Belief In Divine Destiny

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Sheik Bilal continues to discuss the moral foundation of Six Pillars of Faith.

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In the previous Joomla brothers and sisters, we looked at the leaf in the last day

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as the fifth pillar of Emacs.

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And we talked about

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its significance in terms of

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power, we should believe in it, what does it mean?

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Meaning that this life has a consequence.

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We have to meet our deeds at the end of this life, we will be resurrected, we will be judged and following the judgment, there is paradise or hell.

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This is a basic parts of Muslim belief

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is concrete justice places everyone in Paradise

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by His grace,

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but not grace without justice.

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Grace which is based on our deeds.

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And everyone who was put in Hell is put there is justice.

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And

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within that justice, there is mercy.

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What we're looking at today is the last pillar of faith.

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Belief

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in the destiny of other

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the good

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and the evil. Prophet Muhammad wa salam, whenever he mentioned it, in the, in the line of the pillars of faith, he always added, Haley was shattering

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the good and the evil.

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Why? Because

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it is easy for people

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to accept the grip of destiny. But it's difficult. It is a bitter pill, to accept the evil of destiny.

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To understand destiny,

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one needs to first understand

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the completeness of our laws knowledge.

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To deny destiny is to deny the completeness of the laws, knowledge,

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knows everything.

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Absolutely.

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He doesn't know everything.

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He describes himself as an adult.

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I love

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the boy

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who knows the unseen.

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In verses like that,

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verse five, in the law,

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indeed nothing in the earth, or in the sky is hidden from Allah.

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And there are many, many verses where this theme is repeated.

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The knowledge of Allah complete. And this is unique to him. He alone knows what is hidden,

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even bother. Somebody was selling them did not know the answer, except what the last one to Allah. allow him to know. When he told us about the time to come

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about the size of the last day.

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He didn't, did use that knowledge. It wasn't knowledge which he had because he was a prophet. No. It was knowledge which are law revealed to him.

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Because without that revelation, he was like everybody else. And that's why I didn't say who

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indeed Am I

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You wouldn't be like the rest of you.

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Stressing, there's no difference.

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The only difference is that revelation came to him.

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This is what made him special.

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And this is what gave him

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a source of knowledge from which to inform us of the future.

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He alone knows

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everything.

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So if he knows everything,

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then he must know, before we were born, what we're going to do, what we're going to say,

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what state you will die in, what will happen at the do judge judgment, whether we go to heaven, or whether we go to hell,

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that is all no

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knowledge

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in order to impress it upon us,

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a

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messenger informed us

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that it was all written down.

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The messenger sallallahu wasallam, said, the first thing I created was a writing instrument.

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And he instructed that writing instrument to record

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what should it record

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and allow it to write everything that was, and would be,

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and that was 50,000 years before the creation of the world.

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All

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all that will take place in our lives is already written,

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would be born to what family will be born in?

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How much

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when we bury our many children where we are,

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where we die,

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all of it is already

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that writing

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is for us.

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To fully understand the completeness of our laws knowledge, God surely didn't need a writing instrument to record what would be

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believe in the destiny begins with a lot of knowledge.

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He doesn't need to record it. Because he doesn't forget, we record things because we want to make sure we don't forget it.

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forgetfulness is a human,

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not attributable to a long

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game, it wasn't for a mouse benefits. He didn't need to record it. So therefore for his benefit was was it it was

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he recorded it and informed us

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to

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burden this thoughts indelibly in our minds and in our eyes,

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nose,

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of our lives.

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It is all recorded.

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The principle

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attached to believe in the destiny

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is that nothing takes place

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without the will of

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nothing occurs in this world, which is not in accordance with his will.

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So whatever it takes place, it is by his permission,

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whatever

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that doesn't speak, or address the

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rightness or wrongness. Simply because the law permitted something to happen doesn't necessarily make it right.

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In other words,

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If we commit a murder,

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Allah has permitted us to commit that murder. It doesn't mean that we can then say, well, a law permitted me to murder. So it must have been okay.

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No, because the law told us that murder is evil.

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killing one person by killing the whole human guy is so great, besides

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taking that life without just cause

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is a great evil.

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So after a lot has told us that and we have chosen to do it,

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we can't then turn around and say, Well, if Allah allowed us to do it, it must have been okay.

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It was okay relative to a law,

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but not okay, whether it is to us, we will be judged according to the choices that we make.

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A lawyer will not be judged

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according to his choices,

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because he is the judge.

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And he is just

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so,

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knowledge,

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writing

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the winner,

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three basic concepts that we must understand,

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to be able to grasp

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the significance of the destiny in our lives.

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The principle added to that

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which is an extension

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of all things happening

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in accordance with the laws will

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is done.

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Everything besides the law is created.

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Everything besides the law is created, it is a part and parcel of his creation

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has complete control over it all.

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So,

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understanding those four basic principles

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puts us in a situation

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where

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we understand or we should be able to accept

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that whatever takes place in our lives, is according to the will of a law.

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It took place because he created the circumstances for it to take place.

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It was written before the creation of this world

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and it is all known to Allah.

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Allah,

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Allah,

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Allah

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is just,

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he is good,

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he wants the best for us.

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He wishes that we would do the right thing.

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But he has permitted us to not do the right thing.

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Because someday we will ask, how is it

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that things happen?

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Which are not in accordance with the wish of Allah.

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If he wishes for us good,

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then why doesn't only good things happen in the world?

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The reality is that

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his wish

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has two aspects to it.

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There is his wish in the sense of what he wants us to do, what he has instructed us to do.

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And then there is his wish,

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in regards to what he permits us to do.

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What he allows us to do,

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these are two aspects of the wish of a law. Technically, it is referred to as an mushiya

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Shadow

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laws legal English,

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what is legislated

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and

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konia?

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laws creational wish, what he has permitted or created and allowed.

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It's important to distinguish between the two because

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on one hand clarifies those people who want to say, well, since allow me to do it, it couldn't be wrong

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to distinguish to clarify that this is not correct. And that is an old argument, actually, in Surah, verse 148,

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a lot of people way back 1400 years and beyond

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Lucha Libre monoshock

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those who wish others besides alone will say, if alone will otherwise we would not have worshipped others along with him, nor others, nor would we have had any

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old arguments

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to justify evil.

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So understanding these two aspects of which is we'll

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put that in the proper context, that we are accountable, we cannot use destiny, to justify evil.

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Everything is in accordance with the laws, but ultimately,

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because the law is good,

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and he has knowledge of all things and control,

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a law does not permit anything to take place in this world. without there being a good consequence for it.

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A good consequence which we might be able to see, we might understand

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or we might not

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and the story of Musa and,

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and so on,

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which we are encouraged to read.

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For those of you who didn't know it,

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before sundown today, take out your Mazel Tov, Arabic, and whatever language you know, besides Arabic, and read that surah

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recommended that we read every Friday

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in the chapter of the Quran,

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there is a story about Prophet Musa

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who,

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on one occasion after he spoke to the people, of Israel, his followers, those to whom he was sent,

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he was asked by somebody, is there anyone on this earth? Who knows more than you?

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I don't think so.

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So, Allah

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taught him that there was

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he sends him on a quest

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to seek knowledge from one who have been given greater knowledge than

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he saw believe.

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That knowledge,

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he asked

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for allowing him to accompany him and to learn from him to learn from that special knowledge which Allah had given him.

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The

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unconditioned that he wouldn't ask any questions until after they had completed the journey, and he would explain to him the

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reasons for whatever took place during that journey.

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And he said,

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No sooner had he agreed that he was tested.

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They crossed the river in a boat.

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And after they crossed over the river,

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these people who had so kindly brought across the river, everybody got out of the boat. And then

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before getting out of the boat, also notice that they're taking an axe and smashing a hole in the bottom of the boat.

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So I

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couldn't help it. He saw what was wrong. Did you raise before? I'm sorry? Are

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you going to destroy these people's boat after they've done good to us? Breaking the boat to the old limit? So they might drown? Not something good. Should you really be doing this? After the remainder? Did we have an agreement? That you wouldn't ask any questions? Until the end?

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Is all Yes, I forgot.

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Excuse me. I'll be patient.

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No, soon after that. But something even greater a bigger test. He finds a new toy. In his early years, maybe 11 or 12 years old. He grabs the boy and twists off his head.

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What led you to do this and innocent job?

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This is something

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that you wouldn't ask any questions. They said, Okay. Sorry.

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If I ask you another question, you have the right to leave me carry on and let me go on my way.

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So

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gave another test, which may not have seemed to be like a great test seems to be lesser on one level.

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They came to a town and the people in the town were completely inhospitable.

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They sought someplace to rescue them to get some drinks or whatever, and people know what to do with them.

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So they have to pass through the town and carry on. After a long journey.

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People are so evil so unkind.

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So all the way out of the town

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is a wall about to fall down.

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So he goes and supports the wall builds it up straight.

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Just how people are so on nice. So

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why do kindness to them?

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You know, it's like the principle of casting pearls to the swine.

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Why? Why do

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you charge them something for it

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unkind

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we have a deal.

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Okay. This is the end of our journey.

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I will explain for you what happened.

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What is explaining here is the destiny.

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This is a practical example of the destiny in its different forms.

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There was a king coming down the river.

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And he was

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snatching everybody's boats. Just taking them is the game. I want that boat and he would just take the boats.

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So what it means he would come up to those people's boat to find there was a hole in a poll don't need that one. Carry on.

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So

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the boat was saved, Idaho.

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This is the first example. Those people

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after they came back to their boat, and they saw a hole in it. They would have said who would do this? Why would anyone want to break our boat?

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It's a bad thing. It's not good. Then the king comes grabbing everybody's boats.

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Initially they saw evil.

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But soon they would realize that the hole in the boat was a good thing.

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what appeared to be evil, had a good consequence.

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The second

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family, the family of the boy who found their child on the grounds he had the ring ring.

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They would have been aghast

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who would murder a child or innocent child

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according to the narrations gave them another child

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A girl

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who was righteous was good.

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So it was there was a good thing coming after it. But still in their eyes, they would feel the loss of their sight.

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And they would not know why.

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They wouldn't know why

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they were anxious people would explain that though that boy

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who appeared innocent, was going to go

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and test his family, he was going to put a trial on them so heavy, that it would shake their face,

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it would bring them to their knees, that child was an evil child.

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So a lot of spirit

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is evil. I take his life,

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on the day of judgment, when the book of deeds abroad,

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they will know them.

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And that was a good thing.

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But

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there was no way for them to know.

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All that remain was something evil. That's all they could see at the last moment.

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So that is one another element of the destiny,

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things happen. And we can see the good

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things happen, and we can see the good.

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The last example

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was the case of the wall, which covered a treasure

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buried well.

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For two orphans in the town,

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being orphans would have been exploited by the townspeople, anywhere well was exposed, they would have taken it use the data and the wealth would not have reached the children.

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So

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have that wealth covered up until they would reach the age where they could possess it, and stop others from taking it from them. I did it Why? Because as I said, Canada

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saw that,

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because their father was a righteous man.

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Because their father was a righteous man.

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That the destiny

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the good

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is for the righteous.

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That if we strive to be righteous, to be good,

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then whatever happens in our lives, is for good

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is not just restricted to us. It will benefit those next to us, our offspring, our children, the generations to come.

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That is the greatness

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of the destiny, and the last mercy with regards to it.

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Now we need to look at

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the consequence of belief in the destiny.

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How should it affect us? What is the Islamic characteristic or characteristics, that belief in the destiny creates? If that belief is true, then it should have an impact on us because we said from the very beginning when we started looking at the Pillars of Islam, each and every one after the other

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than that all of this was to transform us

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to change our character to to reform our character to make us the Quranic ideal to bring us as close as we wish to go into the Quranic idea.

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When Prophet Muhammad wa sallam was asked,

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or when his wife was asked, what was the character of the prophet SAW sounded like? She said

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his character his character traits were

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What the whatever the

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inspired, identify, clarify.

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He lived it.

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And he summed up the message

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and the message of Islam saying in the my wife to me Mama Karbala, indeed, I was only sent to perfect for you the highest of moral character traits

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that the essence of Islam

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is more ality in our behavior

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to a loss

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that is one level of morality.

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Morality talks about what's good and what's bad. Every society has morality

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is based on opinion, consensus democracy.

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Others like Islam, based on revelation,

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allowing God

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to decide what is right and what is right.

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So it is more than good to worship

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and to not worship anyone besides him.

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I do not call anyone in prayer

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to take our prayers.

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Because anyone who we call on in prayer,

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no matter what concepts may need to justify it.

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We worship

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because, as I said, I said, I'm

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calling on anyone in prayer is worship. So we call on

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in the Indian subcontinent, that is Abdul Qadir, as

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the title given to him,

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was a righteous man. It's a pious man.

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But he never called people

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to worship Him, or to call on Him in prayer. But people did that.

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As the Christians, elevated Jesus, to become an object of worship, Jesus never called him anybody to worship Him. He never told anybody to worship. But they didn't. He was righteous. He was a prophet of Allah did miracles and people turned him into a god.

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In the case of other genetic people, many generations after his death, started to make up stories about him.

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fantastic stories, unbelievable stories,

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basically, to show us that he was a special human being, from the time he was born. He was born in LA.

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Born in LA, and what happened?

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It didn't use to cry for milk and seek to suck his mother's breast during the daylight hours of Ramadan.

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This is a story. It is a lie.

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It is a lot of

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people think that's all special.

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What do we say?

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and so on and so forth. And many stories. The books available on the market, unfortunately, books which should be burned, because they're filled with false tales and lies which elevates the other Gilani to a superhuman is not a normal human being.

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So after elevating him up there, then he became an intermediary between us.

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So people in times of need when they're in dire need, they would call

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and it's done in their world. Yeah.

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Me.

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I don't know what it is.

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But it's something like that.

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saved me. Let's say he was called,

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meaning the greatest Savior,

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the greatest Savior,

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brother, brothers and sisters, we should have no doubt in our hearts that to call

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or any other individual who we call

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a pious man, appear a share.

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He's dead. And recall

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that his worship of him

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anyone in prayer is worship. That person

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is bad character that is morally wrong.

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That is what Prophet Muhammad Salas

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as it was morally right to worship alone, it's morally wrong to worship others besides

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human beings. It is morally right.

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To Be kind, with our wealth,

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to share with others to be generous.

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And it's morally wrong to be stingy.

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People need and we know it that we don't share we don't tell that's morally wrong.

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Sure, is in our possession. But it all came from Allah,

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the needy before they have a right.

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For the believers, they know that, as I stated,

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and even to the world around us, the animals, the environment,

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we have a responsibility to look after this world, which allows us

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not to kill animals unnecessarily.

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Do not make birds your targets,

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just to shoot them with hours or guns or whatever. For sport. This is evil, morally wrong, to shoot them, cook them and eat them perfectly okay.

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But just for sport, morally wrong, and evil.

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So we don't accept, we don't want to honor that culture. The culture, as they say, of the great white Hunter,

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who came out of Europe, into our lands in

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Asia, India,

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hunting for buffaloes, and elephants just to kill them and put their heads on their walls, big blocks, with the elephant head.

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On the elephant's foot, they make it into a stool, or whatever, killing these beasts.

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For sport.

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It is evil. It is not something to be respected. Of course, now they're making a big deal about

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being driven to extinction, right, we almost killed all of them ourselves. So the few remaining ones, we want to put them in zoos or whatever. So we can go and look at them when we want.

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And we make a big thing about it. And they will spend more money to preserve the few remaining animals that they wiped out. There are the needy people who are starving across the world. These people have the the animals have more importance to them today. Unfortunately,

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they need the human beings in the world. Because they say well, if I need a human being dies, there are millions of others.

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We beg to differ.

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If the elephant dies, that is

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if a human being dies, when you could have been saved, that we all carry the sin who could have saved him.

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So what then, is the character which believe in the destiny should develop in us that first and foremost

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is a patient character.

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Patience.

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Understanding that nothing takes place except by his patient. She is patient.

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It's not the way we wanted it is not the way we like him.

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That's what happened, which we accepted because a law knows best. And if he is permitted, then

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there's good in it, whether we can see it or not. There's good in it, whether we can see it or not. So when an officer comes to you and says, Well, what is the good of the tsunami?

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tsunami?

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Okay, we can obviously see it, we believe it is there.

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Like the child who lost his life,

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it was good in it for the parents remain.

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And we leave it, we don't have to argue it's enough that we can see many examples of evil, evil followed by great good as a result of that, apparently, that's enough.

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Evidence a lot left us with that. So we can have confidence. And even the destiny should give us the confidence then to to be patient, that we don't go and break the law, because we're impatient, because that's the evil consequence.

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When something happens that we don't like,

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we then bring laws law, justifying, I can't deal with this.

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No,

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hold ourselves, we are patient, as Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam was what he suffered to spread the message of Islam. This is something we should read about, absorb his great patience. That's his example.

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Secondly, what it shouldn't produce is a content personality that patients with what takes place, but we're content with what the destiny has given us. It doesn't mean we don't strive to do anything, to improve our life to do better. But we have striven to do our innovation, the waiting that should happen. Now, I've done what I'm supposed to do. And

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I did what I could.

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And this is what

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I'm not perpetually driven, to fulfill whatever I desire.

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I'm content with what the law has given me. And that was the way of Prophet Muhammad.

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A way of contentment.

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And finally,

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a stable personality. One was able to benefit from the ups and the downs of life.

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Not flipping one way of living the other way, independence is a wonderful thing.

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As in the case of an individual, his name is recorded

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after gain.

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When the stock market fell in the US, back in the 80s,

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you lost a lot of money. He was a millionaire. Yeah, $8 million invested.

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And a few millions of it.

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were lost. So what did he do? He went to the nearest store, he bought himself a fashion cough. And he came back into the

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exchange where his investors were and he started shooting down everybody, the manager is investor. And at the end, he turned it on himself and killed himself.

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The man had 1,000,003 4 million.

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So we only have 4 million left.

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This is a person

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who has no stability,

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cannot control his anger. He's upset now. They have people, you know, I specialize psychologists who come in and teach people anger management, so that people don't do this too often.

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But this loud belief in the destiny gives us anger management

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gives us that sense of control that we don't flip we don't go crazy when things don't happen the way we want them to. And that was the example of Prophet Muhammad.

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And that is why a lot told us in

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saloon Allah maybe.

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We believe that a lot of these angels Send blessings of the Prophet so we as believers should also do the same because

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He was the example for us example of patience. An example of contentment as an example of a stable

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is able to handle the wonderful times and was able to handle the difficult times, as the prompts are seldom summed it up for us saying, the affair of the true believer is amazing. And this is only in the case of the true believer, when good times come to him, he is thankful to Allah is great

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and rewarded for it. And when bad times come to him, he's patient,

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rewards him for it. He stable.

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He can handle the good times and the bad times

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to give us that stability, and that contentment and that recognition of destiny in our lives as being ultimately good for us. We ask the Lord to prevent us from

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a lack of contentment, and to prevent us from a haste in dealing with things that we can't handle or we think we can handle. We ask Allah to put in a true belief, a true love of the law of you, Allah, we ask Allah to give us the reality, of belief in

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the good and the evil of it.