Mohammad Elshinawy – A Tale of Two Gardens #04

Mohammad Elshinawy
AI: Summary © The concept of storytelling and the use of words and phrases in the Quran is discussed, including the importance of reading and avoiding false accusations. The speakers stress the need for more understanding and respect for expertise in understanding the definition of "any thing" in the Quran and the importance of the holy spirit in bringing people back to Christ. The segment also touches on the negative impact of the Prophet's actions and the importance of knowing one's limit and preparation for upcoming punishment.
AI: Transcript ©
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah Allah Allah He or SOFIA drain we'll be getting the name of Allah All Praise and Glory be to Allah and may find his peace and blessings be upon His messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his family in his companions and all those who tried his path we asked Allah azza wa jal to make us of those Allegiant to his path and consistent on his path.

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And may we be reunited around him on the Day of Judgment, Allah whom I mean, we welcome everyone back to our studies and discussions on Surah Tolka. This will be our final segment for a while on chapter two of social gift. And we chose to summarize sort of the KF as being a chapter of the Quran that is comprised of four stories. And this second chapter is the second story, the story of the

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the owner of the two gardens.

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And we said that this is a true story. It is not made up, but at the same time, it is symbolic in that it symbolizes it represents a sample of so many patterns in human history, people that are deluded by their worldly possessions from Allah azza wa jal, the provider and from Paradise, the true gardens that are not temporary, that will never disappoint.

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And last week, we discussed much of the commentary between the second story

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and then the third story, and there's a lot in fact, tonight, we will discuss some more of the commentary, the remaining commentary after the second story of the two gardens. And even before we get into it, I think it is worth appreciating. Because many times people wonder, like, why does the Quran tell stories the way it does,

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like stories that are repeated, for example, the story is sort of Gaffar is really repeated anywhere else in the Quran. But why does you know, why are certain stories and certain themes repeated in the Quran, it is worth stopping at, because ordinarily, a person wouldn't really, you know, repeat the same story over and over and over again. But of course, the the Koran does so with such variation, right? That the rhetorical brilliance that the language, the appeal, the beauty remains unblemished. It's not harmed, because of the variation with which it tells the stories, and with how it spaces it out. And but repetition is important. Just because we're not used to it doesn't mean it's ideal that

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we don't repeat human beings not repeating stories too much. Yeah, because human beings get redundant if they repeat the same story over and over and over again. But the way the Quran tells the story each time, and the location the Quran, situates each story gives it profound benefit.

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even on one last point on repetition, why does the Quran repeat stories?

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It is like when parents have to tell their children 1000 times clean your room.

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Right? We all have a little child inside of us and all of our rooms are messy. The room up here and the room in here is messy, right? And so we need constant reinforcement through repetition of the stories so that they

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they settle and they they're able to finally make the journey into our souls into our personalities into our behavior. And there are many other ways those are the classic stories being repeated, but we will stop there. Inshallah Tada, we can revisit that concept at a later time. Another atypical way though the Quran tell stories, aside from repetition is that it chops up stories, right? Like why doesn't it just say the story, the whole story in one place in the Quran from beginning to end? It segments stories, why is that? The scholar said for the same reason that you don't get too too absorbed into the narration of the story that the story line, that you become a passive listener or

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a passive reader, right? It pulls you into a story and pulls you right back out. You know, many times when people are reading books, novels or movies, they forget themselves in the storyline, right? Like something

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could be making them feel a certain way and they don't even stop to inspect Why do I feel this way? I shouldn't feel this way. Right? They're just so absorbed in the story. You know, like the famous like love stories? Apparently not just in Bollywood. May Allah guide us all right. Just father says no, they run away and then you know, they're off somewhere and then they're finally alone. It's all romanticized. Right. Then the dad comes and starts knocking on the door and and then you're watching you're like, oh,

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You know, as if it's a horrible thing, and this is a good thing that he caught this guy who took his daughter, right? It's, it's a good thing, not a bad thing, but you just identify with the main character as presented by the story. Then he finally breaks the door and the guy like jumps out the window in the nick of time. Hopefully there's a fire escape or hopefully not, I don't know. Right? And then you go

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hamdulillah it's like Hamdulillah. Like, if that was your daughter wouldn't have been 100, Allah would have been a completely different reaction. That is the danger of getting too absorbed in the story, right? Like, I'd get fusible equality. I actually say Elin, Allah says in the story of use of, for example, and his brothers are Signs for those that are asking those that are trying to be inquisitive, what should I be learning from this? And so the the reason why stories are segmented is to help you snap out of it, be an active participant, and ask yourself what is here for me? How do I cross over these lessons into my life? Right?

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Look at the Canada if you cross the river to Llyod Al Bab there is in their stories, a lesson for people that are of intelligent, so intelligent people. They take Ebro. The word Ebro, by the way comes from the word that rule or what it means to cross over a bridge. So those people that have intelligence, they use the stories of the Quran, to cross them over into their life. That's the idea. The lesson is crossed over. And so the way the Quran tells stories is for that reason,

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if you don't look at the Quranic stories, this way, you're going to struggle to understand why we had a story of a tale of two gardens that will summarize the briefly write in two sessions. And then the commentary on the stories happening for another two, three sessions. Well, that's the whole idea. The Quran is not a storybook. The Quran is actually more preaching than it is stories, right storytelling, the story is just like a placeholder, a simple scene, and then what do we have to learn from it? So tonight is the second half of what we have to learn from the stories of so that guests in particular the second story, so we stopped here at the 53rd verse and so that gaff,

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when Allah azza wa jal speaks about those who find their book in front of them and they're blown away they're shocked by how much detail is in that book The scroll of deeds on the Day of Judgment right.

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And they don't just see the book the last verse we stopped at I believe whare al Mejuri moon and now and they see then they see the fire there they make eye contact if you will, with the fire itself.

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The criminals see the fire for one knew and now whom left here hoo ha and so they realize that they are bound to fall into it. While I'm big do unhappy most refer and they will find no way to escape it.

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So a person will see the fire. People will see the fire you know not just will a person see the fire may Allah or Zildjian grandpa send you safety, the fire will see you. In on Susan Furqan Allah azza wa jal says either at home in McCann him buried in semi Rula has a value of one was a FIRA when it sees them from a distant place. So it is said that the fire perhaps is a very long neck is very tall and it sees them like where are those who committed crimes against my lord right when it sees them mccannon buried from a distant place it will see you it's coming looking and it will see you before you see it.

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When it sees them from a distant place semi hola they will hear coming from it to you one was the fear of a rage boiling rage and an exhale they will hear it breathing

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and will hear its anger

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and then the other is as what Yeoman a poorly Johanna Mahal intellia to Dakolo helped me mozzie and then we will the day we will say to the Hellfire Are you full yet from all we placed inside you are you full yet? And it will say is there more to the Hellfire will see the Hellfire will speak the Hellfire will exhale will breathe right? And so the believers will see and experience all of this Forgive me the criminals will see and experience all of this for one No and no homework. And so they will realize the one here means they will become certain they will become sure because the word one in the Arabic language isn't always assumed isn't always assumption is also certainty like Biya and

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Lavina Vaughn noona whom will therefore obey Him those who are certain they will meet their Lord, right. So at that moment, they will be certain that they will fall into it while I'm Yeji do or unhappy must refer and they will not find any way to escape it most Rif

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is like another option there will be nowhere to go like surf, surf even in current

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and see they like Mazel Tov for money is when you give them one currency and they give you another option option you can use in that country, right? That's called a Muslim, because even sort of in Arabic grammar is morphology, right how you switch up the word to fit it into a different sentence right. Most of so they will not find any mustering meaning they will not find any other place to be sent. They will wish they could be sent to anywhere else, but they will not find anywhere else to be sent.

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And we explained the Hadith last week of those who will come to the brink of fire thinking their idols will help them thinking their leaders will help them thinking those that they accepted in place of Allah azza wa jal will help them. I told you, this could be idols like statues, it could also be human beings. Because if you accept someone to set up laws like Allah azza wa jal sets up laws, then you accepted them as a lord, right? You worship them alongside Allah azza wa jal, that's one of the several forms of ships of equating others with Allah. And so that when they get there to the edge of the cliff, they will realize that they will fall in and they will be no mustard if no

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other place to be sent off to next area 54.

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Allah azza wa jal says what up others are rough Nafi had Al Quran Neely Nassim in Colima, Sallim wa canon in Santa Clara che in Jeddah, LA

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and we've certainly set forth in this Quran every kind of lesson for people, but humankind is the most argumentative of all beings.

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So first of all,

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contrast or connect, I will tell you connect wise this verse here I've been doing it with you all, all series right? Allah azza wa jal is saying this will be their state in the fire. And now here's the Quran. If anyone wants to save themselves, here's the Quran. There's actually a beautiful linguistic subtlety here that the scholars point out that exists all over the Quran. It's called Ted Janice to Janice.

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I don't know how to translate the generals. Like Elgin said warheads are things that are identical or similar, homogenous, that generous, right? And so they're Allah azza wa jal when he speaks from the eloquence of the Quran, is that he uses words close together, that sound alike, for different reasons for you to look for the connections for you to notice the connections also, perhaps for you to help to help you memorize the Quran as well. And so where's the third Janos here? In the verse before it can you go back to 33 for a second?

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The last word is must refer sarafa Muslim member I spent some time saying to you will not be sent anywhere else. The next verse go back to 54. It says well occurred some Ruffner you caught it mostly fun is the last word of the previous verse than this verse says, we have some rough now we have sent your way.

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On the Day of Judgment, you're not going to be sent away from the fire if you come to it, right. But here in this world, you want to escape the fire. I have sent your way an escape mechanism. I've sent your way a salvation a rope, I've extended it to you. And so that is the subtlety. Here is your exit. Last stop anyone else willing to get off the crash course this Quran is your last stop your last opportunity. That is the benefit of using words that have similar sounds similar, you know, phonetic Wait, or structure. Walcott Serafina, he had an Oran. So we have sent your way in this Quran,

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Lee nurserymen Cooley method, a parable or an example, or every example for humanity.

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In other words, we've given you so many examples to help you understand so that there'll be no excuse left for you. Or for someone that cannot understand like why can't you understand?

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If you're mentally impaired, this is not addressing you right? But if you're someone that Allah has given a proper mind some sensibility he has diversified for you. He's given you facts and he's given you stories and he's given you I'm fed parables examples, we give you every example.

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But you know human beings have this amazing talent of dismissing every argument right dismissing any every proof that doesn't suit what they want their wants, their desires.

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What can Insano Agatha Rashi in Jeddah Allah, and the human being is more than anything else argumentative or more than any other creature another meaning here argumentative. I told you once the prophet that

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A salatu salam recited that phrase to who remembers

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Ali you know the hola Juan when he entered upon his daughter fourthly model the hola Ana and her husband, his son in law, I leave Nabila level of the hola Juan. He expected it to see them praying the night prayers and they were not praying the nights prayers. So he said, Why don't you rise and pray your family, your night prayers, parenting never stops up. It should change though you should not speak to a 25 year old married person like you speak to a two and a half year old toddler creature right? But he's still checking up on his children. Right? So he says you're not praying to emulate? And so earlier of the Allah and of course not in a way that would be disrespectful or

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inappropriate or even stubborn. He said, Yeah, rasool Allah Our souls are in the hands of Allah. If he wishes to wake us up, he wake us up and he doesn't wish to wake us up. He doesn't wish to wake us up.

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And so the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam laughed or smiled and said, What can I do in Santa Clara che in Jeddah law, human beings argue more than any other creature. Of course, this is like a safe, light hearted you know, response. But human beings do this on a very dangerous level. They justify every falsehood, right? With argumentation with suppose that logic, you know, with presenting the positive side of it, even if it could be 99%. Negative.

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You know, I hate to say to myself, what today is horrible, like the packaging,

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who's against diversity, right? Who's against love, who's against the minority groups, the packaging of the message, our positive notions that we should be supporting as Muslims. But when you get to the details, there's something that becomes extremely problematic. Even liberalism in general, which is like the mother from which all of these things come out, right? Just the liberal worldview, though, it needs bounds who's ever against freedom. We're pro freedom, right? Like how many? How many instances and circumstances are there in Islam? Where a person is given a preference? The Halal is more than the Haram right?

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How much encouragement is there in Islam to free slaves? For example, right? Freedom is a huge concept in our deen.

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But freedom to self destruct is is not what we're talking about here. So every concept can be argued to be positive, like something that is pure evil from every angle is very hard to identify really, right. No sensible person would ever sign up to that. But they are either deceived or trying to deceive others by pointing out using faulty logic logic, faulty argumentation, that little positive in it at the expense of or for the sake of hiding all of its negative.

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And this so stay away from engaging in argumentation and be careful of just responding for the sake of responding.

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Well, cannon in Santa Clara che in Jeddah by the way, you know this idea, some people that are critics of the Quran, or those who tried to nitpick at the Quran, they say they can hold on to these general terms like the word couldn't. Well, if it's rough enough, you had the Quran we sent you away from this Quran mean Cooley method, every example. Every example of what every parent thinks, scenario example, every agricultural an example for every agricultural method. No, it's obviously it was not met with that's obviously not what's meant, and no one, you know, with with a whiff of intelligence, because people will try to tell you the Quran is like hyperbolic and absolute and

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exaggerates. And.

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But these are general terms with intended meanings, right? There's no trip up here. There's no, this would be a very shallow mistake for an intelligent human being to make, right. But if you just try to understand people, even they don't mean that when they generalize, right. They mean by and large, they may use a general term but they mean something specific. You know, I'll give you an easy example in the Quran that using a soul.

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Allah azza wa jal says

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rehung fi has a name to them Miro Kula che in the people of ad we sent upon them this vicious wind

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containing a painful torment to them. Miroku Leshy. Right, that destroys everything by permission from its Lord. Does that mean that planet Earth was destroyed and the sun because the sun is part of everything, this is the thing, right? No one understands this. No one should understand this. Right? Everything is a general term, and it means every person that was there

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Nothing remains, but their houses as the other I had mentioned. And so I just

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I like to point that out because some of those who are either inheriting Orientalist criticisms or read for orientalist, I don't know who still does. They find this these lousy lazy criticisms against the Quran recycled. You know, they say the Quran says it has detailed out for you everything. Everything you need to know is in the Quran. Well, did it detail out for us, as one scholar was told, or challenged the detail out for us how to make bread?

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Or how many loaves of bread can be made through it with a bag of flour? He said, Yes. It did tell us that.

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And so he said, What do you mean?

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He said, He told one of his students go go get the Baker from the bakery, bring him to me.

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So he brought the baker and he asked the baker, how many loaves of bread come out of a bag of flour he had the small bag makes this amount of loaves and the big bag, the five found or five kilo makes this amount of loaves. And he said, See, he said where's that in the Quran? He said, Well, the Quran told us you know, first lol Khaled, Vicodin, kotula, Allah moon, as the people who know when you don't know, right? And so even when the Quran says we told you everything, meaning it gave you a lead, right, it gave you the principles by which you will learn and you will know and you will understand all that you need to part of what it taught us the importance to learn, right, and to

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respect expertise and otherwise. In any case, if that was of interest to you, and hamdulillah it wasn't I'm sorry. Next I 55.

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Allah azza wa jal says when I'm Anna Anna, meno is humble. Hooda was the federal robber whom Ill and to whom soon will actually now the idea of Hula, hula. And nothing prevented people meaning in the past, from believing when guidance came to them, and prevented them from seeking their Lord's forgiveness, except their demand to meet the same faith of the earlier deniers.

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Or that the torment would confront them face to face. So in other words, people before you and here you are, again, stubborn defiance, the pattern, you know, again,

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instead of simply saying, oh, Allah, forgive me if you're there, right? Instead of saying, you know, Oh Allah, I believe, just in case, or instead of actually considering what the prophet game they say, oh, Allah send the punishment upon us, they challenged God.

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This is the intended meaning of the verse here, you know, like, it's a little unfair,

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that Allah azza wa jal says, regarding the people right before the Battle of bed,

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and the disbelievers said Allah Who Man Can I have the whole help coming in DECA from Elena HR of Amina Sama, Oh Allah, if this is the truth from you, then send raining down upon us stones from the sky.

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Of course it didn't happen. Allah azza wa jal by and large since the time of Musa alayhis salam onward, punished the defiant people at the hands of righteous believers. That's what happened, right and the Battle of better took place where they least expected it outnumbered and out artillery, the believers and they still lost. That's really what happened.

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But in any case, the worst of the worst people Allah azza wa jal is saying they underestimate and they ignore the invitation to believe. And they don't consider any of the proofs, and they don't seek forgiveness from their Lord and instead, they just make fun and demand that the punishment come. By the way this this idea proves that even if you were the worst of the worst of the creation, and you sought forgiveness from Allah, Allah was forgive you.

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Right, saying these people who defied the prophets, these stubborn folks, and here you are repeating, you know, their crime. Had they just sought forgiveness instead of doing what they did, meaning he would have forgiven them. This is like the i n surah.

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Al borouge. In the Levina efforts and many in our community through millennia to bufala Hamada Bucha, Hannah, those who burned alive, persecuted for their faith and burned the life the believing men and believing women and did not repent, they will go to the fire for them as the torment of the Fire and has invested him alone. He read that I said, Look how generous Allah is He qualified it with, if they don't repent, meaning had they repented, these people who were so cold hearted that they dug out trenches and watched the believers men, women and children.

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get burned alive in front of them had they may tilba Allah would have accepted their Toba. He would have forgiven them and loved them all over again. subhanho wa Taala

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and so and what is the end of the ISA that they demanded? inlanta They were stubborn. Until

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that to whom sunnah to a warning until the demise of the previous nations happened to them. Right destruction

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Elta to whom we are there who are yet to whom Allah, Ebola, or that the punishment come to them face to face? What does that mean? What do you think it means?

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One of the two interpretations they have judgment like death, the Angel of Death comes to you see him coming to you. That's why I said Yeah, to Hula, hula, because the narrations mentioned you see that the angel of death.

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In other words,

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either one a punishment comes down from above unexpected demise catches you off guard while you're sleeping perhaps or while you're heedless. So the law officers while asleep or while unaware, right? So that's the first one. So naturally, when the other one has yet to come with Ebola or comes to you straight in front of you. That means the angel of death they have judgment or it means what the other interpretation was.

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He saw the angels Yeah.

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But what's the other meaning of of see the punishment come face to face? I already hinted at it.

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The believers on the battlefield.

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They said that this perhaps is hinting at Allah soon permitting Jihad because he did not permit for the first two years for the Prophet alayhi salatu salam to even defend himself

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so they said destruction at the hands of the believers at the bed and or onwards right?

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Next is

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when I noticed a lot more Selena in movies shooting in our moon Rena, will you just do Lavina Cafaro will badly Leo the head will be in Hapa. What if I do? T one zero huzefa. Allah azza wa jal is dancing. And we did not send the messengers except as delivers of good news and as Warner's Well, what is the what is the other option? What else could they be sent as?

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Tied with the data before it

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tied with the previous discussion?

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The purpose of the prophets is

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to bring you hope and bring you fear or bring you good news, reminders of the reward and punishment, right? That's the purpose of the prophets. In other words, what the prophets are not here to do what?

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They're not here to strongarm, you. They're not here to win an argument. They're not here to debate with you. Their proofs speak for themselves. They are clear enough. I'm letting you know this is a declaration. Just like I'm sending this for and for your exit. It's your job, whether you want to be argumentative or not. They're not here to argue with you. The and this is all throughout the prophets are sent as bearers of glad tidings and Warner's.

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yeah, ma Rama is mercy. Right? The Rama is mercy. I'm sorry, the the Bushra is the Bucha is mercy. the glad tidings of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada is mercy. Allah Azza Genesis award, right. They're not here to do beyond what they do. They teach you, they encourage you, they frighten you, and you got to do something. You bring the horse to water. That's it, the horse has to drink now.

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Because there is no reason or logic that can be accepted even if you stated Jani. But in Santa Allah NAFSA Heba Sierra hola hola como Avira. Allah says, the human being knows that he's doing the wrong thing, even if he expressed his excuses, even if he puts forth justifications for his for his deviance for his or her misguidance. But in reality, though,

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I mean, you look at the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, do you have any logical reason to reject Him? Absolutely not. Right. You look at his character, alayhi salatu salam

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how could he be a false prophet? You know, the honest and trustworthy, everyone testified to this. You look at the miracles he performed, you saw them firsthand, right? And on top of them all the Quran which every generation sees. Then you look at the balance and the beauty of His message.

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like when someone you know, wants to say that Satan was whispering to the Prophet Muhammad Ali Sato Salam? Well, sure anybody can can suggest anything. But the Quran tells you say, oh the bIllahi min ash shaytaan regime. Right? One genius said but that could be reverse psychology. He's telling you seek refuge from shaitan so that you don't realize actually shaitan who's like, you know, bringing this Koran well, okay, but the Quran also teaches us all of these good things go to all the devil worshipers of the world ask them what they're teaching their, their congregants, right? Are they teaching them to be good to their family and not to be vengeful? And to keep ties of kinship and be

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charitable with others? Is that what children do not go to therapy and do so you look at the message itself, how profound how pure people recognize this within themselves. And then look at the knowledge that he brought Alan Sato some of the last past that he couldn't have known. And then the knowledge of the future the dozens and dozens of times he accurately and specifically speaks about the future la salatu salam and the past all of this can there really be a logical you know ground for arguing here? There isn't?

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Well, you generally Lavina Cafaro Bill Belton and so the

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the disbelievers argue falsely they know it is false when they are arguing

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What if I do it when my own hero who's or who's who, and they just take My signs and My revelations as a mockery as a laughing cause for laughter and taunting. Next is

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Allah asila Genesis, women of the Lambo me men Luquillo Robbie is your OB behave Aradhana and who does more wrong than those who when reminded of their lords revelations, they turn away from them when scmr Goddamnit yada, and he forgets what his own his own hands have done.

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In Jalna, Allah kolu be him akin at an AF Kahuku Ophea Vanny him walk off, we've certainly casted covers or veils over their hearts.

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And we have

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so that they cannot understand it. This Quran we're free as Danny him walk or ah, and we've placed blockades blockages in their ears, deafness in their ears, were in the room in alHuda ferlay Do even further. And if you were to continue to invite them to the guidance, they will never be rightly guided anymore.

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So a few quick stops at this area because it has been 40 minutes already or a little less than that.

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When Allah azza wa jal says women have lemmo This is recurrent in the Quran, who does more wrong? What does this mean?

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Is this a question?

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Like an actual question that is

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seeking an answer?

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What is this called? This is called a rhetorical question. Right? This is the handyman and nephew. When you ask a question,

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to make a point, like no one asks a question of their opponent, if they're your opponent, this is just like a month, right? Just like how do you have a logical discourse and you know, effective debating?

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You don't ask your opponent that question unless you're sure of the answer. Right? And so a rhetorical question is when instead of you saying it, there's nobody worse than those who turn away from God signs after they come to them? It's use put putting it on them for them to to confess it, instead of you declaring it who is worse meaning there is nobody worse? That is the intent of a rhetorical question or the mechanics of the rhetorical question.

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Who is worse Meaning nobody is worse than the one who when reminded of the verses of his Lord.

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You know, this is proof of what that you are only liable to believe, after the verses of your Lord reach you.

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After Islam clearly reaches you, right? Because the problem is when the verses come to you, and you still reject them. This is when a person becomes liable for their Cofer liable for their shit. Yes, in this world, we have no choice. We don't know what's in people's hearts. We don't know what they're convinced of. And whether the proof was clear to them. They recognize it as from God or not, we don't know. And so we have no choice but to judge based on what's apparent. This is a Muslim, this is not a Muslim. Like you ask him you believe he says no. So you can't come and see maybe he believes he just said he doesn't. Right. That would just leave us in disarray. And so this person is

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a Muslim. I don't know what's in his heart.

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Right. I can't say for sure he's going to Paradise because I don't know what's in his heart. I don't know in what condition he's gonna die. Likewise, this person, says he this believer and unbeliever. So I understand him as such. I also don't know what it's in his heart. I can't say for sure he's going to the fire, I don't know. But in the sight of Allah, this discussion is speaking about in the sight of Allah, whoever Allah knows that his signs reached, that person becomes liable as the other ISS say to them this Quran has been revealed to me or here they had a foreign leader in Vera Combi he or min Bella, to warn you with it, and whoever it reaches, so whoever it reaches, is being

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warned, the warning applies to them. And so even though it's very important to understand them, and people always wonder, like what happens to my friends, my colleagues, nice people like why would they, you know, be doomed? No, no, no. Even though believing in Allah is perfectly logical and naturally inborn. Okay?

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Allah azza wa jal will not hold you to account for your fitrah the fact that he placed in you a certainty about him, that there is a higher power, right? And even a longing to connect with him. That's all part of your fitrah you don't just know that there's a God, you may not know his name, but you know, there's a God, right? A supreme being, and you even want to have a relationship with him. It's all already there. That is why when the messengers come, it strikes such a deep chord with people. Again, that's exactly what I've always believed, right? And so the fitrah alone will not make you liable.

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And logic will also bring you there like logically speaking gratitude, you're supposed to be grateful, and God gave me more than everyone so I'm supposed to be grateful to God more than anyone and still know

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whoever has their fitrah and is seen is only liable when the third component comes, which is the message reaching them. Once the third message once the message reaches them, all three boxes are checked, then their liability is activated in the sight of Allah azza wa jal. Is this clear to everyone. Very important. It's a very common question. The youth ask it all the time. You have to be able to articulate it.

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Yes, sir.

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so the eye ends with a lot off when Allah azza wa jal said he took the children of Adam out of the loins of Adam Alayhis Salam and he made them all testify against themselves and about themselves alleged to be robbing them Am I not your Lord Allah Bella Shaheed dinner? They said yes, we do testify. Allah Interfolio, Mulki Amity in the Quran have offered in so you don't come on the Day of Judgment saying I was unaware of this. This testimony happened, your elements are available or you know, because the souls were created before the bodies I love took all of our souls out, and he had us testify that he is our Lord.

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But a Muslim is not someone who believes Allah has his Lord.

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The shaytaan believes Allah is his Lord, right? A Muslim is someone who accepts Allah as his God also, not just the Rob Rob, but also the ILA. Because if you truly stay committed to Allah being my Rob, that would necessitate accepting him as your ILA as the object of your worship, the object of your devotion, the source of your morality, the source of your guidance, and so on and so forth. Right. We don't say La Busey. Well, you know, shahada, we say La ilaha illallah Lama Buddha Illa Allah right, he's the one we worship Subhana wa taala. And so that places inside you the fitrah you don't remember the incident, but the effects of the incident are why all people deep down inside,

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have this recognition. And this driving force towards Allah and His Oneness.

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That's the idea. And Allah knows best.

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Because, you know, the scholars all like, they all agree you're not born Muslim. Oh, boy. This is another can of worms. Nobody is born Muslim. Okay, because you have to be like, Islam is an action. It's, you have to intend it and you have to know it to intended and Allah pulled you out of Allah who magical multilingual magic of letter and I'm gonna show you and he pulled you out of your mother's womb, not knowing anything, right? So you're not Muslim or non Muslim. You're neither it just on the fitrah as you start developing your faculties of hearing and sight and reason and otherwise, that's when things start happening. Is that clear? If Allah blessed you to be among

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Muslim, Muslim family that may facilitate your path, right? If Allah bless you with humility in your heart, and you'll you'll believe in the message right away that he has facilitated your path. He doesn't do injustice to anyone. Right? This is just a part of that wider discussion.

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Yes, sir.

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Yos are now

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calm is

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fine to Allah what?

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Yes, in a very general sense like there is a God there is a Creator, right? He's all powerful. This is something you can even test, right? Have a baby and put it on an island, not you

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some anthropologist

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who needs the right license or vote, but that's what they say. Without any influence people will recognize God they may even recognize that he's above them like they may when they're stuck, they may look up right? They don't know his name they don't know how to connect with him what prayer looks like they don't they need to have religion to reveal these things to them. Right. But deep down inside it is there that there is a God there is supreme being this is like wired into our some say DNA but our spiritual DNA basically write our metaphysical DNA.

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Not born Muslim. They're born ready for Islam. Is that good? The fitrah is readiness for Islam.

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It's like a like a socket. Only Islam is gonna fit.

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That is why when when when you take someone and you tell them, God created the earth in six days and rested on the seventh, it gives them anxiety. It's like no, no, wait, but God's supposed to not rest. It just doesn't sit right. That's what they come to you. And they say it just doesn't add up. I've never actually believed that stuff. As one one brother said to me, or said in my presence once. I was always haunted by this idea, because what do you mean God rests on the seventh day? What do you mean God has a day off? What if I need God on his day off? I always felt insecure because of this notion. This is not the God that I believe in. Right until he finally came across Islam and

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said that one yes. What the Quran? Yes, that's God

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is a baby. We consider him not we consider him in terms of this dunya a Muslim right in the general sense, but I'm talking now Islam in terms of

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did they intend to be Muslim and are rewardable for their Islam? And no, there's no intention to begin with. Right? They don't intend anything.

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And Eliza knows. You know why also babies can't be born Muslim. Because if babies were born Muslim, that means every non Muslim is actually an apostate because they left Islam. But there's actually two separate categories there's non Muslims could fall asleep. And there's more to do there's apostates to completely sets up, like two different categories in Islamic law in the Quran and the Sunnah. If everyone was born Muslim that means that no such thing as a gaffer would only be like most of them was that is it? That's not true.

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Anyway, long discussion. Let's finish this out yet.

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And who does more wrongdoing than the one who is

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reminded of the if the signs of his Lord subhanaw taala for our other Anna and he ignores it comes face to face with it, right? It reaches him. And then he chooses to ignore it neglects it turns away from it, and forgets what their hands have done. Meaning instead of declaring its truth and admitting it and seeking forgiveness for their past crimes, they forget their past crimes. They say, you know, no big deal. I'll figure it out later, after they've seen it. You know, I know one brother

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Alhamdulillah and this is of the signs of Allah's fuddle. He's involved in the data now he moved down to Maryland from North Jersey.

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He says I read the Quran, and I realized for sure that what I know is from Allah azza wa jal, I was in high school with a high school I wanted to party and stuff and so I just threw the Quran aside. So you know, I'll figure it out later. I just wanna have fun, I want to live life. He said, Then I went to college, he was in Union City. I went to college.

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911 happened not sure if I ever shared this story before 911 happened. So everyone leaves class. And we come out to the shore, you know, union cities right there across from Manhattan. And we see the buildings falling in front of us. And it was petrifying. You know, the terror in our hearts was indescribable. Death never felt so close. You know, so he's in his party life and then this incident happens. And then he says to me, my

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my Indian roommate is dead.

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sitting next to me they dorm together said to me home man, I'm gonna go pray so just don't pray what are you? He said I'm Muslim is really

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you never knew Allah guide us Oh yeah, he's like okay, I'm coming with you and he goes with him takes us to have that begins to pray and masala vada Allah he's a he's a very committed Muslim now and a leader actually there was a community in College Park Maryland.

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but this is not guaranteed you're not guaranteed unlimited choices and this is why the i That's exactly what the is saying. That those instead of seeking forgiveness for their sins and you know, chasing after the opportunity to you know, clean up their past, they turn away. And so in Jalna, Allah Kullu behavior akin we have placed on their heart seals, you see, because God's God is very important to us that God is God. God doesn't owe anyone anything, right. And so if you turn away who said you're entitled to unlimited chances, he may give you a second chance may give you a third chance may give you a 15 chance. But there will come a time where the same way death will end your

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life and your chances are up the death of your heart could happen before the death of your body.

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He was fair to you by giving you a chance. So if after a few dozen chances out of his generosity, two plus chances is generosity. One chance is fairness right.

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After that he sees oh you don't want i'll give you what you want. You want Ms guidance? I'll give him his guidance and I'll make you sure that it's guidance in now Jana, Allah Palaui Makena May Allah protect us? Right, you know, Mujahid dibujo are the great student and our best what they love on him. When he was interpreting the IFF BlueBee him models on visit at home Allahu Maraba, their hearts were diseased. And so Allah increased them in disease. He said the truth came to them or the light came to them, he said, and they kept blocking every path to it.

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And he went like this closes five fingers. So Allah seal their hands shot.

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That's it, you close your hand over and over and over and over and over again. And so Allah kept your hands close. You did it to yourself.

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In Niger, Allah Allah Kaluga Hema kinnerton And you have Kaho so they're no longer able to understand the message. What he Avani him walk around, and their their ears are blocked, blocked from listening in a beneficial way. Like it's not passing through here, let alone getting there. And even if it will get to get there, it will find the heart blockaded. In other words, the pathways, the inlets to guidance and certainty,

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are gone.

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And that is why the I NS was saying when he went into the Oh homie alHuda and a few guys such if you invite such people following you to do even better, they will never become guided, no matter how hard you try.

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That's why we were sent we sent you as a bearer of glad tidings, and a warner next slide and sha Allah. I have two slides left, before we reach the end of the discussion and begin with the story of Musa alayhis salam, when we resume our classes

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58 woroch Bukola Furuta Rama and this is this is the the pattern of the Quran. Just as the prophets send the glad tidings and warnings. Allah azza wa jal speaks about this scary scene of our heart being sealed. And then he says, or a book of a photo Rama and your Lord is the Most forgiving the Rama full possessor of mercy. Lo you are free to whom be Marchesa boo, if he were to immediately * them, due to their earnings, their evil earnings that they committed, legit Allahu Allah that He would have certainly hasten their punishment meaning he would have punished them here in this world.

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biller whomever they don't like edgy do mean Dooney hemo Isla, but instead, they have an appointed time. They have a time Allah knows their limit. Just leave that to Allah. They have an appointed time for which they will find no no ill no refuge.

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So I want to say just three things quickly about this idea. The first of them is that whenever you're coming across the names of Allah in the Quran, pay attention, you will find that the dominant feeling you're supposed to have about Allah is love.

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And here's just an example of that. Rob bucola Furusato Rama

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your Lord is the Most Forgiving full of mercy.

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And he's the severe Punisher No, he said, and if he were to punish, you notice that they're not the same thing. It's not a 5050 split between mercy and punishment. Your Lord this is who he is. And if he had

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happens to punish it's bad, if he happens to punish, it's bad.

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That pattern is all throughout the Quran. I'll give you a few. One of another one Allah azza wa jal says, what it has done or Buccola in Chicago Tumblr as Eden ACOEM.

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And your Lord has declared that if you are grateful, I will increase you

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will incur for tomb and if you deny,

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I will decrease, you know, he says in that other beat Aisha did. My punishment is severe. That's all he said. It's not the same thing. You notice. The other one?

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Allah terracotta Allah says,

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net very badly and neat and Allah fool Rahim in for my servants that me I am the most forgiving, I am the most merciful.

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What and now I there be and that might punishment, not me my punishment, meaning on the occasion that I do punish. And that My punishment is the severe punishment, no one punishes like me.

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You notice the difference here? There's a fourth one that comes to mind, or at least that I recall right now and so that BlueJ Allah azza wa jal says, in about a shower a big Elijah did. The the the strike of your Lord is so intense. In now Who who are you bidding over your eat?

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Indeed, he originates and he repeats. Meaning there is in this world and in the Hereafter, if he chooses to his striking is intense, and he does it and he originates and he repeats you will not escape Allah even through that. If he chooses to punish you, well, who Allah for Allah do, and he is not his punishment. His punishment is an act.

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If you accept me to use the word momentary, but it is a term act, it is not who he inherently is, it is an action that he does My punishment

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is intense, well, who will a fool will do whereas He is the Most Forgiving, the Most Loving? subhanaw taala.

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It's clear, so when you read the names of Allah like here, now what are Bukola follow the Rama, so he is low, you ask him to whom if he were to seize them, by their deeds, they committed ly Gela whom he would have

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he would have rushed meaning in this world, the punishment their way.

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And so he doesn't punish immediately why?

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To give them a chance to repent, give them a chance to be loved by Him despite their crimes. And there's also another benefit

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and extrinsic benefit to them, which is that their children may come out Muslim, right as the Prophet alayhi salatu salam said, no, please don't punish. Look how Allah aligned guided the emotions of the Prophet SAW Salem, to what Allah loves. Right? He said to the angel that was sent to punish, don't punish the people of Mecca. Don't crush them between the two mountains, perhaps their descendants will come out worshipping Allah alone and they did. Right.

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And so if Allah

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you know, why is Allah azza wa jal angry with people on the Day of Judgment?

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Let people see David was so angry and so angry. But why is he so angry?

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That's out of his generosity. He was not disobeyed on the day of judgment. He was disobeyed 1000s of years before that. And he deferred his anger manifesting for so many people until the Day of Judgment, right? So they would have a chance.

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So Allah azza wa jal is not fair. Or not only fair. He is gracious to Baraka with Ireland.

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And so, and the ISS, they have an appointed time. So it's not unlimited. It will be over at some point, but they have some time. Don't

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Don't try to judge people on your clock.

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You know, many times, people when there's like an oppressor somewhere, and something bad happens to him, they say, yeah, that's because he oppressed me or oppress my uncle or something and it doesn't work like this. Okay? Allah azza wa jal said and Maria, I think it was Miriam Furla. Tagil Ali him in nama Anna Oh, doula Hamada, don't rush for them. We're counting. It's on our clock and not yours. There's a ticker there's a count that you'd like you think if you're in the time of Musa alayhis salam for round slaughtering babies, you think, oh, man, the punishment is coming right now.

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But it didn't Musa alayhis salam who escaped the slaughter and grew up and got strong and left and spent

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10 years out and was commissioned and came back then it was the end of Iran. Right?

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And so it will happen this is not just a threat also to the to the bo presser and the tyre and this is also a constellation to the Prophet SAW Selim and the believers that where's the where's the victory of Allah? It's coming. It's coming on his clock for a supreme wisdom you know Allah you see these things in Palestine you see what's happening in India and you just like how how until when the Sahaba were like this like make dua for us so you're not making Allah and he became angry he feared the impatience of his followers trust Allah's timing, defer to his timing.

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When it comes language it will mean duniya hammer Illa they will find no refuge and the last idea we will cover quickly what till California Alekna whom Lemma vollum or Jalna, Lima Leakey, him Merida and those are the societies societies. No next day, next day 59 Yes, and those are the societies we destroyed

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when they persisted in wrong what Jalna Lee Maliki him our ADA and we set a time for their destruction

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you know, scholars asked, why is it that this ISS till kill Cora, these cities?

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So much to say here, these these are not those right, like Tilka versus, you know, Hola, right, till can mean something right in front of you.

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Why are those other cities right in front of Quraysh? This is addressing the province of Salem, right. And the people he sent to why are these destroyed nations

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called these cities we've destroyed them when they persisted in wrongdoing. Anyone know?

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Because Quraysh used to pass by the parish nations of AD and fair mood and saw that right in front of them when they would go to a sham or go to Iraq and otherwise, and the Quran says this way Nicola Marina Alayhi Musburger in, you pass by them. When you resume your travels in the morning. You saw these nations. And so these nations were close to them. When they would head towards a sham, they would see the Madonna demoed, the cities of demoed. And then the verse also does not say my dad in or something or like

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it says Cora and the Korea

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is a place that is

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self sufficient a place that is equipped, equipped and comfortable. That's why in Arabic and to create belief, are you belief or belief is the stuff that you give to a to a guess.

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Like you have your food and then tap curry leaf

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is the is the action of honoring the guests. Right. And so the poorer the cities are the places that have their needs and more. In other words, those places were not you know, just some weak villages, some huts and tents and stuff. They were fully equipped developed cities and it made no difference. Till Calcutta like now we destroyed them when they persisted in wrongdoing. Or Jelena Lee Maliki him Merida and they all had an appointment each of them had a time. We didn't rush the punishment because somebody might change his mind. Right? As if it seems to Quraysh you have your mounted as well hurry up. We gave them an appointment and we're giving you an appointment, but you're not

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allowed to know when it is.

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We'll stop there in sha Allah to Allah Subhana Allah Muhammad diksha Allah Elantra is the full guide to Lake

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