Do Not Stop Fasting

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AI: Summary © The importance of fasting after Easter is discussed, including the transformation of one's life and the opportunity to gain rewards such as reward. The speaker emphasizes the importance of fasting for Allah's agenda and encourages individuals to continue doing so. The benefits of fasting include a " shield against bad behavior" and the ability to remember important dates. The speaker also suggests ways to help others, such as sharing pain and remembering important dates, and encourages people to make it a culture.
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My dear brothers and sisters,

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after Ramadan is over, please do not stop

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fasting.

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Do not stop fasting.

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Because we have our brothers, our sister and

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Gaza, they haven't stopped.

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And until this day, they're going through this

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genocide

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and deprivation of basic necessities of human needs.

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Food and drink, it's still scarce and rare

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to them. Alhamdulillah, we have so many blessings

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that we're enjoying today right now after Ramadan

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is over, but let us not

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forget about the lessons that we learned from

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the month of Ramadan.

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Brothers and sisters,

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I had a conversation with a few people

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in the past couple of days in regards

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to fasting after the month of Ramadan, when

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they heard about, you know, talking about fasting

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Shawwal.

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So some people they said, you know, alhamdulillah,

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Ramadan is enough for me,

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like not even 6 Shawwal.

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And other people they say, well, do I

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have to? I said, it's not a matter

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of you have to.

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They say, what did you learn from Ramadan

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then?

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For many people, it seems that when Ramadan

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is over, it's a relief. And it is,

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there's no doubt about it.

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Because you're carrying right now the burden of

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fasting every single day,

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stopping your cell from understanding, your cell from

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following what it desires, food and drinks and

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other pleasures.

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But then when Ramadan is over, it's your

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leaf, there's no doubt about it. But what

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else comes with that? See, Allah

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says about

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in the context of speaking the ad about

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Ramadan,

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Allah wills and intends for you

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ease, not hardship.

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And that is in what? Even when he

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prescribed fasting for you,

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even as he asked you to fast the

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month of Ramadan,

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he still

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his

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enactment of this obligation

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is bringing some ease for you.

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Maybe you don't see it in the moment

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as you fast,

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but overall, the concept of Ramadan itself and

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the fasting and the social life that comes

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with it, and the whole transformation,

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all of this brings so many kairats, so

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many blessings comes with the fasting of the

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month of Ramadan. Brothers and sisters,

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those who fast Ramadan and then they stop,

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may Allah

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reward them. They've done their obligation.

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But those who would like to do more,

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I have good news for you.

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There are great rewards that you can learn,

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inshaAllah,

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and you can gain from fasting after the

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month of Ramadan. Beginning with the 6 days

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of Shawwal,

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as the prophet

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says in the hadith,

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He says

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whoever fasts the month of Ramadan

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and follows that fast with 6 days of

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Shawwal.

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6 days of Shawwal.

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It will count as if you fasted your

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entire year.

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The word dahar could be for the year,

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and if you do that every single year,

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that would be what? For your lifetime.

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If you do it every year, as if

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you've been fasting your lifetime.

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We need these opportunities, Ajamal.

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We need these opportunities. Subhanallah, I heard a

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comment from some of the reverts who embraced

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Islam this year, and it was their 1st

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Ramadan ever.

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When Ramadan was over and they were talking

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about their experience of Ramadan, somebody in the

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comment section told them about, hey, don't forget

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the fast 6 of Shawwal and the Farduz

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said, what is that?

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And when they were told, they were so

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excited that there is even more.

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Because for them, like, wow, you get their

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word for the whole year? Who wouldn't want

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that?

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Because of how they're new in faith.

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And for them there was an excitement, there

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was an experience, but for many of us

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who are born in the faith,

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just go by it because of tradition has

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become unfortunately.

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So my dear brothers and sisters, don't stop

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fasting

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even after Ramadan is over.

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See, a man once came to the prophet

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your bedwain, come from the desert.

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As Sahaba, radiAllahu alaihi wasallam, even when they

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heard him speaking to the prophet, sallallahu alaihi

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wasallam, they couldn't tell from the accent. They

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had no clue what this man is saying

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to the prophet He was a heavy accent,

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not used to it in the desert people.

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And then finally when they heard the prophet

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given the answers, that's when they realized, oh,

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he's asking about Islam.

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And one of the questions he was asking

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about, what

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are my obligations?

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He said, 5 times a day. He goes,

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do I need to do anything more? He

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goes, no, unless you want to add on

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your

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own. Okay. What else? He goes, fast amount

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of Ramadan.

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Anything else? He said, no, unless you want

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to add on your own.

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You give zakat this much money until if

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you want to add on your own. And

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the man kept asking and telling the prophet

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these are the obligations.

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He goes,

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he goes, you have my word.

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I would never take away from this, but

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I'm not going to add anything more.

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Like I'll do the bare minimum. That's what

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required from me, I will do that. As

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the man was leaving the prophet He

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He's like I swear if he did that

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he's successful.

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Brothers and sisters, that is the bare minimum,

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but that's not what you need to strive

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for.

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That's the bad one level.

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Someone who's looking for higher level agenda, they're

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going to have to work more than this,

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and they have to be better than that.

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And that's where comes the reward for fasting,

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my dear brothers and sisters, the prophet says.

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And I'll share with you some of these

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rewards

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hopefully become an incentive for us to continue

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with the fast after the month of Ramadan

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is over.

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In the translation, the prophet said prior to

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this, he goes,

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every good deed that you do, every good

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deed that the son of Adam does, they

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will get 10 times the reward up to

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700,

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like multiplied up to 700. He goes except

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for fasting,

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it's exclusively for me, and the reward for

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it will be with me.

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Now, ulema, they're wondering, what does that even

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mean?

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Can't we do everything for the sake of

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Allah? And when I fast, I do it

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for the sake of Allah. When I pray,

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I do it for the sake of Allah.

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When I give zakah and charity, I'm doing

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this for the sake of Allah. So what

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does it mean that Ramadan is or fasting

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is exclusively for me? So the ulema, they

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said, look,

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one of them, it's because it was one

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of the most the most private and the

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most subtle act of irwaida.

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When you pray, people could see you. They

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could hear you, so it becomes public. When

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you give, the news might spread.

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But when you fast, the whole day will

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will go by. Even your family will know

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that you are fasting,

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because it's the most private thing. That's one

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thing to look at it. The second thing

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they say, on the Day of Judgment,

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Ibraujib

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is

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quoting Sufir ibn Aynay Uyayna

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as saying that, look, on the day of

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judgment when people now they have to start

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paying back each other with their hasanat,

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if you wronged somebody, may Allah protect us

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from this mumuja rabbilamin.

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They're gonna take from your hasanat if you

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slander someone, you backbite someone, you lied about

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somebody,

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all these things. There is not gonna be

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money

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exchanged on that day. It will be taken

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from your hasanat, from your merits.

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So they will take from your hasanat,

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and may Allah protect us. And when the

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person's hasanat are all gone, they start taking

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from their sayy'at and throwing that individual.

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So he's saying over here, based on this

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hadith,

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the hasanat that you will be used to

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exchange with others,

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everything else besides the fasting.

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The reward for fasting will not be touched.

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It will stay

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because that was done exclusively for Allah

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and Allah will compensate the other people

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for what they actually had to go through.

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Now, my dear brothers and sisters, that day,

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and Allah must stand, we all come, alhamdulillah,

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hopefully with mounds of hasanat.

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But how many of

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us might claim that I came with no

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liabilities?

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Alhamdulillah, I haven't wronged anybody. I haven't said

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anything bad about someone. I haven't done this

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bad thing. How many can claim that?

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We all need to be compensated for our

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khair, alhamdulillah,

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and forgiven for our sins. But be careful.

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If you've done something to somebody in this

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dunya, he's gonna come back at you.

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Be careful. Watch what you say and what

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you do with these people.

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The second thing the prophet mentioned about fasting,

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The one who fasts has two moments of

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joy and happiness. The day

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the moment when you break your fast, that

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is now a joy for this dunya. That

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fire, alhamdulillah, I'm thirsty, now I'm quenching my

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tayr with this beautiful drink.

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I'm eating this sweet, alhamdulillah, I'm eating this

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meal, and I'm satisfied. I'm so joyful for

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that. And joy, of course, obviously, because I

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made it until the end of the day.

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And as the day is getting longer and

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longer right now, you can imagine now how

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harder it gets to fast in the summer.

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We're still doing it.

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And the second, he says,

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that moment when you meet your Lord

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with a list

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of days

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and years probably of fasting.

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Brothers and sisters,

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if you know that the one who is

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providing that

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reward is the most generous

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what do you expect from him?

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Then he says

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When every soul shall see for itself what

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they had sent forth from this dunya.

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You're going to see it.

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Are you going to see their word for

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it? And And if it's coming again for

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the most generous, what do you expect from

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him

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Another thing the prophet mentioned,

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the smell that comes up from the mouth

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of the fasting person.

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It's more sweeter to Allah

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than the than the scent of the musk.

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Now what does that mean? We know exactly

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what this is happening because you're hungry, your

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stomach is empty, so that's why the smell

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actually comes out.

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But why the prophet, salallahu alaihi wa sallam,

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why Allah, azzawajal, considered this smell, which is

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considered

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a bad smell for humans,

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why would Allah say that's more beautiful to

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me than the than the musk?

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It's because you're doing this, and you're now

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enduring the hardships and the difficulties and the

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thirst and the hunger all for the sake

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of Allah

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So you're going through unpleasant

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events

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to please

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Allah Allah will be pleased with you for

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these matters.

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This is just like when you go to

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Hajj.

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The prophet mentioned on the day of Arafah,

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one of the most blessed days of the

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entire year.

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When he said, Subhanahu wa Ta'ala, describing the

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people who came for Arafat, to the angels,

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he goes, what my people need from me?

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What are they asking

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me? They came disheveled,

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dusty,

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sweaty.

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You can imagine right now, not a pleasant

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condition to be in.

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But that makes us feel probably bad and

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guilty in that moment. Allah relieves

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us from that feeling by saying, I love

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that from you.

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I love it from you. So when you

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endure the hardship

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of the Ibadah that would result in unpleasant

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events, it's okay. Allah

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will be pleased with you because of that.

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Brothers and sisters,

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there's a special gate in Jannah called Arayan.

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Very special gate. The prophet says

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There's one special gate in Jannah called Arayan

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where people quench their thirst.

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He said, this is exclusively

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given to those who fast regularly.

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Not just Ramadan,

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regularly.

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They fast regularly. And he said

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once those people

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go in, the door will be closed after

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them.

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What does that mean, Jema'? It means they

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will be recognized.

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These individuals for

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each and every one of them will have

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that very special unique title.

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And after they all get in, it's going

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to be closed. People of Jannah those of

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Jannah will be still open,

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but this one is exclusive. So that's an

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exclusive club,

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an exclusive group of people. Won't you want

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to be one of those very unique, special

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people of Allah

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I want to do that.

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So I'm going to increase my fasting throughout

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the whole year.

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Brothers and sisters,

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the prophet says about the reward for fasting

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1 single day. He said

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If you ever fast one single day for

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the sake of Allah

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Allah will put a distance between you and

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the fire about 70 years travel,

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which means far away from jahannam for one

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single day. Imagine when you do that on

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a regular basis,

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how far you put yourself away from that

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punishment.

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Brothers and sisters,

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prophet said

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fasting is a shield,

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which indeed it is. Because when you're fasting,

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you remind yourself what you're doing is right

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or wrong. I'm not supposed to be doing

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that. You feel guilty if you're doing something

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bad because you realize, look, I'm fasting, I'm

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not supposed to watch these things or do

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these things and so on. It's a protection.

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It's a shield,

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supposed to prevent you from doing something that

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you know is wrong. And if you start

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doing it, it's a reminder for you to

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reflect and stay away from it and stop

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it.

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So if you know that you have bad

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habits

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that require from you to stop them and

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stay away from them, fasting would help

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you. It would. But don't let the shaitan

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deceive you and fool you by saying, look,

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you really gonna fast, you do all these

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things during the night and tomorrow you're gonna

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be fasting? Say,

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Yes, I will.

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I'm not going to deprive

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myself from the mercy of Allah

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before it's not my fault.

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It's a golden opportunity my dear brothers and

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sisters. As Salmujuna,

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fasting indeed has all these beautiful benefits from

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the akhah and the dunya. One more thing,

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which I want to add to it, is

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from a from a worldly, worldly benefit. Brothers

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and sisters,

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nowadays, one of those fancy things people, they

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promote, you know, for health and diet and

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so on, The intermittent fasting,

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in which they ask people to fast, you

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know, regularly.

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And even the article that I read about

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this, they suggested to fast Mondays Thursdays.

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The only thing left from that article is

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to say Raul Bukhari.

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Like seriously, they wrote everything that we know

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from our deen and from our sunnah to

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be from our deen.

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And then they found out about it just

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recently that it's something very beautiful.

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And alhamdulillah, we don't need your research to

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tell us that this is actually something good.

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We have Rasulullah, and salaam, is the best

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example,

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and I want to do it.

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So don't stop fasting, my dear brothers and

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sisters, for all those beautiful rewards that you

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get, and on top of that, because I

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want to keep this as a constant reminder,

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as long as my brothers and sisters in

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Gaza are going through what they're going through,

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I want to feel with them.

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I don't want to stop feeling with their

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pain, I don't want to stop remembering what

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they're going through. And not just our brother,

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Sultan Gaza, what's happening in Sudan right now,

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for brothers in China, the oil community,

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what happens in Yemen and Syria. And there

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are many,

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many people out there, they don't have the

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privilege of having a meal after a long

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day.

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At least we can just share that pain

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so we can always remind ourselves to be

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there for our brothers and sisters around the

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world.

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My dear brothers and sisters, if you ask

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what day should I fast? Here's a few

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things I can suggest for you. There are

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sometimes there are specific occasions happen

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annually,

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such as fasting 6 days of Shawwal, you

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still have about,

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20 days left for you to do that.

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And for the ladies, if they want to

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fast, make up the days of Ramadan

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versus, you know, fast the 6 days of

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Shawwal, you can still do the 6 days

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of Shawwal and then fast the Ramadan days

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afterwards. That's what Aisha

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used to do.

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Regarding other days, you have Arafas coming up

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soon, InshaAllah, and Ashura after that. There are

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special occasions. Don't misinterpret to the fast these

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days. But it happens also once a year.

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Then you have what you have on a

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monthly basis, the 3 blessed days the prophet,

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the

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white night,

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when the moon is full, 13, 14, 15

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of every month, make sure to do that.

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We talk about the lower calendar over here.

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And if you want something on a weekly

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basis, hamdulillah, you have Mondays and Thursdays. The

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prophet used to do that on a regular

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basis.

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If you want to have more than this,

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then the best fast the prophet suggested for

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us was

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every other day.

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But take it easy on yourself though.

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Making sure that you do the right thing,

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that the most consistent for you is the

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best way to do it, Insha'Allah.

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Last thing over here. If someone, let's say,

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woke up in the morning and it's already

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actually 10 AM, he did not eat anything

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from Fajr time, and now, just, you know

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what, it's 10 AM, can I fast this

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day as an optional day of Saman nafil?

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The answer is yes.

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You can do that, you don't have to

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have the intention from before. That's for the

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nafir, not for the fars.

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For the fars, you need to have the

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intention from before. But for Nafil, the prophet

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used to go to the house

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and he asked if there's anything to eat.

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They would say, you Rasool Allah, we have

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nothing today. He was okay, don't worry about

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it, I'm fasting.

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And he would fast

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to get the reward for that day, so

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you can do it. You can do it

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my dear brothers and sisters, make it a

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culture. Because it will help us as a

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community, feel with one another. And that's the

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to be there for each other inshaAllah.

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to be there for each other inshaAllah.