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Leila salatu salam ala Rasulillah ala alihi wa sahbihi Jemaine
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just lost my voice
will begin the name of Allah All Praise and Glory be to Allah and Maine's finest piece of blessings be upon the best of his creation and the seal of his revelation Muhammad and his family and his companions and all those who adhere to his guidance, Allah azza wa jal
allow us and you a life upon his guidance, and a death in our best state of adherence to his guidance and a reunion around him. Can I drink from his blessing hand sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on the Day of Judgment Day of thirst, and an opportunity to see the face of his lower than ours alone. I mean, exactly to everyone for coming through. And for Mischka Alumni Association for their inaugural Inception banquet, and Dr. Hatem for
for observing the Sunnah of having mercy on the youngsters and allowing me to speak first, just so I can get home. Inshallah, I have a little bit of a trek to get home.
You know, first and foremost, some of you were not here before another tip as Shiva Hammond was pointing out, and the gathering was relatively smaller than this gathering. But immediately when I when I saw it, handful of people some tracking from deep in Long Island, some flew here from Colorado Carolina, I asked a lot to make this a blessing bunch.
I can't give you credit for coming from Allentown because that would give me credit for going downtown. And sorry, bro. It's only 70 Miles.
What's really, really I pray that Allah azza wa jal allow these humble beginnings
to evolve and grow in healthy ways for extraordinary outcomes and impact say, I mean, I remember at least at last Amager conference, I was in, I attended, there was over 400
Imams and students of the sacred sciences and religious workers in Muslim communities and and otherwise, and they were reminiscing you know, a bit on the the grateful to the great bounty of Allah Azzawajal Subhana wa Taala
that in their very first Amager Imams conference, they were about three dozen people or like maybe 40 Imams and best and Allah azza wa jal has allowed it to 10x and beyond. So may Allah make you all people that have the vision to stay the course and the stamina to see this to fruition? LOM I mean,
and then I tried to think about what would be appropriate of a reflection or reminder considering the the theme of the night you know, the launch of the book as Alumni Association, and the theme of our coming week, which is this huge season and opportunity to engage Allah's mercy in the coming month month of Ramadan May Allah allow us to see it.
And I remember the hadith of Abu imam of the Allah Han it's Arizona sunnah Timothy in other places,
authenticated by several scholars that he said, may Allah be pleased with him that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
Lisa che on a heartbeat Allah He mean Katara Taney who are following, that there is nothing whatsoever that is more beloved to Allah than two drops and two marks and two drops and two marks. He said Katara to do more in Hachette in the drops of tears from the fear of God. tear drops from the fear of God.
What God throw to them into hydrography Sybilla and a drop of blood that falls in the path of God. Those are the two drops. He said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam were MLF Iran. And as for the two marks,
he said I felt on visa vie de la or in some narrations FL haffi visa vie de la the marks that are incurred or inflicted or you know made in the path of God wetheral 30 Allah team in Ferrara, Lila, and a mark that is a result of one of the duties one of the injunctions of Allah upon us, one of the variables, the obligations.
So maybe just a few short reflections on each of these four
very quickly because I think that they, it speaks to a lot. It speaks to the concept of have leaving a mark and legacy and inconveniencing ourselves a bit, because it's so worth it.
but also at the same time, you know, heightening our devotional states and upping our relationship at heart with Allah subhanho wa Taala with this coming season of rebounding, so the first of them, he said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that Allah loves tears that fall out of the fear of him. Okay?
And the early Muslims are always very keen on sort of not giving themselves a pass that you know, like, just because I felt emotional doesn't necessarily mean I'm a pious person.
Even I remember reading horribly depressing for a second that said
Zela to study. So I have no desire to study, Rahim Allah, when he read the ayah in Surah, Yusuf Allah azza wa jal says, Forget about Homer, Asia, and you have a code
that they came back to their dad at night crying. Of course, he his reflections in his seat are usually escaped we usually related to spiritual refinements, right? So he said, and this area is proof that when a person becomes fully corrupt, they can cry on cue, as like. So crying could sometimes be a sign of piety, but it also could be a sign of just, you know, tricking others or even tricking yourself, right sedate your conscience or whatever it is. There are people that try that cry in different houses of worship, on different days of the week, and they just go on with life after that, right. It's sort of like just a conscience cleanse and you keep it moving.
