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yeah you alladhina amanu de la kulu Colin sadita you Stella kumala Kumar filicudi Nova Khun la hora

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de ma la llamada de la Nasser Al Quran Quran Allah, Allah, Mohammed howdy Haji Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Mashallah Mora Masada Hakuna Matata, da da da da da da da da da da da, da, da da. If I'm requesting the brothers actually to move forward as much as you can shallow dialogue fill any gap that you see in front of you. So we can accommodate as many brothers and Sharla ancestors as well on the backside Kamala, her

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mother brothers and sisters, I don't know if you counted the days of Ramadan, but we officially pass one third of the month of Ramadan and one third Allah is a lot as a professor of law Solomon he said two sides metrocast are they allowed to run as he was intending of giving away most of his wealth and then the Prophet Sam said no you can do that he said what about one third color photos was similar to caffeine one third and it's still a lot so one third of Ramadan or the past and I hope and each and every one of you is enjoying their fasting and enjoying the better and Ramadan your banana mela make it easy for us Allah but how can I now benefit from the next for the next two

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thirds inshallah Baraka what Allah without losing momentum I want to make my fasting purposeful. I want to fast with a purpose I want to understand that there is a reason behind it besides just abstaining from eating and drinking. What is it that I need to build up you know, in my in our fasting during the month of Ramadan, and those of you who are don't want to share with you and shallow data, the meaning of fasting with a purpose because we're live for the purpose of fasting is a purpose for life. When you fast for the purpose, you will purpose for your life and how does Ramadan teaching us this lesson? There are six steps in doing that. Number one is the build up. How

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to build up you know in our life for whatever event that is coming whatever achievement I want to do. How does Ramadan prepare us for this the builder starts before the month of Ramadan. Remember Siobhan the man that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to fast almost entire shop and almost inertia when I showed the law and the Hadith she said Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam never fasted entire month besides Ramadan. He never fasted an entire month besides Ramadan, but he used to fast in Shabana until we say he's not quitting fasting, and sometimes he will pass few days before without fasting from Siobhan. The point is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to prepare

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for Ramadan in shavon. What do you call this word manga building up? He was building up for a great event such as the month of Ramadan, whatever that you do in your life, do you build up for it? Do you prepare? They take time before you even start that project that you're doing whatever that is, you need to learn how to start building up for that for you for your life. Also, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam before the month of Ramadan. He encourages people with anticipation. What is that? Sooner or later? Well, after you laureate you fast when you see the moon, and you break your fast when you see the moon, so before Ramadan begins in the last few days, people are now

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anticipating so everybody is now having what we call an Arabic language in Gemini, which is basically like a community goal. Everybody now is on the same page. Everybody's getting ready there. Are you one of those leaders who can recruit or your family or your your members, the people around you to fulfill that goal that you're trying to achieve? It's the purpose for life. You build up, you bring the people around you to achieve that goal, and also to law his sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the master in this field. He would prepare people before Ramadan begins. And right few days before Ramadan starts people now anticipating the side of the moon, so they would all be on the same

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page before that great event starts in the lives. Do you prepare for the events that you're doing in your life? Do you prepare for that? It's a great event. Are you living in an anticipation for that they will emit the loss of Hannah who was the second thing that we do in Ramadan after building up we start planning for it? How do you plan for the fast? The first thing is when you fast a professor Sam gave us a purpose that you should always look forward to achieve. What is that Carla Salatu was Salam masama Ramadan he Manawatu seven over Allahumma taka doublemint and if you fast Ramadan he Manawatu seven which means out of belief and faith and hoping for the reward from Allah so did Allah

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will forgive your sins. Now that is an amazing thing to start with. Right? You prepare yourself for Ramadan. Now it's mine

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goal to achieve.

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I don't know about the other ones. But for me, I want to get this, I want to be forgiven. I want to make sure that when I fast I have my intentions in my heart for the sake of Allah azza wa jal, and I hope for the reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala. That is a goal that I need to achieve right now. And not just that Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam is even teaching us to always keep conscious of that goal on regular basis. How is that before you go to sleep, you make the intention for the fast before you make the intention to fast you remind yourself all the time with the purpose, with the goal with what you're trying to achieve in that day as the law of the land ha tada Casa de la Sol

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and malum ubcm in a lane fallacy Amala if you don't go to sleep with the intention to fast the next day that they wouldn't count. So every single day, you're supposed to be having that intention. Yes, there is a difference of opinion, in terms of you know, one intention for the entire Ramadan is sufficient, or every night needs its own intention. But the point is that every day when you go to bed, you have in your mind, and you have in your heart that tomorrow is a fasting day. What does that mean? That's always renewing your intentions. Always keeping focus on the goal is that how you live your life

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is this is how you live your life or your life is full of distractions. You set a goal for yourself. And as you start, you know, marching toward that goal, then what happens? distractions come right or left, you take a break over here and a break over there. And eventually you never reach your potential. How many people they die, and they wish they had a longer life so they could achieve what they wanted to achieve. Whether it's matter of duty or the After Effects panel,

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how many people they wish to have a second lifetime. So they could do that. And the reason for it mainly because they have so much time that they've wasted that they wish that they could keep always focused on their life. Now Ramadan is teaching this lesson. Every single night, you can focus on the goal, what is my goal to be forgiven? I want to be forgiven. I want to make sure before Ramadan ends, that Allah forgives me my sins in the hadith of Rasulullah saw sama boo da da da da da da da da da da da. He said a prophet SAW Selim He ascended the steps of the of the member in his magic three times and each one of them he would say he would sell sell a lot of a sudden every time. I

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mean, I mean I mean on the Sahaba when the prophet SAW some other color masala What is this? I mean, it's all about he said jabril came to me and he told me he was asking who's making I guess people are making a draft for three things. One of them he says that rozema amphu that whoever actually rather machismo his his nose be rubbed in the dust many he may have been humiliated, the one who lives until he gets into the month of Ramadan, follow for Allah and want to make it with his sins forgiven. Like Ramadan has an opportunity to clean up the mess.

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A purposeful goal is to make sure that when Ramadan is over hamdulillah I recalibrate. I go back again where I belong. I should be here. I shouldn't be in this kind of life instead of always falling into distractions. This should be the purpose, not the distraction.

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A lot of people make Ramadan interruption from their daily life. Ramadan is not the interruption. Ramadan is the way of life the way you live it the way you see it the way you live a purposeful life. And it's not the distractions that don't treat Ramadan as a distraction as an interruption. Also, from the way we plan for the month of Ramadan. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam is teaching us to always remember not just to keep conscious of the goal, no work towards that goal on regular basis. How was that wake up for the home? He said so a lot of seminars are held over in a hurry Baraka you eat so that we don't meal for unnecessary Baraka, there is so much blessing in the end that meal. So

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that's not just focusing on the goal. Now working towards that goal. Every single night you make a movement, you make an action, you take an action to keep you focused on that goal. So it's not just a reminder, it's an action that you take, how often do we take actions always leading to the purposeful goal that we have in our life, how many times we do that. We always need to keep that in our minds and through our actions as well. Just that you remember your purpose doesn't mean you're going to take an action. And here's the sort of last telling us Wake up.

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Wake up doesn't have to be big melodrama. Blessings in the soul is just an eating few dates or even having a sip of water. That's it. It's about the blessing the Baraka, not about the meal itself. And then Subhan Allah, one of the beautiful things about the month of Ramadan is helping us also learn to plan for short term goal and long term goals. That's planning in life.

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All of us have short term goals. We would like to achieve this within two years within one year or so. And then we have in five years, 10 years, 15 years. Why do you think people they pay for the 401 K's for anyway? That's a long term for them. Why do you think people are buying houses right or left seeing that Marsha, the market is going great right now. And they're buying right or left? Why? Because they want to retire in 10 years, probably. That's a long term plan that they have in their mind. in Ramadan, you also plan short term and long term planning. How is that in Hadith, indivisible, LaSalle. And Muslim Casa de la sala de saw me for Hatton for Hutton and the three or

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four Hatton, Angelica europei. Everyone who's fasting will be rewarded with two moments of joy and happiness. Like you'll have two moments of happiness. What are the he says, one when you break your fast? And one would you meet your Lord with that?

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So what is your short term goal right now, anticipate at the end of the day, with the blessings of the food that you break your fast, a joyful moment, every single night, you're achieving something, you're building up your achievement one day at a time, one day at a time, that's exactly what you do. If you would like to plan for life, you can do things instantly, all the time. So you have to build up for it, you have to plan for it, you have to start working on so every single day is one day towards that ultimate goal. So you start having that happiness and joy for when you break your fast. But what is the ultimate goal that I'm trying to achieve that long term goal as a professor

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Sam says, and the other one, your joyful moment when you meet your Lord with this reward.

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So one when you break your fast, and one when you meet your loads of hanahan water and delicate Europe be Ramadan is teaching us to always be conscious, be organized, have a daily goal to achieve. And then you have an ultimate goal. That is a very long term goal that you achieve. are we planning our life accordingly? Are we just living life day by day, that's it, whatever we get out of that they'll hamdulillah we're good to go. That's not a purposeful life, a purposeful life when you have that ultimate long term goal. When you meet you, lots of Hannover to Allah, and every single day becomes an achievement, a build up until you get to that ultimate goal. May Allah make us a modern

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era. But I mean, also Subhanallah when you always look into that long term goal, which is meeting your loads of Hana or to Allah, that what gives you hope, you know, when you don't have hope. I mean, what's the point? People get depressed, if you lose any hope, and you hope to achieve what's the point so when you have that hope with you meet your Lord subhana wa Taala you feel empowered to go not empty handed, but full with great deeds that you present before the Lord subhana wa tada feeling so proud of it. I asked you in this moment right now to think about your own book of deeds. Think about it.

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Would you be proud to present that before Allah subhanho wa Taala if the meeting would happen today, would you be proud of it? Like I said, or hamdulillah I have a 6070 5030 years of great deeds, would you be proud of this. Therefore Make sure to always always keep adding to it so that when that they come in Charlottesville, you will definitely be proud of it been the money to particular dollar. Now that we have built up to the Milan and then we start planning for the month of Ramadan. The hard work begins hamdulillah I have gone through 10 days already. But what is that hard work anyway? The ultimate hard work is in the heart before anything else, what is it called? called sincerity and

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Halina. bisola Sal and Adam Allahu Allah. So everything that you do out of good deeds will count for you except for one you're doing it sincerely for Allah xojo he says Allah subhanho wa Taala and the headquarters he fell in love song for in the holy war Anna Zb, except for fasting. It is done exclusively for me and I'll show you word for it. Why so? Because when you fast probably the entire day will pass by and no one even would pay attention that you're fasting, especially in the winter. When the days are very short. You probably be fasting everyday and no one even pay attention to that. But why would you even bother? You could go to the bathroom and drink water no one would

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notice that. But you won't. Even children there thought this Subhanallah children when they go to the bathroom and they make blue and the water is just drop of water goes into the under their throat down their throat. They freak out. And they come says I think I broke my fast. Why so because they know it is sincere it has to be done. You know without no one's watching except for Allah subhanho wa Taala so the first hard work we need to work on is this in our hearts. Are you always sincere?

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Not just for the passage of man for everything that you do. When you pray? Are you sincere with that? When you smile in the face of other people are you sincere when you shake hands with other people when you meet with them.

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When you eat together when you come to a battle on Salah Are you sincere what is in your heart? When you meet with the people you did with them? That is something you keep in mind because Ramadan will teach us to be sincere all the time. After all of the hard work the prophet SAW us and gave us instructions he says a lot of Torah we helped them so a lot has said himself Carmen karma Ramadan Manawatu seven Oklahoma top at the moment and that if you if you wake up and you pray to HUD you prefer to emulate every single night in taraweeh and Ramadan, Allah subhana wa will forgive your sins as long as you do with feasability law which means with a good intention, and also helping with

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the reward from Allah subhana wa autonom. Also, we've been told as part of our hard work to watch what we say what we watch what we hear what we do. So jambul jawara in the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, Pelham, Alameda somos Zoo Malaviya colossal amavi Vanessa La, la palma de masaba abora salvare he says Allah Salam said, Man Lamia de toda Zoo if someone doesn't leave cola Zoo cola zoo is a comprehensive term for vain talk, vain work. Anything that is useless in this month Ramadan is specifically if it's harmful and hurtful, like lying, cheating and all that stuff. If you don't stop this, he sets a lesson while I'm at a B and working upon this like always do that, you know,

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the non beneficial things and the bad things Karla Salah Salem FileZilla hajra there is no need to lie nothing the need of his fasting or infant food or drink. Like while you're fasting for them. There is no doubt you still need to continue fasting as a ruling. But the quality of your fast is being undermined. When you're not watching what you eat. You're listening to what your hands are doing what your eyes are looking at all these things make sure that you have that hard work so that you get the reward at the end of the day inshallah terracotta alum, the professor Sam is teaching us to be in constant state of patience and Ramadan.

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Ramadan is the ultimate test besides the Hajj is an ultimate test for us in this pond during the day. You're hungry, you're tired, you're thirsty, you're exhausted, you're sleepless. All these are elements each one of them is element to make you go crazy if someone asked you to come and step on your toe

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Imagine if you have them all.

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You're hungry, you're thirsty, you're exhausted you didn't sleep well is how all these things and so on and you probably even running behind on your readings of the Quran and all that stuff. So your short term short and temper easily people can have some issues with each other the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says that kind of saw me only a haidakhan if you were fasting that day, make sure that layer four What if so, means don't curse, don't curse. Don't speak bad, don't do anything bad. And if someone curse at you don't curse back. He said Salah, sampan fencer had an OSHA demo for Jacqueline Nissan, let this person remind himself and the other party by saying, I'm fasting.

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What's the point of this? Teaching self control?

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you control your urges. Like I'm not, I'm not retaliating because I cannot. It's because I can, but I don't want to.

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Then I am in control. I'm not gonna let anybody control my behavior. No, no, no, I control my own behavior. And that is the meaning of it. When you say when you say to people, I'm fasting. Part of the hard work that we do in the month of Ramadan is reading the Quran, and Hadith

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gibreel what he used to come to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam in the month of Ramadan, Canada, civil Quran jabril used to come with the prophet SAW Selim in Ramadan, reciting the Quran with him or studying the Quran with him, every single Ramadan. That's hard work. You're going to have to put the Quran in your schedule. You have to make sure that you can and shall do at least one hotma every month of Ramadan. And another thing that we do as part of our hard work is generosity.

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The same Hadith says Ghana Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam Edward macoun field it was my job then as the professor was the most generous person ever. Well as you do my akun few Ramadan and he's more generous in the month of Ramadan hain Mr. T jabril fighters or en GB would come with Rasulullah his Salah Salem and study the Quran with him. This is the time when people give and they give generously. You feed you donate, you help an assist, and you give willingly why because you believe

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because you believe me somehow you earned this money and fair and square. It's hard for people to give it away just like that without anything in return. But Ramadan teaches the reason that that return is going to be Angelica Europe be when you meet your Lord. So I'm giving in Ramadan because I would love to have that joyful moment when I meet my lord mela makers among those who have adorable I mean,

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then come after that reaching the climax in the month of Ramadan.

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So we did the hard work. What comes next to us? Right before it's over. This is basically if you come closer to the finish line, I don't know how many of you do track, you know, racing or anything like that. But if you raise, it's the most important part really, it's the beginning and the end, the beginning to pace yourself, right? Warm up and build up. And towards the end, when now you live no one, you know, going in front of you, you go to become the first. And that's exactly what happens in the month of Ramadan. The first few day we build up in the middle, many people, they start relaxing, they get used to it. But then comes the last 10 nights. And that's when you start now

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coming to that climax moment in the month of Ramadan. What do we call them the last 10 nights, and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam informed us that these tenders are the most blessing of the entire month of Ramadan, it's not the time to start getting lazy. That would be the time when you start now really put in more effort because these are just a night

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you finished when you're ready. Now this is the most important thing that you need to focus on. What do we do the professor's I'm used to duetica like dedicating the entire 10 days and 10 nights to stay in the Muslim, the urtica he will stay asleep day over there and worship during the night. So a lot of light was ceremony. And on top of that, not just that not just the 10 nights there is one particular night in this dinner is very important. As a lot of scrub in the Koran sort of little cuddle Hiraman elfish Ah, it's better or more rewarding than 1000 a month 1000 a month at 80 plus years as your ma which means every single Ramadan, you have the opportunity to extend the reward the

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amount of an entire lifetime in one single night.

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Can you imagine this, the amount of reward you get for one single night is the amount of reward you get an entire lifetime.

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People before us they used to live hundreds of years like know how to his salon, for example. We don't have that much time to do and to do good deeds and good work. We have much less than this. So Allah has given us the opportunity to match up with them in one single night if you can dedicate your time on yourself for this. So that's when you start reaching that the maximum of your effort and your good deeds. And somehow one thing very interesting about you know planning for it is when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam he was informed which night was it but then that knowledge was removed from him. Salatu was Salam Ali, due to an incident that happens among some people in Medina, besides

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the point, Laila to Qatar is one of the night one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. I know people they say but chef, we had to Ramadan's in this in this area over here. So which one of them? Well, that's a good point right now that you need to know to consider every night as possible to be a little cooler.

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Every single night, I know you would say that the odd numbers, but do the even numbers as well consider each night a possibility for a little quarter because again, it's one out of 10 year German, it's one out of the entire year. You can make that effort in Sharla hotel Baraka wattana. So that goal is dynamic. And some people in real life. Somehow they thrive under pressure, that God is dynamic, and it's flexible. So you always stay in anticipation until you achieve that with Allah He as the origin. And finally, after you achieve all of this in the month of Ramadan comes by the Gema celebration, conclusion.

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Like every achievement of each goal that you achieve, you deserve a celebration, celebration in the dunya and celebration in the Africa. As for the dunya we'll call it the day Allah subhanho wa Taala is reminding us even that the day is a day of worship, he said subhana wa Taala call what it took

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to cabo la la la la quinta shikun. The took will read that you count the days of the month of Ramadan, all of them, whether 29 or 30, you complete the days of Ramadan, what it took to come to LA come and you glorify Allah subhana wa tada Kabira to read, that's a celebration and hamdulillah we achieved our goal, every benchmark, you deserve a celebration. let him touch guru so that you might become grateful. That's the ultimate now goal that we take away with us. You know, from Rwanda Ramadan, to be grateful throughout the entire year, throughout the entire lifetime. You always grateful as the first sign of showing our gratitude, our first sign to show that we are grateful to

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Allah subhana wa Tada. And every day, what do we do? We give the cattle footer. We help them we help the needy, we provide for them so that everyday on everyone on that day has a day of celebration. So you build up in the month of Ramadan, you plan for it, you do hard work. And when you do harder you reach that level of the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan and then you celebrate a benchmark that you've reached. This is how life will be going on. You build up something you plan for

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You started hard work, you come towards the end, and then you reach your benchmark and you'd be grateful that Allah bless you for reaching that land is from the month of Ramadan and you will life will truly become purposeful life. May Allah make us among those who listen to the speech and follow the rest of the job but Allah mean give us a purpose of fasting your blood I mean a purpose for life pseudoscalar That was tough for a lot of the media welcome.

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Alhamdulillah horrible al amin sallallahu wasallam mobarak Anna Bina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa seldom at the Sleeman kathira to mama bad by the law mother brothers and sisters. Once you reach a benchmark in your life once you reach a goal, it's not the end of a jet. What happens when we reach our goals? We start evaluating we go to follow up I want to see what do we do next from there How can I make sure that what I have earned and what I have achieved continues with me you need to build that momentum in Ramadan so it continues after the month of Ramadan and our Dean is teaching us this this is basically the follow up you know when you're winding down right now you

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don't stop right away. You need to kind of like take take it slowly if you fastest for 30 days john just just interrupted fast altogether. No you need to wind down right now slowly and gradually. How do we do this the professor's instructed us that we fast six days after Ramadan optional fast now you had the mandatory done now let's see if you learn the lesson. Can you fast six days after the month of Ramadan inshallah inshallah we'll know what now is encouraging you than you yourself and what you build in the month of Ramadan. Rasulullah Salah Sam says in the Hadith mon sama ramadan ramadan what Bahasa dementia Juan Cana Casa de if you fast the month of Ramadan if you fast the

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month of Ramadan you follow that was six days from chawan that's like fasting the entire lifetime. So fasting six days of chawan is helps you avoid withdrawal you know when when you go in certain let's say intense experience and then suddenly it's gone. And you go through this withdrawal people they go into depression sometimes because everything is gone. A lot of people Ramadan at the beginning they dread the beginning of Ramadan but when the Milan starts coming to an end they say why can't everyday become Ramadan.

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Six days of chawan and then after that we start following up with more fast Mondays and Thursdays making sure to keep the spirit of Ramadan alive you follow up, never stop learning and never stop evaluating and never stop with follow ups even after the month of Ramadan if you do so. I promise you and I guarantee that you will see that truly Your life is a personal purposeful life. And this is all begin with thinking that my fasting is just counting days is actually has a purpose. And I'm learning from fasting. The purpose of this life alone Melinda man fan, one fan of Mr. Atlanta in Atlanta lollywood Hakeem Allah Martin fusina taqwa was the harmonica and todo la vida La la la vida

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de Luna Allah NaVi. Yeah, you're Latina. amanu sallu alayhi wa sallam Ooh, Taslima Allahumma salli wa sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi Germain wardo La Mancha Raja Dena Amara was Manali on self sabotage main woman who can be assigned to me Dean welcome Salah.