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Brothers and Sisters in Islam time and time again, questions are asked regarding a hedge that was performed in one's previous years. It was his first hedge the obligatory one, but he or she wants to repeat it. And when we ask them about the reasons such a person lists an array of matters that he or she felt towards knowingly or unknowingly sins that he wishes he had not committed during his very first hatch, or, perhaps opportunities that he wished he had made better use of. However, such a request cannot be fulfilled. You cannot repeat your original had you can do more but the original hedge if it has met the conditions of an accepted hedge than it will have to count as his or her

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obligatory hedge despite the shortcomings, and everything that comes after it is voluntary.

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We, however, do not wish to be like this particular question or whom, when he or she comes back from hedge he finds himself harboring more regret in his heart, and xiety and sadness than hope in the forgiveness from Allah subhanaw taala and so it is for this reason, but I would like to offer myself as well as all of those who are intending to embark on this life and after life changing experience this year, or at some point in their lives, several bits of advice which if applied, I can guarantee we'll spare you on it from such regretful endings when we come back from our hedge Advice number one, take note of them. Before you leave dear brother the system, ensure that your heart is forced

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in the right direction. What does that mean? It means interrogate yourself in an aggressively sincere manner by asking yourself what do I want from this Hajj? Is it honestly the pleasure of Allah subhana wa Taala and the home of the Hereafter? Or are there still insincere? Grymes still latching on to my heart? Is it so that Allah Almighty praises me for being a pilgrim? Or is it so that people say such and such has performed Hojae staggering X number of times. Now, Mecca is a place that has been visited by millions of people since time immemorial. And many of them have been just like you praised for their Hajj, and they enjoyed such a reputation of being a hygiene a

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pilgrim for a certain amount of time. But now that they have become the dwellers of the soil, I asked, how have those words of praise to help them in any way shape, or for many will carry out Hajj this year? Millions in fact, but will every one of them walk away with the price that they apparently came for in the beginning and paid so much money for as well? And this brothers and sisters is precisely why Imam even claim he would say to a man, he said may be standing next to one another in the same line waiting for prayer. But in reality, the difference between them is like the difference between the heavens and the earth. In other words, you know we will all be wearing the

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same clothes, visiting the same sites and NACA experiencing may be near enough the same fatigue as one another. But in Allah Subhana Allah ganas eyes, we are very different to one another because of the intentions that are completely invisible to us human beings.

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On that note, are there any signs of sincerity somebody may ask a perfectly organic question and a natural question either signs of insincerity and sincerity and there are many and I will mention just one because it relates directly to the topic of hatch. YNAB ignore Roger Ver humbly mentioned the story of a man from the past who used to embark on the journey of Hajj every year on foot, and he had no hardship in doing so he was very motivated. On one night, however, whilst he was asleep, his mother requested from him a cup of water from the same house.

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And subhanAllah he found himself very lazy, not finding the enthusiasm to get out of bed and to to bring his mother a cup of water. Now he paused here began to reflect

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how he managed to find the eagerness to embark on hygiene yearly by foot. But he failed when it came to serving his mother who was just meters away, not miles away, meters away. How come he realized that that moment that penny dropped, that what was giving him the motivation to carry out hajj on a yearly basis was the praise of people. And this therefore became the beginning of his islamic awakening at the beginning of his repentance to Allah subhanho wa taala. This is advice number one, the fact that we we find the willpower to travel across the other side of the globe and to endure the heart

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Cheap hedge, but we still remain unmotivated to go across the road perhaps is to pre select to Asia, the Asia prayer in congregation or to wake up on time for failure is a very worrying sign. Ensure that your heart is facing the right direction to the best of your ability brothers and sisters and Allah is pardoning, Allah is pardoning, don't allow it to become a form of watchtower, say whispering, and this is precisely why I'm here with me normally he would say about this advice number one, and had you Colleen workable Kathy, the travelers for Hajj, there's so many but the true doings of Hajj they are so few that is advice number one, we ask Allah to allow us to perfect the

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intention prior to leaving the airport, leaving for the airport. Advice number two, realize my brother and my sister that your money could not have been spent on a worthy cause. You know, before you make the decision to embark on Hajj, and as you transfer the cash, and even after you do so Shavon will be whispering. Now put aside the exploitation of certain governments and opportunities tour operators who don't get me wrong. They're making a killing from the hedge industry or their likes. I am speaking to you as a financier put aside those things I'm speaking to you as a financier of your hedge. Every spare penny you spend will be compensated by Allah subhanho data and you will

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see it with your own eyes on the day of reckoning. So allow your heart to rest. Allow your heart to rest. My dear brother mighty system success is not about returning home and priding yourself about how how you only spent such and such amount of money during your hygiene which is 20 quid man I paid I paid the ticket the handler the whole trip was just 2030 pounds. This journey is not about saving money.

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It is about spending on your hereafter treating yourself in preparation for the hereafter spend for your Acura and I mentioned this because you see the questions that pilgrims will now start asking before they go out they indicate a very different motive which is an eagerness to not spend to save. So he may say for example I want to do hajj and umrah together so you say okay you can do Hajj D'Amato or you can do Hajj Tehran, both of which include hajj and umrah. He says no, no, you see, I would like to do ombre after Hajj. You say how come he says it's due to the Hadith, the sacrificial animal I want to get out of it. So he wants to avoid it. And this is not the mentality of someone

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who wishes to handsome himself from the hellfire and earn Allah's love. I mean, if you have a financial predicament that's a different discussion, there is a way out. But if you can spend and you're still finding ways out this is the wrong mentality I Habibie this the wrong mentality. And consider these three sentences found in Surah, two Bacara chapter two, IR two seven to keep these verses these three sentences before your very eyes in the face of every opportunity that unravels in front of you in Mecca to spend on your hereafter sentence number one.

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Allah said one or two feet moving higher in Philly and fusi, calm, whatever good that You spend is for yourselves. That is sentence number of any good you spend, it's for you. Whether the amount is small or large, you're actually treating yourself Allah is telling you so make an effort to be unkind to your soul, and spend. That is very Advice number one.

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Advice number two, sentence number two from this area where Allah said one, two and three guna Illa de la Awaji Hila and you do not spend but to seek the pleasure of Allah Subhana Allah halali So don't wait for people to offer you Thanks.

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Or to express any type of appreciation for something that you do good for them there in Mexico or anywhere else. When somebody may argue that you know, actually I've been spending on such and such individual or family member or friend throughout the entire duration of the journey. And I haven't heard a single word of thanks from them not even just ACA lucky.

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On that note, Jay called Islam the multimedia he said that those who do good to people through their money and then they await recognition. They have just excluded themselves from the idea where Allah Almighty said in Amman, Oklahoma commonly what he learned will you do will come Jazza wala Shu, Cora Shakira, the ayah that reads, we only feed you for the sake of Allah. We don't wish from you any reward, nor do we want any facts. He said anybody who gives him charity, waiting for this type of appreciation, he has excluded himself from this from this area. That is sentence number two, anything you may spend, it is for the sake of Allah. Sentence number three from this area, look at

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the conclusion. 123 come home in hiring

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Yo, what's the Eleiko? One Two let Lulu Moon whatever good. You spend, it shall be paid back to you in full, and you shall not be wronged. Subhanallah Subhanallah I mean, what do you read between the lines here brothers and sisters? Honestly, what do you read? Don't you read reassurances from Allah? Don't you read reassurances from Allah subhanaw taala the most rich who knows just how stingy we can be. And so we need that reassurance to remind us that all what you spent today you will it's going to find its way back to you one way or another in this world and in the hereafter. Thus, in the wake of every chance that presents itself to to spend for your hereafter, don't think twice. And keep

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these three beautiful sentences from Surah two Baqarah Isaiah 272 before your very eyes and watch how how you will spend in confidence and contentment and inner peace and excitement. I mean, think about your Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam whose Hajj was in the Quran format. His Hajj was in the Quran format Hajj with a hombre inside of it. Other scholars they said no, he's his head was actually the fraud format, which is just heads by itself. No Amara, if we were to work with the second opinion, he wasn't obligated to give any sacrifice anyway. No sacrifice is part of that format of Hajj.

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If we were to go with the other opinion that it was the Quran, he needed to give something very basic one sheep, he sacrifice 100 camels

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who sacrifice 100 camels This is not the behavior of someone who's searching for the cheapest option he wants to spend on his hereafter.

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This is advice number two.

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Advice number three, be more concerned there in Mecca with the quality of your worship than the quantity of it. I ask a question here my dear brother, my dear sister who who is greater in the eyes of Allah subhana wa Tada is the one who does pilgrimage on a yearly basis perhaps.

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But the moment he or she arrives that they're searching for every possible shortcut, and they simply cannot wait to just throw it all behind them. Or is it the one who barely has enough money to buy a bus ticket, let alone a ticket for hedge? But you know what he or she observes the Pilgrims every year on TV and his heart rips apart in pain wishing to be with them. Yeah later equal to ma Hua Hua 1000 Halima, I wish I was with them so that they can be successful who is dear to Allah? He asked you who is Dara?

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Allah Subhana Allah Allah says Allah the Hala con moto will hire Delia Blue Welcome. Or you can ask anyone Allah. He Allah is the One who created death and life in order to test you. Which of you will be best indeed underline that word best.

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Who will be best indeed. Notice Allah did not say x or x or Rhonda, who will be most indeed, but who will be best indeed, to quality brothers and sisters. I mean, subhanAllah honestly, you will be amazed you will be amazed at the 21st century Express versions of hedge where were some may arrive on the very last hour of the day of Arafa sitting somewhere in the periphery the boundaries of artifacts. Then when the sunsets maybe an hour or so into their arrival, they they go back to their hotels looking into the mirror and combing their beds and relaxing the air conditioning unit.

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Is this the hedge that Allah wants? And then you say to the brother, what about was delissa? He says it's okay. I will compensate by giving a sacrifice. Okay, what about the nights you got to spend in minute he says I will compensate by giving a sacrifice. What about our annual Jamara the pelting of the stones? He says yeah, again, inshallah I can compensate for it by giving a sacrifice.

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What is left for him? But what's left from your hunch? Well, all that is left is tawaf circumambulation, and say between Safa and Marwah. So he remains within the comfort of his hotel room, or maybe Home City, returns back for tawaf, and say when the congestion has lessened. And then this is the end of his hedge. He did Mashallah. Shed a sweat.

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He didn't fatigue in the least. He was not exposed to a single particle of dust. And then he says mashallah, hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah? I do Hajj every single year. Okay, is this a hedge worthy of being proud of? Is this a hedge worthy of being proud of focus my brother, my sister on the quality of your hands, your sincerity or your presence of heart, your sense of if our bankruptcy to Allah subhanaw taala as opposed to offering Allah Almighty loose change to making this whole experience a tick box exercise now actually ensure that your heart is present. Your soul is engaged

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ensure that it is a hedge of quality so that Allah amplifies your rewards and forgives you since my dear mother mighty system, that is advice number three quality Advice number four, realize that greatness of time greatness of place and greatness of worship have all come together there in Mecca SubhanAllah. At that time, you know, when Allah subhanho wa Taala takes an oath upon a matter, realize that Allah the great is drawing your attention to something that is great. Allah doesn't take an oath upon anything trivial. Allah said, this is an example of his oaths. Well fajr I swear by the dawn, while I URL in Azure, I swear by the 10 Nights was chef I will water and I swear by the

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even and I swear by the odd. What does that mean?

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The 10 nights were Allah said I swear by them. They are in reference to according to the majority of the scholars of Tafseer they are in reference to the 10 days of the month of the ledger, Allahu Akbar, where the rites of Hajj happen, Allah took an oath upon them greatness of time.

