Maintaining our Islamic Identities – Part 2

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Kamil Ahmad

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Episode Notes

The Islamic Identity is one that many Muslims today have difficulty in maintaining. So what is the true essence of the Islamic Identity and how can we maintain it in these trying times we live in?

Part 2 of lecture delivered at Abu Huraira Center in Toronto.
Date: August 8, 2014 (Shawwal 12, 1435).

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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah wala alihi wa sahbihi, ultramarine amudha.

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Before Salah,

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we were talking about

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the Islamic identity

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and the reality that Muslims face living in this society today

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how many of our youth are losing their Islamic identities?

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And so we talked about the causes of that we talked about some of the ill effects of that. And now we're going to continue on to discuss

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perhaps the most important part of the discussion, and that is, how to maintain our Islamic identities.

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In the society we live in, there are many challenges that face the youth.

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Why is it that they're losing their Islamic identities?

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How can we help our children and make sure that our coming generations

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hold on to that Islamic identity and don't lose it?

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Like

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the Muslims in the past? Who melted away and assimilated into non Muslim societies, eventually, their coming generations

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became absorbed in those societies. And today, you can't even tell

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who amongst them is a Muslim and who's not.

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The first and most important point regarding how to maintain our Islamic identities

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is by ingraining within our children,

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the Islamic aqeedah

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the correct Islamic al Qaeda.

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And so Allah subhanho wa Taala in the Quran mentioned to us the story of us publica,

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those young men, those youth who lived in a society that was predominantly non Muslim,

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but they held on to their Deen and their belief in Allah subhanho wa Tada.

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And they went fleeing their people. They went to the cave.

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And so a loss of Hannah who attack tells us about them in the home, and we'll be

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in Amman will be robbing him was it now Buddha? What about when Allah colluvial

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that they believed in their Lord, they believed in loss of Hannah who with data.

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And so we increase them in guidance. And we made their hearts firm. Why, because of their Eman.

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And so this is the promise of Allah subhanho wa Taala. That as long as you make your Eman firm in your heart, then the loss of Hannah who attalla will preserve that event for you, and will increase you in guidance and will make your heart steadfast upon that event.

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And so a loss of Hannah who without it tells us in Edina in the law in Islam, we need to teach our children these concepts that Allah subhanho wa Taala has mentioned in the Quran in Edina Angela Hill Islam. The religion, according to Allah is nothing but Islam. There is no other religion besides Islam.

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The reason why we find many

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of our children, saying that it doesn't matter whether you're Muslim, or Christian, or Buddhist or whatever, is because they don't understand these contexts. They've lost that Islamic identity. And so they're open to accepting any religion.

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Allah subhanho data tells us what may Yeah, but tell you why you're an Islamic demon filling you Well, I mean, whoever accepts or desires a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him.

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And so this is the reality that we need to teach our children. Not that you know, we live in a different time and age where we need to live in peaceful coexistence with everyone else. And so it doesn't matter whether you're a Muslim or whether you're a Catholic. This is what our enemies want, for there to remain.

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No difference along the lines of Deen along the lines of religion.

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The second way of helping us to maintain our Islamic identities and to help our children to maintain their Islamic identity.

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is by understanding the reality of the ongoing battle that has been ongoing since the beginning of time. And that is the battle

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that has been waged by shaytaan by police against against Adam and his children.

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And so it was not enough for a police to deceive Adam

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and make him leave Jenna

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to set up enmity between himself and Adam. But he promised that he would carry it on among his children, among the children of Adam, until the day of judgment. This was a promise of a police that he promised Allah subhanahu wa tada that he will cause them to go astray. He will lead them astray, except those sincere slaves of Allah subhanho wa Taala, whom he would have no power over.

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This battle is ongoing, not only between a blease and Adam

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and the children of Adam, but a blease has children. He has troops he has armies, from both jinn and mankind.

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And so, the enemies of Islam today.

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They want us to lose touch with our Deen.

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They want us to leave our Deen. They want us to melt into their societies. They want that we leave our Deen and accept their ideologies and accept their religions.

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And Allah subhanho wa Taala has told us this 1400 years ago

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in more than one place in the Quran.

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Allah is Allah una ukata Luna ko hetero Dooku minister.

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They will continue to fight you until they are able to make you leave your dean if they are able to.

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What do lotek una Kanaka furusato una sala

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What do they wish and look it up the Jews and the Christians? Do they wish that we remain a part of our Dean, and they remain apart and they're the know. What do low tech foon cannot cover? For takuna Sawa.

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They wish that you disbelieve, just like they disbelieve so that you all become equal. This is what they desire. This is what they wish. While en todo la Henkel yahood wahlen nassarawa hetta tabea militare home, the Jews, the Christians,

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they will never be satisfied with you.

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They will never approve of you until

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until you follow their religion.

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So Allah subhanho wa Taala he mentioned both of them the Jews and the Christians. He did not only mention one of them, while even though the other Allah mentioned both of them. What decade theobromine Allah kita lo Yara do dunican low euro Duna comida de manickam

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hacer de minang the unfussy him kuffaar on Hassan minhang the unfussy him mimbar de mata bayona homall. Huck.

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This is the reality of the Jews and the Christians that Allah has told us 1400 years ago, what did he tell us? He told us that they wish

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he told us that many among Al Kitab they wish to turn you back from your religion

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so that you become kuffaar hazard and out of envy.

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They're jealous, they're envious, that we are upon the truth.

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That we were sent with the final message and the final prophet

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mimbar de Mata Bian Allahumma.

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This wasn't based on ignorance. It was after a while says after the truth had reached them, after they saw the plain and clear truth. And so this is the reality of the enmity of the Jews and the Christians and all of the kuffar. Once we understand this, this will help us to maintain our Islamic identities in the societies that we live in,

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among the ways and the means that will help us to maintain our Islamic identities in the societies that we live in.

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In the times that we live in today

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is by

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working

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on giving our children the proper Islamic Tobia from where

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it starts from home.

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And I mentioned this earlier, that the whole reason why many of our children

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have lost their Islamic identities, or that their identities have become weak.

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It is because of the negligence of the parents. They allow them

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to live as they want,

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not giving them the proper Islamic education.

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And so trust me, based on experience, I will tell you

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that if you strive your best to give your children the proper Islamic education and tarbiyah from home,

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even if they may end up going astray in their lives, especially in their youthful years, when there's a lot of pressure from the environment they live in, from the temptations of shape on from their peers, and so on and so forth. As long as you have done your job, trust me, even if they go astray, eventually they'll come back.

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Even if there will be a period where they will go astray. Eventually, they will come back. Why because you gave them a solid foundation for them to come back. But the problem is, and this is a sad reality, the unfortunate reality that we live in today, that our parents,

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they have neglected their children, not giving them the time, not putting in the effort

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to give them the proper Islamic phobia.

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And so when their children become older, they complain

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that my daughter,

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she doesn't wear hijab. I tell her to wear hijab, she doesn't wear it.

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She's going out with boys.

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She's gone astray.

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My son is out. They're

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involved in drugs involved in this and that.

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We come in we complain afterwards when it's too late.

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And so if it begins anywhere, then it begins at home.

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A loss of Hannah who was Allah, He tells us in the yard that I recited in salata, Madrid is similar to him. Yeah, you held Edina hermano qu and fusa comb. What a helical, narrow, waku Hannah's will Hadar La la la, la, la Suna la Hannah Amara home. WiFi Luna yo.

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Oh you believe

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Save yourselves. A loss of Hanna who does not stop there. He doesn't say Save yourselves from the fire. He says, save yourselves and your families

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from a fire, not any fire. A fire whose fuel is of men and stones upon it are angels. Severe Stern, who do not disobey anything that they are commanded with.

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And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he told us that each and every single one of us

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is Massoud

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is responsible.

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And so the man is responsible and will be asked about his subjects those under him. And the man

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is must Oh, he's responsible and he will be questioned about who about those under him in his household,

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his wife, his children,

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and the woman

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she is also responsible and she will be questioned

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about how she maintained her household. And so this is a responsibility that is upon the shoulders of each and every single one of us that we cannot escape from we will be questioned about what we did with our children.

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This responsibility that Allah Subhana who attalla gave to us

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We will be questioned about it on the Day of Judgment.

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Among the ways and means that we can help ourselves

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to maintain our Islamic identities

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is

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by building, Islamic institution,

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Islamic school.

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And I cannot stress that enough.

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The reason why many Muslim youth

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become absorbed in the society we live in.

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The reason why they assimilate into the society is because they want to fit in. And so they go to school, they don't want to stand out.

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And so they want to fit in. And so they take non Muslims as friends.

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They become accustomed

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to customs of the kuffar.

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they imitate the ways of the far,

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if they were in Muslim schools, we would at least be solving half of the problem.

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And so there is no doubt that those who graduate from Muslim schools, as I said, even if they go astray later on in their lives, eventually they will come back. But those who go to non Muslim schools, at the same time, they're not receiving a proper Islamic turbie at home, what will they come back to, even if they want to come back to something, they won't have anything to come back to, they have no foundation. And so they will become lost out there in the dunya.

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Among the ways and means that we can help ourselves to maintain our Islamic identities

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in the society that we live in today

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is

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by inculcating a sense of aiza.

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In the hearts of our children,

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by teaching our children of our glorious past by teaching them about the stories of the prophets, the stories of the Sahaba, what they went through the difficulties that they went through their steadfastness, their firmness, upon the deen, in the face of persecution, in the face

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of Phaeton

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in the face of challenges, challenges to assimilate into the society they're living in. And so if we were to study the early Muslims, the Sahaba, in Mecca, in the early years, when they were a few, it was not easy

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to claim to be a Muslim. Rather, the easiest thing was to be like everyone else. And so if we were to read the stories of the Sahaba, take the example of Abu Dhabi overhang. And how he was told, when he became a Muslim and the Muslims were few in number he was told,

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don't make your Islam public. Don't go and tell the people that you become a Muslim.

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Because you'll be persecuted. You'll be persecuted, you'll be tortured. But he didn't care. Why? Because he had a sense of his.

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He felt proud of his Deen. He felt proud of his Islamic identity. And so he went to the cabinet and announced to the co founder of kurush La ilaha illAllah. He announced his Islam, and so they came to him, they beat him until he became full of blood.

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Take the example of Omar of Hamza.

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When they became Muslims, they gave ERISA to the Muslims. And so when or more of the Allahu Allah He became Muslim.

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He divided the Muslims into two, him leading one group, and Hamza leading the other, and they marched into Mecca.

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And they announced their Islam would full of honor with the full of dignity, with full of pride, and glory. If we were to teach these to our children, there's no doubt that this will help in maintaining their Islamic identities.

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And in this way, if we were to teach them about the stories of those who came after

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the Sahaba

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through Islamic history, we have many examples of the glorious heroes of Islam

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and how they brought glory and his an honor to this honor. Leading all civilizations and putting everyone else behind.

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Then

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finally, I conclude with a final piece of advice

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with regards to maintaining our Islamic identities,

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and that is

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that we have to understand, and we have to make our children

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to understand

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the very essence of their creation.

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the very reason why we were created

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well that Hanako Gina will insert in Dahlia boon, Allah tells us that I have not created the gym, nor mankind except to worship me.

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That is the purpose of our creation. The reason why many of us live heedless lives, negligent

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for forgetful of Allah, not remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala in our lives, negligent of what Allah wants from us, negligent of the accurate The reason is, because we have forgotten about this purpose, the very essence behind our creation, we have become attached to the dunya. The dunya has deceived us.

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And so we have preferred the dunya over the Euro, the reason why many of our youth living in this society, the reason why many of them lose their Islamic identity

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or the reason why their Islamic identities become weak.

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The reason why they don't feel a sense of pride, a sense of dignity and Isaiah, the reason why they want to fit in

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is because of this reason that they have preferred

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the dunia over that.

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And so, if we were to teach them

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about the reality of the dunya

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about the purpose of their creation,

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about

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the temporary nature of this dunya

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about the permanent nature of the akhira Trust me, I guarantee you that this will be among the greatest means that will help them to maintain their Islamic identities for whenever they are faced with a situation where they will have to compromise or they will have to feel embarrassed and ashamed of their Deen or they will feel like wanting to fit in.

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If they were to understand the temporary nature of the dunya

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all of that will go away.

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All of that will go away trust me, if they were to remember that

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they will understand

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that this temporary enjoyment of a few minutes of a few moments of a few hours

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of a few days in this dunya it's not worth it.

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compromising my Deen is not worth it. And so Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us about this temporary nature that we have become the temporary nature of the dunya that we have become so attached to. So what was the panel without it says both to have boon and higher to dunya will euro to hydro abacha rather you have preferred

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the life of the dunya while the Acura is what

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is for more lasting everlasting and far better. And Allah subhana wa tada says regarding the kuffaar de la de la cafaro Hayato dunya Where's Haroon Amina La Nina.

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The life of this world has become beautified for the cathar is the reality.

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Whereas Harun amin alladhina amanu. Not only that, but they mock at those who believe they'll laugh at you. They'll mock you.

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They'll call you an extremist. They'll call you a terrorist. Where's Haruna mean? alladhina amanu Well, larina taco Komiyama.

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If you were to just remember this area in your life, no matter what situation you face,

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you will be able to deal with it. When Latina Taco Bell calm yo malkia

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Why does the law give us this description of the believers Allah does not say and the believers will be

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superior to these kuffaar on the Day of Judgment. No, he doesn't say believers. A law says, Well Edina taco and those of taqwa

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will be above these kofod on the Day of Judgment. Why?

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Because when we're faced with such situations, if we have Taqwa of Allah subhanho wa Taala

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will be able to remain firm and steadfast. And so Allah tells us that those who fear Him, they will be above these, Cofer, who used to market them, and laugh at them in dystonia.

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And the loss of Hannah who Atlanta also tells us of the kuffaar in Surah tomahto 15 at the very end, in the la de la drama, can Amina Latina Amman, cocoon,

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Allah tells us that the kuffaar they used to laugh at the believers, they used to pass glances at one another, saying look at these humiliated and shameful people.

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And then Allah ends the verses, by telling us of the end result, what will be the end result?

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The believers will be above throne on the day of judgment

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in Jannah, and they will look down upon these kofod who used to laugh at them.

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Help the Weibull co founder Ilana can

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have the disbelievers

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not been recompense except

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due to that of what they used to do.

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And so their punishment is equal to what they used to do in Estonia.

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I end off with a very, very beautiful piece of advice by Eben Masaru Dora the Allahu Akbar.

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And so you will be faced with many tests.

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And so

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you may be tested to compromise your deen

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to try to fit in into the society

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to look like everyone else.

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So that you don't stand out.

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You'll be tested with regards to your Islamic identity.

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But this is the reality and the very nature of this dunya. And so even Masood rhodiola, who he says that whoever desires the dunya

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whoever desires the dunya

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he will be harmed by the Acura

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and whoever desires the Acura

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he will be harmed by the dunya.

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whoever desires the dunya

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and chases after the dunya

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and is satisfied

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with this temporary enjoyment.

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Then he will be faced with the hardship of the Acura

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and vice versa.

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whoever desires the athlete He longs for the

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he gives up the temporary enjoyment of the dounia.

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He doesn't compromise his Deen he doesn't give up his Islamic identity in the face of pressure in the face of tests and challenges.

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He doesn't give up. Why because he desires the accurate

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then there is no doubt that he will be

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he will be faced with hardship in this dunya

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he will be faced with hardship in this area.

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And this is as a prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that the dunya is the prison of the believer

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and the gender of the cafe.

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This is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us and this is the reality, the reality of the nature of this temporary life and the reality of the nature of the permanent life. In the euro. We ask Allah subhana wa tada to make us firm upon his Deen until the day we meet him. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us firm

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and to maintain to help us to maintain our Islamic identities and to help us to maintain the Islamic identity

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of our children and their children. In these testing and trying times that we live in, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala

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to guide those brothers and sisters, our children, the youth

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who have gone astray, we ask a lot to guide them back to history path and to make us and then firm upon history path. So patent law no behenic, a shadow Allah, Allah, Allah and still fuuka we're a to LA