The Importance of Seeking Knowledge

Bilal Philips


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AI: Summary © The importance of learning one's religion in order to distinguish between Islam and other cultural groups is emphasized. It is crucial to obtain sufficient knowledge to avoid cultural confusion and cultural confusion. The importance of practicing proper Islam and pursuing professional career in the language of one's community is emphasized. The importance of learning in the context of the Bible and setting up a course in the future is also emphasized. The speakers stress the importance of memorizing the Quran in learning about one's religion and pursuing professional career in the language of one's community. The segment also touches on various topics related to Islam, including the spread of Islam on a global scale, the use of Islam in media, and the potential for Islam to impact political and economic conditions of the United States.
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Listen I was Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah. While early he was hoping he will mentor Mr. Kirby sunitinib, Yama Deen abide.

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We commence a name of Allah subhanho wa Taala as instrumentations of prayers and peace upon the finality of prophets and messengers, Mohammed Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, upon his family, his companions and all who follow Him and righteousness until the day of judgment, beloved brothers and sisters, Mashallah. It's about a collage today. We have been blessed to have as our guest, Dr. Bilal Philips Alhamdulillah, the founder of the International Open University IOU and he's going to be discussing with us the importance of Islamic knowledge, failure to fundamental school and Shanna Baraka.

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hamdulillah lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala rasulillah to get him. Right and he was Hobie. Well, my name is Stan Bissonnette he niomi Deen operates due to Allah and realize Peace and blessings beyond his last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and an all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.

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It is my pleasure to be with you today, it's tonight here where I am and maybe this afternoon or

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the morning, where you are, but

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it is my pleasure to share with you some thoughts on this topic, the importance of Islamic knowledge, very important topic in the life of a Muslim

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the topic initially is directed towards the Latino community, in the US and

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elsewhere. But

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due to the internet, reach, it is for everybody.

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First and foremost,

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the topic, importance of Islamic knowledge has already defined

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what aspect of knowledge it is

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Islamic knowledge, so it has separated what may be knowledge in general,

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into to come.

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Apartments, which is and the other one which may be second or odd Islamic given where they're

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all technically speaking

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from the perspective of Islam,

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all useful,

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valuable, beneficial knowledge, all of it

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is encompassed by the heading Islamic knowledge because

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it all came from Allah subhanho wa Taala as Allah said in the swan, Baccarat

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lama idaman a smart cookie cola. So, I

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told them,

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the names of all things, the foundation, from which things are categorized and put in

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different species and, and lists and

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all of it was given the core of it was given to Adam

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and is one of the distinguishing features of human beings

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and the Djinn.

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What course concerns us most is human beings.

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So, Islamic knowledge,

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if we focus on the most important part of Islamic knowledge,

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we will have to say that that

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is knowledge of Allah.

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That is the most important part of Islamic knowledge.

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Following that, it is knowledge about Islam itself.

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included in that is knowledge about the Messenger of Allah.

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And then following that

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our areas of

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knowledge which provide life skills, how to survive in this world.

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And we put it all together, and we are calling it

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Islamic knowledge.

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how do we identify its importance?

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We look to see what a line is messenger has said, with regards to

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the importance of knowledge, we have a very clear statement, which I'm sure you've all heard, a million times.

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tolerable enemy for either Allah, Allah Muslim

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seeking knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam, he put it in the category of the obligatory acts, in the life of a Muslim

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as praying five times a day, Salah is farmed,

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a Florida

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and fasting in Ramadan is followed,

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making Hajj is followed if you're able,

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giving Zakah is followed,

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making your declaration of faith is found.

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The prophet SAW Selim also said that

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seeking knowledge is

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obviously this is going to be according to the ability of the individual. It will vary from individual to individual location, to location. But as a general principle,

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we are enjoying to be

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of those with knowledge,

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fundamentally, of the religion

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and knowledge of our world enough to look after ourselves.

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So knowledge

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was made an obligation so that we don't fall into the trap of other religious systems that appeared in time some of them had

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revelation as their roots, but the roots are no longer visible. They just appear in various forms of idolatry.

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And in these religious systems, what we see is that there are special people, the priests, the high priests,

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who get the knowledge.

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it is their realm. The common people are not encouraged to get this knowledge. The common people are not encouraged to read the scriptures.

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Leave it to this special group.

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You follow them, you'll go where you're supposed to go.

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But Islam didn't take

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that position. And it's not not only as we know it today, but Islam all the way back to the time of Adam.

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Knowledge was always a requirement because if you don't know who Allah is,

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then the likelihood of you worshipping Him is very small.

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Because Satan, satanic forces Evil

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has clouded the way

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in order for people to be diverted from the worship

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of God who they should be worshipping a law

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to the worshipping of his creation,

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which is

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the norm that we find today. The mass of people in the world

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And up worshipping the creation of God instead of the Creator.

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I know people talk about the many religions in the world, but really there's just too

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one religion in which only God is worshipped.

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And all the other religions in which the creation of God is worshipped, they share that common foundation of worshiping God's creation instead of the Creator. And only one on the other side, worshiping God alone.

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So, Islam, in the final form, as brought by Prophet Mohammed, may God's peace and blessings be upon him,

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emphasize the importance of seeking knowledge.

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And the prophet SAW some, he

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identified it as being among the obligatory acts of a Muslim enjoined on each and every Muslim to his or her ability.

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that obligation, helps to ensure that the believer doesn't lose his or her way,

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and get tricked into one aspect or another

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of that other religion where in God's creation is worshipped.

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Even though those following these other religions may say we only worship God,

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yes, we're just worshiping God. They may even say there's only one God.

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But when you go in to the,

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of what it is, they're worshipping, or you see the images that they will give you of who God is, etc, then you will know they are not worshiping God.

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So the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, declared it an obligation, a religious obligation, a furry dog, a farmed act, on every believer to seek knowledge of his religion, or her religion,

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to know who is alone.

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What is the religion of Islam, who was the messenger who brought it

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and also, to have non edge of

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worldly life skills necessary

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to exist successfully in this world?

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That's all included.

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to further emphasize, to us, to the believers, the importance of seeking knowledge, the prophets are seldom may God's peace and blessings be upon him.

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He made the seeking of knowledge,

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A, an act of worship, a Bada, to worship God, when we seek knowledge, we actually are engaged in the worship of God

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and all acts of worship,

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all of them lead

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to paradise.

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So the seeking of knowledge, puts one on a path to paradise and the prophet SAW Selim expressed it saying, Man, Salah Qatari whoever takes a path

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the ultimate Sufi elmen in which he or she seeks knowledge sallallahu Loh along makes the path easy for him in a Jana

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man silica today upon your time Sufi Elman salam o de Caen in agenda. That's the prophet SAW Salem State statement.

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So it is the path to paradise.

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It provides the light and the guidance that keeps us on Serato must obtain

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the straight path that we asked for every day in our daily prayers.

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did not set out,

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or law show us the straight back.

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He will present the straight path to us. But we have to have knowledge to be able to recognize it.

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Because there are many out there saying, Oh, this is the path. This is the only path, many.

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But that's why it's important for us to gain sufficient knowledge, to be able to distinguish that path, to know who allies to know what the religion of Islam is, to know that path, the straight path in the lives that each and every one of us lives.

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seeking knowledge

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is enough obligation. That tells us importance, it's a way to paradise, it's a means of worshipping a law greater and greater

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we'll go regardless of one's background, whether one was born in Islam, or whether one is

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a convert revert.

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One was accepted Islam.

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It is important to have knowledge of Islam

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in order to also distinguish between what we may call

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cultural Islam

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true Islam, real Islam

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or Islamic culture, we have cultural Islam and Islamic culture.

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Cultural Islam is the culture of Muslim people.

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And it varies

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from place to place,

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nation to nation, city to city, all kinds of variations. Some of it may be from

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true Islam,

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proper Islam meaning, the Islam which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad, may God's best peace and blessings be upon him.

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And most of it, or much of it is not. It's just the cultural habits and practices of people in different places. Now, people who live in that area have associated with this law. And they think that this is Islam. We are Muslims. This is what we do here. So this is Islam, it's also part of Islam.

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the true Islam,

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Islamic culture, Islamic culture comes out of the implementation of true Islam to Islam meaning Islam, which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad, salaam, Salah, and which he conveyed to us through his companions, and their students, those who learn from them, pass it on, recorded it, handed it down to us, and it's here for us. It's not lost anywhere.

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In the 1400 years, since

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the time of Prophet Mohammed, Salah hasn't changed, it's still there, available, accessible.

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That is the true Islam. When we implement that Islam,

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then a culture will be formed. That culture doesn't change wherever you go in the world.

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That's how you can distinguish between

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Muslim culture or the culture of Muslim peoples and Islamic culture.

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For those watching, who are not yet Muslims,

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this is a distinction between the two.

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What we are obliged to follow is Islamic culture.

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The culture of Muslim peoples in different parts you can take from it what you want, you know, if you like some of the dress that people

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In that particular area where, obviously,

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you know, it complies with Islamic culture for dress, Fine

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Foods that people eat,

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how they make their houses.

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All of this goes back to their culture. And it may vary from country to country,

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region to region.

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seeking knowledge of that Islamic knowledge

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helps us to be able to distinguish between the two. Now, I personally was born in a Muslim country, where everybody is practicing Islam are supposed to be

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that person might feel there's no need, you know, I've grown up everything that I've grown up with is Islam and you know, no need to

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look any further. However,

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there is a need

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there is a need

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for you, as a born in Islam, Muslim, born in a Muslim society, Muslim or Muslim family Muslim,

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there still is a need

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because, as I said,

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there may be parts

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a few, or many

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which your people are practicing, which have nothing to do with Islam at all.

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Some of them may be harmful, dangerous, culturally destructive.

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So, everybody

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needs to know

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Islamic knowledge. Everybody needs it.

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For one who joins Islam, of course, now, you might be in a community where

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all the people are Muslim, you went to a Muslim land you went to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia,

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Nigeria, various countries where you became a Muslim there, okay. So the people are already practicing Islam. But again, these are different Muslim

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The Islam, which is

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revealed, Islam

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may be mixed in with these cultures, and you are not able to distinguish between the two. But that's why you need to get

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Islamic knowledge

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to get a clear picture

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to avoid any kind of confusion for yourself later on.

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Or you may be in

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North America, UK, Europe,

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where there are Muslim Muslims around you who have migrated there and now live there. Maybe one two generations, whatever they're they're practicing.

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you will find some doing one thing, others doing another thing. There are a bunch of things out there.

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And you may not be clear as to which way to go. It may be a bit confusing. You don't want to get caught up in that confusion. So how do you distinguish to find out which one of them is actually practicing proper Islam? I mean, proper Islam, you're gonna know in the sense that praying five times a day, okay, they all are doing that. No, that's good.

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You got a piece of knowledge here. That Islamic knowledge when Ramadan comes a fast in the month of Ramadan, okay, that solid

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you're told about Sokka people are giving zakat.

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Charity, obligatory charity, you do it. That's Islamic culture. Those are amongst the truly Islamic culture things.

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There's no question about them. They're all doing the same thing. The slight variations but

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The same thing this is correct. Of course, it's good for you to study, to read, to understand, and to grow in that knowledge.

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To know it properly, you might find yourself knowing more in a short space of time, then your friends and acquaintances who are from Muslim backgrounds, because

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as they say, familiarity breeds contempt. Now people born into it, just take it for granted, they tend to take it for granted. So, you as a convert to Islam have to make an extra effort

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to get

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the clear picture, which is unconfused without cultural

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deviations or inclinations, or whatever.

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seeking Islamic knowledge

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is very important,

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primary importance

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and after that,

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we should seek also knowledge of this world

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to get an education, but this is a whole nother area of challenge

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to get that education within the educational systems, this is why it's important for Muslims to set up their own schools, so that they can ensure that his education or an Islamic education is conveyed to the children of our communities, wherever they are.

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So, that's the other area of thought,

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Furthermore, for those of us who are coming from

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different backgrounds, as we said, this original lecture was designed or

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dedicated to the Latino community

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due to one's limited Arabic

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and that's why it's also part of your Islamic education to learn some Arabic

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so that you can get to the sources

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to help you in understanding the behind in Arabic. I mean, of course, we have translations, but if you can get to the Arabic yourself, it will make

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the prayers and your Quranic readings and things like that more meaningful, so very important, also, to learn Arabic.

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it is also good to learn it

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in to learn about the deen in your own language.

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You know, and

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a last spot that Allah had made the statement in Surah Ibrahim 14 chapter, verse four, Omar Sona, mingara xuelin elaborately Sonico me liuba yellow.

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Allah says there, but I am not sent

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from among the messengers, a messenger

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except with the language conveying to them the message in the language of their people in order that he would be able to clarify for them.

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So learning in the language of

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you are not your native language is very practical, very reasonable.

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And we don't want to say that the only way you can learn Islam is to learn Arabic No.

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It can be taught in English Alhamdulillah I set up a university some 10 years plus ago.

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The International

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University used to be called the Islamic online university.

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And it was teaching Islam in English medium

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teaching Islamic law, Sharia, about Hadith Tafseer all the different

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fields of learning in Islam taught

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in English medium.

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As a graduate myself from the Islamic University of Medina, where I studied everything in Arabic, I learned Arabic first. And then I went and studied and did a master's in Riyadh also in Arabic.

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My PhD was in Islamic subject in arcada. But it was done in Wales, outside the country outside of Arabia. So the point though, here is that when I learned all of this knowledge in Arabic, I felt it my duty to share this knowledge with others who would not be able to get this opportunity.

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So I became a teacher,

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high school teacher, Islamic Studies.

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Then I became a university teacher. After I got degrees, I became a professor in university set up Islamic Studies departments that actually set up even University Islamic University in India, Chennai, in India. And then finally, I went online, to try to get this knowledge to as wide an audience in the world as possible to make accessible what was not accessible to me when I accepted this,

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I didn't have the opportunity to learn in English medium.

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So the International University

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provides a channel for you to learn Islamic Studies Islamic knowledge, in English medium while learning Arabic, because it's a part of our curriculum to learn Arabic And same time. So

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you have a chance to

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learn at your own pace. Taking your own time, it doesn't have to be a four year degree, whatever you take the course is you wish, step by step, if you wish to complete it, along with whatever area you are

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trained in, specialized in, or currently a student in, you can do them simultaneously.

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We also have in the university Arabic, which is all Arabic course for you to learn specializing in Arabic.

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And then we

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expanded University and started to offer what may be called secondary subjects,

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other secondary subjects, we started to offer education

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and finance, economics, and also psychology, Business Administration, information technology, but

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we made sure that we Islam is the

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right education is taught from an Islamic perspective. I wouldn't call it Islamic education, it is education, which has been Islamic

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economics, finance became Islamic banking and finance. Psychology became Islamic psychology, Business Administration became Islamic Business Administration, even it became Islamic it

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the university shifted its name to international because people were thinking that when we call ourselves Islamic online university that we only thought Islam, so, to open up the

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understanding for people to be able to benefit from the variety of other areas of learning that we are providing, but from an Islamic perspective, we changed the name

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realizing that some places because Okay, we provide this knowledge in

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English media where teaching Sharia Islamic Studies.

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We realize that

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Some places

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like Indonesia,

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as we had students there, but the numbers of people who knew English were limited. So small number,

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majority of people

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speak Bahasa

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form of

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And for us to think that we're going to get all of the population 300 million to

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learn English, so they can study with us was just ludicrous.

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So we set about translating our shediac course, into Bahasa Hamdulillah, we're almost complete, we're just completing the translation of the last two semesters now, we have

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hundreds of students who are studying with us in the Malay language. We also did this in Russian.

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It's also available complete in Russian

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are saying basic Bachelors of Arts in Islamic Studies.

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we began to do it also in order to do

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language of many people in the subcontinent

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of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.

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How we would like to do it also in Chinese.

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And we've been considering trying to do it too, also in Spanish, and Portuguese, we have some people working on it in Mozambique in Portuguese.

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inshallah, we do hope that

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we will be able to benefit the Latino community, by translating our Bachelors of Arts in Islamic Studies into Spanish, and Portuguese.

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So those are the plans. But in the end, it all comes back to our original topic. That was that of the importance of

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Islamic knowledge, seeking it, because it is an obligation,

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whether it's in English, or it's in Arabic, or it's in any other language.

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It's our duty to gain that knowledge.

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Seeking it is an act of worship.

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It puts us on a path to paradise, as the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, informed us.

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And when we seek Islamic knowledge,

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we are dealing with the priorities of knowledge.

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Because the first question that we will be asked in the grave

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is, who is our Lord?

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When we die and enter into the

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state of the grave, we will be questioned their sins prior to resurrection and judgment.

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And will be asked, who is our Lord?

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What is our religion, who was the messenger was sent to us. So these primary areas have been

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identified by the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him. Of course, he didn't come back to the US, he was informed this by a law.

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for us to leave this world we should leave this world clear on these matters, fundamental matters, as well as we said, other areas of life skills,

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which are acquired knowledge, which is useful for us to live in this world.

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And we should know it from from an established perspective, or at least have enough knowledge, Islamic knowledge to guide us in whatever profession we are in. Even if we are a taxi driver, or garbage collector,

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or a teacher

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or a lawyer, or whatever we are, we should have sufficient Islamic knowledge to guide us in order for us to practice our professions in a way

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Way, which is pleasing to Allah.

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That's the bottom line. We want to live our lives which are pleasing to Allah. And we can only do that if

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we have Islamic knowledge.

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So, that was the basic topic that I was asked to deliver

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to you today. And I hope that the

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concepts are clear.

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And sha Allah good now, how pass things back over to

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the Brown, who would

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field your questions, and inshallah we can try to look at any issues that may have come up from what I've said, which is not clear or you'd like to get into more depth on some areas on Amazon and you're welcome, barnacle AFRICOM take it away brother, Zack located Dr. Villa Philips, Camila, watercolor fig for the great message inshallah Tada, so like, Chef Malala mentioned the child toddler, we will open up the floor if anyone has questions. If you have questions, please write them in the chat box and inshallah inshallah we will forward those questions here and read them off to Dr. Malala. So that he can answer them in sha Allah tala. Because of the way things were running in

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the beginning when hamdulillah we were I didn't know see that I was allowed by biovault hamdulillah he gave part of his bio and is talking shout Allahu taala the last part of the Bible which I think is also important inshallah, that I want to read, you know, and give time for some people to write some questions in sha Allah tala is the Mashallah Dr. Blair Phillips has written and translated and commented on over 50 published books on various Islamic topics. He has also presented Islamic programs on your channel, the shadow TV piece TV, who the TV Islam channel in the UK, the deen show here in the USA, Chicago and guidance TV, but perhaps the greatest single achievement, and the one

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for which he was listed in the Jordanian publication, the 500 most influential Muslims, Mashallah is his historic founding of a mega University from Doha, Qatar, the Islamic online university now known as international Open University, which since its inception in 2010, has over 500,000 students registered from 228 different countries around the world with humbler martial arts a lot of color in the alows Pan hautala accept that effort and place it on your skills shakable and you find him completely pleased with you and that you are from those that he says go to Hulu bestseller, and turn peace and tranquility. Alhamdulillah be highly sad, and without any reckoning. I mean,

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inshallah, tada, I'll ask the first question, I don't see that anything has come in just yet. Sometimes people are shy.

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Some, sometimes we hear that individuals asked this particular question when they say, if I study online,

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we'll Will my education of my Islamic education be just as legitimate as if I went overseas to a Medina to us harm, etc, etc, inshallah Sarla due to my situation of not being able to travel overseas and study overseas inshallah.

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Alhamdulillah the content, you know, you will be able to get

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the content from scholars

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who we have, you know, engaged to present the various topics, the various subjects, etc, it's, it's there, no doubt.

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And in the end, it's about you, how you commit yourself to your studies, you know, if you study as you studied, in school, you know, just revising at the last minute before the final exams, you know, you're just trying to get through as quickly as possible to get the piece of paper then

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it may not be very beneficial, you know, just as if you went there and did it and, you know, you came up with the paper, you know,

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if you're sincere,

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you can get, of course,

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the scars that we have are the best that we could find. We who are able to convey the information in English medium

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and below, you know, there are PhDs or master's etc from graduates.

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From the Medina University and other universities in the Muslim world,

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so the quality of the knowledge ultimately is the same. And

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it what it what it provides for you is convenience, the you know, it being online, and in English medium is convenient, but reality is that if you're studying in English medium,

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and in Medina, you will be studying in Arabic medium, obviously, your command of Arabic is not going to be the same,

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that's going to your is going to be stronger. And having studied, if you are studied seriously, you know, it opens doors for you to do research into into subjects in Arabic, which, if you just take the Arabic that we give you, which is the basic Arabic to get you into college in Medina, then obviously your ability to go and research is is going to be much harder. It's not means that you can't research. But it's just you know, you have to put in extra time to build up your Arabic background to be able to access you know, the books if you want to do research and different Islamic

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Studies fields.

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National watercolor

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another question, should I you know, as a person seeking to gain knowledge in shallow tala focus on the memorization of the Quran first before studying Islamic knowledge? Or should I go on to study Islamic knowledge and then try to memorize the Quran? At the same time?

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It depends on your age and the time that you have, you know, it is not the one answer that fits all. Traditionally Muslim

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learning emphasize is the learning of the Arabic first, I mean, sorry, learning of the grind first, you know, you memorize the Quran, then you go and you memorize Hadees and then you

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go and seek knowledge, you know, you go out to different parts of the Muslim world sit under the scholars, now you have a foundation from which to, to study from

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our time is now It depends, you know, if you're already grown, memorizing the whole crime that not be so easy, maybe, you know, something that, you know, it's a mountain that you can't get over, you know, and you can memorize some but bottom line is actually

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the majority of the Sahaba and the prophets I send them died, hadn't memorized the whole Quran and they taught the deen

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they taught it to the next generation. So, you know, even in the time of the prophet SAW some of them when they were teaching, you know, learning and teaching to others, etc. The emphasis wasn't on memorizing the whole class. The emphasis was on memorizing

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what was available to you memorize it, you know, and the stress was swirl but

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you know, in fact, the one who memorize well Bukhara according to this Ahava, they said we used to call him half if Mashallah, you know, today Now, if you caught somebody happening, he already memorized.

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You are, you know, you're putting down the whole fall off. I wasn't Billa.

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this is no you know, now we we've put so much stress on memorization of the whole book, right?

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You know, that

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it is it is lost. to a large degree it has lost its meaning in the Muslim communities today. You know, in some parts of the Muslim world, what parents will do is they will sit

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down kids and the father will say, you

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have the right man. You, your job is to memorize the whole

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the rest of us we are going to go into business. You're going to establish this, you know, factories and whatever will be

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got money and everything, but you just memorize the whole

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Don't worry about anything else will take care of everything for you, you just memorize the whole grind.

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Why? Because the Prophet said,

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that's the one who matters, memorize the whole code. And he can bring seven of his family members into paradise with him.

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Sometimes they say it's seven generations with him,

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fabricated it, of course, there's no such

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people believe it, you know, and they do this regularly.

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So this memorize in crime, or

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in Montreal, I remember a few years back,

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a mother beat her child to death

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beat the child to death because the kid wasn't memorizing fast enough.

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His his teacher was complaining he was not memorizing properly. And so he beat him and beat him and killed him.

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You know,

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somehow, this thing is now becomes so twisted and distorted. You know, we ask a lot of protectors. But

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we have the chance to have our kids as foreign, you know, without turning it into a life and death situation,

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or thinking that it's going to take the rest of us to paradise.

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It's a good thing. It's a good thing. I shall

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fight with my kids memorize the law.

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Pray that Allah blesses them for it. And

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it's not bad. It's not a bad thing to do. It's a good thing to do.

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If so, if you're starting early, you know, and of course, I you know, I had them memorize it from their early age.

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But as an adult, if you're looking to go into Islamic Studies, should you take the time out to memorize the Quran?

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It depends. If you're young enough, young adult, early 20s, whatever, I'd say go for it. Yeah, not bad idea won't do it. It will help you.

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If you're studying in English medium, you can do it parallel, whilst you're studying, memorize the Quran also, you know, even if you're doing it in Arabic, you could be memorizing at the same time, when we started the Medina, they used to have us memorize two and a half Jews every year, you know, and

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it's not the old grand, but you know, it would get you through at least you know, 10 Jews. So martial arts one third of the grand and that should have been impetus for you to memorize the rest of the grant. So that's a good thing. If the circumstance is convenient,

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then have the law and your ages younger, and it's practical, inshallah and beneficial show. This is their brother in law, he basically says, Can you give them some tips to memorize for under daily for a person I guess who's, you know, trying to work in balance between both and shall not

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work? Well, I can suggest.

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In the international Open University, we do have a section which is for memorization,

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the GQ MC section and we have a number of different programs there. The latest program that we're introducing I believe it began or to be beginning this semester is called one day one I a

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muscle you know, for those people who whenever you know, they're encouraged to memorize a grant I don't have time I'm busy. Can you memorize one in a day?

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So when I end the day is Baccarat in a year, my song Judo is just about

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if you just if you stick with it when I one day, so we have that program in place, as well as you know section you can choose the area you want to memorize or you want to go for the Walker and we have it or if you memorize the whole Quran, you want to get the job that we have it you know, we have over five, some 25 or 514 of them are males and

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You know 11 of them are female female five

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majority of them are from Egypt

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and hamdulillah you can

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set your own timings for the memorization out and rise you to join that program or in Europe. If there's you know, usually they have

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a program going on in the masjid or

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or you have somebody come to your home and help you to on a weekly basis or whatever.

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Sharla Sister nilka she says what are the best and or most important morning evening communication that we recommend new Muslims or non Arabic speaking Muslims who struggle with the Arabic language.

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applications and applications in and of themselves are

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supposed to be

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us opening up and reaching out to a lost bandana.

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So for you to make morning and evenings applications,

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yourself in your own language,

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that's perfectly fine. There are some which the promises are not recommended.

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which you may learn in Arabic, but even if you learn them in Arabic, my advice is that you should learn the meanings, their meanings, so that you're not just saying Arabic terms, you really don't understand what it means at all. So you're sort of thinking that these words in Arabic have some kind of power, the words in and of themselves have a kind of power, which in fact they don't have

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it is the meaning

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and us expressing these thoughts which is about us and gave us in the form of do eyes which benefits us by

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our reaching out to a loss Vandana

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so there are many and best thing to do is to get the book called

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Islam Muslim or the fortress of the Muslim in which they do as listed there. There are long ones short ones, you take what is convenient for you and and then learn it this is the best approach

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Mashallah check because no will come in upon that our shadow talent is laid over by us inshallah. Tada the final question that I'll give you a shout outs Allah. We can we talked about, you know, translating into different languages and having Islam available in our language. And our most final seller revealed the messenger speaking the language of the people, what advice would you give towards the Latinos

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in terms of putting more importance?

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You know, because we were like, way behind the bar, when it comes to having material in our language in shallow Tyler, let alone an educational institution or resource As such shall settle. We have a lot of students now going overseas and studying still when they go back home, especially when it comes to Central South America, Puerto Rico, things of this nature of the Caribbean.

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They're not spread out through that entire country, they're just in pockets of those countries. And if you don't have access to that part of the country, then you're still disconnected from the knowledge and from what we've seen, and personally I've seen traveling through Central and South America and some of the Caribbean that the hope was in the learning as being done inside of the Saudis are still in the Arabic language.

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Complete code was in Arabic language, no translations whatsoever. So what emphasis and you know, what advice can you give us as Latinos in sha Allah tala and looking at this you know, importance and establishing this type of a legacy inshallah for people who are now considered to be the fastest, you know, nationality of people entering the fold of Islam coordinate?

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Well, what you mentioned about foot buzz in the masjid being given completely in Arabic. We all faced this, when we came into Islam and in many places, we still face it. You know, and

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I think, though, that many communities have managed now to give the whole

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buzz in English or half and half or something like this because we always have to stress that the hookah is not

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an act of a bada in the sense of Salah.

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I mean, it is supposed to be conveying a message,

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you know,

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educating the community, advising them, etc. And if you're speaking to them in a language you don't understand,

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we have to question well, what advice etc, you're giving them.

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So I think those who come back, you know, if you're going into, you know, Latino communities where everybody does speak Spanish or Portuguese or whatever, you know, then it should be it should be given in the language of the people, you know, that basic Otherwise, the mass of the people will not be understanding and will not be benefiting from the hookah. I mean, some people say, okay, we can give a talk before you know, the Juma.

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In some countries, they call it the biotin biotin. beforehand. So you give whatever you have to give them and then you do the foot by an Arabic to make sure it's,

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well, it's better than not

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giving anything but it's it's turning the Arabic into something more ritualistic, you know, which is not, which was not the intent, prophesied solemn, gave his foot but in Arabic, because the people he was given the hook back to was where Arabs

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can we think of the process and I'm giving the code back to, you know, non Arabs, to Persians or Romans or Africans? You know, we're not this is not practical, Islam doesn't ask for that, you know, it's not beyond that. Anyway,

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in terms of trying to translate that said, the program, which we offer, the Bachelors of Arts, in Islamic Studies, is trying to translate that into, you know, the languages of the community.

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I think this is

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an important step for the many who would not be able to learn Arabic on one hand, or even learn sufficient English to be able to understand, on the other hand, so it's something worth

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people coming together and as an effort, group effort doing it, you know, the

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brothers and sisters in Indonesia, they have managed to do it, as I mentioned,

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in order to do also in Russian.

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that that option is there for the masses, who would not get the chance to learn sufficient Arabic to study. So, I would strongly recommend that

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from a Latino community, those who have the time or have the skills or whatever, you know, try to come together and do it as a group project. We at

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Santa Clara University or national university would help as much as we could, for you to achieve this goal.

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Mashallah bar coffee. So inshallah tala brothers and sisters hamdulillah you know, I'll end by saying that, you know, hamdulillah I believe that this is a great endeavor that's needed. It's a subtle call to geria that can be placed on your scale, inshallah tada that you will have no idea who it will touch. And I will personally, you know, share with you, everyone else. I've shared this with Dr. Rao that back in 1998, when I was episode, J helia. And in the darkness of this world, and searching for something that another Puerto Rican brother came to me and actually gave me Chanel's book until he gets out. So he was actually the first Islamic book that I've received in my surgeon

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might ever have looking to try to recognize who the creator was, but humbly love. And it was the book that Mashallah guided me to finally, accept Islam alongside reading the Quran and going back and reading the Bible and really finding you know, those things that I needed to find within the Bible to finally convince my heart that you know, this wasn't the right path for me, it's upon Allah. And here I am. 23 years later, what have we learned?

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I'm sitting with Dr. Blau, Phillips and hamina on the same platform, never thought that this would happen right? And humbler but 23 years ago Mashallah guided by his book Alhamdulillah and then now 23 years later blessed to Mashallah be here on this platform with the michelada Hotel are talking about the importance of Islamic knowledge and shadow salah and this is how things are supposed to let you know we do certain things sincerely for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala if you don't have any idea whose heart is going to touch how many hearts he will touch and shoveled solid but if you do it sincerely, then inshallah Allah Allah subhanho wa Taala will utilize you and your efforts in

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shallow Salah to reach out and bring Islam to others that you can even imagine. And perhaps Mr. kiama, you will see the benefit of all of that. So I encourage my Latino brothers and sisters in shallow tala to Let's come together in Charlottetown and figure out a way and how we can give this program translated the shallows so that our people have access to the Islamic resources and knowledge that is of great necessity for them to have access to hamdulillah we know that Mashallah we have over five six decades of Islam in our countries Alhamdulillah some country because of the Arabs coming there and living amongst us in establishing Islam there and honey London it's such a

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you know, it's touching the hearts of the people who lived in those areas were humbler and now Mashallah, it's time to make your transformation and begin to Mashallah offer more resources to our people in sha Allah tala so at hamdulillah for those who are interested, feel free to contact me and Charlotte Allah, or contact Dr. Bilal, inshallah and we can see how we can make this happen. Dr. Bilal shave Barak Hello fee for your time and for your effort of hamdulillah I know that time is precious Alhamdulillah and it's laid over by you and we ask Allah subhanaw taala to reward you immensely for giving us some of your time, and we place it on your skills of the deeds shall not

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salah and then find that you find him pleased with you and that you are always grateful to all for all the bounty that He has given you a shallow salah and that he keeps your heart and your feet and your soul in your mind always firm upon him and Islam and and connected to him a loads of article on Tyler, and brothers and sisters and if you have any questions that may pop up because you're watching this video, after the live session and you have questions that come up, please feel free to send them in and you can always find those to back them out and see if we can get them answered either verbally in the video or in written form and shallow toddler just like mo Hayden was really

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caught off guard to me the Peace and blessings of Allah subhanaw taala be upon your Hold on one second.

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All right, this will lead to Islam Allah rasulillah brothers and sisters in shallow Tyler, we I forgot the shallow toddler that we had a very special video in shallow time that we wanted to show to all of you

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about our sister shallow toddler who learned Islam in Charlottesville and I'm not going to say anything or anything else I want you to watch the video inshallah. Tada. And then from after the video we'll come back on and we'll mention a few things in shot lontano Oh,

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one minute let me pull it up

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My name is Father mo remar I am a mother of ion her mood. She told me mommy I found it that school and I say okay, when I say okay, I wanted to I don't want it to broke her heart, but I thought she cannot do it. And it's very difficult for her.

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After she started, I saw she started she working very well. No one help her except Allah. And she's amazing is Yeah, it's miracle. I say it's miracle sometimes I'm cry.

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And I have knowledge for her. Yeah, I didn't know that Arabic Can she teach me her now, when we saw her, we try everyone can do if she do this amazing things.

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Tell us a little bit about SR i n and this amazing journey subpanel of Nadeem that

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breaks the heart tunnel and makes the heart also contented and happy at the same time somehow Allah

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Mashallah, you know, the bottom line is that I am has graduated

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she graduated from the International Open University so I'm gonna University she completed all of her subjects, did her thesis for bachelors because we have a bachelor's thesis and inshallah she'll be moving on to our masters. I mean, and this is the, this is hamdulillah the the facility facilitation which comes from the internet without the laws provided. And as you can imagine, she's struggling she's able to move only two fingers

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two fingers

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and she worked her way through all of her subjects learning Arabic studying fit and happy and you know, memorizing and Marsha Marsha.

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You know, really, we say if she can do it, nobody has an excuse for not doing it.

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Nobody has an excuse. Good. So hello, Masha Allah, she completed her four years of study, and she stayed on it the whole time. never gave up whatever difficulties she was faced with. She just continued and as she said her mother looks at it as a miracle. And now she teaches her mother

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in law so

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for all the viewers You know, this this is a wake up call.

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You know that when you go standing before a law on the day of judgment and and he asks you about your knowledge, why you didn't get knowledge and you say Oh, it's just too busy. You know, it's just too difficult or whatever whatever excuse you gotta bring you know, you've seen I am and you know, what can be done?

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Well, I know what Allah has, gives us the ability to use them because perhaps one day may come when we don't have the ability to use them anymore. And at that point, it may be too late inshallah huhtala

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any other message shift that you want to give the community inshallah Tada, especially the Latino community that I can translate into Spanish for you?

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Right, everything

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bless you all, and it's good to hear that, you know, the Islam is spreading rapidly on you. Of course, Muslims ruled Spain for 700 years, you know,

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but in Spain and Portugal is under Islamic rule for 700 years. So Islam is in your blood, you know,

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sha Allah you

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inshallah, you find your way back, in spite of the efforts to try to erase it, you know, from the continent. Law has brought it back. And you are a new generation, returnees to Islam. They are well, and

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put on your scale of good deeds, all your efforts to share this message. You know, as Rob Solomon said, by level I knew now I convey whatever you learn from me, even if it's only a single verse from the Quran, you know, that's the responsibility on your shoulders. We have done our part and inshallah we pray that I help you to do your part by the club. mafia hamilo shift v hokku. chautala stamey is you can islaam just untangle norseman spices that umbrella? He can Islam is da da da and in spania boardmasters at a simple onions. So can Islam just tie in with a sangha la cocina pinata Sangha inshallah Allah ek on Kegels

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