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Kamal El-Mekki

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This lecture/talk/khutbah was delivered at the Clear Lake Islamic Center

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In Alhamdulillah, nada hoonah story in hoonah stouffville when I was a Billahi min Sheree and fusina Omen Surya Dr. Medina Maja de la hufa la mobile della woman a little further howdy Ella. Y shadow Allah Allah illallah wa de hula Sheree Kala shadow Mohammed Abu hora solo. All praise is due to Allah we praise Him and seek his assistance. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil within ourselves and from the evil of our deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides, none can misguide him, yet whomever he allows to go astray, none can guide him and I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah alone. He has no partner and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and

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His Messenger

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Yeah, you hola Dina Amano Taka la haka Ducati wala tomahto nyla ontem sliman. O you who believe fear Allah as he should be feared and do not die except in the state of Islam. Yeah, you Latina armano Taka la kulu Colin de de de la cama cama de la comme de novo come, one minute a la hora Sula. hufa fosun hobbema are you who believe fear Allah and speak the truth, he will direct you to the righteous good deeds and will forgive your sins, and whomsoever obeys Allah and His messenger. He has indeed achieved a great achievement about fen estoppel Hadith tabula rasa howdy howdy Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was shot a little more remote to her wakulla Desert in VEDA will

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Brothers and sisters in Islam. Today we're going to talk about being conscious of the fact that we're being watched, that are actions that are deeds that what we say they're being recorded and they're being monitored and they're being watched. And this is the essence of having taqwa which means being God conscious to always be aware of the fact that Allah subhanaw taala is watching over you, what you do and what you say. Allah subhanaw taala in the Quran, describes the Day of Judgment with many different names and many different descriptions. But amongst those names and and descriptions, Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran, where yo my Akuma shad, and the date upon

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which the witnesses will arise. So the scholars explained that Allah subhanaw taala gave it this name, the day when the witnesses will arise, because there will be so many witnesses either for you or against you on the Day of Resurrection, either witnessing that you did a good deed or testifying against you that you committed a sin. So first and foremost of all the witnesses is Allah subhanaw taala Allah azza wa jal who knows what you conceal, and he knows what you reveal, and what leaves may fall and what the animals feel. Allah subhanaw taala is the most important and first and foremost of all the witnesses. And when you contemplate the lives of the righteous before us, you

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see that they were always aware of the fact that their actions are being watched by Allah subhanho wa Taala. We have the famous example of the companion earth magnet I found a villa Han and he used to bathe in his clothing at home, when he would be he would be wearing his clothing some of his lower garments because he's too ashamed to be unclothed in front of Allah subhanaw taala. But how many people remember Allah azza wa jal in a position like that in a place like that when they're just bathing in their own home? How many people remember that Allah subhanaw taala is watching them. Abu Musab Allahu anhu and many others the same narration from amongst the companions of the Prophet

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sallallahu Sallam with them. When they would remove their clothing in their own home. They would lower their back or they would bend their back to kind of conceal themselves in front of Allah subhanaw taala because they're ashamed of being unclothed in front of Allah xojo

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This is the level of dukkha we're talking about where people are always remembering that Allah subhanaw taala is watching over them and observing what they say and what they do from the righteous and from the scholars before a Junaid Rahim Allah, He one time brought four of his students and he gave each one of them a chicken. And he said, I will give a prize to whichever view will go where no one can see you slaughter the animal and come back to me quickly. And so all four of them took the chicken and went and three of them came back rushing back that they were the first to slaughter it where nobody could see them. But the fourth student didn't show up. So the teacher tells him Let's

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wait until the fourth one shows up. And finally when he came he came with the animals still alive and the teacher wants to teach

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Lesson to the other students. So he asked him why didn't just go to the animal. He said, You told me to go where no one could see me. And everywhere I went, Allah azzawajal could see me. And the teacher embraced him. And he told the others that this is the taqwa of Allah xojo this is being God conscious. This is being aware all the time that Allah subhanaw taala is watching over what you say and what you do. And a lot as I mentioned this multiple times in the Quran, Allah Allah, Allah Hara does he not know that Allah Subhana Allah is watching? Will La Jolla Allah mama does not own Allah Halima be Maya, known in Allah Halima is known in the law hobby room is known. Allah is well aware

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of what they do, Allah has full knowledge of what they do. Allah has full knowledge of what you do multiple times mentioned in the Quran. Yes, the full name in a nurse what is the full name in Allah? They hide meaning they hide their deeds and their sins from people and they don't hide it from Allah subhanaw taala and that's why first and foremost were to remember that Allah azza wa jal is watching. Most people when they want to commit a sin, they make sure that no human eyes will fall upon them. But they don't care the least that Allah subhanaw taala was watching the entire time. The great scholar of Islam

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am Rahim Allah, He said that a person might be committing a sin, and then the wind will move the door and he will think that it's a person that's walking in on them, and their heart will jump and they'll be so scared because they think a human being is going to catch them committing the sin. But they weren't even half as scared that Allah subhanaw taala was watching them commit the sin the entire time. So ignore claim Rahim Allah said the fact that you don't care that Allah is watching you commit the sin can be a bigger sin than the sin itself. The sin of not caring that Allah is watching is more of a big deal than the sin itself that you're trying to conceal from fellow human

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beings but you don't care that Allah azza wa jal is watching. And that's why the early Muslims used to say, Latin door ella silverhill maaseiah. were knocking on door Illa Allah Mati monazite, they used to say do not look at how small the sin is. But look at the greatness of the one you're sinning against. Do not look at how small the sin is, but look at the greatness of the one you're sinning against. And that's why it behooves the believing men and women to be constantly aware of the fact that Allah subhanaw taala is watching, and not what the early Muslims described, that you are a friend of Allah, in public, and an enemy of the shavon in public, but then when you're alone, then

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you are an enemy of Allah, when you're in private when you're alone, and the best friend of the shapen of the devil when you're alone, and it can't be that we present the best of our behavior, the best of our acts of worship, when we're in public when we're in the masjid in the mosque and when we're with the community, but then the worst of us comes out only when we're alone with Allah subhanaw taala anytime we're alone with a lousy is when the absolute worst of us comes out. And that's why the righteous from before they said nothing weakens Eman. Nothing weakens your Eman your belief in Allah azza wa jal, your faith that more so than sins that are committed in private. And on

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the flip side, they said nothing strengthens your a man, more so than good deeds you commit in private as well.

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So first and foremost is Allah subhanaw taala, who is watching over what we say and what we do. Then there are the angels of Allah azza wa jal, and the angels they witness our good deeds as well. In the Hadith and Avi Salallahu alaihe salam described that on the day of Al Juma there are two angels that will make dua for people as they're entering the mosque. But when the Imam ascends the pulpit, the member the angels then enter to witness the Juma and the hotbox. So they don't make to offer people but the righteous they behave as if they could see the unseen. So if you could see and hear the angels make the offer you if you came early, would you ever be late the next Juma? The righteous

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always behaved as if they could see the unseen. So other examples are when there is a gathering where people are learning the book of Allah, the angels descend, and then they encircled the gathering, then they ascend up to Allah azzawajal and they bear witness that they saw that person as the gathering. So these are examples of good deeds that the angels witness but more specifically, there are two angels and Allah subhanaw taala mentioned this in the Quran is the ayatollah Kalamata Allah tianni annual Yemeni monisha malakai myofilament Colin Illa de hiraki bonati. Allah subhanaw taala mentions more specifically that there are two angels one on the right and one on the left and

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you do not utter a word except that it is immediately penned down and the scholars mentioned from the Hadith, their names

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rocktape an athlete. So they said rocky writes down the good deeds and it writes down the bad deeds, from the mercy of Allah azza wa jal, when you do a good deed, the angel pens it down instantly. And from the mercy of Allah azza wa jal, when you commit a sin, the angel does not write down the sin instantly. But he delays from writing the sin down for a period, as the Hadith says of sit, SAT, sit, SAT. And the problem with this is that in many books, and in many lectures, it is translated as six hours and six hours does not help you repent to Allah zillion, it actually encourages people to keep sinning. Because if I commit a sin and the angel doesn't write it down for six hours, then I

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just have a countdown of how much to keep doing this and to get it out of my system, five hours, three hours, two hours. But this scholars say this is from the importance of understanding what a word meant at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and at the time of the prophet SAW the light is a lump the word Salah did not mean 60 minutes one hour as it does now in contemporary Arabic, but some are meant a few seconds, sir, just met a few seconds. Some of the Papa said Assa is how long it takes the Imam to ascend the member of the pulpit, which is only three steps. Others said this is how long the Imam sits between the two hot bus which is just a few seconds, and there's

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evidence in multiple Hadith. But in Sahil Buhari, and Nabi sallallahu Sallam was performing a procedure known as liaison between Hillel Amaya and his wife. So she made four testimonies, and then she was supposed to make the fifth testimony, then the narrator says, photographer that

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She hesitated, PSA. So what does that mean? In this study, She hesitated for one full hour in court while everybody waited for her, or She hesitated for a few seconds, and then she made the fifth testimony. So Sir, I mean, just a few seconds. And so when the angel withholds writing the sin down, for sit out, it's six of these brief seconds of these brief moments. And that was designed like this, so that whenever we commit a sin, we instantly rush to Allah subhanaw taala, we're encouraged to rush to Allah, to repent instantly to cry, to beg for forgiveness, and to repent from doing the sin instantly, before the shaitan has time to come to you, and convince you that you're too dirty to

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do this or you're too new and unworthy of returning to Allah before he has any time to convince you otherwise, you instantly rush to Allah, his origin. And the encouragement is that if we can repent sincerely to Allah azza wa jal before the angel writes it down, then there is nothing to discuss with a lot. You don't have to discuss the sin, because it's not written or penned in your books. And so for our entire lives, the angels will write down everything that we say, and everything that we do, and they keep recording. And this is our book. So every one of us is writing a book, and you dictate to the angels what you want them to put in that book, not a word that you utter, as we said

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in the verse, except that is immediately penned down.

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It is said that the average person will curse 2 million times in their lifetime, 2 million times. Even if we give Muslims a discount that occurs a million times. How many words how many pages, you will receive your book on the day of judgment? How many pages will it take to fill 1 million words? It's 2222 pages. It's something like seven volumes thick, just the bad words, not counting the lies, not counting the backbiting, not counting spread rumors, or anything of that sort, just the bad words that will be pinned down by the angels.

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So we keep writing our book, and the angels keep writing everything that we say and do. And then we receive this book on a most difficult day, the day of resurrection, where Allah subhanaw taala will bring back to life every human being that ever lived. And they will all stand on one plain level earth that has no trees and no mountains. And no landmarks. The President described it to be plain and white and level. And everyone ever created by a low will stand like that. And on top of that Allah azza wa jal will cause the sun to be only one mile away from people's heads, and it's now millions of miles away, but it will be only one mile away from people's heads. And people will stand

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in that situation. No talking, no joking, no smiling for 50,000 years. And every one of us in this room we will stand on that day for 50,000 years, just waiting for the judgment to begin. And those who do good deeds and we ask Allah azza wa jal to make us on our families from that group. Those who do good deeds will not feel 50,000 years passed by

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And others based on their deeds will feel more or less. But there will be people who will actually feel 50,000 actual years pass every second or 50,000 years. And they will be so tired of waiting for the judgment to begin, that they will just want the judgment to start, whether they go to hell, the Hellfire or paradise, they don't care. That's how tired They are waiting. And if you were to contemplate, if someone were to know that they would end up in the Hellfire for all eternity, then they should want to wait for 50,000 years or another 100,000 years. But they're so bored of waiting that they just want the judgment to begin. And they even care where they're going at that moment.

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And so when the judgment finally begins, the first thing they start to see will be millions and millions of books that will fill the horizons. And these books will come and start to fall into people's hands, and those who do good deeds, and we ask Allah, that we're from that group, their books will fall into their right hands. And they will flip through it and find good deeds that they've done a long time ago good deeds that they have forgotten. And it will be so pleased with their results that they will scream out ha omocha ottavia, they will scream out to others come and read my book, they want people to see their good results, just like a student who gets good results

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and wants everyone to see. And then there will be others. And we ask a lot of soldiers that none of us and our families are from this group who committed so many bad deeds that their books will fall into their left hand, and they will look through it. And there is not a bad deed that they've done, except that it was penned and written down in this book.

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And there will be others who know that their their bad deeds will fall or their book will fall into their left hand. And so they will attempt to hide their left hand somewhere, but they have no place to put it. So they attempt to hide their left hand behind their back. And the book will still fall there. As Allah azzawajal says, Well, I'm an Uzi Akita who were avara as for those who receive their books behind their back, so that means then Allah subhanaw taala is watching what we say and do the angels pen down and write everything that we say and do have good and bad deeds. And then not only that, but even the inanimate objects that are around us, they also witness what we say and what we

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do. So if someone doesn't care that a lot of the girl is watching and doesn't care that the angels are recording, then they would never consider to hide the sin from the walls and the inanimate objects that they're using to conceal the sin. One day in a beast Allah Allah Horace Alam was sitting with the companions. Then he recited the verse yo ma even to Hadith about raha, on that day, the earth will can conceal or convey its news. So then he asked the companions at a drama about Haha, do you know what is this news that the earth is going to convey? And they said, Allahu, Allahu Allahu Allah, Allah and His Messenger know best. So the prophets, Allah xlm said enough baraha and

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Tasha de la coleopteran emetine Bhima amylovora. He said, The News The earth is going to convey is that it will testify against every servant, male or female for what they used to do while they were on Earth. So that means even the inanimate objects will witness what we do have good and have bad deeds of good deeds. That's why the Prophet sallallahu Sallam taught the companions when they make the plan to raise their voice with the plan. So the inanimate objects, the trees, and the rocks can also bear witness on the day of judgment that they did it at that place and at that time, so that means we are being watched from all different angles and from so many different ways. And it

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behooves the believing men and women then to be aware of their actions to be aware of their sayings. We ask Allah azza wa jal to make use of those who hear the truth as a clear truth and follow the best of it. A cola cola hava was stopped for the law the money will come in Jimmy Nope. First off roof fair frozen Mr. verdean ask Allah subhanaw taala for his forgiveness, surely those who ask for his forgiveness shall prosper.

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An hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah I mean, he was so happy

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about first thing we have guests with us from nearby church and we'd like to welcome them to our message to clear like Islamic Center. Welcome and kindly please show them Muslim hospitality and welcome them to our Masjid.

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There will be people on the Day of Judgment, who will argue against what Allah subhanaw taala witnessed himself and argue against what the angels recorded and argue against the testimony of the inanimate objects and they will demand a witness from

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their sight. So a loss of Hano tada will cause their mouth to be sealed. And then their arms, their limbs, their legs, their skin will speak up and testify against them. And a lot as we just mentioned in the Quran, we'll call Lulu julu the him Lima Shaheed to Marlena kalu and takana. Allah, Allah, the Coca Cola shake, they will say to their skin, to their limbs to their legs and arms. Why did you testify against us, and they will respond to them a large region caused us to speak and he's capable of making everything speak. So they don't care that Allah azza wa jal is watching. And they tried to conceal the sin, using the walls that will testify against them. And they lock doors and they turn

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off lights, and they closed windows. And they tried to hide the sin from human eyes. But they never considered to hide the sin from their own body with which they are committing this sin. And the testimony comes against them from where they least expect.

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There was a righteous man from the early Muslims. His name was Ibrahim Abraham. And he was also known for his wisdoms and his advice. So it is said that a man came to him and this man is to sin a lot against a large budget. So this man came to him and he said, I sent a lot. So give me advice so I can stop sending. So Abraham says, if you want to sin against Allah, then go ahead. But just do not use any of the provision of Allah, don't use his wealth, don't use the food that he provides for you or anything. So the man said, How can I do that? Where everything in the world comes from Allah subhanaw taala. So he tells him, does it make sense that you take from His provision and you sinned

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against him? The man said, Give me the second piece of advice. He says, If you insist upon sinning against a low while using his provision, then at least do not sin on his land. He said, then how can I do that all the land belongs to Allah zodion. He said, Does it make sense to sin against Allah while using an eating from His provision and doing it on his land? He said, Give me the third piece of advice. He said, The third piece of advice is if you insist on doing that, then at least go where he can see you and sin against him. He said that is greater than the first two. He said then is it does it make sense that you sin on Allah's land while you're using his provision while he's looking

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at you? He said, Give me the fourth piece of advice. He said, when the Angel of Death comes to take your soul, tell him to wait a little bit while you repent and pray two rakaat he said he won't give me the opportunity. He said then the fifth piece of advice when the angels come to throw you into the Hellfire refuse to go with them. And so the man said GOT GOT meaning enough enough. And it was said that from that day on, he was always obedient to Allah subhanaw taala because he became aware of the fact that Allah azza wa jal is watching, which is what we're trying to do, which is taqwa the essence of taqwa being God conscious. And Allah azza wa jal tells us in the Quran, will tuck in and

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the final end is for those who have Taqwa. What are people to the taqwa the victory is for those and is for taqwa, those who are God conscious with that the last piece of advice is that just as we want to hide our sins, and we don't want to commit sins when we're along with a larger agenda, the early Muslims used to also hide and conceal their good deeds the same way they used to conceal their wicked deeds, the same way we hide our bad deeds. Now, they used to hide their good deeds, because a good deed is a secret between you and Allah, obviously, except those deeds that have to be done in public, you cannot hide coming to Juma. But you can hide all the other good deeds you did at home,

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if you woke up and prayed some rock at some units of prayer in the depth of the night. Nobody knows that except you and Allah Israel, it's a secret between you and Allah. So don't come in the morning and let everyone know. And we've become used to that. Because we are learned to always accentuate whatever good characteristics we have. When we write a resume. We praise ourselves. When we meet people, we tell them special things about us. And that trickles down to our acts of worship so many times, then people do a good deed and it's a secret between them and Allah azza wa jal, and then they come in the morning and they tell everybody what they did hide your good deeds, the same way

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you hide your bad deeds. One of the early Muslims, he used to fast every other day for 40 years for zero. He used to fast every other day for 40 years, and his own family, his own wife didn't know that. She would he would go to the market, you would make him food in the morning. When he is fasting, he would give it to the poor, and then pray Muslim and come back home and eat. When the day he's not fasting, he would eat it and then come back home after Maghrib and eat with the family. for 40 years he hid this good deed from his own life. So it's the idea of not wanting to boast and show off everything we do in private with a large deal and for the sake of

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Have a look. Because then it may not be just purely for the sake of Allah, but partly for the sake of showing off. And that's why the Prophet sallallahu wasallam warned, that hidden shirk, which is doing something for sake of showing off, is more in conspicuous more and undetectable than the footsteps of a black ant on a black stone on a black night.

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But we worship the one who can see the footsteps of a black ant on a black stone on a black night. We ask Allah to make use of those who hear the truth is clear truth and follow the best of it. And we met we asked him to make us recognize faults with as clear falsehood and abstain from it for lahoma and and have gone

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