Response to the Narrow Minded Religious Donkeys

Khalid Yasin

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Hungry levels salatu salam ala Rasulillah sallAllahu alayhi wa sallam while he was having he was what he will men, whatever. But what's the molecule here to live about a category My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam, this your brother Shefali, DFC, and this is my sky views

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platform on Facebook Live. And those of you who have been following me and listen to my comments for some years, you know that sky views, these are my views.

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And yes, they are subjective. That is their subjective to my experience my exposure

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from my traveling interaction with people in more than 134 countries over a period of maybe some 3035 years.

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I don't plan to be right, I just present what I consider to be reasonably right.

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And I leave room for other people to present what they present with the evidence or through what they put forward for consideration. And then everybody can like step back and look at what each party of person has put forward. And that's reasonable.

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I am not part of the so called

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religious right, those who want to be religiously right, who insist upon being religiously right or religiously correct. And they are demanding from in all conversations, they are demanding from somebody, some bursts of proof from the Quran, or proof from the Hadith or proof from some documented archived information that that can be accessed now digitally.

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Or they are asking for

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someone to approve what you save or do from a scholar in a country who, who themselves

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may be just surrogates of oppressors, or scholars who themselves are engulfed in their own social political realities. And whatever they are relating is within the context of those social political realities, environmental realities, and they may not know at all the social, political or environmental realities of the people who are asking the question. And now we are not children. We didn't just come into Islam yesterday. We have come into Islam, some of us 5060 years ago. We have great grandchildren, I do. So we are not like so much profound in our Islamic novels. But we are well rounded.

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We're not super intellectual. But we are people. And we have children and grandchildren who are university graduates.

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We are not so scholastic it within the religion,

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that we give people fatwas, and we give people

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religious rulings, and opinions and determinations, we don't do that. Because we don't have the authority. We don't have the tools in the society to really do that. But we respect the Islamic rulings, the general Islamic rulings. We respect the determinations that have been made previous to us, but we look at it, we review it, we consult with one another. And if we are senior Muslim leaders, citizens of the United States of America, we have responsibility to evaluate and to assess and to apply whatever we have heard or seen, within the context of the society where we live.

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Get that part very clear, because when you get that part very clear, that's not negotiable. So all of the people who are scholars or students of knowledge around the world if you want to contribute to the

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crystallization or to the refinement of Islam, in the 21st century, and in particular, the United States of America, this is how you got to come. This is what you need to know.

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I can go and shop, but whatever it is that I need, whatever store whatever it is that I gotta go sauce it. I bring it back to my family or my to my community or to my constituency, okay, or to my community, and I cook it

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I put it on the table. I cook it, I present it. That's my risk.

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sponsibility that's not somebody else's responsibility. Even if they live next to the Kaaba,

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doesn't matter to me, I don't care if they mean that they can speak out of big legs on the on the scale of C by way,

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that doesn't impress me.

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I don't care if they got all the 10 killer ads, and they broke that down into 10 variables, and they got 100 that's not, that doesn't impress me.

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I don't care if they memorize all those books that you see young, ambitious students of knowledge young, ambitious, or old, you know,

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ambitious students of knowledge, the first thing they go out and do is they go out, go out and spend $5,000. So $3,000 depends upon where they buy it from.

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You know, and they purchase like about a, you know, like about the 15 the 15 different classical sets of you know, they call it an out of Omaha to corporate Koto, Omaha to kowtow, that means the major Islamic works that provide you with the wide scope of rulings and opinions and interpretations and commentary and parameters by which will facilitate us to

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understand and practice Islam within that football field.

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So, we respect the people who have spent the time to do that.

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We, we, we even make reference to that, however, we're not bound by that, let's get that point clear. We're not bound by that

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we're bound to here we're bound to listen to appreciate to make reference to,

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to respect, we're bound to that. But we are not bound to subordinate our common sense on a subordinate, our,

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our constitutional right, or to subordinate our individual right? To think about things objectively.

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We have to be

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responsible people have to, I have to do that, on behalf of my family, I got to do that behalf of my community, I have to do that on behalf of my constituency, I have to do that. That's that's been socially responsible. Anybody who wants anything less, either they are subversive, or they themselves as a surrogate of somebody who is subversive.

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Now, I want to make a direct comment, here, a reference back to

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some critics who say that Sheikh Why are you posting this? And why are you posting that? You know, don't you know that such and such a person is a mug, Teddy? Or don't you know that person, that's a Kaffir, she's a Jewish person, or don't you know, that person is distort that or whatever? Well, listen,

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I don't need you to subscribe

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to my work. If you have already subscribed, I don't need you.

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Get your money back if you if you made a new pay 999 a month, if that's what you are doing on one of our platforms to support this ministry, or to support my work, the purpose of the work of the purpose of life Foundation, if you've decided to give us 999 a month, as a subscription, for instance,

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we want to give that back to you.

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And if you've been paying it for the last year, we want to give that back to you.

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Because your subscription does not subordinate my ideas or my responsibility.

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If you like what I have to say, welcome, I don't ask you to share.

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If you like something, you should share it anyway. That's the that's the that's the general principle of goodness, when you like something want for your brother, what you want for yourself or your neighbor or whatever. That's a given.

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I don't have to I don't tell you like and share. To me, that's something that you should simply do.

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But what I do say to you is this. I appreciate anyone

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who spends their time listening to me or viewing but I have to say, I appreciate that. Because you don't have to, not in the 21st century where there's so many micro things to do.

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However

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you're listening to me, you're viewing me or coming to you. It's like It's like it doesn't give you the right to tell me what I should do or what I shouldn't do or to expect my house to be arranged in a way that you want it to be arranged. You come to my house as a guest you sit down

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I take my hospitality. And when you got enough you leave you don't come in and tell me to move my furniture around.

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Nobody take you off.

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Do you don't do you don't like what it is I'm serving. It was the habit of the Prophet SAW said that when somebody has served him something, okay. In this case we're talking about food. He never commented on accepted to appreciate. He ate what he wanted. And what he didn't want, he didn't comment.

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So you come here and you listen, you only become it upon what you don't like to set some rules. Now you go get your own Facebook page, your problem.

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Now, having said that,

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brothers and sisters, from time to time, I find something that is very compelling. I find something that's very nice has good value. When I say value, I mean social value, human value. It doesn't, you know, food is food.

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What is water.

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And the person told us in a very good Hadith to imata What chakra was salam, Min Arasta woman, lamb tarrif that's what he said, some Allah.

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give food, distributed food

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and give good greetings.

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To whom you know, and whom you don't know this the basic translation.

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What knowledge is the same way. Give good knowledge to people, and what to consider to be good, decent, dignified words. Words that may motivate words that may

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inspire words that will inform

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that's what we're supposed to do.

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But I'm not here to please you.

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Or somebody else who's a part of a group, following a person or a persuasion, or a school, or whatever you want to say you represent. But you don't come to my house, my page and tell me how to move my furniture around.

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You and wrong page homie.

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Get your own Facebook pages, no problem. If you do something good, let me know and I'll be there. But I'm not gonna I'm not proud of him said another thing. He says,

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Whoever believes in alone, and the Last Day, whoever really believes in Allah and the Last Day, not just professors, but it shouldn't be their conduct.

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But your call higher, our Lea smooth.

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He said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Let them say what is good? Or keep quiet?

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That's what the prophets have said. I didn't say it. I just repeating it. So now let me go to this issue. Again, from time to time I am putting on my

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page. And you know, brothers and sisters, I have two pages. One is a personal page. The one I'm talking on right now.

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You're asking can kind of like be relaxed, I can kind of like, you know, be my be the way I really want to be. It's not like I'm in a studio. It's not like it's a it's a it's a it's a class or it's like 10 minutes, or whatever it is on a particular topic. This is kind of like no, I'm in my living room. Or I'm at my dining room table. Or I'm somewhere else I need to be a want to be. And I'm just talking now, I'm reading a newspaper. I'm listening to something here, send me a lecture. I'm meeting somebody, I'm doing some things. And then I'm coming on my personal page and I'm talking like this.

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I have another page call you're seeing

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that's Khalid you're seeing official? Yeah.

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Call it yesI shahada ESC official. So official just means that like, this is the official page that we use for our official social media message. Now this is my personal page. So it's like a step down you know, open collar so to speak.

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So I can see some different things at my dining room table.

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So let me say this.

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Are there are people who may be Hindu, Jewish, me as Deus, Christian, Muslim, socialists, all kinds of different people

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that say something very profound.

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I don't care if they're white, or black or male or female, whoever it is. They can be even a person who is morally

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inept. They could be a person who's perceived popularly to be immoral, or criminal, or I'm not just gonna take from those kinds of people and quit

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them. But if somebody said something profound,

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which is the truth,

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I have a right to share it if I need to, because rain is rain, and heat is heat, and Truth is truth. And when rain come down in affects human beings the same way, when he comes in affects people the same way. And when truth comes, it's the same coming from anyone.

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So

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why do I refer to people

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to be narrow minded religious donkeys. That's not an insult. It's a categorization.

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narrow minded, because, you know, they're reading the Quran, or they're reading the Sunnah order, they claim to be the Muslim, but they're doing so within a very narrow minded perspective.

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We're not going to get into all that, because we've already talked about that narrow minded, religious, scriptural perspective. They're out of context, it's seen by almost anybody with common sense of whoever is educated, they can see that this religious person, their behavior, their attitude, what they're saying, and what they're applying their, their scriptural rules to, they're doing it in a very dysfunctional way.

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They're not taking into consideration the broad picture, the broad social picture, the broad international global picture, the broad human picture, historical picture, they just at that time, and that place, and what they're reading, that's what they're doing. And they don't take into consideration, time, space, circumstance, or situation. That's narrow minded.

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We could put a little more depth to that definition. But that's narrow minded, not religious, it means that a person is basically a good person, they could have been a reformed, criminal, but and religion helped to reform them. That's great. whoop dee doo.

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But that's not religious. Because you used or you were affected by religion to reform yourself, that's great.

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And because you are practicing, reasonably applying or observing the religion of Islam in your life, that's great. whoop dee doo.

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That's the objective. That's the mocassin of Islam, to do your best within your capacity.

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But don't take the word religion and apply it to you don't take the point of the religion and apply it to your group or your scholar, or, or the the sources that to take it from, don't put the religion in that box.

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Just present what you think is correct, and step back,

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and give people the opportunity to appreciate what you have to say.

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And to put it within the context

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of the tools and the circumstances and the situation where they're living at and who they are, and what they understand. And many variables that might be attached to your opinion of what you just said,

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don't take the Quran and put it into a box and apply it to everybody the same way. It's not like that.

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It's not that way.

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Almost every major resource in the world that's beneficial to human beings.

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It has to be packaged

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for a particular time, place circumstances, situation demographic, on on and on the same resource

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because people are people to get their own variables.

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So for me, donkey, it means a person who doesn't use their own common sense. Donkeys do not have their own common sense. They have, they have an animal sense, their instinct. They're smart enough to learn rules, and to fulfill a particular function. But they don't have intelligence.

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Donkey, that's why they are written.

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That's why they are loaded.

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Because they are written and loaded. They're written by people who, who who have intelligence.

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They're written by people who know how to manipulate

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and they are loaded by people who have their own objectives. So me I'm not a donkey.

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I don't claim to be

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sort of like, you know, like a bird pious because that classification comes from God. Or it may come from other people who know you very well throughout your life. So I don't claim to be pious, but I am religious. I'm in that sense, I'm an Islamist. I want the objectives of Islam

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to affect the world. And therefore, I embrace the principles of Islam to refine my life. And when I argue, I argue from an Islamic point of view,

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in my view of the world, and after the world is an Islamic view. So I'm an Islamist. But I'm also a realist.

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So as a realist, it's my job, to the best of my ability, it's my responsibility to the best of my capacity to present Islam within the context of the time, the space, the circumstance, the country, the society, in which I'm living.

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And when I travel around the world, I have to put that within the context of the global reality, social, political reality.

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That's my job. That's how I see it. That's basically

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has a lot to do with

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how I present myself on this particular program with this particular digital medium.

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But at the end of the day, I'm in case you don't know.

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This is my Facebook page. Not only that sense, no mind because I've developed my platform. It's my living room.

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It's my living room. It's my program, Allah who owes me responsible for this.

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It's my contribution. And if you want to be here, be in the audience.

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Make ethical question, if it's reasonable, and decent and dignified. If you want to make a comment, you sure you need to do that? I don't need to actually respond to it. Because you know, like, it's an audience.

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But don't come to this platform. Don't come to my living room, tell me move my furniture around, but you don't like No, you stay where you are. And we will respectfully disagree. It's okay.

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Everybody in the world and that friends, but they can be friendly.

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So

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there are people

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who at a particular time, and please, they are inspired by God, or they're inspired by tattoos. And they say something very powerful.

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very impactful in sent something that is very, like, impressive. Valuable, important, critical.

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And sometimes it's sent to me.

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And what I do is, I share it.

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That's my determination. That's my discretion.

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So the

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narrowminded religious donkeys, I try to avoid them.

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I don't get stepped on by a donkey. I don't want to be kicked by a donkey.

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Because the person who's a donkey you can't there's nothing you can do back to them. Animals and that kind of like responsible. Animals are not moral.

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You know, if a gorilla escaped from the zoo, and killed somebody, you're not going to take the gorilla to court. You're not going to prosecute the gorilla. Because he's not intelligent.

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And donkeys are not until it intelligent, generally.

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Most

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religious crimes we know that is people who claim to be religious, but they are committee horrendous crimes that most of them are ignorant.

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Most of them are uneducated. Most of them are religious.

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narrow minded religious donkeys. Some people could call them fanatic. Somebody might call them extremists, but there's an urban wait for me to describe. Muslim fanatics Muslim extremists.

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narrow minded religious donkeys. And our qualified the word narrowminded already qualified the word donkey. It's a description. It's not an insult

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let's be dignified.

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In our discussion with each other, our communication with each other

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First of all, my Facebook page is not like a chat room. So just the fact the fact that you can send messages, it's okay. Sometimes I do respond because I have the time Well, I think there's a need. But generally I don't, there's not a chat room.

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This is me speak me talk, you listen.

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If you don't like that,

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get your own page.

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And I'll be there. If it's something valuable, I'll be there. And I'll follow the rules that I just gave myself. I don't need to say what's good, or I keep quiet.

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And if I disagree with you, I will disagree.

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In a decent way,

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honorably and respectfully, disagree. That's what

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dignified people, educated people do all the time.

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But extremists fanatic,

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narrow minded religious donkeys. They're the ones that create the most damage within the religion, and outside religion.

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I don't want to be part of that, and I am not.

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So back to our discussion today. And that is to clarify things for brothers and sisters, maybe you don't know.

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I have two pages, I have one which is called How to DRC official. And that page is managed by a social media team who has the capability of doing that. And, and the reason why we have that team is to optimize the use of social media. That's all

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to optimize.

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Now, my personal page is something different.

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I'm sitting in my living room, or I'm sitting, I'm traveling, I'm in the airport,

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I'm with someone, I'm in a cafe, whatever it is, I'm thinking of something, I've read something, I heard something, I wrote something and I want to share it with you. And I do.

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I do it sometimes on a daily basis, sometimes twice a day, sometimes, two, three times a week depend upon other endeavors that I have. But that's my personal page.

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I never tell anybody what to say, or what to do, or Nothing, I just give my score sky views. Come on, it's clear sky views. Gotta gotta follow my views. And you wouldn't even know my views, if you wasn't like on my page.

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These are my subjective personal views is my insight, my experience, my responsibility. If I'm talking to my children, if I'm talking to my grandchildren, if I'm talking to my great grandchildren, if I'm talking to my neighbors, or whatever it is, this is how I would talk. This is my position my and I paid for this, it's my time. You don't pay for this. I don't ask anybody pay me $100 an hour.

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lawyers charge, I mean, psychologist charge you $100 An hour, sit down on the couch, give me some opinion, or whatever the case might be, and you're an executive. And after three hours, you get up and you go back to work. And you don't mind the $300 that you spent, because he or she is a professional. And they're offering you some kind of therapy that you have put into some context of value and you pay them.

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It's done all the time. You go to a sauna, you go whatever you do, you go on a vacation, whatever you do, you're doing this and you pay for it. Well, I'm creating an environment that I hope will give you benefit.

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But I'm not asking you to pay for it.

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There are ways and there are platforms that we have where you can subscribe and you should

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if you see something of value, don't think you can just walk down the road just pick apples, mangoes, you can every now and then it might happen but it ain't jaws.

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Do you want that on a regular basis, anything of value, you should be prepared to pay for it.

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I didn't ask you.

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I can only advise you I can only direct you. I can only

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appeal to you. That if you want to support this work so this work gets better. It's more well established and reliable for you as a source. You should subscribe

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and you do subscribe to things like that in the world that we live in today.

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Every one of the people that I'm talking to and especially in the Western world, if you go back to your bank account or

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Whatever record says kept for your expenditures, you find out that on a monthly basis that you are paying 20 or 30 things.

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It could be something like 299.

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But you're paying for it one a monthly basis.

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And you don't mind

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that has something to do with it your status.

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Well, here, I don't ask you to do that we do have platforms and programs and

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platform programs and resources that themselves have been prepared for your subscription.

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But this personal page, I don't ask you to buy to pay for it.

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That means that I have the right been serving the water of I'm serving the bread or the dates.

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Providing you with the environment and the energy, I should be able to say whatever I want to say.

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Now, if this was a chat room, we can like check it back and forth, we could throw it back and forth. But this is not a chat room. I never even invited people talk to people about joining a chat room. I don't do that. Generally, I don't like to chat. I don't like to use social media for chatting.

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It's not very effective.

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Sometimes, you know, a chat if we need to maybe be better than just an audio phone call it can be aesthetically,

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but it's not necessary at all. This is not a chat room.

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This is my Facebook Live sky views program in which I paint a picture

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I lay out a template

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I choose a topic or a theme and I try my best to address it in a inspirational motivational informational format

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that's essentially what I do. Now I think this will be a good time our brothers and sisters for me to say to you

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that my

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social media team

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understanding the limitations of YouTube and Facebook and Twitter,

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Instagram and ticked up you know as the like, you know, as the major platforms that people use for communication and transferring information.

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This set up something called Patreon

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they set up something called Patreon

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forward slash sky views.

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Patreon,

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forward slash Patreon Patreon forward slash sky views.com. That's it.

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Just

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just a wonderful, powerful, resourceful platform Patreon.

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So on Patreon, what Patreon does what Facebook doesn't do what YouTube doesn't do. What Instagram or what

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tick tock or Twitter doesn't do is that it allows

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the creator of content in this case myself

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to

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work directly with the patron

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or the supporter which is yourself.

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That is you can support the

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the creation of content, which I'm doing and you can show your support. Okay through some kind of a subscription

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$5 A month $9 A month $15 A month. But the good thing about it is that you are going to get more content. You're going to get word documents. You're gonna get PDF you're going to get

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you're going to get video content. You're going to get links. When you have questions you're going to be listened to and responded to. If you want me to share my

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my research with you. Research for a topic that I'm discussing that you would not normally receive or you

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wouldn't know.

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We have maybe 150 lectures that we have delivered around the world in the last 30 years. And if you try to find all of them on YouTube, you could like spend all day long, what we've done is, we have codified them, package them, digitize them, and made them available for you, under the general title of the sky Shefali Yacine sky signature series.

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So, you know, maybe I lectured someplace and somebody else took the took it and made it into a DVD, and put their name on it and promoted it, and they sold it, I didn't take anybody to court about that.

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We don't consider it to be very ethical.

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To do that. However, we didn't take anybody to court for that.

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Over the years, people have set up websites, and sold my content. People have themselves, taken my content, burn this and tapes and digitized it and sold it and distributed it. And for the most part, it was quite innocent, just people who consider themselves to be promoting my message, but they made money.

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But that's okay. What we've done now is what belongs to us is my intellectual, right? My intellectual content, my intellectual property, as an individual, as a person, and United States of America, as a Muslim, I do have a right to what I have created, that is my writing, my research, my delivery, see my writing, my research, my delivery, my energy, have right to that, legally.

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So what we've done is we've collected as much as we could with my notes and what I preserve. And the good thing brothers and sisters Alhamdulillah is that for the last 20 years in particular, I don't speak

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without a reference. That means that I wrote something, I outlined it, as I am today, I'm making some references, here and there. So when I go do a public lecture in a university, or school, or a college, or a government institution, or a mosque, or church or wherever it is, I've already researched that subject. And I've wrote about that subject. And I have my notes in front of me. And I'm referencing your semi things in front of me because it helps to be accurate.

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With time and delivery and other things. I will share that with you. You can get access to my over 100

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Sky Signature Series, which are my lectures covering a lot of different subjects. And that's not because I'm like a scholar, or you should be listening to me. No, it's not promoting it like that.

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If it's valuable, you should get it all

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as much as you can. Because life is short. And the person who you want to get it from or whatever God takes them out, they're gone. And what's left is the residue is what they left in writing, or delivery. Or in the case the world we live in today, a digital record.

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So with Patreon, you have access to that.

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With Patreon we are developing we are creating new content, which is only for Patreon. It's just for you

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nobodies you will get it first on Patreon. before it goes to YouTube before it goes anywhere else. You're gonna get it.

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Another thing is that you have certain issues yourself is that questions but challenges that come?

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I mean, you have many challenges from Muslim. Firstly, young Muslims living in Western countries. There's many challenges for Muslims, especially young Muslims, even living in Muslim countries. Well, I stay away from

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advising young people about their personal lives

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who are living in another country. I try to advise them

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go to your local, trusted, well known, capable, Senior Scholar

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if there's something I can give you from a general perspective, I don't mind but I don't go into particulars because I have no authority responsibility in that country. And I should not be saying something just

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Because I think I have an opinion.

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However, from a general point of view, if you asked me a question, I look at your age, whenever I'm talking to you, like you're my son or daughter, talk to you like my family, like you're in my constant my congregation, you're in my digital, virtual congregation.

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And I have responsibility as an uncle as an OG as a mentor, to enter you, and I do.

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So all of this you can get if you are a patron, a supporter of my ministry, the purpose of life Foundation, and when you are a patron and a supporter, then we have established of strong relationship, a reciprocal relationship, where I am creating something, and you are supporting that. And the promise of Stan said, Whoever support something that is good,

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they will get the reward, you know, they will you will get the reward, I will get the reward both, whoever does a good thing, whoever makes a good contribution,

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they're going to get the reward of the one who embraces that, and benefits from that, with nothing being detracted, or nothing being taken from it all the way until the Day of Judgment. That means it just like perpetual, the goodness that comes from it. This is what we're trying to do.

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So, I advise

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I strongly advise that brothers and sisters who wants to see strong Islamic resources available to them relevant Islamic

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resources delivered to them.

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They should support it.

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Support the person support that ministry support that effort.

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Because those are steps that help us to reach our social objective, our global objective, our Islamic refinement.

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So brothers and sisters, go to patreon, forward slash sky views.com. That's Patreon. Forward slash sky views. That calm and there you are. We ask the Law Center to accept this from us the panic alarm will be handed when I said to him that you

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want to stop fluconazole Blake was salam Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh