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Educating Children in the 21st Century

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Mirza Yawar Baig

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My dear brothers and sisters,

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it's a great pleasure and honor to be here in Scotland and in Glasgow. And I'm very grateful to you for this opportunity to meet all of you. And inshallah hopefully share some thoughts with you, which I hope will be beneficial.

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The way the presentation is organized is I will speak to broadly about what

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I see as the key issues to address with respect to education in this 21st century. And these issues are common, whether we are looking at Islamic education, or we are looking at,

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for want of a better word, secular education, or for what should ideally be the case, which is integrated education of the two. So these issues are common. How many of you have seen there's this wonderful drama play called the mousetrap? Which is the longest running play in the history of of drama? As far as I know how many of you have seen the mousetrap? Anybody? know, you've seen it? Okay. Those of you who haven't seen it should see it. It's a wonderful play. The reason I'm using that play is because our strange thing and the strange thing is that this play has been running, as far as I know, for now over maybe 3540 years.

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But the ending is always the same.

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Now, isn't that strange? How's the ending always the same? Because actors have have come and gone, obviously, because the people who acted in the mouse in mousetrap on the first day when it opened, obviously, the same people, many of them are even died, and they have not even they're not even alive anymore. But the ending is the same.

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That doesn't sound like it's a strange thing is that it might comment strange, or does it make sense.

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But that's exactly our situation. Our situation as people is that we want to have different endings while doing the same things.

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And that's not possible. So if you want a play to have a different ending, then you have to change the script, not the actors. So if you want a player to have a different ending, we must be prepared to change the script, not just to change the actors. And I think that's an important thing to keep in mind. And that's why I'm saying if you want a different ending change, they change the script.

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Now,

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as I said, I'm relating this both to,

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for want of a better word, I don't like the word secular education, because I don't think there's anything called secular education. All elmen all knowledge is from Allah subhanho wa Taala gelato, whether it's physics or chemistry, or whether it is hard is a foreign is all from Allah subhanaw taala. And therefore, to call something secular as in meaning free from God, doesn't make sense. But anyway, since we have that, as a common usage term, which we all understand.

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The purpose of all education, especially Islamic education is to form humans, I'm not saying create humans, because the Creator is Allah subhanaw taala. But form humans.

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Because animals are born, humans are made.

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We are, as you know, biologically speaking, all of us are mammals. And

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young children when they are born, there is a lot of similarity between the young of human beings and the young of sheep, and the young of cattle and so on, they all, they all drink milk, and they all cry, and they all you know, do various things. The key thing, if you want that young of a mammal to become human is through education. That's how education happens. So I'm saying animals are born, humans are made. And it's the purpose of education to form humans.

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Our society, I want to quickly do a scan of what kind of society we live in. And when I say society, I don't mean necessarily the West. I say many times today that West is not no longer a direction West is no longer you know, 111 part of the world. The West today is ideology, the West is everywhere. There is only one direction which is West, whether you are living in Pakistan, or India or Saudi Arabia, or wherever the West is what is there in our minds. So the West is not a direction it's up here.

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Our society very strangely, and I'm saying strangely, because it's, we consider ourselves and we seem to take a lot of pride in saying and perhaps pretending that we are the most educated people that ever lived.

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Generally speaking, we have this. We have this belief about ourselves that our level of knowledge and understanding

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is the highest that the human race has ever achieved is what we like to believe. I personally don't think that is true. But anyway, I mean, at least two generally speaking, that's what people like to believe. Now, strangely, however, our society is characterized by anxiety and fear,

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largest selling drug in the in the US is Prozac, which is an anti depressant drug.

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We are characterized by distrust and insecurity. To the extent that, by by law, in most western countries, a teacher is not permitted to comfort a child who's crying by hugging the child, you are not supposed to touch the child, the child can cry itself to death, you're not supposed to touch the child. Why? Because this is the extreme of a concern for security, and therefore, it's based on distrust. And all of this in the midst of wealth. Now, I'm sure this one everyone will agree when I was growing up, in the 50s, and 60s, the amount of disposable income that we had, the amount of money free money to use at home and so on in our countries was not even a fraction of what there is

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today. I mean, today, if you look at it, people at a much lower economic level, have a much higher

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standard of living, and this is in the West is even more true. So even though we have a lot of disposable income, but our lives are characterized by insecurity, by fear, by anxiety, and by distrust. Number two, our virtues, what do we teach? I teach in several business schools in the world. And to us, not a very nice term, but that's what is generally used. We teach competition.

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We teach competition, we say what is the secret of business? Kill your competition? I mean, these are the terms terminology that we use to basically what is called a doggy dog mentality. Right, we talk about the rat race. As somebody said, the problem with the rat race is that even if you win the race, you're still a rat. So the, the the the, you know, these are the issues, very aggressive stances, grab things, you know, take this, take that grab market share, not persuade customers to buy grab market share, whether the customer likes it or not, I must grab the customer's attention and then access to the customers pocket. And a lot of hypocrisy.

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A lot of we don't like to, we don't like to use the term but that's that's our society is characterized by a lot of hypocrisy. Our society is based on the on consumerism, and what is consumerism consumerism is to take something which is a want and convert it into a neat. I'm sure many of you have this issue, or you must have heard this, especially from the younger ones. And you said, Daddy, I'm I need a PlayStation. Surely, nobody needs a PlayStation. You know, you might want a PlayStation, which is bad enough. But you can't say you need a PlayStation. Nobody needs a PlayStation. But that's the whole thing, convert one into neat. And people are very, very clear. I

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still remember several years ago, I was in South Africa. And I read a headline in a marketing business newspaper. And guess what the headline said, the headline said, miss a beat and you lose a generation miss a beat, and you lose a generation. Now do you think they were talking about loser generation spiritually, or morally, this is a business newspaper, they're talking about loser generation materially, they know that these little ones there who are eight years old, five years old, six years old, two years and three years old, have more buying power than you have. Because they can actually compel you to buy things that you would not have bought otherwise.

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So the the the whole focus of marketing very strangely, and a marketing of everything from cigarettes downwards. I mean, think about that they have their marketing from cigarettes downwards, is focused at the youngest children that we have.

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So our society is based on hypocrisy, we take once and convert them into needs. Our success in life is measured. By buying things we do not need to show people we don't like and pay for that for the rest of our lives, and leave them behind when we die. This is our This is my definition of our modern society.

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We buy things we don't need to show people we don't like

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and pay for that for the rest of our lives. And then we leave that behind when we die. I mean, this is a strange kind of world we live in but that's the world that we have created. Our blind spots. On the other hand, our mutual responsibility, compassion and accountability.

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Very, very

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seldom do you find these things in our society.

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Just yesterday, somebody sent me an email, which had pictures, the heading of email was what has our world come to.

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And it had pictures of parking lots of car manufacturers in the US and the UK 1000s of cars, literally 1000s of cars all parked, nobody buying them. And when they asked them, Why are all these new cars parked, they said, because people nowadays prefer to buy secondhand used cars, they don't want to buy new cars. So the sale of new cars has gone down. So you have got new cards, which is which are sitting in the parking lots, and rotting literally.

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Now,

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that is our society. So I have a friend of mine said, what is the solution? So I said this, what you are seeing is the result of capitalism. But we know that communism and socialism is not the answer to capitalism. So he said, What is the answer? I said, responsible ism. So I coined that term. And I suggest that you start using that term responsible ism, living responsibly. Very interesting. As we know, a couple of years back when we had the financial crisis in the West, what triggered it was the housing loan crisis, the what is called a subprime crisis. Now the subprime crisis as a consequence of that, many, many, many people in the United States they lost their homes, literally on the

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streets, or living in caravan parks and living on the street. But interesting survey that was done. That survey said that the number of empty houses in the United States is enough to give each homeless person three houses, not one, three houses can imagine. I mean, that number of empty houses are there, but people are not permitted to live in them because the bank owns the house. And you since you didn't pay the bank, you have to live on the street, the empty house is allowed to be there and fall apart. But it will not be occupied by people and people are living on the street. This is our world. compassion, zero, accountability, zero, or at least we think it is zero and

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mutual responsibility does not exist.

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My submission to you brother and sisters is that we are very sick. We are an extremely sick society.

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What is our situation today snapshot of today if I take a photograph of our society today, one is surfeit of information you want to information.

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Take Islamic knowledge. For example, there was a time when I was studying, if you wanted to learn Islam, you had to go and join a militia. Or you had to go and sit with a chef and he would explain things to you. But before he explained things to you, you had to reach some level of knowledge even to be able to understand the stellar half of the Sharia. Because obviously, you cannot understand technical, technical explanations if you don't know the technical knowledge. So it took you a lot of time. Today, you go to share Google and in one second, you have all the CSS all the books are these three, four translations of the Quran. And you are free to pick from it what you want and make of it

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what you want. And obviously most of the time that is wrong. That is nonsense, because we don't have the ability to extract that knowledge from the sum total of knowledge that is coming to us surfeit of information. Similarly, the same thing applies to knowledge, which is not Islamic, which is all kinds of knowledge we have all forms of gadgets that are that you can imagine which are available to us. We have got websites, we've got all sorts of things, lots of information, but very little knowledge. We have confused information with knowledge.

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manomaya are ill though he is near malaba, electricity, electricity. So the knowledge is L and martoma. Is information we have confused information to mean knowledge. Second one is we have a surfeit of tools. We have all kinds of tools, you got people running motivation programs, you've got people who are running team building programs, you got somebody doing seven habits, you've got somebody doing doing 19 habits, you've got all sorts of things, but very few are paucity or absence of criteria for decision making. Our decision making criteria are seriously flawed. Our decision making I'll give I'll give an example. I used to be on the selection board of the scholarship

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program for the Islamic Development Bank, out of Georgia. And this program we had one of the things that we gave scholarship for we would give a full 100% scholarship for people going into pure sciences. I'm not talking about Islam and government pure sciences. Somebody wants to do maths. He wants to become a PhD in mathematics. Someone wants to become a PhD in physics in chemistry. The Islamic development bank would give them full scholarship we say let us nurture the talent of Muslim students, identify them and so on. Believe me. I was on the water for five years. For five years. That quarter we could never feel

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And guess why? standard answer? You don't you can't make money as a scientist.

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You don't start with a scientist, but you can't make money as a scientist. So what does everyone want to do? Everyone wants to become a computer mechanic. I'm sorry, there is a friend of mine here who are computer mechanics. So I mean, they should not be offended with that. Right? It specialist, what's that computer mechanic?

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So the point is, why because there are jobs in that life. But my point is, unless somebody is interested and willing to go into the basis of the information, the foundational knowledge, how will the boundaries of knowledge expand?

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Our single criteria for anything is how much money will it make? Now this is completely and totally unacceptable. My I must make one request to the brother, if you are photographing the ladies, please don't do that.

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If you if this is my video, then I don't want any women, women pictures.

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So the key thing is paucity of Friday. The third one is as I said, we have a lot of wealth, but paucity of awareness what to do with this wealth. How can I make this wealth into a resource in Mathura? Who needs the wealth? What can I do with it? All we can do with money, spend it, and that's what we do.

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But the problem with wealth is that the wealth only benefits the wise, I'll give you a very simple example. Live example. There is something called the ISS International Space Station. International Space Station is a collaborative effort of 15 different countries, including the United States and Russia.

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And many other countries. And some of them are very small countries. And this is a space station, which is in space, obviously.

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And it's they're doing a lot of research with regard to space and all kinds of reserve very, very interesting research. Now it's available if you go to on the internet, you have all that once on a side note, the International Space Station orbits the Earth at a speed of 7.62 miles per second. That means that it does 16 orbits per day. So the people on the International Space Station This is 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets every day.

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They asked them, they said what is the most beautiful thing? What is the most beautiful part of your experience on the International Space Station, they said watching sunrises and sunsets.

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But guess what, there is not a single person on that International Space Station, who will see a sunrise. So hon Allah.

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Not one.

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Not even one.

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And that's not because we don't have the money. Nothing to do with money. There are countries which are participating in an international space station. My grandfather's Jagger was bigger than country.

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Seriously.

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Focus, focus, lack of serious lack of wisdom.

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Future generations, my brothers and sisters, I sometimes imagine, you know, the archaeological sites, people go and dig up some bound. And oh, by

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the way, guess

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what kind of a city there was. And so I think future generations will come and dig up our mounds. And they will wonder how people with so much knowledge could not prevent their own destruction, but actually accelerated it. Tell me what about global warming? Do we not know?

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But global warming is accelerating or decelerating, which is what's happening? What about environmental pollution? Do we not know? But what's happening to the environment?

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And I can go on, I don't waste your time. I mean, you can make your own list. We have all the knowledge, but we make no use of it. So I'm saying that we do not have the excuse of ignorance, and we do not have the excuse of poverty. Somebody told me the other day that you know, we have our the stockpile of powerful nations is enough to destroy the world 40 times. So I said that's a completely oxymoronic statement. Because after you've destroyed it once, how can you destroy it another 39 times, which

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makes absolutely no sense, right? But we will. So this is our world. So I'm saying when people dig up this world, they want to wonder how is it that people had so much knowledge, but they could not even prevent their own destruction? But I guess we can say that we were stupid.

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Now please consider this.

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Who do we pay more teachers are film actors and pop stars and music. You know, singers and

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Would we pay more? Guess what would happen to the quality of education? If you flip that? If you paid my brother here, Alisha, who's a head teacher in Harrow primary in London, if you paid him what salmaan can mix.

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And if you paid salmaan can what he makes?

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Someone can become a teacher, right?

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It's, instead of see, you know, I always say you get what you pay for, right? You get what you pay for. Now, just ask this question. And this may look like it's crazy, but I'm saying we are the ones who made this world. We are the ones who made a world and just just think about this, why is it that we need to pay entertainers and film actors and movie producers and and music people so much money, you know why? Because we have created a society and we have created life, which by itself is so stressful. And it is so disgusting. And it is so pulling down and depressing. Sorry to sorry to depress you today. But I'm saying it is so bad that we actually need to take time out to forget

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ourselves. So you go into a movie theater, you sit there for three hours and you forget the world, you forget all your problems, your problems are still there, when you come out to the movies to a movie theater, you still got the same house and you still got the same problems and you still got the same debts and everything else and nothing has changed, but for three hours use you forget it. So your stress level goes down. Imagine what kind of life is that? When I used to live in America, somebody wanted they told me they said you know we have a problem in the West which is that for our children, there is no halaal Entertainment, because you know all these movies and so on is not

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allowed. So what was the entertainment of the Salah? So they said you have your you read the Sierra and so on. So from the Sierra and the Sierra of this Abba, what was the entertainment of the Saba You know what, you know what I what I discovered, and I'm sure all of you know this, three things,

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archery

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running

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at horseriding.

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Then I thought to myself, why these three things?

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Big answer, these three things are actually military training.

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This is physical fitness, not entertainment. So what was the entertainment was ABA? Nothing, zero. Now you might say what kind of a dull, boring life that were but it wasn't you know what? They had the most interesting life because these people were focused on a goal for a purpose for a person who's living a purposeful life who is focused on a goal. There is no stress. And there is no need to forget anything because he is in it. He loves it.

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And he's achieving something. So he's getting this huge sense of of achievement, and he needs he does not have to forget anything. He does not need anything which today we understand as entertainment. What was the entertainment?

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He used to say I will call the other

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he's entertainment was Salah

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to be with disrupt jelajah Lalu Curatola and he was Hussein's allies, the coolness of my eyes.

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Today for us, May Allah forgive us I am speaking on myself. For us. Salah is a burden to be dumped.

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The one who's not praying is not praying. I'm the one who's praying. Have to finish my Salah. Finish the Salah.

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We finish the Quran in Allah when Allah

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subhanaw taala

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Veronica nombreux sadly kujala knees up totally done.

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So we pay who do we pay more?

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How do we define success, moral or material?

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How many parents and please don't don't be offended if I tell you how many parents today

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will lose sleep, will feel ashamed will be stressed out because their son or their daughter cannot lead salado father in a Masjid properly. And why am I saying that even further because you can't get away with follow Allah.

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You must know at least you know even if you don't decide 30th of what he had maybe at least 20 years or something. How many parents lose sleep over the fact that my son or my daughter cannot read so Serato fathia which is a record of Salah with proper touch with

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but the same parents, if that son or daughter fails in the metric exam or something Oh my god, there will be chaos.

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There will be chaos.

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So what is our

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what is our basis of defining success?

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model or material

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What do we focus more on knowing or doing?

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Today there is a big trend in Islamic courses. I don't know if they happen here in this place but almost everywhere in the world there are these internet based companies and Islamic courses, people come and run weekend courses and so on and so on. And very strangely, I one thing I noticed is that any of these

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companies because they are companies who come to a city to run a course, the first course they run is a course on gin.

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And I can't really deny genetica Mombasa gateway paella Koji because that attracts the maximum number of people you know, people want to know about gene so towhees is not important. Rizal is not important. Acura does not import all boring stuff. We don't want to worry about that. But just

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because you attract the maximum number of people in gyms have maximum number of tickets make the maximum number of money May Allah forgive us Islam is free. Islam is not a business keep it free. Don't make money out of the deen

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mchargue Islamic at the end of Allah Kitab or

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at least that's what we were taught.

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So point is knowing so people go and I call some of my friends professional course attenders. So they go to this course and this course and this course or this course and they come back with binder after binder they pile up all the binders in their in their house and until I attended the course or Rasulullah

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Masha Allah, Allah protect you, you I don't even know how to read this word. The fact that we do it and it was done at a course I was a little bit because somebody's teaching us all of it. So okay, the word our use will have it. I have no clue. I have a binder, I'll show you. No, please read it.

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So knowledge, acquiring of information, not action. But guess what is Allah going to ask us? He's going to ask us what did you know? Or will he say what did you do?

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So Alto, Amal guy

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and the last one What do we spend more on on ourselves or on others on short term, or long term long term as they occur? Where do we spend more on even those people are Angela this this homebuyer is blessed with people who are very charitable, Mashallah, we probably add collectively as people, the Muslims give more money in charities, and voila, maybe other people but

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individually, if you look at it, if I want to buy myself a phone, I have no problem spending, you know, 500 pounds or something on a phone, that's probably what it costs a good smartphone.

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But if this margin is money, how many people will will put 500 pounds into the bag?

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So we get what we pay for?

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Ask yourself, why is it that we spend more on arms than on medical research? We spend more on death than on life? How do we we know that pornography corrupts but why is it that pornography is not made illegal

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can be done? Why is it not? I'm not saying it's your responsibility. You don't have that power, but you vote for those who have the power. Why is pornography not why is not made an election

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issue?

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You know it's corrupts. We know alcohol is a drug, but we promoted

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alcohol is a drug marijuana is also a drug and LSD is also a drug and heroin is also a drug. But we say heroin and LSD is haram within quotes. So it is illegal. Marijuana there is now an A I don't know if you are aware whether there's a

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campaign now to make marijuana legal.

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And alcohol is always illegal.

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And we know it destroys families. We know I'm not even talking about the Islamic part of everything. catch anyone on the street and say alcohol, is it good for you? No one is going to say that even the one who drinks will not say it is good for me. Yeah, he bites I like it, but he's not gonna say is good for me.

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And then we are very surprised at the society that we create.

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This is a result of having one aspiration, which is to make money no matter how.

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So therefore, ask yourself this question. How can we get contentment when our progress is based on discontent? I just I just explained to you the materialistic system that we operate on is based on this content, maximum grade the maximum? How do you create a market by creating this content?

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That's the only way you know how to create a market. So how can you have contentment when progress is based on discontent? How can we get peace when our progress is based on greed?

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How can we get contribution when our progress is based on consumption?

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possessions add cost, not value.

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We buy this, you buy this buy that most of us do this as an exercise, go back home. And when you go back home, just look at your family. What are the things that we have in our house, which we have not used for the past six months,

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you will be surprised at the amount of stuff that you will be able to create that you have not even used, you bought it, it's lying there.

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And then next exercise, take all that stuff and donate it, give it away.

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At least Allah subhanaw taala will reward you let me see, if you do that. We keep it terrible.

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And that's what I'm saying when dissatisfaction is the motivation. Depression is the result. And that's why we sell Prozac.

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My brothers or sisters invest in assets. Education is an asset. don't invest in toys. Today, if you want to raise 10 million pounds to build a Masjid, you can do that. I can even put a time on it within this period. But if you want to if you want to raise 10 million to build a world class school

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he will look at you like a matter what.

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I just came I came here actually to Scotland to go to Inverness to see God instant School, which is absolutely a fantastic great world class school.

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Prince Charles when there is sun when the Princess Royal Margaret when they her daughter Sarah went there. It's a beautiful, beautiful school.

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Big Question for you and me. Why do we not have a Muslim School of the quality of God?

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for a very simple reason,

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five letter word, m o n e Why?

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Not that we don't have it. But because we don't believe in investing it in education.

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We invested in private aircrafts and we invested in palaces. And we invested in all kinds of stuff, including extremely ostentatious massages.

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But we will not invest it in things which have the power to change the destiny of this oma going forward, may Allah protect us.

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You know somebody, one of the great physicists, he said, Give me a lever and I will move the world

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I will move the earth principle of leverage is not the lever it is to know where to place the fulcrum.

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The closer it is to the Lord, the less weight you have to vote. And that's what I want to talk to you now. Now education therefore, must transform an animal into a human being.

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The purpose of education is to civilize and the purpose of civilization is to enable you to do that which doesn't come naturally.

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If I get angry, to shout at you comes naturally not to shout is education.

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To hit somebody is a natural not to do that is education, and so on and so on. And very many, many times to do what comes naturally and spontaneously is to revert to our original animal state. And education therefore differentiates.

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Why differentiate because the secret of success is branding.

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Differentiation creates brand brand inspires loyalty. Without brand you are a grain of rice in a sec. You're still rice, but you're one grain in a sec.

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This is what I teach people when I'm teaching them marketing when I'm teaching them career progress. brand yourself. Don't say I'm an IT engineer. There are zillions like you who cares. What in it can you do what others can do?

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That is brand What is your brand? What is it that makes you unique? What is the memory that people will take away when they when they leave you?

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And that's my question. That is what education is supposed to do. So what is your brand?

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What is my brand what is our brand as Muslims

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ask yourself this question

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why brand because those who stand out are honored those who blend in our sheep.

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Allah subhanaw taala centers to stand out to be beneficial to people a lot smarter condom chromatin rayjet

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manana solinas leanness, if I say cuando Alma de novo jasmine and last sentence is grammatically correct, but that is not the eyes of the Quran.

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If Allah said you have been sent and you have been, you are the best of people and you have been extracted from the people

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Allah did not say that he said you have been extracted for the people for the benefit of people Linda's not meaningless.

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And so the question I always ask is, if Muslims and all signs of Muslims are wiped off from the face of the earth

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May Allah protect his Zuma inshallah Allah subhanaw taala will protect his oma. But just imagine that tomorrow morning, we wake up and find that no Muslims anymore, and no signs of Islam anymore. What will be lost for the world?

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What do you think the others will say?

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When they say oh my god, where did they go? These are good people, they are beneficial to us. How can we exist without them?

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What will happen? What will they say that?

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I don't want to say what I think they will say.

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So what to do now three priorities. And I'm going to end very quickly number one, we have to teach three things. Number one, teach who you are very important to teach people

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their identity which is based on an honorable legacy. We are Muslims. We are not Muslims because we are Pakistani or India or Somalia or Sudan aviary Muslims because we are we worship only Allah Subhan Allah Allah.

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Allah subhanaw taala said in Abu Moto, moto wa hidden.

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So we are Muslims because we worship Allah subhanho wa Taala della della. So who are we? Believe me many times people ask me why society is so corrupt, and so on? How can we protect our children? I tell them, give them a sense of identity, who you are, who are you, you are not any ordinary piece of trash that runs around in the world, you are a very special person because you are a Muslim, therefore you're walking, you're talking, you're speaking your behavior has to reflect Islam. What does that mean? This is what we need to teach them from the from the youngest age,

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as reading the brochure of Harrow, which is, you know, one of the top schools in this in, I should I don't know if I should say this country, because if you vote now, and say you are an independent country, then it's in your neighboring country, right. So, the point is that at least not just not against this country, because this was one country.

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Very interesting. Note in that brochure, there's a picture of Harrow boys in the highroad town. And you know, the way that the way those flat, yellow hats, so it says it's written there, it says that our boys, you will find our boys in the town, wearing our yellow hats, those flat hats, which we like very much.

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They will be distinguished by the courtesy with which they treat each other.

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They will be distinguished by the courtesy that they treat other people.

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Imagine a school that has the confidence to write that in their prospectus. In their brochure, I

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asked myself, do I have the confidence to go out in the world and say, you want to know who are the Muslims? Look at people who are treating each other with consideration they are Muslims, not because of their beard, not because of their of the headgear, not because of women who are wearing hijab, but because all of these are important angle, all of these are forth. So let's don't take this to mean that, you know, it is okay to shave your beard. It's not. But the point i'm saying is that, do we have the confidence to say that our children will be distinguished by their manners?

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And I am sure many of us or others will agree with me. There was a time when our children were distinguished because of their manners. Others used to say, Musa Monica Chung, Guevara chair, Desi burrito de la

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Hello, students, it's part of their of their brochure, teach them Why do they exist? What is your responsibility? Why are you there in the world? You're not there. You're not there just to make money. You're not there just to buy things. You are there for a purpose, what is that purpose? Teach them that and teach them that we are accountable and that we are answerable and what are the things that we are answerable? For? We may like to live as if we are not accountable what Allah subhanaw taala knows.

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If we lived, we will die and when we die, we will be resurrected befall us valterra gelato and we will answer

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my brothers sisters, teach three then show three. Number one, show them

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to understand themselves how to do that.

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Because unless you understand yourself

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you cannot understand the culture of Allah subhanho wa Taala

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one of the one of Southern Alameda de Delano is out of Europe baby Pascal as I am, he said

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I understood my Arab, by the breaking of my aims in life, through my own failures, understood, might Allah Allah subhanaw taala geladeira. May Allah grant you all success, but who is a,

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who is a fully rounded, who is a confident person

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and pilgrimage

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who is a confident person, a confident person is and I'm quoting now God instant

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brochure.

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A young person who is comfortable with himself

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and who is equally unaffected by success or failure.

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And this looks like guides come out of one of our key tabs of Sulu or something.

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I don't know what happened. Everyone has taken our things and they are using it and we are lost. May Allah protect us. So teach them that number two relationships, how to deal with people, how to be with the youngsters, young people how to be with old people, famous story from the Sierra, which many of you would have heard, there was a young boy, a young Jewish boy who used to hang out with visa Salam used to be around the province or Salah he would do various things and run around and so on. And for one time, Nebuchadnezzar didn't see him for two or three days. So he asked the people he said, Where is this boy, this is jasola He is very sick and maybe he will die. So Rosaura Sallam

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said, Take me to him.

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So they went to his house, and there Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam he found his boy was lying on his bed. He was clearly in his last moments of his life. His father was standing by the side of his bed, Nebuchadnezzar went and sat down by the side of the boy, and he held his hand and he said, se por la ilaha illAllah who he said, say Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah and become successful and enter Islam. This boy now imagine, he has the hand of the power source element, his hand and the prophets, Allah Salim is saying, accept Islam, the boy is in his last moments of his life. He looks at his father, his father, a Jewish person, the boys, a Jewish person, the boy looks

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at his father, the father says do what he was telling you to do is do what masala Salaam is telling you to do. The father tells him accept Islam, the boy accepts Islam and if any, any dies, how does this happen? Tell me. How does this happen? Who is this boy? some unknown young Jewish boy I mean, what is he to Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam

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so what is this relationship building that the Prophet sallallaahu salam did? What was the relationship of Eros? Have you read the Sierra? What does Abba says in and this is in the in the in the in the section of Syrah which relates to the conditions in which Allah Salam received Ye? And one of the Sahaba? He says,

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Allah Allah, I think it is so dollaro but I'm not sure what the number one of them he said that Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam was lying down with his blessed head in my lap. His head was on my thigh.

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When he received what he and he said the weight was such that I felt my leg would break.

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Now leave the white part of it. Think about this. Here is the who is the measles Allah.

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He is lying down with his hand in the lap of one of his companions.

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What kind of closeness what kind of Baba what kind of Heart to Heart relationship? I mean, we don't have this.

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So why did it go?

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Third one.

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Teach them science.

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How to deal with natural laws. Gravity is a law of Allah subhanho wa Jalla Jalla who make no mistake.

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Newton discovered it he didn't make it. Allah made it.

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aerodynamics is a law of Allah subhanho della della della Lou.

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And I can go on ad infinitum.

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Teach them science.

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From the perspective of the Kalam of Allah subhanaw taala. From the perspective of the tsunami, Hamas Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, don't teach them science as if there is no God. This is our problem. We have fractured education, we teach the Kalam of Allah as if there is no creation and we teach the creation as if there is no Allah.

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I was in one of the Alhamdulillah Allah subhanaw taala has given me the privilege and honor of knowing many Allah and being friends with many Allah. So one day I was in one mother's eye in Hyderabad. And I was so I went into the doctor's office. So the start of his, he told me, he called me inside he said America would soon though I sat there, one of the boys came and I said why so now? So he started

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reciting and he came

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This is where Allah subhanaw taala said poultry roofing or the wonder, okay?

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Allah said go around in the world and see how we have created things. So from where we were sitting, looking out through the door was the yard. And in the yard, there were some chickens, which were grazing.

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So, I told the wiser stop stop, I said, Look outside there. So he looked, I said, What do you understand about desire from looking at the chickens?

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So now this poor boy, I mean, imagine his his, his fate is get somebody like me, you know, nobody ever asked him that question. Who will? Who will look at the eye and say, Look at the chicken. So anyway,

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they are all very, very, very, you know, very

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respectful. So you don't have to I don't know I'm a big fan of Kabbalah. So I said to my camera, I said, What did you read? So he read the I said, What does it mean? He's a patani. This is our these are the other fate of ours. We teach the column of Allah subhanaw taala without knowing the meaning. So anyway, I explained the meaning to him. So I said, I'm sorry, man is one mega JSON that

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I will get someone

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to look at the chicken What do you understand? He still didn't understand. So I told him, I said, let me ask you a question.

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That chicken What does it eat? So it he said it eats insects and so on? I said, supposing this one lizard chip Kelly's and will it eat? Isn't it needed? So I said, supposing you eat the Chip Kelly, what would I do? Eat the lizard? What will happen loser I will die.

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It's poisonous. I said I agree. I said but if you eat the chicken which ate the lizard, what will happen to is nothing.

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As of now look at the eyes of Allah subhanaw taala called zero will or the one zero geval which will not come ha

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he's a man so sad. He leaves it. I never I never thought of this. How will it take because we don't teach?

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How will you think?

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Allah subhanaw taala said in our movie no Latina Lu Kira la de la kulu.

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How many times when we have been reading the Quran, or when we are teaching our students how many times do you stop them there and say now what is happening to your heart just now?

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Allah subhanaw taala said very the moment is the one who when the vigor of Allah can do for him his heart will shiver with the fear and majesty and grace of Allah subhanho wa Taala so stopping there as abracadabra Dilma bada

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bada to just what

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you just read desire, what what is the effect on your heart? Do we ever ask this question? Has anyone ever asked us this question? My question is Why not?

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Why not? There is no connection. There is no connection with the Coronavirus model. We read the Quran for Sahaba hamdulillah inshallah, we will get started there is no denying that, but Allah did not send the Kalam for

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unless and this is a color this is a living column This is the column which is live because it is the column it is the speech of Allah Europa yom Lata.

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No.

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But what is our connection with that? That is what I mean by teach them natural laws. Teach them science in this way.

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Integrated teaching

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and that's what I'm saying show not tell not lectures, show them demonstrate them. And the last one, give them three things. Give them Allah Subhana Allah Allah Allah Allah who the connection with Allah and teach them how to take from the treasures of Allah subhanho wa Taala Omar Abdul Rasul Allah is dying.

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last moments of his life. His his

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daughters are with him.

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His brother in law

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alwaleed bin Marwan he comes in and he says you have impoverished your family.

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You have turned them all into vokera into forgets

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he said these girls are my mom and her mom Wanda I am their uncle. Right they are like my daughter's permit me Give me the permission I will give each of them 100,000 Gold dinars.

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Don't leave them like this.

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What does

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what is he? He says to alwaleed bin Marwan go away.

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My children don't need you. I have taught them to take from the treasures of Allah. When they need they will ask and He will give

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him Mr Coronavirus was shy.

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away

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which one of us can say this?

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My father Abdullah

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I always remember him for these things.

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Whenever I needed anything, my me and my brother and all that whenever we needed anything, anywhere we were in the world, we would find him

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and we would say this is what

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We need please make dua for us.

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And I always remember his words

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he used to say Hola.

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He used to say my poker Nova tolovana

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he said I will hold him and I will not leave him until he gives it

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away. Italo casilla

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Where will we get this dollar from?

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Give them Allah. This is what we have. We did not come the Nabi did not come to teach us how to do better agriculture or how to do better animal husbandry or you know how to build factories, the Nabhi came to connect the app the to the rub.

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The purpose of the base of the Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is to connect the app to the rub. And that is our job, our job as Muslims. This is our USP This is the unique thing which we have with nobody else has science and technology others we should also have other things they have what they don't have is they do not know they're up.

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Now we if we are also those who do not know our app, then who where do we go from here? Tell me.

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Second one, give them criteria to decide. Give them ethics or morals.

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materialism is not a sufficient criterion to decide.

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You need ethics and morals.

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And then only this is an order of priority only then teach them the tools. Teach them literacy. It is the math is the money art, whatnot, whatnot, whatnot, but only after you have introduced to them to Allah subhanaw taala that this is not my theory. This is what the Coronel Gary teaches us about how to teach about education.

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Allah subhanaw taala said in Zurich 11 an hour we live in a shaytani r rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim in vehicles is Samajwadi volare de la ville lei li li li li

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li

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la te amo La La Jolla de Roon via Corona visa Lucas sama

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or bernama Allah.

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Allah

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Subhana

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Allah subhanaw taala said very early in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of the day and night, there are signs for people of intelligence vallauris Alba people are understanding. And then Allah described who those people are. Allah said these are the people and see the order. Allah said these are the people who remember Allah subhanaw taala standing, sitting and lying down what is the meaning of remembering Allah? remembering Allah is taqwa, remembering Allah is to take online into consideration in every aspect of our lives.

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Nobody is I remember Allah and I'm commenting Haram. No.

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Now Michelle as an observer, Azhar is doing Xena azima has left him

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remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala has to know Allah subhanaw taala Jalla Jalla want to take him and his orders into consideration in every aspect of our lives. And the beauty of the buyer of the Quran tamandua code and voila juvie takes care of every aspect of human life standing sitting aligned out.

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And then please notice and talking about the criteria, Allah did not say we are tougher Karuna Allah Ya.

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Allah did not say intelligent people are those who know this or this know Allah said intelligent people are those who first know they are a first Wyatt of occur and then

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they make figure in the bulk of the abattoir. What is the meaning of fricker v? Is it well or it is everything that you can imagine, which goes under the name of discovery, which goes under the name of research, which goes under the name of science and technology, everything together, the beauty of the buyer of Allah Subhana Allah Jalla Jalla Allah, He takes all of our knowledge and puts it into one word.

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We're de Vaca Ravi.

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This sequence is a sequence stored in the Quran. Unfortunately, we have separated we have fractured it and see the beauty of this. What is the results? If you approach education in this way, first recognize your app then look at the creation what is the automatic results Ravana masala

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Allah Subhana

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Allah you have not created this in a way This world is not an accident did not just happen like that there is a purpose there is an intelligent creator behind this and he created for a purpose Ravana masala Tabata Allah subhana wa kinaba not automatically goes to the asker Oh Allah we will one day meet you yeah Allah save us from the Hellfire allama gentlemen and Armenia. Welcome.

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This is the beauty of educating in the integrated fashion according to the methodology of education, which Allah subhanho wa Jalla Jalla Allah who taught us my brothers and sisters we came into this world to give to the people we did not come to take.

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We have come we have turned it on its head we are running around behind things just like everybody else. We didn't come to that is why the world does not like you believe me, everyone likes those who give nobody likes those who take that is our problem today we have become people who are taking so nobody loves us.

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values must be inculcated, they cannot be legislated. You cannot say from tomorrow onwards you will speak the truth. No, we have to demonstrate that.

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And that's why I'm saying it is not how much you know, but how much you do, which makes the critical difference. My brothers and sisters the last slide, there are two kinds of people in the world, those who look for ways to succeed, and those who tell you why they could not succeed. It's our choice, which one we want to be because people will remember us not by what we consumed, but by what we contributed. Just think about the people who we today think about think and talk with great honor and respect, not because of what kind of house they lived in, or which palace or money they had. No, but because of what we got from them.

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The question here I tell my child about Jenna Juana she's five years old she asked me when we enter Gemini could not mention death because it is scary. And it's a natural law how to tell them now again, see this whole issue of scary It's not scary to talk about talk about death in the sense of that, you know, one very nice word that we use in odo is explains we say integral integral

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from one place to another place to talk about the Allah will talk about the Allen barza talk about going from one state of being to another state of being and songs explained to them inshallah, so, death is not destruction that is eyes is the door that opens for us to go into another way of living the all of the life in allemaal berzerker is also life. So therefore talk in terms of that inshallah we can explore that there is a if you go to that

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bye You YouTube, by me, our big channel, there are lectures are all of these things so you can inshallah, I mean, I don't know I don't know whether your five year old child will listen will understand the whole lecture, but you can listen to the lecture and explain inshallah, from that

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best way to introduce my three year old child to Islamic education. I think this is a

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very good you know, to know that people are interested and definitely from what yesterday I was

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I was listening to your alma yesterday and they were telling me about various initiatives that are happening here for Islamic education you should do that I mean, start start Islamic primary schools, Makati and so on already some things are happening and more should be strengthened one thing I think definitely you need in in Scotland is a full fledged Derulo I hope you know somebody will actually create that it's a very big need and also you need a very good Islamic school inshallah. So eventually it will come but starting from you know at the earliest is possible for three years or five years also on the best source of Islamic education is the mother

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there is no one which can go which is better than the mother so the mother is the number one best source so do that you use your own your own capability as a mother to introduce a child just to give you an example for example, take the child into the park

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tell the jail go find me some leaves so the child will bring some leaves and so here is a leaf and here is our other leaf. So this is a leaf of say a mango tree of course you want a mango trees here but what about trees you have maple trees, and here is a leaf of some other tree and then explain to them okay, here is the leaf. All the trees on the maple tree, the leaves look like this, but do they look exactly like this? They don't look exactly like so, see, they see the color of Allah subhanaw taala how we create something where they all maple leaves because a generally looked like this. But each one is individual. Each one is different. So in many, many different ways. You know, my I

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remember my earliest memories. My father used to be in a place in India in Mysore, which was very forested by remember my mother, I must have been maybe two years old or something

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Me Out in the night, when there was a full moon and showing me the moon and say, See that is the moon and we do not worship the moon we create, we worship the creator of the moon, our dovan at those algorithms,

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okay, this is this is the moon. So I mean different ways. Nebuchadnezzar is one of the savages he came to visit jasola will we see Allah subhanho wa Taala on the Day of Judgment, Nebuchadnezzar said, yes, you will see Europe. So they said, how will we see our rub because there will be this huge boom, the enormous crowd of people in this whole crowd, I will be one person sitting somewhere in some corner. How will I see Mara Nava Salim said, Do you see the full moon?

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And do you see the sun without any problem? They said yes. He said, you will see your rub like that. And that's why whenever I see the full moon, I always remember how dishonesty Allah, you told us the heaviness and you are Rabbil alameen and you will never do anything halfway. So apneas una amo DK inshallah, it's very important for our people, especially our Olimar to actually study science. You cannot answer CJ take Mama was Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, his whole work? Yeah, Rome was was is really an answer to the problems that philosophy created. It goes this. And he did that, because he understood that philosophy, obviously, by definition, you cannot answer something that you don't

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understand yourself. So it is very important, especially for our young graduates from Dharma rooms to go and study science is very important, we must make this fund them, give them the money to do that, don't leave it to them, and

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you have to pay them somebody has to pay them. So that it's a it's a job of our community, we must do that. And those of us who have studied, it's our job to at least study, I'm not saying necessarily that you have to become I will probably gonna move to but at least study enough to be able to answer these questions, but definitely it has to be done. I completely agree with you, there are answers to all of this, including for example, let me take this issue

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of evolution.

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The West, leave aside God, Darwin's theory has been disproved in the West itself.

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So there is no need even to go anywhere, to into theology to prove to disprove that, but we don't we don't read the stuff we don't read the alternate theories of evolution.

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So, we ask that we you know, and the West is promoted as promoted, Darwinism is the only one who talked about that, that is not true there there are other people who also did research and they came to different conclusions and issue of evolution and the issue of natural selection two different things.

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As far as natural selection is concerned, we got no problem theologically with that our problem is with changing of species of actual evolution of species and for evolution of species Darwin has no proof that is his theory that is that is conjecture that he based on something now Why must you are I be forced to accept somebody's conjecture? There's no proof to that.

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So I think these things have to be responded to in their language. Not not by language. I don't mean English. I mean, I mean, in scientific language, we have to respond to them. And we say, I've got absolutely no problem with believing something which has evidence, there is a difference between evidence and conjecture.

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Don't Don't bring conjecture to me as evidence conjecture is not evidence conjecture is conjecture.

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I want evidence, get me evidence, I will believe it No problem.

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So what do you have against the theory of Darwin? Absolutely nothing. We have nothing against anybody's theory. We are very happy to accept the theory as theory. It's not fact.

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Day for now, our problem also is we pick and choose. For example, we say the Big Bang Theory and say, See, the Quran says this. But the reality is the Big Bang is a theory.

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Nobody was there to see it. The Quran does not say Big Bang, Allah subhanaw taala described creation the way he created it. While Allah we don't go beyond that description. It's not our job to explain that. If Allah wanted to explain, he would have explained and very very good DeLisle in the Quran for this, people came and asked me sir, what is the rule? What is the reply of Allah smarter? Yes, Alola ganni row.

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They asking you what is the row? Cole, our row home in Omri Robbie.

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I missed the gap. But palitoy What did you understand by this?

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Allah says tell them the row is the hour of His of Europe. So

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I mean, as far as I'm concerned, the question is still there. I don't understand what what is the meaning of our of Europe. So point is if Allah wanted to explain, he would have explained.

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So, this is what we have to explain to people that as far as we are concerned, whether it is evolution, whether it is anything,

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get us facts, we are more than happy to accept facts. But if you bring a theory and you would

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Tell me This is fact that I'm sorry that that doesn't work, because that is not fact it's a theory as a theory, absolutely no problem. I am willing to accept any theory as a theory.

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But it's not fact.

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And therefore, we also should be very clear what we use and how we use it. So if you'd like it theory and use it within courts to prove this and that then we then we cannot tell somebody don't bring a theory, my theory and you are proving something now.

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I wonder if I

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so why am I