Ali Hammuda – Palestine Reimagined #12 Just Before You Leave Palestine

Ali Hammuda
AI: Summary © The speakers discuss three criteria for a woman to determine her connection with Al Qaeda Alaysha, including her transfer from absence to presence, transition from meaningless to profound meaning, and her journey from birth to death. They stress the importance of choosing the natural way of life, preparing for death in a rewarded way, and knowing one's vision and visioning a noble Islamic vision. The speakers also emphasize the importance of good deeds and creating a passive income of good deeds, and encourage the audience to create their own success.
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So start this conversation with yourself today. It's

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crucial. Even if you avoid it now, it's

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gonna confront you eventually.

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What are your preparations for those good deeds?

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That can continue after your death.

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Countless Muslims worldwide,

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including many Palestinians living just a stone's throw

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away from Al Masjid Al Aqsa,

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are unable to visit Al Masjid Al Aqsa.

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Due to circumstances

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beyond their control,

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particularly the challenges posed by the occupation.

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Now in contrast

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some of us from distant lands

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Are graced with the opportunity to tread its

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sacred grounds, and pray within this amazing Masjid.

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Often making the journey annually.

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But just before you fly back home ask

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yourself this question.

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How can I know that I've fully taken

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advantage of the opportunity that I had and

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this blessing of being in Philistine?

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Yes, I've done the praying and the sightseeing.

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How do I measure my connection with Al

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Masjid Al Aqsa? And my commitment to its

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cause thereafter?

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I'm going to suggest

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3 criteria,

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which by the way don't include Palestinian desserts,

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but you've tried or olive oil that you've

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purchased.

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Test your claims of love and commitment to

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Palestine,

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and how future proof it's going to be

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on the basis of 3 criteria.

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Or you can call them the 3 V's.

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The first V,

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my transfer from absence to presence.

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Let's call that voyage.

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Number

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2, my transition from sin to piety.

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Let's call that

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vow.

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And my transition from meaningless

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to profound meaning.

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Let's call that vision. Those are your 3

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Versus Allow me to elaborate.

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The first one we said my transfer from

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absence

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to presence.

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That's your voyage.

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In other words, make a point, of frequently

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visiting Al Masjid Al Aqsa, in groups of

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families and friends,

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as couples.

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In * from its pure air, prostrate on

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its blessed land, supplicate to Allah on its

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holy sanctuary for its aid.

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Reading about the cause of Palestine and the

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virtues of a sham, that's one thing. But

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only a visit in person can illustrate the

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full extent of what has happened over the

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decades

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and only a regular

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visit.

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Is proof

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that you love what Allah Almighty loves.

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So find a recommended travel agent that offers

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a full program then book your trip. And

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I stand baffled at those of us who

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toured every holiday destination.

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Preferring to return home with souvenirs,

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a tan, debts,

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over the everlasting deeds offered at Al Masjid

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Al Aqsa. And my belief is that today,

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Al Aqsa should be the masjid that we

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love the most of all.

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Not because it trumps Al Masjidu, Al Haram

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in Mecca, or the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam

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is majid in Madina. But because it is

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ill. It is in captivity.

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And by our nature, we give most affection

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and attention to those children of ours who

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are least well. That's your first v, your

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your voyage.

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The second criteria, the second V is your

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vow.

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My transition from sin to piety.

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The moment you arrive at Al Majidul Aqsa,

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don't delay.

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Capitalize

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on the passion that grips you. And immediately

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bow to Allah to rid yourself from any

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remnants

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of sin

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that you still latch on to from your

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previous ways.

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But you will say to me, what is

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the relevance of mentioning this?

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In light of Palestine

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transition from sin to piracy.

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I'll say to you there is a link.

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The prophet

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said,

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on the night

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that I was taken

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on a journey, the Isra.

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I was presented with 2 cups,

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there in Palestine.

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A cup of milk

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and a cup of wine, out of hospitality

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and a test. I looked at them and

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I chose the milk, and Angel Jibril said

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to me,

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praise be to Allah, who guided you to

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choose the fitra, the natural way. Had you

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taken the wine, your nation would have gone

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astray.

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It was there in Jerusalem,

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not long after he had arrived from Mecca,

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when he was presented with these 2 cups.

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And it was there in Jerusalem

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where he chose the pure and natural way.

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So now that you have arrived at the

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same destination,

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it is upon you my brother, my sister

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to make a similar decision of courage and

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wisdom.

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To choose the natural way.

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To promise Allah Almighty that you've spilled out

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the cup of sin from your life. Whether

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in the form of dress,

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Internet browsing,

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relationships,

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business,

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all their likes. And show him that you

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have picked up there in Jerusalem, the cup

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of Imaan.

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And then the third of the V's, if

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you remember,

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my transformation

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from meaningless to profound meaning. That is your

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vision.

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Measure yourself against that criteria as well.

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From this day onwards,

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promise Allah that you will live pursuing a

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noble Islamic vision.

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But again, you will ask me, what is

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the relevance?

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Why are you mentioning this in light of

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Palestine? I say to you, there is a

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link.

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And remember this link when you look at

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Al Majid Al Aqsa, because the prophet Muhammad

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Sallallahu

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Alaihi Wasallam said

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that Sulayman blew Dawood, Lamma bana baytul Maqdis

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SaAllallahu Khilal

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and Falathah.

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When Prophet Sulaiman, the son of Dawood, finished

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building Baytul Maqdis Al Masidul Aqsa, he asked

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Allah for 3 things. What did he ask

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Allah for?

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He asked Allah for a judgment

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that will be in harmony with His judgment,

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and he was given that sound judgment.

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Du'a number 2

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He asked Allah for a kingdom that no

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one would have after him the like of,

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and he was given that.

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What was the 3rd dua he made and

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underline this one?

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And when he finished building the Masjid Al

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Aqsa, He asked Allah that any person who

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comes to him,

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Intending only to pray,

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that he emerges free of all of his

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sins as the day his mother bore him.

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In another narration,

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the Prophet

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added,

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As for his 2 requests,

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Soleiman was granted them

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and my hope is that he was granted

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the third.

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Allahu Akbar,

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Think about

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the countless people

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who have prayed in Al Majid Al Aqsa.

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And consider the immense reward prophet Suleiman and

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all of those involved in its construction can

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expect.

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This was one of Suleiman's projects for the

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hereafter.

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A vision in his life

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that he pursued.

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So I ask you now the question in

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light of this third criteria, what will be

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yours?

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What is your Islamic vision? This must be

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a question that bothers you enormously.

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And should positively irritate you till you find

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an answer for it.

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What is my project for my home in

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the hereafter?

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How will I prepare

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a dowry for paradise?

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What life vision today

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will yield the greatest rewards on the day

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of judgment and will serve me when I

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have died?

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Imagine with me a family man,

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the sole breadwinner of his family,

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receiving news from his doctor that he has

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only a month to live.

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He's got no savings set aside,

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no other source of income for his family.

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I want you to envisage the urgency that

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grips him.

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Think about his restless

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determination

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His meticulous avoidance of wasting any time or

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resources As he searches

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desperately for another source of income to secure

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his family's financial future before his time runs

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out.

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It is within this context, this analogy.

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I remind you of the hadith that you

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know.

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When a person dies, all of his deeds

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they come to a halt.

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They end except from 3 sources:

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A continual charity,

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beneficial knowledge that you'd left behind or a

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righteous child who makes Dua for you. That's

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it.

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In other words,

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you've also been put on notice.

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Your days on earth are also numbered.

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Your source of income of good deeds

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with death will come to an end.

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So it's time to begin that search.

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Today we speak many different languages,

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we have different ambitions in life,

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but on the day of judgment as we

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stand on that plane of resurrection

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And the scales are established,

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and our deeds are weighed

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with angels descending,

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and paradise and * in sight, full display,

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and with Allah Almighty, the one true King.

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They are present,

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there will only be one language.

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That is the language of good deeds and

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sins.

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So start this conversation with yourself today, it's

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crucial. Even if you avoid it now, it's

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gonna confront you eventually.

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What are your preparations for those good deeds

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that can continue after your death?

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And for those unsure

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where to start,

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the prophet

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gave

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amazing examples of what a continual Qudid may

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look like. As examples, he said

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There are 7 things that will continue to

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benefit a person

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in their grave after their death.

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Whoever taught knowledge,

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or flowed a river, or dug a well,

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or planted a palm tree, or built a

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mosque, or passed down a Quran, or left

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a child to make dua for him after

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his death. These are examples.

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Now think about what suits you.

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What suits you?

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Transcribing lectures.

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Financing the editing and publishing of an Islamic

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book.

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Recording lectures for people who can deliver.

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Sponsoring a student of knowledge until they return,

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setting up a transformative halaqa in your local

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Masjid.

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Think about what you're good at, what you

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enjoy,

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what you may have graduated in.

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Think about your opportunities,

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think about your limitations,

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Then brainstorm ideas to channel your circumstances towards

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an Islamic project at any scale. It's your

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sincerity that will give it weight, not its

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might in the eyes of the people.

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Everyone's dream today is the so called passive

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income.

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And I'm making a case now here

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for you to think deeply about creating a

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passive income of good deeds. So that they

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may continue to serve you in your grave

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when you're no longer around to create them

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yourself.

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This is the blessing

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which Imam Ibn Al Qayyim

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described when he said in his beautiful words.

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What a sublime status it is.

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And what a noble and exalted distinction it

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is.

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For a person to be busy in his

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lifetime with his various tasks or to lie

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in his grave,

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his body decomposed and scattered, yet his record

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of good deeds

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continues to grow.

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Good deeds are written in his favor every

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moment, and acts of kindness are directed towards

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him from unexpected sources.

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He said by Allah.

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These are the true honors and gains.

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And let those who compete.

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Compete for this.

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