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30 September 2011 Benefits Of Adhering To The Quran And The Sunnah

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nl hamdulillah nama do wanna stay in you want to start a federal

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when I was in LA Himanshu Ram fusina comienza tiama Melina

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Maria de la palabra de la la minute Lin fala hodja

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wash Edwin

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Ma. Shadi cara, was shadow anna Muhammadan Abu rasuluh.

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Indeed All praise is due to a law and as such we should praise Him.

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seek His help

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and seek refuge in Allah from the evil which is within ourselves, and the evil which results from our deeds. For whomsoever Allah has guided, none can misguide.

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And whomsoever a law has allowed to go astray, none can guide

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and I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship, but Allah.

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And I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the last messenger of Allah.

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And now stoeckel Hadith he kita la

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vida had you had you Mohammed in Salalah alayhi wa sallam

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was shahrul, omo democracy

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Coca Cola

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Coca Cola, Coca Cola.

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Indeed, the most truthful form of speech is the book of Allah and the best source of guidance, the guidance brought by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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And the worst of all affairs are the innovations in religion.

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For every innovation and religion is a curse innovation.

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All cursed innovation are sources of misguidance and all misguidance ultimately leads to the Hellfire

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brothers and sisters.

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In the previous football,

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we began to look at

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the benefits from adhering to the Quran and the Sunnah

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as the solution

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to all ills

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in human society,

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and Muslim society in particular,

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but in society as a whole,

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the guidance which was brought by Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam

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in the form of revelation from Allah,

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the kurama

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with his personal interpretation,

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translation of that revelation, into a lifestyle, an example,

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for humankind on to the last day of this world.

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That revelation was for the benefit of humanity.

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That is why

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we refer to Prophet Muhammad wa Salaam, as a prophet to humankind not a prophet, to the Arabs,

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or the Middle East,

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or the east.

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Allah describes him as a rock mutton Delilah mean,

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he was a mercy

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to all the worlds

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the message of Islam

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was a message and remains a message of mercy.

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Which is why a lost one to Allah describes himself in the most common description Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim.

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The Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Most Merciful

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stress on the mercy that Islam has brought.

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So he said, in looking at the importance of adherence to the prime and Sunnah, that

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because human beings tend to be benefits already oriented, we do things where we see a benefit in it. And we don't bother to do things where we don't see a benefit in it. We looked at

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benefits in both the life to come, which most people recognize in the general sense.

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But then we also looked at the benefits in this life itself.

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There are so many benefits

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from the simplest of things to the most complex of things in adhering to the Quran and the Sunnah.

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Of course, there are negativities but the negativities

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are negative to those who are agents of Satan.

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The forces of evil

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adherence to the Quran and the Sunnah, for them as evil.

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So those who adhere to the Quran and Sunnah today are commonly called terrorists,

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extremists,

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fundamentalists, that is the reality that we live.

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But that cannot stop us from doing what we have to do.

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Because the issue of adhering to the crime and sooner is not really a choice. If we understand

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what his life is about, it isn't a choice.

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It is something each and every one of us has to do.

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So, in our previous football, we looked at some of the worldly benefits.

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And as I said, there are so many

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that one could

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100 footballs would never begin to scratch the surface of the totality of benefits in this world of following the Quran and the Sunnah.

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Just to give one simple example.

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As a continuation from last week's footbaww.

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Prophet Mohammed says Allah had

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instructed us

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to

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brush our teeth.

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With every prayer

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simple instruction

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with miswak miswak was the

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means of brushing the teeth, it was like a toothbrush, may call it a tooth stick.

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Of those times.

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It is something today, which an oral hygienist will tell you is amazing.

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Because 1400 years ago, people had no idea about cleaning teeth.

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People's teeth just got yellow and yellow or yellowest until they fell out of their mouths and you know, they didn't really know what was going on. They had no idea about oral hygiene at all.

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And the prophets wasallam

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said worried not for the difficulty that it would place on the oma

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on the community. He would have made it compulsory for us to brush our teeth with every prayer five times a day. You know, the most advanced concept today of dental hygiene is you clean your teeth every time you eat. Normally we eat three meals a day. But still even though we're eating three meals a day they don't tell you to brush your teeth at lunchtime. It's good if you did, but at least in the morning and at night, twice a day.

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That's what we teach kids in school everything but Islam said five times a day.

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Any dental hygienist will tell you your teeth must be sparkling. You will be you know

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cavity free all your life if you maintain that instruction. You will have you will die with your full set of teeth in your mouth.

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rare

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in the world today.

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1400 years ago

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I just mentioned that because it's something simple. And I said this sooner what the browser Salaam taught us is vast, but it is just a small example.

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And whenever we see these small examples, these examples are so obvious to us today.

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We have to look at it in the context in which it was said,

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when he told his companions that his followers, his disciples at that time, can you understand then that it didn't sink in their minds, they didn't understand the issues of dental hygiene that we understand today.

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So we can respect that brushing your teeth five times a day is

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perfect hygiene.

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Remember thing 1400 years ago, this was an instruction given that advice given

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they committed themselves.

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The prophet SAW Selim advise that they believed it had to be good, even if they didn't know where the good was.

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And that's how we need to approach the Quran and the Sunnah, that whatever Allah and His Messenger have instructed us have advised us

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that we have to believe that in it is good for us. Whether we're able to perceive it or not.

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Now

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coming from a life,

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wherein we haven't been adhering to the Quran and the Sunnah.

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Most of us we pick from Islam, what is convenient?

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And we leave what is not.

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Or we might consider ourselves to be following Quran and Sunnah we say that I follow grammar and so now

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but in reality, we're not

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because if we're only following from the Quran and the Sunnah, what pleases us.

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Then, as I said last week, instead of following Islam, we're following what? My lab

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that's what we're following.

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Whatever is pleasing to Me, not Islam anymore, it becomes my lamb.

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So if

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we are to change

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from my lamb to Islam, we have to approach it systematically.

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We can't wish for it. Oh, yes, we can wish for it. But we can't wish for it, then it's going to happen because we wished for it.

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Wishing,

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praying

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but not taking planned action.

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We know is not going to produce results, real results.

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Yes, we do need to pray.

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Ask a loss help.

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Because without his help, there is no success. We cannot achieve what we seek to achieve without his help. As Prophet Muhammad wa salam often used to say, law, how will Allah La quwata illa Billah.

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There is no movement, no change, except by the will of Allah subhana wa Tada. So, yes, we should pray.

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And we should wish for that change. But we can't stop there. We have to have a planned

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road or

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series of steps in order to make a change in our current state.

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If we don't plan it out, as they say in management, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail, know that it's just not going to happen. We might do it for a day, two days, three days a month. But then in no time we'll be back where we were.

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So we have to have some clear plan. So then

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how do we go about it? First and foremost,

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we should be clear about the concept of change itself because that's what we're looking

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That is change, changing our lifestyle,

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a lifestyle

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which was negligent,

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haphazard

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with regards to adherence to the Quran and Sunnah to one, which is consistent,

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steady,

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focused on the Quran and the Sunnah. How do we make that change?

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Of course,

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what we normally say or what people normally say is the state we are in right now, two common years.

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15 years?

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30 years, 60 years, here we are.

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Can we change overnight?

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Rome wasn't built in a day.

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So when we hear these types of things,

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a leopard can't change its spots.

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You can't teach an old dog new tricks. When you hear all of these kinds of statements, you get the feeling like it's not gonna happen. That's just how I am.

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But reality, of course, is that's not true.

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Change itself

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only takes that decision to change. Once we make that decision, change starts.

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It is making the decision which takes the long time.

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That's what takes time for us to finally say, Yes, I'm going to do it. For real

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sincere from the bottom of our hearts, we say, yes, it can be done and I'm going to do it.

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That's the one

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that takes time to come to it. Not a half hearted decision, I think, inshallah, I'm gonna try. Maybe, you know, we have all these terminologies to justify not making that final decision.

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So

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that's what we have to address that decision.

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If we really believe in Allah.

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If we truly believe in Allah,

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we truly know who Allah is.

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Then that decision

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is automatic.

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But it is because of our shaky belief.

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Our half hearted commitment that this is a difficult step.

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So I asked her last month

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to help us

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today

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throughout our lives,

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to make that commitment

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from the bottom of our hearts,

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to submit our wills to him

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to truly submit ourselves to Him

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because there is no other way for us. It is the only way it is rotten mustard. I asked her last month Allah to help us to commit ourselves to adhering to the Quran and the Sunnah.

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To put aside our desires, our weaknesses, our negligence, and to focus on our goal.

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Jenna, I ask Allah to put Jelena between our eyes.

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I asked her last month to Allah to remove from our hearts, the distractions

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the disturbances

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misguidance

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the overwhelming desires

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which hold us back from making that commitment to him

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and as Colossians Allah to forgive

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what has gone before

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for us, for our families,

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for our loved ones, those who have died and passed, I ask Allah to forgive them and to forgive us.

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For no one can forgive sins besides him

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Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah

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operates due to a lion mail us peace and blessings beyond the last messenger of Allah.

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adherence to the Quran and the Sunnah, begins

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after making that commitment

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with knowing what

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constitutes adherence to the Quran,

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because if you really don't understand, then how can we add here?

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adherence Of course begins with the regular reading of the Quran.

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If this is not in our lives, then we need to put it back in our lives. Yes, we did it in Ramadan.

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And we do it every Ramadan.

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But it's not in our lives, meaning it is something that we consistently do.

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Doing it every Ramadan is easy.

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Doing it every day is difficult.

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It is difficult, until we establish it as a regular habit that we do.

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So establishing that habit of regular reading of the Quran. This is something each and every one of us should do. That's what the Salah is about. Five times daily prayer is putting the Quran in our lives and these first five times in the day, we have to read through Avada

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and the surah after it, chapters from the Quran five times in the day

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for the purpose of

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routing the Quran in our day to day lives,

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at least for those moments. But we need more than that.

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Because in our five times daily prayer, we're only covering a fraction of the

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Koran

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is the book of guidance which allows

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the helical Kabbalah Bella Ray Buffy houden

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This is the book in which there is no doubt

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guidance for those who fear Allah we're conscious of Allah.

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So if we want that guidance in our lives, then we have to begin there. We have to read it regularly. And of course read it with understanding

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that cannot be overstressed

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parrot reading

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of the Quran is common

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in the Muslim world today.

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Children are taught it

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young people grow up with it.

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All people die with it. parrot reading of the

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reading like a parrot.

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You know you say to the parrot salovaara come

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by to reply. Why

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does he know what he said?

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He has no idea. It's just sounds.

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He repeats what he heard the sounds

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is that salaam aleikum doesn't benefit the parrot

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are reading the Koran, like a parrot doesn't benefit us.

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No matter what people tell us

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when Prophet Mohammed Salah Sallam said to his companions, who were Arabs, who understood Arabic, whoever Have you reads, one letter of the Quran gets 10, righteous deeds.

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People will point and say that justification for parrot reading of the crime,

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why do I need to know what the Quran says? prophesied Salaam said, whoever reads one letter of the Quran will get 10 righteous deeds.

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So

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why are you telling me I have to learn what Arabic means I have to learn the grammar and understand this.

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But as I said, he said, so to whom?

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To foreigners, who didn't know Arabic,

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is that who he was addressing people who had no understanding of Arabic alone, he said to them, whoever reads,

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that's not who he was addressing.

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We have to put the statements of the prophet SAW Salaam in their context, when you take it out of context, then you can create other meanings, which were not intended.

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When he said that, he said that to people who understood Arabic.

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And he left it as a principle until the last day of this world.

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A principle

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by which to encourage people to read as much of the core as we can,

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as the principle, read as much of the Quran as we can,

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so that we can reflect on its meanings, and it can have an impact in our lives as guidance. Because where is the guidance? If we don't know what the word say?

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How can we be guided?

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While people say that's the miracle of the Quran?

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We just read it and it will guide you.

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Sounds nice, yes crammed word of law. It is the living miracle of Prophet Muhammad SAW Salam.

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But

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Allah has placed in this world

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a cause and effect chain.

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He breaks that chain

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when he wishes and miracles do occur.

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But for the normal function of human life, it is in accordance with a chain of cause and effect.

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You take the right cause

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and you get the right effect.

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The Quran is guidance for those who understand what the Quran says.

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If they are sincere,

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they have submitted their wills to Allah because truly us there are orientalist scholars in universities in the UK, in the US in America, who understand Arabic they read the Quran, and it is no guidance for them.

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Though they understand it.

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And that's why a lot of said who then

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guidance for those who are conscious of a law, fear or law.

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But it still requires the principle of understanding and that's why a law himself said in the crime of the brunette or will they not reflect on the meanings of the

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Amala collusion

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or are their hearts locked up?

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So Allah Himself said we're supposed to reflect on the meanings of the Quran.

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So therefore

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Let us not fool ourselves.

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The parrot reading of the Quran is not what was intended. That was not what Prophet Muhammad wa sallam intended, when he told us reading one letter of the Quran gets us 10, righteous deeds, that's not what he intended.

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Allah gave us intellects.

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To understand

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and the prophet SAW, Selim had said,

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my utility law will be hired on

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whoever allow wishes good, for,

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he gives him or her

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the understanding the deep understanding of the religion.

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Under understanding,

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he talks so many places in the Quran about

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this being so and that being so to who will Al Bab,

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for those people of understanding.

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So

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we have to reestablish the forum, in our lives, through regular reading and reflection,

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learning the language of the Quran, making efforts to learn the language of the Quran.

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Reading the translation, as we read the text.

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Also,

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we should memorize what we can have the Quran

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that should be a process a continual process in our lives trying to memorize more and more of the crime.

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And

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we should in order to establish that be conscious of the obstacles that we have placed in front of ourselves

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and remove those obstacles we have to identify why can't I

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look at these wise and know that all of them are removable, because the law would not place on us any burden, which is too great for us to bear. Similarly,

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for us to adhere to the sooner it involves us being

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aware of what the sooner is meaningless, we should read it,

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we should understand it.

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And

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we should

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try to make all of the various actions in our lives and decisions that we have to come to based on

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the Quran and the Sunnah, understanding that sooner

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where the guidance lies for all of our decisions. It's there in this window, but we can only access it if we are conscious of it. So we need to read from the Sunnah as we read from the Koran regularly. We should also read from the Sunnah regularly, there are various books of the Sunnah which are together you know authentic compilations We are the solid hain

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the 40 hadith of Noah we

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these are reliable compilations

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unreliable compilations we try to avoid

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among the well known and widespread unreliable compilations is for Xilai man.

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Fuzzy man is an unreliable compiler

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of Hadith, it has many fabricated many weak narrations in it. It is not a good book.

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Better you remove it from your library, replace it with reality solid

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Sahih Bukhari

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reliable books so that we can build our understanding of the sauna and be able to benefit from the sauna in our day to day lives.

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Beyond that,

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we need to understand how to

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develop

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new habits with regard to the Quran and Sunnah.

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By under

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Standing the process by which habits are formed in milk am

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he identified five levels

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by which habits are formed

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and customs are changed.

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The first level is

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the fleeting thought,

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an idea comes to the head could be a good idea.

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It could be a bad idea.

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If it's a bad idea,

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then we try to stop it right there.

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If it's a bad idea, we tried to stop it right there. A lot said in store a lot offers 200

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Why am I gonna kameena shaytani nazwa. First is Bella. And if an evil whisper comes to you from Satan, then seek refuge with a law from Satan.

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First I

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seek refuge in Allah from that evil thought.

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Because that fleeting thought, and it can come from anywhere. That's why Allah is most merciful, he doesn't hold us accountable for it.

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If that fleeting thought

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is reflected upon,

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that's the next level, where it becomes now a conscious thought.

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We start to weigh the pros and the cons.

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fleeting thought now becomes something we are reflecting on, should I do it? What are the benefits? What are the harms?

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Again,

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if at that time,

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we

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seek refuge in a law

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because it's still in the realm of thought.

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We save ourselves so much sadness, regret, etc, in our lives to call.

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And these are the easiest places to stop.

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However,

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if it lead, if we let it go to the level of decision,

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now we'll make a decision to do this

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evil act

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based on desires, desires, overwhelming our better judgment.

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Now,

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we have reached

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the critical stage.

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If we can't stop it here, after having made that decision, and what happens is that when we make that decision, a law will let something happen in our lives.

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To give us a chance to not do it.

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We made that decision. But then something happens a phone rings, somebody says something, something happens

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where if we just said a better night to this,

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we could have killed it.

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But when that

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warning comes

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and we ignore it, then the next stage is action.

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Now we become accountable. We made the decision to do something and we now

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turn it into action.

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And of course, following that

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we might regret we might feel bad etc.

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But

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if we don't focus on that feeling of regret, and turn back to a loss sincerely

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and really and truly

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feel hurt. Because we have in fact hurt ourselves. We are the ones who are hurt.

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Then the fleeting thought will come again.

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And we'll go through the same process and be back there again.

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And then

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More times we do it

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we create with it a habit,

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an evil habit.

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On the other side flip side of the coin.

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good thoughts.

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We have fleeting good thoughts, power, Solomon said that each and every one of us has assigned to us an angel,

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an angel, who would prompt us to good,

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that good thought.

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So if we want to change,

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when that good thought comes, we have to grab the thought

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we have to catch that thought

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and

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reflect on it. That good thought.

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From that reflection, we can make a decision.

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And from the decision, we can then

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end up doing good actions.

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Those good actions a lot smarter adds a lot of Suhana. And I'd said in the last minute, you didn't say

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good deeds erase evil deeds.

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But this will only happen if we consistently try to capture those good thoughts

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and turn them into actions, regular actions that we can then make new habits, new good habits, which can replace our

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evil, previous evil habits.

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And no as the last element said,

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in the habit Rama Elahi, my dama we're in

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the most beloved

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of deeds to a law are those done regularly, even if they are small.

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So, we start with

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certain basic needs,

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that we are

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having difficulty with.

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And we try to establish them, whether it is a lot of budget,

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on time,

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in time

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and build beyond that. Starting with the most basic areas of our own personal weaknesses.

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We work our way up to the bigger areas.

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being consistent, being conscious

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of how

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evil deeds arise, how good deeds can replace them.

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And this was the example of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam.

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Encouraging his companions

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and the oma

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to access the guidance of the Quran in their lives to be around good people, because where do these good thoughts come from some of them from the angel.

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The thought that came, but a lot of them come from the company we keep.

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That's why the prompts are Salomon said, the good friend, the good companion is like the perfume merchant.

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If you stick around the perfume merchants either is going to give you some perfume sample or you will walk away smelling good. Because he's opened up all of these bottles and the smell has come over you. You can't lose being with good companions.

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So we want to change, then we also have to make a change with our companions, those who we spend most of our time with those who spend most of our time with those who are involved in the same evils that were involved in.

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That what can we expect as a result, we have to change. We have to make that change in our environment in ourselves.

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If we really want to adhere to the Quran and the Sunnah, as it deserves our adherence.

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I asked the last one to Allah to help

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reestablish our lives in a in adherence to the Quran and the Sunnah to bring us back to Serato must aim to protect us from the ways to the Hellfire to keep shaitaan away from ourselves and our families. I asked her last month Allah to strengthen the oma here in this land and the oma throughout the world, to protect our brothers and sisters in Syria, in Libya and other parts of the world where their suffering have vanished and

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Philippines, I asked her last month Allah to

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give us the courage and the commitment to help our brothers and sisters in their times of need, in the times of flooding in the times of crises, etc. I asked her last month to Allah also to protect our children, our families, our Islam, and to give us sirata Mr. Kane and paradise at the end of this world, Alchemist Salah.