Stations Of Gratitude

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salatu salam wa

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one shot at a naramata

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model Cinema Camera.

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We were looking at

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the book on sugar, gratitude.

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This is pretty amazing.

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We got to the reality of sugar, which was tequila. And then he said sugar has to McCombs, there's two stations of sugar macom OSHA core,

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which is the mahkamah like Allah says, curry ramen Abadi. a shocker. Very few of my servants are Shaku the shocker is the one who's grateful for calamities

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and tribulations, not just blessings. He's actually he feels gratitude when horrible things happen.

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Because most people just feel at best they'll be patient

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or resigned. But the shocker he actually says Alhamdulillah 100 because he knows that only allow only does good for his believer.

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Right? There's a hadith in Sahih Muslim ajavon, the umbra movement for in hula, hula hell, how wondrous is the affair of the believer, his affair all of it is good. Right? Like they say, in the hood, it's all good.

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That's what they say. That's like a modern kind of phrase. So good. I mean, they what they need to learn is if you're a believer, it's all good. If you're not a believer, it's all bad, even the good.

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But if you're a believer, it is all good. And that's why if you if you really do believe that you enter into a state of gratitude, even for the tribulations, Alhamdulillah. And always a good thing to remember is even best said no matter how bad it is, it could be worse. And there are people like that there are people even non Muslim, you'll meet non Muslims that are like that. They're always looking at the good side. Well, it could be worse. Think of this count your blessings. I mean, we're going to do, we're going to do a metal law letter. So if you attempt to enumerate the NEMA of our law, you will never enumerate it. Right. Let us now just look at one netatmo.

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Look at the NEMA, for instance of the eye. This is one NEMA. First of all think about this

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blinking.

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Just think about blinking, you don't even notice that you blink.

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Now if you didn't blink, did you ever see pictures of Aristotle Onassis. When he got old, he had to have the richest man one of the richest men in the world, he had to have band aids, holding up his eyelids, because he lost the muscle that returned the eyelid. And his eyelids just dropped all the time. So he had band aids to hold his eyelids up. But then he had to put drops in his eyes all the time. Because if your eyelids don't close, they get dry.

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And you get dust in them because one of the things that blinking does is it it brings the dust back down. It's like window wipers right you know those windshield wipers, it brings the dust down and then what happens is the dust moves to the side and accumulates in the, in the corners, right? So when you wipe your eyes, you'll get some little dust in it. You don't even think about that. It just that's just one part of the eye. But then you look if you look at the eye, look at the the nerve

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of the eye and how that developed the myelination of that sheath. The fact that that there's synaptic response, the fact that you know there's neural transmission because that breaks down for some people.

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We don't even think of the electricity. Right also colors just think of colors. Just colors a lot could have made everything black and white. Look at all the subtle colors that he put in the in the world. And you can experience those the I can experience an incredible variety of colors. Right. I mean, that's a NEMA and then look how some colors you they just give you pleasure seeing them. You don't even think about it. But there's a vibration if you look there. So

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Colors, right? I mean, all colors go down to seven primary colors. And I mean, in color theory, they'll go down to three, I think. But there's basically seven in a spectrum. So visible light. If you look at the visible light spectrum, each one of those colors has an effect on you. Red is a certain vibrational resonance, right? It's a lower resonance than violet violet is at the high spectrum, red is at the low spectrum. Red, if you see red, it stimulates you, you don't even know that they know that now in in, in color theory, because they've done studies on people. If you put people in red rooms, that has a different effect than if you put them in blue rooms, it will

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actually change it because it's a resonance, there's a electromagnetic radiation, that's all radiation. So it's having an effect on you, you don't even know it. Now, the thing about the world if you go and look at Green, green will make you feel good. That's why people love to look at grass, or love to look at trees. It has a you know, unit ish, that's what the Arabs say. It's called the robbia. That's why I said oh, a lot make the Koran the spring of my heart, or be Appleby. It's a hadith along the genital Quran or be a kalbi. What does that mean? It means that thing that brings your heart back to life, because spring brings your your whole being back to life. You know, people

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start feeling good. The people get what they call seasonal affective disorder. It's called sad, right? There's people that get depressed in the wintertime. But then spring comes around, they forget how depressed they were in the winter, they start feeling wonderful. Why are they feeling wonderful? Green? colors start changing. There's photosynthesis, all that chlorophyll is starting to come back to life, reactivate flowers look at flowers. I mean, what is that a flower? Why do people like that? smelling a flower? That's another scent, but just the eye to look at a flower? Right? Or beauty? When I looks on beauty? Why do why do we all respond? The same way? Right? When you see

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something beautiful, and most people share a common tastes and beauty. If you see something beautiful. you're attracted to it. It's an attraction, why? It's because beauty is an attribute of God. And what you're seeing is a reflection of a divine attribute. So you're attracted to the divine. That's the real attraction. The real attraction is not that that ephemeral beauty that fades. It's what you're seeing a manifestation of the Divine in creation. That's the real attraction. But people don't realize that. I mean, that's where it's coming. So the AI all these things about the AI. And and we don't even think about it. Look at the eyelashes and the eyebrows.

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They're serving a purpose eyelashes serve a purpose, right? I mean, when anything comes near your eye, you close your eye, and it protects the eye.

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It's something amazing. So all these things, just the eye if you start thinking about and then there's all these now we don't even know about. We don't even know about it, for instance a light. Why do people get depressed? One of the reasons they think is because serotonin levels drop. serotonin is a it's a it's a hormone in the brain that is released based on light, right? cortisol? I mean, it's all light. So you're taking in light during the day, you don't even think about it. Melatonin is also based on light. Melatonin is what makes us get sleepy. That's why people that have artificial light don't get sleepy, the AI is the one that's doing that the AI is dictating. That's

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why you get tired you get it's all based on the AI. So even your sleep patterns are being affected by the human eye. You don't even know that when you feel awake when you feel drowsy. Right. It's all a result of the eye. I mean that I just the eye alone, if you start doing that, and looking at the eye,

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you can't you can't there's no way you can enumerate all of the blessings. That's one NEMA net method. I mean, and but we don't, there's untold blessings in it. And it's one Nemo. So the shortcode is the one

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who shows that gratitude.

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But

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this comes from absolute certainty. And this is a mahkum related to Rio de which is contentment with Allah. And it's a state of muhabba because once you fall in love, you can't see anything. I mean, that's the beauty of love is that when you're in love, you can even see faults,

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right? I mean, if you love Laila, and anybody tells you, you know, Layla did this or they let you get angry.

