Importance of Prayer

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Brothers and sisters,

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continuing on

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our look at the obligation of seeking knowledge,

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which we began a number of years ago.

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And after looking at the general obligation,

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we looked at the foundations

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in which from which we should seek knowledge,

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or about which we should be fully versed and we said that we should have basic knowledge about a lion is messenger that is the foundation. That is our declaration of faith.

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So, we should be very clear on who Allah is, and who his messenger was,

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on what our obligation or responsibility to Allah is, and what following Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam means.

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And we looked at the importance of understanding the Shahada in general.

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And we began to look at the importance of

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what is required of us, in Salah,

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the most fundamental principle of Islam after our declaration of faith

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and to look at salah and to understand what it is that we need to know. And of course,

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this is not the place for a fifth class,

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where we go into all of the details concerning Salah,

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but there are some glaring issues, some misunderstandings, which need to be clarified.

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So that this foundational principle can be done as a law Samantha Allah prescribed it.

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The key the key to follow

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is will do

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as Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam had said

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in a hadith narrated by Abu huraira by sidedness aid and abuse Idaho de

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la salata, lemon law Voodoo Allah

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one who has no clue

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as masala, meaning his Salah is invalid.

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If one's will do is broken, or one doesn't have, we'll do

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our basic

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mode of purification.

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Then solid becomes invalid

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no matter what our intention may be.

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They went on to quote the province or sell them as saying,

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well, I will do alleman lamea carisma la, la

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one who doesn't mention a last name on there, we'll do

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as Nobu.

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there we'll do is invalid.

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And this is narrated in cinema,

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cinema tirmidhi and pseudonym de magia. And it is authentic.

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But I would dare to say that the vast majority of Muslims today

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don't take time to say or not are not even aware of saying Bismillah before making will do

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and this is a very clear statement.

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Now, some scholars have interpreted it

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so as to make the implication of it lighter, saying

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That one who doesn't make our state

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the name of a law before making will do, the value of his widow is reduced.

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Because there are some times when the prophet SAW send them and said, a person, there's nothing for them in this or nothing for them in that when it is known that it meant they have the reward has been reduced.

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There are a number of other occasions which problems are celebrated made some statements like this. And it's understood in that way, by the vast majority of scholars no doubt.

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However, this statement is made in

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a context

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before Prophet Mohammed wa sallam said

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one who does mention a last name on his or her will do has no do.

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Before he said that he said, one who doesn't have to do has no Salah.

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Now, do we understand that previous statement, one who has no word who has no Salah that the value of his Salah is reduced, or it means literally as no Salah.

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It literally means he has no Salah

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not reduced.

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So when the prophet SAW Selim made that statement followed immediately by

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and one who doesn't mention a last name on his or her will do has no do.

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We have no choice but to understand it the same way that the previous statement was made.

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It is in a context. If it was said by itself. Without that context, then it's easier to say Well, perhaps what was intended here is a reduction of reward.

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So this makes this issue of mentioning a last name before we'll do something very serious.

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Something very serious, not something that we can brush off and say well, okay, my will do is not quite what it should be. But

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this is implying that we have no do.

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And no do means no salah

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and here we are sitting in the masjid.

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getting set to make SOA.

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This is very serious.

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Of course, for those of you who never heard this before, because unfortunately, this knowledge may not be that widespread. You might find this as strange. We never heard that before. All these years we've been taught to do and we are teaching we do and we never heard this.

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But this is fact it is not an obscure Hadees found in obscure books about whose authenticity there is doubt. This is a clear Hadith narrated by three of the leading companions of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam found in the sea ha ha Sita, three of the six authentic books.

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most authentic books have headings.

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So it's not something light.

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It is something very serious.

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One who didn't know about this, of course, there is the element of

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being excused because of ignorance.

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You didn't know.

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And a law will not hold you accountable. Because you are not taught this. You weren't aware of it.

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So you do have an excuse before a lot. But this is if

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you didn't have the opportunity to know

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because ignorance is not something which we can use to cover our own negligence.

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Ignorance where there is no negligence where one has made one's efforts but you know that knowledge just didn't come to us. Then logically, we will be excused because it's other law.

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But ignorance where there is negligence

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As I mentioned before, sometimes

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when we try to explain such things to people, people say, don't tell us.

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It would have been better if you never told us that there was Bismillah before we do, because now you've made life more difficult for us.

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Before that we didn't know ally excused us. Now you have put this big weight on our shoulders.

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Better, we didn't No, no,

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no, it's not better.

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It's better you knew

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to save

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what went before and at least protect what is to come.

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So this is a very basic principle.

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It's basic in the sense that it puts Voodoo in a context.

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It puts will do in a context in a spiritual context, mentioning the name of a law, first and foremost,

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instead of us jumping into will do washing up and we're doing it like the way we wash our hands after we eat.

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When we feel dirty, we clean up, we're doing it in that way.

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That is not what

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that element might be involved in will do that there is a cleaning aspect to it physically.

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But the greater aspect of will do is the spiritual aspect.

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Which is why

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the Prophet sallallahu wasallam had said, one who doesn't mention the name of Allah,

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prior to his will do

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has no Voodoo.

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It is that important.

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Like one who doesn't mention the name of the law before slaughtering the animal.

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That animal becomes haram for himself or herself.

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Because though, yes, slaughtering an animal to eat, this is a physical thing for a physical need.

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We are obliged as Muslims to put that slaughter in a context

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recognizing that this is a blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that we are taking that life

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In the name of Allah

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by a laws permission.

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Otherwise, it's not permissible for us.

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We cannot hunt animals for sport. Islam forbids it to kill animals for sport.

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We take the life of the animal, because of a real need,

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societal need and individual need. And we do so in the name of Allah,

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making sure that it is done correctly

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according to the principles that Islam requires.

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our will do has to be performed in a similar way.

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We begin putting it in the spiritual context.

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Making will do while being conscious of a law.

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among the points

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concerning we'll do.

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where many people have gone astray

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is the wiping of the head.

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When making widow, I'm not going to go to all the different parts. I'm just going to touch as I said, on some of the key areas where people have gone astray.

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wiping the head when making widow.

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the companions of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam reported that he wiped the whole head

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from the front to the back some narrations from the front to the back to the beginning of his neck and back to the front again,

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including the sides.

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This is how he wiped his head.

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But today, we have a body of Muslims.

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For whom we'll do it

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Merely moving one's cat backwards if you're wearing a cap, wetting your hand and then patting it on the top of your head three times.

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We have people, a body of Muslims, particularly those belonging to the shaft a school

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where this ignorant custom has developed, not taught by the scholars,

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but widespread amongst the followers,

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where we do wiping of the head becomes moving the hat backwards and patting the front part where the hair starts to grow three times 123.

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And that is massive. wiping the head.

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Of course, it's not

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it definitely is not.

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As is described, the companions of the Prophet sallahu wa sallam

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said that he took his hands while the whole of his head including the sides,

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that is muscle

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anything short of that is not muscle

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that is muscle.

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Now, as I said,

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this is an area

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of error, those of you

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that come from that mud hub or follow that mud hub,

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who have developed that mistake in custom, then know that you need to correct it from now onwards.

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The other minor point

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which is commonly missing,

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will do for many of us

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is that when the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, washed his feet,

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he took the little finger doesn't mention right hand or left hand, he took the little finger and rubbed it between the toes.

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This is authentically reported.

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And so not be that would and elsewhere. He put the fingers between the toes.

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Most of us don't do it today,

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the Maliki maxhub

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they stress it. Why because Mr. Malik,

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who used to teach would do

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without mentioning wiping between the toes.

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And in one of his classes, one of his students questioned him.

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And he said it wasn't necessary.

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But then his students said to him, but I heard and he narrated the Hadith

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where a companion described the prophet SAW Selim is doing exactly that. So from that day onwards, Mr. Malik taught his students to put the little finger between the toes when washing the feet.

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So again,

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this is among the acts which complete the will do i'm not saying that if you didn't do that you have no do because that's I don't have the right to say that Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam he is the only one who has the right to say if you don't do this, you have no do

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the Gen X or will do we know them they mentioned in the Quran

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as long as one does them

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inshallah we'll do is acceptable.

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But these are the other acts which ensure the completeness of the will do.

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So I did it so that is done in the way that Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam used to do it. The way that Allah instructed jabril to teach the prophets of Salaam how to do it, because he didn't learn

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by himself.

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He didn't come up with these acts. From his own reflections.

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He Angel Gabriel came and taught him how to make

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and that is what he has passed on to us.

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So, these are some minor points that I wanted to mention that we

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need to reflect on the major point is

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mentioning a last name before we do.

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And I can only ask Allah Subhana Allah that He opened up our hearts to accept these narrations from Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam

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and improve and to correct

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I will do so that at least the basic requirements

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are fulfilled

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to give us a chance

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to have our salon accepted

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a cool look at how that was done for a lady with a commercial instrument system through of Rahim I mentioned that asking a lot to forgive myself and you all and asked you to call on the Lord seek His forgiveness for an unconfirmed give sins except himself

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in order

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to further clarify

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the spiritual foundation of Voodoo.

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I mentioned a particular Hadith found in Suna tirmidhi,

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authentic narrated Bible Herrera

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in which the quoted the Prophet sallallahu wasallam as same

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when a servant of God washes his face, every sinful thing he saw, or thought about will be washed away with the last drop of water from his face.

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And when he washes his hands, every sin that they did, will be washed off from his hands with the last drop of water.

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And when he washes his feet, every sin towards which his feet have walked, will be washed away with the last drop of water. So, he comes from will do

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pure from all sins.

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So it comes from having made Voodoo, pure from all sins.

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is a means of purification from sin.

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It is a means of salvation.

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So it becomes even more important that we do it properly.

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That we don't neglect it.

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It becomes so important if we are concerned about success in this life and the life to come. Then we cannot afford to trivialize

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various aspects of this religion.

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We can't afford it.

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Every aspect is important.

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this type where we're talking about salvation, this is like hedge

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hedge which is coming where the profits are solemn, spoke about the person going for Hajj coming back.

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If his or her heart is accepted, free from sin pure like the day he or she was born.

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And we put Hajj in our minds is the goal. Something we want to achieve. Most of us here will not make much

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we won't have the opportunity we won't have the means we won't have the

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money. We can't afford it.

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Our jobs won't let us

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sometimes it's due to our own

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negligence in this part. And other times it really is outside of our control. We're close. Only a couple of hours away from Mecca.

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What about the rest of the oma

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1000 miles 2000 10,000 miles away how many of them are going to make hedge

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Which purifies the believer from sin.

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Align His mercy. Knowing that most believers will not be able to make Hajj he gave us the reward of Hajj in Voodoo.

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He gave us the reward of Hajj in Voodoo, something that we didn't even think about.

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Because we take we do the regular thing we do it every day before Salah

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will do has lost its meaning or we never understood the meaning of Voodoo.

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But this is the power of the prophet SAW Selim said, the one who makes will do in that way,

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will come from his will do pure, free from all sins. Now, some scholars say all minuses.

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But there's an opinion, the prophet SAW Selim didn't say all my innocence, he said from all sins.

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And he has the power to do that, to free us from all sins major and minor, from Voodoo.

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So is it something that we can afford to be negligent about?

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Obviously, not

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something so small as that.

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we need to

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take this knowledge from Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam.

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We need to know that we're talking about

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a spiritual state.

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Because when he spoke of sins,

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falling from our faces, in the last drops of water, this is not something you can see.

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This is not something that is observable, since dropping from our hands with the last drops of water, not something observable from our feet.

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This is

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a spiritual change which is taking place

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and that spiritual change

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will only take place if we have mentioned the name of Allah, in the very beginning that is setting the stage

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that is setting the stage for will do according to the way of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam.

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And that is why a lot smarter Allah has called on us

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to ask for his blessings for the Messenger of Allah because he he showed us the way

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he gave us this information. He provided the means of salvation for each and every one of us on a daily basis.

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Furthermore, he said that one who finishes his will do

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after having done it properly,

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as we spoke about

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and he says I had to La ilaha illallah wa hula shriek Allah wa shadow Muhammadan rasul Allah, I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah who is without partner and Mohammed was the Messenger of Allah. And then he goes on to say, Allahu Allah Gianni Minato been with Johnny minute Matata, hearin

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Allah make me among those who are constantly repentant.

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And among those who constantly purify themselves,

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the eight gates of Paradise will be opened and he may enter by whichever one of them that he wishes.

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The eight gates of Paradise are opened and the individual may enter by whichever of the gates he or she wishes.

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So what is that saying about will do?

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What is that saying about will do

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then this is what we need.

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To keep in mind, brothers and sisters, this is what we need to keep in mind, we have this opportunity five times a day

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for our ability, obligatory prayers five times a day, we have this opportunity

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to purify ourselves

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to find that way to paradise.

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So, it is

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for us either to take the opportunity

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or to let it go.

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We have to take that opportunity, it is given to us it is offered to us

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or we may let it go, as we have in the past.

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We have the opportunity to turn our prayers around

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from now

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to make each and every prayer after this.

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A prayer sincerely for a last minute Allah and not one merely to fulfill customs and traditions.

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obligations about which we haven't even reflected

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a habit

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that we have developed.

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Make a Salah

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about which Prophet Muhammad SAW a Salah before he died before he left this world he said as far as Salah.

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Those were his last words as to Allah as Salah.

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I asked the last one to Allah to give us the reality of Salah

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to make our preparations will do for Salah proper, in a way pleasing to Him

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to purify ourselves from our sins, our daily sins, to open for us the gates of Paradise

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and to clear the way to a life dedicated to a law until our last breath in this world.

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