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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala Sayidina Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the sleeve and Catherine cathedra from above.

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My brothers and sisters,

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today we are on our lesson. From the life of the MB lm Salaam, we ask Allah subhanaw taala to make these lessons a means of guidance for us to change our lives in a way that makes them pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that is the only criterion that matters.

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It is a sad thing to say. And at the same time, it is not necessary meaning what I'm what I'm about to say is not a universal rule.

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And it is sad because this is how it seems to be. And that is

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that the only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing.

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This is not my code, somebody said this. And it I think it's very appropriate. He said the only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing.

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And as I said, it doesn't have to be this way.

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The purpose of history is to teach us lessons. But also realize a lot is alum said a Muslim is one who is never bitten from the same hole twice, which means a Muslim is one who does not make the same mistake twice.

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It shows us the importance of two things, one, the importance of learning from mistakes. And the second one is to continue to take risk. He did not say a Muslim is one who does not make does not make mistakes. Right.

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He didn't say a Muslim is one who never gets bitten, never gets bitten. He said he just does not get bitten from the same hole twice, which means he is a Muslim is somebody he or she who is a risk taker, they will make mistakes because anyone who takes risk will make a mistake. But they learn from those mistakes. So they don't do the same dumb thing. Again.

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I think this is a very important thing for us to reflect upon and to remember, in our lives.

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Because either we have we seem to have people have, you know, two kinds, one is who are so cautious that they

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they never try anything new, then they never take risk and so on and the others who are and they're far more of those who take risks, but they don't learn from the same from from that. So they make the same mistakes over and over again. And we see this in. In our lives throughout we see this in our education, we see this in our in business and industry, we see this much more closely and at home closer to home in our marriages. We see this in the rain, the way we raise our children. In our parenting, we see this all the time we continuously in our relationships with each other, whatever be the nature or the purpose behind that relationship, the same mistakes we make over and over

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again. And that is because we do not spend time on reflection and introspection and on conceptualization of learnings. So we just in this whole

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a spin off

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of working and doing and doing and doing without any thought about where is this thing taking me? I did this thing just now did it help? Did it not help? And if it helped, then

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I make a note of that. And I consciously do it the next time because I know it works. But if it doesn't work if it doesn't help. And on the contrary, it is something that created problems for me then, then of course, it is the hallmark of the intelligent person that he does not repeat that mistake. But that's not how we seem to

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run our lives. Now we're talking about the life of old alayhis salam. And the story is again the same if you look at the stories of the of the MBR Lima Salaam in the Quran,

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whether it is the story of hold la Salaam and the the people of IOD

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in that case, in the case of the ad, Allah did not tell us that they had a king or something.

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They were people in the area of cough in Yemen

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maybe I don't know maybe they had a

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democratic society because all the

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the language of the Quran addresses them collectively and even their responses

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seem to be collective right? For example, one of the things that they,

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they say, Man, I said, Man, I shall domina Whoa, who is stronger than us? Now, this is not something that a king would say the king would say who's stronger than me.

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But in this case, they say who's stronger than us? So I don't know, maybe, maybe they were, it was a, it was a so called democracy, democratic society. They have been democracies, even before that long before that was the Greeks were the ones who are credited with even the inception of the idea of democracy. And they weren't. They were the Greek islands, they were democratic societies.

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Sparta was a democratic society, the Macedonians until of course, Alexander's father, Philip came along. So the point is that the issue is that these were the people are their stories if you dig these stories, so if it was the ad, whether it was a samode, which also we will look at, as we go forward, whether it was now we come to the rulers and the monarchies, if it was your own,

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we have Musa alayhis salam, whether it was number road, who would have encountered all these people, if you take these histories, they're all of them, all of them are on one theme. And that theme is being powered drunk, with your own wealth, and your own strength.

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Now, fast forward 1000 years, and look at the fast forward and maybe less than that maybe say 500 years. And look at the world of that time.

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You know, I'm saying 500 give me 500 years from the Quran, so not not from the ad and so on. So 500 years from the Koran, fast forward, what do you see, you see the same thing, you see monarchies, you see, rulers, you see wars, you see,

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you know, annexation of land, you see misery and suffering, you see people being

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countries being invaded, and so so the populations are displaced, and so on and so forth. I mean, this is a never ending story of the human race on this planet. And what we

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let's go forward some more and remember this, this is, I hate to say this absolutely is something that I that is extremely painful for me to say that the Muslims are no exception. The Muslims participated in this in this whole

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game and the story like anybody else, there was no difference.

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And this continued throughout, and it continues to this day.

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The only difference is that today the Muslims seem to be at the receiving end of this. But

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even to this day, to this day, we have the same story of

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annexation of territory, of import, impoverishment and destruction of, of livelihood of people of

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mass creation of mass creation of orphans and widows.

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of displacement of people of refugees, traveling the earth,

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you know, unbelievable, untold misery continues there is without a exception continues unabated. Now, what do you say? What do you say to this? Are we intelligent people really do think so? I don't think so. I think we are the We Are the human race is the most stupid species that ever came to life and came to being on the face of the earth. And that's a great pity because Allah subhanaw taala give us big brains. Allah subhanaw taala gave us the wherewithal to, to to live intelligently. He gave us intelligence he gave us a big brain he gave us a good memory.

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He gave us a dexterity in our construction of our bodies. Allah gave us the thumbs which are the key things and the heels his fingers. He gives the ability to,

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to work to create tools. He gave us vision he gave us imagination. You know, he gave us creativity give us problem solving abilities. as well. I mean, like I can just go on endlessly about the blessings of Allah subhanaw taala on the human race, and I still wouldn't be done and to top it off Allah

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altaira gave us roadmaps last round dad gave us and tell us his profits he sent us the MBA was reminiscent with the MLM salami Allah subhanaw taala sent us His Word. And let's run it and send us his books. And then we we know about four of them are rival them, Dora the war in jail, and Sophie Brahim and of course the Coronel Karim at the end. So the but my lesson, you know, Allah, Allah would have sent more to the MBM Salaam for the time, which are not relevant now. And the last point is that Allah subhanaw taala gave us all the faculties to be able to live our lives in a beautiful, compassionate, caring manner. And he gave us the guidance to do that.

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Right, he didn't even leave us to discover all of this on our own. And to figure out ways of doing it, Allah subhanaw taala told us how to do it. Despite that,

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I'm saying this for a big reason. And this is a this is the answer to for many of you to give to those who asked this question. They say, if there is God, why is their misery if there is God? Why is there water? If there is God? Why are there orphans crying for food? And if there is God, why is there all of this disease and whatnot, tell them zanza that Allah subhanho wa Taala gave us all the means in order to live a beautiful life. Absolutely. And then he gave us guidance on top of the means he gave us guidance, he sent profits he sent books.

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Now, despite all this, if we want to trash the profits, trashed the books, and if we want to miss use all the faculties, and abilities and strengths that he gave us, and create for us for ourselves as a society, which is unprecedented

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in living memory, in terms of the inequity, the suffering, the the the starvation, the misery and now disease, which is COVID is a classic example of that, but we will not disease free before COVID we have plenty of cancer was killing more people than anything else.

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If we end up with all that, then whose fault is it whose responsibility it was. I mean, if somebody gives you a beautiful sailboat, or a beautiful motorboat, and tells you go take a nice beautiful drive on this on this lake or on the sea, go enjoy yourself. Here is the board gas tank is full. Right. And here is the manual of the board. And he am going to before you take the boat ride, I'm going to give you a master sailor who is going to give you lessons on how to run the boat. So you get the lessons from this master sailor. And then of course the master sailor leaves because that's not his job he's taught you and you have the manual, beautiful boat, I will take the boat out on the

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sea and then you take an accident and you bash a hole, you cut a hole in the bottom, another boat is sinking. And you say oh what's the kind of what kind of thing is this? You know, what kind of boat is this? That and if there is a if there is this person who

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the board owner if he is there, that how come his boat is sinking? The board is thinking because of your stupidity the board is not sinking because there is God no God, the boat is sinking because of your stupidity. Our boat is sinking because we are too stupid to and to stubborn and to you know asinine to

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do reset to do understand, to use our intelligence properly, to listen to the mBiA mussalam to listen to the to the key tabs of Allah subhanaw taala in this case, we are too stupid to listen to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam

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hadal howdy howdy Mohammed Salah Salah. The best of advice the best of guidance is the guidance brought by Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam but guidance is for the one who wants to be guided the guidance is for the following the guidance guidance is not for the rebel the rebel is will will deliberately do something which goes against what is good for him. He does not listen to guidance. Right so what so Why blame the guide? I mean, what's the guide got? everything you needed in order to have a beautiful life was given to you quite literally on a platter.

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We didn't work for this. We didn't ask for this. Did we ask for us also said no. Did we ask Allah for the Quran? No.

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Allah gave it as a gift.

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And then on top of all that Allah subhanaw taala said you know follow this thing. And you will have a hat and T by you will have a beautiful life in this in this life itself in this world.

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But as a bonus, Allah will also give you general phrases and that is forever.

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I mean, if you if we lived in this world in a beautiful way, clean, beautiful lives full of compassion, kindness, everyone around us is good and nice. Right? You think I'm talking utopian I'm not talking, I'm talking about this is what Islam can do. Islam is capable of doing so what Islam was sent to do for us.

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That if that happened, if that if that was the only thing which happened

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that would be sufficient for a person

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to say that I came into this world, and I lived a life which was beautiful, which was

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comfortable hamdulillah where I did some good.

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I contributed.

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And then 100 I went back to my job.

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But Allah didn't leave a Dallas Rhonda said in addition to that, if you live your life according to the guidance that was sent to you, Allah will also give you Jenna,

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Allah will give you paradise Allah subhanaw taala will give you general for those and Allah subhanaw taala will leave you there and keep you there forever.

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Now, despite all of that, if we don't follow this, despite all of that, if we follow our base desires, the worst of our desires, we don't follow we don't take guidance we don't

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we don't want to listen to Allah subhanaw taala then who do we want to blame? Tell me

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This is the answer. This is the answer to anybody who says if there is a God, why is there a disease? disease is not because there is because there is no God. This is because you have created the environment for that disease. You are doing things which are creating that disease, which are bringing about that disease. If you did not if you had not done that you would be disease free.

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Greed is a disease don't just think about COVID greed is a disease and greed has killed more people than COVID can poor thing I mean that I feel sorry for the poor virus and there's no way that that thing is going to that thing is going to catch up with a number of people that just Greed has killed.

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After all these months of this COVID we have not even gone gotten close to the people who died in the two world wars.

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So what chance that does that poor COVID have? greed is a disease. And weed is a disease jealousy is a disease. Hatred is a disease.

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These are diseases, vocal. You know,

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miserliness is a disease.

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You want to sit on, on resources.

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And you don't want to share them.

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Although Allah subhanaw taala gave you the resources and gave me the resources and interest for us to share with each other.

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But we don't want to do that.

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All of these are diseases.

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And this is what the MBA mussalam came to teach us. So in the case of the reason I said all this was because we are going to be talking about these people, the people of the people arrived.

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And he and and you know what they did, and I want to draw your attention to the fact that this story is not new.

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And the story is not unique. This is the same story. And that's one of the lessons to learn that why is it not new? Why is it not unique?

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So if you have a story that is repeating over and over again, what does that tell us about our learning from life?

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Now, take it from this story as this is not a storytelling session. So even though we have said all of this now what is the real benefit of this is to bring this story into our lives. Take the story here. Here's the story of add here to my life. What does it look like? Does it look the same?

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The Odd word is obedient to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And when the prophet who was sent to them who that is Allah who was from among them when he came to one them, when he told them do not disobey Allah subhana wa Taala they said Manisha domina. Hola. They said who is stronger than us? We don't have to follow anybody.

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Do we see that happening today in our lives?

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Do that. Do we see that happening around us? Do we have people around us who say, Oh, you know who we are. This is our society. We are America. Americans don't wear masks. real americans don't wear masks.

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They are American Americans don't follow anybody's rules.

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Right?

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And some version of this

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real americans, I'm using this as a,

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as a title for that kind of person.

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You don't have to be on, you do not have to be American to think like that.

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Don't want to follow rules, don't want to do what is right. Don't want to, you want to, you know, just follow your own whims and fancies. So do we have that? And again, as I said, Bring it home. Ask yourself this question. am I like this?

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am I like this? As somebody else asked you, ask your spouse, ask your family, ask your friends.

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Just look at your life, reflect in your life, take one hour out every month and sit down, reflect in life and say, did I live I live as as somebody who believes in the Day of Judgment. First ask yourself, do you believe in the day of judgment?

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Stand in front of the mirror and say Do you believe the devil do you do you? Who? The one who's in the middle?

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Do you believe in the day of judgment? And the answer is yes. Alhamdulillah. I'm a Muslim, I believe in the Day of Judgment, and reflect in the last one month, what in your life will show that you believe in the day of judgment? If your life had been filmed?

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For the past one month? Do you have this do you programs, I mean completely insane things where there are cameras in the house and a bunch of people in the house and they just filming them living their life? Right?

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just filming them.

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Let's think about that. Supposing there was a camera installed in your life, and there was a way of capturing everything that was brought out this way.

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And if a completely objective one interested, third party was sitting and watching that film, and they were given just one question, and the question was watch this film, and tell me

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Is this a person who believes in the ACA

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do it as an experiment? I mean, I'm I'm suggesting two ways of understanding, you can do it for yourself, but just take any field

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that take any field. And he said dumb exercise because you know, you know the answer, you're going to get right from the beginning. But if you just watch a film and say,

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Is this a person who believes in the accident? What is the answer, then apply it yourself and say if somebody was watching me in action, watching me living my life

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and if they were given one question, tell me is this do you think this person believes in the asset? Or do you think this person believes that one day he or she will be called to account before Allah subhanaw taala? What do you think they will say?

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Yes or no?

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But that is our reality.

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So if I say that I believe in the arcade if I say that I believe in the meeting with Allah subhanaw taala then that belief of mine must be reflected in my life. If it has to have any value before Allah because only that will go with me in my cover.

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Not just the talk, not just the you know, the sound of it to say I believe in the ACA, no, no, no. If you believe in the ACA then live your life as if you believe in there.

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So this is the this is the story of the dealer. This is the commonality between the stories, you know, think about is the whole said Manasa domina. Whoa,

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you know, this fairy, the big story about Titanic and also Challenger Deep, where somebody said even God can't sink it. And of course, history is the best witness. So the

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the key thing is to take heat from this the purpose why the person repeated these stories.

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Unless rather, I didn't just tell us one story and say to us that the rest of them are all the same. Noah told a story after story.

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And one of the purposes of that is so that we understand that this is something that is so common, so ripsaw representative, and it is perhaps something that has happened to me as well.

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So let's run until I mentioned the people of the AF od is that I will be leaving the shaytani r rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim, Canada but I don't have to do the Mercede.

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I'm sorry, but my

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What does what is Luna? masani?

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de Lune what is a badass tomahto Ashtanga body in

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your own? What the hola de amor de como Bhima Darla moon, about the

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moon we're burnin agenda tomorrow rune in nee aha for la kumada but Yomi Nazim carlu sobre la in our house to lambda for mineral wise lien in Heather. Hola Hola Wali in Oman. I know we've been for kudzu who've Alekna whom in a visa Lika I don't know mechanic for whom meaning we're in Arabic Allahu Allah Aziz Rahim, the ayat of surah Shura where Allah subhanaw taala said the I had belied the messengers.

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When their brotherhood said to them, will you not fear Allah and obey Him? Verily, I'm a trustworthy messenger to you. So fear Allah subhanaw taala and keep your duty to him have Taqwa of Allah, and keep your duty to Allah subhanho wa Taala and obey me, no reward do I ask of you for this? There is no NaVi who took a salary there was no NaVi who, who taught the in order to give Dawa for money, there was no Nabhi who did commercial dava now imagine the oxen oxymoronic terms that we invent and use. Every single levy said this, no reward do I ask of you for it my reward is only from the from the rub of the alameen do you build high palaces on every high place while you do not live in them,

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and you get for yourself the palaces and the fine buildings as you as if you will live there in forever.

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And when you see is, you see these as tyrants. So fear Allah and keep your duty to Him and obey me and keep your duty and have Taqwa of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And fear Him who has aided you with all the good things, you know,

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he has a To Do With cattle and children and garden, the springs. Verily, I fear for you the torment of a great day.

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They said, it is the same to us, whether you preach or you do not preach, there is no other than the false tales. This is no nothing other than the false tales and religion of the ancients. And we are not going to be punished. So they belied him and we destroyed them very early in this is indeed a sign yet of more yet most of them are not believers.

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And verily Europe, he is indeed the Almighty, the Most Merciful

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sisters, we are looking at a people whose history is laid, it is not about that, but from the poor. And we know it. It's a

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interesting thing to think about, that

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these people, even though they are the they're called the ancient Arabs and the answers to the Arab.

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There's no, there's no recorded history of them. There are no books about the eyes, and so on and so forth. You just have some ruins. And all of this is covered in, in this in sand, it's in the middle of the desert in Yemen. And perhaps we would not have known about them if Allah had not mentioned them in the Quran. So Allah didn't mention them in the foreign and he informed them informed us about these people. And of course Allah is not telling stories Allah told us told us this for a reason. Now see what they did. I mean, this is what the Quran is saying that one of the things they used to do was build palaces on all on our high places, mountain tops and

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places of good perspective.

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Someplace which has a beautiful view. They would build houses and palaces.

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I come from India and there is no shortage of parishes on promontories you go to Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, you go to Maharashtra

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you see the practically every hilltop has some Havili or some castle All right, all over the place.

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So this is a human tendency, I mean yeah, you know you you have the money is billet and obviously you cannot live in all of them together, you know at the same time, so it's not you're not just building for yourself you're building because you're building it to show your wealth. The the reason why these things are built is to display your wealth, they are not built as homes, they are not built for someone to live in them. today's world lobby, we have a situation where we even build massages for this. You build a machine to display your wealth, you're not building a machine out of piety, out of sincerity out of out of, you know, class toward and the love and hope of Allah

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subhanaw taala

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just ask the person who build the masjid how many Salah do you bring that much?

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How many servers do your children?

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How much time or did you spend in a month? And you have the answer that there is somebody that oh, you know, this happened or no,

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I'm not saying I'm not talking about somebody you know funding a budget somewhere because the people need the budget. I mean, I may not I may I may not even see that place. I may not even know the place but I gave them the funds because they needed the masjid hamdulillah. So, this is beautiful and I shall deliver please do that. I am talking about just ostentatious massage

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which has a you know dome of this kind and

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with a dog cat slide and you can look at the moon or the stars or God knows what

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or it has this dome which is you know in all hand painted, and these architectural features of the masses and that so I like the theme Swan labmd Vela save us from ostentation May Allah subhanaw taala save us from

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from showing up

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even massages are built to show and display your wealth rather than to another than as a sign of piety. I mean if you simply ask the person you know that what you spent on that dorm or what is spent on this minute now the mirrors are not even used because there was a time when you know somebody would probably climb on top of that to call the other

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but today they are not even used but just show so one minute four minutes

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huge minutes if you just tell the party if you if you ask them you know the money was spent on one minute could have you could have built so many schools with it. You're gonna build, even massage right? Even massage you could have built so many massages out from the money that was used to build one minute.

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People don't like people don't like to listen to things like this

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ostentation, the word Allah is Allah subhanaw taala. What he's saying here is that here are these people who used to build palaces on all the high places they didn't even live in the meaning what meaning these ostentatious people, they were just doing all of this to show up. And then the second thing he talks about here has been you sees you sees as tyrants. Now he's talking about conquest, and so on and so forth. So you have conquest, were able in history, if you read, there were people who conquered and they completely laid waste.

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Genghis Khan is a classic, iconic example of that completely laid waste, kill every living being.

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The Romans did that as a matter as a matter of, of showing their strength. The a number of stories of the history of Roman Empire showing off demonstration of strength that the Romans did, were they

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when they seize the seized as Titans

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they completely destroyed

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the country which they had waited. I mean, didn't even make economic sense because you know, you wanted to. It was something that if you took over a country, you want that country to be productive to give you revenue, but

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I think arrogance makes you completely blind and senseless.

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Now, reflecting on these two things back in our lives, you might say well, I'm not a king building palaces on I wish I had the money to do that, but I don't have it. And obviously I'm not invading countries and catching somebody. Point is not the point is in my life. On my scale. What do I

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say if I have money? What do I do with this money?

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Where do I spend is that do I spend it ostentatious? The mirror building palaces. This is not restricted to palaces. Spending money ostentatiously. You're not spending money because you

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need to buy I'm not saying buy trashy things no, by all means buy a good thing. Buy something of value, no problem. But don't buy 10 of them.

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Don't buy five of them

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buy one good thing, keep it

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the next time you buy give it to somebody, instead of buying and giving it give money to the to the person whom I whom I needed it for something else.

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When you see it, you see this tyrants, Allah subhanaw taala criticize this, see how you treat those in your control those who have less than you, those who are weaker than you, your servants or employees,

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incidental people who might meet somewhere in the course of your action, how do you treat them?

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Use your custom rave and rant on them, you beat them.

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You and I have seen examples of this, believe me, we have seen examples of this, you know, country after country.

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So you'll be hearing like the people are ad.

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Because I'm saying me on my scale.

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It's easy to criticize others, it's easy to criticize, Oh, look at that King see what he did to you or your behavior is exactly like that of that King and on the Day of Judgment, you and that King will be in the same pot.

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Because there is no difference unless one of those is we'll look at what is the motivator behind this what is it that you did.

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So, I spend only so much you spend only someone because you had only so much

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if you had more, you would have spent more and it works both ways. Alhamdulillah Allah subhanaw taala will use this also for the good deeds. So if there is somebody who is spending money and time and energy and influence in order to do something good,

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but they had little so they spent that little inshallah Allah subhanaw taala will count them with those who spent in millions and billions, because Allah had given them that because you will be counted with them in sha Allah, may Allah make us among them, because your intention was the same. your intention was to help people, you could not feed 1000 people to fed one person, but Allah inshallah will give you the reward of feeding 1000 people because that is what was in your heart. I wish I could feed 1000 people, but I can't I don't have it. So I'm feeding money.

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What is my daily love for saying that because it would take the fundraising for that as well as I did, as I became with just a handful of dates, and he said you are solid, this is all I have.

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I don't have anything else. So those are some took those dates, and he scattered them on top of all the other things which were there. And he said Allah subhanho wa Taala has accepted all of this, because of these dates,

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because of the donation of this one. So have you know that these numbers are Sam said there will be people whose charity will be equal to a date.

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But the reward with which Allah will give them will be equal to the mountain our hard made of gold.

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Why because of the necklace because of their, of their sincerity and humility with which they give them. And that given them only that much, so far as for somebody to give $10 in charity is more significant than for another person to give 100 or $1,000. Because the one giving that $10 has so little, that that $10 hurts in it, it takes something away from him, he is able to give that $10 only by denying himself or his family something.

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Whereas one other person that $1,000 is neither here nor there, that person would have spent $1,000 on a holiday that he would have spent $100 on a meal at a restaurant without a thought.

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So Allah is not going to count the 10 versus the 100. Allah is going to count what that 10 came out of, and what your 100,000 came out of

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percentage of that?

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What percentage of your wealth was that, that you spent in the part of our last month?

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With what with what feeling did you spend that

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this is something that I request to my brothers and sisters, this gives us a thought and say that the purpose of all these stories is only this is to bring it back and link it into our lives.

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I can tell you the story of of the art and who that is. I'm in five minutes there isn't very much to tell you anyway because that's it.

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They did this they were destroyed, finished. Goodbye, go home.

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But that's sort of the purpose. The purpose of that story and every story is how can I relate

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back into my life

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in a way that is beneficial to me so I can change my life.

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So every one of us potentially could be mela protect us, some of us might already be there, we could be people of the art even though we are born 1000s of years later

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in terms of the attitudes in terms of what we do our actions, that does not be that let us be among those who took heed,

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who listen to the MBA, then what happens, then the same thing which was a potential problem for you which is your wealth, your power, your authority or strength, which could which was a problem for you which could be a potential problem for you will become a blessing for you because now, you will use that power and you will use that wealth and you will lose that authority in that strength in good things in trying to please Allah subhanho wa Taala and then of course, inshallah Allah subhanaw taala will reward you for this in this life and the next We ask Allah Subhana Allah be pleased with us and never to be displeased was Allah Allah Allah will carry Murali vasavi erotica

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or hamdulillah. Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah