Al-Hidayah – From Darkness To Light

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Al-Hidayah: From Darkness to Light

Masjid Alwi Kangar, Perlis – Malaysia

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The speakers discuss the importance of finding the right person to ask for and avoiding confusion. They stress the need for patience and giving people the message of their history to avoid confusion. The importance of finding the right and the wrong with regards to rulings and avoiding mistakes is emphasized. The success of online learning in attracting students to higher education programs is also discussed.

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have become corrupted in

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Urdu became bad.

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And amongst us Americans,

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people from the west,

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the closest thing we could find in English to be act was bad.

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So we understood it as some kind of a spiritual bath. That's how it circulated amongst us as spiritual baths. Okay.

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So we took this by

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not knowing even what was being said,

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as the G was in one room,

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and they tied towels together to make a kind of a rope. And there are people in that room with him who are portable speakers. So he was explaining to them, but we, the converts, we were in the other room, not understanding an order. We just heard the sounds in the area, but

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you know, just hold on to the rope.

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And after they finished, they came. I said, Okay, okay, let go the rope now we let go.

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I said, Daddy,

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when I asked

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the private secretary of Hazzard G, what did this spiritual bath mean? back? What did it mean? It said, it means that any major decision that you have to make in your life,

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you must inform hazaragi.

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And he will advise you as to what to do.

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He is your guide.

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said Yeah.

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And where does he live? He lives in India,

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you know, in a town called lizama Dean.

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And the letter

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has said that a letter takes at least one week in those days to get to India.

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it would have to be translated into order.

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So as Reggie will be able to read it

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when he got time,

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and then he will make an answer, which would then have to be translated back into English for maybe another week would pass and then it would be sent back to me. So three weeks.

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I had to wait to make major decisions in my life.

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Does that sound right?

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That doesn't sound right.

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I can understand if I was there and Mr. Medina close by to go get his advice. Make sense. But three weeks, I've got a major decision to make in my life. Now I have to wait three weeks to get an answer. That was difficult to swallow.

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what happened

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was that before we left

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in London, I went to I found the Islamic bookstore, I went there. And I found all these books on Syrah and

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in English. I bought them while on the Jamaat we had one book called doubly he saw

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that really dissolve. And we just read this book. In the course of the four months, maybe I read it four times.

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Anyway, so is your chance to get some other books I went and bought. These are the books. I came into the master with this big stack of books in my hand.

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the Secretary Swamy Secretary as a dismissal, stop me

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sit down. Where do you get these books from?

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I said I got them from you know, store down.

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He said Listen,

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you don't know the intention

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of the people who wrote these books.

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The bookstore was Jamaat e Islami.

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There is difference amongst Jamaat e Islami from India Pakistan, Jamaica believe they have different ideologies differences in there. So he advised Tommy dispose

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not in clear words, but indirectly that's what he's telling me. You can be sure of who wrote the book.

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If it's somebody from the Jamaat you can be sure because you know, they're trustworthy etc. So,

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he advised me not to read this books.

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the explanation he gave, I found again, difficult to swallow.

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then I told him listen,

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you know, I think I would like to go and study Arabic

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In I want to go to maybe Mecca or Medina,

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Arabia study.

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You don't need to do that.

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The light of Islam

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has left Mecca and Medina

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and is now concentrated in the game.

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And it is so concentrated there and powerful

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that when hazard G is in his home there,

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Hindus will walk down the street.

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And when they come parallel to his house, the light will hit them and they will just come into it. Come walking into his house and make sure

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you know,

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I had majored in biochemistry in university.

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So I didn't maybe take well to fairytales, but sounded to me like fairy tales I just couldn't swallow.

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So again,

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an issue

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when I returned to Toronto, is after the four months,

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I moved next to the masjid

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the one of the two masters that were there he stand.

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And the Imam of the masjid, I lived in the same house with him downstairs apartment here, the upstairs.

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And I started to study with him. He's the man

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he started to teach me from

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a book for casola.

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I started to notice differences because when I was on the JAMA

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after had asked all these questions and made all my notes

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they informed me that in Islam, there are four methods

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and you must follow one

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they're all correct.

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Therefore, and you must follow one of them.

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so then Which one should I follow? They said Well, most Muslims in the world are Hannity's.

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Most Muslims in the world.

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The first of the great amounts was Abu hanifa.

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Two points.

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the title given to Abu hanifa in orrible

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was Emami awesome

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arabic al Imam Al are among the greatest.

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So I said,

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I guess it's best to be on TV. So I accepted that I shouldn't be a hanafy.

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in accepting that I was going to be a hanafy.

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I had to learn the Salah for women

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who are Hannity's.

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And the Finns have a different philosophy for women than that for men.

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And the difference is enough that you can't just tell somebody to do it. You have to show them

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because the woman is

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Salah involves a degree of acrobatics.

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So I figured I better learn it so I could teach it to my wife when I got back.

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back to the amount of the master the drontal.

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As I studied with him

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asking the similar questions to what I had

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met in the different masterminds in England, I started to notice differences.

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I learned one thing

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don't do and then I came to find some other don't do the news.

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But the Imam there in Toronto, he was teaching from a book

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and he was quoting Quran and Sunnah.

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So that gave me a sense of confidence. what he was saying he was bringing some evidence for it, which is different from do don't do do don't do.

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So when I asked him, you know, so what is this look kasana

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he said it is

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I didn't have much of a problem because I could see there were evidences there.

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when I befriended some Moroccans, some brothers from Morocco, were migrated to Canada.

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And they started to do some other things.

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They're praying with their hands by the sides.

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I said, What's this? said? Where Maliki?

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Okay, now, I have a problem. You know, I said to them, Listen, you know, I thought Islam was one.

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You know that this was different from Christianity that has all these, you know, Protestants and Catholics and, you know, Presbyterians and Anglicans and

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different things going on here.

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And it's all one. It's all one.

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All of those math hands all format, and they all correct.

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They're all correct. You just have to follow one. But they're all correct.

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I had a problem with that.

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Because I remembered the

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in the Shopify mahtab.

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That if a man accidentally touches a woman, both he and the woman have lost their will do.

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And the Hanafi

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madhhab. If a man accidentally touches a woman,

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neither of them loses their will do.

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Now, if I'm going to accept that both of them are correct,

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it means that it is possible for you to be in a state of Voodoo, and out of a state of Voodoo at the same time.

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So for me, that means you have to shut off your brain.

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Your brain is telling you No, this is illogical.

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But you just shut it off, because you have accepted. They're both right. So to me, this is like the Christian

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doctrine of Trinity, that one plus one plus one equals one.

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For you to accept that you have to shut your brain off.

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Your brain tells you no one plus one plus one equals three. We all learned that from grade one.

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I'm sure this is not really what Islam teaches. I'm sure because what I studied before becoming a Muslim, you know, comparative studies of all these different systems and Islam, which showed Islam was so logical, so reasonable, so practical, so real. And then I'm hearing this other story.

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I said, I really do need to go and see

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study Arabic, go to the sources where Islam arose the final message

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and learn the deen from there.

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And that hamdulillah when I made that decision

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to scholarships were offered by Medina university to Canada.

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Nobody wanted them. Nobody was interested.

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When I and another brother Abdullah Hakim quick

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wanted to accept it, people were telling us not to. It's a waste of your time

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to go study there, they're studying old ancient knowledge, which is in all looks richer, dusty, and the pages have turned yellow and you know, is totally irrelevant. How are you going to look after a family and all this you go study there? That was their advice, don't go.

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But for us,

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we felt there was no option. We had to go.

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Because at that point, though, I come into Islam from this belief, darkness into light.

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As I tried to grow in Islam, I found myself in more darkness, not darkness, like the previous, the different type of darkness, but there was darkness there. Darkness in the sense, I didn't know what was going on. I couldn't understand why these things existed.

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So Alhamdulillah

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we went

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to Medina,

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in the

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Arabic department. When did University did our degrees and Alhamdulillah.

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All the darkness

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that existed was cleared up.

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handler for this was the second phase.

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I came to learn to understand

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that Abu hanifa wasn't a hanafy.

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Mr. Malik wasn't the Maliki

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a mama Shafi wasn't the Shafi

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and accommodating the humble wasn't a humbling.

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It was a big eye opener.

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That's the core. So what were they? That's the question. If Abu hanifa wasn't the Hanafi What was it?

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He was a follower of the Manhattan of Rasulullah sallallahu. That's the reality.

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And likewise, all of the amounts.

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That's what I came to understand that was the Enlightenment that they were following the mud hub of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam justice Abu Bakar did, because you have to ask, Well, what was the matter of Abu Bakar?

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Because if we're gonna follow a madhhab of an individual, why not the best of the oma, we should all be Abu Bakar ease.

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Right? Isn't that a better choice, the best of the oma abubaker.

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So, what was the mantle of America, it was the madhhab of Rasulullah,

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Omar Babu, Madhava, Bossman and Ali,

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the reality

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that was the enlightenment

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and hamdulillah. From those days, till today, I

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feel the responsibility of sharing that

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realization, that enlightenment that came from my period there in Medina, and I carried with me throughout my life to today.

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And this is where as Muslims, we have a duty

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to seek knowledge of Islam, as well as knowledge of aspects of life and all the other things that we need to function here effectively, but fundamentally, we need to seek knowledge of Islam. And that's why we're so lost as Allah said, tolerable enemy for the dollar. Kudos, seeking knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim

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because it's

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Islam is the religion of light,

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of enlightenment.

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We're not afraid

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to seek knowledge.

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Nobody's telling us don't read the Quran, you'll get confused. And Christianity, commonly Christian preachers, ministers say, Well tell the people don't read the Bible will get confused. Just follow us.

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Wherever we tell you, you follow, we have understood. But if you read our Bible, there is a book written by one convert to Islam called the Bible led me to Islam.

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He said, I decided to read the Bible.

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They were saying, don't read it. And I decided to read it. I when I read it, I realized that Christianity was not what Jesus taught.

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And now not a day earlier prophets thought. And he pointed me to this, that he found this

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through the Bible itself.

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And just to conclude, my presentation, I know some of you may be wondering, okay, so what happened to your family?

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Your parents?

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Well, I'm happy to inform you that both my father and mother both accepted Islam.

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And they accepted Islam. After 21 years on dow.

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Even though they were that close, it took them 21 years to finally decide to become.

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And that's just advice, too.

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Those who accept Islam convert to Islam, and they're eager for their family members to accept Islam.

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And they become frustrated when they don't.

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My advices patience and for you, likewise,

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with your non Muslim friends, you've given them the message, you feel that you've they've they've everything has been explained. So why don't you become a Muslim?

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You have to be patient. When the time is right, they will, but you continue to give the message as long as they're willing to hear it to receive it, etc, you continue. And you try different ways. Because sometimes we find only one way. And we keep going on that same way. But it's not working. So we have to find another way. You know, this is the proper way to make our people come to me and they asked me,

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tell me one thing, I can tell a non Muslim for them to become Muslim.

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There's no such thing. You're looking for what they call the silver bullet.

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The bullet that finishes off the enemy.

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You shoot the vampires with that bullet, you hit them dead.

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There's no such a bullet.

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In medicine, we have no such pill, every sickness you take this pill, everybody know people are different.

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What may work with one person doesn't work with another person. So my general advice for those of you that have

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to the responsibility of carrying this message to our non Muslim friends, neighbors, relatives, in laws, whatever

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is that

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it is better

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to have them tell you what they understand about Islam.

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Just like when you go to the doctor, the doctor doesn't start preparing a prescription for you as soon as you sit down and the hands either prescription because no, no does not like that.

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He lets you tell him What's wrong.

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Even after you've heard What's wrong, then you can prescribe the cure. So similarly, when you're giving power to your friends,

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colleagues, etc. Let them tell you what they understand. They're here. They're living

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amongst Muslims they've seen they observed and all these other kinds of things. You will be surprised to find that they may have all kinds of weird ideas. I remember once when I was flying back from Toronto, to UK

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a young man was sitting next to me

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And whenever we started chatting from the UK but originally is from India.

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He was a Hindu

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by birth, raised as a Hindu.

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He said to me, You know, I got a lot of

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Muslim friends in the UK, neighbors. It is a question that has been bothering me. And I wanted to ask, but I was just too shy to ask them. Can I ask you? I said, No problem. You can ask me anything.

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Coming from the west, I've understood I've heard, you know, you can ask me anything, I will not be upset.

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Anything quite truthfully, you know,

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my mother used to tell me when I was growing up.

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When I asked her about the Muslims, in Makkah, bowing down to the Kaaba.

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She told me, you know, what, inside the Kaaba is our God, Shiva Linga.

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I started laughing.

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So this was, this is been in his head, all this time, you know, complete misunderstanding. Inside of the Kaaba is the god Shiva Lingam. I wasn't Billa.

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So I clarified for him, I'm not saying became a Muslim on either side, because he got off the plane. And we both got off, I went on. So that was just something, a point which was in his head.

