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Oh,

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see?

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Salam Alaikum Welcome back. We're now continuing on with our program the best in Islam.

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We're finished topics concerning companions. law I should mention before moving on the urbanite bass had related to the province of Solomon said hydro Sahaba are by far the best group, when one is traveling that one should take with us are four made up of four people. And in some narrations, he said, One traveler by himself is Satan,

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to travelers is like two devils. Three, four

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are a good group. You have those who will look after each other's affairs. You know, it is better encouraging us better when we travel, we travel as a group, as opposed to traveling as only one or two individuals. That's a general recommendation to travel as a group. Anyway, we're moving on now to the best of creation. We have mentioned in the Quran Surah albena verse seven, a lot says there in Allah Dena amanu Well, I'm a little salty hottie hula aka whom Hyrule Berea indeed those who believe and do righteous deeds are the best of creation, the what makes people the best. It is the belief and righteous deeds. Because belief alone, without righteous deeds, or righteous deeds alone,

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without belief, both are failures. Of course, the greater failure is righteous deeds with no belief, those are completely lost. But if one has belief, but that belief is weak, so righteous deeds are few,

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then one may be punished in hell, for a period of time, if a lot isn't forgive our sins, that the only way out was to pay the price

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for a period of time. And of course, no one should depend on that, because

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who is certain of his own or her own faith,

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but they will be taken out ultimately.

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However, what we should be striving for, are the highest levels of faith, along with the greatest number of good deeds. None of us should ever think that we have done enough good. We've got plenty of good deeds, not to worry. No.

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We don't know

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what has happened to those good deeds that we've done in the past.

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Have the evil deeds that we've done eating them up. So rarely, we have nothing to show.

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We should always be striving to do as much good as we can. And to renew our faith, to make sure that our faith is firm, clear.

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And that it is not affected by

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doubts and satanic thoughts,

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bad influences, so much so that it no longer prevents us from evil. evil deeds become plentiful.

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We should work on our faith, be careful of our faith, look out for our faith, check our intentions because this is where the faith comes from. It's the same place that the faith is based because it's the faith now which determines what our intentions are going to be. So if we're having bad intentions, constantly

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doing things for the wrong reasons, doing things for bad reasons, then this is going to indicate to us

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is indicative of weak or no faith. So we should be careful.

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And this is what this verse reminds us of the need to not only believe, but to do righteous deeds that these two are inseparable. true belief is going to produce righteous deeds. You know, some people say, while doing a lot of evil deeds, my faith is here. I don't wear my faith as a badge outside, etc. You know, I don't need to, you know, I have my faith there in my heart, this between me and God, but if that were enough, then the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him would have said so. ally in the Quran would have said so. But no, they have asked us to do other things, things which are for strengthening that faith. If it's real, it will be strengthened by

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them. If it's not real, then we will be repulsed by them. We will feel out we don't need to do this art is a waste of time. So you have people who live in Jeddah for example, who have grown up in Jeddah, died in Jeddah and never made Hajj, it's something unthinkable. could that happen? Could there be someone who would live in Jeddah, which is one hour's drive from Mecca, and never make Hajj? Yes,

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it happens. And that person might have told you, hey, my faith is in here.

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But for them to die in that state, is something a lot knows ultimately what is in the heart. But it's a very bad sign. Because what is in the heart is like the seed inside of the shell.

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When you remove that shell, the seed is destroyed. The shell is not the most important thing, but it has its own importance that it protects the seed inside. So external aspects of Islam cannot be treated. As you know, peel it is the shell of no real value. What's the kernel, that's really what it's all about? Well, that kernel will not survive without the appeal and the show. So

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