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Abu Abdissalam

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Calling to the way of your Lord with Abu Abdissalam where he shares a rather personal story…

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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen will suddenly will suddenly more alarming boys. I mean, while early he was a marine Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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absolutely appalling. Really appalling as salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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That's it. Now I feel a bit more like lecturing in Sharla. As people alive people there.

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The topic of my speech in Sharla is about

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calling to the way of your Lord, calling to the way of your Lord subhana wa Taala. I want to begin by mentioning a short story

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about something that happened many years ago.

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And it's relating relate related to myself.

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As some of you might be aware,

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I myself have been, I was born and brought up in a Muslim family.

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By the time I got to the teenage years,

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I was a Muslim who didn't really believe in God.

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A Muslim who had basically rejected the concept, or the very fundamentals of Islam.

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But Muslim by name, we would go to the masjid because our father would drag us to the masjid.

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We would run away during tarawih prayers while the Imams praying for an hour down on London Road.

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And then back before the last winter. And when dad asks, Where have you been, oh, I was in the back row, I had to make withdrawal. And then I got to the back room.

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We had no interest whatsoever.

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with Islam, no interest in Islam at all.

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Until a period came, I was studying.

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And the period came where I came home from school one day, and I saw a small booklet

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on the floor, open the door and there's a small booklet.

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And the booklet

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is called Do you know this book?

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So that's a strange title. How can I know the book before I've even read it?

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And it had no indication that it was some something to do with religion. So I picked up this book, if I'd have known that it was related to religion, I would have not I would have ignored it straightaway. But I picked up this book

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and in this book,

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and remember this as well before peace TV and you know zakhar Nye can all of these things where we didn't really have any knowledge of science in the Quran.

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So one of the things

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we I started reading this book, and it was talking about some of the various scientific facts that were mentioned in the Quran 1400 years ago.

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It talks about how

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the earth went around the sun. It talks about embryology, the different stages of a fetus. It talks about the water cycle, it talks about mountains being pegs, holding down the Earth's crust, it talks about

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the universe expanding as time goes on.

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So being into science, I was quite amazed by this thought. The book explained that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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could no not read nor write.

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So I was quite amazed at some of these things. I went back to the Quran to check you know.

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But before this,

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just literally two days after reading this book.

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I went back to school we were doing a levels I was in the lower sixth.

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And

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I was in a physics lesson. And we had the most boring teacher that you could possibly imagine.

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is very intelligent guy extremely intelligent. He was doing some research

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and he was doing

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cutting edge research so that he knew things that nobody else in the world knew about physics, because he was the one discovering some of these things. And obviously, that made him a little bit arrogant. And I remember on this particular day, he was walking up and down, you can imagine a short, stocky fellow. And he had his trousers somewhere up here, quite contrary to the fashion today.

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And he used to wear braces that hold up the trousers, and he would walk up and down, he'd never looked at the audience. And he would play with his braces.

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Okay, and we used to hope that, you know, pull it one day and just let go by mistake.

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But he'd be walking up and down. And on that particular day.

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He said he was talking about something where I wasn't really paying attention until he said, that the universe has is expanding.

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So obviously, I read this two days ago in the little booklet, do you know this book?

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So I put up my hand, I said, Sir,

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how long ago? Did we discover this?

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How long ago did we discover this?

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And I remember, his reaction was a defining moment in my life. He puffed up his chest. He lifted his head and he said, Oh, it's been about 40 years now.

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40 years. But this was mentioned in the Quran. 1400 years ago.

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I was flabbergasted. I went home. And in this small booklet, it referred to another book.

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It said, please refer to a book called The Bible, the Koran and science by Dr. Morris Buckeye. Many of you have probably heard of this book.

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So I look for the nearest religious person. Where can I get this book? And I found my mom.

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So I said, Mom, where can I find this book, the Bible, the Koran and science by Dr. Morris bouquet.

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And she said this on your bookshelf,

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she had actually put it on my bookshelf, hoping that one day I will read this book.

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So I read through this book, and it talks about the Quran and some of the scientific miracles in the Quran. And it talks about the Bible. And I went to the various churches, to find out about what they have to say in response to the claims made by Dr. bouquet.

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But eventually, I went round in a circle. Even though I saw a verse to Islam.

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I eventually came back to Islam, itself through this booklet.

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I went away to study eventually.

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And,

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you know, the story goes on. But there's something there's someone unknown in this story.

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And for me, this person is the most important person in this story.

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And that is the person who posted this booklet through my door.

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I don't know who this person is, I don't know how old he is. Or she is, I don't know, if it's, if they're a man or a woman, I don't know if they're young or old, or if they're rich or poor, or which nationality they are. I don't know, their ethnicity. I don't know their education. I don't know anything about this person.

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But this person,

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by doing a deed, which may have taken just a few seconds, or a few minutes,

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posting this booklet through my door,

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he changed my whole life.

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My whole life changed. And for me, this person.

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What I find most amazing about this

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is that every act of worship that I do,

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whether it's a prayer, whether it's, you know, any act of worship, that I do fasting,

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whether it be giving Zakah, giving lectures, any act of worship that I do, this person in Sharla gets a copy of that deed, isn't that amazing? Yes or no? That's amazing.

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And I don't know anything about this person. In fact, this person may not even know who I am. But they felt the need to post this booklet through my door, and how many other people or how many other people's doors did this person post this booklet through.

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And imagine this person might turn up on the day of judgment because of these few people, or maybe many people that they have managed to, by the grace of Allah to help to guide by the grace of Allah to Islam. How

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Much of the rewards as this person taken.

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For me, this is amazing on the day of judgment

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and this is important point here.

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The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said $1 lol higher caffarelli caffarelli Oh come off call

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that the one who guides another to do good. He is like the one who did that good himself, he gets a copy of that person's good deed. And the first person who actually did the good, no deed, no reward is wiped off his slate. So complete copy.

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So you can imagine, by giving power to a person, whether that be with the tongue, whether that be financially by sponsoring something, a CD, a book, a DVD, whatever that may be.

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Whether that is by physically posting, or handing out leaflets or books or something of this nature.

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If one person accepts Islam, brothers and sisters through this,

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you have got a brand new opportunity,

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a whole new life of good deeds. I what's amazing for me is that it's not just about the person's prayer, or his fasting, or his seeking knowledge, or his giving the hour, or he's doing Hajj, or anything of that nature. It's not just these acts of worship of the limbs.

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In fact,

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you'll be rewarded. If one person's accepts Islam through something you've done, you get rewarded for that very persons a man

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is a man. What does this mean? Let's think about this. Let's stop. Let's ponder.

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It means when the person is sleeping,

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he's sleeping at night.

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But he's sleeping as a Muslim. You are getting reward. At that time, Allahu Akbar. Because he's sleeping with a man.

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He's sleeping as a Muslim.

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This brothers and sisters is what keeps me in Tao.

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Are there any programmers out here? Put your hands up.

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There's a few programs. Now. I used to be a programmer. And one thing I can say

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is that we programmers are probably one of the most laziest group of people ever, right? We don't like to do things manually. If you want to delete 10 files, you write a script to delete them you don't sit there right clicking and delete right rather, you were very lazy people we don't like to do work.

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And our in a sense, is almost like outsourcing a bother.

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Right? It's like outsourcing your worship of Allah subhanaw taala. You give power to someone he accepts Islam. Every time the person prays, you get the reward for that person's prayer. Every time the person gives charity, you get the reward for that. Isn't that a good deal? Yes or no? Yes or no? It's an amazing deal.

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But Tao requires certain conditions.

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And the first of these conditions is a class is sincerity.

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Allah subhanaw taala His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said in Albania,

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we're in the Maliki limra in Manoa. Every

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action actions are bought by intention and every man shall have that which he intends.

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So a person when he gets down, he should know why he is calling someone to Islam. It's not to just rack up the Shahada numbers. It's not just to feel proud or to call someone over to your way of life. No, it's for the sake of Allah subhana wa eiler. Number two,

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we should have humility when we're giving down we should realize that we're not doing a lot of favor and we're not doing anybody else a favor, but rather when we're giving down it is we that has been it is we that have been favored and blessed by Allah subhanho wa Taala is a privilege to be an ambassador of Allah Deen. It is a privilege. It is a privilege to be doing the very work

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of the Messenger of Allah Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam number three knowledge.

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Allah subhana wa ilos messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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He said Bal levani wallow, I narrate for me even if it is one hour

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But of course the condition is that you have to know the ayah before you call other people to you have to know that this is an ayah of Allah subhanaw taala

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also Allah subhanaw taala says, we'll have he severely ill Allahu Allah zero and a woman about any say this is my path. Say it tells the Prophet Mohammed slicer limb to say, this is my path.

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I call to Allah upon sure and certain knowledge I and those who follow me so knowledge

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we have to have patience number four

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with Allah says in the Quran Watashi wa so be suffering and enjoying each other to having patience. No hurry Salaam gave Dawa for over 900 years. Can you imagine this? And he gave our

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in the daytime. At nighttime. He gave our in the morning in the evening. He gave our publicly and privately he gave our in groups and individually, he gave down every single way possible. And some narration say only 80 people. Only 80 people

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accepted Islam in 900 years. So we have to be patient. The prophets lie Selim told us about a man in the past, a Muslim man who would be put in a hole and he would be sewn in half from his head down.

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And his body would be torn with iron combs and yet he would not ever give up his religion. Patience is in Bukhari.

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Number five, we must have forbearance and what is forbearance it means that we tolerate and overlook the faults of others when they harm us.

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We all know the very famous story of life. When the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he walked to life

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and die from Morocco is about an hour's drive and then when you get to near the if there's a mountain that you have to climb, it takes 20 minutes by car, and then another 20 minutes when you get to the top of the mountain from harder to vive. Just about an hour, an hour and 15 minutes drive from Makkah.

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The Messenger of Allah sallallahu Sallam walked this distance in the desert heat

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for no other purpose, but to cool people to learn in Illallah, Mohammed Rasulullah

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and what did he find? He found the children of the people of Fife, not adults, not the youth, but their children. In order to increase the humiliation. He found the children of the people of

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throwing stones at him such that he was chased out of the city of barf.

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Remember, stoning somebody is only applied in an Islamic State to an adulterer.

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But yet,

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the prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was being stoned by the children of the people of life

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until he was chased out of the city.

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For what? For money? No. For position, power, leadership, no. Just to call people to La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasul Allah.

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When he got to the outskirts of life, he sat down and I want you to imagine this scene.

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his sandals are covered in blood, you know, when you're wearing sandals, and the sandals are sticking to your feet, not because of water, but because of blood.

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The very blood of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu is still a trickle down his body into his sandals, and his sandals were covered in blood.

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And he sat down in this pain

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and jabril Ali Salaam the angel jabril came and said As salam alayka Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa salam ala jabril.

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He said, I've come with the angel who is in charge of the mountain. And all you have to do is say yes. And this angel will lift this mountain and crush the people of bife below this mountain.

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Because of what they've done to Allah Prophet sallallahu it was said

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you know what the Messenger of Allah Allah lives and said

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he said, no debris

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He said even though these people did not accept Islam, they rejected the message. I pray to Allah subhanho wa Taala

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that their offspring are saved. their offspring are saved from the hellfire. So Panama

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when you think about this,

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and then you think,

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that thought if today is a city filled with Muslims, it is a place where people pray five times a day. In fact, in the very lifetime of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that people, those people that people have bhyve they accepted Islam when you think about this, you think Subhana Allah look at the sacrifices that messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, in the Battle of

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the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,

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he was fighting among the companions.

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And Akbar, able to be at the mercy of the polytheist he threw a spear and he went through the cheek of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam such that his incisor is molded to care came out.

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And while he was in this state of pain and suppiler, when you think about tooth ache,

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alright, toothache is a very painful experience. And people can sometimes handle you know, a lot more pain, much more grievous harm. But when a small tooth comes out, or some kind of pain in the tooth, that's unbearable for many people. Imagine the Messenger of Allah sallallahu Sallam his, his tooth came out

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and his cheeks got a hole in it. When the spear is going through, what does he say in this state? He says, How can Allah show mercy? Yes, he's thinking about mercy. How can Allah show mercy to a people who have done this to their prophet?

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He was more concerned about how Allah subhanho wa Taala will show them mercy because of what they've done.

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To the prophet of God sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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In one narration, it is said that when blood was coming, flowing in a battle from the province, so he's trying to gather the blood, he was trying to hold the blood so it doesn't touch the ground, so that the ground would not testify against these people.

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And that's why Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran

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Tell

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me from above the seven heavens, Allah describes the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says, We have not sent you on Mohamed Salah while he was selling we have not sent you except as a mercy to the world

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as a mercy to the world.

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And this leads us to the next point

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which is to be gentle and kind in our that our Allah subhanho wa Taala says Fabi Mara Massimino la helin tele home welcome tougher than Cali girl call Bella fog Domine howling that it is by the mercy of Allah that you are kind to them.

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And have you been harsh and severe against them than they would have certainly broken away from you.

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Now imagine if Allah is telling the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, if you are Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam if you the best of days were harsh.

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We're, you know, we're not kind. You were harsh in your dour in your approach, they would have run away from you. Then what about us? The best of the Isola? Why didn't we send them was told that if you're harsh, then they would have run away from the why do we expect when we are harsh against them, that people come flocking to the religion of Allah? No, never.

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We have to be soft in our approach, gentle and kind.

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Number seven, we have to practice what we preach.

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And the first thing that we often do when we call people to Islam

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is to tell them to read the book of Allah Yes or no?

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Yes or no?

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So let me ask a question today.

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How many people here have read the book of Allah the Quran in a language that they understand the translation from cover to cover, put your hand up

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Subhan Allah is a disgrace

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that is a disgrace

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maybe 20 or 30% of the people of this hole. We're not talking about a nightclub. We're not doing this survey in a nightclub where Muslims are there. We're talking about people who have come to religious lecture

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2030 40% of them only have read the Quran

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in a language that they understand

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Oh, you who believe Lima Taku kulula Mela tamanu Why do you say

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Why do you say that what you do not do?

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A Mr. Khurana man Amala to follow.

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Why is it that you do that you say that which you do not? Do we tell other people to come and read the book of Allah.

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We tell our neighbors, or other people we tell them to come and read the book of Allah. But we have not even read the book of Allah ourselves from from cover to cover. That's a disgrace.

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It's an absolute disgrace

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Yes or No? Okay.

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Is that a disgrace. It's an absolute disgrace brothers and sisters.

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So firstly, let's make a resolution before we move forward.

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Let's make a resolution that we will make sure that within the next two months,

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by 25th of February, in the next two months, everybody will have read the Quran in a language that they understand who's going to try and do this resolution, put your hand up. I want to see everyone's Hands up.

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Can I have four witnesses please, four brothers, please come to the front.

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I want you to bear witness in front of Allah.

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Put your hands up who's gonna attempt this resolution in Sharla? Everyone

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come on, Yella.

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Hands up, keep it up, brother.

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Not gonna look at the sisters.

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bearing witness.

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Allah bear witness two months, you've got

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to read the Quran in a language that you understand the translation, something practical to go away.

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It is really a disgrace. And sometimes to Panama when I was young, I used to wonder

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that how comes the people that have accepted Islam.

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They weren't Muslims. Maybe they were Christians, or atheists or Hindus or whatever they were. And they accept Islam, their Eman is much stronger. And they're much more active in calling people to Islam, then people have been born into Muslim families. And then it occurred to me that perhaps one of the primary reasons for this is because the Muslims were born in a Muslim family, they've not even read the book of Allah. Whereas as for the Convert who's accepted Islam,

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he is the least bothered to read the book of Allah. That's why he came to Islam in the first place in many cases.

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So practice what we preach.

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Number eight,

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we must make dough. And as I said, it is about calling people to Allah. So it is not about winning arguments. It's not about proving our point. It is about calling people and saving them from the hellfire.

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And what is important is to understand what some of the scholars have said that if a person

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truly understands the nature of the Hellfire, he would never want the Hellfire for anyone, not even his enemy.

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Let me repeat that. If a person truly understands the nature of the Hellfire, he would not want that for anyone. Rather, he would feel sorry for his enemy, or a sinner or a disbeliever. Because of these short, few moments that he has spent disobeying Allah, the sin of the hell, the punishment of the Hellfire

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is really something that is unbearable.

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And let's take an example. I want you to all imagine a non Muslim,

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either a friend or somebody that you know,

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somebody that you know, I want you to imagine this person. It might be the next door neighbor

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When she comes out to deliver the rubbish, and drop it outside, it could be your boss at work, or your colleague at university could be anyone.

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I want you to imagine one person that you think that's an okay person.

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Have you done that? Yes or no?

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Yes. Okay. Now imagine this person.

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And it was said to you, that you have one week to convince this person to accept Islam. Otherwise, is going to go in a ton. Do you know what a thunderous, who knows what Honduras

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can do is where you make none. Okay, in Makkah, they have loads of little tender places.

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And you have this counter, and you're on the other side of the counter, and you've got some kids often on the opposite side.

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And they're making these fresh hot bread, fresh nuns, and roadies.

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And even though you're a good few meters away from the door, this often

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you still feeling the heat, just a few minutes that sometimes in the morning of the budget is very hot.

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And you're standing right opposite, that undo just a few meters away and you're starting to sweat already.

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You starting to sweat already. Now, I want you to imagine that you have one week to convince this person to accept Islam otherwise, he's going to be put into this standard for just half an hour. Only half an hour. No more.

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What would you do?

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What would you do? I'm asking you a question.

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Yes.

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What do you do brother?

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You can vybz Islam get a gun out? You know? No. How would you convert? How would you try?

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You give him down? What would you do practically? What's the first step you do?

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Sorry.

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Okay, so you tell him if you don't get convert to Islam gonna put you in the loop.

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Okay, anything else? What if you don't know how to get down? You don't know how to get down? What are you gonna do?

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Go to IRA.

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Alright, it's Christmas Day IRA lines are closed. Let's say now what?

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Sorry.

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Thank you, you're listening. You go to YouTube. How to do dour, right?

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Yes, find a leaflet. I was a booklet that I was talking about. Let me go print that booklet out.

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Right or wrong? You would go out of your way. I hope if you cared for this person,

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to give them a leaflet to sit down. Invite him for a kebab and that non and say look, you know where this non came from?

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All right, you will go out of your way. And if you don't know how to get out, you will learn you will jolly well learn right or wrong? Yes or no?

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Tell me. Yes.

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But that shows us something very sad that we're all willing to go out of our way to give dour

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to save a person from a gundula

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pasukan ally. While we know and we believe in the Koran and we know that the Hellfire exists. And we know that paradise exists. And we know that the people who reject the message of a law and who die upon that state will enter the Hellfire for eternity.

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We know this. But we don't give down. We don't spend our days and nights giving dour. When we go to work. We say hello, john. Nice day. If you're in East London, eBay might ask me.

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Depending on where you are.

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You joke with them. We laugh with them. We play with them.

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We exchange emails, we do all sorts of things. We maybe invite them to our houses.

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That is hypocritical. That's not true friendship.

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There is that makes us a bunch of hypocrites. We smile in their faces, but we know deep down these people are going to the Hellfire, what kind of disgusting people have we become.

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We have no empathy

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and this is why the Messenger of Allah sallallahu it

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With sanlam

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it would pain him. It would pain him when people did not accept Islam because he knew the reality of where they're heading.

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So this is important we should make.

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In the last third of the night, Allah guide this person to Islam. Allah make me a means to guide this person to a slum.

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You save that person from the Hellfire, and then you get a copy of that person's deeds.

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Finally, brothers and sisters, number nine.

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One of the conditions the ninth and final condition of giving dour is that we must have a close relationship to Allah. How is it possible that we could be calling to Allah we are so far away from Allah ourselves.

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Rather, we should make sure that we in our personal piety we get closer to Allah we engage in Vicar in

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in remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In reading the Quran,

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in all of the acts of worship, that we can do to get closer to Allah subhanaw taala, then we make dua to Allah, that Allah subhanaw taala guides these people,

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I hope in sha Allah, that we can go back to the beginning of this lecture, and really think about this unknown person, this unknown person that pushed a small leaflet or a booklet through my door. And through this, this changed my life. And this person on the Day of Judgment, will have a whole load of deeds that he did not even know existed. And Allah knows, if we convert someone, or we help to convert someone to Islam, maybe on the Day of Judgment, our good deeds are not enough to get us into paradise.

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But maybe that small 50 p that we gave to produce a booklet like that book. Do you know that that small five minutes of our time that we spent giving somebody a DVD or a booklet, or the half an hour that we spent giving down to someone, maybe the person didn't accept Islam in front of your very eyes, maybe it took a day, it took a week, it even took a year. Maybe it took 10 years, but the person clicked because of something you said 10 years ago.

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And that person becomes a pious person, or he does good actions. And then he teaches his children and their children and their children. Suddenly, you've got a mountain of deeds in front of you. Because there's something small that you did. You come on the Day of Judgment you have between paradise and hell, you don't know which way you're going. your deeds are showing that you're going in the wrong direction. May Allah protect us from that. And then suddenly a mountain of good deeds come you ask, Oh Allah, where did these deeds come from?

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It is because of somebody else's good deeds. But you had been the one who had helped guide them to Islam.

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I asked Allah subhanaw taala to motivate us to give our and to be of those people who are examples and are exemplary in giving Dawa and practicing what we preach. ask Allah subhanaw taala to give us the tofik of giving dour in every form and fashion and ask Allah subhana wa Taala to make us of those people.

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Who even though we did not become companions of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in this life, Oh Allah make us his companions in the hereafter was Allah who has a lot more about Allah Nabina Muhammad, while early he was to be here, Jemaine a salaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh