Denying The Favors Of The Allah

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Bismillah R Rahman Rahim. Assalamu aleikum. The following clip bar was translated by blouse on the 29th of October 1991, at the Red Hat industry in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the topic of the clip BA in denying the favors of law.

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The following mean, is fully translated Quran by Abdullah Yusuf Ali.

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And it's from Surah 18.

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Titled alpha

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highest 32 through 44

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babalao Mini shaytani r rajim.

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I seek refuge with a law from the University Center,

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this new law man

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in the name of

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the beneficence

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the merciful

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to them, the parable of

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the one of them,

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he provided two gardens of grapevine

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and surrounded him with data in between the two replaced cornfields.

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Each of those gardens brought for its produce,

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and failed Not in the least there.

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In the midst of them, we caused a river to flow,

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abundant wealth to produce this man had.

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He said to a companion, in the course of a mutual argument,

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well provided you and more honor and power in my following as

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we went into the garden,

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in the state of mind, that was unjust to his soul.

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And he said,

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I don't know

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that this will ever perish.

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Nor do I think that the hour of judgment will ever come.

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Even if I am going back to my Lord,

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I shall surely find something better in exchange.

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His companions said to him, in the course of the argument with him,

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Do you deny Him Who created you out of the dust

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out of the sperm drop?

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And then fashion view into a man?

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But I think for my part, that he is the law,

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my Lord, and none shall I associate my Lord?

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Why did you not when went into your guidance say our laws will be done.

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There is no power except with a law.

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If you do see me

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as less than you and wealth and insert.

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It may be that my Lord will give me something better than your guide.

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And that he will send on your garden thunderbolts by way of reckoning from heaven,

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making it much slippery,

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or the water of your garden will run off underground, so that you will never be able to find it.

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So his food and enjoyment when compared with moving,

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twisting and turning his head

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over what he had spent on his property,

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which had now tumbled to pieces

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to its very foundation.

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And he could only say, Woe is me.

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I wish that I had never ascribed partners to my Lord and cherisher.

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Nor had he numbers to help him against a law

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nor was he able to deliver himself.

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Their own protection comes from Allah

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is the best reward

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and the best to give success

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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Karim, Allah Allah He was off the human extendibility layer within our presence due to a lot and a lot of Peace and blessings beyond his last prophet Mohammed from Allah.

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Send them in and all those follow the path of righteousness until the last day.

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The topic of today's football was what is known in Arabic, for foreign neoma that is denying the savers of Allah, Allah has given each and every one of us in our lives, a variety of favorites, whether they are

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the various senses that we have, which we tend to take for granted, until such time as we lose them, like our sight or hearing, in our health, etc, or whether it is in the form of wealth, children, things which Alliance investments with which we tend to forget,

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from where these things came, and tend to look at these things as an end, rather than a means for the worship of Allah in this life.

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And the Imam developed the concept of

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disbelief, or rejection of Allah's

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blessing to a story which is found in Swan cast. This is the chapter known as the cave. And this is one which the mom has been developing the various stories in this chapter over the last three Fridays. And this Friday, he was dealing with the story mentioned in there concerning one individual whom Allah gave to gardens,

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gardens, which were

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beautifully

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taken care of, by a law, providing, you know, all the means for it to be disguised to be very plentiful, no, the washes were were plentiful, the land was very rich. So the guidance did very well. And this individual,

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what he did, was, he looked at this garden, and he looked at the people next to him, his neighbor, and

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decided to both This is how the story is mentioned in the requirements,

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he starts to go to his neighbor, that I have more wealth and more children than you

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rather than him, thank Allah for what Allah has given him.

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He used this to compare to those around him, and salon, what Allah has given him over others.

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And furthermore,

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because when people get into the state of, of pride, they start to lose track of the fact that they're going to die at some point in time. So, and the things will come to an end, no matter what, you know, how good things may seem, how perfect they may seem, that each everything in his life will eventually come to an end. So, he looked around saying to this is his poor neighbors, you know, that I don't think that this situation will ever end

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that this will continue on forever.

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And then he started leaving doubts about the judgment, that there will come a time last hour, and he went on to even say, even if it did come, because of my status, I will have a position with Allah and I will succeed even in the next life. This is the attitude that, that wealth can cause individuals to, to develop. And we have many other examples of this in history, when we look at the pharaohs, and their attempts to preserve themselves, you know, to the monuments they built and through the arrangements that they would made for their own death, when they killed servants and buried them along with them believing in the next life when they woke up, the disturbance would be

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able to serve them in the next life also, you know, gang, you know, towards the goals with them, and chariots and all these other things.

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And they're only a small example we have modern day examples of the same thing. And we've had, you know, in many other societies, the same concept being expressed in the buildings and the Burial Rites etc.

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The poor neighbor

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turns to him

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and the point neighbor represents the believer.

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He's representative of the believers

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and advises him to remember a law.

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He revised advises him by saying to him,

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Do you believe in the one who created you from just made you into a drop of sperm and four

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Do you enjoy humans? Are you disbelieving I mean, is telling him really that these expressions is boasting, etc, that you're expressing these are expressions of this belief.

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And he went on to say, As for me, I would not assign any partners to God, I would worship god alone. And I would not think myself to be this way.

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And he went on to advise him, that if only you had said, Masha, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, that is, whatever Allah wishes will leave. And there is no force, no change, except by the will of the law, that this would have been better.

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And this, of course, is general advice is the general Islamic practice, that when we see

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things, which are either fantastic, great, or even this calamities, great calamities, occurrence cetera, we're encouraged to say Mashallah, it is as a lot will.

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And also to say La la la la for the 11.

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And there is a narration we're in the process of some of them have said that, you know, asking his companions, if they would like to know, one of the treasures from Paradise. And they asked him, yes. And he answered, Yes, that is, and he replied, that it is Hola Hola. Hola. In the villa, that is saying that there is no change, no, for no power in this life accepts by the will of Allah.

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And the story goes on to

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show that a law caused the gardens of this rich individual to be destroyed

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and left him in a state of loss and despair.

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When the last, the only thing he could say

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was, if only I had not committed children, or joint partners with a lot. And this is a state of those people described by a lie, and many verses of the Koran and the Hellfire are on their way to the hellfire. But they're expressing this kind of regret. If only we had not done this world, we have not listened to the people next to us, or people who we respected for speaking against the law, etc.

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And what the mom use this, this story, to illustrate was

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the general

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rejection of a law in the lives of the rich of the those who have plenty. This is a warning. And this is what he developed in the second part of the sermon about that. This is a warning to many of us, many of the people in this society who have

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and society similar, who have a lot of wealth, and what this wealth has led them to, instead of using this wealth, for the pleasure of Allah,

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they look at the wealth as being a result of their own efforts. This is a common expression of those who are rich and successful. That's

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what we have as a result of our own efforts. We work hard, and this is why we have

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those people the reason why they're poor is because they're lazy, good for nothing.

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It's true, that some degree,

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a person who doesn't strive may not succeed, and the person who thrives may succeed to some degree. However, the greater degree of our success in this life and failure is according to the destiny of Allah.

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Because those of us who had an opportunity to get into education, and to find ourselves positions in positions where we could earn large amounts of money, it was not by our choice that we were born in a family that was able to put us through to get that education. Nor is it the choice of those people who are born and for families, who have no opportunity to give their children education, this is not a question of our own choices. This is the density of Allah. So

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it is very important for us to look into the realities of our situations and realize that what we have is from a lot.

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What we don't have is also from Allah. We may strive for ultimately, what we gain or what we miss what we don't gain in this life. This is according to the will of the law. And we have to turn back to God patiently in circumstances where we don't have what we wish, what we strive for, and to be thankful to God, when we have what we wish, what we have striven for. And in reality, if we were to look around and really determine

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well, as it relates to effort, if it works

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That those people who work the hardest, has the most wealth, then for sure, the poorest people on this earth would be the richest. Because these are the people who wake up, you know, at the crack of dawn, and they're in the field flowering, putting the seed in the ground, you know, cultivating their fields until sunset, you know, when they go home, they're finished, man, they have been working all day, they have struggled and driven all day.

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Whereas those people who have the most are those who come into an office, if they come into an office, if you are in a day, sign a few papers, you know, drink some tea, and go home, you know, what they say it's mental work. But in reality, I mean, if we're talking about efforts and striving, the so called mental work really cannot compare to the toll that the physical work takes on those individuals who have to strive all day long.

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So we should not have the amount of advice, let the wealth that we have causes us to fall into sin, and those who have the large amounts of wealth, unfortunately, we find them committing all kinds of crimes. And it becomes even more dreadful for us, because these people are classified, quote, unquote, as Muslims, you know, we have them recorded in books as being the top gamblers in the world. And, you know, in various countries, you know, people who dress in a particular fashion known as the Arabs, you know, they're they're looked at as those who are involved in all forms of corruption, etc.

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And, furthermore, those who have this wealth, you know, those pay Zakah. This is a cow, which is what purifies the wealth, which makes their wealth allowed to them or acceptable. A blessing from a law law rewards them for it by not saying there's a cap, which is the rights of the poor in this world, they are asserting their wealth into something sinful. Anyone who doesn't pay the care of the wealthy has become harmed,

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it becomes wrong because this

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money that we pay as the calf, this is the rights that the poor, have members of the society have in that wealth that we have been given. Because it is biological, that some of us have been put on levels over others,

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and have been able to have certain amounts of wealth that others do not have. And as such, Allah has commanded us

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to share a portion of that wealth with those who didn't have been alive, well, they didn't have.

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So it is our duty, to be very careful to make sure that we take out the car, or the compulsory charity, from our wealth, and give it to those who are need.

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And furthermore,

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as is the case of those who have become wealthy in Muslim lands,

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they have even used this wealth in this power to oppress the believers themselves. And this is a very terrible state of affairs, wherein

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a lot of curse

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has been earned. And as such, the man was advising the people who are listening to the football, most of whom are members of this society, many of whom are quite well to do, that they do their duty to a law, that they do not become disbelievers in a law by not recognizing that the wealth that they have is from a law, they have a duty to us as well, in accordance with the guidance which Allah has given us, in Islam,

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through charity, to generosity, using it for what is been acceptable for the development of the society, the development of the family in healthy matters, instead of using it in corruption.

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So in summary,

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the mom developed the story of the man

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with the two gardens from the chapter of the cave,

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who was blessed,

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but whose blessings

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were not recognized as being from a law by that individual. And as such, it led him to deny a lot of favorite and both to those around him

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and think himself,

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free of any kind of control of any kind of responsibility. And the fact that he would have to answer back to a law for what he has done in this life.

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And this individual,

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what he had was destroyed by a lion this life

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and all he was left with was regrets.

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And this is a reminder to us, that whatever we have a greatness of wealth, children, etc. All these will go in this life. We can't take it with us to the next life. It goes when we die. Our connection with it is finished.

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The only thing of benefit that we can leave in this life is righteousness. If we do good, and this good benefits others, as long as others benefits continue to benefit from it, when this is recorded in our favor.

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And similarly if we leave behind children, who because we brought them up to be righteous people, and we ourselves were righteous people that they pray for us after our death, then this is of some benefit to us. This is all anything else of the material world, will be of no benefit to us to the next. So it is our duty to use whatever we have, whatever wealth ally is given us, whatever strengths allows, gives us this life, to use it to benefit us in the next class, because this life, of course, is like the blinking of an eye. It may seem to us to go on forever. But it is in fact, like the blinking of an eye, the next life is eternal life. And this is a life in which we

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cultivate.

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And we reap the rewards in the next tortoise for us utilize whatever Allah has given us, for our benefit, not only in this life, but also in the next.

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And the

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expression of the poor neighbor of this individual is

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guidance for us as believers

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to

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remember a lie in times of difficulty,

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not to be jealous of those who have, because the government does, Allah told us that we shouldn't look to those above us, in the sense of those who have more wealth, duty, etc, than us that we should look to those below us. Because it is more helpful to us to remember a lot of blessings on us, which are many.

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And finally, that whatever wealth we have,

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we should use it for the pleasure of God according to the self Islam.

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And that we should make sure that we

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pay what is viewed from our wealth to those who are needy.

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And remember a lot, not only in times of difficulty, but also in times of success, and wealth.

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Let's summarize because if there is any point that I missed any of the brothers who are Arabic speaking or presidents who picked up anything else from the football, which I missed, and they would like to make a comment for the comments on the hotbar then they may do so.

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Otherwise,

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no. Okay, I'll just go and then to a general recommendation, is there no comments on good myself? The general recommendation to any of these brothers who have no any comments or would like to make on the topic of the coursework? Or any questions they would like to ask concerning the foot by

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topic or question concerning Islam in general.

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I mentioned this first, he was airlifted to the hospital to say I said any good deed that you do in this life, which is of continuing benefit to people. This is what an advocates call a saga and giardia, you know, and this is based on a particular statement of the platform. In which, you know, he had said that, you know, when one of us dies, that, you know, what we will leave everything behind, except for two things. One he referred to as the son of Algeria, which is a righteous or charitable Act, which we have done, which continues to benefit people like in hospital as brother suggested, or a school or a mosque, or you know, writing a book which people continue to read and

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benefits from, or any kind of righteous, good acts we do, whose benefits continues to to reach people as long as people benefit from it. reward will be added to the reward of the ones who had done this act in the first place.

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No questions concerning the husband, or any general questions concerning Islam.

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Of course, this is you know, a very vast topic but you know, simply speaking, we understand that

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whatever is in this world,

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was already written

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but it doesn't mean

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That

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we did not have a choice in determining

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something of the course of our life. Well, that choice, in fact, is a spiritual choice.

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Our choosing between good and evil, this is a realm that Allah has given us the ability to choose and to decide,

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when we try to put this choice as mental or spiritual choice into effects, now we come in contact with the things which are already written in terms of how things are flowing, how they will go.

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So we may choose to do something good.

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And when we attempt to act it out, it may turn out,

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apparently bad to the people around us.

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Similarly, we may choose to do something evil,

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but it may turn out to be apparently good to the people around us.

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This is according to the will, of Allah. And as such, the Prophet Muhammad, Allah told us that deeds, what we do deeds, whether good or evil, will be judged by a law according to our intent. According to our intentions, what was our intention behind this leads, this is what will determine our reward, that the reward which Allah gives us for the deed itself, this is great from God, that is an added reward added to our reward we get for our intense

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my prayer?

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Well, we know that that

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destiny can be changed in a limited sense when what is referred to here, because when we say destiny has changed, we're not talking about the ultimate destiny. We're in the Prophet that informed us that 50,000 years before creation, a law, the first that a law created was a writing instrument, he instructed it to write, it asks him what you did, right. And he told it, to write what was and what would be there at that point in time, 50,000 years before the creation of this universe, as we know it, all things were written.

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And this is what is referred to in the Koran as the LAO Selma food, the protected tablets.

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Now, that there is no change in However, there is

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what we could call when a person is born or when the person is in the womb.

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Another record is made of what is going to be in his life, according to the natural flow of consequences from, you know, cause and effect in his life.

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This destiny can be changed by the choices that I didn't that individual makes,

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the natural flow would appear to cause him to go in one direction. Yet, if he makes a certain choice to cause them to go in another direction, that's already recorded in the ultimate record which is with a law that which is with the angels, this one can change with prayer.

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And we have this prayer actually in the what is known as the do absolute, you know, which is made in wizard nights where we ask a lot actually, you know, to change the what

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what has been what of evil has been destined for us.

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Well, you will waste a lead a life the way he wants, you know, there was a particular occasion when the problems are solved, I told his companions

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that

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a man

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will do the deeds of the people of Paradise, until he comes within a Bose lens of Paradise, and the destiny will overtake him. And he will start to do the deeds of the people of health and die during those days and be thrown into hell. And similarly, another one will do the deeds of the people of health

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through his life until he becomes a Bose lens away from health.

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And at that point, destiny will overtake him you will begin to deal with these are the people of Paradise died in those days and into paradise because

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now the companions asked him, Well, then what's the point in doing good deeds.

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And he answered that each and every one of us

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the way

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we should work, he said, you know, strive, because each and every one of us, the way that we strive for has been made easy for us.

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That

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when we say that a person may be doing the deeds of people of Paradise, A common example, which may, you know, show us if we look in terms of this society here where people are kept within a particular environment, where the religious nature of the society is, you know, evidence, you may find people growing up in the society, who appear to be of the righteous in that they pray five times a day, they're fasting in Ramadan, they're doing all these things. However, what is inside them, maybe something else.

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And eventually, such an in one of these individuals may get a scholarship to go to Britain or to America, to study. And when he grows there, then you find him, casting off all of what appears to be a religious, you know, garb here in the society. And he becomes, he acts like the worst of the worst of that society. You know, he dies in that state. to certain individuals, one who is out there actions appear to be one way but his internal, his intentions were another way. So a lot of destiny, it was a lot of destiny that he spent much of his youth so much of his life here.

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But the destiny will eventually catch up with him, and he will get the opportunity, he was striving to go there all the time. He wanted to go, but destiny didn't allow him to go until a particular time, then the destiny allowed him to go when he went, then his true self appears.

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Similarly, you may find an individual who has lived most of his life, in a state of disbelief, you know, committing various sins against God and society, etc. But this was an environment that you grew up in. This was what everybody else was doing around him. He had some doubts about it, whatever. And he wanted to find some way, but he just didn't see anything. So I continued along that path until a certain point in his life, when a law showed him another way, took him from that circumstance took him somewhere else or you know, whatever.

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And at that point in time, it clicks in his mind, well, this is not what I should be about. And so he starts another process in his life, he becomes a believer in guys doing the deeds of the righteous.

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I think we discussed this some time ago. I think it's their return cut for them.

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And what came out of that conversation, in terms of predestination, as we in the West refer to

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predestination kind of stance, it's probably the wrong translation for that whole concept of color.

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And usually when we put in the web, as we know predestination we think of

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having an opportunity to change it or not to change it.

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But we what we find is

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guaranteed

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merely because of a profession of faith, or because of a, you know, a large destiny that you'll be born in a tribe or a family or whatever, no, there is no fire that's guaranteed for that individual. Paradise is guaranteed for one who believes in God sincerely from his heart.

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This is, this is why when the Prophet Muhammad, Allah said that anyone who says that

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there is no God, but Allah

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will enter Paradise. This is one statement he made. On another occasion, he clarified that further, he said, anyone who says that sincerely, from his heart, will enter.

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Just to remove that misunderstanding that people may have from just the fact that you Paris lilan Villa, you know that this guarantees you paradise? No, it is only for those who sincerely believe because we are human beings, that a person may have sincere belief, but his desires may overcome him and he may fall and do some things which are central,

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he may do this. And as such, he may be punished in the next vise for the sins that he did in this life. But he would inherit paradise, because of his sincere belief, which would lead him if the opportunity presented itself to do some good things. Because we have to take into account for example, a man who lives his whole life

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and finally hears about Islam, when he is, you know, the day before his death.

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He realizes if he accepts it wholeheartedly, and he dies The next day, he has no chance to do what he could do is the same he will not go to Paris, of course, he will.

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Because it was a lot of destiny, the flow of his life to that point. Now, when he heard and he had the chance, now we have the opportunity to choose the life after the load rewarded for it.

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And that is based on the sincerity of at least for those people who are walking around saying, you know, what, we're Muslims about the products Anyway, these are people who in fact, do not have sincerity of belief. Their their belief is, is based on you know, there are the identity cards, know where Muslims because it says on identity Korea, where Muslims are terrorists, or Muslims or Muslims

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that will not tie them into fat.

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And this is why you know, we also have a version of find where a lot says

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most of those who claim that they believe in the law come and check.

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It already be

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the shadow,

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sugar

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a lot to help us to be steadfast when slander and pride is directed towards us, for us to realize within ourselves, that this is

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the natural

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difficulties which we are bound to face throughout our lives. Once you've chosen the path of truth, we ask that you give us the strength to stay on that path until we die and inherit paradise.