Making Time for Ramadan

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Event Name: Making Time for Ramadan
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We're at the gates of Ramadan and the Prophet (SAW) of Allah said "When Ramadan comes, the Doors of mercy are open and and hell gets shut down " for a time being the demons have restrictions placed upon, them so it's a blessed time it's a time in which muslims have the opportunity not just to return to the book of allah subhana wa ta'ala but also to their lord and the quran is an incredible book

i mentioned earlier in in the the earlier session that the quran is in essence it's it's our gps on the road of life just like if you buy a new car you have

a GPS system and and if you're going

anywhere you can just type in where

you're going and it's amazing it'll come

up and it'll give you a map and then you

have voice guided directions it tells

you to turn right turn left go 500

meters take this road the quran in

essence is a book that provides us with

a map and with guided direction

literally tells you what to do now

the Quran is a book that takes a great

deal of time to learn how to access the

Quran is not something that comes

immediately to you but it will begin to

open it up to you the more you give to

it the more you give to the Quran the

more it will give back to you one of the

things that a lot of Muslims become

frustrated with is and I've met Muslims

who've told me that I've been doing

dhikr for so long and I don't see any

benefits given out by allah said lola

worried mcconnell would had it not been

for the opening of god you wouldn't have

been doing any consistent vicar that

that in itself is an opening from god if

you're reading the book

consistently that is a gift from Allah

subhana WA Ta'ala I was with a

Mauritania and recently in in Mecca and

he said to me that his dua his father is

a beautiful scholar and somebody who

really does a phenomenal amount of

worship and he said to me that one of

the prayers that he supplicates to allah

subhana wa ta'ala is that god give him

the delight of his heart in the prayer

because he sees his father praying

constantly and his father can't live

without the extra prayers not just the

five daily prayers but the actual extra

prayers he could not live without

praying to had you do that for him it's

like breathing

it's like eating it's part of his life

and that's what he asked me he's told me

that that was his prayer to Allah to

give him the same delight in prayer that

he sees his father achieving in prayer

but his father did not get that


it comes with mujahadin because the

beginning of the struggle is that one

works but it becomes easier and easier

Allah subhana WA Ta'ala will make it

easier and easier for you to derive

benefit and this is why if your prayer

after 20 years of praying if you're

praying at the same level that you were

praying prior to that something's wrong

Imam al Junaid who's called Imam Appa if

attain the Imam of the two groups

because he was among an imam a leader in

his spiritual understanding but he was

also a leader in the thought he made

that he was a leader in fifth and in

others so he was called the Imam of the

two groups the people who were mastering

the inward sciences and the people that

were mastering the outward sciences Imam

and Junaid is an imam by consensus Imam

and Junaid of the law and who said and

mock me no yet available via our Barina

Harlan film in Wyeth the movement state

will change 40 times in a

well Cafiero yep Karla Holland wahida

tinleigh Albertina Sena and the

disbeliever will stay in the same state

for 40 years now one of the things you

notice about children if you have

children or have been around children

they're constantly changing a child will

be happy one moment and crying the next

moment the reason for that state is

because the child is is always in the

moment he's the child he or she is in

the moment and the moment is very

meaningful to the child so if something

happens that that that upsets the child

because they're so present in that

moment it manifests quickly in their

state if something makes the child happy

because they're so present it manifests

in their state but there's people

walking around in the world that are


there's sleepwalkers they haven't

experienced the joy of the moment one of

the things that the early community used

to say is that alluvion wok-te that the

Sufi and that and this word which is a

good word there are people in imam abu

hadees collection that have the lap up

of a sufi which what the Suva the severe

the early people who were the sylvia

they were considered people who had

divorced the world people who had

divorced the world a group later who

imitated them and often were not people

of the same upright character became

known as the mutasa wathah and the early

community distinguished between the

Sylvia and the mutasa Wafaa the people

of tasawwuf

and the people pretending to be of the

people of Tazawa most of what people

condemned today from amongst the

so-called Sufis is actually condemning

the matter so Eva and it's important

that the Muslims should be able to

distinguish between these two groups

most are well buna one of the great

scholars and erudite masters of the

Islamic tradition in Mauritania said

that Oman I should be haha drew Alicia

for Sioux here at Mumbai

Monisha you dial a DMC alayha Sadek was

santa coloma his bond Halleck that this

phone the the early people they were

called al phone because of many Hadees

that refer to the phone who mome lyashko

be him jelly so home they are the people

that if you sit amongst them you are not

amongst the wretched just the fact that

you are in their company

means that you are amongst the people

that are close to God even if you're not

amongst them the fact that you're in

their presence you're not one of them

but you're one of them by being with

them because there's a blessing and mato

madman I have a man is with the one he

loves so if you love somebody close to

God you will be with that person insha

Allah on the day of judgment and the

Sahaba said nothing made them more happy

than this statement that a man is with

the one he loves because they all knew

that they had muhabba if they had

anything if they didn't have anything

they knew they had muhabba of Allah and

His Messenger and so they knew because

one of the Sahaba came to the prophet

and he said yo suit Allah we have the

blessing of your company but in the

after ah

your mom is so high how we won't be with

you we won't be able to be with you and

the Prophet SAW eyes have looked at her

he said and model Mammon I have a man is

with those he loves and this brought so

much joy to the Sahaba it brought so

much joy into their hearts to know so

the phone these people that that are

really their heart is directed to Allah

subhana wa tada

see deokman's aruch in his extraordinary

book called Kawada Tazawa the principles

of Tazawa see deokman's aruch says in

his book that there are over 2000

definitions of Tazawa

but all of them derived from the

essential meaning sits but to what you

in a law to be truthfully directed to

God and this is in essence what our

religion is telling us to do to turn to

God to vote in allahi jami and to turn

to God to set out on the path to God to

set out on the journey to God you are on

a journey the prophets Allah lied he


said Sapphira Tulsa who travel and

become well he also said sumo tasuku

fast and become well the journey of to

God will make you well by merely setting

out on that journey you will feel better

the reason that you're depressed if any

of you are depressed really if any of

you are depressed do more for the sake

of God give more money get up in the

early morning pray to Allah subhana wa

ta'ala begin to read the Quran you will

see your thoughts will change the way

you experience the world becomes

differently well I I can I can attest to

this and I know many Muslims my wife

who's been with me over 20 years now

will attest to the changes that she's

seen in my life from the way I was

twenty years ago to the way I am now to

the way that I react to things

I'm a choleric by nature there's four

temperaments in in Islam by me just

telling you this is dangerous because

you'll know too much about me

but we have four they're called the clot

or the papaya there's four temperaments

in the Islamic tradition the demo we the

so that we the Bulava me and the Safra

we some doctors are rolling their heads

because they know the HMDA Institute in

Pakistan where they give the Costa to

treat people and things like that but

don't make fun of things you don't know

about the Imam Ali he said that man jaha

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whoever is ignorant of a thing will

condemn it and attack it this system has

been around for a long time and there

are Hadees that indicate that the

Prophet not only understood it but

actually practiced it in his diet and

this is something that is said in the

Imam and by jewelry's commentary on the

Shema head of imam at-tirmidhi when the

prophet sala i am used to eat dates and

cucumber together and said how do you

buried or how they you buried Ihara hada

this cools off the heat of this because

dates are hot and dry

and cucumbers are cold and wet and they

create a perfect balance the egg is a

perfect food because the yolk is hot and

dry and the white is cold and wet this

is a science there are books written on

this by great Muslim scholars that go

into great detail the Chinese still

practice this in their tradition but

temperament is no justification for bad

behavior or bad manners and unfortunate

in my own life there are many times that

I regret because I allowed my

temperament to overcome my control of it

and and then I suffered the consequences

of it but because I feel bad at least

that I can say that much that if I got

upset at somebody I feel bad about it

so the choleric temperament by the way

john mccain is clearly a choleric person

the choleric temperament is a very

dangerous temperament to be in

leadership positions because they are

very quick to get upset they do things

you rationally when they get upset went

really imam zain i'm gonna tell you now

a little secret about imams eight imams

8 is sanguine demo ii demo we people are

the nicest people to be around because

they're always positive they're always

happy they make you feel good about

everything that's why I need Imams aid

like Imams aid for me it's like an

antidote to my choleric nature alright

whenever I'm feeling too choleric I get

around him I'm Zayd and I start getting

that dumb OE feeling so it is a nice

it's a nice thing and then you have the

melancholic and the flag Matic one of my

children is flag matic knowing that

helps me to be patient with him really

just knowing that about my child helps

me to be patient with him because like

matic children are slow my one of my

boys who's also he's actually a choleric

demo II he's a sanguine caller but he

what he's always there on the prayer

when I the other one the phlegmatic one

he's slow he catches the second rocket

his he took too long doing wudu really

but it's not it's not it's there's


he's a beautiful boy but it's his nature

so when you understand people's nature

it helps you to be more compassionate

with them it helps you to understand

them better this is Minato fond of SU

the auto far up the hole it's apocryphal

but many scholars come and commentate on

it some say it's actually from the

Jewish tradition but it's mentioned in

many many books the one that knows his

Lord the one that knows his self knows

his Lord if you know your servanthood if

you know your dependence then you

understand the independence of God if

you know your in significance you

understand the significance of God if

you know your place in the world then

you understand the place that God should

have in your heart that self-knowledge

is very important one of the things

about Ramadan is it's a time to reflect

on the self

it's a time to take yourself to account

has evil come down to a high assemble

take yourselves to account before you're

taken to account so my advice to you I'm

gonna give you some few pieces of advice

and this is first and foremost to myself

while llahi first and foremost to myself

at hamdulillah when ramadan comes i I

look at no media I just stop media that

really you can do without it for a month

I guarantee you some of you are addicted

now they're admitting that the Internet

is an addiction and I know there's

people in here that are addicted to the

internet because if the first thing you

want to do when you wake up in the

morning is check your email you're in

trouble well lie you're in trouble

people can laugh if that's the first

thing you want to do you're in trouble

if the first thing you want to do is

have breakfast you're in trouble if the

first thing you want to do is put the

snooze and go back to bed you're in

trouble there's a lot of signs that

you're in trouble

but if you get up in the morning and say

it ham did Atlanta Dhani buy them an

Imagineer a Danish or if that's the

first thing you say if you get out of

your bed and you're looking forward to

praying to a lot then you're in a good

state that's a good state and that state

is achievable that state is not an

imaginary state

that state is achievable ie shuttle

Dilma and has said that if the profits

Eliza woke in the morning he would get

up like a lion can a Yeti be worth

battle I said he would get up like a

lion ready to face the day so use

Ramadan to change your experience of

time when you cut out a lot of the

things I never accept the excuse I don't

have any time ever I never accept that

excuse from anybody when I hear people

say I don't have time they're lying to

me what's what you don't have is you

don't have what I'm asking you to do on

your list of priorities everybody has

time but it's what you prioritize your

time everybody has time don't use I

don't have time as an excuse because

that's all you have all you have is time

you have nothing other than time but

it's how you manage your time and the

greatest time manager in human history

was the prophet of God because he never

wasted one moment of his life he never

wasted one moment of his life they said

about Imam and Noah we adore the Aloha

and who mob is a lot to who up he never

wasted any of his time I waste time I

know I waste time I waste time and I ask

Allah to give me the ability to get out

of any time wasting habits because I

know time is a limited gift from God

just like last night they had the grains

of sand going through the the time clock

and I have one of those clocks in my

office and I have it in my prayer room

in my house that clock reminds me and I

turn that clock over and I watch those

grains of sand those grains of sand are

like every breath you take and one day

those breasts come to an end you don't

know where you are in that time clock

that God has given you you don't know

where you are if you think that you're

at the beginning you're a fool because

you don't know you could be a few grains

away from the end you walk out the door

that got the allah god forbid but

there's people that will walk out the

door and drop dead there's people that

will get in their car and they don't

realize that they're headed towards an


was decreed to them before they were

born that's the nature of life it's an

absolutely uncertain condition that God

has placed us in and the only certainty

that God has given us is that we will

exit this life just as we have come into

this life and now it's a matter of what

we do with the time allotted to us what

will you do and so my request for myself

and all of you the first thing if you

have a television we don't have a

television in the house I don't we don't

watch television - my children don't

watch television if you have a

television in your house take it and put

it in the closet lock it in the closet

for one month don't allow your children

access to a computer they say it's not

TV HBO it's not TV it's TV trust me HBO

is just tricking you to make you think

you're more intelligent than the average

person wasting his time watching ABC NBC

or CBS really HBO is TV if you're

watching a Showtime shame on you really

shame on you

these are our sinister forms that that

are out there destroying people's time

taking eating their time away so my

advice to you is put that machine away

cut down all of your sensory stimulation

CD a little Gemma and one of the great

North African said that as the sensory

diminishes the meaning increases as this

the meaning decreases the sensory

increases there's a correlation between

hiss and mana that your highest points

your peak points in life and and if

you're blessed with having experiences

of profound significance in your life

you will know what I'm talking about the

peak points in life are not sensory

experiences their experiences of meaning

of discovery of understanding of

cognitive awareness of a divine when you

realize in truth that it is allah

subhana wa ta'ala that is is behind this

entire universe in america no man i am

attuned sor Kulemin you Derek Ojeda

Kahneman a holiday bar this universe is

nothing but images that are meanings

their meanings set up in images if you

understand this

from the people of a bra what is he bruh

in the Arabic taboo yeah you need a

bizarre think deeply about this yeah

Yulin observe people of innermost

understanding think deeply a t-bar in

the Quran is used several times the word

a bruh is a discerning lesson it's a

lesson that you derive meaning from the

word abre

means a tear because often when you when

you discover the truth tears well up in

your eyes because of the profundity of

what you're experiencing and also a bra

tears emerge out of some understanding

whether it's the loss of somebody

something like that but the root word a

para Lube or means to move from one

place to another that is what it's about

is it's moving from not understanding to

understanding the Quran is there to take

you from not understanding to

understanding who you are to whom you

belong where you are and where you're

going may allah subhanho wa taala give

you all a blessed journey this ramadan a

journey to the lord of the world may

allah subhanho wa taala increase all of

you in this ramadan may he make this

Ramadan a blessed Ramadan for our ummah

may he increase our Ummah may increase

it in numbers anyone who's left Islam

may he replace that person with a

hundred people

anyone who's turned their back on his

some and and I guarantee you nobody

leaves Islam Islam leaves them that's

the truth of it nobody leaves Islam

Islam leaves them we have many young

people and this is my advice to the MSA

we have many beautiful young people do

something with your life you're here for

a brief moment in time we're all here

for a brief moment do something profound

with your life utilize this opportunity

it's a blessed time allah subhanho wa

taala will give you great gifts if you

do for the sake of our loss of a Noah

talent one of the greatest tribulations

on this planet is tribalism tribalism

and I've talked about this before

tribalism is a bliss ism tribalism is

ibly 'some it's thinking you're better

than somebody because of your lineage

because of your color because of your


and beware of religious tribalism to

think you're better than the Jew or the

Christian or the Hindu because you're a

Muslim you have to be very careful

because you don't know who you are until

the last breath you take and you enter

into the next world and then you'll know

who you were but you don't know if

you're better than that person who's a

homeless person on that street knocked

down and busted by life you don't know

if you're better than that person so

beware of thinking that you're better

than anybody on this planet because

that's a bleach ism tribalism is

destroying this planet in Kenya in Kenya

where Barack Obama comes from his father

became an alcoholic because of the

tribalism that was tearing that culture

apart a brilliant man who came to this

country studied went back to his

homeland and it was tribalism we saw in

the last Kenyan democratic elections the

whole thing fell apart because of

tribalism because of one group thinking

that that tribe shouldn't be elected

that we're better than that tribe and we

should be supporting our tribe and Kenya

by the way Obama comes from a very

powerful tribe in Kenya but in America

tribalism means nothing tribalism means

nothing and that's why the African

Americans whether they realize it or not

and I got this from dr. su demon yang

who said that one of the great gifts of

the a from African American community is

having their tribalism rooted out from

them because they're one people in this

country but if they were in Africa right

now they'd say who are you i'm house'

and automatically you're in a box

according to the Mandinka or according

to the fool an or according to the

Yoruba or the Evo or whatever group

there is but in this country it's a

unified group of people that have a

solidarity that have a solidarity

because of a struggle that they have

shared in this country to obtain their

rights Thomas Jefferson one of the

founding fathers of this country said I

shudder for my nation when I recall that

God is just that's Thomas Jefferson

that's a person from this country who

knew the meaning and you know what he

was talking about he was talking about


he was talking about slavery in this


he said he shuddered for this nation

when he remembered that God was just we

have a just God and we pray for God's

mercy because God's justice when it

comes it leaves nothing standing no UI

for the nasa with on me him now you ask

allah llahu Nessa bugle meum Matt Erica

a Hammond dubba if God took people to

account for all of their oppressions

there would be nothing remaining

standing nothing living or breathing

would be remaining that's the reality of

God's justice well you have one cause

here he forgives so much tribalism is

killing the world right now whether

you're an Arab that thinks you're better

than a bangali or a Pakistani whether

you're a Pakistani Punjabi that thinks

you're better than a Belushi whether

you're a Belushi that thinks you're

better than a Pathan whether you're an

Indian that thinks you're better than a

Pakistani whether you're a Russian that

thinks you're better than a Georgian

nobody is better than anybody else on

this planet and the best of Allah's

creation said I was commanded to be

humble I was commanded by God to be

humble the best of creation was

commanded to be humble and why he said

haughtily aha ahá Dona Ana I had so that

no one would boast of being better than

any other because if anyone had a right

to boast that he was better than anybody

it was the messenger of allah sallallahu

sent him and yet he was the humblest of

men this is where this world has to come

to and so I congratulate the United

States of America for putting a

Democratic candidate as the primary

candidate from a black family this

country needs to be congratulated but it

needs to be redeemed it needs to be

redeemed this country needs to be

redeemed we want redemption for America

not destruction we pray for America's

Redemption we pray for the Toba of this

country was Saddam I did come along