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You know, maybe he was impressed with so many other things about Islam. But if Muslims are worshipping the same God, they're worshipping them. What was the need? The point. So this is just to give you an idea that people can have all kinds of weird misunderstandings about Islam. So the best way to explain Islam is to find out what are the misunderstandings, it's like, what's their illnesses? The doctor finds out? What's the evidence, a diagnosis English in this? So the same thing you need to diagnose? What is the problem that your colleagues, friends, neighbors, etc, have, let them speak,

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you know, and be open minded, you have to be patient, they may say some things which really blow your mind, but you just have to externally Be patient inside yourself might be saying,

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okay, no matter.

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Keep it inside yourself, keep a smile on your face, hear what they have to say. Then after you've heard from them, then you can start now to systematically clarify the points for them. What you can clarify, then you go and find out, do some research, get the information, bring it back to them.

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This is the best way for now.

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If there is one way, my advice would be to take this way.

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So that basically summarizes the two trips, journeys

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from darkness into light. And as I said, I started off in Jamaica,

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grew up in Canada, lived in Sabah, went to Saudi Arabia,

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live there and went to

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UAE went to Qatar, and now based in the Gambia, West Africa.

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when I hear people very much attached to their lands, I can't relate to it. It was, for me, the whole world is our land.

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And so I'm

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having no problem resettling going anywhere, anywhere that Islam can grow can flourish, I can help. I'm always ready

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to travel in that sense.

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So as I said,

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that is the summary.

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If you have any questions you'd like to ask, I don't know how much time we'll put a time limit on it. How much time Can we give

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one of us? Yeah, I know. But I'm just saying how many how much time

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but how much time are we gonna give them?

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It's 930. We started before,

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before 10 Okay.

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Way is good to set a time frame. Okay, so are there any questions from the floor? We'll just take question first. Okay. Go ahead. I can hear you.

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Why do they put an age limit for studying in Medina university? They say 25 and under to be accepted to study?

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they do make exceptions for exceptional situations. Because if somebody converts to Islam and is 26, you say no,

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that's not fair. So they will make considerations for people who didn't have that opportunity. But in general,

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they found from experience

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that older people have more difficulty in those studies. The dropout rate among those over 25 is like double that of those under 25. So that was a decision may because you've got 1000s of applications coming in, how do you decide. So you need to put some criteria to sift out and choose and then, and they added after that, interviews and things like this, so in the times of interviews, sometimes they may go ahead, if a person shows they have made great strides in gaining knowledge elsewhere, etc, etc, they may overlook that 25 and allow them, you know, they see great potential in a particular individual, but as a general rule is to sift out,

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at least on one level, the applications and many applications that are coming

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from the sisters, you have a microphone there. Anybody would like to ask a question.

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There is a microphone.

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We Muslims are always accused of treating our women as second class citizens not giving them a chance to express themselves. And now you have a chance, please. I'm sure you have some questions.

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Okay, let me go to a written question. If you have difficulty you want to write it, you know, get a piece of paper and send it up. We'll look at it. Anyway. Question. Did Mohammed actually see a lot of saliva?

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I think maybe you were sleeping. whoever wrote this one you were sleeping when I said

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maybe you drifted off during my talk and you woke up missed it. It's clear. The Sahaba asked Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam Did you see Allah? Clearly? And he said no.

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I only saw light. Allah's veil is likely stated in other directions. And I shall not say the same thing. Another lady asked her, you know, did Mohammed Salim CLR she said when he asked me that the hair on the back of my neck stood up.

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He didn't see.

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We will only see Allah.

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If Allah blesses us with enter agenda, this is when we will see a lot that is the greatest blessing

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of Paradise is to see.

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My question is, regarding your meetings.

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I'd like to ask you something about equal Was it an offset for why

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obsessed with with only one mind? one image meaning what one must have? Yes, only one master

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obtaining only one master. Okay. Thank you.

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The issue of those who prefer to follow only one email

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is that misguidance?

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I would say no.

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If a person has the means to determine the right and the wrong with regards to the difference

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and he decides only to follow one ruling, then this is not good.

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But for the mass of people

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who don't have the means to determine the right and the wrong,

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then you as an individual are obliged to follow the opinion of your local scholar.

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Thank you, what choice do you have? Can you go back and look into the fifth and the Hadees and determine or suelen fit can also add knees and hula tafsir? And Nick Can you do and then now analyze the material and extract the correct ruling and see the different?

