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The Best Deeds in the Best Days #01 of a Dhul Hijjah Series

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu

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al hamdu lillahi Handan cathedra and play uban Mobile can fi comm au hibore buena wire la all praise and thanks is to Allah, loving, thankful praise, abundant pure and blesses, as our Lord loves and is pleased with Allah who might have been Allah can hand or Allah for you is all praise. mil XML worth he will or will immerse them in Shea embargo, as much as the feel of the skies and the earth and the feel of whatever you wish after that. lesson, you will merged a ha Kumar palala Arab were co lunella cara, you are worthy of praise and glory, you are most worthy of what the slave is saying. And all of us are slaves to you. Allahumma lemonnier alima are uplighter while are more clear Lima monarca.

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While our young Farrugia demon cultured or Allah there is none that can prevent what you give, and none that can give what you prevent, and the might of the Mighty One cannot benefit against you. Alhamdulillah we have entered the month of Luna hedger, Aloma local hunt, we thank Allah by praising him for giving us another opportunity in our short lives to do something that pleases Him. We begin by thanking Allah for giving preference to some days over others, and some deeds over others. Because we have the motivation then to work harder, and to do better. Every day of our lives is important. Every day of our lives is special and we know that but as human beings over time, we lack

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motivation. And Alhamdulillah Allah subhanaw taala when he has given preference to some days of the year over others, by giving them but by by making them such that the deeds performed in them are more rewardable then this gives us the strength and the motivation to work harder and to do better. The first 10 days of the hedger are actually the best days in worldly life. They are the best days of the year. And we learn in the Quran that Allah subhanaw taala takes an oath by these days in pseudoephedrine. Allah subhanaw taala says, Well federal, what a yearly Nash was shuffling Well, what? Well layli either? Yes, healthy Valley calcasieu livi hedger by the dawn and by 10 nights, and

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by the even number and the odd and by the night when it passes, is there not in all that an oath sufficient for one of perception? So Alyssa paneled politics and all over here, first of all, by Alfredo and Fletcher is the light of morning that appears from the east of the horizon and cleaves the darkness of the night before the morning begins. And this is the time when the night comes to an end and a new day is about to begin. And remember that when Allah subhanaw taala swears by something

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It shows us its immense importance. 5g is itself a miracle that at such a large scale, light is bursting through, and a new day is beginning. And at the time of budget, we also have to perform the fudger prayer, which is also very, very important, and a lot of acts of worship are actually associated with this time. If we're fasting, we have to stop eating by this time. fajita marks the beginning of the fast. Then Allah subhanaw taala takes an oath by the 10 Knights Willa Yelena rush. And some orlimar say that the 10 Knights is referring to the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan. And others say that it's actually referring to the first 10 days of the hedger. And yes, even though

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the word layer has been used night has been used. The word night in the Arabic language doesn't just refer to the nighttime, the word night layer in the Arabic language is similar to how we use the word day. For instance, when we say my exam is in five days, or I will be traveling for three days, you don't mean that you will only be traveling for the daytime, you mean the day and the time included. So les l&r should over here refers to the 10 days of the hedger, as many alumni have said, and when Allah subhanaw taala is taking an oath by these 10 nights, then this shows us how very special and important these days of the year are, and even our bus Mujahid many of the son of many

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of the great scholars of the past among the Sahaba also, they were of the opinion, that these days these nights are referring to the first 10 days off the ledger. And then Allah subhanaw taala takes an oath by Russia Free Will with by the even and the odd. And this is referring to the creation because the entire creation is is in is in pairs as we learn in Surah two that yet women cliche in Harlequin as Oh, Janie, La La Quinta de Calhoun, that have everything we have created pairs so that you reflect and the only one who is a worker who is a wizard is Allah or xuejun. And some have said that was shut for a while what is actually referring to the different commands that Allah subhanaw

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taala has given because they're to be performed in these numbers. So for example, Mohammed Salah is three rockhard an odd number for Salah is to record right and even number and well lately either yesterday Allah subhanaw taala takes an oath by the night as it departs the night as it leaves. And this is referring to either the the night when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was taken on the night journey on an Israelite El Mirage or it is referring to every single night because as the night departs, that means that another day has come to an end. And as we begin to, you know, think about what we have accomplished over the last 24 hours or what we have missed out on this time also

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gives us hope, to look forward to what is coming ahead. Then Allah subhanaw taala says healthy there Lika kuzhambu Lily hedger is there not in that meaning in these olts, that Allah subhanaw taala has taken in in all of that is there not an oath that is sufficient for one of perception, meaning of there is a person of perception, who is able to perceive good and right things? Will they not learn something from these oaths? Will they not realize the importance and the significance of the things that Allah subhanaw taala has mentioned over here? And of the things that Allah subhanaw taala has mentioned over here is, of course, the first 10 days of the hedger, Leyland Russia, and these days

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the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said about them, that Afflalo a Yama dunya the best days in the world. The best days in worldly life, are 10 Alicia, meaning the first 10 days of the hedger and how exactly are they the best time of the year or but best days of worldly life? Because if a person performs a good deed in these days, then that good deed we learn is far more superior to the same deed performed at any other time of the year. For example,

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You could have given sadaqa yesterday or the day before and that would be good excellent Masha Allah. But if you give sadaqa today, on the first of the hedger, then that sadaqa will be far more superior, it will be far more rewardable because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, ma I'm a loon off Bella Minh who fee heavy Hill a young, there is no deed superior to a deed performed in these days, meaning in the 10 days of the hedger. And this is why our focus in these days should be on doing our best in terms of quantity, and quality and variety. Meaning we want to make sure that we perform various good deeds, even those good deeds which we have been neglecting over, you

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know, the past few days or weeks or months. And also we need to increase in the quantity of the good deeds that we are doing. And we also need to focus on improving the quality of the good deeds that we are performing, because we want to make the best of this time of the year. And these deeds are for example, you know, praying Salah in the best way possible fasting, remembering Allah azza wa jal, and other good deeds. We learned that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, that there are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah, than those 10 days meaning if you perform a good deed in these 10 days, then that good deed is actually more beloved to Allah. Allah

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subhanaw taala likes it more. Because Allah subhanaw taala has given significance to these days, these days are important. Why not? Because, you know, the weather is amazing, or because there are, you know, huge sales in the malls or because there is a party every day, or you know, you are getting a promotion at work or you're getting great test results. No, that's not the reason why these days are important these days are important because Allah subhanaw taala is the one who has given significance to these days. And so, when we recognize that, and we show gratitude for that, by performing good deeds in these days, then we see that these deeds are more beloved to Allah, the

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humble Lama mean heavy a Yamanashi. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was then asked that O Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, not even jihad in the way of Allah, any for a person to participate in, in a situation where their life is at risk. Any you would think that that is the best form of sacrifice of dedication, that you could, you know, do for the sake of Allah. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied that no, not even jihad in the way of Allah. Unless a person were to go out with his life and his wealth, and not return with anything. Meaning except for basically the Shaheed Otherwise, there is really no other good deed that can be more rewardable that

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can surpass the the the beauty, the excellence, the virtue of a good deed performed in these days. In another Hadees, we learned that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked that what if a person performs Jihad the same number of times as the number of days in the first arsenal of the hijab, meaning 1010 times if a person goes to jihad, what about that? And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said these days are better meaning the deeds performed in these days are better, except for the person who goes out in the way of Allah and does not return meaning he is a martyr. So this shows us how important how special these days are, how special every moment of these days

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and nights are. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam also said, there is no deed that is pure near Allah as carrying them, while they are going to adjourn nor greater in terms of reward than the good deed performed in the 10 days off of alcohol meaning that the first 10 days of the hedger So, in summary, we learned from all of these Hadees that if a person performs a good deed, it is a fun, it is far more superior, far more virtuous, than a deed performed at any other time of the year. Then we learn that it is greater in terms of reward, we also learn that it is more beloved to Allah subhanaw taala. And we also learn that it is pure. And as God the Word eska doesn't just mean pure.

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It also means that it is it is going to grow more it is it is going to benefit a person, much more than the same deed performed at any other time of the year. Now, a person might want

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Under that, why exactly are these days so important? And why is it that so much significance has been given to, you know, a good deed performed in these days? Because if you think about it, these 10 days are actually part of a sacred month. Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran, that there are 12 months of the year and four of these months are sacred. And in sacred months, we learned for that totally movie hidden and full circle, do not wrong yourselves in these months, meeting Allah subhanaw taala has especially sanctified this time of the year, these months and he has given them a sacred status. And because this is a sacred time of the year, this means that you do not wrong

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yourself, you do not commit sin, you do not commit injustice. Because if you do something wrong if you commit any form of injustice against yourself or against another person, you are essentially harming yourself. So fall out of the movie hidden and full circle. This is a sacred time of the year. We learn that women you are a limb Shara Illa II for inna Hammond taco kulu, that whoever honors the symbols of Allah, meaning the times the places the rituals that Allah subhanaw taala has given significance to, if a person honors them, respect them, then indeed, that is from the piety of the hearts, that shows that a person truly has the blood in their heart. They have piety in their

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heart, they're truly conscious of Allah. They have regard for Allah or zoologia. We learn when you are on lindholmen at Lehi, for who are highroller who are in the lobby, and whoever honors the sacred ordinances of Allah, it is best for him in the sight of his Lord. Meaning when Allah subhanaw taala has deemed certain things, certain rituals, certain places sacred and you honor them, then that is best for you. That is excellent for you in the sight of Allah, meaning instantly your rank is elevated in the sight of Allah azza wa jal and remember that the Shah of Allah, the symbols of Allah, this includes rituals, like Hajj and Umrah and fasting and the giving of Zakat and the Kaaba

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itself, and we know that it is only at this time of the year that Hajj is performed, and even hedger Rahim, Allah mentions the reasons why these days are so significant. And he says that one of the reasons is that in these days of the hijjah a lot of acts of worship are combined in the sense that there is no other time of the year when all major acts of worship can be performed. So for example, in the month of Ramadan, yes, you fast, but if you are unable to fast because of illness or because of travel, then you can always fast at any other time of the year, and you can make up those missed fasts. But in the month of the ledger is hedge. And if you do not perform hedge on its specified

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days, you cannot make your hedge up, you know, your missed hedge in the month of Ramadan. You cannot make it up in any other time of the year. Hedge is only in the time of Hajj as Allah subhanaw taala says ahead, you assure Omar lumad Hajj is in known months, but we see that along with Hajj in these days, for example, we fast on the day of autofocus. So and that is also very rewardable. And because the remaining days of these off the first 10 days of the hijjah are so significant, you can in fact fast throughout these, you know throughout the first nine days. And then we see that on the 10th of the hedger underneath, we also offer a sacrifice, right. And then, of course there is Salah every

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day, and you can give sadaqa any, you know, on any of these days, every single day, a lot of people make sure that they give their cat at this time of the year, so that it is more rewardable. So one of the reasons why these days are so significant is because this is really that time of the year when you can witness so much piety where you can witness you know the performance of so many good deeds, and especially when it comes to hedge, then, you know, this is a once a year and Hajj is a very important beautiful act of worship that brings people from all over the world.

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And in unity, you know people are performing various rituals, you know, going from one place to another to perform all those rituals of Hajj remembering the pious before us, Ibrahim alayhis salaam, herder walking in the footsteps of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam as well performing hedge exactly as he taught, witnessing those places, standing in those places, sleeping in those places where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam performed all of these acts during hedge. So hedge is is a very visual, it is a very significant, you know, obvious act of worship, that that goes on for several days, and people leave their homes and their comfort in order to respond to the

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call of Allah azza wa jal and huduma Bruce Hajj which is performed in these days, Hajj is a good deed, the reward of which is actually paradise. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Will huduma Bruce, les sallahu Joseph en el Jana, the reward of huduma Breuer, meaning the one that is accepted by Allah is nothing except Jenna. Any The only reward for huduma bruun is Jenna Subhan Allah and we see that within these first 10 days, Hajj begins, right so Yama, Korea when people when the Hajaj when the pilgrims put on there, Iran is within these 10 days. And of course the ninth of the hedger is the day of arafa which is extremely significant for all of us. Because the day of

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arafa we learn in the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala says a Leo woman are compelled to lock andina calm. We're at mantoux alaykum near Mati worldly to locomole Islam, Medina, this ayah was revealed on the day of arafa. Allah subhanaw taala says that this day I have perfected for you your religion, and completed my favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. What is this blessing which Allah subhanaw taala has completed upon us, which Allah subhanaw taala completed upon this oma on the day of arafah What is this blessing it is the blessing of Islam. And Allah subhanaw taala says ayama acmella to lacantina come, what monture la come near Mati I have completed I have

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perfected my favor upon you, which shows us what a huge blessing our religion is, what a huge blessing, Deen is. And really, every single one of us needs to remember that, that we may be missing, you know, many things in our lives, especially, you know, over the past year and a half. Since the pandemic has begun, uni life has changed drastically, we have lost connection with other people, you know, we have lost certain skills, we have lost perhaps income, you know, we have lost, maybe, you know, maybe education opportunity, or maybe we, you know, our health has declined. Maybe our social life has declined any, you know, that every person experiences some level of loss, some

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kind of loss, you know, where you realize that something is missing from your life. But remember this, if you have the blessing of Islam in your life, then you have a huge blessing Alhamdulillah because this blessing of Islam is such that it Trumps every other blessing. And he It is so significant, it is so fulfilling. It is so satisfying, that it can make up for any any loss that we can experience in our lives. May Allah subhanaw taala give us the ability to really experience and feel Islam as a blessing for us. We learn that these days are also very significant, very important, because on arafa Allah azza wa jal as we learn in Hadith, Allah azza wa jal especially descends to

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the lowest sky in order to witness the the prayers the worship of the people of arafa there's a hadith in Muslim Arma that that tells us about that. And Allah subhana wa tada boasts to His angels right over the people of Otto for the people that have gathered together for Allah subhanaw taala sake and Allah subhanaw taala says to the angels that on little Isla everybody look at my slaves a Tony sure Thunder LeBron. How they have come over here to me in such a you know, disheveled state because at autofire

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You know, especially by the end of the day, when people have been standing and making varaa and you know, they've been stuck in traffic perhaps. But those those moments are so special, they're so important that you don't want to, you know, spend time resting etc. So really you can see the fatigue on on the faces of people. You can see their disheveled state you can see dust on you know, their white your home, and on their clothes and on their heads. So why is it that people are striving so hard? What is this marathon? What is this race? What is this event? Or what is it that's so special that has caused people to strive so hard, they have come for the sake of Allah azza wa

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jal, and Allah azza wa jal loves that he appreciates that. We learned that the day of autofab is actually the day of liberation. In Hadith in Sahih Muslim, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is reported to have said that there is no day when Allah sets free, more slaves from hell than the day of arafa Allahu Akbar, ne This is the day when the most number of people are liberated from hell, meaning if a person is destined to hell, because of the deeds that they have been doing, but they show up on this day seeking forgiveness from Allah subhanaw taala whether they are present at Allah, or they are, you know, fasting on that day, begging the last panel Tara for forgiveness,

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Allah subhanaw taala forgives them and liberates them from hell. So it is the day of liberation in Hades Weaver and Allah subhanaw taala draws near. And then Allah subhanaw taala praises his slaves, those slaves which have especially come to arafa. And he says to the angels, that what do these slaves of mine want? What do they want man or other hula? Because, you know, there's no fancy restaurants over there, there is no award or medal that you will win. When you complete the ritual of the day of alpha. There is no you know, cash prize that you win. So what is it that people have come there for they have come there in obedience to Allah to earn the approval of Allah to please

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their Lord. And we also learn that in these days is the day of forgiveness, the day of liberation and also the day of forgiveness. So and which is the day of Allah. So in a Hadith, we learn that Allah subhanaw taala, and he forgives his slaves, so that when they depart from arafa, they're told, depart in a state that you are forgiven you and also those that you have interceded for. So the draws of the people of ANOVA are accepted that there are others which they make for their friends and family, and whoever that they pray for those dollars are accepted. And for those who are not at hatch, and majority of people, majority of Muslims, of course, they're not going to be at hudge.

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This year again, may Allah subhanaw taala open up the ways for all of us. For those who are not at Hajj, the day of alpha is still very special. Because if we fast on this day, on the ninth of the hedger, we learned that when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked about fasting on this day, he said that it exports the sins of the preceding year and the coming here. So the sins which were committed in the past here, and the sins which a person will commit in the coming here, they will be forgiven. So even before those sins are committed, Allah subhanaw taala will pardon that person because of their fast on the day of ANOVA. So whatever that you can do, because you see Ma

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sha Allah, you know, there's a lot of people who can fast, easily, right of hamdulillah it's, it's not difficult for them. But then there are also those people who, who find it hard to fast because of their health condition. So whatever that you can do, maybe you can, you know, rest extra on, you know, on the eighth, you know, take a day off of work on the ninth, you know, make sure that you have food prepared from before so that you don't have to do such things while you're fasting, any whatever that you can do in order to accommodate you know, you're fast on the night of the hedger do that and, you know, especially women at home, you know, who are nursing, their, their children,

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their babies, or, you know, who are pregnant or, you know, if they're unwell, you know, family members should really support each other. Right? We should we should really help each other. Encourage your children, encourage your spouses, encourage your parents encourage your siblings, you know, share from now remind each other from now, that the fast of the night of the hedger is important

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And we're not going to miss it. Right? We're going to make sure that we fast on this date and shuttle and the day of out of any it's it's also of course a day when you know we are glorifying and praising Allah we're calling upon Allah. So what is you know the best way to call upon Allah. On this day? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us, he said the best Dora is the DA of the day of alpha. So the day of alpha is a day of fasting, and it is also the day of duras. It's the day of of calling upon Allah subhanaw taala and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, and the best supplication which I and the prophets before me have said, meaning on this day is La ilaha

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illallah wa who lashley Khanna who, la who will Molko Allah who will hand well who are allowed Konishi in Cadiz. This is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said on the day of alpha and the prophets before him also said this on the day of alpha. So we should also make it a point that we say this on the day of arafah La ilaha IL Allah hula hula hula Shetty Kala la Holman Kula who will handle were who are allow Cooley Shea in caddied. Now, within these days of you know, the first 10 days of the hijjah is also the ritual of you know, the stay in was delaford, which is a mush I will hold on. And this is also a very important ritual and of course, this is performed by those at

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hedge, but this time is significant. We learned in the Hadees that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, on the morning after most deliver that ob learn, calm the people down or make them quiet, because the Prophet sallallahu earlier said and wanted to say something to them. So when the people were quiet the Prophet sallallahu earlier Selim said that Allah has been very gracious to you in this gathering of yours. He has forgiven the wrongdoers among you, because of the righteous among you, and he has given the righteous among you, whatever they ask, move on in the name of Allah. Allahu Akbar, Guinea This is also a time when Allah subhanaw taala forgives his slaves. This is a

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time when even the wrongdoers are pardoned, they are forgiven. And if we're honest with ourselves, we are wrongdoers. We have so many shortcomings, we have so many flaws. So many faults. May Allah subhanaw taala, pardon us, we learned that in these 10 days is also the ritual of throwing the stones at Chez Pon, right from your Gmail. And this, of course, is performed by the Hajaj by the pilgrims. But the ritual begins within these 10 days. And they and that is also a very significant ritual rewardable. And of course, the 10th of the ledger is the day of read it is the day of sacrifice. And when it comes to offering sacrifice, ritual sacrifice, remember that that in and of

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itself is very important. You know, some people think that, you know, if everyone is, you know, offering sacrifice, or every year we offer a sacrifice, well, this year, I want to do something different. So instead of offering sacrifice, I'm going to give that money, you know the same amount of money in donation, right, I'm going to, you know, give water to the poor, I'm going to set up a water cooler, so that people who are thirsty can drink water for free, they have access to clean drinking cool water, or that I will sponsor a student, I will, you know, help a poor family. You know, all of these good deeds are great, they're excellent. And you can actually perform them at any

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other time of the year and you can perform them throughout these 10 days. But on the 10th of the hedger what Allah subhanaw taala has asked from you is that you offer sacrifice. This is, this is what Allah subhanaw taala wants from us on that day. And remember that when you show love to someone, you don't show love to them, you know, in the way that you like to be loved. So for example, if you really love that someone should give you a cheesecake, right? You really love cheesecake for example. And, you know, you know that you're a friend of yours is, is for example, you know that they're they're diabetic, or they are lactose intolerant. So they're coming over and

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you serve them the best cheesecake in town. You know, that's very, very inconsiderate, and that is very selfish, because you're thinking about yourself, you're not thinking about them. So we always do this, that when it comes

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showing love when it comes to expressing love. We know that we have to express love in the way that other people feel loved. So when this is the matter of the creation, then why why on earth do we think differently when it comes to Allah azza wa jal when Allah subhanaw taala has demanded from us has required from us that on the 10th of the hijjah we show dedication, we show servitude to Allah by offering sacrifice, then we have to offer sacrifice, even if we're animal lovers, even if we don't eat meat, or whatever the issue is, you know, on this day, what Allah subhanaw taala likes is that we offer sacrifice, we learned in the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala says, leash hadoo man efia

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Allah whom were Kuru smilla heafy, a Yama, Mara lumad Allah Manasa human behemoths and ROM for kulu minha will occur in Moodle by itself appears that they may witness benefits for themselves, meaning the rituals of Hajj, all of the rituals of Hajj are such that, you know, they allow us to witness benefits for ourselves, especially when it comes to offering sacrifice, ritual sacrifice, then this is of benefit to us. And they should mention the name of Allah unknown days over what he has provided for them of sacrificial animals. And when we offer that sacrifice Allah subhanaw taala says so each of them and feed the miserable and poor. So, in these days is also the ritual of sacrifice

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which begins on the 10th and as you know, it goes on for a few more days. And when it comes to yo now, the 10th of the hedger, we learned the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that of Lulu a yamir in the law he yomo nahi William will carry the greatest day in Allah sight is the day of sacrifice and the next day after that, any yes, these 10 days are important. And from within these 10 days, yo na is even more important. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he described the best part of Hajj as a large Jew, a third Jew, and he The best part of Hajj is to say the Tobia and you know, to say it loudly, and also to to offer sacrifice. This is this is the highlight of hudge

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highlight, we can the highlight of which is, you know, wearing the ihraam or, you know, quickly going from one place to the other. All of those rituals are important, they're significant, but often will hedge the most significant part of hedge the most virtuous part of hedge, he said, is the Tobia and, and, and offering sacrifice. And when we offer sacrifice, on the 10th of the ledger, then we are following the footsteps of Ibrahim alayhis. Salam, right, because Ibrahim really his surname is the one who marked the beginning of, you know, ritual sacrifice in this manner, at this place at this time of the year. And the person who is offering ritual sacrifice, we learned in Hadith in

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Sahih Muslim that they should not cut their hair or nails, you know, from from when the hijab begins until the sacrifice is offered. So 100 another month of the Hydra has begun. And now we should refrain from trimming our hair or nails until the sacrifices offered. And remember that when it comes to offering sacrifice, you know, there's no you know, we have been told about what kind of animals to sacrifice and you know, the different chairs for example, in in a camel or in a cow, you know, they have been specified. But, you know, when it comes to giving the cat, you, you know, everyone is not required to give the cat It is only people who have, you know, who are, you could

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say eligible because they have a certain amount of wealth, sitting with them for a certain time, only they will give the cat and the cat is a certain amount, right? It's a certain percentage of your wealth. But when it comes to offering sacrifice, you don't have to, you know, be employed, you don't have to have a certain amount of wealth sitting with you. You don't have to be of a certain

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you know, financial capacity. It doesn't matter what your financial position is. Sacrifice is about showing your love and your dedication to Allah subhanaw taala that is the real spirit. So you know, sometimes we get caught up in okay.

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Does everyone have to do it? How many? Do we have to do one animal or two? In one chair or two? And if I'm doing a share of the other cow, then how much is it? What is cheaper? Can you we get caught up in basically fulfilling it as as if it were an obligation just to, you know, just to put a checkmark on our list that, Okay, I'm done with this. That is not how we should be viewing, ritual sacrifice. This is an act of love. This is an act of dedication, and we need to do it with, you know, with that love. So, don't just get caught up in, you know, how much is is a sacrifice, and where's it going, and things like that, of course, these details are necessary. But don't hold back,

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you know, from from giving, what you can give, with love, and with generosity, in the way of Allah in obedience to Allah subhanaw taala.

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Now, these days, the first 10 days of the hedge are also very important, because in these days is, you know, the day of our offer on which we fast, and that is the day of expiation of sins. And otherwise, also, in the first eight days, we can again we can fast, right, and the 10th of the hijjah is not only a day of sacrifice, it's also a day of read, write, and a day of read is a day that is to be celebrated a day on which we show gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala. And when we look at the way of the companions, the Sahaba gave a lot of significance to these days, any they valued every single day, of these 10 days of the hedger, we learn about sorry, the bungee bait radula moron

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who that when these 10 days began, he strove very hard. And he, he, he worked so hard in worshipping Allah subhanaw taala. So much so that it seemed that it was he was doing more than he comfortably could. And he was very obvious that he was he was doing his very best that he was working really hard. So we need to think about it as well, that what am I going to do in these 10 days? How am I going to spend my morning? How am I going to spend my afternoon? My evening? What are my, you know, spending habits going to be like, you know, where am I going to spend my time? You know, what exactly is my strength and energy going to be going in, of course, you know, it's summertime,

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children are home, maybe people are, you know, taking time off of work, it's vacation, you know, you might have family obligations. But remember that along with all of that, you can still do more, you can still bring variety and quality to your ibadah. So what are some things that we can do in these 10 days.

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And I'm sure that whatever you have heard so far, and whatever that you will be hearing about in the in the next few minutes. I'm sure this information is not new to you.

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You know, every year we we hear about the importance of these 10 days we read about them, especially now on social media, everyone is posting about the significance of these days and the different good deeds that we can perform. But remember that, you know, it's not enough to just know, it's important to translate that knowledge into action. And this knowledge can only be translated into action when we when we have that intention, and we have Sofia from Allah subhanaw taala we have that willingness and Allah subhanaw taala gives us the ability, when Allah subhanaw taala gives tofield to his slave, this Sophia is of two kinds. The first tofield is that Allah subhanaw taala makes the servant aware

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of what they can do. So the first part of delfy is knowledge that a person is made aware of what they can do, what they should do, what the importance is, what the benefit is, and how to do. And when a person learns, than they should make the intention. And they should start thinking about the different ways in which they're going to perform different good deeds. And the second part of delphis is that that Allah subhanaw taala gives the person the ability to actually do you know something good to actually translate that knowledge into action to translate that idea into practical life. So Allah subhanaw taala is already giving us trophy by making us aware now the ball

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is in our court, it is our job. It is our, you know, obligation that we make the intention

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And we start planning, and we start actively thinking about, you know, what we're going to do, how we're going to do it, when we're going to do it in sha Allah. So, as you hear about different things in this lecture, you know, you can perhaps, start making the intention that yes, I will do this as well. And as you're making the intention, maybe, you know, make a list for yourself, of, you know, the different things that you can do. Because, you know, sometimes we have great ideas, we have great intentions, we have great thoughts, but we don't always have that, you know, freedom in our lives, that we can actually do what we want to do, because, for example, you know, you wake up in

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the morning thinking, today, I'm going to do this and then you know, one child has an accident and then another child, you know, has you know, needs food and two other children are now in an argument and now, you know, some relative once you do something, and now your boss wants you to do something, and then you realize you had another deadline. So, you know, in the in the daily,

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you know, chaos, basically, we can forget to do things that we want to do. But if we, you know, write down, you know, a checklist for ourselves daily reminders for ourselves, that insha Allah, we will also give them priority, and we will not forget, in sha Allah. So what are some things that we can focus on? First of all, let's begin with what is most important, which is our Salah.

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Every single day of these 10 days, we we have to pray, right of course, women who are not praying that's different but otherwise, everyone has to pray, and Salah is any of those deeds which Allah subhanaw taala loves any Allah subhanaw taala loves this deed so much that he is obligated us to perform Salah five times a day. When a person stands to pray, then they're talking to Allah subhanaw taala faces them. And we learn mozzarella, his son and was told up hemosol ackerly victory established prayer for my remembrance. One of the first qualities that Allah subhanaw taala mentions of the people of taqwa the people of success is that they establish prayer. And we learn that a

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person draws closer to Allah, how, by performing those deeds which Allah subhanaw taala has obligated on them. And one of the first things that we will be asked about on the Day of Judgment is what is our Salah. So let us improve the quality of our Salah in these days, because Allah subhanaw taala loves Salah. So imagine now you're performing Salah anyway you have to perform Salah anyway, but if you perform some at the best, you know at its earliest time at its right time, then this is as we learned in Hades that it is the best deed when the Prophet sallallahu Urdu Sena was asked in which which deed is the best the Prophet sallallahu Urdu sent him sent a Salah Li a William Bhakti

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her Salah at its first time meaning as soon as it as soon as the time enters, you perform Salah This is the best deed and let us focus on the quality as well that we perform Salah with who assure and that we perform Salah you know consistently regularly we don't delay it and in addition to the the obligatory Salah, let us also perform the Doha prayer or the Islamic prayer, right which of course is is a voluntary prayer. But remember we learned in her these that when a person performs voluntary deeds after obligatory good deeds, then they draw even closer to Allah subhana wa tada and it shock you know, you can perform too you can perform for the Prophet sallallahu earlier cinema also

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performed eight at MOCA so and remember that you can perform Salah to do how on earth or Islamic basically anytime after the sun has fully risen until before lover begins. So if you perform it earlier in the morning, you would call that a shock because it's the time of shock. And if you perform that later in the morning you would call it to hell because you're performing it at the time of the heart. So it's basically the same depending on when you're performing it, it will be called different but the reward the benefit is the same. So you can perform to to carve out for record six how many ever you want and and you can recite in a Quran you know the parts that you have memorized

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or even the parts you know the Sooners that that you typically do but you know you can recite them. For example sort of airfloss 10 times

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In each locker or five times in each car any recite as much as possible otherwise also increase in your voluntary prayer amend should especially pay attention to performing Salah in congregation.

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Along with that, let us also think about performing the 100 prayer and in tahajjud any reciting a lot of Quran. And also one way that we can improve the quality of our Salah is that we recite different soldiers, you know sometimes we just have that we pray an autopilot, right we begin to Salah we're used to reciting surah to NASS or sudo to Doha, or pseudo potty or, or, or whichever surah that we don't have to think about, we just recite on autopilot. So, try to bring variety in your recitation of Quran, in your Salah, and that will help you focus better. Secondly, after Salah let us also think about fasting in these days, of course, on the ninth of the Rohingya, the first of

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all of that is significant, but otherwise also any if you have, for example, missed fasts that you have to make up, this is, you know, an excellent time to to fast. And we can fast three days we can fast on Monday, Thursday, we can fast all nine days, whatever is possible, then after fasting, let us also think about giving sadaqa

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sadaqa giving charity in the way of Allah in obedience to Allah, you know, in in good causes, you know, to to not only support those who are in need, you know, whether it is orphans, or or people in war torn countries, helping them rebuild their lives, in whatever way that we can. And along with that, let us also give sadaqa especially for the benefit of the religion of Allah, and you do that by supporting for example, a Masjid by supporting an Islamic Institute, but by supporting especially educational Institute's, you know, which are dedicated to teaching Islamic knowledge, you know, for example, you learn about a Quran school in your city and Islamic school, a nuclear armed program

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that is beginning, make sure that you contribute, because the reward for this kind of charity is is much, much more we learned in the Quran that the example of those people who spend their wealth in the way of Allah meaning for the cause of Allah,

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you know, the the reward is, is like that of a of a grain, right, from which seven years grow forth and then each year are 100 grains. So you have one grain, bringing forth 700 and, and many more. So, you know, bring bring variety, in your charitable contributions, you can sponsor students of knowledge, you can sponsor orphans, you can, you can sponsor, the, you know, the, the digging of a well, so that people have access to clean, fresh water.

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And along with that, don't forget to support your local mosques, and things like that, you know, even when it comes to, you know, children who are living in poverty, if you can bring them eight gifts, that is also excellent and, and don't just do this yourself, also involve your family in this, make sure that you encourage them, that they should also be kind to each other. You know, for example, just last night, because the puja had begun, I opened a box of candy, and I offered some to my children so that they could keep some in their, you know, in their, in their candy stash. And hamdulillah they've been very generous, you know, within their candy stash, you know, sharing with

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with each other with, you know, cousins, and also with adults, so I gave some to them, I told them, you can take whatever you want. And I encouraged them that, you know, this can be your dad really likes, go go give it to him right now. And I told him that, you know, the month of the hijjah has begun. And Allah subhanaw taala loves good deeds, which are performed in these days. And all of a sudden, you know, they had this new kind of generosity and, you know, this excitement, this, this willingness to be good to each other. So we have to begin from people who are closest to us, right? While you are giving charity to, you know, people who are far from you. Don't forget to be kind to

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those who are closest to you. You know, for example, if your if your grandchild is is going to an Islamic school, for instance, you know, they have to pay fees, right. So maybe

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In these 10 days, you can, you know, talk to your son, your daughter, that I am going to give the fees for the first three months for my grandson, right, it's your grandson, right your your son probably is not a need, he can afford to pay the fees of his children. But if you get to pay for your grandchildren for their Islamic education for their own learning, you have a share in that reward as well. Because remember that when you spend on, on on anyone, yes, you are rewarded, but when you spend on your relative also, you know, someone who is relative, someone who is related to you, the reward is multiplied it is doubled. One for the reward of charity and the other for the

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reward of you know, being good to your relative. So, make sure that you spend on your relatives spend on your parents, not because they're in need, but because when you spend on your parents, this is something that Allah subhanaw taala loves, spend on your spouse, spend on your children, you know, spend on your siblings, you may not have given a gift to your sister in a long time, this is an excellent time, give a gift. Right? And you know, you can give it now you can give it on the day of either hamdulillah the day of or eat is one of the 10 days. So excellent. Right on the ninth of the hedger. Maybe you can, you know, talk to a friend and tell her I'm sending if thought, right and

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you can perhaps send it you know, from a restaurant that you know, their children love to eat from. So, you have to plan out these things. And and actually think about them. So spend on relative spend on friends, spend on on, you know students of knowledge as well. Because especially those who are learning the deen if you have to give the cat make sure you give your as a cat and take account on what you have. Whatever is extra, whatever you're not using, if you know that somebody is in need of it, somebody would benefit from it, somebody would enjoy it, make sure that you pass it forward so that you know you're you

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you increase in your good deeds. After this spending, we also need to increase our connection with the Quran. Because time spent with the Quran is actually an investment and investment that only brings benefit to a person. So spend time listening to the recitation of the Quran, spend time reciting the Quran, perhaps review what you have memorized, memorize one more page and encourage your children your family also to recite more Quran in the month of Ramadan, you know, we give a lot of attention to reciting the Quran, and that's great. But in these days also, we should pay attention to the recitation of the Quran because when you recite one letter of the Quran, you get 10

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good deeds. So now these 10 good deeds, remember the significance in these days? It means that they are more beloved to Allah more rewardable right. So increase in your recitation of the Quran, listen to different reciters maybe recite a maybe memorize a new surah you know, reflect over the meaning and share the message of the Quran with a with other people as well. Then, of course, we have to increase in our in our remembrance of Allah. Because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that no deed performed in these days is greater meaning a deed that is performed in these days is greater in terms of reward, and more beloved to Allah than a deed performed at any other time of the

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year. So he said, therefore, in these days, for acfi roofie hinda Minato helina with tuck Beatty with diarmaid increase deadly to c'est la ilaha illAllah and takbeer to say Allahu Akbar and to me to say Alhamdulillah meaning in these days, especially say a lot of La ilaha illa Allah Allahu Akbar Alhamdulillah This is so beautiful. You see, the vicar of Allah is something that everyone can do. Everyone can any when it comes to giving sadaqa it's only someone who has money that can give sadaqa when it comes to fasting, it's only a person who was able to fast that can fast. But when it comes to the vicar of Allah, this is something that is accessible to everyone. And it's highly rewardable

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Allah azza wa jal says what could Allah cathedra Allah Allah come to flee home remember Allah Allah so that you may be successful? And the vicar of Allah is what brings contentment to our hearts? And it is, you know, of those deeds, which is so easy, and yet, so rewardable like when you say Alhamdulillah

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It fills the scale. When you say Subhan Allah and Alhamdulillah any, both of them fill the scale right? Or in Hades winner tumbler oma Bina summit you will have the fill, whatever that is between the sky and the earth. So when it comes to making vicars especially, you know make sure that you're saying your morning and evening of call you increase in your is too far. You increase in sending solid on the Prophet sallallahu early he was sending them, you make the doors which the Prophet sallallahu already send them would make you learn different auras. And especially, say a lot of tech B's, Allahu Akbar, because the reward have to compete is that of giving sadaqa it feels to say

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Allahu Akbar fildes you know the skies and the earth. And when it comes to La ilaha illa Allah it is the best Vicar. It is also equal under reward to a charity and it is a means of salvation and deliverance. When a person says La ilaha illAllah the gates of the sky are open for them. And La ilaha illa Allah is very, very heavy in the scale when it comes to the meat to say Alhamdulillah remember, Allah soprano throwdown loves it when you say Alhamdulillah it is the best form of gratitude and it is also equal and reward to a charity. It also fills the scale. So how can we say these words of wicked the profits from the sooner we learn? We can say Allahu Akbar Allah acaba de

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la ilaha illa Allah who Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, well, Illa Hill. So in this week, we have covered all three tech bead, Dileep and Talmud. Or we can say Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Willa Hill, Allahu akbar wa jal Allahu Akbar, Allah Hi, Donna. Allahu Akbar, Kabira Allahu Akbar, Kabira Allahu Akbar wa agenne Allahu Akbar Willa Hill hand and at at alhuda bookstore, you can also find, you know, different cards, basically, you know, one card is all about takbeer are different forms of saying a lot of different ways another different ways of saying La ilaha illAllah. And another different ways of seeing and hamdulillah You can also find them on, on da ki j

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app, which is available for free. In that also you will find different ways of or different tech pirot, you know, totally anti meet, and make sure that you set the copyright out loud, and you don't have to wait for the day of read you begin today. Because we learned that, you know, the Sahaba would say to be read out loud, even the women would say that out loud, your voice is not. Right. And especially if you're with your family, you know, you're encouraging your children, make sure to say that, you know these words of the could out loud, so that you you know, create that atmosphere,

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you know that culture of, of glorifying and praising Allah subhanaw taala and along with the vicar of Allah, let us also think about how we can benefit the creation of Allah, those who are around us and also those who are far from us beginning from those who are most worthy of our goodness, which are our parents, and our relatives, those we live with those who are related to us. And also you know, neighbors and, and, and otherwise people we know of, you know, let us connect with them. Let us show goodness to them in one way or another. And of course, when it comes to the highlight of these days, offering sacrifice, remember it's the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,

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and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam encouraged us to offer a sacrifice, the Sahaba would make a great deal out of this. And we learned that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he at one occasion he offered 100

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you know, camels in sacrifice, many of which he slaughtered himself. And the remaining he asked it, it'll be a lot more on who to slaughter. So it's not about you know, you just have to offer one per household. Think about what you want to give in, in showing your dedication, your servitude to Allah azzawajal May Allah subhanaw taala give us the ability to make use of every single day of these blessed days. May Allah subhanaw taala accept our efforts. And Melissa Parnell Tara grant is all sincerity. I mean, in sha Allah from tomorrow we will begin

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you know, a new series basically in which we will be looking at the best of the best honey, who are the best people? What are the best deeds because these are best days of the year. So we want to know you know, what are who which

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kinds of people are best near Allah, which kind of actions are best near Allah. So every day inshallah we will have a different theme. And we will be looking at different holidays in which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam guided us, to, to to the best, you know of things of actions, of virtues of places of people, so that we can strive to be the best in the sight of Allah. inshallah, we will conclude over here about a calligraphy come subhanak Allahumma will be handed a shadow Allah ilaha illa Anta astok Furukawa Tobu la was salam o Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh