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hobby

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traders do two

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things. One is last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,

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others will follow the path of righteousness until the last day.

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The topic has has been introduced already, is the importance of stories in the clan, the stories of the barn.

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When we look at the stories in the plan,

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we need to look at it within the context of the crime itself.

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The crime being allows final communication

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to human beings in the form of Scripture.

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We find

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the plan and plays a variety of methods to convey a message to human beings.

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The style of the crime is unique. It is different from any book that's available on the market today.

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Normally, when people pick up books, you expect a book to follow a particular pattern where subjects are introduced.

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A storyline is developed

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a climax and an ending.

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Whereas the plan if we begin

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from scratch,

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and we work our way through to the last chapter.

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We don't find that to be this basic overall pattern of the book.

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What we find is that allies talking about a variety of different topics. Sometimes he talks about moral issues. Sometimes he talks about creation, sometimes he talks about the profits. Sometimes he talks about the laws

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that the society should follow. And the topics seem to flow from one into the other people who are uninformed about the mode by which the Quran expresses itself, sometimes find it confusing will find orientalist saying, well, I read the crime and I found it to be confusing, doesn't make sense, doesn't seem to follow any kind of pattern. So that is because they have not understood.

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The basic theme of

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the basic theme of the Quran

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is the subject matter about which the

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plan focuses as human beings. It is a law communicating to human beings speaking to human beings. And when we speak, when we talk, we don't talk like books.

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Whether the book is a storybook, or whether it is a technical journal.

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That way, that's how we write. When we talk. And we sit down and we talk with somebody for one hour. We're not going to talk one story for one hour, you know, we start introducing

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people to ideas and a story and a climax. And we don't talk like that. How do we talk we talk, we start to talk about something. And then some other idea comes to our mind. So we start to talk about this other thing. And then once

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we start talking about something else, but it is still a conversation between ourselves, we're talking to somebody and because of the fact that we are communicating around some basic ideas. It doesn't matter where I'm coming from the basic ideas there. And so that links up everything.

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What you find is that the clan

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communicates to us in the same way. It's the direct communication. Allah is talking to us. And so the ideas flow, the way that ideas flow in a human conversation that goes along has reduced that communication to the level of humans.

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comprehension

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is the nature of

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what you find within the

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bits and pieces of stories. Stories are employed. Why? Because it is the nature of human beings to enjoy stories. For children as children, the best way to teach children is stories. We know that kids love stories. And the reality is that

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we're still kids on the inside. And that sense that we love stories, we still like a good story. And when you think of what movies are about, and the great novels and etc, they're all stories, ideas, are communicated through stories, many ideas in society today

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is that

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some of the greatest criticisms, for example of social conditions in society,

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which reach the widest audiences

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were through stories. If we look at the story, known as David Copperfield, within by Charles Dickens.

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This dealt with the exploitation of children in the Victorian society, and it's reached the right of Western culture today.

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And if you look at George Orwell's 1984, he spoke about the interference of the state in the lives of its citizens, something we're experiencing today.

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So you find that

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the story, or the

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expression of ideas through stories, continues to play a very vital role in our communication today. So the plan employs stories. The difference, though, is that the stories are true.

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When Charles Dickens wrote, and George Orwell wrote, these are stories they made up, they made up these stories to try to convey some idea. And the ideas were effectively conveyed. However, the stories of the Koran are true.

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This is a fundamental difference. And it's not really

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a problem in the sense that first accept, in the sense that there's a saying that people commonly make and that is, life is stranger than fiction.

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Life is stranger than fiction, but in the lives of people, you can find things that go far beyond the fictional stories that people make up.

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And this is what Allah has done, he has taken from the real world examples, and brought them to us as a means of communicating that message.

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The message which is explained in the Quran in a variety of other ways, but choosing the story, or the narrative means to convey this message to reinforce this message.

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And we find when we look at the stories

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that they come in three basic forms.

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The first being stories about the profits.

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In these stories, talks about a variety of different things, the lives of the prophets, the responses of the people, the struggles that they went through, etc.

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In the second category, we find stories concerning events and people who are not meant to be prophets, like

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the sons of Adam,

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the people of the cave, etc.

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And in the third category, we find

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stories being related from incidences which took place in the life of the prophets,

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from the bathrooms,

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etc.

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At any rate,

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we can find a law saying as Abella mentioned earlier, NACA

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ambra.

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There is in their stories, a depth

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The net lesson for those possessing understanding

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mechanics

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they were not invented stories that were not made up they were they were not

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fabricated

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relax in this vehicle led by an ad. But confirmation of the previous scriptures there is contained

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in the Quranic stories, confirmation of the message, which was brought by the prophets, from the time of Adam,

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to the time of Asia, these were confirmed in the stories of the farm.

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So, first and foremost,

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to understand the importance of these stories, as I said, there is in them a lesson or lessons

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and we need to reflect on these lessons.

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Allah tells us

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with regards to reflection,

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am Allah

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will they not reflect

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on the plan?

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Or are their hearts sealed up, locked up.

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So the reading of these stories is to extract from them the lessons, the messages which sought to convey to us not just the reading for entertainment,

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reading ritualistically.

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But reading and reflecting

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This is where there is benefit in it, as Allah said, for the people of understanding.

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Now when we look at the stories,

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we find that first and foremost, they demonstrate the manner in which

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one should call people to allow

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the stories, the vast majority of the stories being about the profits,

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and people who follow the paths of the prophets.

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They clarify for us the correct method of Dawa

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they clarify that the essence of the DAO

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as a calling to God is

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now the oneness of Allah.

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Allah says,

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men, publican members,

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and the hula,

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Anna,

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we did not send any messenger before you, Muhammad.

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But we inspired him, that there is none worthy of worship except me. So worship me alone. The message of the prophets was one message. And the essence of it was the message of worshiping one God.

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Stories tell us that this is where we need to focus,

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as brothers should be

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stressed the importance of carrying this message message of Islam to the people around us.

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The essence of that message is the oneness of the law. And when I'm said,

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convey whatever you have learned from me even if it is only one verse from the Quran. We all know who Allahu Ahad say, Allah is one.

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We all know that. That's the essence of the message. And that is what is missing in all of the various religions around us. In one way or another. They have lost that essence. Well, they all say at one point, they will believe in one God.

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Whether they're Christians, one God is three gods in one. Whether they're Hindus

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God pervades all things, and isn't everything and everywhere

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are the Jews who believe in one God, but that one God

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is subject to the whims of men.

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But in the essence, the idea of one God is there, however, that belief is distorted. And the essence of the message of the prophets was getting back to the pure message of the pure understanding of the oneness of God, and worshiping that God.

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The second point that can be taken of importance from the stories

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is that, and that is in relationship to the prophets is that the religion of humankind has always been one, religion, as there is one God.

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The message of the messengers was one, then the religion of God was one religion. There isn't a variety of religions. It's not as some of the anthropologists and others would try to promote that, you know, religion started in the form of

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pantheism.

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animism, in a way, people worshiped nature, and God within nature. And then eventually, they started to set up individual gods and these numbers decreased and decreased until finally they ended up with one God, you know, this evolutionary process

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is not the case. No,

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when Allah created Adam,

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and he gave him Prophethood, after he was sent out of the garden,

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the message that he gave him was that same message, that there is only one God who alone deserves to be worshipped, submission to the one God, Islam,

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there is only one religion.

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Thirdly,

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what these stories also do, importance of them to the believers is that it makes them realize that they are part of one great community of believers, who have existed down through the ages, from the time of Adam till today, because sometimes we look around, and we see all of these non Muslims around us,

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who don't seem to be in any way interested in Islam. They just live in those lives. And you know, basically, it looks like they're all going to hell. And you said, well, it's just us.

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Is it only us, the reality is,

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we are only a part of a massive community.

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Indians and millions of people down through the ages, from the time of Adam till today, realizing that no puts us in a context we don't feel so isolated.

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Because Islam is not

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the religion brought by Mohammed Salah. It was the religion revived by Muhammad wa salam, it was the religion of Jesus, and of Moses of Abraham, of Adam.

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Stories, reiterate that for us, and make us realize that we're a part of that

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community of believers

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in the house,

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Truly this your community

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is one community and

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therefore worship me alone.

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Firstly,

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we can extract from the stories of the prophets

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a confirmation of the truthfulness of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu, alayhi wasallam.

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Because

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when we look in terms of a person accepting Islam, and that involves,

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on one hand,

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accepting the oneness of the law, and on the other hand, accepting that Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam wasn't a messenger of Allah.

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How does a person know? The Messenger of Allah, he's not around. We cannot meet him.

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But the stories of the Klan serve, to show that he really was a prophet of Allah.

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That the message is which he brought

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from God, therefore, he must have been a prophet of God.

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For example,

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you find orientalist, very busy trying to show that the Quran is something made up. It is not something which was really revelation, you know, Mohamed sallallahu wasallam. He actually took these stories and things that you find in the primer from a variety of different sources.

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You have people who have written works on it. One of them is a book called The original sources of the clan by William Sinclair Tisdale.

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And there are others. What they've done, is they've gone through and they've shown Okay, there are some stories which are in the Bible, you see them in the crime, it's okay to he did that from the Bible. But then there are a bunch of other stories, and also variations on the stories of the Bible, which are not in the Bible. So where do we get that stuff from? We look around we find, okay, in these writings of this set, the essence or these, these other sex, you know, these other writings in Umbria. I'm Harry and a variety of other languages are making the languages of the Middle East, even all the way over into Hindu scriptures, Buddhist scriptures, you know, showing his kids something

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here from this something came from, of course, most of the stuff which is relating back to Buddhist scriptures, and that you can just say it's just nonsense. They seem some parallels. But if you think about it anyway, if the viscera came from there, imagine

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them in Mecca.

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And unlimited man, and unlettered man, but illiterate, unlettered, he didn't know how to read or write.

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How in the world did he manage to study all of these languages, or which all these scriptures were written and gather all this information together? Today, scholars spend how much of their life doing that to be able to deal with all of the modern technology imagine back in the seventh century,

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the amount of traveling he would have had to do together all of that.

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Actually, this is proof. This is proof. What is there has ended up in some of the obscure books. But what is really showing is that the truth, which Islam the Quran has brought together is not just in the Bible, but it has variety of other sources. In fact,

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one of the stories of the Bible, the story of the people of

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this was looked at when the entities looked at this in the past, this is fictitious, made up stories that people have

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no record no historical record of these people.

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However,

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American satellite observations of Arabia, scanning Arabia to help the Arabian peoples find oil

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scanning,

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empty quarter where nobody lives. They detected because we're using infrared

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cameras, they detected something under the same there

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wasn't oil, but just something unusual. And archaeologists went and started digging, and guess what they found the city of Iran.

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That was back in the late 70s 80s. In the National Geographic, they have a whole article on the city of Iran,

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which was unknown before.

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This is confirmation. This is confirmation of Prophet Muhammad SAW Salam but he was a prophet of Allah telling the truth,

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because the city was no longer visible, he did not do the science. So where did you get this knowledge from?

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A fifth point.

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Importance of the Quranic stories is that it brings to light certain facts about the scriptures the earliest sculptures, which are known to Christian scholars, but hidden from the masses of the people

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back in the eighth century, seventh eighth

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The Quran said

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that the Christians in the Jews wrote the book with their own hands. They changed things in it, they deleted things and they added things.

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After that time they believe the Word of God, this was the word of God. And it was believed all the way up until the 18th century in Europe. You know, after the Renaissance, when Christian scholarship, academic minds were freed, now they could start to look at the scriptures from an academic point of view scientifically, they began to analyze and lo and behold, they found in fact, yes, these things have been modified. Comparing earlier manuscripts with later manuscripts, I realize things have been added all along, people are writing in writing a new verses and changing things. So that so until they reach the point where the

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the Jesus seminary, they declared that the only part of the Lord's Prayer which could be attributed to Jesus is our father.

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The rest of it, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done and others didn't have a chance. All of that was added

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to the plan.

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The plan clarified points concerning the Scripture, which people the non Muslims, Christians and Jews, others were unaware.

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They

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raise the issue of Abraham, Abraham with the Jews that that is being the father of Judas Judaism, Christians left as being the forefather of Christianity, Allah says Makana Ibrahim

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Abraham, Prophet Abraham was neither a Jew nor Christian

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can can hanifin muslimah Rama cannon middle mushrikeen

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he was a Muslim, submitting his way his will to the rule of law and he was not a polytheist.

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refine the plan.

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clarifying the truth about the stories of the profits.

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We find the profit of the story about profit locks for example.

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We're in the Bible profit lock the story of his people being involved in homosexuality, sodomy, etc and then being destroyed. Okay, that aspects of the story is found in the crime. However, in the end of it all, they have profit lab getting intoxicated with his daughters, and committing incest with them and then having children by him. Horrible. Crime came and clarified this these are lies. These were lies about the prophets, the prophets of God, were examples for human beings examples of what corruption? No of course not. There are examples of righteousness.

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The sixth point

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is that the stories of the clan

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reassured the prophet SAW someone

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and his followers

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that the trials that they are going through and the trials which they would go through in their lives.

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Were trials which all of the prophets of God in the earlier people were righteous went through.

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This is not something new.

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that a person calling to the truth would be ridiculed would be scorned, to be laughed at.

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This was not new. This happened to all of the prophets of God before.

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So it serves as a kind of reassurance, what we are going through the prophets and the righteous before went through.

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So studied the heart of the prophets of Salaam and those who came after him.

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As I said in verse 120,

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min Amba,

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manifest bits, big fly deck.

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And all the way we need to hear from the stories of the messengers with it. We make your heart firm

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to give clarity

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To the prophet SAW, and his followers

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also we can find in the stories.

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how Allah has blessed His servants, bless the messengers and bless the righteous.

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Find, for example, in the story concerning Prophet Musa and hidden.

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Prophet Musa

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caught a little boy

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and ripped off his head.

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And Prophet Musa was aghast and said, How can you do that? How can you kill this young child an innocent child. And later

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they explained to him, that this child, his parents were righteous parents.

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And ally did not want that child who would grow up and test them

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in their faith, cause them to lose their faith or destroy their faith. So if you save them from the child of the child, Allah commanded

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to take that child's life. So in that is telling

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righteous parents,

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if they lose a child, for example, dogs may be very good, very good people, etc. And they have a child that dies one way or another. And it seems like such a painful and hurtful thing. But the point is that a lot of parents are righteous, Allah will protect their offspring.

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Because when that child was taken, another child was given to them, one who would

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please them in their old age and will pray for them after they passed away. And also the story in that same sequence of events of the wall that was about to fall down, which would reveal a treasure belonging to orphans whose parents were righteous. Again, we see a law looking after the righteous, these are the messages in these stories.

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But those who commit themselves to submit into the way of the law submitted to Allah,

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to living in accordance with Islam,

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Allah will help them

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in

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a bit epidemic, we believe

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if you aid the cause,

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he will help you and plant your feet firmly.

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And also in the stories, we find a lot demonstrating that he's able to do all things.

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We know the cause and the effect

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system of this world

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with a law, he can stop it at any time and create what we call miracles. Things which go beyond our comprehension, we cannot explain how this happened. I lock into it, God can do it is done in the past, and he can do it in the future.

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For those who strive for righteousness, our laws help is there.

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A nine ninth point

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is that

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the stories show us also how to deal with

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a variety of societal ills and problems, what to do.

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Whether it's talking about

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the evil business practices, for example, the people of shame,

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or sexual deviance from the time the people have what

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Allah tells us what to do.

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When corruption reaches a certain point in the society and nobody can hear that message anymore, it is time for Hydra leave.

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If you cannot change that society, for you to remain within it

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is to bring about your own destruction. Because when allows destruction comes it doesn't focus only on the evil

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But all those who are present will suffer.

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We can find also in the stories.

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A 10th major point

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is that when you read about them,

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they develop lev in our hearts, for the prophets of God, and the righteous of the past. We hear those stories, struggles and efforts they made.

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It develops in us as we reflect sincerely on the grind, a love for the prophets, love

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and love for the prophets who came before and the righteous, who struggled and strove.

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If we take as a particular example,

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the story of Prophet Musa

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and we see in the beginning of his life, from his birth,

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how he could have been destroyed, could have been killed.

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By the ruler of Egypt, we're seeking to wipe out all of the male children, yet Allah preserved him, preserve them in a way, which is again unusual, his mother's structure to put him in a

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container and put it in the liver. You know, that's like throwing your child to death.

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But that child was brought back, save, not only save and go back with blood back to the mother.

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These are all

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science to us, that when a law is to preserve and to protect something, nothing can stop him.

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We find it

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so powerful in his time he represented like the superpowers of today with the massive armies etc.

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destroy those armies.

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as powerful as they were.

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And as weak as Crawford moosend is people but because of the fact that they upheld the oneness of Allah, Allah protect them and destroy the people who sought to destroy them.

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I want to look within that same story of Prophet Musa

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at his marriage, and how his marriage took place,

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how Indian being righteous, burning out for Allah provided for him, righteous family.

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This all says, represents messages for us, those of us who are unmarried, you know, wonder where we can find a righteous husband or a righteous wife from when we look around in the society around us.

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It is about being righteous and being good.

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As we continue to be righteous and will allow will find will provide for us

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a righteous means

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and in the story of the magician's.

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We find in it, how powerful faith can be when it settles into the hearts of individuals, people who are disbelievers in the morning, became the firmest of believers. By the evening.

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The Magicians who

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came to challenge Prophet Musa

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for what for the game, they wanted to know what you have to offer them, the pharaoh promised them will make you very close, give yourself give you success.

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But when they saw the signs of the law,

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with profit mill says staff, becoming a snake and eating the snakes with the stabs of the magician's, which appeared to people to be snakes, that for them was absolute truth. The Prophet Musa was a messenger of the law.

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He was your leader was a teacher who set this up to trick the people. But for them, it was absolute proof. The Prophet Musa

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was a prophet of Allah.

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And he fell down in frustration and even threatened them.

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To believe in him

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permission

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to cut off their hands and their feet and crucify them on the trunks of trees.

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Their response was, we will never regard you as more worthy than the clear signs that have come to us

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than him who created us.

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So do as you

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say, you can only do things with regards to the life of this world. For us, we have believed in our Lord may forgive us our faults, and the magic to which you compelled us to do and allies the best

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and most abiding

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people that said,

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were disbelievers pagans in the morning. And after seeing the signs of a law, they became true believers who gave their lives in the evening, they died martyrs believing in God.

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So back are the stories.

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We see in them a variety of

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lessons, lessons, which we can only extract. If we reflect on these stories.

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If we look at them as true bits and pieces of information which Allah is communicating to us,

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communicating with a purpose, all of which have a role to play in our lives. Every last story is relevant, is relevant in our daily lives. We can only see it, if we reflect on it. And if we read these stories, and we reflect on them, every time we read them, we will see new messages, new points of guidance for us in our daily lives.

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And that is the essence of

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it is guidance for us.

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It is not something that we pull out and

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blow the dust off it. We need it for 30 days, and then we put it away again.

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This is not the plan.

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The plan should be a part of our daily lives, something we should read every day.

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Not just when we go to the masjid, or waiting for the

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few lines.

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We should set aside time in our daily lives to read the plan.

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It is there. It is a laws final communication to us as human beings.

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We will only succeed if we take it seriously.

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We believe that it is from a level

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of seriousness, we believe.

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We can only truly believe in a law

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if we take it seriously, because to say that we believe in a law.

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But we don't take the plan seriously. This is a contradiction in terms.

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It means that we're only saying we believe in a law because everybody else says

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we believe in the law. Or we're doing it as a backup in case there is a law.

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So we say we believe in the law just in case we die under Israeli law uncovered. This is the way we're approaching it. We believe in a law that believes that a law has no manifestation in our daily lives

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is not a part and parcel of our daily lives. We cannot separate the two.

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Belief in a law means believe in the word of the law. This is the most

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The Pillars of belief in the books within the books is not fundamentally not just believe that the belief in the primary is the final book of the law, and it is guidance for all of us.

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And if we're not, I believe in it.

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What belief is that? It is again, fake, it is false.

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That is something we're saying, but it's not real. If it was really believe that it is from a law, it is a book of guidance, then we must be reading, taking time out, setting aside time in our daily lives, to read,

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to read and reflect on the meanings.

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So in summary,

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the plan and its stories,

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invite us to dow

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to call in those around us to Islam. This was the way of the prophets.

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And this is we do it.

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We do it, whether we are able to grasp the benefit in it or not.

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Because we believe it is the truth.

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If we only willing to do it, when we understand it,

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then we haven't read

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that it is the truth.

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This is a very, very important point

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when we consider what our law has made obligatory amis in the clam. And in the center.

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This has been made obligatory for us because it is for our benefit.

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That's when we only do it when we understand the benefit in it.

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This is not true.

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There are so many signs around us, whether it be from the

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nonmuscle Muslims, Dr. Keith Moore,

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looking at the issue of the development of the embryo

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concluding that this knowledge could not possibly have come from Mohammed.

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He said it had to come from God.

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This is a non Muslim leader in the field of embryology telling us, hey, this is the truth

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and believe

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in our law, we believe that everything he has said whether in the Quran or the Sunda is the truth.

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So, the stories of the Koran, we have to take as facts which Allah has provided for us as guidance in our daily lives. We need to read them, to reflect on them and to live according to them.

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The crime

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should be for us, the most important book in our lives.

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A book which we approach with reverence, with honor

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and with humility, very humble ourselves before this book, not with arrogance, but with humility, and if we do so, it will guide us.

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It will guide us it is a book of guidance as the Lord told us that follicle Kitab will ra Buffy who don't live with Athena. This is the book in which there is no doubt is the truth 100%

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and it is guidance for those who fear

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Sharla This is what I would like to share with you this afternoon.

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program

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will shift into a question and answer phase if you have any questions that you'd like to raise this point, particularly concerning the issues of the stories of the prime and issues which have been implied by our brief look at the stories and following that if we have more issues, then we can look at some general issues concerning power and

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Listen communities here in North America.

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The question concerning the splitting of the moon

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circulated amongst Muslims, that when

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Neil Armstrong went to the moon, a one handy supposedly heard the mouse was on the moon. And they also found the crack on the moon, which was you know, where the moon was split, but this is nonsense, please people remove this from your minds. This is nonsense. fabricated stories, we don't need these

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by

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laws will demonstrated that he was a prophet of a law to the people of creation in Mecca by splitting the moon Alas, putting the moon in their presence, they saw the halves go one side to one horizon one to the other. And that was done. Rather scientists study the moon

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and never find a crack in it, which indicates it was split in half at some time in history. That is irrelevant.

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We know

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related to us is to place and we believe it to place.

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We don't have to find the evidence.

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Because it is allows we can find it. If it is not, we will not

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the evidence of embryology speaks for itself.

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Told us

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don't sleep on your stomachs.

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Go to sleep lying on your stomach.

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This is a way which is displeasing to Allah. This is the way the people of the Hellfire lie. Don't sleep on your stomachs. For centuries from the seventh century till now, people Muslims avoided sleeping on the stomach because they

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don't sleep.

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In recent times, they have shown doctors who specialize in this spinal

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operations, injuries etc. They recommend

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for people not to sleep

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because it is the major cause of swayback curvature, distorted curvature of the spine. They say that this is Western medicine. Furthermore, in 1989, British doctors studying death.

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This is where children two years old,

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are put to sleep. When the parents go back to check on them. They're found dead. That's called an SDS Sudden Death Syndrome.

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They tabulated all of the circumstances around these children that were dying. In a survey they made of families where they have children die in this way, gathering all the information, what kind of mattress they they put them on what is the temperature of the room or the type of beds and all kinds of information. When they put it in the computer. They found one common factor.

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The children were put to sleep on their stomachs. So they announced in England front page news, do not put your children to sleep on their stomachs. Seven years later, in 1997, the medical profession in Britain announced that the rate of death had dropped by nearly 70%.

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by them implementing this practice, the rate of death had dropped drastically.

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We as Muslims don't have to wait until the medical profession comes to tell us

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that this is no good. This is not good for us that this is good for us.

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So we don't need

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to understand

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the benefits or the harm in water law has commanded and what he has prohibited. Of course, there is no harm in trying to find out because in knowing it, it strengthens our faith. But it is not the basis of our faith.

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The miracles that

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took place in this lifetime those were for the

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of his lifetime, just as the miracle concerning

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Kava Jesus, if you ask a Christian to say prove to me that Jesus made the dead rock

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will go, we cannot see today

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we can see today, which will remain until the last day, which was Moses on the left as the last prophet of the law is the

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that is the miracle

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till the last day

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just

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notice some kids or

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students in high schools

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he was coming from

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I was in high school, and one of one of the one of the students

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in a classical religion, class with religions, and then one Muslim, she

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she said this, and she confused the

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the person which will come to their members

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this well.

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There is no way

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it is in the Atlantic

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as a salary shuffle,

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without trying to explain

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an answer

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in two minutes, what should we say those two minutes? I think it's a very interesting

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putting me on the spot here for a two minute answer to that question. Very quickly, we can say that Islam is true. And we know Islam is true for a number of reasons. One, we can see that the principle doctrines and teachings of Islam actually are reasonable. And they make sense. For example, we know that there are many ideas out there today, for example, that there is no God. But that makes no sense because that would not explain why we do exist. Without God, nothing would exist. We need something to bring everything into existence. People think that there is a God that God is One in three, or three and one, but that two is self contradictory and impossible to make sense. So what

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makes sense is that there is a God and God is only one. Why does it make sense to believe that God is one because we see everything organized into a single unified whole? And that speaks to the existence of a single, unified one creator who created everything in an organized system. So in a nutshell, then, in one minute, I've said that Islam, it makes sense, in its fundamental and central doctrines. Second, where do we derive the central doctrines of Islam from we derive that from the Glorious Qur'an? Now Muslims believe that this book is the book of God. And for that reason, even if the teachings didn't make sense, we will still believe it on the strength of this book. But that

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depends on the strength of the belief that this book is from God. Why do we believe that for many reasons, we can see that historically, the first man to author this book is the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. But he couldn't have offered authored this book because one, he was sincere when he said it came to him from the Almighty God, we can know that from his honesty, his truthfulness is trustworthiness and from the fact that he sacrificed and he gave himself in the way of preaching this message, so he was sincere. Number two,

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he was incapable of writing a book, we've heard already that he was unmatured. Number three, that the book speaks to him. So it was psychologically impossible for him to be writing the book. Number four history history bears out that this book could not have come from his mind because historical information not named to him or to his contemporaries, as we have seen in the lecture are shown to be true. Five, we can see that prophecy what the Quran says about the future turns out to be exactly right. And we could offer a book speaking about the future and have it right always. We can say number six that what the Quran describes as physical phenomena around us, turned out to be exactly

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true and amazing tomorrow and scientists now we can go on and on but I've already exhausted my two minutes. To put it in in a nutshell. We can see that number one

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The central doctrines of Islam make sense. And for that reason they should be believed. Number two, the central doctrines of Islam are based on the Quran. And that book itself is demonstratively the Word of God.

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be repeating what you said already.

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I'll go on to a couple of other questions here.

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One

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question concerning

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eating pork. And this person mentioned that they had a debate with some non Muslims and they tried to point out that, you know, there's these

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worms, whatever it can be fun, fun and pork, you know,

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and disease that comes from it. And it's coming from the pig. Of course, the person pointed out to them that there are other animals that do so carry diseases, but you eat them.

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So why discriminate against discriminate against one animal, and not another? Now, the point is that when a law forbade the pig, to forbade the pig, because there is harm in it, Islam didn't invent it and bring it into existence for the first time. This already was forbidden from the time of Prophet Musa

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before that.

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So Islam is not introducing something new. It's just confirming reviving that which was prohibited, which after the time of Prophet Isa Paul cancel that prohibition. So Christians eat pork.

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The Jesus Himself never did.

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So our point is that it is prohibited because there's harm in it.

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We can see some of the harm Oh, patriot gnosis, high fat content, which can lead to clogging of arteries in these kind of things that some of the harm we can see. But again, it may have to do with other factors far beyond that. Maybe some things having to do with the nature of the pig.

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Because we when we look at the range of foods that we're allowed to eat, and those which were not, we can see the carnivores, for example, are forbidden to us. The carnivores basically, animals which kill with the eyetooth, and birds, which

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are forbidden, the Hawk, Eagle, the tiger, the lion, these animals are forbidden to eat, the cow, the sheep,

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the goat, these animals, who when you look at the nature, it's a common kind of nature, whereas the nature of the tiger and the lion, this is a, what appears to be a harsh kind of nature. I mean, it is natural for them. If you've ever seen any National Geographic from, you know, lions or tigers, catching their prey, how they hunt the animals down when they catch the animal how the chariot apart with a

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very vicious and harsh looking.

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When you think of the cow and his chin is

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very calm looking, you know, that's what we eat. That one we don't eat. Why?

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Because it has to do with the fact that we make our bodies up with what we eat, as a famous German nutritionist had said you are what you eat. And if you observe the pig,

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you know, those of you that have never done it, this person wants to argue about eating a pig, take them down to a pig farm. Let them look at the pig and how the pig conducts itself.

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And that would be enough to discourage anyone from meeting the big

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question, is it okay for Sony to marry a shooting?

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If the Shiites does not hold the beliefs that are found in the books of the Shiites

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gives the attributes of a law to the moms if they don't know these beliefs, but their beliefs are acceptable in the beliefs

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because

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she is them as a whole has deviated. Not each and every Shiite have these beliefs.

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These beliefs which involve also you know, defaming the

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companions

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or some other deviant kind of beliefs, these beliefs

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these beliefs

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should not matter. Tomorrow somebody who curses the wives of the Prophet SAW Selim and his closest companions, someone who gives a loss action to the moms and prays to them. This is not an acceptable person to marry, no matter what their belief is.