Mohammad Elshinawy – Hearing AllahS Personal Call

Mohammad Elshinawy
AI: Summary © The use of revelation and shaitan in Islam is dangerous, but it is a way to help people commit to their most passionate truth. The speaker warns that the message of Islam is a result of revelation and that people should not be too afraid of it. The importance of pursuing a new fight to strengthen personal relationships is emphasized, along with the need to be mindful of one's actions and use their devotion to empower others.
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Brothers and sisters, we are told in the

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Quran,

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And

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Allah

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spoke

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directly

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with actual speech to Musa alaihis salam.

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And so at times Allah may speak to

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someone directly

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and that's an exclusive gift.

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Other times, he may address them in the

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form of revelation,

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like messages that are disclosed to them that

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they must bring to the world and the

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world must accept and that is the prophets.

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However, there is

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a level beneath this

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in which Allah aza wa jal may speak

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to anyone of us.

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And so I want this khutbah to be

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a little bit about us

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understanding

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how

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we can hear

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the personal call or the personalized

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message

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of Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala to us.

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Because the prophet salallahu alaihi wa sallam,

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he said,

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There used to be

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individuals among the nations before you that are

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literally

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spoken to.

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And if any of this ummah of mine

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were to have these people that are spoken

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to inspired in a special way by Allah

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azza wa

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Jal for Umar ibn Khattab. Then it would

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be Umar ibn Khattab

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Before I move forward, ibn Taymiyyah Rahimahullah, the

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great scholar, he says something

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we must note about this hadith. He said

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first of all,

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why did the prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam

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say the previous nations had it and if

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if there is going to exist in my

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ummah, he said that is part of the

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virtue of this ummah.

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That personal inspiration

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is almost

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unnecessary.

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Like you can get yourself to a place

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where you can see yourself in every verse,

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in every hadith.

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We have the most perfect book, we have

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the most comprehensive message, and so we may

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not even be in need of this

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if we get to that level.

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And then he said,

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why did he say, if it would be

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Umar? Why Umar?

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He said, because Abu Bakr as Siddiq

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had reached a certain level where he didn't

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even need it.

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This is incredible to think about. And

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Because he was a sudikh and that is

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the highest station, sudikh means a confirmer of

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truth. He saw so much truth in the

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revelation

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that he did not need a support system.

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He did not need a supplement

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of help, a personalized intuition,

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a personalized message from Allah azzawajal

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swaying him one way or another.

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Whereas, Umar at

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times,

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and there are many instances like this,

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he was correct

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but prematurely correct.

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Like you say, you Rasulullah, you know,

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why don't we do this?

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Or why didn't you do that? And then

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the Quran would come down confirming or quote

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unquote agreeing with Umar.

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But Allah

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didn't send those verses down till later for

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a greater wisdom. And so Umar was correct,

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but he would be eventually found out to

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be correct. The position was right, the timing

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was a little bit off.

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This is the difference.

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Whereas Abu Bakr would never step ahead of

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revelation.

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He he was even more reserved. He was

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sure the answer was there. Allah is never

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late.

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And I also need to say one final

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disclaimer

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that generations

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after the best of Islam, the and

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the and the salaf, the earliest Muslims, our

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righteous predecessors.

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Generations

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came that gave too much value to personal

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intuition, to personal inspiration.

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You know what they call kesh.

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Kesh is a concept. It's a real concept.

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It's true. Kesh means to unveil. Allah may

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unveil to you something personally, give you a

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certain hunch. We call it sometime the 6th

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sense.

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You may get a certain dream that preps

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you in a certain way for it. But

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some people went so far

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that they didn't put their

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disclosures

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on the same level as Quran and Sunnah.

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They actually put it higher.

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Some people went so far to say, Allah

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told me This is Allah told me I

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don't need to pray anymore.

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Right?

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Allah told me I've reached a certain status.

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This of course,

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they they they have phrases for it like

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They say things along the lines of my

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heart has told me on behalf of Allah.

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So I have a direct link

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that supersedes the link of revelation. And that

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of course is great misguidance. Of course it

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is. Because you are half right. That's the

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problem. That your your heart did tell you

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but you can't actually prove it told you

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from Allah. That could have been the shaitan

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whispering to you. Right? You are not greater

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than a prophet to receive a revelation that's

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superior to the revelation of the prophet. It's

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a very dangerous place to be.

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That these thoughts of yours,

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you know, you think they're yours from Allah,

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well maybe they're not.

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Maybe shaitan or society

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force fed you something.

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Like people nowadays, by the way, not even

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in religious language, people nowadays say, you know,

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I don't believe it makes sense

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to believe in something I haven't seen so

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I will not believe in God.

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Do do you think you're the genius who

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thought of that?

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The people in the Quran said,

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Some of them said, we will not believe

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until we see Allah with our own two

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eyes.

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That was a trick that got slipped to

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you by shaitan like it was slipped to

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you by slipped to the nations before you.

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Very dangerous ground.

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So with that in mind,

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revelation first. But after revelation, to help us

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in our journeys.

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From Allah's generosity,

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He made personalized messages for us to help

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us commit to his purest truth, to his

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Quran and Sunnah, to his wahi.

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It helps the sincere in many ways in

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their worldly decisions, in their religious advancement, whatever

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it may be. For instance, you know,

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when Allah azza wa Jal in one of

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many places wanted to show the people the

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rank of Umar ibn Khattab and also wanted

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to protect the Muslims

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through Umar ibn Khattab in a very special

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way that would go down in history.

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It is reported that Umar was in Medina

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and his armies were 100 of miles away.

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And in the middle of the Khutba,

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he stopped out of nowhere and said,

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Oh, Saria, his commander who's not here.

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The mountain, the mountain. Meaning flee for cover

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under the mountain.

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So Allah sort of inspired him that the

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army was in trouble. They were about to

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be ambushed and he found himself interacting with

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them by Allah's permission across time and space

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for all of these things are in Allah's

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hands, and the army actually heard the word.

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And they came back and said, immediately, we

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changed our position and put our backs to

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the mountain, and we almost didn't. In the

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nick of time, it was saved.

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Or in another incident that remember, Zahabi rahimawla

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calls

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a highly authentic,

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clearly established.

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Means of honoring that Allah disclosed

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to a great scholar of the Tabi'in, Sufyan

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I Thawri

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Ithawri.

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You know, Sufyan Ithawri was on the run

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from the government

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because he didn't want to work for the

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government.

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And so Sufyan

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was in Mecca in hiding.

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And Abu Jafar al Mansur who's credited with

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being the major founder of the Abbasid Khilafa,

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he sends the carpenters ahead to Mecca to

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set up an execution

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contraption, basically device

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to hang Sufyan there because they're sure they're

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gonna find him at Hajj.

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And so when the carpenters arrived and everyone's

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saying, Sufyan, hand yourself in now or never.

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Sufyan he

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was

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napping

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in the Kaaba,

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and his head was in the lap of

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Al Fudayl ibn Aayl rahiimahullah.

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And his feet were in the lap of

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Safya ibn Iyayna Rahimahullah.

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And they're waking him up and telling him,

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please,

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trust please for our sake if not for

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your own sake. If you don't care about

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our lives, we're the ones hiding you here.

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Right?

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Fear Allah and don't allow the enemy to

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have their way with all of us.

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So

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he gets up and he walks straight to

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the Kaaba,

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and he grabs onto the garbs of the

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Kaaba, the fabric of the Kaaba.

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And he

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says,

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or

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Abu Jafar.

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I have nothing to do with him, meaning

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with Allah.

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If Abu Jafar Mansur enters this city,

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enters Mecca.

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Of course, this is like a very risky

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statement, but he was that sure of the

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dream or the message that Allah

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inspired to him. I promise you he will

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not be able to grab you.

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So he said, I have nothing to do

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with Allah. Because he knows Allah keeps his

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promises. So it's a hypothetical. Right? I have

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nothing to do with Allah if he, the

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khalifa, the sultan, enters Mecca.

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And then the news comes to them

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shortly thereafter

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that Abu Jafar al Mansur

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dies outside of the boundaries of Mecca on

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his way to Hajj.

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And so they mention this Sufyan and Sufyan

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doesn't even act surprised.

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Right? Because Allah

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had inspired within him such peace,

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such contentment

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in the middle of the chaos.

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Right? Through this disclosure.

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But I wanna say brothers and sisters, there's

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only a few minutes left in the khotba,

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the greatest

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inspirations you will get from Allah,

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may we all be deserving,

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are not what we would classify today as

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supernatural events.

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Right? Just so for people to recognize our

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rank in the duniya. No.

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They are the messages, they are the motivations,

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They are the disclosures

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that will up our rank in the hereafter

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where it really matters.

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And you know the scholars, they say that

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there are different types of inspirations that Allah

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may send or allow to happen to you.

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One type is is like This

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is a message from God himself

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And basically, this is an award for you

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trying. This is not just a message, meaning

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an idea that pops in your head. It's

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pure of course

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Allah would never instruct you with something evil

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or immoral, but it's also powerful.

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You get up and you pray fajr or

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you pray whatever you pray, and then you

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have this overwhelming experience of sweetness and joy

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and pleasure that

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Allah You're just sure Allah pick brought me

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up right now. Allah pulled me from my

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bed right now. And so you're just overwhelmed

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by this feeling of all praise be to

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Allah who guided me to this. I would

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never have been guided had Allah not guided

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me. The answer to the alaf. It's almost

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like a glimpse from Jannah. Right? Because that

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statement is said by the people of Jannah

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once they're guided to Jannah.

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So that's the first kind when it it

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actually immediately produces action in you.

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That's from Allah. If it's from Allah, you

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will not be able to ignore it. It

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actually moves you.

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They said there is another type of

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that Allah sends people,

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and this is

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When he sends the angels to inspire you.

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Meaning to suggest to you.

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And these angels are almost

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fighting off the shaitan for you. They tell

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you, come on, pray.

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Pray well. If not, they'll say, okay, then

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just pray.

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If not, then go to sleep. They'll suggest

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you go to sleep so that you at

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least don't get busy with haram things. Right?

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It's a back and forth

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but they're trying to move you forward in

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the right direction.

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And on the other hand, of course, there

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is inspiration from Shaipan

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that he tries to get you to do

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the wrong thing. And it's a negotiation. If

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he can't get you to disbelieve, he'll get

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you to doubt. If he can't get you

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to doubt, he'll get you to disobey.

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If he can't get you to disobey,

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he'll get you to do something minor or

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to aim low. The prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam

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actually said all of this in the famous

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hadith

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where he told us

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that the shaitan sort of tries to

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hover around the son of Adam. He tries

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to not let the angels in basically. Right?

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And the angels also try to hover around

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the human being. It's a contention.

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He says,

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As for the the gathering where the angels

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are present,

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he says,

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Then this is them encouraging you to do

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good things and you pushing you to believe

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in the truth. And as for the gathering

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of the shaateen, the devils, this is you

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them encouraging you.

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Them encouraging you to do evil

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and getting you to doubt the truth.

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And so how do you interact with these

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different inspirations? Obviously, if it's from Allah

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we said there's no interaction.

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Allah awards you enough

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inspiration

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to light the fire under you because you

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tried. Because you tried. The angel suggests for

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instance, and you respond, you try to be

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receptive, you try to be appreciative,

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and so he pushes you forward. The prophet

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said,

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whomever

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pursues good will be given it will be

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given it.

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And whomever tries to protect himself from evil,

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tries to resist evil will be protected externally,

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will be protected from it. And with the

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angels, you try to see to seize the

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opportunity.

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Do as much as you can when you're

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thinking here or there.

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And when it's the shayateen, this is your

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opportunity

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to fight

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restraining, repenting if you slip. Fight for the

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sake of Allah azzawajal

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And I'll end with the hadith of the

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prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam

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about these inspirations being such gifts,

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but it's

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your crossroad at that point each and every

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time.

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He said,

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There is never a servant of Allah.

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That there comes to him a wake up

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call

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from Allah for their

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religion.

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Except that it will be evidence for him

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or against him. I am paraphrasing here. I'm

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loosely translating it

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here. It will be for him if he

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appreciates it. He accepts it with gratitude. Meaning

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he makes use of it. He acts on

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it.

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Otherwise, it becomes Allah's evidence against him. It

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actually came to mind. I actually sent you

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the wake up calls. Right? It will be

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evidence That wake up call, that inspiration

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will be evidence of Allah against him.

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To increase him in sin

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and for Allah to become angrier at him.

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May Allah grant us the first and protect

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us from the second.

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Brothers and sisters, once again, we are at

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the cusp of the annual downtime

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known as the summer, the summer breaks.

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And I find a good analogy in this

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moment,

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Our chasing after risk all year round, because

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the summer break is usually a break for

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those in school, not those earning a living.

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And so all year round, we are actually

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consistent

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in chasing our risk, chasing our income.

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And you know we chase it even when

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there's hiccups. Like even if I'm sick, I'm

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gonna power through and try to get to

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work. Even if I'm sort of a businessman

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and one business venture fails, I don't throw

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in the towel, I give in and I

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try the next one. We don't just give

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in.

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Likewise is the fight that Allah wants to

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see from you when he throws these sparks

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that we spoke about today.

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The rizq of the hearts is the same

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way. You gotta just keep pursuing. You gotta

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keep pushing. You gotta keep chasing because that

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is the more important of the turisks. There

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is the sustenance that maintains our bodies

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that will fall apart eventually anyway, and there

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is the sustenance that maintains our hearts. And

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you know, if the heart is not interested

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in its nutrition, in in its food, drink,

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and water, which is the dhikr of Allah

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azza wa jal, which is a relationship with

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the creator, then that is a sign that

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the heart

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is sick or has died. That's when you

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don't wanna eat. That's when food doesn't matter.

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And and in that vein, we want everyone

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to recommit.

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I'm going to use this time to keep

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chasing

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a better personal relationship with the Quran.

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I'm going to keep chasing, renew my energy

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to chase,

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respecting, better respecting the boundaries of Islam,

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Renewing my resilience, my push, my drive to

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use my voice for everything happening in the

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world. Use my energy. Use my time. Harness

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my resources

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for better causes.

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I'm going to commit now to a new

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found fight to have minimal regrets on the

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day of judgment.

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As the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam would say

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in his dua,

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Oh Allah, protect me. He wants to renew

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his commitment and he's asking for Allah's help

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to be protected

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from the things he did

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that could be potentially wrong. Right? He's teaching

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us. He did no wrong.

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This is the part. And from the things

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that I have not done. I don't wanna

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be that person that regrets, regrets, regrets. I

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wish I would've, I wish I could've, I

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wish I had done. May Allah

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make us of those that have the least

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regrets on the day of judgment. May Allah

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propel us to the highest ranks of paradise,

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us and our parents and our loved ones.

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May Allah azza wa Jal enable us to

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amplify our voices for the voiceless

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and to amplify our devotion for the one

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most worthy of our devotion. May Allah azza

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wa jal forgive us and cure us and

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have mercy on us and strengthen us and

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guide us and guide with us and make

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us a reason for people to be guided

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in the future.

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