Crossroads of Faith & Practice – Pt.1

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Conditions of The Shahada pt.1

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We will spend the first two weeks on the shoe route of La ilaha illAllah, the conditions of La la la la.

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And then we will break for one week. Okay.

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And then we will spend three weeks talking about

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we'll be using a larger muffler, which is original text, we'll spend three weeks on it talking about what are the rules? And what are the principles and foundations in how you understand the names and attributes of Allah.

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So that class is not going to be we're not going to sit there and study each individual Name of Allah. Tada, we're not that's not what the class is that the class is to give you a primer on? What are the rules that govern

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the understanding of belief in laws, names and attributes?

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And then after that, we will so that's and then after that, we'll have a class talking about predestination and in Islam, a lot of times people don't really want to talk about it because it's really

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hard to understand. It's confusing, it's difficult. We will go over some of the topics in there such as freewill fatalism, can you change

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etc. But for today and tomorrow, I'm sorry not tomorrow for today as well as next week we will be focusing on this topic which is part one.

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Okay.

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So, yes.

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What about it?

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If you want

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Okay, if you want to like shut the promises, no one is allowed to sleep.

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If you if you sleep, sleep quietly don't snore.

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Right? Do you snore you will be called upon.

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I mean, I snore. I have sleep apnea. So I know what I know what it feels like.

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But you

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when we talk about conditions to law, in the law,

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we first have to define what does a condition

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what is the condition. So in Arabic, the word for condition is shuttled.

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And a sharp in Arabic means something that precedes something else.

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So for example,

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if a person wants to fast,

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a condition of fasting is what someone giving an example. Go ahead.

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intention.

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That is a show of fasting. If you do not have intention for fasting,

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you are possibly running into the problem of not having a counter. Now, of course, there's difference in opinion among the scholars of condition

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of the onset of every night before you go to sleep for every single day that you fast or is it once for the whole month, we're not going to get into that.

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So he condition is something that must be fulfilled in order for what follows it to be accepted. A condition to go to university is that you have what?

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Money?

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Right? Whether it's a scholarship, whether it's FAFSA, it's a condition, it's not for free, right?

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Unless Bernie Sanders wins and then makes everything free. You know, whatever, May Allah help us, right Alhamdulillah

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still better than what we have right now. hamdulillah

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condition to

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receive an American passport is what? That you are an American citizen that you have the birth certificate proving that you were born or that you are a naturalized citizen, that you went through the process to be naturalized etc. So, the conditions of La ilaha illAllah

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are what are the internal

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As well as external things that must be met, so that when you say la ilaha illAllah, it is meaningful.

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Okay? Now, of course, I want to caution you,

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let's say someone is a Muslim,

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okay? And they just said the Shahada last week, and

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he knows the basics of Islam.

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Just because he might not fully understand some point within Islam.

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He doesn't mean for example, that his Laila who was now void, I don't In other words, I don't want you to come out of this class thinking that if someone loses one of it, then they're kapha, that they just believe there's levels within it, okay? I mean, you can have someone that's struggling with one with one of the things that we're talking about, but it cannot be like an outright rejection of it, right? So we'll go through it inshallah.

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So, from now, we are going to use in this slide to F, which is easier for me instead of writing testimony of faith every time. So I'm just going to say to F, okay, when I say to f up there, it means testimony and faith like that a lot. So let's go through the introduction.

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Why is this topic important?

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It is because it is the greatest testimony of faith.

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There is no other testimony or sentence that is as true and as pure and as a beautiful as there's no God worthy of worship except Allah.

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Moosa alayhi salatu salam, one time asked Allah subhanho wa Taala for a special prayer. He said, Oh, Allah,

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give me a

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give me a supplication

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that no one else knows. You give it to me specially. It's like a special path that you want, so that he can call out to us by the hotel. So Allah subhanho wa Taala said, c'est la ilaha illAllah.

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Musa alayhis, salam, everyone says, Allah, Allah, Allah, your creation, c'est la la la la also special about

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Allah subhanho wa Taala says, replied back to Musa Oh Moosa if you put La ilaha illAllah on one side of the scale, and all the heavens and the earth and everything in it, basically the universe

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on the other side of the scale, La Ilaha, Illallah, would what outweigh all of that?

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To show you that the, you know, sometimes in science, we we like to say, you know,

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you know, the universe is governed, you know, by nature and Mother Nature and laws and science. It's true by laws and science and physics. That's true. But more importantly, the universe is governed by La ilaha illAllah. By the oneness of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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The law Allah, Allah, Allah is what differentiates between the believer and the disbeliever.

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Okay, pretty straightforward. So some of the synonyms of Laila Khaled I want to talk about here. The first phrase is Dean, Aloha, Dean allhallows.

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So does anyone know what D means?

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Anyone want to take a stab at it? Dean? Way of Life.

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That is the most comprehensive meaning Dean means way of life. But here's the thing. Dean comes from the same root as as debt.

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Dean comes from the same root as Dane, which is

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a debt that you incur.

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So in other words,

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you know how when you have to pay a debt, you have to keep going back. Deen is something that you have to keep going over and over again.

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Right.

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And as a side tangent.

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You know, in early Christianity, they had this belief that if if humans sin,

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that they would incur a debt to

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God

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and the debt

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had to be repaid.

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But then, but then Christianity goes into this big circle because they say, Well, if you have to pay a debt to God and if God owes everything, then Are you truly paying God back? No. Because everything that you try to repay is something that Allah has already

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given you. So in Christianity, they end up going through this big convoluted way to say, therefore, since there is a debt incurred to Allah, and nothing in this world is

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a value to Allah, and nothing that is humanly is

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Jani means anything to Allah, and there is nothing that can erase that sin except Allah. Therefore, Jesus has to be God.

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Okay?

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Because it's a big jump, but it is a very common complicated process where they go in and maybe inshallah, one day we'll have a class on that

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Dean and Hollis Alec said, way of life. In other words, the you can translate it as the Pure religion, or you can translate it as the purest way of life.

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So why is like, the purest way of life is because you're not associating partners with a lot. You're not doing it for showing off. You're not doing it because you want fame, you're not doing it. You're not worshipping Allah subhanaw taala because you want to fly low under the radar.

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kalama for Eva, we talked about this today in our hookah.

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kalama Oliva a good word.

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And Allah says in the for an hour one by the way, these numbers here.

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Refer to the Quran. Just in case you're wondering, the surah number and the verse number. Okay.

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Just just putting it out there in case someone's like, What's 39 and three is 14 and 24.

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Just just I mean, I don't know, right, just in case right?

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Unless there's no Quran lm Tara Kane forgot Allahu methylone Kelly mettam e baton. kashia gerakan also has a slew of fabrikam or Pharaoh has the Sunnah to to Kula Hakuna Hany De Niro be however alone I'm fairly

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I'll have you not seen the example where a lot of water I that gives the parable of the good word to means Allahu Allah. It is like a good tree.

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scholar said, the tree here means the believer

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can can imitate by even means Lyla Hawa Shadow Temple, Eva Bana, her movement, the believer.

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So its roots are firm in the ground like law firm in your heart.

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And as one scholar said, the trunk of the tree is the statement of law, that law and the trees, tree branches and the canopy and the leaf. Those are the actions. And so last time when we had a class, what do we say? A man is comprised of three things. Hmm, what were those three?

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I'm going to pick on Ashley, give me one of them.

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Believe in the heart.

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So a person who says Laila Hilah but has no belief in the heart they are what

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a hit hypocrite says it but has no belief in the heart, right? Believe for the heart. What else

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saying it on the tongue that you believe and

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showing actions for it.

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There is no tree out there that doesn't have branches and the leaf.

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Finally a tree that doesn't have leaves on it and tree and tree branches on it find me that I'm very curious to understand that one.

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When I was in Arizona a few years ago.

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I mean, Arizona really teaches you the meaning of heat.

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dry heat, but it's okay. I went to this

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desert museum called Sonoma Sonora Sonoma forgot Sonora desert museum and I was walking. It's like this outdoor museum where it's like you see how Salinas and

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different cacti and plants and I saw it and they were saying that there's this tree that grows in the desert.

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Not only does it derive

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Sunlight from its leaves obviously through chlorophyll, right.

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But the tree trunk itself and its branches are green as well. So it's absorbing chlorophyll not only from its leaves but from all of its branches and its tree Johnson hannula.

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Well, first of all half is similar to to cola cola when it gives its fruit off in all the seasons. So a believer is someone that is giving goodness back all the time. Okay, another synonym of La Ilaha Illa. As Allah says in the Quran, Allah will call a fair bit the firm statement.

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So this is actually three verses down from the previous verse that we said if you noticed it, basically after Allah gives an example of the Laila has a beautiful tree like that of a believer Allah says next one method who Kelly met in Saudi 13 kashia giratina hobbies that he needs to

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focus on mela Harmon

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and a parable the example of the

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repugnant

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and

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habito means something that is repugnant something as disgusting. The example of the evil tree is like the evil statement evil statement okay.

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Maybe a statement of ship maybe a statement of I don't know hail mary mother of god or something like that. Right. You know, that's that's what they pray in church right? hail mary mother of god. I'm not making this up. Okay.

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These these roots are not actually in the ground. It's actually ripped out from the ground.

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Melon and karate has no foundation has no roots deep down. And then what is that? You said? Peter Levine levena. Ammiano bill Foley, beautiful hierarchy dunya.

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Allah will

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give people the believers will make them steadfast with the Polish Salat.

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In other words, when you are a true believer, Allah will protect you from falling into disbelief. So you are given a loophole that the

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firm statement, the caliber in this life and in the next life.

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So how does what does it mean in this life? It means basically, that obviously you know,

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who your Lord is, you say Laila. And in the next slide, when you are put into the grave, you answer the three questions correctly, who is your Lord? What is your religion and who is your profit?

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The next lesson by though there's many synonyms, which is going to suffice with for Kelly method Kappa Kelly method taqwa.

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Allah says in the Quran

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Zima whom Kelly, metta, taqwa and Allah bestowed upon them the statement of Taco Bell, and you might be wondering, like, what is

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how? Let's talk about this. What is what is taco? A lot of times people have this false meaning in their head. They think that taco means fear of law. That's half of the meeting. But half taqwa is hope in Allah's mercy and fearing almost punishment. It requires both.

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Okay.

