15/08/13 discourse notes.
– Ramadan is a training ground for muslims and not necessarily a month of worship. As worship can be done outside Ramadan aswell. It is a month of training on how to fight the devil and his army. The Post Ramadan life is how to use the skills learnt in Ramadan, against the devilish and egoistic lifestyles/army on the battlefield of life. It’s no good giving up on the battlefield despite the 30 day hardcore training on military warfare, now is the time to fight.
3 outcomes of Ramadan:
1) To stop oneself from sin:
We are physically stopped from many of the halal things as a precaution to keep is safe from evil and the unlawful.
2) Remember Allah is with us:
This is cultivated by the fact of praying taraweeh, tilawa of Quran etc.
3) To give dawah:
In workplaces, friends and colleagues ask about Ramadan or are intrigued to know why we fast when we don’t eat at lunch or break times. This gives us the opportunity of explaining an accept of Islam and Islam in general.
Similarly outside Ramadan these three tools of Taqwa are relevant. We are encouraged to enhance and apply our skills/outcomes of the 30 training period on every day life.
– On the day of eid many people exchange gifts to each other. In the same token, Allah has also given us a gift. This is the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his ways. Each sunnah is a gift (the beard, sunnah dress code, ethic, lifestyle, etc). The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was sent down to us give us this gift of sunnah in person.
Unfortunately, many people have thrown away these gifts on the very day of eid! And, have chosen to pick up and wear the fowl, torn, disgusting attire and ways of the devil.
Rebelliousness and loyalty can both be good or bad. It depends on how a person uses it.
– If a person is loyal to Allah and his prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), it is a good thing.
– If a person is rebellious to the life and whispers of the devil, it is a good thing.
– If a person is loyal to devilish ways and beliefs then it is a bad thing.
– If a person is rebellious to Allah and his prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) then it is a bad thing.
Many Awliyah of the past were highway robbers and gangsters and when they turned to Allah. Rebelled against shaitanic ways it took them to the highest of highs. – Allowed them to become the highway police of Allah. Likewise, many companions were notorious against their persecution of Muslims like Syyiduna Umar (RA), but when he changed he became the second best human of all time (after the prophets).
The chance to become successful is far greater than the ability to fail in pleasing Allah. As there are 99 chances to get to paradise and 1 chance to enter hell.
– If we worship Allah or not, it does not matter or harm his majesty. We are completely insignificant, the benefit and harm purely lies for us. Even from within our own solar system the planet earth is almost impossible to see from another planet. What to say about the grand and vast schemes of Allah Azzawajal?
It does not suit a Muslim to follow the ways of any other being than the way of the prophet (peace And blessing be upon him). It is like being robbed of a person’s dignity and honour.