Fear Of Death

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All praise is due to a lot of peace and blessings be on his last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.

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The topic of today's hookah

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was the fear of death.

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The Imam began the presentation

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by asking the question, why do we fear death?

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Why do we fear something

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which we have not tried out?

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Normally,

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we fear fire because we've been burned by

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something we've experienced.

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From that experience, we understand its dangers and its harm cetera. And as such, we fear it is the normal black. So why is it then that we fear death, since none of us have experienced it, to come back, and to speak about it?

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He proposed that the reason for fear is perhaps partly instinctual.

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This is something which is shared with all the animals,

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that all of the laws creatures

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have a natural desire to try to survive.

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So not allow itself to be destroyed.

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This is something

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built in every one of our last features.

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But beyond that,

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we go above the remainder of a lot features.

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Have an ability to

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intellectually understand,

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to go beyond our instincts.

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Why then,

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do we fear something

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which must go

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something which is unavoidable.

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And at the same time,

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we love so dearly

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so deeply,

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something which must go

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this world

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and the things that this world

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is the question that we do need to reflect on.

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If our intelligence

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was serving us properly,

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then

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we shouldn't fear something

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which is unavoidable.

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That which comes to everyone we know will come, no matter what we do, we will die.

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Something that is so definite.

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We should not have a fear

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and

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the thing that we know we will lose.

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We know without a doubt

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that we cannot take this world with us. We will leave everything behind everything we have gathered the house car wives, children, everything. We cannot take them with us. We are absolutely certain.

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So

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then our intellect

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if it is serving us well it should tell us that we cannot become

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too attached to this world.

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However,

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opposite is reality.

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We fear death.

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And we love this world.

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And this is one of the signs of our time

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is something which the Prophet Mohammed predicted

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would happen to Muslim

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because in his time

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his companions

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were not afraid of this

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and that is why

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they defeat

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Give

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people around them who are far greater and stronger than them militarily.

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far greater numbers.

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Because those people that were fighting feared death.

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But they did.

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And the amount of gave a number of different examples from the time of the problem.

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And it would behoove all of us to read of the lives of the Sahaba.

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the companions of the Prophet, tell them to read

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the authentic stories of their lives is a book called companions of the Prophet, which is by compiled and translated by

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Potter was

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published in England, very good collection of

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stories of the companion

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material is, for the most part, authentic materials and three volumes,

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three books,

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it's very important for us to

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have these stories

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for our children read of the story,

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because it gives us something of the feeling of that earliest generation, that early generation of Muslims, what their understanding of Islam

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what it what does it do for them?

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How does it change them? How does it make them different from the people have their time

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because the farmers are seldom spoken the time in the future.

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1400 years ago, he spoke of a time when

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the world

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would partake

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in the destruction of the Muslim, oma,

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the way that the animals you know, when you do get a group of animals, dogs or whatever, and you put a plate down with food, they all rush on the plate, and everyone is picking it

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up.

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You gave this

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metaphor, a symbol, that plate of food represented the Muslims of the future.

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And the companions out with it, because the Muslims of the future

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would then with the numbers of Muslims

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get smaller and smaller and smaller until the world you know, everybody had congregated against us and could easily destroy them. We said no,

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their numbers will be many.

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Their numbers will be many.

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We're always here how many Muslims are on Earth, about a third of the population or a quarter of the population, over 1 billion Muslims.

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And we see the reality

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there will be many, but they will be like the bubbles before for us by the flood.

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The flood comes through and it takes things away and turns them up there. But there are bubbles which are created created on the surface of the flood.

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Having no strings, we use them.

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That's what they would be like many enough

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billion.

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But they will be.

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And he went on to explain

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that they're useless because

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there has spread amongst them a lot, a

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strong love of this life. And they fear of

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death, the fear of death had reached into their heart

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so deeply

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that they will do anything to stay alive.

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They will do anything to collect

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the trinkets of this world

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and because of that

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the nation's would destroy them.

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And of course, this is not political change.

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Until

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once again,

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come back

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to the realization

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of the reality of this life

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and to

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the essence on the face of Islam.

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The religion, which is not just a series of rituals.

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You will see people coming to the masjid

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all pray.

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But they're not praying.

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Booty them, playing with their headscarf checking their watches,

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leaving on one foot and switching to the other foot.

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cracking your knuckles. We welcome

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braying but not great.

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Because

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what is fair about?

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Just a ritual that my parents do. And I'm doing.

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That's the state of Islam. Throughout the Muslim world,

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people are doing it because their parents did it. why they did it. They don't really know. Because their great grandparents.

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But

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what is the purpose of prayer?

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What is prayer supposed to do? For us? Are we doing a favor by

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a lot of needs offer? All we bring because we need to pray?

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And if we need to pray, why do we need to pray?

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These are the realities that we have to grasp for prayer to become meaningful

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for Islam, to become

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meaningful, to become a way of life, and not just a series of rituals.

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And when Islam becomes a way of life,

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in truth, then

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we will use the fear of death

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and will then be able

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to

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make what's

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the

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source of guidance

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for this world,

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the example

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of righteous

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the upholders

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of the law,

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the divine law,

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which should govern the lives of mankind.

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But the reality is that we today

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fear death.

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Because

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we don't know what comes after.

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We don't know what

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we are going to find when we die.

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It is an unknown.

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know Allah has told us in great detail about what we will find.

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He is explained to us.

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When a person dies, what happens? The angels coming picking the spirits, you know everything the whole process, you know, being in the state of the grave of the resurrection, the judgments, crossing over the, you know, the bridge, you know, going to paradise, what is in Paradise, what is in hell?

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For a law, through revelation has explained it to us in vivid detail,

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because our faith

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has not gone beyond the state of meaningfulness.

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Then it remains unknown.

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All that has been explained, is meaningless.

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It's still the great unknown

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and intimate knowledge,

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which has advanced over

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the centuries.

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It has advanced fundamentally in the material areas,

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societies

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have evolved materially, the technology is all in the material sphere.

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It has not

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explained

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or dissected

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or improved

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the quality of human spiritual life.

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Because the most technologically advanced societies

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are the ones in which the people

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are the most self destructive.

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The reality you find most societies that are building going to the moon etc. These are the same societies that are destroying the various creatures

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and

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The vegetation,

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the atmosphere, I mean, they are destroying the world. At the same time that they are advancing.

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Technologically, they're destroying the world. And they destroy themselves, find that the rate of murder, suicide, AIDS, diseases, etc, etc. It's just higher and higher and higher.

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So this tells us for those of us who reflect

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that the advancements in technology

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really does not provide the ability to society.

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That ultimately, stability comes

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in faith

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spiritually based,

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and it is only when people are spiritually advanced, that they find stability in this life

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isn't one of the things

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which

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I've made

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some Westerners and caused them to become Muslim.

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When they saw,

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they came across them

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under the worst of circumstances.

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Yet, they seem to have

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a spiritual calmness

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and ability to deal with their circumstance, in spite of the severity of the calamities which befell them.

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And this is coming out of Islam.

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There is no way that the Western society can explain how it is that some people would seek that

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weather today or whether in the past,

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when those

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early Empire came across the Muslims, they try to understand the brought them down and try to understand from them how it is that these people were not afraid of.

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They couldn't understand it them

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and the society cannot understand it.

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So for us,

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those of us who

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realize

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the

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inescapable

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that

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we realize something we cannot escape,

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and we have a commitment to Islam,

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a commitment to faith,

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then,

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we have to prepare ourselves.

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Because if we, in fact, accept that death is inevitable,

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and we consider ourselves to be practicing,

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then our actions should reflect our preparation for death. Now, preparation for death doesn't mean

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as for some people,

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you take your capital, buy it from today

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is the clock that the wrap your body will die, and we love people, they will buy it now.

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And you go to Mecca, and you wash it in grams of water,

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take it back and keep it in your cupboard.

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This is

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not what it's meant to say we prepare for this.

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Because of the fact that we have understood what is coming after that we will be held to account for what we do in this life.

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We prepare for death by doing what Allah has commanded us to do in this slide. In order that we would achieve in the next slide what you found

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ourselves properly for that

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we understand

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that it doesn't make sense to fear death

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because if we feel that

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we're fearing a loss will create the death

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and a lot of promises

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are informed us that he created life and death in order to test us who

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the best indeed

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We are enjoying the fear of loss, but not fear in the sense that we avoid it because you have two forms of fear. The fear that we're talking about which is not acceptable.

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We are commanded by a lot of fear

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is a part of faith in the sense of fearing

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the harm that will come to us, as he as promised if we disobey Him. No, it's not that we fear like you fear of fire by avoiding fire, to fear a lion by running away from it. We don't fear a lion that we're running away from a lot because we cannot run away from them.

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And we that's the way we do not fear death. We do not fear death by trying to run away from it, try to escape it because we can't escape it. We fear it, in the sense that we know that it is coming. And we fear to be unprepared for it.

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That aspect of fear, we all should have.

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But the fear which has

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become rooted in people's hearts,

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and all of our hearts

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were in,

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we are trying to avoid at any cost.

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That fear we have to lose out, we have to replace it by preparation,

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by acceptance of the reality, and by preparing ourselves for it.

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As a lot of fun,

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we should make the draw in the philosophy

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of life even though you have an element that is very

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rare.

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And rites of worship,

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sacrifice,

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our life and our death,

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to be

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dedicated to a law

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in accordance with the will of Allah, the Lord of all the world

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is NUAGE should be a reality in our life.

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Because whatever we put we do in this life,

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we are doing it for ourselves.

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The believer, who understands that death is the reality, you have to prepare for it, it does so by realizing the whatever good he does in this life, he or she does in this life, it is for themselves.

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It is for whatever evil we do, ultimately is against ourselves.

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We might think we are getting back at somebody or hurting somebody in this audience, we are hurting them. But in the end is what we have done is unjust, then we are hurting our own selves more. Because the hurts of this life is nothing in comparison to the hurts of the next.

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This is why Omar says that whatever evil we do in this life is really against because the greater results, the greater punishment for that evil, or the harm that comes from it comes on ourselves in the next lecture.

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So death

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is just the transition

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something which is unavoidable.

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And as such, we should

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go to the graveyard remind ourselves that it's coming,

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that transition is coming.

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We should visit the sick, visit the sick to comfort them, and also to remind ourselves

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that we can get sick any time. And from that sickness we can

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help something which is a blessing from Allah which you can take away at any time.

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So we need to prepare

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for the time the rest sickness.

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And of course, the worst that can happen to us.

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As we have been taught by a lot of friends, but the worst that can happen to us is that we died in a state of shock.

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We die in a state of worshipping others besides

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others along with a law

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and the only way that we can protect ourselves from such a situation is

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by understanding the principle of sell sheet

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well

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and apply is on our line.

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Unfortunately, much of what is written about Islam

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When we look at the spectrum of materials in any given library,

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we'll find much material talking about

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economics,

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Islamic State,

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crime and punishment

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for law

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zeca

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very difficult material,

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to find books talking about the fundamentals of Islam.

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And so, he is given a paragraph

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alized one condition.

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As a result,

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those people who read and study about Islam today

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oftentimes miss some of this

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essential material

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which should form the basis of everything else, our economics, our politics,

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everything, our prayer,

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everything has to be built on a solid foundation of

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power here, which is not just a word,

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a lobbying one or the oneness of a law is more than just that statement is represents

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the framework of the life of the believer. So, it is essential for us to understand how it should operate in all of the facets of our life.

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So, for those of us,

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whose readings are limited

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in area,

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I would suggest

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that they try to find whatever material is available.

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And I would personally recommend,

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book, which I have written called the fundamentals and style sheets.

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If you haven't read it,

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then it is very essential for you to read it.

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It is perhaps one of the few books available in the Islamic

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library, which deals in depth with

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essential principles concerning

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the amount went on in the second part of the football,

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to remind us that

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when we die,

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as the problem has told us,

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all of our deeds and dislikes, and there is nothing more that we can do in this life.

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But we may continue to benefit after our death from three basic

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actions of

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one charity which we have done,

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from which people continue to benefit.

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knowledge which will pass on

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which continues to guide others

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and a child who have left behind,

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raise righteously will praise for

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so part of our preparation for death

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should involve

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giving as much in charity as we can.

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Because if we know what is coming up to us, and we know that the only thing that can benefit us after we die is charity which people continue to benefit from, then we need to try to find as many avenues for us to give our wealth, so that we will continue to be able to benefit from it after we die.

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We need to find out as much about Islam as we can, and to educate others, so that those others will educate others. And that knowledge that we pass on not only benefits us personally in this life, but continues to benefit others, which would in turn benefits us in the next slide.

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And we prepare for death also by looking after our children well,

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by trying to educate them

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as best as we can.

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primarily from an Islamic perspective. Of course, we have a duty to prepare them to survive in this world.

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So secular education is a part and parcel of their education. However,

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we should not allow that secular education the need for it to

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become the most important aspect of education in their life.

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We should emphasize to them

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we should find avenues for them.

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educate themselves

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spiritually,

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by already sampled

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by material that we have the reader

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by bringing them in contact with other righteous,

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young people, by involving them in gatherings where in righteousness is spoke about,

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spoken about, etc.

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And the problem is I found that

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that was last words

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were not enough in the law would enter Paradise.

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And this is not something

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which

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is easy. For one was not living life

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is not something wherein

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a person on the deathbed who has lived a corrupt life,

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you may be able to go to that person and tell them to say like I'm a law

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and they're able to blurt it out before they die No.

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These words

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can only be said,

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in a way acceptable

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by my first one who has lived in.

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So if we want our last word,

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if we want to identify guys with the problem,

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then we have to live

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in the law now.

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And a part of that preparation,

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as Abdullayev and Omar

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wanted to say

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was that

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if we have anything, to wills to others, and we want to be given to others after our death, we should not allow two nights to pass

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without writing it down.

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Even Omar

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said that when

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you heard this statement of the problem,

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he didn't allow.

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From that point onward, it is like

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any opportunity to pass to the court, what he wanted to leave behind.

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This is part of the awareness.

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So many people are caught.

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They have intention of leaving things for others. But because they're unaware of death, they die. They never have the opportunity to write down what it is, what special things they wanted

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to be left behind.

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So,

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it is argued,

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if we are to leave the chambers,

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in reality,

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not believers,

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merely

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due to having Arabic sounding names.

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We have to be believers in reality, then

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we have to be amongst those who prepare.

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We cannot have in our hearts

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a fear, overwhelming fear of death.

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Instead, we have to have an awareness of the reality of

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what is to come.

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Which is reflected in our preparations whilst we are living.

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in all aspects of our lives, we prepare ourselves

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for the inevitable