Channel: Yaser Birjas
Sha’ban = Warming Up For Ramadan
This talk was given at the Valley Ranch Islamic Center on April 27, 2017.
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Alhamdulillah alameen sallahu wa salam Baraka Nabina Muhammad Allah alayhi wa sallam with the Steven errata mama back. Welcome back. This is part two we discussing Ramadan marathon many many different sessions on beautiful subject preparing ourselves to the month of Ramadan shallow tala session to Siobhan warming up for the month of Ramadan. If you guys remember last week, last week we talked about Islam or marriage. We discussed the whole magnificent journey, the purpose of it and what happened between the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and his last panel with Allah and the significance of salah and why is it so important for us as believers in what is so important for us tonight too
shallow to Allah. Since Ramadan is now four weeks away, it's the first night of the month of Siobhan so how can we warm ourselves up and shallow data for the month of Ramadan inshallah, starting with the first basic stuff, which is basically Shabbat, it's a What is it people that are so what is Shabbat? Shabbat is one of the one of the one of the month in the in the mountains in the northern calendar, which is basically Islamic calendar we follow that once a month started with a Muharram then we have suffered with our Riviera Sani jumada over jumada authentic Roger, then comes the month of Shabbat so Shabbat is the eighth month in the lunar calendar, followed by the month of Ramadan,
then come show while the Canada and the hedger so Shabbat is the eighth month
it's the eighth month in the Lord calendar. Looking at these now looking at these names or titles of these months, you see that there are other months are concerned you have different colors. What are they?
Can you tell Can you guess? What's the significance of these green ones? Number one, number seven, number 11 and number 12 and its significance
and assurance. We call it the sacred month as Allah Subhana Allah says in the editor Shahada in the life natural Shalom, Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala he said that the number of months with Allah azza wa jal when he decreed said times Hannah was Allah, He divided the time to 12 months, and he says Aparna with a minha arbeiten home, four out of these months considered sacred months. What's the meaning of being sacred month sacred master element is it back in the days during the time of the others before Islam? They observe certain rules in these months, particularly the rosary regards to making these time making these months free for the worshipers to go to visit the Sacred House of
Allah subhanho wa Taala in Mecca? What did they need the most as they travel in the desert to go to Mecca? What do they need the most? What do you guys think?
Hmm. Peace, safety. Why? Because being in the desert, the Nomad style, tribal, tribal, few, you know, a few, they always fight each other. So during specific month, they needed those months to have peace tranquility, so that they could come and travel to Mecca to perform their ibadah and their worship. So therefore, if you look at this month, they're actually three of them three consecutive months, what are these months? Number 1112. And one
these more month, the month of Hajj, the hedger, the corridor, the hedger and then a Muharram. And then we have Roger Roger was separate from them separate because that particular has its own significance in the art of culture and tradition as well, in which people of course used to do their aroma. They used to do the aroma during that month, so they need that safety, and that peace. So among these 12 months, we have shabang shabang, comes after a sacred month, such as Raja and followed by the month of fasting the month of Ramadan. So what is so significant about it? Let's see what the prophet sallahu wa sallam said about the month of Shabbat.
What was it called Shabbat in the first place? Why even the word Shabbat? Ramadan when we talk about Ramadan, we've learned that Ramadan format Ramadan, which means the heat, it has to do with a lot of heat basically. And specifically, when people fast You know, they suffer thirst, that's heat basically. So that's what probably called Ramadan, but Shabbat What was it called Shabbat for anyone. So the different meanings and different reasonings obviously, they will not mention the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam but part of the tradition, part of the tradition, the Arab culture, number one, they say because the Arabs at that time and that month of
Shabbat, they used to get a Sha boon. What the shout out means to branch out or get scattered all over the place.
So they used to go different ways in the Arabian Peninsula for what looking for water, especially before Ramadan begins. So they start, you know, gonna go all over the place before the season of travel begins for them to go and search for the water, yet a Shabbat. So that was called Shabbat. Another interpretation, another interpretation they call a char ban, because they are abused to go also different was misused to go scattered all over the land, fighting. They fight for territory, they fight for pasture, they fight for revenge, or whatever, actually, that they have reasons to fight for. So they used to go and fight all over the place all over the Arabian Peninsula. That's
why I was called Siobhan because again, the transmitter Shaban all over the land, and some they say no, it was called Shabbat, because Shabbat comes between Raja and Ramadan for Charlevoix, which means it just like emerged and grew between, you know, the, between a sacred man such as Roger, and another month of worship, such as Ramadan, so emerging between It was called Shabbat for that reason. Now, whether it's because of the Arab tradition of traveling or looking for water or fighting each other, or just because it's emerged between two special ones such as Raja and Ramadan, the whole point is that Siobhan was actually traditional name. There is no religious significance
for the name Shabbat in itself. There is no religious significance in the name Shabbat itself is just part of the tradition.
Okay, so what is so special about the month of Ramadan? It's especially the month of Shabbat. It's so special because the Prophet sallallahu Sallam used to dedicate certain acts of worship and dedicate certain time a lot of them a lot of time for worship in the month of Shabbat. And he said, in the story of Osama bin Zayed or the Allahu Allahu Allah, Allah, Rasool Allah lam arakata sama Shahada minissha hood matsumae shabani sathyaraj sola, I haven't seen you fasting in any other month like they like you do in Shabbat. Like what is so special about Shabbat that you keep fasting so much. In other narration? I shall not allow that on her. She's about the Prophet sallahu wa sallam,
he used to sometimes begin fasting and Siobhan until we say okay, so he's not gonna, he's not gonna break his fast he's gonna fast everyday. And sometimes he would. She said that he wouldn't actually fast any other month fully, except for the month of Ramadan. However, he would fast in Shabbat almost until we say he will complete the fact that fast of the entire month. So the processor some used to do a lot of fasteners Siobhan, but the significance of that I was mentioned this Hadith, tala Hua Sharon, he said Salah salon, that Sharon toffolo, NASA iMovie it is a month in which people they become very neglectful. They become so hideous about it. Like there's so much virtue in this
month, but it's coming in a time that people not paying attention to it. So they lose a lot of virtue and a lot of hype. He said so the last column is the month between Raja and Ramadan. And why especially people that become so he lists about it because part of the tradition back then the Raja was a sacred month so they get busy doing a lot of acts of worship going for Ramadan and stuff and so on. And then they prepare themselves for Ramadan. So what happens in between people that take a break.
So between taking a break from Raja and getting ready for Ramadan, they don't do much in Shabbat. So the prophets Allah Sam said well, this is a month that many people that are actually so he this about the very neglectful they don't pay attention much to the month of Shama which is a started tonight, he sets a lot of asylum, well who was shot Sharon and I feel
that this is the month when Allah subhanho wa Taala When the angels will present the deeds to Allah azza wa jal Okay, what are we talking about them, because we know that the other house isn't saying to us, that the angels they go up and down and shifts every single day and every single night right, they go up and down at a certain time. So, when they come they take the deeds of the day, that is the de adduser time or close to measure of time and they carry they carry the details the night at treasure time. So then what kind of Amal are we talking about over here, the relevant they say this is the annual report.
Like you have a daily report, and then all these these are going up and getting collected in your deeds in your records for the year. And then on that particular day or that particular month, which is the month of Siobhan those actually annual reports will be presented to Allah subhanahu wa tada I get an amount of that such as magic is upon with Allah. So the prophets Allah Sam says, We're no hibou annual family we're an asylum. And I would love for my family. I would love to learn from it to be actually to be presented to Allah azza wa jal while I'm fasting, which means engaged in acts of worship, and other significance that was represented presented in some statements by the LMR.
Even a 102 law he said that it's it's a time of law, the meaning of time of law again, time of heedlessness and
negligence will not so many people pay attention to. And usually, when there is less motivation, when there is less incentive to do a good deed, doing a good deed in that time becomes more virtuous. You get more reward for doing good deeds when there is less motivation and less incentive to do good deeds, like what? Let's see some of the examples who can give me example, another Hadith, that you know, when there is less incentive to do it becomes much more rewarding to do it.
However, when it's called, what becomes virtuous, what it's called, will do
when it's cold, not so many people want to make widow frequently. So what do they do? They keep their auto from fragile until the next day probably because it's too cold for them to make multiple orders. And the professor Sam said about that he says color is bad. What we'll do at Macquarie is one of them will come out of the room that expresses the sins he says Allah Selim making thorough will do even though you know it's hard. So make an O do frequently when it's hard, obviously more rewarding. What else? Give me another example of something when you expected there is no much motivation, but you get more reward for doing it.
As a man.
How about fasting in the summer?
Summer, right? You say your mother's coming in the summer Anyway, what time does the spring right now? But how about fasting voluntarily fast in this in the summer? Is it going to be easy? We didn't have to fast 1617 hours versus when the first eight, nine hours in the winter, right? It's not so simple. So how many people feel motivated to fast in the summer? Not so many. Therefore, when you give when you get when you go and you fast during that time, it's actually much more rewarding. Okay, what else?
How about giving when you have less
than the professor Samson, the Hadith, subaqua Durham met al Durham, the reward for giving $1 is much more than given $100,000 and the Sahaba was surprised a little sola How is that possible? He said the one who given one Durham like saying $1 has only $2. So what did he give
you half of his wealth. And the one who has 101 the one who gave 100,000 he had a lot of money, but I had a bit of demand like he just randomly took some from the side and it came out 100,000 so this is just something that he gave randomly, that means he had Mashallah mountains of wealth. So again, whatever, there's less incentive to do a good deed. Practicing that good deed becomes much more rewarding. And chabanne comes in a time that people are now getting ready for what? For Ramadan. So what do they do when they want to get ready for Ramadan, relax, is the last chance for them to enjoy eating during the day and get a good night's sleep and enjoy maybe some bad habits they've been
doing, you know, throughout the year, because they know the moment Ramadan starts. That's it. So Ramadan, you have to fast you have to sleep less you have to maybe quit some of the bad habits because it's Ramadan. So many, many people unfortunately instead of getting ready for Ramadan and Siobhan, what do they do become more heedless, and less and less motivated to do therefore those few people who pay attention to the month of Ramadan, the month of chabanne, they are not among those who have the rough law
and therefore the reward is going to be actually higher. Also remember Raja problema de la de la la? Remember Raja Rahim Allah, Allah He says that chabanne, like an chawan to Ramadan is just like the student for the seller. You only pay for what you do when you pray. You pray to Raka before before aka before and then what? two or four o'clock after right? So that's the sooner
the fault is in between. He said this is exactly Siobhan and chawan to the month of Ramadan, they're like the sooner so before the first the fourth, what do you do if asked before and the first after because before Ramadan, how many, how many days you fast Shabbat as many as you want. And after the month of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah so Allah says recommended for us to fast, at least six days in Sha one, right? So he says fasting, Siobhan ensure while just like praying the sooner for the foot Salah does exactly the same thing. And usually the best of the Salawat after the Florida is the most regular. And that's what we do what we call them are robotic. So to make some some some robotic
fasting for yourself in Siobhan, and some robotic fasting in chawan. It's more rituals and fasting Mondays and Thursdays throughout the whole year.
So this is basically why it's significant to practice, especially fasting in the month of Shabbat again, these are interpretations of the aroma, but obviously has actually significant meaning to them. So okay, now I understand Shabbat is very important. I want to pay attention to it. I want to be I don't want to be among those who are neglectful of the month of Shabbat. What can I do? What is it that the best I can do in the month of Shabbat to benefit from it. Obviously, it's
even though Ramadan is all about fasting, but Shabbat is not significant in Shabbat too fast, the Messenger of Allah, Allah semicolon Isla de la semana he favored month of Shabbat for fast more than any other month of the year. She said kind of subtle Allah wa sallam he used to fast in shabaan and sometimes continue to fast until he is until Ramadan begins, which means if he is fasting and fasting until he connects Ramadan, Shaban Ramadan salado, Salah
is that a lot for me to do, we're going to come to this the proper use to connect the two months together. And she said that the messenger the Messenger of Allah sallallahu sallam, he had never completed the fasting of one month exception except Ramadan. However, she said in Siobhan, he would fast almost basically almost the entire month. And we say almost the entire month that means how many days? Definitely more than 16 days? Right? Because when you say 16 days, what does that mean? More than half so if you're going to do almost the entire month, it begins from 16 days end up
not from you know, 10 days to one week or three days here and there no from 16th which means you're gonna have to calculate that you fast a lot. How do you want to do that? There are different ways of doing this. You first Mondays and Thursdays. And that gives you for four weeks, how many days? Eight? You have three days in the middle? What is that to the three monthly actually it is the widest we'll call it this as basic 11 days, right? You still short from half of the month, which means you're gonna have to add more. Some of us might say what I can do the weekdays because I work a lot what Ramadan is gonna come you're gonna have to fast anyway. But still, why don't you start
exercising during the weekend?
from Friday, so if you do Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and you have of course obviously have for four weeks, Mashallah, that's 12 days. So, you have many, many ways of fasting more of the days of Siobhan more than was usually calculate. Some people they want to do better so they do every other day. Okay, can I fast? More than that, like an FST for five days, you know, back to back and Sharon Siobhan and then I take one day break and so on, obviously, of course you can. So Siobhan is all about fasting and getting ready for the month of Ramadan.
I showed a lot around how she said the Messenger of Allah sallallahu sallam, he would sometimes fast cinemas, well, actually, the Messenger of Allah Azza wa sallam begins the month of Shabbat. And he starts fasting. So we say Subhanallah he is not he's not he has no intention to break his fast. And sometimes the Shabbat begins, and he wouldn't fast. We say he's not going to fast at all. Which means fasting, Siobhan is not obligatory, it just recommendation and it's highly recommended. And the only reason the Messenger of Allah Salalah Sam did not complete the fastest amount of chabanne and didn't do it as a regular thing and that fashion to make it easy on the oma. Otherwise, if you
have done it every single month, every single year, sallAllahu wasallam will become obligatory become very hard on us to achieve and do.
Why did the Messenger of Allah Allah sound fast regularly in shaba? The ultimate they give their interpretations is it's not like the Prophet system said exactly himself. This is why I fast a lot. No, he's just a matter of you know, the process of asylum. They understood from his practice these things number one, they say, probably the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was making up the sooner days he missed throughout the year.
You know, the Messenger of Allah if he if he does something, he maintains that that's his kind of tradition. So lesson Canada, Salah Salatin, Dom Allah, the prophet SAW, Selim sola, sola, if he did very bad an act of worship, he makes it continuous. So therefore, if he used the fast Mondays and Thursdays, or three days from every month, and he skipped some of these days, because of maybe he was traveling, or maybe some people they came visiting, or had some other duties to take care of, and so on, so, so he kind of like, accommodates all these days together. And he started fasting and show in shaba.
He will just bring everything together and fast that in the month of Shabbat, that's one interpretation. The other interpretation came from the Hadith, which was obvious when he was asked the other sort of law why Shabbat he said because this is the month that many people that are so neglectful off and it's the month when that is the velocity that is our these are presented before the last version. So I want my deeds to be present to Allah subhana wa tada when I'm staying in a state of Nevada such as fasting. So you made very clear the other one, so the ultimate they say in preparation for the month of Ramadan, out of respect, out of respect, you know, when the Prophet
sallallahu wasallam used to wake up for 200 4pm only, it was reported that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu Sallam every time as according to Isaiah delana, kind of a sort of La hustler when he wakes up for tahajjud his he begins by praying to light records
Say, what's the meaning of to light trigger? Any easy, not too long, to make them too easy to play to begin, what's the purpose of this touriga
preparation to warm up before he had the long, you know, very long, lengthy and longer card. So this is like warming up. So when it comes to fasting in the month of Ramadan, it requires also preparation, you need some warm up for the month of Ramadan. He does that in shaba. And Ramadan is going to be an entire month. So how do you prepare for it? Fast as many days as you can. So your body gets adjusted to that. And of course, scientifically speaking of the medical speak, you know, we need to start fast, fast and a few days the first few days of Ramadan. What are the most common? I would say symptoms people complain about in the first few days of Ramadan? What do you think?
Before besides being thirsty,
as you know,
How about headaches, is the most common thing people complain about, oh my god headaches, because they don't have the coffee. They didn't have their whatever they drink it to wake up in the morning. All that stuff. So these are comparable headaches. But why headaches? Why do you feel fatigued? Why do you feel you know sleepy all the stuff and so on. Because obviously when you don't eat after many, many days and weeks and months, you're constantly eating in the morning, and suddenly start fasting. The first day, second day, your body started now kind of like work into self defense Megan's survival goes into survival mode. And what is the survival mode for the body. start burning
the fat burning the protein. by kicking in so many hormones in the body take care of the balance to care of everything. In order for of course, once once your body gets gets adjusted to the system, so that the hormone gets balanced, you know, in the blood, it will take few days. That's what we have the headaches and the fatigue and all these kind of feelings and so on. That's why. So if you're going to be suffering these days at the beginning of Ramadan, by the time your body gets adjusted to it, probably one week passed. And you didn't benefit much from it, you just kind of like you had a very bad start you'd like you had just like you want to run a marathon, and you didn't exercise much
for it. And then the first mile, you started running out of breath, you're so thirsty, so tired, what are you going to do next? Even if you feel that you Okay, I'm going to try. But still you're starting you know that you're way behind many, many people.
The same thing with the month of Ramadan, you want to be ahead of everybody, prepare for it.
So if you need to have your hormone balance takes taken care of, you need to do that during the first. The first actually in the days before Ramadan. So you talk about Shabbat getting yourself ready for that it doesn't have to be full force. So there has to fast the entire month of Shabbat. But if you fast every other day, if you fast Mondays and Thursdays and then the three days of the middle days of Japan, you talk about 11 days at least 11 days. That's one third of the month. Good amount preparation for the month of Ramadan. So again in preparation for the month of Ramadan, so you don't have to go through all the pain and all the headaches. Get yourself ready shallow Donna by
fasting few more days in the month of shaba shaba
what do we get? What's the reward for fasting in Shabbat and then a specific reward for that Rasulullah Han Solo submitted very clear, that award not necessarily in the past itself, but in the state that you are in when you are presented. Meaning the professor Sam is telling us over here in continuation of your reward when Allah subhanho wa Taala when Allah is presented when that when the angels present your deeds to Allah as the origin, Allah subhana wa tada Allah azza wa jal basically would be notified will be and he knows panna without Of course, obviously, that you are still in a state of Nevada,
like there is no follow up on your records. It's still continuous, the numbers are still increasing, why because you infesting on that day. And that is obviously it's better than, you know, just having a follow stop. That's it for the data set for the year. Now you remember that continuous, like it never stops. And somehow what is so unique about fasting fasting is a state of Nevada, even if you don't make any other form of Nevada.
Which means if you just drive in your car, you're getting reward. If you're walking shopping, you're getting reward. If you're sitting down doing absolutely nothing, you're gonna do what you know what, if you're just having recreational time, you're also going to grow out. Why is that? Because you're in a constant state of Nevada. You know what if you're sleeping, if you're sleeping during the day, while you're fasting, you're getting reward. So that's very special, a very unique about fasting. Any other event at the moment you see the moment you stop, that's it.
But fasting continues with you, even though you're not actually you know, kind of like paying attention to what you do.
Do still because you're in a constant state of about a loss of Hannah Montana as the reward of what you do.
Question, since I'm going to be fasting anyway, and I would love to also to fast most of the amount of Siobhan, how about you know, kind of like when two things, I fast readers of Siobhan and I make up the days of Ramadan? Is it permissible? The answer is yes, it's permissible. I showed the Latina she used to say that she would have a makeup date from the month of Ramadan from the previous month of Ramadan. And she was settled she would not settle these days until Shabbat. What does that tell you about the urgency or the timeframe that you require? And you're responsible to make up the desert short of Ramadan?
You have the entire year.
You have the entire year from chawan all the way until chabanne you have all this year to make up these days of Ramadan. Do you have to make up the desert Ramadan right after Ramadan is over? No, you don't. Which brings a question that many ministers they asked specifically after the month of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu sallam, he said mon sama Ramadan, the Mata bajo system and Sha one canicross Casa Yama, da whoever fast the month of Ramadan follows that with six days of Shabbat it would count as if you fast what the whole year just by fasting Ramadan, six days of Sha one. Okay some sister they asked Okay.
Does it mean that I have to first of all make up my days of Ramadan because of the her period she had to, let's say brick six days or seven days. So they have to make up these days first. And then I first six days of chawan? If you say yes, that means you obligate the first half of Shabbat.
And if you say no. So what's the evidence for this? I should practice for the law. Why? Why do we say that? Because I showed the law and if you read the history and the biography of the law, when the prophet SAW son passed away, she dedicated her life for revival she became she basically in devotion to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And part of her devotion was what fasting
was fasting, even one of the narrations as
one of her servants of the Lord around her. She said basically, she talked about the idea that she was very charitable, I showed the law was very, very charitable to the extent that whenever she receives food or meat or whatever, she distributes that immediately, like her husband Rasulullah his Salah Salem, like her father, Rebecca, so decode the electron. So the servant one day she came to Ayesha, inquiring about some meat that they received as a gift. And she asked Ayesha, what happened to the meat? She goes, I gave it all away.
So I showed the servant odesza did you leave anything for us to make it because we're fasting? You know, we want to break her fast. Like Did you deliver anything for us to break or fast with it? She goes, also Hello, she reminded me remind me that
like, like she didn't even remember herself.
That means that she fast, so much so that she doesn't even you know, pay attention to the times when she breaks her faster times when she fast because he's always faster. delana. So that means even though she's making up these days of Ramadan, and Siobhan didn't mean that I showed the law wasn't fast in throughout the year. Which brings another question. If you have an obligatory fast that you need to make up for? Do you have to begin with this one first? Or should you? You know,
can you fast anything else and delay the month of Ramadan? The makeups from the month of Ramadan? Obviously from the practice of Ayesha, you don't have the obligation to do it. First. Some lemma. They say though, it's better that you be you start with what would the obligatory fest the one that you need to make up for why because life is short, you don't even know when your time is going to be up. So just go over with us get over with the fork. And then you just can you can fast volunteer fast as you wish. Obviously it's a recommendation but it's not an obligation. And from hijo de la is okay to delay those fast for the month of Siobhan, can I delay that the makeup days of Ramadan? Can
I make up these days in the winter?
