Mirza Yawar Baig – Smith College – Balancing Study and Religion

Mirza Yawar Baig
AI: Summary © The importance of clarity of goal, strong routine, and conscious learning and thoughtful practice is crucial for productivity. A checklist is provided for practice, and journal writing is a tool for learning and practicing. The use of technology to measure sleep and focus on one's heart and mind is also discussed, along with advice on healthy eating, exercise, and sleep. Conscious mind is crucial for achieving success, and setting goals and prioritizing one's success is key for personal growth.
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My mother leave

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that happened to be laid off. I mean, it was, it was Friday. So if you don't be able to sit in the hammock or supervise some of it, so it was it was seldom because

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it's a great pleasure to be here college was telling Maria when after 25 years,

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I used to come here between 1997 and 2000

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Twice a month, every alternative

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there was 25 years ago

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back here,

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the topic is very given to the by you guys. So, very interesting topic balancing, study and religion.

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My question is, do we need awareness what exactly we mean

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want to say to you a couple of things before we begin the first one is

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that you must all suffer from one of two things,

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the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.

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Second one is,

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factor Allah subhanho data into the equation because he is in it anyway.

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By equation I mean every life position we take, factor Allah into it, because he is in it.

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When we say factor Allah we just this please Allah or not so simple as that.

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If it pleases us, I will do it. If it doesn't please Allah, we don't do it if you don't know whether it is Allah or not.

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Third thing I want to share with you is this very nice quote of Alexander, who said, people do not decide their futures. They decide their habits, and their habits decide their futures.

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Another wonderful quote from somebody else, he said, We don't rise to our expectations, if all to our systems

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and that's why the whole focus on discipline and structure.

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The last one.

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Selective obedience is disobedience. Because when you are selecting what obey and you're automatically selecting what you want to disobey, so select your obedience is disobedience.

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Versus I want to ask myself a new is why are we here?

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By here? I don't mean this room at this point. I mean, on the earth, what? Why will this college? Why am I here? What I do?

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That's a very fundamental basic question. It's a very existential kind of question, which I think is very important for us to answer for ourselves.

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The reason I say that is because the degree of clarity that we have on that question will determine all our speech and actions.

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And it also makes choices that much easier.

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If we are clear about why we exist, why we are in a particular place, then choices become easier, because obviously, you will choose those things which support the reason why you exist.

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There are three critical things in life, which I call my so called Secrets of Success.

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Clarity of goal, a strong routine,

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and conscious learning and thoughtful practice.

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Both clarity is critical because again, the same thing, the degree to which I am clear about my goal, to that degree, I will use and leverage my resources.

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Nobody in the world

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without exception, has unlimited resources,

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whether it is money, whether it's agendas, whether it is time whether it is knowledge or anything, no one has unlimited resources, we all work with limitations.

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the degree to which I am clear on my goal in life what I want to do to that degree, I will be able to focus my resources in the best pitch. So glad your second one is a strong routine.

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A routine might seem restrictive, but some people might think oh, I'm moving my feet

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I would believe this is the key to fantastic productivity is a strong schedule

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is struggling. The third thing is conscious learning and thoughtful practice. I say conscious because learning is like breathing. Everybody, everybody learns.

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The question is do we do that consciously? Do we retain that learning to use that learning? Or is it something like breathing we just have

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as I mentioned, here, all of this is rooted in the bedrock of Thailand of Mala, my connection with Allah

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Almighty of it.

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So what to do?

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First and foremost, write down your goal.

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And my submission to you is that you must write your goal

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in not more than five words. I did it for words. But my words, come on, if you find that you have used more than five words, it means your thinking is not clear enough. To go back to the drawing board, things are more, how will I define my goal in one sentence of fibers, then right, if nice and big, got letters,

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and stick it up, where you can see all the time.

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Second one is create a strong routine and follow it.

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In my book, the first part of our routine is as soon as you wake up in the morning, make your bed.

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Make your bed. How many of you make your bed when you wake up with 1234? Fantastic. Those who don't go to that.

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Make your bed. I'll tell you why. Because it's a very, very big, I mean, I went to boarding school from the time I was six years old.

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Right through great work. And that's the first thing that taught us, man, six year old kids growing up to be implemented. And the best thing about that is

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that you make your bed and then you have to day. And maybe the day doesn't go as well as we want it to go. So when you come back in your room in the night, it wasn't a great day, or believing at that time. The last thing you want to see is a messed up bed.

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So at that time you go there is a fantasy, that is my paradise. Whatever they had, it's a nice, clean lead. So always think of it.

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And then the rest of it your routine. What time do you wake up? What do you do after you wake up and so on? I'll give you that. I'll give you a checklist, which Welcome to use. Conscious learning and thoughtful practice come with what I call journal writing.

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journal writing is, in some ways, like a diary, where it's not exactly a diary in the journal. The learning journal as I call it is not just the diary and not saying My dear diary is for a date I went and met in person it is full of German writing is focused specifically on learning what lessons did I learn on that day. So in your journal, you have a page for each day. And on that page, you write the lessons that you learn in that day, never more than three.

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And the reason you want to or you know you want to receive those is because you are going to pick the three most important lessons that you learn for that day. Otherwise, it becomes like a laundry list right? Like 60 things and you know, you can have a very blunt

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so very important. And finally, create metrics for every

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measurement. Because what we don't measure, we don't know what we don't know we cannot control what we cannot control. We cannot improve

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it biggest we measure. So if I say I had a good day, what is the meaning of that? If I say I was I had a lousy day. What does that mean?

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This is what the learning journey looks like to take a take a notebook, draw a line down the center of the beam on the left side. What happened on the right side? What did I learn?

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123. Right. Now, you don't have to write details across because you're the only one who's going to be reading your agenda. So write concisely as long as you understand what we're talking about. That's enough.

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Let's say what happened three things right side. What did I learn from what

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this is based off and then of course, the next one is therefore, what would I do differently to what

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would be the purpose of learning is to continuous improvement then this comes from this

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concept of using bad behavioral science, which is every call and hiring a model of adult learning.

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The model is that we have an experience like we have experienced now, you invited me here and I will give you about

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balancing study. And really,

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this is a concrete experience.

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After this is over,

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you think about this.

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And I love the term they use reflective observation, which means, in your mind is like you're playing a tape of this and you're saying this is what I did? What could I have done differently this is what I said what other options did I have this is how she also spoke to me this is how I reacted was that the best reaction should I have responded is general reacting and to others was reflective of the vision in their mind right. And then and this is the key the core, which is abstract conceptualization out of this, you form a concept. So watch

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this happen, my thoughts on this, I would have done this this way that will so on. So what, what did I learn that that is what goes into your learning gather the concept, right?

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The last one is you're doing all this to prove yourself therefore active experimentation, what will I do differently going forward?

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So very simple, very neat concept. And you're gonna get get all this later, oh my God, but it has to be implemented.

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Which brings us to the

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first part of the government what is the meaning of religion, music, balancing religion and study. So what is it? In this context we're talking about is so what is Islam?

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Islam is

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a way of life. Islam is the method of living our lives in this world.

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It's a method that is made and designed to make us with us in this world and with Allah when we win.

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So my submission to you therefore what has been has been

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man has really been some of this our man, right?

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So it's not how you do that.

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It's like this job work life balance if you don't have some work life balance.

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So I'm going to provide an oxymoronic job because what do you mean your work life? What is life?

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What is the bottom line? Right? So what is the balance?

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So in terms of really, this is the platform is like, either completed the OS is the operating system on which everything is balanced.

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So how are you going balancing what's medium matters? Think about.

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Now, why is that?

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Because Allah subhanaw taala who would Islam? I mean, I'm not sure I need to choose for you is that?

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What does that tell you? It tells me that I'm not one of

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you love me enough to choose and give me a way of life, which makes me a winner in this life, and the next

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because I'm not as needed, right?

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The deal is for who was last

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and last Friday, was our GIS, he has no needs.

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So when I become a winner who wins I will

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but it will avoid Islamophobia.

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Why do I need also because my life and this includes life in every aspect, my intelligence, my life, my meaning, my actual living life, my resources, my wealth, my influence my education. Everything is a trust from Allah.

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Allah Subhana Allah give it to me for a reason.

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We are not just animals. We don't just we are mammals. But other than that we are not animals.

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And we want to just go and eat and drink and

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Do whatever and who is the purpose?

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What is the purpose?

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And on that we will be held to account for almost immediately

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which is why we have to ask ourselves this question is hey, what do I feel about Abba?

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What do I feel about?

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The Why must you feel anything at all what Allah

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because Allah subhanaw taala told us in the Quran in surah Quran in the second iron, which I decided in southern Asia,

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Allah there is an interval movie known under the name your Allah Who ID that guru who were either to the a daddy

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movie man, wide out of him yet

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Allah said any very believers, men and women are those who when Allah subhanho wa jal as mentioned before them, their hearts move Why did their hearts move with the all and glory and majesty and love of Allah and when the eye of Allah are recited before them when the ayat of the Quran recited before them or when they see the eye or the signs of enhancement or validation that even increases and the result of these two things, what what behaviors are what follows and they have our full their complete and total trust in Allah

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now question therefore ask ourselves is what happens to me when I hear the name of Allah?

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Does anything happen a dog

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does anything

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so let's do a test.

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Self Test.

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I'm going to recites a broad view

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I want you to focus within yourself on your heart

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if it's easier to focus by shutting your eyes shut your eyes

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whatever you wish but focus in your heart and see whether anything is happening to

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our will let him in as a bomb you ready? This may lead off or He Allah

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will hi you say you Loretta although Scirocco no no format this

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Murrow the story that oh we need

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to add him

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when I read on it shame me

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on Sierra photo CEOs

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do his own woman r&d around the Allah

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want to use

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they wish

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he will alone any

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memory recall for those

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made oh I see

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so we're

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used to people who are alone

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it is behind the villa.

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Werther alors solid lemme

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Have you learned while I'm here? Who for

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you where does it come from the first thing I can foresee the second one is the last two items. And the last one is a blast.

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Those of you who are not on the menu you can look up look up the point is this is allow us to add our data introducing himself to us.

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This is Allah talking about himself. This allows manager introducing himself.

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So what do you do with your heart and mind?

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That is

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our greatest resource, our greatest strength will Allah

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or do we access it?

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We accent district

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that's the question

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they were coming back from one because one

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and they were very tired. So they stopped in a grove of countries. And it read

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and this are all kind of scattered.

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And the lay down the street

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and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam in says you and they lay down on your tree

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and his sword we hung it up on the tree

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and he fell asleep.

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And what are the enemy?

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He saw this. He stated

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he took his sword he stood right above it. This is the forest reserve lying enemies to right around him. He put the sword at his throat and he said yeah Mohammed

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who will save you from me now

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he's got his

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sword on his throat

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he said yeah Mohammed

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who will save you from me

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and so as a result

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he said oh MA

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The man started shooting

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the sword federally that

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Brazil has become swords. He put the sword on the man's neck and he said Who will save you from me now

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and then man said you are very

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isn't your new I don't want

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the son of your advice

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as soon as

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you accept Islam

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is a no

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hit disorder is a common

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record the Sahaba they came running he said this man is under my protection

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they say as soon as you're Muslim

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you accept Islam is a dope

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but he said this man is under my protection

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our greatest resource

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so anytime you're stressed

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anytime you're fearful

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or sad

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I'm not saying oh the only

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ask the developer

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asked me the call on me. I had an answer.

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Allah did not put a condition that he shouldn't be in Moodle.

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Then you should be you will have also

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and you should be pure. Then you should be you should have your head covered or you should be facing the fibula are usually sitting on your cell and no conditions ogone

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have enough

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you're going through difficult times.

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Because whatever is happening is happening with knowledge

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he sees better than you or I can see he knows better than you or I can

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ask him

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because he can do

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what nobody can

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call it

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this is the meaning of travel

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it's all about printing connections, the connection with Allah and all connections take time

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they take engagement

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you want to be friend with somebody you have to spend time with

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you have to give time to the relationship you have to engage

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you can't have a total friend and I don't see that I see that once a year no

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so four things make this into your routine your routine break

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and then decide what to choose upon activity

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wake up one hour before the time of fire starts the timer starts at around four no 525 30 So wake up at 4am Passport which is uptime. Rate 100 to run through iTunes so you can pray to work after 468 Whatever you want to bring. So pray Titan and then read one Joe's Watseka Quran everyday

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second one always always always without exception on halal

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as far as meat is concerned and that means the via between hand slaughtered by animals with not unslotted If it is factory machine store it is not allowed no matter who puts Allah

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I wish I didn't have to say this

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but this is what happens to the ones they come in in the commercial world if we just put a stamp

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because they want to sell the stuff they don't care about your your spiritual

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we are what we eat.

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I'm reading a book out called on

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river kings

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it's our the Vikings.

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And it's a book on our cavity.

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And the latest archaeological technique that they've got is called isotope analysis.

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With isotope analysis they can take a skeleton which is 2000 years old

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and they can do an analysis which will tell them what this person used to eat through their life which means that they ate certain kinds of food and then they change their diet it shows

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in the bulls after 2000 years and talking about physiological changes

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what do you think he does with the Spirit?

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What is not only about food what is not only about the body food also on the Spirit

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never eat anything which you are not sure about if you are allergic to something and somebody said you know what, maybe there is your Atrazine in this some people are allergic to nuts right?

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I mean the fruit cannot be already production because we're not human.

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So if somebody says maybe there is you won't go here, right?

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Because if the person is wrong you die

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that's not a good point.

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So never eat any meat that is not a we had spotted that you know about you don't know what onboarding is you will die will be

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your life and your spiritual welfare is not is worth more than once you can like yes

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no interest based dealings.

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Don't borrow Roselyn

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number three, fulfill all right, whatever Allah made obligatory is obligate Hamdulillah we started with dreams rather visions 111

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The last one

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may God as if you love

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and as you can see

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in the payments have you formatted the rate with a ceramicist or the seller.

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This is a list which you mentioned

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on my next video, what is inside here? He said untangled Allah gotta gotta

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I'm your worship Allah as you can see, even if you cannot see what it is

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so that's the daily schedule. As I mentioned, you wake up one hour before Voyager and great ideas. And

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number two, exercise very, very important. Both aerobic and strength, which you're not doing bodybuilding bodybuilding to make big muscles is just muscles supple suppleness and muscle tension and bones. Both strength will not come unless you do that, especially women don't do this.

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Very important.

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Right? It's not a question of weight and losing weight and get up this is a question of your head.

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If something can be put into a bottle, and given us if it is 10,000 steps

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that's my wife.

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I walk six miles a day.

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And I'm 70 years old.

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So there's no reason why you can't do that

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every day

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yesterday, I want you to by the way minus 66 degrees below

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and I come from

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there's no such thing as as horrible as Oh, he says there's only

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inappropriate clothing.

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So unless you're

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exercising very, very important.

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And then upon the rest of the day. I know scheduled I was the last time I was in common was this summer in Bennington gardens in Vermont. I was there for the two month intensive course which of course in graphic language. I was staying in a dorm

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and I know all of our current schedules.

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So not all of them followed.

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All sum up contact when international Great Britain. Under this country, there's no restriction you can pray anywhere you like

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write your journal every night. And then before you go to bed, make sure you have to

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do the Afghan right. And those of you who don't have that wonderful they will respond to call history or Muslim which has already occurred in the morning in the 90s What is the principle

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do that we will have a beautiful peaceful sleep. You will be protected your sleep you won't get back into stuff.

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And then you wake up.

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As far as eating is concerned, one meal a day

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is more than

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one meal, one meal in particular.

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Maybe a snack in the middle of the day maybe and afterwards. A snack is not like a steak

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I want to end with

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my gift to you and I call this the power of one.

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And what's the one one degree more

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to excel in life. You don't need to do a lot of hard work one degree more.

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And 99 degrees water is hot and 100 degrees water boils. Boiling water produces steam and steam and power and

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and 99 degrees you have hot water

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at 100 degrees

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but of

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one degree warmer

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in 2012 in the men's 100 meter race in the Olympics, Suzanne boards

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got the board when

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the difference between the gold medal and normally I'm not talking about Golden silver or gold or bronze gold medal and no medal winner difference was point two five seconds. One what was

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in the Indy 500 car race in 2015. The difference between the first place and the second place was 1/10 of a second 0.1 seconds. The difference in prize money was 1,000,006 Seven rupee does not

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matter of

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one degree or less.

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So only one degree separates the good from the grid.

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We've been growing up and growing or

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there is a short window during which we

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You have the opportunity to make a difference. Once that window shots are live is effectively over, even if you remain alive,

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that window is over for you now.

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Don't do that.

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What differentiates the lion from the antelope, the same thing that differentiates normal life from

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the same thing that differentiates the leader from the rest and that is focus.

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Normal life at best units, laser cuts through steel

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what's Focus, focus is the art of ignoring

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what is otherwise hopeless social media

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if you want to get what you never had, you have to do what never did if you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.

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results come from actions and actions that define you

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your life and you are responsible for the results.

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You are now aware

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and you have a goal to target for that one degree goal. Right.

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So let me tell you on the path to success, there are five realities that you must face.

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The bedrock of everything is quality.

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Quality in every aspect of my life, the way I dress, the way I talk, the way I walk, the way I deal with people, the way I study the wherever I talk to outside, quality in every single thing this is the meaning of Islam. This is the meaning of luck. This is the meaning of manners.

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Allah subhanaw taala said about his Nan visualiser of interest Allah.

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He said you are on the best of character. He didn't say you pray the most, you do the most because

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your character is the best.

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And I love this Gucci family slow there's a quality remember brought up to the prices for what

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we become what we think our mind is like a fertile field. It doesn't care what you plant in it, but it will return to you whatever you plug in.

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You plant rice you get rice we plan to eat, you get me to plant rice, you want me to look at

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number two attitude.

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What does that mean?

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It means that present circumstances, do not decide if you will succeed or fail. Only define where you need to start. So it doesn't matter whether you're rich or poor, which country you come from and whatnot water, all it means is, you know where you need to start.

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Third 1/5

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I love the definition of our wages. And she said when you come to the end of the light of all that you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown. Faith is knowing that one of two things will happen there will be something to stand on, or you will be drawn out of

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Number four goals, what kind of goals and extraordinary work because it is in the nature of extraordinary goals. We inspire extraordinary effort.

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Nobody rises to low expectations. He will write to my expectation. Somebody standing at the base camp of Mount Everest does not need a motivational speech. The mountain motivates him

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with perseverance, what perseverance

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to rise every time you fall, to fall five times you rise six times.

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Success is nothing more than this rise every time.

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And that's why myself to say we all look for role models. But I remind myself, it's not important who you want to be. What's important is who wants to be

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I want to end with this motto of mine which I met myself and I give this to as my gift. I say to myself, I will not allow what is not in my control to prevent me from doing what is

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I will not allow what is not in my control.

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To prevent me from doing what is

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balancing Islam Islam is a tool use it

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thank you

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