Khutbah Characteristics Of A Leader

Mohammed Faqih

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in 1860

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Abraham Lincoln spent $100,000

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on his presidential campaign $100,000.

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Now,

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when you hear some of those numbers, recently, I mean, compare this,

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the number has been increasing over the years and decades. And then now we hear that

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the estimated number

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of the money, the price tag, the presidential price tag for the 2012 presidential campaign is somewhere between six to $8 billion

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at a time where the deficit now here in this country is the worst that it has ever been. I even lost track of the number I don't even know what the number is what is it? 14 16 trillion

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16 trillion, some parents 16 point something trillion.

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This is how much they're spending.

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So that you and I at the end, and the rest of the American people can choose one of two individuals.

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who by the way, so far, I can't tell the difference between the two of them. Except that one of them is Republican. The other one is not one of them.

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You know, I don't know what his religion is. And the other one is Mormon. You know,

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except for very basic information that we know one of them is black, the other one is white.

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Six to $8 billion.

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The Democratic National Convention plus the RNs are the NRA, what is it? national republican republican national convention? RNs, rnc,

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the total costs of the two, somewhere around $154 million, the convention alone. This is other than what Governor Romney and President Obama are going to be spent spending and what they have been spending so far on their presidential campaign.

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It's just crazy.

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Unbelievable.

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President Obama himself has spent somewhere around 730, something 700 plus million dollars

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to win

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and become a president. This is how much money they're spending

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to seize the White House.

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And then at the end, what do we get?

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What do we get?

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How better are things gonna get?

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Right? How better are things gonna get? And I'm not here to discourage you, or depress you, I'm just telling you, this is what it's costing us.

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This is how much is being spent. And we have to ask ourselves, those of us who consider themselves American citizens, and those of us who consider themselves to be Muslim, we have to ask ourselves,

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how long are things going to happen? Right? While we're just sitting and watching

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without really getting involved, understanding the facts, and being more effective.

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Now,

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I will leave this topic and get into what are the things that you should be looking for

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in a leader?

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What are the things that you should be looking for there are so many qualities that are very necessary, but the reason I'm bringing this up is to admonish and remind myself first and foremost, because each and every single one of us is a leader in whatever capacity that person has.

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Right?

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The least you can say is you're leading yourself somewhere. And by the way, there are two places there are two choices. You're leading yourself towards Allah subhanho wa Taala and you are going to either qualify to earn the mercy in the grace of Allah azza wa jal and end in gardens of Paradise, beneath which rivers flow Fijian Natty one of her female friend Emily McTaggart, or the person is leading himself

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Towards the other opponent aboard may have loss of habitat to preserve all of us from ending up there

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is one or the other, there is no. So the least you can say that you're leading yourself. Right. And then on top of that you many of us have families that were responsible for children and spouses. Right. And the loss of habitat says, Yeah, you know, put a little narrow, preserve yourself and your children from a fire.

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And then on top of that, as a Muslim, you have added responsibilities, and you should be more involved

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in bringing about a change.

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And making sure that that that you have pot, you know, you have some kind of contribution within your society.

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All of that requires skills, and qualities and leadership traits.

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And the two that I would like to emphasize on and talk about today,

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and work on myself, starting from today,

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Prophet, Yusuf Alayhi, Salam in Syracuse, he says to the Pharaoh of that time, the king of that time, in Egypt, he says,

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in an hour, he asked to be put in the position of leadership so he can manage

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and help Egypt and the Egyptian people of that time,

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which, by the way, was one, if not the most powerful civilization of its time, the most powerful nation of that time, was headed towards economical catastrophe.

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And the king had a nightmare about it, and profit use of game the interpretation of it, and he had this projection.

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And he did not only tell him what it was going to go, what was wrong, or what may happen, and what are the risks in the future, but he actually provided him with a solution.

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He gave him an agenda. He told him what it takes. And this is one thing that we Muslims are missing.

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We're very good at I'm not sure how good we are at that as well. But we're very good at critiquing,

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and analyzing things,

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and saying, what is wrong, anyone can do that. If you read a little bit, if you do a little research, you can you can find, find that out easily.

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But who is providing

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the community, or the society, or the country in which we live? Or the world

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with alternatives and solutions?

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And how can we make a difference, if we ourselves are not really considering or looking into the sources

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of our prosperity in the past,

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and the only thing that will ensure our prosperity in the future?

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And how are we going to be able to sell that to the world if we're not familiar with it ourselves. Or if we are second guessing

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what a loss of Hamlet Allah has given us, just some food for thought.

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Today's hooked but the my purpose is just to make it thought provoking. So you can think and reflect and see where you stand on some of these issues. And see what you can do is if one person can change one thing in his or her life,

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and if that can affect

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the people around them, or the members of their household, or if someone can somehow be inspired,

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you know, with this hook by and take it to the next level, then I think I have accomplished something today.

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And my greatest accomplishment would be if I can take this and implemented myself.

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So he provided him with an alternative. And then he said to him, college army Allah has, not only did he give him the agenda, but he said, put me in charge.

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put me in charge. And there's a very beautiful principle that the scholars mission. And this principle is what is known in Arabic as metaphor to a cauldron of sea.

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To know your self worth, your value, what you can bring what you can do, to become well acquainted with yourself, to become well familiar with your own strength and weaknesses, your skills

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not to deceive yourself. And this is a very critical and very important point brothers and sisters.

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Because what this

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Stories, many people is one of two things, either people who

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are so arrogant

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and self centered, they think they're the best thing that happened to humanity ever. And they think that there is no one better than them. And they think that they know it all. And they can fix it all. And they think that they have solution for everything. And nobody is better than them. And if the world was just to follow them, all this, the problems of the world would be sold. And the only you know, and the biggest problem with the world or anyone around them, is the fact that nobody's listening to them. And usually these are like the best of critics Mashallah they sit in.

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And guess who is suffering the most.

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The same individuals, and those people whom,

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you know, who they're in charge of, or they're supposed to be serving.

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And on the other hand, we have people whom Allah Subhana, Allah has blessed with so many potentials, and children and, and talents.

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And they don't know their true self worth, and their real value, low self esteem,

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low self confidence, they don't know. They don't know what they have, what Allah Subhana Allah has blessed them with.

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And we are prohibited from doing that. So prophet use of Allah as salaam says to the king, is your enemy, Allah has put me in charge, not because I want to be in charge. Not because I'm the most handsome, and I'm gonna make you look good. Not because of the most eloquent of speakers, or I'm the best of actors, and I can pretty much sell anyone on anything. Know, in the half Elan alien, he tells them precisely, and specifically why. So in the heavy one, Alan, I want you to look that up happy have

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two qualities that are very essential

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ability

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or before even the ability, integrity.

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And number two, knowledge or ability,

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the skill that he needs. So the character

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and

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the knowledge or the ability to make things happen. And ability, of course relies on the person's skills as well as the person's knowledge.

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Two very important components in order for anyone to earn your trust,

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who has the integrity, who is capable of keeping His Word and His promises? who really cares?

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Not just to be elected.

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And to be called Mr. President,

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or to be called Mayor

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or to be a member of a council

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of some kind, no, rather,

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who has the integrity and the honesty and who really cares about the issues and what people are going through

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who has a determination and genuine desire to bring about a change and help people?

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integrity?

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honesty, and by the way, if someone breaks his or her promises, and you decide to teach them a lesson, and make them pay for that,

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and not give them me a vote, by all means, let them learn their lesson.

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Brothers and sisters, integrity is very important.

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Philosophy subhanho wa Taala says, Yeah, you're Latina hammer otaku, la Hakuna Masada in oh you who believe.

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Fear Allah and be mindful of him and be amongst those who are truthful.

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Allah Subhana Allah praises prophet is married.

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Right. He praises him for his great and noble qualities, one of which was kind of a saga. He kept his promise. He fulfilled his promise.

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And there is nothing wrong with falling short.

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You know, if someone tries, but they could not achieve there's nothing wrong with saying you know what?

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But you should have the integrity to say sorry, I failed.

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Sorry, I messed up. Sorry, I changed my priorities. Sorry, I was overwhelmed. Sorry, I didn't think that it was this. difficult. There is nothing wrong.

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The person should be humble enough

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and try again.

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So brothers and sisters,

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this is a very important quality to look for.

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And the second quality is

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ability.

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It is not enough

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for someone

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to be trustworthy, right? That you basically believe that they have good character and that they're honest and they're genuine, they have to have ability, you're not just gonna go to a mechanic just because he's a nice guy.

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He has to know his stuff, he has to be able to fix the problem, and not cause further problems. I will read the Allahu anhu

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as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, by the way, in his in Islam, the prophecies have instructed us not to give authority or leadership or position for someone who is eager to have it and who asks for it. And this is one thing that is making me nervous about one of the,

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you know, about those candidates, you know,

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it's like some of them are just dying to become president. They're just dying to become like, they really care about people, like they really have a solution.

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Like, wow.

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And they're willing to spend anything and do anything and say anything, say anything, to be elected.

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This is making me very nervous. So anyways, and a song.

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We should you know, in the American context, it's just it's never going to be applied. Right? You're not supposed to give your vote or your trust or you know, leadership to someone who who is asking for it. You should be someone who is

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who is qualified, and people are, you know, pushing or asking that person. Right. So anyways, this is just a side note. So Abu Dhabi, Allahu anhu, came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he said to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he asked him, he said,

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he said, put me in charge. I want to be in charge of something. gov somewhere, you know. So I will write the prompts. I tell them how to be very honest with a Buddha. He said, Yeah,

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in the Iraq War, if

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you're a you're a weak person, you have some weakness, not weak in terms of his email. No. One was one of the greatest companions of the Prophet and was in a very strong image, not weak by the way in terms of his character. In fact, he was very honest.

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In another Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Metropolitan Opera, young woman, sama, astok, Elijah tamina Ibiza,

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that the Earth has not carried

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nor has the sky covered. Anyone who is more honest in his speech, of course, other than prophets and messengers,

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than a Buddha.

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Buddha was, he was the person that says it as you know, whatever is in his heart, I mean, that will just speak his mind. He was known for that, but only Allahu Allah. But the prophets Allah ma to sentence it up with it. Yeah, but in the Rockabye even in the camera on life, you have some weakness, there is something missing there that you can wear in the

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morning I've seen a love for you a Buddha what I love for myself

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that a moron Allah, Allah snail, he said don't ever put yourself in charge of two individuals, let alone a city or a country or a nation or don't be in charge of anything Don't take charge of anything.

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When I to Atlanta, Allah Mallya team, and he said do not put yourself in charge of don't accept to be in charge of the wealth of an orphan.

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Because it is in another narration it says For it is a huge responsibility. And on the Day of Judgment, Allah subhanaw taala will hold you accountable. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam disqualified him or rejected his request based on the fact that I will lack the ability not necessarily the integrity, both

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components both ingredients are very critical and import important and in order for us to earn trust or in order for us to cultivate leadership. We have to make sure that we take care of those to pursue them and look for them uphold Ohio code was sulfuryl law howdy welcome. First off

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hamdulillah salat wa salam O Allah Abadi, Lydia Masako about let me just say that unless someone earns

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in your assessment

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unless someone brings those two

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has those two qualities and they don't have to be perfect. But unless the

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person, you're satisfied with the person's ability as well as the person's integrity.

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Your vote, not only is it a right, but it is a responsibility.

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So make sure that whoever you enable,

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to make decisions on your behalf

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as someone that you will be able to,

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or that you will feel comfortable bearing the responsibility of putting in charge, it is again our responsibility. And Allah subhanaw taala will hold you accountable for it.

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If someone comes to me after the hook and says, oh, listen, now I'm confused. Now you made me like am I supposed to participate or not participate, but I'm not here to tell you what to do or what not to do or who to vote for or who not to vote for.

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But if I get you to think and analyze and then reach your decision,

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after making your effort

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and consult in and and and

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making sure that in whatever you do or say

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you are pleasing Allah subhanaw taala and you are doing it for the right reason

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that I have done my job.

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I ask Allah subhanaw taala to make you and I have those who listen and follow the way they listened to ask Allah Subhana Allah to preserve us and preserve our families and preserve our health and our wealth. And ask Allah Subhana Allah to protect and preserve this community, brothers and sisters, let me just tell you in sha Allah, Allah that that we need to be extra vigilant inshallah, to Allah, there are a couple of things that that I need to bring to your attention. One is safety and security, the safety and security of yourself, your your, your the members of your household, as you know what i'm not trying to scare you or anything, there is no real reason for us to panic, or be

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scared or afraid. That's exactly what those people who are perpetrating these things are propagating those things want for us to be in a state of fear. And we should not give them that not only that, but a loss of content in the court and clearly says failure to have FOMO. harpooning fear them not and fear me. So we fear no one but a loss of habitat. Right. And we know that you'll see when Eli macatawa lauletta, that nothing except what Allah has written for us will happen to us ever. And whatever happens to us will turn out to be good, but it doesn't hurt to be vigilant and to be careful. And this is something that we need to consider when we're in public or when we're anywhere

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and also when we are around the masjid and be vigilant and care about our own security, and not doing anything suspicious. And also be vigilant or lookout for any suspicious activities, you know, this this time of the year. And with this being the election year, you know, it's kind of important to be to pay attention to that. That's one thing. The other thing that I wanted to say is that sometimes we we were very naive about, you know, some of the things that we do, especially when we're around the machine, and we need to be, we need to be careful. So one of those things that, that sometimes we do with good intention, thinking that we're helping, but in reality, we're not

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helping, you know, is

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I'll give you a couple of incidents. one incident was someone showed up that we don't know and hamdulillah in this Masjid, specifically in this back, I speak for this machine. And this machine, we have committees in place, we have volunteers, we have a system, we have protocols or things, people come here to this special because it's available, I have dealt or you know sad with people who drove two hours to come to this machine passing so many massage and I'm not trying to speak ill of other massages or centers came here to find out or investigate or have their questions answered about Islam. And some of them actually took Shahada people who drove two and three hours to come to

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this machine. I said, Don't you have another machine? How many machines did you have to pass by? You know, to come to this machine? People will say things like, Oh, I looked you up on Yelp. And you had good rating. People said good things about you, you know, or on Google? Oh, you guys were very accessible. Oh, your website is beautiful. You know, oh, when I call the machine if someone was there, oh, I could actually speak to someone and make an appointment and sit with someone and get my questions answered. So at hamdulillah we have system in place for everything, whether it's someone who's trying to find out information about Islam, or someone who needs financial help, or someone

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that that wants some kind of social service, right. And if we can't provide it ourselves, we have resources that we direct them to. So please trust us. And don't try to do it yourself.

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If you know, especially here when we are at the mercy so when someone walks in direct into the office, or have them talked to one of our volunteers or one of the employees of the machine will law he will take care of them. And if anyone comes to you and complains and says you know negative things, if it's legitimate complaint, please bring it to our attention, bring it to my attention, bring it to the attention of brother Simon subra, the President of the Board of Directors here or any of the volunteers, we take these things seriously, right.

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But if

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If someone does not want to talk to us, or they don't want you to bring it to our attention, then there is something wrong.

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Trust us on this. Trust me, well, I used to be like you, I used to feel sorry for people and tried to help them. And guess what, you cause more damage? Sometimes not only would you get other people in trouble, you may get yourself in trouble as well. And you may be inviting the wrong type of people. Right?

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What if is this person has has bad intentions. So please be vigilant and direct them to the right to the appropriate place, whether they're asking for financial help, or they're asking for, even if it's a question, general question, but what what are they asking you for? Well, I need to find this information about us. They can go and ask Google or they can come and ask the email.

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So please, be careful, be extra careful. Baraka lafiya. I asked Allah subhanaw taala to reward you for your good intentions. And ask Allah subhanaw taala to make you and I have those who do what is right and what is best and avoid that which is wrong about it. Now if you're doing a hassle, autofill SRP na na, na na na, na na na na de tener will happen. I mean, I don't

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have a by the law in the law, what will I do it anyway? When I share it with Monica, welcome to the crow life Coca

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The RNs are the NRA, what is it? national republican republican national convention? RNs, rnc,

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the total cost of the two, somewhere around $154 million, the convention alone. This is other than what Governor Romney and President Obama are going to be spent spending and what they have been spending so far on their presidential campaign.

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It's just crazy.

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Unbelievable.

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President Obama himself has spent somewhere around 730 something 700 plus million dollars

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to win

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and become a president. This is how much money they're spending

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to seize the White House.

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And then at the end, what do we get?

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What do we get?

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How better are things gonna get?

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Right? How better are things gonna get? And I'm not here to discourage you, or depress you, I'm just telling you, this is what it's costing us.

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This is how much is being spent. And we have to ask ourselves, those of us who consider themselves American citizens, and those of us who consider themselves to be Muslim, we have to ask ourselves,

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how long are things going to happen? Right? While we're just sitting and watching

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without really getting involved, understanding the facts, and being more effective.

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Now,

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I will leave this topic and get into what are the things that you should be looking for?

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In a leader?

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What are the things that you should be looking for, there are so many qualities that are very necessary. But the reason I'm bringing this up is to admonish and remind myself first and foremost, because each and every single one of us is a leader in whatever capacity that person has.

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Right?

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The least you can say is you're leading yourself somewhere. And by the way, there are two places there are two choices. You're leading yourself towards Allah subhanho wa Taala. And you are going to either qualify to earn the mercy in the grace of Allah azza wa jal and end in gardens of Paradise, beneath which rivers flow, Fijian net, you want to have FEMA, Brenda Maliki moqtada? Or the the person is leading himself towards the other opponent abode? May Allah Subhana Allah preserve all of us from ending up there

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is one or the other, there is no, so the least you can say that you're leading yourself. Right? And then on top of that, you many of us have families that were responsible for children and spouses. Right? And the loss of habitat it says yeah, you anything and I'm an officer como la coonara, preserve yourself and your children from a fire.

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And then on top of that, as a Muslim, you have added responsibilities and you should be more involved

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in bringing about a change

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and making sure that that that you have pot, you know, you have some kind of contribution within your society.

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All of that requires skills.

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And qualities and leadership traits.

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And the two that I would like to emphasize on and talk about today

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and work on myself, starting from today.

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Prophet Yusuf Alayhi Salaam, in Surah Yusuf, he says to the Pharaoh of that time, the king of that time in Egypt, he says, Allah Jamia casa, in an hour, he asked to be put in the position of leadership so he can manage

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and help Egypt and the Egyptian people of that time,

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which, by the way was one, if not the most powerful civilization of its time, the most powerful nation of that time, was headed towards economical catastrophe.

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And the king had a nightmare about it, and profit use of game the interpretation of it, and he had this projection.

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And he did not only tell him what it was going to go, what was wrong, or what may happen, and what are the risks in the future, but he actually provided him with a solution.

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He gave him an agenda. He told him what it takes. And this is one thing that we Muslims are missing.

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We're very good at I'm not sure how good we are at that, as well. But we're very good at critiquing,

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and analyzing things,

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and saying, what is wrong, anyone can do that. Few reads a little bit. If you do a little research, you can you can find that out easily.

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But who is providing

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the community, or the society, or the country in which we live? Or the world

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with alternatives and solutions?

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And how can we make a difference, if we ourselves are not really considering or looking into the sources

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of our prosperity in the past,

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and the only thing that will ensure our prosperity in the future?

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And how are we going to be able to sell that to the world if we're not familiar with it ourselves. Or if we are second guessing.

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What a loss of handle what Allah has given us, just some food for thought.

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Today's hooked but the my purpose is just to make it thought provoking. So you can think and reflect and see where you stand on some of these issues and see what you can do. Because if one person can change one thing in his or her life,

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and if that can affect

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the people around them, or the members of their household, or if someone can somehow be inspired,

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you know, with this hotspot and take it to the next level, then I think I have accomplished something today.

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And my greatest accomplishment would be if I can take this and implemented myself.

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So he provided him with an alternative. And then he said to him college, I mean, not only did he give him the agenda, but he said, put me in charge,

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put me in charge. And there's a very beautiful principle that the scholars mentioned. And this principle is what is known in Arabic as married for two and a quarter NFC

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to know your self worth, your value, what you can bring what you can do, to become well acquainted with yourself, to become well familiar with your own strength and weaknesses, your skills,

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not to deceive yourself. And this is a very critical and very important point brothers and sisters.

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Because what destroys many people is one of two things either people who

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are so arrogant

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and self centered, they think they're the best thing that happened to humanity ever. And they think that there is no one better than them. And they think that they know it all. And they can fix it all. And they think that they have solution for everything. And nobody is better than them. And if the world was just to follow them all this, the problems of the world would be sold. And the only you know and the biggest problem with the world or anyone around them is the fact that nobody's listening to them. And usually these are like the best of critics Mashallah they sit in

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and guess who is suffering the most.

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The same individuals and those people whom

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you know who they are

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And charge off or they're supposed to be serving.

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And on the other hand, we have people whom Allah Subhana. Allah has blessed with so many potentials, and Chen and and talents,

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and they don't know their true self worth, and their real value, low self esteem,

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low self confidence, they don't know. They don't know what they have what Allah Subhana Allah has blessed them with.

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And we are prohibited from doing that. So prophet use of Allah as salaam says to the king, is your enemy, Allah has put me in charge, not because I want to be in charge. Not because I'm the most handsome, and I'm gonna make you look good. Not because of the most eloquent of speakers or I'm the best of actors, and I can pretty much sell anyone on anything. No, in the Happy Valley, he tells them precisely, and specifically why said in the half 1111, I want you to look that up happy, early.

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Two qualities that are very essential

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ability

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or before even the ability, integrity.

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And number two, knowledge or ability,

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the skill that he needs. So the character

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and

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the knowledge or the ability to make things happen. And ability, of course relies on the person's skills, as well as the person's knowledge.

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Two very important components in order for anyone to earn your dress,

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who has the integrity, who is capable of keeping His Word and His promises? who really cares?

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Not just to be elected.

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And to be called Mr. President,

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or to be called Mayor

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or to be a member of a council

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of some kind, you know, rather,

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who has the integrity and the honesty and who really cares about the issues and what people are going through

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who has the determination and genuine desire to bring about a change and help people?

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integrity,

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honesty, and by the way, if someone breaks his or her promises, and you decide to teach them a lesson, and make them pay for that,

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and not giving me a vote, by all means, let them learn their lesson.

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Brothers and sisters, integrity is very important.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Yeah, you're Latina, Hamra Taka, la Hakuna Masada in O you who believe.

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Fear Allah and be mindful of him and be amongst those who are truthful.

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Allah subhanaw taala praises prophet is married.

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Right. He praises him for his great and noble qualities, one of which was kind of Sagaponack. He kept his promise. He fulfilled his promise.

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And there is nothing wrong with falling short.

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You know, if someone tries, but they could not achieve there's nothing wrong with saying you know what,

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but you should have the integrity to say sorry, I failed.

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Sorry, I messed up. Sorry, I changed my priorities. Sorry, I was overwhelmed. Sorry, I didn't think that it was this difficult, there is nothing wrong.

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The person should be humble enough.

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And try again.

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So brothers and sisters,

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this is a very important quality to look for.

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And the second quality is

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ability.

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It is not enough

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for someone

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to be trustworthy, right now that you basically believe that they have good character and that they're honest and they're genuine. They have to have ability. You're not just gonna go to a mechanic just because he's a nice guy.

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He has to know his stuff. He has to be able to fix the problem and not cause further problems. I will read the Allahu anhu

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as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, by the way is in Islam, the promises of Israel.

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To us not to give authority or leadership or position for someone who is eager to have it and who asks for it. And this is one thing that is making me nervous about one of the,

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you know, about those candidates, you know,

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some of them are just dying to become president just trying to become like, they really care about people, like they really have the solution.

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Like, wow.

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And they're willing to spend anything and do anything and say anything, say anything to be elected.

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This is making me very nervous. So anyways, and Azzam,

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we should you know, in the American context, it's just, it's never going to be applied. Right? You're not supposed to give your vote or your trust or, you know, leadership to someone who, who is asking for it. You should be someone who is

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who is qualified, and people are, you know, pushing or asking that person. Right. So anyways, this is just a side note. So Abu Dhabi, Allahu anhu, came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he said to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he asked him, he said,

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he said, put me in charge. I want to be in charge of something, Governor somewhere or you know, so I will hold the promises, Elon had to be very honest with a Buddha. He said, Yeah,

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in the Iraq War, if

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you're a you're a weak person, you have some weakness, not weak in terms of his email, no other one was one of the greatest companions of the Prophet. Some was in the very strong email, not weak by the way in terms of his character. In fact, I was not he was very honest.

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In another Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, My apologies, opera, woman, sama, astok, Allah determined

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that the Earth has not carried

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nor has the sky covered. Anyone who is more honest in his speech, of course, other than prophets and messengers,

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than a Buddha.

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Buddha was, he was the person that says it as you know, whatever is in his heart, I mean, that will just speak his mind. He was known for that. And I'll do a lot more on water.

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But the problem somebody said, Yeah, but yeah, but in the Rockabye, even in the camera on life, you have some weakness, there is something missing there that you can wear in the

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morning I've seen a love for you a Buddha, what I love for myself.

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Not a moron, Allah, Allah. He said don't ever put yourself in charge of two individuals, let alone a city or a country or a nation or don't be in charge of anything, don't take charge of anything.

