Do You Feel Like a Stranger

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Ali Albarghouthi

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Florian fusina will say yeah Dr. Molina, Maria de la Vela mo de la mejor de falla, her de la y Chateau La ilaha illallah wa de la sharika y na Mohammedan Abu Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa early or sahbihi wa sallam about to fire in the hiral howdy kita kita Allah, wa hyaluron hodja hodja Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was Sharon Morimoto Jessa to her wakulla Desert in VEDA wakulla monada aku lavona Latina, we praise Allah subhanahu wa tada the most high and the most forgiving, and we thank him and we seek His help and protection and forgiveness.

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And we asked him to save us from the evil of ourselves in the sense that we do, indeed who serve Allah guides no one can lead astray and who serve Allah leads astray no one can guide and a bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allah alone. And then Mohamed Salah while he was seldom is his slave and messenger, the best of speech is the book of Allah. And the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the worst of religious matters of those that are innovated and every religious innovation is a beta and everybody dies. misguidance and every misguidance will be in Hellfire about

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so the law he saw the law he was seldom says in the Hadith, but al Islam over Eva was i o horiba photo ballyhoura.

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He said Islam started as something strange, and it will return to be something strange. So good news to the strangers.

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Here sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was describing the reality of Islam in the beginning.

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But that this reality will repeat itself in time, and ends it with giving good news and encouragement to those who will persevere and hold on to their religion, despite the unpredictability of time, and space, and people.

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But early slavery by Islam started as something that is strange wonder asuma lyocell allottee alayhi wasallam started his Tao he was the only one. And slowly Surely, but slowly, people started to hear about Islam and accept Islam. So he had few people around him. But the belief was an unbelief. The practice was an odd practice because it is not dominant. Now that there is something strange about it. When we say that Islam started as something strange, we're not saying that there's something strange about Islam. No, this is your and my fifth law, it is the most natural thing that you can embrace and follow. What we mean by it is that it's not the dominant belief. And it's not the

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dominant practice. And so people look at it with this suspicion, look at it with condemnation. So he said it started strange, someone would accept Islam in a tribe and he will be the only person who would accept Islam, the only person among his family to practice Islam, and either he will accept migration to the prophets of Allah Azza wa sallam, and he'll be in a strange land among people that he did not meet before. But there's still his brothers and sisters in Islam, but still

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is a stranger. Or he decides to stay in his own tribe. Among his own people. mana is not his family, not his friends, not his neighbors except or understand. What he believes in what he is doing started is something that is strange. And then slowly, people embraced Islam and it seems to be something strange and became dominant in Mecca and in Medina and in Arabia and many other lands, but there are sort of lies a lot of us in them said that it will continue or it will come back to be something that is strange.

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will not be dominant again,

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not be dominant in power, not be dominant in numbers not be dominant in practice, or even not be dominant in belief.

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And if you look at us today, you will notice a trace of that strangeness of how when you want to practice and believe you become a stranger,

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politically, the power is not a Muslim power in the globe today. Economically, we're not powerful with the media media is not for us, but mostly against us. So in terms of power and dominance, we were strangers

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Whether we are living in non Muslim lands, so given and you experience this, when you own a hold on to something that is Islamic, it is a struggle, struggle first within yourself because you know that you're gonna stand out when you do this, and struggle with people around you because you know that they don't understand it or maybe they will not accept it or even if they do, he always going to be singled out as someone who's doing something different than not part of the group. And that's not a feeling a comfortable feeling that any wants to have. Everybody wants to belong and to be accepted.

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But even in Muslim lens as well. Today, when you want to practice your Islam, you might find yourself a stranger

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in your family, who resists your practice, in your city, or even in your country.

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So it started as something that is strange and it will continue or will turn to be something that is strange, and a sort of lice of the law. It was seldom said then tuba glad tidings good news to the strangers.

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Those who hold on to Islam, because of Allah did not because of people, those who want to do the right thing. Though it is difficult. Those who sacrifice this life and comfort in this life, because they want the pleasure of Allah as origin in the hereafter. This is sacrifice. And that's why he is saying good news to you. Because you're alone, and Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam knows very well and all the prophets of Allah know very well, what it feels like to be alone, you're alone. You feel alone, you feel the pressure of being alone.

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You hear the criticism all the time. But despite that, you keep holding on to the truth. And those sort of lies a lot of us hilum says good news to you expect the best to come your way in this role. And when you meet Allah as a virgin, he said some alcohol he was sending them in another Hadeeth

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yet the other nurse is a man and he akuna tabuteau fee here and identical copy the Allah Jim, he says there is going to come a time when people who will be holding on to their religion will be like someone who holding in his hand hot coal, a hot burning piece of coal in his hand.

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And he said,

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a person at that time will have the reward of 50. among you, pointing to the campaign is a versatile life's a lot he was in them because he said you find aides and helpers to assist you, but they don't. So when there is mounting pressure, when it is hard to practice Islam know that Allah azza wa jal knows that knows your struggle, and rewards you because of it. So the more that you hold on to it, despite pressure, even if you're alone, a law as an understanding, and a law as though we reward you and Allah azza wa jal will assist you. But this requires people who are committed to the truth. By the way, this is not only simply about religion, if you want to be someone who's serious in this

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life, if you want to be a person who is honest, in a world that cheats and lies, you're going to stand out, and you're going to be alone. If you refuse to cheat and lie, you're going to be alone. If you want to be someone who dedicates his life to noble causes, in a world that emphasizes mindless entertainment, you're going to stand alone, you're not going to have as many friends because everybody else is attracted to the frivolous.

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But you have decided to do something that is better, and deciding to do what is best, always takes sacrifice, and it's in fact, more so religiously.

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Horrible horiba ought to be estranged is a feeling that everybody has, religiously or otherwise. People leave their homes, to other places they migrate. They leave their families. And once you do that you will feel as a stranger. You may fight back, be born into a family, be born into a religion be born into a culture but still feel estranged, not fully really belonging not knowing where do you belong and what to believe and what to do. There are people who live on this in this life but never really belong, not belong to their jobs, not to belong to a culture not belong to anything that feels strange all the time.

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And that is the

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Because there is Horbury in this life. There is a strange moment in this life.

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When we are told

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confit dunia can never even argue Sabine, he says once also the lies and lollywood seldom says be in this life as if you are a stranger or a traveler. He is pointing to the reality of this life that is, no matter what happens, you're gonna feel

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this estrangement.

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Because once you enjoy something,

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it doesn't last. And you have to leave it behind. There is joy, but it's followed with pain.

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Yes, there is meeting with loved one, but there's also leaving them behind.

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There is always that estrangement

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always this departure always this movement. And so every one of us is a traveler in this life. So Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam is telling you that you cannot escape this and in fact, embrace it be as a stranger. Then he would ask him some Allah Honey, you said in the morning, when Where is my home.

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And he would say Saloni you send them your home is in general.

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No matter how much you try to settle in this life, you'll always be a stranger. You will always be moving on from one home to the other one country to the other one situation to the other, you're healthy and you're sick, you're wealthy, then you're poor. You're married, and then you're not married, you have children, maybe you don't have children later, you're always moving away from things. You cannot hold on to anything. You're always a stranger, embrace it and become a stranger in this life, knowing that you can only settle when you meet online.

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That's the home. This is not a home. This is not a home. Anything that you own today is not yours. Anything that you're going to buy tomorrow, it's not yours. You can leave it to something else, or you're going to throw it away. You're gonna leave it to somebody else, you're gonna throw it away. It's not yours. You're not gonna only own anything. You don't own anything, until you enter Jannah.

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So yes, all of us human beings are strangers on this earth. Strangers when we move away from our lands, strangers will move away from our families.

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But the true

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estrangement is to be estranged from Allah xojo.

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As to be a stranger on this earth because you're not connected to him. subhana wa Taala. That

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true alienation?

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It is said

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that Musa alayhis salam when he left Egypt, heading to meridian.

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And he said to Allah Azza, wa jal?

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He says, Yeah, Allah

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inua. Hayden, marry, don't worry. He says, Yeah, Allah hum alone.

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And I am sick.

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And I'm a stranger,

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than a lot as well reveal to him.

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He says the one who's alone is the one who does not have me by his side.

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And the one who is sick is the one who does not have me as his doctor.

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And the one who's a stranger is the one who does not deal with me, meaning worship me and talk to me.

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So being a stranger does not mean that I'm not around my family or they're not around me. I'm not living in my own land. Being a stranger means that I'm a stranger. When it comes to a laws origin, he doesn't know me, he knows me. But I don't talk to him. I don't ask him. I'm not close to him. In that sense, I'm a stranger. And there's that sense of strangeness or estrangement, will never leave your heart in mind.

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And you will always feel that there is something missing is there's only one

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who can fill that emptiness.

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And it's not food. And it's not drinking, and it's not gambling. And it's not purchasing new things. None of these things fill that emptiness. Only one can fill it. And that is a loss origin. You may feel that I am sick. I have this physical ailment in that physical ailment. You're not sick. The one who's truly sick is the one who is not being treated by Allah xojo whose heart is corrupt,

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that sickness, physical fitness can be overcome. When you die, you leave all sickness behind, but internal spiritual sickness that stays with us till the time that we meet allows origin. So if Allah is your doctor, you never really sick and if Allah is with you, you never really alone.

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That's why someone may ask how

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Can I have enough power and wisdom and patience, that if everybody else is doing harm, I tell them this is haram. I'm not going to do it. If somebody else everybody else has taken off their hijab, if they're doing this and that I tell them no, this is wrong and I do the right thing. And I become the only person and they get ostracized. They don't call me they don't talk to me. They mock me. How can I withstand have patience to continue? is if you have a man in Allah Zoo Did you never alone?

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Allah will send you if you ask him, pious friends. But if your friends are people who want to drag you to Hellfire, they're not your friends.

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They're really not your friends. They may be well intentioned, but they're not your friends if they want to take you to hellfire. If you are with Allah, you're not alone. If you are with Allah, you're not weak.

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If you are with Allah, you are guided. If you are with Allah, you can influence others and change them rather than allow them to change you.

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If you are with Allah, you can do the right thing.

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And if you remember, at any moment,

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in any place, when you feel weak, and you're the only one who is doing what's right, if you remember that, this is how Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was, and this is how you will be exactly if he was standing right next to you, you will do the right thing. If you know at that moment that Allah zodion is watching you and he loves the good things that you're doing despite resistance and pressure. You continue to do it no matter who likes or dislikes what you're doing. If you know that this is the thing that will save you not pleasing so and so and so, but pleasing Allah azza wa jal if you know that this is the thing that will save you and will fill your heart with pleasure and

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will give you eternal happiness in the next life. You will do it despite resistance. So Islam started strange, or something strange, but it needed men and women dedicated for for it to become a dominant belief and a dominant practice for it to reach you.

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And still today, it needs those dedicated men and dedicated woman who will say the truth before everybody else, that Allah azza wa jal before everyone else and when you choose Allah as a virgin, you are indeed the strongest, and you're no longer a stranger, because Allah zodat is with you a whole lot. Only Heather was the hero.

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At Hamdulillah, European alameen Hamza Catherine Ivanova confy, who also live on Sunday manasu li Mohamed el sol de la de alayhi wa aalihi wa sahbihi wa sallam,

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when he was asked sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Who are those strangers or prophet of Allah?

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He said allatheena usili una edfs at a nurse. Those are the ones who reform and fix others when people are corrupt.

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And another he says homeowner, Susana Hoon, Fiona xinzhou and Kathy, many I see him accidentally menu to whom he says they are highest good people, but among a large number of evil, wicked people. Those who oppose them and do not listen to them are far more than those who listen to them. It tells you that at times, and in places, those who hold on to the truth will be strangers and will be few in numbers.

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They will be the people who despite the corruption around them insist upon

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honesty. insist upon piety. insist upon purity, that not know not everybody cheats and lies. Not everybody commits the harm. Not everybody disobeys Allah zildjian No, this is not common. This is not normal and shouldn't be. And if it's normal for all of them, the algos are around me, I will never make it normal for me, because it's not supposed to be normal, it's abnormal, and all over but all of us should look at it as abnormal.

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So if I can't change you,

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at least I will not allow you to change me. But I will do my best to fix whatever I can fix. And even if people reject what I'm saying, even if people reject my advice, I will continue to give it so that at first I'll have an excuse before Allah azza wa jal that I did not conceal it and I tried to do my best to fix it. And also perhaps one of those days one of

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Those people who listen to me and this is how Islam spread, with people whose Eman was like mountains and they insisted upon changing themselves and people around them. And it became from something weak into something that is strong, something that could be easily annihilated to something that no one on this earth today can annihilate it.

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Islam is here to stay.

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But Islam also needs you

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need you to make that commitment and say,

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I'm going to hold on to it, even when it's difficult, because my sacrifice today will make it easier for my child tomorrow.

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My sacrifice today will raise me in levels when I meet Allah azza wa jal. My sacrifice today will make me a companion of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam because I will understand what he did and what he sacrificed, now will continue his legacy today. So Allah azza wa jal make us among the strangers who hold on to his truth to his book and to the Son of His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to make us of the strangers who will reform themselves and those around them, to make us of the strangers who resist temptations and pressure, so they always do what pleases Allah azzawajal rather than what pleases people will ask him Subhana Allah to Allah to forgive us all of our sins,

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and to grant us a sincere repentance from all and every sin will ask him subhanho wa Taala to fill our hearts with a man and our body with tequila to fill our hearts with his love and love with his prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to give us good character, with our families, with our friends with Muslims and with non Muslims. They make us examples so that when people see us they want to come closer to Islam and embrace it. Well ask him subhana wa tada to bless the omo Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and to rescue them from ignorance and to rescue them from temptation. Aloha Marina for dunya hacer una hora de la sera de hacer una joaquina either we're not alone I am

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