Abdullah Oduro – Act patiently to success

Abdullah Oduro
AI: Summary © The speakers discuss the importance of actions and intentions in achieving spiritual renewal and achieving clarity in one's life. They stress the need to act upon their intentions to improve their renewal process, pursue spiritual deeds, and follow spiritual teachings. The importance of valuing oneself and making decisions based on one's values is emphasized, and the need to be diligent and not give up on oneself and others. The importance of trusting in Allah is emphasized, and the need to be mindful of one's actions and not give up on oneself and others.
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We

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praise Allah. We seek his aid and forgiveness.

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We seek refuge in Allah from the evil

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of ourselves and of our shortcomings.

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Whomsoever Allah guides, none can misguide.

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And whomsoever Allah allows to be led astray,

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none can gather right. And I bear witness

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that there is no one worthy of worship

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except the law, the exalted, the creator, the

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maintainer, the sustainer

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of the heavens and the earth.

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And I bear witness that Muhammad, peace and

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blessings be upon him, is his last messenger

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and

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servant. All you who believe, be mindful of

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Allah and die not except in a state

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of submission to him alone. All humanity, be

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mindful of the law who created you from

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a single soul and from that created his

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mate and from that scatters many men and

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women.

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Three forms of advice

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that was given

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to

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a young individual

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when they were someone that wanted to turn

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around and do, as they mentioned, the right

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thing.

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You know, they're human. As all of us

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are human,

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as all of us will fall into shortcomings,

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rather,

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that is a part of our nature to

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fall into shortcomings, to make mistakes.

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Whether it's the right thing at the wrong

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time,

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or the wrong thing at the wrong time,

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or the wrong thing at the right time,

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we make mistakes. The

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because we may be forgetful

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or rather

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neglectful. Because forgetful

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Allah the exalted will not hold us accountable

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for that which we have forgotten.

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But neglect is you know something should be

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done, and there was not even an things

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that

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it could be the act that is done

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without intention.

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Someone comes to pray, and they're not even

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thinking of god. They're not even thinking of

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his names and attributes. They're not even thinking

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of things that they have done that are

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a reflection of god's power and majesty.

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They're just going through the motions.

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That could be a form of neglect. No

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intention. Or someone has the intention or someone

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doesn't have the intention nor action. In any

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case,

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the prophet

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mentioned in a beautiful

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statement, a beautiful tradition,

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a beautiful quote that he has,

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peace and blessings be upon him,

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we may know the beginning of this statement,

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but this is a hadith that continues on.

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The hadith is as follows, and this is

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what was told to the young boy when

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he just wanted to get better. He said,

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you know, sheikh, I just wanna be better.

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I have a lot of, you know, And

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he actually said, I have a lot of

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demons in my closet.

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You know, I have a lot of mistakes,

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things that I can't even admit to you

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in front of you in the house of

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Allah.

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I have a lot of mistakes, and Allah

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knows. And to be honest,

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sometimes,

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I feel that god will not forgive me.

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I feel so terrible.

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You know, to be honest, brothers and sisters,

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when I told when I heard that, I

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said, bashir.

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Basheer. I said, congratulations. Good for you.

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He didn't want to look perplexed because he

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doesn't wanna seem mean to the imam in

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the office, but

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you could see I could see on his

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face, and I intended to tell him something

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that would amaze him and make him kinda

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confused. Okay. Let me get this straight. In

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his mind, he's probably saying,

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I just kind of was vulnerable to you

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that I did bad things. Yeah. I didn't

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say what the bad things were, but I

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was vulnerable to you in saying that I

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did some horrible stuff, man.

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And then now you're saying good job?

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I'm confused.

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How can we congratulate someone if they have

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admitted that they've done bad deeds? Why?

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Because this is the first step

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to spiritual renewal.

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This is the first step to getting better.

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This is the first step to rectifying,

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enriching

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your intention

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from when you do something

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after that moment.

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And that is part of the process

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of Inaba, of Tawba, Alistighfar.

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That is the process

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of returning and redemption

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and seeking forgiveness from god. You think about

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those things and you feel horrible.

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Therefore, it's a beautiful thing, but what is

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left

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is to act upon that feeling.

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Because, you know, sometimes,

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we have just finished the 10 days of

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Hajj,

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you know, the 10 days of of Dhul

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Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar.

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Before that, a couple of months ago. Before

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that, we just finished Ramadan.

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So there was a level of spiritual euphoria,

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if you will. We were on a high.

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We were very,

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active

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in our iman, in our thinking of god

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was more.

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Our contemplation of god was more. We at

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least thought about doing good things for the

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sake of god

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more than we would have in the previous

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month. Most of us.

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Again, with the nature of us being neglectful,

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we make the effort because sometimes the society

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and the environment,

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particularly the masjid or friends or family, reminds

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you of those good things.

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But now what's

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blessings be upon. I remembered a statement.

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Many of us know the beginning of this

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hadith where the hadith is as follows.

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This hadith is in Muslim, Sahih Muslim, where

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the prophet

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said, he said, the strong Muslim

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is more beloved

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than the weak Muslim,

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and in both of them are good.

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Now many times, you will find that we

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use this when we hear or see some

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physical activity between males and females.

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Like, the females are doing something physical activity

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or the males are doing some physical activity,

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sports or something like that, we say that

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the the strong Muslim strong believer is better

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in the eyes of Allah than the weak

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believer. Do more push ups or run a

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little more. You know, you're a believer. You

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wanna be strong. You're better than the weak

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one.

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This can be applied, but it is not

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the initial meaning.

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The initial meaning

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is the one the believer

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that has strong,

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fortified,

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enriched

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belief.

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That his strength

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of iman

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is better than the one that their level

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or strength of iman is pretty weak.

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But then the

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prophet gave hope to all of us for

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the ones that have entered the door of

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believing in god and his oneness and his

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majesty and his greatness, that god, the creator

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of the heavens and the earth, there is

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nothing like

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him. People, place, or thing, there's nothing like

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the one that created these people, places, and

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things. Therefore, he would not be like them

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in any shape, form, or fashion.

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Maintaining that belief

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and following the individuals that reminded people throughout

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history of that belief, that is Islam.

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And the one that strengthens their knowledge and

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understanding of that, that is beloved.

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The one that makes the intention to act

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upon that, even better. The one that acts

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upon it, the best situation.

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So what did I tell this young man?

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This is the beginning of the hadith that

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we all know, that the strong believer is

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better than the weak believer, but in both

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of them, it's goodness.

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Is better than the weak believer, but in

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both of them, it's goodness. But then he

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says something after that, which is very important.

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I told this young man this, and this

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is for all of us because all of

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us are young. And I told this young

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man

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and this is for all of us because

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all of us are young.

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Each and every single one of us have

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a father and a mother, whether they are

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alive or not, grandfather or grandmother.

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Make no mistake. They look at you as

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their young

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son, young

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daughter.

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So all of us have youth.

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And sometimes with our spiritual renewal, it is

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as though we are starting over again. New

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Ramadan,

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starting over again. A particular habit, being introduced

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to a new habit,

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being introduced to praying with her, being introduced

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to giving gifts. So you're young in this

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particular aspect of the implementation

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of your faith in god. Now

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what did the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam

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say after that?

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Three things. He

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said,

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He said, be diligent

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upon that which benefits

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you. Seek help in Allah

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and do not give up.

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The third thing he said was, and don't

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say,

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man, if I was to do

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this, this would have happened.

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He said because that opens the door to

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the

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actions of Satan. What's the first thing he

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said?

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Be diligent upon that which benefits you. This

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is very important

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because when we understand

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values,

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we have to do some self reflection,

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some introspection.

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What do I really value?

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Because whatever I value is what I hold

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into importance.

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Whatever I value

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will show through my action. I can say

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whatever I want, but whatever I value will

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show through my actions because I will naturally

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not do anything that I do not value

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unless I am

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forced.

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So what do I do voluntarily?

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What do I value? What do I love?

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What do I like?

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That's the first thing. Because when the prophet

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said,

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be diligent upon that which benefits you, being

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diligent is someone that takes into high importance

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and to a degree is protective

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over that thing that they do. Meaning, they

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will not allow anything to divert them

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from being on social media.

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They will not allow anything to take them

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away

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from hanging out with their friends.

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They will not allow anything to take them

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away from reading the Quran after Fajr, after

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the morning prayer for 30 minutes. Nothing will

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take me away from that. They will not

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allow anything to take them away

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from praying 5 times a day. Nothing will

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nothing will change that commitment,

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the intense commitment that I have.

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That is why it's important for us to

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ask ourselves consistently.

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And this is a part of dhikr. This

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is a part of,

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muhasaba,

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of holding ourselves accountable

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before we are held accountable.

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What do

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I truly hold dearly

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to my heart?

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What do I value?

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And as a Muslim,

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it is important

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that the number one value is Allah. We've

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all hear it. We all hear this. Let's

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get a little deeper. As a Muslim, which

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means the one that submits and surrenders, even

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within the name

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Muslim, Islam

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expresses and implies

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what the most important

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value

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is.

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My value is that I value what Allah,

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the creator of the heavens and the earth,

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values.

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When you reach that level, that's the level

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of dimuisin.

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You love what Allah loves, as the prophet

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said.

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You love what Allah loves. Make no mistake.

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That just doesn't happen overnight.

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That doesn't happen just with one prayer.

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That happens over continuous

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practice.

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That happens with continuous struggle because the distractions

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will eventually peel

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struggle because the distractions will eventually peel away

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at that fortified,

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rich belief and closeness that you had to

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allow when you could have sworn

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that that was the 27th night?

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It was a different feeling.

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But Shawwal comes around, the next months come

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around,

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slowly peeling away because you're distracted.

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And you hope to return to return to

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that feeling, that euphoric feeling that you had,

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closeness to Allah.

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The more you have that, the more your

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values will be intense and fortified. The values

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of good, the values that Allah

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wants.

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So when the prophet said,

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seek that and be diligent in that which

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benefits you,

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where do you find your benefit?

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That will go back to what you value.

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So it's important for us, firstly, to renew

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what you value.

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To review,

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excuse me, what you value. Constantly review it.

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Is what I like in compliance with the

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dean of Islam?

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Is it in compliance with the dean of

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Islam? Is it compliance with what I hold

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dearly to my heart?

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And that review,

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even of itself, that review of you constantly

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turning back

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and asking these questions, Allah

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loves it. And if he loves something, he

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will fortify it and give it more guidance.

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So the first thing is when the prophet

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said,

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be diligent upon that which benefits you.

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We even see this within the time of

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the prophet, obviously, within the time of the

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prophet when

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he valued the religion of or the way

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of life that transcended

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the Arab culture

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with a way of life that was much

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more penetrable

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than just a group of people or a

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people.

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When he challenged

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challenged

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by offering

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consistently

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offering

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them the means to come closer to Allah

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when he called them to Islam,

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unapologetically,

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wisely,

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compassionately,

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with integrity,

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calling them to Allah.

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Because if he would've valued his people,

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if he would've valued even his own uncle,

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if he would've valued any of his uncles,

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those that the one that protected and supported

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him and didn't come to Islam,

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and the ones, plural, that fought him and

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tried to kill him.

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He could've easily

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came back, and they offered him money and

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status.

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He could have easily came back if he

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would have valued that

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more

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than Islam.

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This is what is important. As scholars say,

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If there was an action of the dunya

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and an action of the deen or characteristic

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of the dunya and a characteristic of the

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deen of the dunya meaning this life, if

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you had a choice to do that, which

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will benefit you in this life and compromises

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your religion,

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you choose that, what,

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which is beneficial for you and your religion.

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Meaning, you choose that in which you know

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is halal.

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Meaning, you choose that in which is more

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beloved to Allah. Make no mistake. Each and

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every single one of us will encounter that.

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In school,

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our our first interview with the job, whatever

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it may be,

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and then there's no possibility for them to

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say, no. Well, you you know, you're not

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gonna get Jumah at all. This Friday's I'm

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sorry. We can't offer that to you. You

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have a choice to make.

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You have a choice to make.

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Because make no mistake

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when one does not do those actions that

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are obligatory

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to the best of their ability. We all

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make our mistakes.

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We make mistakes, but at least the intention

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to do the right thing,

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that is the seed to actually doing the

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thing that you intended.

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But if there's no effort that is made,

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we'll slowly peel away at your faith. To

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her

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from the Mu'min Qawi to. To where from

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the strong Muslim Mu'min, you will eventually be

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weakened to where you'll be labeled weak with

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Allah, not by anyone calling you that.

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So be diligent upon that which benefits you.

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The second thing is he said,

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What's so beautiful with the hadith of the

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prophet is

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that when he says one thing, it is

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as though the next couple of items that

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follow it

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can serve as an explanation.

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If he was to say one thing and

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you say how, he says it right after.

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For example,

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when he says in a hadith that we

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always mention, be mindful of Allah wherever you

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are. Be mindful of God wherever you are,

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not only in the mosque.

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And then he says,

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and follow-up a bad deed with a good

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deed, you'll be rewarded. So if one was

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to ask, how can I be how can

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I get tuck while I hear this word

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tuck while a lot? Well, one of the

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good things is if you do a bad

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deed deed, follow-up with a good deed. It

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will erase it. That's an implementation. That's an

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pragmatic

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action plan for you to be of a

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mittucki,

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a mindful person of mindful person.

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In this hadith, the prophet is

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saying, be diligent upon that which benefits you.

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What's one way that you can be diligent?

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Is seek help in Allah and don't

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give

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up.

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May Allah

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the creator of the heavens and the earth

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shower

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shower

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shower his protection

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and pleasure

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and strength

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in the hearts of our brothers and sisters

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in Gaza,

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in the hearts of our brothers and sisters

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in Sudan,

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in Congo,

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in China,

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and all over the world where they are

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being oppressed

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continuously

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to where it is normal

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to them.

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And sometimes,

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it's normal for us. Unfortunately, we'll lie.

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It is normal for us as well

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because of the distractions that will take us

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away

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from continuously

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making dua. Whether we're driving in our car

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and verbally thinking about it and then make

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a dua for them or whether when within

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our pray in our prostration,

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we have a particular prostration,

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oh, Allah, protect our brothers and sisters in

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these places.

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So when we see the second part of

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the hadith,

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seek help in Allah and don't give up.

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Don't give up on Allah.

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Don't give up on yourself.

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Don't give up on people.

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Don't give up on Allah saying, why would

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Allah allow what is happening in Gaza to

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go on? Why would Allah allow my elder

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relative to pass away? Why?

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What did they do? What did my young

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child do? What did those children do?

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How could a merciful god do that?

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When we say at the end of our

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prayer,

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Oh, Allah, assist me

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upon remembering you

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and thanking you and worshiping you in in

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worshiping you in excellence.

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That's what we say at the end of

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our prayer, and if we don't know, this

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is what the prophet

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instructed

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us to do. At the end, we'll say,

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You say,

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Somewhere in this time frame, you say,

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Oh,

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assist me,

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to worship to thank to to remember you

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and to thank you and to worship you

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in excellence.

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To worship you in excellence. So

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even when

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we

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say This is the same verb, the same

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word that the prophet used in this hadith.

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Seek help in Allah, and don't give up.

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This is

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so beautiful for us as human beings that

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go through so many different forms of distractions

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and trials.

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Distractions

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and trials.

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Those distractions

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can be a trial for us.

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You seek help in Allah for Allah to

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pull you through. I'm almost sure each and

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every single person here

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did not know how they were going to

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get out of their particular

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situation.

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All they had, not to minimize it,

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not to minimize it, all they had was

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their trust in god. That's all they had.

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Somebody let you down. You let yourself down,

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but you trust in god.

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And you know that he has the power

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to flip your heart, to flip your psychology,

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to bring someone from a place you didn't

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even each and every one of us has

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that story

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lie. Each and every single one of us.

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When when times go down, when you're down,

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it's time to retreat, literally,

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retreat to those moments, hopefully, in masala.

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You retreat to that moment, and then you

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thank Allah.

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That is the epitome of what we call

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trust in Allah. 3rd thing.

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So when he said, firstly,

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be diligent upon that which benefits you. Seek

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help in Allah and do not give up.

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And he says, do not say, if I

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was to do this, this would have happened,

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for verily this opens the door to Satan.

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How is that the case?

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Because, typically, the one that does the first

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two things,

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they seek help in Allah

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They don't give up.

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They're diligent upon that which benefits them by

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seeking help in Allah

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in everything that they do, they most likely

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wouldn't say that. You see the wisdom?

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Man, if I was to do this, this

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would have

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happened. How does that open the door to

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the actions of Satan? Because you start to

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slowly, slowly, and lightly

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contradict

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the predestinative

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action of Allah.

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That's why the prophet

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said, say, rather, say,

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This is what Allah has willed for it

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to happen.

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And when this happens,

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you leave from regret

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to renewal.

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Instead of regretting because that regret can lead

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you to be sad. That regret can lead

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you to blame someone. That regret can lead

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you to be very, very angry at yourself

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or at someone and say something

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online that you cannot erase and delete, and

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it stays on the news feed for years,

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that can cause you to do these things.

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Rather, you stop, you say, alhamdulillah.

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Your family members telling you, why did you

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do this? Why did you if you were

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to alhamdulillah.

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You say what the prophet instructed

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you to say.

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This

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is what Allah has allowed to happen. That

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is predestination.

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That does not mean that one is lazy.

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Because as the scholars say,

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That when one is lazy,

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this is the pathway or the seed to

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destruction.

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So in these three forms of advice, brothers

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and sisters, let's remember that in these beautiful

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days that we have just concluded, the first

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10 days of the see the season of

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Hajj,

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to be diligent in that which benefits you,

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seek help in Allah,

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and don't give up. And don't say, if

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I was to do this, this would have

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happened for really. That has the potentiality,

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the possibility

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to open the doors of Satan.

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Meaning that we can only we will only

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rely on ourselves and not rely on the

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creator of all of us. May Allah make

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us of those that initially and, ultimately,

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trust in him. May Allah allow that trust

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to be manifest in our statements and actions.

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May Allah make us of those from our

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actions to call on him

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secret and in open for our brothers and

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sisters that are suffering all over the world.

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So

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please.

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Guys in the corner, get it together.

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Guys in the corner by the bathroom, let's

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get it together.

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A lot

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more active.

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