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There's not a single principle that we need in our lives except that a large soldier has mentioned it in his forearm, 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. Well, that our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam clarified it in his Sunnah. A large soldier tells us in the Koran when a zelner article kita but he began illegally, she will who don't work matomo bushrod in Muslim, 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

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accordance to the principles of the Quran and the Sunnah, you are guided in your decisions, you're guided in the things that you do and the actions that you take. And because you're guided a large social distance is 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 large social 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 face within our lives. One situation that little we're facing at the

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moment. And it's something which transcends just 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 last panel dialogue 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 larger religion, or what make displeasing subhana wa Tada. This is a principle that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa

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

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the first occasion they embark upon a ship. And as they're on the ship out at sea for the rally Salaam begins to scuttle the ship pull up the wooden planks of the ship. So water seeps into the vessel. And moosari sam sees that the people of the ship are Misaki in poor people, people who are in need and this is

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How they repeat. So he speaks up. On the second occasion as the both of them are walking, they come across a group of children and father Ali Salaam, seemingly randomly picks out one of them a boy and he kills him. So Musa alayhis salaam speaks up. On the third occasion, the two of them come across a village whose people are in hospital. They don't offer them food, no shelter, no any form of income. But when hadera li Salaam finds a wall that is in disrepair, he rebuilds it. So Mr. Ali Salaam, speaks up for the third time for the rally in Salem says, habitat for Europe, Albania, bienick, this is the potting between me and you, but I will explain to you what you ask concerning and what he

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gives to Musa alayhis salam, then by extension to our Prophet sallallahu. It was seldom 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 the 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, you 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 great to benefit from the knowledge that Allah gave to him. And yes, he rebuilt a wall for people who are inhospitable, ungrateful, but the war 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 a large soldier gave to him. But what he gave to us was a principle, then the decisions that we make, we have to

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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 or an employee, looking at those benefits and those harms. Our Sharia takes the same principle, as a large religion mentions numerous times in the Quran. Allah azza wa jal says to assist aluna and in

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hungry one Mason Wolfie Hema is one cabbie one woman after only nurse, what is Mohammed borromini rahima. They ask you concerning intoxicants and gambling, see to them that there is a great sin within them. But there is some benefit for mankind as well. But the sin at weighs greatly the benefit that it contains a lot of xojo 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 Greek terms that they also bring. So they surely are looks at the benefits on the hums. A large xojo tells us in the Quran is the Luna kaneesha harami peterlin V and V cabin was shut

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down and Sabine la vaca from V will Masjid al Haram. with Roger Lee men who are in the law will fit in at rock bottom in a pattern. They ask you concerning fighting in the sacred mantle law says see 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 ministry that Haram in Makkah to expound 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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And loss of Hannah Montana tells us that we have those things to look at. Look at the benefits and the harms our study is based upon this. The Prophet sallahu wa salatu salam, they would apply those principles within their lives. And marzotto tells us in the story of moose and Harun Allah himself on Halloween Musashi, Sam goes to speak to Allah subhana wa tada at the mountain of a tour. And he leaves Haruna his salon behind as a deputy with his people. And his people are some of them take a cough that they begin to worship besides a large zildjian and musalla his solemn returns to find this, he shows and displays his anger towards his brother household. And he pulls him by his beard

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and by his hair. And so he says to him in response

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yo T will have your RC in ERC 20 Pula for rock terbinafine sobre el Toro Kohli, who son of 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's 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 many Israel. Harare, Sam knew the Messiah would return with the last revolution. And he would sit right the fears of bunnies, right? That is the prophets of Allah. Looking at the benefits and the humps, and alarms. xojo tells us to do the same thing in the decisions that we make a loss of

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Hamilton ancestors, for example, while at the Super levena Drona mundo de la for your Subala hog 1 billion. Don't curse those that people worship besides Allah, less they should worship Allah in return less, they should curse a lot in return without knowledge. By cursing a false god. They turn back and they curse the one true God subhana wa Tada. So a large religion tells us to stay away from those things. Yes, they may be within it a small benefit, but the harm is greater or less, they may be a small harm within it, but the benefit is greater. And so the shediac tells us to look at those issues. This is a principle which the prophets on a lower IV will send them applied. He applied it

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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 of the Polish had within and around it. And he wanted to rebuild the Kaaba upon the

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foundations of Ibrahim Ali Salim the Hadith in Bukhari and authority of Amma the Arusha. rhodiola when she says that I asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam concerning the hedger of his mareel, that semi circle area that is just outside of the four walls of the carrabba, as we see them today, almost in Java law. Why didn't the Polish add that into the construction of the Kaaba, it is part of the carrabba Why isn't it built as part of the Kaaba? He said, Oh, Arusha because your people when the we built the car, but didn't have enough pure wealth halaal money with which to build that part of the cabinet. So the left it as it was a messenger of Allah, what else did they

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change the ways the door of the curb, lifted from the ground and made it a pain? So they're not anyone and everyone could go and enter into the Kaaba, and they change the doors of the Kaaba, because the Kaaba 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 airasia, Lola Natoma jihadi de la mer to build a Tifa tougher for them for the hall to feed him. I mean, well, Doctor Who will Tula who bourbon, bourbon Sharpie and ba ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba to be here, says Ibrahim Arusha were not the two people were new Muslims had just entered into the religion, I would have commanded that the

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caliber be taken down. And I would have added to it, what was taken out from it, meaning that semicircle area and I would have brought it down back to ground level. And I would have placed within it two doors and Eastern door in a Western door. And I would have gone back to the foundations of my father Ibrahim and he said him, 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 Quraysh will have problems with it. The rooms will be up in arms as to how can this man change a structure that we've

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known for decades and generations, the people wouldn't understand the greater benefit. So the profits on a loved one he will send them looks at what is the greater benefit, and he leaves the Kaaba, as it was. This is something which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did on almost daily basis. Our show here, you will find countless narrations in the Sunnah. 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, how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when a situation arises, when something occurs, when something happens, the profits on a long running will send them is

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looking or what is the benefit and the harm which is greater which will bring

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More benefit will take away greater harm. On one occasion, in the original Bukhari and Muslim the hadith of Abu huraira, the Allah 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 Chronicle in LA will relieve himself inside the question 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 is the most virtuous and come and begin to relieve himself as is as if it's any part of the desert, the profits on a low while he will sell them set to them that will leave him

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

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And then when he finishes for Hurry, koala Boney, he's an Obama surgery man, when he finishes take a container vessel of water and cleanse what he did when Mr. Boris Tamiya serene Welcome to bathroom was seen because you were sent as people who make things easy. And those people who make things hot. That is the profits on a lot 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 there should be our tells us to be calm, to look at things methodologically to look at things based on principles, benefits and harms. In the final farewell hedge of the Prophet

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sallallahu alayhi wa sallam towards the final months of his life. The famous illustrious companion Sadie manabi will pass rhodiola one, 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 sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came to visit him one day, he said, O Messenger of Allah, I am extremely ill, and I'm a man was, Well, fine, 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 childhood, something good that he wants to do, to help

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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 South Africa. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said no, he said, O Messenger of Allah schutter half of my wealth I will give away the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said no. And then he said to him through through, well through through Canfield in nica in Tara, more of Attica, Nia kuruman and Tarahumara Latin etiquette for phoniness, 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,

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that they have to go and ask others for that wealth. This is the Sheree are looking at benefits on homes, giving your wealth away and solidify that time as part of your final well, final Will and Testament, it is something which is praiseworthy in and of itself, but the Shelia 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. That is what the Sharia does. In the Hadith when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has another example. When the prophet SAW Allah while he was cinnabons returning back to Medina with the companions from award that they had

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finished a battle that I just finished. And there was a kerfuffle an issue that took place between the Maha Julian and the Tsar. And I'm delighted to obey the leader of the hypocrites made the statement in which he said later Raja illan, Medina, regional as well as all the heartbeat of jabber or the language and, you know, Buhari. He said that by Allah Allah mentions in the Quran, that if we returned to Medina, the strong from amongst us will expound the weak, the strong being him, and his fellow hypocrites, the weak being the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his companions. When Armando de la one heard this, he said, O Messenger of Allah, allow me to take off the neck of your

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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's the leader. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said there are who had the tenacity, and then Mohammed enough to us, however, he said, leave him alone. Let's the people should say that Mohammed is a man who kills his own companions. They don't know the difference between a hypocrite and a Muslim. They don't know who's a companion, and who's not a companion, who's a Muslim was not a Muslim, but they will have an impression of the ways that we are, leave him alone. Don't let the people think and say that Mohammed is a man salaallah alayhi wa sallam who kills his

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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 it was seldom said in the hadith of Abdullah grammar rhodiola Juan Houma in what is collected inside Buhari, he said in them in Akbar Al Qaeda and Yolanda rajawali day, he said from the grievous of sins, the greatest of sins, is that a man curses his own parents, curses his own parents, the

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companions settle messenger of Allah, and how would a man curse his own parents, which person sits there and curses his own father and his own mother, the prophets Allah while he was still him, we played your soup bowl Raja Uber Rajan for your suit, boo, boo, boo, boo Mama, is because the person curses the parents of another person, and that person in return, curses their parents. That's like you cussing 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

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in the wait the harms? How will this impact me not only today, but tomorrow and next month and 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 a large soldier gives to us time and time again in the Quran, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam established within his sin 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 do you want to think through what Ernie was sooner? When apparently

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hamdu lillahi Allah son, worship Allah Allah tofu Tiki montina Masha Allah illallah wa de la sharika lahu talim Alicia Machado,

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sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa seldom at the Sleeman kathira ameba, 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 greatest benefits in the way to hums is that a greater benefit in 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 following 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 equate to 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 kneepads 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 with. 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 that one of the routes in which people walk to the extremes the right 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 that

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issue of the rise of those types of people. We have similar types of people in our country who would 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 clip, but to tell you to vote 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 hotbed to tell you who to vote for. But in my humble opinion, there is a greater benefit in new voting, and in you being active, and knowing what it is that those decisions the

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impacts that they have upon us and our families. It is an issue of muslin Mufasa. 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 amanar in the 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 us

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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 a decision that you think that is pleasing to Allah subhana wa Tada. And that is better for you, your family and your community escolares religion, but its most beautiful names and is most of the attributes, that it guides us to what is correct, and that allows us to guides us what is most pleasing to Him that Allah subhanaw taala blesses us, our families and our communities that a large soldier shows His mercy and forgiveness upon us and that a large soldier keeps us safe from those that will do us harm and from those that would harm us in any

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way. That's Allah subhanaw taala that limits us from those people that he guides in this life and the next and that alarm soldier keeps a steadfast and firm upon the religion the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam her that was sort of low Elena below Mohammed, what early he was talking big marine were people that are wanting to learn