Muslims in America – Hopes & Realities

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Alhamdulillah Allah Allah whom FSM Allah to my friend?

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Well sadly what was settled Mrs. Lee anamod Mr. Martin muda Mohammed bin Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam B, woman sobre la, la on we didn't

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All Praise to Allah,

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the sole creator sustainer and treasures of the universe,

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to Whom belongs everything in heavens and on earth.

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He is the first and the last.

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And may his peace and blessings be upon his last prophets and messengers. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sent as mercy to the words.

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My dear brothers and sisters, I greet you with the greeting of all of the prophets, as salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. May the peace blessings and mercy of Allah the creator will be with you all.

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The hopes, realities and problems of Muslims in North America is not different, as my dear brother said, from the hopes, realities and problems of the rest of the Muslim ummah.

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for Muslims in North America, after all, are part of that oma

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and I don't translate on my as a nation. For the word nation connotes geographic boundaries, or commonality of language, or heritage or race. Islam transcends all of that. And the unique concept of oma is a community of believers irrespective of those barriers.

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And Muslims in North America are part of that broader oma,

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which includes each and every one anywhere in the world, that one person says, I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

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It follows from this.

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That the realization of the hopes of Muslims in North America

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is part and parcel of the realization of the hopes of the Muslim Ummah everywhere.

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And it follows also,

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that the problems faced by Muslims in North America

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is spurt of the problems faced by Muslims everywhere.

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But I dare say

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that the realization of the hopes of Muslims in North America

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is not only part of the realization of hopes of all Muslims, but of non Muslims alike.

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For the basic hopes and aspirations of humanity,

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in its essence, may not much differ from the hopes and aspiration of Muslims.

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And the solution of the problems facing Muslims, is also a solution for the problems facing the rest of humanity, not only the Muslim Ummah, for as indicated earlier, the message of Islam is not for a group of people, or a certain period of time. But as the Quran describes it, mercy to the worlds in plural, so the whole people until the day of judgment,

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no wonder

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that solution for this problem is coming from the one who created all mankind, and for the benefit not only of Muslims, but for the whole of mankind.

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The significance of that solution, and that message

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can be appreciated more.

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When we face a situation of confusion and godlessness in the method of belief and conception and the matters of values, moral teachings, socio economic political life,

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when we see

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all kinds of fatal diseases in the physical and moral sense

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threatens the future of humanity at large.

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Not only in this life but threatens its well being and the life to come in the hereafter.

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Many of those diseases are contagious.

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And there are some places in the world

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where these contagious diseases are widespread.

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And Muslims who happen to be living in that middle you

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also will get a touch of those contagious diseases that make no distinction between believers and non believers.

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And as we read in the Quran with Taku fitness Allah to see when Allah Deen of Allah Moomin, casa,

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be aware

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of a test tribulation, that will not only afflict those of you who do wrong exclusively. So Muslims also get a touch of that.

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So our concerns as Muslims in North America or elsewhere,

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should not only be limited to our selfish own communities,

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for the formation of the societies where we live, will also have its positive impact on our own families and our own children. And our mission is not only for our brothers and sisters in faith, but also to our brothers and sisters in humanity.

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But in order to look for the proper prescription,

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to solve those problems,

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we have to turn only to the creators who provides us with the guideline for that prescription.

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But here again, we have to make a clear distinction between

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a wrestler or a soul

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between the message and those who carry that message,

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the Muslim Ummah itself or those who claim to carry that mission.

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For as far as the message is concerned,

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it is all a source of strength, without any weakness, because it come from the Creator. And as he says in the Quran, Allah Allah moment Allah, wa T for Kabir, does he not know the one who create

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the one who created the whole universe and mankind and knows the most intricate secrets and nature of the human? There's only one who knows that for food, and for sure. And that's Allah subhanaw taala.

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So it is impossible, if indeed, that message is shown to be coming and emanating from him to speak about any of its weaknesses,

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for sure to speak about the weakness of His revelation would be God forbid, speaking about his weakness, the weakness of the author and the weakness, the author doesn't have any weakness.

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But when we speak about those who carry the message, or claim to carry the message, the Muslim Ummah at large or Muslims in North America, that is where we have to be honest and realistic, and speak about hopes, strengths, and also courageously about weaknesses.

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Let us examine briefly in the first place,

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some of the elements of power and strength in the message itself.

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And then compare it with where we are

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at least four areas to be brief.

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One,

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that this message indeed

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emanates from the Creator.

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And as such, it does not contain any element of shirk. associating any being, any being whatsoever with Allah, the creator, in his exclusive divine attributes.

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A message that is to be followed out of a combination of three things, above all, love of Allah,

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fear of Allah

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and hopes in Allah.

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And we find documentation of all of this in the Quran

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describing true believers. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, well, Lavina Emma No, I said to her Bella, the true believers are more intense in their love of Allah and that should be the main driving force.

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For the person,

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but then there is a balance also between fears in the positive sense and hope

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in describing some of the great prophets in the past,

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Allah subhanaw taala described them work at can you get through Nana, Robin? Robin, what can we learn after Shane? They are the ones who used to pray to us out of hope. That means in the mercy of Allah, fish Yes, of the punishment of Allah for those who violate his teaching, and bring destruction to themselves.

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What can we learn our fascia and the humble themselves, before us this unique balance between the three elements

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it is a way

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and admitek message

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which is based on the unity

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between the message itself and those who carried the message not as the prophets of Allah unity of prophethood

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as the Quran clearly indicate that all people were one nation and Allah sent various prophets and messengers means every word in order to guide mankind. Well a hot bath and a few ohmmeter rezulin and our Buddha law which tenable thought, the core message as the Quran indicate, of all prophets everywhere at all times, says we have sent in every nation, a messenger, teaching or inviting people to worship Allah alone and shun false gods.

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It is a message

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that is based on accountability, not passing the buck to someone else. Accountability individual accountability before Allah

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in a day, as the Quran describes, yo ma marijuana ban una illuminata, La Jolla, Calvin Salim in a day where there is no wealth, or children or progeny. That would be of any help or avail. Except for those who come to Allah with a clean heart.

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It is a mission and a message.

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That is established on three interrelated foundations of belief.

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interrelated in an organic way.

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belief in Allah,

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belief in the revelation that Allah sent and belief in the hereafter.

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And all three are related.

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for believing in Allah requires

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believing also in the message and revelation that Allah sent through his prophets.

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And believing in Allah cannot be complete without believing in the life here after that he told us about.

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This is why the Quran connects between rejection of faith in Allah

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and rejection of the notion of accountability and life here after

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Medina cafaro, Biya Tina, what is a karate formula?

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That's one sample of various errors in the Quran that make this connection,

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which means as to those who rejected our science and the hereafter, both, so they reject Allah and also the rejects hereafter. Indeed, they will be brought before the severe punishment.

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It is a message that is based on a moral grounds

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a unique approach to ethics,

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a base which is not

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founded

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on opportunism,

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but on the basis of commitment, on the basis of the love of Allah, and the feeling constantly of his presence in our lives,

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not on the relativity of morality,

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which changes with the change of people's moral behavior

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declines as standard, with the decline of people's behavior coming down, lower rather than trying to keep lofty and help people to pull up to reach that level.

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It is unfortunate that even among so called people of religion,

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that you find people who are even going around clear texts and revelation of Allah in their own scriptures even in order to justify various forms of perversities and immoral behaviors.

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That is not

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the approach of Islam to the end

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ailments and malaise of mankind.

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It is a mission and a message

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that gives a complete way of living

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on the personal and collective levels, socio economic, political, educational, in all areas.

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A message which is based on brotherhood of faith, within the broader boundaries of brotherhood of mankind, as the Quran clearly indicate, and serve as a culture that

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it guarantees freedoms, but within the broader framework of the benefit of society, and its moral

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precepts. It is not a guarantee for the freedom to corrupts or to destroy the moral fiber of society.

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And finally, fourthly,

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it is a message which is characterized by comprehensiveness, balance, practicality, which is the proper characteristics, be fitting for the final message from Allah to mankind, through his last prophet, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, no one that he says in the Quran, and yo macromolecular codina come to LA criminality, what are the two the common Islamic you know, that Allah says in his book,

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today I have completed for you, your religion,

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completed my restore over you have my blessings, and accepted Islam or submission to me as your way of life.

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We can conclude then that, as we examine, even in this very quick and cursory capsulized, and each of this point can be detailed and given evidence at length,

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if this is the nature of the message itself,

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which is all strengths, all power, how about us, Muslims, the claimants, of being the carriers of that message.

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When we come to Muslims, we should never mix it with Islam.

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for Muslims, and what they do or say cannot be identical. It's not always identical with Islam, as a way of life and a teaching and as such, and because we are humans, and we have the weakness of humans,

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as a man, as an oma, broader Muslim community, or Muslim community in North America, we may have areas of strength, but you could also have areas of weakness and malaise.

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If you look at the sources of power in general or strength of the Muslim Ummah, very briefly,

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we can say that, aside from the nature of the message they carry,

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there is the numerical strength,

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for at least one out of every five human being is a Muslim, or claiming to be a Muslim in some form or the other.

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Secondly,

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that taking the Muslim Ummah altogether

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Muslim have access and possess some of the most important sources in the world.

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Oil is only one but that's not the only one. There are agriculture sources that are mineral resources. It is amazing when you put it together.

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Certainly

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Muslims are located in the most strategic areas in the world.

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But you are not here today

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to pat each other on the back and say Alhamdulillah Muslims are very strong. Yes, they do have areas of strength.

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But they have areas of weaknesses. And even some of the areas of strengths are used against them.

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It's not benefiting them.

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Look at the issue of numbers.

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Yes. Suppose Muslims are 20 at least 20% of Muslim world population.

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But what do these numbers mean? If the qualitative aspect is not there?

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This is precisely what Prophet Muhammad Salallahu alaihe salam warned us.

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In the famous Hades, you should call on the Dalai Lama just give the translation because of the time. It says the nations are about or joint efforts of other nations

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We are about to assault you, as the free as a group of hungry people gather

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around or assault to use the metaphoric word assault, a container of food when they're really hungry, snatching nursery people sitting around snatching, taking

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and eating, devouring you.

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So some of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said, Our McCullough did not do anything So Allah is it because at that time we are few in number

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are you IE that people are ganging against us and what we carry and what we stand for?

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He says, No, at that time, you are too many,

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as if you were seeing from behind the veil, of the unseen with the inspiration of Allah, the state of the Muslim Ummah, he was speaking when Muslims were very few at that time. So no, you will not be few at that time will be many, plenty.

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But he said, You will be like the form on the surface of the ocean.

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Big form, no substance.

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And then he continues and that is giving some additional warning from just dependence on numbers as such.

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Take the issue of resources and wealth, collective wealth of the Muslim woman

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that has been gravely abused

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by rulers of the Muslim countries by people who are in authority and have a vested political, social and economic interest

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and plundered also by others from outside those who do not wish for the Muslim Ummah, to prosper.

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And the clearest example of this

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would be the tremendous waste of Muslim wealth

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that Muslims together spent at least 600 billion with the be 600,000 million dollars on the so called Gulf War, which was totally unnecessary, provoked and pushed for, for different geopolitical interests of other countries. And the expenditures is not over yet. For every single day, several million dollars are paid by the so called Gulf states, to the protectors for the armies, and their contingency is theirs. It has its price.

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What did the wealth of Muslim do to them?

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If there's a care required minimal the cap of Muslim wealth is used properly, there would be no single Muslim who's hungry or a need in this world, no sink and Muslim country in need for capital for development and improvement of the quality of life. So there goes the wealth,

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strategic locations, who controls those strategic locations? We have government's so called Muslim governments there, who are the real powers indeed,

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that are controlling those resources in those areas.

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Now,

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when we look at it realistically, we can understand,

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we can understand why Muslims as an Ummah are where they are, today, in spite of the nobility and strength

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of the message they claim to carry.

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However,

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the hopes are there.

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If we can only be honest and admit

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the diseases, the malaise

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that is stopping this Muslim Ummah, from getting out of its shackles

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and saving itself and humanity as well, according to the divine guidance.

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Let us look at three diseases applicable to us here in North America and elsewhere.

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That's not meant to make a pessimistic presentation because the hopes are going to follow inshallah.

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But we have to be honest, and we have to begin with that.

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And the most hopeful beginning of any prescription

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of any disease is diagnosis. We have to do that diagnosis first.

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This is not a list of all diseases.

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Three main ones,

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to abstract them and summarize them.

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First disease

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loyalty to other than Allah subhanaw taala. The Creator

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oftentimes must have Muslims have their loyalty largely to a particular

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race group, color Group,

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a particular community,

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a particular organization,

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even

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other than loyalty to Alaska, it takes precedent in their minds about loyalty to Alaska.

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Now, we're not saying that loyalty to a good Islamic organization doing good work, and there are so many hamdulillah is bad.

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But only if the loyalty to that organization or group

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is only a tool to help us embody and implement the teaching of Allah and the realities of our lives.

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Not just by raising words and slogans.

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But we have to follow certain controls, criteria.

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This criteria includes in the first place, sincerity, and purity of intention,

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and you must be careful also even here

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for Satan comes to us from the side of goodness,

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Satan is not

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dumb enough to come and tell us Hey, why don't you disobey Allah? Hey, come, let's do some even

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Satan is much smarter. And you might get into us even when we are trying to do good things,

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to divert our understanding, and lead us to something exactly contrary to what we intend to do.

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Let's be more more clear and forthcoming.

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An example of this

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would be those who kill the innocence. men, women and children in the most horrendous and cruel way.

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don't care who perpetrates those crimes,

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whether they are government forces openly, or whether as it was shown in Algeria, by the confession of one former soldiers, they sold our soldiers in an oppressive government pretending to be Islamic elements, doing it in the name of Islam,

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to make Islam most hated and most feared, instead of the mercy that Allah described in the Quran,

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or whether indeed they might be even some elements, criminal elements

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within the Muslim world who are committing those horrendous crimes,

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for oftentimes, Satan would make it appear as serving the cause of Allah. Through means, that Allah himself a port, and forbade

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one of those controls

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is that the ultimate authority, the ultimate control,

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or criteria, for understanding for establishing values or conceptions has to be the teaching and revelation of the Creator. And we find numerous examples in that. For that in the Quran. You alladhina amanu la Taka demo by Anya de la marzulli or believers do not put yourself means your ideas your liking and disliking, disliking ahead of Allah and His messenger that means ahead, what the Quran tells you ahead what the Prophet taught you.

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Fellow Arabic Allah umino nahata Yaki McAfee message avena no by you Lourdes, Allah is addressing his prophet in the Quran. No by your Lord or Mohammed, Salah Larissa, they will not truly believe

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until they asked for your judgment in any dispute that may arise between them, and then they will find no hesitation in their hearts and accept willingly and full heartedly.

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That's what why prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in describing the true nature of faith.

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The word faith even might not be very adequate. Amen is a much broader term than faith.

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She was loosely

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that they will not have through a man

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until his or her liking and disliking. However, in accordance to what has been revealed to me

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It is this and other criteria that represent the real acid test

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of this acidity of Eman or belief of the believers.

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A second

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disease among Muslims

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is the mixed understanding.

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A person could have strong belief and faith in Allah.

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You could have loyalty to Allah.

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But as we have heard

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earlier, when chakra it was reading the Quran

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that the believer in his own understanding and in inviting others does that not blindly, but with understanding. Remember the polarity he severely ADIRU in Allahu Allah wa sera in an hour minute avani Subhana Allah who I met at a minimum Sikkim

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the instruction is given to Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam in the Quran, Allah tells him say, O Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, this is my way. I invite invite all

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to Allah,

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Allah wa Sierra, with understanding, not blindly with understanding me and those who follow me, and Glory be to Allah, I am not among those who associate others with him.

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What is the practical implication for that, because that disease is much more manifests among Muslims living in the West, even though it's spreading.

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The implication of that is that we have to weigh and evaluate any other philosophy, idea, or movement, by the scale of Islam, by the scale of what Allah taught us, and use that to judge its correctness or errors. Not the reverse. This is a big problem. Because oftentimes,

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Muslims are called on

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to give up not details, but to give us some of that, however, it's some of the basics of their belief in the name of being progressive, women's liberation, in the name of human rights in the name of this or that, as if all of those calls and slogans we hear today, whether on the American scene or the international scene, are the absolute and ultimate reality and truth that can never have any shortcoming or weakness or error.

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As if we're implying that if there is any error, it must be the error of our Creator, hash alila.

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And as such, we have to mold Islam change it,

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eliminate some of the basics, even in order to be called progressive, socialistic, this aesthetic or that aesthetic that has nothing to do with Islam.

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But I must caution also,

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that this should not be taken to say that Islam has nothing to do, and no common ground whatsoever. with basic concepts of democracy, socialism, or human rights or liberation of women, you name it, this would be a big mistake, would be a grave mistake. But there is a big difference there.

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There is surely a huge area of common ground

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between those movements and Islam. But which one is to judge the other? That's the big difference.

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Take the area of human rights.

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In in one occasion,

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in a presentation on that topic, it was clearly pointed out a huge area, a huge area of common ground that there is a lot more in common between some of the basic concepts of human rights as adopted by United Nations. And what Islam provided 1400 years ago already in Quran and Hadees, the same thing could go towards the treatment of women. Other things, if one look at not the cultural practices of Muslims, but what the normative teaching of Islam in its pure, authentic sources teach. That's fine, the huge area of common ground

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but it is Islam that remains the final and ultimate judge. Which means if some other areas in this calls or movement, divert from some basic thing in Islam, then the teaching of Allah take precedence over that because human beings can come up with wonderful ideas, only to discover a few decades later that they were wrong.

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And they have to modify it.

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So why have that instability, we take the stable teaching of the one who knows everything, past, present and future. He knows everything about our nature and what's good for us as humans, and take it as our ultimate point of reference, and ultimate authority. In that way, we can be very open

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and very, very open minded to any movement,

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or ideology or idea, we look at it and examine it, according to the criteria of Islam. Whatever purchase points, agrees with Islam we accept, because Islam told that before

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whatever differs with that we have to reject because we cannot say Allah is wrong, and some international body or convention is the absolute right and truth and we all know what kind of politics even goes on before such resolution take place.

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The third disease

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is that if indeed the Muslim Ummah,

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believe in the unity of the creators, the one and only creator sustainer and cherisher of the universe, Allah subhanaw taala.

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It also means that Muslims believe in different types of unities also

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the unity of the cosmic orders,

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which has been coordinated and put together by the Supreme Being,

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the unity of our life here, ecological balance, as some people call it. And look at this beautiful verses in the Quran. In kulesza, and falaknuma, who

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Allah says everything have we created in do and proper measures wahala kakula.

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Allah created everything in proper geo measures.

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There is the belief of unity also between belief and action.

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for Islam never says you just believe, and you're saved. There's no such kind of statement. Because if indeed you believe they have to be unification and manifestation and embodiment of that belief in one's action. That's why the Quran says what could our motto say you work not just believe work, so that Allah and His messenger and other believers will see your work.

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There is unity between mundane life on this earth and the life hereafter.

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You don't just keep waiting for the Hereafter, and do nothing in this life because your life is short.

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Nor do you neglect and forget the eternal life after death, and just get so obsessed with what is spiritual.

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Look at this guidance in the Quran. Beautiful guidance of balance.

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The Quran approvingly states the words of a wise person, wise people

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wept as a female attack a lot of Hirata will attend Santa ceiba kemenah dunya. Well as income as on a low in a, well, a typical facade in Allah Allah.

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It says, Seek in what God has blessed you with,

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which could be wealth, health, resources, whatever. Seek in that blessing that has been given to you. The life that's here after immediately it says, but forget not your shares in this life, be good as Allah has been good to you. Seek no corruption on earth for Allah doesn't love those who spread mischief on Earth.

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There is the unity that emanates from the unity of God also, of the whole human race created by the one single creator. And as we read instead of the cultural transition muniqi are you uncertain of all mankind? Does it say all Muslims are believers, we created your from a single pair of a male and female

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and we made you into nations and tribes that you may get to know one another.

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The most honored view in the sight of Allah is one who is most righteous brotherhood that transcends all artificial barriers that resulted in mutual killing and mistreatment and in justices throughout history, and still lingers until today, even in the so called most civilized parts of the world.

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But within that also there is the unity of or brotherhood of faith to manifest the duty and responsibility of that message.

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It follows that even if you focus on Muslims as one segment or subset of humanity,

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that we have failed, unfortunately, to resolve

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differences amongst ourselves. Using the guidance of Allah, we pay lip service to what we claim to believe in

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the Quran and the Sunnah or teaching of His Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam.

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We fail to use it in resolving family disputes,

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disputes between children and parents, disputes within one community disputes between various communities within one area or within the nation, or dispute between so called even Muslim nations time doesn't allow to go into some of the reasons and causes for those divisions. So I'll skip on that and come to the final part.

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We talked about malaise.

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And you might have given more time for malaise, because we have to be honest, we have to be realistic.

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But should we leave this conference today with a pessimistic view

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that the Muslim Ummah

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is failing and will continue to fail? And things are only going from bad to worse?

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Is that indeed the message? No, it is not.

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As Maulana Abul Hassan another way, May Allah give him health and life

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estates in his book,

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Islam and the world originally in Arabic metaphysical item when hatha Muslim in it says that Muslims however, and he speaks at the time of decline of Muslims is a contemporary

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Muslims in spite of all of their Malaysia's

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our the hope for humanity and the hope for the future. So in spite of all what afflicted the Muslim Ummah,

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it still remains by virtue of what it carries, and believes in if they implemented, of course,

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the only nation that is able to lead humanity justly and peacefully and to save it from destruction in this life. And the hereafter

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was that statement by another way and others as sort of raising the hopes of Muslims and just trying to give them some encouragement? Or is it authenticated in the sources of Islam and the Quran and Sunnah about the ultimate duty mission and state of the Muslim. So I come to the concluding part of the mobis shirat reasons for hope.

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Let us remember, first of all,

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that this is not the first time that the Muslim Ummah suffered a period of decline, a downward curve, and its long history.

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Imagine the number of Muslims in Mecca, very few,

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very weak, assaulted from all direction by the pagan Arabs.

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Yet Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran, say Osama Al Jazeera why you aluna double

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the dose enemies who are fighting or suppressing Muslims will be defeated and will be running away.

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That at the time when Muslims could not even be saved, getting out of their homes.

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Leading one great Muslim as reported Mr. Raja lon, when he heard that is a is a huge gem and had what what what kind of gathering, nobody could have imagined that that time that Muslim would come to a point where they can stand up as a group against the group that's fighting them and suppressing them and try to fight for the rights.

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And a few years laters that jumma that the Quran prophesied took place in the Battle of bed with Muslims being outnumbered more than three to one. And as the ayah exactly describe those mighty people, numerous people of the pagan Arabs, they were defeated and they were running away.

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It's not the first time

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but that promise that we find in the Quran also is not only dealing with with stories in the past, as to how Allah give victory to those who really were true to what they claim to believe in.

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Look at this ayah in the Quran. What are the love of Latina mmm in Kumamoto, Sunny la Stephanie for non filler kind of stuff and the general public, that Allah made his promise to those of you who had belief and faith in Allah

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and did good deeds, unity between belief and action and did righteous deeds. That's the thing that we're missing today. That he will give them strength on Earth as he did to those before them.

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That he will establish for them instance, the religion that he chose for them, that he will change their fear into security. Why? The verse says the worship Me alone, associate no others with me.

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That idea does not apply to the past. It applies to any point of history because it's a promise from Allah. And once you meet the condition of that promise, it certainly would be realized if indeed there is the strong faith and understanding an application.

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And I'd like to conclude with a couple of Hadith

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that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam indicated what would be the ultimate destiny of that Muslim ummah.

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We don't know when that will happen. But that's revelatory source of Islam.

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In one hand is narrated and Muslim and others had his cell ban.

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When the professor said I'm saying Allah azzawajal ADO for item Ashoka Nevada, does that mean Allah subhanaw taala has put before me or put all the airs in front of me.

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And I was able to see

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the east and west

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and that my arm as strength will reach every place that I was able to see that means would ditch the whole earth. And that was at the time when Islam was a like a tiny speck in the Arabian Peninsula.

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And another hobbyist level, um, Rama Bella Allah, you know, not that this matters, this matter of Islam, the message of Islam, that reformatory message for all mankind

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with reach, mobile of Allah, Allah, any place where they ignite reach, and as you know, at any point of time, on the globe,

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there is always they have of the earth and night. So every place that the day or night at any point reaches means the whole earth would be open field for Muslims to work and to help.

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And he says, no home

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tent like an earth we take that as a symbol of rural or urban place, except that Islam will enter into it in some form, or the others. And finally, a beautiful Hadees that is very prophetic, because it does indicate the stages in which the Muslim Ummah has gone through where we are now and where we're going. But only Allah knows when

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where do we know for sure, when is not to Allah.

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And that it is, it's a long Hadassah, just because I'd like to close

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give the translation of meaning. That's how this narrated by nomadic niboshi

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set Hakuna Matata kunafa kumanovo. In Africa, DC, the professor send them said that they will be a stage of prophethood referring to his life, the 23 years of his mission among Muslims, there will be no prophet Prophethood era

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as long as Allah wills, which we know now it was about 23 years. And then Allah would ended when he wills means with the death of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam.

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And then he said they will be after that a period of rightly guided Caliphate

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khilafah to Russia, following the same path of the prophetic era.

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It is a well known fact that even some Western writers agree, indeed, that the first four caliphs are properly defined as alfalfa or Russia, do you hear the term the rightly guided caliphs who followed very closely and meticulously as best as humanly could be done? The path of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam? And by the way, there is an amazing prophecy that Prophet Muhammad SAW Selim predicted that this will be 30 years, referring to his three years and indeed, the combined reign of this for rightly guided caliphs exactly was 30 years. And then he says Allah when ended when he wills that is with the death of aliens, your loved one.

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But look after that, stage three.

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He said then they will be mold can have been literally biting Kingdom or authority biting means people who are so obsessed with power. They won't let go.

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They get into power. They won't let go.

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But of course people can adhere to power but still have some reasonable justice. Some in justices but still work for the benefit of the oma. So we know that power

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History also Muslim history,

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then is the first stage.

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So Maya kuno more contemporary,

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more contemporary, dictatorial, coercive,

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coercive type of rule

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that started long time ago, and still is with us today.

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So that's where we are today,

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where we are going.

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Then the Prophet sallallahu wasallam sometta, Kono Kala Fatone, Rashida to Allah Manhattan number one. After all of this darkness, there will be reestablishment of Caliphate, rightly guided Caliphate, following the path, the prophetic path.

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That's where we're going, where we are where it's so crystal clear, analytically, when you look at it historically, that we are in stage four, and stage five is coming in sha Allah, Allah.

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May Allah subhanaw taala make us worthy to be those who among those who contribute their humble efforts, and that re establishment of portofolio that stuff reliably will come with Santa Monica Mara.

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One question says, How about Khalifa?

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What is that question?

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The question was answered. It's no longer question. It is a belief It is a fact that ideally, the Muslim should be working towards stage five and stage five is halifa. And khilafah means unity among the Muslim Ummah,

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that form of

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the principle is there. What form it might take? It's an open question. Because it's simply say, it's rightly guided Caliphate following the prophetic path,

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whether you would like to have one halifa for the whole Muslim world, or whether you have a sort of Confederation, when there is some one hit common head for all Muslims, but there is some autonomy giving the huge regions and spread of Muslims all over the world. Whether you want to have collective halifa or khilafah, collective leadership, for all Muslims, I'm not referring to so called Islamic conferences, where nothing is, is done really, except speeches and statements and press conferences, real decisions pertaining to removing the zone, the oppression

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and the strangulation of Muslims who are in suffering, taking position, very clearly and stage is to implement the restoration of Muslim rights and occupied land that has been taken away from them. But if indeed you have the proper hilife, where even you have a collective leadership, where

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Muslims, as part of the Muslim Ummah might have autonomy in certain areas, and then you have centralization of foreign relations of issues that pertain to Muslims at large. It is open, I'm not saying one or the other is the only solution should be open to that, we have to distinguish between the objective and the means of achieving that objective, no question about it. And the second question, of course, how to achieve that.

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Should that be achieved from the top or from the bottom?

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Are we going to just push people against the their will, by dictatorial means and violent means and impose it from the top? Or are we going to follow the path of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, who started by entrenching a man in the hearts of people spreading that man having a very, very strong and powerful base. And from that on, the government was the last the processor did not start in Mecca by assassinations to establish governments. He could have sent assassins and many people who are willing to sacrifice their life to kill the most torturous

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persecutors of Muslims, Abu jehlen, Abu lahab, and all the other episodes, by the way, some of those episodes became Muslims late and then defenders of Islam. He could have imposed it by force. He didn't choose that. But when people really became strong believers, when hearts came into their face commitment to Allah was their guide.

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government came automatically once they had the opportunity when they went to Medina. So these are the two issues but not the dispute. There is no dispute between Muslims about

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it's no question about that. It is the Why is and prophetic way of achieving that that really matters.

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The other question as I try to again,

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forget Can you read it for me? And that just answered two questions very quickly. buying houses requires paying interest, there is a solution already that's been very successful, very practical. There is more than

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maybe more than 150 or perhaps more. I forget the exact figure

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homes that has been purchased in the Toronto area and other parts of Canada under a system which gives

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dividend and profits for those who contribute capital and make people also able to buy homes on rent to buy type of arrangement. So it's beneficial for both sides. It's very successful, there is always halen, and lawful way if we indeed work hard to find them using credit cards and so on. If you use the credit card according to some scholars, and you pay the entire amount before any interest has been added to that then there is nothing wrong with that there is some dispute and I don't want to get into the details of various views but I accept that view that using it as protection for your funds, and convenience for payment and Sharma there should be no desire from below Hydra. May Allah

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bless you all the Solomonic