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There's not a single principle that we need in our lives except that Allah azza wa jal has mentioned it in his boron, not a single aspect that will bring the salvation in this life and the next except that Allah subhanaw taala has made it clear and explained it in his book, that our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam clarified it in his Sunnah Allah azza wa jal tells us in the Quran when zelner radical kita but beyond and equally Shay wahoo, the word of mutton wa Bush, Robin muslimeen, we have made clear for you everything in this Quran that we reveal to you. And we have made it as a guide and as a mercy and as glad tidings for the Muslims. When your life is lived in accordance to

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the principles of the Quran and the Sunnah, you are guided in your decisions, you are guided in the things that you do and the actions that you take. And because you're guided Allah azza wa jal descends His mercy upon you, and it gives you mercy in the aspects of your life. And you have the glad tidings of his reward in this life and the next, Lorenzo's will makes it clear to us that everything that we need is contained in the Quran, our role, our job as Muslims, is to study the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala, to extrapolate those principles from the Koran, and to apply them in the situations that we faced within our lives. One such situation that we're facing at the

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moment. And it's something which transcends this one issue. But it's how we make decisions. We have an election coming up next week, and we have a decision to make whether we vote or we don't vote, what is the Islamic position on voting? Do I take part in this election? Or don't I? And if I do, then who do I vote for? Those types of decisions are decisions that we make on a regular basis, Muslims, me and you as individuals, we have to make decisions on a daily basis. As the husband and a father or a mother and a wife, we have decisions that we make, some of them are for me personally, for my benefit, others will affect me and my family and my children, and some others will affect all

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of us together, because their decisions that impact each one of us, we have decisions to make. So Allah subhanaw taala gives to us a principle in the Quran, a principle that I want to share with you because not only is it relevant to the current discussion that we're having, but it is something which transcends that discussion alone. It is one of the foundations of the religion and a principle that underpins the Sharia. And that principle is to look at the benefits and the harms, to weigh the pros and the cons and to make your decisions based upon looking at what pleases a large religion, or what made displeasing subhana wa Tada. This is a principle that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa

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sallam is taught in the Quran and were taught in the Quran on many occasions in many different ways and forms. Large zildjian in Surah, to have mentioned in the story of Moses and how the rally Hema sent him when the two of them go on a journey together. Three incidents that a large soldier relates to us in the war on a condition the musala histogram is placed under at the beginning of this journey is that he won't question how the rally histogram won't speak up. I won't question his decision making. But three incidents take place on on each occasion. Musa alayhis salaam feels the need to speak up. He feels the urgency of the situation, and that requires him to make manifest his

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feelings. On the first occasion they embark upon a ship. And as they're on the ship at sea, how the rally Salaam begins to scuttle the ship pull up the wooden planks of the ship. So water seeps into the vessel and Mousavi Salaam says that the people of the ship are Mr. Keen poor people, people who are in need and this is

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How they repeat. So he speaks. On the second occasion, as the both of them are walking, they come across a group of children and Father alehissalaam seemingly randomly picks out one of them a boy, and he kills him. So musalla his thumb speaks up. And on the third occasion, the two of them come across a village, whose people are inhospitable. They don't offer them food or shelter or any form of welcome. But when how the rally is center and finds a wall that is in disrepair, he rebuilds it. So Musa alayhis salam speaks up for the third time for the rally in Salem, says Heather Pura Roubini rabbinic This is the potting between me and you. But I will explain to you what you ask concerning

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and what he gives to Musashi Sam, then by extension, to our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and to each one of us, is this principle in the Quran, weighing the pros and the cons, the benefits and the harms? Yes, he scuttled the ship. But he scuttle the ship because there was a king who was coming, and was going to take that vessel by force anyway. And by scuttling the ship by making minor damage to it, the ship will remain within the position of those people who can repair it easily, and it continues with them. And yes, he may have killed that boy, but he knew because of the revelation that Allah gave to him, because of the knowledge that Allah gave to him, that a child would grow up,

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and he would do much evil and corruption, and lead his parents towards disbelief. So there was a greater benefit from the knowledge that Allah gave to him. And yes, he rebuilt a wall for people who are inhospitable and wasteful. But the wall belong to two orphan boys, underneath which there was treasure for them. That if that had been discovered by those same people, would have been snatched by them. So he rebuilt the world so that those children, those two orphan boys would grow up to be adults, and benefit from that wealth themselves. That is from the knowledge that allows them which will give to him, but what he gave to us was a principle, then the decisions that we make, we have

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to look at the pros and the cons and the benefits and the harms. And then we make our decisions accordingly. Because when you do that, you do it in a way that is pleasing to Allah subhana wa, Tada. My decisions are not based on my desires, what I just feel like we have a Sharia, that establishes for us a foundation upon which we make our decisions. That's not just about voting and elections. That's about me as a father, it's about you as a neighbor. It's about me as an employer and employee, looking at those benefits and those harms. Our Sharia takes the same principle. As Allah zildjian mentions numerous times in the Quran, Allah azza wa jal says to us yes alone. And in

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humbly you will mention Wolfie, Hema if moon can be your own woman if your only nurse or if Muhammad borromini Hema they ask you concerning intoxicants and gambling say to them that there is a great sin within them. But there is some benefit for mankind as well. But the sin art weighs greatly the benefits that it contains. Allah azza wa jal acknowledges that there are some benefits to be taken from alcohol. There are some benefits in gambling, but those benefits are far far less when taken into account with the great poms that they also bring. So they surely are looks at the benefits on the homes. A large soldier tells us no more on yes or no Natasha had in her army battalion v polti.

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Talent v Kevin was asked don't answer be the lie worker from V while masjidul haraam with Roger halimun who in the law will fit network borromini pattern. They ask you concerning fighting in the sacred mantle law says say to them, that it is a great thing to fight in those secret months, but to divert people from a lost path to disbelieve in him to stop people from coming to our Masjid al Haram in Makkah, to expel the people who are resident there that is greater in the sight of Allah graver in the sight of Allah and fitna and trial, corruption and evil is greater than fighting and murder.

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Allah subhanaw taala tells us that we have those things to look at. Look at the benefits and the harms I will study is based upon this. The Prophet sallahu wa salatu salam, they would apply those principles within their lives. Allah azza wa jal tells us in the story of Moses and Harun how he misled them, how when Mousavi Salam goes to speak to Allah subhana wa tada at the mountain of a tour. And he leaves her room early. He said, I'm behind as a deputy with his people. And his people are some of them take a cough that they begin to worship. besides Allah azza wa jal and musala his Salam returns to find this, he shows and displays his anger towards his brother Harun and he pulls

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him by his beard and by his hair, and so he says to him in response

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Believe it well Abby Rossi in the Hershey to enter cooler for rock terbinafine is rock ill while I'm calling her son and my mother don't drag me by my hand by my beard. I fear that you would say that I caused splitting and disunity amongst Benny is Ravi. Yes, there was a harm in allowing them to do what they did. But he saw greater harm. And that is the civil strife and disunity and war that would have occurred amongst Bani Israel, who knew the Messiah would return with the loss revelation, and he would sit right the face of many Israel. That is the prophets of Allah, looking at the benefits in the hums. And Allah azza wa jal tells us to do the same thing in the decisions that we make.

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Allah subhanaw taala says to us, for example, while at the su levena de Lune, I mean do Nila, for your soup Allah had the one below the rim. Don't curse those that people worship besides Allah, less they should worship Allah in return less they should curse Allah in return without knowledge. By cursing a false god. They turn back and they curse the one true God subhana wa Tada. So Allah xojo tells us to stay away from those things. Yes, they may be within it a small benefit, but the harm is greater. Oh, yes, they may be a small harm within it, but the benefit is greater. And so the Sharia tells us to look at those issues. This is a principle which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam

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applied, he applied it when it came to issues concerning the whole of the oma the community in general, the society in which they lived in and he applied it when it came to personal affairs, my issues and your issues. me as a parent, you as a father or as a mother, we have issues that we have on a daily basis that we face. Part of that decision making process is to look at those benefits and those harms. When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. In the eighth year of the hijra, he conquered the city of Mecca. And he came to the city of Mecca as a conqueror. And He cleansed the Kaaba from all of the idols that Akash had within and around it. And he wanted to rebuild the Kaaba,

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upon the foundations of he brought him out he sent him the Hadith in Sahih Bukhari on the authority of our mother Ayesha rhodiola. And her, she says that I asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam concerning the nature of his Marine, that semi circle area that is just outside of the four walls of the Kaaba, as we see them today. Almost in Java, Allah, why didn't the Porsche add that into the construction of the cabin? It is part of the camber. Why isn't it built as part of the Kaaba? He said, Oh, are you sure because your people, when they rebuilt the Kaaba didn't have enough pure wealth halaal money with which to build that part of the Kaaba. So they left it as the walls or

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messenger of Allah. What else did they change the ways the door of the karma lifted from the ground and made it a pain, so they're not anyone and everyone could go and then turn to the camera, and they change the doors of the camera, because the camera had two entrances, but they only gave it one. So now that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam conquered Mecca, he said to his wife, airasia, Eurasia, Lola and nicomachea. Hadith DJ helia Lama to millbay Tifa for them for the whole trophy my orange I mean, well, it's up to who bill out of one Jelly Bean, bourbon Sharpie and Robin Horomia. Well, Bella to be here, Sasa Ibrahim Arusha, we're not the two people were new Muslims had

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just entered into the religion, I would have commanded that the caliber be taken down. And I would have added to it what was taken out from it, meaning that semi circle area and I would have bought it down back to ground level. And I would have placed within a two doors and Eastern door and a Western door. And I would have gone back to the foundations of my father Ibrahim alayhis salam. But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam didn't do so. He didn't change the Kaaba. He didn't rebuild the Kaaba. Because he said to his wife, I know that the harm that will come from it will be greater than any benefit. The grace will have problems with the outcomes will be up in arms as to how can

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this man change a structure that we've known for decades and generations, the people wouldn't understand the greater benefit. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam looks at what is the greater benefit and he leaves the karma as it was. This is something which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam did. on an almost daily basis, I was shadier, you will find countless narrations in the sun. Well, when you look at those rulings, you look at those ahaadeeth you look at those interactions, those statements you will see within them this principle of the prophets on Allahu Allah He will sell them. When a situation arises. When something occurs when something happens, the

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Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is looking on what is the benefit and the harm which is greater which will bring

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More benefit will take away greater harm than one occasion. In the Hadith original Bukhari and Muslim the hadith of Abu huraira rhodiola Wang, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is in the masjid with his companions, and a Bedouin Arab man enters into the masjid and he goes to a corner and he starts to urinate, the crumb akula will relieve himself inside the masjid of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the companions were up in arms became upset. How can a man come in to what is the holiest of places? What has the most virtues and come and begin to relieve himself? As is as if it's any part of the desert? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to them that Oh,

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leave him alone. Now that is began Don't disturb him. By disturbing him. You make the man agitated, he runs around, he spreads his filth and impurity even more down.

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And then when he finishes for Hurry, but when he then Obama, I'll send you the map. When he finishes take a container vessel of water and cleanse what he did. When Mr. Boris Tamiya Syrian Well, I'm talking earthen water searing because you were sent as people who make things easy, anonymous people who make things hot. That is the prophet SAW Allah while he was selling them, looking at the benefits and the harms. For us. Having a reaction to that situation, becoming emotional in that situation. We respond in a certain way, but they surely are tells us to be calm, to look at things methodologically to look at things based on principles, benefits and harms. In the final farewell

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hedge of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, towards the final months of his life. The famous illustrious companion Saudi Arabia workers are the Allah who I'm one of the 10 who was promised paradise. He became ill after the farewell Hajj, and he became severely ill so severe, that he thought that his days were numbered that he was going to pass away. So when the prophet SAW Allah while he was sending him, came to visit him one day, he said, O Messenger of Allah, I am extremely ill, and I'm a man was well find wealthy. And I only have one daughter, who inherits from me. So allow me to take two thirds of my wealth and give it away in South Africa. Give it away in

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childhood, something good that he wants to do, to help others to give to the poor and the needy, to help the orphans and the widows of Medina. Allow me to take two thirds of my wealth and give it away in sadaqa the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said no, he said, O Messenger of Allah shutter half of my mouth, I will give away the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said no. And then he said to him through through, will through through Kafeel in NACA interra worauf

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crewman and Tarahumara Latin, for foreigner ness, it is better for you to give a third and a third is more than sufficient. It is better that you leave your heirs, the people who will inherit from you wealthy, then you leave them poor, that they have to go and ask others for that wealth. This is the Sherry are looking at benefits and harms giving your wealth away and sadhaka time as part of your final well, final Will and Testament, it is something which is praiseworthy in and of itself, but the Sharia has placed upon it a limit and maximum that you can give because it looks at the greater benefit of what you leave behind for your family and your dependents and your loved ones.

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That is what the Sharia does. In the Hadith when the prophet SAW Allah while he was sitting him As another example, when the prophet SAW Allah while he was syllables, returning back to Medina with the companions from a war that they had finished a battle that I just finished. And there was a kerfuffle, an issue that took place between the Maharaja rrim and the ansara. And Abdullah in obey. The leader of the hypocrites made the statement in which he said later Raja Anna in El Medina locoregionally, resuming the hadith of Jabba the Allahu and, you know, Buhari, he said that By Allah, Allah mentions in the Quran that if we return to Medina, the strong from amongst us will

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expound the weak, the strong being him, and his fellow hypocrites, the weak being the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and his companions, the normal rhodiola one heard this, he said, O Messenger of Allah, allow me to take off the neck of your enemy, allow me to kill this man. Not only is he a hypocrite, he does evil to us and to the Muslims and harms us. He is the leader. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that our whole life had to had to nurse and then Mohammed Inuktun was harbor. He said, leave him alone. Let's the people should say that Mohammed is a man who kills his own companies. They don't know the difference between a hypocrite and a Muslim. They don't know

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who is a companion, and who's not a companion who's a Muslim was not a Muslim, but they will have an impression of the way that we are. Leave him alone. Don't let the people think and say that Mohammed is a man Salalah word he was seldom who kills his companions. That is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam establishing

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For us this principle, and you will find it throughout the Sharia. Whenever you make a decision, whenever you have a step to take, one of the main considerations that you should have is what are the benefits and the harms? What are the things that are the pros and the cons? will it bring me closer to a loss pleasure? Or take me away from Allah subhana wa Tada. The profits are low, he will sell them said in the hadith of Abdullah Rama rhodiola Houma in what is collected in San Buhari, he said in the minack burial canal and your original Valley day, he said from the grave list of sins, the greatest of sins, is that a man curses his own parents curses his own parents, the companion

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settlements in Java Allah and how would a man curses on parents? Which person sits there and curses his own father and his own mother? The prophets on a lower Irene was sending replied your soup boy Raja Luba Rajan, for your suit, booboo, while you're so Boomer, is because the person curses the parents of another person, and that person in return, curses their parents, that's like you cursing your own parents, because you instigated you started something. And that person responds in that way. Looking at those benefits and those harms, is not just looking at it right now. And right here is looking at it in the long game. What is the long game? What are the greater benefits and the

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weight of harms? How will this impact me not only today, but tomorrow and next month or next year? What are the money? What are the repercussions and the consequences of the decisions and actions that I take? This is a principle that Alonzo just gives to us time and time again in the Quran. And it's the profits on a low value system established within his sooner because of its importance. It is from the greatest principles in the Sharia, because it is one principle, but it transcends any one issue. It underpins everything that you need in your life when it comes to issues of making decision. barakallahu li walakum through what Ernie was sooner, one of our newer yummy mefi Hema,

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sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa whiney muscle limited Sleeman kathira, a member, one of those issues that we're facing next week. And one of those issues that all of us have to deal with next week is the general elections. And whether we partake or we don't partake, whether we vote we don't vote. This is an issue which requires us to look at this principle in some detail. One of the greater benefits in the greater harms, is there a greater benefit in me engaging or disengaging are the greater benefits in me voting and voting for this person or that person or for me not to vote at all, I was follows one, a number of them have allowed voting, and said that it is good to vote are

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allowed to vote rather, with the condition that there is a greater benefit in it rather than a greater harm. And in my humble opinion, in the situation that we face, in the time that we live in the situation that all of us have to live in, there is a greater benefit in US engaging politically, there is a greater benefit in US voting. Because if we don't, then we don't have any choice as to what other people do on our behalf. We don't get a say, in those issues that matter to us. Some of them are issues that all of us face together, education, NHS, police, fire brigade, all of those issues that all of us face, but some of them concern me and you as Muslims, the rise of

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Islamophobia, that debate that comes across every so often as to whether nipples should be banned in this country, the role of same sex education in our countries and our schools. Those are issues that all of us have to face when, and there are many, many more. If I don't vote, that's my choice. That's my right. But then I don't have a say, in what takes place. We have to look at the benefits and the harms. We live in a very polarized society. And if you study history, and you study the way things have happened in other countries, you will find the one of the routes in which people walk to the extremes, the white extreme, who go to extremes in the way that they deal with minorities, the

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way that they persecute people like us as Muslims is through the political route. You only have to study the way that Hitler came to power in Germany, the rise of the Nazi Party, they didn't overtake the country through force. They were elected democratically through elections, because most people didn't think that it would be a problem. Most people didn't see far ahead to see

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issue of the rise of those types of people. We have similar types of people in our country who will do us harm and our religion harm and the way that we live harm. And they will use that route of democracy and elections. So we have a choice to make. It's not my place in this footpath, to tell you to vote or not to vote. But I want to tell you that it is your responsibility to know what is going on in your community, to know what's going on in your country to be politically aware, it's not my place in this hotbar to tell you who to vote for. But in my humble opinion, there is a greater benefit in your voting, and in you being active, and knowing what it is that those decisions

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the impacts that they have upon us and our families. It is an issue of Muslim and master. Just as there are scholars who allow it, there are scholars who won't allow it, just as there are scholars who see a benefit in it, there are scholars who see a greater harm. And that is part of the manner in media. To be truthful in giving you both sides of the coin. There are scholars who say it is haram to vote, you shouldn't vote. But there are other scholars who say it is allowed based upon this principle of the Sharia. And this principle is the principle that the scholars have each man they have consensus over we on many issues, we don't have a clear cut verse of the Quran that tells

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us the answer. But what we have is principles, those principles, when you extract them, you apply them, you see what you should do and you based on on the decision that you think that is pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala and that is better for you, your family and your community we escolares dilijan but his most beautiful names and his most of the attributes, that He guides us to what is correct, and that allows xojo to guides us what is most pleasing to Him that Allah subhanaw taala blesses us, our families and our communities that a lot of soldier shows His mercy and forgiveness upon us. And that olara soldier keeps us safe from those that would do us harm and from those that

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would harm us in any way. That's Allah subhanaw taala that makes us from those people that he goes in this life and the next little large religion keeps a steadfast and firm upon the religion the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam her that was on a lower Libyan and Mohammed was early he was suffering as a marine were people that are wanting to learn