Your Greatest Ramadan
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Allah from the evils of our sins and the evils of ourselves. Whomsoever Allah guides, there is no Miss guidance for him, and whomever he rightfully causes to be led astray, there is no guidance for him. And I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah alone. And I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa salam, peace be upon him. In his servant and final messenger. Allah the Exalted reminds us in the Noble Quran, what is translated as or who believe, or believers, he is addressing us. Be conscious of Allah as he deserves, and do not die except in a state of submission to Him.
Old Believers be conscious of Allah and let every soul reflect on what you have prepared for tomorrow.
For the day of judgment,
and be conscious of Allah. Verily, Allah is aware of all that you do.
Another year has passed by very quickly once again.
And there are people who are with us in the community who are not here today.
We are now on the doorsteps a few days away approximately on the doorsteps of the blessing guest and the blessing month of Ramadan.
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the reality is that this month, the majority of which has passed this month of Shaban is the month of preparation warming up for something which is greater. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would fast during Shabbat and more than any other voluntary month in the year. Some of the Companions would refer to it as shahada Al Quran the month of the recite is why they would recite more
in preparation for the relationship with the Quran that they wanted in Ramadan, as a warm up. When something matters to you, when it is significant in your eyes. When there's value in your eyes for that thing or that person, then there's preparation for it. That exam that you prepare for because you want to pass. When there's a job interview, there's preparation when there's a wedding or marriage, there's a preparation. When you're traveling, there's preparation.
How about the guests of Ramadan?
We ask Allah subhanaw taala to make us of those who even in these last days are preparing wisely, psychologically, mentally, emotionally, religiously, spiritually logistically, so that we can maximize the benefit of that month. I want to focus in a short time on one major observation. One of the greatest phenomenon we can observe and reflect on that Muslims experience from the east to the west, north and south throughout history and all across the world.
This is the marvelous moment in which the believers transition over from Siobhan also time to the first night of Ramadan and it is now mothering.
This transition is the transition that is reflected through the example of a young man in Michigan who said I cannot change I'm not religious enough
except in Ramadan. Why? Because Ramadan gives me hope.
He said because of Ramadan gives me hope.
So a person who says all year long I cannot pray in the night I cannot read Quran I cannot abandon major sins I cannot fast during the day. Suddenly it's now time and now they are able to pray. Now they are able to recite more Quran the next morning they are fasting. They are abandoning major sins they are doing what they're supposed
To be doing they're reaching new heights with Allah subhanaw taala in the relationship.
What allowed a person what causes a person to go from that moment of Shabaan to the beginning of Ramadan going from saying I cannot do I can. I'm not able to I am able to. I'm not strong enough, I am strong enough. What gives people that motivation because the circumstances externally are almost the same. Yes, the environment is conducive, it is helpful. But what really changes what is internal I wanted to change. What really changed was internal. The most powerful thing you can change is your mind and your heart. Why because if you change internally, and you're driven internally, and you want to do more internally, then the external will follow. But if you're focused only on the
external at the expense of the internal, then the same things we struggle with all year, we will continue to struggle with the same experiences the same cycles will perpetuate themselves again and again. If you want to change and you do see that change with the overwhelming majority of the Ummah, from Shaban to Ramadan, the know that you are capable of change anytime of the year.
And that observation that transition should cause us to celebrate, that should cause us to be optimistic, that should cause us to take more action to plan more wisely. To have more introspection, who am I and why do I change only when I'm motivated in the beginning of Ramadan?
May Allah subhanaw taala grant us that change in that motivation all year round.
Now if we took a step back and looked at the reason that people are able to experience a sweetness of Ramadan, it's not because they said I want to change it's because they put in the effort as well. They fasted they pray they abandoned major sins they read more of the Quran than any other time of the year. So they put in the work and the action leads to what to more guidance. When Lavina Jaya hadoo fina, Lana Dianna home sabudana Allah subhanaw taala says at the end of Surah, Turon Caboose and those who strive striving means what Jihad here means what you're putting in a lot of effort. It's not going to be easy. If you strive, you're fasting, you're praying, you're reading more Quran,
you're abandoning major sins and temptations, you're putting in a lot of hard work. Allah subhanaw taala will give you more guidance on top of that, will Latina todo Rosa who then turn
Allah subhanaw taala says and those who sought guidance through their actions, Allah increased them in guidance and gave them God consciousness gave them the tequila that we seek than we pursue throughout our lives. The Taqwa that comes as an objective of fasting in Ramadan, of taking advantage of this blessed month,
approximately 80 to 90%, maybe more, maybe less of capable Muslims were able to fast and fasting the month of Ramadan,
which is much greater and more significant than the number of capable Muslims who should be praying, and who are praying their five prayers and the regular prayers, even though prayer is the first thing Allah will ask about on the Day of Judgment, even on the prayers five times a day as a prescription for the soul. So if you feel distant, you know that you need this prescription, you need this prescription. And if your firm it keeps you more firm.
Why is it that even in our communities, our families, relatives and friends and others, we find that even the person who says all year round that they're not religious or that they're far from Allah, even they during Ramadan will find some hope will be fasting we'll be giving more charity we'll be reading more Quran will be abandoning major sins. Why is it that the overwhelming majority of the Ummah is able to take the step forward? What is it about Ramadan? And what is it about the concept of hope that allows people to take advantage of these blessing days these limited days.
We take a step back once again. And we explore area 38 of certain Bukhara in which Allah subhanaw taala says beautiful woman her Jamia expelling Adam and Hawa as well as according to him in our best and some of the toughest, expelling Adam and Hawa and as well as a bliss from Paradise from John.
But pay attention to the next part of the iron, female yet tn nickel mini Hooda if guidance comes to you from me, if a message of guidance comes to you, meaning Adam and Hawa and all of your offspring, if a message comes to you from me, feminine TBR who died I found a homophone I let him wander home. Yeah, because anyone that whoever follows that message for their time or their place, or their civilization, the prophet or the messenger that came to them, the one who follows the message that comes from me, there is no fear on this person, nor will they be sad no will the grief why this will give them their entrance their admission back into Jana. So yes, there's an expulsion from Jenna but
here's your key back to Paradise, all of the offspring of Adam of Hawaii
When the message of God comes to you, in any civilization through any messenger, you accept that message.
And so prophet after prophet and many messengers throughout history are sent to people and we know only a few of their names, most of whom we are unaware of. We know of Abraham and Noah and David and Solomon, we know of Moses and Jesus, Isa Ali Salam, and the final messenger, the Seal of all Prophets and Messengers for the entire world with having that sallallahu alayhi wa salam peace be upon him.
The difference being that the final message is guaranteed by Allah subhanaw taala to be preserved, and it's not just to be preserved, it is not just a message it is a Marchesa, a miracle and a message in one. So the proof and the miracle of Islam is through the message and through the messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
This message is the message we have.
When we take advantage of that meaning when we follow what Allah is telling us that guidance, then there is no fear on you, nor shall you grieve. That is your ticket back to inherit paradise to inherit. Well Adam Hardy Solomon Hawa Hawa had in paradise when they were expelled. Now, I want you to keep an important point in mind here, that when a bliss was expelled as well, he was not simply expelled to an abstract or arbitrary place. Rather, his objective was made clear that he would seek to misguide all of the offspring of Adam and Hawa. So when the message comes to you, he's going to distract you. When the message comes to you or the messenger comes to you. He's going to cause
people to have doubts. And to worry about these doubts and not address these doubts with scholars, when the message comes to you is going to cause people to become attached to this life or attached to their shahada to their desires.
When the message comes to US law either in Oman and Mohammad Rasool Allah, what do we do to live by this message every day?
What do we do so that we are grateful for this message
for the whole family and there is no fear on them nor shall they grieve?
Now, Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions in the entirety of the Quran 6236 is the reference to the month of Ramadan directly explicitly just once.
The idea that we hear often as the month of Ramadan comes around shahada Ramadan and let the yuan Zita fee Hill Quran houden leanness Verbena terminal Houda went for con.
The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed the very first characteristic you have when Ramadan is mentioned explicitly. The very first thing being linked to it on Milan is the it is the month in which the Quran was revealed the first revelation to allow him fully Preserved Tablet and then during this month, during the month of Ramadan, and on later on. The Prophet sallallahu Artesyn received the first way from Djibouti Lani Suriname that where he was taken down from where from an aloha and muffled to this world. And so that first revelation took place on later on in Angela who feels a little further, the night of which is unknown to us the greatest night of
the year, the Night of Decree in the last 10 Nights, most likely to audit nights most likely in the last odd nights May Allah Subhana Allah make us of those who take advantage of all of the last 10 Nights.
Allah subhanaw taala mentions the Quran here as a link with Ramadan.
Ramadan is the month of the Quran meaning increased amount of attachment, love steady reflection of the Quran for you to move forward in your relationship with that guidance from Allah subhanho wa Taala requires you to connect more with the Quran.
And if you're feeling like you have no hope except in Ramadan if you're feeling like you struggled all year round, if you feel like you're not religious enough, or that your distance or that you're not good enough or that you're ashamed of your sins, and you find more hope in Ramadan than focus on this aspect of the Quran. Because the Quran gives hope to all of the believers and all of those whose hearts are receptive. The Quran is a cure a Shiva for the hearts she felt on Lima for saloon as Allah mentions. And another I want to net zero middle Poornima who are she felt and what I mean we bring down this revelation the Quran with it is this cure and a mercy for the believers. If
you're feeling lost, connect with a book of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada if you're feeling like your life has no purpose or meaning connect with the book of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada if you're feeling like you have no direction connect with the speech of Allah subhanho wa Taala the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned in authentic report glad tidings, this Quran this book, one part of it is in your hands and the other part is with Allah. Meaning what? You have a link to the Creator it is his speech subhanho wa Taala so if you need anything turned to Allah subhana wa Tada if you're struggling turn to Allah subhana wa Tada. You want firmness and you're strong and you want to be
more firm turn to
Allah subhana wa Tada
what happens if we cut off all avenues of reminders in our lives?
What happens if we can't have access to the Quran we are no longer listening day and night, we are no longer reciting reviewing, memorizing, teaching pondering
if we cut off all sources of reminders to the Quran, how would we expect to be reminded? We are human beings and we need reminders with a kid for the cloth and foreign Momineen remind for verily, verily the reminders benefit the believers for that could have been Quran you know, you're halfway read sort of off the last I remind through the Quran through its teachings through the speech of Allah, anyone who has any fear of what's to come anyone who wants to take heed of the lesson or the warning. May Allah subhanaw taala make us of people who benefit from the Quran on a daily basis.
What is the link here? And how are we bringing in these different pieces of the puzzle discussing Admati Salam and Hawa discussing the month of Ramadan and the concept of hope and the factor of the Quran. Look at the next iron
in the same surah in the same passage after Allah mentions that the month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed, he subhanaw taala mentions what either sir Can anybody underneath her in your body? If my servants asked about me I am nearby. In the other ayat of the Quran, which people are questioning while you're doing a Koran and they asked you about the responses what Allah say O Muhammad the following In this ayah Allah subhanaw taala saying what why either side I carry by the need for India Corrib I am nearby. You don't need to go to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to access Allah you can make dua to Allah directly.
You can make dua to Allah directly. You don't need to go to the Prophet to confess your sins, you can confess to Allah directly there is no confession process in Islam, we open up to Allah subhanaw taala directly, meaning what never feel that you cannot access Allah subhanaw taala he is nearby. He is very close to you. If you feel lost and you want some kind of hope you want some kind of return you want some kind of feeling, then go back to Allah subhanaw taala directly.
And then Allah subhanaw taala continues, oh gee Buddha, Allah Tada either dawn I respond to the one who calls upon me when they call upon me, I want you to reflect the only condition mentioned in this area as well as a hadith were mentioned soon. The only condition here for you to have access to Allah subhanaw taala is for you to turn to Allah subhanaw taala. Allah responds to the one who asks of him, Allah responds to the one who asks of him, do not get tired of asking of Allah subhanaw taala because he does not get tired of responding to you.
The conditions that you ask of him in the hadith of autonomy, the the Hadith footsy you know, children of Adam in Nicoma, Tao 21 or Jotun you who
are children of Adam, as long as you call upon me, and you have hope in me, I will forgive you for your sins and I do not mind. Allah wants to forgive. Do we want to seek his forgiveness? Allah wants to respond do we want to ask of Allah?
Often times the shaitan will come to a person and make them feel ashamed or guilty. You committed the sin 1000 times How dare you go back to Allah or the shaytaan will go to someone and say you repented so many times. And now you're gonna go and ask Allah for forgiveness, or shaitan will cause people to think there is no hope for you. But in Islam, there is no concept of losing hope we don't believe in hopelessness. This is not a concept that Islam encourages why giving up in religious or worldly matters is not an Islamic concept. You always turn back to Allah subhanho wa Taala you never give up? If you commit a sin 1000 times and you fell short and you came back to Allah 1001 times
you're doing what's right. What if you sinned again and you sincerely repented? Go back to Allah subhanho wa Taala go back to Allah subhana wa Tada until when? Until the heart stops beating until you return to Him. The believer never stops repenting. The believer never gives up on Allah subhanaw taala do not give up. Allah did not give up on you. Why are you giving up on yourself?
Someone came to Al Hasan was laid off from Allah.
And he said a man committed a sin and then repented and then committed a sin and then repented and then committed a sin and then repented Shouldn't he feel ashamed? Going back to Allah again. He said he should continue to seek forgiveness from Allah. Otherwise that's how the devil wants him to feel. Meaning What's your So distance you're not religious enough you're not good enough. You don't pray properly. You don't wear hijab you cuss you do this and that. He wants you to feel like there's no hope for you. But we all struggle
and we have to continuously turn to Allah. Find any avenue any hope, any opportunity, any rope, the rope of Allah subhanaw taala the Quran to turn to Him.
This concept here does not end at this part of the ayah rather Allah subhanaw taala says
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But you as well fell yesterday booty you as well have to respond to Allah and believe in Him.
Why so that you may gain success, happiness, salvation, how do we respond to Allah subhanaw taala.
Our conversation with Allah subhanaw taala is the dua that you make that dua morning and night do offer everything major and minor. That dua is your way of conversing with Allah and the Quran is Allah's ways of conversing with you? The speech that came to us for the rest of the world until the Day of Judgment, with the final messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Allah speaking to us, are we responding? The one who accepts and the one who responds to the Quran, the one who responds to the teachings of the Quran, the one who responds by acting upon it, studying it, learning it, teaching it conveying it.
That person is applying the ion Femen TBR who Daya fella homophone are they him whether homeopathy, Whoever accepts the guidance that comes to them in their era in their time and place. There's no fear on this person, nor shall they grieve.
If we're feeling lost, let us turn to the Quran. Let us turn to the speech of Allah subhanaw taala, we will find in it a happiness that no material wealth can purchase.
And we will find in it a value that is greater than anything of this world.
As a minor analogy, about the value of time during this mustard month of Ramadan, I want you to reflect on someone who works a corporate job or someone who works a specific number of hours a week.
And their wages are specified, let's say $20 an hour. This is a minor analogy. Imagine if someone were told this next 30 days of your work, any minute, any hour that you work is multiplied by 70 707,000 70,000 or beyond that.
Wouldn't most people work constantly wouldn't most people find it to be very precious this time and take advantage of it and remove the distractions that would stop them from gaining something they find to be valuable?
What about the reward with ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada that is lasting eternally.
The implications of good deeds are not limited to 100 years in this world. They're lasting.
You're investing in something that is eternal. And we go back to the idea that we began with you and let the nominal believers it took a lot be conscious of Allah will tell you we're gonna have some math but dematerialize, everyone reflect what did you prepare for tomorrow? You know what you've prepared for your job. You know what you prepare for that job interview the day before the day before your wedding, you know what you've prepared for it. And yet Allah brings the day of judgment as close as tomorrow, as close as tomorrow because we forget, and we think death and the hereafter is far away. But when Allah says, It is out of His mercy, because we forget, because it's distance,
so he's bringing it closer to us. Our departure from this world could be tonight, it could be tomorrow, it could be next week, it could be next year. In order for us to make every day the greatest of days and every Ramadan, the greatest of Ramadan, we have to bid farewell to it as if it's the last. We have to take advantage of it as if it's the last. We have to speak to our beloved as if it's the last conversation and pray every prayer as if it's our last. All of these concepts come from the advice of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam pray as if it is your last prayer solely Salah to more Devon so during this blessed month of Ramadan, my dear brothers and sisters,
let us amplify what they do. And the Quran amongst many other acts of worship your DUA take it to the next level, you speaking to Allah subhanaw taala emptying your heart out in any language that you want, take your dog out to the next level, then the Quran connect with it in a multifaceted manner. Listen to it frequently read it often reflect upon it, try to memorize parts of it study it's tough see it you will find it a sweetness you cannot find anywhere else in this world.
And the reality is that we don't reflect on the blessing that we have in our generation that nope, no nation before his hand, which is that we have the ability to listen to recordings of the Quran anytime we want. We 1000s of reciters from across the globe. This is an additional way to connect to the book of Allah subhanahu wa Tada May Allah subhanaw taala make us of those who connect to his speech. And may Allah subhanaw taala amplify our dua. May Allah subhanaw taala forgive all of our sins, the major and the minor, the past, the present and the future, the ones that are public and the ones that are private, according to her that will stick to the law and you want to confess to
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My dear brothers and sisters Ramadan is around the corner and it's
not too late to prepare logistically, emotionally, religiously, financially and so on and so forth, so that we are maximizing our time in Ramadan so that we are maximizing our efforts in Ramadan and so that we are removing any distractions that come about. A few years ago a sister posted on social media about Ramadan in advance. She said in sha Allah this next Ramadan will be my month of the hedaya my month of guidance.
And she ended up three weeks before Ramadan passing away in a car accident. May Allah have mercy on her except from her. We assume good of her and as soon as she began the actions of change, don't wait until that night from Shabaan. Toda Milan, if you're capable of changing then we're capable of changing now. And if we're capable of changing now and then we're able to change anytime of the year. May Allah Subhana Allah make us of those who are constantly seeking that change. About nine years ago I believe eight nine years ago in the month of Ramadan after which had prayer a young man comes up after salon he was visibly crying. I said to him, I said I'm on a call and he did not
respond. He took out a phone with a keyboard and started typing very quickly. So he responded to Santa Monica My name is such and such. And when I was 16 years old, I had finished memorizing the entirety of the Quran he had recited the last IR to his teacher. And a week after that he lost the ability to hear.
He said I'm grateful to Allah subhanaw taala that I was able to finish memorizing before I lost the ability to hear. Do we take advantage of this blessing of listening to the Quran? Accessing a day and night at least listen to the Quran on a daily basis. No day should go by without connecting to the speech of Allah in some facet.
He said sometimes Ramadan I would distinctly distantly hear the RE citation and Salah he said tonight I heard it and that's why I'm crying. He's crying out of gratitude to Allah subhana wa Tada. Are we grateful for the blessings that we have? May Allah subhanaw taala make us amongst the people who are taking every day as a new opportunity. May Allah subhanaw taala give us hope and motivation day and night may Allah subhanaw taala elevate our DUA and allow us to connect with his speech and may Allah Subhana Allah grant us life to them alone and allow us to benefit from every single day of Ramadan Allah Amin along with fitted in with me Nina wouldn't want me to one Muslim and I want a
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