Seeking Excellence

Ammar Alshukry


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Wanna use a la hora Sula, who forgot the visor frozen Alima a My bad. All praise is due to Allah we seek His guidance and his forgiveness. And we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and the whispering of our desires, whom Allah guides no one can misguide. And whom he allows to be misled. No one can guide and I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah alone, having no partners, and that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his slave and His messenger and his perfect worshiper. Allah subhana Medina says in the Quran, Oh you who believe fear Allah is He deserves to be feared and do not die except in a state of Islam. And Allah says, Oh,

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mankind Fear your Lord who created you from a single soul and produce from that soulless mate and made from their combination many men and women so Fear your Lord whom you ask each other by and by the ties of kinship, Verily Allah is Ever Watchful over you. And Allah says, Oh, you believe fear Allah and say that which is correct, he is correct for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger, then they are indeed victorious to precede

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the province of Allah it was said to them, he says in the Hadith, it's reported by Muslim. He says in Allah cuttable ESSA, Ana Allah cliche.

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Allah Subhana Allah prescribed son, excellence upon everything.

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And he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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described what a sign was in the hadith of Djibouti that's reported by oberheiden Muslim. He said, Untitled Allah haka, and Naka Tala Fei lepta Kuntala in New York, that you worship Allah subhana wa Tada as if you see him. And if you do not see him, that you are aware that he sees you. I wanted to speak in this football about son.

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This concept that is so crucial, that is so fundamental to the DNA of Islam.

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And what Allah subhanaw taala legislated upon is son, on everything that he does, and that Allah subhanaw taala loves from his creation. Allah is Al Mersin. He is the one who is the benevolent the one who's assigned reaches all of His creation. And Allah subhanaw taala loves and sinning, he loves the people of his son. And so how do we manifest it sign ourselves to be of this people that Allah Subhana Allah, Allah loves so much. Number one.

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We recognize that Allah Subhana Allah Diana's son, is firstly in his bestow on others,

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that Allah Subhana Allah, Allah treats his creatures with axon. We're asking karma X and Allah Who Illich and show him son, as Allah Subhana Allah showed it son to you.

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If you were to look and try to count the blessings of Allah Subhana Allah Allah upon you, you would not be able to do so the amount of sun that you and I are drowning in every single day if you don't pay him. He gives a short example, an easy example a basic example. He says if you were to count your breaths in a day, there are over 24,000 breaths, that just one blessing.

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Count that with the heartbeats count that with the amount of Baraka that you have experienced the amount of blessings and true

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Allah subhana wa Tada says, we're into doing it and math Allahu Allah Azza wa. If you were to count the blessings of Allah, you would not be able to do so. And Allah says in an insane level lumen Kufa, Allah says human beings are incredibly oppressive, consistently ungrateful, volumi and kuffaar.

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We forget

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that Allah subhanaw taala was assigned to us yesterday was something that we were asking him for. Allah says beginning of the verse he says, Well, I talked to him in coulomb as ultimo. He says, He gave you from everything that you asked him for. And if you were to count the favors of Allah who would not be able to do so, sometimes people feel like they are on the downside of advantage. This isn't my year, people say things like that, not realizing that the position that they are in, much of it was what they had asked Allah Subhana Allah to Allah for a year to three years ago, that university that they can't wait to graduate from that they're so annoyed with. There was a time

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where they were begging ALLAH SubhanA data to get accepted into that program. Those kids that are driving them crazy there was a time when they were at home or or they were at home or they were on the 27th night of Ramadan, asking Allah subhanaw taala for those children, Allah subhanho dias those who are coming coulomb us ultimo and he gave you from everything that you asked them for winter diameter Lila Dozois, in the Linssen, Allah's Alumina kuffaar. And he gave you if you were to count the blessings of Allah, you would not be able to do so. Rarely human beings are constant in their ingratitude. They are incredible in their oppression. And so the first is to realize Allah Subhana

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Allah, how does that sign over us is overwhelming, whether we recognize it or whether we don't. And the more perspective a person has, the more not only are they able to thank Allah subhanaw taala for their the mundane of their existence, but they're able able, they are even able to thank Allah Subhana Allah to Allah for great days of calamity,

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great days of loss, Ramadan Mahatama law, the law, he says, There is no calamity that I experience except that in it are four blessings from Allah. Incredible perspective. Look at the frame of him. I'm gonna hug Bob. He says number one, the first blessing is that it's not in my deed.

