Freedom Or Oppression

Abu Usamah At-Thahabi


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Evening Lecture presenting Islam as the only means to attaining true freedom in life. Only through the connection with our Creator and worship of Allah can humans find peace.
San Diego State University October 13, 2016.

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Dotto Sit down.

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There are a few preliminary things I have to mention here. So that

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you guys are going to stand

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what I'm trying to do here and go away with a message that is clear.

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So the first thing is

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that in actuality, when I was invited to give this lecture, the topic was given to me.

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And I was told that the targeted audience are going to be nice. So I should give a talk towards addressing the minds of lambs.

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I didn't necessarily agree with that, because it is an important topic that Muslims themselves need to understand.

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So for those of you who are Muslims, this is just as important to you as a message, as it is for those people who

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tag was originally created for.

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So I can think is,

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during the course of the lecture, you want to hear me use some Arabic phrases, I won't use those Arabic phrases to alienate you, or to mesmerize you. But in order to translate verses of water to translate the statements in the sands of Prophet Muhammad,

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peace be upon him.

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As a speaker, I have to say that Arabic so that I can get a mental picture of what I'm about to translate, I just tried to translate it.

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Without saying in Arabic, want to chop up the text, I don't want to do that. Another issue about the Arabic is as a Muslim,

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even a Muslim who is a non Muslim is not really practicing. But a Muslim is practicing his religion. part of his life, his whole life is expanding. So what happens is, is going to always use Arabic phrases for everyday mundane things like the word and shadow lines, one is all the same show if Allah wills when Prophet Muhammad is made is mentioned, out of respect to him reverence towards him Muslim, and here's his name, he says, some low low body, peace and blessings upon.

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So I'll do my best not to say things in Arabic, I'll do my best. But the verses of the Koran, and the status of Prophet Mohammed, and mentioning his name, I'm going to say somebody sent me to speak a Arabic, so just try to bear with me. I mentioned some things in Arabic, and you feel your loss in snap from the translation. So I'll do my best.

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As it relates to the topic,

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Islam, freedom or oppression.

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And the first piece of information that I want to share with you, is the fact that any LS man,

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Prophet Mohammed is an example for us. He is the one who's going to determine and he's the one who's going to define,

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unfortunately, and I'm speaking from experience from reality, I'm a revert to this religion. So my mother, my father, were not Muslims. I was not raised in a Muslim country. I reverted to the religion came back to the religion on the court, after studying and being convinced, and I came into the religion and I started to meet Muslims from different nationalities, different backgrounds, so they confused.

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And that's because today, especially the way Muslims are practicing and understanding the religion of Islam, the non Muslim, who's looking at it from doubt, is going to be confused about snap, we don't give people a good understanding of what our religion is. And that's why he over and over and over to Namsom audiences. The Muslim community has a great level of responsibility to show us that.

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But anyone who's looking for rings that don't look at themselves, don't look at themselves, just like Christianity. I'm going to look at Christians to understand Christianity. I'm not going to do that. You have to look at the text

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of Islam in a good understand. So Prophet Muhammad

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He is one gives us definitions. He's the one who is the example for us. And Brian is replete with many, many persons that make that clear. Like the statement, Alanna provided, that

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was what I love to say to our community to mankind.

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You have in Prophet Mohammed a perfect example. And that's a general verse. Perfect example, as it relates to the husband, father, as it relates to a leader, as it relates to whatever is a perfect example. This is going to learn about his life,

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peace and blessings be upon him in order to navigate throughout his life, he is never going to take his religious teacher, as the executive,

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the leader of this country is not being

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the president of this country, with some Muslim country other than that, they are not the example.

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My mother and my father

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are not Muslims. And Islam did not tell me that I can't love, honor and respect that.

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If they said, things are good things that went against I was mad when it comes to a problem common sick. My lawyer teacher lives with

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this one.

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So here's the example. Now the reason why I'm saying that is, we have to deal with this issue of the definition of freedom or a concept of freedom. And notice that because there are two extremes, that we have to make it clear, to distributors freedom.

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So one of the responsibilities that Prophet Muhammad had, like all of his brothers from the fathers of the messages that they were sent, and I'm speaking strictly from the theology of Islam. So what I'm saying this presentation, is some speech that you have to look at the stand in your head arrived through the prism of public speaking as a Muslim, from Islamic sources, rather, Mohammed and his brothers, the other prophets and messengers, one of the main reasons why they would sit is to be the example.

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They were the ones who spoke on behalf of the Almighty free, because if it was left up to each and every individual, to understand the determine, then there's going to be confusion and enter. Because people are different in the making, and to stand in the purity, and dirt and all of that people have different problem, Mohammed is the one in our religion, where everyone has to get behind what he said and understand the way he said it. And this happened with many of his companions, where he explained to them and clarifying for that, things that they understood one way, but he said, No, the correct way to understand that in Islam is this way, I can give you a number of examples, but I'll

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give you two very quick. So the point here is, problem homemade is the one who defines what freedom is. Mohammed is the one who defines depression.

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Because again, he's the Prophet. And it's his job. And it's the responsibility to explain to people, what God wants them to do. And what that meant by this, what I mean by giving an example

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of Mohammed said to his companions, and he said to our community, by default,

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attended, you know, in a manner useless to you people know who the baybrook person is, you know, what the bank rec person is? They said, Yes, messenger bah, bah, the best person to worse is the one who doesn't have any money. And he doesn't have any property. That's going to be the answer of almost everybody from every single culture from every single country from every walk of life,

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versus the one who doesn't have any wealth, and doesn't have any property to use as collateral property to sell and to get the money.

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He filed chapter 11 to protect his property, that's the paper person

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that was in the standing of the people

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who said no, the bankrupt person from our email in this religion, the bankrupt person is the one who comes yomo Kiana young piano is the day of judgment the last day.

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The one who comes on the last day and he has a lot of praise maybe mean he paid a lot of his wealth to the

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For the fast, a lot, he has a lot of fat under his belt during the course of his life, he did a lot of good deeds. But during the course of his life, he shed the blood of this individual. He stole the money of that individual. He oppressed this one. And he gave some examples of the mistakes that people make an impression that people mess up is us. He says, so as a result of that, all of the good things that he did during his life, those people have to be paid back. They have to get there, just do manual press, that people will live in life right now they're being killed, and everyone dies. And the murderer, well, nothing happens to him, he killed all those people, all those people

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being killed in Iraq, since the innocent, everybody dies, and that's it. No, people have to be held accountable. So he said, that person who did all of the fasting and all of the praise and all of the things that he did have a good,

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those people that impressed his good deeds are going to be given to them,

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his good deeds, we give it to them, and if his good deeds are exhausted, and there are no more good deeds to be given, but there are still people who are in line that he owes, and their bad deeds will be thrown out. So this particular incident is an incident that shows Prophet Mohammed explained to the people the concept of bankruptcy, it doesn't mean that the other bankruptcy, that's not true doesn't mean that but real bankruptcy. So it helps the person who may be a Muslim, and he doesn't have a lot of money. He knows that being rich is not the key to success is not the measurement of success. In others, man, that story, that idea, that statement helps a person understand that as

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well. I have a lot of money.

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I have a lot of money. But I know people want a lot of money, and they're not happy. And I know people who have a lot of money, and they have a lot to answer for as it relates to the money that they can see. But the reason that I'm mentioning this to you is to share with you to show that the problem has been defined for the people what the meaning of that thing was another another example

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is that there was an individual during his time,

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he was a very muscular man. And he was a good wrestler. And his bodily prowess struck fear in the hearts of people who saw it. Like some of the people we see walking around in society, when you see that people tend to be afraid and they don't want to table the bed individually. So Prophet Mohammed wanted to get them to stand.

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A very important point that you can always judge things by their parents. So he said to the people,

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you said being strong, is not the one who can out wrestle everyone isn't that's not the strong.

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He said being strong is the individual who can control his evil, that's the one who's strong.

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So Matt can have a lot of muscles. And that doesn't make him a man. That doesn't make them a person who has a lot of strength. And then the other person can be of God individually with no monsters, but

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they can control themselves. They know how to behave and know how to deal with a situation. So the people had an idea that string is defined, and a person's masculinity and his ability to outrageously throw you on the ground. He said, That's not the strong one in our religion.

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A strong one in our religion is the one who has the ability to control themselves. Now I'd like to explain the details of that. But again, as Muslims, this is really important, because it helps us to understand that we shouldn't over emphasize issues like that. They should put more emphasis on issues like being people who know how to deal with people in a nice way. So the reason why I mentioned that is like the first example, Prophet homily, gave an explanation and a definition. And that's what we understand. And there are many examples of it. Many, many, many examples. Still could be one I give you want to have a number. But just

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there was a man who in his time who was a Christian, he was an Arab Christian. When he met, how many, how many stifling to call him to smack. The man accepted Islam.

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The people from his tribe because he was deleted data set in slack. So while they were spending time with Prophet Mohammed in this particular place, some verses of the Koran are revealed about this

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And one of the verses that was written that was revealed is the statement of a lot of black Bob uncle, Batman, Batman and dooney met.

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This man was a Christian. I lost it in this verse. This man was a Christian and the people with him, they took the A priests and the A mumbles as Lords Gods along the avulla.

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But that man heard that verse, and he's a Muslim. Now. He said, a messenger of Allah, we didn't worship our monks in our priests, we didn't worship that.

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Problem, Mohammed said to the man,

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they in those monks and priests, they took your book, they took the only book. And in your book, there were things that were permissible in the book, but they made those things impermissible. A man said, Yes. He said, didn't those preachers, those moments, those priests, those leaders, they take your boat? And there were things in the book, which were

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the opposite. They were

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in one case, permissible and not permissible. And then they made some things that were not permissible, they made it permissible to say, yes, it said, then that was the worship that you did to those people, because only God has the right to make things permissible and not permissible. So the man is the point, that Christian man who I became a Muslim, he thought worship was prostrating to people. That's when he thought worship was worship was referencing the one who your worship it into a free, that's what he thought it was, of Mohammed told him in this case, worship is if God said, Do this particular thing, human beings don't have the right to come and say, we're not going

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to do that thing with them to the opposite, like my mom,

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a family are really committed and dedicated Christians. And I'm not here to bash Christianity or Judaism when you think of a marriage sharing something with you. And they raised us as Christians, but we used to eat pork,

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although in our book that we had, and we believe in pork is clearly something that's not permissible to be eaten.

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And the Bible, Old Testament and New Testament, but then people came down and said, No, no, that's the old thing. Now, this is the new thing.

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So those were some of the issues that used to present themselves to me that make me say, Hey, we're doing this thing the way we want. There's no guidelines, and no guidelines. And there are many examples like that, that normal family, things that the Bible say that we don't do. We don't believe that Torah is like that. And the Bible is like that. So my point here is Prophet Muhammad, he is due to clarifies for us what is freedom, and what is slavery.

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And it's not permissible, it's not acceptable. It's not fair. It's not intelligent. For people to be arrogant, we find this thing in the West, we find this thing in America, when we look at other people's cultures, like Africa, for example, we would describe Africans as being people, we're not civilized when example.

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Or in the case of Prophet Muhammad, he married one of his wives who was very young. She was very young. So we, in our arrogance, we want to super impose our norms, our way of life and other people. And then we come in with a judgment, when in fact, if people were to look at Western civilization, the way we did, a lot of things that we're doing that are very uncivilized, so it's not fair for any group of people to come. And to do that other people just superimpose what they think is right or wrong. Unless the thing is a universally understood issue is right in this room. So my mother again, when I became a Muslim, she found out that Prophet Mohammed had married a young woman, and she

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brought that to the table. And she wanted to know,

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what about this? Because in her 20s, to try and understand them is that the first thing she was introduced to, were those ambiguous issues that people misunderstand about Islam. So she began to ask, I don't really want to talk about that, because it's not the most important message of Islam, but she put pressure on. And it was strange, because I said to her, my answer to you my concern in that question and that concern of yours

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is that your own mother, my grandmother, your mother will come

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from Raleigh, North Carolina, yo, Lola, she got married to my grandfather, my mother's father, at the age of 13.

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And that was something known and natural at that time.

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So whatever you have to say, concerning him in any way you feel uptight, then my grandfather, my grandmother, your mother, your father, they did the same thing. When she looked at it from that context, she embraced it. Because if you're going to say, he molested the young girl, and so, so on, and that same woman has to apply to my grandmother and my grandfather, my mother's not going to say that because that wasn't the case. But they lived in an environment in a way that was acceptable for that time and so forth. So

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now when it comes to this issue of freedom,

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what did you have to say freedom was, what does the Quran say? Freedom? What is the understanding of free

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freedom in English, that is what I would call it Arabic, and ruble, Deen. Those of you who are Muslims, you should write this word down. Add this word to the many vocabulary words that you have in our dictionary, because your vocabulary has to continuously grow.

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It's part of just being a Muslim. So one of the most important words in Le snatam is this issue of udia. The meaning of blue deer is servitude. A person being a slave to God Almighty, meaning slave, he believes him that an act of believing in God, Allah is going to do his level best to practice what he perceives as a Muslim, God wants me to do this, he wants me to do that. He doesn't want me to do this, he doesn't want me to do that. So I'm gonna do my best. I have to pray five times a day,

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I have to pray five times a day, that service to

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my back, my bag is back. It is a trust that's been given to me. When I died, I had to be a person who was able to say, to carry to the best of my ability. So I didn't drink. So I didn't get hot. I didn't put tech tools, I'm not bad at all to my body, except in the ways that it snaps it was permissible and terrible deal. This is freedom of expression.

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This is what the Parana gives us. And this is a problem having towards freedom. And others then is not being able to say what you want to say, drink what you want to drink, eat what you want to eat, where would you this is not freedom in this time, it's a matter of fact, people will like that people live like that. They will go caution to the wind, whatever you want to do.

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These people are actually in slavery in Islam, as you'd like to see as we move forward.

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So freedom in Islam, based on the Quran, based upon what is said, is servitude, not having a problem realizing I mean human being, although there are many things about human beings that are very positive, but that positive thing about human beings come from the one who created them. So all of the glory and all of the praise goes back to him, all of the acknowledgement goes back to him. So any human being that excelled in this life, and he was responsible for creating and inventing something that people point their finger, he becomes famous for that. We're going to acknowledge what he did. And we're going to praise him for what he did. But we're going to save you would not

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have been able to do that had it not been forgotten money. So all of the praise ultimately goes that goes to Allah

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not having a problem with that.

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So we're on has establish that the best people that we perceive as being the examples as I mentioned, the proximity messages, they didn't have any problem with being slaves to our servers of Hello mini versus give us back. Right one last set about Jesus Christ.

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This is the first one he said Lenny

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lanius Thank you for the machine when he akuna added that he was able to cut Rabu women yes think differently bad that they were many austenitic better than we expected. Then no. For say yeah sure who evading jemena. Allah said in describing the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Jesus didn't have any problem with being the slave of Allah, the servant of Allah.

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Then you say was the son of a lot according to Muslims. He didn't tell the people worship me.

