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Barcelona he was so happy he woman winner and hamdulillah Galantamine we are in the end of this blessed month of Siobhan going into the most blessed month of Ramadan but in the 19 Tada and I'm getting my Quran 30 for 30 vibes already 100 And I'm not sure how Abdullah is not here he's late as usual not he's I'll take that shot and he'll come he'll come later he gave me a heads up that he would be late late today Inshallah, but we have haven't been allowed to I mean, for this to shift at the Torstar Why dear friends happy to Allah to Allah, our director of systematic theology Dr. Boham from Philly Hello salad for thought how are you? 100 loud on Well, water philosophique Avantika my

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chef and we have Dr. Tasneem and peak with us with one hand who officially is now a doctor so we don't have to do that whole future doctor thing. And hamdulillah Grameen Director of Content Strategy, how are you Dr. Tasneem? Um, the

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article on FICO so it's gonna be a good webinar inshallah Tada, we'll get into

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check.

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I noticed you didn't tell Dr. Tasneem that she's also from Philly we got to do from Philly yes this is sorry there's two Philly one here there there are two people from Philly I guess one one text say from the other comes

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no you will not

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will not be taken by me

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trust me I've tried a lot luck doesn't work. So chef chef Abdullah will come and we'll even out the Texas and fill the equation insha Allah but I'm in Philly.

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It's great to have you both from Philly accom did a lot the same can claim Philly now to Philly claims her How did it all go? I mean and yeah, we'll get shut up Dolan here and then we'll do the whole Texas and Philly thing but for now and I'm good.

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Though I have to say that I have an aunt that lives in Philly and have that and Philly feels like home handle hospitality handled I've had the blessing to be there recently twice and have the Philly feels like home So may Allah bless bless you all amazing, amazing community

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and she fire and Islamic Center Philadelphia myself Oh Phil just everything that's going out there United Muslim Masjid kadhi all the all the great work the institute's that you're directly a part of and massage as well as just in general. What's being done out there so how did it all there's a lot in Philly. It's a beautiful place and beautiful community that's thriving there to Monica.

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Now before we get started in sha Allah with the Ramadan discussion,

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wanted to invite everyone in the nahi Tala to to please inshallah Tata go ahead and click on the link below and be a part of our Greek Ramadan with sada campaign and hamdulillah as many nonprofits we rely on you in sha Allah Tada in this month of Ramadan to support the work that we do everything that we do at home the non Grameen is free and open and this is going to be a theme particularly about your Africa and we're going to be focused on the Hereafter with Quran 30 for 30 with the Judgment Day series focused on the hereafter and so we're asking everyone to act for their act of in the night Tada and to support yet being amongst the other organizations that you're supporting with

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the nine Tada so please click on the link inshallah schedule it from now inshallah Tada and support not just our work but the work of other organizations that are out there in the nighttime so again, you can click it and share it in sha Allah time will count on your support throughout the month of Ramadan I'm sure most of you inshallah if not all of you will be with us for put on 30 for 30 and the various Ramadan programming that we have which didn't end up will be even better this year than it has been in the past but nothing to add. With that being said I want to start in sha Allah Tada with and I'll start with you Dr. Tasneem only because you're right here

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inshallah Tada next to me what's your you know, we've had and I'm gonna ask both of you to do this inshallah outside so just share a general reflection about how you're feeling about this Ramadan. I think it's important before we get into the content, you know, it's occurred to me, you know, with all the welcome Ramadan things that that I've been a part of, and that I know that both of you have been a part of right that there is a sense of finally getting back into the massages.

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Obviously last year at Hamdulillah we were able to be in the masjid for the most part, you know, we have an international audience. Some of them did not have that. But most people had a partial Masjid experience last summer None, right.

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The year before we were home, we were quarantined. It was Ramadan at home and that was sort of the theme. So this year while the restrictions are probably not fully lifted, and obviously

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know people's stuff to be careful and deal with local regulations where you know, there's a feel right of resuming Ramadan for the most part in a normal way, but a lot of people have died. A lot of people have passed on and a lot you know, a lot of things are not going to go back to normal. So let's not make this my own reflection. I just want to start with both of you inshallah Tada to give me a reflection Inshallah, about how you're feeling about the soul bond. So Dr. tesni, we can start with you inshallah.

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Awesome Stefano, Clayton. Um, you know, I hate to start off on a grim note, but I think it's a reality that

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is just something that really helps me think this has helped me think about this Ramadan. And in fact, just last night, Subhan Allah, we woke up at about 1am to a false fire alarm, and it was just blaring. But when you wake up to

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a siren, or something that is jolting it, you wake up in a state of panic, right? That something's wrong, something's something's not right. And my immediate thought was the same sensor that I get every time that I wake up unexpectedly, which is, you know, someone passed away does something happen. And I think this past few weeks have been particularly rough, because there have been within the Michigan Community within the Philadelphia community within just even the pain family have been so many deaths out of LA, but then just the past two weeks alone, let alone the past two years, a lot of scares of death in the family a lot in the community, a lot of realities.

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And so, I mean, it's how I just this, it took me about an hour to fall back asleep, but I just couldn't stop thinking that, you know, I woke up this time, and it was just sort of this false alarm, right? It's just a fire alarm. But I started to think about really everyone around me passing away and what that sensation is going to be like, when I received that news, whether

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it was it's from COVID related or in the future. And so I think that COVID was a really just this reality check that there was there's really nothing in our control. And I think that moving forward now that as things sort of start to resume normalcy, it's so important that we don't lose sight of that,

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and that we get comfortable again. And I think that that's something that I've been thinking about a lot, just constantly ridding myself of death, because if it's not, if it's not someone getting the news that I'm passing away, it's I'm going to be receiving the news of someone else. And so I think, for me, that really is just this crushing reminder,

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to prioritize, you know, how I spend my time and my goals and everything like that, and going into Ramadan. That's something that really just thinking about that last night was something that really is pushing me that I want to go all out because I really don't know where I'm going to be next Ramadan. And I think that's just something that we should always have that mentality of and not lose sight of. So

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that I think would be my quick reflection. And if that sometimes, you know, it's hard to remind ourselves of that, that we get so caught up. But taking that time, especially at night, when you're alone, and everything is quiet, and it's supposed to be calm and peaceful, but just thinking about someone you love, very, very deeply passing away, and how those events are going to unfold, really imagine what it's going to be like to get that phone call or that text or to be there to witness it. And to have to preach and as and all of that is just that'll wake you up. It really will. And I think it's just a really good and healthy reminder before Ramadan to really be able to exert our

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full energy in the next few weeks Inshallah, because we don't know if this is gonna be our last.

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This is not gonna last late on powerful reminder. Subhanallah and you're right Subhanallah if I just like to

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go back and think about some of the people that were distinguished in my mind for their Eva anomala on the front row people the the people that used to do Ramadan, Ramadan, and they're not here anymore. I'm not taking that for granted that we're going to be there a llama living Ramadan, meals, pants that allow us to reach it alone. I mean, it is it is a reality. And so how Allah it's,

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I can speak for myself and say, I've been to more janazah in the last two years than I'd been in my entire life, just in these last two years. And the more you think about death, the more you think about the hereafter, the more purposeful life becomes. And that's actually what drove the inspiration for that on the Bond series on human piano.

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You know, connecting every scene of the day of judgment to every day of your life in this dunya is absolutely crucial and essential because, you know, far from that being paralyzing, that should actually give a certain potency to your actions and to your deeds that we exist for more than what this world has to offer. We don't exist for this world. We don't exist for Ramadan in the world we exist. For a connection to the lord of Ramadan, the Lord of the Worlds may last

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pounce on grant so sincere connection to him and cultivate truly that certainty that you have been in our hearts that certainty certainty of our meeting with a loss of autonomy that transforms everything that we do.

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And you mentioned the fire alarm I'm just thinking about those people that died in New York primarily Muslims

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you know, which unfortunately you know did not did not last long in the news cycle we may Allah grant them all shahada on our brothers and sisters that died in their sleep at night during a fire you know, you think about just the uncertainty of it all and the mean the ways that this is happening doesn't even feel like it was all COVID right just a lot of people dying other things. But palates been a stark reminder over the last couple of years may last puntata have mercy on our on our loved ones that have passed away and grant them the reward of what they had intended and more alarming I mean, Zachman Well,

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Doctor thought anything from from your end inshallah what's what's your sort of feel as we're going into it? I'm the low salatu salam ala Rasulillah Edie or Sufi woman, what am I bad? So I want to wow, I was gonna think I was gonna go in a different direction, and I will Inshallah, but there are a few things that you just mentioned, following up on what Dr. tesni mentioned, that I think really deserves some attention.

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You know, here in Philadelphia, the New York Fire where those Muslims died last Fantana mercy on them was, was national news. It was in a cycle. Like you said, it wasn't a new cycle for that long, but it did make the cycle.

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About a week before that, there was a fire here in Philadelphia, where a blended family of Muslims and non Muslims passed in a in a fire. We were not able to get the bodies of the Muslims

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because the family members said well, they weren't really Muslims, because they had Christmas tree in the house of Allah.

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That I mean, look at these, anyway, subhanAllah this is a this is a really deep

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issue, a deep topic.

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But the but the rights that we have as a community over one another, the etiquettes that we should embody at the genetics

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you know, our mystery we have, Jeunesse is I mean, this week alone, so far, three SubhanAllah.

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And, and what happens I think this is important before we get on the topic of Ramadan, Inshallah,

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is that we have to remind the Muslims remind our communities of the etiquettes of the Janessa, and a lot of them are the Allahu, and was one of the early you know, companions of the Prophet satellite, it was sudden one of the scholars of Islam one time he saw a man laughing at a Janessa I cannot tell you how many times I see people laughing at a genetic

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and it's not that they're, it's,

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you know, perhaps they've seen you know, a friend and they laughing about something or they trying to make light of the situation or whatever.

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And he said, to Haku, man, Janessa you're laughing at a genetic level can be mocha evident, I will never speak to you again. Yanni, if your heart is such that be the reminder right in front of you, that reminder that you have to stand in front of the last panel to add MB be held accountable. If that's not enough to keep you from laughing, then I'm not sure that that's a person I want to be around that. That being said, I got a text today Subhanallah from one of my teachers, and he was talking about something that happened last Saturday, we had a family night to Philadelphia msgid And because of the surge of the different variants of COVID, and things like that is the first one that

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we had in over three months. And, you know, it was a beautiful night. Well hamdulillah and, you know, the children presented there, you know, hit the nail, do eyes and so on and so forth. And we had some Courtois come through and so he texted me said exactly Okay, and I really enjoyed family night.

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It felt like Ramadan had already entered. Was that mean it felt like Ramadan into panela. I started thinking about we had you know, I mean, the Masjid was packed. Dr. Tasneem was there she could tell you. The mansion was packed, the people were enjoying themselves. I hadn't seen that type of communal, you know, response. Just the people coming out enjoying each other to camaraderie and in the numbers, right? I hadn't seen that sense prior to co

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In Ramadan.

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So, I mean, obviously the Aedes are, you know, that's a different story altogether. But the point is, it reminded me to say, hey Subhanallah like We're almost here, we're almost back as a community. I don't think we realize,

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you know, sometimes we may forget, I mean, we realized that as we were going through those COVID days, and trying to compare, you know, the COVID Ramadan to pre COVID Ramadan and praying in the house, you know, with your family, we take for granted that somebody can pick up the most half in your family, it can pick up the most half for example, if they if they haven't memorized the Quran, they can pick up the most half and read the Quran, you have any new converts, we're dealing with here in the city, and in so many other you know, inner city masajid you know, people can't, if they're in their homes and then left to pray taught away by themselves, they may not be able to get

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past, you know, canola, right. So we take for granted, you know, how much the community really means to to these Muslims who actually, you know, a modern Korean be acquiring right like a, you know, people are stronger with their brothers and sisters. So

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that concept of actually now being able to get back into the masjid and provide the services and bring the community together and strengthen those times. I'm really looking forward to that this Ramadan, I also just want to throw this out there as a, you know, a public service announcement, if you will, and the people who are organizing the functions at the masajid

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have mercy on them, you know, see if you can lend them a helping hand, there's so much work when you have 600 people in your mansion, 700 people in your mansion every single night, you know, you're trying to serve them and your volunteers are getting burnt down and so forth. We need the extra hands I'm saying this is every message like every message in America, you know, that has any type of numbers, right? Like have mercy on those people who are organizing these events, they spend their time and effort and so forth. And then also for the people on the other side that people that are organizing the events, take some time for yourself to just back up and breathe you know and enjoy

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the those divine breezes from a loss of hands out of that come in the month of Ramadan

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working on finishing as you mentioned, you know this idea of being focused on sort of yourself right no matter what your responsibilities are either inside or the outside.

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One of the most beautiful advocates and of course it is a drought hood Eva is a bed it is worship that's the essence of worship and hum did a lot of rhyming people are now watching your series Ramadan Diaz on repeat and the idea was to have greater depth to those their eyes and if you haven't watched it, I encourage everyone to go through every single one of them I personally benefited quite a bit 100 I didn't tell she thought I watched them and 100 million yet but I didn't even get this watch them yet. So

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I got to watch them and I'm done. really beneficial. Now let's try to reward you for teaching people how to call upon Allah subhanaw taala not just like the Prophet slice on words but also considering some of these deeper meanings.

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There is not just an riba that is done in a collective sense in the width of the Imam. There is the E by the an individual sitting in their home calling upon Allah subhanaw taala in tears in complete vulnerability in lowering themselves, it is the essence of worship. And so can you talk a little bit about that dual element like what changes about the duet of a person when it's public behind any mom versus when it's alone at home? How does a person find sincerity and throughout both of those those you know those places mashallah, that is an excellent question. I'm really glad that you posed it the way you did. Because ultimately, it is about sincerity and do

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when when, when we are calling upon Allah subhana wa Tada in our homes when we are calling when we are whispering, you know our do is to Allah subhana wa Tada.

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I don't think that that there's an issue of sincerity, that that comes into play in that sense or lack there of the lack of sincerity, because it's just you and Allah subhana wa Tada. But the fact that you humble yourself, that you break that barrier of pride that is in between so many people in between the loss of habitat and meaning. What I mean by that sometimes it's it's a very subtle sense of Kibber or arrogance.

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Write, that we believe that we've gotten where we've gotten in life, you know, because of,

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you know, our hard work and because of our abilities and because of, you know, our striving,

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you know, and maybe fail sometimes to recognize that it is Eliza gel who has given us that ability in the first place to strive and has given us our faculties and, and perhaps, you know, the environment that we're in that also has lended itself to, you know, for us to achieve some of the things that we've achieved, you know, even in that sense to humble yourself. Ask Allah subhanho wa Taala for continued success, talk to Allah subhana wa to add a lot of times you know, when you look at the expressions of dua in the Quran

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you know, what comes to mind immediately is what the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam you know referred to as if you say this to you know, whatever you ask for after it won't be rejected

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that you know hayleigh And super Hannukah in me come to me nobody mean right when you when you're talking to a loss friends Island this was this is what you use. And I said he was talking to ally and he said that there is no true God except for you now you know and so behenic and glory to you

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in the continental by the mean of those who have wronged myself the prophesy Some call this you know from the best of us and there's no ask there's no request. He's just talking to Allah subhana wa Tada and so many times you know, when you look throughout the Quran, and you look at

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you know, the these do eyes with the prostitutes on call there is actually no request, but it's a bad and it's you talking to Allah subhanahu wa Tada. You look at Malia, Malia, Sudan, you look at her relationship with Allah's friends is amazing. I mean, you just look at how she talked to Allah Subhana Allah,

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Zachary, at incident how he talked to a lot of hermits added no doubt not only that, and yet, right and he's calling upon Allah subhana to add in this soft you know, hidden voice almost, but Eliza was able to Semia heard him and I think it's so important that

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you know, we begin this exercise of just talking to Allah subhana wa Tada you know, Inshallah,

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maybe the viewers will have the opportunity in shot long to, to read the article that was co authored by myself and Dr. Dina and use of en Allah's name is Simeon, but it deals with some of this.

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You know, a lot of times we think of SMEs, we think of the one who hears and that may be the message that may come from that is that, you know, watch what you say, because Allah subhanaw taala hears you and that is true, and we should keep that in mind. The message that may get lost sometimes is that Allah azza wa jal is listening. And if you're going through something, you know, whatever it may be, even if you don't know how to articulate it properly, if you weren't, you know, you're trying to figure out how to say it. Let's talk to Allah Subhana Allah and Allah azza wa jal will listen to you. And Allah is was able to respond to that. And so calling upon Allah subhana wa Tada

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is something that we want to do as much as possible. There's, there's no wrong time to, to call upon Allah to ask him to talk to him Subhana wa, tada that that's as it relates to in private.

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And I think that, you know, it's, it's very important for a person to dedicate a portion of the day, you know, that could be right before selected federal, that's good. And in the last third of the night, they just call upon the loss of habitat and make that a part of their routine, you know, increasing due and so Jude and the between then any common other times when God is most likely to be accepted, when praying behind the Imam.

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Here also I mean, it's, it's very important that we are focused that you know, we're able to, we understand what the Imam is saying, you know, hopefully the at least at the very least the keynote, so that when we are saying me, we know what we're asking Allah to answer to.

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But but just having your heart in the DUA is very important being focused, blocking out any of the outside noise and and really asking Allah subhanahu wa Tada for his guidance and his acceptance like

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for those of us that are just joining inshallah Tada to remind you all please do inshallah see the link. Greeting Ramadan with sada ham did a lot of Grameen. Were talking about Ramadan, getting ready for Ramadan and one of the ways we want to encourage you to continue to support the work that the nighttime that we'll be doing, and a lot more programs and great programs that have already handed up been recorded and are currently out there for your benefit like the series on their eyes on repeat. I should be happy the whole lotta shaking. I'm gonna ask you something that's a little more

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difficult now, within this realm,

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you know, when you converted to Islam, right, you know, and you started going, you had your first title we right? And you didn't understand what the Imam was saying, you know, I'm assuming, I don't know, man, you're a quick learner. I don't know if you learned how to be in a year. But you probably didn't understand what the Imam was saying.

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You know, I mean, forget about the DUA, not even the Quran being recited. And I get this question all the time, all the time, especially from people who converted to Islam, or people that just don't understand Arabic, right? How am I suppose to benefit from the long recitation of title year? And you know, Hamdulillah, you've covered keynote in the series. But beyond that, like the mom is getting emotional, I hear people crying, I can't connect to that because I don't know Arabic. What do you say to a person like that? Yeah, mashallah, CDs, I love these types of questions and radical low Fico. I'm really glad that you're asking them.

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So I definitely can relate to this particular issue. Because that was my life, I lived that life, I will tell you, there was a stark difference between let's just say 9095.

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Praying behind the Imam, tada, we, in 1996, once I got to Medina, and I started learning Arabic, I was three months, studying Arabic at the time. And though I, I'm not going to, you know, I don't think anybody can claim that they understand the Quran, you know, in its totality. In three months, I understood a lot more than I did, you know, the year before, there was a very big difference in the the effect that the total we had, that being said, subhanAllah, even without understanding the majority of what you hear most people, even new, even new Muslims, who take some time to learn their religion. And I think that that's a very important point, that we don't use our newness as an excuse

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to not learn, you know, we strive and everything else that we want in life, if you want to become a doctor, medical doctor, you wanna become an engineer, you want to become anything we strive, you know, we put the time in, because we want to be successful in whatever realm that is, if we want to be successful in being we also have to put some time in. So okay, you come in, and you don't know much, but you start learning some words like gender not and you know, some other things like this type of even tactile and hard and whatever. So, when you hear these ayat, then that will have an effect, you're not going to understand everything. That's, that's almost impossible for you know,

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somebody that's brand new. But there is something about listening to the Quran, even if you don't understand it all in standing in sunlight. There's something about that, that touches the soul. Whether it touches the, you know, I don't want to get too philosophical, but it was such as your ankle and your intellect. And I mean, maybe not, but something about it touches the hearts panela. And so, yeah, you're not going to benefit the same way that the person who understands it benefits, but there is still a benefit for the soul. Let me if I can shake, you know, one of the examples is, you know, like, when we get to Medina, you got this big shake, you know, the big one had this of

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Medina, and he's sitting there, and he's teaching. And some of the people that are sitting with the sheet, you know, are old enough to be, you know, my grandfather, they've been studying their entire lives, their professors in the university, right? And then I'm coming and I want to sit with the shift. Right? And I even now I've got a little bit Arabic, am I going to benefit the same way that that person benefits No, but doesn't mean I shouldn't sit in that, you know, in that gathering, just because I'm not benefiting as much as someone else. You know, it doesn't mean that so, I think that a person who was brand new to Islam accepted Islam yesterday, that they can stand and talk away. And

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that Koran, the speech of ALLAH SubhanA, Allah will speak to their hearts, and they may even be you know, may even be overcome with the emotion even though they don't understand the majority. And Allah Subhana Allah knows best location as well, I'll say that one of the, the key forms of feedback we've gotten about poor and 30 for 30 is people watch it before they listen to the Imam and getting just that overview of the joys and the themes, like has been life changing for them, which is why I thought we decided to do this annually, you know, cover different themes and Inshallah, you know, the law gives us the ability to do this year in year out, you know, five, six years if, you know,

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you would have gotten quite a bit shallow the overview, there's Yeah, I was sick, I was actually going to say that I forgot, which is that I do think that that's also very helpful right to to go in kind of with some level of expectation of what's going to be recited so that you have an overview. So when you read about the story of Musa and

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and the Sorcerer's and so on and so forth. You already kind of know what's being said. So you've either you know, like you said, Listen to 30 for 30 or you've read a translation of the Quran and so on and so forth. That really does actually, I think it does help a lot.

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Because there is there such thing as cry, you know, you mentioned being struck by something. And I'm just I'm just picking away now I'm trying to get as much from you as I can. The key naliboki Right, you find this in the Hadith literature. Sometimes we cried for his crying like a backless vehicle, the lowdown on home. When the prophets lie Selim announced that Allah azza wa jal had chosen

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a serving of hits are given a choice clear, I just thought that I was given the choice between this dunya and akhira. And that servant of Allah chose the acronym of a wicked or the law and it was the only one that cried and other people cried, just because of his crying is not a concept like sometimes is that one of the benefits of the Jamara of being no doubt. No, no doubt shake Subhanallah so true story. We have a brother.

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He's kind of known for breaking down right?

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If he's around if you didn't know he was in the masjid after about the second rakaat you'll know right kind of Allah.

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It now and and he's not playing I noticed brother I've known him for a very long time Subhan Allah and Allah azza wa jal knows best what's in his heart but he's a very soft person man's panela

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once he does that, there's another brother that kind of like can't control himself once he hears him. Right? And then it's like this just chain reaction Subhanallah you know where we're because it's not fake man. You know, what's what's happening is

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even if so let's just say you started you lost Kishore a little bit, that the fact that somebody else is crying, right? It actually or not, maybe not sobbing, but you can hear some sniffles or whatever like that. It brings you back like, wait a minute, did I just did the Imam just say something I didn't pay attention, right? It brings you back, it brings you back on track. And then now once you start thinking about what's being read, or even if you can't think about it, because you don't know but you're realizing that wait a minute, you you know, this is a very spiritual moment, you're standing in front of Allah, like mmm, okay. And when I came alongside it said, you

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know, he said in the live the beanie, baby monkey fan, right? That the the app will stay young, every person will stand in front of their Lord.

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Let's just say two times, right?

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A motif in this dunya there's a standing in this dunya there's a standing in the hereafter. The Standing benei a day he got in front of a lot of fans out there and this life isn't solid, right? So if you get that standing right, then the next standing will be easier being the lead. So when we think about it, like these are not concepts that take years to learn, yes, they may take years to perfect they, you know, they get better over time. But this is something that you can teach somebody right away, right? Like look, you stand in front of the law. So now somebody is crying because so it does have an effect. And it definitely is one of the benefits of the Jamal Lowe I

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want to share a story actually something that was very beautiful and touching but just the sincerity of people in this regard where you don't know what part of the hadith is going to touch someone.

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I remember actually a brother being very emotional.

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When he just he came across the Hadith where the prophet slice of the mentioned that there's not one of you except that ALLAH subhanaw taala will speak to him on the day of judgment. They said they know of being a lie teller Dumon, no translator between the two of you. And he said, I always thought I'd have to learn Arabic. Like he actually thought that, like he's like is a login to talk to me in Arabic on Day of Judgment. And so hello, that actually, that actually gave him a sense of like, like, you know, I can talk to my Lord and do that doesn't have to be an Arabic or I mean obviously learning some this the sooner there as the profit slice and learning the sequence. And

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correct me if I'm wrong. I mean, you know, but But going through the things we take from the profit slice, and I'm assuming that their eyes are obviously blessed and profitable, but there's this benefit to just do it in your own language too, you know, and taking that time. And yeah, no, no, no, I was I was gonna say for sure. You know that the best person to have ever called upon on last minutes it was our Prophet sallallahu. It was Selim and his do eyes are no doubt they're the best two eyes. At the same time, when you look at the weight of the companions, while the low tide and home and their teachers and so forth. It's clear, it's often not the teachers I'm sorry, their

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students, their teacher was the prophesy some. You look at the way of the companions and their students, you find that many of them had guys that were not prophetic in nature, meaning they were not directly the words of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, and that comes from talking to Allah subhanaw taala. Right, that comes from Dr from the heart. And if you don't know Arabic, then the DUA from the heart is to do audits in your language. I mean, at the end of the day,

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And we could go on and on about that Mr. Pennell I stepped up the canal with tesni in Toledo

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she's she's she's benefiting Tuesday, we're enjoying this keep talking, please.

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So I got one last question for you. This is like quick technical question people asked about making in their own language in total, we

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you know, in their schedule, they're in general,

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behind any mom, are there any issues with them making their own language? So believe it or not Subhanallah this was one of the questions back in, I don't know 1998 I think Subhan Allah shake with me and Allah Hammer was was in Medina. And I asked him if they mean about making blind English and sujood in the salon. And he said, Well, oh, well, I was seen here. Yeah, he was like even even a champion called handleless fans out in any language inshallah and your sujood. Obviously, at that point, I wasn't like capable of going into the books and things like that, since what humbly live been able to, to research this issue, I'm confident.

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You know, that though, there are some scholars that do not, you know, prefer that a person call a panelist pans out and other than the Arabic language in the salon. And he, the majority of them have no problem with that with the condition that a person cannot articulate what they're trying to say in the Arabic language. Obviously, if you can articulate an Arabic, then that's what you should do inside of your Salah. But if you don't have the ability to do that, for that you're going to loan us any level. So last minute, Allah does not make us accountable for more than than what we can handle. So you call upon Allah, Spanish Allah in your in your language, and there is no harm in that. 100,

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Lina Zachman. Fish? Look, Allah, I think, look, it's interesting. I wasn't planning to go down this track, but I think it's it's a very, it is what I'm thinking about most common questions that we receive, it often has to do with, it's not fair, because I can't understand the way that you can, I can't make out like you, I don't get it. You know, it's beautiful, how you're emotional about this. And I do is the Quran really that inaccessible to me, you know, to where it's only that so I think it's really important, you know, to go down this line. So, actually, Dr. Tasneem, I'm going to actually asked you a similar question.

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Your friend asks you, you know, and you can't just say everything shift thought aside, because I know you've you've had your own your own flavor of advice, right? But your friend asks you look, I don't I'm not understanding the Quran. I'm not understanding your I'm not getting the Arabic language, the richness of this, how do I benefit from the month? What's your quick tidbit to that person beyond what just I'll have to share it?

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This is something I wanted to add. And I know it's not necessarily a tidbit in one sense, but the way that I learned, it's interesting, people assume that Oh, because you have family members who speak Arabic that, you know, you must have grown up and just opened up one day, and we were able to understand it. But that's so far from the case. And I would argue that most Arabic speakers are most people who have even background in Arabic knowledge, can actually understand the Quran. But something that I did, and it goes back to my my always my same habits talk. So I know that gets redundant but when I was when I was memorizing the Quran, what I would do was I would read the the

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ayat that I was going to memorize, and then I would read two translations with it. Just two translations that I, you know, I had access to literally in my parents office, one I found online, and I would just compare the two. And so when I'd memorize the if I didn't really know what word was saying, what I didn't really know what, you know, the context, I didn't know any of the the grammar rules. I just knew that, you know what, there's this connection that I've made, that there's this is the translation of this of this verse, and that this is the idea that I'm memorizing. And every single time I came back to review that verse, I would go back again, read read that translation. And

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it didn't occur to me until I kid you not years later, I would open the Quran and it being a Quranic understand, and it never occurred to me like, I never took a course I never formally studied new meanings of the Quran. Yeah, sure. I did Arabic once in a while, I had to take grammar classes. But they're all just beginner classes, nothing that would actually get me through the Quran. And one morning, I was just like, What, When did this happen? One was able to do this. And so quite a lot when I thought about just that simple habit of reading the translation, just always going back to the translation. I didn't realize it but indirectly I was making connections to, oh, that word came

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up again. You know, my, my brain was implicitly remembering, you know, another verse that had that word, and I started to realize what words meant.

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And this was no active effort on my own. And so I say this because

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I think sometimes it's just like, you're confronted with this idea that I have to learn Arabic and I have to learn this whole new language and Arabic is not an easy language. And it's, it's sort of like this overwhelming feeling. But starting small,

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I'm, I'm still dumbfounded as to how far that that has brought me. And that was something that happened with the Quran until this day, there's, you know, continuously when I reflect on the Quran, when I'm reading tipsy to the Quran, and I pick up on a new meaning of a word or a different way to understand it. I'm constantly growing and I just look back and I think year after year that I know so much more this year, not because I you know, I actively sat down and I was sweating tears or anything like that, but simply because I made a small effort every single time I read the Quran, to read the translation or to read some hypotheses. So that would be my advice is that don't don't look

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at this task as something that is you got to drop everything and just start you know, studying the quota and and studying the r&b. But take it day by day, take it easy on yourself, and I promise you're gonna look back and you're gonna think to yourself, how in the world that I managed to do this

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wonderful, wonderful advice and I'm the land just for the benefit of everyone in sha Allah, the Quran 3030 books, you can download them, they're very short handed off from season one, season two season one was about 100 pages, the whole thing. So a couple of pages per just two and a half pages just give you an overview of the Joes and then we also have Season Two which gives the CLI theme and that that workbook can also be downloaded inshallah Tada for without any charge or inshallah Tada any any firewall, just go ahead and download those Inshallah, as was the your app book, Chef LaHood has done and 100 enough. And

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we also had the habits series. So as one of our most popular series, actually, people found it extremely beneficial. Dr. Tasneem did a series on habits that we can develop, what was the what was the inspiration behind that series?

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For you to do that, and find it, you know, necessary for people to dig into their, their day to day and find the right habits?

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Oh, so much inspiration, um, I could talk about this forever. But I mean, so many people have asked me, like, how you do this, like, how do you get so much done in a certain day, and I'm thinking tonight, I'm always thinking to myself, it's, it's not a superpower, it's really about discipline and of your time. And I see the way that some people, the way that they use their time, and I think to myself, that's kind of law. Imagine if everyone in the Muslim community, use their time very intentionally, we would like the world, change it overnight. And so, and I think that when it comes to you know, it's, it's so empowering, like, I feel so much more incredible as a human being as a

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Muslim, as, as a professional in my fields. Because I can control my time, I have that discipline to instill habits in myself, for the better, you know, spiritually, professionally, religiously, all of that stuff. And so I really want to just pass along that strength, it's not some inherent superpower, but it's really just boils down to using your time, right? And on top of it, it also boils down to the fact that this isn't something that you know, I I woke up one day and thought, okay, here are some good tips. But this is something that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam instilled in us from day one, that almost every single tip that I I adopted my own lifestyle is was inspired by

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either prophetic lifestyle, or the discipline that comes with, you know, you're so law, you're fasting, what you're expected of as a Muslim. And so just knowing that, because I was, you know, I was raised with certain, you know, responsibilities and priorities in life, and that I can look the prophecies in them as an example. That alone was able to change my life in a way that set me up for success. I just I felt like the need to just share that message with the world that hey, you guys we have all the tools we need. It's inherent to our religion, and it's gonna set you up for success Inshallah, in both this world and in the next

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Have either of you ever heard someone say something to the effect that you know, if you studied the Prophet slice and even from a non religious perspective, like his, the habits, the the genius, the family life, the leadership qualities, all of that panel level just completely transformed? I've actually had that said to me by a non Muslim who said that like, you know, studying Muhammad salallahu salam ala give me he though he didn't see him as a prophet, but he said, just studying his life as a leader and his day to day and his genius has been transformative to me in that regard. Any Have you ever had someone similar? Think that way. Is there anything you'd want to share shift

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thought in particular, you know, about the profit side sounds just just lifestyle being so transformative to us? Yeah, I think that

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Subhanallah the study of the COO of the Prophet alayhi salaatu Sadam

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really opens that door to see how he lives sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. There are even books written, I'm sure you're aware of this, you know, books written about the day of the prophets, Elijah was something like how he would spend the day what's a typical 24 hours look like? Like for the prophet Isaiah Salatu was Salam.

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Sure, I mean, there, there are actually people have written about that topic. You know, non Muslims, you know, the prophesy son as a leader, obviously, their paradigm is a bit skewed right, because they don't look at him as a, as a messenger of Allah. And subhanAllah it's actually

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somewhat surprising because when when you see what the Prophet sallallahu wasallam accomplished, you that doesn't that's not like, you can't do that without the support of, of the Creator of the heavens and earth. subhanho ATOD

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so it's, it's almost interesting that people would praise Him so much for what he was able to accomplish and then turn around and not believe that he was in fact, you know, sent by Allah subhana wa Tada, so that not only have I heard it, but I've actually seen it written down. I think what we can take away as Muslims, you know, from that, we don't need 100 We don't need other people to validate our prophets of Allah to sunnah. But it doesn't hurt right? It doesn't hurt when you find that there are people who are outside of your faith so they don't even have that you know, the type of semana partner that we have the listen and obey and, and the wanting to accept what we hear is

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the truth. They don't even have that. But when when they come now, and they can look at it from a totally different lens and see that this is, even though they won't say it like this, but this is divinely inspired. Clearly. It should, you know, help us it should serve as a catalyst for us to learn more about the life of the prophesy center and want to emulate him more. Like

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Dr. Tasneem on the on the notion of habits, no, and inshallah we'll end with this one. You know, as people go into Ramadan, how do they enact change? That midnight Allah will outlast Ramadan? How do they plan for that from now to have changed realize that their lives that will actually inshallah and move beyond Ramadan?

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So I think that a lot of times when we think about okay, what are our goals for the Similan? What are the habits that we're going to be implementing, a lot of times, you got to play it two ways, you got to go hard, right? Where you want to really make the most of your madonn it could be your last went take advantage of it. It's time filled with Baetica opportunity. But at the same time, you want to play smart because a lot of times when we set our goals just like these lofty goals, these massive goals. So on the one hand, I could talk about how you know, you want to be thinking of your your stretch goals, your backup goals, all that stuff, but it's all you can, you know, check out the

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series for more on that. One thing I wanted to focus on today was the is the fact that when you think about Ramadan, this there is someone coming up with next week's plan of law don't think about it as just this Ramadan but you want to be thinking long term, I want you to think about the next 10 Ramadan 20 3040. Inshallah mammals pathetic give us the life to see decade's worth of Ramadan. But when you have this, this long term picture in mind, what happens is that you start to think about what do I want to take away from this Ramadan? And what is that going to look like in this, this big term picture, and I'll get share of just my personal example, to really

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explain how profound it can be. You can have all the goals in the world, right it whether that's reading a certain amount of Quran, whether it's a praying a certain amount of sunlight at night, whether it's you know, eating healthy, those are all great and be you know, excited and smart and everything about those goals. But in that entire list of goals that you have, pick just one just even if it's the most simple one of all those goals, and tell yourself you know what, this is what I'm going to do after Ramadan. Just this one, you know what I might have been reading 20 pages of Quran every single day, I might have been praying every single night. But the one thing I'm going to

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take away is just making drop after salah. Right? Just pick one simple, one simple goal from that list. And think to yourself, This is what I'm going to take away and this is what I'm it's going to last me throughout Ramadan. And you know what, you know, you can be as simple as simple as you want. In fact, the more simple the better. And I'll tell you what's going to happen. What I did last year, for example, and hold on my goal. I had tried a long list of goals, but I told myself you know what, if there's one thing I really want to be able to do after Ramadan, it's to be able to start praying so lots of blocks

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consistently write, just to look eyes, they don't have to be long. They can be short sutras, it can take me all 30 seconds. But before you know, so lots of events and sort of in my morning, all I want to do is to be able to do that consistently, not just something that is sporadic. And that was something that I was able to carry weight. Because I started that goal in Ramadan, I started praying every single day. So I'll go home. And I told myself, that's the one thing I'm going to carry over and Childwall. And I was able to maintain that I was able to take the energy I had an AMOLED on and carry that over as a habit. So now I'm looking back and I'm thinking to myself, You know what, now,

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in 2022, here I am praying myself to the hub. But you know what I did the year before that, I told myself, what I want to do is I want to be more intentional about the the eschar the draw that I wanted that I make in the morning in the evenings, that I started sort of slacking, and I would recite them as I was doing other things, I was totally unfocused. And so my goal in 2020 was to carry away from Milan is just to be focused when I'm doing that drop. So now here I am in 2022. I've now i That's something I do every morning is My mice card every evening, I was able to maintain that often Ramadan, and now it takes off every single day. And this summer Dawn, all I want to do is

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start to instill the habit of reciting that event in the low water who actually could follow him to a definition that that 100 times a day there's a hadith the prophets a lot isn't that says, Whoever recites this, that there's no God, but God, there's no partners ascribed to him. That to him is all the Dominion if you if you recite this, this this form of wicked every single day, just 100 times that there's so much reward, right? It's as if you free 10 slaves use the 100 sins are wiped away, 100 you get 100 reward, you get the [???] lon is locked up from you for that day, etc, etc, just immense rewards, rewards. You know what, this is incredible. All I have to do is repeat this it

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could be on my commute to work, it could be as a preparing a thought, whatever it is 100 times a day. That's the one thing I told myself, you know, that's I'm carrying away from robot. Now imagine myself if I do this every single year for the next 10 years? Who am I going to be in my you know, late 30s and 40s and 50s. I'm going to if you can just take one simple act, every single Ramadan. And really envision yourself Who do you want to be at the age of 60? Who do you want to be at the age of 70 and think about just one little act and I'm trying to emphasize the fact that it really just needs to be simple act, it doesn't need to be all out. You're going to be incredible person.

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And that I mean that's really the beauty of the religion because at the end of the day, even if you don't ever live to see an X Ramadan, you set yourself up with that intention that yeah, Allah, I'm taking away this one little good deed, I'm going to do it consistently I'm going to build on it because this is what I see myself at the end of my life before I come to meet you. And you don't have to you don't have to live till 70 that Allah Subhana Allah insha Allah will accept your intention and you'll show up on the Day of Judgment with exactly that. And so a lot of times when we think about our goals for Ramadan, we think alright, you know how can I go big this Ramadan and I

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just really want to get it all out that's great. But also think smart What's one thing I'm going to carry on after Ramadan and and really think about it in that long term vision and just use that as a motivation that just need to do this one little thing and year after year after year, you'll transform before your eyes and that's something that I particularly find extremely beneficial and inshallah something that just just you witnessing that change is enough to really drive you to do this year in and year out inshallah. Inshallah Bartok along females pants are boys Yeah, I think that's profound advice and indeed a beneficial Vicodin sha Allah that we can implement in our

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lifetime and I think you know, as we're coming to the end of this within a time just a reminder to everyone to please inshallah to sign up at the link within that and stay with us this Ramadan we a lot of programming and hamdulillah the Judgment Day series is

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in shot lots are going to be next a little bit in the nighttime and hopefully connect people to the afterlife in a different way and 30 for 30 but the Knights are looking forward to that. Last night's program the Ramadan reminders shifted him on honey there's so much that we have coming up this summer in London Aitana Shaykh Abdullah duro couldn't be here. He actually apologized He's probably in the gym you know picking something up I mean, that's that's my assumption but on a serious note, he apologizes and you know, I wanted to remind everyone obviously beyond Quran 30 for 30 He's been heading convert resources and Hamdulillah we have content specific for converts this Ramadan

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inshallah time that I hope they can benefit from, as well. With the last few minutes and shall shift or anything you want to share, based on what doctor

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Testing just shared sort of a long lasting habit and then we'll go ahead and close it out and show

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a low Fico.

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And I just want to say that that advice from Dr. Tasneem is spot on.

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And a lot that you know, we definitely need to go big and Ramadan, we need to take advantage of the month of Ramadan.

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When Allah subhana wa Tada opens up those doors of Genda and closes the doors of the Hellfire. And when the Shayol team are chained and restrained, we need to take advantage of that time we need to push ourselves hard. The reality though, is that we don't want to stop it Ramadan, we don't want Ramadan to be the end of our relationship with those extra forms of a bed. But if we take on too much, psychologically, we may feel like it's too much. And then we leave everything on it's kind of how we are as human beings. So you know that idea of just taking one thing that you can stick to and how that builds up over time to help you be a better slave of Allah Subhana Allah is profound

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advice. If there's anything that I would say, you know, in conclusion to tonight's webinar, it would be a reminder of the statement attributed to NS Holly alone who had mentioned by the time from my article, even though any there may be some weakness in the chain but with this practice was well known amongst the seller of this OMA NS Radi Allahu Tada and it was reported to have said either duckula Shadow shadow band called The Canon Muslim Moon either duckula shabu shabu en

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a kibaale and Masai,

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when, when when the month of shadow ban would enter

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the Muslim moon right, with turn the full attention to the Maasai. And their copies of the book of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada. Chavez that's not Ramadan.

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I think it's so important. You know, that we as as people who are advising other people about what to do in preparation for Ramadan.

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I don't know of any preparation, that that's going to be better than really shifting our focus as much as we can to the book of ALLAH SubhanA who was either the owner may have mentioned that, you know, shabu shot Ben and it was also called Shadow quarter All right, the month of the reciters some of them would close their shops down in the month of Shabbat so they can give the book of Allah's pants out of that much attention. Some of the other men mentioned that the that the greater objective and shadow ban is it Connell Kira, right is that you are reading well you know, what whether that is with to De Boer and you know really understanding what you're reading or or also as

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it relates to your TED tweet and like you know, really giving that you know, extra sharp laser focus to the reading of the Quran

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and the objective and Ramadan is the Katha Is that is that you're doing it a lot right you're reading a lot and you when you look back at the the biographies of the early scholars of Islam, you found that they read the Quran a lot in Ramadan Imam Shafi Rama to lie they, you know was reading the entirety of the Quran once a day, last 10 Nights twice for people who think that's impossible it's not they're still people who do it Subhanallah it's amazing to witness

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that being said

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most people are not going to be able to do that in Ramadan unless they've already started something and shopping. Right they've they've reconnected with the Quran and SHA van in a way that you know wasn't it wasn't the same as it wasn't Roger board the whatsit before. And so shadow ban that rekindling that fervor for the book of Allah Subhana Allah and someone Ramadan comes in they're ready similar to how the prophet Isaiah select was Sudan was fast the majority of shot ban according to Asha or the yellow line and and when Ramadan started there's no you know, adjustment time I'm gonna wean myself off of caffeine you know whatever it might be there's no adjustment and Ramadan

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you know physical or in this case with the Quran you start Ramadan Ramadan ready, and I think that is so important for us because what we have to realize is from the first night of Ramadan, right, I mean, and I'm sorry with this just this be my last point Chela from the first

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night of Ramadan Allah azza wa jal let who are common and not a people's freedom from the fire

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from the first night Subhan Allah like, you know the prophet Isaiah Salatu was sent out so willing to call him in and not with that he couldn't Elena

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Allah's Fantana his people that he frees from the fire, and that is every single night in the month of Ramadan.

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What our question is, obviously, we don't know, are we amongst them or not? But our question is what can we do to make ourselves you know, be more in the running you know, and for you know, being worthy or you know, being of those people who receive a loss of parents out of this race from that very first night, right? So not starting off slow, short, you want to pace yourself you want to make sure you don't run out of gas by the last 10 nights and so forth. You want to pace yourself but you still need to be like even there you need to be high octane you know and that's something that you know, we have to prepare for and shot man that's ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada to allow us to reach the

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month of Ramadan in good health and Amen. And to guide us to beneficial and accepted acts in the month of Ramadan

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mashallah lots of gems there. I hope you didn't rush it.

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Both of you shared so much valuable advice for some time the lamella accepted for me both and I'm looking forward to having both of you on inshallah to Allah Quran 30 for 30 Again, but the night honor everyone please do and shall those were the link below is to register to be a part of the great Ramadan and salah but also benefit from the the link to shift out a series on Ramadan there is on repeat Dr. Tasneem series on habits and all the other stuff that's out there we hope that it will be a part of your normal blonde experience but more than that, of making this faith

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you know,

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or greeting this Faith with certainty and living this faith with great certainty and nurturing in your heart and nurturing your habits nurturing your life and connecting to Allah subhana wa Tada and connecting this journey that we have in life to that ultimate meeting with me last pennants Allah allow us to be amongst the people and for those that are no longer I mean, it was like my little Hayden, Dr. Taha Dr. Tasneem appreciate you both and Zack and Lafayette and to everyone who tuned in and inshallah Tata will see you all soon. sabbatical. I'm having a shadow and I learned stuff yoga, to lay Castellammare command to law he worked out

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why because