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Layla would never do that.

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You say no, no, I saw Layla did this. You're lying.

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You're a liar. Layla wouldn't do that. That why? Because he's in love with Layla. No matter what you say about Layla, he won't believe you. That's real love. People don't even know that type of love anymore.

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Right? So if you're in love with a lot, a lot, can't do anything that would upset you. Nothing.

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Because you'll see, it's myself, I did it to myself a lot didn't do that Allah wouldn't do that I did it to myself,

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or allows doing it because like the father that punishes the child, you see, I mean, you see a father punishing the child, the father loves the child. So why is it punishing it because it knows that in the punishment is benefit for the child, it's disciplining the child is bringing the child back. It's reminding the child has bound, if you see a child running towards fire, and the father slaps the child's hand, it wants to taste a light pain in order to avoid a great pain.

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You see, because it knows that pain is nothing compared to the pain of the flame. And when Allah gives you great tribulations, those are nothing compared to the fire. Nothing. So if Allah is purifying you to prevent, you know, to keep you from that, then you realize this is the love of a creator for his creation. And the profits will I sent him once saw some birds being fed by their mother and he and he said, No, he saw a woman giving nurse to her child. And the Prophet slicin have looked and this is the man of Allah takes discernment from everything. He takes a bruh right. discernment a lesson there's a lesson in everything now that oho a Bala, his glances. ebara What

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kurama hikma and his speech is his wisdom. There's a reason for why he speaks the prophets Allah is someone saw a woman nursing her child and he said to a Sahaba Do you think that this woman would throw her child into the fire? And they said leveled it out I saw a lot that she would never do that. He said Allah has more mercy for his servants than this woman for her child.

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allow our Hammurabi bad he man headed home, leave Allah. Allah has more mercy for his servants than this woman does for her child.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala says about newer holidays

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in noho, can abdon Shaku Ah, he was a grateful slave.

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Look at newer 950 years calling people to Allah and all they did was reject him, but he kept calling who could do that?

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I mean, people now they get fed up after a week of dogma.

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You know, these people don't never listen. I mean, this is 950 years doing what Allah subhanho wa Taala that shocker. One of the things also my doctor has told me is from Tafseer. But he said No, I never once went to relieve himself, except that he came back saying and hemmed in, he learned the

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other, you know, Praise be the one who removed this harm from me. Even just having sugar for like, some Mac once went to visit how Dona Rashid he was a great Ziad and in a while, and Harun al Rashid said, Would you like anything? And he said, Bring me a glass of water. So he ordered water, they brought him water? And he said, Yeah, I'm here on momineen.

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If, if you

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if you would be refused this water, what would you give for this water? And he would say that I would give half of my kingdom for a glass of water if I couldn't have it. He said, If you drank that water, and then you couldn't release it, what would you give? to release it? He said the rest of my kingdom. He said, What is a kingdom, a Dominion? That is not worth a cup of water?

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Or the release of it as urine.

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Now what do you really possess? If you know he said mahu and molecularity de la, you South Shore better man? What is that although it doesn't equal water or the flowing of urine.

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So you think of that, you know, is the blessing of just eating and the fact that you digest it, you don't have to tell your hydrochloric acid to be released. You don't have to push any buttons here. Really, you eat something? And if it's protein, then it sends in it breaks down the proteins down to amino acids, and then your body reassembles them as protein. If it's fats, it breaks it down to fatty acids, then your body reassembles them, if it's,

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if it's carbohydrates, break them down, a carbohydrate takes them to the brain, right? If you have extra, the incidence rate

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Least takes it to the liver and stores it as glycogen so that when you're out of energy, the liver will release the glycogen break it down and you get carbon. You didn't have to tell the body to do any of that. And yet, it's all doing it for us. Right now you're at 90, you know, I once had this man, I was talking about Islam. And, and and I said, Well, Islam is based on being grateful to God. And he said, I guess I have a few things to be grateful for. That's what he literally said to me. He said, God's done some things for me in my life. And I said to him, who do you think's maintaining your body at? 98.6? Right? Are

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you serious? Who's maintaining that? why don't why aren't you want right now you could be in a fever, you could be shivering.

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Even if you could all be if I was sick right now that patola if I was sick, right now, even though it's a moderate temperature, I can be shivering right now. feeling cold, and it's not even cold.

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If I had a fever, I wouldn't be boiling right now. In a moderate, you're all fine. But if I had a Hummer, if I had a fever, I would be wanting to take off all my clothes and really think about that. Your laws keeping you at at this 98.6 even if it's 100 degrees outside your body's releasing fluid in order to maintain this 98.6 on average, it's gonna be around there. If it's 100 degrees outside, why don't you boil up to 100 degrees? What created that inner thermostat that keeps you at that balance? If it's cold out, why don't you drop down because you will if you go out in ice cold and for long enough, you'll freeze but for a period of time, you won't you'll stay at 98.6 right? Why

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you can go swimming, even and your temperature in a cold water, your temperature will will will will maintain its might drop very slightly. And that's all from Allah subhana wa Tada. So showing gratitude. And then he said, Allah Subhana Allah to Anna, there's a hadith that says unity monaten Yamanaka Yama, leocoin Mohammed Ali Ahmed Mohamed, one that may let the people of praise Get up. They have home Zuma tone phones or Buddha humbly what is hidden agenda, then a group of people will get up and they'll be given a flag or banner. And they're they're told to enter into paradise. And they asked the Prophet slicin minute hamedan Who are these people? He said a lineage Quran obata

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article they have. They're the ones that are always thinking a lot no matter what their condition is. I mean, these are people on your path. You're going to hear that somebody somebody's

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fairly a common hamedan that all the people have hammered and hammered is mobile. Ah ha it's called Siva mobile. Ah, it's a hyperbolic form. In Arabic. It's hammered, not hammered. hammered. Everybody who says Alhamdulillah is hammered. hammered. They're always saying Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah

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Alhamdulillah adequately.

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And in another rewire era, Surah Al Bara, those who prays a lot in good and harm in bent things that make them happy things that make them sad. The second macom is those people who look at those that are less than them in their worldly affairs, right feet or more of dunya Well, how about a dean for your album now metal later on? He said Amity acaba Dini, yet him up to the harrowby.

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We are album nanometer dounia De Lima Tahoma. So those who look at other people that are in tribulation, and they feel great, grateful, that's less, it's a lower macom. But when you see the thing about one of the Anima, he said, always look, in fact, no, there's a hadith. He said, The prophets, Allah SM said about dunya, that you should look at people who are less than you in dunya. Because you will always feel grateful. Now, there's always people less than you, that guarantee you, you'll always find people less.

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So you said I'm doing now.

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I mean, if you don't have a lot of money in this country, we're rich, in the biblical times,

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to put a jar of honey on your table was a sign of great wealth.

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a jar of honey on your table was a sign of great wealth.

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Really.

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And now people one man said to

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him and Omar, he said to him,

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you know, I'm a poor man. And he said, Do you have a house? He said, Yes. He said, then you're not poor. He said, Do you have a wife? He said, Yes. And he said, You're wealthy. And then he said, Do you have a servant? He said, Yes, because

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In those days like now, you know, in some countries, you don't have to be wealthy to have a servant. There's a lot of countries like if you live in, in, in Bangladesh,

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or Pakistan, even, you know, lower middle class people have really poor people as their servants. Because all they have to do is give them food, and they'll work in their house.

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So he said, I even have a servant, he said, You are rich beyond, you know. So this is the thing here in America, the majority of people are, would be considered in any previous time, they would be considered living in palaces. The idea of having running water in this country in the 1930s, still, about 70% of Americans did not have running water.

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The idea of having running water, the fact that you can take a hot shower by just turning

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a knob.

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People don't even think about that you in Mauritania will lie where that has lives. There's three women, Asia, Africa, and I can't remember the third one, three women, their job is to bring water every day, it takes them about two hours to go get the water, it takes about an hour to fill it up. And it takes them two hours to come back five hours every day, just to bring drinking water to their village.

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And that's their life.

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That's their life, they have to load the donkeys, right with the kotoba. When they drink water while lie this

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handy

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button and handle their water is it's brown.

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It's Brown, most of them have urinary problems

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because of the sediment in the water.

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People have forgotten this. You know, I'll just give you an example. While I read this. The other day I was reading a letter. And don't ask me why I was reading it. But I was reading a letter by Robert E. Lee, who was the head of the Confederate Army in the Civil War. And after his house had been taken by the Federal troops, his wife, he wrote a letter to his wife because she had to flee the house. It's a it's a mansion. Now you if anybody's been to Arlington Cemetery is called the custis Lee mansion. Anyway, that was his house. And it was captured, she had to flee. So he wrote this letter and he said,

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I reflect on all of the great blessings that we shared in that house. And I feel fear in my heart that we did not show enough gratitude to God while that house was in our possession, and for that, from his wisdom, he has taken it away from us. That's that is the way Muslims used to think. I mean, that was a Christian man. But that's how he thought about it. Because that that's, that is hikma. That's the way to think you know, why did this happen? To me? This is unfair. That's not the response. The response is what did I do to lose this blessing? Because Allah Subhana Allah says in the Quran, in Allah, Allah euroma, your common hottie or a euro mobium faecium Allah does not change

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people until they change themselves. Adequate bn Allahu Allah mucuna managment and Adam Coleman mahira necmettin. an AMA De Palma had to be emphysema, Allah will not take a blessing away from people until they change something in their hearts. In other words, they don't show gratitude for it. In Kentucky Namath and in an milesi to zero, like the poet said, a lot. If you're in a blessing, then be vigilant about that blessing, because disobedience will take that blessing away from you. So people used to know that people don't know that anymore. they've forgotten that. Just the NEMA of the houses we live in. Think about that. Really the net most of the houses we live in the net amount

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of water, the net of food on our table, the net amount of clothes to cover our nakedness to keep us warm the net of a bed.

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You know the NEMA of being healthy. I mean, nematode afia that you got up this morning and you weren't sick. Think of how many people got up this morning. They had to empty out of bag that had their their urine in it, a bag that they have to change every day. Think of how many people got up this morning. Think about many people that got up they couldn't go to the toilet or that bled blood

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Think of how many people with asthma that couldn't breathe this morning that woke up? You know, without really thinking how many people that spent their night coughing last night, couldn't sleep because of a cough.

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Really, that's why I mean, then just shocker, to showing gratitude for our last panel to add just gratitude.

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I mean, this country, you have to wonder about this country, just the blessings that this country has been given. And the complaints of people but also the Muslim world. Muslims complain a lot now. I mean, Muslim, there's still people and the of all the Muslim people that I know, the best ones that I've seen are probably the Mauritanians. The second best are the Moroccans Moroccans are pretty impressive. If you go to Morocco, you ask, because if you go to some kind Dominic, I mentioned them, but I've been to some Muslim countries, because I always do this. It's a test of levels of gratitude, you ask the taxi driver, how things are going, they start complaining, gas is too high.

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You know this, that the government etc, etc. You ask a Moroccan taxi driver, I'm serious, you get in rock and taxi, you say cute kid.

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Phoenix,

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I mean a blessing. I swear you, you know 90% or more of those got you ask them how to

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narrow I was in one place in a Muslim country. And I asked this guy how things were going, he said, he said, petrol is so expensive. Now. I'm not making any money.

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And I said, you know what the complaint will make it get more expensive.

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If you complain about it's going to get more expensive. Like Americans are all grumbling about the price of gas. This is the cheapest gas in the world.

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They drive the biggest cars in the world.

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Look at the cars, they drive some of these cars, I don't know how they get them in their garages.

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Do you know and the bigger the car the more arrogant the person generally, it's axiomatic The smaller the car, the more humble by the nature of cars. You know, people get in big cars, especially those big trucks that elevate them. Those people it's amazing, some of those characters. You know, I'm sorry about truck people, but I've just watched them and observe them on the road. In fact, I just saw two people today's with an ISA. And, you know, there's a lot of traffic and there were two cars. One was a truck person, and I let him go, I didn't have to do that. But I just stopped my car a little early, and let him get in the thing. He didn't even acknowledge me. Not even a you know, a

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wave. That's fine. You know, if you do things to get thanks from people, you'll be disappointed, you know, but just to be human being try to maintain our humanity out there. Right. So I'm, that's what I'm doing out there. Despite it all I'm just fighting to stay human. Because I don't want to turn into one of those people.

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So he goes car truck guy is if it is right, you know, of course I have to stop. He's a truck and I'm just a little car. You know, but that's always it. So he goes on fine, that's fine. And I said, watch this next guy, small car. I told them, I said he'll wave. Right? So he goes on, you know, he gives me a way of like, thanks a lot, you know, because he sees your cars a little bigger than mine. You're letting me go, you know, whatever. I mean, it's interesting why people are like that, you know, but there's people out there like that. Do you know, if you have people that have very fancy cars it in in Santa Lucia or Husqvarna human beings start becoming oppressive when they start

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feeling independently wealthy. It's just psychology. That's why a wealthy person that's humble is something very high and allows sight because the nature of and that's a way a lot of people are out there. They're just arrogant.

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They're really arrogant. There's people out there, they think they own the road.

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And, and you will see generally if he's got a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, he doesn't have that psychology. He's just driving around trying to get where he's going. He's very humble. And but if he's got a jagwire, you know this or that, and he's out there with that arrogance. And it's all about thinking that I'm independently wealthy. It's a NEMA from Allah. If Allah gives you wealth, it should humble you. It shouldn't make you arrogant should do the opposite. Because you look at other people out there and you feel Subhanallah I don't, you know, people say what did I do to deserve this? They can do it both ways. If somebody horrible Hamza is it, what did I do to deserve this? You

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exist.

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That's that is enough as a crime.

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Right, really, it's enough as a crime to think that you exist beside a law. You are a criminal.

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Because they're not law, there's nothing worthy of worship but Allah and yet here you are walking around thinking, this little contingent creature that is totally dependent for every breath for every instant on Allah subhana wa tada and he thinks he's independent. If you're in a state of heedlessness, you are a criminal. If you forget a law for one instant, you are a criminal and you stand condemned. And anything that happens to you, you deserve it. Because you've forgotten who Allah subhana wa tada is. Yeah, you insane. Mahara Kabira. Baker Kareem, what has diluted you about your Lord? What what has diluted you about your Lord? Why are you in a state of hold or delusion?

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Thinking that you don't need every instant? You don't need Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, just to take the next breath to have the next heartbeat. The heartbeat what activates it an electrical impulse? Who's activating it? Unless it behind? What do you think it's your brain? It's not your brain. Your brain is not doing that. They don't even know what's doing it. You can cut all of the heart, you can cut all of your nerves to the brain. And the heart still beats.

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Right?

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There's some people doctors, I said you studied physiology.

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Who's a doctor here?

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Are you a doctor? Yeah. What makes the heartbeat Seriously? Tell us in all this knowledge they gave you at the university? What makes the heartbeat?

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Do you know?

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physiologically what makes it be?

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Right? There's a there's electrical activity. There's no doubt about that. Right?

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But what what makes that be why I mean?

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Well, I mean, No, but seriously, how can you explain that be? They don't even know why cells, heart cells start beating at a certain point they beat before the central nervous system is even formed in the infant, right in the embryo, what makes those cells just start beating? Not only that, if they cut them up, they've done these experiments, they cut them up and separate them, they start beating on different beats. They, if they bring them back together, they synchronize again. Right? I mean, that's one of the things

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that's in that book,

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evolutions, and he talks about that, look at the Hadith of the Prophet, when he told people to close ranks in their prayer.

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Because he said, If you don't, your hearts will differ. One of the things about people that are close together, their hearts synchronize, we know that now seriously, your breathing will synchronize women who live in the same house will start having the periods at the same time of the month, they synchronize this well known. If you live in close circulation with people you begin to breathe as one. And that look at that Hades staked close together in the prayer line. If you don't, your hearts will be different. Because you want to beat together as one thing. I mean, look at this heavy lifting, you're caught in a liability, you know, cultural soften. Although you believe in a

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particular soften a non banana muscles as if they're a well structured house. They fight together in one rank as if they're a well structured house. What's a well structured house, it's well designed. Muslims fight based on strategy on thinking on design, right? military art straight, they don't just go out and do things without planning. He gave you the blessing of this. You were just like those machete Cain. Good Erica continental cup for mendola. And you were just like that before? And then Allah gave you the blessing of Islam? What do you Why do you think you're so different? I mean, the beauty of Islam from from one of the many beauties, but one of the beauties of Islam and it's what I

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love about Abdullah bin via Islam, you see, there's two ways of embracing. There's the embrace of an equal. And then there's the embrace of a superior. Did you ever think about that?

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What's the embrace of an equal?

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Well, I mean, you embrace somebody who's the same as you. Like, if I embrace you, you're my brother. You're a little bigger than me. But we have an equal embrace. I put my arms around you, you put your arms around me, what's the embrace of a inferior, a superior to an inferior?

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The child, the child can't put his arms around you. You pick them up and you embrace them, and you hold them. See that's Islam. Islam can take all those other religions

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and just embrace them all. God is so great that God will even allow somebody that denies him to exist. I mean, that's greatness.

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He'll feed him. Nurture him, give him rain. Keep his body healthy.

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Give him a wife, children that love him. Allah will do all of that and that person denies God's existence. All that does is it It shows the greatness of God. Now if if, if you can't let that person survive, it's like there's a story. It's a apocryphal story. I don't know how accurate but there's a wisdom moment of Azadi mentions it about Ibrahim and his Sam, one night A he's he never ate alone. Sin Ibrahim, ever he always found somebody to eat with. But one night he couldn't find anybody. He went out found a man and he brought him he was a mushrik.

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And before the man ate, he blessed his food in the names of his idols. And whenever him heard that, he said, You can't eat any of my food, you're an idol worship or get out of here, the man left and then allow reveal to Ibrahim, that that man, I have been feeding him for 40 years and patient with his idolatry. You couldn't be patient with him for one meal.

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And so if him and his son went and found that man and apologized to him and invited him back to his table, and the man asked him why and he told him and the men became Muslim.

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That's Islam we can embrace them. Shi Tao what is Tao in Arabic? What does that word mean? dalla.

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It's an invitation. Now, if I put a gun to your head and say you're coming to dinner tonight at my house? Is that an invitation? Seriously? It's not is it? That you're not inviting somebody you're forcing them to come? Let ikura have a dean. An invitation is only valid if you allow the person the possibility of refusing the invitation. Now who would allow the person that possibility, a generous host?

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Allah has made a house he called it Durrell Islam. And he invited his creation to it. And he gave them the option to refuse to come to the house. So if people refuse it, why Why are you so fearful of them?

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Why Why are we so afraid of those people? You should have no fear. The see the thing about people that are ignorant, they fear that that's that's what a fundamentalist is, is somebody who's afraid of the other. He's afraid of having his he man, he's so afraid.

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And his, he's so afraid that he won't even allow for the other to exist, he can't. He's not going to allow that possibility. He wants them eliminated. Really, and that's a disease. That's why Islam is the only religion that's ever allowed other religions to exist side by side with it. You study the history of religion. Christians never did it. This all this tolerance. Now. It came from john Locke, who wasn't even he didn't even like Christianity, or David Hume, who didn't like Christianity. That's where they got all this ideology. You think these founding fathers were Christians?

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See Christians now they brag about how great Christianity is. And America were number one, blah, blah, blah. They don't even realize that this is all anti christian. The whole thing was founded based on people that rejected Christianity. It really was. Thomas Jefferson wrote a gospel called the gospel according to Thomas Jefferson. And he took out everything that bothered him.

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I mean, that's blasphemy you tell a fundamentalist that he'll say that guy's going to hell? Well, why are you boasting about him?

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As this great patriot and great American, if he's going to hell seriously.

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So where did they get those ideas? The Muslims had those ideas centuries before the Christians. We got it from our book like a karate Dean, there's no coercion in the religion.

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Because we are not afraid.

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But now the Muslims are so empty. They have no knowledge of their religion. They're threatened by all of these ideologies out there. You see, really, because it's all there's see if you're on you're not on solid ground, you're afraid of the slightest wind. If your house is made of,

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you know, in in West Africa, they have these houses made of, of grass. Right? If your house is made of grass, you're afraid of wind. If your house is made of stone, you think when bothers you?

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When doesn't bother, you're not afraid of it. It's not going to do anything to you. But now we're afraid of it. Because our house is no longer solid. It's not on solid foundation, because we've displaced our teaching. We don't have educated scholars anymore. We don't have what to call him. We don't have theologian, do you think we have any theologians in the Muslim world right now, I'm serious. Most of these Christian theologians that that are really well trained because I've read some of their books. They have brilliant they have geniuses still working in theology. They would wrap rings around most of the so called Muslim scholars, because Muslims don't even know their toe

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hate anymore.

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Really. That's why Muslims are so fearful

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Full of all this stuff, because we've lost our tradition. We don't learn it, we don't study it, we don't think about it, we don't reflect on it.

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So that's the second macom of sugar.

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And then he says

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that the basis of lack of gratitude, his ignorance

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will also kill the two shocker, l jeru. Banana. It's ignorance. See if, if,

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if you're ignorant, you don't realize how much blessing you actually have. And if you don't realize that, that was Subbable j had been Namah pasado en de la. And the reason for ignorance about your blessing is your lack of knowledge about Allah subhana wa Tada. First of all, what is the greatest Nemo?

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Well, what precedes even Islam

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exists now limited ejabberd

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that He has given you existence consciousness. What a NEMA are the people who say, Oh, I don't want that NEMA. Why?

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To have just to be conscious, to have a conscious you're a sapiential creature to have the ability to think what a NEMA, what is the next NEMA NEMA to him dead? That he sustains your existence?

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I mean, I read this. I was reading this book is called the atheist, the atheist debaters handbook.

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And it teaches atheists how to debate religious people. Right. So I wouldn't recommend reading it. But I mean, it's it's interesting. If you're, you know, I think, for me, it's just understanding how they think. You know, because if you're confronted with that the thing about a Muslim scholar or a dad, or anybody working in the field, you have to be prepared for questions for you really do and you shouldn't be afraid. I'm not afraid. Because I've studied my Dean, I've studied to hate I'm not afraid anything they throw at me. not worried about it.

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But in this book, he said he was talking about the the cosmological argument, which is the favorite argument of Muslims, right? And he said, these, he said, These people argue that everything is contingent upon something else.

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And then he says, which is that's patently false. For instance, human society is not contingent upon anything other than humans. Right? This is his argument. So he's giving somebody fuel. Right? So he says, human society is only needs humans, right? So it doesn't need anything outside of humans. So there's something that's not contingent upon anything other than the thing itself. So he said, so why should the universe not be contingent upon anything other than itself? That's his argument. That's a that's in the atheist debates published by premier theists books. And they publish very anti Islamic books as well they pose there's this guy, even water rock. Right? You know, that guy?

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That's probably from Prometheus books, they published a book called The problem of God. Right?

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Well, I mean, they admit he, God is a problem. And for them, he is a problem, and he's gonna get bigger and bigger.

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The problem, right, but anyway, so look at that argument. All right. Well, human society is not contingent upon anything other than humans. What about space?

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Can't have humans without space? So that's not part of that's outside of humans, your space is outside of yourself. You occupy space. Without space, you couldn't exist. What about time? Can't have human society without time? Right?

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I mean, it's a ridiculous thing. So they say, well, the universe doesn't need anything but itself. The universe needs space. The universe is space dummy. Right? Well, wait a second. What was there before there was no universe? Nothing? So the universe needed space to exist in? Right? Doesn't it? I mean, the universe can't exist without space. The so if you're gonna say universe is space, well, what was there before the universe? Nothing will so

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it had to fill something.

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Right.

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And space is dependent on what? What is space dependent on matter? You have to have something to fill the space. If there's nothing that fills the space, there's nothing. So everything is dependent on something outside of itself.

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Right. I mean, this is this is just thinking things through. But this is the nature of a Sophos. The nature of Sophos is that they make what what Socrates asked what a Sophos was he said they make the better. The worst cause look like the better one, we call them lawyers now.

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Right lawyers, that's what a lawyer does. He can take the worst case they say a jury is 12 people who decide who paid the most for their lawyer.

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That's what they do. They just decide who was

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The most eloquent who's the most convincing and that usually is the one that cost the most money. Not always but usually. So, ignorance about Allah subhana wa Adana and Martin, why are you ignorant about a lot tariqa to

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feed me he see, you have to reflect on the blessings of Allah. Allah subhana wa danas tells us to reflect. He says the prophets of Islam said Latifah kuruvilla but I can differ guru Fie Allah, He don't reflect on Allah but reflect on the blessings of Allah. What does that mean? Not to reflect on Allah subhana wa, not to reflect on a law. You cannot conceive. You can't conceptualize a law. You can't.

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You cannot your intellect is finite and you cannot conceptualize the infinite. You just can't do it. And therefore it's how long to think about a law. You cannot think about Allah. saying the other worker said a hobo. He couldn't help Illa he is shako

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that to reflect on Allah subhana wa Adana, his nature is shirk.

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Right.

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Well as you are an Iraqi he turaco and the incapacity to conceptualize our law is conceptualizing a law.

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In other words, the fact that you know that Allah is laser committed he Shay, you know, who Allah is, when you know, there's nothing like a law, you know who Allah is. That's why the prophets lies him said about the end of time. In the end of time, he said, If everything gets confusing, know that your Lord does not have one eye.

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Right?

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So anybody that tells you that this is God.

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It has one eye. This can't be God.

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Right? This is not God. But they called the almighty dollar. People die for it. GCB to dole out.

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Really, they'll die should he do?

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People will kill for this. It's a piece of paper, you can light it on fire, and it disappears. You can't do that to gold. Gold doesn't disappear. And if you forget to worship something, worship gold. You know, this is not worthy of worship. Neither is gold. But I mean, if you're gonna compare the two, get it straight. This is not money. This is not real money. This is monopoly.

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It's a paper game. Right? But they've convinced people that this has intrinsic value. It doesn't they just print them up. That's why things get more expensive every year, because they just keep printing it up. Right? It's not money. It's not God. And yet people worship it. They'll die for it. They believe that their sustenance comes from this. They believe that there's people that think that the only reason they can buy food is because they have money in their pocket.

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don't worship the sun in the moon, but worship the one who created the sun in the moon. Right? That's how the chimps will come up. Don't worship the sun or the moon.

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But worship the one who created the sun and the moon. don't worship the dollar. don't worship gold worship the one who created all those things.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala says further Kuru Allah Allahu Allah, Allah come to flee home, remember the blessings of Allah, what is the greatest blessing of Allah?

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Of all the blessings? What is the greatest blessing of Allah? is really the Prophet is the greatest blessing. He's the greatest blessing. He's a nematode Cobra. He's a nematode aroma. That is why reflecting on him is the highest thing that you can reflect on in this world.

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Because he has the qualities of human perfection. He has all the luck he has the lack of divine attributes. That's why Allah called him but are often not a him.

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These are two attributes of Allah. He's not divine, but he is the most generous of those humans that can show generosity. Nobody was more generous than Mara kurama Merci de la. I never saw anyone more generous than the Prophet of Allah. I never saw anybody more gentle Mara to Eliana, Erica. Tamara Sunita, I never saw anybody more gentle than the Messenger of Allah. The prophets, Eliza was gentle in his nature.

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So reflecting on the profitable items attribute is quality. That's why learning his Sierra, learning his Shama in all of these things will draw you closer to Allah. Really, they'll draw you and they'll make you love him more and more. The more you find out about him, the more you have to love him. And that's why the most ignorant people of him are the furthest from Allah. And those who know him the most are the closest to Allah.

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Really, and that's why even one of them said, Whoever sees me will enter

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paradise. This is a shop has a famous statement of some, but somebody one of the alum I heard that he said Abu gehele saw the prophet and he goes to hell. And they told this man that and he said, mira Nebula, your team Vinnie Hashem. He didn't see the Prophet of Allah he saw the orphan of Benny Hashem had he seen the Prophet of Allah he would have been for paradise. You see, to see someone and to see their reality are two different things.

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And and so seeing the prophets Allah SMS, seeing who he was, and he was of little Haleakala, the best of our last creation, so he is not limited Cobra, right, because without him You wouldn't know Allah.

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Had it not been for him You wouldn't know Allah. When Allah Allah wa siapa the Habakkuk Aden Massoud had it not been for the means you would have not known the end that's why why did Allah say Mohammed or pseudo lot to become Muslim? Yeah, why wasn't it just a shadow en la la la la? Why not? I really think about that. Why do you have to say why should wanna Mohammed? What if shirk is the only thing Allah won't forgive? Why did he make his toe he'd well shadow under Muhammad Rasul Allah. And I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, that's part of tawheed. You can't have to hate without that. I guarantee you in our understanding of, of tawheed and Metohija is three things.

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It's the Illa yet the noble word and the sumeria. Right? If you don't believe in, in in the Yama PM, that's your toe he's not complete. So knowing Allah is one is not enough. You have to know who taught you that. Because the the Jews and the Christians no longer know Allah is one the way we know a lot is one.

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The Christians believe that he's three and one. And the Jews believe that he has parts. Right? The Jews actually believe they have anthropomorphism if you study Jewish theology, they have anthropomorphism. They believe that Allah is in space, space. If you're in space, then you fill up you need space. So you're dependent.

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How can I love be in space, but then you what, then that means a lot, nothing. Now, that doesn't mean he loves nothing. It just means you can't think of what a lot is.

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Because all you know is space. So you assume everything has to fill space. That's only because you're analytically reasoning with your intellect. But when we speak about a lot, Lisa committed he she, there's nothing like him. So all we know is he doesn't have space. We don't know his nature because we can't know his nature but we know his the negative aspects we know the Soviet right? So Allah has existence without space.

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Now, also near Mr. Murata, Eros, Aruba, he says, If you forget the NEMA.

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If you if you're ignorant of a NEMA, you don't know it. And if you don't know it, you don't give gratitude and if you don't give gratitude, it gets cut off.

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So you have to know the name of Allah because you'll lose them. What does he say we'll also know Mr. Murata played a karate or bath. The first the the root blessings are four.

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Right?

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The first blessing is the not far

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because all of living creatures came from it. In other words, you were initially a zygote. And Allah brought you forth from a zygote. zygote is just it's a two proteins that come together and form the first cell.

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That's what we were initially and then and how to

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write

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this is a blessing under the regime of Jimmy, Jimmy Kimmel, everything that was brought out a lot brought forth from the earth was was the blessing of

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bringing forth all of the plant life, the vegetative life. So the first is animal life, and then vegetative life. Right and then what he says the next is a map.

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Right? Because without water, there's no animal or vegetable life.

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So you have animal life, vegetable life, and then you have the blessing of water without which neither can exist. And then fire

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right because fire with it, you have light that you can see and live and then you have all the blessings of food from it. Right? And then also because for the people of inner sight,

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and he said this is why all four of them were mentioned at the end of Soraka

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Well, how did he know I'm here at dakara honeymoon in theory Soraka well above it NFC as a joke.

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See, why did he?

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I mean, look at this woman of button, what agenda number two, the man from the greatest blessings and the most exalted is the blessing of he man, the human, the materasso, and the blessing of the resort. But see, a man

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also comes from the prophets. Do you see? In other words, if you didn't have prophets, you wouldn't know what to believe. So, recognize the blessing of the Prophet. There's no doubt our belief is is our greatest Nana because by it we will enter Paradise in sha Allah, but

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the blessing of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam is that he came to teach us this a man

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whom an amateur or an asuma and Jana Nam in Haiti oma appreciate leanness, and then that he brought us out from the best of all the nations. Right? See, we could have been Muslims from Benny Asahi, which is a great blessing but it's not the blessing of being Muslim from the prophets oma.

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We could have been Muslims from the from the nosara is not the same as being Muslims from

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origin. We could have been Muslims from the time of Abraham, which would have been a great blessing, but not the same as being from habibollah and Mostafa. So, ladies, so that is a great blessing to be from the people of Islam. Now, if you look here at these, these blessings

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because I mean, just really think about this

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for a tomato noon, have you reflected on what you terminal and that goes for men and women because the woman also

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the she has that as well. Right? Both men and women have this image that the woman is the ovary, and the man it's the semen right? And that those two come together and the prophet SAW them taught us that. See, people didn't know that the woman had a role in they thought, you know, they didn't know that before that. So he says, Allah subhana wa tada says, I thought a tomato noon Have you considered what you?

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What comes? ejaculate? Have you considered that? And Tom takano I mean, I don't know how to do did we create it? Or did you create it?

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Right? I mean, have you reflect that? Did we create it or do you in other words never emitted ejabberd? Did you bring yourselves into existence? Or did we bring you into existence? reflect on that? That's that's the sort of a look for right. And then Allah subhana wa tada says,

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No, cadorna beno common mode until takanohana Harpo nanoka, Donna beno common motor wanna woman, Spokane, we have determined amongst you your lifespans, and we will not be stunted in that determination.

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Allah and nobody ram Sarika Manon, Shere Khan, FEMA, Allah tala mon, ah,

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that you will replace the likenesses of you. We will bring you again from something you're not even aware of. Now, this Shambala been Vega said is even the possibility of cloning is in that

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because he said, under a new better article, we can change the way you're being created. One Shere Khan female data alone and will create you a different way. We're still doing it. If you have a test tube, baby, we're still doing it.

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You take your ovum out in an operation you take your semen out and you put them together in a test tube baby replat we're still doing it. Don't get diluted.

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You think you can clone don't get diluted. It's still Allah subhana wa Tada. Right, a new video that will change your likenesses went on to comb female animal in things that you don't even know about yet. 1400 years ago, well Nakata Animoto Manisha Lula, and you know how you were first created

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federal law, Karen, would you wouldn't reflect on this. You You knew how we first brought you about, there will be other ways, which is also an indication we can bring you about in the next world, because that's what the initial Tafseer was, after a trauma to heroin and how have you thought about what you're cultivating intimacy that our own, who knows daddy own? Are you doing it? Are you cultivating this or are we cultivating it? Because you go out you put the seed in you

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Cover it with Earth, you water it did you do?

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Or are we doing it? In other words, all you are as a sub, but who's really doing it all? Who gave you the ability to walk? Who gave you the strength in your bodies from your food to do all these things? Who did it all? Allah subhanho

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wa Taala loaner sha Allah Jana Hama favela Cahoon in

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banana mahalo moon. So had we wanted, we would have made it all chaith In other words, you plant it and we just destroy it. Look at all the things that can happen. Once you plant a lot can send locusts they eat it all. He can send a drought, kill it all. So you think you're doing this? Allah Subhana Medina says, then you'll say, oh, we're Muhammad. No, now we're, we're deprived. Right? So you think you're doing it's all to remind people you're not doing anything. Don't get diluted about this.

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Now look at this avara ito minima. alita Shara Boone, have you thought about water that you're drinking? Have you reflected on the water that you're drinking? And right?

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And Zelda Muhammad and Muslim American amanzi Don, did you maintain it in the clouds? Right? Are you the one that brought it up into the clouds? Or are we the ones that brought it down to you? Did you do it or did we do it right.

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I mean now think of the hydrological cycle all that a lot of bandwidth doing

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and then naramata not right. And then a lot reminds us low inertia O'Donoghue. jaja add we want to we would have made it bitter brackish

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fanola, Finola fish coral, would that you would just show gratitude, it's all about gratitude. That's all of our itema neurology to look at the fire that you're bringing about unterman shaitaan shunyata hum Nana monsoon. Did you bring that fire about? Or did we bring it about?

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Who dried the tree?

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Right? Why does the tree change? It goes you can't lie to try to start a fire with a living tree. Really try to do it.

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Try to start a living tree on fire. Who dried it out? Right who made it flammable?

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gentleman, atomic Shalom nanomachine did we do it? Are you right?

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No. Jana Hotez, Kira Tomita and McQueen, we did this as a TED Kira, one metallian McQueen, and a way of making travelers have ease in their journeys, the ability to light fire on a cold night when you're traveling. For Sabir mirrabooka, alliums, say supanova. I mean that really reflect on these and then say Suhana

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who that this is, this is a man, right? unlettered from the Arabian Peninsula. This is just one small verse. And he's saying, think about those four Nam the name of your fluids, your vital fluids, the net of your agriculture that gave you those vital fluids, the net amount of water that gave you the agriculture and then the name of fire that gives you benefit from from

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and then subject matter. Further oxymoron work energy. And I swear by the where I've placed the stars. We're in no huddle customer, nota Anna monaldi. This is a great oath, if you bought new look up into the sky. It's a great Oh, now they tell you, oh, that stars 400 million light years away. mean traveling 186,000 miles per second, it would take you 400 million years to get there.

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And they know that now 400 million life. Did you see what he said at the astronomy thing? You know what he said? I don't know if people were paying attention.

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Right? You know what he said? He said, If when you look up in the sky, all you should see is light. Because when they take their telescopes, the closer they get, the more dense the light gets. If Did you see those pictures? Remember, they showed us how the sky should look? Remember, they said that? How the sky should look at night, if it was following normal physics. That's why they got the idea of dark matter, because they realize only some of these lights are penetrating. What's happening. Why only some of them penetrating was some evil Barack Obama either aka Barack Obama tab, the night and the light visitors, the stars that visit you and what will convey to you what those visiting

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stars are the ones who penetrate.

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In other words, there's all these ones up there that are penetrating, but there's ones that are called bottom, who taught him that?

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Who taught it

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Why does a man swear an oath about that was so mad, he will bother. Whoever thought of that by the heavens, and those night visitors will come up.

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In other words, their light is visiting the earth. And what will convey to you what a night visitor is, because the Arabs knew what a night you know what a night visitor is orthotic. He's the guy that knocks on your door at night, he shows up. That's what a thought is. But that's not the thought of Allah is talking about what sets you apart one that that I come up

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with

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the the star that pierces and comes to the earth.

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Really, it's, you know, it just goes on and on and on. You just I'm serious. You just start looking at that book. And you'll just start seeing it just goes on and on and on. I mean, why don't they believe because they've never even examined it.

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When I was 16 years old, I came to the realization that the only reason I was a Christian is because I was born in a Christian family, I realized that I said, the only reason I'm a Christian is because my parents told me Jesus was my Savior, bla bla bla.

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Right. That's the only reason I realized that I just realized, as I thought, if I was born in Sri Lanka, I would be a Buddhist. Because my parents would tell me, here's your God and pray to Him, you'll get whatever you want.

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If I was born in Israel, I would have been a Jew, maybe or a pastor. But I realized that I realized at 16, I remember very clearly that realization, the only reason I'm a Christian, is because I was born a Christian. And then I thought I should think about this. And then I thought, Okay, let me look at these world religions. And I took this class in World Religions at the University at a college. And we had the book by Houston Smith, world religions, religions of man or something like that. And I started reading about this, I think they have 1 billion followers, who do they believe they have this? And I started thinking about all these different religions, I started studying. And

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then I remember hitting on Islam. I thought, now wait a second, what's going on here? And then I went, and I got a hold on. And I read the introduction, I remember saying, the whole of the Islamic creed is summed up in the statement, there is no God, but God, and Muhammad is His Messenger. And

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what does that mean? You know, really, what there is no God, but God.

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I mean, that's such a strange statement when you first hear that, you know, I don't know about people in here. But the first time I heard that I remember thinking, I wanted to know what that means. There's no God, but God.

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I mean, now I know what it means. But then, you know, I was thinking, what does that mean? I mean, it's better to translate. There's nothing worthy of worship, in reality, but God, but there's no God, but God is very strange translation. But I remember it just and there was some very intriguing about it. There's no God, but God, and I remember sorry. There's no guidebook. He was kind of like some kind of Zen koan. Like what's the trick here? Do you know what is it what's like what what am I supposed to realize here? And then I realized what it meant I just that's it. There's no god but God it's that's that makes perfect sense.

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It's nothing else that can be worshipped. But what's worshipped in truth, lemma good to be happen, see what law that's how our Allah interpreted lamb, Buddha be Hakan, see what law there is nothing worshipped in truth, except Allah. everything other than a law that is worshipped is worshipped and by falsehood.

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But then the second one will Mohammed Allah, Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of God. What does that mean? Who was that man? Then you start reading about that. And you realize, this is amazing. You know what, and why haven't we been taught this? Because I remember when I became Muslim, my father a letter, and he wrote me a letter back and he said, because he, the first thing he did he read, given the decline and fall of Roman Empire. He was he read the section on Islam, and given actually, despite some of the things that he says, He preferred Islam to Christianity, and he does say that it's a great religion. And he talks about the theology of Islam makes a lot more sense than the

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theology of Christianity. So he read that and he wrote me a letter saying that our ignorance of Islam is historical. You know, we should know more about this religion, the fact that it had such a massive impact on the world why don't we know about that? I mean, really, why don't people know about the Prophet Mohammed Salah as a historical, they everybody knows about Napoleon.

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Do you think Napoleon had more impact on on human history? People know about Napoleon they know about Waterloo. People know about

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You know, Michael Jordan, really they know is the greatest basketball player that ever lived Americans know that American know about, you know, General Grant, they know about Sherman, you know the defeat of Atlanta.

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They know about all these things that are so insignificant in terms of human history. And nobody yet you ask them about the Prophet Mohammed Salah Sam. Yeah, no, that's that. That's that crazy religion. Right? Really? Why is it crazy? Well, that guy Osama bin Laden. Well, now wait a second. Let's follow this through here. Do you remember that guy down? And I mean, I'm not comparing but I'm just saying same logic. You were that guy down in Waco, Texas. Which guy that can remember that guy that? You know, David Koresh. Oh, yeah, that crazy guy. Well, wait, wasn't he a Christian?

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Well, he said he was.

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Well, okay, so you mean he doesn't represent all Christians? No, that would be stupid, too. So does Osama bin Laden represent all Muslims? I mean, same logic by just a simple. I was on a plane once in my wife, we were in that.

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You know, those were they your face each other Southwest Airlines, you face each other. And my wife was facing this lady. And about halfway through the flight, she just kind of blurted out, cuz my I was wearing a hijab, you know? And she had her baby with her. And she looked at, she said, Did you ever see that movie with not without my daughter? That's what she said. So I looked at this lady, and I said,

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What do you mean by that? And she said, Well, you know, is about these Muslims that like, kidnap babies and things. And I just said to her, I said, Have you ever looked on your milk carton?

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You know, that thing that says missing on the back? Or you get those things in the mail? That say missing?

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She said, yeah. I said, do you get them regularly? She said, yeah, this is amazing, huh? Now, if you read it, it'll say, like, Toby Smith, last scene with Kelly Smith. Right. So who kidnapped her? The biological parent, because they're almost all those kidnappings are divorce situations. And I just said to her, you know, Americans are kidnapping their babies all the time.

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I mean, that's why they're so just because a film was made of a guy who happened to be an Iranian, who happened to want his child to be raised in his culture in his land.

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So he took his kid to Iran, one case, right? I mean, do you think that all Muslims are like that? And she says, Well, I guess not. Yeah, that makes sense. But I mean, I said if they would teach logic in their public schools, just teach them how to think logically.

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It's really sad. People can't think anymore. You know, every time there's a, like, a terrorist thing.

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All the like, I have a friend who's an Egyptian. He does Egypt tours. Every time there's a terrorist event in anywhere in the world by Muslims, all his flights to Cairo, the people cancel them. You'll be you'll be much safer in Cairo than you would going into San Francisco today.

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You have much better chance of surviving a day in Cairo than a day in San Francisco, really.

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But the people can't think anymore. It's like getting struck by lightning.

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You know, I mean, whose it's, you know, it's very highly unlikely that you'll be struck by lightning, so don't start worrying about it. But it's all fear. That's what she'll find the Atacama Fokker sheltowee fascia, Shelton's always about fear.

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Don't go there. Those are dangerous people. I mean, people ask me, aren't you frightened going to the Muslim world? I said, I'm frightened living in America if I'm going to be frightened, I'm gonna be frightened about realistic concerns. Right, really? I mean, I'm I should be worried about living in California. We're on the most, the most incredible Faultline on this planet. According to geologists, it goes right through Hayward, California, right is probably right under zaytoun Institute. It's the biggest fault line on the planet. If I'm going to start worrying, I should worry about that. But why worry? I mean, what, whose hands are we in?

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Really, who's hazard Am I in my hands until hurricane Irma? energy? I mean?

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are you protecting yourself really, it's all crazy. So just be grateful to say Alhamdulillah we should

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start thanking Allah