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Every blessed every calamity, if it's not in the deen, it's bearable, except for the calamity in the deen. That is one that can't be replaced. And then number two, he says that it wasn't bigger.

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Every calamity could be worse. And so in our model, the learner says that's another blessing. Number three is that I am not robbed of

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being content with it.

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If I have the ability to be content with this calamity, whether a person says something like a knight ilaha illa he loves your own to Allah we belong to Him we return the understanding that this is all from Allah subhanho wa Taala his work and his destiny for us.

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But number four, he says that I hope for reward in this calamity Allahumma Algerian if he will see but what can he say to me now we're taught to say, Oh Allah reward me in this calamity. Everything the province of Elijah said them says that happens to a believer whether it's good or bad is good for the believer. If they endure hardship, pain, it is better for them because they have patience and that patience becomes a reward for them on the Day of Judgment. And so it becomes better the reward that they have is better for them, than even the presence of that blessing that was taken away from them. And so the law says every time I experience a calamity, there are four blessings

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that are wrapped in that. And so number one is recognizing Allah Subhana Allah diatas assigned to us. And number two, showcasing that yes on to Allah subhanaw taala in your worship and in your relationship with your creation.

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These two categories as for showcasing his son from you, I recognize Allah subhana died as aside from him. But how do I showcase that son, I showcase my son to Allah and I showcase that son to the creation of Allah, I showcase excellence to Allah and I showcase excellence to Allah subhanaw taala in his creation, or I show excellence to the creation of Allah so how do I showcase assign and excellence to Allah Himself?

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By increasing the quality of my worship, it's not necessarily about increasing the acts of worship, but increasing the quality of my worship. This whole budget my right now how can I? How can I experience this whole drama and make it a higher quality? Number one, don't touch your phone. Number two, don't tap the person next to you. Number three, don't look around number four, try to focus

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That's number five, try to absorb what's being said. Number six, think about how to benefit from it. Number seven, implement what you're hearing. Right? I'm increasing the quality of this act of worship, the salah that we're about to pray, how do I increase the quality of my salah? How do I show more sign in the acts of worship that I'm already doing? I shall have the Allah at home when she was asked about the salam of Rasulullah Malaita and send them Kiambu lil she was asked and they said, Did the Prophet saw the light and send them like How was his witted prayer? She said, Why do you ask about his witted prayer? Like, he didn't pray more than 11? lockouts? Yes. They were asking

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about the number. But she said Don't ask about totally hidden numbers and then don't ask me about how beautiful they were. How much is sun was in these a these 11 rockers? And how long these 11 rockers were she's pointing them to the quality of the acts of worship of the province on the light. So the Sahaba learn that from Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam and so they're always thinking, How do I make this act of worship that I am offering better. And so Asha herself who learned from the province of Elijah is that love when she would donate charity when she would give coins, gold and silver, she would perfume the coins before she would give them just something so subtle, but it adds

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to the quality of what she is doing. And she would say these coins are falling into the hands of Allah before they fall into the hands of the person who's receiving it. My transaction is with Allah before it is with the person who's receiving this charity. And so how do I increase the quality of my acts of worship?

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That's number one, when it comes to Ehsaan to ALLAH SubhanA data as for insight into Allah's creation,

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then that is a huge door.

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Number one, who do you show exon two?

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Show exon two everybody

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tharla, Mr. Badal insane, so

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show exon to all people to the people, you will enslave their hearts for how long has a heart been enslaved by Assad? You know, sometimes, you may not even like a person does naturally you don't even like this person, but they continue to smile in your face. They continue to to be warm and hospitable and kind and nice.

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And over time you can't help but just like him

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that Assad just won you over. Allah subhanaw taala says well as it still has to Allah say yeah, a divine bility here acid for either lady Bay Nicola Bay in Hua

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Hua Lian hammy,

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Allah says, when it comes to human beings, enemies, he says, Don't repel, they're evil with evil, he says repel it with goodness, repel it with goodness, repel it with that which is better. take the high road, show goodness to them even as they show you harm.

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What will happen? Allah subhanaw taala SAYS THE ONE WHO between you and them is animosity, I doubt it will turn into a loving defender. They will turn into an ally.

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Human beings are not programmed to hate someone irrationally, when they are experiencing goodness from that person continuously. You eventually win them over. But Allah subhana wa Tada says, well my EULA Illa de la sobre. But the only people who experienced that type of transformation is those who have suburb and the only ones who experienced that is Illa who have the knowledge someone of incredible fortune. These verses every single time I hear them, there's one person who comes to mind and I always share this.

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And it is the champ Muhammad Ali Ibrahim hola Tada.

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There was a time in this country where he was the most hated person in the country.

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He was stripped of his title. He was a black Muslim at a time when Black Muslims were public enemy number one.

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And he was so courageous and brave and proud.

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But he continued to repel harm with goodness. He never became bitter. He continued to show generosity, he continued to show kindness he continued to show charisma. And over time what happens for either lady Boehner Cobain, who I thought was gonna hold you and me, the one who was your enemy yesterday, turns into your loving protector

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a couple of years later, and he turned into who we know the most popular person on earth. One of the most beloved figures of his time, Rahim Allah Donna.

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showing signs to people in raptures, their hearts, it captures their hearts, Fatah Allah Mr. Badal insurnace. And how long has it signed capture?

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people's hearts.

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Who are the people who are most deserving of your son to?

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Of course.

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Those who are closest to you will be the wily Dany Asana, Allah subhanaw taala says, Show is a sign to your parents and then show it sign to the people around you. And so

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we have incredible quotes.

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I thought it'd be Allah on who says, I thought the student that had been advice he says little hum on a bar who feared calamity I have built a layup. Mean elfin about half etha. He says, For one did hum one silver coin that I spend on my family is more beloved to me than 1000 that I spent on a A FATCA a drought or a campaign somewhere overseas somewhere that's foreign, for me to spend $1 on my family is more beloved to me than donating $1,000 somewhere far away. They said to Him, even if your family is equivalent to you and their wealth, what if your family doesn't need it? What if your family's good, he said not only if they are equivalent to me, but even if they are wealthier than to

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me, even if they're wealthier than me, for me to spend on my family, for me to maintain ties of kinship for me to invest in these relationships with those whom Allah subhanaw taala has placed near to me is more beloved to me than

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spending anywhere else. It son is something that is not dependent on a person's social economic status. We see in the story of use of ideas setup that the prisoners come to use if and they say, Can you please interpret this dream for us? In Nana raka mean, I'm Marcin, we see you to be of the people of Hassan and he's a prisoner.

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What is this so that they see from usif. But his integrity shines through even as he is in prison with them. And then later on when he becomes in charge of the hazhar interval or when he's in charge of the treasures of the earth when he is placed as a minister over Egypt, his brothers arrive, and they need some assistants. And they say the exact same thing can they say to him in another scene, we see you to be can you help us out? We see you to be of the people have it, son. And so the fact that both phrases are mentioned to us indicates to us that use of ideas, setups, integrity, his son was independent of his status, whether he was a prisoner, or whether he was a minister in both cases

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his side showed through.

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It has nothing to do with whether I'm a student, or whether I am a boss, or whether I'm an employee or whether I'm a parent or whether I'm the child or I shall be assigned to everybody that interact with because it has everything to do with who I am. It has nothing to do with the one who's receiving the axon. I'm reminded of Obaidullah even Ibis are they the Allah is the younger brother of Abdullah and ibis, I believe and Ibis is the famous companion we all know him because of his knowledge. They do live in Ibis was famous not because of his knowledge, but he was famous because of his cut on his generosity obeyed to live in Ibis It is said that he was the first person and yoga

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mat and Mala it Allah of terracotta Ramadan, he was the first person to place

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spreads table spreads in Ramadan on the streets for people to break their fast. The first image we have the image that we love with people breaking a thought on the streets throughout the Muslim world. It was said that we're going to live in our boss from his generosity. He was the first person to do that, or obey the live and advice on one occasion he's traveling with a servant of his to Damascus, from Makkah, or from an Medina.

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And they stopped by a Bedouin tent because Bedouin tents where they were like the road stops, that's where you that's where you get some sort of

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food supplies all of that. And so they stopped by this Bedouin tent and the man the Bedouin is very poor, but he recognizes in his face that this guy looks like he's from Croatia. In fact, he looks like he's from Bengal Hashem. Like, that's how noble he looks. And so he tells his wife, he says, sacrifice whatever we have, we will only have one go sacrifice this go because we need to honor this guest. He looks very honorable. And so they do.

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And he doesn't mention to him who he is. Finally, when Obaidullah is leaving, he asked his servant who's traveling with him. He says, How much do we have? He says, we have 500 dinars, we've got 500 gold coins. He says, How much do we need to continue to our journey, whatever that amount is, remove it and give all of the rest of this man.

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He said to him, he only gave you he was a goat. We given them all hundreds of gold coins for a goat. He said, If this man showed generosity with everything that he has, and we only give him a part of what we have, that he was more generous than us and that's not gonna happen.

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And then he said to him, but he doesn't even know who you are.

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He doesn't even know who you are, and obey the law.

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said to him, but I know who I am.

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I know who I am. That idea of my axon is independent of whether this person knows me or not. It has everything to do with who I am. May Allah Subhana Allah make us of at the mercy of CoolerMaster Mr. Mostafa Allah they were looking for stuff thrown overboard, right

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hamdu lillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah while it Cibus Selim Seaman cathedra. The last manifestation that I want to share with your son when it comes to the creation of Allah subhana wa Tada is to do your your work well. The province of Allah de Sydenham says in Allah Catawba Santa Allah coalition.

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Allah has prescribed your son over everything, that you don't cut corners, when you do your work, that you do it as perfectly as you can in the province of Allah to send him says, in Allah you Hibou either how to come che and and you know, that Allah Subhana Allah, Allah loves, as reported by to be happy that if one of you were to do something that they do it properly, and Manawa he mentioned the story of a craftsman. This was a man who was commissioned to do something to make something for someone. And for whatever reason, because maybe the payment was less than he had wanted. He did a sloppier job, he cut corners.

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And so he offered that man, whatever that was that he was commissioned, and the man accepted it because he doesn't know any better. It looks fine to him. But this man knew that he didn't do. It's right.

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And so he couldn't sleep. After a couple of days.

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He rebuilds it, he makes another one and he goes and he delivers it to that man and he says, give me the one that I gave you. He said why it's perfectly fine. He said, No, it's not give it back to me. And then he said, whoever, whoever does work less than what they know they are capable of, then they have showed in gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala for what He's taught them.

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If Allah subhana data has given me this level of skill, and this level of knowledge and this level of expertise, and then because of this person not paying me enough for this person, this or whatever it is that I'm justifying, I am now offering this level of service, this level of skill, maybe even this they won't know any better than I have shown a gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala for him teaching me this level, Allah subhanaw taala placed me here and instead of showing the world this Si I am here

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do not sabotage yourself seeking estando

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Sometimes people try to be perfectionist and perfectionist for ALLAH SubhanA data sign is to do your best.

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It is not to sabotage and never ever complete anything. Your mama Shafi about the Allah Azza wa Rahima. He wrote his book found mistakes in it, reread it again, found mistakes and reread it again found mistakes and they get revised it again found mistakes. And finally he said I realized that the only book that is perfect is the book of Allah. But that's not going to stop him from publishing that's not going to stop him from writing. That's not going to stop him from trying. And so in English normally we say Done is better than perfect. Done is better for perfect. Don't self sabotage by always seeking perfection. Try your best. And then may Allah subhana wa Tada accept. We ask Allah

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Subhana Allah to be able to people of Assad. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to show us the truth as being truth and give us the ability to follow it and show us falsehood as being falsehood and give us the ability to avoid it. Allahu manana sadaqa general Makabe Hammond Khalid Mohammed when it will become in an hour makalah below him according to AMA, Allahu mattina fusina Taqwa Edelman, Zika and Tolu how Mola Allahumma Rama COVID-19 and masala feeding them on Kobe and if you couldn't even can Allahumma Rama COVID-19 and mustard I feelin man Kobe and if you couldn't imagine Allahumma maca Halina fish Sudan, Allah humara home Illa beauty Ma Li him rotten Jamila Allahumma

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