Avoiding the Ramadan Dip

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AI: Summary © The speakers discuss upcoming events and programs for the Canadian context, including a webinar in the US and Canada, a tour of the UK and Canada, and a tour of the UK and Canada. They emphasize the challenges faced by Canadian Muslim individuals, including mental health challenges, social issues, and cultural differences. The importance of revisiting one's goals and shaping one's behavior to reflect on the presence of the Prophet sall culture and the importance of remembering the importance of shaping one's behavior to reflect on the presence of the Prophet sall culture. The team is rebuilding their curriculum and creating new products, and they expect a little bit of benefit from the pandemic. They also anticipate a little bit of upside in the second quarter and a little bit of benefit from the fourth quarter.
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Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh everyone I would estimate or you ministry apologies for not working with him the lack of blood I mean what are gone in that a lot I mean when I have to give it to my team a lot more slowly was said I'm about to kind of have the code so they can Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa salam and only he will suck me or send them to see with cathedra

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Welcome to our first webinar for European Canada in Ramadan hamdulillah and we chose this time to talk about the Ramadan dip just as we're getting into the 10th day now hamdulillah but I mean And as every year Ramadan is moving remarkably fast and this year is no exception to that have the dinar but I mean we're prepared to address this inshallah from multiple angles but I do first and foremost want to thank our co sponsor of this event Islamic Relief Canada since this is first and foremost Canadian specific events insha Allah Tada

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just to elaborate that European Canada has opened and have the dinar running in Canada, and we've been able to do joint programs with Islamic Relief Canada and so if you're in Canada today, then inshallah Tada we ask you to support our work in Canada and Dr. Nasir can elaborate a little bit in sha Allah Tada for he goes into his topic in sha Allah as to where we're at in Canada and what types of things are happening there?

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And if you click on the donate button, inshallah Tada, it will take you to Islamic Relief Canada's page, which is launching a specific campaign for European and if you're joining from other than Canada and have the libre I mean, we welcome you as well. We'll try to speak American English throughout this entire program, except for Dr. Nasir, I can't, I can't promise that he'll follow the proper process, but we'll do our best inshallah. But you're welcome to donate as well, Inshallah, there's a button for you. And we want to thank everyone for being so generous to you again, and to all the wonderful organizations and institutions that are out there. And again, special thanks to

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Osama relief Canada. So Dr. Nasir actually before we get into the discussion, inshallah Tada. Can you just talk a little bit about where are you in Canada is out now, just some of the things that have happened in Canada and what to anticipate.

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Sorry, de la Helvetica Viessmann Alfonso salat wa salam ala Rasulillah while he was the human Wallah, exactly the fair share from our for that introduction. So as Chef warmer mentioned Hamdulillah, we have launched European Canada. And, you know, initially, you might wonder, Well, why do we have a European Canada European Institute, it's global, we've got a website, people can access the material around the world. There's a lot of benefits of having specific chapters of European outside of the United States. So up in Canada is the first one that we've established. And what we're doing at yuping. Canada is, in addition to doing some grassroots activities, partnering with

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different masajid different Muslim students, associations, different Muslim organizations in order to empower those, those organizations. What we're also doing is we're actually developing content that is specific to the Canadian context. So we have mashallah a large roster and a large team of Muslim Canadian researchers researching subjects in Islamic Studies researching subjects that are particular to the Canadian Muslim community, that includes the topic of Islamophobia in Canada, it includes topics related to some of the social issues that are being experienced by Muslim youth, newcomers in Canada, different societal issues. So there's a whole bunch of different issues that

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we're looking at specifically in the Canadian context, we're looking at what are the unique challenges that are confronting Canadian Muslim Imams? What are the mental health challenges that are often presented to

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you know, imams and counselors and chaplains in the Canadian Muslim community? So there's a lot of content that is specific to the Canadian audience. There's a lot of events in programming that's also specific to the Canadian audience. So we've been doing speaking tours in Canada, we've been doing different workshops held a different masajid and then we have the we have conviction circles being run at our different you know, Muslim Students Association, Muslim schools. So all of this material that's coming to the Canadian audience is you know, we're very excited to be able to do this and Hamdulillah you know, it's something we've been able to do with the help of Allah soprano

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data and with the support of people you know, tuning into UEFI and supporting it being so humble that we're very excited with the progress that we've made and beaten into hit the ATA with Allah's plan does help and permission we'll be able to do a lot more as well in short on I'm sure on what's on and of course as we're also you know, trying our best inshallah Tata to make sure that we're benefiting the institutions and all the, you know, launching new programs in the UK in Canada, up in Canada.

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It also supports the overall mission of European global IT homed in on branding contributing to the the entire makeup of our global efforts. So yucky now is in the US and Canada, in Malaysia Hamdulillah I mean, as well. And we're blessed to be here with you today in Canada, so to get into the subject in sha Allah to Allah, the Ramadan dip, we can anticipate it, we can prepare for it. But once you start to experience it, you have to fight off all sorts of challenges, spiritual challenges, emotional challenges, mental challenges and think, Okay, how do I reclaim my Ramadan and it can really feel like it's falling apart very quickly if you don't adjust in very practical ways,

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inshallah. And that's the goal of this webinar today. I want to start off from the framing from perspective of the Prophet sallallaahu Salam and how he addressed in general things that often get lost the Prophet size, some talked about times that get lost as being the most blessed of time. So if you remember, when we talked about Shaban, the prophets I said, I'm said that that is a month you'll huddle NASA and that people become heedless of because it's between Roger and Ramadan. And so people tend to neglect the month of Shabbat, the prophesy some talked about the hours in the day that people tend to either be asleep or neglectful of and that a person who is in pursuit of Allah's

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pleasure should shine in those hours as much as they can to really try to gain the the full goal of of being forgiven in that particular day. How does this translate into the month of Ramadan? Well, first and foremost, every night of Ramadan is blessed. And as we're preparing for the 28th day of Ramadan going into the 21st night and then the the blessing last 10 nights of Ramadan, we have to remember that your night of being forgiven and Ramadan could be the 15th Night of online, it can be the 17th night of Ramadan, because every night every night, Allah subhanaw taala has people who freeze from the Hellfire in Ramadan. And that night could be the night that you don't, you know, you

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don't think much of in terms of its significance, but it's a night where you connect to Allah in a special way. And that's the night that Allah chooses for you to be forgiven. And so it's important to shine. And I'll mention one thing of our beloved mom in the house, or the longtime plumber, who who speaks about the presence of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and what that did for him spiritually and what it did for the companions, and to remind everyone that the Sahaba of the prophets, I send them what they experienced in the death of the prophets lie Selim. And before the death of the prophets, I saw them in extended periods of distance from the messenger, sallAllahu

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wasallam, is very instructive for us in terms of how we carry faith through times that are that are often lost. And so usually a hadith like the one I'm about to mention our narration like the one I'm about to mention, as mentioned after the Hold on, but I want you to think about it now in terms of capitalizing on the special time, he says that, He said, after the death of the Prophet slice on the Haganah

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we learn Salalah it was time for me to do a good deed now is twice as beloved to me than when the prophets lie Selim was alive. Because when we were with the Prophets lie, Selim, all we thought about was the hereafter. But now we're swarmed or we're flooded with thoughts of the dunya, where we're, we're flooded once again, with our thoughts of this material world. And so to shine in times where others take a break, where others sit back is special. But that being said, of course, we should be preparing for the last 10 Nights, it's a marathon. You hear us talk about this all the time, right? When it's when you're when you're in a race, you you have very intentionally times that

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you that you specify, for running a bit faster for taking not a break, but running at a slower pace intentionally to prepare yourself for the last stretch. And so these are all things that we need to take into consideration when talking about just like shut down as lost between Raja and Ramadan. And to all of our middle childs that are middle children that are out there. I'm sorry. You know, my wife is a middle child. I'm not a middle child. I don't know what that feels like. But they always talked about how the middle child gets lost. Consider the middle 10 days as the middle child of Ramadan. So we've got to cater to the middle child in sha Allah Tada and see how we can make the

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most of it. So Dr. Nasir, I'll start with you in sha Allah Tada again, just

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how do we revisit the primary goals of Ramadan? Right How do we how do we stay connected to the ultimate goals of Ramadan when we're talking about this mid Ramadan dip? And I'll welcome our sister sada sister says need to chime in as well and

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you're on mute Dr. Nasir. Okay, this one. So that's that's a great

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starting point because you know, as the month of Ramadan starts to progress, we really do need to go back and revisit our original goal and our original intention and the Hadith that I always like to to cite

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and remind ourselves us of is the Hadith of the Prophet from source and related and Sunnah nibin manager where the prophet muhammad sallallahu sallam said ruber saw him laser, the human CMV in the jar, Rupa him laser, the human pIane here in the south, that it may be that a person fast the entire day in Ramadan, and they get nothing out of it except for a lack of sleep, I'm sorry, they get nothing out of it except for hunger. And it may be a person stands the night of Ramadan and prayer and they get nothing out of it except a lack of sleep. So this is the the the scenario we don't want to fall into. Right? We don't want to fall into that scenario where we're going through the rituals

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of Ramadan. But our hearts are in a state of Grafana. Our hearts are in a state of heedlessness where we're not attentive to the actual goals of Ramadan. And so we're going through the day we're not we're just passively not eating or drinking. But we're not turning it into an active ribeye that we're not turning it into an act of worship of Allah subhanaw taala or we're standing the night in total, we're in pmla. We're just passively listening to the Imams recitation, and we're not actually making an opportunity for our hearts to come closer to Allah subhanaw taala. So how do we get out of that situation where we're just going through the motions with our body, and we're not actually

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experiencing the spiritual nourishment that Ramadan is meant to provide us. The way to get out of that situation is to go back to what Allah subhanaw taala tells us in certain Bacara when Allah subhanaw taala introduces to us the obligation of fasting and the and the month of Ramadan. So there's two goals that are mentioned in this passage, right? If we look at verse 183, to 185 of certain Bacara Allah subhanaw taala says, Yeah, you have the denominator quotevalet como Siyam come equity Valhalla Dinniman, publikum ly liquid upon. O you who believe fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you. Why? So that you may attain Taqwa. So that's the

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first goal that's mentioned Taqwa. And the second goal that's mentioned two verses later, is where I was prompted says when he took me in Florida, well, it took up the Rolla Anna Hidalgo, while I liquid cash karoun. So that you may complete this month of fasting so that you may magnify the praises of Allah subhanaw taala. And so that you may show gratitude so that you may show thankfulness. So these two goals I want to really focus in here on these two goals are taqwa, the mindfulness of Allah subhanaw taala consciousness of Allah subhanaw taala reverence of Allah subhanaw taala and fear of Allah subhanaw taala and number two is Shakur gratitude of Allah subhanaw

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taala. Coming to the first goal, how do we ensure that this month of Ramadan is a month in which we're actually developing Taqwa of Allah, subhanaw taala mindfulness of Allah subhanaw taala a lot of people, they approach goals in a way that I think sets them up for failure, which is that they approach their activities in Ramadan, or throughout the year as a list of tasks that they need to do. Okay. And if they're trying to sustain these tasks, then it's like juggling, you know, juggling balls, and eventually you start you dropped the ball, and then you blame yourself, right? Instead of looking at these instead of looking at them as repetitive tasks, looking at at your journey and

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Ramadan as a path towards Allah subhanaw taala with goals, and each step that you're taking is making progress towards your destination. So when we think about it, you know, there's the beautiful tradition that says Men Tessa, yo man who for whom a boon, if two consecutive days in your life are the same, then you've cheated yourself. You've you've you've lost out on a valuable opportunity. So every single day, we should be striving to be a better human being than we were the previous day, a better worshipper of Allah subhanaw taala, than we were the previous day, a more grateful servant of Allah, a better spouse, a better parent, a better child, every single day, we're trying to

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experience growth, rather than trying to accomplish a list of tasks. We're instead trying to look at what we can do to sustain growth in our journey towards Allah subhanaw taala and that's why the best schools to implement during the month of Ramadan are going to be goals that you're going to carry on after Ramadan as well. I have without money Allah Allah, Edwin will have one in fun, the most beloved deeds so Allah subhanaw taala are those that are done regularly, even if they are few. So rather than trying to read an enormous amount of Quran during the month of Ramadan without reflection without contemplation and then not participating in any upon recitation after the month,

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set yourself up with a goal that is going to be consistent, something that you're going to keep on doing after the month of Ramadan as well. The other important thing to nurture our connection with Allah subhanaw taala. That connection of Taqwa is to engage in more Doha during this month of Ramadan, to call out to Allah subhanaw taala to ask the last part

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Tala to supplicate to Allah subhanaw taala. And email had been cathedra him Allah He mentioned something beautiful in His Tafseer. He asked an interesting question, why is it that Allah Subhana Allah mentions the verses about fasting. And then before the verses about the regulations of Iftar, between the verses about fasting and the verses about breaking the fast, there is a verse inserted that mentions the virtue of dua, what you dasa Allah carry that the I need for in the body. When my servant asks concerning me that Verily I am most close, you might have been cathedra says the virtue that the wisdom behind that is that it is a hint for us of the virtue of dua before the time of

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Iftar or virtue of died during the time when once fasting. So a person is fasting, and then before the time that they break their fast they should increase in their donot told us to take a moment where you put aside the distractions, take a moment for yourself where you ask Allah subhanaw taala about the things that are most valuable to you. You ask Allah subhanaw taala for his forgiveness for His mercy. You ask Allah subhanaw taala to alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters around the world. So you take a moment decide to increase in Utah the more Duaa that we do, the more we feel our hearts drawn closer to Allah subhanaw taala The second goal that we mentioned is the

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goal of Shakur, Allah Allah contest Quran. And Shaka is something that is, you know, such a powerful theme that is mentioned throughout the Quran that we don't contemplate on as much as we should the concept of gratitude. It's something that is mentioned 75 times in the font. We are told in the Quran that prophets may die Talas pantalla to make them more grateful Rubio's ziani Ash called NormaTec Oh, my Lord enabled me to be more grateful for your blessings. Gratitude is something that recently the field of positive psychology has paid more attention to as well. In research that was done in at UC Berkeley, on the on the subject of gratitude, the positive benefits of just writing

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down things that you're grateful for. They noted that the people who did this regularly practice gratitude regularly, they experienced so many physical benefits such as 10%, lower risk of stress related illness. They found that people with high blood pressure because of stress because of stress, were able to lower their blood pressure by 12%. Just by practicing regular thankfulness. They found that youth who practice gratefulness on a regular basis are 10 times less likely to start smoking 20% more likely to get an A in school, all of these physical benefits just out of practicing gratefulness regularly and what's even more amazing is that Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the

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pond, what if then Rob will come in shaker tumbler as either the niqab the more we think Allah subhanaw taala, the more Allah Subhana Allah gives and gives and gives to us. So taqwa and Shaka, mindfulness of Allah, subhanaw, taala. And gratitude, these are really two essential values that we need to ensure that we cultivate during this month of Ramadan. And so that's the important thing, in order to have sustained growth, we need to go back to the sources of motivation. And that's the goals that we're trying to achieve during this month of Ramadan.

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So I can look, I would either you like to chime in on that.

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I just wanted to add, something that you you said that really rang true personally to me is that a lot of times we have a whole set of tasks, we have all of these things that we've you know, set out to accomplish. And sometimes what happens is that those goals become just that, right, they become only tasks, where we're just trying to knock it off our list that we have time comes, alright, just gotta get in through a few guys, I just got to get this over. Once I get to sleep and you go to sleep, I just got to get up so I can pray, you know, pray to the guys eat support, go back to sleep. And we go into the sort of mechanical phase where we lose the value if we lose that question of why

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are we even doing any of this? Right? So a lot of times, it's really important to just stop and ask ourselves before we engage in what is a task? Why are we doing what we're doing? And are we getting what we want out of that? So it's a good reminder?

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Absolutely, not just like Mohite um, I think also what was coming up for me, as you were talking about all of these points was the importance of intentionality, right? Like you're discussing the importance of the intentionality of the actual act of worship. And I think one thing that I find really powerful is transforming the everyday acts during Ramadan into acts of worship as well through intention. And so it can, it can go both ways, you know, you do this act of worship, and it doesn't even count for you because the intention is not there. You've lost sight of the purpose, you've lost sight of the goal. But the opposite can be true that something that's just so it seems

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so minor, something that seems really mundane, can then in the same way, become an act of worship, through that same intention. So I think it's a really powerful way to incorporate passing that into our daily

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Life in Ramadan in chama

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sister Surah Wilds with you. Can you talk about the sense of disappointment that people have in themselves. So you have these goals and Ramadan that you have and you don't meet the goals and you hear them reemphasize once again as the primary goals of Ramadan, but you don't feel like you're getting anywhere closer to tough or shellcode in the in the grand sense. And you also see that you're falling short on some of the very quantifiable goals that you set for yourself in the beginning of Ramadan. Can you talk a little bit about the disappointment? How to deal with the disappointment of that? Absolutely. Does that allow height on Bismillah? You know, this is every

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single Ramadan, this is a conversation that comes up with me and my fellow mom, friends, you know, like this is something that is a constant discussion where everybody is incredibly hard on themselves, because they haven't read enough Quran because they haven't done all of the different things that they were intending to do during the month of Ramadan. And I'm sure a lot of people listening in have that same feeling of disappointment. And it's not just from this lack of motivation that comes as we kind of reach the middle of Ramadan and lose a little bit of steam, but there's sometimes a sense of loss and failure that, you know, feeling like I'm not honoring Ramadan

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in the way that I had anticipated I would. Right and so, you know, if once we've reached this point of disappointment, like a lot of us do, I think it's very important to exercise some self compassion, and use this as motivation to move forward rather than expending energy in holding yourself back. And what I mean by that is, you know, we tend to focus on what we failed at in the past, even though that's not changeable. Right? So we put in a lot of energy into regretting the things that we can't change, rather than putting energy into focusing in on what we can change, which is the present moment. And in reality, you know, like shahada was saying about every night of

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Ramadan is a blessing, right? Every moment of Ramadan is a blessing, right? And every moment is a new opportunity to make a fresh choice in what we're going to choose to do. So it's a gift from Allah s pannacotta, that we have the opportunity to grasp and Shama. So channeling our energy to ask ourselves in focusing in on them now, what can I do now? Rather than on rather than focusing in on what I think I should have done then? Right. So focusing on now rather than then. And you know, there was also SLM talks about this and he provides the antidote to this type of thinking where he says that if anything befalls you don't say if only I had done such and such, he says rather say a

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little low Amisha FYI, the alleged PanDa has decreed whatever He wills, and he has decreed something and whatever He wills he does, right. And so this is and then he also says that if opens the door for shaitan, right? Because it just it that's how we lose our time is we're too busy thinking about all those ifs, and we don't take advantage of the now the other thing that I think is really important is prioritizing, right? When we're feeling this sense of disappointment, in what we have not accomplished. Allowing ourselves to focus in on our priorities can really help with this, the start of the Hadith that I just mentioned about not saying if only I had done this in this, in that

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in that hadith, but also Selim says strive for that which will benefit you, it had all Salama and fog, right? And then he says, Seek the help of Allah and do not feel helpless. Again, antidotes in these in these situations, where if you focus on what's going to benefit you, you reassess your goals to prioritize that which is most beneficial for you personally and connecting to others pannacotta. And then in seeking the help of others pans out every act of worship, you know, that we do is accomplished due to the will of Allah subhanaw taala and wanting in, in us wanting to get closer to him and him wanting us to get closer to him as well. And then not to feel helpless, right,

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the moment that we start to feel a sense of helplessness, and powerlessness, it takes away our chance for creating new change. So instead of using the past days of Ramadan as a form of regret, use it as a form of like a learning opportunity to now you see, okay, in the past 10 days, I thought I was gonna be able to read a full Joseph Quran every day, and not once in the past 10 days has it been feasible, you know, because of your work schedule, because you're a parent to young children because of whatever circumstances might be happening. And so now, you have these past 10 days as data basically, to figure out, okay, if I was not able to do that, then what am I able to do because

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sometimes it's just as important to know what is not feasible as what

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is feasible, right. And so instead of continually seeking this impossible standard, and it's good to have high goals, right, but an impossible goal is just going to leave you feeling really disappointed, and is going to actually prevent you from continuing to strive and continuing to try.

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And so, you know, like, when, when little suicides LM is saying, you know, don't don't feel helpless helplessness, you know, in this type of situation, a lot of times we fall into this category of what's called All or nothing thinking, where we think if I can't do it perfectly, then it's, I'm just not going to do it at all. And so, you know, I would challenge you to say, you know, okay, if you're 100% is reading a full dose of Quran a day, and that hasn't been feasible. Alright, what does 10% look like? What does 20% look like? Because something is always better than nothing. And a lot of times that something can grow into a lot more.

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The little salsa lamb, when he was approached with with, you know, this, this woman who said that, you know, she's a woman that never sleeps, because she's constantly praying. And I also saw, Selim says that you have to, you must only perform deeds that you're capable of doing. Right? So doing and he also encouraged us to do deeds properly, sincerely and moderately. Right. So, so even if the goal isn't quite what you wanted, originally, right? I actually went through, I went through the Quran, I was like, what if, you know, you only read half a page of Quran a day, I went through half a page from Citizen Bukhara, and I counted the letters on half a page before I realized that I could just

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multiply a line, you know, but I went through and I counted them. And, you know, there were 288 letters on half a page of Quran and I calculated it, and that's at least if you multiply by 10, for every one letter, you get 10 has an ad that's at least 2800 has an ad. And if in Ramadan can be up to 700, or even more, which would be 201,600. Good deeds, for reading half a page of Quran, right? So it's not nothing, you know, it is definitely something.

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And then the the other thing, which I had briefly mentioned, in, in response, before about the idea of doing things with intentionality, right, focusing in on the things that are your strengths, personally, that allows pathauto created different paths to Jenna. Because He created us differently, he created our circumstances differently, our personalities differently, right. So we each have different strengths, because of our circumstances. So if you're a parent, you know, quenching the thirst and hunger of your child, with the right intention is incredibly rewarding, right? You know, we we've heard the Hadith about the man who never went to bed angry, and that being

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something so rewardable treating our neighbors with kindness, so rewardable, right, so reconsidering our daily life, and considering the ways that we can transform these parts of our lives, with intentionality to make the things that we're already doing into acts of worship to us pack that up.

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And then the last thing I just wanted to mention, which I think is very important to realize, because I think a lot of us are trying to do things through willpower alone, right? Like we have these goals and we say okay, I'm gonna get up and I'm going to do this. In reality willpower almost always fails. And there's research that shows this and so what research has found that's actually really effective is habits so associating acts of worship like attaching an act of worship that you want to increase in to something that is already a habit is going to make it a lot easier to stick with it. So you know, whatever is in your daily life as a habit so for me you know, it's things like

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washing dishes and doing laundry and you know, things like that with with with kids around and so for me I said okay, if that if I'm already doing that then what act of worship Can I attach to that time so that I don't forget it so that it becomes a part of my daily life and so victor would you know that was that's my routine now. I hope inshallah to keep it that way that it's associating them with something that's already endless, which is dishes and so that the addict can then be increased in Shama.

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So creating you know, creating these habits and attaching them to already current habits, so it could be things like looking for signs of illness pandas

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you know, His mercy whenever you you whenever you hear your child laughing, making it a point to think oh, this pans out for his mercy. Whenever you see your food on the table or in the fridge thanking Allah has that ever has provision, things that are already being done on a daily basis? If you attach it to that it can be

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A lot easier and Shama

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would like to chime in on that.

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You know, one of the things that came to mind, as we were listened to that beautiful point about about the different types of very bad that right the different types of worship. There's a hadith in Sahih Muslim, where the prophet Muhammad stressin was traveling with some of his companions on a journey. And some of the companions were engaged in a voluntary fast, and the day was very hot. And some of the some of the companions chose to break their fast and the ones who were fasting were too weak and fatigued to do any of the chores, while the other ones these pitch the tents, the water, the mounts, and they, you know, they they prepared everything. And the Prophet Muhammad SAW some

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said, there have been mostly Runa, Yama villager, right, those who broke their fast, they were the ones who got, you know, the edge of the reward. And it just reminds me that, you know, in, in a household where there's so many chores to do, right, looking after the kids preparing food, for the bar, cleaning, doing the laundry, all these different chores, people have to share the burden to realize these are also acts of a bad death, right? It's not that one person gets all the time to recite the Quran and, and do their, you know,

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spiritual reflection of the other person's doing all the chores, no, these are all acts of a bat that, and we have to, you know, share in them in order that we all partake in that reward in Szentendre.

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Gentlemen, if you have nothing to add, it's actually the perfect transition to what I'm going to be taught.

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So I don't even need to ask you the question, right? Just, you know, what are? What are the different ways we can keep ourselves involved in it, Bob? So how do you switch it up? So just go ahead and make your

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Yeah, I think that exactly what both of you you had shared in terms of changing era by the changing routine, is one thing, but also, knowing the value still remains in that change of worship is very important. And one of my favorite discussions on this topic comes from a book by Yemenis in his book modality Seddiqi, in where he talks about the four best types of worship, and they sort of build on one another. And he culminates with what he argues I guess, and what I would believe to be the best form of worship. So he starts up and says, you know, the first type of worship that people, you know, categorize themselves in, the habits they fall into, are those types of people that they look

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for the hardest challenge, right? You know, whatever it is, that makes me so thirsty, whenever it makes me that, like, I'm going to stay up all night and pray, whatever it is, you know, I'm going to read all that they enjoy, that their souls feel refreshed, by pushing themselves to the limits, right. And then of these forms of worship or something bad, right, any form of worship taken in moderation is is fantastic. He's just describing them talks about the first one, right, and there's probably a lot of us out there that this will dawn, it might be your first time going for anatomy, it might be your first time trying to do a focus now where you're reading the Quran from cover to

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cover. These are things that are challenging for a lot of people and don't undermine that, right? That's that just because someone else might find something easy, and you're struggling with it, we know from the prophecies that of himself, that you are actually getting more reward. And so this group of people love to challenge themselves to do things that really pushes their soul to the limits in order to experience you know, to order in order to really tame their, their neffs their self, and gain that discipline, in order for in seeking Allah's paddles pleasure, and hopefully, the harder the effort they put in, the more reward they get. So there's, that's the first type. The

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second type are the people that person would like to, you know, abstain from the role they want to renounce their engagement with with the world, they want to sort of cut back on a lot of things that they've done just so they can engage in indicative last high data so that they can connect with us Pattana in a very intimate level. Now, I think all of us fall in this category. Now, nowadays, right? We are forced to sort of be put in this place of Brennan's you know, worldly renunciation. And guess what, this is a great opportunity to sort of experience this different form of worship. And for those of us who are, you know, very active in terms of going to social gatherings and doing

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things that are outside of the realm of, of, of strict vicar, this is something is opportunity for us to say, you know, hey, let's give this a shot and experience the pleasure that a lot of people experience from connecting with hotspot data at this intimate level.

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The third type, and I think a lot of us, again, might fall into this category are those who love to benefit others, right? So they they spent, they value so much the word that type of worship type is bad, that type of pleasure, last part that it gets when you're in the service of others. So those of you volunteering, what

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That's distributing maths, whether it's good making sure people get food, whether it's, you know, doing anything to serve the community, sort of what you think to be on the other end of the spectrum from the category above that, that they really abide by, you know, the concepts of a deadline, a critic of it, though, the one who, who leads someone to good is the one, you know, is the one who does it right that men die that would that mean, I mean, the whole kind of human illegitimately that whoever leads someone to what is good, what their guidance here gets the same exact reward. So they're engaging the community, they're providing those services as a Muslim, they're doing good in

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the name of Los Pattana, in hopes of representing Islam in hopes of, you know, being that that source of hope and guidance for others. So it's not, they're not necessarily spending their nights in the masjid praying, and not necessarily reading, you know, pushing themselves to read the most difficult, ah, remember, is it difficult if they're spending their time in the service of others, in hopes that that service is a means for people to come closer on data as a means to come closer to snap. And now finally, the best for last, according to Nokia, is that they're the type of people who do what whatever, whatever the time and place call for this show was Jehovah had talked about

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earlier, is that, what it's time to worship, when it's time to do you know, focus on this and really get intimate with that, that's their time, they're going to take advantage of it. When it's time to push yourself to read Quran, Quran, it's difficult to memorize, to hit your, you know, not hit the snooze alarm to get up for tahajjud. They make that time they make that effort when it's time to benefit others when it's time to, you know, to go out and get back to the community. They're there. And really, this is this is something that, of course, is what we all want to aim for. We don't want to limit ourselves to one form of worship. And we want to be able to explore different types of

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worship. And this is particularly important and relevant now in Ramadan, because what happens is that we've probably spent, you know, day in and day out for the past 10 days just reading as much as we can, or really going in hard for 10 a week, whatever it is that one thing that we've been doing super consistently, but now we're starting to get to that peak and think to ourselves, like, Alright, how long how much longer can I last? I can say it first today, I felt it really badly. You know, I woke up tired and thinking to myself, Alright, I gotta keep this momentum, what am I going to do. And so when it comes to example, for example, to Quran, you know, not just approaching the

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Quran, for what for, for, you know what the Quran is, but spending time aligning time for specifically for reflection. So maybe you've been reading a juice every single day, maybe you've been reading half a page, but we're going to say, You know what, for the next 10 days, I'm going to cut back, I'm going to do my 10% 20%, whatever it is that you think you can manage moving forward, and I'm going to spend an extra few minutes. Instead of you know, that time I spent trying to get through a hole just I'm going to replace a few minutes and just think about what what are these is trying to tell, you tell me, I'm going to watch 30 For 30, I'm going to read a tough scene, I'm

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going to do something to really cultivate that experience on a different level, you're going to change it up, right. And also

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what sort of mentioned in terms of the battle when it comes to your family and doing typical chores, this is something that we undermine a lot, I undermine a lot, right? When it comes to calling checking in on your parents, when it comes to, you know, doing things for your family, for your spouse, for your children, that it's literally a bad it's, you're actually getting aged for it. And so again, so the type this category, that the person who basically morphs to whatever the time in place calls for, when it comes to you know what, I gotta spend an hour cooking, or I've got to, you know, go clean up, I'm doing the dishes, I'm doing the laundry, when you have that intention when

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you know that this philosopher data, that that's the best form of worship that you know what, what this time of day calls for with this time of week, whatever it is, and you accept that and know that last pantalla is rewarding you for that.

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And so everything that you do every time in place, right, when you wake up in the morning, there are certain things that are better, sometimes that that best is doing a call sometimes that best is making the bed right? So being weary always thinking about what Where Am I Now what time is it? How can I be the best person, the best servant to those around me and therefore the best servants Allah span data. So really changing it up in a way and knowing that change does not mean you are now doing less or less form of a bad, right that it's still just as great in the sight of loss Fantana and I want to conclude with this point here that the name says you know about this person about this

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fourth category is that when you look around, you see the scholar sitting around you see that person with them. When you look around and you see that person going out to the community and feeding the poor you see that person with them. When you see people doing Victor in a circle of Victor doing Victor by them.

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So you see it you see that person there. And when you see people donating for you know donating to charity donating to causes that are needed. You see that person there. So it's so important when the time and place calls for it when we're together, trying to support a really good cause trying to support our spirituality nourish our souls, we want to be where the place in time call for.

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And that's, that's it no claim on him. Allah said right that that most beloved action to Allah subhanaw taala is the one that is best prescribed for that place or time and how to love right now. I think that as we're going into these middle 10

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It's very important that one thing that you all emphasized was some form of the right some form of remembrance, and I think it's probably the most

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underestimated form of Ariba in general, and especially in Ramadan because you can do wicked in so many different ways reciting the poem as a form of ridiculous Eliza form Vicki washing dishes and doing Vicki walking and doing ticket I'm tired if I'm laying down and I'm trying to get my midday nap in I can do VIP kid until I fall asleep and then do VIP kid when I wake up orienting ourselves towards the kid and there's a very beautiful St from Amazonia Allah ties recording in Behati that a tisby and Ramadan sang Subhan Allah one time in Melbourne is 1000 times more affordable than it is outside of Ramadan. And you have these letters in the Quran which is very empowering. Subhan Allah

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fell short of Michael anvil. And I can still look back and say well handled that still amount this wiser don't accept. Keep your tongue busy with vicar. Keep your heart busy with the presence that's necessary for the moments keep your thoughts engaged in gratitude. And keep your eye on that prize. Right? This is all done Eliza brought us here to accept it from us within it Tada the same spirit. You know when you say alum and that kind of fool one to hibel Alpha 510 Allah Mina, California kitty when to hit with alpha for any Oh Allah, you are the forgiving one, you are the generous one you love to forgive. So forgive me, though that is the dua that is most beloved in the last 10 nights of

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Ramadan. That is the spirit that is throughout the month of Ramadan and our relationship with Eliza that Allah did not bring me to this blessing season except to forgive me, so long as I hold up my end of the deal. And I'm going to keep on trying and adjusting and trying to make my best effort. So you know, don't be too down depressed feel low about your goals not being met, because you never know how long the goal of forgiveness might have already been achieved. Allah conceals that from us to keep you active. Right? So you know when you read about those a hadith about the small deeds that got someone's agenda when they weren't even thinking about, you know, that man that was walking on

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the street did not think, right now if I remove this harmful thing from the road, do you mean to tell me that I get done? He just did it. Right. He did it he made the intention to do something pleasing to align here remove something from the road. And the profit side some said he strolls in Jannah now, right? So the goal is the forgiveness and pleasure of Allah. And we have a lord that loves to forgive. And to show His pleasure to his believers, he wouldn't have brought us here. And that's our husband, Yvonne and a lot of good assumption of Eliza without without wanting that for us in the 90s data. And so we pray that that will be the case. Does anyone else have anything to add to

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what sister just need just to share?

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I just want to I want to say because I can look right into to both the both of you for the reminders that you shared. I as I'm like sitting here, I'm like, we should do an infographic for moms. We like these things that you all are sharing because it really made me feel great. Hearing all of these different things, mashallah, I think that the idea of that level that sister Tiffany, we were mentioning, the imminent claim was saying about, it's all about addressing the need, right, like addressing the need in that moment, and what's most beneficial and what's most necessary, you know, because, you know, even if, if there's something that somebody in our lives or something that is a

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huge need within the community, or whatever it is, that needs to be addressed. But instead, we are looking towards something else, because we imagine that to be better. It's, you know, it's, it's the idea of taking in the opportunities that allows time data sends us rather than waiting for the opportunities that we thought we should have, you know, to worship Allah subhana data. And so that's what it reminded me of is that electronic data sends us all of these amazing opportunities to worship him, but sometimes we let them go. And it goes back to what Dr. And as it was saying about heedlessness are sometimes we let them go because either we don't notice them. Or we dismiss them

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because they don't come in the form that we anticipated. Right. And so I think one of the keys is, you know, look

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For the ability to worship all those parts that are in the way he's sending us in the opportunities that he's sending our way. And that's so that's what I was taking from what both of you were sharing their

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sister saw. And I'm gonna just kind of I'm gonna ask both you and Tasneem probably about this.

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But if you could just share you know, you've been hamdulillah your fellow European and you've worked on some incredible resources for people at you know, pain, the trauma series, and as soon as COVID broke out,

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yourself and sister Najwa co authored numerous things Dr. Rosemount emerging Dr. Nasir as well. And there have been infographics that have been made out of them things of that sort, because you kind of give a snapshot as to what's available at up for people to sort of cope with their mental health and particularly as we're in this era with Ramadan.

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Absolutely. It's been, it's been such a, you know, an honor to be able to participate in this. And it's been a very moving experience for both, you know, Nigel and I have talked about it very often. And Hamdulillah, you know, our so we we were asked by Shri Halima to write this, the trauma series, because we had come to the realization that there was a huge link between trauma and faith, people who had experienced a lot of trauma in their lives, their face had gotten shaken, right. And so mashallah came stepped up as usual, to, to address the to address the need to alleviate the doubts that could arise because of psychological reasons. Right, not always the faith based reasons, but

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knowing that sometimes doubts is, you know, are not about the state of your heart, but more about the state of your mind. Right. And so and so that's what that resource, it's, there's still a couple of pieces to be released in that series. But I think altogether, it's gonna be about 1212 pieces in that series, all addressing different ways that, that trauma and different negative thought patterns can impact can can yield thoughts, faith based doubts in us and addressing it from a psychological and Islamic perspective?

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May Allah bless you. And of course, not only did y'all produce those pieces, but the creative team turned them into animations and infographics that are specific to the COVID era specific to from Alon, and coping with stress and moving forward. And that's something that we try to do, we also have a draft book that was written, which is incredible for your as supplications. For times of hardship and anxiety, it's a it's a thorough book, it's got explanations, right for each job, like Occupy why it's beautifully done, designed and Schulen. It's a free ebook that people can download, and SR Tasneem. Can you talk about, you know, Academy conversations, conviction circles, classroom,

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all the different things that people can be engaged with the pain right now, in their homes, their institutions, their communities, their families, and as individuals?

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Yeah, no, hamdulillah it's, it's actually really exciting. You know, the papers that we've created, we had a lot of different, you know, big picture ideas in mind, we're going to create curriculum, we're going to create conviction circles, we're going to create all of these products, where we're providing it to communities that are coming the gathering and meeting. So when you know, all of this, this sort of lockdown happened, it was incredible, the ability for the team to sort of rebound and revision, how these different products can be used differently. And so right away, you know, a curriculum that we've been working on for the past year, that is meant for full time, Simon schools

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or weekend schools Hamdulillah, we're able to assemble a whole team and provide an online class teaching that very curriculum. So we have our own teachers we have, we were able to switch the whole formatting. So it was online friendly, right? We had a lot of activities planned that were meant for, like for students to come together in classes and having posters on, you know, where you're walking and moving around. But that, you know, a group of volunteers came together and said, Listen, we'll take it, and we're going to switch everything so that even if you're sitting at home by yourself, you can still benefit just as much. And so now every week, we have a classroom session,

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where we teach the acclaimed curriculum, which is based on European publication. So it's a really incredible experience, where you can meet that is tailored for high school students who are now potentially having a lot more time on their hands, or a lot more interest in trying to find something different to learn something new. And this opportunity is really just waiting for them. So that's that if you want, you know, a structured curriculum structure class to go through for your high school student, yourself as a high school or whatever it is. We also have, you know, opportunities for you to connect with your friends and family that you've been away from, right. A

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lot of us haven't seen our friends or a lot of our family members for weeks, if not months. And so we have something called conversations where we basically encourage

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you to get on a zoom session a FaceTime, whatever it is, of course in person is ideal and shallow. That's an opportunity that will come after all of this. But for now get together and have a conversation about Hold on, what are you worried about, we provide all the questions, things to think about different perspectives, videos, things that you can really think about Ramadan in a new way, and be positive and optimistic. Let's move forward with that. And that's that conversation deck is just as applicable as it was 10 days ago as it is now. So that's something that's still so available. And we have so many different topics we have on the problem of evil, why do bad things

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always happen to us from the from the trauma series, we've got so many different things that hey, just come together, get on a zoom session with three, four friends 567, whoever it is, and just have this opportunity, this outlet to really connect on a very coarse human level, but also learn along the way. So that's, that's an opportunity to, you know, connect with, with, you know, people friends online, or the family members, with you in your household, of course, that that is an ultimate goal. But for those of us who want to, you know, change things up, there's still those opportunities for both friends and family. And then finally, one of our other really main products that is so

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relevant, especially as we're all home today is something called the clean Academy, where we take our very long publications, 3045 50 pages, and we summarize it in two minutes, you know, a minute I have videos, where it's where it's on our European app available for both Android and iPhone, where you can watch his videos, and then there's a quiz at the end to make sure you retain the information, there's a way to challenge your friends. So it's a gamified experience where you know, you can get your cousin's your friends, your family members, whoever it is, to see if they can be here, your score, after the number of videos you've watched the quizzes you've gone through. So all

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