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Fatima Barkatulla

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Oh the bIllahi min ash shaytani R rajim Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem

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in Al Hamdulillah Madhu, who will assign who want to stop Pharaoh when I would go below him in Korea and fusina Amin sejati I'm Alina, man yeah the Hila fella mobile Allah. Well my YouTube lil fella has yella, Shadow Allah Allah illallah wa Taala Sharika wash how to anna muhammadan Abu Rasool, indeed All praise is due to Allah, we praise Him we seek His help and we seek his forgiveness. Whomsoever Allah guides, none can miss guide, and whomsoever Allah leaves astray, Nan can guide. I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allah alone without any partners. And I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa Salam is His servant and Messenger.

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Dear sisters are Salam o alaikum, warahmatullahi, wabarakatuh.

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I hope everything is fine, where you are hamdulillah everything's fine here in London.

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So

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I wanted to share something with you

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on this topic, by holding on to hot coals.

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It was the day after the Paris attacks.

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And my children work, they were only kind of half aware of what had happened, you know, the night before. And the habit that had been wreaked upon the European psyche. My three sons were getting ready to get go to their hips class, as they do on a weekday after school. And, you know, I went through the usual check with them, you know, they got their Oyster cards. I don't know if you have Oyster cards in Cardiff. But

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an Oyster card is like one of these cards that you you top up and then you can use them on, on on our bus or a train here in London? And they said, Yes. And I said, I've got your phone. Yes. Have you got your keys? Yes. And then

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as I looked at them getting ready

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to go out and get onto the bus. Suddenly, this kind of feeling this feeling of terror actually entered my heart. Because

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I just imagined the three boys who really look very who look very young who look the vulnerable.

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Although they don't really feel feel it themselves. They don't realize how vulnerable they look. I just imagined them walking on the dark streets of northwest London and they're white phobes. And, you know, the hats they're skullcaps because that's the HIV class uniform.

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And looking so visibly Muslim. And, you know, as a mother, I just started thinking Subhanallah, some nut case or some hateful person or, or even some ordinary Londoner who, who's been fed a diet of Islamophobia, you know, through the media

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could easily look at these three little boys and see them as a target.

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So I actually for a moment considered the idea of asking them

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not to wear their Islamic garb on the way home from the hip class, right? Actually consider telling them, take your clothes off, put them in your bag, and when you get to the mosque, you can put that put it back on.

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And I know that actually, I wasn't alone in that many sisters, especially from what I know,

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have felt the same way. You know, because when you read all the WhatsApp messages that sisters are sending each other, about, you know, people being attacked, or when you hear that certain people have even stopped wearing a job, or when even just listening to the kind of the radio or the news or looking at the fact that the newspapers every single morning have got some terrible negative story with the word Muslim on that.

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You know, it's not surprising that we are starting to feel this way or we have been feeling this way, especially as mothers and especially as women because unfortunately, you know, some of the acts that have taken place against

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Muslims have been against women, because the people who have obviously, perpetrated them are cowards.

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And so that affects us. Definitely. But then

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I actually thought about it for a while before I said anything and humbly lie a bit my tongue. And it dawned on me how powerful I was as a Muslim woman. How powerful each one of us is. Because I don't know about you. But I've always noticed that Muslim women, the mother, the sister, the daughter, or the auntie, the grandmother, we as women, we are the ones who create culture. We're the ones who, you know, motivate men, we actually motivate men, you know, there's this, there's this funny saying, which, you know, obviously, we don't, it's not an Islamic saying, but

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there's a saying that civilization was built by men to impress their girlfriends, right. And,

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obviously, we believe in girlfriends. If we look at it in another way, civilization was built by men to impress the women in their lives. And there's a lot of truth in that, because, you know, women really motivate men and women are the ones who create culture.

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And I think, you know, we can see that in our own lives. You know, when it comes to Eid, if it wasn't for us, women, and you know, being bothered about making eat nice, and doing certain things, and, you know, having certain standards when it comes to clothes, and culture and food and meeting people and keep in contact with our relatives, etc. I don't think generally men wouldn't be as motivated, you know, if it wasn't for us. So it just dawned on me how powerful we as women are in creating culture. And I realized that, as the mother of these boys and girls, you know, we are raising the future members of the Muslim community we're raising, we are surrounded by, you know,

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the future brothers, the future fathers, the future husbands, heads of households, teachers, leaders, imams of the Muslim community,

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and the future mothers of the Muslim community,

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the next generation of men and women, the next generation of believers.

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And I realized then that Allah subhanaw, taala, has given us

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so much influence and responsibility, and we don't even realize it.

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Because in one moment, I could, for example, in that situation have,

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have uttered something have instilled a certain attitude in my children, right. And I could be responsible for, you know, affecting them affecting the way they see themselves as Muslims, and for quite frankly, raising a generation of cowards, of men and women who fear people more than they fear Allah, or have have, you know,

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gotten this generation who cowers away from standing for truth, or from being different or leading their families in our community, from strength to strength,

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a generation who can't withstand any discomfort for the sake of Allah, because that's what we're experiencing, isn't it? We're experiencing discomfort for the sake of Allah. We're being tested, you know, sisters, in our times, we're being tested in the fact that there are people who we don't even know who they are, right, this group of people have 1000s of miles away, who, whenever they do something, we get talked about, we get targeted, we get

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smeared, you know, negatively.

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And also, we're being tested by in the environment that we're living in Alhamdulillah we are living in a comfortable environment. However, you know, the the community around us are looking at us, you know, with eagle eyes, they're really scrutinizing us. And so ALLAH SubhanA, Allah is testing us.

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You know, how are we going to react? And so Alhamdulillah I remember the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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and instead I realized this is what we need to be instilling in

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our youth and in ourselves.

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Adult Abdullah ibn Abbas the Lang who, the son or the cousin right, this the cousin of the prophets of Allah, what He was selling

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Here's just a little boy, probably under the age of puberty around nine to 10 years old, maybe, as the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam in this hadith, he refers to him as a column and the column is a boy under the age of puberty. And so say he was around nine or 10. And look at the attitude that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam instilled in Abdullah ibn Abbas.

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So in this hadith, Abdullah bin Abbas sort of Villa and who says,

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So our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gave this little boy advice. That sort of Hamlet feels like it's just meant for us in our times. He said, Oh, young man. I shall teach you some words of advice.

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Okay, and this is while I believe Abdullah bin Abbas was sitting behind him, Yes, he was sitting behind the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, perhaps on a horse, or some some animal.

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So he was very close to him.

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He said, I'll teach you some words of advice. He said, Be mindful of Allah. And Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah and you will find him in front of you. If you need to ask, ask of Allah. And if you need to seek help, seek help from Allah.

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Know that even if the nation or the whole community were to gather together to benefit you with something, if they wanted to bring you some benefit, they would not be able to benefit you with anything except something that Allah has already written for you. And that if they were to gather together to harm you with anything, they would not be able to harm you with anything except that which Allah has already written against you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.

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In the other narration, he said, be mindful of Allah and you'll find him in front of you.

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Get to know Allah in times of ease, and he'll know you in times of hardship. Know that anything that passes you by it was never meant to come to you. And anything that happens to you was never going to miss you.

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And know that victory comes through patience, relief comes with suffering, and with hardship, comes ease. Subhanallah so this is what the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was instilling in the next generation of Muslims, right, the younger generation of Muslims. Of course, we take normal precautions, you know, we teach our kids the normal precautions that anyone should take when they're going out. You know, don't go down quiet alleyways you know, walk where there's light, where there's where there are people,

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you know, walk confidently, don't walk as if you're, you know, a victim.

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Maybe we would, we would make sure that they know some self defense, etc. But to tell them to hide the fact that they're Muslim, you know, subhanAllah that would be a really sad day, the day that we started doing that would be a very sad day. Look at the advice that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was giving even Abbas he was really giving him what will protect him and the attitude that a Muslim needs to have, you know, nobody can harm you. If Allah subhanaw taala is on your side. So instead of focusing on all the precautions, all the you know the material precautions

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focus instead on Allah subhanaw taala and, and asking him to help you.

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So, the second thing that came to my mind was the idea of the Quran. You know because this is how it sometimes feels it feels as though people have gathered against us, you know, Allah subhanaw taala talks about this very phenomenon in the Quran Allah says I will the bIllahi min ash shaytaan regime and Lavina Paul Allahumma nurse who in a NASA called the Gemma Allah confer showhome Farzad Eman and Warhol, who has been Allah, sorry Hassan Allah who when they were killed.

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So Allah describes the believers and he says Those to whom the people said

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the people have gathered against you, so fear them, but it only increased the faith. And they said,

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Allah is enough for us and he's the best disposal of affairs. And then Allah subhanaw taala says phone caller will be near my team mean Allah, He will fugly lamium says home so whatever worried one Allah Allahu Feiglin of him, Allah says and then so they returned with grace and bounty from Allah, no harm ever touched them. For they followed the good pleasure of Allah and Allah is the Lord of bounties unbounded.

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So Allah says they said, These people when when, when they were being told to be scared when they were being told to be afraid, they said,

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they strengthened themselves. It's not that they did not feel any fear.

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Human beings as us as human beings, we feel fear. But but the believer strengthens themselves with the words of Allah. And so what they did was they said to themselves, Hassan Allah Who and it might work here, we have a lot on our side, and he's enough for us.

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And so Allah says, He protected them and no harm touched them. And instead they were, they were given a loss of how to Allah's blessings. Then Allah Subhana Allah says, In nama Valley comerciais upon will you holy for Alia, Fela Taha full home, waha Forney in quantum movement in he says this, this is only Chevonne, who is scaring you of his supporters? He's trying to scare you

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through his supporters, so fear them not. And fear me, if you are indeed believers.

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So this is a time, dear sisters, for us to be really renewing our Imam renewing our focus on a lot. And really looking at our lives and thinking, you know, where am I falling short. One of the really wonderful habits that I noticed that my parents

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may Allah protect them had is

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that whenever something bad happened, whenever there was some bad news, or some very difficult situation, like I don't know, my dad was held at an airport or, you know, some really difficult situation where it felt like there was no way out,

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you know, whether it was at home or abroad. I noticed that instead of ranting and raving and getting angry and frustrated, and which is what most of us would usually do.

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They would actually sit down and start doing this before they would sit down and start asking Allah for forgiveness. You know, just in case, Allah subhanaw taala is, is you know, testing them or is not happy with something that we're doing. You know, they just wanted to reconnect with Allah Subhan Allah Allah in that difficult time. And this is what Allah is telling us in this ayah that shaytan is trying to make you scared of his supporters.

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So don't fear them fear me. If you are indeed believers. And then Allah says, When I assume can Lavina you Sorry, I'm gonna fill COFRA in now whom Laniado ro Langer Bula Shia you read Allahu Allah Allah Allah Allah whom have them fill out Farah wala whom are the verbal of him?

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And he says to the Prophet, sallAllahu alayhi wa salam, do not be grieved by those who hasten into disbelief indeed, they will never harm Allah at all. Allah intends that he should give them no [???] in the Hereafter. And for them is a great punishment.

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Subhanallah so when we see

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you know the Islamophobia industry, if you want to call it that, this massive industry, these people who are making money from

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spreading hatred of Islam

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spreading hatred of Muslims, right? who seem to be, you know, millionaires, billionaires who seem to have unlimited resources to let their voices be heard so that, you know, the negative image of Islam has spread. When you see these people, sometimes as believers, it can make you feel overwhelmed. You know, you can start thinking Subhanallah these people, I've got so much to so many resources, how can we ever counteract the negative image that they're trying to portray of us, but Allah is telling us, don't worry about them, don't worry about them, Allah, they can't harm Allah at all. They can't harm the deen at all.

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And Allah says that the reason why he's allowing them to have so much freedom and wealth, and you know, giving them respite in this world, is because he wants them to have nothing in the next world. Those people are, they're being given everything in this world. And Allah subhanaw taala when he wishes, when when he, when he is angry with somebody, he will often give them whatever they want in this world, so that they will have nothing in the next world. So we should not be deluded you know this, this the time that we have on this earth is so short

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and these people are wasting their lives and being enemies of their own creator.

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So we shouldn't be worried about them We should rather be worried about ourselves and making this life as good as possible. Yeah only using this time as well as possible so that the real life which is the afterlife

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will be the life in which we will be we will enjoy we will be the ones who are relaxing we will be the ones who want ease. And then Allah says in the living in a Shara will go Frabill Imani Laniado Rula, Shayla wala whom available earlier, those who purchase kufr disbelief at the price of faith, not the least harm will they do to Allah, but they will have a grievous punishment. So ALLAH SubhanA, Allah is telling us, you know, don't worry about these people, they shouldn't be your focus. Instead, focus on your relationship with Allah.

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So yes, sisters, if we listen to the news all day, we will feel paranoid. But it's not really real, you know, the news is a form of, in our times as a form of distraction and entertainment.

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Right, it's just there to keep people in a state of fear, keep them glued to the television.

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So stop watching the news, really, like, you know, obviously, you might want to listen to it once in a while. But don't be one of these people who listens to it day and night. Because it will affect you.

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Ask yourself before passing on the messages, you know, whether it's WhatsApp or Facebook or wherever this is social media that has lots of benefits, but also has lots of harms. Ask yourself, What exactly am I passing on? How will this benefit us? How will this benefit the Muslim community? Because I think sometimes there are people out there who do basically infiltrating Muslim, you know, groups, and just trying to spread all sorts of fear and stuff like that, because we don't even check whether what we're passing on is true or not anymore, right. And that's terrible. Because we're basically creating and putting ourselves in a state of fear by constantly forwarding these messages,

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without really thinking, what what is actually the benefit of me sending this message? And do I really know that this message is true.

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If we think about our parents generation, they didn't face the racism of the 80s, or whatever generation your parents are from, with the dignity that they did for us to just break the first sign of pressure. Right? They had their struggles to, in fact, in many ways, their struggles were harder, because they, you know, often, many of our parents, they didn't know the language when they came to this country. They were the only brown face in, in the whole community, or the only one who was wearing hijab in the whole community or the only bearded person in the community, and they would be sworn out, they would literally be sworn out in the streets, right, as as they walked past people.

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And they didn't know the language. So they had huge struggles which they went through.

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This is the struggle of our generation, so we mustn't break at the first sign of pressure. Allah Subhan Allah told us that he would test us with with fear. And the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam told us that one day hold

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Holding on to Islam would be like holding on to hot coals.

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But don't have any doubt sisters that those of us who are staying patient and persevering in our Islam, who are visibly Muslim who are obeying the commands of Allah, inwardly and outwardly

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in this society don't have any doubt that for for us in sha Allah, if Allah accepts it from us, is more reward than somebody who is living in a country or a place where it's easy, or it's normal for people to be Muslim, right? Definitely the Allah ma have always said that when a Muslim is is firm on their Islam, in a land where Islam is not the norm, then

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they have more reward for that. A lot of health Allah, it's not missing Allah Subhana Allah the struggles that some of us are going through.

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These tests are actually opportunities for us to live up to the example of the people of the past. Look, look at these verses in which Allah subhanaw taala is praising these people, you know that they didn't break. They said, Hassan Allah want to kill, this is our chance to be in that. In a similar situation, though it's not similar, you know, their situation was much more dire in that they were in a in a battle.

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But it's our chance to say we can be like those people in our response. When we feel fear, we say husband, Allah, when am I lucky? So our chance to do that. And never think that a time like this is all bad. You know, sometimes we look at our times and we think,

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wow, that things can't get worse. You know, for Muslims in the world. Things look really bad.

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However, you know, even at the time of the prophets of Allah always said that there were certain times there were certain situations that the Muslims would look at and think this situation is just all bad. How can we benefit from the situation? For example, at the time of day, BIA, and the Muslims felt that this treaty was, you know, it was just all bad for the Muslims that if if anyone became a Muslim from Makkah, and came to Medina, they had to be returned,

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returned to Makkah,

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if anyone became a Muslim, decided to leave Islam, they would have to be returned to Makkah.

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It looked like a very negative, or a very one sided treaty.

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But during that time, so many people embraced Islam without any coercion without any difficulty without, without any struggle on the part of the Muslims, because for the first time, they got a chance to ask about Islam to meet the Muslims to mix with the Muslims. Until Abu Sufyan and his you know, the leaders of courage sitting in Makkah, realize that everyone around them had converted, right.

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So never think that any time even if it looks negative, looks bad for the Muslims, is actually bad. You know, this could be an opportunity for us, for more and more people to actually learn about Islam, if we seize this opportunity and realize, the unique position Allah has put us in by putting us here in the West.

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You know, this is our home, this is the these are our countries, for us to actually have that connection and contact and ease of communication with the non Muslims around us. This is a huge opportunity that last 100 Allah has given us. So I have three, three responses, three things that we need to do in our times in response to the heightened sense of pressure that we feel in this in this society.

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Number one,

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we need to increase in our obedience to Allah subhanaw taala.

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And in our is the far in seeking forgiveness. If times have gotten tougher for us, we also have to redouble our efforts in obeying Allah subhanaw taala and being on the right path, okay, don't get thrown off track. Don't get thrown off track and continue building what you are building.

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Look at what the prophets Allah Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, but even if the day of judgment comes, if the day of judgment comes and you are planting a seed,

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continue to plant that seed.

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If you see the Day of Judgment is coming all around you and you were doing something

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continue doing it. So the efforts the whoo

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work that we're doing in in our communities, you know, the Dow will work or the outreach work, the positive things that we're trying to do, and even our salah, our cat, all the things that we're doing in obedience to Allah don't allow, this is the stuff that's going on around the world and the stuff that's going on around us to throw you off track.

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That's exactly what Chopin wants. And that's exactly what we mustn't do. So it means analyzing ourselves analyzing our lives, and really, you know, looking up, looking at ourselves in the face and asking ourselves, you know, where am I fallen short.

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And the fact that it's the beginning of a new year, I think it is a time when we really start thinking to ourselves, you know, what am I going to do this year? One of the ways that I help myself to achieve certain things, and to progress, because that's, that's ultimately what we want to do we want to keep growing as a Muslim, you can't stay static. If you're static, then you're probably dead, right? Because you're either growing or you're going backwards. If you're static, that means you know, only a dead person is static.

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So if you want to be somebody who's not going backwards, and you want to be someone who's growing

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this is a good time, I guess, to put down some goals put down some not just goals and decisions, but actually a strategy to reach those goals, you know, a monthly strategy consistency in in trying to reach those goals. So every one of us should have an A bar the goal for this year right? In our worship, what is our What are we gonna in December 2016? What are you going to be able to say that you achieved

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that's what you you need to write down from now. Right? So it could be that you that you need to start incorporating or, you know, Salah in your life could be something as simple as that. You haven't established Salah properly yet. You need to establish the Salah in your life. It could be that you want to start doing you know more sunnah, Sunnah prayers, so you might say, Okay, I will always do the Sunnah of Fajr and the Sunnah of Maghrib, right. And you make that your must for this year, by the end of the year, you'll be able to say that you've established that habit could be that you want to start fasting twice a week or once a week to start with, right? Make that habit, it

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could be that you want to start wearing the hijab, and observing the hijab. And so you're going to take steps to doing that. Whatever it is,

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you know, this is a great opportunity for us to set that goal. To set that one, even if it's just one goal, in a bada every single year, imagine how far we would get if every single year we just established one, we grew in one step further.

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So that's the first thing increasing in obedience to Allah. And it's the thought. The second thing that we need to do is to double our efforts

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in really doing what we should have been doing all along, when it comes to the society around us, in reaching out to the society around us. So whether that's our neighbors, whether it's the elderly, the vulnerable people in society, you know, the homeless, whether it's just something as simple as teaching our children, our boys, especially to get up, you know, when they're on the train or on the bus for women, which is something that nobody does anymore, right? Well, nobody London does anybody

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being the kindest, most generous, most helpful person that people know.

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That's the best the person that we need to become because that's what Rasul allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was,

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he had the credibility when he went to people and said to them, you know, if I told you that there was an army behind this mountain, would you believe me? They all said, Yes. And why did they say yes, because for 40 years before he had become a prophet, he had established credibility in that community. And he didn't even establish it because you knew he was going to become a prophet. He didn't know that he was going to be a prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he did it out of his good character and Allah subhanaw taala is guidance. Right. But he was the kindest person they knew he was the most generous person they knew. He was the most helpful. He had no ego Subhanallah just the

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other day I just, it really dawned on me how things have changed so much in society that even a simple

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act can be, can can really stand out. So I was just with sitting in a cafe, and there were some elderly ladies, two elderly ladies, they were looking for a place to sit. And, you know, there were a lot of young people around in sitting all over the place, and, but they were looking for a space where they could be comfortable, you know, one of them was a bit disabled, and they had a big sort of trolley with them.

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And, you know, they just looked really frustrated looking around. And obviously, they would never dare to ask anyone to get up for them, right? Because nobody does that anymore. You know, everyone's just out for themselves. Everyone's just making themselves comfortable. And it's all about, you know, I got here first. So why should I get up for anyone else? Right? So something as simple as that, you know, they I saw them looking frustrated. And one of them asked me, you know,

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excuse me, are you? Are you going to be here long, right. And I was actually doing some work, which would have taken me about half an hour or so. I said to them, Well, yeah, I'm just going to be here for another half an hour. And I said, What was the issue was the problem and they said, We're looking for a seat, and it's just that the other seats are not really suitable for us for x, x y reason. This, the seats here are much better for us. And, and then I just got up and I said to them, it's okay, I can move, I can move my work, and I can work on another table, because it really doesn't, you know, they need this seat more than me. And you should have seen their faces, it was

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like, you know, subhanAllah, that they never expected that from a young person, or, you know, from from anyone really, they didn't, they never expected anyone to get up for them. And the lady was so kind of thankful. And she was saying, Wow, you, I really appreciate that, you know,

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you're a very good girl, she said to me, and she, she was just so thankful. And I was just thinking Subhanallah that's, that's just normal, you know, in our cultures back home, when when an elderly person or not even an elderly person, just your elders, when they come into the room, you don't let them be standing and you you're sitting down, that's just normal, you know, Islamic or Asian culture, right.

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And yet, it's something that is so kind of revolutionary, you know, to our community here, because people have lost that sense of respect, and, you know, care for the elderly. So, we need to be the ones who people think of when they think of

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kindness, when they think of us, you know, they should be able to remember an amazing incident that they had with a Muslim who went out of their way for them.

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So that's the second thing we all need to do really redouble our efforts in outreach, not being a ghetto. We don't want to be a ghetto, ghettoized Muslims, we just live in our own little ghetto, when the rest of the rest of the people are just, you know,

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suffering or going through all sorts of tests. We have many of the solutions for the tests of this, and the problems for the society. It's time that we reached out and really allowed Islam to shine allowed ourselves to exude you know, peacefulness and goodness and kindness.

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The third thing that we the third thing that we all need to do.

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The third thing is

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we all need to really memorize the two R's that Allah subhanaw taala has taught us, or that the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam has taught us when it comes to going out when it comes to you know, increasing your strength and your your response to fear. So Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran has been Allah, when am I gonna kill this? This is one thing we can say right? In times of difficulty and make this something normal for you for yourself by writing it somewhere in your house somewhere where people will read it often, right? Also the dua for going out of the home. Right? Everyone is talking about taking all these physical precautions, don't go out sisters, be careful.

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You know, don't people are thinking of taking your job off or whatever. But nobody is really talking about the protection that Allah subhanaw taala has already given us through

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Allah subhanaw taala all the prophets of salaam taught us to say Bismillah it or come to Allah Allah What are hola La Quwata illa biLlah every time we go out, in the name of Allah, I have put my trust in Allah. And there is no you know enough, no movement, no change and no power except through Allah.

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Also the beautiful dog and you can find all these bars in on a web

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cyclebar.org I believe if you type in fear or you know golf or going out

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this guy is amazing. Yeah so it goes along with my journey to becoming an Ebola Ebola. Oh as ill as a lot of them overlap a huge hell Alia Oh Allah I seek Your protection and on my knee I will the bigger mean an Ebola Ebola from being

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from getting lost or being led or leading others astray right from from from being astray myself are leading others astray logomania was becoming an biller oberlo Zillow, Zillow, or from tripping, or from tripping somebody else up a lot

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of limb Oh Islam, I seek Your protection from

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oppressing anyone, or from anyone oppressing me

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or child or your child.

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And I seek protection from you in showing ignorance towards anyone or from anyone showing ignorance towards me. Subhanallah this dua is exactly it for our situation, right? That we don't want anyone to trip us up. We don't want to trip anyone up. We don't want anyone to show ignorance towards us. We don't want to show ignorance. We don't want anyone to oppress us and we don't want to oppress anyone. So this is another beautiful but up from the Sun that another is just to say it has been has been Allah when Emily were killed as Allah Subhana. Allah told us in the Quran, and there are others as you can find on that website. But you know, this is a time to start making these doors normal in

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our lives. Right? Why do we think of them as something that we, you know, just have to look up and read. Now, this has to be normal. Every single morning when your children go out? They need to say Bismillah Hickok go to Allah Allah, Allah Hola, La Quwata illa biLlah.

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So

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my, my last kind of message to you sisters. And really the message of my talk to you today is that,

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that me and you, we have a huge influence, you and I, we have a huge amount of influence

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and power when it comes to our community. And we affect the attitudes and the culture of our community. And that affects the generations to come. Right? We forgotten that Hadiya or the Lana was our ancestor that a smart was our grandmother, that our Isha was that was our mother. And these women, you know, who had so much strength in times of difficulty are our ancestors, they are our examples. When you forget your power and influence, you become small minded, and you allow fear to overtake you and become a victim. But when you realize how influential you are, and if you can look beyond your own life, and can see you know that you are actually affecting the attitudes of future

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generations. It helps you to be to think beyond yourself, you know, to be a thought leader, to lead people rather than be reactive and a victim

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of other people.

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So it's time that we all stepped up to the plate and, and showed our courage and resolve. Because Jana is not for angels. Jana wasn't built for angels who never feel fear or who never, you know, falter.

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It was built for people like us, in sha Allah, Who do feel fear, who do falter, who do have moments of weakness, but then they muster up their courage and they muster up their strength through that faith, and that you might in Allah. And so Jana really is for the courageous and those who are resolute in sha Allah, may Allah make us from them. And with that, I will finish my talk to you today. Subhanak Allahumma will be handy Gosh, hello. Hola. Hola in London, stop filming.