Palestine, Jerusalem and al-Aqsa

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Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah who are early he was a happy human who Allah despite spending the last 10 years of his life in a city over 800 miles away from Jerusalem. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would nevertheless, frequently make a point of including Al Masjid Al Aqsa in his speech. He knew of its status in the eyes of Allah he knew that the events of the End of Times will culminate on its blessed soil.

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The companion of Buddha once asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam this following question yeah rasool Allah He au Masjid in wool they are filled out by a word,

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or messenger of Allah. What mosque was built on Earth first.

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And he said to him Al Masjid Al haram, the Masjid in Makkah, he said from my eight, then which mosque He said, Then al Masjid Al Aqsa, I asked him meaning a Buddha he said, I asked him, What was the time between the construction of both he said Arbor owner center 40 years.

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So Al Aqsa is no ordinary masjid, and Palestine is no ordinary plot of land. It served as a venue for the greatest conference to have ever taken place on this planet.

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One that was attended by every prophet and messenger to have walked Allah's globe.

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And this was when the greatest of them Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was made to need all of them in Salah

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how beautiful were the words of Abdullah him namaste the companion who said that and be told not to this, but that will be

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why a school I was worse I cannot will and be here. Well Murphy he molded there.

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In was on the fina bu Oh karma fee HumanIK bait will mark this, he said was built by the prophets and it was inhabited by the prophets and there isn't an area of a single hand spanned on its land except that a prophet had prayed on it. Or an angel had stood on it. Allahu Akbar.

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Al Masjid Al Aqsa, as you know, was the very first Qibla the direction of the prayer for the Muslims for the messenger alayhi salatu salam and his companions

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for around 14 years and a half

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the whole duration in Mecca and the early parts of Medina till it was eventually changed to gather so distinct so unique is this venue that when the messenger SallAllahu Sallam finally received his invitation to visit the inhabitants of the heavens, Allah chose Palestine for his ascension in order to create that link within the hearts of the Muslims, the unbreakable attachment between Mecca and Palestine. They are sisters they are inseparable. How beautiful were the words of Allah who said Subhan Allah the SRB Abbe de la isla Meenal mesothelial Harami illness de la casa Olivia Baraka Hola, hola, Nordea. hoomin Tina.

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Inna who was semi sweet Glory be to Him Allah, who took his slave meaning the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on a journey by night from a Masjid Al haram to a Masjid Al Aqsa, the surroundings of which we have blessed in order to show him some of our signs. He is the old hearing Indeed, He is the old saying.

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No travel is to be made for the purpose of praying in a masjid other than these three massages led to Chateau Rihanna, who in that inner fella 30 masajid and mosquito haram must Giro Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Masjid Al Aqsa, do not undertake a journey to visit any mosque he said,

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except three, this mosque of mine and the Mosque of Al haram in Mecca and Al Masjid Al Aqsa.

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Now, this Ramadan, the Zionist occupiers have taken their boldness, their vulgarity to new levels,

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horrific scenes unfolded of armed Zinus troops, launching a full fledged military assault on worshipers and women and children and elderly.

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Turning the masjid into a battlefield a warzone. The occupiers besieged the people that nasty cough hundreds of whom are left to bleed without any type of medical attention after being shut out during their prayer or, or are shocked by the canisters that were thrown at them.

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How relevant were the words of ALLAH and how timeless they are. When he said woman Avila Movie Man manana Sangeeta la he he with the cut off he has Warhol was actually caught RB hula Comerica and, and yet who knew her Inaho if he

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ALLAH says who is more unjust

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than those who prevent the name of Allah from being mentioned in his mosques and they strive for their destruction. It is not for them to enter except in fear for them. In this world there will be disgrace and in the hereafter there will will be a great punishment for them imamo poverty he's prefers the opinion that this area has a specific connection in relation to Al Masjid Al Aqsa.

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Meanwhile, outside the masjid that was being battered by the occupiers the Zionists, neither content with the stolen land bestowed upon them by the UN, nor with the stolen land occupied by them in violation of the UN since 1967. They went on to re Palestinian homes and sought to evict 10s of families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

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Jara, she actually ran it named after a personal physician of Salahuddin this area is in East Jerusalem. They came in they threw people out of their own homes, they usurp their their property with complete impunity, security forces watch them doing so and under their protection in order to apparently preserve the Jewish identity of Jerusalem.

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And in light of this, I wish to share a few messages with the key players involved in this conflict.

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The first message is to the people of Jerusalem on the front lines of this conflict.

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I say to you,

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you are the salt of the earth.

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You're resilience resembles the robust tree standing at the Damascus Gate to the Old City as you defend on our behalf. bare chested with your heads high, and the hearts that are certain of the Promise of Allah after Allah, you are our inspiration when our motivation falters. And you are our motivation when despair takes hold the Ramadan TV shows of 2021 or so many. Nothing, however, compares to your resistance of the occupying forces, charging us with these vibes

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that no show could ever achieve. And we find ourselves now straining our thoughts with the question of how do I involve myself in this colossal cause, you are the conscious the consciousness of this ummah, that which our messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has promised that the agencies of repression will never defeat to the end of time. And subhanAllah if this is the gallantry, this is the heroism. This is the bravery of the third generation of Muslims in Jerusalem, then truly your enemies have no hope. We wish that we were the soil beneath your feet. Those amongst you who live they live honorably, and those who die, they die as martyrs in sha Allah, because good deeds are

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amplified and grow forever from within their graves.

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The first message is for you. The second message is to our scholars and our Imams.

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We call upon you to make Aleksa central to your concerns

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are not merely part of the short term remembrance during a plight that happens here or there. Make it part of a longer term strategy. This is the obligation of the era.

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Include an act slot when you are teaching it that theology history. feature it regularly in your addresses in your sermons in your Halaqaat included in your modules included in your curriculum. Your position as an imam is an Amana My dear brother it's a trust your congregation is expecting this guidance and the secure of your wages Allah a lot of committee

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same can be said to

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social media influences community activists use your platforms to mobilize the Muslims in defense of Al Aqsa each according to their capacity, their resources, their sphere of influence. See, the celebrated curd who we know today as Salahuddin. He wasn't parachuted from the heavens. He was the product of inner arms like you who understood their duties towards the Islamic cause of Palestine.

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Imams who understood what their position as Imam entails.

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And they nurtured Salahuddin to look beyond his nationality to beyond the sinful aspirations of being a young man and to see an AXA

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as central to his essence. They kept the cause alive. I mean, think about how Jewish

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Wedding ceremonies and with the stomping on glass Have you seen it? Why to serve as a reminder, a constant reminders panela even during the height of personal joy.

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They keep the pain and the loss of the alleged Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem alive in their minds. What about the Western warmth of that same compound known to the Jews as the Wailing Wall, the holiest site for prayer for the Jews, where visitors mourn and bemoaned the destruction of the temple. The cause is constantly alive. So we ask our Imams for the last, say 10 years.

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How many times has the topic of Alexa appeared in your addresses, and I also call upon congregations of masajid to respectfully encourage their Imams to fulfill this duty.

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This is the second message, the third message, I offer it to the general Muslim masses.

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And the first of those messages, dear brothers and sisters make Al Aqsa your number one priority in visit. Visit Al Aqsa in groups of families. As friends, inhale from its pure airs, prostrate on its blessing land, dua to Allah subhanaw taala for the protection of this holy sanctuary of ours. See, reading about the Islamic cause of Palestine is one thing, but it's only a visit in person

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that can illustrate the full extent of what's been happening over there the last decades. Find a recommended travel agent

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that offers a full program, then book your trip. I stand baffled at those who have toured every holiday destination on Earth, preferring to come home with souvenirs shopping, debts attend over the everlasting good deeds that are offered at Al Aqsa.

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And these deeds include what the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said he narrates and the Sulaymaniyah now, there would love nabanna Beta McAleese sir Allah Allah, Allah Allah Khalifa when Sulayman

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Prophet Suleiman, son of David that would allow him will sell him finished building it will mark this and misjudgment axon, he made a dua asking Allah for three things.

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So Allah hook can you Saudi help the whole football team? The first one was, Oh Allah give me judgment that is in harmony with your judgment, and he was granted do number two, was that an Allah who can now remember really I had him embody? The second supplication was, Oh Allah give me a kingdom, that no one after me will possess. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said he was granted that here's number three.

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Was that Allah Allah Hina Thorac I mean, Bina MSgt. And now your Tia who I had lie and hijo en la sala to fee and your creed your home in Hockley. a te que yo me what letter to move on, he made a to art number three, when he finished the building of an axon, that any person who comes to this place with no intention other than to pray that

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that Allah frees him from his sins making him like that day his mother boring.

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Wow.

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Subhan Allah in another narration narrated by even imagine unnecessary and others. He said, ie the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam he added and he said, I'm not an attorney, Faqad Walter Yahoomail or Abdul Hakuna, outwardly, as he said, ask for two of those requests he was given, and my hope is that he was granted a third.

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This is the first my message to you Dear brothers and sisters, the second message to the general Muslim masses is be proactive, create solutions bring forward ideas. Our history as Muslims is witness to so many calamities that would have be fooling us Had Allah not averted them through suggestions that came about through ordinary people like you and I want example, Al Shabaab, Edmond Miguel.

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He didn't like the site, which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam chose to combat before the Battle of better, so he politely asked or messenger of Allah, this place that you've chosen?

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Is it from Allah? Such that we should not comment on it? Or is it part of the strategy of war? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to him, no, it's strategy of war. It's not revelation.

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So I hope I've said I have a suggestion. And he basically suggested to advance and to combat the nearest well to the enemy of better so that the Muslims can collect water in containers themselves, and then fill the void

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meaning wells with sand so that the enemy has no water and he did that. What would have happened if it wasn't for the suggestion?

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So make suggestions brothers and sisters for Al Aqsa now don't get me wrong. sign petitions, lobby MPs, boycott, divest, attend demonstrations, definitely, however you have your own ideas.

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So there's always the scope for telling me what I can do for Alexa. But you must also feel empowered to say, let me tell you what we can do for Alexa, claim the cause as your own. Do not belittle your appear your opinion, put your doctor Neff sec, and give you some examples. We lack literature

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for children regarding the issue of silence plight, what can we do about that?

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Few of our scholars are addressing the Judeo Christian myths surrounding Alexa, how can these myths be addressed in a very innovative way?

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Another example political interaction from UCLA is increasing. But what about local councils? Many have contracts with the so called Israeli businesses, or support so called Israeli settlements, how can this be addressed? Think about it.

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Another example, NGOs, 1000s of them they exist in support of settler groups and so called Israel. What can or how can we support our NGOs? Like friends of Alexa, how can we empower them? Can we replicate them?

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Another example, unlike Zionist charity work, most of our charity work for NASA is reactionary, how can we make them proactive?

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Another example, what can wealthy businessmen do by way of a Wyckoff setting up for the cause of Alexa? Another example, social media platforms like Instagram, they're deleting accounts and censoring stories that relate to Alex's plight. So What strategies can we devise to raise awareness and to raise concern? The idea is to think out of the box voiced your opinion, don't wait to be led, take the lead on the cause. Assuming yours, because it is yours. It is your salvation before it is theirs. This is my second message to the Muslim masses the third, promote optimism.

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promote a positive energy, brothers and sisters just in the last couple of days, and Subhanallah against all of the odds.

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We've witnessed amazing series of retreats by the occupying forces think about it last week was scheduled to have the Israeli High Court ruled in favor of evicting the families of Sheikh Jarrah, but they feared even more escalation. So Israel had to bow to pressure and has delayed the forced eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem. Is this not an opening?

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Also Zionist extremist extremist, as you know, they were congregating

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to storm and Luxor compound in their racist display of a unified Jerusalem.

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Palestinians defined this and they sent those nationalists back home. Is this not an opening?

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And then the subsequent aggressive raids by the way that you saw on TV and then the subsequent siege of Al Aqsa that was a reaction because of this failure. And they want you to forcefully disperse the Muslims and then to read facilitate this Jewish March. But despite being under fire, attacked with a tear and stun grenades, the Jerusalemites persisted in there at cough and resulted in a what a full cancellation of the march.

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Is that not an opening? I mean, even in recent years, the so called Israeli authorities had installed metal detectors at the entrance of the mount. Now the Jerusalem Islamic world reacted, they called upon the Muslims to pray outside the temple now to not go inside until the mosque complex was free from these metal detectors and they bow to a pressure that you remove them they removed the cameras that were installed after them. Is this not an opening? Brothers and sisters don't get me wrong here the battle is by no means over.

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And we know that the occupation will continue its plotting for a full AXA and Jerusalem takeover. But at least take a moment to recognize these openings from Allah these achievements to date. And despite the sheer aggression of the occupier despite the huge difference in means, despite the collaboration of neighboring and non neighboring Arab states of hypocrisy.

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All of this bears proof that the smallest indebtedness can reap huge results and proof that the will of Allah is above every will.

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And that Allah alone is the controller of affairs as he said

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kuleana Oh, Kaduna and then how do we have a holla? Every time they can do a fire of war, Allah puts it out.

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And by the way,

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look at the full fledged uprising that this has ignited all across Historic Palestine. Do you need Nazareth? Huzzah, Linda,

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prayers for Al Aqsa salvation are now bellowing from the skies of Turkey. Turkish Street is demanding greater intervention. And we're seeing political and civil movements taking place in Kuwait and Jordan, Sudan and Iran, Egypt, Mauritania, Lebanon, Yemen, Algeria, Sri Lanka, even Indonesia. Even on the streets of New York, Washington, Norway, other places in the UK. Look at the demonstrations happening here at home. At least 45,000 emails have been sent to MPs as a result of a British NGO to save Sheikh Jarrah the unifying effects of access wounds upon our fractured owner, they cannot be ignored and they cannot be quantified Allahu Akbar, Allahu Allahu Allah and many are

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lacking the axon nursing Ayala Munna Allah has full control of his affairs, but but most of the people they don't know. My fourth message

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to the general generality of the Muslims, is plead from Allah alcovy. Allah Aziz the most powerful, the most mighty, I hear Brother saying other than dua, what can I do for Alexa?

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Now, I don't doubt the sincere frustration of the person who said this, but it does illustrate a frustration that may have obscured certain relaxing realities. One of which is this without dua, or whilst dua without action is futile. Also, actions without Doha are just as futile. We as Muslims were witness to the number of times that geography of land was shifted, and angelic descent was granted. And history rewritten via the dua of a single man or single woman. Are we not witness to this?

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Are we not witness to the military Muslim? General cultiva, Abdo Muslim who was looking at the lines of the Turks before battle, and he was in all of their numbers and their weaponry. And he said, whereas Muhammad Nawaz, you had this righteous man, where is he? They said, he's right there to the right side of the Muslim flank. And he found him carrying his bow and with the other hand, he was pointing at the heavens with his finger making dua. And so Otaiba he said his famous words, he said till can also borrow a hammer in the Yemen meet at the Elfi say finisher here in the champagne party here. He said that finger of his that he's using to make dua to the heavens, that is dearer to me

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than 100,000 unsheathed swords, 100,000 strong men.

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So don't get it twisted. That deafening silence that follows you into Ha, does not mean for a single moment that your heart was not heard by the heavens

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and your DUA with unwavering conviction that your DUA is on its way to its destination, and that your DUA will not become a clear player on the Aqsa seen in the form of maybe steadfastness that Allah gives to the Jerusalemites, or maybe weather conditions that now favor them or maybe fear that is cast into the hearts of their enemies or angelic descent or circumstances that only Allah knows on dedicate five minutes for this on a nightly basis call upon alcovy Razzies. My fifth and final message

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to the general Muslim masses beware of haste.

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Beware of rushing things, it's vital to realize that your efforts

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may only come into fruition many years after your death.

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You're not more jealous for the welfare of the Ummah than Allah is. So don't despair. If you don't see your efforts taking off during your lifetime. Your duty My duty is to sow the seeds of dedication and hard work, any seed that is that be fits your context, your strengths, your qualifications, your interests, then Allah decides how and when to give life to matters.

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I closed with the example of Illumina, I don't even know to hear a tsunami, who was a jurist of the Shafter a school of thought teaching in the Umayyad mosque in Damascus, he authored a book known as Kitab, Al jihad, the book of jihad, and much like the many books like it that were authored. It was also detailing the rulings of jihad and was explaining the Quranic verses that address it and the duties of different categories of people and frequently cites Imam Al Ghazali.

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Now his book was essentially the first scholarly response to the Crusaders that had by that time

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I conquered Jerusalem. So the initial public readings of this book were in the year 1105. Take note of the dates 1105, six years after Jerusalem had been conquered by the Crusaders. So you would think that these public readings would be so popular because it's urgent, right?

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That Subhanallah those gatherings are poorly attended. And the book was then subsequently largely forgotten. A year after this Ali Abdullah here, a salami the author he died he didn't live to see much. Fast forward with me 81 years to the blessed land of a sham. The night sky now should be filled with tension but Subhanallah there is calm, there was excitement there feels the air 1000s of Muslims at this time have gathered in a hushed huddle to hear the reading of this book, Pin drop silence that is only ever broken by the weeping sounds of a sincere person here or the bellows of tech. We are there. And then led by Salahuddin and a UB and his teacher noted Dena zingy,

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what was once a disunited Muslim community of different ethnicities and languages. They became united by Islam and they were inspired into action by the bulk of our leave Notah here. It was read in the lead to the decisive battle of clean the battle in which Jerusalem was liberated by Salahuddin. Now you can just imagine I leave notre Salamis reaction on the Day of Judgment in sha Allah. When he is informed by his Lord that your book had played a key role in the recapturing of Jerusalem, you don't have to see the fruits of your luck in your life.

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Brothers and sisters in summary, if we cannot do the small things that we're asked to do now, we are deluding ourselves into thinking that when the time comes, we will be able to sacrifice more doesn't work like that.

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In conclusion,

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subhanAllah man may behave so complacently towards an illness as long as it steers clear of his heart. A smoker, for example, he's not too bothered maybe by the staining of his fingers, he may not be afraid of the damage of his gums, even when he or she may start coughing, a sign that the respiratory system is being damaged, they may still smoke some of them. It's only when users convey to them that your heart is now under threat, that a reaction is sparked. And it spurs them into immediate action and life changing decisions are made. Palestine and Al Aqsa are the hearts of this ummah.

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And from Allah has endless Mercy upon us, he is decreed that our illness as an unmet is placed at the center of our heart. Why? Because it now creates an unparalleled sense of urgency and the fast tracking of our awakening that may not have otherwise been achieved.