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In this life you can be one of two things.
You can be a wall builder
or a bridge builder.
I am a bridge builder.
That is because walls keep people apart, while bridges give them a way to meet.
Building Bridges is not about bringing someone from one side of the canyon to the other.
But to create a way where they can visit the world on the other side.
Sometimes the first meetings happen on the bridge itself.
And that's the benefit of a bridge. You can meet on it. suspended high above the Abyss but safe from falling. You cannot meet on a wall.
Islam came to build bridges.
Allah subhanho data the Glorious and Magnificent told us about our role in the world.
And he said
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Allah is around does it say oh Mohamed Salah Allah Allah He was a lamp, or people of the book, come to a word that is just unfair, between us and you that we worship none but Allah subhanho That
and that we associate no partners with him, and that none of us shall take others as lords as deities as idols worthy of worship. besides Allah subhanaw taala
then if they turn away, say, bear witness that we are Muslims.
Building Bridges is about focusing on commonalities not differences.
It is about inviting, not forcing.
It is also not about compromising our principles to become acceptable to others.
It is not about being apologetic about Islam. It is not about bending rules or glossing over them. It's about speaking about Islam with confidence that comes from knowledge, but doing that with a smile.
It is about presenting Islam as a bridge between Allah and His creatures. Allah subhanaw taala taught us how to do that. And he said it via
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And if you argue with them argue with the
In a way that is best,
truly your Rob knows best who has gone astray from His Path and he is best aware of those who are guided
first wisdom then preaching first build relationship, then preach in the best way and answer questions
that is a first principle of salesmanship, you can only sell to friends. So, first we make friends, then we invite them to something that will benefit them
how do you build a bridge?
You build a bridge by making four critical changes within yourself change attitude, change perspective, change language, change behavior.
Attitude is how we define ourselves, who am I? That depends on what we believe about ourselves. This is partly what we have been told growing up conditioning, partly what we choose to tell ourselves all through life.
So ask, how do I define myself
values, drive behavior behavior drives results. So ask, what are my values, what are my beliefs, what am I stances and attitudes, because who I am, determines what I do with determines and decides what I get, we are usually focused on Get, get rich get popular, get elected, get an education, get married, get get get
to get something, we must do something and that depends on who we are. If we want to change what we get, we must change who we are. It is as simple as that. Focus on your action, then you will be amazed at what you get in return.
Focus on getting and you will always be disappointed.
Happiness lies not in what you have. But in what you do. possessions, add cost, not value. Use things, not people, value people, not things. The things to collect. Things that are worthy of collecting are not things but memories, because things perish while memories remain long after the makers have gone.
Number two, change perspective. Perspective defines what we see. It determines our worldview, which defines our responses to those who share the world with us. Allah subhana wa Tada said, yeah, you announce when follow up gonna come in the Korean wounds. What comes your own
data or who in Kurama coumarin the law he had come in a law Holly Mojave, I'm not sure what that is. That is one of the Rajaram which means all mankind We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Were really the most honorable of you in the sight of Allah is the One who is the most pious. Verily Allah is all knowing, all aware. Islam tells us that we have the same origin, but are different. And that difference is a cause of celebration for honoring one another, to recognize each other. And to appreciate the different flavor we bring to the table. The difference is not a cause for discrimination or racism,
superiority in the sight of God in the sight of Allah subhanaw taala is only based on piety. It is the purity of our hearts, that brings us close to Allah. And only he knows what is in our hearts. Change your perspective and you will see another world.
One that was always there, but which you perhaps couldn't see because of where he was standing. So ask how do I define others?
We are raised bipolar. I don't mean the illness. I mean, two things apart. Everyone like us is good. Everyone unlike us is bad. We learn derogatory name for them. We learn to fear them hate them and to see ourselves as superior and others as inferior. This other ring is a default setting in all cultures. Only the identity of the other changes and differs but there's always
and other. To change this perspective, we must move from right and wrong to different because not everything is right or wrong. Many things are just different. All prejudice is based on subjective perceptions of right and wrong. All stereotyping is based on prejudice. To cure ourselves of the cancer of prejudice, we must change our perspective. Of all four we have asked for Hola Hola. Hola, como si el Muslimeen. First of all, in the world of oral Rahim
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the third thing to change is language.
how do I speak about others when they are not present,
respectfully inclusively appreciatively or otherwise change language, because language shapes attitudes, and reflects it true it is that only knowledge can set us free. We must learn about others. By doing that we learn about ourselves. So, let us ask ourselves, how much effort do I make to initiate and maintain relationships? How many friends do I have? Who are different from me?
Different color, different race, different religion, because it is not the color of your hair, but the color of your dreams that determine success and happiness in life.
From tolerance to hatred is one step. But appreciation is the opposite of hatred. So let's replace tolerance in our hearts and minds with appreciation.
is one of the most important things that we can do today. Sadly, I do not see much participation in that from our community that must change.
This is a big loss. We live in a country where people are open and curious and they are accepting and for the most part neutral.
We must capitalize on this and showcase Islam
to the world, by our words and our deeds.
People listen with their eyes. They don't care what you say or when they see what you do.
teach Islam by leaving Islam.
Let people see the smile the demeanor the manners and the actions of Rasul Allah is Allah I seldom
let us try to become walking talking models of a Syrah.
I remind you of myself that Islam spread by the winning of hearts, not by the winning of arguments.
Fourth and last change behavior.
Because behavior drives results. Collaboration is the door. Communication is the key. So ask, How do I speak to myself about those who are different from me? What is my language reflect? Remember that not everything is spoken aloud. The most powerful messages are heard only by you because it is what you say it yourself.
It is critical to reflect on this because our internal talk guides our attitude and actions as we think so we speak. So we act. And so we get responses.
Only we can change the cycle and make it a journey of discovery and friendship. For many of us, this is an unconscious process.
People are shocked when they sit down and reflect and realize what they're actually saying to themselves.
And even more than they realize that this sets in motion a spiral that is negative or positive. The power lies in accepting that, that we decide what we want it to be. The solution to this knowledge
is to seek that knowledge.
To do all this,
I remind myself and you that we must constantly build and replenish our resources. We can only give what we have and that is why the first thing that Allah
monotherapy prescribed for a beloved messenger Muhammad Sallallahu sallam was to connect with him every single day in the depth of the night. That is the most powerful resource that I love my Allah connection with Allah subhanaw taala begins with tahajjud
Allah subhanaw taala said yeah, you will Muslim me Lukumi Leila ill called Isla Nyssa who are in postman who kalila owes you the ALI or aterial Cora and authority in Sir Okay, erotica, colons Akela, in the lady shampoo water, cooler Maquila. Allah subhanaw taala said, let's see the beauty and the affectionate way and the loving way of the address that Allah subhanaw taala addressed as well as a Salam.
Allah says, Oh, you, wrapped in garments, stand up to pray all night, except a little half of it or a little less than that or a little more, and recite the Quran aloud in a slow and pleasant tone and style. Verily We shall send down to you a weighty Word. Verily the rising by night in the Hadoop is very hard and most potent and good for governing the soul and most suitable for understanding the way the word of Allah and for those who pray tahajjud
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Abu Dhabi, Alana Hadees. Mustafa Hornaday in Bukhari and Muslim reported that also as a result of said, our rub Jalla Jalla, who descends to the lowest heaven in the last third of every night,
and announcement is made and he says, Who is calling upon me that I may answer Him who is asking from me that I may give him who is seeking my forgiveness, that I may forgive him. Abdullah bin Salam, or the Allahu he says when rasa Salam came to Medina and the people gathered around him and I was one of them, I looked at his face. And I understood that this was not the face of somebody who would speak falsehood.
The first words I heard him say were, or people spread, salaam,
spread, salaam spread, peace, spread salutations. Then second thing, feed the people.
Three, keep the ties of kinship and for pray during the night while others sleep and you will join enter Jannah in peace, and this is in the Minamata theorem, you can hack Salman al Farsi or the land or replace the rasa rasa the seller said pray the night prayer that Mahajan, it was the practice of the Salah home the righteous before you and it brings you closer to Europe and it is parents for evil deeds and erases sins and repels disease from the body.
I always remind myself to ask how literally we take the words of Allah subhanaw taala and the word of Rasulullah sallallahu
somebody tells you wear a mask and you will be saved from COVID and the mask doesn't leave your face.
And also Ross Ross Ramseur pray tahajjud and Allah will save you from disease or what do we do?
Do wear masks or not I guess Bassam is asking what is the literally how do we see the word of Allah and the word Rosaura. So Salam, do we take it literally? Do we really believe in it?
That's the question I've asked myself Do I really believe
Salim Masada Delano reports that wa sallam gave resource and Solomon said O Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, live as long as you like, because one day you will die. Do whatever deed you wish for you are to be rewarded. love whomever you wish, for you are to be parted and know that the honor of the believer is in the night prayer and his glory is being free from want from people.
And the last release you know without ever what are the alarming reports that are sold as a result of said May Allah subhanaw taala bless the man who gets up during the night to pray and wakes up his wife
And who if she refuses to get up He sprinkles water on her face. And may Allah bless the woman who gets up during the night to pray and wakes up her husband and who if he refuses to get up sprinkles water on his face. Rasul rasa also said if a man wakes his wife and prays during the night or they pray to regard together, they will be recorded among the men and women who constantly remember Allah subhanaw taala.
Just to record and we recorded among those who is to pray all night.
This is the bulk of this Deen small deeds, big rewards.
But no deeds, no rewards. Please understand that also Allah, Allah never said, Don't worry, they will even know no
one has an one good deed there Hassan. 700, Hassan and more. But no good deed, no hassle.
We ask Allah Subhana Allah Jalla Jalla.
To keep us obedient to Him, and to take us in that state when we are obedient. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to protect us all from all evil from all sources. Those we know and those who don't know, we ask Allah subhanaw taala to cure those who are sick, we ask Allah subhana wa Tada to take those who are enslaved by debt out of their debt. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to give us from sources that we could not imagine. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to cover us with His mercy and forgiveness and to protect us and to protect our honor in this life and in the hereafter.
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