What do you guys think? Or is that going to be cheating?
Is there going to be cheating, let's say Ramadan in the summer, right? Can I make up my days of Ramadan in the winter? Yes, you can even if the days are shorter. Okay, let's talk about more cheating right now. Can I take a trip to Canada or Alaska in the winter and do my makeup days over there?
how long the day is going to be they're
very, very short. So therefore can I make it up there? I mean, you can see that there is some sense of I don't know what you want to call this. But technically speaking, it's okay. is permissible to do so. So once again, you are allowed to delay the makeup days of Ramadan all the way until the last few days of the
month of Shabbat right before Ramadan begins.
questions after show
time. Can you fast the second half of Shabbat?
You might say Yeah, why not? Well, there's a narration about ldlr terranova. The premises are from the Messenger of Allah Azza wa sallam, he said, if the middle of Shabbat has passed, do not fast, like man should be fasting. After the month of Shabbat, the middle Shabbat has passed, that's the Hadith, or too many. But some of them actually they had some issues with that. Why? Because if the Prophet was used to fast every day, almost almost the entire month of Shabbat, and now he's telling us Okay, so don't fast if the man of the middle Shabbat pass. So how can we reconcile between these different variations? Also the prophets Allah said when he said when he says another Hadith that you
shouldn't be fasting the last two days of Siobhan unless it's a fast that you usually do or regularly do, so you can continue with that. So here we go, that the province it's okay to Fast Pass the month, the middle month of Siobhan, how can we reconcile between these a harlot and this one here? Nevermind. So this one applies for a person who didn't start his fast from the beginning of the month.
Luckily, we didn't start fasting at the beginning of the month, and then the middle Siobhan passes, don't start fasting.
Don't start holiday, that's it. But if you would like to Fast Pass the middle Siobhan then you need to make few days before the middle shabang start like for example, dedicate one Mondays, or one Thursday, or Monday and Thursday before the middle Siobhan so that once middle shebang comes in, you are allowed to continue in your fast. So this is how you can sell between between the two nations. So if you have had the fast started from the beginning of the month, if the middle Shabbat, middle Shabbat passes, you still can continue. But if you if you haven't started yet from the beginning, and then the middle of Shabbat starts. Then we apply this hadith and we say that said you shouldn't
be fasting anymore. It's over.
Okay, fine, I understand. But what about the law students Shabbat? Can I pass the last Shabbat or the last day of Shabbat? This what we call the What do we call it the Yom
Yom shack which means the doubtful day? What is the doubtful doubtful day is the day the day when people not sure if it's the 30th of Shaban, or the beginning of Ramadan. So when we when it's the 29th day of Shabbat, the next day could be the continuation and the completion of the month of Shabbat to 30 days. Or it could be the beginning of the month of Ramadan. So are you allowed to have the intention to fast that day? with the intention that just in case it was Ramadan? 100 didn't didn't miss it? And it was Shabbat still hamdulillah it's, the answer is no. The Messenger of Allah Allah says it says in this Hadith, none of you should fast a day or two before the month of Ramadan
unless you have the habit of doing this regularly. So if it happened to be part of your habits was fasting, then you do so you fast. So somebody was was fasting in from the beginning of Shabbat was fasting every other day.
So as you do every other day, the last day of your fast happened to be that day. So can I fast it? The answer is yes. There's nothing wrong with that. But if it just fasting with the intention to be cautious, and just to make sure that I don't miss any day of Ramadan. That wouldn't count because Ramadan you cannot start fasting Ramadan without full intention. Like you cannot wake up, you know, before fetcher and make an NEA and saying if it's Ramadan handler and fasting for Ramadan, if it was Ramadan, I'll do it nothing. You can start like this. It has to be a confirmed intention. And that wouldn't happen unless of course we're sure about the day the next day will be Ramadan. If we have
doubts, again, it goes back to the community and how the announcement of Ramadan is going to be
okay, celebrating the middle of Shabbat. So this is one of the touchy subjects in the Muslim community in the hadith of Sharia law. Imagine other books of Hadith the Messenger of Allah Azza wa sallam said that Allah azza wa jal in a manner that suits His Majesty looks upon music creation, on that night of the 15th of Shabbat. He looks upon the creation subhana wa tada on that the night of the middle of Shabbat and forgives all his creation means the people, the believers, except a mushrik. And either worshiper or one who harbors hatred against the believers, someone who has some, you know, some issues in their hearts against the believers. And that's a very scary notion, right?
That means if I have some issues with my brothers, my sisters and you know, other friends in the community and so on, that means all my dislike, you know, almost like they've gone. It's very serious, very serious.
Obviously, there's a lot of dispute over the authenticity of the narration. That's number one. Although it's deemed to be authentic overall, a majority of them are handwritten. But the meaning of it, of course, obviously, a person who harbors this hatred and animosity for no legitimate reason, for no legitimate reason, in this case, analyst pandas, this is like an indication and this is from a logical reminder for us that this is now the time where the committee needs to be united. This 15 days left or less than 15 days left before the month of Ramadan begins. This is not the time to start the month of Ramadan, with disunity, and with fitna and having issues and so forth. So
therefore, that is a very blessed night. Obviously, Allah subhanho wa Taala in a manner that suits His Majesty looks upon the creation on that particular night, and he forgives the people. The loss of homemakers and others have forgiven me. And this night, by the way, it's just about it's 13 days from today.
13 days from today. Well, it's the 14th of Siobhan. That night becomes the night of the 15th this would be the night the middle night of Shabbat. So get ready for it. So how do I get ready for that night?
Are we allowed to celebrate on that special night? And if we do so what kind of celebration? Well,
culturally speaking, and traditionally speaking, many, many Muslims in the Muslim world given a special celebration for that particular night.
Necessary too shabby. What is it called an auto
shibaura right. Alberta bc Donato Barranco. The Arabic language and that night they give special special practices like for example, they pray a special number of regard. And it was special celebrations and special media and special acts of worship and some they do this in groups. And some they do basically
and some they dedicate even O'Meara on that night. Like one remember I remember when I was in Medina one time, and we went for Amara in Mecca, so we went to Mecca. That night was unbelievable. I felt it was like hedge and I had no idea what was going on in the world. like wow, what is happening? What are these people all these people come from? then realize it was actually the middle Siobhan
the whole Muslim population in making another America everybody has to had some free time Panama because it was a weekend. Everybody has a free time on that day or that night came from it was more like being in hajj SubhanAllah. Now the question is, is it permissible or it is there any specific acts of worship that needs to be observed, and that particular night the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam give any significance to this night? Now there are the people they go between the frog and the fruit some they go to the both extremes. Some they say that the virtue of the night is so special that they dedicate many specific acts of worship for it. And
they do a lot of things more than what they do for each other sometimes. And other people they say, well, there is absolutely no significance for this night and they deliberately they deliberately don't make any special effort on that particular night. And both are wrong. Or Allah they say she's a bit a little lighter. He said actually, the night has a special version, there is no doubt about it. Because if I didn't know this Alexander we mentioned earlier, however, no Hadith of the Prophet SAW some dedicate that there was any specific community activity.
Like there is no community activity at the time of the profits of the la sala de like they go together in the measure they do to Malaysia, 200, and so on. And the Prophet sallallahu sallam, he lived in Medina many years. You know this from the time when Rama became obligatory on the second year of Phaedra. You talked about at least seven, eight months, eight years of fasting Ramadan, and attending Shabbat. So if there was any specific celebration and a specific community public event that happened the time of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam on that particular night would have been reported, but there was no such thing. So the lmrda said, the virtue of this night is actually
It's an individual worship you yourself, go and do the amulet if you want to do Pamela you want to make the I want to make a call to speak whatever that you want to do. It's okay because it has a special virtue. But again, that doesn't mean to make actually a public event. Out of that is still part of tradition, part of the culture, Allah subhanaw taala you know, give us guidance in Milan.
Now, let's go to practicality. For me and you. What can I do right now in Siobhan Alhamdulillah. That's a good reminder for us. Tomorrow's the first day of Shaban. It's a good start. I'm thankful that I attended this program. So I want to know what can I do to get myself ready for the month of Ramadan? Obviously, we all have different different you know, schedules and lifestyles and kept
assays and abilities and whatever that is right. So there is no really one particular program that will fit everybody. These are some recommendations some reminders for me and you on how we can benefit from the mantle from Siobhan shallow tada in preparation for the month of Ramadan number one fast as many days as you can okay if I'm going to fast as many as I can, yeah, inshallah Allah that means I need to fast more than 4015 days, right. But still, I'm not sure if I can manage this. What? What type of fast is the best fast What do you think?
Every other day?
Not Monday on Thursday, every other day because the professor said that the best fasting was the festival who that would answer. How did he fast he used to fast every other day. That's what he said every other day. So if you would like to do it start from tomorrow shallow Tabata, Kodama begin fasting and tomorrow's Thursday, and a lot of I mean, you the double the reward Thursday and further shot of Siobhan then you take a break on Friday.
Then you fast Saturday, then you take a break on Sunday, then the first Monday show on Monday again, right it's a basically every other day until the end of the month Siobhan shallow data so one day you fast wonder you break when they first want to break. Okay, what happens if I started doing this way? And then several I have guests
so can I break another day? Let's say I broke one day. Can I break the other day? The day after I as well? Yeah. Do I have to make up for the day that I broke? Because I'm doing the alternative basically days every other day? The answer is no, there is an obligation because assignment immunity assigned on who fast is in charge of is fast. So because it's voluntary, fast, you don't have to do so. But definitely if you would like to add more days, obviously it's more rewarding. shallowater Baraka Donna, number two, Makeup Artist of the month of Ramadan.
That's even handleable so if I have days that are still missed from Ramadan, then I can make it that way. Can I make the intention as I do every other day? To be days for making up the month of Ramadan? The answer is yes.
Can I make up my days of Ramadan in shabaan by fasting Mondays and Thursdays so I can get all these rewards? So I'm doing makeup days of Ramadan? On Monday and Thursday and the middle days of Shabbat? The answer is yes, you can do that. So try to plan it if you have few more days do so. Another suggestion as a recommendation specifically for the brothers. If the one who needs to make a visit of Ramadan is your spouse, your daughter, your your mom? Why don't you help them out?
Means fast together
so that hamdulillah they feel encouragement they're not fasting on their own now you fast for them and you help them out but when you fast with them please make it easy on them
don't fast and start demanding all these hellos and all these you know foods because you're fast. take criticism is not about getting don't take the mood of Ramadan right away, but at least at least fast to help them and assist them shallow to botica with Allah number three, get to an headmaster and Siobhan How's that? If you know that you're going to need to spend more time with the Quran and Ramadan, maybe start warming up for it in Shabbat.
If you know that in Ramadan, you always recite the Quran after answer. How about you start your first hotma in Shabbat?