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So how is La ilaha illAllah telemetered taqwa

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because when you say there's no God worthy of worship, except Allah subhanahu wa taala

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what is really holding you back

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from doing something that is wrong,

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believing that what Allah subhanaw taala is going to hold you accountable on the day judgment. What is holding you back

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from for example.

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Just letting it loose and you know, going

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club it out all night and you know, dance until you drop, right?

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Even though you might think it's a great time, it might be 10 minutes of fun.

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So, taqwa is to put a shield away Korea to put a shield a barrier between you and the anger of Allah.

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So, Allah Allah Allah is the kalama of taqwa. The statement of taqwa because

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It enables you

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it's sort of like a,

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like a psychological boost in your heart.

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Right? To protect you from whatever it is that you want to stay away from.

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the testimony of faith is also the highest branch of faith. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in a Sony narration and Eman

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shorba, Allah, Allah illallah wa imata. Analysts will hire a two minute email. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam says he man is 70 plus levels. Okay, the highest is La ilaha illAllah. The highest is Laila.

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And a lot of people you know, when you hear this idea, it might occur to you like why is law law law the highest? It's just a law saying law law? No, because it's like said, law is not just something you just utter. It's a complete modus operandi, something that's in your heart, something that you think about something that you say something that you believe in something that you do

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on the Day of Judgment. And by the way, the lowest form of Eman. capacitances, is to remove harm from the road. So let's say you're driving down the road and you find a large piece of metal or something and you

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remove it, right. That is a sign of faith. Right.

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The other day, I was driving down Patterson road. Does anyone here know Patterson road? It's it's that forest on highway six and Eldridge. So it's like a forested area. And I was driving down that road.

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There was a turtle. I couldn't stop that. I mean, it was I was I made sure I didn't harm it. I was like, Okay, well, there's three cars behind me. I can't just break and stop. Right. But I just made sure that I didn't harm it. Right. There's there are times where you,

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you will feel like this nagging feeling in your heart to write something that is wrong. Right. And it comes even from your daily aspect. It's like there are some people, they will look at this setup. And there'll be like,

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it's like this, right? That's right. It's this nagging aspect within them.

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So if you haven't been arena said, Allah subhanho wa Taala has not blessed His servants. with anything greater. There is no greater blessing. There is no greater blessing that Allah has given you then knowing that

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I want you to think about that right now. I want you to pause at this point here.

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Imagine you

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was given the Nobel Prize in science, I'm sorry, in physics in mathematics, and you are also well versed in literature and the I know you are celebrated, you know, you're a great scholar.

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You think about how sad that is, but they don't know that.

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It's truly a form of deprivation for them.

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And you look at Stephen Hawking, for example. You guys know, Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking was a what

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astrophysicist well known, very educated, knew so much about space. I mean, he was one of those scientists who built upon Albert Einstein. And we know Albert Einstein was probably one of the smartest people

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you know, of our times in the science field, obviously. And yet, Stephen Hawking came to a conclusion that there could be no creator in the universe. And what I want you to think about so the fact that Allah has let you in on the greatest knowledge in the world of La ilaha illAllah. I want you to be grateful for that moment. Because if not for that, you would probably like any of us here on a Friday night, we probably be doing something that we don't want, you know, that everyone else is doing. For example, it's Friday night, right? Could be clubbing, drinking, dancing, discussing hooking up going to the shisha bar, whatever it is, right.

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Trust me, the shisha bar is the least of the words.

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Okay.

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So, another aspect of Lyla Hawa is that it is a statement that comprises of both a negation and an affirmation. So when you say

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There is no God. You're saying nothing out there there is no possibility of another god deity, idle philosophy thought greater. There is nothing out there except a lot.

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So by saying there is nothing like so for example English when you say ay ay ay ay, nothing

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except for cake.

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Okay? as what the kid would say I ate nothing but cake today, mommy.

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Okay, we get it. That's all you ate. Nothing but cake. So when you say there is no God, except Allah, this is the greatest form as you could say, of hustle when you single it out. And you say, only Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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Okay.

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In this code here, you can see the very interesting quote, what have been whenever there was one time asked, isn't the isn't the key to paradise? Allahu Allah.

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And he said, Yes, indeed. But there is no key without teeth.

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So every key you have out there has has teeth and notches on them.

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Gonna just stick any key into any door and expect it to work. Right.

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And so whoever comes to the door with its correct key will open it. And whoever comes to the door with a wrong key, it will not open for him. So in other words, law, law law is not just some key these go and you know, okay, on the

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right there there is some conditions associated with this keyboard, namely the the teeth that are associated with this.

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La Ilaha Illa. Allah is not about knowing who Allah is.

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Okay.

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It's about worshiping Allah.

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So when you say,

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the translation, when you say, la la, la la means there is no god but God, that's not the correct translation. The correct translation is learn Abu Dhabi happiny la la, there's no one worthy of worship except Allah. And the proof of this is that the people of Mecca

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when they were asked, Who created the heavens and earth, right now, if you go to Christians, right now, you ask them who created the universe? You know what they will say? It will say, God the Father, God created the universe. They admit that no one has a no one has any doubt about that.

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They will say Allah.

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So the fact that they acknowledge that Allah is present and there does that make him a believer. No.

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So Laila halala is not about acknowledging that God is God. It's about acknowledging that God is the only one worthy of worship. Because if you look at them, what did they used to do? They used to worship other idols alongside was almost kind of warthog as found in this next verse for either rocky boof in full key there, our lovely Selena Houdini. And if they were to ride a ship, and they encountered a storm, you know what they would do? They would pray sincerely in earnest to Allah subhanho wa Taala full devotion they would not call on to hooba they're not going to call on to a lab they're not going to call them they're not going to call on minute they're not going to call on

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anything else they're going to call out to Allah.

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fella manager homie lol berry era machine code and when our saves them from that store, they are delivered from that store.

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And they go back on to the safety of the land, then they can get shook, worship other items along with Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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I'll just say it Susan here one time told me a story that I've heard of it before. So in Bolivia, they have these mountains, okay. So there's a lot of mountains or there's a lot of mountains in Bolivia, okay. But they're these mountains near the Capitol. And a lot of people go into these mountains to mine to dig things out.

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Kids, women, men, so hammer you know what's so crazy when they go into this cave as they enter it. There is

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On the side here in their deep inside, there is this shrine

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dedicated to what's the name

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Diablo The devil, but it's like this devil idol that's sitting. And they're putting cigarettes, they're putting beer, they're putting offerings, right? They're putting candles or food, whatever it is right.

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And they're putting it because for some reason, and this is worse than the people of Mecca

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because the people of Mecca when they got in trouble, they turn to a law, but these miners that are inside the pits of the earth, they think that shape on controls underground. So they have to make pure shape on that he protects them from the mind collapsing or something happening. And what happens is when they come out of the cave, then they worship God, right?

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the Meccans must be proud.

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Allah subhanaw taala commands people to worship the creator and the Sustainer so the rule that I want to teach you today is that there's two things creator and creation

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if you are not the creator that means you are a creation

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therefore, the creation is not worthy of worship.

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Something that cannot bring itself into existence is not worthy of worship.

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I want to say that again, something that cannot bring itself into existence except for something else, it's not worthy of worship.

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So, if someone thinks that

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I want to pause here for a second right. So,

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you look at for example, the Greeks, the Romans, the ancient goddesses, the gods you look in Chinese local worship and deities etc,

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you start to see a pattern and also in some aspects of Hinduism, you see this pattern The pattern is is that the gods that they have are not like truly all powerful all this and all that in every aspect like electronics obviously, like they will

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give a power to one god

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right. So, so Ganesha will have some, some some some power, okay. Kalima is gonna have some power and Vishnu and Saraswati and they all have. And so the thing is, like, if you look at these religions, they don't call them gods, they call them deities. They think it's like some person that has reached a level

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elevated above the rest. So if you look at for example, ancient Greeks,

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they believe that the old gods came into power through the prayers of people.

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So the more you pray to them, the more power they had, if the less you pray to them, the less power that they had. So what is the reason why Zeus and Poseidon and all these children of Cronus How were they able to overthrow their godparents? Because people pray to them, they abandon worshipping the other gods.

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So, in a sense, there is this idea in some parts of polytheism around the world, that Gods are somewhat like supernatural beings that are given some special power because they have reached some level x y&z

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right. So Allah subhanho wa Taala in the Quran here just don't want to. Because we only have 25 minutes left, I was pantalla users to forums, to talks about the creator and the one who sustains

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because and the reason why this is important, is because if you go and look into early Christianity, there is this idea of

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that God created the world.

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And then if he let Jesus manage it, like Jesus is managing the world, like in some gnostic forms of Christianity, they have this idea that God creates, and then he lets something called the demiurge, which is like a lesser emanation of God, don't ask me how to explain that, unless they're an emanation of God that actually manages the world. In other words, God is not intrinsically deeply involved in the management of the universe.

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Right. So if you look at these

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polytheistic religions, how do they manage? I mean you could you would think that they would have such a great mind I would think oh, there is a God out there that can do everything. No, no, no we need a god of the sea, a god of this a god for whether a god for rivers

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or Buddha Raja Kumari, Hola, poco worship the one who has created you.

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And he is the one he brings water from the sky.

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apologia became minister Mercury's pelaku he brings forth from it, sustenance for you, food for you.

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So why is sustenance tied to that point that we said that God is intrinsically involved in the world is that to sustain it is a

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something to sustain something it's something that you have to

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be involved with.

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And so Allah subhanho wa Taala when you say that Allah subhanaw taala is

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in charge of the universe, it means that he is giving sustenance to the animals on a daily basis. He is

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deciding in his infinite wisdom how the weather should be. It's not like Allah created and they just left it on a system running by itself and he has nothing to do with it. Okay.

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Fell fell younger in Salome mahalo,

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lead man, observe, where have they been created from? Where did you come from? Okay.

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We've already talked about this. So the scholars have a difference of opinion regarding how many conditions are there for Laila. Some scholars say seven, some say eight, some say nine, but for this class, we will suffice with eight.

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Okay, the first condition is knowledge.

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You cannot

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say, you cannot say that

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you believe in La ilaha illAllah. But you have no idea what that means. It's just not possible.

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So, knowledge is based on what facts

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and we are living in a time where facts are increasingly twisted, and dismissed as

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fake news.

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And this is no different. It's not I mean, people I don't know why people are so certain. This is not different from what the people in Mecca used to say to Mohamed Salah.

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He would bring a verse that Allah has sent down to them. And what would they say? a subtitle only? fable stories of the past.

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AKA fake news

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is what it is fake news. Oh, Muhammad, Hassan received revelation today about this. And he told his community about that. What do they say see whom will be manifest sorcery?

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What do we hear today? witch hunt.

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Right? Like, like

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we are living in the information age. And yet people choose to be ignorant, right facts are there and then choose to reject it.

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So it's not based on hearsay.

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You go to some parts of the world like for example, in mainland China.

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A lot of Muslims there.

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They only no Islam from what they heard their grandparents say. That's what they'll say. I heard you know, you're Muslim. Right. Yeah, you know, my grandparents are Muslim. You know, I'm Muslim, but I heard you know that as Muslims, you know, don't eat pork.

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Is the CIO weekly. Mr. Poole Seamus Masekela commit Zina committed adultery, do gambling murders, okay, just don't eat pork. That's all they knew. That's all they knew. Don't eat pork. Right. But gambling, drinking, cheating everything.

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So Islam to them is based on hearsay.

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So in that sense, this

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ideology or this kind of theology that a person has, does not fit the criteria for someone to say that they know who Allah is. They don't know anything about us.

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Okay,

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so it's not amusing.

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And what I mean by amusing is like some people, they sit there, and they think and they're like, you know, for example, it's very, it's very, very frequent we see in the and

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surgeon Christian communities, well, they open the Bible, and they'll have a Bible study and then one person will say something along the lines of,

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well, you know, this verse speaks to me in this way. Have you guys heard about? It speaks to me in this way? Well, friend, I think it's pretty clear here. Okay, so shall not do XY and Z. Okay. No, but it speaks to me in a different way.

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Okay. And you have more people doing that today with,

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you know, what they'll say, difference of interpretation. Okay, bring your interpretation. Prove it. Do you have proof for it? So it's not amusing. It's not how you envision how a lot is?

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It's not how you think Allah should be a creator. I received a book I don't know. Did you get a book recently in the mail of like, five stories of ex Muslims? Did you guys get that? Did anyone get that? It was like five. It's like a it's like a book of like five x Muslims. Okay. And they're talking about like how, you know, they left Islam because of X, Y, and Z reasons. And one of the people in there, one of the individuals in their mela helped him

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said,

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I went to Mecca, listened carefully. I went to Mecca, the place where Mohammed Salim is buried.

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And I went to the Kaaba expecting some regulatory connection with God, I felt nothing must be the not a true religion.

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Okay, the doors over there. What do you think is going to come down from come down from the heavens and be like, I am here stuff.

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This is they are people, they project onto Allah subhanho wa Taala, certain things that they want.

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And that's not how Allah subhanaw taala interacts with the creation. It's not how you think of Los Angeles, I went to a Unitarian Universalist Church. And

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they said, one person said, I just can't get over that. And one of their big things that they believe in is that they don't believe in how they're like, there's no such thing as hell, we do not believe that there is a God, that would be so cruel to put you in hell forever.

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Okay.

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There can be no punishment, because that means God is vengeful.

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So I said, then there is no meaning to mercy.

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If you say that there can be no Hellfire, because God, then what is the meaning of mercy? mercy has no meaning. Now.

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A teacher is not a good teacher, if he gives out fmds. But what is the point of getting in at some point? There's no value to it. So it's not amusing. It's not an assumption. It's based on knowledge? And is the obviously it's the opposite of ignorance. And so if, if you went right now, and you went onto the street, and you grab someone off the street, and you say, repeat after me, law, law, Muslim,

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not quite,

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not quite, must have knowledge.

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So knowledge can come from different sources from sacred sources obviously want to know about? Obviously, from sacred sources, you want to know about Allah subhanaw taala. Use your senses and your experience. In other words, look at the universe around you look at the things that are created, who created all of this, huh? Who created all these planets, they just discovered the other day that there is an exoplanet out there outside of our solar system that is very similar to Earth, and has water right and has an atmosphere.

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Knowing that almost kind of water Allah, when you see that you when you say la ilaha illa, it means you know that others pantalla is the one who's in control of the universe, the one who gives life, the one who gives death, the one who sustains the one who controls the weather, the one who causes this person to live and causes that one to pass away, and so on and so forth. And so as a result, you,

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you reach that conclusion that Allah is the one only worthy of worship. We have a few verses here quickly.

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So, this verse is talking about.

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So, to give you some context, there are people on the Day of Judgment who are given the right

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to intercession

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okay they are given the right to intercession. So, what is intercession intercession is this concept of someone coming on your behalf to plead a case someone coming on your behalf to plead a case okay. So,

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intercession has two conditions, number one, Allah, Allah

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has to give permission for that person to intercede. And number two, the excuse me, I was trying to Allah has to give permission to the recipient of the intercession.

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Okay, and number two, Allah has to be pleased

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with the person that's interceding on that basically the one pleading your case and the one who is the recipient of this intercession.

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So, in other words, who is in this category? Like for example, the Prophet says in

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the process lm is he not beloved to Allah subhanaw taala Of course,

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but

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are all people beloved to Allah subhanaw taala No. So,

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the process silence intercession will not be applied to certain people

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that Allah is not pleased with.

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Give you an example.

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When Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his uncle died,

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he tried to intercede on his behalf.

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He tried to intercede and we know that his uncle

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passed away. Without faith.

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He rejected it. So he interceded for his uncle.

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And then I was totally told Mohammed Hassan that is not befitting for him to do that. But despite that, Allah subhanho wa Taala raised his rank from some part of held to a higher level of health. But still, it doesn't take him out of it.

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Right. So here in this verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala

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is saying, Well, are you Emily coonan Latina de una mean do nilang shefa ilam and che that will happen.

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And they and those who invoke other than Allah subhanho wa Taala. They do not possess the right of intercession.

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So for example, right now,

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I'll give you an extreme example. Is Hitler going to be granted the power of intercession on the day of judgment? No, okay. I can tell you right now is for now I'm going to be granted shatta the right of shefa on the judgment, absolutely not. Why? Because he falls outside of that category, but only those who testified to the truth. This is the part I want you to focus on. Well, homea Alamo and they know.

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So, if you are a believer and you testify to the truth, then you fall into this category. If you know in other words, knowledge is accompany this test certification or this testimony to the truth Yani

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faith. Also we have here, fat lm and Allah Allah Allah Allah affiliate Ambika momineen, Amina, so no Mohammed there's no deity worthy of worship except Allah. So the fact that and he says and asked forgiveness, in other words, knowledge comes before action. So if you want to believe in Allah, you have to know who is

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here also the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says,

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Man when I first met Juan Carlos who I saw La Jolla. Matta who I yeah, I Lem and the hula

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hoop who ever dies and knows that there is no god worthy of worship, except Allah

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enters paradise. And this knowledge here, like we said,

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is not when we say and knows. It's not just like, you know, do you know that Muslims worship Allah

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and pray towards a black box? Do you know that you're saying no, that's not. That's not what this means. Here. It means knowledge with firm belief and action. So if the person dies, and knows that knowledge is accompanied with action, that there is no god worthy of worship and similar interest paradise.

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So someone might

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Say,

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what if the person said xyla? On the deathbed?

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Does that not count? Yes, it does count. You know why? Because had had they continued to live, they would be expected to what? live out live.

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But because, you know, ullas

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decision came that they should depart from this world. That's all they could do. They said, that's it.

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Number two, Al Capone.

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Kaboom acceptance.

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So this is a really important point here. And that is once you know something, it's either you want to accept it or you want to reject it, you know, something? Do you accept it? Or do you reject it? And so cabul in Arabic, is

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in Arabic, they say, it's something that is rooted in the heart. It happens in the heart.

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When you accept something, it's something that you have in your heart, do you accept this or you don't accept that? Do you accept

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that glaciers are melting in the world.

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And also, it's something that you consent to, it's not something that you forced to do something that you willingly do. And they said, we're river be filled, and you are pleased with it, you are actually pleased with it.

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In your heart.

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So one of the things that

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some Muslims they struggle with is, you know, sometimes they're not pleased that they're Muslim.

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They're not pleased.

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They're, you know, they, they,

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they say they're Muslim, but

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in some ways, they just

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feel ashamed to be Muslim, for example, they feel like, you know, I should pretend that I'm not I'm just going to fly under the radar. And, you know, people are not going to know me as a Muslim. No, you shouldn't do that. Unless if you are living in a circumstance, Allah knows where you are under threat that's different.

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So what is it mean to say that you accept it means that you accept that Allah subhanho wa Taala, that has made what is halal, that is made what is wrong, and the whole system if you accept the system, you submit to the system, you accept that this system is good.

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Even if you don't know the wisdom of it.

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If I came to you right now, and said, the trouble I have,

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I wish but I have a Lamborghini for you outside with title, no gimmicks free Lamborghini parked outside blue title right now yours.

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Will you? Will you ever find someone that's going to say,

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Well, I don't understand the hydraulic system inside the car, I need to understand it before I accept this car.

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Or I need to understand how v 12 works in and how engines work in entirety for me to accept that Islam is the truth. And sometimes you will find that there are people that are very close to embracing Islam, they get hung up on some detail.

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There'll be like, I don't under like, I believe that Allah Allah subhanaw taala is God worthy of worship. I believe Muhammad wa sallam is the Prophet, but I just don't understand why we have to pray five times a day.

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And I can't accept that well.

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We have a problem here.

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So even if you are not at the level of putting it into practice, you should at least accept that this is from Allah subhanaw taala this good system.

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For example,

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someone has a carry out store, liquor store, you go to them and you say Brother, you know you shouldn't be selling this. You're contributing to dis dysfunctional families are contributing to spousal abuse, you're contributing to drinking and driving, you're contributing to crime, your country, etc. and health problems.

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You know, brother, this is hot off

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You know what, you're right brother. I shouldn't be doing this. You know, I understand what I'm I'm trying to work on it. I'm hoping I can get out of this business. Okay. accepted. He accepts it right? And so that's why in Islam

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for example

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you know if someone comes and says

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something that is wrong and you say no I don't accept that as even though when it is clear proof in the Quran and Hadith and agreed by all the scholars that this is something is haram and implemented. No, no, I don't you know, you'll hear people saying like, well, I don't believe that part. Right. You hear that? I don't believe that part about it. This is not acceptable in Islam. If you don't understand it, you try to learn more about it. At least accept it in your heart, and then find ways to learn more about it. Don't reject it outright.

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Rasulullah

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commune

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Malacca to catch up Rosalie

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Rosalie will call Sanjana Aparna and they say we hear and we obey.

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You will not be able to obey and hear and obey. Truly if you don't accept it, okay?

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Also

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I'm loving Shara Shara Amina De Lima.

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Allah subhanaw taala is saying about the people of Mecca and have the

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need the people of Mecca, other deities and satanic deities who have ordained for them a religion a way of life which Allah has not consented to. In other words, there is a religion that Allah consents to for us and what is that? And Islam? What does Allah say Nicola, in Edina in the law, he is very the way to Allah is Allah Islam.

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Any questions?

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Okay, moving along. There are two types of rejection, rejection, willful rejection and out of ignorance. So a person that does willful rejection, this is called

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willful rejection.

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Brother, do you

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know the example of

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Pharaoh

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phenomen was the person who knew that he was wrong, who knew that he was in control? And yet what did he do? He made a willful decision to reject it.

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Same thing with the police Alma center Iblees makes us there too.

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You know, someone tried to argue argue with me one time and said he believes didn't commit should he's not Catholic.

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Right? At least didn't worship another God. He just refused to prostrate to Allah. tu tu tu tu tu Adam and housy Kapha. newsflash, Allah says in the Quran, Abba was stuck. Where can I mean Allah caffine he refused. And he became haughty and arrogant in front of Allah, and he became among the caffine. So it was a progression.

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When he refused to bow, Allah asked him why he refused to bow. He could have bowed at that moment and got over it, right? What did he do? He didn't accept the decision of Allah at that point.

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He rejected the decision of a law to allow his face and he said, I Why should I have to do that?

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I am better than this person uncreative from smokeless fire, and this person created from click.

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And let's not forget the fact at least is the one that telling all these machete came to worship idols, that's disbelief.

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The pagan Meccans they knew that Allah subhanaw taala was the Lord of the universe. They knew they had to worship Him alone. And they rejected that concept. This second type of rejection is out of ignorance, someone who's never heard of Islam before.

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They don't know anything about Islam. And there is lots of opinion between the scholars of are you know, are these people non Muslim, or are they kofod, etc. And it's a very long discussion. I don't want to get into it. But I follow the opinion that just because someone hears the word, Islam that doesn't mean they know what Islam is. Islam is

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Currently corrupted by the news media. And so they hear the song in a very negative way.

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Allah says in the Quran

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and these two verses are pertaining to the willful rejection, while jahad will be harvest a

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man who only work and they rejected them. When their inner selves their hearts, convinced they're up in other words, they knew it was the truth and out of

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an arrogance they rejected the truth.

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And indeed, when it is said to the La ilaha illa Allah yesterday

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there's no God really worship they became arrogant and they rejected it. Okay.

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Number three is sincerity and devotion.

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So when we talk about devotion, I am talking about the concept of and here I wrote the opposite of associating partners with a law.

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That's what I wrote. Because you might think sincerity, the opposite of sincerity is what in sincerity in this context, it should.

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Yeah, and in other words, I'll give you the best example is that all of your worship your soul, all your a bad, yours should be all directed to a law, not to some dead person in the ground, not to some holy person, not even to the Prophet. So I mean, when I was in the I've said this before, there was a woman who came for Hajj, saved up all her money came for hydrogen. And then she wrote this paper and she stuck it inside the must have invested in Italy. And in in ODU, she was basically saying, messenger of Allah, I have come from X, Y, and Z land, and I am here beseeching you that you blessed me with a child.

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You came all the way to do Hajj to come as haematoxylin for a child. As a child, the practices Selim couldn't even guarantee the survival of his sons. All of his daughters died during his lifetime, and you're supposed to sell them for a child.

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So, the pagan Meccans they did not devoutly worship Allah subhanaw taala sincerely. In other words, they will worship Allah and they worship this idol and worship that idol with it. And as you know, punia you have caffeine on what do they do? They would negotiate. Let's worship Allah one day and worship the gods one day you with us? Mohammed, one day, first one day for Allah. Muhammad said, One week for Allah one day for our gods No, one month for Allah one day for our idols, no one here for a low one day for idols, no lokum Dino como de your religions, your religion, and my religion is my religion. Okay, so this is what, excuse me what it means by sincerity and devotion. You might think,

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is this talking about a real hidden ship? No.

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Because

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he didn't share it can happen to a believer, but

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there is a person at work at my work. She calls to Ganesh and Jesus at the same time.

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Like she prays to Jesus, but then she also prays to get along with Jesus and and the rationale is

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I'm gonna take whenever I can get

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gonna take whatever I can get.

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How can you say you are devoted to one God? If you don't even believe that he this God is going to give you what you want and you need to have Plan B insurance policy be for you. That means you don't believe in this God.

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Okay?

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You only use AARP because Medicare doesn't cover up doesn't cover all of it.

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Because Medicare only covers 80%. So AARP, like for my parents covers the 20%

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Okay.

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It is the message of all the prophets in the messengers. allele last Dino Harless, the Pure religion

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who will highly Liddy La Ilaha Illa

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de la McLean. meclizine a family law meclizine Allahu de. Okay, he is the EverLiving no deity worthy of worship except him. So call onto him sincere in religion. In other words, sincere all of your worship should be totally spelled out. So let's define worship. There's two types of worship, worship that is specifically for Allah subhanaw taala and any act that can be an act of worship. So a specific act of worship is like what

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Follow

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fasting

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slaughtering

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Vicar czaka is not a bad, okay?

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It's part of solo, right? So these are what you call a bad

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word worship in essence of itself. It cannot, it has to follow a certain method. You cannot introduce, for example, music in the middle of solo. Like, you know, next Ramadan, Omar mohideen is reading taraweeh and we need someone to go like this. No, you don't introduce that because worship doesn't need you to add something into it. But if it's like for example, I'm going to be driving

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to work and I'm going to make the intention that I'm going to get halaal income and work hard. Yes, that becomes an act of worship but it's not an act of worship in and of itself. So here when Allah is asking you to worship Allah subhanaw taala alone, he's saying all aspects of life devoted to Allah and in these specific as to worship, worship Allah subhanaw taala.

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Okay, and then we have here some other verses for your reference.

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We have here, a hadith and then we'll stop.

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The prophet SAW Selim says,

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in Allahabad, hello Rama. Verily, Allah subhanho wa Taala has handled Allah Allah nary. mancala ilaha illa law yupptv radical virtue.

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Allah has made Hara

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for the Hellfire to burn anyone any eternal damnation. For the one who says La ilaha illa Allah.

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Yep, tell the valley cultural love with sincerity in his heart

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with sincerity in his heart, so even the last person that comes out of hellfire.

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The reason he's able to come out and have her is because he or she has sincerity in their heart towards

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the process and him says, as I do Nancy bisha NASA BCF RT Yeoman piano and gardener Illa Illa. Holly Salman Khan. The happiest people on the Day of Judgment are those who deserve my intercession on the Day of Judgment. May Allah subhanaw taala make us among those?

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What's the condition? They say? La ilaha illa Allah, no God worthy of worship except Allah with sincerity in their heart. And there are many people today they will say like, Oh, you know, we hope that we will get intercession from Mohammed Salah. But they're doing acts that are contrary to the oneness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Right. They will, for example, go and

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I mean, it's, it's, it's very, very casual stuff. By the way, I'll give you an example.

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You might think it's mundane, and people think, oh, you're just being psycho and crazy. No, it's real. It's like,

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knock on wood.

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People actually believe that, that oh, you know, we're gonna start the project next week, you know?

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You knocked on the table, that's all you did. You didn't do anything. Right?

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People, for example, going and as we said, Go into dead people and ask them for favors.

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Right? People didn't throw off around graves.

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Right? For example, we even

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the examples are plentiful. Right. And even in the American culture, a lot of times, you know, immigrant Muslim, they don't know them. So like, for example, you know, they all have a dream catcher in their car. They don't even know what a dream catcher is. They're like, it's so pretty. So do you know what a dream catcher is? A dream catcher, as its, as its name indicates, is a charm that you hang over your bed, as believed by some Native American tribes, in hopes of catching good dreams and preventing bad dreams.

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Who gives you good dreams?

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Not some feathers.

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Okay.

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If it was feathers, birds never have nightmares.

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We have a we just want the job to go slow.

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I'm sorry. I'm just being facetious.

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There are there are Muslims that for example, they will they will.

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You will see things Yahoo saying method. Yeah.

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Have you heard of that before? They'll say Yeah. Oh, me.

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Someone not gonna say who someone one time tried to tell me that you know when you're lost you come out of your house you don't you're like totally not centered and you don't know what you're doing. Just say yeah Habibi Rasul Allah Oh my beloved messenger of Allah.

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If I am lost, I'm gonna ask Allah Subhana Allah to guide me and then I'm gonna get on Google Maps. Okay, I'm not gonna be saying your Habibi jasola. Like guide me know, like, these little things that people add from their culture. Yeah, I leave my dad etc. You know, or like, for example, you go to Turkey, specifically Turkey. And you know, what do you get

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those blue things that have concentric circles in them? And what do they say? I mean, they say this if you were it's going to protect you from what evil AI, but people don't know what. It's so pretty. Turkish.

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From the law, right? Yes.

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method in Arabic means muda. muda means to extend help, give me help. It's literally like someone saying, Jesus saved me. It's like that. Jesus helped me. Right.

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But yeah, it helped me For example, okay, yes.

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No, that's fine. So when what they're doing is, in some cultures, like if they forget something, they will say, Allahu Allah, Mohammed, they're not calling out to Mohammed Salah. They're saying, Oh Allah send your peace and blessings to Mohammed sauce.

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So it's just a cultural thing. It's not particularly wrong or not.

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But that's different. See how different that is? That you asked me Allah to send blessings to Mohammed Salah as opposed to the person whose laws and then says, Oh, my beloved, my profit and loss last right? It's different.

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All right. So inshallah, we will stop here. In the light Allah will have some more next week. Exactly. Any questions? Any questions? Yes.

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and a floss like pseudo floss. And if you really think about pseudo floss,

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something to think about, ooh, Allahu Allahu Samad the myriad what I'm used to when I'm equal, okay.

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So what does that teach you? sincerity to the one who was the only God worthy of worship?

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All right, no other questions.

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Okay, honestly, I think you should allow the software to like, see you guys next week.