Yasir Qadhi – How Fasting in Ramadan Helps us Achieve Taqwa #02

Yasir Qadhi
AI: Summary © The benefits of fasting, including purifying intentions and mastering desires, are discussed. The overarching mechanism of Islam is the reintroduction of the holy month, which is the period of intensive fasting, and achieving taqwa is a natural process that requires constant monitoring and control of behavior. The experience of being a believer and the feeling of peace and sexuality that comes from it are also emphasized. The speaker emphasizes the importance of fasting in empowering individuals to pursue dreams and achieving their potential.
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Dear Muslims,

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last week my khutbah

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was about the reality

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of

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how siyam and fasting

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helps us attain taqwa.

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When Allah says in the Quran, O you

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who believe,

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fasting is prescribed for you so that you

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may achieve taqwa.

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How

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does fasting help us achieve taqwa or God

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consciousness?

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And last week, I went over a number

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of points. Of them is sincerity,

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ikhlas.

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Because what fasting does is it causes you

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to purify your intention.

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What fasting does, it causes you to be

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conscious of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala watching you.

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Of them, is that fasting

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also helps us with the concept of sabr,

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of patience, of restraint.

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Of them, is that fasting helps us to

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better our akhlaq and interactions with other people.

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Today, we're gonna continue from where I left

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off last week.

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How does fasting

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help us achieve the ultimate goal of taqwa?

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And we'll mention a few points today.

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Of the ways that fasting

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allows us to attain taqwa,

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is that the essence of taqwa,

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the essence of God consciousness,

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is to control

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one's nafs,

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to control

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one's desires for the sake of Allah subhanahu

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wa ta'ala.

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This is what taqwa is. Because when you

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are faced with 2 choices,

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the one of which your nafs, your soul

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wants, and the other which is pleasing to

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Allah,

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taqwa,

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necessitates.

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You control your own nafs, and you do

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what is pleasing to Allah

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And therefore,

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via the fast,

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via

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controlling

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our daily routine,

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we are demonstrating we have the power by

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Allah's help to control our nafs. Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala

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constantly

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reminds us in the Qur'an to control our

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ego, to control our nafs. Allah says,

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O Dawud, We have appointed you to be

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a ruler amongst people,

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and so judge by what Allah has revealed,

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and do not follow your own desires.

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If you follow your own desires, fayudillaka

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ansabillillah,

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it will misguide you away from Allah

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The famous khalifa, Umur ibn Abdul Aziz said,

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The

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is like a man who has been tied

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up.

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The

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is not able to do what his desires

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want him to do. That's how he defined

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the muttaqih.

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The muttaqih is like somebody who's tied up.

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Tied up with what? With controlling his desires.

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And so you cannot achieve taqwa

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without controlling desires. And what does siyam does,

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it allows you to

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master the controlling of the desires. When we

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fast,

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we not only control the haram,

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we control the halal as well.

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What power on earth could possibly cause you

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to give up your food and drink, to

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not drink cold water in this heat of

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Texas?

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What power on earth could possibly cause you

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to start controlling

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your most base human instinct and desire?

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It is the power of iman. And what

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iman does in this month, we demonstrate to

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Allah, and we demonstrate to ourselves

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that iman is more precious to us than

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what our nafs desires.

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Khattada, the famous student of Ibn Abbas said,

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if a person does everything his soul desires,

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if a person follows every hawa

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without letting his taqwa stop him, then he

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has taken his desires as his God besides

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Allah. Qata'adah is referencing a verse in the

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Quran. It's a very powerful verse. Allah says,

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Have you seen the one who has worshiped

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his own self instead of Allah?

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Who worships his self instead of Allah? Qata'adah

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said, the one who caves into every desire,

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the one who does everything the soul and

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body wants,

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it is as if that person has worshiped

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himself instead of Allah. And so once again,

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what does the fasting do? The fasting demonstrates

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we have, in English is called willpower.

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Willpower.

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We have willpower,

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and we are dignified. We're not beasts, we're

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not animals. We don't just cave in to

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every single inclination,

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every instinct we have.

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And so we prove to ourselves

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our nobility

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through our humanity,

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through our servitude,

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through our conquering our desires

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for the sake of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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And that is why fasting liberates us. Fasting

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is liberating because it allows us to taste

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nobility.

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We feel, frankly, a sense of being angelic

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angels,

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because we are literally

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overcoming

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the most base human instinct of eating and

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drinking. And we are literally over coming what

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our bodies not just desire, but need.

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And we're demonstrating to Allah that Allah

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is more precious to us even than our

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own physical selves and our bodies. And this

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is the height of taqwa.

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1 of the hadith of the Prophet shalallahu

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alaihi wa sallam said,

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reported in sunun ibn Majah, 3 things are

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destructive to a person.

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3 things are destructive.

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And one of them, one of them,

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when a man follows his desires.

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3 things will destroy you. One of them,

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if you allow every desire And by the

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way, even outside of Ramadan, this is a

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very important topic. O Muslim,

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keep your ego and desires in check. Don't

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just do everything your soul wants. Don't just

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follow every inclination

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because that is destructive to yourself. It is

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destructive to your spirituality.

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It is destructive to your ubudiyyah and servitude

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to Allah.

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And especially in the month of Ramadan, we

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show ourselves we can overcome our desires.

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A man came to Hasan al Basri, the

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famous scholar of the past, the ascetic scholar,

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and said to him, Which jihad is the

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best? And at the time there were many

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jihads going on. He wanted to know which

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battle should I join, which jihad is the

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best? Hasan al Basri said, The strongest jihad

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is the jihad against your own desires.

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The most powerful

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jihad is the jihad that you conquer yourself.

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And what siyam does, it demonstrates for us

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that we're able conquer our own desires. So

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of the ways that the siyam and fasting

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helps us to achieve taqwa

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is that it trains us

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to keep our urges,

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our animal instincts, and our desires in check,

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when we can even control

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halal

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desires,

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when we can control halal urges,

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then by Allah, brothers and sisters, can't me

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and you will control the haram ones? If

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we can control food and drink, then by

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Allah we can control that which is haram.

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So this is of the ways that fasting

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achieves taqwa.

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Another mechanism

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that fasting helps us attain taqwa,

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and it is actually a umbrella number of

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points, not just one point. The month of

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siyam

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reintroduces

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us to

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so many different rituals

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that unfortunately,

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many of us neglect, maybe even abandon outside

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of the month. Ramadan

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reintroduces

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we don't take care of our sunan, and

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our ra'atib, and our nafil, and in the

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month of Ramadan we raise the bar, and

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we try our best to do sunan? How

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many of us, we rarely come to the

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masjid, and Alhamdulillah,

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in the month of Ramadan, across the Muslim

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world,

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every single masjid is packed to capacity.

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Alhamdulillah,

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the ummah is alive. Alhamdulillah,

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the iman is strong in the ummah, especially

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in this month of Ramadan.

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How many of us, we hardly take the

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Quran off of our shelf and open it

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up, but in this month, the dust is

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pulled off. In this month, the covers are

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taken out. In this month, the book is

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opened, and tilawah of the Quran is done.

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How many of us are so irregular

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when it comes to charity? We hardly give

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charity. But in this month, we start thinking,

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who should I give to? Which family member

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is in need? Which charity should I sponsor?

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Which orphanage should I give some money to?

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Alhamdulillah,

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this month, it re kindles

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all of the rituals that we should be

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doing throughout the year. But in this month,

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Alhamdulillah,

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we are reintroduced to them. We thank Allah

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that the houses of Allah are packed. We

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thank Allah, the Quran is recited from every

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single mimbar and mihrab. We thank Allah subhanahu

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wa ta'ala that the rituals are being demonstrated

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in this month in a manner that throughout

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the year they are not being demonstrated. And

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so what happens in this month is that

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the rituals of Islam are rediscovered,

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and that is of the essence of taqwa.

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One other thing we will mention as well

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about the reality of taqwa and how siyam

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causes us to achieve taqwa. And perhaps, perhaps,

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this is the

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overarching

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mechanism, perhaps this is the queen

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of how and why fasting

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reintroduces

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us to taqwa.

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Because

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we all need an incentive to do what

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we do. We all need an incentive. We

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need the carrot in front of us. Why

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do you go to work? Because you're gonna

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get your paycheck. Why do you do anything

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that you do? There is some incentive in

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there. What is the incentive

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for worshiping Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala? There's plenty

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of incentives,

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but one of the most powerful incentives

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about why we worship Allah

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is the feeling

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of peace and serenity

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that the true believer

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tastes

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when he or she submits to Allah. In

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Arabic, it is called halawatil iman.

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In Arabic, it is called the sweetness of

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iman.

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Now, you know when you taste a real

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sweet,

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you don't want to eat something that salty

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afterwards. Your mouth is feeling nice with that

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sweet. When you eat something very precious to

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you, you feel so good about this, you

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don't want to ruin that taste in your

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mouth. Well, what if you taste the ultimate

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sweetness of life, which is

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the

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sweetness of worshiping Allah? What if you can

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taste what it feels like to achieve

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spiritual tranquility?

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You achieve

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You achieve

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anxieties and the stress that you face are

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cast aside,

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and you feel a sense of spiritual

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happiness

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because you have rediscovered what it means to

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be a believer? This is

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what it means to be a believer.

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This is what Ramadan

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primarily does. What Ramadan does?

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The nobility

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of serving Allah,

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the exaltedness

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of being a worshipper of Allah,

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the sweetness of what it means to humble

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yourself in front of Allah,

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we are reintroduced

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to that sweetness.

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And because we taste the sweetness of iman,

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because we know what it feels like and

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how beautiful a feeling it is, Wallahi, our

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bodies are tired, our sleep is deprived, the

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throat is dry, the voice is cracking.

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But inside right now,

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how you feel?

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You wish you could feel it throughout the

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year.

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You and I, we both know, we feel

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ennobled,

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we

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feel blessed,

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we feel we're doing something.

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That feeling

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of nobility,

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that feeling of tranquility,

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that feeling of

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of the heart,

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that is the essence of taqwa.

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This is what taqwa is.

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You want to worship Allah because you rediscovered

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the nobility of worshiping Allah, the sweetness of

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worshiping Allah. And in Ramadan,

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every single one of us, without exception,

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we taste a little bit of that sweetness.

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We taste the reality of, you know, life

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is good, living a sinless life, living a

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purpose filled, worship filled, Ibadah filled life. It

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actually feels good to be a believer, a

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mu'min, a Muslim.

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And guess what? That feeling of sweetness is

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not just in Ramadan. It's not just in

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Ramadan. You can feel it throughout the year,

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every single day of your life you can

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feel it. So what Ramadan does

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is that it reminds you of the nobility

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of Islam.

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It reminds

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you, I only created you, O men and

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jinn, so that you may worship me. I

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don't want any rizq from you. I'm the

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one that's gonna give you the rizq, Allah

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says in the Quran. And so the height

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of taqwa, oh brothers and sisters, the height

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of taqwa

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is that your soul feels a full sense

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of being alive. And that is exactly what

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Allah says in the Quran, that he who

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worships Allah, the soul becomes alive. The one

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who turns to Allah, the soul becomes rekindled.

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Allah says, give the example of the one

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who was dead,

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and We brought him back to life.

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Ibn Abbas comments,

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Allah is not talking about somebody in the

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graveyard whom Allah called back to live in

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society.

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Allah is talking about somebody who was spiritually

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dead,

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and then he discovered or rediscovered Islam.

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And in rediscovering

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Islam,

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his soul became

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alive again. This is what Allah is saying

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in the Quran.

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