The price of knowledge and theft of knowledge

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Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

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the brothers and sisters This is your brother shikata Yes, he is speaking to you from Philadelphia.

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It is

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August the 11th

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Mashallah Baraka law, many of our brothers and sisters, they have already left

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to perform the Hajj, we ask the Lord to accept that freedom.

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Today I want to speak to the young Muslims in particular,

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about the price of knowledge

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and the theft of it.

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I want to talk to them about the price of knowledge,

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the value of knowledge

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and the sacrifice that you have to pay

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for knowledge.

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There are so many references in the Quran and the Sunnah.

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To illustrate the importance, the status and the responsibility

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of seeking knowledge.

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And I suggest that each of you young Muslims,

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take the advantage of the internet

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and download with your personal archive these divine references, we don't need to

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recite

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many verses of the Quran. And many sources of the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam. When this topic

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today in my business, today in my discussion, it is very fundamental and direct.

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I want to be very fundamental. And I want to be very direct, in what I have to say.

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Those who seek knowledge without paying the price for it. I like any other thief

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who goes to the marketplace

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and put something in their pocket

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or in their bag without paying for it.

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You will wear it,

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you will use it.

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And you will impress others with it. But you know and a lot of notes

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that you never paid for it.

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As to the value of knowledge. It is like the value of your mother.

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Whose womb boy you

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and whose hands took care of you.

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And whose days and nights were spent worrying about you. Tell me?

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How can you pay for that.

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So the sacrifice of knowledge, think about the sacrifices made by the presence of a loss of planner with either

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Roger loss, the profits of a loss of punnamada Allah alayhi wa sallam

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just to carry the knowledge, to represent the knowledge and to deliver that knowledge to their people.

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Think about that responsibility.

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Think about the many sacrifices of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam throughout his blessed life.

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Just to fulfill the mandate of delivering the message of Islam to us.

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Think about the many sacrifices of his companions, radi Allahu anhu, male or female, and all of the generations after them up until now.

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And all of the sacrifices and the suffering they had to endure, just to preserve that knowledge.

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Ask yourself

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what sacrifice Have I made

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to receive knowledge?

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What sacrifices Have I made to carry the knowledge

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and what sacrifices Have I made to distribute that knowledge?

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Dear brothers and sisters, I want to make this relevant to my own life.

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The topic, the price of knowledge, and the theft of it.

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I want to make my statements relevant

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to my own sacrifice,

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my own endeavor.

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My own efforts

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and that knowledge which I researched,

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wrote with my hands

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traveled all over the world to deliver

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which according to the Islamic law is called Fukuoka for Korea, we must know

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who Coco for Korea means the hop, the rights that come as a result of someone's intellectual effort.

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And must now means that they took that knowledge from their effort. And they packaged it, whether into a book, or into some other package, in order that it could be distributed. This is called Miss naiya.

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In this regard, my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, I have traveled to more than

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90 countries in the past 40 years.

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And I'm grateful to a loss of panel with the other for this exposure. And this privilege.

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I have written more than 3000 pages

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to document my experiences.

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And I have delivered more than 1000 public lectures to share what I have learned.

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And at the age of 73, I am sitting here today delivering yet

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another lecture.

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Of course, it is a very short lecture. But nevertheless, I'm delivering another lecture

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which I researched, which I wrote with my hands, which I'm delivering to you via Facebook Live.

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Yes.

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Can you imagine

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that young Muslims just like yourselves,

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stole my lectures,

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packaged and distributed them

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and labeled it

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as if it was their own.

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All over the world.

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And they made money, and they are still making money.

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And they said their families, they created more projects, and they made more money. But they never inquired about my family.

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They never inquired about my children.

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And they never inquired about my grandchildren and my great grandchildren.

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Don't you think my 13 children? Don't you think my

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69 grandchildren? Don't you think my great grandchildren, one of whom was just born just three days ago? Don't you think that they deserve? What's your family has which you have benefited from, with the theft of my lectures.

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Now I know that and let me digress just for a moment.

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I know that there are a number of well known scholars do it. Students of knowledge who travel around the world, they give away their lectures for free, they give access to the lectures for free, that is their business.

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Maybe there's a foundation that they have that pays them for that. Maybe they have sponsors, who pay them for that.

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Maybe that is their particular understanding. However, in Islam, anyone who has sacrificed their time, their blood, their energy, and use their intellectual faculties to develop develop a book,

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or in this case, a lecture

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or any other intellectual platform or tool to benefit human beings. That is their intellectual right.

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Now, I will admit

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that as a individual, as a lecturer, I was naive.

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I was unaware.

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I was motivated,

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working hard. But I didn't realize that 20 years ago, or 25 years ago, I didn't realize the value of documenting registry.

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My intellectual rights was so important. I didn't realize that. So that's my fault. And I'll take the blame for what is my fault,

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but those who stole it

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and use it for themselves. And I'm still using it today. That's not my fault. one a day of judgment, a loss of power data is going to ask you about that. And thank you very much on the Day of Judgment.

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I will share some of your good deeds.

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If you have some

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these Muslims who have stole my lectures, and I'm still using them today for and making money, they call it Baraka

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to Panama. That's what they call it. They say it's, it's Baraka.

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How can you get Baraka from something which is not yours?

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Now, I'm not saying that any Muslim anywhere in the world,

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who has

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used my lectures, whether in DVD format,

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whether in a some other format,

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or digital format,

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whether you use it on YouTube, or whether you use it on any other platform, I'm not saying that you're using it, and you're sharing it. I'm not saying that this is the best. No, I'm just saying that many Muslims in the world today, they just find something. And they're using it. And they are transferring it to other people, and may have lost funds that will reward them for doing that. Here, I'm talking about something different.

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I'm talking about individuals who have found companies, alliances,

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small groups,

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who have decided

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to take my lectures and package them,

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whether they package it in a digital format,

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or they packaged it as a DVD,

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or they package it in some other kind of form on a web page. And then after that, they are giving access to the public,

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all of my lectures.

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And they are making money. Because on those same websites, even if they don't ask people for money, they are asking for donations. So how can you take something which doesn't belong to you,

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package it distributed, make money from it. As for donation for it, and you know, it is not yours, this is absolutely wrong.

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Now, those students have knowledge and those knowledgeable people, those scholars or speakers, or do I who claim that all Islamic knowledge is free.

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That is their opinion.

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That is not the law across the world.

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If that were the case, all the office,

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all the lecturers or the intellectuals throughout the world in the in the modern world,

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they would not have the right to protect themselves, their books would not belong to them.

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Their programs would not belong to them.

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Their lectures would not belong to them, they would have no right to charge for their lectures, they would have no right to monetize or distribute their books or their pamphlets.

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And they would have no right to protect their intellectual properties.

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So those scholars who say that,

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then just apply it to their work. If they said it, then access their work, because by their saying that their work becomes free to the public.

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Can you imagine another group of young Muslims

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who not only collected my lectures,

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showcase them on their own website,

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sold them in audio format,

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sold them in video format.

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And they continue to sell them today in digital format, yet.

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They have contact with me.

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They could pick up the phone, they could send an email. There's so many ways they could contact me just to ask for my permission. But they have never done it.

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Because a thief will never ask the permission from someone whom they have stolen from.

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That wasn't enough for them.

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Then some of those same young Muslims.

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They made Facebook pages with my name. Can you believe that?

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They made Facebook pages with my name. Some of them they put just call it Jesse.

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Some changed the spelling. Instead of chef sh a YKH

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which is what is used by my company, by my colleagues, by my children.

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By my students who refer to me as chef,

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they spell it sh a YKH. So these very

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well, we have to say they're smart.

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These very smart, young Muslims. Clever. Yeah, that's the word. These very clever young Muslims what they did

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they change the spelling to sh E. I, kh. They know I never used that. They know my children never use that spelling. They know my colleagues never use that. That is not the popular spelling for the reference to myself as chef call it YesI. So they change that sh, e, i, KH.

