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Bilal Philips

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This lecture was given in Lahore, Pakistan.

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Was hobby

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operator due to a lot of us peace and blessings, Prophet Muhammad from a lot of money, the sender

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and the logo to follow the path of righteousness until the last day

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the transformation

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into visit

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addresses

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our wishes

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what

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we would like to be

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and what

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can actually be

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these dreams

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can either be realistic,

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implementable

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or unrealistic.

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First and foremost,

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each and every one of us

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wishes

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to be somewhere, sometime doing something.

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But

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those dreams are those wishes

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can only be implemented can only manifest themselves and become real.

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If

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they are in fact, realistic goals.

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For example,

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everyone

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dreams about being

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here, we all

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have the dream of being inspired.

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But there's some of us

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who don't pray

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they don't make

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but they have the dream

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are they going to achieve

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without making

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this is unrealistic?

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This is the first question that they will be asked about.

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So, we always have to look at our dreams

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and put them in a realistic and practical context

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which can be in fact implemented

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can be realized.

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If we look in the life of a sumo law

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the goal of Jenna was

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just as it is ours.

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However,

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he lived a life in which everything that he did,

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led him to that conclusion.

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In order for us to live as he lived,

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as the laws instructed us

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to take him as our guide, our example to live our lives by when he told us,

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Canada

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there isn't a messenger of the law for you.

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When we look into his

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life,

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a life which was dedicated

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to spreading the teachings of Islam

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through his own presence

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To the community in which he was born,

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to Arabia

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and beyond

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being the last of the messengers, his message was for all of humankind.

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We see in Makkah, a time when Muslims were

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on a level

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where people

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in some cases,

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because of the trials that came with accepting,

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was instituted.

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first group of Muslims

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that

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sought refuge

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know he permitted others to go there, he himself did not go, he remain

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in order to implement

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was not the route by which this was going to take place.

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Instead,

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it was to Medina,

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Islam was established

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in the city and from the city to the rest.

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And that Phaedra if we look at the Prophet Muhammad,

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we see

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taking the necessary steps

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to do it successfully.

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You didn't just wake up

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one morning and set off.

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He specific

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His goal was to

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reach Medina

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where he was invited

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to which the law I've given him permission to travel.

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And

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he took

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a guide

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he took a guide to show him the way

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he took the companion, so that he wasn't traveling by himself

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and he prepared

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and a variety of other steps in order to successfully reach that goal.

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This is telling us that planning

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in order for our dreams, our wishes to become reality,

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we have to fly.

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And as they say, if you fail to plan

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you plan to fail

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planning is essential.

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It is through planning that our dreams become reality.

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When there is no planning

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and people engaged in activities on plan

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it takes 80%

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to produce 20%

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of the results.

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But in a circumstance where there is plumbing, then 20% of the effort will produce 80% of the goals.

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So we need to look at our dreams

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and we need to look at them realistically

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plans in order to implement them

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and take the necessary steps

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to win

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Dena

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was a principal which was

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left behind.

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In his time, the kids row was an obligation,

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the head drop was obligatory,

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a loss

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stated in that regard

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is only me.

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Indeed, those who the angels take their souls in a state of

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what was your situation

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and they will respond, we were oppressed in the lab,

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the angels

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say to them call

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out why why

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wasn't the earth expensive that you could

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emigrate in it, you could go elsewhere.

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For

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those who died,

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when have john Hello

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evil

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that was the obligation that existed,

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canceled that obligation in terms of picture up or emigration to

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Medina, he said

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after the conquest of Mecca

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to Medina was no longer an obligation.

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However, at the same time, he gave us as a life principle, saying, Latin

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will not end emigration will not end until repentance.

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And repentance will not end until the sun rises.

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That remains a an obligation on all of us, until the last day.

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However,

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he clarified the essence of that,

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when he told us,

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a Muslim man semi man was removed.

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The Muslim to practicing law is one from

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one from

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Tom and his hands.

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And the true immigrant

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manual

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to immigrants is the one who emigrate from

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what

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emigrate from what a law has forbidden.

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So, this principle, the principle of hatred,

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of seeking circumstances, wherever we can better practices, this remains an obligation on us until we need

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it is the foundation of righteousness and goodness.

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It is the foundation for the implementation

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in our lives, the lives of our communities and our societies

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in our day to day life,

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in the various

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categories or levels in which we live

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whether

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business professionals

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or housewives, students

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We have to apply this principle,

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in order for our dream of Paradise to become rare

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as a professional

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businessman,

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it is not enough for us to spend all of our time and our energies

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accumulating

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the

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riches of this world,

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these riches ultimately will not bring happiness.

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People think, and it is shown to us on television, and media, but the more money

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the more pleasurable Your life will be, your dreams will be fulfilled.

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But the reality is that,

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with wealth,

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large amounts of wealth

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is attached. To me.

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We have a clear vision, we have clear goals that are seeking to

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achieve with that well, because the wealth is a gift from

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a blessing which he has given us.

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And in our business, we need to find higher goals beyond merely accumulating the

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well.

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wealth and riches are

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either a means

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or means that will take us to paradise.

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essential

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that we set higher goals

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and plan to utilize that wealth

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to achieve those higher goals, goals where

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we are rewarded

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for our efforts to gain wealth and utilize it,

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we're rewarded as worshipers, it becomes an act of

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love

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are spending the wealth becomes an app.

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This can only be achieved if we have clear goals

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defined by Islam

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in order for us to achieve the blessing

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and business has important,

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so much so that the profits

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on one occasion when it came to

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more than one occasion, the problem of a man must be continuously. And he asked about the man whether he had a family. And he was informed that yes, he has a family and children. And he asked Well, what about them who's taking care of him, he said his brother, his brother is working and looking after them. And he said his brother is better than

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so pure worship.

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dedicating all of our time to work

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in that specific form

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is not something

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recommended.

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It is something against the sooner.

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However, if one spends all its time in worship,

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one is then neglecting aspects of life which are

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also very important. And that's why when those who asked about the

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lifestyle, informed by the wives of the Prophet, a lot about how he lived, and they concluded that they had to do more.

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One said he was not gonna get married to women because they were destruction.

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Another one said he's gonna pass them.

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The other ones said he's gonna stay up and pray every night.

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And the problem was

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I prayed and I sleep

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Just as the person who was hoping for paradise, but not making a lot is not realistic. The one who is praying all the time and not fulfilling his fatherly

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family duties is also

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a huge responsibility in our time.

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Work,

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woman is unfulfilled if she merely takes care of itself.

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This is what is propagated from Western civilization. Keeping women in the house

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denies the country from the benefits of

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There are all kinds of

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when in reality, taking women out of the home and leaving the children to be raised by

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professionals, professional caregivers

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damages

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because those professional caregivers can never give love the way that

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they're doing it for the money, they will not put their heart and soul in it.

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And in the West, when they put cameras into these nurseries, and they found the caregivers or supposedly professional caregivers, abusing the children

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time and time again.

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So it is the duty of the mother to be in the role, providing the children with the law, that's their job. That's their profession.

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And they are highly rewarded for it.

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If they raise that generation righteously,

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it is part of their ticket to paradise.

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If they are obedient,

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that to their husbands, their husbands are pleased with them. If their husbands are righteous, then that is their ticket. It requires effort to say well Okay, let's go easy. All you have to do is to please their husband and get the product. Well, I'm sure the women can tell you how difficult it is to please.

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It's not so

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just as the men will tell how difficult it is to clean.

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Similarly, women are faced with an uphill struggle to keep the smile on the face of their outfits.

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And the reward is as a law has promised profit.

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But for her to be able

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to successfully please her husband

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and earn

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he needs to have a religious

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he needs to have a religious husband is not religious, he married him because he was

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he was a movie star.

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But he didn't have

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them pleasing Him, it's gonna be difficult even to please Him, you may end up displacing a lot.

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This is a mistake.

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Refer to marriage as this would be.

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So very important for us if we are to try to get that out.

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So we have to use the right tools to get it going. We choose the husband, first and foremost, based on his religiosity

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and of course, this is a message to parents, you know parents who are looking for their children,

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spouses wives.

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Mostly they're looking for the wrong reasons

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and they force their children to marry

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for the wrong reasons.

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What we're doing when we do that is we're doomed to failure,

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we need to follow the example.

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And as students,

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most of us here are students on one level or another,

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we are on

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a blessed path.

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The path to Paradise

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is one involving seeking knowledge.

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specifically said monster like Atari, the attempt to be elmen

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whoever takes the path in which he or she seeks knowledge, a law makes the path to paradise easy for them.

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So, this path seeking knowledge

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is one by which as a student, we can realistically achieve our goal.

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If we seek that knowledge,

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in the proper way,

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that knowledge first and foremost begins with knowledge.

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Knowledge,

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this is the individual obligatory knowledge, part of the iron,

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then there is knowledge of

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this world, which has to do with

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professions connected with building communities, etc. The various fields, engineering, medicine, etc. These are all obligatory areas, but

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we have to prioritize.

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Because some people when they're encouraged to go and seek knowledge of the diva, say, I'm busy right now, you know, I'm studying medicine, I'm studying engineering, it takes up all of my time, a

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lot of people are studying medicine, engineering, they still have their time, but they wasted,

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it's just squandered on the internet, and, you know,

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Facebook, whatever, they find the time

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they were on the phone,

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when it was

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no time is wasted time which could be used to gain knowledge of the deal, which would then help them to put their profession in the proper context.

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And the course of study,

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for it to be a path to paradise, as the term describe it,

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it has to involve

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us useful knowledge. Knowledge is useful to our society here. how some people, when they go to university,

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they go to university with the goal of

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making money,

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graduating in such and such a field, which earns you a lot of money, so you can buy a nice house, buy two cars, Have a nice life.

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This is the goal. And this goal is a Western secular goal. This is the goal of Western civilization, which is a materialist.

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So all of education direct people towards that.

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Whereas Muslims, we have a different goal. We said our dream, our vision was that this is what we're trying to achieve. So therefore, when we choose the fields of study, we should choose them based on their benefit to society.

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Don't choose a specialization, which can only be implemented in America.

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You know, we have

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areas in the various sciences etc. Where we don't have the technology or the means to utilize it. So the only place you can find a job with that skill is in America. So we have contributed to the brain drain.

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We're drawn over to America and

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what comes with it.

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Instead, we should look into the society you want to be an engineer what is the area of engineering with this society needs to improve

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its living conditions and

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Go into that area,

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and so on so forth.

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But most of all, in terms of being a student and every one of us at one time in his or her life,

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whether you're a housewife or

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at some time

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and there is an element of studentship,

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which

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is missing from our society today,

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which prevents us from changing the current situation in the country.

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What is that?

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Problem? What is that area?

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It has to do with knowing what

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you're generally asked.

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However, there are two types

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in our call, for demand,

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but I'm not talking about

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one student

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is

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a student who happens to be

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the other student

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is a Muslim who happens to be a student.

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I'm gonna repeat that.

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One is a student who happens to be a Muslim

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and the other is a Muslim, who happens to be a student?

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What is the difference between the two?

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The one who is a student who happens to be a Muslim, he could have been a Christian or Buddhist, a Hindu, an atheist, he could be anything.

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It could be anything.

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They are first and foremost, students.

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And what is the common characteristic of students the world over

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any country you go to any classroom you enter? What is the most common characteristics of all students?

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There are known as the biggest teachers in the society.

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Here teaching is focused and concentrated on a level which is

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you all know

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what happens

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is that

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the vast majority

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and achieving their graduation

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and I've been to schools across

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from Karachi.

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Islamic

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Islamic Islam is

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universal.

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And I've asked the students

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directly in front of their administrators

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who among you can raise his hand and swear

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I have never cheated on any examination.

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And invariably, only one or two.

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Only one or two.

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One university I went to 1000 people in the audience.

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Only for

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everybody laughs

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everybody laughs

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even the administrators smile.

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Sometimes administrators will tell me, well, at least they're honest.

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But this is not the solution.

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I say to them.

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We all agree, everybody tells me since I first set my foot in Pakistan,

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that the society is corrupted from top to bottom.

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The reason why we are where we are because of corruption, mismanagement, cheating, lying, all these different things are going on.

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So now, if you if we remove those current administrators and gave them

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positions of administration to you?

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Are we going to find any different?

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realities? No, you're going to do just as they did

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that this society will never change.

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Until we are able to answer that question, when I ask everybody,

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when everybody can put up their hand and say, well, I've never cheated on me. Now we have a generation, the generation of the Sahaba

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that we can change the world.

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And if we produce that generation, we will change the world.

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So this has to be our role as students, as administrators, and how to tell the university students, I'm not blaming you,

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because you are a product of the system, the schools that you went to from nursery school up to grade 12 or matriculation, those schools produced you.

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So there is a failure in the whole educational system and process, there is a failure.

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There's a failure to produce.

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So the end result, the end result is that we have this student who happens to be

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with which we cannot change this society, we will just keep doing the same thing over and over.

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Now, it doesn't mean that we have no chance.

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Because after that, I asked this.

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Do you want to get it?

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Do you want to change this situation? And they all agree you're

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done? Okay? Raise your hand again, everybody.

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And

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along with me, everybody.

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Raise your hand.

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We're along with me.

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I will never cheat

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on any tests or examinations

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From today onwards,

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which means I probably will.

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It's possible

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we can turn it around

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here and now if people are concerned.

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This then is the means by which we can transform the dreams that we have. We all dream of a better Pakistan.

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Islam is established, there is justice.

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Honesty,

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there is the example to the rest of the nation.

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You could have all been

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your parents work.

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If we are to achieve

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what all Muslims dream of,

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then we have to be about changing our currency.

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However, that change requires.

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change requires knowledge.

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Because if we don't know what is right, and what is wrong, how can we change?

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If your best friend

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you're not number one closest buddy

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asks you in the examination.

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Give me the answer to number three.

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Now, if you're confused, this is my best buddy. Okay, I made the oath that I'm not going to cheat.

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But this one's asking me

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to die.

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I feel obliged to help you or her.

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He raised this Dynamo.

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In his own time, he said to the companions on one occasion

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as a lesson to them

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long enough to

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help your brother, whether he is the oppressor or the oppressed.

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We understand helping our brother with his apprentice. But how do we help him? When is your presser that's what we used to say when the boys love, you know, you support your plans, man, you support your tribe, you support your nation, whether they're right or wrong you with a behind them.

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He said, you help them by stopping

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you help them by stopping. So the same thing when the examination time comes. And your best friend asks you for help you help them by saying though,

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we have to be ready for that.

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Because when we take the right path, it's not going to be easy.

00:41:27--> 00:41:33

All the people who knew us from before will be complaining.

00:41:36--> 00:41:37

You're the same as the rest of us.

00:41:39--> 00:41:45

You have trials, because holding on to the truth is a challenge.

00:41:47--> 00:41:49

But if we are to achieve

00:41:51--> 00:41:54

and to realize our dreams,

00:41:56--> 00:42:02

we must have sufficient knowledge to distinguish between the right and the wrong

00:42:03--> 00:42:09

in our professions, and raising our children, running our businesses

00:42:11--> 00:42:18

in all the various walks of our lives, we need to have correct knowledge.

00:42:23--> 00:42:30

Allah has made it easy for us today in a way that it was not.

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As I was introduced

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as the chancellor of the Islamic online university,

00:42:41--> 00:42:44

I have established with

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our brothers and sisters from all over the world,

00:42:49--> 00:42:49

scholars

00:42:51--> 00:42:52

professionals

00:42:54--> 00:42:56

established the university

00:42:57--> 00:43:03

which is online and everybody here goes online

00:43:04--> 00:43:07

at one time or another even if it's just to send an email

00:43:09--> 00:43:11

99.9%

00:43:15--> 00:43:20

this university offers a free Diploma in

00:43:22--> 00:43:23

Islamic Studies,

00:43:24--> 00:43:26

no hidden costs.

00:43:27--> 00:43:34

I know when you heard that, I have a quarter of 1,250,000

00:43:37--> 00:43:39

calculation, this can be a millionaire.

00:43:41--> 00:43:43

But this is not how the university works.

00:43:45--> 00:43:54

of the 250,000 students 245,000 study for free. They don't pay a single.

00:43:57--> 00:44:17

So it's there for you. Any one of you anytime you have to go to the internet, go to the website www.edu.or Islamic online university.com

00:44:20--> 00:44:23

Google Islamic online university to be

00:44:26--> 00:44:27

there for you

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to get the necessary information, which will guide you in whatever you're doing. Whether you're a housewife,

00:44:39--> 00:44:59

or a teacher, or student, or a business person, professional, etc. There's information there to give you the foundations of what you need to know to live your life in a way which is pleasing to a law. And if we manage to do that this is a bar. This is

00:45:00--> 00:45:05

they bother with a law describes all of us. When he said,

00:45:09--> 00:45:14

the gym and humankind we're not, we're only created in order to work

00:45:19--> 00:45:24

towards watch it in order that we would achieve that dream.

00:45:27--> 00:45:29

Worship is not a goal.

00:45:30--> 00:45:31

It is

00:45:34--> 00:45:36

not a greater goal.

00:45:38--> 00:45:40

A lot created a project.

00:45:41--> 00:45:45

And the way to jedna is by worshipping

00:45:46--> 00:45:49

in all aspects of our life.

00:45:51--> 00:45:52

We live it.

00:45:53--> 00:45:57

We make Islam real, we practice it

00:45:58--> 00:46:00

in all walks.

00:46:03--> 00:46:08

But as I said, it requires knowledge to be able to do that.

00:46:11--> 00:46:14

And that knowledge is available for you.

00:46:17--> 00:46:21

We have more than 14,000 students

00:46:23--> 00:46:28

in Pakistan registered in the Islamic online university.

00:46:30--> 00:46:32

I invite you to be

00:46:35--> 00:46:41

to take this opportunity to learn your religion in your spare time.

00:46:42--> 00:46:44

at your own pace.

00:46:46--> 00:46:50

in the morning and the night, evening, on the weekend, whenever you have

00:46:51--> 00:46:57

no book, you don't have to buy books, you don't have to go to any center or go to a classroom.

00:46:59--> 00:47:02

If they're from home, you can sit in the living room.

00:47:03--> 00:47:04

Study.

00:47:06--> 00:47:07

This is a blessing.

00:47:12--> 00:47:12

So

00:47:16--> 00:47:17

our dream,

00:47:18--> 00:47:21

our dream for paradise

00:47:23--> 00:47:24

can be realized.

00:47:26--> 00:47:27

Knowing the religion

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and

00:47:32--> 00:47:38

living it as a way of life. We always speak about Islam as a way of life.

00:47:40--> 00:47:45

I'm sure you've heard that many, many times. What I'm saying is, it is

00:47:46--> 00:47:47

24 seven.

00:47:48--> 00:47:51

It's not Islam in Ramadan.

00:47:54--> 00:47:57

Those who practice Islam in Ramadan, we call them

00:48:00--> 00:48:04

those who pray only on Friday, we call them Friday.

00:48:08--> 00:48:10

Of course, there's no such thing.

00:48:11--> 00:48:12

There's no such thing as

00:48:16--> 00:48:17

somebody pretending to be.

00:48:20--> 00:48:21

They're pretending to be.

00:48:23--> 00:48:24

We asked them, Why do you even bother?

00:48:26--> 00:48:33

Why do you even bother to worship in Ramadan? And the 11 months of the year? You know?

00:48:34--> 00:48:35

What is the point?

00:48:37--> 00:48:38

They will tell you?

00:48:40--> 00:48:45

Well, you know, I'm not really sure if they're honest, I'm not really sure there is.

00:48:48--> 00:48:51

I'm not really sure there is.

00:48:53--> 00:48:54

But just in case

00:48:56--> 00:49:02

they are precautionary, just in case there is a lot I can at least say this I did a few prayers.

00:49:06--> 00:49:07

But of course it doesn't work like that.

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That kind of faith is useless.

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is equivalent to north

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face is

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that is our beginning point.

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And we commit ourselves knowing who Allah is to obey.

00:49:31--> 00:49:32

And we obey him

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according to how the profits will live.

00:49:40--> 00:49:41

And that way

00:49:42--> 00:49:46

we can achieve the great rewards

00:49:53--> 00:49:54

what a capital