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The importance of understanding one's life and surrounding one's life is emphasized in Islam. The need to renew one's law by listening to lectures and watching lectures is emphasized, as well as finding happiness and peace in one's life. The importance of knowing the facts of Islam, including the number of people dying from accidents and the danger of driving, is emphasized, along with the need to practice Islam to avoid becoming evil and achieve a living life.

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Alhamdulillah not marijuana signed on to start a few.

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When I will be learning Sheree and

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woman say it I'm Elena.

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Miyagi la Fernando de la la. For my little fella hadiya was shadowing in a long walk that would actually Cara was shadow and Mohammed and Abu What a fool.

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Indeed All praise is due to a law and as such, we should praise it

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and seek His forgiveness

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and seek refuge in a law from the evil which is within ourselves.

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And the evil which results from ID

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for whomsoever a law has guided, none can describe

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and whomsoever Allah allowed to go astray, none can guide

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and I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship but Allah

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and I bear witness that Muhammad Salam long while he was sending them was the last messenger of Allah

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and now stuff I'll hide the ticket Allah

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will hide I hadn't had you Mohammed in some longer it

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was Shannon

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Welcome wakulla maka definitely

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wakulla be the acting on Allah.

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the the most truthful form of speech is the book of Allah.

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The best source of guidance was the guidance brought by Mohammed, some long, long line.

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And the works of all of fitters are the innovation than religion.

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For every innovation in religion is cursed.

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And all first innovation needs to misguidance

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and all misguidance leads ultimately, to the hellfire.

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remind yourselves and myself

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about the importance of knowledge in Islam.

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A topic which I'm sure you've heard many times, from me in the past,

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you've read about.

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So there is not really much new that I can tell you.

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Therefore, it is just a matter of reminding ourselves

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because though we may not something

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if we're not living it,

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we're not working with it on a continual basis, then it is easy for it to be forgotten in reality

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and knowledge

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is the great distinguisher it distinguishes between truth and false.

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One box of a lot speaks about

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describing the Quran as alforque on the distinguisher that distinguishes between true and false.

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One of the essential characteristics of the

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Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,

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he came as a distinguished

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to distinguish for the people make clear to them, what was misguidance

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and what was true guidance from a loss.

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And as a result of that,

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we find so many verses in the Quran, where Allah talks about knowledge

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and so many statements from Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam, in which he also spoke about knowledge.

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And we all know the well known Hadith of the prophets eliassen them in which we said fallible elmy for either Allah Colima

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seeking knowledge is an obligation in every Muslim.

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And the verses of the Quran, where Allah tells us is a decree in quantum law and the moon.

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As those who know, you don't know.

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There is

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a general

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recognition of the importance of knowledge.

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But because of the fact that there is so much knowledge out there,

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sometimes, or oftentimes,

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we get unfocused.

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Our focus is on elements of knowledge, because we need knowledge in our day to day life just to function.

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We need knowledge in all aspects of our lives.

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But the primary knowledge,

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the knowledge that we need to be reviving on a day to day basis,

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week to week, month to month, year to year,

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is determined by

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the greatness of its content. When we look into the various knowledge areas, how do we determine what is priority and what is not?

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What is more important than

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We determine it by the content of that knowledge field.

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And the most important

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element of knowledge or area of knowledge that each and every human being needs to know

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is knowledge of

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One who doesn't have knowledge of a loss of another either is misguided, as simple as that.

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One who knows who Allah is, is on a path of guidance. Now his actions may take him off that path.

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he has an idea of what the path is. he repents gets back on the path, but the one who has no knowledge of the law,

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where is he headed?

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How does he get onto the path? He wasn't on it in the first place, how to get on it, the only way to get on it is to get

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Knowledge of the law,

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in the sense

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of truly recognizing

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a law in our lives.

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Not just theoretical knowledge.

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Something which we read

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things which we heard,

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but living knowledge,

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where we can see a law in the world around us.

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And that is manifest on our tongues

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and how we speak.

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If, when we're speaking, we're talking we're saying Subala law Alhamdulillah.

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Allah Allahu Akbar, not necessarily like that as Vicar,

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but intermittently throughout our conversations where it is appropriate.

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I'm not saying that, they said we sit down in the masjid to behind the law 100 now what I learned was a lot but you know, 24 hours a day.

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But that

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when we see something, which is amazing, we say Subhana Allah, not just, hey, that's wonderful.

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How about subhana wa,

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when something we thought would never be an attack lens, rather than saying, Wow, we say, Allahu Akbar.

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And so on and so forth. That this is a part of our thinking is impressed in our subconscious, so that it is manifest on our tongues whenever we're speaking.

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In one way or another

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This is living

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that it actually impacts on our lives

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on our date,

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and this is where we need to be.

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Because this is what keeps us in the right frame of mind,

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in all of our dealings,

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the knowledge of the law, living knowledge.

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As we hear many times,

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Islam is a living faith.

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It is a way of life.

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All of the pillars of Islam, the pillars of Eman, all of this is a means for us to live

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the correct life.

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we owe it to ourselves,

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each and every one of us

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to learn about a lot,

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to know a lot,

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to understand a lot,

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how he works in our lives, and the world around us.

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With that knowledge,

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our lives are transformed.

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We understand how to deal

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with the ups and the downs of life.

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If we haven't understood

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how to deal with it, then we are the people who complain all the time. Oh, why is this? Why did that happen?

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I don't deserve that.

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It's not fair.

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You know, we're always complaining.

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We can't find happiness.

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Because we haven't understood

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we recite

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every Friday

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Surah Al Qaeda

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reminds us of a law and is working.

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miracles can happen in people's lives.

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If he wishes,

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trials which people face

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and how he takes from those trials would

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all of it reminders for us

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to understand how we should

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traverse this life how we should get through life

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in a way

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in which

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we are at peace.

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Even in the greatest times of trial,

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there is still room for peace, peace in our hearts. Though our minds our bodies may be forced to do this and doctrine struggle, but there is peace in the hearts allow the decree law.

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It is only with the remembrance of Allah.

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That living remembrance

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that knowledge base consciousness of a law

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that our hearts can find rest in this life.

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my advice

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to yourself and myself is to renew that knowledge.

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renew it

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by reading

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by listening to lectures,

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by watching viewing lectures

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by sitting with those who are knowledgeable,

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asking questions, getting ourselves clear understanding a law in our lives.

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We have to be actively engaged

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is not going to come like a bolt from the sky.

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All of a sudden, we understand that

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this comes with our efforts. We have to struggle and to strive make an effort to understand a law in our lives.

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And the best example

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of one who lives that understanding is Rasulullah sallallahu.

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And all of the prophets of the law, they were the examples.

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They demonstrated to people, the common people, how to live that understanding of a law

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in their lives,

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and they had trials, Allah gave them trials more than the rest of people,

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to show people

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so people wouldn't think that okay, prophets have a law of escape all these things were the ones suffering and you know, we can understand that they're prophets of Allah, they're close to Allah, so in our law spares them.

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though we might say that in our hearts, we still think, why.

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So Allah didn't make it that way. He gave the Prophet more trials than the average person were facing his or her life, many, many more trials.

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So that we can understand. Trials don't mean that a law does love us.

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But a law doesn't hear our prayers.

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Because this is what we tend to do we equate trials with a law being displeased with us automatically. Now, sometimes it is,

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but not automatically.

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And really, even then the times when we can say, it is a result of a loss displeasure,

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by that trial awakening us and we find a way back then, it was good for us.

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So even in recognizing a law's displeasure

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in our lives,

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and correcting ourselves

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is good.

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That's why Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam said,

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I Japan.

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the fear of the believer is amazing.

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All of his or her affair

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is good comes to him or her.

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They are thankful to Allah. They don't become so excited, so happy they forget a lot.

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If they're

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if they have understood

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if they are following the living understanding of assume a loss,

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when good comes to them,

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they fall down in prostration. So June

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1, date, Fang

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and then I'll reward them for

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the gives them the good.

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And with their thankfulness, Allah reward them for that good further.

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Any increase it

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as he promised,

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in Chicago, the azienda calm if you are thankful, I will increase the good

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that you are thankful about. I'll give you more of it.

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And if evil comes to them,

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they are patient.

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And the law rewards them.

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Because this is the two

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aspects of our life, what appears to be good times what appears to be evil

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that's relevant between the two

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everything we put

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On the scale, it's either good or

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bad. For the believer, it's all good.

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It's all good.

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The evil is good. And the good is good. For some people good is evil.

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And the evil is good.

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Many people,

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when good come

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is evil for them.

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When they didn't have, they were better people, when they got they became evil people,

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was bad for them.

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So it is relative,

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relative to how you respond.

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If we know a law, we're following the way of

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we will respond correctly.

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And the good will be good.

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And the apparent evil will be good.

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I asked them all,

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to bring a realization of the good in our lives, realization that He alone is all good.

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And that all that comes from him is good.

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And to bring with that knowledge piece, to our hearts, piece to our families, peace to our communities. We asked the Lord

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to forgive our negligence in this matter.

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seeking his repentance coming back

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to the right path.

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When deciding minimalism, for someone who

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has a law, forgive us

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and seek repentance on him alone, as he is the only one who can forgive.

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humbler wa Salatu was salam, ala rasulillah All praises you to align your life Peace and blessings and the last messenger

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the knowledge

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of the law,

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the knowledge

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of Rasulullah law.

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And the knowledge of Islam

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was the knowledge of the last month Allah

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as the creator and Sustainer of this universe is knowledge on one level,

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and the knowledge of the example of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam. In living that knowledge is another level.

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The third level is knowledge of the religion of Islam itself.

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Knowledge of all aspects of the religion that are particularly relevant to us relevant to our day to day lives.

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That much is obligatory upon us.

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Seeking that knowledge is a barrier. It is worship.

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This is the comprehensiveness of worship in Islam, that it is not restricted to Friday. We come we pray, and we go or the five times in the day that we pray know, a vida encompasses all aspects of our lives.

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Because that is the nature of Islam. Every element of Islam has ramifications as implications to all aspects of our life. It's all intertwined.

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It's not often one corner where we do Islam at this period of time and then the rest of the time we were on a vacation from

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there's no vacation.

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is 24 724 hours a day, seven days a week.

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As long as we are conscious, then we are supposed to be living.

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That might seem that

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we can't live normal lives and

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live a normal life. You have to be remembering his love all the time, when we can't have a break in on some breaks here and

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you know, the other people they're enjoying and you know, we like no enjoyment, we just have to be, you know,

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Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. He smiled. He loved.

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He played with the kids.

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He competed with his companions and races.

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His wife challenged him in races.

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He joked,

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if we think that

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living that consciousness on a 24 seven

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basis means that our lives become very stern, harsh, we haven't understood the law. We need to go back and to be

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read his life

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as a plan for life, not read his life as an historical record. So you can say of he was born on this day, he you know, he went to Medina on that day, he weighed Hajj on this day, he fought the battle of the gods heard and so on. So you have all these dates and everything. If anybody asks you, you can tell them like this.

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That's knowledge, too.

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But that's not the one we're talking about.

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We're talking about

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a zero.

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Understanding the life

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in all of the various incidents, understanding how is it relevant to us, just not knowing the facts, but knowing the implications in our lives.

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If we understood it, then we wouldn't think that living Islam 24 seven becomes uncomfortable. It becomes Stern, harsh, severe, strict, all these terms tend to be used to refer to those who try to practice 24 seven extreme.

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This is a common one today's extreme.

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No, it's not exceed.

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It is the norm.

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It is the norm for Islam. What is extreme is not to live that way.

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We have strayed from a law we have forgotten a law and gone to that extreme.

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Where we're now doing crazy things with our lives.

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Going to amusement parks and going and machines that spin you up in the air up and down and you know your heart is in your throat and and you think hi fun.

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the wrong kind of fun. That's the fun for those people who have lost a lot

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because if you stop for just a minute

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and think about the number of times these machines break down

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you can go on YouTube. See the roller coaster that went off the tracks? How many people died? mangled, etc. That's rare.

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All it needs to happen one time with you on the roller coaster and rare becomes an evil reality.

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The point is, Allah tells us not to pull the IV Camila Tanaka. Don't throw yourself into destruction with your own hands.

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Don't put yourselves in situations like that. It's not the way to have fun.

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That's people who for them living on

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The Edge

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becomes excitement they feel alive. You know Bungie jumping, jumping off a bridge with a rubber band tight your foot, no. And how many times every year the rubber band break.

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They break all around the world, maybe in the place where you live, you don't hear of me. But now go and sum up around the world for all the people who are doing bungee jumping, believe me, every week, or maybe so many times a week, there are people dying from the same.

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But they don't popularize it because they want you to come and jump.

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Pay your money, get the thrill.

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You've lost sight of what this life is about. Why put yourself in that position?

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It might seem or Dr. Malala is taking away fun from our lives here. You know, the young ones are saying that's not fair. We enjoy it. We have to teach them

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that there are other ways of enjoying which don't put your life on the line.

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That's the reality. Because for every forbidden way,

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there are 1000s of ways that was the garden. That was the truth. All the trees of the garden except one.

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All the other ways except bungee jumping

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roller coasters.

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There are many, many other ways, natural ways. Of course, you say okay, even if you ride a horse, maybe you can fall through us and kill yourself.

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Yes, that happens.

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It happens.

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So the danger that you might die in almost anything you do is there meaning a law control.

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But if you die doing something which doesn't

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cause death, as a norm, it's not the norm, you're not putting yourself your life on the line, you're doing something which is the norm. You drive your car because people love accidents, and maybe.

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But the norm for driving your car is not putting your life on the line unless you didn't learn how to drive.

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Now you're in case, you didn't learn how to drive. You know, in many of our countries, today, you have you know, somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody, you pay some money, you got a driving license, and you're in the car now.

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You didn't learn how to drive.

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Yes, now you are a danger to yourself onto others.

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But if you do what you're supposed to do, and

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get your license properly, etc, fairly learned, etc, you get in the car, your car is functioning, you haven't checked on a regular basis, that's part of your responsibility to check, have you checked brake fluid, etc.

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Then you're not putting your life on the line, but

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Whereas the other hurt in the amusement parks, you are putting your life on the line, they are taking you throwing you in a direction which if they didn't have something to pull you back you're dead.

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So it's It is designed to put your life for you to feel that feeling like you're almost dead and you're making that this is the thriller.

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Do we really need that.

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So it's a matter of coming back to the real world.

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Islam keeps us grounded in the real world.

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We can enjoy.

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We can be happy about real and practical things

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with our family, our family members, there's so many ways of enjoyment of happiness that can be there without having to put ourselves in the center.

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And that's Islam.

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Islam teaches from the time we wake up in the morning, till the time we go to bed at night.

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And even when we wake up in the night, Islam teaches us how to utilize our time

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In a way in which Allah is pleased with us,

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a way which is beneficial to ourselves and to our society.

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away, which perfects for us

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the road

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to paradise in the life,

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which is the ultimate goal of this life, Islam is the vehicle to take us to the next level for which we were created.

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We were not created for this life. This life is a process that we have to go through, we were created for the next

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the Greater Life.

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And that is what Islam provides.

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we need to prepare,

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we need to learn Islam

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not as it is convenient.

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As we feel like it, whenever we find a little bit of time here and there. No.

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If we're serious, we need to give serious time to knowing.

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Because this is where ultimate success lies, knowing.

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I asked him last night,

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to bring us back to reality. To make Islam, a living faith again in our lives,

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or for the first time to make it

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a living way. I asked a lot to make it easy for us to access the knowledge of Islam, and to keep our feet firm in practicing his religion and to share the knowledge of Islam to those around us.

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Who Allah placed us

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to share with who Allah brought to us

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to fulfill the responsibility of spreading the message of Islam to the world.

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Ask the Lord to forgive our parents, our grandparents, our relatives, to forgive those who have died amongst us and to give them paradise.

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I asked a law to give us

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of himself. certainty of Rasulullah law somebody will send them certainty and conviction about Islam, this way of life which he has revealed for us. And I asked him

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to give us the great blessing

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of having our last breath

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at the end of our declaration of faith