And so and that is why Muhammad Nawaz Rahim Allah, he used to say
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that person really fears God, the really pious person is not really the person who cries and like squeezes every last tear out of their eye.
But the pious person is the one that gives up the things that they fear, they'll be punished because of right? That and you know,
if not, one of the great scholars is secondary or human Hola. He used to have like a really, it's gonna sound horrible in English, but it really is so profound. He used to say, letters again, where either Latinum fermata, don't ever sort of like give yourself a pass or like vouch for like a spiritual experience that comes your way, unless you see the outcome of it, until you see the outcome of it. And so he used to say that Felisa Matsudo Minella Minister habit in thought, are enamel Matsuda mean hell, if mine, so you could just tell that it's sort of the pattern in the sounds right, phonetically speaking, he says, because the point of the cloud is not to give you
rain, the point of the cloud is to produce something out of the earth, right. And so that's, that's the idea that you want to become soft hearted, figured out all the ways to become soft hearted, but at the same time, look at the fruits of this, this is how you will higher your likelihood of having that tear that Allah loves so much. That's truly out of the fear of him. And that's why Sophia and Rahima Hola. And you gotta be careful. Like don't ruin your deen or like your spiritual fulfillment in this Deen by being too self critical, right? But just don't automatically say, I'm amazing. That's the idea. Right? Sophia needs to say that.
There's 10 different types of crying.
And only one of them is for Allah like 10% of the times you cried for Allah used to say, and if that one time comes once a year, it's pretty good.
May Allah grant us all soft hearts and eyes that cry for the right reasons alone, man mean, but the point is, it's a treasure. That's why they're all investigating. They're all being like real scrutinizing about it, because this one could make all the difference, right? You know, the hadith of you know,
he remembered Allah in private and so his eye flowed. So he's, he's spared of the day of horror because of that, right?
Or remembered Allah alone is two different traditions.
So that's the first drop the drop
the drop off from the fear of Allah to drop. The other one is cutthroat to them into rock visa, Videla and a drop of blood. I mean, is there any bigger sacrifice in this than you lay your life down? You know, in a just tour to please Allah to show him that he deserves all this and more. And so if someone were to drop
blood bleed for the sake of Allah azza wa jal, ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada loves that drop so much. That Hadith say what? That he is forgiven before his blood hits the ground. It wipes away everything that drops but to speed along to the next one for
have something that is more actionable for many of us more relevant as well. He says As for the two marks,
he says f0 f1 visa vie de la emark, some sort of impact that you make in the path of Allah azza wa jal, and that generally the scholars understood it to mean jihad, right. But at the same time, like Allah is extremely generous, and he's most kind. And so you should widen your conceptualization of jihad, right? In the jihad of the hour that you had of knowledge that you had of service, these are all really forms of jihad, they really are. And they can actually be extremely big sacrifices, you know, like, what someone's like the concept of Dawa being referred to as Jihad exists in the Quran and throughout the Sunnah, there's so much evidence for it, right? That it is a form of jihad. And
so to impact someone with the jihad that you perform against yourself, and the pushback that you, you know, exert against so much confusion out there are so much misguidance out there, and comes at a huge cost, right? And so try to throw seeds everywhere, try to teach where you can try to facilitate for others to promote the good and prevent evil.
And you never know what Allah Azza will cause to come up that you never know.
You know, even has Morahan Allah, he used to say that, if you want to work
in the jihad of Dawa, essentially, he says, You got to donate half of your reputation for the sake of Allah.
Because you just you can't, you can't deal with all these different people, all these different, you know, faces, all these different personalities, all these different needs and, and still be worrying about what who said, What about you, right? You just got to donate half of your, you know, you're not your dignity, but you know, your reputation, to be able to serve, it's a sacrifice, you know, you got to act like it's a little tiny slaughter your ego big time, right and present that for the sake of Allah azza wa jal, to be able to have an impact. You have to sacrifice time you have to sacrifice money, but you don't know what Allah who cause you little You to produce. If you are like
that you're bent on that lifelong jihad, sometimes living that jihad is harder than the jihad of the battlefield, right? Not some scholars say that, like dying for the sake of Allah without taking anything away from it, of course, is more difficult than it sometimes is actually living for the sake of Allah subhanho wa taala. And Allah loves that, to see you living, mobilizing all you can and all you have towards his pleasure long term. You know, I'm a big fan of a doctor of medicine made my MO Allah Who knows who that is.
Anybody? Dr. Abdullah
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I have a jacket here somewhere. That's the jacket, someone I got it. I got it. Don't worry, cordless mics exist for a reason. I just wanna grab my phone. I want to read to you guys something real quick. And I'll be on my way appreciate you. Because like,
I just shared this with my, my high schoolers the other day, so it's handy.
So Dr. Smith was a Kuwaiti physician, by the way, right? who sacrificed the last 29 years of his life in all over Sub Saharan Africa. Okay, relief work that will work.
He would come home in the summer to see his family. Sometimes he'd bring his family with him along with him back to Africa. And he just spent two months at home with family and also like fundraising, speaking to like philanthropist and otherwise to fund the projects over their 29 years into it. Just keep pushing, just keep pushing it right. Let me read to you some of his accolades right now. Hello, Tyler. He died in 2013. By the way.
They attribute at over 11 million people by the way became Muslim because of him a rough rough estimate.
Over 9000 or 9500. RTC and wells were dug by him by the project. Sealand 5700 messages were constructed 15,000 orphan orphans were supported. 95,000 students were financed 200 training centers for women were developed for universities were established. 860 schools like primary schools were established 204 Islamic centers
51 million copies of the Quran were distributed. Rahim Allah Tada. The man was a nation by himself. I know Allah. You know one of the reasons I knew him before but Allah blessed me that there was a man from the Gulf that was his him and his family were studying abroad in Allentown Lehigh University.
And they tend to this slowly have this get together them and they're sort of
students from from Saudi Arabia and they
He would just do a la carte and reminders and stuff. And so I showed up late was the only time I ever attended and he was giving a presentation of Ark Summit. And I was like, oh, mashallah, you know, Dr. submitters? And he said to me, no, I used to go with him to Africa. So I was like, no, no, no telling me everything. I know, Allah, He this man's, you know, it's so much I don't have time to speak on it. But I'll share with you two stories. Right? Quickly. One of them he said that he went to one of the tribes in Africa, remote areas, they have nothing at all whatsoever. And, you know, missionary work is very prevalent in Sub Saharan Africa. And so they had all basically wholesale
become Christian recently. And so he comes to them and speaks about Islam. So they just left sort of pagan roots, and they became Christian. And he said, No, no, no, it sounds better. So he's talking in Delhi. Listen, bro, we have I don't know if he said, bro. But they said, Listen, I was the recovering New Yorker inside me, I apologize.
They said, We haven't had rain for like a year. Okay? We don't want to hear all about this stuff. Like what's wrong with the Bible? If your God can give us rain, we become Muslim. He says, so like he was a dead end. So this brother says to me, he walks over to a tree, makes a little box over to a tree prays to the rock, I pray this is the prayer for rain. And I think he said before the day was over Allah sanctuary. And so the whole tribe becomes Muslim.
Another story as a difficult story, to be honest.
They used to have food, rations of food, people would line up and they would distribute this food, right?
imported food, grains, dry staple foods. And so unfortunately, people are so malnourished in certain parts of that region. That is extremely difficult job, you can't imagine.
They say that they have to weigh the child first. Because their food the food rations are limited. And so if the child doesn't measure up, right, like five years old, you gotta be at least whatever, three kilograms or something. If he doesn't measure up, right, the likelihood of them surviving is too low. So we have to give the food to somebody else.
And so one of the women had her child weighed and they refused to give her child food.
when he was walking back to rest, he found her behind his tent, like just, you know, waiting for a child to pass basically. And so he went to them. And he asked, he told them give her is an Amana and stuff nope, give her from my salary, my personal salary.
And he used to make peanuts. I mean, the guy was a physician, the Kool Aid, and he spent his whole life doing this.
And so they gave the the mom food from the salary of doctors.
He just forgot about the story. These stories have been every single day long story short, like over a decade later, someone walks up to him and says to him, You don't remember me do it?
And he says, No, who are you? He said, I don't remember either. But my mother said to me, I didn't qualify for food. And you chose to pay for my food out of pocket. I just want to tell you how I survived. And now my half of the Quran. And I ask Allah to bless you because of that.
these are marks you just throw your seeds everywhere. And you don't know what Allah azza wa jal will allow to sprout during your life after your death. Just keep just keep throwing, keep chucking and the last one, and I'm already at eight o'clock at my mark. The last one was reloading for dinner. And I had intended to speak a little bit about cm here, but a mark the scholar say what this means is a mark that is incurred by you, because you upheld God's obligations. Right? So for instance, those dry spots on your body, from like will do in the cold or from St. Jude for a lifetime, right? These don't mean you're righteous automatically the mark on your forehead or the instep of your foot
or your knee, but it Allah appreciates it, if it was done for him. These little marks are of the most beautiful thing. So Allah subhanaw taala time inconveniencing yourself for him. And perhaps also what is meant here
is that the mark of the fasting person, which is what, what's the mark of the first person
the order by which they recognize because marks are not only physical marks, they're even the footprints sometimes that you leave on the ground like Allah mentioned. So they are seen Thoreau means their footprints according to university, and so every inconvenience you stumble into for upholding one of the duties of Allah, whether it's an individual duty, or for the Keifa collect
duty that we have. These are of the most beloved things to Allah. So appreciate them and feel privileged that Allah allowed that to happen to you or by you. May Allah azza wa jal permit for all of us to leave a mark of positivity sincerely for his sake on this world before we leave it and accept from us all along I mean what Salalah salovaara kind of early he was just like a lovely
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the troubles then sort of hadn't started had addresses this believers most absurd that had there was an address to disbelievers. So it was you see you basically encounter Yeah, Yohannes more than you encounter. Yeah, you are Lavina Amman, in Surah, perhaps for your people versus all you who believe.
you know, the last few verses of Surah Kajiwara addressing believers. So after a long address for the unbelievers, Allah was addressing the believers. One of the things that you could basically extract from this is that it is important to correct your face.
first before you perform your good deeds or you seek
self refinement, self improvement
and spiritual ascension. So it is important that want to correct their faith. And that one devotes themselves to the true God, the creator of this universe, because accepting in the wrong direction is not is not good. You may need to make basically a U turn and you may need to travel longer to come back from where you are.
But then I must metadata talks about the believers or addresses the believers and says yeah, you're on Avena Amano Rakow was to do while Gudo Rebecca will follow Hi hire La La Quinta for the whole who you who believed
that's bow and recover and Salah and prostrate down prostrate pray
and this is basically
a reference to all of the ritual acts of worship.
And when Allah subhanaw taala said, why bother or back home and worship your Lord? What is in the Salah worship. It is
but there are two important points to learn here from this one is the importance of Salah to there is a wider concept of worship.
That is wider than the act the ritual acts of worship there is a much wider concept of worship. So a cow was Judo why bother a button
And then Allah says what followed hierarchy, blah, blah, come out of the hole, and do good, that you may prosper and do good, that you may prosper, which is an extremely important aspect of our religion, that you're basically
your entire life should be dedicated to Allah subhanaw taala should be dedicated to God should be dedicated to the good, the ultimate good, and the ultimate good is God.
You know that even here, if you say that the truth and injustice and beauty are the highest, basically abstractions of good,
there is a realm above this, which is the ultimate good, that is God. That is basically the culmination of truth, justice and beauty. All mixed together, that would be God. So so the the doing of good and performance of good deeds, is one of the two legs of that religion walks on our religion walks on. One of them is sincerity and devotion
to God believe in God Lavina Emanuel Muhammad oh sorry, hat Illa Lavina Mano Muhammad oh sorry, heart, except for those who believed who had faith, and did good or did righteous deeds, or these of righteousness. So if I don't hire is a concept that is extremely large, and all of our life should be about the realization of goodness, to fulfill our potential in every good virtue in every good act, and go for every good quality and good action, every virtue that is possible, that you could potentially reach we could potentially fulfill
every accomplishment achievement that you can realize, on this path, to have the ultimate goodness, and to be in God's Khalifa on Earth. To be God's vice chair and to be God's.
Khalifa could be sometimes translated as representative or vice chair and, or to be God's agent on Earth. Which is, which is another way you could translate khalifa to be God's agent on Earth. So in order for you to be the basically, the realisation of that agency, the fulfillment and complete realization of that agency, you're basically doing the work of God on earth, doing everything that would be considered the work of God on earth.
So ritual and worship is important. It is at the heart of our deen because commitment to God is at the heart of our deen and we should never underestimate the importance of our rituals in connecting us with Allah elevating us spiritually and morally as well. You know, it is it is hard to have a sincere prayer.
truly sincere when we truly connected with Allah subhanaw taala and come up come out from this
without any improvement to your moral standard without any basically increase
to your your moral standards.
So the Prophet sallallahu Sallam in explaining some of the manifestations of a fallen crier do righteousness do good deeds. He said a hadith reported by a tuber Rania most of you are familiar with
a habit humbleness in Allah and found a nurse. How many of Allah wrote on to Federico Muslim Oh taxi for an encore bow talk the Armidale overthrow Donald Jr. What Adams yeah Mojave if he had it in habla de that's if if he hadn't mister the Sahara woman Governor arriva who was in the home that meant Allahu Akbar who read on Yama, Yama, or my master Mahi. If you had to Hotez better Allahu
Akbar, Allahu Khademi. Yama, there's overlap there. Okay. So the best leads him aside, the most beloved people to Allah are those that are of greatest benefit to the people or most beneficial to the people or those who benefit the people, the other people the most. And the most beloved deeds to Allah. Are you know,
To make a Muslim happy or to bring about happiness to the heart of a believer, to relieve him of distress, to pay off his debt,
to ward off hunger for hunger from him, and if it is more beloved to me to work with a brother of mine, to procure some of his needs, than to make out the calf and this masjid, which is the master of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, where these are multiplied four months, to make out care from this semester, for a month, and whatever suppresses his anger, while being capable of retaliation or being capable of releasing his anger, venting, whoever suppresses the anger, while can be incapable of venting, and retaliating, Allah will fill his heart with contentment, on the Day of Resurrection. And whoever walks with a brother of his sister, his brother says the same thing. whoever walks with
a brother f has to procure some of his needs, until he fulfills it for them or a or you know, until it is fulfilled. Allah will make his feet stable on the day when the feet will be slipping,
will make him give him stability, and assurance and contentment, comfort
on the Day of Resurrection.
So, one of the things that are interesting, this hadith are very interesting, and this hadith is that the Prophet sallallahu sallam was talking about many good deeds, he you know, most of us get the gist of the Hadith. Most of us have heard of this hadith before, understand that this hadith,
that acts that will be of benefit for others may be superior than x that will be of benefit only for the self. This does not mean that work in in the basically Soup Kitchen is always superior than pray and pm. It doesn't mean that but it does mean that if they are all equal in all respects, in all other respects, an act that will be a benefit for others will be superior in an act that will be of benefit only for the self. So that's the gist of the Hadith or the concept of the Hadith as trying to teach us but then in the middle of this, the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam says, women Kelvin Raisa who what I will share and young Leah who humba Mara Allahu Akbar who rebel young Piana and
whoever suppresses his anger will be incapable of venting or retaliating, Allah will fell out of his heart with contentment and assurance on the Day of Resurrection. And, you know, what did you think of this particular edition, this edition came after two sentences that are a very comparable meeting.
Where the Prophet SAW Selim said if I walk in with a brother of mine to procure some of his needs, is more beloved to me then make an autograph and this mustard for a month. And then
this was inserted woman cover my rival group, but it was only on their own gun, man Allahu Akbar. Riemannian will appear and whoever suppresses his rage
while being capable of venting, Allah will fill his heart with contentment on the Day of Resurrection.
What am woman Muslim Ah, he had gotten hotter hotdeals Betta
Sebata local domain he Yun Zilla, and whoever walks again, the same thing walks with a brother of is to procure some of his needs until it's fulfilled. Allah will make his speed stable, meaning give him stability, assurance, comfort, you know, take the anxiety away from his heart on the Day of Resurrection, something we all need, for sure. Allah will
will fit his heart with contentment and then allow it to make his feet stable.
But the reason why the Prophet SAW Solomon circuit this particular sentence in the middle, I believe has to do with the fact that whenever you set out to do good,
you will be harmed.
Like it is part of the test, Hasib and that's what I will talk about a apollomon. Now, I have to know the people think that they'll be left this declaim that they believe
For that they have face without being tested, do they think that they will be left to make that claim it's a it's a it's a huge claim. You won't be tested to prove it. Just don't think of it, you'll just get a pass once you claim that you truly have faith in Allah subhanaw taala you're being tested every single minute.
While you're sitting now, if you're having bad thoughts, you're being you're being tested, whether you try to push them away,
and or not. So anyway, you know, that's the nature of, of life in general and the nature of because Allah subhanaw taala made this life as a test, the trial for Baraka DBM in medical condition, Kalia Levine, halachot, Moto Hattery, below a coma Yoko masa Rahman, em created life and death to test you. And unless you come to terms with this, you will always have mental anguish and emotional sort of disturbance. Because you don't we will not understand what is happening around you. You're not understanding why like a five year old kid can get cancer, you're not. So unless you come to terms with the fact that this is a test. And we're all being tested. And it's so short phase of our
existence, and we will carry on. And in light of this, you will welcome the test that you think
you will be able to pass because what matters at the end of the day, whether you pass the test or not. So when you whenever you extend kindness to people, and we whenever you mix with people, it will be hard.
It seems like that no good deed will go unpunished. So by the people, but certainly it is different with God, no good deed will go on, rewarded when it comes to God.
So the Prophet SAW Salem is saying here, that despite the fact that you'll be harmed, despite all the annoyance, because if you set out to do anything good to work with the people to work with the community, to have any leading position in any organization and any master think then relief organization, this this that
the bothered, annoyed, hurt, harmed,
sometimes severely. But then, if you're doing this for the sake of everybody else on the team or the sake of the organization or any sake short of the sake of God, he will not endure patiently and you will not stay the course because it will be extremely hard to stay the course to continue to do kindness
and and receive
you know otherwise.
But if you do it for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala you could continue to be kind to the very people that are causing you the harm. That is why the Prophet SAW Selim said talk about Mohammed Salman Pathak, join those who cut you off. We're our team and haram back and give to those who withhold from you or who are miserly with you Wow for Hahnemann Villa Mac and forgive those who transgress you it is extremely hard.
But if you truly believe if you truly
have this deep connection with Allah subhanaw taala and if you truly doing this for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala alone and not for anything else, because keep in mind, there are so many reasons why people will become religious.
So many people why people are religious or become religious, one of them is the pleasure of God. But when my own you know from the lie in the homeless recall, most of them will not have faith in God except while having some shared with it as well.
So, religion sometimes could be for the emotional bond or the social connections and the sense of belonging, lesions and so on and so forth.
It is okay basically to cater to this need to this human need. And we need to make sure that we have a good support system for all Muslims so that they don't feel abandoned and neglected etc. It is a it is okay to work on this. Basically as community leaders, it is not good for the person to stay there, you know, says faith by association.
Neither faith by association nor faith by persuasion, which is certainly higher than faith by association is the ultimate
face, let's face the experiential face,
where you can taste the sweetness of face is the ultimate type of face that we should be all seeking. But you will find this and you will taste it, when you really have the commitment
and the patience to stay the course, despite
all the hardships that you encounter in that course, or on that trajectory.
So I ask Allah subhanaw taala, to make us of those who seek His pleasure, by all of our endeavors are through all of our endeavors, and to make our intentions pure for his sake, and to also unite our hearts
and reconcile between our hearts. Because many, many times one of the basically, one of them serve the greatest concerns of the shaytaan, whenever people set out to do something good, is basically to divert them from that or
you know, push them away, like birth to them, and distract them
by any means. So if you're starting this organization, or this association,
certainly, that's a thought with with Teddy with that, you know, we don't have time for this.
Because you have your career and you have your family, extended family, we have this and we have the
pandemic that Satan cannot do this, then digital will try to create fitna between the people,
you know, between the team members,
and that he usually, you know, from experience knowing, you know, has struck, he has a good track record from from experience when it comes to creating fitna between people. Because you haven't like it's as you hardly come across any organization where you are the one tear of fit and problems and arguments arising between the different members. So he seems to be doing well, there are the only the people who truly truly have sincerity and devotion to God. And they're also smart, you know, sometimes people can have their also, you know,
learned to some extent, in and smart, to not allow the Satan to basically make fools out of them, which he does to many of us and basically destroys many of our organizations and many of these endeavors through his faith and and whisperings. So just make sure that your hearts are united. And whenever something arises between you just make sure that you're open and transparent about them.
Talk about them, or be transparent transparency is a great value, it is a great Islamic value. Sometimes
we sacrifice the truth for goodness, because in the Islamic sort of Islamic ethics,
basically is not purely categorical or utilitarian. But Islam does want to bring all those values together. So in categorical ethics, you don't lie, no matter what happens, no matter what outcome
you know, could could transpire from this. So if someone comes and asks you for
someone, like if, like a an innocent person hiding in your home, for instance, and a tyrant came after them, seeking to kill them, or to torture them, and the ask you Is Is he home is Have you seen him you can fly in Kantian ethics he cannot fly Islam does not you know follow that line of thinking Islam
basically would allow you to lie to protect the life of that innocent person right. But Islam will not allow you to basically came to serve to protect yourself from from this doesn't allow you So Islam is not utilitarian because it wouldn't allow you to kill or even to rape
to survive to basically preserve your life. So it's not purely utilitarian, it's not a purely categoric an eyelid combat is it is extremely important for us to understand that that Islam wants to balance between truth and justice.
Is and beauty, which is grace and grace for that ultimate goodness, many times what we do is we sacrifice all of them for the ultimate goodness, which is our own bias, because we make of our own biases, our ultimate goodness. And then we sacrifice, truth, justice, beauty and grace and everything for the ultimate goodness which is in our minds. That is, that is a huge satanic trick that he plays on us, Muslims. So always privilege truth over anything else, unless it is clear cut, like the sun in the middle of a summer day. That truth is counterproductive in a particular occasion, then in this case, that particular example that I shared with you is a clear example,
things of that clarity only, but always always privilege, truth and transparency, and then you will succeed and so if you if you have this devotion to Allah, and truth and transparency among yourselves, you will succeed in this endeavor and may Allah make it fruitful and bless your efforts and rewards you will be better if he was part of the show that was
selected so with two minutes exactly to the department I don't want to delay everybody but on your way out guys while I'm closing remarks over as administered.
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