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And then when Allah said I swear by the even that is in reference to the 10th day of the ledger. That's part of the meaning. And when Allah He said, I swear by the odd was chef that's in reference to the ninth day of the hedger, yo water, that's part of the meaning, greatness of time. Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he also said, praising this time, ma'am in a Yemen. Alana Lu, a humble Isla, he hidden them in her vegan a yawn. There are no days in the year where Allah subhanaw taala loves the doing of good deeds within those days, more than these days. Which days, the days the first 10 days of the raja

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the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said how you do ah you do, we will be out of the greatest of Doha that can possibly make me made is the dua on the Day of Arafah. Allah hood the greatness of time and in fact imaginable Kenya and I don't know if you are aware of this, maybe you are in Animal Kingdom and others have argued that the first 10 days of double hija are in fact greater than the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan. Whilst the last 10 nights of Ramadan, they are greater than the first 10 nights of Dhul Hijjah. However, if one was to argue that these 10 days of Dolarhyde, Jr, even greater than the last 10 Days and nights of Ramadan, with the exception to

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Leila to other such an opinion could not be considered far off or erroneous. Hi, Natalia diversity you just heard took an oath on the nights on the first day days of the Elijah. Despite all of this Subhanallah you find that these 10 days of the Rohingya, they are really under appreciated when compared to the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan.

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So not only has the greatness of time and place, meaning Mecca, come together during these days, for you as a pilgrim. But the greatness of worship as well, time, place and worship which is hij. In fact, the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to his wife, Aisha, lacuna of Dawn will jihadi hydrogen mob rule. For you a women, the greatest form of jihad is an accepted Hajj. The fact that Hajj has been mentioned side by side with the term jihad is speaks volumes and of itself, the greatness of time and the greatness of place and the greatness of worship. They've all come together during these days, so stay motivated. So it is for these reasons that those who had realized all of

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this would race to fulfill their Hajj, time and time again. Despite their circumstances of travel being far harsher, far more inconvenient than hours today. They traveled by foot or by an animal in state pretty much fully exposed to the sun, and other types of harm. But despite that, consider mckeeva Ibrahim Al Hungary, who performed Hajj 50 times or Jafra Hawa, super performed hedge around 60 times

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or book a ribbon on it, who performed his hedge a staggering 60 times as well.

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And consider I lived in Norfolk, who performed his hedge 70 or so times.

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And atop to perform these 170 times.

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And what about Subhanallah Abdullah Hema Curry who performed his hygiene staggering 97 times. And as for those by the way who performed Hajj around the 40 time Mark, only Allah subhanaw taala knows the number really from the pious predecessors and even people today Subhanallah they realize that the greatness of time and place and worship have come together so it was worth the effort despite

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The money despite the hardship, what about us today? Allah has made it convenient. Make an effort. One of our predecessors, Bishop de Muhammad, he said,

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during my tawaf, I came across an old man who was clearly you know, fatigued, tired, leaning on a stick just about doing a circumambulation around the Kaaba.

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I said to him, uncle, which country have you come from? He said to me, we've come from Corizon. greater pleasure. We've come from there.

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The old man that said to me, we should have the Muhammad he said to me, how long does it take you to get here to Makkah, relative to where you come from? I said, two to three months, Allah two to three months. The old man that said to me that in that case, you should be doing Hajj every single year.

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I said to him, subhanAllah, how long does it take you to get here? He said, It took us five years, five years. He said I left my country for Mecca. Without a single gray hair in my head and beard. Now look at me.

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point of mentioning this is what dear brother do sister try not to complain of arriving early as a day or also more.

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At this moment in time, now that you are there in Mecca, realize that you can be doing anything greater than what you are doing as as even though to me and he mentioned that the greatest actions of worship are those deeds that suit the situation that you are in. So when a guest, for example arrives to your house, the greatest deed that you can do during that time is to attend to the needs of your guests not to recite Quran, not to pray extra Salah to attend the deeds of your guest. Similarly, the best deed that you could do now that you are in the season of Hajj, dear Pilgrim, are the actions that are linked to Hajj. So remain enthusiastic. And realize that the greatness of time

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and patient worship have all come together. Don't complain if you have arrived a day or so early to where you need to be you couldn't be doing anything better.

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The fifth bit of advice I wanted to offer you is this set for yourself a target of hedge mob rule, a hedge that will be fully accepted by Allah How come? Because the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, but Hijjah for let me artifice. Well, let me have soccer Raja aka yummy wallet that who whoever performs Hajj

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was not engaging in any types of sexual relations, ie with his spouse, nor commits sins, then he will return from the Hajj as pure and free from sins as on the day on which his mother gave birth to him.

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That's a hedge that is mob rule that is accepted by Allah. A righteous hedge and the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam also said in the very famous Hadith and humara to either Nomura Alohomora kufra to Lima. You know Houma will hodgen mob rule relation which is on the agenda, carrying out one ombre

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after another ombre, is a means of erasing all of the sins between them. He then said and the reward for a hedge that is mob rule, a hedge that is righteous and accepted, there is no reward for it other than paradise. Both those two durations are found in Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Abu Huraira. So set your eyes on this as your goal. A hajj that is my rule. However, to qualify yourself for such a magnificent prize, and magnificent Hajj must be what we offer ALLAH SubhanA wa Taala one that is free from backstabbing, free from excessive complaining treacherous glances, time wasting

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and when you feel that you are on the verge of slipping. Remember the hygiene ethic of those people who came before you? Because they also wanted a hedge that was no broad look at what they did to work towards it considered the companion of the Prophet Muhammad Salah ascended unassimilable Malik.

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When he entered into his state of haram, his state of pilgrimage,

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his companions they said messenger now hooter can even in law Victoria Hall, from makalah Aki Hakka Jacobo,

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he said, they said, We didn't hear a single Malik say anything other than the remembrance of Allah when he entered into his state of haram, till the end of his pilgrimage. Then he said to us, my brother, this is how one behaves when he is in Iran. This is how the pilgrim behaves.

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They also spoke about Shariah. They said that whenever he entered into his State of Iran, he resembled a mute snake, mute completely silence of a except with the remembrance of Allah pilgrimage, wanting a hedge that is more broad and atop

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He said that are a to Abdullah him now Allah or a to Abdullah he Vinny Omar Abdullah he does you have to find he will be teach me and Cana Allah who see him as a player Tucker Shan he said, I saw the two companions, Abdullah Hypno model, and I believe my best circumambulating around the gada. And they were so serene, so humble, so focused, that it was as if birds were sat on their heads, ie they was so serene that birds would have thought that they are idle objects. Birds could land on their heads

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and apply he also said I did throw off once, around or next to or behind Abdullah him and Omar and the companion Abdullah Hema bass, and I did not hear I either one of them utter a single word

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ie with the exception to the remembrance of Allah subhana wa Tada.

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Now brothers and sisters, let's be honest here such hard work comes as no surprise because they were fully aware of what a hijab role entailed. As for a lot of us brothers and sisters, I mean hygiene, unfortunately is a time to take out the selfie stick to stream live feeds directly from Mecca.

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to carefully choose the most religiously scenic backdrops for the Instagram uploads. Wherever you look, you can't help but notice the never ending posing and the flashing and the videoing and the snapping. Is this the state of Isabella two humility, that reflects the heart of a pilgrim who fears sins, and is desperate for Allah subhanaw taala to clean his slate from his crimes is this the state of somebody who wants a hedge that is more broad. A sign that your hedge is abroad is that you will see a change in yourself when you return.

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A change of heart, change of mind, change in manners, changing priorities, change in purpose of life.

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Change in how you spend your weekends and spare time, change in your sleeping patterns. Change in what you do during your hours of wakefulness change in how you behave when no one is looking, changing your finances, how you run your business and how you make your income. That is a sign that your hunch has been accepted by Allah when you come back, you realize that your hedge was about a contract that you had just made with Allah subhanaw taala this was an agreement when you said love bake Allah Hamada Baker, that's a promise, Your Honor, I will be as you want me to be till the day I die.

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This is a promise that you shall die as a muslim that you shall dedicate your life to Him, and that it will never be the same way again.

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The sixth and final bit of advice that I wanted to share with you, my dear brother mighty sister, before we conclude,

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is to realize that your reward that Allah will give you will be proportional to the effort that you exert there and how much

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hardship hardship as imamo shot Libya and others have stated that it is not something to be sought in of itself, we don't look for hardship. Nor does the Sharia make it an objective. Rather, it makes the opposite and objective.

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What this heading refers to are the hardships however, that come about by themselves. Without you seeking it, they're in Hajj. Hajj is according to the Prophet Muhammad, Allah sent him a form of jihad. And so whoever makes this trip, expecting it to be a holiday has made a very big mistake. And it's up for a very big surprise. To be frank. The pilgrim has to prepare himself

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and she is to prepare herself to be challenged physically, mentally, you may at times not find a mattress to sleep on.

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At the time, his food may run out before before you even get your potion your portion, or it may come when it's cold. You may get ill your coffee break down you may get stuck on the bus for several hours the AC may also break down you may arrive in was Delphi and space allocated for your group has has been taken by someone else wrongfully or rightfully.

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You may arrive at Mina right late and all of the good spots have been taken will actually look I mean, assuming that you need to sleep on a rock. It really it really is not about what you enjoy in hygiene. It's about what you go home with. It's about what you go home with.

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Your reward is directly linked to the hardship that comes your way that you show patient towards and that's why the messengers I sent him said to his wife I Isha, he said to her in a lucky mean allegedly occurred Kadri na sabiki one Africa Tiki, he said to her that your reward will be directly linked and proportionate to the

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effort that you spend to the effort of yours, your hardship, and your spending, your effort and your spending. When you feel that such challenges are on the verge of getting the better of you recall record, remember the burdens of those before you and what they endured. What did they endure to get to the place that you've just arrived at in a few hours, in quite a lot of comfort comparatively speaking, remember, remember what he went through?

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And this diplomatic, the companion of the Prophet Muhammad Salah Salem, you said how generous he was on the Allahu alayhi wa salam ala rally in Rosslyn wakatobi fighting to sell we are about metadata him out there to sell we sell makalah Allahumma handwritten Neriah as

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an Allah Subhanallah

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and as he said that the prophets I send them performed hajj on a very old saddle

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wearing a cloak, a shawl of some sort that was worth for their humps, or maybe it wasn't even worth worth 400 homes and I said, then the prophets I send them said Oh Allah, this is a hedge in which there is no showing off. And no reputation from people sought Allahu Akbar, there was no means of showing off. Yet. He said, Oh Allah, this is purely for you.

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Comfort, perfectly clean clothes, ease, convenience. They are not the objectives of hierarchy.

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And that is why Imam has one very he titles a chapter in his work at the deep water heap. He titles it as follows. He says after reboot with Palo Alto at the hygiene, what others do. While loops it do mean a theory at that and will NBR alayhi salatu salam. The chapter is as follows. It reads the encouragement of being humble in hajj, and to be disheveled, whilst wearing lesser quality clothes in imitation of the prophets. I mentioned this because Subhanallah the requests that are made to tour operators nowadays. I mean, at times they're just beyond belief. He may say, Can I have my own tent in Arafa?

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Okay. He then asks, What type of bedding Do you provide in the hotels? Is it the American or the Italian bedding? The toilets? By the way? Are they fully ceramic or not? Do you provide a swimming facility? Do you provide private health care?

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What varieties of salads will you be providing? Also, do you provide gods who could maybe accompany me during the stoning at the Jamara La Ilaha illa Allah yaki Subhanallah with the advent of modern day transport, remember the many 1000s Before you who failed to reach a destination that you have now arrived at safe and well, not just the people before you but people Today your contemporaries who don't have the comfort you have today, how many tears have been shed? How many travelers were robbed of their possessions how many families were separated from one another? How many how many lives were claimed by land or by sea without ever getting a chance to cast a glance at the house of

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Allah that Canada

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at SubhanAllah. You the stories in this regard, are beyond count with narrations of those who just about made it and narrations of those who were buried in the attempt without ever making it.

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And to conclude this brothers and sisters, I want to offer you one of those stories. The story of a well known chef from West Africa che Hoffman Daboll from Gambia,

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he wants spoke to his friends reminding them about how Allah subhanho wa Taala has, has given them well being is giving them health. So giving them strength has given them minds. Yet they have not yet responded to the call of Prophet Abraham alayhi salatu salam where after he finished building the Kaaba, he called upon humanity to come and fulfill their pilgrimage. He said Why aren't we going yet? Sheikh was not therefore decided to embark on the journey with four of his friends.

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For the majority of the journey, dear brothers and sisters, they had to walk on foot only riding a handful of times.

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They would stop at certain cities where they would find jobs to help finance their journey. Then they would proceed and so on and so on. They left their homes brothers and sisters with only in a food for perhaps one week or so. Not knowing that this would be a journey that would end up costing them two full years of their lives just to go and do their pilgrimage. The pains, the anguish, the horrors that they experienced a share of man he said the only truly known to Allah subhanho wa Taala How many nights he said did we spend in a state of near death starvation? How many

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He nights where we pursued he said by wild animals, costing us much needed sleep.

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How many nights he said that we find ourselves running away from the highway robbers that were looking to take our possessions.

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She was man he said on one night Subhanallah I was stung by a scorpion. And I fevered severely because of it. And the pain was so intense that I was up the entire night. He said, By Allah, I could almost smell death flowing through my veins.

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My friends would go for work in the morning, and they would, they would leave me lying next to a tree until they would return in the evening. What could they do for me? He said at that moment, I became very weak. I was so down. I was broken inside. shaytans whisperings were intensifying all by myself. They were getting stronger. And Satan was saying to me, why didn't you stay home?

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Why did you put yourself in this hardship? Which wasn't even an obligation for you? What brought you here?

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He said, My heart, my soul. My heart felt so heavy.

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And I was on the verge of breaking.

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When one of my friends returned, she Hoffman said

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he looked me in the face. He said to me, how are you doing? But I turned to one side. I don't want to show him my feelings. But he could see the the tears in my eyes.

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He understood my pain. So he said to me, why don't you get up and do your will do? Wash yourself. Pray two units of Salah. He said I did that. And I felt that Allah Almighty had just renewed my strength and please ease in my heart Allahu Akbar.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, would you be surprised if I was to say to you that three of his four friends died during the journey.

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The last one of them being consumed by the Red Sea he drowned by sea.

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Shells man he said when when our third friend died.

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I was struck with overwhelming grief. And I feared that I too would die before I had the opportunity of seeing al Masjid Al haram seeing the house of Allah GABA.

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He said I was I was counting down the days, the hours, the minutes eagerly. And then we finally arrived at Jeddah and there I felt severely ill and I believed that this would be the end. So I read out my will to those who were with me. And I instructed them that if I were to die, to dress me in my haram clothing, the clothing of the pilgrim and to bring my corpse after I die as close as possible to Mecca. Perhaps Allah subhanaw taala may reward me and accept me as a pilgrim on the day of judgment.

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He continued, he said We remained in Jeddah for a few days, that we continued our journey to Makkah.

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He said my excitement was mounting. The joy from my face was unmissable, the yearning to see the house of Allah was now shaking me until we finally arrived at the house of Allah. And then at this point, in the interview, Sheikh was man who's narrating this incident to the interviewer, he went quiet. And he broke down into heavy weeping. And after wiping away the tears from his face, he took an oath by the name of Allah, He said, one lie, I swear by him. In my life, I had never experienced a greater pleasure, like the pressure pleasure of that moment, when my eyes finally fell upon the cada he said, and when I, when I finally saw it, I fell on my face, in frustration to Allah in

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thanks to Allah, and I cried in all, like the crying of a child.

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La ilaha illa Allah,

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if and when the hardships of Hajj seem unbearable.

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This is a story to bear in mind,

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along with the principle that states, your reward will be directly proportionate

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to the effort that you spend, and the money that you spend as well.

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I ask Allah subhanaw taala to accept from you and I, our pilgrimage and to allow us to repeat this pilgrimage over and over again in a state of health and strength and full Eman and for Allah Almighty to accept it from us and the rest of the Muslims every time or some Allah Allah and Amina Muhammad Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen