Reflect on the Qur’an #21

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala MV mursaleen Muhammad Rasul Allah is Allah Allah Haile he was me who seldom does live on Catherine kathira, farmer Babu, my brothers and sisters, in our lesson on reflecting on the forum.

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I want to begin by reminding myself in you, that the purpose of all of these lectures is not transmission of knowledge, it is not transmission of information, it is not to add to some

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vocabulary of Islamic dum dums that you might have. It's not to give you new words, it is for one reason only, and that is for us to practice. Whatever we say or hear, I remind myself and I remind you, so let us do that. We were looking last lesson at the ayat of surah, Al Hadid, and

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the last of them, last of those I have and number 16, where I'm not Ronald

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asked this question. And as I keep reminding myself and you the purpose of a question is to elicit an answer

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to a question cannot be answered by repeating the question. So if if a question is asked, then we have to give an answer. For example, Allah Subhana, Allah as fine as a boon Where are you going? Now the answer to where are you going is not to repeat? Where are you going? Where are you going?

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The answer to where are you going is to say where we are going?

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And the purpose of that kind of a question, of course, unless rather than not asking that question to get information from us, because our last writer knows already. The question is a question which addressed to us for us to reflect our own lives to say, Where am I going? Here is my Rob Jelena who are asking me where are you going? So it's a rhetorical question, meaning, it looks like you're going in the wrong direction. Are you aware of this? Or are you just rushing along, and you will only become aware of it when you fall into the pit? Which one? So here we are being given this warning by the by asking a question and saying, Where are you going to stop for a minute, reflect?

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Think about it. Take note of your life, and our hamdulillah this COVID forced this on us. And that's why I always say COVID has been a blessing in many ways for many people. People have intelligence people are reflection people who have

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who are genuinely interested in their own personal growth in their own personal benefit in their own personal development, as well as that of others. It has been a huge blessing because it forced us. It took away all the buisiness from our lives. We were running around like headless chickens.

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Morning, night, morning night, Monday night and at the end of it, you ask them Okay, so what did you achieve? Can you write down on one sheet sheet of paper what I achieved in the last one week, what did I achieve in the last one one day, just write it down on a piece of paper, and you will be surprised at the fact that for a lot of people, they just can't write even one line on that piece of paper?

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Because they don't know. They absolutely don't know. I am particularly aware of the passing of time because of my responsibilities. Every Juma I have to have a football ready. And since I since I also write it down, so I have to have the text and then I revise that text alone, you know how many times and then I

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deliver that code but I do a virtual football on the internet, as you know. And then I also do a physical football in the masjid. So every I'm aware of the passing of time because it's almost like I finished one July and it is time to start getting ready for the next one. I mean, it's it's so fast. And of course we know that literally it is not fast there are 1000s at the earth hasn't changed its speed of rotation. It's just that there is this.

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If there if there is lack of structure in how we in how we deal with our time, then time just goes and we have no clue what happened to the time has passed.

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So seriously, we have to ask Allah

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in this case, Allah subhanaw taala is asking another rhetorical question. Allah Allah, Allah say, Allah mi n le Latina Manu untuck Sha Paulo boom Lee decree Allah, Allah, Allah says, has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah subhanho wa Taala as reminded by the vicar of Allah, which is the Quran now that

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Question is now we will stop here, we stop here. And we ask ourselves and say, what happens to my heart?

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Does anything happen to my heart? When I read the Quran? When I listen to the Quran? Does anything at all happen?

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Or is it?

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It just it just something routine? Which one? When I visited the hora? is it doing anything to me? is it changing me in any way?

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at the minimum, at the least

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minimum level? Does it even affect my emotions? does it bring tears to my eyes? Not to show the people yourself?

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Is there some sense of connection with Allah subhanaw taala?

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Do you really feel that you feel that also while I'm reading these words? I mean, how am I even reading these words? This is the speech of Allah subhanho wa Taala Jeju

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and who am I?

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I am less than an insect am less than a jump.

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And it's only by the great mercy of Allah subhana wa tada that Allah subhana wa tada enabled me and gave me the permission to read and to articulate and to speak

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his speech

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to listen to it, to read it to recite it.

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Am I aware of that?

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I'm not saying here. That's easy. I'm saying down here, down here, down here in the belly. In my in every in every cell of my body.

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Am I aware that this is the kalaam of Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is the column which even physically and we don't understand exactly how but we know that even physically, it was so enormously heavy. That when we read the I had these about the

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about this about our solar system receiving where he we know in one of these where it is reported that he was sitting on his gavel when why he started coming to him. And the camel was driven down to its knees and to a sitting position from a standing position with the weight of the wahida. You can imagine a camel is a is a beast of burden. It's an animal which carries enormous weights. It's an extremely strong animal

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to push a camel down

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where it has to it is forced to buckle its knees and to sit down. What are what are we talking about? There's another had these were one of those I have one really went by and he said that as soon as a seller was lying down with his blessed head

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on the thigh of this hobby. Imagine these people how blessed they were. Imagine the Navy uses your leg as his pillow salaallah holosun he said that he was lying with his head on my thigh. When he started receiving what he said the weight of his head became so enormous that I thought my leg will break

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he thought that is the bone of his leg will be fractured.

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This is the way

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and that is what you are reading.

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Granted is not that it is not happening to me. But we have to see it and we have to feel it

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as if it is happening to us.

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Allah, Allah Allah, the great poet and the great philosopher and the great,

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you know, thinker.

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He said that is as he was growing up as a child. The routine was that he had to recite one full dose of Quran one part on Shabbat. He had to recite this Judo Quran and his father would listen to him as he was reciting. And he said my father would be walking up and down in the room, and I would be sitting there reciting the Quran. This is how he grew up. Now he says that one day my father says to me,

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this will not affect your heart until

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it is revealed to you until it is Nazzal on you.

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He said he had to deal with jab,

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jab, Takia temper nozzle and

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he said it will not affect your heart until it is revealed on you know obviously it's not saying that you will is going to come to Allah but to to reveal the horror on him. No.

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He means that we have to treat it

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As if it is being revealed to us

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with that sense of glory and majesty and the reality of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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And that is the question I asked myself, I read the Quran, you read the Quran, we all read the 100. And we should continue reading the era, but just reading it.

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And even understanding it, the meaning of it is not sufficient. where it begins or where it should begin is before we even read, as I hold it in my hand, as I look at these words,

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to try to understand and internalize what is this thing I'm reading?

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What are these words whose speech is this?

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And he gela general who is speaking to me.

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He spoke to us as a seller.

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And through that means he spoke to me. And this is my Rob gela. Delano talking to me, and in this particular case, and this is number 16. Or super heavy. This is my Rob jello asking me has not the time come for you. You are a believer.

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Or hamdulillah You are a believer, you are a Muslim. You call yourself a Muslim? Has not the time come for you? For my column to move your heart

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has not the time come for the hearts of the believers to be affected by the Kalam of Allah.

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Allah is asking me

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what must I tell him?

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And remember, whatever I tell him, he knows all he knows that already.

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I can't lie to him. I can't Oh, my heart I'm so affected. Allah knows exactly how much it is. Allah knows exactly how much there is.

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Our brothers sisters really seriously.

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Let us get serious with our lives.

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It makes absolutely no sense.

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For people who don't know,

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to literally live like animals. Well, what else do you expect? My animals and I'm not being derogatory. I'm just saying. How do how do animals live? What are the priorities of animals? One is safety. I shouldn't get eaten up by somebody.

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Underland, most of our societies have that anxiety we don't have. We live in safe places in LA, Mashallah. Number two, is food.

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In our case, again, it's not food as in survival, it's food, like, what I like to eat hamdulillah

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number three

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is mean time pass perlier time pass,

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whatever that time passes in. For a lot of us, it passes in

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social media,

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complete and total waste of time.

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But that's what we do.

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Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat,

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Tiktok everyday, the new one.

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And then of course, for those who are going to school and college, it's your regular academic studies and whatnot, for those who are working at your job office.

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And then you get married have some children.

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This is the life of animals.

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Animals are worried about safety. They're worried about food. So they grace. They go in search of food.

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They make babies. And then I

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so what's the difference?

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What is the benefit of having received the column of Allah subhanaw taala?

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What is the time when we connect with our last run out? And where is the time when we reflect on ourselves where we did? Where is the time when we reflect on this Deen of Allah? Where is the time when we reflect on the responsibility that Allah, Allah gave us of conveying this message to those who do not know?

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What is the time to think about his world and say, What kind of world have you created? Where there is no trust? There is no faith, there's no belief in anything. There is constant suspicion.

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What kind of world have we created where wars make profit? And therefore there are wars.

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We have made we are made misery and we are made suffering into a means of earning revenue.

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And then we wonder how is there so much misery?

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Because it makes profit for somebody?

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There's no mystery.

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A lot of asking this question has not the time come for the hearts of the believers to be affected by the column of Allah.

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My brothers sisters

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Allah subhanho data.

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We were looking at all of these under the overall umbrella of Surah Fatiha and we are looking at Allah subhanho wa Taala as

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introduction of himself as our handler he

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and all of these things which I mentioned to you the question that Allah subhanaw taala asked, Where are you going, not the time come for you to remember a line on that these are all signs of the mercy of Allah Subhana.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala is dividing us is helping us to avoid a course of action, which will be to our own detriment because how Allah is not affected by what we say or do. It doesn't bother it doesn't affect us rather than

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it bothers and affects us. And even though in some cases, we may not realize it today, this is going to affect us

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when we meet,

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so this is a sign of the great mercy or not.

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So now,

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as soon as I'm said, Allah subhanaw taala has divided mercy, His mercy into 100 parts.

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And he retained 99 of parts of that mercy with himself and sent down to earth one part.

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Through this one part, creatures deal with one another with compassion. So much so that an animal

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takes care lifts its hoof over its young, lest it should hurt it.

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And this isn't saber calling.

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You know,

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the southern beautiful example that I gave, and you can see it if you see animals tethered anywhere, if you see cattle, in the in the resting places, you will see this all the time, the way the cow or the or the cabin or the horse or whatever the mayor stands and sits and so on, they make very sure that the baby is not

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you know, unconsciously trampled or Sanborn or something. But the amazing thing, one of the most amazing examples of this I saw was somebody sent me a video of an elephant giving birth. And I think this was in the show's Louis umfolozi National Park in South Africa. So this, this, this one cow, she drops, the calf gives birth and his cabinet literally fall from what five feet up to the ground. And then the whole heart comes to inspect. Now the elephant calf is a very high value thing because the elephant has a huge gestation period. And this calf is comes at the end of that. So it's a very valuable commodity as far as the herd is concerned. And the first thing all the all the animals of

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the herd and so it's a family group. So this calf is somebody his nephew, and somebody is nice and I mean it's calf has arms and it has, you know, grandmother and it has the mother and so on so forth. The elephants, elephant herds are led by the matriarch which is the grandmother of the group.

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So they all come to see and touch and feel the calf. Now you can see this whole huge herd milling around this little infant animal. And you can imagine the legs of the elephant over there like trunks tree trunks, but the way they move is so delicate. They absolutely ensure that this gap in the middle of all that

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mellie the animal the animal is moving around the calf is completely and totally safe. The calf is never kicked the calf is never trampled upon the calf is never I mean, obviously one accident will kick by one of the bigger animals will kill the calf. Right? But it never happens because they're so careful with that. So this happened when I first heard this I was thinking thinking about this video of how Allah subhanaw taala creates and shows us his science ulladulla in another hobbies in 30 minutes also Salam auto said those who show mercy to their fellow beings will be shown mercy by the merciful rub. So show so show mercy to those on the earth. And he who is who is in heaven will show

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mercy to you.

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We have several other Hadith in this context. There's one where a man chosen himself the Allah tala forgave a man all his sins because he gave water to a thirsty dog. And he said that there was this dog which was panting with thirst a very hot day. And the only water was at the bottom of a well this dog and no

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means of getting down there. So this man actually, the man also had no

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means of drying the waters, what he did was he took off one of his shows, and he dyed

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his laces in a way, where he had the shoe at the end of a long string. And then he lowered that into the well, and he dipped water out in his show from the well. And he gave the water to the dog. And Allah subhanho wa Taala liked this gesture so much, that also doesn't sell themselves unless we forgive the man all his sins,

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just giving water to a thirsty dog. So Islam promotes and Islam

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mandates that we are kind to everyone and everything. Now, in the old days in Turkey in the US many helaba

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they used to have

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in pavements, they would have

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depressions on one side of it so that people don't trip on it, but they used to have depression.

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In the tile, they would have a one of the tiles like little pond. And this will be filled with water for birds in the in the heat of the of the summer. nights are giving food to birds and water and so on. So the point is that I'm giving you these examples because obviously,

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by inference, it means that if this is the reward you get for taking care of random animals and birds, imagine the reward you will get for taking care of your neighbors taking care of poor people taking care of human beings who are suffering people in hospitals, people who need food, people who need shelter, imagine the the the the effect of that imagine the power of that. Imagine how much more benefit and how much more value that has. And so therefore, please make this into a budget item for your monthly budgets. Which is how much charity Are you giving every month? Please don't restrict this to Ramadan. Right Allah subhanho wa Taala is not an accountant Allah, Allah will give

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you a reward in keeping with his majesty and grace. So don't worry about it and say oh, but you know, in Ramallah, I will get 70 times if Allah wants to give you 70 times I like and use our time in any month of the year. That's why I said there is more reward in giving a person a loan than in giving that person the same amount of money as a gift. As soon as I've asked him, if I give the gift, I give it and it's gone. Whereas the loan, I expect to take it back. So why is a loan more valuable for me than a gift

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because you give the loan when the person needs that money, whereas you give the gift when you feel like giving it right see the beauty of this the see the beauty of Ansel Adams advice, he says the loan is more valuable and the loan is therefore more rewardable in the sight of Allah subhanaw taala because you are responding to a need, you will use a needle you will give a loan when somebody is asking you what is right.

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And the person is asking you when he when he or she has the need

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so always understand I'm saying even though you would get the money back, maybe you're not talking about interest interest is haram you're talking about giving the money and getting the same money back. He said even though you get it back, that doesn't matter because you are helping that person when the person is in need. Whereas the gift underlined is good. But when do I give a gift and I feel like giving it

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even if I give it to somebody in need. The point is I'm I'm that's I'm I'm the driver I'm giving it because I feel like giving but the law the person asked me

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him no model Alon Omar. Abdullah have no model delana was in Machida unnamable Sharif in Attica.

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A man gave his time there is our lives my love and you are an ethic of say that I said so what I mean why are you saying he said because I needed you to come and help me no matter where I owe some money to somebody I can't pay him now. So I wanted to take you to speak on why we have to intercede and ask the man to give me some more time to pay. But now you are an ethic of you can't

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say that I haven't got official come I'll go I'll come I'll come with you. He said you will break your ethical. He said yes.

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I will remind I'll come back and make it up.

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Here. How can you do that?

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Abdullah no hora de la dama the special student of rasulillah yourself.

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He said, Because Rasul Allah is set to help a brother in need is more worthy than sitting in an autograph in my Masjid for one month.

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Right?

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Sister the whole point of all of this is to implement it in our lives

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to implement in our lives, we are talking about the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala What is the meaning of Mercy Mercy is forgiveness, forgiveness is Mercy.

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Mercy is to do good to those who do evil.

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We want this almost ran out

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as soon as possible saying yes, you will get it from Allah Subhana Allah inshallah. But create some

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excuses for it.

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Create some reasons why you should get it.

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You're not asking Allah to give us because of reason. We are asking a lot of us anyway because of his mercy because of his grace because of his glory.

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Marshal for our patch.

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The way to see it is this week, Allah Subhana della sends down rain.

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Now you got two farmers, you got one guy who, before the rain comes,

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he tells the fields, he makes

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lock and square drains to retain water. He mulches the soil to again return water. He draw he digs irrigation channels to take the water to the roots of the plants.

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Right, maybe even digs a little reservoir somewhere so that the rain flow off can be stored for future use. So there's one guy who's doing all of this work. Now when he is doing all this work, is it raining? No. Saturday, he's expecting rain to come. So he's still doing all this work. Because he wants to get the maximum benefit over it. You got the other guy

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was

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but was not doing any of this.

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Now rainfalls

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who will benefit?

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that's a

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that's a dumb question. I mean, we don't need we don't need to ask this question. Who will benefit it will benefit the one who was prepared to accept this blessing of Allah Subhana Allah.

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The other one, even though the blessing is very well, so I mean, the rain before. And temporarily, momentarily it will wet is wet the soil also in his farm.

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But that's it. After that the sun comes out, everything dries up, and his crops are going to be damaged. Whereas the other guy,

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not only are his crops going to benefit more from the rain, because of all the water retention,

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stuff that he did.

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But he also has stored up water for future use in the dry season, when there's no way.

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That's the that is the thing that we need to do the mercy of Allah and Allah is for everyone, but let us create the irrigation channels to draw the mercy towards ourselves. And what are those irrigation channels, that is to be merciful to those on the earth. That is to be merciful to those we deal with that is to be good to people. That is to forgive people that is to seek forgiveness from people that is to be kind to be just to be fair,

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to go out of the way to help others.

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Whoever those others might be, whether it is animals, plants, birds, but definitely and most importantly, human beings.

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We live in a strange society today, where you spend more money on our dog than we spend on human being.

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There are homeless people on the streets, nobody's bothered, but people are made sure that take their dog for a walk and they take their dog to be groomed and so on and so forth. And the nails to be clipped in for the dog to be to be bathed and brushed. All of which is fine hamdulillah I am not I am not against any of that. I'm just saying what about you will be

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who is supposed to look after them.

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And this is one of the parents teachings

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show mercy to those on the earth and the one who is in the heavens will show mercy to you.

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And in another Hadith in Bukhari

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said, Allah subhanaw taala ordered the appointed angels over you and the good and the bad deeds we written and he then showed how

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To write, he showed that if someone intends to do a good deed

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and does not do it, then Allah will write for him a full good deed. Just the intention.

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I intend to go for Amara, I intend to go for Hajj I intend to give $5 in charity.

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I intend to pray Salat whichever Salah

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in the masjid

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I haven't done it yet.

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Maybe I'm not even able to do it. Maybe by the time when I apply for the Amara, I find there is no visa I'm not I'm not able to go.

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When I want to go to the budget, something has happened and not able to go, I just made the knee

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just on this near Allah subhanho wa Taala has ordered the angels to write one good deed, this deed will be written in my account as if I've done it.

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And then

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when the person actually does it, so he intended he intended to do a good deed. And he actually did it. Then Allah subhanaw taala will write for him it's reward equal from 10 to 700 times too many more times.

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Should I go pray in the masjid? I get 26 times 25 times a reward.

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Or I get 700 times reward or I get the razor.

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And we ask Allah subhanaw taala for that you ask Allah, Allah for reward in keeping with this majesty and grace, the count is only for us to understand Allah subhanaw taala does not count and give.

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And then there is no Selim container and he said and if someone intends to do a bad deed and he does not do it,

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then Allah subhanaw taala will write for him a full good deed in his account with him.

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Now, you might say How is this possible when the way it's possible is this way, one of the most common things

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Say for example, I want to say something negative about somebody, the thought comes in my mind, and I'm about to meet a friend of mine I said only what I must tell this guy this and then I suddenly remember that this is not a good idea, because if I tell the guy this, then it can amount to river, it can amount to river it can amount to Nima it can amount to something which Allah subhanaw taala declared to be Haram. So let me not do it. So even though I intended to do a bad deed I have been tempted to buy it doesn't mean I'm an evil human being and just human tendency. This is what gossip is all about. So I intended to do something and then I said, No, no, I'm not gonna do that. Because

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this is something we just resolve.

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Now when I and all I do all of this is internal, right? Only Allah knows this, I intend to do that right, James, am I just changing the mind not to not do something wrong? Allah Subhana Allah causes a full good deed to be written in my account. However, this is to remind myself when you are the difference between a good deed one good deed is the difference between Jana and Jana short a small thing.

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And then last right, that says,

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if a person intends to do a bad deed, and actually does it, then Allah subhanaw taala would write for him, only one bad deed.

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Now,

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the reward for good deed is 10 times

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and more to 700 times to any number of times. But for a bad deed, if you change your mind, you get a reward, good deed. And even if you do not change your mind, if you do the bad deed, then you get the

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it is written down only as one bad deed. Now, that is not for you or me to take it lightly. And so Okay, so there's only one bad, what is the actual punishment for that one badly? Think about that.

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Right? The actual punishment for the one bad deed can be so severe that we cannot bear it.

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So it is not something to be taken lightly. To say oh is only one No.

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This is just to show the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala that this is how merciful my an object is

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that he does not ask us beyond our means.

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And then we when we do something, Allah Subhana Allah gives us much more reward than we deserve for the good we do. And Allah protects us from the evil of our actions.

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And that we have a bad deed written in our account, only when we insist on doing it despite everything. And then remember, I'm not saying you will necessarily surely be punished.

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inshallah We ask Allah Subhana Allah to forgive, because Allah tala unless it is shirk, Allah Subhana, Allah will forgive. But there are

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as our teachers and our Sunday that tell us there are three

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categories of things. One category of things is those things that Allah subhanho wa Taala promised never to forgive us. And that is something we should keep very far away from.

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What is that? Number one issue?

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Anyone joining partners with Allah subhanho wa Taala in his worship or in seeking his head

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in his robot or his will yet anybody who is making joining partners and in The Wizard of Oz mousy, but anybody who is joining partners with Allah subhanaw taala is committing shark This is something that and if a person dies on that again remember all of this is we are talking about on the Day of Judgment so if a person whatever you did if you made Stefan Toba Levin for you, we are saying if somebody does this and dies on it does not make sense why dantooine dies with it. So the first one let me not forget

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second one is Whoa, whoa, whoa, I lost the rights of a lost man.

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And these are things which inshallah Allah will forgive because Allah does not need them anyway.

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But that does not mean we take it lightly It doesn't mean we don't do the hook of Allah No, we do that because we need the reward of that. Allah does not need that but we need the reward. So we make sure that whatever Allah has made while we we do what He has made haram we keep away from whatever element first we complete to the best of our ability all the Allah we fulfilled but whatever is left inshallah Allah subhanaw taala will inshallah forgive them We ask Allah for this. And there is a third set of things which is hopefully met which is things which we were the rights of people what we were supposed to give to people what we were supposed not to take away from people whatever we

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have done or not done so you you you assault somebody's dignity, you assault somebody is good name.

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You actually never killed anybody No, you did not kill somebody but you what you did was worse than killing because you assassinated that person's character.

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And that's sometimes that is worse than taking that person's life.

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Right. So this time will take us into Jana May Allah May Allah forgive us. naturism said is very clearly

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in the Hadees to Serbian mother Delano. He said this.

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He said this time and he held it

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like this.

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And he said this tongue will take more people into janome than anything else.

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And by tag here today, we mean not only the time also these terms, because this is where we

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play with our social media. This is how we send messages. This is how we are on charts and our emails and whatnot and on social media. Right We write we make we like to Facebook posts and stuff.

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maligning people, casting aspersions on people not Mima

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casting suspicion on people. We do all this stuff. May Allah forgive us.

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This will take us into Jannah Believe me, because that third set of stuff is Allah will not forgive a person unless that person makes amends with the person who he or she wronged. until that person forgives you make sure you clear your account in this dunya don't keep anything what the accurate because the accurate there is only accounting there. There is only reward and punishment there. There is no, there is no you know, there's no doing it. You can't do anything. It's just time for reward and punishment. That's it. You got Undo and Redo.

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Make sure that you seek forgiveness. Make sure that we ask people to forgive us. After seeking forgiveness. If the person doesn't forgive, that's up to them. It's our job to ensure that we seek forgiveness and control your tongue.

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You mentioned something jokingly or you think it's a joke, which may not be a joke, the other person might be offended. If I had heard that other person, it might hurt the other person in a way that you didn't even intend or you didn't even realize but it hurts the other person.

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So control the time.

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Think before you speak.

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Allah gave us a brain for something right?

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So in the lesson bondable Andre, we learned that Allah is merciful, we learned that we must be merciful. We learned that this mercy must extend to everyone and everything. But most importantly human beings and in the human beings, our own family, our own people close to us. And then the circle increases bigger and bigger, bigger.

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The most is not restricted to Muslims, it is for everybody.

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And we continuously seek forgiveness from Allah subhanho wa Taala and we see

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forgiveness from whoever we may have wronged or Salalah Hannah will carry while he was I remember how to get him it was Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.