship in the 10-night cycle is highlighted, with the last 10 nights being the greatest of the year. The speaker emphasizes the need to be mindful of the season and avoid activities that lead to distraction. The speaker also emphasizes the importance of learning from past experiences and avoiding activities that lead to distraction. The speaker also discusses the importance of being dedicated to oneself and staying true to oneself, as it is crucial to worship throughout the application of worship.

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We are in a season of worship

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but we are about to enter a season

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of worship

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within a season of worship. And Allah throughout

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Ramadan is freeing people from the hellfire. Can

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you imagine what is happening during the last

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10 nights of Ramadan? In Ramadan, we detached

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from the dunya. In the last ten, we

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detached even more. Bismillahrahmanir

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Rahim Alhamdulillah wa salamu alaahu wa salaabihi

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wa sahabihi wa salaabihi wa salaabihi wa salaabihi

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wa salaabihi wa salaaba. We begin in the

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name of Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala and we

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request

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praises and blessings upon Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam.

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To my brothers and sisters in Islam, Assalamuallahu

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Alaihi Wa'alaikum

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peace. May His blessings. May His mercy be

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upon you all and welcome to another episode

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in our Ramadan

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series. My dear brothers and sisters in Islam,

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it's no secret that we are

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on our way to the last 10 nights

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of Ramadan. SubhanAllah. Already. And I remember in

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earlier episodes telling you that before we know

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it, a week will be done. 10 days

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will be done, and we will be doing

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this countdown to the last 10 nights.

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And because of that countdown, the last 10

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nights will just, you know, creep up upon

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us so quickly.

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And very soon, it will be the 21st

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night of Ramadan.

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So today's

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reminder

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is dedicated to these last 10 nights.

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Why are these 10 nights important?

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, he creates what he

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wants, when he wants, how he wants and

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ultimately everything belongs to him.

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And accordingly he raises in rank parts of

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his creation over others. He chooses SubhanAllah.

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No one has a choice in this matter.

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He has no partners in this matter. He

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created

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days of the week and he chose Friday.

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He made it the greatest day of the

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week. He did that himself.

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He created the months of the year. He

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chose Ramadan. He made it the greatest

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month of the year. He did that himself

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and he can. He's ultimately the creator. So

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he ultimately decrees

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and decides.

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And he created the nights of the year

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and he chose the last 10 nights of

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Ramadan

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and he made it the greatest nights of

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the entire

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year. It has virtues that no other nights

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of the entire year has.

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And within

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these last 10 nights he chose 1 night.

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One night and that night will be the

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greatest

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night

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of the entire year. SubhanAllah. Now scholars have

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differed. Is it a fixed night or does

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it move from night to night within the

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10

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as per the decree of Allah Subhanahu Wa

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Ta'ala yearly?

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And that discussion is beyond the scope of

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this reminder.

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What's important my dear brothers and sisters in

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Islam is to recognize

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that we are in a season of worship

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but we are about to enter a season

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of worship within a season of worship. Now

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what does that mean?

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Well, when Ramadan came and we discussed the

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season of worship arriving we said we really

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need to move the needle up in terms

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of our relationship with Allah and our application

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in connection

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the accelerator

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is pressed a little bit more.

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You need to press it a little bit

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more now. That's what it means. That needle

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needs to go even more

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further

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up

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Because we are entering a season of worship

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within a season of worship. The last ten

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of Ramadan

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is a whole

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new

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matter.

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SubhanAllah.

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And it's from Allah's mercy. And we discussed

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this also in previous episodes that Allah,

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He rewards us based on the strength of

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our endings, not the weaknesses of our beginnings.

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It's his mercy that he made these best

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nights of the year at the end of

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Ramadan, not at the beginning. So alhamdulillah, we

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have enough practice in terms of our fasting.

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We We have enough practice in terms of

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all these other ideals that we wanted to

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get into in terms of the various voluntary

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salah

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targets with regards to our Quran. And we

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spoke about quantitative versus qualitative

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targets in previous episodes. Alhamdulillah.

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Right? So we've got a lot of practice

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and movement and momentum here. All we need

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to do now is build on that momentum.

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Go into the last ten and build on

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it. So, what's required? Well,

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what's required

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is not to slow down during our day.

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Because the pious before us used to teach

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us if you want to have an amazing

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night you need to have a good day.

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It's a good day that gives birth to

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an amazing night because the night and the

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day are connected.

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If your day is righteous, Allah will assist

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your night to be a Righteous One. The

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Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam was amazing during

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Ramadan but even more amazing during the last

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10 nights. His days were amazing throughout Ramadan

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but his nights became even more amazing in

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the last 10.

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His wives tell us in particular Aisha radiaallahu

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anha

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that he used to spend the 1st 29th

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of Ramadan in the worship of Allah. But

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he used to worship and he used to

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rest. But when the last 10 came,

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his motives changed. Sallallahu alaihi wasallam. He stayed

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in the masjid and didn't come home. And

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he would tighten his belt meaning

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he separated from his family.

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And he stayed awake throughout the night. It

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wasn't a matter of worship and rest. It

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was worship, worship, worship.

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And he would encourage the sahadah

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to

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do the same. They would engage in this

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act of worship called Itikaf

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which is one of the value propositions

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that Ramadan

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brings to us. Dedicating oneself

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to the Masjid.

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Dedicating oneself to the Masjid to be dedicated

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to Allah. And this is important because if

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we go into itikaf with our mobile phones,

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then yes our bodies are in the Masjid.

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But itikaf is not just about the body

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being in the Masjid but the heart,

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the mind, the soul, the nafs.

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All of you being dedicated to the masjid

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for the sake of Allah. It's not that

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you're in the masjid but business as usual

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because you are coordinating with your mobile phone,

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surfing the internet as usual, social

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media

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processes as usual, and so on and so

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forth. It's about that isolation. That in Ramadan

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we detached from the dunya. In the last

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10 we detached even more. So if you

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can, if your circumstances allow, no doubt tikaf

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is one of the greatest acts that you

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can engage in during the last 10 nights

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of Ramadan. Now, the last 10 nights of

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Ramadan are special. In particular, the odd nights

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from

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these last 10 nights. And as we go

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further,

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some of the Sahaba

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considered the 27th night to be the night

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of Raylatul Qadr.

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The point is my dearest brothers and sisters

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in Islam, Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala

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He never wants us to worship Him based

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on a tick box exercise and He never

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ever wants us to worship Him just based

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on

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the minimal

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viable requirement.

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And it's from the tarbia of the Sharia.

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The Sharia raises us just like we raise

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a child with values. The Sharia raises us

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in certain matters. And also with regards to

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the last 10 that the last 10 is

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the last 10 so that we don't just

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engage Allah for one night and forget about

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him during the rest. But it's a process

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that brings to us a love to worship

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him. So worship Allah throughout the last time.

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Don't be picky. Don't be fussy. Right? But

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if you can't manage your timetables then look

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after especially the odd nights. But if you

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can, throughout the entire 10. If you can't

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then do as much as you can during

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the even but make sure you

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catch and capture

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the odd.

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And through this process you are engaging Allah

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throughout the process and nobody

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doubts this. That if you worship Allah throughout

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the last 10 then you will indeed

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catch the night of power and decree and

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virtue.

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And we speak about that just now. You

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will catch this night insha'Allah.

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So So it's not a case that you

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have to know it was the night for

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you to be rewarded for the night. No,

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my dear brothers and sisters in Islam. It's

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about the application.

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Even if you didn't know that it was

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the night, as long as you applied yourself

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your rewards are safe. Now in terms of

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Laylatul Qadr my brothers and sisters in Islam

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then

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it brings us the value proposition of being

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able to worship Allah for more than 83

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years for just living

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a portion of a day. Meaning a night.

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Imagine that.

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Nuh alaihis salam lived for over a 1000

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years and he built Jannah across that period.

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Allah is giving us the ability and opportunity

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to build Jannah spanning

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1000 of years

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for only still living between 60 or 70

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years in Baitanya. How amazing is that? We

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know how stressful life is. Let's be honest.

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If we had to live for a 1000

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years,

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I mean today the mental health meter is

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at an all time high. Imagine if you

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had to live in this world for a

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1,000 plus years. Allah is so merciful. He

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is giving us the ability to build jannah

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in an amazing way without

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being consumed

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by the difficulty of this life of having

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to live over a 1000 years. That's the

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value proposition of Laylatul Qadr. And Allah throughout

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Ramadan is freeing people from the hellfire. Can

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you imagine what is happening during the last

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10 nights of Ramadan? So this is Laylatul

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Qadr, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam.

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If you haven't brought yourself together until now,

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this is the time to do so. This

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is the time. Do not look at the

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past. We had an episode

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dedicated to burn in, don't burn out.

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Burn in and remain burned in. Remain

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stationed.

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Do not let the regrets of the 1st

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weeks of Ramadan or the 1st

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19 days of Ramadan

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or 20 days of Ramadan affect you. Just

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grab. Grab. If Ramadan came to us with

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gifts in hands outstretched

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brothers and sisters in islam, I don't know

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what it was to use to describe what

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Ramadan is presenting to us during these last

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10 nights. So all power to you. May

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala bless you, bless me,

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bless us all. Bless our Ramazan. Accept what

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has passed and

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make us inspirational

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people that aspire for greatness in what remains.

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We don't know whether we will witness another

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Ramadan, and we won't know if we will

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witness another laylatul Qadr. May Allah

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bless us to witness the night of power

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Until next time.

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Until next time.