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The Hardship of Al Ta’if

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Daood Butt

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa rahmatullah

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wa salatu wa Sallim wa ala Nabi Hill Karim Allah He of course Allah to Otama tasleem rubbish roughly Saudi Arabia Sidley Emery larocca tim melissani of Kahu Kohli, my brothers and sisters in Islam, a Salam or aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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No comment.

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I want to first of all, let you know what we're doing. inshallah, you probably noticed that on the schedule, there's a couple of changes. And that's going to be explained to you further in detail later on in sha Allah hota atta. So I've been given the task to take upon this topic, the topic that we're covering today is the topic of the perseverance, the push and drive of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in relation to his experience with the people of thought, if and so we all know this story very well. And I touched upon it very briefly in the previous lecture, how the profits on the long run of us and then when he left MCC, and he went to ball, if any, was trying to seek

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place, land, safety, security, he's trying to find a place to live, for him for the Muslims, etc. A place that would be as comfortable possibly as what you and I go through a nice comfortable place we enjoy where we live, we love the fresh air, we love the greenery, we love the winter in the snow and the freezing minus 35 degree temperature, right? We love everything about this zone that we live in, in the world on the globe, but the profits are longer and he was some of them was not accepted. He was not accepted. In fact, he was rejected to the extent that they threw him out they, they didn't want him to stay there. And he returned to MK Gunn, as he's returning to his people to the Muslims,

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the profits on a long run and he was someone was being stoned. Like they were they had these stones, and they were throwing them at the profits on a long run. And he was selling them and he was actually being injured. And a lot of the time we hear this and we just think to ourselves that this is a story. This is from a book that we read in a novel that is not really true, but it actually is true. This happens to a human being and for you and I what we need to recognize is if I was going through that, how would I feel if people were throwing things at me to the extent that I was bleeding and the blood was running from my body down my clothing, clogging my shoes and my footwear

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to my feet? How would I feel and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as we gave him the example before, when these stones are being thrown at him he didn't bend down and grab a stone or pick up the stones that were thrown at him and throw them right back at the person or the people that were throwing them at him. The prophets a little longer and he was Salam was approached by angels and Allah subhana wa tada sent them to him. And they asked him, son, Allahu Allahu wa sallam, what would you like us to do?

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If you want we can take these mountains and just crush the people

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who are harming you. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had every single ability to just simply say, yes, do so Allah has sent you here to do that. Why not? Go ahead, right? Allah has sent it, why not? You? And I would say, hey, Allah sent this Carlos, let's take it. In fact, when you look at the world of things that are free, and I was listening to the radio the other day and someone said everybody loves when they get something for free. It's the best feeling to get something for free. And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is getting something for free. Allah subhanho wa Taala sends these angels to him. If you want, we can just destroy these people

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take these two mountains crushed them, but the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam knew his struggle was real.

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He knew that he would need to set an example for us in Canada, not Canada, you know, knowing that but for us as Muslims later on down the line, that we would be in need of such example to get us through the hardships that we are going through today.

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So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam makes a dua.

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And that's a lesson that we learn. How many of us actually make dua, how many of us see things in the media that's happening? We don't really turn to a law. We have become so desensitized, and that is exactly what media tries to do to us a lot of the time, they want to show us picture upon picture and video upon video of people being shot and people being killed and homes being destroyed and cities being demolished and, you know, bombs being dropped on cities, entire cities. They want to make us feel as though we don't care for the life of a human being anymore. And this is why you see things happening in the world like shootings.

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In peaceful places, like even Canada in Quebec City January 29 of this year, and we'll come back to that later on in sha Allah but the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam knew that you were setting an example for me and for you.

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And so he makes do

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that, I hope.

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I hope that goodness will come to these people through their children. Through the future generation, there will be something good, I hope that there will be from amongst them believers who turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala. It's not about what's going on now. It's about what will happen, what could happen, what is going to happen in the future. And I want to give you examples of how the law of something modern because a lot of the time, especially for the younger generation, when we talk about incidents or events that happen over 1000 1400 years ago, none of us can really relate. We're like, Okay, I'm not getting stoned. So what's your point? No one is harming me. I don't get

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it. There's not blood flowing from my body. You don't understand my hardships. A lot of the youth or younger adults will say you don't understand my hardships. You don't know what's going on in my head. And that's why we see a lot of people suffering from depression. A lot of people you know, facing anxiety and having anxiety attacks because a lot of what's happening in the world is kept and bottled up inside of us. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says

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Rubina, he Mina, shavon yamaji

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levena

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kuno Amina Nina he Shahada below peace. Wanna yeah God min Shanna come in

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Tara Dino Dino uporabo de taco. What?

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What? Maha

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Maha Fabio Bhima

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Allah subhanho wa Taala in this verse, verse number eight of swords, ADA, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, are you who believe? Yeah, you are Latina. amanu those of us here that believe now we're listening, right? We want to know what is Allah subhanho wa Taala telling me here. It sounds beautiful. And that's one of the problems of our own Muslim Hannah law. We enjoy the Quran. That's great. Nothing wrong with that. That's not a problem. But we enjoy listening to it, but we don't really know what it means.

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If we enjoy something, this is sort of a side topic. If we enjoy listening to the Koran, we should hunt it down, as in many of us here and you'll know I met a lot of you know, the brothers that came up to me afterwards, you know, they're like, oh, Mashallah, you spoke about India and Pakistan or you mentioned you know, your father's from Pakistan. So, you know, they came to me and one of the things that the people from India and Pakistan do they recite surah Yaseen all the time. Wake up in the morning sort of Yeah, scene after scene, someone is sick. So what I see in some of these helps or as seen someone's in the hospital. So he has seen a child has been born. So what I seen,

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ask any of you What does the third verse have sort of seen mean?

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Tell me something, you know, surah. Yaseen, give me a story from Syria. Tell me about a man that's mentioned in sort of a scene and one knows, but we love this photo so much. And that's, that's the problem. The problem is that we love something so much, but don't get up and go to find out what more is there for us. There will be a lot more love behind what we love to listen to, if we were to only go and try and find it. So that's just a side thing. I encourage all of us, let's find out what is there what Allah subhanho wa Taala is teaching us in the Quran in the beautiful verses in Surah of the Quran that we love so much. So here Allah subhana wa tada says, Yeah, you are Latina. amanu

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those of us who believe Listen up kuno como Amina Nila he Shahada

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be Lucas for Allah subhana wa tada Anna says, Oh, you who believe be persistent, or persistently standing firm for Allah subhanho wa Taala. Witnesses injustice. Allah telling us to stand firm, stand strong.

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And I'll give you an example. Like I said, I'm going to relate back to our time, you know, some hannula I don't know if I shared this last year. But living in Canada, there's a lot of things that lead up to the frustration

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We deal with whether we're Muslim or not Muslim. Sometimes it's someone who's just comes from a different ethnic background, someone who maybe is not Muslim, born and raised in a certain province that is not accepted in another province that happens, right. So I'm traveling, for example, through Pearson airport, right. And

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I get to the security checkpoint.

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And I only live like 15 minutes away from Pearson. So what's really interesting is every time I go to check in, they always ask you, do you live here? Like, do you live in Canada? And I'll say, Yes, I live 15 minutes away. And a lot of that sometimes, sometimes they look at you and they're like, Do you live here expecting you to say you don't, even though you have a Canadian passport, but when you say you live 15 minutes away, they're like, oh, you're in Mississauga, right? Like, you live in Mississauga. And so some Canada, I get their check in get to security. And I'm randomly selected for secondary screening, but four times consecutively on four separate trips, right?

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It's funny, it's very random.

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And so I get to security this time. And I could see on my boarding pass those four capital S's, so if it says capital S, capital S, capital S, capital S, you have been pre selected it, there's no randomness in there, you've been pre selected to be secondary screened. So I get to this security checkpoint, I give them my boarding pass, they scan it, obviously, it goes red instead of green. And then they say, okay, sir, you've been randomly selected for a secondary screening and look at the guy. No, I'm randomly select, I knew that I was selected before you told me that. And then he's like, yeah, it's just random. The system does it by itself. Long story short, he brings me forwards.

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If you've never been secondary screened before, you first have to have gone through the X ray machine, then go through the body scan machine, then also be patted down. And that's also including your entire bag, your carry on bag, completely emptied zipper inside, the lining, opened up and checked, and so on and so forth. But the secondary screening goes further than that. Because what they do is that they pat you down. And it's not a typical pat down, like when you get pulled aside, they pat you down. This is a special secondary screening pat down, where they tell you, I need to put my hands in your pants, and do a backhanded Pat in the front and in the back. And so they put

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their hands in your pants, and they basically just fish around to see if there's anything you're hiding in there. Now, as a community leader, as an Imam, as someone who stands in front of large audiences, as someone whose social media is very active and active on social media, lots of people in airports generally know me, right? So I'm standing there, and I have this man with his hands in my pants, and I'm like this, and it's in front of everyone. And I have this family or not, I don't have a family, but there's another family going through the other metal detector. And the children see me and they're like, oh, shucks down Santa Monica. And the parents are like,

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Is everything okay? I'm like, yeah, everything's perfectly fine.

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Someone's cut their hands in your pants in the middle of an airport in front of everyone, you don't feel good. And that's exactly the example that I'm giving to you. There will be times when a lot there will be times where we feel we are judged, or we are being treated differently. And what's important for us is not to stand there and make a scene because when we make a scene on the spot, usually nothing comes from it. But when we actually stay take a step back and think what can I do to change this situation? Who can I speak to how can I clarify or rectify this issue? Then we start to get to productive steps. And that's what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did when he was

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returning from thought if he took productive steps to actually change the society that he lived in. Nowadays, if you go to Saudi Arabia, if you go to mucker Medina and you buy a juice, you know how there's juice that they sell freshly squeezed juices? You asked for a pomegranate juice, a little muffin that comes from Paul if the most tastiest pomegranate, on the face of this earth comes from that land.

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And it now is inhabited by Muslims.

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People who protect Makkah and Medina,

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people who welcome us, people who open their homes at a time when there were no hotels for people to stay in. I went with my father for Hajj in 1988. There were no homes and sorry, there were not many hotels and we had to stay in people's homes. You can just knock on people's doors. I remember my dad was going around looking for a place for us to stay. And you just ask someone can we rent a room? Can we stay in your apartment?

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You just rent it and you say that that's how it was.

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Those people some kind of luck with the door of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with the concern of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam moving forward, he managed to change not only the situation there, but when people go and they experience what happens when they go for Hajj, when they go for Ramadan, when they meet people, they come back and they say How I wish I could go and live over there. This same city that through the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam out

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famously recited in the Quran by many of us, either.

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No slow, long, e one.

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e d, e, f wotja, sub B, being handier a beaker was stone.

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Canada.

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We all know that sorta none of us really know what is the meaning behind it. Allah Subhana. Allah is telling us when you see, after going through the hardships that large numbers of people are entering Islam are believing in a law for sub B.

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Praise Allah subhana wa tada for sub B be handy Robbie cow was stone for you and asked for forgiveness, why we've all made mistakes. None of us is perfect. So the hardships we go through, build us into better individuals. And we need to be patient with it. And we need to work with the times that we're living in. And we need to be people that don't just turn and make dua how the other day this mother came in to see me. She came in for a counseling session. And she was telling me she says I make dua against the Friends of my son, because they were the ones who influenced him to do what he's doing.

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I was like No sister,

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don't make dua against them. Don't make don't have for them to be destroyed. Make dua for them to be guided. That's better. That's better, right? Now. Imagine if they were guided Imagine if they put that amount of effort and that amount of energy and concern and thought into wanting to go out and commit how long but now they transform that energy and directed towards wanting to help Islam wanting to do something that's good wanting to help humanity and the rest of the world we notice or we will notice that a change will come for the benefit of the rest of society. Now my brothers and sisters,

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we saw something really interesting happened

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January 29, like I mentioned earlier,

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someone

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who we're still waiting to hear what happens to him walks into a mustard in Quebec City.

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And as he's approaching the mustard, I actually went to visit there so I'm going to walk you through this okay.

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As he's approaching the mustard, two brothers, they're not actual brothers. They're both from Guinea Africa. Right both share the same last name. Both of them lived in the same apartment building as well. I went to meet both of their families. Both of them are walking out of the masjid.

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And

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the shooter sees them and opens fire and kills both of them right outside the masjid.

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Now, the Muslims inside the masjid hear

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what just happened outside they hear gunshots it's loud.

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And I actually saw bullet holes still in the glass of the mustard. I don't know if they changed the glass yet. I was just there not too long ago. Massive bullet holes panel are right through this thick thick glass right?

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He goes into the masjid and he begins to open fire.

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He opens fire. Chaos begins. And then he runs out of bullets.

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And one of the brothers the one who's uh

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who had a butcher shop.

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He announces to the other brothers that are there in the congregation. Let's go Let's get him. He's out of bullets. Let's go. Let's get them and they get up to run after him him and another brother.

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And as he's running or as they're running towards him, he manages to pop in another round of bullets and starts shooting at them. And he shoots at this one brother. Aim and I believe his name is who still in the hospital

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shoots him seven times.

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But the first bullet went right into his neck and stopped right beside his spinal cord.

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And when it stops beside his spinal cord

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He's in so much shock that he drops to the ground. And so this man thinks the shooter thinks that he lost like he's dropped to the ground. But he doesn't stop there. He continues to fire rounds into this men in multiple different places in his body and his arm and his leg, and you know, in his chest, and so on, and I went to see him in the hospital as well.

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And he also shoots this other man who owns a barber shop in his foot, who's completely traumatized and is shutting down his barber shop and just can't see the people in the community because it reminds him of what happened.

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Now, why I'm saying this, my brothers and sisters is because all of those families, and I'm going to ask whoever's in charge of the lights to turn the lights on a little bit like, like they were before. All of these families that we went to see

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are now

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left without a father.

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And islamically when a family is left without a father, and there's little children who are not mature, yet, those children are orphans, those children are raised as orphans, we consider them islamically orphans, whether a person wants to accept that or not islamically that's how the rulings go. Right. And so there we have it, six families whose family members of panelo were killed, many others who were injured. And now these children who I personally went to meet, I went to each one of their homes and met with their families, I met with the wives, I met with the children. And I sat with them. I even had, you know, two of these children, playing with my sunglasses and warping them.

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And I thought to myself, as these two little children are sitting on my lap, and I'm sitting on the floor, they're just playing with my sunglasses. And I'm thinking to myself, you know, I bought those sunglasses in Medina.

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And they're like, destroying it in 30 seconds. But I thought to myself, let them do it.

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Because these children will grow up to never even remember who their father was. They're so small. They don't even know who their father is.

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No, you and I sitting here in Ottawa, not too far away from Quebec City. What have I done?

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What have I done like have I even think back? Have I even made do aha for a lot to help those families, many of us will say, you know, somehow I never even thought of that we get so caught up in talking about it, we get so caught up in following it on social media, we forget that we're supposed to be doing something to help people.

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I was sitting in the mustard, right on the spot and the floor, the carpet underneath me, they didn't have enough money, the mustard didn't have enough money. And they didn't think it was a necessity for them to change the carpet because it got dirty and stained with blood. So the blood stains of those who were shot and killed are still or we're still I don't know if it's still there now. But we're still embedded in the carpet, even though the carpet was cleaned and disinfected and everything, but the stains in the carpet were still there. And I was sitting at the spot where there was a big puddle of blood from one of the brothers, the professor at the University, who was shot

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and killed and left his family and two children behind. And it was lecturing to them telling them about the hardships. And you wouldn't believe somehow in law.

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Every single one of the mothers who we went to see every single one of the six mothers who we went to visit whose husband was shot just weeks before that visit, said one common thing.

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They said don't worry too much about us.

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We are worried about those brothers and sisters that we're in the masjid and saw our husbands getting shot and killed.

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Somehow

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you're so concerned about them.

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The whole world is concerned about you. You just lost your husband, your children going to be raised with no father. How difficult is that for you? So Pamela many of them they were in tears literally breaking down to like we didn't know how to pay for rent. The landlord was giving us you know, a leeway saying you could pay us later but still expecting the money. They didn't have anything one of the brothers went to see in the hospital. He was a brother who would leave Yamaha

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drives a taxi with a PhD but came to Canada couldn't get a decent job. So he was driving a taxi for seven years. He got shot. And you know for a taxi driver. His income only comes in when he drives. His brother has been sitting in the hospital for six weeks, or is his family getting money from? No one is there to help him his children would sit by his hospital bed. He's sitting in his hospital bed, not worried about himself. He's worried Where are we going to live? We're about to get

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thrown out. We have no food. There's nothing on our tables. And my brothers and sisters.

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That's Canada,

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where we have all the social services that I mentioned to you in the previous session.

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That's Canada.

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What are we doing as a Muslim oma? One of the most beautiful things from Hannah and the brothers from Islamic Relief and sisters, they're here as well. Islamic Relief stepped in immediately afterwards, they pulled together 1.5 million, I think it was around $1.5 million to help those families and to help the masjid to clean it up with you know, legal issues and so on and so forth, the burial and whatnot. And so my brothers and sisters, our tests are different. Stand firm as a Muslim Hanwha Tana says, to help save one person's life, to see that picture of someone who Subhana Allah is eating food because of you. Or because you encourage someone to help to give that person

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food.

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It makes you feel like you just want to turn to Allah Institute and make such that for the rest of your life.

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And here on loss of Hanoi, Tana continues to say, and do not let the hatred of people prevent you from being just don't let the hatred of the people around us stop us from doing good.

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The more that we give, the more people will see that we are good for doing things. The more that we stand for justice, the more people will see that we are good people, the more they will realize that there's something in us that they want to be like, and my brothers and sisters, it's not about being like us.

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It's what they see in us, that we need from others. And what people see in us is a man

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be people of a man, be people who hold on to your deen be someone who, at least at the very least, will turn to a low when you have no one to turn to. And so Allah subhanho wa Taala says Don't let the hatred of people prevent you from being just and he then says, era dealu be just

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Rahmani Taku. You want to have Taqwa. You want to be close to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah justice as Allah Subhana Allah says, is close to taqwa, who are Acropolis taqwa, it is nearer or closer to righteousness. So the more that we are good to others, the more righteous we are. And as we become more righteous, we gain taqwa. And you might feel in yourself I feel distant. I feel lost. I feel disconnected from Allah. I don't know if Allah accepts me. Is a love rejecting me. Maybe you are telling yourself I want to help someone else. I wish I could be like the person who gives for one orphan and you might not be able to, but you think to yourself, era dealu era dealu era de to be

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good, be just be honest, be righteous. Who are acabo de taqwa? Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, What como Ma

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Ma hobbie.

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Bhima.

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Allah says, have Taqwa and fear. If we do something wrong, Allah might do might he has the ability to punish us we know that and I never liked to translate taqwa, interfere automatically. That's why I said have Taqwa. And Allah Subhana Allah says, have Taqwa what the law in the law ha habido de matamanoa. Allah subhanho wa Taala is well acquainted

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with what we go through with what we do. So my brothers and sisters, the least the least, that we do today,

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if you can't give, you can't help someone else.

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The least thing that we can do is know and be content that alone knows our situation. never feel that a law is not going to reward you. You might be that person who's close to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam like this, because your intention to give is there, but you don't have the capacity to do so. So don't feel bad. Don't feel sad. Don't feel down don't feel as though someone just put you on a guilt trip. Don't feel as though you now need to go and you know, feel guilty like oh, everyone's giving I'm not giving no online knows. Allah knows our situation. Allah knows what we're planning for. Allah knows what our families are going through Allah subhanho wa

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Taala Allah will give us the rewards of what our intentions are, like. Just like Camilla haven robotica level fique was on a long list send them all about aka Donna. Vina Mohammed wa

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He was talking to a pseudonym, which is aka malo halen was Salam or aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.