Costly Grace

Mirza Yawar Baig


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Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen

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now how do I start you know when I stopped Pharaoh when he went to work early?

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My dear respected brothers, sisters elders, the topic of my hotbar today is costly grace, costly grace.

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There was a Protestant minister, priest at the time of Hitler called Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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who opposed Hitler and paid for that with his life.

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He wrote an essay called costly grace.

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And in that essay, he said,

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divine grace which we call the fall of Allah.

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He said divine grace is something that we must pay for.

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We take it for granted.

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We feel we are entitled to it.

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We don't even stop to express gratitude to the one who blessed us with it.

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And that is why we don't appreciate it. And so we don't benefit from it as much as we can do.

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Let me repeat that. I think that's a very important statement and applies May Allah protect us, Allah Masha Allah to every single one of us.

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He says that divine grace, the father of Allah

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is something that we must pay for.

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We take it for granted, we feel we are entitled to it. We don't even stop to express gratitude to the one who blessed us with it.

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And that is why we don't appreciate it. And so we don't benefit from it. As much as we can do.

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How drew are his words that speak to us today? almost 100 years later,

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I seek your intelligence to change the title, from costly grace to valuable grace.

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And that is because for me, costs is something you pay and see as a net loss. It went, you got nothing in return.

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You paid the price, but you didn't get the value that you paid for. You're not happy with the deal.

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When you use terms like at any costs, what did it cost you?

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These are all have negative connotations.

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On the other hand, say when you pay for you pay $10 for Chinese bowl in a thrift shop, and then you get it cleaned up and discover that it is original Ming pottery from the fifth century and saw that he offers you $100,000 for it. Do you call what you paid costly? Or do you call it a bargain? And valuable? You paid 10 bucks, and you're gonna get 100,000 that 10 bucks was costly? Or was it the best deal that you ever had in your life?

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So that's why I define costly as something that is not worth the price and valuable as something which is a bargain and worth far more than what you paid for it.

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Today we are here in the house of Allah.

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Is this a cost? Or is it a bargain?

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Do you even think about that

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and you're

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My answer will depend on how we experience what we are getting out of it.

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If I offer you a bumper to bumper stickers, I would rather be fishing I would rather be golfing or something instead of being here, and don't worry about the Sharia aspect of it, it is Joomla and so on. Okay, that

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is being in the masjid.

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Instead of I would rather be fishing, golfing whatnot, right? Would you take the stickers?

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Think about it, why would you take them? Or why would you not take them? I submit to you that one of the biggest and most costly casualties in our modern lives, is the opportunity to reflect.

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Most of us do not even know what that means, or how to do it.

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We know that we must sit in silence and switch off our baby's phones. And then what?

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We have lost our connection with our Creator, Allah subhanaw taala. General when so we lost ourselves.

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And that's why the epidemic of our times is not COVID. But mental illness, depression, despair and suicide.

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When you are desperate and you feel you have nowhere to go, or you do

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ask myself when you what is the grace of Allah worth to us? And what are we willing to pay for it? It's a serious question. What is it worth to us? And what are we willing to pay for it?

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And that depends on what we think we get out of it.

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Recently, I was private to an email, because I'm a chaplain in a couple of universities years prior to an email from the student body of one of the

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very old American universities, over 100 years old,

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to their chaplain, about their commencement, demanding that the invocation and benediction

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which is the invocation is DUA and benediction is the blessing at the end must be eliminated.

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Remove both of these from the ceremony. And that the name of God must not be mentioned

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in the Commencement

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or the commencement address.

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They said take God out of this

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now remember, this is America.

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In God We Trust is printed on the dollar bill.

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And the First Amendment begins with that. So what happened?

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What happened? Society? When we weren't, we weren't looking.

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When I was growing up, we will want never use four letter words in polite society. Looks like that's now down to three three letter words, the OD

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and then it will be down to two and one, me and I

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and that is what we are seeing now.

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I still feel the pain when I think of that email.

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I remember thinking to myself,

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what was Allah subhanaw taala was saying about people to whom

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even his name is not acceptable.

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These are the people

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whose backs are breaking under the epidemic of mental illness yet who refused the only solution that works and that is remembrance of Allah.

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Allah, Allah basic rely, that we're in Nakuru, he said very in the remembrance of Allah

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is the is peace of mind is peace of the call.

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So question is, do we want to cure our troubles

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or not?

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And if you want to cure our troubles and what's the problem with remembering Allah?

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We talk about searching for Allah.

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People's I'm searching for God.

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Allah Muhammad Ali. He said his or Cucurbita Cabify hedsor Joker but I cover over my head that Yaga

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he said even his or Alicia lamb grade wise man.

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What can you say and what should he say? Even? What can he say? And what should he say? If the fish is asking, Where's the water? If the fish is asking, Where does the river

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The fish in the river is asking what is it? What can businesses say to that fish? Today we live in a world that is poised on the brink of the cliff of impending disaster.

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There are five matters that are of deep concern to me. Number one, the rise of religious fundamentalism, and that's a banned religious phenomenon.

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All religions have become fundamentalists or witches have become extremists. Number two, the rise of populism

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I must be popular, no matter what, no matter which way

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we judge ourselves based on Facebook likes, and similar things. Number three, the rise of NAT the rise of narcissism,

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self praise,

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always my face.

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And this is our leaders. And this is in us the electric number four, the loss of values, which is much worse than the clash of values.

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In a clash of values both have values and loss of values. Nobody has values. And number five, the loss of morality, which is much worse than immorality, because a morality is much worse than immoral. A person being immoral, knows is doing wrong. A person is immoral, has not even doesn't even have that understanding that he's doing anything wrong. He this is not true.

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Together this has created a society that is almost devoid of compassion and justice.

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When justice and compassion disappear, await the end.

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The solution is to connect with the one to whom is our return and to whom we must account for the life that he gave us. This is the reality and like all realities, it doesn't depend on belief for its existence. Doesn't matter whether you believe it or not. That is the truth.

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Allah subhanaw taala has said that Ecole Yom will Hawk he said that is the day of truth for mansha artha ilaro behemoth Abba. He said let the one who wishes to make a way to his Rob let him do it.

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My brothers sisters, Allah is one Allah gave us rather than

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they told us cootie Valley camassia will come up booty right I love it. I mean Kamala Kamala Allah come the taco. Yeah, you will live in Ave Hootie Radek como cmo come up with the writer LatinAmerica Polycom. The ultra comfortable are you believe fasting has been prescribed upon you as it was prescribed for those before you so that you may become multiple people who are conscious of Allah subhanaw taala in their livestock why? What is that? What that why is the awareness of Allah subhanho wa Taala in our lives, and the desire and the constant concern to please Him geladeira Lu, because we love him the most. It's not the fear of Allah. It is the fear of displeasing the one we

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love the most. Anyone who loves someone will do whatever it takes to ensure that their beloved is never displeased with them. The more the love, the more the fear of doing something that the Beloved may not like such a person is not thinking minimalistic ly they're not thinking of which boxes I need to take and I'm good

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they're not saying to themselves about Allah subhanaw taala and their relationship let me do the least possible tick the box bare minimum make sure that I remain in the world of Islam at least one foot inside the other foot can be outside. Nothing like that.

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But like all great experiences love cannot be explained. I can't give you a lecture on love. You have to feel it

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and until you feel it you will never know

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I could hardly have asked for Hola Hola. Hola, como la salle Muslim InfraStop in the whole world of Rahim.

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hamdulillahi rabbil Alameen wa salatu salam ala Shafi them via Eva mousseline Muhammad Rasulullah, sallallahu alayhi, WA early he was you send them to Stephen cathedra cathedra from Abu Qatada in the La vida. You got the whole saloon Island maybe? Yeah, you're Latina. Manasa duallie He was selling with a sliver Allahumma salli ala Sayyidina Muhammad Ali Mohammed Kumar Selita live Rahim Allah.

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Majeed Allahumma barik ala Muhammad Ali Mohammed Kumar Baraka live Rahim Allah

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I told you that love cannot be explained it has to be known it has to be experienced. So, what does it mean to know

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I don't mean the words.

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I mean to know deep in the heart,

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that Allah Subhana Allah is with me.

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When Allah subhanaw taala is with me, his know his light illuminates every corner of my heart and being an all that darkness of sadness and regret and fear and despair and hatred and anger will disappear, they are driven out.

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I marched through life with a smile on my face to a tune that only I can hear in my heart.

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Others may wonder why I look so happy, but when on the surface of it, they and I are in the same boat.

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But you know, as I said, experience cannot be explained.

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It must be lived and tasted and felt. Because it is experience, not explanation that changes us. It is experience, not explanation that leaves behind memories that console and support us and illuminate the path on the core dark nights when we think we are alone.

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And so I find myself when you learn to love Allah.

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Other sisters,

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that how can you love somebody you don't know?

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Is it possible? Can you love someone you don't know? No.

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And again, when I say no, I don't mean about a no about I mean no.

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The big difference is huge difference. It can begin with knowing about but it must grow to knowing deep in the core of our beings. It means being connected in a way that only you can understand.

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And this is what creates peace and confidence in the heart, which is the real cure for loneliness and depression and despair.

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So who is our Creator? Who is Allah subhana wa Tada

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and nobody can introduce Allah Subhana Allah the way he introduced himself

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and the loss of our data said Hola Hola.

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Allah's rather than agenda dinero introduce himself the ad which I decided for you I will not translate you know the translations. Those of you who don't know them find them. The first was idle could see the second was the last day it also got harsher. And the last of course, as we know so the class these are analysts writer editors himself in many other places, but these are some of the most beautiful, some of the most powerful introductions of Allah subhanho Then

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all of this still is about Allah.

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It is still not knowing Allah.

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knowing Allah is a level ahead of this

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What does the word Allah Subhana Allah do to my heart?

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That is what we need to strive for.

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We recognize Allah subhanaw taala through Is it enough for an Al Karim and we recognize Allah subhanaw taala to his creation.

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He created the ruby throated hummingbirds. They are here now in mass

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look for them as the red throat. ruby throated hummingbird.

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When I first saw when I saw this the first time in the Amazonian rainforest in the back of the Burmese River in Ghana, I thought it was a month

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because it was buzzing and it's going back and forth

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to go into the big into a flower and come back and birds don't fly in reverse. So what kind of bird is this?

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This little bird, the male weighs three grams,

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three grams, and the female is about four grams. bit heavier.

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To give you a perspective, one teaspoon of sugar weighs five grams.

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So the ruby throated hummingbird is less weighs less than a teaspoon of sugar.

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And this little bird migrates from the Amazonian rainforest

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to the bank of the Mississippi River.

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From South America

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to the United States, back on the Mississippi River, part of that migration route is across the Gulf of Mexico. That is 500 miles of open ocean.

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That bird takes 26 hours to cross 500 miles.

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continuous flight.

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What does that mean?

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It means when the sunrise is the word takes off from the southern shore of the Gulf of Mexico.

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And as the sun is rising, this bird is flying little about that big.

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As the sun is at its zenith, the bird is flying as the sun is setting the bird is flying through the night the bird is flying. No stars, no moon. The bird is flying. He doesn't lose energy doesn't lose direction.

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And two hours into the new day. This little bird lands on the north shore of the Gulf of Mexico in the United States without a visa

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this bird beats its wings. Hold your breath.

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It beats its wings at 8000 RPM

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8000 RPM

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what is the kind of energy you're talking about there?

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And doesn't do it once? It's doing that every time it's mine.

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500 miles.

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You are people who think they're fit right?

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Walk 500 miles and show me crawl 500 miles and show me here's a little bird

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flies 500 Miles is not a waterborne. If it lands in the water, it's fish food is gone Alice

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think about that.

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In The Dark Knight, who even knows this bird exists.

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So why does Allah make it do it? He's not one bird is all of them. We don't even know how many.

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And they have been doing that from the time Allah created them. They're still doing it and they will keep doing it until Allah wants to stop them.

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So that we understand that the fear of the eye

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our Amuro will apply repo homes all the way up with my young Seco Niall lover

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in whom equally share him most of the

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lessons, don't they look? Don't they see the birds flying? Who is holding them

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except Obama

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I don't myself and you.

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I remind myself I knew that Allah subhanaw taala

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gave us eyes and years and he gave us comprehension and he gave us knowledge and he gave us education for a purpose.

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And that purpose is only one

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and that is to recognize him.

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and worship

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and live our lives in a way when we meet Him

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you will not regret

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that day

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ask Allah subhanaw taala gelato

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to take control of us

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and to guide us and to protect us

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and to ensure that we never do anything which is displeasing to Him

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as well as manager to remove all the false fears

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which make us disobey Him and indulgent haram whether it is earning or eating or whatever shaytan tells us if it unless you do this you will starve the hot

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look at that but

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three grams

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if you're robbing my Rob has the power to feed a little bit

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too to take it from the Amazonian rainforest all the way up here

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and that doesn't need to do that. Allah can give it food where it is after all the rest of the year it's living there there is food

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and we think

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and Allah can feed us

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unless we do harm

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unless you unless you buy and sell haram unless we have interest based businesses

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unless we lie and cheat

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please this religion is not about coming in doing some yoga in the name of Nawaz it's not

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start up and down go to the stand up and down this is not Salah This is yoga exercise

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Salah is to and dabbled Allah Ghana Katara.

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And target Allah can I gotta find love Dakota

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to worship Allah as you can as if you can see him and you don't see him but you know he sees you.

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Okay about Allah Allah He salat wa salam.

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Ask Allah subhana general to give us Salah like this ask Allah subhanaw taala to connect us to him.

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Ask Allah subhana Alterra to enable us to please Him or to be pleased with us and asked us to cover our faults with His mercy and His grace asking us about his authority to follow through asking us rather to show us his horror and his mercy and his and his great patience and his generosity in our lives.

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