An Ocean of Pearls – Youth & Family Poetry Night

Mohammad Elshinawy

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they say that satisfaction is the death of desire, and we are so grateful that Allah blessed us with a bigger and better message but we are not satisfied, we desire more much more. In our continuing efforts act with a growth mindset. We desire creating proud Muslim leaders for tomorrow out of the youth of today. We desire developing celebrated ambassadors of Islam, who carry its message and values to wherever life takes them. On behalf of IE CPAs entire team we're super excited to announce the hiring of brother Ibrahim giedre as our new full time to do it myself and to make Toba to a loss of Palawan Island. And as I'm going through that, he's putting Baraka on the basketball court that I

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became the leading scorer in the Greek league and only after four months, they were buying my contract in the Euro league in Italy, and he continued to bless me, right? But it's just as I said, the higher up you go. The thinner the air

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is a former pro basketball player and inspiring spoken word artists, a memorizer of the poor and and a certified youth counselor. We asked a lot to make him a breath of fresh air for all the Lehigh Valley youth and the next big leap for our community.

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah he came on and he wants to be a Jemaine I sonamarg a Komodo rahmatullah wa barakato. Rubbish Ronnie so do you silly Emery aka Dr. Melissa Neff, Kohli.

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Welcome everyone, to our launch event, an ocean of pearls a night of poetry with myself, Abraham, Mohammed, a sham jabber, as well as my partner in rhyme. Nigella Hama jabber tonight in sha Allah hota eila. We have some poetry planned for you all, as well as an overview of our 2021 Youth mission and I ecpa so please stay tuned for the entire program.

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So that you can be informed as to how we're going to be moving forward for the new year in shalom to Island. So without further ado, we're gonna be starting with some poetry. This one is entitled, scripture my hopes.

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I want to know Mecca to Medina by foot.

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But I'm too busy with life. I want to know Ibrahim like a father and I'll be the sacrifice. I want to know Jerusalem like the true followers of Christ. But Moses did not know the promised land, yet he was still granted paradise. I want to know what it's like to travel to heaven and back in one night. I want to know what it's like to stand in the shadow of atoms. Hi, I want to know love. I want to know light. I want to know what it's like to hear the angels recite. I want to know the scripture as if it were written in my heart. I want to know what Noah felt when he was building his Ark. I want to know moons that split and sees that part. I want to know the waterways upon which

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Jesus walked I want to know sacred before man set out to change it. I want to know the scriptures in their original language. I want to know the Torah in the Hebrew in the gospels in Aramaic, I want to hear the Psalms read in the voice of David.

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I want to hear the songs read in the voice of David I want to know the prayer of Jonah in the belly of the well I want to know the prayer of Joseph in the bottom of the well. I want to know the prayer of john when they lock them in a sell I want to know what would have happened if Adam never fell I want to know have been like home. I want to know Solomon's throne. I want to know Goliath overthrown and I'll be disappointed.

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And I don't want to crown I want to dome and pill is made of Chrome I want safe to consume me I want to fill it in my bones. I want the truth to be known. I want the proof to be shown until we wash away the blood of Athens in the fingerprints of Rome. I want a moment of my own me in the messengers alone, how unbelievable it would be just to recite a poem but see my life is a pin and not been right and all my wrongs reunited with the righteous. It's like I'm right where I belong. I want to know the basket that carried Moses up the Nile and the key that lifted the shackles from the ankles of Bilbao. I want to know what it's like to be chosen above the crowd and to overcome the trials

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like Joseph as a child. I want to know wisdom like local man advising his son I want to know purity through the eyes of the young I want to know victory before my time here is done. I want to see this oma united as one I want to know the straight path like the back of my hand and body the quarter and like Mohammed I know he's Salatu was Salam the map of a man I want to know mad my way across the desert like a shepherd who's memorized every ancient path known to the Fertile Crescent. I want to backpack Islam from GIS the guys on my Don't look back until I reach the Kaaba and many learning the deen from scholars. But what if you had the opportunity to sit at the feet of the Sahaba, or better

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yet the Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam standing upon this member just before we break bread with the companions, that if

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I want to know my Creator, that he is pleased with his slave, and I want him to know that I am grateful for all that he gave. I want to know this world through the eyes of faith, just a stranger without a name, though some might recognize the face standing upon a place outside of time and space. I'm just a traveler in this world, trying to find my place. Scripture, my hopes.

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If knowledge is the cloth that covers the mind, and wisdom is the scarf that covers the head, may we be reminded of what it took to weave these threads. You You have the potential for perfection written in his command, you have the spiritual capacity to achieve a sin. You have the most beautiful examples of women in Islam, who taught us by our actions how to live the end, no, show your Lord where you stand, come to him running without stretch hands, begging for elevation, a mind molded by mercy and a heart shaped by revelation. Look what this book did for the Greatest Women of creation, ever to walk the earth surface concern so deep that Allah sent down versus you, you

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inherit a legacy of purpose, piety, conviction, modesty, sacrifice submission. These were not your average women. They were leaders. They were martyrs. They were scholars. They were wives. They were mothers. They were daughters. They were wise. They were patient. They were loyal. They were chosen by law, to walk this path before you so that you would know that impossible is just a man made myth. That guidance is a gift that even when you're down you can still uplift. No matter how high the climb. No matter how steep the cliff, we can cover the distance between us and them if we put our trust in Him, the one and only Owner of the Throne. It may seem like miles and Millennium that

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separates us from women like Miriam and her mother. It may seem like days of travel between Safa and Marwa it may seem like an endless distance that can't be covered with ease. But if you walk towards Allah, He comes to you with speed. And those who seek knowledge walk towards Allah when they read when they study the stories of those who believed those who sacrificed their lives and did good deeds, who understood their roles, and were chosen to lead. If we journey in their footsteps, we would eventually arrive at the destination that they saw it throughout the course of their lives. A law singled them out a law singled out these women as examples for us to follow and you to have

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something to contribute for now. For tomorrow in short,

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Allah women, the women of the Quran. So hamdulillah we've been doing this poetry thing together for about 10 years 100 in law.

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It is a little bit different doing virtual presentation. So please tap in with the comments as much as possible. So we know that you all are with us.

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Bismillah hater eila, some encouragement, some energy coming for you all that we know that you are appreciating what is being presented today. The next poem that we're going to present in shallow Thailand is called the circle of trust. And this is actually our wedding Pong.

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And our first collaboration.

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I know marriage is about trust, and trust is the law. But I can't give you my trust until you first put your trust in Allah. And I've got questions. I need you to tell me who you are. Where from do you come and was it faith in him that led you this far? I come from the vibe of Adam, travel to this world from Eden. It is no accident that I have fallen, everything happens for a reason. I carry the legacy of woman my purpose is set in stone. Allah created me to worship Him and to worship Him alone. I was sent to vbelt nations enlightened minds impact generations. My name is Nigel Kaya, I am the importance of inspiration. Now tell me who are you? And why are you here? I'm in search of a

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companion. One who can stand the journey because this life is like a canyon filled with echoes of the lonely and somewhere in the noise I can hear the pounding of our heart. It said my prayers will be answered that my soul has a counterpart My kingdom is underground, a city made of stone Islam is my crown and wisdom is my throne. My life has been written like the lyrics to a song My name is Ibrahim I am the prince of the poem. I've waited 1000 sunsets what it off imposters of the moon, listen to the winds resonate whispers of a worthy King, coming soon determine not to be consumed by the temptation. The frustration never touched me because there's no regret and being patient. I felt

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his presence like a promise. So I waited, never find in use for the doubt in preparation after myself truth till it stuck to the roof of my mouth. There were chapters written like fences preventing me from covering the distance. So focus on finding my wife, it was as if nothing else existed, staggering through the midst of distractions. I was drifting looking for love. But it was as if the path had been hidden for like a man whose other half was missing, because marriage had not found me yet. And it's half my religion. I read I recite it, I wrote and I went invoke the law before wrestling, he worked while I slept in Paris, is there anything you seek that hasn't found you

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yet? I want to be in so called and trust until it takes control of my every step, witness to souls come together and sing the most beautiful duet. So let us circumambulate upon the surface of our faith in the most perfect dense of fate this earth has ever faced. We are not here by chance. Only by His grace, many stories came before you and tried to fill your place. But I listened to my heart. And it told me I should wait. I did not know love only the examples of the believers. There was Ibrahim and hjem Mohammed and Khadija taught us how to sacrifice how to support our leader and gave us the type of discipline that it takes to become over achievers. And I would never ask anyone to

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duplicate this success, but to learn from their lessons and strive to do your best. I know you you come from the legends of old and even before I met you I recognized your soul revolved around you for ages it seems seeing your face in my dreams, only the wake from them a king with no trace of my queen sea life without a wife and the frustration that brings being pulled around the world like a puppet on strings. For what it's worth. I spent 26 years in my search seeing half the world one does in all four corners of the earth. But not until now that I discover the beauty of the universe. And I am winded from the journey don't know how much longer I can stay but it would really be an honor.

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If you would join me along the way. Can you promise me that you always strive to focus on Allah. Maintain a low your heart and only be who you are. There's purpose in your lineage you are evident evidence that all men don't walk in shame. I have seen your spirit reflected

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In the stories of believers, there is no coincidence that Ibrahim is your name, you are the secret student, you are the secret behind my smell.

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There's a secret behind my smell that others couldn't see a portrait of you in my hearts memory, you were the reason behind every no proof that waiting is often the key. And we are an epic love story yet to be told. So I need you to know, it would be an honor to walk with you down life's route. Let's row myself.

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So before we go to the next poll, Michelle, I want to put my partner in rhyme on the spot for a second. So she can tell a little bit about herself and what she does. Cool.

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So I'm Nicola, and I've been passionate about youth and women pretty much all my life. And hamdulillah we have four children in the birth of our fourth child really inspired, sparked, ignited, and brought us to a mission to really impact our communities regarding birth and how women are, you know, reunited with their birth rights, right women, our young girls, our children, and so I'm the founder of Miriam's womb, my husband and I birth, our fourth child at home on our own it as a way to honor You know, this birth experience as a way to protect ourselves from being robbed of the right that Allah has given us, right.

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Don't give him too much. Okay. And through this experience, it just led me on a path to really come into a place as a birth educator, as a doula as an advocate for women. And so with mediums womb, this is the work that I've been doing for the last several years. We have a free monthly birth circle, and I'm just really happy to be here, part of this community inshallah to bring some of this work. You can find us on Instagram at metromls omashola. So in Sharla, she is a resource

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for everything related to birth, prenatal, fertility, postnatal, postpartum, and 100. A night and she is certified as a doula.

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And of course, I was hurt. I was hurt for all four births. And finally, we did a home birth with our last child in Egypt, who we named hit you up on 199. I mean, so

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we've been in tag team for a while, we've always done a lot of things together, especially the youth projects. And so hamdulillah I wanted to let her introduce herself a little bit. The next poem is entitled, mothers of the believers. We got any comments coming through? We don't really get any

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Oh, we didn't have a circle. Do you probably sit anywhere Masha. Allah coming soon coming soon we just getting back settled.

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In the States on the line we actually have people tuning in all the way from Morocco Maghreb ish meetic relate

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hamdulillah so Mashallah, a lot of comments, a lot of people tuning in from all of the social media platforms Facebook, YouTube, and I think we even have a Twitter account on there as well. Let us continue inshallah. Okay. I said, I'm why they come to all of you everywhere you are, and May Allah subhanho wa Taala be with you everywhere you are.

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Mothers of the believers.

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Imagine if you were hedger running back and forth between Safa and Marwa in the hottest place on earth searching for water. Imagine your son dying of thirst in the absence of his father just to save his life. What would you offer? Would you hold on to your faith? Or would you falter before he ever gets the chance to help his father build the cabin before he ever sees the day that he agrees to be slaughtered? I wonder in our weakness, how many dreams that we've altered? Now imagine our army of Pharaoh as it slowly approaches time is one in short, and you're the mother of Moses, you hear a knock at the door and for a moment You're hopeless afraid for your child and unable to focus?

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Would you give in to the pressure in willingly surrender? Or would you put your trust in Allah and put the baby in the river? What if you give them to a tyrant and he never potted the sea, and he never lived to see the day when he would set you free? And we know everything happens by a laws decree.

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But But if we don't do the right things, then where will we be? So many young men with their potential unwritten? And what would they become without dedicated women I've seen so many die without ever really live in. So I gotta thank my mother for everything she's given the sacrifices that she made just to carry on tradition. But the zam zam she gave was in water, it was wisdom. See, I too, was born in a time when they were bevery hidden their children given to society, then buried in the system. So many uses that never had a vision. So many Ibrahim's that never had dreams. It could have been Moosa raised amongst kings, or maybe a smile, made to burst springs. And so many

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young women with the potential of marry, give it up in a hurry and give up on getting married could have been a Khadija could have been Khadija mother of the believers, but it takes a strong woman to raise up a leader. We need more Fatima's, we need more ideas, we need more zeyneb we need more sex. So mayya ruqayyah women have prayer before you ever start mimicking other women remember, new Saber, not willing to waver in that too many were braver, and when Esma was nearly in labor, she would still walk five miles to deliver the favor to Abu Bakar and the Prophet when they were living in caves. Remember what they gave without any ambition of getting paid. So men like me could be saved

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and raised up to give praise. So when women into the premises, lower your gaze,

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and we could never repay you for what you carry in your wombs. I mean, how could we ever build an oma? If we never had an own? How could we ever build an oma, if we never had an own?

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This poem if anyone knows me, you possibly know this poem is dear to my heart. I'm the sound of light.

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I'm a smile, but I've known some pain, have walked about those struggling days have held on strong, but I fell sometimes I've got back up and I've learned to fly. I know to love, I know to bow I have faith in the one above. And this is the sound. This is the sound. This is the sound of light. The sound of light is the self awakening at dawn, realizing that the Spirit has been sleeping too long, trading behind dreams instead of painting them into reality where they actually belong. See, this is no song no scripture, no law, no anthem, no rap, no sermon, no poem, no fable, no scroll. No, this is a voyage that penetrates the soul. With all the wisdom in beauty needed to be home, I find myself

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rising like the sun but before fudging the morning prayer that exhales the first breath, have a fulfilling day. And I can hear the words of my Lord in the silence. So I mean a big one how therefore turn to your Lord and sacrifice only to him. This is a voyage that penetrates the soul.

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Some really rock bigger one who didn't turn to your Lord and sacrifice only to him.

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Coming out of retirement

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together together, it's been probably five or six years took a long break.

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So I said you forgot the

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big one. How, therefore time to Lord and sacrifice only to him.

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This is a voice that penetrates the soul. With all the beauty and wisdom needed to behold I find myself rising like the sun. But before fudger the morning prayer that exhales the first breath, have a fulfilling day. And I can hear the words of my Lord in the silence for so little bigger one her therefore turn to your Lord and sacrifice only to him. This is a language that encourages one to ruminate on the necessity of submission as the world slowly awakes, or make do artists and humble and obey. Let my purpose have its own voyage and lead me towards the enlightened way. Hold my soul hostage because I never want to stray. See, this is the sound of flight

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Would they no longer chain us at the brain, the wrists, the ankles, the flesh and the bone. We are the rebels forever connected to a law so never have we been alone and their labels of slave three fifths scoon savage have never found in us a home because we are warriors built within the purity of his command B. And we were so like servants we surrender to the guidance of the Lord of the Universe suited up like soldiers. Our armor is the car and our ranks are unbreakable. There is no conquering Islam. How dare they have the audacity to stand as human and think they have the power to slander the only truth that exists in this land, close your eyes and take in this breeze for fit the

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worldliness of this temporary dirt in hell no longer the hazardous pollution of those who live by a flawed constitution. This right here is the revitalization of an upward revolution. Pick up your key Maurice that's a trick of buyers. Protect your honor. Gotcha enough. Cover your hearts showed resilience, foot to foot shoulder to shoulder. This is the unification of a conscious passionate oma scrape any coveted memories of defeat off your tongue. It is the essence of peace that we originate from put away any memories of defeat, you have emerged from the clients that were determined to succeed. No matter the trauma, no matter the stress. No matter the sacrifice. Even in death, the

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conviction was set in the foundation of faith. See, this is the rise of a new age and inspiration that will set all false hood ablaze. If we could just grow out of this space, allow the ignorance to fade. We want warriors bringing Glory to the stage, my sword has been transformed into a microphone. I write daggers with my words and pair souls with the stories of life nearly blinded their five senses with poetry so bright that all they could decipher of my legacy is the sound of light smilla

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Allah

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How did they learn hamdulillah

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So,

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before I do the last poem for this segment of our presentation, just want you to let everybody know how they can actually find you and find out about the work that you do, especially your postpartum healing packages and the birth circles. Okay, I can always be reached at Miriam's [email protected] and we have an Instagram page we have a lot planned for this year inshallah, including some really nice partnerships. So if anyone would like to reach out they can reach out in those two ways. And we're working on a new website. So that's to come to but Miriam's womb is the place inshallah.

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So this last poem that I want to share is titled right now and ocean of pearls, and it is taken from the actual heading of the program.

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And I actually wrote it this morning, between one fudger and one.

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Right, so lots of Virgil and Salatu, Doha

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and

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it is an indication that my presence within this community, I have already been

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very inspired

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an ocean of pearls.

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In case you have spent all of your days in this earth, without ever once being told of your words, your worth. I wrote this prose, because I'm afraid for your soul. I'm afraid for your soul. I'm afraid that your soul will be traded or sold at the value of vice and the weight of gold. I'm afraid that you've never been told that your soul is the most expensive thing on the face of the globe and even if they gathered all the treasures of the earth, it could never in a million years equal your words. Yes, you are an ocean of pearls. You are a sky full of stars. You are a desert of diamonds that only the guidance can cross. You are a universe crafted by the divine you are one of his

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miraculous signs. Yes, the light of the sun may leave people behind but you two are a ball of fire that beings and shines you stand and you bow before the sublime you fries and you set with direction in line. You are an undiscovered mine with treasures inside you so precious and find you are hot or cold that somehow turns the black gold after being pressed and refined. You are a rare find.

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Mountain of mercy that only the word that you can climb You are a galaxy of mastery waiting to align shooting stars blazing behind your iris. You are his sky, you are have rising you are an uncharted island surrounded by an ocean of pearls. Yes, you were created from this earth, but just sold. It's out of this world, your soul, it's not of this world, your soul is not to be sold not for a desert of diamonds not for a mountain of gold because the soul of the believer is worth more than everything on the face of this globe.

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An ocean of pearls. I hope everyone enjoyed our poetic presentation. And now

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if there's no questions from our audience, we're going to transition right over to the youth mission for 2021.

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black pen guy.

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Yeah, don't drink that.

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Now, record number four.

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What do you got?

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We got we got little snack.

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Chips.

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My name is My name is yet I don't have me. My name is Amanda would.

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My name is Matt moody. 13 years old, and I'm going to eighth grade. I'm 15 years old. And then I'm gonna be a freshman. I am 12 years old and going to seventh grade. 12 years old. I go about seventh grade. And I'm a young scholar. And I'm a young scholar, and a young scholar, young scholars. It's like a place where we all get together and have fun. And also we learn about Islam. We learn about our training, we learn about business. It's like a entertaining way of learning education. On the side, we get to play a little basketball, have a little fun, eat. And then we have a company tournament. Basically it's like, it teaches us how to run our own business for the future. I like

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that a lot because all of my friends are here and I got used to all the people and I actually enjoyed being around them. My favorite class was our class, the best part. You know how to spread Islam to non Muslims. You know how to defend you about your Islam. You know how to raise your Eman up, they teach you a lot of stuff 111 and a lot I thought it was like really, really fun. And if I had the chance to do it again, I would.

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What would you be doing this summer if you weren't a part of the Young Scholars Program, probably slack off, play video games, watch TV and sweet.

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Just be you know, hanging out with my friends in the courts or something like that in the gym. But I'd rather be here learning about them and doing all this it's fun. I like it.

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One last

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in

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Do you want the while song

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen

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Salah This time, we'll be getting into our young scholars 2021 overview.

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Just before we go through the slides and what we have planned for

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This year in Sha, Allah, I just want to number one give a heads up that we're going to be doing a little bit of survey in doing this. So for those people who are local,

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please get to the icpa, Facebook or to the YouTube so you can provide direct feedback and those particular locations, as this program will be shaped, you know, based on your input to Ireland.

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As far as for myself, I've been working in youth programming for the last

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10 years, consistently developing programs and curriculums for Muslim youth, I had a lot of opportunity to pilot programs in different communities, specifically in New Jersey,

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and also just to travel and be exposed to many, many different communities

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here domestically in the United States, and also abroad, as far as far as Australia and Malaysia went home to the lab. And I hope to be able to bring some of this experience that I have gained over the years, and what I have inherited from my, my elders, my older brothers, my my uncles, and my father, and also my grandfather, as well. And so what you saw from the video is kind of a

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3d version of this slide show. And hopefully, you got a real life glance, or glimpse at what we hope to bring to ecpa. Now, the three main components,

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and as for my admin, I have no access to comments right now, because my slide is taken up the whole screen. And so if there's any thing you need to inform me, please just text it over to my phone, inshallah, to Allah. So three main components, three main features to the programs that we want to bring over to IEP, I ecpa. We have our consistent weekly youth circles, and also our apprentice life skill workshops. And these are workshops on select topics of interest. And as the third component is special events, these are the events that the youth are probably most excited about. These are trips, our tournaments, our game nights, and our mini conferences and youth summits and sleep overs

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and things of this nature.

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As for our apprentice workshops,

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we have many ideas in mind. And of course, we want to hear what ideas you have.

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Perhaps, within a few days, you will be receiving an email announcing our first monthly workshop. So one week, one day out of every week, we will be workshopping on a specific life skills. Here are some of the potential workshops that we'll be bringing, we have poetry,

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which will be formatted probably in a competition format, with prizes, and so forth for all of those who submit, and we will have our rubrics and so forth, coding. And so I guess a part of the philosophy behind this is that we bring because the theme that for this year, as coined by Kareem tofik is a journey of success. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah that He really makes it a journey of success, and not just success in the dean, but also success in the dunya. And so this is why this aspect of the programming is is very, very important. Yes, we will have our youth circles and tarbiyah sessions, but we also want to provide them other dimensions of benefit that perhaps they

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would normally get somewhere else and another community at another facility. We want to bring these programs into the masjid and we want to bring their people to the masjid as well. The cornerstone or what I would consider the cornerstone of the life skills apprentice workshops is the business competition. And this is a very intricate program where our youth you know, starting as young as 10 and all the way up all the way up 1819 they will be learning how to build their own businesses from scratch. And they will be learning graphic design, they will be designing their own business cards, they will be designing their own fliers, they will be doing some audio production, making

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commercials, learning videography, and all of these things in the format of business competition that is highly incentivized inshallah to Allah as we will see. And so these are some of the suggestions that for workshops, you know, scouts activities, archery, self care and hygiene, which is especially important for young people coming into early mentor

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Heard, and so forth. Self Defense, CPR and first aid workshops. And these are necessary life skills for everybody. And, you know, with that being said, we are also encouraging parents to commit to participate in at least one or two of these workshops that take place throughout the year. And they will be, of course, partnered with their sons and daughters with these workshops, so to bring the family into the community doing beneficial activity,

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together with Hamza de la, so at this time, actually, and of course, I mentioned, we have grand prizes.

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I'm thinking PlayStation five, anybody like a PlayStation five, but you can also submit the type of prizes that you would be interested in, as well. And, you know, important feature as well is fully integrated merit system, you know, very important and that, you know, there's positive reinforcement going on at all times during these programs and incentives, to encourage young people to

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work hard, be diligent pursue sign, but you know, at the same time, they're sacrificing the thing they value the most, which is their free time. So to show them that we appreciate them as well. And

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so now, at this time, I'm going to give you about 60 seconds. So if anybody had any other ideas that was not already listed on the slides, this is the time where you would

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post these ideas in the comments on the i ecpa, Facebook thread from the live stream, as well as the YouTube thread. And we're going to go back and we're going to look at this information in sha Allah. So now's the time to submit your suggestions.

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And please, if there are any questions, please save those towards the end of the presentation in sha Allah.

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That third component was special events. So this breaks down into recreation, which basically includes tournament dodgeball, kickball basketball, football or soccer, right, maybe flag football, volleyball. But again, this is a survey. So we want you to post your particular interests so that no one is left out at the end of the day, or nobody is not given an opportunity to speak up. What type of trips do we want to go on? I have a few things in mind, I think it would be cool to go to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Right? We've done that in the past, it was a wonderful trip, we spent the night overnight and we also went to Six Flags.

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Right and of course, this programming is for both males and females. Now we're operating virtually and we would be accommodating at this time, both genders virtually, and inshallah hota eila. In a post COVID situation we will be operating on site. And of course, we will be being as conscious as possible of both genders but all of the programming that I'm listing right now is for both genders and it will be facilitated inshallah in the gentlest way possible to suit the sensitivities of everybody involved. We also have a sisters committee at the mesh shed 100 a lot. And of course, when it comes to bringing programs for the sisters, we have that opportunity to collaborate as I'll talk

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about a little bit more once we get to the mentorship aspect of the program that's being presented. The last dimension here is community service, youth led initiatives outside and inside of the masjid. But Allah subhanho wa Taala has permission. And, you know, personally, I encourage the youth whoever's paying attention today to participate in Youth to Youth,

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Youth to Youth Services, so finding perhaps an orphanage, locally where we can meet other youth people of like age, and I think this will be very impactful for our youth to see other people in different life circumstances who are of similar age, but again, this is an area of serving and also service within the messenger This is like so very important. Allah subhanaw taala he says, what is the what is Yoda for Ibrahim or yukawa ada mean l Beatty. What is smart

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Right. And when Ibrahim alayhi salam, he raised the foundation of the house, right? And it's not in, you know, and this is service within the masjid, and this is being mentioned, and so to Bukhara, very early on, and just a few is before that Allah subhanho wa Taala. He says, Well, I hit the 99. But on him always Marina and thought hidden beta. They thought if ina will Aquafina what Luca is to do, and we covered it upon Ibrahim Alayhi Salam and his son is smart in that they purify the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala, right for those who will go around it, and for those who will seclude themselves within it. And for those who will be there bowing, right making record, and so on, and so

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forth, and so on. And so this is just to emphasize the point of service, not just outside of the masjid, but also creating projects of service that happened within the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala, where in the youth themselves, they are engaged. And I know that you've done things of this nature previously, within the ecpa community 100 a lot have been I mean, so now this is the second

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point of survey, what additional special events might be of interest to you. Right, so please, please submit your interest so that we can compile all of this and we can have a jam packed calendar this year of beneficial activity for the Muslim youth and not just I ecpa. But the entire Lehigh Valley area in shallow to Ireland.

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The last point of survey

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because we know that everybody has different life situations

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when hamdulillah

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everybody's on a different calendar. And so we're confining these programs to the weekend weekend at this time. So previously, there was a youth course and that was running on Saturday evenings, and there was also a youth halaqa running on Friday evenings. And there's also the y m group within the community as well. And so generally the programming has taken place throughout the weekend. So the question here is, what are the what days best suits you and your family needs.

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And if all three days are okay for you just put Friday, Saturday and Sunday, that way,

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we can survey the other people who need specific days, right. So the first option would be Friday and Saturday. The second option would be Friday and Sunday. And the third option would be Saturday and Sunday. And so we'll look at the survey in sha Allah at the results and we will formulate the calendar based on inshallah the majority of people and their needs. That way, we try our best to accommodate

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the majority of the people

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in our community.

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The last component, and I really, from my personal experience, think that this is the icing on the cake, or my brother, we say the topping on the spaghetti,

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right mentor ship direct personalized mentorship for the youth.

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I don't think it would be impactful enough

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for me to lecture and teach without developing a personal relationship or bond with each and every one of the youth who come through

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this particular program. And so this mentorship, it would include one on one sessions, and also gatherings where we have big brothers and big sisters within the community. And of course, these gatherings are post COVID inshallah, to island to this capacity, but to assign mentors within the community, and to also provide an opportunity for young people, not just to be in a situation where they're listening and they're learning, but they're expressing themselves and they're expressing their dreams as use of allies and he was so comfortable expressing his dreams to his father.

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As for the ages below

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10. At this point, we're still formulating a plan for that particular age group. They are not forgotten whatsoever, but the launch of that particular program and its information is not yet available and is still in the works but they are not at all forgotten and inshallah they will also be accommodated.

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Now how can you as a non youth, for example, you're not going to

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To be an apprentice, you're not going to be a general member, how can you help? Right? So now we have three ways that anyone all around the world, in some cases can help. That is by being a mentor or signing up. Eventually, once we launched a mentorship program in sha Allah to Allah, that you will sign up to be a mentor for sisters, or you will sign up to be a mentor, for brothers. Or donating, I'm sure you can go to the website right now, I ecpa.org. And you can find a Donate button. And you can specify your donation for youth programming, or whatever it is that you want, you can sponsor a youth, you can sponsor an event, you can sponsor a trip, right, there's so many

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possibilities for anyone who is looking to

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support and get involved and help and spend their money and invest, you know, and in the right place, and volunteering as well for special events and any of the different programs that we will be having in the future, inshallah. So all of these are ways that you can get involved. And before we switch over to the registration, I'm going to try to speed up a little bit. And I don't want to bore anybody. But I just want to talk a little bit about the philosophy behind the Young Scholars Program.

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One of the most important pillars of this program is actually based on sort of philosophy, where a lot of Alex as well as me and Ellen sanella, hosted Elena, I'm gonna, I'm gonna say hi to what's what's open, healthy, whatever, so the subject, right, he swears by time.

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And this draws our attention to the importance of time to the value of time, Allah subhanaw taala has taken an oath by time that mankind is in a state of loss. And one thing that we can derive from this is the importance of time management. What are our youth doing with their time. And as for me, as a parent, and also as a mentor, and a counselor for youth and a program director, like one of my deepest fears, like literally, is to waste the potential of our children to waste the potential of our youth. And that is done by not properly

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spending our time and not properly teaching them how to spend their times. And as parents, we are in a position where, yes, we are still authority, we still have say so over what our youth do with their time. And we should not surrender that right? As long as you know, they are under our charge. Right? So the first thing the first pillar is time management, making sure that our youth are doing the right things with their time, not only so they're not wasting their potential, but so that they're also right, achieving their highest potential sign in everything that they do. And that is not accomplished by those who do not take care of time. Right? Faith, fellowship, and fulfillment,

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right. And these are also all derived from this particular chapter. And this is what we hope to provide fellowship, what tell us Oh, well, happy, whatever. So beside with this collaboration and this cooperation, based on truth, and based on patience, right, and also, fulfillment, I'm no sorry. There's nothing more fulfilling, right in truth than righteous activities. And this is the broadest category, that doesn't only include a Bader a clue, it includes education, and it includes all that we do

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within the parameters of Islam, and Allah subhanho wa Taala. From his generosity, he will reward us for it in sha Allah hota Allah. So at this time,

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I think it is very important

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to talk about registration, right? We have our own page, as we'll see in a few seconds, I ecpa.org slash youth. And there you will find a registration tab for members and also a registration tab for apprentice. And I'm going to walk you through now inshallah, and I'm urging everybody now and within the next few days to actually register, either as a member or as an apprentice. That way you're entered into our new email system spreadsheet network, and you will receive immediate updates as soon as we send them out.

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All of the programs we have WhatsApp groups,

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already existing. But everything is going to be now transitioned and channeled here to

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our young scholars program, right. So the course that our chef, Mr. Mohammed ashina was doing is now going to be transition and you'll be able to register for the new 2021 Youth course, which is entitled upon the shoulders of giants. And that is not because I'm a New Jersey or New York born person. It has nothing to do with the Giants if you're an Eagles fan, or anything of that nature, but we're talking about the true giants, who are the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that will be our youth course, going all the way until the end of the year.

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So if you go to the website, you see that you can register here 2021 Youth course I urge everybody to at least sign up for that. That way, you will enter your email your new contact information into this new spreadsheet, and all of the activities and everything will be communicated through that particular Avenue.

