With Difficulty Comes Ease

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The speaker discusses the struggles of the previous week, including the loss of a deceased man's name and the use of the word Islam in the media. They emphasize the importance of forgiveness and offer advice on what to do when it comes to pursuing Islam. The speaker also emphasizes the need for forgiveness and apologizes for actions that cause harm. They remind people that forgiveness is not a personal matter and can be addressed through actions, and that they have the power to turn to Him for forgiveness and the ability to do so.

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Indeed, after difficulty

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comes ease.

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Indeed, after difficulty

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comes ease.

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In fact, the Ayah says

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indeed with difficulty

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comes ease.

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So as we can see Allah

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has promised us victory.

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And similarly, Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam

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went through difficulty,

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hardship,

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trial and tribulation.

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But the ultimate

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was that he was victorious.

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And we find that Quraysh actually broke the

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truce that was between them and Muhammad sallallahu

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alaihi wasallam.

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They had a truce where they would not

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fight Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam.

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And anyone who aligned to Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi

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Wasallam. But they helped some people fight those

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who are aligned with the messenger sallallahu alaihi

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wa sallam. So they broke the truce.

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So Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam began to

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prepare an army

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to fight

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Quraysh.

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And he did not inform anyone as to

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what he was going to do or where

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he was going.

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But he simply told them prepare for battle.

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And one of the companions of Rasulullah

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known as

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He had family in Makkah.

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So he got worried for them

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and he told one of his maid servants

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that go to Makkah with this

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message.

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Telling them that Muhammad

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is

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coming to fight Quraish.

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So she went.

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And in the meantime, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

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receives revelation.

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That this is what Hatib has done. So

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he says, he sends Ali and a Zubayr

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after this woman chasing after her. And they

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chased after her and they caught up to

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her. And they said, bring the letter that

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you have.

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So she says, I have nothing with me.

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So they tell her that bring that letter

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or we will strip you and take it

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off you Because this is

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a serious harm to the believers.

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So she took out the letter and she

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gave it to them. She had hidden it

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in her hair

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somewhere. So she took it out and she

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gave it to them. And they returned to

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Rasulullah

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with this letter.

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And the messenger

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summons Haltig.

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He says, why did you do this?

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What is it that made you go against

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the believers? So he says, I did not

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leave Islam, O Messenger of Allah.

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Nor was I from those who despise

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the Messenger

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and Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. But

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what happened is I had family in Madqah,

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so I feared for them and their lives.

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So I was trying to protect them.

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So, Umar ibn Khattab radiAllahu anhu being the

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fierce man that he was, he stands up

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and he says,

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Let me kill him, oh messenger of Allah.

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So the messenger of Allah

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he says,

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what is it that makes you know O

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Umar?

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That what is it that makes you know

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O Umar? Perhaps Allah look at the people

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of Badr and says that I have forgiven

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you, so do as you please.

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So this was the response of Rasulullah salallahu

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alaihi wa sallam.

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Because this man was a Badri,

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he was a man who

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had fought with Rasulullah

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in the battle of Badr,

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then he tells him that, how do you

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know? Perhaps Allah has forgiven him. Leave him.

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And this was the clemency and the tolerance

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of Rasulullah salallahu alaihi wa sallam. He knew

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that even good people make big mistakes.

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Good people commit huge sins. This was a

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sin because he was actually putting the whole

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Muslim army

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at peril. He was putting them in danger.

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So Rasulullah salallahu alaihi wa sallam says, forgive

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him. It doesn't matter. Let it go. Why?

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Because

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he was from those who attended the battle

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of Badr. We know that this man is

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sincere.

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So let it go. Even

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good people make big mistakes at times. And

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as a leader or a person in the

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position of leadership, we need to understand this.

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Sometimes our children come to us and they

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have done something very bad.

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Very very bad.

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Sometimes they have impregnated

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another person. What do we do? What are

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we going to do at this time? Are

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we going to roar at the top

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of our voices and shout and say what

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you have done is bad and it's evil?

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Or we say yes, it is a mistake.

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Seek forgiveness for your sin. Ask Allah

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to forgive you, but

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you can carry on beyond this. A man

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comes to Rasulullah

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And he says that,

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Purify me, O Messenger.

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Purify him from what? From the sin of

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from the sin of And he knows what

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that means. He knows that it means giving

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up his life. So Rasulullah salallahu alaihi wa

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sallam says, go away.

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Go away. Seek forgiveness for your sin. So

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the messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasallam, he

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had

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mercy upon his companions.

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And this is the role that we should

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play in our homes, in our businesses, amongst

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our peers. People have made mistakes. People have

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done something wrong. They come acknowledging,

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you know, I've done wrong here.

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Forgive them. Let it go. Move past it.

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Make them feel like there is life beyond

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that sin. I remember receiving a message from

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a sister who says, I committed a very

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bad deed and now I don't know whether

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Allah will forgive me or not. And then

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I told her look, seek forgiveness from Allah

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and Allah will forgive you.

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And I am not the one who says

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this. Allah says,

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And who is it that will forgive the

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sins except for Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala. And

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they don't insist on committing that sin while

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they know. They don't insist on committing that

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sin while they know. So Allah will forgive

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you. And I remember her saying

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that it is too big.

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It is too great.

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Allah won't forgive me. I'm worried. And then

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she says, okay. I will seek forgiveness. And

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comes back again and says, ah.

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I have committed this sin. I fear Allah

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will not have forgiven me. And this is

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the plot of shaitan. You saw sought forgiveness.

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Allah promised to forgive you if you turn

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to

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him. Allah wants to forgive you. You

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have turned to Allah

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Know that Allah has forgiven you. At least

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have that belief, have that hope that Allah

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has forgiven me. She came back and she

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says, no I'm losing hope. I'm lose And

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I kept telling her until it reached a

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point where I could not say it any

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longer. I said, you sought forgiveness. Allah has

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forgiven you and I left it. I blocked

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that person

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because at this juncture, I'd have I don't

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know how to deal with the situation. We

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should never allow ourselves to get to that

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point. Allah says

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Indeed Allah will forgive all of the sins.

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So turn to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and

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if you have harmed someone,

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my dear

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brother, my dear sister,

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go back to that person and seek their

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forgiveness.

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Your ego

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doesn't matter as much as standing before Allah

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It is easier for you to stomp on

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your ego and even if that person is

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smaller than you in age. You know sometimes

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we harm a youngster who is lower than

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us in age and we think how can

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I say sorry to him? How can I

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apologize to him? You can even apologize to

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your own son, your own daughter. There is

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nothing wrong with that. In fact, you should

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make it a habit when you have wronged

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them then apologize to them. Not only are

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you stomping on your ego, but you are

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also teaching them a lesson that when you

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have done something wrong, seek forgiveness from

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the person. He seeks forgiveness from Rasulullah

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Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. Seeks forgiveness from Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala and he is forgiven by the

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will of Allah

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The messenger marches

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forth to Mecca

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with 10,000

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men. 10000

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men. He marches forth to Mecca with a

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huge army.

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Now,

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as he is entering Makkah,

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Sufyan, Abu Sufyan, he is coming out of

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Makkah and he is leaving. One of the

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narrations makes mention that he is leaving. He

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didn't come to Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam,

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but he was leaving with his family and

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saying, you know, if Muhammad gets hold of

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me, then he will punish me

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severely

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because of what I have done to him.

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And how I have opposed Islam.

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So

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sees him and says, why are you

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going? Go to Muhammad

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and just seek forgiveness. Tell him

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that Allah has preferred you over us and

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indeed we were the wrongdoers.

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Just go to Muhammad and see what he

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will say. So he goes to Muhammad

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and he says Allah has preferred you over

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us. And these are the famous words of

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Yusuf

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The famous words of the brothers of Yusuf

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When

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they knew that they were wrong, they now

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went to Yusuf

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alaihis salatu wasalam. Allah has preferred you over

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us and indeed we were the wrongdoers. So

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he went to Muhammad

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and repeated these words. What does Muhammad salallahu

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alaihi wa sallam do? This was not a

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personal

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matter. He didn't want to revenge this man

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because he had harmed him or his family.

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But he was there because it was for

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Allah

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The minute he sees that this man has

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come, he says,

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There is no harm upon you today. No

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retribution.

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Allah will forgive you. May Allah forgive you

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and he is the most merciful of those

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who are merciful. Who is this man? A

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man who has killed companions of Rasulullah salallahu

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alaihi wa sallam. Yet he makes dua for

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them. He has a big heart and he

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forgives him.

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And this is the attitude of the believer.

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When he sees those who have wronged him,

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he makes

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dua for them. He forgives them. He allows

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them to continue. Why? Because you have come

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seeking forgiveness. Who am I not to forgive

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you when Allah can forgive you? When Allah

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can grant you that pardon? So he pardons

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Abu Sufyan

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And he became a man whom after which

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we say,

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May Allah be pleased with him. You see

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how he had a past but Allah subhanahu

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wa ta'ala forgave him and he turned over

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a new leaf. Muhammad marches

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forth into Makkah.

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And he took over Mecca without much of

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a struggle. He took over Mecca.

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And he enters into Mecca so humbly,

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placing his head onto as close as possible

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to the mount, to the horse.

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He placed his head as close as possible

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to it and he enters Makkah in this

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manner. Why?

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Because he is not arrogant.

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He is not there to show that you

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see, I told you so many years ago.

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Accept my message.

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No. What is the message? A message of

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peace, a message of forgiveness,

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a message that you have a chance to

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attain the forgiveness of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.

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So there he goes and he enters into

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Makkah, and it is said

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that he gets to the Kaaba. And he

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tells

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Ali go and get the keys from the

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one who has the keys.

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And Ali

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goes to Uthman

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who had the keys and he says, give

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me these keys. So, Uthman refused.

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So, he snatched the keys from Uthman

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and he went to Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam.

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The messenger of Allah opens the doors of

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the Kaaba and he breaks the idols that

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are there.

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And he performs 2 rakaats of salah and

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then he comes out

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and here,

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in fact in the Kaaba, he receives revelation.

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Indeed Allah commands you to return the to

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those who it is belonging to. What is

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that? The key of the Kaaba that was

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snatched from

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So he tells Ali, go back and give

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him the key. Go back and give him

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the key and seek forgiveness from him. So

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Ali goes back and he gives him the

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key and he seeks forgiveness from him. You

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see, the message throughout Fat Makkah is when

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you are victorious

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and when Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala has given

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you

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that victory,

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then you should forgive your enemies. You are

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now in a position of

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power. You are now in a position to

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punish them

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but forgive them. Let it go. Why? That

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spreads a great message of Islam.

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And what is that? The message of forgiveness.

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Allah will forgive you no matter what you

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have done. Come back to Allah

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You are living. You are breathing.

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Then come back

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to Allah Muhammad

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he comes out of the Kaaba, and then

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he tells

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What is it that you think I will

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do to you today?

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What do you think I'm going to do

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to you today? This is the man whom

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they pouted in Taif. This is the man

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who

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Abu Lahab would walk around the city of

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Madi of Mecca,

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pouting him saying

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calling

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him names. You are a liar. You are

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a magician.

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You are one who has turned away from

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the deen of your forefathers.

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Imagine

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the rage that Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam

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could have felt at this time.

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Imagine the retribution

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and revenge that he would he could have

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taken.

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He could have even easily said, yes. Let

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us punish them 1 by 1. Bring them

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here. Bring them into the Haram and execute

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them 1 by 1. Each one of them

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who has criminal record, execute them. Don't let

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them go. But what does he say? He

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says, what do you think I will do

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today to you today?

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And Quraysh

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immediately

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say, and,

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they say, Khair. We think you will do

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goodness.

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You are an honorable man, the son of

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an honorable man.

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These are the people

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who fought Muhammad salallahu alaihi wa sallam, who

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spilled the blood of his companions.

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And today, they change all of a sudden.

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And this is what happens when a person

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who is in power and authority oppresses

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and now they are lower. They immediately turn

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the No. You are a good man. You

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are a good person. Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa

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sallam repeats his words to that he had

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said to Abu

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There is no retribution upon you today. There

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is no hate upon you today. Allah will

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forgive you.

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The messages turn back to

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Allah He will forgive you. And it is

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a dua as well. May Allah forgive you.

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And He is the most merciful of those

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who are merciful.

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At this juncture where there is

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serious concern as to what will happen to

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them. Allah reminds them through the blessed lips

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of Rasulullah salallahu alaihi wa sallam. He is

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the most merciful of those who are merciful.

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No matter what you have done

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in your life, my dear brother and sister

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in Islam, no matter what it is, Allah

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is the most merciful of those who are

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merciful.

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Turn back to Him, seek forgiveness from Him,

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ask Him

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to enter you into Jannah and you are

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not beyond repair. You are not beyond forgiveness.

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You are not beyond the mercy of Allah

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subhanahu wa ta'ala. He created you. He is

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your Lord. He placed you on earth. You

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made mistakes. He gave you the ability to

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make those mistakes. Do you not think that

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He has He will forgive you when you

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turn to Him? He has also given you

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the ability to turn to Him and to

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seek forgiveness from Him. So seek forgiveness from

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Allah

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And never let anyone convince you. Never let

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anyone. It doesn't matter who it is. Your

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father, your mother, your uncle, your aunt, your

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brother, your sister. No matter who it is,

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don't let them ever convince you that you

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are unforgivable.

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Allah forgives

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all of the sins.

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Allah forgives

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all of the sins. So no matter what

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you feel, how you feel, who is influencing

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you? You know, at times it is shaitan

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simply whispering into our hearts.

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You've done this. You are unforgivable.

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And no matter whom you have wronged as

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well, go back to them and seek forgiveness.

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It is not too late. You are living,

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you are breathing, you are eating, and you

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are surviving. You are breathing the air of

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Allah

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Go back and seek forgiveness from them. And

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Allah

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will forgive you. Muhammad tells

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them,

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Go for indeed today you are free.

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You are free.

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Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam forgave them and they

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went free.

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Left that majlis. People that are completely forgiven

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by Allah and

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His Messenger.

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My dear brothers and sisters in Islam,

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Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam

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began the message all alone.

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He stood up on the mount of Safa

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and he told the people, called them to

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Islam, said,

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if I were to

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warn you of an army that was coming

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from behind, would you believe me? And they

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said yes most definitely. You are Asadi

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You are.

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You are the truthful and the trustworthy.

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So we will believe you.

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And immediately as soon as he warned them

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of a painful punishment, they turned against him

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and they called him a liar. But today

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in Mecca, they there they are calling him

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You are the honorable and the son of

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the most honorable.

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When you have a mission in life,

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don't focus on who is against you. When

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you have a mission in life and you

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want to accomplish it, then go forth with

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the name of Allah

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Go forth with with sincerity

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and your mission will be accomplished.

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Why? Because you are doing it for the

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sake of Allah.

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It doesn't matter whether that is business or

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whether that is something that you want to

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achieve in terms of charity or something you

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want to achieve in terms of an Islamic

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mission of dua.

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Go forth and make your effort, and then

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leave it to Allah

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He will take your message. Look at

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Muhammad

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and look at how his message has become

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fruitful. And Allah

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reveals the verses.

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The victory comes,

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then glorify

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and play praise your lord.

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Grow glorify and praise your lord. Why? Why?

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It is not you, O Muhammad.

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It is not you that achieve this. It

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is Allah

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also glorify

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Praise Allah

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Acknowledge that the victory comes from Allah

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You see many people work hard at something

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but they achieve nothing.

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And they get nowhere.

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Why? Because victory is not in our hands.

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The effort is in our hands. And victories

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was Allah

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We must work and then leave it to

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Allah

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And now you see the people entering

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into the deen of Allah

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in droves.

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Gathering after gathering, coming to Rasulullah

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We believe in your message. We believe in

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Allah

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So seek the forgiveness of Allah

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Indeed, He is the most forgiving. Again the

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message is one of humility. Be humble. At

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your time of victory, be humble. Acknowledge that

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this is from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. And

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this was actually

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an announcement

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that Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Salam would soon

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be departing this world. This was a message

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that Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasallam's mission was over

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so he would leave this world. Why? There

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was a better place

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waiting for him. May Allah

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grant us the ability to live like Muhammad

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to him.

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to him.