I know you're gonna get fatigued and tired and exhausted but again, preparation. So you start your hotma put the Quran in Shabbat Shalom, Donna, if you know that you do your husband before federal time because you always wake up for support, then get ready start doing that as well. You start waking up at 4am before federal time after federal time, whatever that is, just dedicate a hotma for for the month of Shabbat and good news this evening gives you a head start in Charlottetown you can start your husband from tonight. So if you want to decide let's say one or two Jews, it counts as reciting this in Shabbat as well as shallow data because the day usually at least we count the month
by the night that starts before. So this is part of Shabbat go ahead and start your hotman shallow who doesn't
observe individual worship in the middle Shabbat like we said dedicate that time I want you to calculate when is going to what is the middle shabaan is going to be if you have extra time and you would like to get extra work and shallow data. Take the next day off it wasn't weekend. Take the next day off chalazia and in this case you would spend the night the night maybe a vida en la sala and inshallah the next day we'll be off for use we should be fine. If not then at least make sure before you go to bed that newdigate dedicate extra time for the time that a bother. Basically break away from your old habit on that particular night in Sharla was chosen. Number five, get your body
physically ready for Ramadan hit the gym ajumma
go get ready for it. So you really have to go to prepare for Ramadan. I have to be physically fit
Of course you need to be physically fit. Remember that 100 member tarawih
member many people just start suddenly oh my god my back my knees or they know that they have all these issues they start having this issue of Ramadan Why? Because now they've been more likely down up and down and Salah So get yourself ready for Ramadan inshallah by hitting the gym, you don't want to hit the gym Fine, go and walk.
Walk on a regular basis exercise, do something about it. just magically make sure that you're physically ready for it in Charlottesville because Ramadan in addition to the spiritual experience and exercise, it actually requires also physical exercise number six. Adjust your sleeping habits before Ramadan. So adjust your sleeping habits before Ramadan. You say well I don't know I'm not a good sleeper No, I need to whatever that you do, start adjusting your sleeping habit right now if you know that Ramadan, you're going to have to wake up, let's say, right now is around 530 begins for example, you're gonna have to wake up at five o'clock, then wake up at five o'clock. Yeah, but I
barely I woke up at six o'clock to come to the method. start waking up at five o'clock for now get yourself ready. So what am I going to do when I start at five o'clock in the morning, whatever that you're going to be doing on amazon.com to be having maybe a small meal, whatever that you do eventually get yourself ready by preparing your sleeping habits in shallow dialog. Also, maybe you start adding if possible, a short nap.
Get your body ready for the short nap. Sometimes maybe after you come back from work. If you are blessed with a flexible work schedule that will allow you to take your nap before overtime that's even better.
We talked about power and I will not talk about three hours now piano until measure of time begins like many people do now we're talking about power nap 20 minute just right before before the whole time or when you come back from work take just 2030 minutes in shallow data and refresh so you could start in shallow the rest of the day and also getting ready for the 200 and Antara number seven prepare your healthy menu and schedule for Ramadan healthy menu What does that mean? We're not talking about the sweet Tsushima like many people do ok Bismillah what we what did we miss last year? Let's see. Now we're not talking about that we're talking about a healthy healthy menu what is
it that you need to start working on eating in Ramadan probably means that from now so for example more water that's for sure start doing that right now. getting yourself ready with maybe whatever that you eat healthy reduce you know fatty food on less than Ramadan is your habit it fatty food, whatever you do just basically reduce the amount of sugar intakes and all that stuff slowly and gradually and I suggest I suggest because I'm a nutritionist over here that you talk to someone who's specialist on the issue if you know a friend if you know somebody if you go for consultation tell them hey Ramadan is coming for us Muslims and I'm going to be doing this what do you suggest
for me to prepare for it from today? It's worth it. Go and find when shallow to get yourself ready with the Lazarus and also if you know that you're not going to be eating much in Ramadan maybe you need to focus on know these meals that will provide you with the best nutrition for the day and for the night vanilla number eight
prepare your house and family for a good start on Ramadan.
Let them know Shabbat has basically announced it let them know Hey guys, Shabana started you have four more weeks inshallah for Ramadan to begin let them know that it's a very special month get them to start you know preparing themselves like they need to know Okay, you guys look forward must have you know they must have you had from last Ramadan. Now go and look for it right now. Start you know your Hartman's How you going to do it what times you're going to do these things the number of records review with them The sooner the fourth Salah the timing for everything, remind them with with things. Maybe you start also teaching them to memorize the draft for the month of Ramadan. What
do you do when Amazon begins? What do you do how'd you break through fast food what all this and get them ready by preparing them for the month of Ramadan inshallah to about a quarter number nine, adjust your schedule to pressure and pressure them as
if you are too lazy to wake up professional and these days, or at least in the previous days. Maybe it's about time right now that you start working for fetcher. And why is that because eventually we all know that Ramadan Mashallah gets filled up like like Juma to varkala. We're going to show the festival going to be all the way to the back penalization so it's good for us in short, to start getting ready for it. Maybe you start pushing yourself now more to wake up again the time for soccer. And then you come to the museum. Also for a
little bit sleepy, tired, exhausted, push yourself more. So you could come for a shot so inshallah that I hope that you guys can deliver this message to other brothers and sisters so that at least for the next few days, inshallah next couple of weeks to four weeks until Ramadan begins. We see increase in the number of people who come from Russia. Now the opposite, although unfortunately because right now suddenly
Went back to six o'clock in the morning. The numbers drop
people to see what's too early right now suddenly became too early. Well until four weeks from now i'm sure we're going to see how early is going to be. And then suddenly everybody wakes up for it. So Pamela, so get you separately adjust your sleeping habits you could wake up a shallow dollar on time for federal and state long gunshot is pretty solidly shot at the masjid. And by the way, right now at least you don't have to stay long after Isha euphrasia and that's it then you go home. But Ramadan you're gonna pressure and pray the rosary and stay there having Chai and tea and having fun with people until you're done probably. You're not going to do this right now. At least just you
come to get the super destitute and shallow tile. Number 10.
Buy few books especially on the subject of the Quran. To see stories of the Quran, the meaning of the words of the Quran, whatever that you feel beneficial for you to learn more about the Quran How about you go right now to some of these bookstores online Sharla to bookstores and find a nice book that you would like to read my recommendation my recommendation by age appropriate books. So if you have children by them few of these books that are appropriate for them of teenagers or adults and bye bye for them Charlotte also don't buy too many books don't buy a whole thing you know list of books that no one is going to be able to read anyway. Buy a few of them that you will be shall have
you everybody will have access to and hopefully they will enjoy inshallah reading really good bit Allah has chosen number 11 calculate your Zika
a lot of people they weren't on the last minute and all the question to come to me.
Because you know, why do you have to wait until the last minute? If you know that you're going to be paying Zika in four weeks from now. Why don't you start calculating muzika getting yourself ready for it in Sharla and that you know preparing it and having it ready isn't even allowed to pay the car before the due date? The answer is yes. You are allowed to actually to rush by paying for the car and calculate the estimate for the next month in Sharla and you give you the chi put it on the side so when Ramadan begins inshallah it's ready. You give it been the last region during the month of Ramadan for the extra awards in sha Allah number 12
start with icebreakers, visit family and friends in Ramadan Mashallah, I know the brothers maybe they enjoy Ramadan, because of all the goodies that come with it. The sisters they somehow just like not so excited about the weekends and Ramadan.
Because they know every weekend there's some sort of social obligation. You have to go here you have to go there. And then from the beginning of Ramadan How did they prepare for it in Siobhan? By getting their calendar ready? How many families are we inviting and Ramadan which weekend is going to be for my family which we consider to be for your family which we consider to be for our friends and that's how we spend our Shabbat time discovering everything that is not necessarily important for us. But remember an icebreaker
so that you have inshallah Allah an easy relationship when Ramadan begins. So you have us still close to each other and shallow diabolical with Alexander we said it's the time to heal. Shabbat is the time for the community to hear like the prophets Allah Sam says, the midday or the midnight of Shabbat that's when Allah subhana wa tada in a manner that suits His Majesty, he looks upon the creation, and he will forgive the people. So if you have any heat, any hatred and animosity in your heart against someone, especially relatives, that's a problem.
That's about might might be delayed you forgiveness might be delayed. So it's time to have icebreaker and seek forgiveness from another inshallah subotica wattana. Number 13. Make a list of bad habits and start eliminating them.
Make a list of bad habit. It's not illuminating them. Actually, it's eliminating process. I blame my son because it was supposed to be the editor. I told him if he if there's any typos, I'm going to mention that actually live on the screen. Anyways. So eliminating process.
So eliminating process, what do you need to do you need to type or write for yourself a list of bad habits? What are your bad habits, like spending too much time on social media, wasting your time grabbing your phone on your couch or Lazy Boy and starting to go and all that stuff and so on. Maybe just you know, sleeping too long.
Smoking, whatever that that you do think it's a bad habit. Make a list of bad habits and start eliminating them one at a time. Slowly and gradually. And the last but not the least. Make a list.
You don't want to make a shopping list and you put it on the fridge.
That's an embedded list right now. It's a better list. I want you to put a list on the fridge. And on that list. You need to include people.
You need to include requests. You need to include causes whatever that is. So that don't wait until Ramadan beginning to say also holla I forgot to ask about this issue. But that issue Oh, I should we should have made that for this issue. That issue
You know, prepared a long list of.
And if you know that you're going to be making a lot of us, this is the time for you to start looking for it like many people that come to me in the last 10 minutes of Ramadan, if you have a list of data that I can make, you know, in the last night of Ramadan, I said, too late for that I now should have actually memorized this list throughout the test the previous 20 nights, when the last 10 nights are more than begin, you can make them by heart. When you make them by heart, they actually come really from the heart. Not saying that it's never it's actually it's completed too late to make the animal but we say that it's better that you prepare for it to Charlotte about a
Kotara earlier. So please, please, please start your list from tonight. Grab a piece of paper and start writing down. What do you need to shut to make that four things from the dunya from the afternoon for your brothers, for sister for the community for the Muslim, for everybody, for Muslim Sunni Muslims wherever they are that you need to make Ramadan. Also, people like you said, your family members, your friends, your parents, your teachers, you anyone who has hamdulillah have left an impact a positive impact in your life, you may do and for them just make a list of that when the Ramadan begins inshallah xojo. You're not collecting actually too many, because you've already
compiled most of these requests, and a few things are left so you will remember them and hamdulillah it's never too late to make them. So this is just a quick program on what you could do and show on the month of chabanne in preparation for the month of Ramadan. Remember, we come from different backgrounds different again, lifestyles and opportunities and an ability to do things. If you can do better than this, go for it. These are just guidelines for your shallow data so that you make your own program for Siobhan before the mental model begins melas panatela give us the ability to live until the month of Ramadan horrible element and make us among those who will be worshipping Allah
Subhana Allah in the month of Ramadan yorubaland I mean, we ask Allah to make us among those who will attend the last night of the month of Ramadan and be among those who will witness the little Colorado bill I mean, we ask Allah Subhana makers among those who will be forgiven in Ramadan Yoruba anime, mela, soprano, etc rewards in this in Ramadan and make among the people who've been adjusted for Allah will handle a brand new salon Muhammad Ali was any question