How To Prepare For Ramadan
Channel: Yaser Birjas
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Sh. Yaser Birjas talks about forming habits and raising our standards in the month of Ramadan.
Jumuah Khutbah at the Valey Ranch Islamic Center on May 26, 2017.
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la Mati brothers and sisters. Before I begin with my topic if I would like to ask the brothers in short to move forward a little bit,
if you can fill any gap that you find in front of you, we appreciate that a shot a lot of data as we expect more people to come and Sharla and as you can see the weather is getting actually hot outside even though we have an overflow tent outside. We just need to have as many people inside inshallah as possible Alhamdulillah horrible al amin, congratulations. Six more hours in sha Allah, Allah and officially Ramadan will begin for us over here. Whether you're ready or not, it's starting. So you better be prepared.
And I know you have heard it a lot, how to get ready how to prepare yourself for you know for Ramadan, people, they have their own schedule, their own programs, and so on. There's so many things we could do to prepare for the month of Ramadan. But and this has been shallow that I would like you to focus on few things, all of them go to one single principle. The principle is that when it comes to the month of Ramadan, the month of Ramadan is in evidence. The month of Ramadan is a booster for us that would help us learn and understand that we can break bad habits.
We can break away from bad habits and start new habits. If you notice the past Ramadan, you are now thinking about the system. Hello, I wonder how I did that. You know commonly referred to them as waking up for the hedges panel, staying up at night doing a bad luck. But how many times did you get called on every single day? You started new habits. And if you thought about what you've been doing last Ramadan, you actually did all of this and you replace that habits you remove there were some bad habits and you started new habits. If Ramadan is anything for us, it's about teaching us that we can break away from bad habits and truly, we can shell out the Baraka what Allah connect with Allah
subhanho wa Taala on a completely different level. And see when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked au laemmli illallah
wa salam which is the good deeds are most beloved to Allah azza wa jal, obviously people that were expecting particular devotional act, such as doing fasting every other day, doing something, what we consider a great, great sacrifice, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, he gave us an extremely, extremely practical advice. He said, add one more and
the most consistent, even if it was little,
the most consistent, which means the habitual deeds, even if there were little things that you do on a regular basis, even if they were little, it doesn't matter how great or big it's how sincere that is, and how consistent you are, because when you become consistent in something that you do for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala that's an indication that you care and you care to keep it that way.
Ramadan is gonna start in shallow data. And I know a lot of people they're going to be putting all the effort in the first few nights and first few days inshallah to achieve great good deeds, mls of high make it possible for your brand. I mean, I'm Alex from all of you online. But sometimes the momentum, you know, start getting less and less and less, and then we lose that. And I want you to focus on a few things in Sharla in preparation for the month of Ramadan. Right now, especially we have the last six hours left for us to prepare before Ramadan begins Sharla surgeon so my first advice for you that you would like to start and keep it consistent. The first thing is repentance
to repent to Allah subhana wa Dhana. Why is this so important? When we talk about, you know, repetition, we talk about most consistent and so on. Why is that? Because we all know, we're human beings. We make mistakes, and our mistakes a lot. And our mistakes are consistent. We make so many things we keep regretting so many things. We wish we haven't done so many things. We wish that we could do better than this on a regular basis. So making mistakes and error whether they're major or minor, small or big. It doesn't matter. It's a mistake. Making these mistakes is something probably most consistent in our life. So what does that need from us? What does it require from us repentance
Which means if you can be consistent every time you make a mistake, every time you earn every time you regret something that you go back to Allah subhanho wa Taala and perform this repentance, then hamdulillah you will be among those who will do the best good deeds, even if they were little. However, when it comes to the, to repentance, Allah subhanho wa Taala it's not a religion. That is one of the greatest deeds. That's one of the best things you can achieve. Even though in terms of effort, maybe it's not much. But in terms of focus and concentration, sincerity. It requires a lot because it has a lot of a lot of emotional, emotional impact on us. See Rasulullah sallallahu says
in Haifa right on the
Korean peninsula hotel Baraka water, Azerbaijan, Allah subhanho wa Taala in a manner that suits His Majesty, the sense from the seventh heaven to the to the earthly heaven and collided in a muddle through the little anchor every single night, in the last third of the night. subhanho wa Taala. And alemannic says I am the medic is the King of all kings subhanho wa Taala Mandela, dia de runefest ajibola who's calling for me who's calling so I could respond to him. Mandela de esta ferroni fabfree Rola who's asking for forgiveness and I should grant them forgiveness Mandela, the US Attorney for the who's asking for something so it can grant them that wish had to deal federal until
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Imagine if you could do this every single night and Ramadan. As a matter of fact, if you wake up for supper, you got it.
If you wake up for whatever night, you got the opportunity. So don't make up Wait. Don't make waking up for the whole only an opportunity to eat. Don't just do this. Make a new habit that you start waking up 15 minutes 20 minutes half an hour before you make will do pray to Raka prayer water if you haven't done your water, sit down there make dua until you eat until the time is ready for you to eat. And you don't have to eat too much. Just five minutes you can eat something so little consistently for the Baraka for the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So again, waking up every single night, it's one of new habits that you need to start in shallow data, make it something good
vanilla zildjian. And every single night probably or every single federal time, have a review moment. You sit down with Allah subhanho wa Taala it's like an auditing moment. You ought to do deeds. You think about what you've done last night. Last that yesterday. Was it enough? Was it good enough? And then you review and hopefully inshallah Allah one of these thoughts be in the law, you have a good chance for a better day and a better Ramadan ventilateur Baraka wattana you see Allah subhana wa Tada. Allah azza wa jal is open the door for Toba during the day and during the night, so you don't have to do that. at that particular time. That is the best time no doubt about it. But
what if I need to repent right now? I've messed up right now during the day Do I have to wait until the end of the night? No. Rasulullah hissar Sam says and how do you say Muslim? is a Muslim rhodiola hota Ronaldo, Paolo sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and Allah yada yada who belaying Leah Tomasi on her way up so,
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Allah subhanho wa Taala demos General subhanho wa Taala, the oft forgiving, Most Merciful, the episode The other who believe in a manner that suits His Majesty extends his hand, meaning his calling people to come back to him. subhanho wa Taala extends his hand to those who send during the day. He does that during the night so that those who sin during the day seek forgiveness from him so he could forgive them and he extends his hand subhanho wa Taala during the day for those who sing during the night so they could seek forgiveness from Allah azza wa jal so every day and every night Allah subhana wa tada is calling upon His servants come back to me seek forgiveness, repent and I
shall accept your repentance the prophets Allah Sam said hot tub la shampoo Libya until the sun rises from the west which means until the day of judgment, so that is every single day and opportunity every single day and every single night don't just wait until that moment however like I said, make a new habit inshallah the new good habit that you wake up before and do so far. Do your Salah mccoo and seek Allah subhanho wa Taala as forgiveness Allah subhanho wa Taala the Most Merciful and forgiving and the Hadith and the IOD are so many Kala was our gel because some people they wonder if you know you don't know what I've done before Ramadan I mean since last Ramadan until
today a llama Stan I wonder if Allah would ever forgive me. Why would you even suspect Allah Subhana Allah has mercy.
Why would you do this
yourself. I know we have that tendency is always to self loathing and always blaming ourselves for the sins that we've committed. That's fine. But I want you to associate with this the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala because the mercy of Allah azza wa jal is always bigger. But Allah has origin kuliah abeja Latina Ashraful Allah unfussy him latok Natoma Rahmatullah. He says a pan on what Anna Sora Zuma say all my servants Yeah. evadne alladhina Asafa unfussy him those have been so extravagant against their own selves. Look a lot of how use the word Astra fu is RAF. Miss being so extravagant. Meaning when you over indulge, when you go not just for the next mile, you go maybe 100
miles extra inaudible extending yourself farther away from Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Listen, even if you be so extravagance against yourself, as for other unforeseen llactapata Muhammad Allah, never ever despair of the mercy of Allah Xhosa
never ever defeat this spirit of the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala in Allah denuvo Jamia because Allah azza wa jal He forgives all sins, Allah subhana wa auto forgive because he's a full Rahim, Most Merciful African subhana wa Taala so therefore, the first thing I want you to commit for today in sha Allah is that right before Ramadan begin that you start counting your deeds and see what do you need to clean before Ramadan starts and make this a consistent thing inshallah to Allah that you always remind yourself, Allah subhana wa tada phoron Rahim of forgiving, Most Merciful and I need to get back to him every single day.
The second thing I want to share with you about a progression for the month of Ramadan.
We all know that Ramadan is about fasting, right? fasting is abstain from eating, drinking again from some old habits that we've been used to so much so they will require some password lots a lot of patience, a lot of patience. So in addition to that, my second advice for you here, teach yourself to be grateful not just to be patient,
to be grateful not to be patient. see a lot of people they always think of Ramadan an opportunity to be patient, like abstain from the Haram abstain from bad habits stay away from this requires a lot of resistance on you. And as human beings we have limited reservoir of patience, unlimited reservoir of resistance to these things. And as a result some people they have they associate you know negative connotation with fasting and with the month of Ramadan because it's all about being patient, self control this and that. And we miss the best part of Ramadan to be grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala I want you this month of Ramadan instead of worrying about when are you going to
eat what you're going to eat. I want you to start thinking about are you going to be grateful enough for Allah subhanho wa Taala
would you be saying that hamdulillah enough? Are you going to be saying thank you a lot enough? Are you gonna say these words? Are you going to be more grateful to Allah subhana wa tada than any other time of the year. This is the time to prove it. So focus this month inshallah. And being much more grateful that you've ever been with Allah subhanho wa Taala because being patient, you have no other choice.
You're going to have to abstain from pleasure, all the way until sunset, you have no other choice. So you're going to have to be patient whether you like it or not, but you have a choice to be grateful.
And that we need to start focusing on in the month of Ramadan be grateful Allah subhanho wa Taala says, while colleagues don't mean a bad idea Shaku and few of my servants are those who are grateful Subhana Allah He this ayah should should scare you to shake your bones penetrate your body. Why? Because Allah hi Allah is saying what kalila men a baddie ushiku few among my servers are those who are truly grateful.
Few of them are you one of them
make sure that this Ramadan you count yourself among the grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala see Baba Salah for him Allah tala some of the some of the setup for him Allah the righteous ones
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so some of the people who call in Ramadan to appreciate the blessing and the Nam that you that you have is by going and visiting the hospitals check on the on those who are sick in the community, family members people around you go and look for them see what they what they would wish that they would fast Ramadan this year, and I received some questions of hollow earlier today and yesterday and before that everybody is now freaking out some people that says that is the first time ever. I think I'm gonna I'm gonna miss Ramadan.
An elderly man comes to me says chef you know the doctor now telling me I cannot be fasting and someone says no
I'm going to fast regardless but they have kidney issues and so scared and so council people they would love to fast and I want you to be grateful to Allah Subhana Allah do you have so many um so many blessings to be grateful for remember, and this Ramadan I want you to know to focus on being grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala one of the seller for him Allah, Allah from the righteous predecessor said claytonia am Allah be shukran la ke dunia am Allah, Allah which means you need to count you need to count the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala by counting, being grateful to Allah azza wa jal the way you count the blessings by being grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So
show your gratitude to Allah azza wa jal, you will eventually be showing gratitude to the blessings and Anam that he has been given to subhanho wa Taala. The third thing that I would like to share with you in Ramadan and shall to be prepared for the month of Ramadan.
So your standards this year going to be higher than last year, raise your standard
I'm not going to tell you to pray 20 Raka or 1000 Records I'm not going to ask you to eat less or eat more I'm not going to ask you to these things I'm not going to ask you to come and for Gemma or not that's your business. All I'm asking for you is to raise your standard like a lot of people that says chef you know I know myself I said no you don't
know you don't you haven't put yourself you know to the right test you haven't raised your your your potential you haven't reached your potential yet. You just waste your time. You just convinced yourself that this is the kind of limit I can I can stand for No, I want you to raise the standard this year. So this Ramadan inshallah xojo make your intention to be bit nilah higher. And Allah subhanho wa Taala will look into your heart more than you did, even if you even if you failed achieving that deep. Even if you promise let's say I'm gonna disappear in sha Allah, Allah maintain the five daily prayers in the masjid or this year I'm gonna finish the Torah every single night in
the masjid or I'm gonna do this whatever that you decide to do with the sincere genuine intention, even if you failed in that mission, you still hopefully going to get the full reward. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran, follow sada Allah, let alone follow so that Allah like an alarm that they will if they were true with Allah azza wa jal that is better for them. Just being true with Allah subhana wa like you're being genuinely sincere about the intention of achieving such and such and divincenzo not just dream about it. Not just having a writing that you wrote some resolutions for the month of Ramadan, but you never made any genuine effort to make it happen. No, you need to
be genuine and true about what also de la la, la, la, la Cana Harlem, if they were true with the last surgeon, that will be much better for them. So I want you to be true with Allah subhanho wa Taala this month of Ramadan, raise your standard higher.
Whatever the standard that you had from last year, get it higher. I'm not gonna set a standard for you, you guys know yourself. So set your standard higher than usual. Okay, well, how do I do it? I suggest for you to look for somebody who's a handler achieving better than you in terms of the answer another dunya if you think that you're satisfied with one hotma in the month of Ramadan, try to think about those who can do 234 510 How do you do that?
Maybe you can learn some tips for them. If you think it's hard for you to wake up for Serato or stay up for taraweeh even the last night of the month of Ramadan, maybe you should associate yourself with somebody who can do this. So so you can share a loudhailer you know, do it together but
number four, the way we prepare for the month of Ramadan inshallah Allah keep reminding ourselves, that the month of Ramadan, just a matter of days, days that are numbered. They're not lasting forever. And you guys, we know that every single year, the first few days of Ramadan, we agonize too much how long Ramadan is going to be especially in the summer. But then in the last few days of Ramadan, we keep saying we are telling ourselves that when so fast, even that the same thing we do every single year. So we already know that you're going to be regretting at the end of the month of Ramadan. Don't let this happen again for you.
Don't let that happen. So I want you to think of the number of days of the month of Ramadan and take them one day at a time. A lot of us would think what are we going to do next week, fifth day, six day or 10 day the first 10 days No, no, one day at a time every single day. I want you to think of it as a fresh new day and it could be even your last day.
If you do so, I hope you surely will be able to raise your standard and do much more than what you can think of yourself in the light of Baraka what Allah said hustle bustle, Rahim Allah, Allah is Adam in number and am Bakula. Mother Have a look. Oh son of Adam, You're nothing but a few days. Your life is all about days that are numbered.
counted this column Madhavi Amanda badhak everyday that that ends and passes, parts of you goes with it.
So every single day that ends, part of your life also goes with it. Because when we were born to this life, we were born with an expiration date. We don't know when that is on Alana's panel, Donna. So make sure you prepare yourself for that.
And finally, the last thing I would like from you to benefit from the month of Ramadan, and prepare yourself for the month of Ramadan, is that every advice, every reminder that you hear, during the month of Ramadan, try to think of it as the best advice ever.
Because you're going to be hearing a lot in Ramadan.
You're going to be hearing a lot hot hot buns, lectures, reminders, Druze, whatever that is, right. And as we get used to it, we start not paying attention. It just becomes a cliche, we just turn on some radio and some audio for the Baraka for the blessings. That's all. We don't benefit from that. Now I want you to focus, okay, which part of the hotbar which part of the lecture, which part of the advice should I pay attention to? I don't know. But pay attention to every part. Why is that? Because you don't know where the highest is going to be. It could be one single line,
one single line in the hotbar. In the lecture in that there's, that will be actually the most important one for you in your life. Make sure to pay attention to every lecture every quarter, every minder shall have the Baraka data. Now lawmakers among those who listen to the speech and for the rest of which are a bit I mean, make us among those who prepare for the month of Ramadan and be successful in dunya and akhira aku Cody had ever stopped for law the money will come
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al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa salam ala cannabinol Muhammad Ali Savio, Salah, Mata Sleeman kathira mama bad atovaquone Rahim Allahu Allah, ready from Hyderabad in the summer that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, either Ramadan in the month of Ramadan approaches and comes closer Kala sallallahu Sallam Atacama Ramadan Shara Baraka, Ramadan just came shadow Baraka, a month of blessings. That's what the professor Sam says, If the Prophet said this a month for blessings, and I believe it and I'll see the blessings in my time. I will see the blessings in my effort. I will see the blessings in everything that we'll see around the shallow
dollar. If I do the right thing, vanilla zildjian Kalia como la houfy, Allah subhanho wa Taala will come will come down upon you with His mercy inside the unit of Rama, when he sees the sense of power that has mercy.
And his panel what Allah removes and erases the sins was that he will be hid. And he accept that there are from you one little fee that an officer can fill higher, and he watches you as you buy and you compete for goodness. You compete for the highest he would look at that somehow know what Allah and as a result, you bet he become Allah. Allah subhanho wa Taala will call the angels to go and observe, like look at my servants, look what they're doing. But Allah subhana wa the prophets Allah says so if Allah is going to be calling the angels to go and show the children of Adam, what they're doing, how they're engaging in Nevada and devotion, he said Salah Salem, for Allah Harmon and
fukuhara please make sure that you show Allah azza wa jal so much higher. Which means when Allah calls the angels, you gotta be doing it because it's gotta be deserving it. So make sure that you always engage in hydro Milan. So when Allah subhanho wa Taala called the angels, there'll be actually a lot of you walk in and good deeds in sha Allah azza wa jal, he said salatu salam furnishes the man Halima few Ramadan Rahmatullah zildjian
which means the loser The one who is doomed, is the one who will be deprived of the mercy of Allah zildjian Mela makers among those who earn the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala, Allah molybdenum and Phantom and finally my alumna
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