Channel: Zaid Shakir
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Bismillah Al Rahman Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala CD mursaleen Sayidina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa said in testament Kathira As salam Wa alaykum warahmatullahi Llahi wabarakatuh. This is part three of the concluding episode of this lecture dealing with the secrets of the fasting from Imam Ghazali is here Illuma Dean or based on Imam Ghazali is here alumina Dean. So in the first episode, we talked about the fast thing of the ordinary folks some wiggle room. So the fast thing of ordinary folks and that's a fast that's
that focuses on fulfilling the legal requisites of the fast that being specifically avoiding anything that break the fast involving eating or drinking or sexual relations during the daytime of Ramadan. So we talked about that. And the important the importance and foundation on nature of that. Breaking that fast involves consuming something that will break the fast you're engaging in relations with the opposite gender that would break the fast. The second fast we talked about we talked about rather during the second episode was some local source. The fast of those who are trying to distinguish themselves elevate themselves spiritually. And that fast was refraining or
restraining the limbs from sin, restraining the tongue restraining the eyes restraining the the ears and all of the limbs of our body from engaging in civil behavior, breaking that fast which would not legally necessarily break the fast, but will violate the spirit of the fast and the advocates of the fast will be involving in those Civil D behavior of telling a lie backbiting slandering, looking at some illicit material, that will break the fast of the whole source. The final fast that Imam Ghazali talks about in the highest level of fast is the fast of the spiritual elect those who have gone through the stages of spiritual development and growth and now they are mature and they are
purified spiritual beings. And that is some of Sawsan also source, the fast thing of the spiritual elect. That fast my dear brothers and sisters as the memo along ezeli reminds us that fast is to refrain is the fast rather, at the first is the fast have the stomach in the private part.
And the second is the fast of the limbs, the tongue, the ears, the eyes, the hands, etc.
This fast is the fast of the heart.
It's the fast of the heart. And that fast is protecting our hearts from aspiring for anything other than Allah subhanho wa Taala Almighty God
during the fast this fast the fast of the heart is a long of heart to think of to reflect on anything other than Allah subhanho wa Taala Almighty God this fast is the fast of longing, our hearts longing to meet Almighty God an understanding that the fast itself is one of the greatest means for us to build up the the reward the treasure of good deeds and edger that pushes us towards that meeting. Like nothing else. This fast is the fast of the heart. My dear brothers and sisters, the fast of the spiritual elect, is a fast
asked that we strive to move towards that first level of fasting we mentioned we convert, I'm a convert to Islam, we convert to Islam. And we try to do everything right legally. And when we can do that, and we can take that seriously, as we mentioned, that's an enlightened beginning to go back to nail tie LM and I should not be there yet to who the Armen
who's beginning is illuminated with action, sincere actions that conformed to the legal requisites of the religion.
Ashura cut the higher two who then their end will be enlightened, and that enlightened in is the Enlightened heart. Ramadan, as we mentioned, is the month of the Quran, Shia Ramadan and Lucilla feel Quran. Where was the Quran revealed to Allah Tala tells us we don't have to guess I guess rather cold man can I do when the GBD letter in Hoonah Zelo. Allah Calbee Kirby is in the lead. So whoever is an enemy unto the angel Gabriel, who brings the revelation down to your heart.
And so if Ramadan is the month of the Qur'an, Ramadan is the month of the heart, my dear brothers and sisters because the CT N, came into this world, the eternal speech of Almighty God manifested itself in this world first through the heart of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And so the How could the month of Qur'an not be a month, ultimately, of the heart? How can the fast of Ramadan ultimately, not evolve and grow and mature within us to a fast of our heart, the place where the revelation began? And this is a reminder for us, my dear brothers and sisters, that this is all about the heart. The revelation began in the heart, our progress as Muslims, but more importantly,
as spiritual creatures, involves the ability of our heart to absorb that message. Those who took it from the Prophet peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. They're now called students Moto and the meme.
Daddy seem to love polar bear. They're now called students they'll call companions or Sahaba. Why is that? Because there were those who are in his physical presence and being in their physical presence, that revelation which enlightened his heart the light of that revelation can could spread and touch their hearts. And therefore our Prophet sallallahu wasallam is described. In what way? Yes, he was a witness. You need to be in our Santa Kashia he don't want Mubasher Oman Avira were de un Illa he be evening he was urologia monniera Oh Prophet, we have sent you
as a witness, as a giver of glad tidings. And as a Warner, as one who calls to the path of Allah by His Command was co Raja Munia. And as a luminous lamp. He was a light brothers and sisters. And that light emanated from a heart that was illuminated by the Quran. And that Quranic light which shone from his heart, it touched the hearts of those in his vicinity. And that's why they'll call companions. They shared his physical presence, therefore, they shared the light that emanated from his heart. And that light illuminated our hearts just as that Sirajul muneera a candle.
A lamp can light an infinite number of others, we could bring one candle off another dependent to that light, and it's lit and the next and the next and the next and the million and the billion and the trillion and the law all illuminated and a never diminishes from the intensity and the luminosity of the original light. And so that light style shines on brothers and sisters. It shines on through us
And it's enhanced in Ramadan. It's enhanced in Ramadan. And as we go Ramadan after Ramadan and we strive spiritually and we strive to engage in the fast of the whole source and we mature, our hearts are capable of undertaking that final fast sambal sauce in the whole source, the fast of the spiritual, mature and elect. And so we focus on Allah subhanho wa Taala we strive for Allah subhanho wa Taala we fill our tongues with the words of Allah subhanho wa Taala we fill our tongues with the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala and if we're successful, we don't miss that television that we turned off. We don't miss participating in those docile rooms that we refrain from. We don't miss
listening to the Boogie Woogie Bugle bugle boy of Company B. We don't miss any of those things that distract us from Allah subhanho wa taala. And we focus on this during Ramadan. And like all of the aspects and levels of our fasting this makes it all the all the easier for us when Ramadan is to carry those good habits forth, to carry those good habits forth when we can refrain from those things that are lawful good and pure during Ramadan. The legal fast refrained from the Fatah route, those things that will break our fast a few food and drink and relations. How much with Allah for spouses, how much easier is it to refrain from forbidden things once Ramadan passes, if we can
refrain during the month of Ramadan as we engage in the fast Summerhall schools of refrain restraining our limbs restraining our eyes with restraining our ears from dealing with listening to looking at those things that are forbidden during during Ramadan. How much easier once Ramadan passes
to refrain from those things because we've gone into intense training and if our hearts during Ramadan can be filled with ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada filled with remembrance of Allah
filled with the Quran the words of ALLAH, filled with the focus on the pleasure of Allah fill with King every opportunity to seek the pleasure of Allah and Paradise and to any prayer that we make in Ramadan is a time a special time and a special blessing at time.
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We pray whatever we pray for let us conclude that and complement that with a prayer for the pleasure of Allah and Jana on the Allah. That Rick Lana, y'all Allah Athena, Naja with Fela for Heather with AK we are Allah in the s l curry Dhaka while Jenna Yola asked you for Your good pleasure and for Paradise your Allah in the Aluko read darker well Jenna, your light as you for Your good pleasure and I asked you for Paradise your Allah in the SL Luca Rebbeca. While Jana yeah ALLAH ask You for Your good pleasure and for Paradise and this becomes our weird if you will.
During Ramadan, how much easier outside of Ramadan would it be to continue that practice and hopefully till the next Ramadan and then the next and it becomes Ramadan reinforcement and then sustaining
during the year reinforcement during Ramadan, sustaining it throughout the year until not just Ramadan, but our entire life and all of our time is filled with longing for Allah subhanho wa Taala is filled with listening to and reflecting on the words of Allah subhanho wa Taala is filled with remembering the names of Allah subhanho wa Taala is filled with the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala and that longing, and that involvement and that commitment translates into the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala
translates into the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala
then our life has been actualized in terms of actualizing the essence of our being the distinct that distinguishes us as we mentioned in the very first lecture, the thing that distinguishes us from the animals our spiritual essence, will have been actualizing and in actualizing, and then making permanent that distinction, we would have actualized our true humanity. And this ultimately my dear brothers and sisters, this is the ultimate objective of the fast. It started in the heart of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as we struggled in group, our hearts were involved in that process of transformation, as our Lord mentions in the Quran, in the Quran, Flf yet adapt Brunello
Cora en Isla Kulu urban aquifer Ruha Do they not reflect and ponder on the Quran are their hearts sealed, the heart prophets hearts Salah Leida was some was open. So it was reflective to that Qur'an. And in striving for the pleasure of Allah and remembering Allah and focusing on Allah and directing are our highest and most powerful aspirations towards Allah, our hearts open, and they're no longer sealed and that Quranic light enters our hearts
transferred to us, ultimately from the heart of the Prophet sallallaahu send them and then we're prepared to meet our Lord.
At the end of our fair once we've exited this world, where are we headed? My dear brothers and sisters, y'all Malaya and Pharaoh meadow by noon 11 at Allah Hi, Calvin Saleem, on a day no amount of children or wealth will be of any benefit. The only one benefit it will be one who comes to me for God, Almighty God, Allah subhanho wa Taala with a rectified heart
and nothing there is no greater opportunity in this world for us to rectify our hearts than Ramadan
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And as it was ordained for those who preceded you, and order that you will become mindful of Allah in your heart.
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for the message of the air, and fasting opens it up. So fasting opens our hearts for the fast of the heart, to focus on our Lord and rectifies and reforms and matures and develops our hearts so that we're in a state to meet our Lord and succeed. The cmmc Shakir This concludes our
Reflections on the secrets of fasting based on the Luma Diem, revival of the sciences of religion by the great great scholar, Imam of Mohammed, Mohammed bin Mohammed Al Ghazali Allah have mercy on him. May Allah bless us to continue to benefit from him. May Allah Tala bless the tuna college to be an institute dedicated amongst other things to the preservation of the Gaza the legacy and the world. This is namesake check here as Sam why Nico Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh we've been honored to share these reflections with you. We pray that we can do them can do this again. May your hearts be blessed may your hearts be enlightened. Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wa barakato