Khutbahs with Purpose – Civic Engagement Talk Toolkit

Abdullah Oduro

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In the hamdulillah Nash Meadow monastery no one has told Pharaoh when our other billahi min sharoni and fusina when they say at Dr. Marina Mejia de la vida mobile Allah Hua Mei Lin farhadi Allah lie to Allah Allah in the law why the hula should ecola or a shadow under Mohammed Abdullah Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. OhioLINK Yeah, you have Latina amruta la haka to party. Well that's a Mouton Illa unto Muslim moon. Yeah, you Hannah's a taco bell Kamala D holla aka meanness in wahida wahala Carmen hezonja Oba mean humare. Jalan Cafiero when he saw what taco la la de de Luna de la or ham in the LA ha kana la comme la Kiba Yeah, you holla Nina Amano taco Lucha with Hulu, Poland

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for in the US Dr. hediki terrible la he will hide on houda houda Mohammed bin Abdullah he sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam, or Sharon ohmori attached to her. We call them that that's in beta or collaborating God Allah, Allah gotten to know and hamdulillah we praise Allah we seek his aid and we seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge and Allah from the evil of ourselves and the evil of our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides, none can misguide. And whomsoever Allah allow us to be led astray, none can guide and I bear witness that there's no one worthy of worship except Allah who to honor the Exalted and that Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him is his last messenger and slave.

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Oh, you believe fear your Lord and died out except in a state of submission to Him alone, for your Lord who created you from a single soul and from that created its mates and from that scatters many men and women are humanity figure, Lord, and do not cut off relations with your kin with your relatives. Indeed, Allah is unlucky, he has the ultimate monitor over you, or humanity, fear your Lord and speak the truth code and sadita and return your combat Malika will rectify for your affairs, and he will forgive you of the sins that you may have committed. And whoever obeys the line, His Messenger has indeed achieved the greatest achievement as to what follows Indeed, the best

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speech is the book of Allah. And the best guidance is that of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. And of the worst affairs in our doctrinal system of Islam are the newly invented ones. For every newly invented affair in this situation is an innovation. And for every innovation is a form of going astray. And for every form of going astray isn't the fire of hell. And we seek refuge in a lossy pioneer with data from that.

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We living in the West face many different trials, tribulations, new encounters, new frontiers that we always will continually see in front of us, just as an individual that one time came from another country. And he had an opportunity to come here to study and to learn, in order to possibly go back to his country or to stay in this country and benefit. And he decided to come over to this country. And he learned and obtained his degree, but he had his wife in the country of his origin.

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And upon trying to bring his wife it took him roughly around three years to do so, when he would go to the embassy, no explanation, try to find out some of his friends told them Look, your paperwork is in a black holes somewhere,

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possibly because you are Muslim.

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That may be because the country you are coming from. But he himself is saying what did I do to this country except come to learn and benefit.

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When he gets a lawyer, he finds out that he should have gotten a lawyer. And he was delayed years for making sure that his rights as a human being are maintained.

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That his rights as a human being are maintained

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when speaking to an African American individual one time and when he heard about the border controlled or when the President, the current president of the United States wanted to prohibit people from coming in particularly from Islamic countries, if you will, and other countries to be fair, when you want it to prohibit that, and was motion by some of his classmates that were Muslim, to come and get involved. His first question was, what has your community done for our community? Where has the reciprocity taken place? Where is it happened to where what you ascribe to and what you identify as? And the individuals that identify as such? Where have they come forth and shown

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their civic engagement to get involved to help our community?

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That was a question

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That was left unanswered.

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So when we look in this society of individuals in America that is highly diverse, and when we look at the Muslim oma, that is highly diverse. This could be an opportunity, or it can serve as a threat.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked by a companion named bovada as the father of the Allahu Allahu anhu. Ginger immunogenetic rhodiola one. He asked him what is an action that can admit me into Jenna? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said le mandevilla

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he said belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala but then I both other rhodiola who I knew if we knew his nature, Mashallah, he was a person that was aesthetic. He was Azad and he was someone that was very vocal for the sake of Allah, and sometimes can be kind of aggressive. Robbie Allahu Allah.

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He said O Messenger of Allah. And Amal, Imani Iman, he said but with Eman with belief in Allah, there is actions also. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, to give a little from what you have,

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you know, the whole minmetals like a whole lot to give a little from what you have. Then he said, Well, what if the person themselves only has a little and they cannot give? He said, and yet my bed, my roof and in my car. So order that which is good and to forbid that which is evil? I will didn't give up. He said O Messenger of Allah, what if the person is vulnerable, and is not able to do that? He said then he should teach an unskilled person help an unskilled person.

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I Booba radi Allahu anhu. He said, What if the person himself has no skills and he's not able to help that person?

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam continued patience. He said, to help an individual that is Maha lube and overpowered person

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to help an overpowered, weak person.

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And then above or below and we said, well, what if that person is weak himself? And he's not able to even do that? We're a problem. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said letter that he Africa mean Hayden yeah above him. He said, You're not going to leave any door of good or any opportunity of good. You're not going to leave anything for your brother, your brother.

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And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said he should withhold harm from people.

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And then I move around the Allahu anhu. He asked him, it probably should have a lot if he was to do this with this admitted intergender the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said a gardener general rule. He said, If he was to take one of these hustler, hustler terminhandel, he saw if you could take one of these characteristics or actions or tasks, to do one of these things, then this one of these actions would take him by the hand and permit him into agenda.

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For this brothers and sisters and a time of confusion, where Muslims are confused. We don't know what's right and what's wrong to do. Or we are angry at the state that we're in. We see the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in this hadith makes it very, very clear a number of things, that we as Muslims should not be thinking when it comes to our actions in an idealistic fashion. Meaning that if it's not 100%, perfect, we leave it or if it's not, as we know, as we read in the Quran, and as soon as the Sahaba were, then it is something that we don't touch. We don't get involved in, we don't emulate

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This was negated in this Hadeeth because there are situations to where people may not be able to do the most idealistic thing, but it gives them other options, which leads to another point, another benefit,

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do what is in your capabilities to help

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do what is in your capabilities to help

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when we see that as an oma, we may not have reached the ideal state as an oma even within a Masjid. There may be certain hatred amongst brothers and sisters, there may be racism, there may be discrimination.

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This takes place where human beings and we have not yet reached that level to where on a general scale, there was Tao went out of the battery with tequila. There was helping an assistant in that which is good,

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but do what you can. And if we noticed early in this Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam The first thing he said is a man Billa but the manifestation the way that you would act out that he man the way you would actually realize that the man is in doing something that would help someone else. Everything that he said, was an action that assisted and helped someone other than yourself. not confined to Muslims. Only

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The Prophet Sall Allahu alayhi wa sallam also said in the Hadith, if the hours error was to be established, if the error was to be established, and there is in your hand, for sila, and this is like a small tree, that you want to plant that you need to put in the soil, and you are able to do so and you know, the hour is about to be established for the first half, when he should plant it, showing the urgency of doing what you can, even if you know, it's literally the end of time

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doing what you can to help others. And then in this spirit, in this spirit, I want to speak about the importance of civic engagement.

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What do we mean by civic engagement? And why is there an urgency for us as Muslims, especially in America to get involved with civic engagement?

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We see that the Institute of Social Policy and understanding they take polls and surveys and write articles about what goes on with the Muslim woman and even outside the oma on things that may affect the Muslim ummah. We see that they have mentioned in particular, that Muslims, for example, 75% of the Muslim Ummah, was registered to vote from faith groups. We see Catholics are at 95% Protestants are at 94. Jewish are 86, Muslims at 75 that are registered to vote in 2016.

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One may say registering to vote is not within my capacity. But we say if you are registered, and you are capable, and you are legible, to be someone that's registered to vote, you should take part in that to help get involved and that is an implementation of civic engagement. Civic Engagement is getting involved in the process of actions and things that will help better the lives of people

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that will help people live better lives in the locality.

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That is civic engagement. So we understand that the Muslim in general, and in specific, even

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the one that lives in America should take part in getting involved in things that help people's lives, not only in the walls of the masjid, not only in the walls of your home, but outside to step outside of the boundaries of being of Islam or your the Muslim community and getting involved with your neighbors, bridging the gaps between the individuals that don't know who you are or what this building represents. As we know there was a Masjid years ago, when they started to build a Masjid, we know that there was a garden next to them property, the people in spite started to have pig races. But what happened because of the civic engagement, the walls of ignorance, the walls of

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prejudice were broken.

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And a means of healthy pluralism was established. So when we understand the civic engagement, we have to understand brothers and sisters, the examples that I gave earlier, are very, very important for us to understand that we have to take some effort to reach out

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to our neighbor that doesn't know who we are. To our YMCA that doesn't know who is this child, this woman, this girl that has he Javelin? What does that represent? How can I get involved?

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We see that civic engagement is twofold. From a principal stamp standpoint and a practicality standpoint. When we talk about our principles, we as Muslims have principles. We are principled individuals, our religion calls for you to be a principled individual, meaning that there are boundaries that you will not cross and there are things that you must implement in order to maintain morality, spirituality. In other words, to be a good citizen, which is synonymous with being a good Muslim.

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We see that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was known as the alameen and mercy for mankind,

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but a condition for being a mercy for mankind. When we understand that mercy means withholding harm from others than yourself.

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withholding harm from someone you can punish them even if they deserve it, but you withhold that from them. That is mercy and that is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was for mankind. But a condition for that brothers and sisters,

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is to love for your brother, which you love for yourself. How can you be merciful on someone if you do not love for them what you would love for yourself.

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And when we see based on the context, this word as he as some scholars have mentioned, could be an incentive for humanity. So there is not a religious barrier here. If there was someone that you see there right has been violated.

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It can be upon you to demand that those rights are maintained, at least speaking out about it or writing about it or doing something that can help maintain the rights of that individual. And that is civic engagement. That is how you get engaged. That is how you help society.

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When we see this, we understand that this is the only way that we will fulfill the verse that Allah subhana wa tada says, after the lamina ship on the regime, contemplado, mutton, frigid ness,

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roof with an allen bunker with

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a loss of patent with data says that you are the best nation that was sent out. He uses the passive form you were sent out to the people.

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What do you do? Order the good forbid the evil, and you believe in a law.

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That belief in the law serves as the engine

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for you to keep moving and ordering the good and forbidding the evil not to see something and don't say or do anything about it, using the processes and the methods that help establish justice to you, your family, and in this particular situation, society as a whole. So we see the urgency is, firstly, from a principled standpoint, that we love for people that we love for ourselves. And because of that, if that is there, we will be merciful to everyone around this. And secondly, from a practical standpoint, all of us when we have this initial love for humanity,

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whether it's the man asking for money on the streets,

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or whether it's the individual that may not be Muslim, but there is a law or a bill that is passed, that prohibits him or her from implementing their human rights.

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We form organizations, groups, that will have a mission in maintaining those rights as human beings. And we as Muslims, Mashallah we have a number of them.

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But there are other groups that are not Muslim, that have the same universal goals. So in this instance, for each group to get involved in those efforts that help maintain the rights of people.

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This is how we, from a practical standpoint, fulfill the urgency of civic engagement. So when we understand that the Muslim just sitting at home, and not getting involved, as ISP, you mentioned, the Institute for Social Policy and understanding mentioned that this non Islam and Islamic uninvolved moment can serve as a negative means for us, meaning that if you don't get involved,

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it can be negative, they'll have a negative impact on you and your family. Ask yourself the question.

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Do you want people that do not understand Islam who Islam and Muslims are and what we represent from a creedal standpoint, from our belief, to our actions? Do you want them to speak for you? Or are you going to speak for yourself from your actions from your involvement from your love that exhibits mercy for mankind? Uh, hello, Callie Hello safale will accompany saddens me, we're stuck in a hole for writing

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Alhamdulillah he is and he was shuffled over to the cantina he went in any.

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So brothers and sisters, we understand that

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being involved in a locality

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is Islamic. Being involved in a locality is Islamic, it's from our religion, to get involved in your surrounding areas, not only with Muslims, especially if you're in an area where it's predominantly non Muslim, to get involved in the processes and in the efforts that take place that the effort is there to help improve the lives of people, whether it's bringing forth a good or prohibiting and stopping an evil.

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And in this current situation, we see that Muslims may say that voting

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for candidates that the decisions of this candidate can affect you and your daily life. We see there may be two groups, there may be an individual that say there is no benefit in this. Or they may say I don't like the candidates.

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If the one that says we don't like the candidates, we have to understand we cannot have an idealistic approach,

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meaning that there will never be a perfect candidate as Abu Bakr radi Allahu anhu when he stood up after the death of the province of Aloha and he was said I'm ready to say

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in New York, in new Lita, la Kamala has to be Heidi come, verily, I was the one that was chosen, and I'm not the

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Best of you. A Sidhu, Amanda tune will cannibal piano, that truthfulness is a trustworthy thing.

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It is a trust and lying is deception.

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Walk away even fee come by even indie hackers are who the men who have gone shala he said in the strong one with you is the weak one with me until I take the rights of others from him in sha Allah. Well, but even feet away even in the hat, or gra he has a lot. And he said the weak one that you all see is weak is the strong one with me.

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Until I give him his right, return his right to him. This is a boubakeur.

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Probably a low one. We initially should understand from our religion, that Allah is perfect human beings are not from that actions will emanate from them will come from them that are deficient, there may be some laws on immigration that you don't like about this candidate. But guess what, he's much better than the ladder. And in Islam, we have a general principle that is extracted from all of the proofs in the study that scholars have extracted, determine my facet to cut the malla German masala, that relinquishing the harm takes precedence over bringing that which has beneficial.

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When we vote, we don't look at No, I'm choosing the person that has done this bad. No, we say I'm choosing the one that can eliminate the when

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we look at this situation, because if you don't,

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the number will stay at 75% it will not increase. And then when you want to complain, led to lumen inland hefsek, do not blame anyone but yourself. If you complain about a state what's going on in your schools, with your children, what's going on in your locality, from your parts, from your sidewalks, from the stores from crime that's being that's taking place, and you're not getting involved in community service events. When you see churches in your locality speak badly about Islam, or they may choose candidates that openly speak badly about Islam, and they don't know about Islam, but you've been next to that church for 20 years. Have any of you reached out to speak to

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them?

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And if we have, this is exactly what we should be doing as Muslims, may Allah bless you all for that, speaking to your neighbor and having dinner with him,

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getting involved in outreach events,

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trying to become someone that's involved in your local schools. Being someone that teaches CPR in your YMCA, and you are a doctor and you happen to be Muslim.

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You are someone that is involved in the community, from a grassroots level, as we mentioned, even to a political level.

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So when we see that people say that none of them are good, therefore I won't vote, you've just lessen the vote, which does not allow us to establish justice for ourselves and for others on this earth or in your locality.

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And what about the ones that say voting doesn't cause it doesn't bring any benefits. Some of them may be preservationists, their self, they don't want to get involved at all They say it's all that all of it is, is cut up. But if you're living in this locality, I guarantee you that whatever vote has been taken will affect you and your family. So if you're not taking any effort to try to change that, we see the worst of a loss of power went the other way. Last month, Allah says after all the damage upon a gene with God, it's my two men who met a woman named

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Nicole urban shader.

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The mentality dymatize una comany lahoma Nick, whom

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I haven't studied at

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all do not get an email or become with alone.

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Allah, Allah says in the Quran,

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when a certain group of people say why are you telling whom Why are you wanting these people, that Allah has destroyed them, and will punish them?

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I've ever been shaida What was the answer? My zero 1011 become? What was their answer?

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It is to serve as a means of excuse an excuse for me in front of my Lord.

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In front of your Lord, don't be cool with me. Perhaps you have hoping that people perhaps there'll be people that fear Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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So we may be sincere in saying I don't want to get involved. But understand if you don't, it will have an effect on you. We see that Yusuf Alayhi Salam was an individual that wanted to get involved. He said make me

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a person that is in charge of the Hosanna that is in charge of the agriculture, he got involved in a non Islamic Society.

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So brothers and sisters, it is urgent for all of you, if you have the means, and if you are able to affect society, whether it's in your convenience store, in your park, in your school, at voter registration.

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On your way to a school to register to vote and you are eligible to vote,

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to get involved in your community to help make a change, because when it comes to you,

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this is when we are concerned. And that is not the approach of an individual that wants to help make a change in society.

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When we look at ourselves and FC FC will lie that people will feel that

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communities will feel that

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to where when you as a group, as a name are oppressed.

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They're going to say, Where was their involvement? And where was their assistance and help? Where was their voice even in an issue where people were We were suffering.

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Because when you do not do that, it may, by default, make you a suspect, rather than a citizen.

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You have to ask yourself the question

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or the actions or your lack thereof, closer to making use someone as a suspect, to where people don't know about you.

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And assumptions will come doesn't say that it's right but it happens. Or will it make you a citizen to where people say yes, we know those people. We know this group of people I know my neighbor, I know this individual is involved with the education system with the with the with the system of police brutality, they're saying something about it, they're doing something about it. They're involved, they're inviting us to their community to speak about how to properly deal with immigration issues, how to properly deal with police brutality and law enforcement in our area, how to properly deal with education, how to properly deal with women in our society. What does that

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mean? This is what I'm talking about when we do this brothers and sisters. This is where we can make an effective change not for ourselves in this common error. But for the errors to come

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in this is how we affect people.

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tend to have a lot more sort of slamball muslimeen along with them when we see a lot more students name when we see

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Amina. Yeah even in aloha Yep, it was sunny. What he taught us a lot about why and how and in fascia he will move very well but yeah Luca Allah come to the fourth quarter La Jolla come remember a line he'll remember you wash guru who are there any I mean he has to come and be thankful to him upon the blessings he's giving you he will increase you will let it grow like Akbar and the remembrance of Allah is the greatest thing. Well Oh yeah, metal snare, Rocky masala.