Kamal El-Mekki – Friday Khutbah 21-06-2024

Kamal El-Mekki
AI: Summary © The importance of trust and covenants in Islam is emphasized, including the use of signs to indicate a Polycosm and the importance of trust in relationships. The speaker emphasizes the need for evidence and leadership in addressing issues with behavior and trustworthiness, including issues with pride and pride within men and women. The importance of honesty and giving everyone their rights is also emphasized.
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Brothers and sisters in Islam, the title of

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our Khutba today is trusts and covenants,

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and it's

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from the verse in Surat Al Mu'minun

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where Allah

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begins the Surah

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by informing us

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that by describing

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those who have succeeded.

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So

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successful

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are the believers.

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So Allah describes those who have succeeded and

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those who are successful, and their first description

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is that they are believers.

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Then Allah

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gives certain descriptions and characteristics

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of these believers

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until he gets to the verse that we

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want today.

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Those who guard their trust and their covenants.

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When you entrust them with something,

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they will never betray that trust. When they

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have a covenant between you

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or and them or

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anyone else or an entity, they do not

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betray that covenant

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in any way.

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Likewise, in Surat Al Nisaa, Allah

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says

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Allah

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commands you that

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you return

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the

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Amanat, things that you are entrusted with, you

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return them to their rightful owners.

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In Sahih al Bukhari, narrated by Abu Hurair

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a man came to the Prophet

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and he said,

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when is the hour? Meaning, when is the

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day of judgment?

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And Nabi, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam responded to

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him,

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If the trust is lost, meaning, you

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no one keeps their their trust anymore. You

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entrust them with something, they betray you. You

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give them something of value, they take it,

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and you cannot trust people anymore.

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Because as we know, the hour will only

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come upon the worst of creation. So what

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is a sign that the hour is getting

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close? That

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people are start to not be trustworthy.

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So he asked, Kaifa

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How will it be lost?

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He said,

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He said, when the affair is given to

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the one that is not the right person,

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unworthy,

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someone that is not worthy of that position,

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then we await the hour.

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And just based on this hadith, half of

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us are awaiting the hour then because we've

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seen this, Yani. When is the last time

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you saw the right person in the right

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position or the right leader in the right

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position?

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When this starts to happen, you know that

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the hour is drawing near.

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There's a famous hadith that we all know

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and memorize in Sahih al Bukhari and Nabi

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is telling us, here are the signs,

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the indicators of some of one who is

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a hypocrite.

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And we know that the hypocrite

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is in the worst and the lowest level

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of the hellfire.

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The hypocrites will be in the lowest rank

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of the hellfire, meaning the worst part of

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the hellfire. So they're in the worst position.

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So that means we don't ever want to

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resemble them or be like them in any

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way, shape, or form. But the famous hadith

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as we know, and Nabi sallallahu alaihi wa

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sallam

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said,

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There are 3 signs of a hypocrite.

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When he speaks,

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he lies.

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And when he promises,

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he breaks that promise.

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When he is entrusted with something, he betrays

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that trust.

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Meaning,

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it could be that you give him something

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that is valuable

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or wealth and he will betray, and he

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will take it. Or you give him a

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secret. The scholars even said, even the secret,

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he will can he will, like,

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Yesh Yesh Sirya, and he will convey or

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tell your secret to others. If he if

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it's a right

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that it's upon him to make sure it

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is given

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or so on, he will betray that as

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well.

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Just an important clarification here is that a

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lot of times,

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if you let's say, if you promise someone

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and then you have an accident or yours

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you fall ill, they always quote half of

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this hadith. They tell you what's the sign

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of the hypocrite. Yeah. And you promised me,

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he didn't show up. The scholar said that's

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not what it means. The scholar said,

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the the hypocrite,

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while he is promising you

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next Wednesday, I'm we're gonna do this,

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while he's saying that to you, he knows

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very well that next Wednesday, he's in Dallas.

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That's the difference.

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Not someone who honestly promised you something, and

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then due to circumstances

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outside of their control,

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they couldn't make the promise, then that means

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they have the sign of a hypocrite. But

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that's what it means.

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But the point is that when we see

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qualities in people that we don't wanna be,

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we don't wanna be hypocrites, we don't wanna

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be like the the misguided. So we want

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to put effort to make sure that quality

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is not in us. So this also includes

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not just secrets, valuables, wealth, rights,

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also includes our relationship

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with our employer,

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and also include that's, that's a type of

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covenant and a type of trust,

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And also includes if we have employees,

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or if you're a manager and there and

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you have subordinates,

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or you're a teacher with your students, all

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these are trusts and covenants.

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Or and and especially when it comes to

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leaders especially when it comes to leaders. And

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we've seen

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leaders and how they behave when it comes

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to what we entrust them with, with wealth

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and with our lives. You see

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leaders stealing the wealth as if it belongs

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to them. You see them disregarding the lives

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of or the population. They disregard the lives.

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Whereas Nabi

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he cared about the lives of his companions.

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Yeah. Honey, do you know one time when

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the Nabi, salallahu alaihi wasalam, didn't care if

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his companions will be killed or butchered severely

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in battle because they're going to Jannah anyways?

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Do you know how great it is to

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be a martyr? They're gonna die anyways, they're

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gonna be in the highest level, so therefore

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let them die. Did you ever once hear

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something like that?

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But where did we get this lack of

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care for the lives of the believing men

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and women? Where do we get that?

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Honey,

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in Mecca, why weren't the believers allowed to

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fight back in Mecca? Because they were a

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minority, they would all be killed

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because Islam valued their life.

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Uhud and Nabi

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didn't want to go out and meet the

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enemy in the battlefield. He wanted to meet

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them in Medina as he did later on

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in Al Khandaq.

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Why? And he even saw that in the

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dream that many of his companions will be

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killed.

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He cared.

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Now we get leadership,

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they make a decision,

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they kills 1,000 and thousands of men and

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women and children, and they don't care. And

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we hear speeches, and we will present another

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1,000,000

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shuhada for

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the 1,000,000 shuhada. And who gave you the

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right to decide to kill to have a

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1000000 people die? Who gave you that right?

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The worst caring for people's lives.

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Where was this ever in this seat or

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where was this ever in Islam?

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Where do we ever learn that

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land is more valuable than lives?

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This is something that has been ingrained in

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in our minds in the recent years and

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it's stuck

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now. And even some of you don't like

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me saying this,

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but the soul of one believer is greater

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than land.

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And bring evidence if you disagree.

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And we have evidence,

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and Nabi salallahu alaihi wasalam said, the destruction

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of the Ka'ba is easier in the sight

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of Allah than the extermination of 1 Muslim.

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1, the Kaaba.

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But this is from the trust.

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People in charge, they care about people's lives.

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They care about the wealth. This is a

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trust. But Nabi

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said it's gonna be scarce, and that's why

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we're not seeing it much. He said it's

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gonna be so scarce that there will be

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you will hear people say, in the village

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of so and so, in the tribe of

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so and so, there is one honest person

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there. There's a trustworthy, one trustworthy guy. Just

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like that. That's how scarce it's gonna be.

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In Nabi

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narrated by Ahmed, prophet said,

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There is no iman

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for the one who does not have amanah,

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and we see it scarce.

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You go to the Muslim lands and you

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see how

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government workers

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behave in the offices,

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police officers, and how they take,

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yeah, and

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bribes.

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Muslims in the West, we're not far from

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that.

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I don't want to be cross in this

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Khubba,

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but

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we have a lot of problems. Yaani, one

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one of

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my friends is an imam, and he has

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a workshop on sexual abuse.

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He said, when I finish the workshop, the

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line is to the wall.

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People waiting in line to tell me about

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their sexual abuse stories and its relatives.

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I was sexually abused by my uncle, by

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by

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my stepfather. Stepfather?

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Where is the trust?

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So common now to hear about stepfathers.

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This girl looks at you like you're her

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own dad, and this is how you look

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at her.

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What happened to the trust?

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So it's a lot of problems, and this

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Khutba is not meant to be a beat

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down or anything like that. But

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we we all need to review ourselves and

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our lives and see, and we'll talk about

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that in the second Khubba. But I wanted

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to give the story of Ibn Aqeel

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Aqil He was one of the

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he was a Hambali Fatiha,

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and he one time in Hajj. And this

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story is about the reward of your trustworthiness.

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He was in Hajj and he found a

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pouch with a very expensive necklace.

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So in Hajj, how are you gonna find

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the owner with thousands of people? But he

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spent his days nights asking around asking around

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until someone told him, there was an old

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man yesterday asking about this this this necklace

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that he lost. Until he found the old

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man, he gave it to him. He refused

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to even take

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a reward from him. And then Hajj is

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over, he says, I was gonna go back

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to Baghdad, but I was not in any

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hurry. He's single, he's

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not going back to our job or anything.

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He said, I just started to take my

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time. I said, I'll make my way slowly

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to Baghdad. So I went to the mosque

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first,

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and it was a cold night, so I

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slept in this Masjid. And then when Fajr

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came, they saw him as a a person

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of knowledge, so they had him lead the

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salah. Then they liked his recitation, then they

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asked him to stay and and lead them

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in Ramadan.

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Then he stayed with them in Ramadan, then

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they said, because the Imam of the Masjid

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had passed on, they asked him to lead

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Ramadan. Then they said, we have a young

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girl,

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and, why don't you get married and stay?

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And

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he got married to this woman, and then

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he says, Allah gave me blessed me with

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a boy, a baby boy from her. He

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said, Then after a while, she fell ill

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and she was now on her deathbed,

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so she gave me

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the same pouch I gave the old man.

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He said, when I saw it, I was

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startled. I said, how do you have it?

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Said, this used to belong my father, the

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imam of the Masjid you replaced. He tells

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her the story

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of how he gave it back to him.

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She said, SubhanAllah,

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ever since my father returned from Hajj, he

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used to always make dua. Oh Allah,

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give me a young man just like that

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one who found the necklace so I can

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marry him to my daughter.

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Or how about the example of the great

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scholar, Abdul Ahlul Ibn Mubarak,

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who borrowed a pen from someone in a

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sham.

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He says, I didn't remember it until I

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was in Maru,

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in Persia.

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He borrowed a pen from someone in the

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shop, and I didn't remember until I was

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in Maru.

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And he went back. This is not on

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an airplane,

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This is on riding animals weeks weeks until

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he got back, and he returned the pen.

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And just as there's great reward, there's also

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great punishment for betraying trusts. And

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there was a a story that happened in

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our times of someone who entrusted a 100,000

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with one of his friends,

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but they didn't write anything. They didn't write

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down the the loan or anything like that.

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And

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when he comes back for his money, the

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man said, do you have any piece of

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paper or anything written to prove that I

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have this money? The guy says, no. He

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says, leave. He says, Wallahi, the same day

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I kicked him out and I stole his

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100,000. He said, The same day I lost

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500,000.

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This is in

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property and in stocks and whatever he had.

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He lost 500,000 in the same day, and

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his wife told him, That's because you you

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betrayed the man. That's because you were unjust

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to the man. And he says, Even then,

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I wouldn't give him his 100,000

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back. And time passed, and then my children

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were involved in a car crash, and I

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lost all 3 of them at one go.

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And my wife again told me, that's what

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you get for betraying the man.

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But being honest and trustworthy, this is a

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constant quality in the believer. Yeah, Ani,

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It's a it's a constant quality in me,

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no matter the person I'm dealing with. It's

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not that I'm only honest if I'm dealing

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with a Muslim, but with a non Muslim

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it's okay. Or

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it's with the government, it's okay. I can

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cheat.

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Or with tests and exams at school, it's

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about dunya, if I had to cheat. But

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it's a constant quality in you. You're honest.

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You're trustworthy whether you're dealing with a Muslim

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or a non Muslim, a government or an

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individual.

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And in Surat Al Munun, we said,

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though they also guard their covenants.

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The in the hadith, the Qudsih hadith, Allah

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mentions 3 types of people. He says, 3

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types of people, I will be their opponent

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on the day of judgement.

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So when you oppose someone, you either win

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or they win. If your opponent is Allah

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what's the outcome, the clear outcome? You will

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lose.

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So the first of them,

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The scholars explained this is someone

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that using the name of Allah,

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he was trusted because of the name of

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Allah

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So he was given because of that,

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and he betrayed.

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And the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said,

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4 traits, if you have them, you're a

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hypocrite. Yeah. And if you have these 4

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things together, you're a hypocrite.

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And whenever he has a covenant,

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he betrays.

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Ask Allah for his forgiveness. Indeed, those who

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ask for his forgiveness shall prosper.

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So how can I become someone who always

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who is trustworthy,

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guards their trusts, covenants,

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whether they're at work, whether

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with at home with the family, wife?

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Basically,

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become a person who is more concerned with

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making sure you give everyone around you their

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rights

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before you ask for yours.

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Do you understand?

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Make sure you are always checking. Am I

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giving this person their rights? Yeah. And let's

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look at it this way. Imagine there's a

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couple, 2 couples.

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1 of them, the minute he wakes up,

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he thinks, is she giving me my rights?

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She still didn't give me this one, and

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this one, and this one, and this one.

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The woman wakes up,

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he didn't give me this one and this

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one and this one and this one and

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this one and and her list is longer,

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of course.

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So it which will be happier, this couple

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or the other couple? He wakes up and

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says,

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Am I giving her all her rights?

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I'm falling short in this area. And she

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wakes up and she says, Am I giving

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him all his rights?

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Which couple do you think will last longer?

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Which couple do you think will do better?

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Because one of the scholars said, he said,

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on the Day of Judgment, Allah subhanahu wa

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ta'ala will not ask you if you got

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all your rights.

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First, he will ask you if you give

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others their rights from you.

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Allah Azrael will not ask you if you

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secured all your rights in this dunya. He

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will ask you if you gave everyone else

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their rights. So that should be the number

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one question in your mind. But we today,

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everything is about rights. Yeah. And even our

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books, the rights of women, the rights of

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the husband, the rights of the children, our

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khutab, the rights of women, the rights of

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the man. It's all about you getting your

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rights. So we've been put in that conditioned

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to be in that state where we're always

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making sure nobody tramples my rights. And if

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anyone dares to think of it, out comes

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our phone and we make a big ruckus

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and a fuss because our rights are the

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most important thing. More important than that, make

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sure other people get their rights from you.

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Because that's what Allah Azul will ask you

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about. And if you make sure

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every morning that your wife has all her

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rights from you, she will reciprocate

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even without telling her. She will reciprocate and

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she will start to make sure you have

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all her rights from her.

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With that, we ask Allah to make us

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of those who recognize the truth as a

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clear truth and follow the best of it,

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and to make us of those who recognize

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falsehood as a clear falsehood and abstain from

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it.

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