Divine Parables #10 Slaves & Slave-Masters

Mohammad Elshinawy

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The speaker discusses the idea of creation and how it is based on nothingness and lack of control. They use examples of the printing of a beast and the "we" of a beast to illustrate their point. The importance of living by principles is emphasized, not just doing things for oneself. The speaker uses various examples of God-approved deities, including those in Islam, to illustrate their point.

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In Surah Hajj, Allah

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says, O humanity,

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A an example has been struck, so listen

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to it carefully.

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Those that you call out to instead of

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Allah, the false gods, the idols, and otherwise,

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They will never

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create a single fly

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even if they all collaborated on it.

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And if the fly were to steal something

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from them, they would never be able to

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retrieve it from the fly.

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How weak is the seeker, someone seeking to

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create a fly.

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And how weak is what is being sought,

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the fly.

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You know,

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some of the scholars said this was a

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reference to the fact that these idols that

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you worship and you slaughter at the altar

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the animals and spill the blood there, flies

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are landing. Even the fly that lands on

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your idol,

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you have no control over and you can't

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create.

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This is the idea.

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And subhanAllah, you think also of the example

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of the the cobwebs,

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these measly

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threads.

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They're so weak, all they can catch is

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the fly.

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And insects the size of the fly, but

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you can't even create that. The weakest of

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the weak.

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And you know when he says, you will

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not create a fly. Think about that. Creation

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is only within the realm of Allah. You

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know when you want to like construct a

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masjid or What do humans do when they

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want to create something?

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This is not just about the sophistication of

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the fly.

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When humans want to create something, you go

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get materials and you put them together, and

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you you design something. You build really.

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With materials, Allah already creates it. But no

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matter how small, when it comes to creation,

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you can't pull it off. Because Allah creates

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out of nothing.

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Not just the most sophisticated

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but out of nothing.

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You know, like Allah

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speaks in the Quran about this heavens and

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the earth.

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They were one solid piece.

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We rip them apart. The other say,

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And we continue to expand. It was this

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big, and I continue out of nothing. Why

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is it getting bigger? Allah continues to expand

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the universe. Or think about the tree.

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That tree was what?

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Somehow that enormous tree came out of a

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seed. More and more and more comes out

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of a seed to become a tree. How

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does that work? Or the human being, you

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think of the egg or the sperm or

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whatnot.

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Out of that came a walking, talking, debating,

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believing, disbelieving,

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investing.

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A human being?

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So this is the meaning of creation, to

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bring out of nothingness.

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And it continues to expand and grow and

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develop.

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The even the fly though, you will not

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be able to get it there.

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And if the fly were to steal anything

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from you, you wouldn't be able to retrieve

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it. You know, sometimes they say they put

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not just the blood but they put perfume

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on these idols. That fly lands and some

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perfume gets on its leg, and it flies

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away, you're stuck. Can't get the perfume back.

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How pathetic and how pitiful. So this is

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a regarding

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the

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the might of Allah. There is another just

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cause I'm gonna have to start consolidating now.

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Allah

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says,

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And Allah strikes an example,

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One of them is mute. He doesn't have

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the ability to speak.

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And he's incompetent. He has he's not able

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to actually do anything at all.

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And he is utterly dependent, reliant on his

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master. Consider a slave that is utterly useless.

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A human slave to slave, human to human,

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incompetent, unable to do anything.

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And the 4th quality is every time you

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turn him in a certain direction, he only

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brings back problems. He doesn't go benefit you.

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He doesn't harvest for you. He doesn't speak

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on you. He can't do anything.

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That's the example of one. What example is

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that? That's the idol.

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The idol that you worship, oh pagan.

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You carved it out, and you carry it

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around, and you wash it off

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like the story of Amr ibn Jammu radiAllahu

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anhu. You know Amr ibn Jammu before he

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became Muslim,

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his kids became Muslim before him, his 3

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kids and his wife. But they didn't tell

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him. And so every morning they take his

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idol, Manaf, who was the name of the

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idol, and they throw him in a pile

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of poop basically. That's what they would do.

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And he would say, Oh my idol, why

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they do that? And he'll wash off his

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idol and he put him back. Right? And

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the next morning, he finds him again in

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the pile of and then he brings up

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then the 3rd night says, listen. And he

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puts a sword around his neck and tells

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him, anyone who messes with you tear him

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apart.

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The next morning, he finds the idol with

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the sword in a pile of.

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And so he finally They they help bring

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their dad to his senses. Yes?

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Utterly incompetent. And then the second one is

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what?

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2 men, that's one of them.

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Is he equal, him

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Him,

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that useless slave,

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mute, incompetent, a liability,

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and the one that enjoins

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others to be just and fair and is

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themselves living upon the right path on a

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principled code.

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Compare this one with a a free man

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who's not just a free man, not just

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he's useful to his his own for his

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own self, but he commits others. He compels

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others to be just and fair, and to

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live by principles.

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That's the example of the idols. Right?

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And the other example is what?

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Allah azzawajal subhanahu wa ta'ala. Right? According to

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most scholars, Allah is Allah is the one.

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He's the one communicating with you. He's the

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one giving you purpose to live for and

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principles to live by. And you know subhanahu

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wa lai, I was reflecting on this. It's

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not just about idols and statues of olden

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times.

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People today

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countless millions of people believe there's some sort

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of God out there, but he's like separate

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from us. He doesn't talk to us. This

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is the idea of a deist. There's a

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deity but just He doesn't That's not a

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god. A god that is mute is not

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a god. A god that leaves you hanging

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like that is not a god.

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The god has to be speaking, communicating, guiding.

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This is actually

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guidance, specific guidance traceable to god that is

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communicated in Islam.

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The third and last one

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That was 6 minutes? I think that was

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6 minutes.

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And so the Zumr, the 3rd and final

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one, so I can close out this theme,

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Though it is the most obviously,

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recurring

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theme in the Quran. Allah says,

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and Allah strikes an example. This is the

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third example. Different part, different surah.

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The example of a man that is co

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owned

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or collectively owned

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by disputing

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parties. Imagine like you have a whole bunch

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of bosses that all have equal right over

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you. Or a slave that is sort of

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owned by a whole bunch of different entities,

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and they're all disputing.

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Every time he wants to make a move,

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someone else is telling him something else.

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That's one

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example. And a man that

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belongs solely to one master.

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Can they ever be equivalent these two examples?

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Praise be to Allah, people don't know. Most

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people don't know the blessing of having only

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1 God,

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of knowing that there is only 1, so

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that you're not torn apart between all of

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these.

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You know subhanAllah that the universe

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enjoys the harmony that it does

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because there is only one God.

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Right? Allah said, If there were multiple gods,

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the universe would be in ruins. Wouldn't it?

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One of them wants the sun to come

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up from this way, one of them wants

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sun to come Likewise, we as human beings

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are in ruins

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if we submit to multiple gods.

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Yes? You know, one of the reasons sort

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of the the powers of the world can't

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stand Muslims is because Islam

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creates such a resistance

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to,

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you know, the the the chains that are

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set up in this stage for humanity. We

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call them the invisible chains of corporate greed.

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Right? They tell you about this wine,

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and this vacation.

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And then there's the Zina industry, and there's

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the drug industry. Big money. You know, I

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I read the the liquor industry is a

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$285,000,000,000

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industry. Do you know how much money is

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spent on cancer research in this country? All

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the hospitals, and all the grants, and

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all

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the universe? $5,000,000,000.

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Look at the difference. You gotta have alcohol,

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but like cancer, if we have some scraps

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left over, we'll we'll put it towards cancer

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research. Right? And so the Muslims are the

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ones that are sort of so resistant to

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this. Yes? And then they have these marketing

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machineries

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that'll tell you your dream home, and your

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dream vacation, and your dream thrill. It's actually

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not your dream by the way.

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This is the dream of the greedy devil

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that is being force fed to you. And

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so Allah is telling you, most people don't

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realize the blessing

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of being liberated from all of this, not

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having to answer to any of this. You

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remember that parable, and I'll close here, that

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I alluded to 2 nights ago. The example

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of the one that has multiple gods. Right?

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It's like the example of one that falls

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from the sky.

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It says,

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and the birds snatch him from every direction,

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or the wind removes him to a very

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remote place.

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What is that referring to? Ibn Khayyim says,

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these devils

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are those birds.

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They're fighting over

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you, and you're going to be the the

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casualty here.

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He says, And your desires which they manipulate,

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these are the winds that carry you off

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to faraway places.

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And of course, the rope of Allah a

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zawajal we already spoke about, his great book.

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Alhamdulillah for the blessing of Islam, and alhamdulillah

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for Allah being our God and not leaving

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us in the dark. WassalaAllahu sallallahu sallallahu sallallahu

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sallallahu sallallahu sallallahu sallallahu wa rakanahu wa rakanahu

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wa rakanahu wa rakanahu wa rakanahu wa rakanahu

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ajmain.

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ajmain.