Ramadan The Time For Change

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GAVI ought all to come to the law. For the last year we have been asking every single week and Hamdulillah we thank Allah subhana wa Taala that no major incident has happened. And we thank you for your cooperation as well. Please keep your masks on. Please observe social distancing, please do not intermingle in the hallways. And do not wear your shoes until you exit deep messages and you know the exit protocols where you go from the doors that are the closest to you. We also remind you that Alhamdulillah now that Epic is operating at full capacity, our expenses have gone up. So I've been asked to remind you that yes, we do need your to us, we need your help, and we also need your

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donations. So please do help the masjid every single week, especially in this month of Ramadan. When the expenses as you know they go up. We have special requests of two for three of our mothers three of the mothers of the community Subhanallah We ask Allah azza wa jal to protect our mothers who are with us and to forgive them others who have moved on we have three requests. Firstly, Sister la Hara, her mother is in the ER she is asking for drop. Secondly, Sister Razia, but her mother has COVID and she's in critical condition. And thirdly, a brother how to and say his mother is also in the ER and not in a good condition. We ask Allah subhanaw taala for Shiva Arjun We ask Allah azza wa

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Never Is it too late to change our lifestyles and return to Allah subhana wa Tada. The doors of repentance are always open until the Angel of Death comes. And this is of the Mercy of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah that Allah does not care about the past. He cares about the present. It doesn't matter what we've done in the past. It doesn't matter how many sins we come to, if we come to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah with a pure art if we turn to Allah subhana wa Tada with a sincere repentance in the law Hey young food with Zulu budget me. Allah forgives all sins. Dear Muslims, there is no better time to resolve to change than this time right now, which is the month of Ramadan. In fact,

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it can be said that one of the goals of Ramadan, one of the primary goals of Ramadan is to incentivize us to change every single year. Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us opportunity after opportunity.

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In this month, every single year he entices us. Every single year, he tells us and He calls us and He beckons us and he opens the doors of Jana and he shuts the doors of Jahannam and he changed up the shayateen. Why? Why? Why do we get this opportunity every single year? Because Allah subhana wa Tada wants to make things easy for us, and he wants to facilitate our return unto him and Ramadan. Ramadan is the ultimate or I should say one of the ultimate obviously one can say Hajj is the best experience to change your life around but Hajj not all of us are blessed to go and hedges once in a lifetime. And Allah knows if we're ever going to go or not ask for Ramadan. One can say it is a mini

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experience of Hajj. How so? Because what does Hajj do Hajj forgives all previous sins, what does it hold on do Ramadan if it is done properly, also forgives all previous sins. Now what is the psychological impact what is the goal of saying Your sins are forgiven? It is obvious dear Muslim, the goal is that you feel you have a new life. The goal is that the past is the past is gone. Now I have a new life I have been given a new opportunity that is the goal of both Hajj and of Ramadan and that is why the both of them are linked together with ultimate forgiveness. Nothing forgives our sins like Hajj and then after that the month of Ramadan nothing as a Muslim can forgive our sins as

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powerfully as going for Hajj. And the number two on the list is this month of Ramadan and that is why this month is the ideal time for us to return to Allah subhanho wa Taala This is the month of opportunity. This is the month of forgiveness of Rama among Farah This is the month where Allah subhana wa Tada frees people every single night. What does it mean? Allah frees people every single night. It means that there were people that were destined to go to jahannam there were people whose lifestyles were not worthy of Jannah and yet every single night as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Allah azza wa jal will let people lose from being decreed for Jahannam which means they

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change their lifestyles, which means they're not worthy of Jannah don't we want to be of those who are freed don't we want to be of that batch that we are going to Jannah so the way to do that is to take advantage of this month. The way to do that is to resolve to have a new relationship with our Creator. This is the month dear Muslims that allows us to reconnect with Allah subhanho wa Taala daily we are fasting nightly. We are praying we are engrossed in the Quran, we see the beauty of this ummah, this is the month that allows us to reconnect with the recitation of the book of ALLAH SubhanA wa taala. We hear its recitation, we ourselves recited and we understand how powerful this

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book is. We understand that this is the spiritual food of our soul. This is the thing that connects us with our Creator. The month of Ramadan is the month of the Quran. The month of Ramadan as well allows us to appreciate the infinite blessings of Allah subhana wa Taala upon us we take so many things for granted and when we voluntarily stop eating and drinking, we appreciate the blessings that ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada has given us, so this is the month to appreciate the neon the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala This is the month dear Muslims, this is the month that proves to every single one of us that if we want to we can be better people if we want to if we put in the effort if

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we put in the exertion than in sha Allah to Allah we can rise in our ranks. This is the month that Allah gifted us to show us that yes we can. Yes we can be better. Yes we can give up certain sins. Yes, we can pray better. Yes, we can reconnect with the Quran. And the Lord of Ramadan is the Lord of Chawan. Allah subhana wa Tada is Allah He is the Lord of this month. He is the Lord of the next month, if we can be good in this month. And yes, Allah facilitates the good of this month, but he's doing so to show us we can be good next month as well. This is the month that shows us that insha Allah Who to Allah with the Hound and the OH word of Allah, we can be better people if we choose to

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do so. And Allah is gifting us this month to show us we can do it for the rest of the month, this month. Dear Muslims this month, it shows us that we all have an opportunity to begin on a clean slate. And that is why in this month, our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us three opportunities to forgive all of our past sins, whoever fast Eman and the Sabbath and all of his previous sins will be forgiven. eemaan means he's fasting because he knows him as fast. He's fasting for the sake of Allah. He's not fasting for culture. He's not fasting for society. He is fasting because he knows it is obligatory, disarmed means he's expecting Allah to reward him. He wants

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something in return from ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada. It's a sign of Eman. Oh

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Allah I'm doing this for you. So whoever fast with Eman and expecting Allah's rewards, all of his previous sins will be forgiven. Whoever prays every single night with iman and expecting Allah's reward, all of his previous sins will be forgiven. And whoever preys on Laila to cuddle with iman and expecting Allah's reward, all of his previous sins will be forgiven. We are given three opportunities in this month, and all of them are doable, all of them are within our grasp, and insha Allah to Allah, every one of us in this audience is attempting to do that we are all fasting today, all of us should pray a little bit extra at night, if you can come to the taraweeh excellent, if not

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do something at home. But do it regularly. Do it every single night and put in the effort so that you have a second opportunity to have all of your sins forgiven. And then in the last 10 nights of this month, and especially in the odd nights, put in an extra effort that you didn't do in the first 20 Show Allah azza wa jal that you appreciate the blessing of Allah to other try your best to spend, if not the whole night, if you can't do the whole night, at least half the night or 1/3 of the night into up into hygiene. And if you do these three things in sha Allah Who to either you have Allah's guarantee in sha Allah, that your sins are forgiven. So this is the month to begin with a clean

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slate. This is the month that we come back to Allah subhanho wa taala. And we're given a new life a new opportunity. Imagine dear Muslims, imagine if there was a criminal from one land and he managed to flee from that land, come to a new country and start in a clean slate, right? This is the reality we're all criminals. We're all wisdoms of ourselves. We're all sinners. Now this month of Ramadan, it is promising to cleanse our record we have no record after this month. So we start with a new slate and a clean piece of paper. And that means we start with a new commitment, a new life. This is the month dear Muslims the month of Ramadan, where we demonstrate that we have the willpower and we

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have the patience to prefer the worship of Allah over some of the things that we do in sha Allah, every one of you in this audience insha Allah Who to Allah, you are better this month than you were last month, you are giving up circumstance that will you are accustomed to we are all doing extra. This is the month that Allah is demonstrating for us that we have that patience, and we have the suburb and we have the fortitude to put in that extra amount and Subhanallah Jia Muslims, if we can control our appetite, if we can control eating and drinking, if we can control drinking water for 14 hours, and we're showing Allah we can do that. Surely we can control our minor sins. Surely we can

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control our backbiting surely we can control the gaze of our eyes, the sins of our hands, what is more necessary for us drinking water or the lust of our body drinking water is more important and yet we are showing Allah that we have the willpower to not even drink water if you have that much Eman Al Hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah, then Allah is showing you that if you can live without water for 14 hours and you feel good about it, how much you're going to feel good about giving up the sins giving up that which is not necessary for you. And most importantly dear Muslims, perhaps the greatest prize of this month of Ramadan. Perhaps the greatest blessing of this month of Ramadan is

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that this month introduces us and re introduces us over and over again to the letter that will Eman the sweetness of iman you know Eman has a sweetness Eman has a lead the as the Quran and the Sunnah say there is a sweetness to this faith. And unfortunately, unfortunately, we polluted that sweetness with the false sweetness of our sins. We think that sins give us pleasure. But the reality is that sins are like poison sweets. They taste good on the outside. As soon as we finish the sin, it becomes a poison and it rots our heart and it makes us feel guilty and it makes us distant from Allah subhanho wa Taala the real sweetness the permanent sweetness. The pure sweetness is the

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sweetness of Eman and this month. It reintroduces us to the sweetness of Eman Muslims, Muslims Wallah he every one of us we know it feels good to be religious Wallahi we know this. I don't need to quote your Quran. I don't need to quote your Hadith you know deep down inside that it feels good to connect with Allah subhanho wa Taala nothing compares with that pleasure. Nothing gives you more satisfaction. Nothing makes you more content with life than having a relationship with Allah. And this month. It introduces and reintroduces this month, it teaches and reach teachers we know it but we need that reminder. We know it but we need that constant reminder. And this month we feel a sense

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of peace, a sense of fulfillment, a sense of purpose, a sense of nobility, that no other deed no other pleasure no other worldly happiness can ever give us and be Vickery law he talks about verily through the remembrance and worship

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Allah Our hearts find tranquility. And in this month, even though our bodies are tired, our throats are parched, we come to the end of the day and physically we feel a bit exhausted. And yet internally, the happiness that we feel, we've done something for the sake of Allah, I've done something and I feel proud for Allah's blessings, not proud of arrogance, but the pride of humility, the pride of submission, and hamdulillah thermal hamdulillah I've done something that I can look forward to meeting Allah subhanho wa Taala with we stand in Torah, we listen to the Quran being recited, we give our charity And subhanAllah the inner peace that we feel the and and the Italy anon

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or the Sakina of the cult, it is something that no other pleasure can possibly give us of this world. And what is the purpose of this year Muslims to remind us that there is no glory gate greater than the glory of worshipping Allah, there is no Iza that is greater than there is of being a Muslim, there is no peace that is greater than the peace of submission to Allah. The pleasure of worship is the ultimate pleasure. Nothing will make us feel more noble and more fulfilled and more spiritually happy than our connection with Allah. And this month, dear Muslim, it reminds us of that this month, it allows us to understand deep down inside, we know but we're weak. We need to get that

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dose once in a while. This is our iman vaccination this month, we need to be reminded, and in this month, we are indeed reminded and that's why when the month finishes, we all feel a little bit of an emptiness. And that's true. We're going to feel that but the gold year Muslims this month was gifted to us by Allah to reintroduce the sweetness of Eman so that when this month is over, we become addicted to the real sweetness of Eman and not the false sweetness of sins and we become so powerfully motivated to get that sweetness that we change our lifestyles we establish that connection with Allah subhana wa Tada outside of this month dear Muslims, hasn't the time come to

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change our lifestyles? Honestly For how long will we delay? Will Allah you for how long every Ramadan comes and goes how many people that were sitting here last year especially this last year and we have lost them? How many janazah have we prayed in this Masjid in the last year every one amongst us has lost family and friends because of this COVID And because of natural in this last year everyone amongst us so for how long will we delay until when will we keep on procrastinating? Um yeah needy Latina Amma no and Tasha Kuru booty decree law hasn't the time come Allah is asking in the Quran hasn't the time come for the people have eemaan That their hearts soften towards the

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remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala dear Muslims, this is the time of change not tomorrow, not next year not if whenever I go for Hajj when you go for Hajj inshallah you change even higher but right now is the time for change. Make a commitment to Allah I asked myself and ask all of you make a commitment to Allah subhana wa Tada look at what is missing in your life, have the rituals and make a commitment Yet Allah this month, I will insha Allah master this one ritual and I will never give it up even after the month. If you're not praying your five prayers now is the time to make that commitment. Enough is enough excuses are gone. Now. If you're not praying your sooner your 12

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Sooner or your 10 sooner. This is the one to make that better. If you're not reading the Quran regularly, this is the month to make that better concentrate on that one ritual that is missing, master it in this month and then continue after the month as well concentrate on the one sin that makes you the most guilty what is that one sin that makes you the most guilty and gives you the greatest distance between you and Allah. This is the month you're not going to do that sin is Ramadan. Now that you've conquered that sin in this month when this month finishes you will insha Allah to Allah resolve in front of Allah you're going to try your best to abstain from that sin and

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then next Ramadan if Allah blesses us with another Ramadan because we're Muslims everyone amongst us one of these Ramadan will be the last statistically there are people sitting here right now that are not going to make it to the next of Ramadan. This is the reality statistically speaking yet if Allah gives us another Ramadan we're gonna do the same thing add one more routine get rid of another sin so that every single Ramadan we raise the bar bit by bit by bit so that every year we come closer to Allah subhana wa Taala and that is the ultimate goal to your Muslims. Ramadan is meant to be a stepping stone, a ladder to Janna, every single Ramadan we climb up a few steps and then more steps

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and then more steps so that insha Allah Who to Allah, the best Ramadan of our lives shall be our last one. And the best year we live our lives shall be our last year because as our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in them and I'm out to build our team, what really decides our fate is the end part of our life. Ramadan is gifted to us to raise the bar to come closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala so we ask Allah subhana wa Taala

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To make us of those who make every Ramadan better than the previous one and who will make the best Ramadan the last term of on of their lives, may Allah azza wa jal bless me and you will learn through the Quran and may make us of those who is versus they understand and applies halal and haram throughout our lifespan ask Allah's forgiveness you as well ask him for his the food and the ramen

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Alhamdulillah Hill we're headed I had a summit a lady named William Beulah William yaku local one. What about your dear Muslims, many of us have a misunderstanding that, you know, when I'm older, when I'm in the very end of my life, Inshallah, then I will repent and I will live a better lifestyle. Of course, this is a tactic of shaytaan because none of us can guarantee that that is going to happen. We're praying janazah people of all age groups in the last few weeks you have been seeing what is going on, no one can predict. But more important than that, even if one were to live 7080 years. That's not the right attitude because the one who lives a life of sin will die upon sin

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as well. That's not the right philosophy and Allah tells us in the Quran, in Matoba to Allah He didn't the DNA, Yama, Luna su Abuja, Hala through Maya to wound them in Kadeem, Allah will accept the repentance of anyone who does does a sin upon ignorance, and then they repent immediately. You have to warn them in Korea, they repent from that sin immediately for like a tube Allahu Allah you him. Allah is going to accept the repentance and Allah is Allah for Andhra ame. While he sent it over to and Toba is not going to be given little Adina Yabba Luna say they continue to live a lifestyle of evil had died the Hydra head on mode to call in the tuber tool. Until finally when

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death comes they say Oh, I'm committing Toba. Now. Allah forgive me now. This is a verse in Surah Nisa, it is as explicit as possible. Allah reminds us I shall accept the repentance of Anyone who repents immediately, no matter what the sin was, dear Muslim, enough is enough. Whatever it was, it has happened in the past, Allah shall forgive you lived an evil lifestyle. You drank things you shouldn't have drunk, you're taking substances, you're committing church, certain fraud, whatever it is, repent to Allah, this is the month of repentance, and Allah forgives all sins, but don't be like the one Allah says that he continues to live a lifestyle of sin. And then finally, when he sees the

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angel of death, he says in the tuber tool, and Allah says no when they started to but to Allah does not accept the sin. Allah does not accept the Toba of the one when he sees the Angel of Death, dear Muslim, don't be like fit our own, even fit our own repented when he saw the angel of death. What do you think you're not going to repent when you see the angel of death even fit out and repented when he saw the angel of death? And he said, I now testify to the God of Musa and Allah says to him.

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Now, this is a rhetorical question now. Now you're going to accept and repent after all of this. No, it shall not be accepted of you. And that's why our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that Toba of any Muslim shall be accepted until he is on his deathbed. Once you get to that stage, then then you are showing ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada that you're playing games that doesn't work that way. And that is why dear Muslims, we need to repent when things are good for us. When we are healthy when we're living our life. This is the time to repent. So we show Allah Subhana Allah to Allah that we are sincere and dear Muslims, yes, it is difficult. Well, Allah it is difficult. But Allah subhanho

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wa Taala is not asking for perfection. We're going to slip we are going to slip after this month, you might make a result I'm not going to do that sin again. And maybe in a month or two, you might slip into that sin. You know what, after you do that sin again, repent to Allah don't revert to that lifestyle. Allah is not asking for perfection. Allah is asking for an effort. Allah is asking for a commitment, and this is the beauty of our religion. He didn't create us to be perfect, we are not angels, we will continually slipped but as our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada will accept the Toba of the one who keeps on saying Yara, and up to them been felt

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fairly no matter how many times he commits the sin as long as the Toba is sincere. Dear Muslim, this is the month of repentance. This is the month of Mo Farah. This is the month of Ramadan. This is the month where Allah subhana wa Taala is reintroducing us to the sweetness of iman. Let us taste that sweetness Reville in it for as long as the month lasts. And then when the month finishes, let us not go back to the way we were in Shaban Chawan has to be better than Shabbat that's the goal of Ramadan Chawan and the upcoming year this upcoming year it must be better than the previous year. Make this our intention and goal make that resolved right here right

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Now today that this year in sha Allah, Allah Allah, I will be a better Muslim than last year and then the next trauma bond even better than this one, and so on and so forth until we meet our Lord. We ask Allah subhana wa Tada for his Afia and Mo Farah, and we ask Allah for tofield Allahumma inni Dynafit aminu Allama data and if you're holding on to them and he loves Africa, what a hand Manila for Raja Wallah they in local data while I'm a lead on Elijah feta what I see Ron Illa Allah Subhana Allah my friend Anna well if one in a Latina Saba Hoonah Bill Eman Walter Jaffe, rubina's hyndland in Latina Amman Robina in Nicaragua for Rahim Allah who is Islam I will Muslim in Allahumma is Islam

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