Adnan Rajeh – Between June 6th and Rafah Part -1

Adnan Rajeh
AI: Summary © The importance of avoiding fooled by " ridden life" and finding a enemy within one's own circle is emphasized. The West's actions are aimed at changing the public opinion and addressing issues like Islam. The speaker emphasizes the need to shift the narrative of the deed and represent Islam appropriately, while also highlighting the importance of not compromising on people's desire to change the public opinion. The importance of education and mentorship is also emphasized, as well as the need to address "weAKening of the world" and "weAKening of the world" issues. The importance of highlighting the importance of not giving up on pain and celebrating achievements instead of just talking about it is emphasized.
AI: Transcript ©
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He says,

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oh people indeed, the promise of your lord

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is the truth.

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So do not be fooled by this worldly

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life that you live in. Do not be

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fooled by the one who goes out and

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seeks and hopes to fool you. Indeed,

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a shayran is your true enemy, so take

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him as such.

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Exclusively, he will be calling those who follow

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him to a place of punishment.

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As we are approaching the 9 month anniversary

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of the beginning of these horrible events that

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we have been witnessing,

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we are also coming very close to the

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3rd annual memory

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of the horrific events that occurred on South

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Courage

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on June 6th.

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And between these two events,

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we we must take a moment

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and zoom out for a second

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to reassess or to look at our status

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and look at this situation and

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reflect and contemplate as if as if we

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do not do that, if we as human

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beings and as Muslims specifically,

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lack the ability to contemplate and reflect on

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what is happening

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throughout our lives, then we will not be

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able to make better choices.

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We won't make better decisions, and we will

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not grow or move forward. And this is

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a a fatal

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human flaw

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where we describe history, meaning we narrate it

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as it occurs, but we lack the ability

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to actually take any of the lessons that

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are required for us

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to negate

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negate the possibility of these of these events

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happening again

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or we lose our ability to actually learn

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from

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from our mistakes.

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And the reason that I'm I'm talking about

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this specifically today, and it's a PD day

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and a lot of my younger brothers and

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sisters are here, so I want them to

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listen to this.

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The human race unfortunately

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has this need for an enemy.

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The human race, they require there being an

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enemy.

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It's a requirement that fulfills a sick part

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of our instinct.

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A part of us that is not healthy

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to feed, but it's there.

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If you give us an enemy, you give

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us some reason

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to hate. You you give us a place

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for us to channel our hate and to

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channel our blame,

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And it's just something that is is just

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a part of the human experience. And the

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stem

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is very

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specific on the fact that your enemy lies

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within.

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Like, your enemy is not someone that you

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can point at. Your enemy is one that

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you cannot see, you cannot taste, you cannot

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hear, you cannot touch,

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And your enemies actually quite weak. All he

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really does is just give you bad thoughts,

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and then you're the one who either acts

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upon them or doesn't.

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Meaning, it brings it down. You know what

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the ayah says, indeed your enemy, Sha'il Han

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is your enemy. And since you cannot declare

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a war on Sha'il Han, as much as

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we like to declare war on things, you

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can't really declare a war on shaitan. You

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can't see him, you can't do much. He's

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and he does not really harm you

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per se directly. He doesn't really harm you.

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He just gives you bad thoughts. He tries

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to confuse you. He tries to show you

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things to be different than they what they

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really what they actually are. He

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tries to he tries to elude you, to

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misguide you, but at the end at the

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end, it's your choice. It's you and it's

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me. We're the ones who make the final

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decision whether we are going to walk down

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a path of evil or not.

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The enemy that we seek out and we

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want so badly to fight is not really

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is not materialistic,

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and it's mostly whether we like it or

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not ourselves.

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And this is what the Quran teaches us.

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This is surah that the Quran ends with,

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say I say I seek refuge in the

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Lord of humanity,

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in the King of humanity,

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in the deity of humanity,

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from the evil that is inflicted

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upon the one who whispers

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in in in darkness.

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Is the one who whispers into the hearts

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and

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the and the chest of human beings.

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From the

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from human beings as well.

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And they can't harm you, but they can

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make you become harmful.

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But that's not the narrative that the west

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has picked up.

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And those who don't understand what Islam is

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about, don't take that narrative. They need an

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enemy. For the longest time, it was communism.

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For the longest time, you weren't around neither

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was I. You weren't here. There were the

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enemy. All you have to do is watch

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movies that were made back in the seventies.

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The enemy was always from a communist country.

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And then when communism fell, they need another

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enemy.

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Fortunately, it turned out to be us.

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Unfortunately

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the choice landed on the Muslims.

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For people living in the west specifically that's

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how the * it became. We became the

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enemy. We became the enemy whether we did

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something to deserve it or not. It's not

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even the point but that's what we became.

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That's how we were viewed, and for the

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longest time we were viewed like that. But

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then Muslims because of because of the good

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the beautiful nature of what Islam is, Muslims

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moved. Muslim always I've always done that. Move

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from one place to the other. They immigrate,

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they go, they integrate, and then we became

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We lived amongst them, and it became much

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more difficult to call us the enemy when

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you were working with us. When you saw

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what the values that we stand for were.

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But that didn't change the general political political

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out view of the establishment that we're a

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part of. It didn't change that which puts

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puts us in this predicament.

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It puts us in this in this predicament

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that we find ourselves in where we are

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a part of this country. We're a part

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of the North, of the North American culture.

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We're a part of Europe. We're a part

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of the West. We we we work in

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their schools and in their hospitals, and we

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run for office.

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And we're a part of their of the

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social fabric. However, they don't

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behave that way.

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However, 35,000

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and counting are dead.

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Children and women, the majority of them in

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their tents. In their tents, they burned in

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their tents in refugee camps. In refugee camps

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where they're supposed to be. It's not even

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a place that's worth living in. You can't

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live there. There's nothing to live on. It's

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not life when you're stuck in a refugee

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camp. I've been to them. It's not life.

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You can't call that life. It's in limbo.

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You're just there hoping for one day instead

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of being able to get out. There are

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people who live there for the majority of

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their lives.

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You can't call that life and yet they're

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being followed there.

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So when we stand and we say, how

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is that acceptable?

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When we when we voice our concerns, why

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is this okay? Why are we still supporting

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someone who is doing that? Why is that

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not being stopped? They have no answer for

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us because we are continuously being seen as

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the enemy,

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at least overseas,

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and that has to change. This is something

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that we can talk about. The hatred that

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fueled the events of June 6th is the

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same hatred that's fueling the events in Al

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Azhar al Wabash. It's the same hatred

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and the indifference

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that allowed someone to generate all that hate

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that led to June 6th. That indifference, that

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political and social indifference that allowed that to

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be built up to it.

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And lead to the June 6th events is

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the same indifference

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that's allowing what's happening in Rafah to happen

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right now as I speak to you. They

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are pulling children and women under rubble. They

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are pulling them from a refugee camp, and

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they're taking them to hospitals that have no

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doctors and have no supplies.

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In real time, I could literally get on

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this member and put down that

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projector and just turn on turn on one

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of the live

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feet. I could turn on live feet and

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show you what's happening in a place where

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Muslims are trying just to live, and

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and then we ask ourselves that question, why

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is that okay?

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How is this okay? Why isn't anyone Why

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aren't the leaders that represent us saying something

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about this?

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We pay our taxes. We vote them in.

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We seem to be a part of this

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community. Why is this we're telling them this

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is not okay. We're telling this is unjust.

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It's the reason that I explained to you.

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This is my this is my theory of

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it. I believe that the world the West

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still needs an enemy. The West has not

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matured enough to the point where they can

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understand that you don't need an enemy.

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You don't need an enemy to run a

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successful country or a successful business or a

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successful population. You don't need an enemy.

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But they feel like they do.

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They continue to use us as enemies.

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They continue to use this narrative, and that

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is a fact.

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It's a fact that you find through media

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outlets, find it news, you find it in

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movies, you find it everywhere.

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And we have become numb to it. We've

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accepted it. To a certain degree many of

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us are just They just ignore it. We

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just don't watch these outlets. We just we

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just not a part of that whole group

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of people but it's there. It's there. It's

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the reason why what we're what's occurring continues

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to occur, and the question that I want

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to pose for you today

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is

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are we capable of changing?

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Are we capable of changing the public opinion

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about Muslims and Islam? And do we care

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to change it to begin with?

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Do we care to change that to begin

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with? Does it matter to us? Do we

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want to change it? And should we change

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it?

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And I've heard and I've asked and I

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post this question in different places to listen

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to people's answers and unfortunately it's not a

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united one.

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It's not a united answer. Not everyone thinks

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that it's worthwhile

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to change that narrative. Not everyone feels that

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we should be putting any energy into changing

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that narrative. And I argue that that's not

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correct.

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No. We there's more than one reason to

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want to change that narrative. There's more than

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one reason to want to actually to care

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about how people view this deed. Not just

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because of the injustices that are occurring but

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because we are ambassadors of the final word

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of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.

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We are ambassadors of the Prophet alaihis salatu

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wa salam. We carry his legacy.

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His legacy was for this word that you

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would see on the shelf and for his

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way of life to be carried as far

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as possible to every human being.

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That is what we are obligated with. We

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are we are commanded to do that. We

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are commanded to make sure that we represent

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Islam appropriately and that we carry Islam to

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others they can learn it, so they can

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embrace it. And if we don't do it

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correctly, then we are obligated to go back

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to the drawing board and figure out how

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to do it well.

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With that will come the removal of certain

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injustices for sure.

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With that, you will be able to change

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the public opinion to the point where you

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can actually affect an injustice that's happening. But

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we have to ask ourselves this question. Is

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this something that we're investing time

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and energy in or are we not? And

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I have to tell you that within the

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last couple of weeks, and I'm saying this

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because I'm like it's a PD day and

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a lot of, school high school students are

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here. School school students are here. This Wallahi

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the effect that university students have had on

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public opinion has been astonishing over the last

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couple of weeks. Has been astonishing.

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You don't understand the power that you carry

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as someone who is young. You think because

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you're told by people like me that, you

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know, you said to sit and to be

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quiet and to listen and that you you

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mount way more than you'll ever fully understand.

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And you'll only understand it when you're at

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my age.

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Understand the power that you carry as a

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student, as someone who's young, who's passionate, who's

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compassionate,

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who has the energy and the time

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and can afford to actually put their

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put themselves in a position where they demand

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change. You see, when you when I demand

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change, some people look at me with it.

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There's always going to be a suspicious eye.

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Why am I demanding change? I've been around

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a long time. There may be there may

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be a catch to it. There's gonna be

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a catch somewhere. I must have some other

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near some other agenda. But when you demand

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change, when when you're ready to decide that

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this is wrong, I refuse injustice. I refuse.

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I refuse people to be treated like this,

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and you voice it out. There's no there's

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no accusation

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of you doing it for an agenda because

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you're coming from a pure position. You're coming

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from something that is pure, that is real.

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So brothers and sisters, understand that as a

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high school student, as a university student, you

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carry weight.

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Throw it around a little bit.

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Throw it around a bit and speak your

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mind

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and influence the because when you influence the

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public opinion, you give us the ability to

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actually start shifting the narrative a little bit.

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We have to shift this narrative.

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This narrative that exists outside of Masajid that

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we are not always exposed to. Those of

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you who work in certain places know that's

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there. Those of you who work in know

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what the narrative of Muslims actually is

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amongst the general population. If you're working in

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the right place, you know what it is.

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You've heard it before.

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That has to change. We are obligated to

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work towards changing that. We have to, and

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we have to care how people view us.

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Don't compromise anything. No.

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I actually am telling you the opposite. You

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may change the narrative against Muslims by being

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truly Muslim, by following the exact words of

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the Quran and the sunnah of the prophet

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Not the opposite. Not by selling out on

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something. Not by leaving something behind. Not at

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all.

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But this is something worthy of our of

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our attention.

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If we see what happened on June 6

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3 years ago

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changed this city forever. It changed me forever.

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I'll never I don't see the world before

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it and after. I know COVID, you know,

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made more of a splash, but honestly, that

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that day is a day that I will

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never forget. I will be on my deathbed,

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and I'll remember where I was when I

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heard the news, when I read, when someone

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Mohammed Hamu sent me the message saying, did

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you see what happened? I was sitting. I

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was in university hospital. I was on the

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3rd floor, and I was sitting in the

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team 2 room

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because I was on call I was sitting

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there with my staff and I looked at

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it and I read it and I could

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not believe what I saw because I knew

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these people. Because this is our city. Because

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we're a part of this place. Because that's

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not behavior that we tolerate. We don't call

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for that. We don't accept it. We don't

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accept that degree of hatred, that degree of

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discrimination. It's completely

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unacceptable.

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We don't accept it from our own. We

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don't accept it from others either.

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And it put us in a position where

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we felt threatened, where my wife wouldn't go

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out and walk alone for a couple of

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months afterwards where people were scared.

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Imagine the people in Gaza say rafa.

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Imagine imagine

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hearing that hearing these numbers.

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35 and 36 and 37000

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people dead. I'm not even talking about the

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ones who are wounded and disabled beyond repair.

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The trauma that's going to come out of

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this place, how is this not important?

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How is the world sitting around and discussing

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this as if it's a tertiary or secondary

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issue, as it is a complex situation?

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It's not a complex situation.

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It isn't.

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Now we can be frustrated about that as

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much as we want, and I can get

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upset here on the member because of that

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being the case, but maybe we step up,

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step back for a moment and wonder, well,

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how can that change? Because that's what's matters.

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That's what matters. At the end, I'm going

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to We're all going to age and die

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but then you, the younger generation is gonna

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have to deal with whatever we leave them.

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Whatever world we leave them is what what

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they're going to have to deal with. How

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do we make sure that when they grow

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up, they have a better future and they

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can speak that they can represent themselves better

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and that this doesn't happen again and that

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they're equipped they're equipped appropriately to do so?

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That is our obligation, brothers and sisters. There's

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nothing else here to do aside from that.

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You are outside

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of any

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any true dictatorship. You're not being oppressed right

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now. Do you understand how valuable that is?

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You live in safety and you have enough

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food on your table. Those are the only

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2 blessings that you get to complain about.

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You can't complain about anything else. If you

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have those two things and your complaints, you

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shelf them. Do them alone at night in

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sujood to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala not love

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them.

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And then you focus on your role. What

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is your role here as someone who has

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safety and has and has provision

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aside from making sure that the world is

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different when you walk away from it, when

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you leave it, and you teach your kid

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to have the same mentality, that he grows

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up also looking at the world critically and

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taking stands that make that make Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala

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satisfied with them. Stand that can be be

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proud of of justice, of righteousness,

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of fairness, of tolerance,

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of truth.

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And if we're not focused on that, if

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we're not completely and fully focused on that

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then I don't know what we're doing.

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I don't understand what what we're spending our

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time doing.

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I believe that anything else is a complete

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waste of breath, the waste of oxygen to

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be around not focused on what we're here

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to do, what we're here to try to

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achieve. It may seem far fetched and it

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may actually be far fetched,

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but it's not more far fetched

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than the man

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who stood on Jabal al Safa and called

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his people and was rejected by his own

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family members

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with less than 50 people across the world

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that listened to him.

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We are not it's not more far fetched

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than that.

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Of him standing on a small mountain somewhere

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in the middle of nowhere desert,

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with less than 50 peoples that supported him,

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most of them were slaves. He speaks to

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his family who reject him. His own uncle

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curses him out, and he was told that

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this message has to reach every corner of

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the earth. That is your responsibility.

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More far more far fetched than that?

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No. No.

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There's 2,000,000,000 of us.

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We don't need all 2,000,000,000, honestly even though

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we hope that all of them turn a

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corner at some point in their lives. May

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Allah guide us all.

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We just need a few pure hearts, few

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pure souls

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and spirits. Those who are willing

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to see reality for what it is and

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make a decision in their lives that help

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them grow. The prophet alaihis salatu wasallam, he

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cared about these. He cared about how people

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saw him. He cared about the message that

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he carried.

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There's a known story in Busayim in this

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first part of the Khubba with it for

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you to listen to.

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Alaihi salatu wa salam was harmed by Abu

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Allah ibn Ubay bin Salud more than any

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living human being. No one, no one even

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came close. They thought Abujahed and Huqtaba were

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bad. They didn't see this guy.

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This guy came in guns blazing. He did

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everything possible to try and and and end

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Islam and kill the prophet

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alaihis salatu san time and time again. He

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went after his reputation, after his family, after

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his wealth, after his companions, after his status,

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after everything.

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He tried time and time again to end

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it. And the prophet alaihis salatu wa sallam

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tolerated him. And one day, on the way

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back from a battle,

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he says something so rude that I will

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not even repeat on this mimba out of

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respect for the prophet alaihis salatu wa sallam.

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He says something so rude

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and he did something that was harmful

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and he withheld

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food and water from people who were starving

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from army members who were starving. Muslims who

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it was a

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the the the whole journey turned out to

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be to 4 times longer than they had

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prepared for, so people were on a tight

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budget. And he had a little bit extra

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and he refused to share. So the Sahaba

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got upset, Omar got upset specifically.

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People will never say that Muhammad killed one

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of his own companions.

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People will never say that I harmed someone

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who was with me. Whether they were with

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me truly or they were they were with

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me superficially, but deep down inside they didn't

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care. If on paper he is with me,

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people will never say that I harmed one

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of them. He will live with us for

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as long as as he wants. He's with

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us.

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We will I will be his the best

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companion to him for as long as he's

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with us. He cared about these things. He

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cared to take care of those who weren't

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functional, and he cared also of how Islam

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was going to be seen. Do you understand

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that all it took all would have all

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it would have taken is one slip from

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him

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for this whole thing to end, for this

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whole story not to exist for for for

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this microphone and me to disappear,

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for it to fade it away, if you

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just go back and make them make a

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mistake. It's

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the second or

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the 3rd Surah that was revealed to him

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alayhi salatu wa sallam. One of the earliest

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of the one of the first five at

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the end of it.

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And it and it and it they use

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is to is to slip, but not to

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slip

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literally, to slip figuratively,

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like to make a to make a mistake,

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To do something wrong. The disbelievers are looking

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at you and they they are they are

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so angry and they're so upset

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jealous and envious that they with their eyes,

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want are almost forcing you to slip to

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slip. Like they're using their eyesight to try

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and get you to slip. They just want

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you to make one mistake. Just make a

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mistake so that we can go around and

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say, this is who he is. This is

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what he did. He stole. He lied. He

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mistreated, he oppressed, he he something just do

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something.

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They're almost getting to slip with their eyes

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with their eyes. That's how angry they were.

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But he never did. So what did they

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say?

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So they said he's mad. Mad is not

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a sin.

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Madness is not a sin. Right? Insanity is

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not a sin but that's all they could

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come up with because they couldn't find something

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on him. They couldn't find something on him.

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I'm going to end this utah with this

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with this thought that I wanna share with

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you. If you understand what I'm trying to

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explain today,

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if you understand that's what what's occurring overseas

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and what occurred here, it comes from the

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same problem.

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The same problem that I don't think we've

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spent enough time trying to fix, trying to

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deal with. There is a front line. There's

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a front of fixing that that comes back

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to the political aspect of our existence as

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Muslims in the western and back home and

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the organizational. And I understand that. And I'm

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not here to talk about that piece because

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of the lack of my ability to do

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so. But there's another aspect of this which

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is the aspect of education,

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the aspect of of advocacy,

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the ad the the aspect of the narrative

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about us that we do have the ability

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to actually steer. We have the ability to

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affect and change.

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And that comes through the 5 points that

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I made around 2 years ago. And I

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pointed out that for this community, there are

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5 basic

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objectives that we have to spend our time

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trying to work on. We have to work

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on education. Make sure that this younger generation

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knows what it is that they stand for.

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Make sure they understand Islam as Islam should

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be understood.

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Not maybe as the way you were taught

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it, but as it is, not as you

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would like it to be. Make sure they

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know because if they know,

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if you have knowledge, then ignorance has no

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way in. And when ignorance has no way

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in, you're immune. They have to know, and

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they'll have identity if they do.

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You have to invest in mentorship to make

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sure that they have role models, people in

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front of them that are doing the work

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that they can learn from.

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Right now, we're not doing a very good

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job at that. Aside from a few programs

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which is not what I was My actual

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goal of mentorship. What I mean by mentorship

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is that you step up and then make

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sure the person behind you is watching so

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they can learn to step up like you.

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If you're not stepping up, you have no

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one to mentor them. How are they going

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to step up? How are they going to

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make decisions if they have no one ahead

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of them doing it properly?

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Mentorship means that you have to actually rise

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to the occasion so you can teach those

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behind you to rise to the occasion too.

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Outreach, we have to put in more efforts

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in actually reaching out with Islam to those

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who don't have it. This has to be

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one of our goals, has to be one

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of our

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one of our objectives as a community.

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We carry this responsibility on the day of

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judgment in front of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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If we don't, if we are putting no

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effort into spreading Islam to those who don't

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have it, it, then we're gonna be asked

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about that.

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We have to make sure that we have

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some degree of financial stability.

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We have to have some degree of financial

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stability within our community so that we can

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actually find the work that needs to be

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done. And then 5, I leave it till

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the end because I think today is the

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most important. What I think all of them

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lead up to is advocacy

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where we advocate for righteousness and for justice.

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We advocate for our rights, and we advocate

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for khair and goodness. We advocate for that

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which is helpful. We advocate for those who

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are being those who don't have a voice.

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Those who don't have a voice, they need

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someone to be their voice for them. That

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that's a pretty good reason to be alive.

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That's a pretty good cause to live for

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where you are the voice of those who

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have no one to speak for them, who

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have been forgotten.

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And the the the thousands of names that

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have been forgotten, they died and

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they they died in the darkness quietly.

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Died in the darkness quietly with no not

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much of a not much of a of

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a stir of a stirring of any sort.

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Not much noise was made for them. They

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just were forgotten.

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You know, the poor families. The families from

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different from from from very low socioeconomic backgrounds.

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The ones who are just you know who

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I'm talking about. You've been to the Middle

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East, and you you don't need to be

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there. You can be

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here. You know, the the one the weak

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the weak the weak who just are barely

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making it, then they die altogether, and they're

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buried with no with no nothing to to

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recognize their names, and they're forgotten that that

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they didn't matter.

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Be the voice of that person.

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Make sure that the the their blood and

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their life was not in vain. Make sure

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that they don't disappear into nothingness because we

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were too

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selfish and too self occupied to care about

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it.

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As younger brothers and sisters, you need

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to wake up earlier than maybe you would

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have had to. Sometimes

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sometimes,

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history requires you to to to wake up

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and mature

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a little bit earlier than your time.

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It's okay. It's nothing wrong with it. Ali

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had to do it. At 10 years old,

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he had to make that decision and so

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did Zubayr and so did Balha. These great

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names of our Islamic history, they had to

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wait they they had to grow up really

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quickly. They had to start

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picking up some some of the burden and

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carrying some of the responsibility at 101112.

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So don't tell me you're too young. Don't

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tell me that you don't you don't have

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the ability. You do. You just have to

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you just have to realize

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certain things that maybe I can tell you

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people in their fifties sixties have failed to

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realize, but you could. And if you do,

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then you'll live a life that is different.

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And if you live a life that is

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different, then the outcome,

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you know, 30 or 40 years from today

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will be very different as well.

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And

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and

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and and and and speak the positives

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and celebrate the achievements and talk about the

00:32:51 --> 00:32:53

great things that are occurring instead of getting

00:32:53 --> 00:32:55

here every week and talking about failures and

00:32:55 --> 00:32:58

shortcomings and pain instead of talking about pain

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all the time.

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At some point it becomes hard to continuously

00:33:02 --> 00:33:04

talk about pain. This has been the hardest

00:33:04 --> 00:33:06

9 months of giving in my life. I

00:33:06 --> 00:33:08

almost wish that I didn't even start this

00:33:08 --> 00:33:09

place so I didn't have to give the

00:33:09 --> 00:33:11

during this time and just open it after

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this is over.

00:33:12 --> 00:33:14

It's hard to get up and talk about

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pain every single week.

00:33:16 --> 00:33:17

It's hard for you to hear it. It's

00:33:17 --> 00:33:19

hard for me to talk about it. I

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can't ignore it. I can't get up here

00:33:20 --> 00:33:22

and talk about something different. I can't ignore

00:33:22 --> 00:33:23

what's happening.

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It's nice. I I'm I'm tempted to every

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week, I'm tempted to get up here and

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maybe we'll talk about Hajj. Hajj is coming

00:33:28 --> 00:33:30

down, talk about all the nice parts of

00:33:30 --> 00:33:32

Hajj. It's easier for me. This is what's

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uplifting. We can walk away feeling a little

00:33:34 --> 00:33:34

bit of a spiritual

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high, but it's not the right way to

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do it.

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There's pain and there's and there's oppression. We

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have to talk about them until they are

00:33:43 --> 00:33:44

removed or until we have a plan to

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remove them and then we can focus on

00:33:46 --> 00:33:47

the plan and we don't even have a

00:33:47 --> 00:33:49

plan yet. We don't even have a plan

00:33:49 --> 00:33:50

yet.

00:33:51 --> 00:33:52

This has to change. This this is what

00:33:52 --> 00:33:54

has to change. This is this is what

00:33:54 --> 00:33:55

needs to change. We're lucky this is what

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needs to change. What needs to change is

00:33:56 --> 00:33:57

that.

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Is is our indifference is our indifference and

00:34:01 --> 00:34:04

our lack of plan and our lack of

00:34:04 --> 00:34:06

of of direction. That's what has to change.

00:34:06 --> 00:34:08

If we change that I can guarantee you

00:34:08 --> 00:34:09

things will be different

00:34:10 --> 00:34:12

and our younger the younger generation will feel

00:34:12 --> 00:34:15

much more proud to be Muslim, much more

00:34:15 --> 00:34:18

energetic and energized to be Muslim. They'll want

00:34:18 --> 00:34:19

to come to the Masjid. They'll want to

00:34:19 --> 00:34:21

learn. They'll want to stand for something that

00:34:21 --> 00:34:22

is meaningful. They'll want to do it. You'll

00:34:22 --> 00:34:24

have to be you won't have the problem,

00:34:24 --> 00:34:25

but please come.

00:34:28 --> 00:34:29

Don't be like that and be different and

00:34:29 --> 00:34:31

put down the phone and stop following mister

00:34:31 --> 00:34:32

Beast and listen to the Sheikh what he's

00:34:32 --> 00:34:35

what he's talking about. It'll be easier because

00:34:35 --> 00:34:36

it's just it's it's meaningful.

00:34:36 --> 00:34:38

People who have no causes to live for

00:34:38 --> 00:34:40

have nothing meaningful in their life, they resort

00:34:40 --> 00:34:43

to they resort to nothingness. They resort to

00:34:43 --> 00:34:45

something that's meaningless. They resort to play and

00:34:45 --> 00:34:47

games because there's nothing there's no reason to

00:34:47 --> 00:34:49

be serious. There's no reason to mature. There's

00:34:49 --> 00:34:51

no reason to actually change,

00:34:51 --> 00:34:54

but we do have that opportunity today. A

00:34:54 --> 00:34:55

little bit of

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awareness amongst our older generation. A little bit

00:34:58 --> 00:35:00

of awareness amongst our younger generation and you

00:35:00 --> 00:35:02

can make something very special almost like almost

00:35:02 --> 00:35:03

magical.

00:35:04 --> 00:35:05

Almost magical happen.

00:35:05 --> 00:35:07

Why to me the magical part of the

00:35:07 --> 00:35:09

seerah is is the younger

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is the younger people.

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When you read their stories, to me it's

00:35:12 --> 00:35:14

like magic. I I don't understand it. I

00:35:14 --> 00:35:15

don't understand because I remember being 10 and

00:35:15 --> 00:35:17

11 and 12. I don't understand it. I

00:35:17 --> 00:35:19

don't understand how they were that way. How

00:35:19 --> 00:35:21

someone could be that young.

00:35:22 --> 00:35:24

How how a 11 year old can come

00:35:24 --> 00:35:24

up to,

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Abdulhamani bin Auf during the battle of Badr

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and tell him where is Abujahed?

00:35:30 --> 00:35:32

He's like what do you want Abujahed?

00:35:32 --> 00:35:34

Said, I was told he he he used

00:35:34 --> 00:35:37

to harm the prophet alaihis salatu wasalam. I

00:35:37 --> 00:35:38

was told not to come home today before

00:35:38 --> 00:35:39

I take him out.

00:35:40 --> 00:35:41

He was so young that he had tied

00:35:41 --> 00:35:43

his sword around his arm because he couldn't

00:35:43 --> 00:35:44

carry it properly.

00:35:46 --> 00:35:47

He couldn't carry it. It was it was

00:35:47 --> 00:35:48

too heavy for him, so he had it

00:35:48 --> 00:35:49

tied on his arm.

00:35:51 --> 00:35:52

Yeah.

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A degree of passion and degree of commitment

00:35:55 --> 00:35:57

like that is is magical. It's magical.

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I hope that was a benefit to you.

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