The Dangers Of Deception 4 Qa

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa sallam modified similan vi were mostly in Santa Mohammed Valley, he was off the edge, my bad.

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There are a number of questions, some that were repeating themselves, and also some that are a little bit distant from the topic. So I will try to bring together those that that could be of benefit, and those where there is a possible response to it. And the issue of deception. I mean, what I am attempting to do with this with this study, is not to give you the final conclusion concerning deception, and its many forms, but to try to open up this issue in your minds, because it is something that could take a person a whole lifetime, to try to understand the complexities about what is happening in this world.

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And there is so much deception going on on different levels within society. And I don't claim to have all of the answers to this, I claim to be a student of the present world situation that we are living in.

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And I hope inshallah, that Allah will bless you and people of conscience, especially from the Muslim Ummah, to be able to clear their vision, and to get good insight as to what is happening in the world.

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One of the questions is saying, What do you mean by there will be a time when people will recite the Quran, in melodious tones, but it won't go past their throats.

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Basically, what this means is that

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the prophets of Salaam is talking about at the time would come when people would be reading the Quran, in very beautiful melodious ways, even following the rules of Tajweed. But it would not go to the harsh meaning it would not affect them. So if Allah is saying, a famous Salah will add to Sokka established prayer, and you should also give Zakat, and the person reads this, and other people are listening to say, Allah, Allah, when he reads the verse, and then as it comes, and they don't mix a lot, well, the person who reads the Quran itself, you know, reads it in a very beautiful tone and, and he and he doesn't pays the cat. So he's read it in a beautiful way, but he didn't apply. It

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didn't apply to himself. And when the early Sahaba rhodiola one who used to deal with the Quran, they would deal with it Ayah by ayah, section by section, small amounts and practice, not large amounts just to read like parents, right, but it but you're reading it for a number of you reading it not only for the detail Allah, but to double it, it's been a while, maybe you're reading it to reflect on the verses, and to put it into practice. And so this time has come out that we are living in. And you know, you've seen many situations where people you know, are, you know, moaning and groaning when the Quran is being read. And as soon as it's done, they go right out and disobey

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Allah.

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So really, that is not, you know, this ton zeal came not as a nice song. You know, you could listen to a Michael Jackson or somebody and cry.

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It's not like music that you do people listen to, and it changes their emotions. This is the words count. This is Columbia Law. This is the words of Allah subhanaw taala. And it's supposed to affect us not only emotionally but it should affect us in our life. The other question is, is how does somebody purify their heart? Now this is an issue that the great scholars of Islam have studied, you know, for many centuries, and in the Quran and in the Hadith sayings of the Prophet, peace be upon them there is much guidance. And what happens with many of the issues is that the scholar will look at for instance, the diseases of the heart. So, they will they will describe to you the problem, and

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then they will they will show you what is the way to fight this problem. Like for instance, one of the diseases is Taka Busch Kibriya, like pride and arrogance. And so they say, if you are proud of yourself, you're proud of your clothing. You're proud of you the way you look and who you are and whatnot. You know, some of they said number one, you should reflect upon yourself in relationship to Allah. Really think about this, because no matter how beautiful you think you are now, we all came from a very ugly place in the sense that nobody wants to look like what we look like. When when we were being formed in the, in the in the womb of the mother. Also we one day we will all return to

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the earth and when we die, nobody wants to follow

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down into that hole.

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So really, what do we have to be proud about when this life is only a fleeting thing, so the scholars say, remember yourself in relationship to the Creator of the heavens and the earth. If you have too much

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pride, then one of the action ways serve people.

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You serve people, you think you're big and proud, and you're a special person, then you take some time, you invite some people over your house, or you go to an occasion, and you serve them, you serve the food.

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So you're no longer the Big Chief and the big Sharif and the big Queen, you serve the food to the other people, humble yourself to other Muslims, wear clothing, you know that that is not so nice, sometimes be humble and simple sometimes. And then in this way, you know, it fights off that false pride that comes into the heart, the hassard, we have to remember if jealousy is in our heart, we have to remember that if somebody has some good in their life, it is a gift from Allah subhanaw taala. And really, money and wealth is not necessarily a blessing. In many cases, money is a curse. And it is coming to our home. And there are some parts of the nation who had strong masculine

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people, strong, feminine, good Muslims. And when they got some money, they changed.

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Their whole outlook changed. And they became arrogant. And this has happened throughout our history. Maybe this is why the Prophet peace be upon him has said that every nation there is a test and the test of this nation is wealth, right? There's too much is like getting too much wealth. So you need to read there are a number of texts that go into the emeraude loop, the diseases of the hearts, you know, what are the cures, you need to find, try to find some of these texts, you know, but but I think, you know, really, the essence of it is, you know, your intentions. And, you know, it's not a complicated definition in the sense that we need to really purify ourselves and humble ourselves

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before Allah. If we do this, then we can begin to look at other creations in another way.

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Another question is saying,

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Is it better to stay in the West, or to make digital to the land of the Muslims? Really now, you know, there's a saying that began about 20 years ago or so. And now it's really come to fruit in the sense that the whole world is like a global village. Okay, and really, you know, the, the barriers between countries and cultures have decreased and have changed radically, especially in the past 10 years, with the, with the Internet, and with the the, the the communication systems that people are sharing throughout the planet. So really, at this point, you know, there's no east or west like it used to be there's no east and west, and some of the Muslim countries, I'm sorry to say it more

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oppressive than living right here in Australia. Because in Australia, and in South Africa, I can say that from South Africa also, you know,

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there are there are people you can reason with people.

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But in some of our own countries ruined by tyrants, you can't reason with them. If you disagree with them, they throw you in jail. You forget about lawyer, lawyer, that's a joke, man. And some of these countries lawyer, you mentioned something lawyer, what is this?

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You know, so I mean, you know, you have to, we have to respect, you know, the fact of the goodness in some of the countries that we live in. And what you have to recognize is that Islam is not something which is just controlled by Muslims, because part of Islamic culture, the establishment of justice, the party, the judge, and the system in the courts and whatnot. This was passed by Muslims, in Andalusia to the Spanish, and then the Spanish, passing it on to other European cultures, so many of the laws, even in this country, and the setup of the courts, and the educational system, much of this comes directly from Muslims themselves. So you know, there are some Islamic tendencies in this

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country itself in the people of this country. This is why I say when you give Dawa, you have to realize that every person is born as a Muslim.

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They are they have the ability to submit to the Creator is within every human being. It is not the property of any master race. Allah has sent prophets and messengers, messengers to every tribe. And so we should try to appreciate that fact. And, you know, we need to try to practice Islam, you know, in the best way, wherever we are. Because at this point in time, there is no real country that can say it is it is an Islamic State. We don't have any Islamic states that you can just go to, you know, when you go to the Muslim world, and they say ratio visa, Tasha, come come Yo, yo, we how many days say come home and Muslim? Yo, my tequila is La La, la, la.

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Why are you asking me for a visa? But no, they weren't visas? If your visa is up, out,

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you know, so this is the reality. So wherever we are,

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you know, we need to practice Islam wherever we are.

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Not because we're in a western country in Eastern country, we practice you know, wherever we are, you know, there was a person in, in Canada in Toronto, a sister came to me and she was very upset. And she said that there was in the sisters section, which is on the second floor, that you know, this brother was up by the sister section, and it was Juma.

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So one of the sisters

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went to this person, she was coming in and she saw this person said, Go down, why don't you go to the brothers, man? What are you doing here? He said, I don't have to make Juma. She said, Why? She says, because this is this is real. I mean, I don't know if there's something wrong with him. But this is what he said. He said, I don't have to make dua. Because, you know, I'm not in my country. And because I'm not in my country, I can't have to harder I can't have.

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So I don't have to make Juma.

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So he thinks that if he only in the Muslim country, he can make the harder you can make with him. And he can make a lot and then anytime is outside. So what does that mean? So what happens if you die outside of the Muslim world? In the dot lillahi.

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The verse says the whole earth is a loss. anywhere on the earth you are, you can make salaat. That is the difference between us are one of the differences between us and the other nations.

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Another question is saying if I want a prize of money, that I got it by luck, can I accept it, I never went near gambling and never thought of it. You see, everybody has a test.

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And your test is really shaped and measured for you. As well as mine is shaped and measured for me. And one day will lie I received this thing. And it said, Mr. Abdullah Hakim quick, you have won a prize. And I want you to come down to the hotel and pick it up, come and pick it up. And we will give you a prize. And if you answer the right question, you might get a free trip to Hawaii and a new

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Toyota.

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And so they said I won this prize. And really Magnus was saying, nah, stop for the law. You know, he's gonna ask you a question. You know, whatever, maybe this is not, not the things that are by chance, you throw the dice, you roll the numbers, you know, whatever like that. This is not Islamic man. That that we should be, you know, you can with skills, you run a race, everybody puts down $5 The winner of the race takes all of the money. But you don't stand on the side and say I put $5 on saved because he's big and he's gonna win the race. No,

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that's gambling. So in any form, we need to try to avoid this. Because this is a test.

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It says, you highlighted the importance of the need for Islamic unity. What is your opinion in terms of the Quran and the Sunnah,

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in the setup of the Islamic Cooperation society, to help remedy the problems of the Islamic community, definitely, the basis of unity would be the book of Allah and the Sunnah of the prophet SAW something. If a person is not underneath these two things, then it's very difficult to unite islamically with that person, because the prophet SAW Selim said, I have left you two things, if you follow them, you will never go astray. And that is the book of Allah and my son, and my way. So these are the only two things that he left that we would never go astray by following it is the basis of our faith, and it should be the basis of the unity. Now there may be varying

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understandings, you know, within the book of Allah and within the Sunnah. And we need to have an edible afterlife, that we need to have the etiquettes of different if we differ with somebody, you need to differ with politeness, and we need to look at the law that the legal that is there. And we need to have respect for other people and their opinions. And if you'd if they disagree, even if you're right, then you say Alhamdulillah you make to offer the person leave.

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Okay, maybe Allah would guide them to the truth. And so you need to try to

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make a unity. But you have to remember that who they fought even your man read the law when he said to the person, sell them in a long Hadeeth something to the effect of it's gone as a long, hot day. And at the end of it, he said, what should we do in a time of real fitna and the problem is upon him said go to the Imam and go to the JAMA. And he said, What if there's no Imam and no Jama?

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He said then in that case, you know, you should cling on cling on to the roots of a tree, go by yourself, hang on to your faith until you meet a lot in that state. So the Muslims are all divided and is no drama, no drama. We still have to stay on the path as though we were given

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Rahim Allah Islam, one Omar, each person has to have that inside of themselves.

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Now the question is coming from a non Muslim perspective, what do you answer as a Muslim? If he says to you, where are non Muslims going after depth? We have to always remember that, you know, Allah subhanaw taala, Allah is the Creator, he is the one who will judge and not us. And you know, those people who have followed the prophets of different nations, whether it's Moses, whether it's Jesus, of the prophets, peace be upon them, you know, they are considered to be those who submitted to Allah. Okay. Also, the Koran says well apart, but if not equally, oma Rasulullah, Abdullah was terrible. We have said to every nation, a messenger, that they would worship a lot and stay away

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from false gods. So amongst the Aboriginal people in Australia,

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amongst the indigenous or Aboriginal people in Africa, in South America, the Aboriginal people in Europe,

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all tribes, all nations, China, everybody received the Prophet.

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And then if a person is following to heat oneness of God, and they did not receive the message of Islam, clearly and directly, then they are under the mercy of Allah. If he if he pleases, He will punish them. If he pleases, he will forgive them, that is out of our hands. If the person has gotten the message directly, and they refuse to accept that message, then you know, the Koran shows us that they will receive a painful punishment in the next life. But we are not the ones who judge people, our job is only to deliver the message, and people must choose the message across the dean cut to be in a rush to minute, there is no compulsion in religion, truth stands clear from faucet.

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Now the question is saying, Brother, what do you think about the many European people who feel pressure and stand up to God with their lives? And it goes on with different points? And what about the people who are protesting against the situations in the world

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we have to realize that oppression, and deception is not based upon any particular color,

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that it can be found in any color, in any race in any nation.

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And with that, as a basis, you know, with right and wrong is the basis. It's not based on tribe. And this is one of the blessings of Islam, that it spread to all different nations, all different types of people. And it was shocking for people in South Africa, you know, so far away from the Muslim world to realize, you know, these old anthropological definitions of race, they used to say caucasoid,

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Mongoloid negroid, write the describing people to give these old type of definitions and the Caucasian people or the European people.

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The people of Chechnya, you know, who waged are still waging a struggle against the Soviet communist oppression. They have been Muslims over 1200 years. And they are sure white, Caucasian people, blond hair, blue eyes, their roots in Caucasian culture is probably one of the purest roots if you go back to the actual basis of European culture, but there are Muslims.

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So it's not based upon color is not based upon race. And that has to be our basis, because other people are basing things on color. They're basing it on race, and we should not use those definitions. But if the people are wrong, they're wrong. I don't care what color they are, or how powerful they think they are, or what language they speak.

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It says

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okay, that's the same question.

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Yeah, it said, Brother, well, this problems are going on for Muslim is it better to go and jihad or study Islam? Because jihad is

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this photo dine, or should I study? What should I do? There's a few questions concerning jihad. Now, we have to realize that the definitions that are coming in the newspapers, when they use the word jihad, they are saying holy war, okay. But we know that the word Jihad from Javad or you're struggling, you're exerting yourself, and that this this struggle is in all different forms. There's even a Jihad which is inside of the person she had enough, which is not necessarily the greatest jihad. That's a weekend that said that that's the greatest jihad. But there's an internal jihad, which is a which is a very strong powerful one. And we have to go to this Jihad every day. That's a

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struggle to choose between right and wrong.

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And that is a form of

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jihad is a Jihad that goes on in your, in your house is a jihad in your community, when you clean up when you stand against evil in any form, that is jihad, there is also jihad, Bill Maher is also a struggle with your wealth, right, where you can actually, you know, support people who are struggling in jihad, you can even hold back your wealth, which we'll be talking about, which is like boycotts, you know, you know, things like that, you know, so there's many different ways of struggle, there is also a form of the struggle, when people are attacking you and fighting you, you stand up, and you fight and you defend yourself. And there's nothing wrong with that every nation in

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the world,

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you know, says our heroes, they have Memorial Day, you have Memorial Day here in Australia. So you have Unknown Soldier, about those soldiers, for instance, who fought in World War Two, and you know, against the Japanese, or whatever it is, they'll say, here in Australia, right. So every country has that. So there's nothing wrong with Muslims, also feeling proud about the people who have died in the path of Allah, and also be prepared to stand up to defend their rights. This is a God given right to every human being. And it is agreed upon, even in the United Nations and other things like that, you have the right to resist occupation. So this is nothing which is, you know, special.

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And, but we have to realize that if you see evil as a process, I'm said, change it with your hands. If you can't do that, say something. If you can't do that, then feel it in your heart. And that is the weakest form of faith. So in terms of the struggles that goes on in the Muslim world, it's not always proper for Muslims to necessarily personally go inside that struggle. Because you may make it worse in the struggle. That then you know, for the people who are there in the struggle.

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You want to go and into jihad in a country where it's snowing outside, there's some brothers in South Africa. They want to go up, you know, in the mountains in Chechnya or whatever, the Soviets Okay, man. I said, Have you ever seen snow before? He said, No. I said, You have never seen snow before. And you want to go up there.

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Okay, and they live in in the snow, they sleep in the snow.

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Okay, you want to struggle and jihad. They said, it's a cold night, it was raining out. I said, Take this blanket and go sleep outside on the sidewalk. And wake up tomorrow morning and tell me how you feel.

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Okay, then you will see whether you really want to go out there, you're not necessarily prepared to do that. Right? But you can make to are, you can you can you can support people, other things. So there's different levels of struggle. And you need to see where you where you fit in. But the point is, is that if we see evil, that we should try to do something, some sort of resistance to the evil that is around. The other question is saying, What is your advice in seeking authentic knowledge? In a country like Australia, where the scholars are scarce? Or the Muslim country, you know, what should we possibly do? Well, we should try to seek knowledge wherever we possibly can. And really,

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you'd be surprised to know, if we get serious about learning Arabic. If we get serious about the basis of Hadith, there's enough knowledge right here, you know, we tend to want to be great scholars, and we won't take the first step. Right, First, start learning how to read first how Arabic properly, try to learn your your vocabularies, try to learn the basic ground rules start to learn to read the core and properly with touch, we also start to learn how to code, learn your basic things. And then inshallah there are different cities and in parts of the world, where you can get a lot of knowledge, there's a lot of problems in the Muslim world. But still, there are places like

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I've been told, there's many brothers and sisters who are in Damascus now. And they say there are a lot of good scholars in Damascus, that are around and you know, it's fairly

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safe in the sense, you can come in there, get some knowledge and you can leave. So there are still places like that in the Muslim world, where you can seek knowledge, you know, with the right struggle.

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There are a number of questions concerning unity itself. And concerning the issue of unity, like I said, we need to work towards this. And there is no set way that we gain unity, but we need to try to unite with other people. And the best way I believe to unite is not just talk, but is action, that we try to do things together. You know, you try to struggle together doing positive things. One thing I'd like to say we may talk about it more. You know, we were talking today with the children about the environment, you know that the struggle to clean up the environment is one of the most dangerous issues facing human beings today. A lot of Muslims don't know that. And do you know that

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if we are struggling to clean up the environment, that we are actually doing something Islamic? Because we believe it is a law, it is the creator who made this environment and if we preserve it, if we protect it, if we clean it up, then we are actually doing a positive positive thing in Islam. And the process I'm used to used to always encourages followers to plant trees, plants.

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Trees even if tiama is coming, plant a tree.

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Okay, so planting trees, preserving life, cleaning up the environment, these are Islamic actions that we can do. So there are many things that we can do within this society in pointing out the good and forbidding people from evil, and we need to try to unite upon, you know, good Quran and Sunnah type, attitude and action programs.

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Another one is saying

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that I am 18 years old, and I'm in a very, very bad situation. And he said that he's dropped out of school and he's failing, he's having problems. And, you know, he doesn't know what to do when he's in a bad situation. What I would like to say is that, you know, you need to go to some of the groups that have, you know, brothers who have been out there, and I know that the Gemma is not Gemma has brothers who have been out there who have you know, been in the streets, so to speak, if you use that language of the streets, right? You say that here, right? Okay, they've been in the streets and Allah subhanaw taala guided them back to the truth. So, you need to go to somebody who's been out

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there you know, and suffered some hard times you know, and then you know, Allah guided them to the right path and you know, then listen, you know, get counseling and you need to get counseling and somebody who can sit with you and spend some time with you, and then show you through example, as well as words how to go to the right path. Okay.

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Another question is,

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if this world has become a difficult place, okay, that says why shouldn't we do something about we of course, we say that we should do something about it. The other question is, is that is it correct to say that we cannot pray Juma? If we have to work work is more important, there are people saying this, is this correct? This is wrong, this is another form of deception. And it was even one of the Muslim cons, I would like to name countries individually, but there was a Muslim country where the head of state actually said don't fast and Ramadan, do some extra work, okay. And you know, this is deception, this is the shaytaan who is deceiving somebody you know, concerning these issues, because

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those things that are the most important are those are those issues that have been made compulsory upon us, by Allah subhanaw taala and by the prophets, all

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right, this they are Sharia tashlich comes from the creator and His Messenger, we do not have the right you know, to, to, to to dissolve that which has been made compulsory, in order to do something else. Okay? So the Juma is made compulsory for a reason, as a lot is five times a day for a reason. And if we look at the weakness of our hearts, and the weakness of our lives in this material world, you can see the reason why we need to stop and make prayer, we need to fast, some of us need to fast three or four months a year. Right? And not especially brothers. We're not married yet. We need to fast three or four months per year, and not just in Ramadan. Okay, but uh hum to allow the Creator

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is merciful and made followed upon us the days of Ramadan.

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And so, you know, the creator knows better than us, you know, what is good for us, and we don't have the rights here to try to put our own opinion above the opinion of Allah. Another question is saying that the person suffers from depression, and that is caused by Islam and culture. And they find it hard to practice Islam because the family, their family came in the way of them, they're dominated by culture. And they even make it difficult, and they treat the person like a stranger. Well, this really is a test and everybody has their tests and inshallah Allah will give you will give you a reward a great reward, you know, for struggling with politeness, you know, be gentle, but be

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steadfast in your deen and you show respect to your parents, but if they try to lead you off the path, like you read and sort of look, man, try to return to look man, and then you will see that you know, you obey your parents, but you don't obey them in Masia if they are taking you to sin, we don't obey them, we don't follow them, if they are commanding us to do that, which is not from Allah subhanaw taala. And you know, you need to reach out to other Muslims. And because our real family is within the within the family of Islam, and so I pray that Allah would make it easy for you in your life. And you know, we need to make to offer this person you know, and for others who are

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struggling, you know, with Muslims, you know, who are just cultural Muslims. Another question says in terms of advice for the young people, for the young people, you know, I believe that the young people more than anybody else are feeling the effects of the globalization and inshallah I want to talk more about this tomorrow night, inshallah, about this issue and how it is impacting upon our nation. But in terms of the internet technology, the digital

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Technology, they are really under this pressure law. And my advice is, don't spend your time or the majority of your time in front of the television. Because they are creating a false world, they are making an illusion, and they have the ability to make it seem real.

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You need to spend more time traveling in nature playing sports, you know, look at the real creation of Allah, don't look at the other false creations. Because if that becomes your arm, the basis of your world, then you are being taught racism,

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you are being taught class ism. And you're also being brainwashed into be a sheep being ashamed of yourself, ashamed of your color, ashamed of your language, ashamed of your people. And it is, it is purposely being done. And, you know, when you look at these programs too much, that becomes your reality, or that becomes the base in which you judge the rest of the world. But if you spend more time, if not all of your time, you know, looking at the real creations of Allah, then then if you if a TV is in front of you, or movies in front of you, you can see how it's a tonic The thing is, you can see with Alliance, right, so so and then so the sitting type things, we just sitting there, and

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you're an observer, and it's been this message is being pumped into your mind, don't spend that much time in front of that tube, give it up, right and go out into nature, be involved in action oriented programs, right. So so your life can become real and not, you know, a like a Hollywood construct.

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Also, you know, this question of Islam and culture.

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The young people who study Islam study, you know, the Quran and Sunnah the first three generations, the early generations, study how they practice, and then you will see the real Islam, okay, then you can judge what is going on, you know, in later generations, and especially today, and you will see some of the cultural practices that happened within your own family, you know, and you will see, you will be able to start to distinguish between one and another. And this is very important for us, because it seems confusing many times what is happening in our families? Another question is saying,

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is there any sin in delivering the newspaper? Okay, I'm not a Mufti. You know, actually, and I've never seen this question like this, it depends on the level of the newspaper, I've never seen anybody say that it was her Rama did like the daily newspapers, although some of these papers are getting really bad. I don't know how the papers are here. But some of the papers in the paper now in South Africa, you know, it would be wrong to deliver this, because it has naked women on the pages and, and things like that. So it's actually a form of filth, and propaganda that is being spread. If that's the case with the newspapers here, then you should try to deliver something else, you know,

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deliver halaal halaal restaurant, deliver their food,

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or try to deliver you know, you have delivery skills, right, you can use your delivery schools for the skills for something else, other than delivering the newspaper.

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The question says, what could you tell us about the simple step to go forward to bring the Islamic unity? Okay, these are enshrined in those 10 points that I gave all those seven points that I gave the other question, it said, Why did you study Islam in Africa? That's an interesting question.

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Well, to be honest with you,

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I studied this partly because of my own desire to understand my roots, okay, and the connection between my family and Muslims because many times when new Muslim when you accept Islam, and I accepted I had accepted Islam hamdulillah and when you accept Islam, sometimes you feel isolated. And you know the people say this new Muslims this revert or convert or whatever, and they say this Muslims born in Muslim families, as though the people born in Muslim families are the authentic, true Muslims. And the ones who accept this lambs are like, you know, like we say, US Lee and tuck lady like, one is honestly the original. And the other is our, you know, our an imitation imitation

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product, you know, they used to say made in Japan, right, but now, you know, people want things made in Japan, right? So ously and tough lady, you know, you see that really, all of the Sahaba you know, accepted Islam.

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And there are some of the Sahaba were drinking problems and kill people and fighting problems. And they had many problems and they accepted Islam and they were the best generation. Okay.

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So if they were the best generation and they accepted Islam, then there is no difference between whether you're born in a Muslim family or not.

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Is your armor, it is your actions. It's your taqwa. That's the difference, and not necessarily the family that you were raised in. But I found myself in that situation. And so I was interested to know, because we have a thing called roots, we are searching for our roots, right? And our heritage. And so I was searching, and I found out that, um, you know, when I was first coming into Islam, you know, it was through the study, it was within African history, that in West Africa, many of the great kingdoms there, and empires were actually Islamic, Mali, and sangai, and cities like Timbuktu and geney, and all that these are actually cities of learning. Okay, so I found this out. And I

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became very interested in this. And I found out that over 30% of the people who are captured and taken to America has captured prisoners of war slaves, were actually Muslims, I was shocked to find out that they were a llama, in Brazil, in Jamaica, in Haiti, in Trinidad, in Suriname, in the United States. So we're writing books in classical Arabic, during the slavery period. Okay, so when I found these things out, it became very interesting. And then in terms of Tao, which I have been involved in all my life as a Muslim, and Sharla hope to be involved in for the rest of my life, that this call of Tao in America, that if you go to the town, if you go to a university, and you say, we're

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having a problem, or what is this law,

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nobody's going to come.

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Okay, most people, they want controversy, or they want something that interest because their programs, right. But if we said we are studying African history, roots,

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okay, hundreds of people come,

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because they want to know about their roots. And so we should give shows them about Islam, on the African continent, and the great scholars that were there, and the contributions made, and through that we were able to give out. Also, I found that there were great luminaries, great leaders, great scholars in on the African continent, you'd be surprised to know that, in the 15th and 16th century, scholars came from hijas, and they went to Timbuktu. And when they went there, they found a city of 100% Muslims, with 1000s of books. Just recently, the President of South Africa, went to Timbuktu. And he visited the city and he found 15,000 books in Arabic, still in somebody's house 15,000 books

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in one house and courtyard, still there and on science, math, astronomy, medicine, everything is there. At one point, the scholars found over 80 to 90,000 books was in the homes in Timbuktu. That's only in this century. It was a great center of learning. And so through this, we were able to understand more about Islam, the beauty of Islam as it was spread in different parts of the world, and also able to give Tao by using this methodology.

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It said that, do you recommend that people marry the same culture or intermix? It seems to me that not many people have mixed cultural marriages because they are racists. Okay, I'm happy to have the question. Since, you know, really marriage as we know should be based upon the dean. And you know that the promise of Solomon has told us very clearly that you should marry for for things that that you know, you should marry for. You should marry for wealth, marry for genealogy NASA, you know, you can marry also for beauty, but you should marry for Deen and then you'll be successful. Okay, the base rough translation of the Hadith. So there's these four categories that you look at when we're

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dealing with marriage, okay. But some people they put nessa as number one, and everything is the family and the genealogy. Okay. Some people say to their young daughter or son in cultural Islam, they say to them, do what you want to do, go to college, play around, do anything. But when you're ready to get married, you got to marry your cousin.

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That's it. You got to marry your cousin.

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Okay.

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This is not the way of the prophets, hello seller. And one of the one of the blessings in the fact that he was allowed to marry so many times, he broke down all types of barriers. He married somebody who was not as Try not his his color. Right? A woman who was divorced before a woman who was previously from a Jewish family.

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Right, he married her. So he broke down all the artificial barriers that we have in our minds, okay. He broke down all of those barriers. And so these barriers, you know, these things should not be the basis of the marriage. I'm not saying that you shouldn't take it into account. There are sections in Kapha or where you are judging you should judge based upon these things. You should ask about somebody's family. You should ask about their wealth.

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You know, if the brother wants to marry you sisters, make sure he's got a job man.

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You know if he says yes, I'll marry you and Quran and Sunnah All I have is Quran and Sunnah. Okay, Mashallah. But you got to have a house man,

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you got to have a job, right?

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You got to have a job. Okay. So these are factors that you have to we have to get involved in. And I would say that really when a community when you come to a jamaa

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in a city that has all types of Muslims, and you see in the mosque, or the gathering, there's only one type of people, something's wrong.

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Okay? When you see a mixed gathering such as this, you know, something's going right. It's Islamic, because Islam is supposed to bring together all nationalities, all groupings is supposed to bring it together. And that is one of the blessings of people in America, who are very mixed up, you know, there are mixed genealogies, right? like myself, right? So you have African, you have European, and you have native Indian, right, Indian Mohawk tribe, and you have all types of things in your blood, you know, so you don't worry about these issues. All of us are from Adam, and Adam is from dust.

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The next question is saying,

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Please, I need Okay, saying that isn't allowed

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to get the nationality of a non Muslim country. And I don't intend to live here. But you know, I want to get medical benefits, am I deceiving the society and whatnot?

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We have to be honest with what we are saying to people.

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And really what happened in Canada, unfortunately, is that some Muslims came to Canada, and they will actually they came, and they actually deceived the society. They came and they had welfare under four or five different names, you know, and they had jobs. And some of them were even sending their wives

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down to the social welfare office. And she comes in full head job. And she reports and she says, I'm not married. So the people say you're not married. Okay? And you are Muslim. Precious? Yes. Someone was this, okay? We sign you up. 10 months later, she comes with a baby.

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Right? And she's still collecting her check. So the person says, What happened to you? You are holy people. Then where'd you get the baby from if you're not married?

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Right. So she has to lie to the people and say, I'm not married. And really, and surely I'm not a Mufti. But if you're making statements like that, this is serious, man. You're telling people I'm not married, you're swearing that you're not married.

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Okay, and when you swear outs like this, even if it is to the Cafiero, you're not in a hot war with someone is going to shoot you and kill you. If you if you you know, other brothers over there over there. And if the brothers were over there, I'd say they're over there, sir.

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Right? I can lie like that. But can you lie because you want extra money to buy leather coats? Or to buy new cars? that's that that's not right. That's not right. And we shouldn't take advantage of anybody. Right. And it is through our good character, and our honesty that Islam spread in Southeast Asia. And in many parts of the world, no armies came into Southeast Asia, but it was good merchants who had good character, honesty, justice. That's what spread Islam. And so we should set an example, you know, of honesty and justice and the group that that we were in Allah knows best the MD imams Council in Canada, you know, said, especially for people who were in very dire situation, if the

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person had to take the oath to the country in order to be in the country, there's nothing wrong with that, you know, you know, you have to take it as something that you have to do. But, you know, our ultimate allegiance is to Allah subhanaw taala that is the reality.

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Another question is saying,

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okay, so describe the deception

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that Muslims have toward Christians and other people, the lack of forgiveness, understanding and harboring of bad feelings. Okay, um, one of the deceptions or one of the wrong understandings that Muslims have in dealing with Christians and Jews and other people of the book is that, you know, Islam is a way of life.

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And I found out that when I accepted Islam, that I was practicing a lot of Islam already.

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I was already doing that. Because the same principles of being honest and being good, and trying to have a family and to get married and to eat good food. I was already doing it. I stopped drinking alcohol before I was a Muslim. I stopped taking drugs before I was a Muslim. I stopped eating pork before I was a Muslim. So there are many things that I was already doing. But Islam now as the last message, it gives you the clear explanation for that.

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Things that the People of the Book have lost, because the scriptures of the People of the Book have been confused.

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And so Islam gives the right direction. But Muslims, Islam, when you accept Islam, you accept it not for Muslims, you accept it for Islam for Allah subhanaw taala.

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And that is the true guidance. And so you find that many people, you know, who are not Muslims have many characteristics of Islam, also tauheed many people already have the oneness of God, and you find it in many of the cultures. So this is how you need to look at the people, when we are dealing with the people coming from other cultures is that we are not the only people who believe in one God, we're not the only people who tell the truth. We're not the only people who try to eat clean things. Other people do that just as much as us. But we are blessed with the last messenger who gives the complete message, the clear messages here, the revelation is here, in the original

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language, that's what we have. And this is what has helped us not to go astray, like the other nations, because we still have the book, we still have the Sunnah, and we can go back around in the circle back up to the top. And this is what has blessed us, not we Muslims ourselves, because it was just us, we would have been gone a long time ago, man who would have gone 500 years ago. But Allah is the one who raises up people. And many of the people who accept Islam actually turned out to be the leaders of Islam. Right. And this has happened throughout our history throughout Islamic history.

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It says that

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is just she was said the sister say I was jealous of a girl, a beautiful girl,

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you know, of her beauty and everything. And, you know, he said, I know it's Haram, but I can't help it. You know, you know, she's just too beautiful. Can't help us. Okay, um,

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this is a very honest question, and it's real. But what you have to understand is that real beauty is not just in the physical out the outward part of the person. The real beauty in the person is the character and the taqwa. These are the things that that really makes a person beautiful. And our beauty, our physical self changes over time, right? And everybody will change. Okay, so if you see beauty and something else, or somebody else, you say, Alhamdulillah, Allah blessed and tested that person with beauty. Because sometimes a beautiful woman today, really in this world is in trouble.

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Because there's all types of what you call peeping Toms, and John's and all type of things chasing you know what a beautiful woman is chased down the street, everyone's looking at her. Her life is a fitna, in a society that we live in today. So you need to look at all of these things. And to realize that beauty is not just, you know, the skin, it's not just the physical feature of the face, right? Or the thinness of the waist or whatever. But really, the beauty is in the heart. That is where the real beauty of a person is. And may Allah subhanaw, taala give you that beauty. I'm sure you I'm sure you have the beauty, but but you don't really know it, right. But you know, because

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they have that this this fable they used to say about Mirror mirror on the wall, you know, who's the most beautiful person of all? And they also say like, you know,

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the grass is always greener in the other fellows yard. Right? Those are used to say so his grass is always greener than that's the shaytaan. But he had to be that. And he uses this always tells you I'm not good enough. I'm not good enough. I'm not, you know, you know, and this happens to people. And this culture does it to people. Look at Michael Jackson, you see what happened to Michael Jackson. He was a strong young man, look at him when he was young. And look what he did to himself. He ruined his face. He ruined his skin. He made his hair fall straight. He broke his nose and try to make it bigger. He put up his cheeks. Right? He had some strange dream that he was Elizabeth Taylor

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or Diana Ross or something like this.

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And so it transformed himself. He's not satisfied with himself. This is brutal. It's deception. He is deceived. He had everything in the world going for himself, but he's not satisfied. You see, that's the essence of deception. So we need to look inside ourselves for other aspects other than just physical beauty. It says you speak about

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Okay, they're also saying you speak about unity. And I began by saying this person is a teacher, and they want to instill Islamic awareness, you know, in the youth, you know, what can they do to help really in the school situation?

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What would you do if you were a teacher in these difficult times? Really.

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In the Islamic school, especially, the teachers job is crucial.

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Really, the teacher is the frontlines. And I have spoken to teachers in many Islamic schools, because really they don't they underestimate the importance of their job.

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Because when that teacher is teaching the student, that teacher actually represents the Messenger of Allah, because you can't see the profits or something. even deeper than that, you can't see a law. So that person, in a sense, represents everything in Islam to that child. So you are holding a great Amanda in your hand. You see, and really, you know, Allah subhanaw taala will bless you greatly for trying in any way that you possibly can to instill the character. So we all need to upgrade ourselves. We need to study the work of great scholars study the Hadith, and try to raise our taqwa, raise our consciousness, so we can try to give this to the youth in the best way that we possibly

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can.

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Another question is saying I'm an Australian, from a Christian background, who was extremely intrigued by Islam and hope to grow and learning more about it. What is the best way to go about this? I would say that, you know, it's important for anybody

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to study, read, study, meet people.

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You don't have to believe everything that everybody says, okay, but you need to stay but to really study Islam, go back to the roots sources, look in the book of Allah in the Quran, read the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon it. And it was really for me, in my travels, you know, I had met Muslims doing all types of strange things. But when I got the Quran itself, and I read it, and I began to read the life of the prophet SAW them, I said, this is the person who I want to follow. That's him. And the way he acts, the way he treats people, the way he struggles, this is the character, this is the personality. And this is what you need to really do at this time, you know,

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to focus on this on the principles of Islam, and to try to get different opinions from the Muslims. But if you feel something in your heart, then you should act upon that as soon as possible.

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Another question, which is very similar to it, which I want to read right away, it is saying that,

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that there's even a person who's feeling about reverting to Islam, right, but they want it to do it by themselves, and only do it by themselves. Okay.

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Really, Islam is not an organization. So when you accept Islam, you're not signing on the dotted lines, right? It is something that you do is between you and Allah.

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But the Muslims be a witness to this. And it does not have to be in a large crowd of people, it can be very with one or two people that can be right. But you should have somebody who can help you say the words properly, right, and to make sure your understanding is correct. And also to be a witness to the fact that you have come in. This is very important. And if you want to do it tonight, I would humbly advise you and encourage you that if you have that feeling, you should act upon it immediately. Because only Allah knows how long that will live, you should be a witness to the oneness of Allah. If you've come this close, then the shaytaan, and the forces of evil will try to

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stop you from coming into Islam. So you should be a witness as soon as possible. And realize that you go in stages, go in stages, you don't have to do everything immediately.

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But you learn your faith properly. And then you begin to learn different aspects of Islam and you put it into your life. And then you move in stages, right? You don't have to do everything right away. And it is even permissible

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that if your family was too strict, right, you don't have to announce it to all your relatives and all your family immediately. Okay. But of course, it is encouraged as soon as possible, when you can explain it properly, that you would explain it in politeness to your family members, or you would have somebody who could explain that to come to the house and explain it to your family. You know what Islam really is so they can see that it's not this terrorist thing on TV and, you know, it's not a cult where you're brainwashed, like, you know, with moonies or whatever you're in these different there's not anything like this. Okay? And, but whatever feelings you have, you know, may

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Allah guide you and bless you. And may you may lead you into Islam as soon as possible.

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is also saying in terms of the best way of avoiding deception. As I said, it's important for us to strengthen our relationship with Allah subhanaw taala. And it is important to us to humble ourselves, and to always remember opposition with Allah and investigate. Don't just accept things especially coming from television, especially from the media. Don't accept everything for face value. You must investigate and when we when I was in the history department in the University of Toronto, one of the good things that they taught within this department is that when you are studying an issue, try to go to primary sources. Always try as we say in America, take it from the

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horse's mouth.

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Go to the source. And if, for instance, somebody studying about a battle that happened, don't just study the position of the winner of the battle, what happened to the losers? What happened to the people who are watching the battle and whose house got ruined by these crazy people fighting each other? Get the opinion of all different types of people, then you understand the phenomenon in the proper way. What is happening today is that people take only from one source, right? And then they form their opinion. And they don't go to two primary sources to understand issues from the people themselves. This is why it is important for us as Muslims to go to the society to go to public to

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the public, reach out to the people and explain to them what is Islam and so they won't think that Muslims are just these terrorists blown up the building, and Otto swats niggas against us and Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal, and everyone in the world is chasing us not everyone's chasing us, right? Or Aladdin in the lamp and all this other stuff, right over blowing up buildings with destroying the world. This is the hype.

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This is the hype. Right? This is another illusion, which is being created in order to cover the minds of people from the beauty of Islam, and what we have to offer to the world, especially in this time of racism, this time of economic exploitation, this time of perversion, we have a lot to really, you know, give to the world. But one of the first things that we need to do is to deal with deception in ourselves

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that we can protect ourselves from the plots of the evil one happening within our own hearts in our own lives. And if we begin to do this inshallah, and maybe Allah would make us vessels of the truth, that Allah would make us deserving and worthy to hold the banner of Islam in these times. Only a lot decides when it is time for Muslims to have authority, but he has promised us if we believe if we have patience, he will eventually give us authority and diskurse and the province of solemn has told us this message will enter every single home one day inshallah this message will go all around the world, and it will enter every single home look, Willow carry held caffeine, while most record will

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not be alone, even if they hate it. This is the word of Allah. It's not our words.

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It's not our it's like a fool trying to blow out the sun. You can't blow out the sun. If you gather together all the people in the world you blew at the sun, you'll never put out the light of Allah. No matter how many people you try to kill, or you try to hurt a disgrace, you will never put out the light of Allah and Allah has raised people in the past and inshallah he is capable and has shown us in his book that he is willing to raise up believers, but let us take the first step. In the law you too might be common, or you must be a physician. A lot will not change the condition of a people until they change that which is in themselves. Aku Kohli how the stock Fulani welcome. So panicle

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who become deca national one La Ilaha Illa enter the stock photo boo boo Lake Bismillah R Rahman Rahim Alas, in Northern Santa Luffy has ladina Amanullah mula salia, but also the takatsu also the Saba masala la de la semana Mohammed while he was on the edge main will aka da Juana and Al hamdu, lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salaam aleikum, WA.

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You see in the mosque or the gathering, there's only one type of people, something's wrong.

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Okay? When you see a mixed gathering such as this, you know, something's going right. It's Islamic, because Islam is supposed to bring together all nationalities, all groupings is supposed to bring it together. And that is one of the blessings of people in America, who are very mixed up, you know, they have mixed genealogies, right? like myself, right? So you have African you have European, and you have native Indian, right, Indian Mohawk tribe, and you have all types of things in your blood, you know, so you don't worry about these issues. All of us are from Adam and Adam is from dust.

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The next question is saying,

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Please, I need Okay, saying that isn't allowed

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to get the nationality of a non Muslim country. And I don't intend to live here. But you know, I want to get medical benefits. Am I deceiving the society and whatnot?

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We have to be honest with what we are saying to people.

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And really what happened in Canada, unfortunately, is that some Muslims came to Canada, and they will actually they came and they actually deceived the society. They came in they had welfare under four or five different names, you know, and they had jobs, and some of them were even sending their wives

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down to the store.

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social welfare office, and she comes in full head job. And she reports and she says, I'm not married. So the people say you're not married. Okay? And you are Muslim practices. Yes. Someone was this Okay, we sign you up 10 months later, she comes with a baby.

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Right? And she's still collecting her check. So the person says, oh, what happened to you? Your holy people? Then where'd you get the baby from if you're not married?

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Right? So she has to lie to the people and say, I'm not married. And really, and surely I'm not a Mufti. But if you're making statements like that, this is serious, man. You're telling people I'm not married, you're swearing that you're not married.

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Okay, and when you swear oaths like this, even if it is to the Cafiero, you're not in a hot war with someone is going to shoot you and kill you if he's to give you you know, other other brothers over there over there. And if the brothers were over there, I'd say they're over there, sir.

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Right, I can lie like that. But can you like as you want extra money to buy leather coats? Or to buy new cars? that's that that's not right. That's not right. And we shouldn't take advantage of anybody. Right. And it is through our good character, and our honesty, that Islam spread in Southeast Asia. And in many parts of the world, no armies came into Southeast Asia, but it was good merchants who had good character, honesty, justice, that's what spread Islam. And so we should set an example, you know, of honesty and justice and the group that that we were in Allah knows best the amount of counsel in Canada, you know, said, especially for people who were in very dire situation,

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if the person had to take the oath to the country in order to be in the country, there's nothing wrong with that, you know, you know, you have to take it as something that you have to do. But, you know, our ultimate allegiance is to Allah subhanaw taala that is the reality.

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Another question is saying,

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okay, so describe the deception

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that Muslims have toward Christians and other people, the lack of forgiveness, understanding and harboring of bad feelings. Okay, um, one of the deceptions or one of the wrong understandings that Muslims have in dealing with Christians, and Jews and other people of the book is that, you know, Islam as a way of life.

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And I found out that when I accepted Islam, that I was practicing a lot of Islam already.

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I was already doing that. Because the same principles of being honest to being good, and trying to have a family and to get married, and to eat good food, I was already doing it, I stopped drinking alcohol. Before I was a Muslim, I stopped taking drugs before I was a Muslim, I stopped eating pork before I was a Muslim. So there are many things that I was already doing. But Islam now as the last message, it gives you the clear explanation for the things that the People of the Book have lost, because the scriptures of the People of the Book have been confused.

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And so Islam gives the right direction. But Muslims, Islam, when you accept Islam, you accept it not for Muslims, you accept it for Islam, for Allah subhanaw taala.

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And that is the true guidance. And so you find that many people, you know, who are not Muslims have many characteristics of Islam, also tauheed many people already have the oneness of God. And you find it in many of the cultures. So this is how you need to look at the people, when we are dealing with the people coming from other cultures is that we are not the only people who believe in one God, we're not the only people who tell the truth. We're not the only people who try to eat clean things. Other people do that just as much as us. But we are blessed with the last messenger who gives the complete message. The clear message is here. The revelation is here, in the original

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language, that's what we have. And this is what has helped us not to go astray, like the other nations because we still have the book. We still have the Sunnah, and we can go back around in the circle back up to the top. And this is what has blessed us, not we Muslims ourselves, because it was just us. We would have been gone a long time ago man who would have gone 500 years ago. But Allah is the one who raises up people, and many of the people who accept Islam actually turned out to be the leaders of Islam. Right. And this has happened throughout our history throughout Islamic history.

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It says that

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it's just she was said the sister say, I was jealous of a girl, a beautiful girl.

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You know, of her beauty and everything and, you know, you know, it's Haram, but I can't help it. You know, you know, she's just too beautiful. Can't help us. Okay, um,

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this is a very awesome

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Question, man, it's real. But what you have to understand is that real beauty is not just in the physical out the outward part of the person. The real beauty in the person is the character and the taqwa. These are the things that that really makes a person beautiful. And our beauty, our physical self changes over time. Right? And everybody will change. Okay, so if you see beauty in something else, or somebody else, you say, Alhamdulillah, Allah blessed and tested that person with beauty. Because sometimes a beautiful woman today, really in this world is in trouble.

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Because there's all types of what you call peeping Toms, and John's and all type of things chasing you know what a beautiful woman is chased down the street, everyone's looking at her. Her life is a fitna, in a society that we live in today. So you need to look at all these things. And to realize that beauty is not just, you know, the skin is not just the physical feature of the face, right? Or the thinness of the waist or whatever. But really, the beauty is in the heart. That is where the real beauty of a person is. And may Allah subhanaw, taala give you that beauty. I'm sure you I'm sure you have the beauty, but but you don't really know it. Right. But you know, because they have

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that this this fable they used to say about Mirror mirror on the wall, you know, who's the most beautiful person of all? And they also say like, you know,

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the grass is always greener, and the other fellows yacht, right, as I used to say, so his grass is always greener than that's the shaytaan. Well, yeah. And he uses this, he always tells you, I'm not good enough. I'm not good enough. I'm not, you know, you know, and this happens to people. And this culture does it to people. Look at Michael Jackson, you see what happened to Michael Jackson. He was a strong young man, look at him when he was young. And look what he did to himself. He ruined his face, he ruined his skin, he made his hair fall straight, he broke his nose and try to make it bigger. He put up his cheeks. Right? He had some strange dream that he was Elizabeth Taylor, or

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Diana Ross or something like this.

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And so it transformed himself, he's not satisfied with himself. This is rudaw. It's deception. He is deceived. He had everything in the world going for himself, but he's not satisfied. You see, that's the essence of deception. So we need to look inside ourselves for other aspects other than just physical beauty. It says, You speak about.

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Okay, they're also saying you speak about unity. And I began by saying this person is a teacher, and they want to instill Islamic awareness, you know, in the youth, you know, what can they do to help really in the school situation?

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What would you do if you were a teacher in these difficult times, really,

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in the Islamic school, especially the teachers job is crucial.

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And really, the teacher is the frontlines. And I have spoken to teachers in many Islamic schools, because really, they don't they underestimate the importance of their job. Because when that teacher is teaching the student, that teacher actually represents the Messenger of Allah, because you can't see the prophets or something. even deeper than that, you can't see Allah. So that person, in a sense, represents everything in Islam to that child. So you are holding a great amount in your hand. You see, and really, you know, Allah subhanaw taala will bless you greatly for trying in any way that you possibly can to instill the character. So we all need to upgrade ourselves. We need to

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study the work of great scholars study the Hadith, and try to raise our taqwa, raise our consciousness, so we can try to give this to the youth in the best way that we possibly.

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Another question is saying I'm an Australian, from a Christian background, who was extremely intrigued by Islam and hope to grow and learning more about it. What is the best way to go about this? I would say that, you know, it's important for anybody

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to study, read, study, meet people.

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You don't have to believe everything that everybody says, okay? But you need to stay but to really study Islam, go back to the roots sources, look in the book of Allah in the Quran, read the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon it. And it was really for me, in my travels, you know, I had met Muslims doing all types of strange things. But when I got the Quran itself, and I read it, and I began to read the life of the prophet SAW them, I said, this is the person who I want to follow. That's him. And the way he acts, the way he treats people, the way he struggles, this is the character This is the personality. And this is what you need to really do at this time, you know, to

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focus on this on the principles of Islam, and to try to get different opinions from the Muslims. But if you feel something

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In your heart, then you should act upon that as soon as possible.

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Another question, which is very similar to it, which I want to read right away, it is saying that,

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that there's even a person who's feeling about reverting to Islam, right, but they want it to do it by themselves, and only do it by themselves. Okay?

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Really, Islam is not an organization. So when you accept Islam, you're not signing on the dotted lines, right? It is something that you do is between you and Allah.

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But the Muslims bear witness to this. And it does not have to be in a large crowd of people, it can be very with one or two people that can be right. But you should have somebody who can help you say the words properly, right, and to make sure your understanding is correct. And also to be a witness to the fact that you have come in this is very important. And if you want to do it tonight, I would humbly advise you and encourage you, that if you have that feeling, you should act upon it immediately. Because only Allah knows how long that will live, you should be a witness to the oneness of Allah, if you've come this close, then the shaytaan, and the forces of evil will try to

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stop you from coming into Islam. So you should be a witness as soon as possible. And realize that you go in stages, go in stages, you don't have to do everything immediately.

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But you learn your faith properly. And then you begin to learn different aspects of Islam and you put it into your life. And then you move in stages, right, you don't have to do everything right away. And it is even permissible

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that if your family was too strict, right, you don't have to announce it to all your relatives and all your family immediately. Okay. But of course, it is encouraged as soon as possible, when you can explain it properly, that you would explain it in politeness to your family members. Or you would have somebody who could explain that, to come to the house and explain it to your family. You know what Islam really is. So they can see that it's not this terrorist thing on TV. And, you know, it's not a cult, where you're brainwashed, like, you know, with moonies or whatever you're in these different, there's not anything like this, okay? And but whatever feelings you have, you know, may

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Allah guide you and bless you. And may you may lead you into Islam as soon as possible.

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is also saying in terms of the best way of avoiding deception. As I said, it's important for us to strengthen our relationship with Allah subhanaw taala. It is important to us to humble ourselves, and to always remember opposition with Allah, and to investigate. Don't just accept things, especially coming from television, especially from the media, don't accept everything for face value, you must investigate. And when we when I was in the history department, in the University of Toronto, one of the good things that they taught within this department is that when you are studying an issue, try to go to primary sources. Always try as we say in America, take it from the

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horse's mouth,

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go to the source. And if, for instance, somebody studying about a battle that happened, don't just study the position of the winner of the battle. What happened to the losers? What happened to the people who are watching the battle and whose house got ruined by these crazy people fighting each other? Get the opinion of all different types of people, then you understand the phenomenon in the proper way. What is happening today is that people take only from one source, right, and then they form their opinion. And they don't go to two primary sources to understand issues from the people themselves. This is why it is important for us, as Muslims to go to the society to go to public to

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the public, reach out to the people and explain to them what is Islam and so they won't think that Muslims are just these terrorists blowing up the building. And Otto swats niggas against us and Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal, and everyone in the world is chasing us not everyone's chasing us,

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right? Or Aladdin and the lamp and all this other stuff, right or blowing up buildings with destroying the world. This is the hype.

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This is the hype. Right? This is another illusion, which is being created in order to cover the minds of people from the beauty of Islam, and what we have to offer to the world, especially in this time of racism, this time of economic exploitation, this time of perversion, we have a lot to really, you know, give to the world. But one of the first things that we need to do is to deal with deception in ourselves.

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That we can protect ourselves from the plots of the evil one happening within our own hearts in our own lives. And if we begin to do this inshallah, and maybe Allah would make us vessels of the truth, that Allah would make us deserving and worthy to hold the banner of Islam in these times. Only a lot decides

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