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Stories In The Quran – A feast from Heaven; The Search of Ibrahim; The Messengers

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. We welcome you all to another session but even Illa. Today we will be discussing two of the stories mentioned in the seventh Jews. We ask Allah Allah Allah to make it beneficial and to grant us all goodness, I mean, even in the first story we will be touching on again, similar to many that carries on from the sixth to the seventh choose and allegedly, viola makes mention of Isa Ali Salaam, again,

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he then speaks about the story and how he, you know, looked at the stars and saw them disappearing and he said that this could not be my loan if it disappears. He then looked at the moon he then looked at the sun, etc.

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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah.

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Wa Alaykum wa salam alaikum wa barakato Alhamdulillah chef, we can see you after a long time Alhamdulillah I think it's my phone possibly I've changed it around so Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah

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so good to have you. Back. hamdulillah

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Yeah, it was not voice only right. Yes, and hamdulillah. Basically, we touched on the six Jews yesterday and we started with solar to the money that we saw how Allah Allah Allah mentions the story of Isa alayhis salam many a time even as we go on in the seventh Jews Allah Allah Allah mentions his story again. What stood out for you Shanna, when it comes to this story. remember Allah Allah, Allah is mentioning it again. Every time he mentioned the story, there's something new we can derive from it.

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Yes, absolutely. Allah subhanho wa Taala says we've got a lovely

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plot, or what is it? called an Impala. Impala is seven Amalia metacoda near Metallica. Allah. Well it is the verse begins from the after that he speaks about the man that in fact if I mentioned a point because I'm speaking before the actual table, or the late table came down, a legend Oh ALLAH says if Allah Allah we are in seven Amalia mathcore Mira Metallica, voila, validity addressing a sigh Salaam. He says remember the bounty, the virtue, the goodness Allah Allah Allah granted to you, and He granted your mother. For me what I take from this the very first point in the story, Allah Allah Allah holds him to remember his father and his virtue that he gave not only him, also his

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mother, in the same way when it comes to ourselves. Yes, we've been given a lot, but also what our parents have been given. This is also a mere man, it is a bounty allegedly, Allah has granted you remember, by the law after law, if it wasn't for your parents, you wouldn't be there in the first place. They brought you up, they bring you up, they help you they look after you. And whatever gifts and bounties they may have, you may have a good house somewhere to stay, you have food you have drink, even if it's for them, you should make sure that because that bounty reaches you also.

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Yes, yes, absolutely. You know, I remember I remember that I wanted to talk about a muscle panelboards analysis with Oh, hate to eat and how arena. And I mean, we'll be we'll be able to slowly call amendment which had to be in a Muslim mode. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says that and remember when I inspired the disciples that Believe me, and believe in me, and in my messenger, they said, We believe and we bear witness or bear witness that we are Muslim, and not long after, they immediately asked Teresa Allahu salatu salam and zillah Lena indeterminate sama, bring down a tablecloth a spread full of food, you know from the heavens. So it's a little salatu salam tells him

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to Allah income, meaning lower income, meaning that to Allah subhanho wa Taala if you are believers, now, here there's something interesting. We find that on one hand they saying we are believers fully and we completely submit to the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Yet they immediately asked for something supernatural, they want to see a miracle before that, they already had seen from my understanding the chronological sequence of events leads to this happening or this asking, so they had already seen rissalah in salatu wa sallam healing the sick, etc, bringing up the dead to life once again. And yet they are still asking a silent salatu salam for more. So he sat in salt was Sam

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tells them that fear Allah subhanho wa Taala if you are believers in him true believers in him and they continue they persisted until this cloth this spread came down for them to eat from So my point is, you know, sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where we constantly looking for that which is super nice.

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Actual in order to believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala Ah, let me see, Allah, the word love Allah Allah Written In The Heavens, that is when I'll believe it, you know, with the clouds, let me see it come out in a cucumber, for example, you know, you cut the cucumber in half and then they say, Hey, can you see the you know, lavandula like he's written the, if that happens, and you see it Alhamdulillah and let it be, but don't look for those things in order to be a believer in Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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You mentioned a very solid point, sometimes we we want to decide what we will see and what we want in order for us to believe. And that's not left to us base submission, especially when it comes to Islam submission. And as we mentioned before, the MBR they will submit as the submitted to a larger, lower Allah. Another point that stood out for me is when he said Allah His Salaam made dua to Allah, to grant him this, you know, this late table full of food from the heavens. He says, What zakenna what antihero was if he basically give us sustenance, grant us Oh ALLAH and you are the best person or you are the one who sustains everybody. This is a dream made by a Nabhi Allah, Allah accepted his

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dad, if there's anything we learned, we learned that we should make dua with the idea with the actual you know, words that the NBA used also we call out to a lot with his great names and attributes and Allah can give you you know, what you think may be impossible. When you make dua, Allah, Allah can give you it's very easy and possible for him to do that.

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Yes, once again, you are the best of those who sustained here he was calling out to Allah subhanho wa Taala with this attribute of his which is the best of providers and sometimes like you, you know, you've mentioned that he called out with this name, sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where we see every month the paycheck comes from our employer, etc. So we begin to look forward to it from them more than we do from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Yet they are only the means that Allah subhanho wa Taala is provided provided ultimately, he is the Sustainer with or without them, he will sustain us and we need to trust and believe in that.

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Chevron has anything else you'd like to add on to this story. Now I think we move on inshallah. inshallah, one more point to mention in the Hadith, where it is mentioned Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when reciting these verses, he then got to the verse interactive room for in Ahmedabad to go into film, until

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he, you know, repeated the verses in his night prayer, keep 100 over them, it made him cry. Well, this what I take from this even though it's mentioned in the Hadith is we should ponder over the Quran repeat the verses try to understand and reflect You know, there's a deeper meaning to this call and that's why Allah Allah Allah says he tablelands Allah we like him Camelback, Leah dubbo it is a book that has been revealed. One of the reasons why you Honda In fact, the main reason you ponder you reflect and that reflection, you you know, you benefit, you're able to strengthen your bond or your relationship with the Creator.

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Yes, absolutely. Jenna, moving on, we find Allah Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions the story of Ibrahim alayhis salaam, the story there's a few you know, a few incidents that are mentioned. Firstly, what his father, there are a speaks about how he looked at the stars. And he looked at the moon and he looked at the sun, and he knew that something that I worship cannot be present for a little while and then disappeared. What stood out for you in the story.

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Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam, first of all, didn't he wasn't too scared to speak up. And to say that this is right and that's wrong, even though we find that Allah Subhana Allah mentions him being against his people. So most of his people, if not all of them, were worshipping idols they weren't upon to him. Yet he spoke up against his own father, we've got to be as attentive to us momentarily what he said to his father as up are you taking the idols as gods, so he wasn't too shy to speak up, even though it was his father, but at the same time, we need to remember that he had some etiquette when he spoke to his father. So he says,

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Are you taking question his, his actions he didn't see you, you are foolish or idiotic for doing this. Rather, he spoke about the deeds not being correct. At the last moment earlier in the arco coma, Aladdin movie, I see that you and your people are in clear misguidance. So he called a spade a spade, but at the same time he did it in a good manner. He didn't insult or abuse

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you know, as you mentioned, also

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Allah Allah mentions the same story later on in Surah Maryam and he says how he called out to him. Yeah, but he you know, with a very good way of of calling out oh my noble father, my beloved father, Lena tapetum Allah is Manuela, why do you worship these things? And as you mentioned, he then addresses the actual point, not insulting the person. So that's something very important to mention. In the very next verse, Allah Allah Allah says, whatever you can do, Eva human mallacoota somewhat, you will optimally. akuna Minal mutiny. Basically, allegedly, Allah is saying how he showed Ibrahim alayhi salam, the signs the signs were showed to him. And when you look around you ponder over

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what's in the universe. mallacoota Samajwadi well, Artie. Then Allah says, when he akuna Minal Mussolini, and this you know this pondering this reflection, what's around him, it increases you in your conviction, when you can be by him at least it increases you to know that, you know what, the sun is not my Creator, the moon is not my Creator, this task, surely this that supreme being who is out there, and he deserves to be worshipped? My point being it's important and we carry on mentioning it to reflect over the verses and over the signs of Elijah lo Allah.

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Indeed, indeed, the verses of Allah subhanho wa Taala should lead us to acknowledging him and believing in him. The signs of Allah subhanho wa Taala should also lead us to him ultimately.

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You know, where Ibrahim alayhi salatu wa sallam, he sees the stars and the moon and the sun disappearing, and he says, I'll allow him a feeling I don't like those which disappear, meaning it doesn't make sense. I think that Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling us from this also that he is not weak in any way whatsoever. So the minute you see something weak, if you place your trust in that, then you will find yourself in a weak position. You've weakened yourself ultimately, but if you place yourself you're trusting Allah subhanho wa Taala who is the mightiest the strongest the almighty the all knowing the old saying then you are placing yourself in a strong position because

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you have as local Aditya salatu salam said oh he look ninja Did you know so I can go to a strong pillar, something very strong. So when you move to a strong or you you place your trust in the strongest being then you will have and you will have security safety. And this is why later on he says okay for a half a shock to what are the half one and two Billa madam unit zeylanicum Santana that's that How should I fear that would you worship that which you have associated partners with Allah subhana wa tada and you don't associate you don't fear Allah. You don't fear Allah. So he was actually telling them that, you know, what you have done is more blasphemous and it makes you

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fearful human beings, it makes you people that are weak. So don't do that. Worship Allah subhanho wa Taala alone.

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You know, you mentioned when you mentioned how the things that disappear are not always present. You mentioned the sun, the moon, the stars, as mentioned in the story, a point came to mind which I heard a while back. One of the scholars mentioning that if you look in the signs of Allah, Allah, Allah, you look at what's around you, you find He has created everything in case everything in pays, night and day, the sun, the moon, male and female when it comes to the plant kingdom, to show you every single thing is in paste, but he himself is one even yourself. If you are standing, you've still got the shadow that's following you around. So he says this shows you that alleging the

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violence created everything in place. And these things they need one another. So look at how after the night finishes, the day comes after the moon goes the sun comes, you know they need one another but he himself he is one to show you that He is Allah Hebrew. I had a sonnet, the one and only, I found that very, very interesting. Another point that I take from the story of Ibrahim alayhis salam, he says Allah in lemmya Dini op lacuna, in a common bodily, if Allah if my Lord, if my creator is the one who is in charge, the master doesn't lead me and doesn't guide me to the right path. I will be from those, you know, who have gone straight. When he was building the cabinet.

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Again, he's asking to be, you know, sincere and steadfast. Again, here. He's asking ALLAH and basically acknowledging that if it wasn't for Allah, he wouldn't be this guided person. And this teaches us that, you know, we shouldn't attribute guidance and knowledge and everything we know to ourselves, if Allah once he can snatch that away from us.

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Yes. He carries on to say, Well, how Jebel como and his people Ibrahim's people.

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They argued with him. So, Ibrahim alayhi salatu wa sallam didn't argue with him, but rather he gave them he destroyed the premise of the argument immediately that listen, we had to had Julius Malema hadn't? Are you going to argue with me? whilst Allah subhanho wa Taala has guided me? And then he carries on to say and how should I fear that would you associate with Allah? yet? You have not feared Allah subhanho wa Taala. So he didn't get into the argument with them in the first place. In other places in Nepal and Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions how he tells his father that how do you worship that which does not see Lima mela is not what are you sure what are you mean and cache that

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which does not see and it does not hear? And it does not benefit you in any way. But in this instance, we find that he didn't argue with them rather he told them that Listen, you don't fear Allah. And

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you expect me to fear you idle. So he was destroying the premise of the argument altogether, with the foundation on which it was built. Now, sometimes we need to realize this that not always is an argument worth engaging in. Some arguments are fruitless just leave the people or tell them that listen, it doesn't make sense to argue with you in the first place and leave it walk away from it because there's more harm than there is benefit from engaging in that argument.

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You know, what an amazing story and amazing points you mentioned. He waited as you mentioned before, when it came to his belief, what he knew was right, he stood with it. At the same time he didn't insult people but he made it known that you know what, a spade is a spade This is right. And that is wrong. Moving on a legend. Oh ALLAH says how Ibrahim alayhis salaam passed the test and he says Latika Jonah attina Ibrahim, Allah told me not found out by JT Manisha in North Baca Hakeem and it basically allegedly wireless is how Ibrahim alayhis salam was shown the signs and when he argued or he debated the people, you know, he gave them logical arguments, he then says not legitimate. We

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raise whoever we want. And this raising is off levels. Allah Allah, Allah raises people, you know, in different things, especially when it comes to knowledge. And one of the ways in which a legend or Allah raises a person is, especially when it comes to Islamic knowledge. You learn something that's good, you practice upon it, you are raised, you go to a higher level, the more you learn, your level gets higher, the more you practice upon it, your level gets higher. It's mentioned in an effort, that whoever practices on the knowledge that they learn a lot, a whole lot more ilma malami Allah, Allah advancing new knowledge that he didn't know in the past. So I think that's extremely

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important. And a lesson we take from this is that people are different levels, and according to how much knowledge you have and how much you practice upon it, how sincere you are, and how you know, you give Zakat of this knowledge you spread it out. Allah raises, you know,

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yes, I love the way you worded it in the how you give zakka of this knowledge is amazing, you know. So sharing it ultimately is actually beneficial to you also. And Allah some kind of water Allah will grant you more knowledge because part of practicing upon the knowledge that you've learned is to share it because that is one of the lessons that we learned from it. So some kind of lights it's amazing the way you put it in at the same time, I'd like to go back to that point that you raised, which is in the story of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam with his are mentioned and how everything is in paid well in the story may not be mentioned specifically but what what do you have the

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highlighted there that you know, everything is in place except for Allah subhanho wa Taala so even in that is a sign of the oneness of Allah subhanho wa Taala that I found profound and amazing. I think that's something that I repeated also so that the people who've joined now can actually benefit from it because I found it absolutely mind blowing Yeah, Mashallah. I've never thought of it in that manner. You know, we always think of it as Allah subhanho wa Taala having created in pairs in order to give life etc, and, you know, to allow people to procreate and carry on.

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You know, somebody mentioned that, how do you explain the fact that he destroyed his father's idols he sold in his way house, I think what's interesting to mention, Ibrahim Ali Salaam story's mentioned in more than one place in the forum, when he went to the idols and some of the verses, you know, he struck them and he said, Amala, Come, let them come on strong, you don't speak. If he was trying, he was destroying them in order to teach them a lesson. Again, it's intellectual here, if it was just out of anger out of rage, only he would have cut them all. He cut the small ones and left the big ones. And then he told them that this big one is left so this big one is the one

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Who you know who would have done it? Who did it? Right? All of them have,

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in fact asked this big one it would know when they realized amongst themselves that you know what? This big idol it can speak it can benefit it can't harm. So more than out of Regent insulting it's again intellectual he first spoke to them. He debated them, then he showed them physical proof that this big one doesn't even know what's going on and you are worshiping it?

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Yes, absolutely. Absolutely. And he was a the V of Allah, so kind of water Allah. So for him to do that, that would have been okay for us to now today go and destroy other people's idols. In fact, we've been told not to blaspheme the gods of other other religions, etc. Because they will then swear Allah subhanho wa Taala, or blasting him. So we leave them and let them worship what they want to worship. That is their choice, ultimately, in this dunya but Ibrahim alayhi salatu wa sallam, of course, he had the place and position of a Nabhi of Allah subhanho wa Taala, in order to display to them, but you rightfully mentioned that in order to display to them that they were wrong in what

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they were doing. He intellectually destroyed the argument by destroying the idols or cutting the idol. Yes, so that makes a lot of sense. Yeah.

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I think God wants you had a he had a point and he and he left the bigger one, you know, he left the big one to show them. So now you could see you know, sometimes, if you're arguing if you're thinking, it's not as clear, but if you see something in front of you at times, it becomes more clear. It didn't just cut them off and say, You know what, I don't like the message or know it, there was a reason for it. And it was to get the people thinking,

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we seen this up by Miss Ella. How he left his people he left his father Allah Allah Allah then says, what will happen Allah Who is harkaway our poop, Allah granted him children, a lot of granted him children from his children, his heart and from his house children. What? Yeah, poop. So basically the grandchildren and the progeny of Ibrahim alayhis salam. Some of the scholars mentioned at this verse like even Kofi Rahim Allah, He says, when he left a place or group of people, you know that were harming him. They weren't really thinking the way he thought. He left them for the sake of Allah. Allah granted him other people. And this teaches us sometimes you force to leave something

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because of what you stand for. You leave people who you love to friends who are close to you, as long as you are on the truth, Allah Allah Allah grants you somebody or something later on, you know, he gives you that.

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I wouldn't say I would say he read, he read convinces you It gives you something better. Also in the story of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. His father passed away when he was young. His father passed away before he was born, his mother passed away when he was young. Later on, we find that he's accompanied by the best of all angels. gibreel, Allah is Allah. He has a Baccarat city as his companion and he has the other Sahaba and he's got his role models the MDR Lima Salatu was Salam.

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Yes, Allah, Allah. You know in the beginning we have this you know, story or these verses Allah subhanho wa Taala says will kill Jonah and Tina Ibrahim Allah Kony. Now fou de la gente, Manisha we raised in status or levels whomsoever we wish. Inaba, kaha, Ki Moon highly indeed Europe is all wise and all knowing or most wise and all knowing.

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I think Allah subhanho wa Taala ended that verse off with these specific characteristics, mentioning these specific characteristics to us, in order to draw our attention to the fact that he's raising of people is most wise, don't think it comes from a being who is most wise, don't ever think that Allah subhanho wa Taala unjustly raises someone and you know unjustly lowers another person, but he's raising and lowering of people is most just and most wise. So this is why he ends off the air by drawing our attention or this is how I feel that perhaps this is the reason why he ended up saying that, Indeed, Allah indeed Your love is the most wise and the most knowing some people begin

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to question why are some people raised and others lowered etc. remember Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best and he is most wise and because he knows everything, then he knows where to place something Exactly. In its position.

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You know, you mentioned a very important point. It's out of the wisdom and the knowledge of Allah, Allah, Allah also, to add on that so many times we don't know what goes on in people's private lives. What could be

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They may be doing or what difficulties they may have gone through, and a lot raise them in certain places. It's mentioned that quite a lot, when speaking about Imam Malik, and how he was such a respected person, he said, Imam Malik, he's saying, he didn't really pass the people with a lot of Salah, and a lot of So no, it was some study Allah, between him and Allah, some hidden good deeds. And Allah granted him that acceptance, and he raised him in the eyes of the people up to today.

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So Allah, absolutely, and then sometimes we also feel like someone is raised up high, yet they're raised for the wrong reasons, you know, they may be famous, for example, for the wrong reasons. And the minute that a person is, you know, has been raised in our eyes as community and society,

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it doesn't mean that that person necessarily has been raised by Allah subhanho wa Taala. That was Allah subhanho wa Taala may actually be a lowering of the person's status and position. You know, there's so many angles to look at it from if it's the actual person who's been raised or who has a following in today's terms, or may have his word or whatever he says, Is listened to and obeyed. For this person advice is what you say is not always correct, you may make a mistake, you know, be humble, be open for correction. As for those looking at them, you find people who just follow blindly 100% this person could make a mistake, as for those looking at them from you know, why did

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Allah raise him? And you do know Allah, He could have done something good? Well, as you mentioned, people are raised for the wrong reasons. So there's a lot of angles and a lot of ways and a lot of pieces of advice. When it comes to looking at this whole circle. Some people just, you know, blanketly they say no, it's not good to do this. And this and this and this person is famous in history.

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The judgment is left in the hands of a larger law, Allah we not saying they don't make mistakes, they make mistakes. Yeah, that's so that's so important to discuss as well. Because, you know, I was once talking to a scholar who I asked him this question and I said, Look, Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Medina Amano, he had he said, men would indeed those who have done good deeds believed in Allah subhanho wa Taala, and done good deeds, Allah will place the love right for them. So the love of people will be for them. That's one of the explanations of this verse. So I asked him, I said, Look, the celebrities, the people who are doing work that is not necessarily religious, per

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se, these people have also been raised by, you know, in the in the eyes of the people they've been, the people love them, etc. And he says, look, the one who is working for Allah, and that person that everyone loves him, that people really love him, then that is a sign of the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But the one who is working against Allah subhanho wa Taala, or not doing that which is religious and not is not necessarily a sign of the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala because Allah says, In the levena, among those who have believed me lusardi had and do good deeds. So there's your principal, you know, don't look at anyone and everyone and say that this person because they're

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famous, they've been raised by a lot of water. You know, and ultimately, the judgment is with a larger lavalla Yes, people who do good deeds, and who may have a following, we hope good for them, and we make dua for them. But at the same time that acceptance is with Allah, I think a lot of people, you know, since the topics come out, a lot of people, they forget the fact that especially when it comes to Islamic knowledge, there is another dimension to it, and that is Islam, that is sincerity, between you and Allah, what's your, you know, your motive, what's your intention for it, and this, you will only know, you will only know exactly what you did it and whether your deeds are

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accepted. And whether you been truly raised, you know, in the earth or after you die. That's why this race, or it's a very long marathon, so to see you planting your seeds now is you may have a following. You may have this beshara inshallah, it's also a fitna, you should be careful, but you will ultimately only know after you die. So don't think that at some people, they see people who have a following, especially when it comes to Islamic knowledge. The first thing they think about is how do I grow my following? And how do I do this? Now in Islamic knowledge, there's another dimension, and that is that sincerity with your Creator?

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Absolutely, absolutely. That's so true. These people who don't have a following it or people who haven't even really been known yet, as some people put it, there are celebrities in the earth era. So really, and truly it's to do with you

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Your heart where your heart is with Allah Subhana Allah, we ask Allah subhana wa tada to make us all sincere. I mean, I mean and since we're speaking about the topic at the end of the stories of Elijah, lo Allah mentions the NBA he mentioned, you know, that would Allah He Salim Sulaiman alayhis salam, some of them via even tells Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam basically tell him telling him that these people were guided, so follow them. These are your role models follow, you know what they did. And one of the mottos or one of the some of the words they always said was Poulos, La Jolla. We're not asking you, you know, we're not doing this for any wealth and we're not asking you

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for money. We're not asking you for you your resources. That's why in one of the, you know, reading an animator alone in the UFC, two verses stood out for me. Firstly, in episode whatever Allah, Allah Allah, Allah is reprimanding Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam because he turned away from the blind man. And he was busy with people who are more prominent in society hoping that they will accept Islam. So the message number seven mentioned, the message is not only for the rich, the message is for everybody. And another verse that stood out wha hoo and lie baby bunny, this messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is not somebody who is stingy. When it comes to this

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knowledge. One of the seals mentioned he doesn't ask you for money in order to give this knowledge to you.

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So Allah, Allah, I think that needs to be mentioned today because there's a lot of people who ask for wealth now we're not saying you need to, you don't need to survive, or you don't need to live but when it becomes a money making scheme, then are you selling the deen of Allah subhanho wa Taala or you know, what is it now? Are you there for love? Or are you there for the money because at some point, it becomes a you know, ridiculous.

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Yeah, I see. You've been entrusted with this knowledge and you've been given certain things ultimately you are responsible. You've been put in a position where Allah is giving you an opportunity, you can use it to do good Yes, you know what the correct intention doing it correctly? Obviously Allah Allah Allah rewards. What we're trying to say is that don't make it your whole intention for fame and money and you know, just to live in this dunya Absolutely, absolutely.

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It is a lovely session. Under the law. Yes.

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Anything else you'd like to mention? Yes, no. Alhamdulillah I think it's been a good session like that. Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah i think is quite refreshing seeing you again, Masha Allah, and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to accept all our good deeds, especially in this month of Ramadan. Chef and I think we live in big

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inshallah, okay.

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Okay. Salaam

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Alaikum, Salaam Alaikum wa barakato