7 Habits Of Successful People

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The importance of finding one's own success in life is emphasized, including finding one's own success in obtaining a job, finding one's own success in learning a law, building love for a law, and finding one's own happiness in life. The emotional commitment of Islam is also emphasized, including finding love for a law and finding one's own happiness. The importance of patient behavior and consistency in worship is emphasized, as it is natural for human beings to be lazy and avoid punishment. The speakers stress the need for people to pursue their dreams and find ways to earn rewards for themselves.

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meadow and assign one a stock photo. When I was a biller, he mean surely I'm fusina comin say it. I'm Elena Mija de la la moda La La for my lil para de la foreshadow la one. International Law the hula shriek Allah foreshadow anna Muhammadan, Abu Sulu. Indeed All praise is due to a law and as such, we should praise Him, seek His help seek refuge in Him from the evil which is within ourselves, and the evil which results from our deeds. For whomsoever lies guided, none can misguide. And whomsoever a law has allowed to go astray, none can guide and I be witnesses, there is no god worthy of worship but Allah, and that Muhammad Salah long one he was sending them is the last

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messenger of Allah.

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This evenings presentation is on the Seven Habits of truly successful people. And the title of this presentation is taken from a well known book by Stephen Covey, called the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, his book became very popular, some years back and continues to be a best seller, as it gives guidelines for success, particularly in this world. For people who seek the basic formula for material success, it provides guidelines, I thought it was good for us to reflect on the guidelines for spiritual success as Muslims, our focus is not on this world, but on the world to come. And since this is the main focus, then, as Steven Covey himself and said in what he refers to

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as the second habit, we should begin with the end in mind and the hereafter being the goal, then we should have lives which reflect that goal, one should, in looking at a Muslim life, be able to conclude that this person is not addicted to this world, he or she is not caught up in the trappings of this world, but they are working for something beyond this world. So, success is not necessarily material success, because material success may be linked with failure in the life to come in, in such a case that material success is not considered success at all. Whereas another person may be considered a failure in this life, in that he or she did not achieve what was identified as material

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success. However, they attained paradise in the neck. In that case, they really weren't successful in this life, because they had done what was necessary, what was required of them by Allah subhanaw taala, to attain success, the ultimate success in the next life, which is none other than paradise. So they have lived, as the Prophet

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had taught us in a authentic hadith founded by a Muslim,

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and dounia sigil movement. And this world is a prison for the believer, or genital Khafre, and paradise for the disbeliever. So, as a believer, we restrict ourselves to what Allah has permitted, we avoid what he has forbidden. because our goal is ultimately His pleasure. And if he's pleased with us, then we will attain that greater goal for which we were put in this life.

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This life dislike being merely a test. So we seek the greater goal, but it doesn't mean that we also forget the portion which has been set aside for us in this life. You know, as the law said, I'm Terry FEMA, attack a law a doddle. asherah. When I send it back a minute dounia take what Allah has given you.

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On the next slide, you know for the next slide, but don't forget your portion of this life. Most people tend to focus on the last part. That is, don't forget your portion of this life and their whole lives seem to be all about this life, when instead we should take the good

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This world as well as the next is allowed to listen to Al Baqarah verse 201, from ganache in Africa, Jr Havana, often after it has

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been our, or our Lord graduates the good in this world and then the next and shield us from the hellfire.

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So, as Muslims, we need to focus on what is going to get us ultimately to paradise. Therefore, the truly successful people are those who attain paradise. And as such, this presentation, this evening's presentation is based around the lives of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who were promised Paradise by the partners of Solomon this life.

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There are 10 well known, known as a natural machine in general, they're well known.

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However, there are a number of others, who are also known by name and others who are not known by names about whom the problems have also said they would have paradise in the next life. Now, such a promise for most of us today, would, would cause us to become lazy. A person knows that he's guaranteed paradise, you know, he would tend to lean back and relax, and not make any efforts. However, that promise which was given to those companions by the problems or solve them, did not make them spiritually lazy. Instead, they were urged to do greater righteous deeds. And they did not just depend on the promise of the Prophet Muhammad Salah, though is promises true.

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And, as an example, abubaker when he was on his deathbed, and he was praying to Allah and asking the Lord's forgiveness, he was reminded by those around him of the prophets of Allah was promised, as he was among the 10, who are promised paradise,

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that group of 10 and he replied to them, those who are around him who said that you already promised paradise. So why are you trying to so hard to pray and, you know, calling on a law and seeking forgiveness so hard, you know, when you've already been promised paradise, his response was, even if one of my feet were in Paradise, and the other outside of it, I would not feel secure from a loss plan.

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So, this was the approach of a walker and the remaining companions towards this promise. Now, we will begin to look at the characteristics and traits of the truly successful, the Seven Habits of truly successful people. The first habit

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is that

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one constantly corrects his or her beliefs, it is our understanding

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that they are constantly in the process of seeking knowledge, improving their knowledge of the religion,

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finding for themselves,

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finding for themselves the necessary information, which would increase their certainty about the law, and about Islam, and about implementing the teachings within their lives. So that they do reflect

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a firm and

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committed belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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So, such a person

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would seek to be among those who are knowledgeable,

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the allama

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to be an island.

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One who knows about the religion because there's a lot said in Surah

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verse 28, in the Maya law in a body in rural America, indeed, of a large service, it is the scholars who truly fear him. So Muslim strives for this process and untold each and every Muslim fallible enemy for $1 Kali, Muslim sikinos compulsive for every Muslim. So each and every Muslim strives to gain that knowledge, knowledge of a law, knowledge of the deen knowledge of its implementation, which would then put them on that path to paradise. The process I'm in that said also in another authentic these men Salah Kataria Ponyo semi Sufi element, Salah la will note that if an agenda will take the path

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on which he or she seeks knowledge, a law makes the path to paradise easy for them.

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This is the promise of the property.

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And when we look into the lives of the companions, we see among them Almighty Bob noted for his knowledge of Moses and on one occasion, in a hadith found in both Bukhari and Muslim, he related while I was sleeping, I saw a cup of milk offered to me in my dream, I drank from it until its freshness will be reflected through my fingernails.

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Then I gave the remainder to Omar in Nepal, when he related this dream to people. They asked him or messenger of Allah, how do you interpret it? And he replied, It refers to knowledge

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that was given to Omar.

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And sure enough,

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Bob was the one who gave the best advice as to what to do with the prisoners after the Battle of buzzer

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when the other companions were asked, they suggested leniency

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that we should let these prisoners go strike the, you know, ransom, etc. There are relatives perhaps in doing this as we soften their eyes to bring them close to Islam. Oh, my God said no, we should kill every last one of them. Each one should be given his relatives. And

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he should be responsible for killing that relative himself, showing how he cut his ties with the this belief. And these people these are the leaders of the pagans in the disbelievers from Mecca, who had harmed the Muslims torture them driven them out, they should be executed. And as it turned out, last month, Allah revealed to the process of correcting him that he should not have taken ransom, but instead should have executed the prisoners. We also want another occasion when the Prophet when Omar is not hardtops justice to the prompts, I'll tell him that he should veil is why.

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allowed to reveal the verse, you know, not shortly thereafter, the verse unveiling was revealed.

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And we also find that

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when we talk about seeking knowledge, of course, we're talking about seeking knowledge from the Koran and as soon as you know as informed as this one is left behind, which we are to hold on to firmly we're never going straight.

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However, of course, in understand that quantum sadhana, we must understand it in the same way as it was understood by the companions of the Prophet Muhammad SAW Allah because nearly saying that I'm following the Quran and Sunnah.

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That in fact, though, it is the essence, if a person stops there, he may end up or she may end up

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in the group of the kausani or the Ahmadis who also claim they follow Quran and Sunnah. or certain extremist groups, you know who mysticism and beliefs in calling on the saints etc, etc. They claim to also be following Quran and Sunnah. However, the none of them understand the Quran and Sunnah, as it was understood by the Sahaba, or even the modern groups that we have amongst Muslims today, who claim to be following Christ. And so now, you know, and they call to the slaughter of innocents, suicide bombings, and all these kind of things. You know, they say they're falling crime and sooner, but it was not in the way that it was understood by those early generations by the Sahaba, and the

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champion, etc. So it's very important when we talk about seeking knowledge, which is obligatory and every Muslim, and which is a key one among the keys to paradise, that one must take the knowledge as it was understood by that early generation.

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And furthermore, when we look at issues of knowledge, we realize that

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the goal of that knowledge is ultimately knowing a law and in knowing a law,

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as it should be, understood and believed in, we will develop within ourselves. taqwa, that is a consciousness of a law, and one is aware of one's relationship with the law, as

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it should be, then one becomes more and more conscious of a law and in being conscious of a loved one developed.

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This quality, which we refer to as taqwa and taqwa is among the things which

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Help us to get to paradise.

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As the prodigal son was authentically reported to have said, the things which most weren't entrance into paradise are taqwa of Allah and good behavior that were being consciousness of Allah. And the things which most weren't interested in to Hellfire into the Hellfire, our mouth and the private part

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narrated by Timothy and Nehemiah.

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strive to gain that knowledge for its practice. And in gaining that knowledge and implementing it, we develop this state of taqwa, which ultimately

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can take us to paradise, if a lost soul will, if it is in a loss plan, and a part of His mercy.

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Now, of course,

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the when we talk about the companions and knowledge, we can also find among them sadly been was was also promised paradise with the Prophet Salaam. And he

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was chosen to be the judge when the karela clan was to be judged, because of their treachery, where they sided with the pagans against Muslims. And he made a very strong judgment against them, and apostle Sam confirmed it, as the judgments which are law above the heavens has chosen.

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And in speaking about him, the third is among those promises paradise. On one occasion, when some silk garments were sent to the prophet SAW some of them and people touched it and marveled at how soft it was, he said to them, Do you admire the softness of this garment? Well, the handkerchief have sadly been robbed in Paradise is better than it. We also find them to live in Salaam, the who are the former Jewish rabbi and scholar from the pain car clan, who converted to Islam, he was also promised paradise.

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The second characteristic, or trait

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is that of

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commitment, or we could call it an emotional commitment. And one has an emotional commitment to that

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belief in a law and in Islam, that is not just something academic, something which we can write about the mystique about, but it really isn't firmly in our hearts.

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When it becomes firmly embedded in our hearts, then it is emotional, we are emotionally tied to it, we are driven by it. And this is very important because that the emotional commitment should follow the knowledge because if people become emotional, committed emotionally committed to things prior to them having correct knowledge about it, then it's very difficult for them to accept correct knowledge. And this is why people were commonly involved in all kinds of traditional practices, you know, customary

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garbage, which is widespread amongst the Muslim nation today, which create some of the worst and most evil images of Islam. And we consider things like honor killing, which is common in places like Jordan and Pakistan, where people kill female members of their families because they fear that they will shame the family, etc. This is attributed to Islam. But in fact, this is an evil and corrupt practice, which has nothing to do with Islam at all. But this is custom. And if one tries to speak to Jordanians or Pakistanis were involved in this stuff about it. So very difficult for them to accept, because they're emotionally committed to the practices of their culture.

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So very important, that this emotional commitment takes place after knowledge, the knowledge base has been established.

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And what comes out of this emotional commitment, what we're really talking about is love.

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That we love, a law and His Messenger, you know, more than all else.

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That is not just a thought, or most as element said, none of you truly believes until a lion is messenger becomes more beloved to him than anything in this world.

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We've all heard that. But is it real?

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Is it real? Is it real in our lives? When we look into the lives of the companions, we can see that kind of love manifest the love of Allah and His messenger.

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One example can be

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found in the case of a particular companion from the answer, whose name is not mentioned. But he was among those armies paradise

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At any rate, used to lead prayer in the kuva Masjid. And went to his practices. Whenever he would recite a chapter from the Quran, he would always recite the whole of the surah, a class that is full of Allah has, then he would recite the chapter, those who are praying behind him, you know, became somewhat disturbed with this, they felt he shouldn't be doing this, maybe it's not right. So they asked him, you know, that he should maybe desist from doing this and he refused. So they went and complained to him about him doing this. And the first wasallam call for him when he came he asked him what prevents you from doing what your companions have asked you. What is causing you recite

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this chapter in every unit of prayer, the man replied, or messenger of Allah, I really love it, the Russell's on and said, your love of it has put you in paradise. Here's a love for the world word of Allah,

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the word of Allah, which is eternal, uncreated. This is a part of a law,

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that love for it, like the love for a law, if it is deeply embedded in the heart, the reward is none other than paradise.

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when we look, as I said, in the lives of the companions, we see this love manifest. And this love is something which develops out of

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an awareness of a law, awareness of the many bounces that He has given us in our lives. By being conscious of it and being thankful to him, then this helps to develop the love and this is why, from the very prayer the spirit has to say, in all of our daily prayers, we can see in it, that focus on thanking Allah because it begins with Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen or preys on science or due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds and we find problems and I'm also saying, whoever does not thank people does not thank Allah putting stress on this issue of thanking thanking people being thankful, you know, that

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he promised us alum, you know, had said that

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we should look to those below us enough to those above us because it helps us to remember a lot of favors. So, again, we can be thankful this all helps to breed and develop love in the hearts of the believers. And that love for a law which should be greater than all else as the law said and so on, but Coronavirus, 165 woman, a Nazi, my adopted woman duly lay and gather your head Guna home, Villa, one let me know I should have been the law. And there are among some people, those who take partners besides a law, whom they love, as they love a law, but the believers love a law more than all out. So, this concept of loving a law and its opposite, that of

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fearing a law of displeasure.

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These are all part and parcel of the same principle, the two sides of the same coin, loving a law fearing his displeasure. And the process element said, you know that the fire will not touch a personal cries out of the fear of a law until milk returned to the breath.

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Again, that this is that fear for a law's displeasure

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also proves that sentiment said two eyes have been forbidden to the fire and I was wept all the fear of a law and one would stayed open throughout the night guarding Islam and his family from Cooper.

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And also we find about Sutherland saying with regard to the seven were shaded under a lot thrown on the day when there's no shade, he mentioned one as being one whose eyes filled up with tears whenever he remember the line private. So, this characteristic, you know of being of having a soft heart which trembles when it reflects on a loss which causes tears to come to one's eyes. When a laws words are recited and one reflects on the law. Now this is among the characteristics of the truly successful

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that they fear a lot of displeasure or move to tears with regards to it. They love a lot more

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All else. Now, developing this love is not necessarily something

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you know, it's not something we're born with. It is something which has to be worked on.

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We work on it on a number of different levels. We work on it first and foremost by developing our software before leads to the love of Allah. It is the inner dimension of obedience.

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And it has been identified as a source of knowledge about piety.

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A law tells us it's a law where you are limited in law if you're a law the law is teach you

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to advocate averse to it to you fear a law and the law will teach you what you need to know.

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I mean, if you have no great knowledge, what you need to know Allah will teach you if you develop this taqwa and then said it is the foundation for that love of Allah. Secondly, one should strive to increase one's knowledge by reading the Quran and the Sunnah. Because

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when one does so, one is guided by a law, those who strive and struggle to gain this knowledge, a lot of promises to guide them as a lot said, when the Xena jaha delphina an idea in the home Subala I will guide those who strive for my sake to my path to an unfamiliar, verse 69. Again, also, what helps to soften the hearts and develop that love of Allah is to visit the graves and remember death.

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visiting of the grave is to remind us that this world is a passing thing that's going to be a workaround or we're going to end up in the same place as the people in the grave are. So we need to back off and

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give up our addiction to the material world. The fourth characteristic or principle is that we should seek forgiveness.

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Whenever we're involved in fall into sin as human beings is going to happen. We should always turn back to a law seeking is forgiveness.

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fifthly we should make prayers sincere.

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By making Christians here again we develop that love of Allah of why you but I'm sorry and relate to the man had asked apostle seven to teach him some brief words and the process of seven says to him, whenever you stand for prayer, pray a farewell prayer prayers. If you are living this life. There's nothing else left for you. Don't say any words, you will later regret and don't wish for others have.

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Pray a farewell prayer.

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terracing prayer is very important for developing a love for law sixthly we should reduce laughter.

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exam is not against laughing. It's good for us to be happy, to be joyful, laugh with our children or friends, etc. But it shouldn't become

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a normal, continual characteristic of ours. We're always you know, joking and laughing about something. And also the whole everything is just a big joke. life becomes a big joke. No, this is not among the characteristics of the true believers. were rare and quoted as saying, don't laugh too much. Because excessive laugh

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kills the heart.

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It deadens the heart. We lose our seriousness. For things in phenomenally serious. We're taking in a light hearted manner. So our hearts become hardened.

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And of course, how then can we love a law?

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the bandsaw sent him out to advise this

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saying, oh, people cry. If you can't cry, then make yourself cry

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is authentic, it is reported inside here.

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You know forcing oneself to cry. I mean, what am I saying this is kind of hypocritical. No, but you know, if one heart is hard, and one is not able to cry, then we just fake it, make ourselves cry. Eventually, by doing it on a regular basis, or trying to do it often. The reality of it will come to us. And of course when I say do it on a regular basis, I'm not talking about you know, doing it in public places in front of other people, you know where we may end up in doing things seeking the praise of others.

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The last major point is that we should pray for that love. And that humility, and that fear of musallam just to make the Dalai Lama in need to become in lionpaw. Amen Albin Leia Sha, woman I in Latin woman do I in life is the job

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of Allah, I seek refuge in You from knowledge of no benefit

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of a heart devoid of fear. And from an eye without tears from unanswered supplication. This is

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the law should make often perhaps inshallah we'll put in our hearts softness, which will allow us to cry, when we should cry, not crying over things really shouldn't be crying over, we watch a football game, or we hear about our favorite team losing. This brings us to tears, our eyes filled with tears.

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But then when we hear the Koran, nothing happens. Telling us Is something wrong in our lives here. You know, if these things have become so important to us, the moving us to tears, the material things in the world around us bring up the terrorists left and right. But when we try to get close to a law when we pray, when we listen to the Koran, videocon, etc, we do not find any tears coming to our eyes, this is telling us that we are far away, far away from the past.

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the third characteristic

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or habit

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that of having complete trust in Allah.

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We need to have complete trust in Allah. If we want paradise, this is among the major characteristics. A law said in the Quran Hualalai failure, to walk alone. It is in a law that those who trust should put their trust for my ethical ally for what has moved, and ally is sufficient for work with the trust in Him. on this issue of trusting in the law, something strongly recommended. And we have the narration from the podcast Allah found is a Muslim, in which he mentioned, a dream that he had had. And he said, the nations were presented before me. And I saw a prophet with a small band of followers, and another with only one or two people, and yet another having no one with him.

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When I saw a large group, I thought it was my nation, but I was told it was Moses and his people. And I was told to look at the horizon, where I saw a very great group and I was told, this is your nation. There are among them 70,000 persons who wouldn't enter Paradise without any reckoning, and without any punishment was awful. And then went on to say, there are those who do not make incantations themselves, nor do they ask that it be done for them. Nor do they read bad omens into events. And they place their trust in their Lord. After saying this, one of the companions by the name of kashia, even medicine, he jumped up and said, O Messenger of Allah prayed to a law that he

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makes me one of them

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and said, You are one of them. None of them and gentlemen, as

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a messenger of Allah bridgeu ally make me one of them. Also, as I said, I'm turned to him and said, Akasha has beaten you to it.

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So this idea of trusting in the law, you know, completely, and it doesn't mean that one gives up on utilizing the cause and effect.

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Things of this life, that we just ignore them, we say, I'm setting an alarm, I'm gonna try to do what is necessary for me to do at all in any case, you know, I want to get education. You know, I want to go and learn Arabic, but I'm just going to stay at home. I'm just going to keep doing what I'm going to do. Because it is a law as well. It's going to come to me, no, this is not a call. This is tawakkol. No, this is wrongly placing one's trust in a law. Right placing is where we do everything we can, and then we leave the rest to a loss, as in the case of the well known hobbies, were in the companion came into the masjid in the process of Solomon. And as he was about to sit

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down, he remembered that he hadn't tied up his camel. So he asked about Salaam Should I go back into my camel or should I trust in Allah Ruslan Simon said, our pinda What's the what can tie it up and then put your trust in a law? This is the way we put our trust in a law after we've done everything in our power.

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To do so, but in particular the use of incantations where people make recitation, etc, over the those

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who requested. The last element said if one avoids This means or does something recommended he did it shown that it is permissible to do it. If one avoid it, then and put once was completed in a law, that this is a promise of financial

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abuse or a fight in another occasion. He mentioned that about asylum, I said,

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who will make a pledge for paradise?

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And the Buddha replied, Yes.

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And he stretched out his hand

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when he did about us and took it down, but played a condition on him saying

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that you will not ask anyone anything. And I was I said, Yes,

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he accepted it. And he added, he and the both of them added, even if you're windfalls, you must dismount and pick it up yourself.

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One who puts one in his his or her complete trust in a law, so that kind of a degree from Los Alamos promised them pilots another companion by the name of Oban. He was also promised paradise for the same reason, even narrated that on one occasion, Bronco Simon said, who will guarantee me that you will not ask anyone anything, and I will guarantee you in paradise. And so bad said, I will. And I never used to ask anyone, anything.

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So trusting in a law,

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how do we develop this trust? Again, it's not something we're born with something we work on, strive for, and insha Allah, Allah will give it to us.

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We develop trust by first and foremost having the correct belief and knowledge about the law. If we know about the law, and how he relates

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to us, how it functions in our lives, we are the correct picture the correct image, then, we can

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develop the trust in a law that we should have. For example, law tells us that perhaps you might dislike something which is good for you, and you may like something which is bad for you, Allah knows, and you don't know. As anticorrosion O'Hara, Lacan,

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Boucher, and Moshe Lacan, law we are number one to let alone. This is a law telling us really, ultimately in our lives, he knows best. So we accept that if we believe in it, Allah knows best, then we can put our trust in Allah. Also, if we reflect on a law as being the job, it does not oppress anyone.

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As the law said in Sarkar, verse 49. Well, I have limra buka hadda, The Lord will not oppress anyone knowing that means that one does not have to worry if it appears that one is being oppressed, etc, that Allah is going to straighten that all out.

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If he's not in this life, it will be in the next.

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Also, by knowing that, after every difficulty we're faced in life is going to follow. This also helps to build our trust in the law. As the law said, in the modules use raw, with every difficulty come these were shot. So

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by knowing about the line this way, this helps to give us a foundation for trusting in a lot. Also, we read from the examples of the lives of the early prophets. And, of course, first and foremost, and the lies of the righteous mentioned in both the Quran and the Sunnah,

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of the Sahaba, etc. When we read about the sacrifices and the struggles that they went through, and how they put their trust in Allah, this can help to motivate us. Similarly, the third point, it is important that we be in the company of those known for their trust in the law. Because if we surround ourselves with people, we're not known for the trusted allies won't affect us will weaken our own trust. So when we're around people were constantly putting themselves in a lot this helps us to develop a trust in the law, as he should be trusted in.

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fourth major point is that of law and istikhara was for us and taught us that whenever we make a decision on the matter,

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we should pray to units of prayer and make this application this application of Guadalajara which is basically a do our putting our trust in a lot because we are busy.

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turning things over to a law that you know best what's best for us and we don't know. So therefore, if this thing that we've chosen is best for us, then make it easy for us. If it's not take it away from us, you know, and remove it, love it from our hearts. So is about putting our trust in a law. It's not about

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making this drunk going to sleep at night, and waiting for a sign, we will say you see a red light in your, in your dream, it means you don't go ahead and do it till you see a green light. Okay, go ahead. You know, there's no trust here. This is this is a fairy tale. So we don't we this is not the way

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to do is to harness when people say don't do it too hard during the daytime, you need to do it before you go to sleep at night. This is nonsense. I should also mention here that there is a prayer called philosophy hodza which people customarily pray and there's a special duar related to it. This can be found in this common book used by the Jamaat azalia man, it's there. But the Hadees is dive and not authentic at all, and should not be used. There is no such thing as for lots of Hydra, of course, one joint to a law in time of need. One makes prayers and calls on a law This is quite legitimate. But that particular prayer, which is well known as a lot of hajah, this is not

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authentic. Now, the fourth

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characteristic, or the fourth habit, of the Seven Habits of the truly successful people is that of patience and perseverance,

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to be patiently persevering.

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This is a major and critical characteristic. so critical that a law dedicated a chapter to it, saying that,

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by time everything, or everyone is in a state of loss, except those who believe and do righteous deeds in writing each other rise, remind each other to be truthful, and remind each other to be patient.

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That's the key.

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And, of course, when one realizes that this life is a test, then patience becomes even more critical. The lottoland aleksi holla halaqa mode one higher than the blue eye, you come after no harmala who created the law who created death and life in order to test which of you will do or do the best deeds?

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And he said and so on Baccarat that was sort of woke verse two, is your locker I say, Well, wait

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a minute how people jewelry are not the same in a maliwan amphis what some odd obituaries Bobby read, I will test you with some fear, hunger, lots of the wealth and life and fruits food or labor's so give glad tidings to those who are patient.

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something which we need to get as much as we can out to control ourselves, be patient to continue to do what's right, in spite of the preponderance of evil around us. When everybody else is doing bad, we don't start to do bad No, we do what's right, regardless of the circumstance.

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Now, patience can be in both sides of difficulty as well as in times of ease. In times of difficulty we have from the lives of the compliance departments are seldom the case of refer Swire

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who have been a boss when he was once asked he was asked his students may I show you a woman of paradise? And when they said yes, about said this black woman came to a loss messenger and said, I'm suffering from convulsions which knocked me down and caused my body to become exposed. Would you pray to a lot for me, and I promise I'll send them replied in Shi T. For Bharti, Wallachian Jenna, if you wish you can can be patient with it. And paradise will be yours. Where if you wish I can pray to Allah to cure you. She said, I will be patient.

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But I become exposed to can you ask a law that I not be exposed and he prayed for her. So being patient with illness,

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sickness, pain, suffering, you know being patient with it is also a means of getting one to one to paradise, called Papa Thomas said that every pain which the believer suffers is purification from sin. That's why when he used to visit the sick

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Those who are suffering in pain such Ray would say to them to Warren in sha Allah, may this be a source of purification for you, Allah willing.

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So, when we see people in pain, we encourage them to realize the value of pain. Not that we that we love pain and we go and seek it, or when it comes to us realize the value of it. And we take full advantage of it. As problems as alimony passed by the parents of Amada, the author, the author is mother Tamiya, who were being tortured to death by the Masters, he said to them is the Bureau and we asked him more educational Jenna, the patient family, we ask for your appointed place in time is paradise.

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Similarly, we find ourselves, you know, promising people

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for being patient with certain trials.

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paradise, like the person who had lost their sight from the cemetery, whoever lost the sight, you know that they would be given paradise

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if they were patient, and it is, if they were patient.

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We also find references to promises and I'm promising that for for people who lost children, versus had three children personal loses three children in their youth, you know, he promised them paradise if the people were patient with it. And somebody else asked what about two kids. And he said, even for two,

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we also find a purple salon, you know, describing those who have received punishment for major sins like adultery, we are the companion and by the name of my, my husband, Malik, an attorney who was stoned to death for adultery after confessing four times. And the process was done and said I saw him rolling around in the rivers of paradise. And we also have the well known incident of the woman from the tribal juhayna known as aloha media, who had committed adultery and gotten pregnant and she went above us alum and asked him to purify her and the plasma cell and tried to discourage her so much she insisted. And they told her to go back and deliver your child, and then come back and she

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did came, brought the child back in after so many months. And then he said, You know when the child see the child for two years, and then if you wish to come back. And sure enough, she came back with the child after she finished meaning the child and insisted on punishment. So both of them had her punished, stoned to death. And afterwards, he had her prepared for burial. And then he stood up to pray for her when he did so Omar didn't know how far out are you going to pray for her when she was an adulterous from Switzerland replied, she made such an apparent repentance that if it were divided up among 70, of the people of Medina, it would have been more than enough for them to get to

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paradise. And you found the repentance better than her sacrifice ourselves for the sake of the law.

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there evidence of people who suffer the punishment and are patient with it, you know, they give themselves up or whatever, that paradise can be there for the patients in dealing with their sins.

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So, I have no claim, he had suggested, you know, three basic steps to develop patience in times of difficulty. He said, basically, one should reflect on the great reward lies ahead

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by reflecting on the rewards, you know, to sort of detach yourself from the trial that you're in right and right now, look beyond it to what is to come, and this will help us to rise above it. Also, the second point he suggested was to expect and hope for a time of ease, this openness in of itself offers a measure of immediate relief. And the third principle is that one contemplate and count allows countless blessings reflect on them, when I first realized that a lot of lessons have so many lives too many to count, then the trial that he was in will seem to him to be something like a raindrop in a vast ocean of favors and this will help him to be inshallah more patient.

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we have patience and righteousness also, which is even more difficult. Then to be patient in times of difficulty.

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Yes, that may sound a bit strange but

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Do you want to flex on it? To Be patient in times of difficulty, even the disbeliever can do this. Why? Because one can quickly realize that impatience is not going to change the situation

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of a calamity, this is not going to change it. So you'll find him the disbeliever, getting a hold of themselves and saying, you know, I'm going to control myself my business and get a hold of me. And he is patient with it, even though he doesn't even believe in Allah at all.

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Because impatience here was not going to bring us any measure of success. Whereas patients in the times of ease times visions in families, meaning that one is patiently doing what the Lord has commanded his patient and worshiping the Lord following his commands. This is not easy, because it is natural for human beings, to be lazy, to not want to stick to all these regular prayers and fasting and all this kind of thing. One has to strive against one's desires to establish such practices.

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patience in abstaining from wrong actions,

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is achieved through the fear of punishment,

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or through shyness, before a law for using his blessings to commit sin. The two ways.

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Of course, the higher and the greater level is to the shyness, we're going to look at that as being one of the characteristics of the righteous also.

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But fear of punishment is a good one to reflect on the punishment as a means of helping one Be patient, in times of ease.

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And also patient in accepting allows decree where things happen to us. We are patient with it, we know this is from a law known way out of it came from Allah, and Allah knows best, there is good in it, even if we can see it.

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Now, patients in worship, we can see that in the case of Bella live in robot

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was one of the

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problems as well. And that's even one occasion below. Tell me about the deeds you have done in Islam from which you hope to have the most benefit. For tonight, I have heard the sound of your sandals in front of me in paradise.

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The law replied, I haven't done any deals which I hoped would be of special benefits, except that whenever I make ritual purification that this will do during the day or night, I pray as many units of prayer as Omar will.

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this practice which allow introduced is bizarre, which was confirmed by the possible silences and which turned it into sadhana. That whenever he

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whenever he made ablution he will use to make rakaats This is a call this this will not have ablution will do.

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This was his regular practices stayed with it as a result process and and spoke of him being among the people of paradise.

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We also find an example for another occasion when the boxer seldom asked his companions, who is fasting today and Abu Bakr said I am

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Nia, who follow the funeral procession today and Abu Bakr said I did. Then he asked, who fed a poor person today. I'm like I said, I did that also. And He further went on to ask and who visited a sick person today.

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And I moved back and said, I did

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tell him Dan said whenever these acts come together in a person, he will enter Paradise.

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having regular and established worship, a consistency, then

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there is no other reward except paradise, where it becomes throughout that individual's life. And it is something patients were called the patients again, it's something which as we mentioned, a person has to develop and one tries

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to the best of one's ability and allow will give it as it was mentioned earlier

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and coudray by Buhari

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may have a sub bar, the sub durable law

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who tries to be patient Allah will grant him patience.

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So, we tried to do and to develop patience by doing regular acts of worship.

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This is a very important way establishing Sonos etc, trying to be consistent in as Bob Solomon recommended.

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recommended it. And we have for example, with Bravo someone said, Whoever recites the verse of the throne is of course, you can really call it the birth of the footstool. After every prayer, there will be no barrier between him and entering paradise, except that

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there will be no band barrier between him and entering paradise, except that this is a great promise.

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Similarly Hajj, ultimate promise, you know the reward of paradise for it also. But of course, for those who do have that it should be done as prescribed.

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Furthermore, we find puzzles and and same with companions or people spread the Islamic Greetings, feed others, keep the size of kinship and pray at night, while the people are sleeping, and you will enter Paradise in peace,

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you will enter Paradise in peace.

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We also have the Sunnah prayers in the day, as I said, Ahmed said whoever prays 12 voluntary prayers

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every day and night, you will have a house built for him in paradise.

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And he mentioned that they were the four before the war, to afterwards

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to Aftermath live to after Asia and to before fudger. So consistency in worship

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is also a way to earn paradise. Make that the a habit that we do without even having to think about it. We just go in and doing well, of course, we think about what we're doing, and that we have to think about Should we do it or should we not do it because that is the stage where we're struggling with our soul, nothing nobama. But you know, when we reached the stage of having overcome that, and having sought a lot of pleasure, you know, then in such a case, the person will develop a consistent

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set of principles of worship. Now, the fifth principle, or the fifth characteristic is that of modesty.

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Smile is now fine among the apostles and companions who were promised paradise, who was also married to two other apostles and daughters and became the third Caliph of the Muslim nation after his death. He was known for his modesty. We have examples of life, in which he demonstrated that

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on one occasion, Uncle Sam was sitting in the home with his chin exposed, our worker asked for permission to come in he came in and sat with a foster family disgusting. And then all my information he came in and they Converse, the rest of them didn't move. But when man came in and asked permission to enter in and to chat to the pastor solemn pauses and immediately got up and adjusted his clothes and then gave him permission to enter when a nap Ayesha as the process alum, when I walk on, Omar came in you didn't do anything. You didn't adjust your clothing, but when you straighten them when a man came in, as long as I'm said, shouldn't I be shy towards a man whom the

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angels are shy towards? Indeed, was man is a very honest, sorry, very modest, is very modest. And I was afraid that if I permitted him to enter this stage, he would not have informed me of his need. So

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he being among the people of Paradise, this was one of his major characteristics and something that we should strive for reflux elements certain unauthentic ideas found in Suna Silva De La Jolla, Amina Emmanuel, Emmanuel Jana. modesty is a part of faith and faith needs to paradise.

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reality. Western culture calls us to immodesty order to expose what we have for our privates. Not to feel shy about anything China's in some kind of a psychological problem. You know, whereas Islam promotes China's very story of Adam and Eve calls to that. They cover themselves they realize their nakedness after disobeying a law, so modesty is a part of faith and linked

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to paradise.

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And we can mention here also, that

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Santa was noted for his own bashfulness.

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he encouraged us not to be modest.

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Now modesty is of two types, there's modesty, which has to do with covering our, our art, our nakedness, you know, and their principles related to it, that we should observe. Within the greater level of modesty is modesty towards the law, no one feels shy, to do something displeasing to Allah, because Allah says a lot of a hardcore ustasha men whom in

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law has more rights than one be shy before him, then people do

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the principle, the China's should be strong, most strong before a law.

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The sixth principle is that of contentment, the righteous promised paradise, those headed for paradise, they are people who are contented with this life. They've contended with with water law and decreed for them. They didn't

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call malice towards others around them. They didn't try to take what they had, they didn't have jealousy towards them. And we know of a well known Hadith,

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in which the problems are salam, sitting with the companions had told them, the matter that the person would enter Paradise, and one of one of the people from people's products would enter the matches. And when they look this on, and I'm sorry, coming in, carrying his sandals in one hand, and water dripping from his beard, and he repeated that the second day, and the same person came in on the third day, same person also came in. And then after that, have to live in a moment of knowledge. He followed, the man stayed with him, you know, for three days, to try to figure out what he was doing, you know, set up, got up at night with him didn't really see him doing anything special,

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couldn't really find anything in practice, which would indicate why purpose, I would say, the people of Paradise finally told him, you know, that

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really, I wanted kids to stay with it to find out why is it the postal service? You know, what is it about you that let you do what is what I can't see anything. And the man said, Really, whatever you saw is what I do. However, I there are no malice towards any Muslims, nor do I feel any envy towards anyone for the good that Alliance granted them. And when he said that of the likes, claimed, that's what has brought you to your special statement, station, which we are incapable of.

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This is the characteristic of not having a desire and envy, you know, for what others have having contentment with what, what, what, what we are given. And of course, problems are seldom, you know, I've said, you know, Layton, and Marina, and capital, wealth is not measured in the quantity of one's property, lack in a multinational enough, but really,

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wealth is wealth, of the soul, of contentment. And also, we should strive to be content with what Allah has given us. So through Of course, more knowledge of the law, etc. Being around those who are contented in their lifestyles, reading the Quran, reminding ourselves, being thankful to Allah for whatever we have, and striving to do our best and trusting in along.

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The last principle, as time runs out on me is that of sacrifice.

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The Seven Habits of the truly successful that their focus is on sacrificing what the Lord has given them for the sake of the law.

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We can find in the Quran, where a lot of says, indeed a lot of bots from the believers, their lives and wealth for paradise, that is the exchange their lives and their wealth, and a lot pays them back with paradise. And so we look into the lives of the companions, we see this element of sacrifice, willingness to sacrifice everything they have, for the sake of a law and for paradise. Just want mention one example of the compiler known as Abu adalja. You know who on one occasion, a man has come and complained to him about his neighbor, that he had a date bump

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which demands was depending on. And he asked that the prospect seldom get it for him and they told him to give him the date form three, and that he would get instead of three in paradise. The man was focused on this life. He said, No, no way. He wants to do a palm tree. When I will die, I'd heard it. You know, he then went to the man, and offered to sell him his whole garden with palm trees and everything with a wall around it for that single tree. And the man readily agreed, of course, then he went back to the park and Salomon told him that he had bought the palm tree in exchange for a garden if Uncle Sam said give it to the man. And then when he did, gave it to him, the brothers and

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said, How many days palms should have been given to Abu Dhabi.

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And then when he went, of course, I'm died and went to his wife and told her what happened was Alan had promised in paradise for it. And she said that was a profitable sale.

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So, the idea of sacrifice,

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which each and every one of us should be prepared to make, for the sake of a law in order to

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earn for ourselves paradise.

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This is a critical habit amongst the habits, and we should reflect on it as seriously as we reflect on any of the others. The jihad is the higher manifestation of it. And there are many, many examples that we can find from the Sunnah. Speaking about the sacrifices the companions need for paradise. time has run out, I don't really have enough to go into any details. Any more details with regards to these characteristics, I only can ask a law to give us them. They are not the only characteristics when there are major characteristics and help us give us the trophy to earn for ourselves with his grace and His mercy paradise.

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