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Now, as for the apprenticeship program, with the workshops, and the business competition, and the CPR, and whatever we decide as a community, this will actually be a

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membership program where there will be monthly dues and these dues of $25 a month $300 a year. Sponsorship is available for those who may need it. But this fee, the small fee will basically cover materials, it will allow us to outsource some of the needed workshops and bring them into our community. And

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that fee will also account for the welcome kids and different things and it will allow discounts and also priority ticketing for trips, say we have a bus ride and there's only 50 seats, it will be the members who have priority in those situations. And also if somebody says okay, I'm going to sponsor a trip to the aquarium and they say we're going to put up $1,000 then those members will actually have priority in that because of the fact that they're paying monthly dues of $25 and a lot to Allah He knows best. So with that,

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I'm going to take a few questions sent over to my phone inshallah from my chef. And we're going to conclude with a brief message from

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our chef in shot along with Tyler.

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archery and horseback riding. Yes. And that is also the fulfillment of the Sunnah of the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam. So they will be getting two benefits and one there'll be enjoying themselves and they'll also be fulfilling the Sunnah of the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam who taught or

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told us to teach our children archery and how to ride horses, and also fishing as well.

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Please send the questions to my phone.

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Now no, as I mentioned before, this is not for boys only this will also be for

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youth sisters as well. And we will try to accommodate and facilitate that in the most appropriate way.

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There's no

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age limit.

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If you're not a youth,

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you can enquire directly with me about your interest in any of the particular programs. But again, all the way up to 19 is the encouraged age. There is other programming as well that is done at the masjid

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conducted by the AMA the different imams at the masjid as well for the those who have surpassed the youth of the first phase of youth and entered into their second phase of youth after 40.

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So I think that concludes my portion. And this time, can we close out with my beloved shift Muhammad

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You know, why am I ever indebted to my show?

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No, not in the least this way.

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I don't really have much to say I think people are inspired. And I've seen what works so excited about and what we are trying very hard to keep under wraps until you efficiently roll it out this evening. As the laws of jump to protect you and protect you, as soon as you land your entire family and your parents and your grandparents and your children, your grandchildren. from every evil, the appearance of the hidden and the hidden love it ask a lot of soldier to make you and your family and your your skills greater than they expect. And asked a lot to bless this community. everywhere around the world in 2020, people were talking about tightening their belts and rationing out their

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resources.

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And this community has only grown in 2020 in terms of capacity in terms of spending power, which is getting closer and closer to

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you know, launching more and more of these types of events. It's been a year of growth for us believe it or not that each outlet will continue to be community kept telling us just move forward, just do it just launch and we're behind you. And I was very inspired, to be honest, that when we we connected with you, I just wanted to share with everybody that you said the same exact thing and we spoke about

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tuition or registration. Our brother Ibrahim Javid mentioned what the $25 would be spent on he didn't mention what is not covered by the $25, which is three quarters at the cost of this program. He just insisted that we will find a way people will come through and that is my confidence in our London in this community as well. And so we need your drive everybody,

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for the community and for this newest lovely family and all the new families that have come in we haven't been able to properly welcome them in 2020. And may Allah zildjian send us faster and faster towards his pleasure and make us firmer and firmer. Upon the back of his prophets, Allah Allah Allah, forgive us for any shortcomings on route

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is that located on panic alone from the shadow.

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As for the one whom Allah and his angel Send blessings upon.

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As for the one whose character was above and beyond,

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as for the one who you slammed, and he doesn't respond, say whatever you want about him,

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but he will never behind.

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Your pins cannot depict him, his beauty can never be drawn. No human can surpass him. No devil can take his form, assassinate his character, but his legacy lives on. And every time you try to break it, it only strengthens our bond. You don't know him like we know him, every aspect of his life from his birth to his death to his pod in Paradise, how we fasted all day, and how he prayed all night, when women were like slaves, and he gave them rights, baby girls who have been buried and he saved their life. When this earth was covered in darkness. He was a ray of lights. If you want to insult the Prophet of Allah,

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and the deen of Islam, you should first take out the time to read the Quran. The revelation that he brought could not be from a man. And if you think that it can, maybe we can sit down together and read it again.

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when no man could have known that the universe expands before the body of Pharaoh was found in a foreign land when they said the sun was standing still. And he told us that it ran information. It took man a millennium to understand but it was already there retsyn and the quarter and this man that you mark and are accusing of lying. Tell me how could he know of the origin of iron facts that were not yet discovered by science? There's only one explanation to the source of his guidance. I mean, how many times can someone guess the unknown without ever once in their lifetime getting it

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Wrong, your opinions cannot depict him. His beauty can never be drawn. No human can surpass him. No devil can take his form, assassinate his character, but his legacy lives on. Say whatever you want about him, but he will never be