Abdullah Oduro – Invocations of God #23 Equips us for Life

Abdullah Oduro
AI: Summary © The speaker discusses the importance of shayta as a preparation for inner war and gives advice on how to fight the enemy, including the use of the military and the army. They emphasize the importance of concentration of resources and the need to act as a last resort, emphasizing the importance of experience in war and patient adherence to principles and values. The speaker also emphasizes the need for people to be patient and not give up on their desires.
AI: Transcript ©
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Now, Ibn Qayyim

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is going to,

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after talking about

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the weapons for the inner war and how

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shayta will come to you to in different

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ways and how he compares it to,

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the robber,

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that is trying to rob you of the

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goodness and take you off with Tariq. And

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if you were to follow behind him, you

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would be unsuccessful. Ibn al Qayyim goes on

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to make the comparison

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of the shayateen of the say of the

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satans plural

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and how,

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they will continuously try to take you off

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that that straight

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path. But then he compares it to Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala giving you what is needed

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to prepare

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to fight the shayateen, to fight the evil

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forces, to fight those things that call you

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away from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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And you know earlier much earlier a couple

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lessons earlier talking about the battle between the

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good and the evil you'll fall victim to

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the good or to the evil But this

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comparison to Ibn al Qayyim mentions comparing it

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to an army and it's and it's,

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the preparatory

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means to fight Shailtin.

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He says here after, Rahimu Allah Ta'ala.

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He says this, when the test when the

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servant is tested by what he is going

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to be tested by,

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he is assisted

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with,

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an army in preparations and a fortress. So

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these three things he's basically saying here,

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the the troops, the soldiers,

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and the the gear, and also the fortress

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to protect them. Interesting.

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He is and he and he said it

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and said to him, go and fight your

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enemy and struggle in this.

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Okay.

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So the enemy is obviously the Shaytan but

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then Allah gives them that preparation. And early

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we talked about, you know, the angels coming

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to him and warning him and reminding him.

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And you know, we talked about the aqal,

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the intellect,

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and the and the insight. Right? We talked

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about this earlier. But he's making the comparison

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now. It's very beautiful.

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He says, shit. And and as far as

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these troops, take as many as you need.

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Shit. And this armor, take as much of

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it as you wear you need. Wear as

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much as you need.

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And and as far as this fortress,

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take from it and guard as as a

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guard or as a protection as much as

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you need.

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He says

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and hold before until death.

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This is important because

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he's mentioning here that

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the means are given to you.

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But with that, you still have to act.

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Allah gives you what is needed to fight

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the Shaitan.

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But you have to act on it or

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activate what is inside of you to fight

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the Shaytan.

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So when we talk about the strength of

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concentration

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of Khushur,

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being mindful of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and

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and knowing that Allah has given you the

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faculty to fight. The faculties

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to fight

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And you take the means in order to

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protect yourself from it. So not going to

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certain places. Allah is giving you that Dal

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Aqal. Right? He's giving you,

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that intellectual

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capacity to determine if this is better for

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me or not good for me. And then

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he's giving you the insight. Say that you

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go to that friend's house or you watch

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that television show or you get involved with

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that particular person or in a certain place

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and you're able to see, okay this is

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not going to lead me to a good

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place. You still have a choice. So Allah

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has given you those faculties.

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He's given you the troops. He's given you

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the armor, and He's given you the fortress.

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But then you still have to, as Ibrahim

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says,

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to fight against your enemy

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and to kill him, to fight against your

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enemy and to struggle against him.

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Then Rahim Allah says Rahim Allah

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He says, for the situation is close, for

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the time is close,

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and the time frame of

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holding post is a small time frame. Meaning

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this time frame,

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in this dunya, in this life.

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And then he says, Rahim

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Allah

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He said, it is as though as though

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the great king

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had sent to you his messengers.

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And he sent you and he and they

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moved you to his house.

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As always, mentioning here, he says here, Rahim

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Allah Ta'ala, making a comparison again. He says,

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it is as though the king sent you

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sent you his messengers, and they moved you

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to his house, and then you are resting

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You have rested,

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from this jihad, from this struggle.

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As though that now he's talking about the

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end of this time of fighting.

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And and

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you and your enemy were separated.

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And you were and you rested in the

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noble house moving as you wish.

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And your enemy was placed in a highly

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sealed security or high,

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protected jail.

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And then he says

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So basically, your enemy, the shaitan, had been

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put in a jail, the same jail that

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he wanted to put you in.

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That jail of what?

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Of denying

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your of denying your insight, of denying the

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good part of yourself that calls you away

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from the enemy.

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But that calls you,

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calls you towards the enemy.

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Being in a jail cell of shaytan.

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You know, you're you're you're you are subject

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to those desires. You're subject

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to that anger. You're subject

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to gluttony. You're subject to all of these

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things that are destructive to you as a

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human being. He says,

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And he has given up,

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from any the doors are locked. Basically, giving

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up any relief or rescue for shaitan.

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It says

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And your situation you're in a situation that

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you have been given whatever you find yourself

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all that you desire and long for.

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And then he says,

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And this is beautiful.

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He says, so as he's talking about how

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shaitan is locked up

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and he is put in a cell that

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there's no hope for any rescue or relief

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and it is high security cell, basically.

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He says, and you are in a place

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to where you get everything

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that you desire

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and that you love and want. Jannah. May

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Allah make us from the habits of Jannah.

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As

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a reward for your patience

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in this

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short time frame. Allahu Akbar. In this dunya.

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Now he's moving on

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to talk about

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the dunya

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and how this life is temporary.

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And then he makes a comparison again. You're

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you're rewarded for your patience

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and for your allegiance

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and adherence

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to holding post. Holding post against what?

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Against the army. Against the army of Satan

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that's trying to call you.

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So now, Ibn Uqayim

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after making this beautiful comparison, unwillai, this is

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beautiful. If you compare it to a war,

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you know, this is when the war is

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over.

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You know, talked about the characteristics before, but

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now going through the war and how Allah

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Subhana Wa Ta'la has given you the preparation.

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This is important for us to realize that

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there is always an opportunity for you to

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be better. And there is always an opportunity

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because Allah is Ar Rahman.

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He is merciful. From His mercy, He has

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given you the faculties spiritually

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to fight those desires that may come that

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will come to you. And that that in

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and of itself is the test.

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Within Al Qadir Skadr,

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the one that is able to do all

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things, and he has, you know, predestined for

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us

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by giving us or putting us in a

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position to where we may be exposed

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to those things that will try to take

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advantage of our souls. The same time, he

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has given us the fortress,

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the armor,

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the the army

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to fight against that. In the end of

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the day, it is up to you. What

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choice are you making? And that's what's very

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important here with this small portion. But Ibn

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al Qayyim, Ramallah, after talking about that, you

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know, if you were to continue on this

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struggle and you were successful, shaitan is locked

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up and you are rewarded that he mentioned

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2 things.

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The patience

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and also patience

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and

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is adherence.

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So you're patient

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and the time frame that you are here.

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And it's beautiful. I said

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to show that look this dunya,

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this time frame in life is only temporary.

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It's the next life that we should be

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that we should be thinking about and longing

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for as we are being patient. Rather,

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having the patience,

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the motivation behind the patience is thinking of

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the next life.

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So as you're doing that,

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you are struggling

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and holding the fort against the Shaitan

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And this is beautiful that Ibn Al Qayyim

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mentions this because

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we may think that Sabr,

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patience,

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is being the quietest.

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Not saying anything, not speaking up against that

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which is evil, not acting against that which

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is evil.

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But patience means

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that you are acting

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in a manner of adherence.

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Adherence to what? That is what's important. Your

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adherence to the sunnah of the Prophet Sallallahu

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Alaihi Wasallam. Your adherence to Islamic ethics

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and practices

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that is only

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ultimately

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found in the life of the prophet Muhammad

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Sallallahu Alaihi Wasall. That is what is very

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important.

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You're patiently

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acting,

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but your action is principled

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within the in the life of the prophet

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sallallahu alaihi wa sallam.

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Your principles are founded

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in the sunnah.

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Your principles are founded

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in the Quran.

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That is what is important. Not to mistake

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impatience

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with stagnation or lack of movement. May Allah

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Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala make us to those that

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hold the fort

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with the army and the armor that is

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that is correct and be fitting for us

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to be

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in the final place that our desires will

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be fulfilled in Jannah.

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