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And they call their Facebook page, share, sh Ei kh call it YesI.

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And for that for the last at least seven years.

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Let me just back up for a moment. Yes, they did call it unofficial. So they are stealing. unofficially.

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They did call it they did say this is not an official page.

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So by their stating from the beginning, it's an unofficial page. You would think to yourself that they're being honest, no, they're not being honest. They're being tactical. They're being clever in their theft.

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And on their page, every quotation that they make it says

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Shahada, your scene says, That is a lie.

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I never said anything that they said. In the last seven years, eight years or nine years, they've been saying it.

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It is an absolute lie.

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Okay, if they quote the core, and that's the core end, but shefali you're saying did not say that.

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If they quote what the prophet SAW a lot of them said, okay, it is the Hadith. But guess what? Just call it your scene. He did not say that.

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If they quote some intelligent thing, even though that scene may be correct, good. But guess what?

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That is not Shahada, Jessie's speaking. So if you have a Facebook page for over seven years, and everything on the Facebook page says Shahada Singh says Shahada, you're seeing says and on that Facebook page. Now, you are taking donations, you are helping people to raise funds in different countries, you are facilitating issues, you are facilitating issues using the name of shakalaka seen.

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This

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is

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deception.

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Plain and clear.

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Not only is it theft,

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misrepresentation,

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but it is blatant deception.

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Now, I asked these Muslims

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to stop.

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I communicated with them, my office communicated with them in a very dignified way. So I want people to understand, I didn't just wake up this morning angry and decided to say this.

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No, we've been talking with them trying to communicate with them for the last at least five, six years, saying to them, you should stop.

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If you want, if you started out sincere.

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Wanting to support my dad, okay, good.

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When I blame you for that.

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But you must make my office the administrator of that Facebook page because you are using my name. And you are telling the public that whatever you're saying whatever you're presenting to them, whatever you're delivering to them, share, call it your scene says you're lying.

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This is blatant deception.

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You can put your own swing on it.

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You can try to justify it in your own cultural way.

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But this is theft.

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Plain and clear.

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We only asked we didn't say to you to stop your work. We only asked you

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in a very dignified way

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to place that Facebook page under our administration or make us one of the administrators so that whatever you're doing, we would do it in collaboration, there would be transparency and

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And therefore there would not be any deception because we would be collaborating in this way you could continue to benefit, you could keep the public could continue to benefit, and you would not be acting in such a blatant, deceptive way.

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So we asked them to stop.

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They refused, saying,

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this is an unofficial page.

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And this is only for download.

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Can you believe that?

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in our face, they said, No, we're not going to stop.

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This is what our we are stealing for that work. We are acting deceptive for that work. We are taking the rights that do not belong to us for download. And we are using the shifts name.

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And 99 out of 100 people who go to the page and they see Chicago scene says, nine out of 100 people think that's my Facebook page. And it is not.

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It is the page of a group of young Muslims in the UK, in London, who stole it

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who have benefited benefiting from it.

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And they told me

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they told my office

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that our demand

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to either shut it down, or plate makers, administrators or collaborate with us so that we know exactly what's going on. They said no, it's unofficial. And

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the demands of the show

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is unreasonable. So panel law.

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These are Muslims that pray five times a day. These are Muslims who claim to be devoted to the Dawa. These are young Muslims who themselves go to the masjid and collaborate and sit in restaurants and universities and discuss Islamic knowledge and that one issues every single day. So this type of filth

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has become a pathology.

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Until now,

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those young Muslims

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have collected more than 675,000 followers using the name of chef Carla Yossi sh, ei, k. h. Khalid YesI.

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They have collected 675,000 followers.

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They are fundraising for people and they are engaging in international issues

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using my name, and they are saying simply, it is unofficial.

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Now, recently, don't say the young Muslims

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in a tactical move

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to eventually disengaged from the use of my name.

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They are now using the terminology

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21 see

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another

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title

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that shakalaka seen made famous in the last three years, four years, Islam in the 21st century, this is what they mean.

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So I asked any Muslim,

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go to YouTube

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and see how many Islamic lectures darat leaders, scholars or anyone see who has given lectures

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on the topic Islam in the 21st century.

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I have personally delivered

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more than 120 lectures around the world in over 31 countries using this title, Islam in the 21st century.

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And now because these young, deceptive thieves see the benefit of this title Islam in the 21st century, I didn't say this title belongs to me. I just say that in the last three or four years I've delivered it and some 31 or 32 countries around the world using this title

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in order to express the importance of Muslims focusing upon the issues that are relevant to Muslims in the 21st century. So see now what they are doing.

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After each one of their

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notations on their page, they are putting 21 see,

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you know, shefali you're seeing they're still seeing a shift call you're seeing says but somewhere in the end, at the end of it. They're saying 21 c 21 c so they have branding now.

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21 C, which means 21st century. So soon you will find them transferring that Facebook page into Islam in the 21st century. And they somehow believe that Muslims will forget

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that they wrote on my back, they stole my intellectual rights, they disrespected my intellectual property, they used me for

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their own purposes and benefited from that, just to get to a point where they can just then take out Shahada, your scene says, and start to say, Islam in 21st century, this is the kind of slick,

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clever

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criminal,

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young Muslims who claim to be representing Islamic knowledge, this is what they're doing. Now.

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Until now, I didn't mention their names, I know their names. We've done our research. We know the five or six or seven young men, we don't know any women that's with them. But we know the five or six young men who are doing this. And we also know the organizations that they are attached to, because they are attached to other organizations. They're not just doing this as Facebook Live Chat card, you're seeing unofficial, no, they have their own distribution company.

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They have their own collaboration with some other young Muslims who are assisting them. So this is a situation which in which other young Muslims are in.

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They are complicit. They are collaborating.

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And somehow, they are giving the public the impression that this is quite legal, and that anyone can do this. My purpose here

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it's only to set the record straight. No, you cannot do that.

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There's a price for knowledge.

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Those who bypass the price.

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They're just like common thieves.

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They have no right to do that. This is disrespectful.

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This is criminal.

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This is unethical.

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And we are willing to meet with these young Muslims wherever they are.

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We're not going to Badger back and forth over Facebook, you know, and Twitter, you know, and Instagram and WhatsApp and Snapchat, and and, and and no, we're not gonna do that. That's very childish. We're not going to do that. Before we litigate.

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We are giving them the chance, because we will litigate.

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But litigation is nasty.

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litigation is distasteful.

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litigation, legal litigation will be embarrassing.

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We trying to save this embarrassment.

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We trying to save ourselves the expense of paying expensive lawyers

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to do international litigation against this particular group, and a few other groups who have been doing it even longer than them.

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Now, if they don't care about mitigation, and they don't care about what I have to say today, it's alright. Just leave it.

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And

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in time, we will as a organization, we will

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make our decisions. And we have given a fair warning in the public about our claim and why we're doing this so that when the litigation hits, no one will be able to say that we didn't give fair warning, because the object of our litigation is for them to cease and desist.

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But also the litigation will go further

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to prosecute them

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and to acquire from them, whatever they have benefited from in a legal way.

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So

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anyone can see

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that beginning in litigation can become very distasteful and very embarrassing and very costly.

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If this is the route that we have to go, Soviet, we will go that route to clear the path of the knowledge that people will understand in the future. They cannot do that.

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Because my children have the same rights as

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No one else has

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to benefit from their fathers, their grandfather or their great grandfather's

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knowledge. So if their grandfather built a MOS, if the grandfather built a plane, and their grandfather wrote a book, a grandfather had a TV program, the grandfather had any other product, their father,

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those children have a right to get benefit.

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The same benefit that the ones who stole it is getting in legally.

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Now,

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let me repeat this part, I didn't mention anyone's names, I could

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we have a list of about 27 names. It's all young Muslims.

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When I say young, I mean, some of them are like 45 4035 3025. So this is young Muslim. And I say young, because I'm 73.

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So 45, is still young.

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I didn't mention anyone's names. And we did not take them to court. Because we mentioned that this will involve a criminal case.

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And someone could go to jail.

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And my lawyers would have to make a lawsuit against them, to confiscate their property,

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to cause them to force them to cease and desist.

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And this would be shameful.

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We don't want that to happen. We're trying to avoid that.

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And that will also be very, as we mentioned,

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embarrassing for the Muslims in the public. And I am mentioning this

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because we want to see if we can avoid this calamity, because Muslims are facing already too much public embarrassment.

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But we want to show how Muslims are thinking

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wrong about the knowledge about the price of the knowledge about the value of the knowledge and the sacrifices made for the knowledge. Now after all of this, most Muslims around the world are purchasing blackmarket copies, we understand that

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we understand that in many places in the world, Muslims cannot afford to pay $10 for a DVD.

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In some cases, Muslims cannot afford to pay $5 for a membership,

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to subscribe

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to a website where they can get

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the lectures in a digital format. We understand that. And we understand that perhaps 40 or 50% of all the

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lectures that we have delivered in the past 30 years in particular, we understand that most of them have been black marketed around the world. We're not blaming those

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people who are poor people

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who for one reason or another, they were not able to get it in a format.

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But

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these people who are purchasing the DVDs in black market format

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and and transferring them, they're also doing a disservice. Okay, you're getting some knowledge in Allah bless you for that. We're not blaming you at all. But I want you to think about this here. When you get a black market copy,

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it is cheap.

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But it is also inferior.

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And because it's inferior in quality.

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Then we are making another statement. We are saying that Islamic knowledge does not have to have good quality. That's wrong.

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Well, we as Muslims, last panel data told us what I've seen

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in the law you have been mostly

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a loss of power that Allah told us to do the best.

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Allah He loved those who do the best. And doing the best means wanting the best.

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Giving the best producing the best. We Muslims should be committed to the highest quality of any industry that we enter and not to be satisfied. Taking cheap, inferior

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copies which have inferior quality and then putting them into the market and expecting people to appreciate

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simply the content

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of that DVD or that tape or that package, so that you

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message that you are sharing. Now, people do look at the quality.

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So

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those Muslims around the world who are purchasing black market copies, which are cheap and inferior in quality, you understand that maybe you just purchased one.

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And maybe you will make a few 100 copies for your friends.

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And you're not intending to do something wrong, but you are doing something wrong. Because what you're doing is illegal

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is also unethical.

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But

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you probably say, what others say, check.

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This is for download. And it is only for Baraka

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to Panama.

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every lecture I have delivered in the last

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I'll say the last 20 years.

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every lecture I've delivered in every country in every city that I've went to, I meet people, and the first thing they say to me, Mashallah chef mela Bless you. We thank them for that.

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We have so many of your DVDs.

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People are sending me messages every single day.

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And their messages they're saying to me shakalaka, may Allah bless you.

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We have we have most of your DVDs.

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I have never said to any one of them.

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How did you get them? Did you pay for them? I didn't say that.

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I didn't say that to them. And I will never say that to them.

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Because I understand they're doing that out of respect.

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And I appreciate

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the fact that we have over 2 million

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Muslims

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in our social media circle.

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And I'm honored. And I'm genuinely honored and thankful to Allah subhanaw taala that I have touched the lives of so many people.

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And my aim is not to

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ostracize or to,

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to say anything to those people to change their feelings about the work that I'm doing. So I'm leaving it to say, may Allah accept from you, and accept from us. That's what I had been saying.

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And my talk today is not to alienate those people.

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And not to represent those people

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who are purchasing and distributing black market copies, I'm telling you, you should stop doing that. You don't need to do that.

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You need to pay for something that you want.

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And then when you distribute it to someone else, you need to give it to them as a gift because you pay for it.

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Or if they want a copy, you should refer them to where you got it from where you paid for it from.

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It's just that simple.

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I can't go to the market, and steal something

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and then distribute it to my friends.

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And if my friends robbed the bank,

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because we're all poor,

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and they come to our village or they come to our city or our town or neighborhood and they share the money with us.

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We can't take that money and use it and somehow say to ourselves, Mashallah, this is botica

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This is not Baraka,

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this is theft of services

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is theft of property

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and stealing, stealing, you will not make stealing into Baraka because of your same

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for my family and my legacy.

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This whole group of superior intellectual rights,

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this is not Baraka to be taken by somebody else.

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This is plain and simple. This is separate services and theft of intellectual property.

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Now, even as I talk about this

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in a very dignified way, many Muslims will say, Oh, the shark is angry. Check you should not be angry.

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Why you ask you telling me that I should not be angry. I shouldn't be angry

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if someone's stolen from you or stolen from

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Your mother or stole from your grandfather, you would be angry, and you have a right to be angry.

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But no, I'm not delivering this, because I'm angry.

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And some other people will say, Oh,

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the chef is jealous.

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Because other people are making money. And he wants to make money now. That's what they will say, No, I'm not angry.

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And this is not motivated, because I want to make money. No, I want to preserve

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the work that I have done

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as a part of my legacy,

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to be passed down to my children, to my grandchildren,

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to my great grandchildren, and to other Muslims in a way that there will be continuous benefit for them. And if my lectures are preserved, and packaged, and distributed, and some people will pay for it,

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some portion of what is paid to go to my children and their children.

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And my children's children.

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Yes.

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So others will say share,

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talking like this in the public about this matter. This is a

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an Arabic It means like, shameful, undignified

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a share should not speak this way. This is what some people don't.

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Oh, Chef, you know, a chef, like you a daddy.

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This is like shameful. You should not speak like that. Just let it go. Yeah, okay.

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If there's a leak in your roof,

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just let it leak.

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Don't say nothing.

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Just leave it alone.

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You know, if there's a rip in your pants, in your backside.

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No one's gonna say anything to you about that.

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Just let it go.

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If you have a stone in your shoe, you're walking down the road, what you should do, just let it go.

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So dear brothers and sisters,

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many people will make many projections and many claims, and they will say many things about what I have to say here today.

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But let it be clear.

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I'm saying this motivated

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to see

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how we think about the price,

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the value, and the sacrifice for knowledge.

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Every speaker, every writer is a human being

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who traveled, studied and performed hours of research

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before speaking and before writing, and this is their own sacred sacrifice. I don't care if they use some is of course, no, that is not their property. If they use some, some sources of energy, that's not their property. But they brought that core and they brought that Hadees. And they brought other writings and they put it into sentences and they put it into paragraphs. And they put it on two pages. And they also put it into booklet form. And then they traveled and they delivered it. This is their right. It's called my snail, who Coco tripolia. wellness now.

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Those of you who are intellectual students of knowledge,

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find out do research for yourself about the rights, intellectual rights, and also the production rights.

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This is their blood.

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And this is their intellectual and production rate. And this is part of the price of knowledge.

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Their brothers and sisters in Islam. I have lived this year as a

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a prelude

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to

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initiating litigation against the 27 individuals that we have researched

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in four different countries.

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I'm not mentioning the names, although I could mention their names. I could mention the city where they live it I could mention their companies. I could mention a number of things, but I'm not doing that.

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I'm just going to the public and saying to them

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that this is what's going on. Not just let's check on it. Yeah, see, but since

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I have this exposure to social media, and because I'm one of the people who are who happens to be fairly well known

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I want to do my part to stop this cycle. And I want to do my part to identify this pathology. And I want to do my job to open the road and make it clear that anyone

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Muslim

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who produces some intellectual properties, if they want to give it away for free, and they tell people it is free instead on choice.

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But if they don't give it to somebody for free, you cannot make that assumption. And take it because if you do, you're stealing.

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And as for those Muslim brothers and sisters who are going to this particular Facebook page, Chicago, you're seeing sh e IK h college DRC. I don't tell you not to go there.

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I don't say that everything they're doing. They're they're promoting terrorism or something that they're not.

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These are young Muslims who started out innocently.

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At one point, I believe that I was sort of a mentor for them. Otherwise, why would they use my name? I had some attraction for them. So it probably started out very innocently. But it's not it's not innocent anymore.

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Because they're near is to take benefit.

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And then when I approached them to talk to them about it, they become disrespectful. And in denial, so now it's not innocent anymore.

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And before we introduce litigation, which inevitably, we will, no one will be able to say Shahada. Why you didn't speak about this, why you didn't just ask them publicly to stop.

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That's what I'm doing now.

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The people who are going to check on it, you'll see sh e. i g h college, you're seeing, beware.

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This is not me. It's not my Facebook page. They say unofficial, but no one understands what that really means in Facebook language. Because you're saying Shahada, your scene says, I didn't say what they say that is a lie. That is a misrepresentation. It is criminal, it is unethical, it is an Islamic no matter what they want to try and justify. And the only thing My office is asking for them to do is to collaborate with us

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produce some transparency,

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make someone in my office and administrator on that site.

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So that we can collectively monitor, coordinate, and make sure of the quality and the authenticity of it. That's all we're asking. Now,

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if we're asking you that in a very dignified way,

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you should pay heed to that.

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And if you don't, you will suffer the consequences of litigation and embarrassment and public censure, and other kinds of things that will come from this because we cannot allow this to continue.

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This is what this lecture is about. Now, I take the responsibility for our negligence, for being naive.

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Not being aware of being unprofessional, whatever anybody wants to say, check Why you didn't stop this long time ago.

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Well,

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I'm plugging up the hole now.

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I am taking action now. And this is the first action that we're taking publicly. We never did this here before.

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We made some comments on Facebook before there was some dialog we made. Anyone can go back and they can see historically, a year ago or two years ago, we had some interaction with these guys. And we tried to talk with these young Muslims, but it wound up being

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ignored. In fact, they became very

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secretive. And then they didn't want to talk anymore.

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So

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go to that Facebook page, s h, ei kh, call it your scene and you will see their new strategy. And we don't mind if that's the new strategy they're doing. It's It's nothing new. It's not theirs.

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But again,

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this new strategy

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is just to justify

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and to cover

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what they did in the past. And to keep moving with it. No, no, you need to stop it.

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Correct it

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We will help you.

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Because helping you is like helping ourselves.

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We have no problem to do that, and we don't have any good luck.

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no enmity against you. What you're doing is wrong, what you're doing is unethical. And every sensible, decent, dignified Muslim, would agree that what you're doing is unethical.

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Now, the other young people who are who have set up companies

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who are doing even more sophisticated things,

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we will also contact them.

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And inevitably,

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before the end of this year 2018, if we're not able to come to some kind of an agreement with these 27 individuals that we have researched,

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then we'll give it to our legal team. And our legal team will get in touch with lawyers in those countries. And then we will engage in a public

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concerted litigation that inevitably Muslims will find out about, but

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this is a prelude to that.

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So those people who know me, friends of mine, perhaps you should talk to those young Muslims who are doing this, who have done that are still continuing to do that.

00:51:34--> 00:51:36

Some of them in very sophisticated ways.

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You should talk to them and say to them that my office is open for discussion. And we want to avoid

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aggravation, and we want to avoid embarrassment

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that will be accompanied by this litigation. So this is your brother in Islam Shahada, Jesse is speaking to you about the price of knowledge and the theft of it.

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And we asked the last panel data to accept the most what we have done which is good.

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And we ask the Lord to forgive us from whatever we have done which is not good.

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Which is to panic alarm will be hunting when the shed to alert you that you don't want to start from the corner to bully wa Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh