Abdul Nasir Jangda – Stories of the Prophets #17 Taking Responsibility

Abdul Nasir Jangda
AI: Summary © The speaker discusses the Prophet's actions and lessons, including his journey to Mecca and leaving the ship. The Prophet's actions led to a conclusion that he wasn't time to leave yet and should not be part of the situation. The speaker emphasizes the importance of taking ownership of one's own choices and avoiding mistakes. Additionally, the speaker discusses the importance of not acknowledging the length of time someone was in the situation and taking responsibility to avoid mistakes.
AI: Transcript ©
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Continuing

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with our series here in the month of

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Ramadan

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where we are discussing the stories of the

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prophets in the Quran.

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Today, insha Allahum'ilaha,

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we are going to be talking about the

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story of the Prophet Yunus alayhis salaam.

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And the lesson and the moral that we'll

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be extracting from the story

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of prophet Yunus alaihis salam in the Quran

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is the lesson

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of

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taking responsibility.

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Taking ownership

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of one's own choices.

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And

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and then kind of talking about, well, now

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what is the recourse

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for the choices that I have made? But

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the primary theme is taking responsibility.

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To 1st and foremost understand once again the

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background and the concept,

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the background or the story rather of the

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Prophet Yunus alaihis salaam. There's an authentic narration

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in Sihi Bukhari

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in which the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam salam

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tells

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us about the full name

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of the prophet Yunus alaihi salam and that

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is Yunus ibnumatah.

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Yunus ibnumatah.

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And the hadith

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also tells us that the prophet Yunus alayhis

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salam

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was from

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the ancient

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city of Nainoa,

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which is referred to in the old testament

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as Nineveh.

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And the story of the prophet Yunus alaihis

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salam,

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and one of the very interesting reasons or

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interesting parallels, I should rather say, reflections that

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we can draw from the story of prophet

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Yunus alaihis salam

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is that there are some very interesting parallels

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to Yunus alaihis salam situation

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and the situation of Rasul alaihis

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salam. 1st and foremost,

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Nineveh,

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Nainoa,

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was

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a very prominent city

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in its region and at that time,

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similar to the city of Mecca.

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Secondly,

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the people,

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the tribe,

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the town,

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the people of Yunus alaihi salam,

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it was a very large prominent powerful tribe.

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Just like the Quraysh were for the prophet

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sallallahu alaihi wasallam.

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Yunus alaihi wasallam

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came from

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the most prominent family of leadership

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from amongst his tribe and people,

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just like the prophet salallahu alaihi salam.

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And as the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam invoked

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the name of his grandfather

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where he said, Anab no Abdul Muttalib.

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I am the grandson

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of Abdul

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Muttalib.

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So there are these very interesting parallels.

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And then the very

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the most fascinating parallel

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is how things played out.

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Yunus

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preached and preached and preached to his people

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for years years years,

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almost a decade,

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until finally,

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it reached such a point where it became

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a stalemate.

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And the people were not budging.

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And, obviously,

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the prophet,

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a prophet of god,

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doesn't have the luxury of budging. He has

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a mission.

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Rasulullah

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alaihi wasallam

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spent 13 years in Mecca,

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preaching and teaching the message.

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And this is something people don't understand and

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realize.

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The day the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam made

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the Hijra from Mecca to Madinah, There were

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more Muslims in Madinah waiting for him than

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there were in Makkah leaving it.

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The 13 years

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of

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the Makan period,

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it

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there were very few numbers.

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It was a couple of 100 Muslims. That's

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it.

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They were remarkable people, but I'm just saying

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in the grand scheme of things as opposed

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to the prophet salallahu alayhi wa sama hasn't

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even arrived in Madina yet and there's already

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500 Muslims in Madina.

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So think about that. And so that's another

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parallel between the situation of Yunus alaihi salam

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and the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam.

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And this is where

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the lesson of Yunus alaihi salam comes in.

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Yunus alayhis salam

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sat back.

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He assessed the situation.

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He looked at the last decade,

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what exactly had occurred and transpired,

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analyzed and assessed

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the situation,

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and then concluded

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a very logical

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conclusion.

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And that was

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that at this point,

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those who were to believe, they've believed.

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And those who have not believed yet, now

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they have kind of dug their heels in

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so deeply

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that it's become very personal.

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And these people are not going to budge

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unless and until

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something very

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remarkable or miraculous occurs. But, otherwise, these people

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are not about to budge.

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And he arrived at that conclusion, and therefore,

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he said,

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now it's time

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to depart.

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Now it's time to go.

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Enough

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has been invested here.

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And Yunus alaihis salam

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came to this conclusion

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and he packed his bags and he departed.

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When he departed,

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Allah

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said

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that it was not time for you to

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leave yet.

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It was not time for you to leave

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yet.

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I had not

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explicitly

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instructed you to leave yet.

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So you were not supposed to go yet.

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And as a result of that,

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Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala to

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once again give us a role model in

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this regard. How do I go about

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in taking responsibility,

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taking ownership,

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owning

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my choices.

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Allah

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arranged something

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miraculous,

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remarkable.

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Yunus alaihis salam boards a ship.

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He's leaving.

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And as

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he's traveling on the ship,

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out of just nowhere,

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they get just this

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horrible storm, like a hurricane,

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just shows up out of nowhere

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and just completely

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grips this boat.

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And these people

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are nervous and panicking. And even the way

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that storm, that hurricane came out of nowhere,

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it seemed

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like there was some kind of

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divine intervention here.

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Everything, of course, has divine intervention, but you

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understand that this seemed like this was a

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sign of something.

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So they said

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someone

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on the ship has brought about the wrath

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or the anger of Allah.

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And then

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they

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identified Yunus, alayhis salam, as the last person

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that had boarded the ship.

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And they basically said we have to

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get you off this ship.

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Otherwise, we won't survive.

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So they give him,

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you know, like a plank or something like

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that to be able to float.

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And they basically toss him overboard.

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They toss him like a life vest or

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whatever they had.

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And they're just like,

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whatever Allah does with you,

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but we're not

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going down with you.

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And then Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala tells us

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that at that point in time, Allah sent

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Allah calls him. Allah sent 1 of his

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creation,

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a whale, Allah refers to it as.

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And that whale came and swallowed up Yunus

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alayhis salaam.

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And

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he was in the belly of the beast,

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in the belly of the whale.

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Now he's in there

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And by the will of Allah

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he's still alive,

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but he's inside the belly of the beast.

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And there, he's in there for some time.

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Allah knows best. The Quran does not explicitly

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comment on how long he was in there

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or not. There are different comments

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that some of the commentators of the Quran,

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Al Hasil Basri says 40 nights.

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Some Mufassirun mentioned 3 nights. Ultimately, Allah knows

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best. But the point is he's in the

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belly of the beast and he recognizes where

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he's at.

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And now Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala says

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that Yunus alaihis salam,

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he has in that moment,

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he gives him the opportunity to be able

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to reflect

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on what he

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did, where he got Allah says,

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That it wasn't just that he did the

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math

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and then he left the people. Allah

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says, Yunus alayhi salam, you know, when you

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kind of have like a bit of a

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quiet moment by yourself,

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You realize certain things in that moment.

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You were so

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agitated before

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and because you were moving around, you started

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to craft a particular narrative. You started telling

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yourself a particular story and you worked yourself

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up.

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And at at that point, you're basically just

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kind of,

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you know, buying your own stock.

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You're drinking your own Kool Aid.

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You're feeding into that narrative

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and feeding off of it.

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But then when you get kind of separated

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from it and you sit down for a

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little while and hopefully it's kind of a

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little bit later in the day so that

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you're physically tired

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because that's where the nuffs,

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the animal, the beast lives.

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So you're physically worn down a little bit.

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But that you're not thinking so,

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like hormonally

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and it's quiet

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and maybe it's you just made wudu and

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prayed

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so you got a little bit of in.

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There's a hadith of the prophet

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that says that even wudu. Wudu is a

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blessed act.

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It extinguishes

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the flames of, like, arrogance and agitation,

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qipon,

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just like water extinguishes fire.

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And

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you're kinda sitting there, and at that moment,

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you start to kinda come down a little

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bit off of it and you realize, okay,

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it's not exactly like maybe I was selling

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myself.

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And then it becomes a totally different situation.

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So,

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he's sitting there,

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and it allows him the moment and he

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realizes

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it's not like I was telling myself. I

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didn't just do the math and leave.

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I was angry.

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I was I was irate

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that these people had not believed,

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that they had wasted my time.

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They had made a joke and a mockery

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of me.

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He remembered in that moment that he was

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irritated with them.

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There's no room for that.

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And he immediately recognizes,

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oh, I shouldn't have done that.

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That's on me.

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And he owns it and he takes responsibility

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for it.

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And then he says,

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He called out. He cried out in the

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darkness. The layers upon layers upon layers of

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darkness.

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The Tafsir mentions

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that it was 3 layers of darkness.

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It was nighttime in the ocean and in

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the belly of the beast.

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And he cries out to Allah.

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There is no one worthy of worship except

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for you, oh Allah.

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I am submitted to no one other than

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you, oh Allah.

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That's a very interesting thing to say at

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a moment where you're taking ownership, where you're

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taking responsibility

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for your action. Right? We would assume you

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would say something like, astaghfirullah.

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I'm sorry.

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I made I messed up.

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My bad.

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Forgive me. Pardon

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me. No.

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Why? Because that's the true reset.

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Because for because what that person is saying,

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we we don't attribute this to the prophets

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of God. I'll talk about myself. When I'm

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saying that, when I'm realizing the error of

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my ways and I'm taking ownership and I'm

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taking responsibility

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And I say What I'm saying is, you

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Allah,

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I fell into the trap.

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For a little while,

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I was following my nafs.

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I was worshiping myself.

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I submitted to my anger.

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I devoted myself to my ego.

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And so this is the true reset

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where you break the idols,

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not the literal physical idols. The prophet on

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the

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the farewell pilgrimage, the prophet

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declared on that day, you will not worship

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idols like physical idols.

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You won't pray to, like, a physical idol.

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That's not gonna happen to you.

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Shaitan can do that to you.

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But

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what he will do is he will make

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you slip

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by worshiping the idols

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you don't realize, you don't recognize.

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The smaller idols, the subtle idols,

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the non physical idols, the intangible idols.

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That's your ego.

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That's your arrogance. That's your pride.

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That's your anger.

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That's your that's your desire for vengeance.

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How dare you?

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So Oh Allah,

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I messed up.

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Oh Allah. I messed up.

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I reset myself

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and I submit myself only and solely to

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you You Allah.

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Allah. Because you are perfect

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and I am flawed.

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You are perfect and I am flawed.

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I messed up.

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You have to own it.

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That's the part.

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You got to own it. It's It's

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a confession.

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I messed

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up.

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I sinned.

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I oppressed

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my own soul.

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And when he said that,

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Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala tells us, Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala says we insert his prayer.

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Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala tells us in

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surah number 68, surahul Qalam.

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Aye number 48 Allah is telling the prophet

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Be firm on the command of your Lord.

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And learn a lesson from the example of

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your brother, the prophet Yunus

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He was ultimately

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saved

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and blessed

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by the blood of his Lord, that realization,

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that repentance.

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Allah chose him, selected him and made him

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from the righteous. And Allah tells us,

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Allah says, we answered his prayer and we

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saved him from

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the dark place that he was in.

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And we all find ourselves in dark places

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from time to time. But Allah says we

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saved him from that dark place. The Quran

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says

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that

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the whale

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came up

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near the shore and it spit him out

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and he landed onto the beach.

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And he went back to his townspeople

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and when he went back to his town

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and he walked in

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when the narrations mentions the books of Tafsir

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mentioned, he heard the sound of people praying.

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While he was gone, they all accepted Islam.

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They all became Muslim.

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And

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Allah says

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This is how we will always help and

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save and rescue

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the believers

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as long as they follow this example

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of the prophet Yunus alaihis salam. That when

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I mess up,

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when I make a mistake,

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when I make the wrong choice,

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I have to own it and I have

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to take responsibility.

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May Allah grant us the ability to practice

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everything that we've said and heard.

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