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You're not able to do all of that. So, what do you do? You have to follow a trusted scholar.

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that trust is gone.

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Now, if that trusted scholar

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studied under trusted scholars of one of the schools,

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he is labeled as

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a follower of that school. And you as the student is labeled also as a follower of the school

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by default,

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Is that wrong?

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It's not wrong. In and of itself, it is not wrong.

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the idea that all schools are correct in their rulings, that is not right.

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Where there are variational rulings, meaning the prophet SAW Selim, he did this. And he did that. One school takes this and other school takes that no problem. You can follow this. Follow that.

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But where you have deduced rulings, where one school deduces that this is the ruling and law school deduces that is the ruling. And they cannot coexist as options,

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then one is right, and the other is wrong.

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So we call those two differences. There's two types of differences they call the laughter now war.

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That is variational differences, where the prophet SAW Selim did different things. And we have the right to follow any of the things that he did.

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And we have flf today,

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that is contradictory difference. And this is the one that we need to find out as best as we can.

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What is the most correct and follow that?

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So whether people take the stance, I will follow the position of the trusted scholars in my area.

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And that trusted scholar are scholars. You know, they don't follow any particular math hub. They study the rulings of all of the various schools and choose the ones which they feel to be the most correct. And that's what you learn under.

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They may call you a hobby.

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Right? They may call you Lamas hobby. There are different names. Right? But know that you're following the madhhab of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam, you can be wrong.

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In that sense. Whatever they call you. It is really irrelevant. You're following the madhhab of Abu Bakar

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to tell him

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you ask me was my mother My mother is the mother Baba Baba.

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others have studied under scholars who are from a particular school, and that's what was available to them, then allow will judge them if they've accepted certain rulings which are incorrect along with judge them based on their ability to determine the right and the wrong.

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If they have no ability. They're just the average person. They've not studied anything. They just come to the masjid. They listen to the mom, they listen to the local scholar, whatever. Then why is Allah is going to hold them accountable. Why didn't you study hula

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He's not gonna ask him that question.

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So what we need to be is tolerant,

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where there are differences.

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We recognize people's right to choose to follow what they feel is the most correct.

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If they're following it blindly.

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Because that's what their parents did their grandparents, everybody did it that way.

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And that's all they could do,

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then they're not held accountable.

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But if they had the ability to find out,

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and they close their eyes, they rejected, they didn't want to know, then they will be held accountable. That doesn't mean that they have become disbelievers. They have lost their way totally. No, no, no. But it's a mistake on their part. We're human beings, and we make mistakes, we have to be

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open enough, flexible enough to be able to accept people making mistakes.

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So that way we can work together.

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While some might feel okay, I'm Shafi, the other one feels.

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I don't have to follow a particular month.

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We can still work together.

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And we need that openness.

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And one thing I always point out to people

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who have a problem

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about the quote unquote wahabis.

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And of course, when you tried to define what is the Wahhabi basically means whoever is not doing what we do.

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That's the body. As long as you're not doing what we are agreed to do. And we all are doing, you are now a hobby,

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which is of course

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what we say.

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It means the Saudi

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If all that the Saudis did

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in 1925

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was to unify the oma behind one email.

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We should make draft for them.

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Whatever else they have done and whatever we should make dua for them, because when they took over Mecca, in 1925, know that there were four Salas going on around the Kaaba,

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four different Imams, leading the people who are in making tawaf, in the Kaaba

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for different salons.

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And that had been going on for hundreds of years.

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They stopped it.

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Now we can pray behind each other because up to that point, people will no longer praying behind each other. Your hand if you don't pray the Amish often. You are Maliki don't pray behind the humbling. You only pray behind the mom from your mother. It had reached that stage, even to the point where Hana fees rule that it was not permissible for a hanafy to marry a shafali.

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So they stopped that

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they reverse that

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so if that's all they did, we should make dua for them. Because now we can pray together wherever you go in the Muslim world you pray behind whichever a mom there isn't mustered enough to find out. Are you shuffling?

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It's only that

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question in this modern age. What is your opinion regarding Ahmed deedat that used to refer revert many Muslim

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to Islam or many non Muslims? Can there be another Ahmed deedat

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Ahmed deedat referred to Dr. Zakir Naik as deedat plus

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deedat himself gave Dr. Zakir Naik the title did that plus, yes. Maybe that knowledge was what is available at that time. He did his job etc.

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But Dr. Zack and Mike's understanding and depth of knowledge far exceeds that of an ad that

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he has had plus, way more. So, can there be another activity that? Yes,

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Charlotte shala in every age, there will be someone who will be able to defend Islam and its teachings against the false teachings of other religions will be able to clarify, understand those other religions and clarify to people why Islam is the truth.

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Instead, I want to ask you, that if someone does not like us,

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is there a duality?

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For people who don't like you?

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know, people are always asking me for drives, you know,

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students when exam time comes along, they all send me emails, sir, can you tell us how to pass

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if you didn't do your studies, there is no magical da we have which will just get you through your exam. You got to do what you're supposed to do. That's how it works, right?

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So, the you are for somebody who doesn't like you, your doula, you make it there is no special doula.

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So you make a dry, you just ask a law to protect you from their harm to guide them.

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This is preferable, if they're doing serious harm to you, you are allowed to ask a lot to punish them,

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you can do that to guide them, punish them

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also, so you make whatever

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is appropriate. But of course, the gentle do

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one where you are patient with their harm and you ask Allah to guide them that is the superior

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that is the one that the prophets are seldom used to do

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most of the time

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when he was

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chased out of five stones, bleeding

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he still made for the people of dive

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further question

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the feeling inferior inferiority.

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Our people

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Okay, let me just say that

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is the correct way of life for human beings.

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It is the right way. It is the best way. It is the only way.

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So, regardless of how you might feel on a personal level,

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when you are around other people because they have degrees you don't have or they have wealth, you don't have the other things that people use to judge people as being superior in society. You have to put that aside. You have to put that aside in spite of it and

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try to

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convey your message in the best way possible.

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One of the best ways is to befriend people.

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You know, if a person feels that you are their friend, then it is a lot easier to take the message to them.

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If you only meet them, and you really don't have any relationship with them.

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It will always be that much more difficult to share it with them. That is just the nature of human beings, you know. So we try to build some confidence,

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try to show Islam as best as we can in our own behavior because one of the biggest reasons for people to accept Islam is

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the example.

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So many cases where people seeing a practicing Muslim for the first time, it touches them, and it leads them to Islam. If we look at problems or Salah, the first five people accepted Islam, did they accept Islam because the prophets are solid explained to them the details of tawheed rubia a smile sifat and although he

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they accepted Islam, because of who he was, his behavior,

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his being al amin, trustworthy we can trust whatever he says.

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So they accepted

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it, they did not hide it. So on so

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so we try to be the best example that we can. And

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when we get the opportunity, or we try to make the opportunity to be conveyed Islam in a gentle way, because the prophet SAW Solomon said that gentleness

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whenever it enters into anything, it beautifies it. And whenever you take it from anything, it makes it ugly.

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So gentleness, in Tao is very, very important.

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My name is nor

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Irene, Jenna, I want to say thank you, you really inspired me with your dialogue? I have one question to ask. Because I'm just converted to Muslim to Islam.

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Alhamdulillah given the dire viola, my question is, if a person is a good person throughout his or her life, but as a non Muslim, this is the big question that new Muslim people convert into Islam have always we have in the back of our minds, will he or she go to hell?

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Or heaven?

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You know,

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because for a lot of people, when you think back, your aunt, your uncle, you know, we're very good people.

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you know,

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for Muslims, generally speaking, when they are asked that question they say to him, yeah, what the hell?

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Do we have the authority to say that?

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We can say yes, if a person received the message of Islam, they rejected it worshiped other than a law in that rejection, yes, they're going to help. But can we say for an individual, your parents, your father is going to help your mother is going to help you know, we don't have the authority to say that.

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This is the reality. And in the Dow is a very important point.

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There are certain IDs, which are found in Sinhala, Timothy and I'll be the

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wherein the profits are seldom explained. For us the case of those who have never heard this law. You know, when you ask a Christian

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What about the people who never heard Christianity? They never heard about Jesus.

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Because to go to heaven, quite silly questions. You have to have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. That's it.

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So then what about those people?

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They don't have an answer.

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Because whatever they say it's going to be unfair.

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Because did you decide to hear about Jesus or not hear about Jesus?

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And many of us

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in our understanding and in our Dawa, we do the same thing

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So we will say for example, the children of Muslims there are going to baptize the children of the kuffaar they are going to help.

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Prophet Mohammed Salim explained

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that there is a group of people

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there called

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Petra, Petra is the natural practices, a nature of human being understanding a law and clipping our fingernails, toenails. And these things that does fit along

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with fatra is the gap or the interval, those people who never heard the message of Islam

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or they heard it in such a garbled way, there is no way they could believe in it. No way you could expect them to believe because it was so distorted. So worked.

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Anybody in this common? You know, common sense, having a mind would say that is not good religion.

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So what about those people?

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The people who are born deaf, dumb and blind,

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couldn't get the message to

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people who are more than retarded mentally challenged. They can't understand.

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The message came to so and so when he was senile. He couldn't understand anything in

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the child

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dies, couldn't understand the message, even if

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what happens? What about them? Allah said, Well, if

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your Lord will not be unfair to anyone who will not oppress anyone, Omar, Amina have done a thorough sudra and we will not punish anyone until the messages reached.

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That's what I said.

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Until the messages which

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So promises are salami explained that, at the time of resurrection,

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the world has ended, resurrection begins.

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Those of us who heard the message, the message reached us etc. We are all resurrected together.

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All of those who did not receive the message due to all of these factors I mentioned. They are resurrected separately.

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And when they are resurrected, they're resurrected with their full faculties. They died as children, they're already mature,

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they were blind to death, they could now see and hear whatever faculties which make a complete human being, they will be resurrected like that.

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And when they come out of the grave, there will be in front of them a wall of fire,

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a massive wall of fire.

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And as they stand before the wall,

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a messenger will come from out of the fire to them.

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And he will explain Islam to them.

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of course the worship of Allah everything will be explained to them, the essence of the messenger of Islam will be delivered to them.

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When he completes that, he will instruct them to enter the fire from which he came out.

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They will walk forward to enter it

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obeying His instruction.

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But when they do that, the fire will flare up.

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Most will step back. Some will continue walking in.

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They will be

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burnt, this is disintegrating.

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Then the fire will come down to settle.

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Still blazing fire.

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So they will start to walk forward the messenger will tell them enter they will start walking

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forward again. But as they start, the fire will flare up,

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they can feel the heat.

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Again, most stepped back, some will continue. And this process will continue until no one steps forward.

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At that point, no one steps forward. The problem is, as Alan said, Those who went into the fire are those who had the message, come to them,

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in their state of mind, proper state of mind, they would have accepted it.

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And those who refuse

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or those who had the message come to them, they would have refused it, the judgment is done.

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So we don't know

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who is who,

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what is what, what will take place automatically.

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So that is something I think, will give, especially for those who are considering accepting Islam or those who accepted Islam, you know, a sense of the justice of Allah,

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that he will not be unfair to anyone, if that relative of us, of ours was righteous, good person, etc.

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And they are among those who would have

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entered, then they will get paradise. So it is possible that they will be in Paradise, even though they died a Christian

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or Hindu. Because if you stop and think about it.

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As I said in the very beginning,

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I didn't choose to be born in Jamaica.

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That was my choice.

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So if we're going to say

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that those who are born in Muslim families, they're going to paradise, those who are born in Catholic families, they're going to hell, and they didn't choose

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then where is the justice?

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Where is the justice?

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Common sense tells us it can't be like that.

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So it's not a matter of what family are mourning. But the choices that you make. You may be born in a Muslim family, but you are just Muslim in name.

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And your heart, there is no Islam. You just going through the rituals, because everybody else around you is doing the rituals your father wants, your mother wants you whatever. But if you got a chance to go to America,

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nobody father and mother no community around you anymore, then you will take off Islam, like your clothes and

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carry on.

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who you really are, will be seen that.

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So that's the reality.

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Would you share your opinion on how important it is to learn Arabic to be able to understand the Quran better? Or any other knowledge book about Islam?

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Somehow most of the people doing our no Arabic

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model? No, I wouldn't say that.

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In fact, probably most of the people doing that don't know Arabic. And they need to learn Arabic, they should learn it.

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But Arabic knowledge is not

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spread. As it was in the early days. Once the colonization of the Muslim world started, the spread of Arabic stopped, they deliberately stopped. Just because Malay was written in Arabic script, which connects to Arabic makes Arabic easier, etc. Swahili was written in Arabic script. hausa was written in Arabic script.

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And so on and so forth. Many other countries, they were like the the colloquially colonial masters they saw

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that to cut people off from the Quran.

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Give them the Latin script,

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instead, replace it. And there's a deliberate systematic effort to do that Turkey.

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it is important for Muslims in general to learn Arabic

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And we need to bring it back into our educational systems that every Muslim should have as their second language, Arabic, if not their first.

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Because that is our ultimate connection to the choir.

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But sometimes non Muslims asked,

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Why? Arabic?

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You know,

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Christianity in the time that Catholics dominated, all of their worship was done in Latin.

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And the priests would do the ceremonies and rituals, and the people would just sit there

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not understanding anything.

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But just accepting.

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That was the practice. At one point, after the reformation, etc, then they started the process of translating the Bible into English. And Protestants broke away, and they broke away from the Latin base, and they started to use other languages, etc.

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And for a period of time, it brought people closer to the religion. But with the rise of secularism, people fled

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amongst Muslims, we need to revive the Arabic in order to bring the oma closer

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to the Quran into this.

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And it also links us in a way,

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which it does right now, even with our limited knowledge of Arabic.

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I explained to non Muslims, why do we have our rites and rituals in Arabic, I explained to them that

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if we go to China,

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and they made the other than in Chinese,

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you could pass down the road and never know, because the mask doesn't look like a mask that we have here. Their style of masks is completely different. So you would never know. And then if you went into the prayer, and then the mom is reading in Chinese, you will never know again, he'll be making record you're making, you know, they are many confusion. So the Arabic unifies things that we can pray with each other, anywhere in the world.

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So it has that unifying element. And of course, with understanding it becomes a greater unifier. And with understanding it makes the Quran more real, living Quran for us taraweeh instead of falling asleep during taraweeh, hoping that the alarm is faster, that you can finish quickly so you can get home

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that will be able to enjoy the grind

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and joy from

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what Allah has to say to us not enjoy it, because the mom's recitation is beautiful, is like

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it's like

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we have all these competitions.

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For the

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but actually, it's something of a disservice. Because it's turned the Koran into Top of the Pops.

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You know,

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and that's not really where the crime is supposed to be. The crime is a book of guidances,

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t, that's what the Quran is all about. And that's the importance of learning

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that we can take the message of the Quran directly from our last one. But if you have a translation, at least now, this is a thing that we have which in the past, we didn't and this is to make up for the problem of colonization of the Muslim world, that we reconnect to the ground at least to the translations and know that it is better,

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better in Ramadan because most of us commit ourselves to reading the whole Quran in Ramadan. Know that it is better to have read Surah Al Baqarah alone

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and understood it.

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read the Arabic Read the translation and the Tafseer is understood.

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Surah Al Baqarah it's better than reading the whole plan in Arabic and not understanding what you

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know that that's reality.

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And know that the Sahaba they said of like mushrooms and

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the one who had learned surah

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Allah karma amongst us was called half is

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the one who had memorized learned it. So because they're learning meant not just memorizing, it meant understanding because they said we used to learn the Quran 10 verses at a time, we would move on to another 10 until we understood what was in the first 10 and we try to implement it. That's how they learn the Quran. So he said the one who learned sudama

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was called hafeez. Now we reserve that term only for those who have memorized the whole Quran from facha happiness, the only call them out

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and if you call somebody who only had two and a half he lives

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in salt.

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But that's not the way this happened.

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Because Swan Baqarah has the essence of

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the message of the Quran is contained into a macro, so powerful process lm said you read through Al Baqarah in your own shaytan is given out for three days and nights. Is there any other surah in the Quran that the promises and understand that about?

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Something it contains the greatest I have the Quran I do kursi

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Can we say that about any of the greatest?

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So, understanding reading that

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facha sorry, the Baqara so along with understanding this should be our goal.

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And beyond Of course, if we can do more and then it's better, but at least take that on

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as a commitment.

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If you are now trying to set up a program for reading the Quran, within the Arabic we did in English or Malaysia or whatever,

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start with swagbucka

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get through so alacra having understood we have tafsir in Nicosia, now surrounding but good tough series out translated that you can make sure you've grasped whatever is not obviously clear. You can find out get the clarity from the depths here. This is the way to go. Sharla I think we're gonna stop here now. Baraka AFRICOM

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ask Allah to accept this gathering as one in which we have sought his pleasure and

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that the knowledge that we have gained this evening, we internalize, try to apply.

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I ask Allah to guide us throughout our lives to bless us to bless our children, our families, Baraka Allah

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