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If you didn't have any problem with being the slave of Allah, nor do the angels who are close to Allah have any problem with being his service, anyone has a problem with being his servant, and they're arrogant. Allah is going to return them back to him, Anthony's going to deal with this situation. So when the Islamic narrative is Latin America, the best people are those prophets and messengers who came to show people how to worship Allah.

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And none of them had a problem with

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being slaves. One man paid to Prophet Mohammed, he started praising him,

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blowing smoke in his ear, trying to blow his head up, making them bigger than who he was. And he started saying it to him, showering him with so many accolades, and so many words of praise

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are from Mohammed to them. And you'll see that I'm just Abdullah and Muslim. I'm just a slave of Allah and the messenger. Yes, I'm a prophet and my messenger was make, it makes me not ordinary. But nonetheless, I'm a human being, and I'm asleep. He didn't allow people to raise them up being in Ellis labs since 1986. And then a lot of people travel all over the world, a lot of people, especially people in positions like I'm in right now, people will give talks, people like, the SCADA is she, the one who was teaching, and I've met some people from Islam, I'm not putting Muslims down, but I'm sharing something with you. Because this problem permeates everywhere. I mean, some people

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in the position that I'm in, and you have to do everything for, you have to get a coffee, you have to make sure they're very comfortable, they open up the door for everything. And many of those people take advantage of the other. preachers do that preach to that rabbis do that.

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And if the middle of the community doesn't have a good grip, and understanding connection between his own personal relationship with God, easy, is taken advantage of isn't

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And that was that Prophet Muhammad, wanted people don't be like that. Don't be a person who you allow your intellect to be put asleep. And you do something that normally you wouldn't do it because of the religion. I bring your attention to what happened in Diana, Diana A few years ago, was in the 80s, I believe. There was a crackpot preacher by the name of Jimmy Jones. It was a dynamic.

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And a lot of people went and followed him there from America. Many of them were African Americans. But the people seem to have gotten along, you know very well amongst themselves. So the American government, they sent the senate down there to check on what was going on, because they heard that it was cold and maybe American lives were under siege and the threat the Senate to arrive, you saw him he was impressed with what was going on. There. Compound comm knew the way it was, was a rainbow coalition type thing born on the mat has impressed for some reason when he was leaving, and he got on the plane to leave for some reason. That man Jimmy Jones, he sent some of his henchmen, and a

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shot the Senate to up in the people with the Senate. Now they know American governments want to come get us, he gathered up all of the people compound and he told them, Armageddon is here, Armageddon is here. So he made a concoction of Kool Aid laced with cyanide.

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And he told the people to drink

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something like 800 people during the cooling. Now how in the world which will allow you to figure out here, if I was there, this is my brother, this is my cousin. That's my wife over there. Those are my children. And we believe in this man.

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But when I hear him saying, hey, Armageddon is here, we have to drink cyanide and kill ourselves.

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I'm going to say to my wife and my kids. Hey, guys, listen, no.

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kool aid on this side. let anybody see we're gonna just play dead. But what happens is again, this is the point when you suspend your intellect because of religion, so proud.

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So proud.

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So Prophet Mohammed, and all of his brothers from the prophets and the angels. They have no problem with being the sleeve have a lot of meaning. You're not a lot, not a lot, just the messenger. So they have that level above normal people. But nonetheless, they don't deserve to be

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worship, because the human team is susceptible to so many things. And from those things, he dies and anything that dies doesn't deserve to be God. So Freedom, freedom

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is for a person to submit his will willingly, he makes a conscious decision in the religion to be a servant of God. And that's why in our religion, there are many beautiful names that you can name yourself in that it's not Arabic names for men and women, many beautiful names. But the single best name in LSM, the single best name is to call yourself or your son, Abdullah, which means the slave of Allah. And many of the verse of the Quranic bring this like a lot, quote, Prophet Mohammed his sleeve in many verses, so kind of maybe Esra, the added DVD,

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all praises to a library to a lot, who took his sleeve, his servant. So although Mohammed is a prophet, and we respect him, nonetheless, is a human being. And he is a servant of one is the person knows a lot like that, then he'll move himself and all the other people around.

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So that's freedom, servitude. When a person doesn't make a connection with God created, he doesn't follow the religion. And that's when he becomes a slave. Now you have to stay with me now.

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slavery in Ellis land,

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slavery, the opposite of freedom, slavery. Now this Latin is for a person to put himself in a position where he allows himself to be low, because he's like a slave to the system is a slave to an idea that haunts him is a slave to a way of life. That is not healthy.

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It gave you some examples from Mohammed mentioned in some words, and given this concept, he said techniques up to Dina

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that he's up

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The Abu Musa talisa

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he will be wretched, he's unhappy, he will be wretched you will be destroyed. The one who was a slave to the dinar, he is a slave to the dinar.

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And he gave another example he is Richard is unsuccessful, it's not going to be happy. The one who was a slave to the devil, another type of Kermit the path, the Dow, the Frank, the one who worships money is going to be a slave. He said he is a slave is going to be the one who's a slave to his clothes. The main thing to him is spending a lot of money on clothes, and presented himself in the public with the people say, oh, whoo. And it will do anything in that regard.

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So he called individual a slave to these particular things. And that's what we have in a society that we're living in right now. where a person is a slave to the credit car.

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He doesn't have the ability to live within his means, but the society encourages him. And the society is constantly sending out messages to him, that you have to keep up with the Joneses. And you have to be a rat in the rat race, you have to

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do A, B and C in order to be considered success.

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Freedom is having the nerve and having the

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gall being brave enough to think out of the box and to be different and not to let other people make up your mind.

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People will live in right now. And many people believe that by choosing Hillary Clinton, or by choosing Donald Trump, I laugh a bit a bit. But people actually believe by choosing this moment that when you are choosing the person who's going to run America and lean America, that's not the case. It's people run America and they're not the ones who lead America. There are symbols. There are people behind that. There are systems behind them.

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So the slave is individually who eats things and doesn't know why. My wife

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always my queen,

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the products Do you want some coffee? Do you like Starbucks? My wife is addicted to this coffee and now

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dictate. I call it crap. Anytime I travel with her, she says to me, can we start to get some coffee and it has to be Starbucks. It can't be some regular coffee. regular coffee doesn't float a boat. I said, Okay, we're gonna pull over, we're gonna get your credit

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is expensive,

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is overpriced. But when she drinks it, it prevents her from having migraines. When she drinks it, it makes her feel relaxed. before drinking it. She's not that nervous, nervous as an Arabic word. I'm giving you guys move the nervous when she drinks it, she's calm. So I'm always telling her, Hey, what's the difference between Costa Costa and Starbucks? She said, Abu will be different as we walk. In fact, we are different. Can you taste it? I say many old tastes the same to me. Because I'm not a crackhead. That's why.

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But in her case, and this is the point, my wife is caught up in a game

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now and I use my wife, because she didn't to me, she's close. I don't want anyone out there thinking if you're addicted to Starbucks that I'm attacking you, I'm not attacking. This is my wife.

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If a person really believes you know, he's a coffee connoisseur, you really can taste this coffee especially. Okay, no problem. But come on.

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I don't know how much this cost in America, because in the UK, this will cause five pounds four pounds. That's about $11 $9. I'm not really like Dallas for any coffee.

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So it's the system. And there are many things that are going on in our lives. We don't know why we do things. People hate Islam. And they don't know why.

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The media major hate is that, yes, some Muslims, they did a lot of bad things. But there are more Christians doing bathrooms than Muslim because they're there they are Muslims. Some some countries do some bad things.

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But when they we Americans, when did our government become the moral authority of the world? That freaks me out when I hear that.

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So over in the UK, I've been following this guy, Colin Kaepernick.

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And the solid protests that he's been making, which was his right is his right? To take a knee

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person is allowed to reach out and read. But I was really taken aback by the position of some people who were questioning his patriotism and his love for Americans and so forth. So on. I'm shocked that a man is doing something that makes a lot of sense. And is what he believes. He fills that that particular symbol that those words that inculcate them, they hold them that Star Spangled Banner. He has a problem with that. I respect that. I mean, come on, if you don't regret it, and respect the man for that. So there's a particular individuals always coming on Fox News. She was blasting him. I mean, really nasty. And then after that, when Donald Trump said those things, and he said, I think

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brought out those derogatory things, sexist things that he said about women.

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The same lady that was blasting cabinet, who, who was protesting, silently because of a symbol. She turned around and was supporting Trump and blasting the people who are against him. And she supported him. And she downplay what he said. And when he did,

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where this man is not talking about assembly, he's talking about a human being a human being lady. What he said was nasty.

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And yes, many talk like that. But the men don't have

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don't have good character, they talk like that. That's the speech of God. So the issue here is, is that type of individually, I'm not here for delivery. And I'm not here for the other what I'm trying to say his

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freedom is having the ability to think and not being an independent individual who just wants to fall follow the crowd, and individually allows people to make your mind free this college and we have to think the president of the college and everybody who has something to do with making this possible. Stick into the ethics of the university and the guidelines and the ethos of the university. It's an institution

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Higher Learning.

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But is it really an institution of higher learning?

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Because some people go to college only to get debt out of their minds, they have a lot of debt. And you don't really get educated. I don't even want to begin guys to tell you as a young man growing up all of the nonsense that we've been taught that our heads have been built up with all of the nonsense, I grew up liking the cowboy over the NBA, and the cowboy press the Indians. But I grew up liking the cowboy. And then that's the question why, because of the nonsense that has been drilled into my mind. So freedom in our snack.

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When a person knows his God, he knows himself, and he knows other people. I get an example.

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If that individual were to be told by someone, no, the market is saturated with that type of business that you had a plan to initiate. You'll never be successful in doing that. The person wants to reach high, high high. Like one of my friends, he comes from Philadelphia. Philadelphia is a tough town, very violent for African Americans is a tough attack. This one individual like myself, he admitted to one Medina,

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and after graduating, got his master's degree, and then after that, he got his PhD in the process of getting that he was chosen to teach in the second most important message to the Muslims in the whole world. This is a lever person who comes from humble beginnings. His tongue language was not Arabic. He embraced a religion like me, and went to university SCOTUS that he, he excelled academically, that his masters started to get his PhD, he was chosen to teach in the second holiest Masjid, for the Muslims around the globe. When the Muslims go there, they see this African American men teaching that mistake.

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I tell you that because as I tell our community, especially African American youngsters, who are may not have had the best education and society tells them, you can't do that you can do this. Well, that's not true. You can do almost anything that is humanly possible. If Allah wants you to do this.

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If you believe in Allah, that's the meaning of those verses in the form en la vida, de la Lu, anything that he wants to do. humanly possible, we're not talking about crazy things. A man is flying without wings, he's gonna fly that talk when we're talking about, if you can dream, the theme, even the people don't believe you. You know a lot. So you have faith, I can do it in sha Allah bilaspur vision. So if you know about yourself, and your contracts, if you know a lot, you knew yourself, you know, your true limitations. If a person knows, he knows,

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as a white person, you're not better than black people.

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As a black person, African American, I know a lot. So I'm bad having an inferiority complex. If I walk into a room, have a bunch of white people

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walk in here, apologize. I don't walk in here feeling like I'm a second class citizen. But I'm also not going to walk amongst people with arrogance we need why because applies the grades, why my attic lock can destroy me easily.

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Right now, I don't know what's going on with my children right now. My wife,

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I'm not in a position to help them out. If anything, were to happen to them a lot, the bit, I can do anything I gotta make aware I have to find a way to get back to the UK take care of that situation. So if everything was in my control at the snap of a finger, the betterment I, I'll bring it I make it happen. But I can't do that.

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So the person who knows God, he knows Allah.

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He doesn't allow people to put them down, nor does he allow himself to tower over and above the people racism.

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And as a Muslim, we have racism.

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We have racism Muslims. Racism is racism isn't static in everyone's society. Sometimes you'll even find the same group of people being racist against each other. Like in the UK

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The Brexit issue, the UK exiting the European Union, that has a lot to do with just the British people don't want the Eastern Europeans and their country.

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Sometimes because they're going to take a lot of jobs. That's what they say.

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But that's not true.

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UK is a welfare state, a lot of people just on the loafing, those Eastern Europeans want to come in, they want to work and want to take the jobs the British people don't take. So what's the problem in Africa, those people that Tutsis and the

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cool tools, what country is that?

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Rwanda, same group of people, Africans, they may be just different tribes killing each other. So racism is a problem. And racism comes as a result, a direct result of people not knowing

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someone actually exists, thinking is better. It's the one that thinks the prime is skinny. And that's why I always make a lot of supplications for Malcolm X. Li have mercy upon him because he came out of a movement that was extraordinarily racist, called the Nation of Islam and not Muslims. They just use reverse psychology, they said that people would give a Christianity was forced on and shoved down our throats. When our forefathers were asleep. Sleep master gave us Christianity. You gave us a picture of Jesus Christ was a white man with blue eyes, blonde hair, he said, this job guy, you're going to be a slave here, but you'll get your pie in the sky will die.

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Malcolm X, most people came and said, No, no, no, no, black people are better than white people are devils. So they came with the reverse racism. Both of them are unacceptable when he left that stuff, and he went to Mecca, and he met up with Muslims from all over the world, Turkish Muslim, African Muslims, white Muslims from Yugoslavia and all of that. He said, One day, one night, we all went to sleep, they turned the light off, and people were snoring and I was awake. And I realized I had an epiphany. And I realized everyone was snoring in the same language. And I could not, I could not tell who was white, who was black, everybody was doing the same language. And that's the reality of

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atoms, children, mankind, you get a blood transfusion, your body is not going to reject the blood of a black men or white man.

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And your blood is not different from his blood. So the point here is that to belabor it, but the point here is, if a person knows us, God

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knows it, in itself was a big case free.

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He's not going to allow people to push him around.

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And that's why you find

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something that the Muslim community around the world,

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the Muslim community may be subjective, they may be under the yoke of the oppression of an oppressor.

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And the community doesn't have much all they have are rocks, I'm going to use those rocks to throw the rocks because

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our religion teaches us Don't be a slave. To me, thing that's creepy. Anything of anyone other than.

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Now, when I give you that example, about golden rocks, and things like that, I don't necessarily support that, because I don't believe that's going to really change your condition. If you have been reduced the rocks at tanks, then islamically, there's probably some other way to show your protests. But I'm just telling you, those of you who look around the globe and say, how can you do better? Why do they do that? That's one of the reasons that an LS man

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a man doesn't mean shouldn't tolerate being a slave in any shape form of fashion.

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So freedom is that is having a Ruby in servitude to our other things I can mention about that, when I want to go to the issue of oppression, Islam freedom or oppression.

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But before there is another very important issue.

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And that is

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how, if a person is a non Muslim,

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he has the freedom to remain a non Muslim in lsmw is that it doesn't come and force them individually to become Muslim. You know, this myth, the lie that's been perpetuated so long that people believe in and that is, Islam was spread by the sword. Muhammad, he was killing people, forcing him to become Muslim. I tell you public, anybody can bring any proof of that.

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I'll give you $500 500 pounds pounds past 500 if you can show me any sauce when hungry, while his companions, killed people forced him to become slack. No, you have the freedom not to be. Muslims can compel. If you're living in a Muslim state, if you're married to a Muslim man, there's a verse in the Quran that says like a crappy D cut the bang in a rush to minute. There is no compulsion in the religion. You can compel someone to be able to smell, you're gonna be a Muslim one going you can do that.

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ls lab allow Muslim man to marry a Jewish lady or a Christian lady, provided that they're taking care of it. You know, chastity, she has to be chaste. She has to be chats, if she's a lady that's going out and running around and sleeping with many men, even if she's a Jewish lady or Christian lady, she's disqualified Kim.

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But if she's a bright lady, Christian and Jewish lady, Islam allow her to marry that lady.

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And when she married that Muslim when she marries that Muslim man, she can still eat pork. She can still drink wine and intoxicants, she is still practice in stuff and Christmas, all of these holidays that are against the snap slammer. We don't practice those things, because they go against the monotheism. But that's her religion, and that's her way of life.

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And her husband can't force up. Now, it's not wise for him, in my humble opinion, to put himself in that situation, because if they're, and that kind of relationship is going to be some clashes sooner or later. And if they have children, it becomes more complicated.

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But I know some making it to get to some Christian women who have a pretty good marriages, to be honest with you. And I know some Muslim men married to Muslim women who the marriage is a wreck. It just depends on the dynamics of everybody's peculiar situation. So the point here, the shakin here is

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you can't force her she has the freedom to stay in her religion.

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And there are many verses a few verses rock the statement of a lot of lot since the Prophet Mohammed, anything took next day upon me need a Mohammed? Are you going to compel the people with foster people and make them believers? Mohammed never went to the community and threatens people to be killed you never. It's not like that people made up. One of those things people believe about them. It's not true. 500 pounds, you have your smartphones, look for it right now. That's the difference between 2016 and maybe you know, 2001 80 speaker says something you can look that thing up right now, if you bring me that truth, before we leave this place, I'm going to give you 500

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pounds. And if I don't, you can say he's a liar, public 500 how many limited?

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And it brings us to the issue of ISIS and people like that. People cut heads off of other people trying to force them into a snap. Those people are not representatives of our religion. And that's the condition of the Muslim community. Now,

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the Muslim community, we don't understand our religion that Well, a

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lot of stuff is being pushed off on us. And it's the culture.

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A lot of things are being pushed off on us. And it's a knee jerk reaction to the oppression and foreign policies of different Western countries have other things that you see the Muslims doing and believing. They themselves don't know where they've come from.

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And as I told you, I became a Muslim. Muslims confused.

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I met some people for Pakistan, they were doing some crazy stuff I'm getting out of here. And this is African Americans. They didn't know what they were doing. They would do some real crazy stuff. I met another group of people. And as long as I live, I'll never forget.

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People from these people, they were from Kenya, originally from India, but they visited Kenya. And I want all these different groups that Muslims have, but they had a

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leader. He was the son of the previous leader who died. So we inherited the leadership of his granting of his father who inherited from his father and his father. I'm the type of person is going to come and say, Why Why are you the leader? Why can I be different? Why is just your father was the mophie sob and his father was the movie sob and his was the mother. Where does that come from?

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They may not even be religious and qualify. But anyway, this guy, the leader, he was a pretty nice guy to be honest. He was sitting down on a big chin,

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one of those

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chairs made out of bamboo. And behind him was a big picture of his spot. Oh man with like beer, beer. And we shouldn't even have that type of pitcher in the messaging. So we don't want to enter in on him. The whole community of men, we had to start from the door back there. And one by one, you have to crow on your arms and your knees, you crawl to him, you kiss his feet, you kisses me, and then you kisses ring on his right hand and you go budget visits. So I was about when I was number 17, and ally. As my tongue was coming up, I had trepidation. I was getting nervous, but not nervous, scared, nervous, like, I know I won't do this. Now what I have to do is manage the drama because I

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want to do this.

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I have these complexes, you know these things in my head.

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When I travel, I kind of want the police to racially profiling if they stopped being the

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most profitable because he racially profiling,

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you don't have that consistent tip like that. I travel on the airplane, you know, they ask everyone, can you please put your luggage on top of a conveyor belt, you want to wait it and put it in, put it up on a sleeve, you want me to pick it up?

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unsolicited like that, I won't go that much overboard. But I'm sensitive to people trying to put me down because that's been my experience as an African American. That's why.

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So in this case, as I started to get to the front of the line, I decided I'm not doing it. And I was a brand spanking new Muslim. And about a month in at this time, I said I'm not doing that. So I just walked to the man. And I shook his hand. And I went the other way. When I met up with the other ones that preceded me, it was certainly a ton of new things.

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But I didn't care about that. Because I'm not crawling to low human being. And then as time went on, I learned and I realized

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what I did was a slanted, because it was just the natural disposition of the human being. Don't do something like that. Don't do something like that. So as it relates to this freedom of Ellis that freedom is servitude. Freedom is not saying doing anything that you want to do anything wearing anything. That's not freedom. Now this man best sleep asleep.

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But it did give the novice the freedom to not agree to snap at that free those verses. Okay. second issue before we go to oppression.

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second issue before we go to oppression in sha Allah, is there are some verses that selling Muslims use to show

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that the Muslim has the right and the freedom to leave is that

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I say no, you don't have the right to leaders, leaders. I think many of you non Muslims may be aware that

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is corporal punishment, capital punishment in the Muslim world, any notice that if you pass it,

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the recombinases penalty for that is corporal punishment. And there are many reasons.

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So no, you don't have to and I don't hide behind the rip anything of this religion from me to get a to z, I believe everything is that

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everything has a plausible explanation. You may know it, you may not know it. But I'm not one of those people who hide behind things because people can understand it or people can embrace it. I'm not the one who legislated in this religion. I just embraced it. I believe in it. I'll do my best to try to explain, but I won't manipulate the religion. I won't change the meanings of things. So in this lab,

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there are some harsh penalties for certain crimes that are committed to harsh penalties. And this is one of the harsh so some Muslims were apologetic or very modern. And again, I told you, problem 100

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it is what determines and defines things. Not not the people because a terrorist to some people is a freedom fighter. I don't know if you people are aware of what happened recently with the CEO of Wells Fargo Bank CEO. He stole 10s of millions of dollars, I think was a million dollars. He stole it from the people.

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So $100 million, some astronomical amount of money he stole,

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and only gave a slap him on his face. He sat before the Senate. Some of the senators were upset with him. They say you need to be Joe. But it was just rhetoric. And you can see the way he was smirking, that he just couldn't wait to get back to his mansion or fly his jet plane. Just know it was a joke.

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Now, when he took $100 million,

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he got a severance pay. It's not entrepreneurs, paying someone money back going back to business. Or as the guy who's working for Starbucks.

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he slips $20 in his pocket.

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Basically, that he stole the $20. He's a criminal. But the guy from Wells Fargo, he's a capitalist, that's capitalism what he did. So people's interpretations of things are different. It's different. So one person said that modern modernity

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modernity is well connected.

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I say no, that's uncivilized. That's not modernity. So people's interpretations and definitions of things are different. In this lab, we cut through all of that stuff.

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The poor are the ones to define for us how we understand this, how in the standard, and don't misunderstand Muslim, non Muslim, that doesn't mean that even a straight Jackman can move around in the sand doesn't mean that it means the more knowledge you get about your religion, the more flexibility you'll have, the less you know, the more confused more problems you're going to incur.

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So some of these apologetic, modern systems,

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they took some verses out of context about freedom.

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They're diverse, and one of the shorter service, social capital, koryak capital, and that sort of statement lebu Dino Kong, and he indeed, the I had said, that the Muslim says to you is your religion, your way of life, and to me is mine.

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Another one is the statement for men shall find a new woman shall be fed and yet for whoever wants to believe let him believe what he wants to disbelieve better this belief. So these apologetic Muslim says that these verses me, as a Muslim, the is saying, you can leave us that you could this fully. But that's not the meaning of that verse. And I wanted to say that the clarification, the verse like ondina, for the adeem is a verse talking about and without a bra allegiance, enmity and allegiance. And this is making a Bara from COVID.

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And from the people who from the other higher level wants to believe that and believe what wants to disclaim religious belief as a verse of what he did, I don't know, how would you translate that might be a threat.

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It's like the person who says,

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Your boss at your job, your mother and father, husband, someone in authority says to someone else, okay, you've got to do what you want to do what you want to do. He's not giving you the green light to go do what you want to do. He's threatening you, meaning if you go and do it, there's a price to pay. It's a threat. Okay? Okay, you go ahead and do what you want to do.

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The one who hears that doesn't understand he can go ahead and write on the walls.

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He understands from that, that he's threatened, don't do what I don't want you to. That's the meaning of those verses. So I mentioned in that to the Muslims, specifically here, because again, we're living in its mortuus times, the leaders of the Muslims, people were teaching our community.

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A snack during this time is strange. Problem Muhammad comes back right now, if that was possible, he wouldn't recognize a lot about this religion. Muslims believe that Jesus is going to come back to the side gotta believe that as a Muslim,

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Jesus come back and he's going to rectify things because the community we've confusion, compounded confusion. So you guys who are studying in these institutions of higher learning and you are educated people, that's another relative term educated, you're educated people. It's not shouldn't be embraced by the way your father's Didn't your forefathers, were your religion just becomes Well, that's what my mother, my father.

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Why are you doing that? That's what my mother my father did. Who said that the mother father knew what they were doing. You guys have to use that. You

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use your intellect to

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practice and learn the religion. Lastly, the second half, or pressure,

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freedom or pressure, there's limited freedom in this man. And freedom is serving a lie doing what he told you to do.

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And slavery is not worshiping God and not doing what not doing the things that he told you to do come as a result of that, a slave to whatever your vice is.

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oppression, this is, this is real easy to short.

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And this man is going this way.

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And oppression is going to be diametrically opposed. And no shape form or fashion is oppression about.

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two wrongs don't make a right in this religion.

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Like in the UK, we have a lot of extreme and radical instance, they're worse than what is here in America.

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So they look at the foreign policy of the UK, look at the foreign policy of America,

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the lopsided nature of how America deals with the EU, the Jews and stuff like that, all of these things that are going on. So the youngsters want to go, because of the scene, what's happening to the brothers. So this is wrong what they do.

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But you doing something wrong, doesn't rectify that problem. So then doesn't allow him to do that. And many of those things happen from time to time, with companions were being persecuted and killed.

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And he didn't let his companions do things that they wanted to do. When the people were in a position of weakness, like

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the weak men, the older people and the women, they were there and they could have pounced upon you. So you can't do that. It's not our religion. Because the strong people from them, were oppressing us. We're going to now take this out to do you can't do that.

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So there is no absolutely no place for oppression in the religion. Our religion is a religion that's easy and make sense, is a religion that's intellectual is not a religion of confusion, confusion. What we see today is a lot of confusion that's taking place a lot of confusion. But it is new, the basics of Islam, you realize that when it comes to this issue of oppression, Allah doesn't oppress his service.

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And he made oppression, impermissible for us to oppress one another.

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Our is a God who doesn't oppress. So when we see things happening around the globe, when it appears, the weak and the defenseless, are being oppressed. We don't say that God is doing that. There's some wisdom, why he's allowing that. But it doesn't mean that that's something that's okay. There's some wisdom, whether we understand it, you don't understand it. There is some wisdom in that.

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But we don't believe that Allah has a presence. And because he doesn't know press, he doesn't allow it in the religion of Allah spent. So now if the one who

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comes into the religion with the braces man, he doesn't say like in Ramadan, this last Ramadan a few months ago, four months ago, we fast for 30 days. One of the Bibles of science back in the month of Ramadan. In the UK, we were fasting 18 and a half hours every day. Because you fast from sunup to sundown. So depending upon where you are in the world, and dependent upon what year it is, the days can be longer or shorter, we're dealing with some very long days right now. 18 and a half hours, normally was even longer than that.

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So when I first became Muslim, fasting was short, because I became a Muslim in the month of Ramadan. And when I became a Muslim, and manifested in my life, and when I was fasting, I was saying, Man, this is hard. This is hard. I almost backward from Islam because of fasting because I was used to it. I say this.

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But I had people around me who knew what they were doing. And they helped me through it. It's always important to have it. So as a Muslim, I can say, fasted internet hours, God is oppressive. Why would he do that? It's too hard to know. We went through that whole month, 30 days and now those days are behind us. And he's done. We did it on Sunday, we proved you can do it.

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without undue stress and duress you can handle and the person who can't handle that, then the religion gave him a concession.

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It's too difficult for you, you're too old, you're sick, you don't have to fast.

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So pressure, there is no way. No equation, there is nothing someone can bring an example to the table where oppression is acceptable as valid, known to them all forms and all strands of oppression, not permissible in this religion from the beginning to the end.

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So I come to this issue of the Muslim woman is she'll press, she'll press one for the one who doesn't know about Islam, and the one who didn't study about them, but they are looking at Islam from the outside. And they want to superimpose what they understand upon the Muslim woman because she dresses the way she dresses. That's not fair. Because I think if she was looking at the lady who's walking around, and all of us have a good smile, and the one wanted to just say, this is just an example guidance. I don't mean this as an example.

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But how would you feel I would want them to feel

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if you walk by a group of people need to say such a slut.

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And they use that type of language. That's not acceptable to describe it like that. And to talk to people like that. Okay, well, let's put the shoe on the other foot, have some empathy, have some sympathy, but just in the shoes of that lady, that Muslim lady who people look at her and they say, oh, that poor girl, she's so fabulous, and so pressed.

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And she's a free Baker.

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She doesn't have a problem with that.

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Why us being so judgmental, like you would never except for the people who say what they can say about you, and you may not be slumped. That's just the way you dress because that's the society we live in. And that's what we do in this one.

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She's not a slug. She's a real good person, actually. But people when they watch her, that's how they describe with that venomous snake nice, not right.

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As a Muslim, that name which is not right. I don't condone that page.

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I think what she's doing is respecting himself. I think she's more than that. The one who created her

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wants more from her than that. He wants people to look at her mind. First. He wants people to get to know her spirit first, that when the man looks out, he just wants that one thing. And now she has relationship after relationship after relationship. And part of that is because she's caught up into that way of not knowing how to think for yourself.

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So pointings is though some woman Oh press.

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Yes, some Muslim women are oppressed because of the culture.

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She's forced into a match. That's crazy.

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She's 40. That's oppression. That's not our religion.

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She's all oppressed, because some of the men of her

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family, they don't want to encourage her to excel academically. But also the people who have found for the religion of STEM didn't say that.

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Religion this man couraged her to get educated, but to stay within the boundaries of the religion, to stay within the demarcations of the snap, span from a lot of value on education. Having an educated one, a wife who's not educated, I don't want a woman who can educate my children who wants that.

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But it turns out, the Muslim woman wearing this jacket

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one person is terrorists, another person's freedom. One person sees as being oppressed, another person sees her as being a jewel, precious stone has been covered, of duties being covered. And it's not for everybody. And when you meet her, you're going to meet her mind. First, you're going to meet a spirit, you're going to get a feel for who she is content of character. And that is what she's bringing physically can can adapt and hold a decent relationship with another man except that his eyes are wandering all over the place and he can't be taught to you didn't know you.

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So no, she's not oppressed in that regard.

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And the people will not listen and say guys, you have to open up your mind a little bit more to this thing about who may us Americans wet the West made us the moral compass for everybody.

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And I hope during the q&a session, because someone's going to

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Let me know who did that we could have have a further discussion. But as it relates to oppression, oppression of this man in all shapes, forms, fashion, and has been condemned, not to don't. And no one can bring any examples where oppression is about where, when it comes to freedom, we have to explain that. No, you're not free to do any and everything, you're not free.

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And the meaning of freedom. And it's that is this, what is limited.

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So with that,

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we'll bring this session to a close. And if you guys have any questions about what was said, we'll be more than happy to do our best to answer your questions.

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But there's a lot here.

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We thank you for for this beautiful lecture.

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Let's go ahead and bring the questions. Like I said, the chef is coming from the UK. And he's been all around the world in New Jersey, so you will not offend him with any question you have.

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an axe How did you want Halo?

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The texture Hey, I'm going to jump over to Jason and be authentic. No, go ahead.

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So he will not be offended unless you reach his borders than he is demarcations. So any questions?

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Bring them San Diego statement of learning to go back to extra credit people. I was shocked when I heard that some of you are here to get extra credit. Wow.

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pretty clear to me.

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American media,

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being in the UK, kind of

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described that more in terms of

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just an immediate portrayal of Islam, like what what does it look like to not not being America?

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What is the what is your experience?

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It's an interesting question, man. Because

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the UK

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they have a problem with talent. In America. As a matter of fact, I would even go as far as to say that the UK is the most tolerant European country on the face of the earth as it relates to sex. And the Muslims who come to the UK, from France from Italy, who come from Germany, and these other places.

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It is, you know, a hands down army. UK is extremely talented.

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But the UK is a bit of an enigma, it's a bit difficult to understand, because although that is the case at the same time, some of the people there the government, the the people culture, they still have that British Empire mentality, brick, a British Empire, a place where the sun never sets. This is how we civilize the world, some of the people.

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My wife is from Africa,

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where she's just in the black. She was in the shopping mall, and lady told my wife was from Africa.

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You need to go back to Iran,

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which has nothing to do with Iran.

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My wife is from Africa. But that's the evidence of that lady. And we have this thing that we look at people like you're better than you if you are if you are a color, indeed, from Pakistan, you've come up. But because I told you government opens up its doors and its borders to take in a lot of people. So some of the people who voted to get out of the European Union. They did have a legitimate point because the immigration problem is overwhelming. The way it has been.

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It relates to the Muslims of the media.

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The British government is like the American government of the American media. It's the same thing. Same coin, but a different side. One man named is rupert murdoch, he owns most of the media apparatus is there. And he's the buddy to all of the politicians, the Prime Minister previously the one now and they're the godfathers of each other and you know

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They have these secret meetings about and I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but this reality.

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So whenever something happens, and I remember when I first moved to England when I first lived there 15 years ago, something like that Timothy McVeigh, who blew up that Building in Oklahoma.

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Remember that guy blew up the building was a racist,

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white supremacists,

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serious bombs he had the face of the building,

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nursery and innocent children got the next thing in the UK, one of the main newspapers, it was a picture of a fire man carrying like his veiling of one of the children.

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If a picture ever spoke 1000 words, this was the pitch kids body was just like, it's like the sewage kid that was in the water. So assuming

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the image is still in mind, we'll have to take it out with children and the Syrian kids as well. The caption of that picture said Islamic terrorism.

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And he was a white supremacist. And that's what happens now. And every time something that happens, like what happened in Orlando, recently,

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when they report it, they see Islamic terrorism.

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The guy is gay.

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And you can be a Muslim gay, meaning being homosexual being a lesbian. That's an exposure for the slap, but it's a sin.

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God was a he was a party. Yeah, nothing to do with this fact. It wasn't the one that in the name of this man. But it's always senators and senators. So a few months ago, another racist white supremists he shot a very good Member of Parliament, a leading a white lady, who had

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she did a lot of things for her constituency. I mean, she traveled to Africa, she did a lot of the work, this guy walked up to a man and shot in the head and stopped them.

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And instead of seeing white supremacy, or something like that, cushy terrorism or something like that, they explained it away. It was a big thing, but they were used to problems and mental problems.

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The river guide was originally from Nigeria, he embraces that it was a religion. Amen to that. Soldier things meet regularly, UK, random mobile with a car to witches nightfall, set them up, chop them up with an axe, and instead of running, not that I can do that. But a normal person will try to get what you have committed a crime like that, instead of running. They stood there and gave interviews This is a sense that he offers coming in. Who does that?

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Who does right?

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So we did all of that. Terrorism, that doesn't speak for us.

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That's not our religion.

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So this is what we have in the UK. It's terrible, I'm talking about is terrible. Because it's blatant. They have a feeling of freedom, prevent the child to figure out how do we stop Islamic extremists? How do we stop Muslim kids from being extremely? Well, you can start by shouldering and acknowledging some of the responsibility that you have and your foreign policy. You kill citizens, millions of Muslims around the globe. They don't want to say that. They want me as the man to just condemn just condemning the Muslims condemned to do that. And I'm also going to call a spade a spade have something to do with it. You're cutting the legs from under people like me, okay, keep these

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kids grounded and you're killing them problems. Come on, you have something to do with it.

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But anyway, prevent. It's outrageous. It's targeted to the Muslims, only the Muslim children. So the teachers and these doctors and professionals, they take about four hours of some training to look for signs of extremism. And once they see the signs only of the Muslim kids, they report it to the police. So they have some real crazy situations that happen like a young kid. When the teacher was asking the kids about what you did over the weekend, the case that my father was cooking, my father being a cook about a cook a little kid, he was like six, seven, my father made a cook about me kissing my father made a comeback. But he called it a cooker bomb. It was the responsibility of the

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teacher to do some discretion. I don't know about you guys, but I asked the teachers that I really

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Like when I was young, so if I raise my hand, sometimes I would say to the teacher and

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call it by my mom, cuz I'm like,

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under the prevent, if I say that, hey, my mom, as a son, I'm being abused at home.

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No, you have to use your discretion and like to invest money that I confuse you with my mother, just in my marriage.

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So another guy,

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a kid,

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they have a thing. They're called

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World Book Day.

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That's a case where the kids come to school, you have to dress up like some character out of a book. So the Muslim guy dressed up with a turban with a,

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you know, Michael Muslim for a long time. And so the teacher sent

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your iPad, an iPad, and that would be

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the case.

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And that was a thief. Because his story he steals, Aladdin steals a thief.

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She said when she said, he

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said that Dean and I up was a very powerful man that helped to come to the Crusaders, and take Palestine in Jerusalem and give it back to the Muslims. So when he said that, they will come up as being extremists, and they are really situations like that. That's another kid described.

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He said, I live in a terrorists house. He meant to say, terrorists, terrorists taking our ECP. But because it's so yummy sectors, and is that that I'm not making this stuff up.

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And it's only with the Muslims on it. And

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so from that angle, we have a lot of challenges in the UK. But it's much better than

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much better than America, I think is much better. It's just that the media is a bigger crowd.

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Thanks, question.

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You mentioned that you reverted to the religion.

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So I can imagine that there are some difficulties.

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What are the difficulties

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you come across, as far as

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The nature of Islam as a standard is not difficult to practice providing know what you're doing. The more you know, the easier it is to practice, you don't know what you're doing. So a bit of a problem. So at the beginning, I was like being more like a pirate be more like a monkey, I was mimicking what people were doing. So when they were training, and was just moving as they were moving, but I wasn't feeling the essence of what I'm doing. Because at that time, I just found these people. But as the days passed, and they go into months, and then he wants to go into the years is that when I studied

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you get over those hurdles.

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We reverse why no had this other problem on the fence, I didn't have a problem for my family, very supportive. They compared how I was before snap and how I became at the snap so they more than happy. And to this day, they're very supportive. But my extended family members and some people from my community, although the vast majority of them

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certainly for who I am and how I am and the changes I've made. But meeting river people they have that.

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Essentially, they come in to the religion with too much fervor unbridled

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excitement. So there are things that are in the religious code example in which you have staggered things and how I'd say to each of the guys and gals like that. So maybe an individual embraces this man, and in his mother's house,

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she has a

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cabinet full of alcohol back in jail, and all of that stuff. So if he doesn't have knowledge, he'll go in and take that stuff.

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250 $300 worth of Bark and Wine, and maybe some expensive wine.

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That's not how you deal with them. That's their house, first of all, and you don't do things like that till you meet them, they're gonna get crazy. And I know many people have gone through that. That's why it's really important.

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For no revert to be around people balance. Don't be around those Muslims are not balanced and made

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I just came in yesterday.

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And they put pressure on, and she wants to do the right thing. So she follows what they know, don't be like, be free to think. And then when it's time to get married.

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Any sugar that comes, you know, before slamming, you've had nothing in common with a person who is

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hungry, horizontally charged, you know, a process of shortage.

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by a third of that person to you know, before spam would never be that I'm not prejudiced or anything, but this is not what

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you know, you got a level four

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arrival, and due to lack of experience and knowledge, she makes that decision.

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That's an extreme example. But things like that happened left, right and center. So it was really important for the reader to be balanced, people come into the village, people want to blow things up, they want to kill people in your brain making muscles can affect.

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So when you hear people say crazy things that have enough sense to get away from crazy people. So I personally didn't have that many problems. My problem was really in trying to find the right

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because the Muslims were not and are not given a good example of a snag Prophet Mohammed was the Parana pseudonym. And the way his companions understood that

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the Muslims are doing a lot of crazy things right now. And that's just how it is. And I'm not going to put down my name, you know, hanging on our dirty laundry out in public, I'm going to do that. But at the same time it is on the surface. And I say that for all of you, for the most part, and the saggi that we have the people educating us ourselves. We have to do a better job with learning this religious learning so we can practice the right way.

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We should name

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our athletes and talk to you. Okay, real quick.

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Anyone question? Any more questions? Guys?

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You extra credit people? More questions?

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Okay. So you talked about

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You mentioned that

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that our strength in our religion is the ability to control ourselves. Can you go more into that? Say,

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you mentioned how like, the strength in the religions, the ability to control, like yourself, like to control yourself? Yeah.

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Again, as I was mentioning, to you guys, is that

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a strong one is the one who is not necessarily bringing it to the table physicality. This is what we think in a society that the strong one is the one with the muscles, he is the strong. The strong one is the one who has the ability to control himself. I give an example.

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A person who is in a relationship that's dysfunctional is not healthy.

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They devoted they have a love for their partner, but there's no reciprocity. That person is willing to give their all for the other person. They're always thinking about them first. They've come. They see what they like, what they don't like before themselves, and it's natural, because they're committed to that person. And that person has a history of breaking their heart of abusing physical, mental, emotional, as a history.

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Multiple relationships outside of that backed

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and the wind was going through that doesn't have that ability to say enough is enough.

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I love myself enough to say this is

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because these this rhetoric you love me you love me that starts to get stale when it wears out. If you really love me, the proof is in the pudding. Show me that in your behavior.

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That's a strong person, the weaker person and I'm like judging, because I feel I feel for that person. They need support, even understanding. And why do people do that? Who knows.

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But the one tolerance, and allows it and makes excuses, and they take it day in and day out

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as a sign of weakness,

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sign, and the guy can't hold the muscles, or the girl in that situation, be extremely athletic, has a gold medal, won a gold medal in swimming or whatever, ran the marathon, whatever. But the relationship

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had an industry again, where like, over there in the UK,

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there's a big thing about bullying. That means kids have committed suicide, because of bullying. So that's something I can relate to. And then it was bullying. But I do know, I used to try to help people who are bullied growing up.

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So I can't really relate to that. How someone bullies you would you go home strength is hanging yourself.

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So when addressing this, now will communities act to impart knowledge to these kids that, hey, you will and

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don't be one of those people who are rough, you can't speak out for yourself.

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Don't be one of those people that allow people to oppress you. I think in our religions, you have apparatuses that are naturally built in to make people like learn these lessons and practice them. But in many instances, like Muslims are not perfect. Some people will get the minimum and some people don't. So strength is not being able to real strength not being able to carry the team from not being strong, being strong, like us stick question in front of everybody.

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You want to know. So you asked the question. There's a person here the audience, they have some questions, but they're not going to ask because I'm shy. And I don't want to

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be on first street like that.

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So that's the meaning of the first step community that needs to have an industry

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is another strong, she got the strength from the partner next to

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me and my wife was told to go back to Iran and the religion of the Iranians is not even the religion of my wife.

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Let's say that somebody told that to you. How would you respond? It's funny that you would mention that because

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on the bus,

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there was a lady from Jamaica, was on the bus. And our Muslim lady got on the bus with a pram baby carriage. And she had a beanie on her back.

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And the Jamaican lady was speaking back to what a Jamaican speak.

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She has a very threatening and menacing she was saying to the Muslim lady, you whore go you, your Muslim or your terrorist go back to where you came from. And she was verbally abusive. And people

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recorded. Me they got in trouble. When I saw it. I was shocked. I was shocked because she came from Jamaica.

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She was Africa.

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Then take it to Jamaica. Now she's in UK. And she's telling someone else go back to where you come from.

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So that's the same

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verbally abuse that she was hearing from white people. So now she's giving it to someone that just couldn't understand that. I couldn't stand it. So I think if I was

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unfortunate to met someone like that,

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in trying to be strong, I wouldn't lash out violently and physically. But I would say what is the reality in the UK, the reality of the UK, just as it is to be able to live in America. Everybody came from somewhere else.

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Anybody here came from somebody who's white people that came from somewhere else. Everybody has something in that Irish and Scottish and everybody's mixed with salt.

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And then

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we will get you know if you really want to say that the original inhabitants of America with the Native Americans second video with a new video.

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And the body came from someone so with the mass migration that's going on in the world. I came from

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Khalid recently had an interview, please a lot of different people out there. But there's some really blatant racism

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despite the fact that diversity

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so some people just want to be stuck on stupid and they want to be ignorant, any look at people like that. And I think that's a shame. Because we have more in common than what we don't have in common. You just have to get rid of that ignorance of being afraid of what you don't know. That's what xenophobia is, you're afraid that someone comes from somewhere else. Why? Because it's a stumbling block, but take a timeout to it to know and to celebrate the differences that we have. Because it meaning you live in a culture I'm going to learn about we came from yoga people, you're fools. I'm going to share that with you. And when our orbits you know, cross like that

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we become more enriched but that's what enlightened people telogen people think like that is to ignorant races whether you're black and white man and warm and it's cool. They're the ones who judge people look at people so the people they see immediate

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micro predicting is a has a bomb.

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You can go to the London Underground subway with a bag on you, you're suited. People think you have a bone they don't want to sit next to you. But I do understand that understanding.

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So you don't want to open our minds and celebrate our differences.

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guys, we from

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and you're free

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bye originally like your parents come from somewhere else

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my dad

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Your mom is what

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just trying to get to know your guys's.

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So the next any more questions that okay, no more questions.