AbdelRahman Murphy – Jumuah Khutbah 14-06-2024

AbdelRahman Murphy
AI: Summary © The importance of pursuing taqwa, a sign of Allah's presence in culture, is emphasized. Success in life is rewarded through mindset and devotion, rather than actions. Representatives are given a command to return to family and to not give too many options. Consentation to Allah's rules is also emphasized. It is crucial to submitting to a sacrifice and not settling for promises, and individuals are encouraged to take part in social events like Connected to God.
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These days that we find ourselves in are

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blessed days, and Allah

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has ordained them

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as days of blessings,

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not because

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of any random or any coincidental reason,

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but because

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of a moment

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and a commemoration

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in which a special

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and a really remarkable event took place.

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These days of

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these days in which Allah preserved and memorialized

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the story

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and the sacrifice

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and the dedication of our prophet, Sayed Ibrahim,

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alaihis salam,

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and the amount of sacrifice that he himself,

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made

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for the sake of Allah

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These days are preserved in time,

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and these days come every single year just

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like the days of Ramadan

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with a special purpose.

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The days of Ramadan come, and they remind

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us about the value of developing

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self discipline,

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the value of choosing less over more,

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the value of being able to hold ourselves

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back. All for the purpose as Allah says,

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so that you may be able to attain

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taqwa.

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But these days,

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although the practices are not the same

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and although the rituals are different, the goal

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is the same.

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The goal is always to improve one's relationship

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with Allah to gain taqwa.

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The goal is always to become a person

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that no matter where I am,

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whether

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it's the weekend or a weekday, whether I'm

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at work or home or anywhere else, that

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I remember Allah

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and that I make choices

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out of that remembrance. I choose to do

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what I know he loves, and I choose

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to hold back from the things that I

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know he does not love.

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But these days, as I mentioned, have a

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different set of rituals and a different set

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of circumstances.

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In Ramadan, we fast. We come to the

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masjid and pray.

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In Ramadan, the fasting is ordained.

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The charity is a highlight.

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But the days of Dhul Hijjah,

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the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah before

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the day of Eid, reminds us of a

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different kind of ritual,

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and that is the ritual of reflection. You

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know, Allah

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when he tells us the stories in the

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Quran,

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he tells us the purpose why the Quran

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has stories. And he tells the prophet

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So that maybe by these stories,

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your heart may gain strength,

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That you may have the ability to persevere

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and to be immovable, unshakable.

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So the stories that we engage with in

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the book of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala,

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although they do have

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a narrative joy, we love reading them, we

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love hearing them,

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the goal when we walk away from studying

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them is that our hearts become stronger.

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We take the lessons not from the story,

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but from the people in the story so

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that we can become closer to Allah just

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like those people were.

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Alaihiemas salam. And in this case, today, we're

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talking about the story of Ibrahim.

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And we're talking about a word that is

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synonymous with his name, and that word is

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sacrifice.

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Now when you look at the story of

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Ibrahim alaihis salam,

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he gives us

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some of the keys to sacrifice,

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some of the secret ingredients to be able

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to be a person who can sacrifice.

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And this is really the core of what

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it means to be a person of taqwa.

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Taqwa is sacrificing

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your desires for what you know Allah would

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prefer.

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Taqwa is sacrificing sleep for fajr.

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It's sacrificing buying another thing you don't need

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to give charity to those who need it.

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Taqwa is holding your tongue

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when your body, your mind, and your heart

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are enraged

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because you know that Allah

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loves that a person can control their tongue

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in a moment of anger. That is what

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taqwa is. So instead of it being seen

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as some kind of magical formula

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that maybe one day, I will become,

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maybe there will become a time where I

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will stumble into taqwa,

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the Quran preserves for us a checklist,

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ingredients,

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how to become a person of taqwa.

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Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala tells us,

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Allah tells us that the first step to

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gaining taqwa

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is that you have to be a person

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that understands that your life will be full

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of tests.

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If a person cannot bear the burden of

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tests,

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then they will never be able to pass

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those tests.

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Part of the virtue and the success and

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the achievement

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of passing a test

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is having to take it in the 1st

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place.

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All of the prophets of Allah

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they were people that fundamentally

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understood that tests were a part of their

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development.

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And instead of interpreting the test as, oh,

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why is Allah doing this to me? Why

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is Allah upset with me? Why is this

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happening to me?

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They would simply see it as an opportunity

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to become closer to Allah in that moment.

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So much so that some of these pious

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people that learned from the prophets, their sahabah,

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right, notably our messenger, Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa

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sallam, his sahabah, when they were tested,

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some of them would actually start to smile

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and laugh. And when people said, why are

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you smiling? They would say, I know that

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Allah has sent me this very special opportunity

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now to get closer to him.

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And you see this with certain people.

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They get a nail in their tire. They

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get into a fender bender. They get a

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another load of things at work that they

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didn't expect.

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Something happens medically. Something happens financially.

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And instead of letting that news derail them

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and completely pull them away from Allah because

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that's what shaitan wants.

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He'll take that news

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and he'll try to pull you from Allah.

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That person sees the news and says,

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I've prepared for this.

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I'm ready for this. Allah has taught me

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how to handle this. And that person sees

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that as a ladder climbing towards Allah subhanahu

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wa ta'ala. So Allah promises us. He tells

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us. Look at the story of Ibrahim.

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Ibrahim was tested

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day in, day out from when he was

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younger till when he was older.

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Every time in between, he had a test

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that was on his plate. But Allah subhanahu

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wa ta'ala says, and

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he was able to pass those tests.

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But how was he able to do it?

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If we go to Surat Al An'am,

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we see a statement where Ibrahim alaihi salam,

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he tells us the sequence of how to

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pass these tests, the mindset that a person

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has to get into. You know, everybody here

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who watches sports, you understand that what separates

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the legendary athletes from the mediocre ones is

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mindset.

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What separates

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the incredible

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performers from the ones who fall short is

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the way that they think. Many of them

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have the same physical skills.

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Some of the ones who are actually less

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talented are more athletic.

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But the ones who are more successful

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have a different mindset. Everybody in this room

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possesses the same human abilities.

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But the mindset that Ibrahim alaihis salam had

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was different.

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What did he say? He said,

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He made this proclamation,

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and it was almost like a mission statement.

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You know, every single person, every single individual

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should have their principled mission statement. What do

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I live by? What are the things that

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no matter where I find myself, I'm always

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gonna honor these principles?

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And he says this. He says that my

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prayer,

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all of my devotion,

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all of my worship, all of my praise,

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ultimately, at some place or another, it goes

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back to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala. What kind

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of person does this?

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A person that is able to see every

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single good thing in their life and somehow

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someway connected back to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.

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That is true taqwa. That is true

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faith. How many of us succeed in something

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or receive something that is good, some provision,

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and we take credit for it? We tell

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ourselves that we're the ones who are successful.

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We're the ones who are good. You may

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have come from a place where driving is

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difficult, and then you move to Dallas where

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it's horrendous. May Allah protect us.

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And you get from one place to another

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place quickly, and someone says, how did you

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do that? And you said, I'm from Chicago.

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We learn that's how you know how to

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drive.

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Instead of you taking credit in that moment,

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a person should, as they get into their

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car, say what? I have no guarantee that

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I'm gonna reach my destination safely.

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I have no guarantee that I'm gonna reach

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it in a timely manner.

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Every single variable,

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every single

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element that controls whether or not that affects

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how I achieve this goal is all dependent

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upon Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.

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Whether or not somebody is looking at their

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phone, paying attention,

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whether or not somebody has fallen asleep at

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the wheel, all of those things that may

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not even be my direct cause,

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but they might affect me, I am submitting

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to the will of Allah

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So any praise and any devotion

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that I have energy for is not worth

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giving to myself.

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And that's why whenever anybody praises us or

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says anything good to us, we say what?

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We indirectly and directly redivert that praise to

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Allah because we as Muslims understand what? That

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our devotion should always be aimed

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at the divine, not at us. We are

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not worth celebrating or devoting anything to

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until we realize that Allah is

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the one who gave us everything that we

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have. May Allah give us this gratitude.

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And then he

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continues,

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and my rights of sacrifice,

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the things that I give up, the things

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that I challenge myself with.

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And again, this is another paradigm shift. We

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give up certain things for certain reasons, for

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certain causes.

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You know, many people

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give up food and drink for different reasons.

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Some people, they give it up because they're

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trying to achieve something in their health. Some

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people have to give it up because their

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health demands it in order for them to

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live a healthy life. Some people,

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they aren't able to have it for their

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financial restrictions.

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But there is a kind of person that

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gives up food and drink for 30 days,

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for example, in the month of Ramadan,

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not for any of these reasons, but only

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for the reason of Allah ta'ala alone. That

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person is called a Muslim. There's a person

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that gives away their wealth. You know, if

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you look at

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secular society, there really is no good case

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for charity.

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There really is no good case. I once

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read a paper where in, secular atheists talked

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about how charity

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just enables

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people who are failures to continue failing.

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And it was one of the most callous,

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one of the most horrific things I've ever

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read. It was completely bereft of mercy. But

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then you see the prophet, I sialatu, sialam,

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coming, and his example

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is to give charity

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and to purify oneself by giving to other

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people.

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I want you to look at the paradigm

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shift.

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One of those paradigms is set

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in a narcissism that feeds oneself and gives

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back to oneself. The other one is set

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in what? A sacrifice to Allah.

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This money,

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I worked for it, but because I realized

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that Allah is the one who even gave

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me the ability to work for it, when

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Allah asks me,

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and from their wealth, they give. When Allah

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commands me to give,

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I have no right to feel stingy.

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I have no right to feel as if

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this is my wealth because it's only one

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moment that Allah could allow some test to

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befall me that would completely

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disqualify me from earning ever again.

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And so out of praise and gratitude for

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his fadl and his grace and his rahma,

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this charity is not an obligation. It's an

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honor. It's a blessing.

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He says, all of my sacrifices. And that's

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why when a person is able to go

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on the Hajj, you are put in a

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constant state of sacrifice.

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You sacrifice your comfort. You sacrifice what you're

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used to. You sacrifice seeing your family. You

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sacrifice what you're familiar with. You sacrifice your

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wealth, your PTO.

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Everything gets sacrificed. Why? So that you can

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go and be in the middle of a

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hot desert for a few days

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so that you can prove to Allah that

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your sacrifices for him alone. May Allah give

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us this proof. May Allah give us the

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ability to sacrifice for him alone.

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Now this is interesting because the tafsir here

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points to something very unique. The tafsir that

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I was reading,

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means my life and my death.

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Are for Allah alone.

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The tafsir that I read said, why did

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Allah begin

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the ayah or the description, the list,

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with actions and then finish with

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a category of time like life and death.

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Why?

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Because he said Allah wanted to make it

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clear to us that a person cannot successfully

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give their life or end their life for

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the sake of Allah unless they live their

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life for the sake of Allah.

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Many of us aspire.

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Right? We have aspirations to say, oh Allah,

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I'm living for you.

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Or on our deathbeds, we aspire, oh Allah,

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I lived for you. May Allah give us

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a good ending.

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We aspire for that moment. Right? And we

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see our brothers and sisters in Gaza, for

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example, or in Sudan, for example, or wherever

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there's oppression. We see remarkable testaments of faith.

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And the question always pops up, how are

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these people able to continue living for Allah?

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How? You know, we had an event where

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we were talking to some physicians who went

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and gave relief, provided some relief, and they

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said the most amazing thing that they saw

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was that despite all of the destruction, all

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of the carnage,

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they would still make sure that they gathered

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for their 5 daily prayers. Now I wanna

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ask all of us here, how many excuses

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have we made

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to delay or defer or even to miss

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our 5 daily prayers? May Allah forgive us.

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And when now you transfer the lens to

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a group of people

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that probably have, in Islamic law,

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very good reason

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to defer or delay their prayers, they don't.

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Why?

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Well, because their life is truly dedicated for

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Allah

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And when they die, their death will be

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dedicated for Allah

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But it's not an accident. It's not a

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coincidence.

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It's because they decided to make their devotion

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and their sacrifice for Allah from day 1

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until the end of days. May Allah Wa

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Ta'ala give us the success.

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So Ibrahim alaihi salaam, he makes this statement.

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He makes his proclamation

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because he wants to communicate, and this is

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something that Allah preserved for us in the

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Quran.

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How a person has to have

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their mindset fixed

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on what it means to live and die

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as the one who

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submits to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala. Now what

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happens when a person submits? We have one

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story

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very well known. Obviously, it's a story that

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centers around

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sacrifice,

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and we familiarize ourselves with it every year

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because it is the story of

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the great sacrifice that Ibrahim, alaihis salam, was

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asked to make. And that was a sacrifice

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of

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offering his son

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as a sacrifice for Allah, slaughtering his son.

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And so I quoted the ayah, and this

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is in Surat al Salfat, which is the

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37th chapter.

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So Allah ta'ala is setting the scene for

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us. And he says that Ibrahim alaihi salam

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has a son. And this is a son,

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by the way, contextualized

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that he has been begging and praying for

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that he desperately wants.

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And after

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finally

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having a wife Hajar who can deliver him

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a son, he has a son. It's something

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that he has been looking for and hoping

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for. And this is now his prize

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his his pride and joy. The thing that

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he looks forward to the most in his

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life.

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And when he goes for the command of

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Allah and leaves his family in what the

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valley that we now know as Mecca, he

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he is tested immediately by having to leave

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his wife and child there in a place

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that Allah

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describes as having nothing. No vegetation, no water,

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nothing.

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As a result of that sacrifice and by

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the way, his wife, Hajjal, is also very

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much a part of that sacrifice,

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and their son, who's a baby, is also

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very much a part of that sacrifice. So

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they are a family that is sacrificing for

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Allah together.

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When he leaves them in that sacrifice,

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he goes

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and only when prophet Ibrahim departs from them

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does Allah give Hajar the well of Zamzam.

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And so it's interesting because when he leaves,

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he doesn't get the good news. He doesn't

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hear that, you know what? Zamzam is there.

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Everything's fine.

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He has to just simply trust in a

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lot.

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And so there's an element here of being

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a person who has, as they say in

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English, blind faith. But, you know, in Arabic,

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we call it iman.

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A person that feels secure enough with Allah

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that they trust him in every scenario.

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Ibrahim leaves and his wife is given provision.

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Later, when prophet Ibrahim is given the command

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to return, he comes back and his son

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is older.

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And they partake in a lot of the

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bonding that fathers and sons would, and they

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do the greatest bonding exercise of all, which

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is they reestablish the the foundations of the

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Kaaba. It's like the the ultimate version of

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building Legos with your sons

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You think about how close the 2 of

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them got by doing this for the sake

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of Allah

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At that moment, when this

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dream has come to fruition

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and the sacrifice has been made and he

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leaves and comes back and his family is

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still there and there are tribes for protection,

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one might think that this is it. This

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is the sacrifice. This is the reward. This

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is the success that I've been hoping for.

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But Allah,

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he gives Ibrahim

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a dream, which

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prophetic dreams are revelations.

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And he says to his son,

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that, oh my son, I've seen in my

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dream numerous times

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that I am to sacrifice you.

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Tell me what you think.

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And this is an interesting moment as well.

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We don't have time to go over this

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all today, but the fact that he even

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told his son, like, I wanna know your

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thoughts,

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is a very powerful

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parenting method.

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He knows that there's no choice. You know,

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many parents in the room, we have to

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understand something.

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In life, your children

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will actually

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be your responsibility and not have a choice

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many times.

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There won't be a decision to be made.

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But when you include them in the decision,

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there's a bonding moment there.

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Ibrahim is being given a command from Allah

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via Wahi.

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There's no choice to be made. There's no

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opinion to be shared.

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Right? And sometimes we think to ourselves, I'm

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not gonna waste time.

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But he turns to his son, and he

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says, tell me what you think. Because even

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though we have to do this,

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I love you so much that I wanna

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know your thoughts.

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And his son, Ishmael, he turns to his

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father and he says,

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Oh, my father,

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do what you've been commanded. You will find

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me amongst those who can bear patiently.

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He gives his father the dream response. I

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want you to imagine this now, how any

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child would respond to this moment, but how

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the child

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of a person who made his mindset sacrifice

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for Allah responds.

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The apple does not fall far from the

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tree.

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Kids will replicate and emulate what they see.

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Ismail's whole life, he saw his father and

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his mother sacrificing.

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So now when it's time for him to

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be asked to sacrifice,

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it's become almost like a family tradition.

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It's become a ritual.

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Many of us ask from our children what

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we are not.

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We ask from our children or our spouses

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or people in our life what we are

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not. That contradiction

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is uneasy spiritually.

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Ibrahim can ask his son to sacrifice because

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he's been through it. And his son feels

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confident and strong in sacrificing because

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dad's been through it. But the spiritual disconnect

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that occurs when a person asks someone to

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do what they themselves cannot do or cannot

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do or will not do

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is a big test upon somebody's heart.

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So we need to make sure that we

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ask others what we are willing to do

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ourselves.

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His son says to him, do what you've

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been commanded, and this is the submission of

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faith. So if you wanna become a person

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who sacrifices,

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step number 1 is mindset. Step number 2

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is you have to actually submit.

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The sacrifice cannot be negotiated.

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You You know, you can't say, well, I

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have to pray 5 times a day. Well,

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what about 3? I'm a busy person.

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You know, I have to give zakat every

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year. What about every other year? I have

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a lot of investments I gotta worry about.

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You can't negotiate sacrifice.

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Sacrifice comes in in one way, and it

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has to be accepted. Sign on the dotted

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line. Are you in or are you out?

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That's why Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala, when he

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says,

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he completed it. He actually completed. He filled

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it. There was no deficiency in his sacrifice,

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whatsoever. Now what happens

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when a person submits to the sacrifice?

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Allah continues.

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He says,

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And then when they submitted to Allah, and

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Ibrahim alaihis salam laid his son down on

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the side of his head for the sacrifice,

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Allah called out, Yeah, Ibrahim.

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He was called out to and he says,

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You have fulfilled the vision.

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You passed the test,

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and now your sacrifice will be rewarded.

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Sit your son up. Pull the knife back.

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Here is this animal that will be sent

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to you.

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The gap in time between submission and reward

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is very small,

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But the weight of that gap is so

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heavy that time seems to slow down.

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I want you to think about this. Ibrahim

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and his son have a conversation.

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They go up to the top of the

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mountain. They proceed forward. It wasn't a long

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time. It didn't take years or months or

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days to discuss. They they they did this.

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But you can imagine,

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fathers or mothers in the room, how heavy

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it must have been weighing upon his heart.

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You can imagine older children in the room,

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how heavy the sun must have been feeling.

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But that submission

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is something that bears dividends and bears rewards

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unlike anything else.

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And so Allah in that moment of wait,

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he puts trust in the heart of the

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one who submits.

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Once you make your decision,

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trust in Allah.

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Many of us, we have tests of submission,

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and we have to make a choice. We

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get a job offer, and the the the

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the the compensation is not coming from Haram,

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and we fear.

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We fear, if I turn this down in

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this economy,

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I'm never gonna find something ever again.

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We have that moment, but this the moment

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of submission

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is where you gain the gift of trust.

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You can't gain trust of Allah if you're

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not willing to submit to

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him. And then

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as they are given the animal as a

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replacement,

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Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala, he says

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that

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this sacrifice became a great sacrifice, a great

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ransom

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until today, 1000 and 1000 of years later,

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every

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we

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gather together, and we sacrifice as a ritual

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of remembrance of what it means to truly

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sacrifice and trust and submit to Allah

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Brothers and sisters,

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Ramadan has its time and its lessons.

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Has its time and its lessons.

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When we come to Ramadan, we talk about

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holding back. We talk

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about restraining oneself. We talk about these things

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for taqwa,

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but there's a different path to taqwa that's

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been assigned to the month of Dhul Hijjah.

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And that

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path is what are you willing to sacrifice

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for Allah?

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What are you willing to give up?

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Every single one of us has our own

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Ishmael in our life. I'm not talking literally

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here.

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Not no one should be looking at their

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child.

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I need to sacrifice you.

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Everyone has their own figurative sacrifice that you

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have to make, something that you know

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is the thing that is holding you back.

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That

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test. And it could be the most

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the most beloved thing to you. But you

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know

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that if you prove to

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Allah that you will open doors of closeness

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to him that you never thought imaginable.

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The time of the is the time to

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make that commitment.

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Don't sell yourself short.

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Don't restrict and deprive yourself of the gift

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of closeness to Allah, of taqwa, of trust,

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of and

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of the reward of your legacy being preserved

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as a result of your sacrifice. We ask

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Allah to give us pure sacrifice for his

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sake. We ask Allah to purify our intentions.

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We ask Allah to give us the strength

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to be able to give things up for

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him alone and that Allah rewards our sacrifice

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by giving us trust and in our hearts.

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Brothers and sisters,

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as we are approaching, I'm sure many of

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you have been seeing pictures or videos of

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those who are at the Hajj. May Allah

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invite us all and allow us to partake

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in the beautiful pilgrimage. May Allah accept the

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Hajj of those who have gone before and

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those who are there this year.

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Tomorrow is a very spectacular day. You know,

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there was a quote that I saw that

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I thought was beautiful, which was that the

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night of power,

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is not given to us in terms of

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when it is, but the day of Arafa

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is.

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And the significance of the day of Arafa

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is equal in our spiritual heart. It's equal

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to the significance of the night of power.

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Although there may be specifics, but the power

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of rahma, the power of dua is replicated

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between those two time periods.

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So tomorrow for us will be the following

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of the day of Arafah. It's a day

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where fasting is a very, very, very strong

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recommendation.

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It is a day where duas are accepted,

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particularly between the hours of.

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It is a day where any sacrifice, any

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charity is rewarded and multiplied.

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It is basically the daytime version for us

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in America when we think of the night

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of power. It is the daytime version of

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that

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weight of blessings. And so I wanna encourage

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everybody

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to take part in that. It is tomorrow

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to fast

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the day if you can. We're offering Iftar

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here tomorrow night for the community. So fasting

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the day of Arafah will give immense reward,

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forgiveness for the years prior and to come

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And then, of course, the day following the

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day of Arafah is the day of Eid,

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which is Sunday. So inshallah, may Allah give

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us the reward of the day of Arafah,

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and may Allah give us a wonderful celebration

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of Eid.

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