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What not to Atlanta Allah Mallya team. And he said, Do not put yourself in charge of don't accept to be in charge of the wealth of an orphan.

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Because it is in another narration, it says For it is a huge responsibility. And on the Day of Judgment, Allah subhanaw taala will hold you accountable. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam disqualified him or rejected his request, based on the fact that I will lack the ability, not necessarily the integrity, both

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components both ingredients are very critical and important, important. And in order for us to earn trust or in order for us to cultivate leadership. We have to make sure that we take care of those stoop pursue them and look for them uphold Ohio code was sulfuryl law howdy welcome. First off

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hamdulillah salat wa salam O Allah Abadi, Lydia Masako about let me just say that unless someone earns

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in your assessment

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unless someone earns those two

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has those two qualities and they don't have to be perfect. But unless the person you're satisfied with the person's ability as well as the person's integrity,

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your vote Not only is it a right, but it is a responsibility.

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So make sure that whoever you enable

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to make decisions on your behalf

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as someone that you will be able to

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or that you will feel comfortable bearing the responsibility of putting in charge. It is again a responsibility and a loss of Canada will hold you accountable for it.

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If someone comes to me after the hook up and says, Listen, now I'm confused. Now you made me like am I supposed to participate or not participate what I'm not here to tell you what to do or what not to

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Do or who to vote for who not to vote for.

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But if I get you to think and analyze and then reach your decision after making your effort

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and consult in and and and

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making sure that in whatever you do or say,

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you are pleasing Allah subhanaw taala and you are doing it for the right reason,

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then I'm happy to have done my job.

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I ask Allah Subhana Allah to make you and I have those who listen and follow the business where they listened to as colossal panatela to preserve us and preserve our families and preserve our health and our wealth. Last a loss of how metallic to protect and preserve this community, brothers and sisters, let me just tell you, inshallah, to Allah that that we need to be extra vigilant inshallah, to Allah, there are a couple of things that that I need to bring to your attention. One is safety and security, the safety and security of yourself, your your, your, the members of your household, as you know, and I'm not trying to scare you or anything, there's no reason for us to panic, or be

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scared or afraid. That's exactly what those people who are perpetrating these things are propagating those things want for us to be in a state of fear. And we should not give them that not only that, but a loss of contact in the court and clearly says falletto ha, fumo halfling fear them not and fear me. So we fear no one but a loss of habitat. Right. And we know that Laos, even a llama Khattab, Allahu Allah, that nothing except what Allah has written for us will happen to us ever. And whatever happens to us will turn out to be good, but it doesn't hurt to be vigilant, and to be careful. And this is something that we need to consider when we're in public or when we're anywhere

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and also when we are around the masjid and be vigilant and care about our own security, and not do anything suspicious. And also be vigilant or lookout for any suspicious activities, you know, this this time of the year. And with this being the election year, you know, it's kind of important to be to pay attention to that. That's one thing. The other thing that I wanted to say is that sometimes we we were very naive about, you know, some of the things that we do, especially when we're around the machine, and we need to be, we need to be careful. So one of those things that, that sometimes we do with good intention, thinking that we're helping, but in reality, we're not helping what you

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know, is

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I'll give you a couple of incidents. one incident was someone showed up that we don't know and hamdulillah in this Masjid, specifically in this back, I speak for this machine. And this machine, we have committees in place, we have volunteers, we have a system, we have protocols of things, people come here to this machine, because it's available. I have dealt or you know, sat with people who drove two hours to come to this machine passing so many massage and I'm not trying to speak ill of other massages or centers came here to find out or investigate or have their questions answered about Islam. And some of them actually took Shahada, people who drove two and three hours to come to

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this message. I said, Don't you have another machine? How many machines did you have to pass by, you know, to come to this machine? People will say things like, Oh, I looked you up on Yelp. And you had good rating. People said good things about you, you know, or on Google? Oh, you guys were very accessible. Oh, your website is beautiful. You know, oh, when I call the machine, if someone was there, oh, I could actually speak to someone and make an appointment and sit with someone and get my questions answered. So at Hamdulillah, we have system in place for everything, whether it's someone who is trying to find out information about Islam, or someone who needs financial help, or someone

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that wants some kind of social service, right. And if we can't provide it ourselves, we have resources that we direct them to. So please trust us. And don't try to do it yourself.

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If you know, especially here, when we are at the mercy so when someone walks in direct into the office, or have them talk to one of our volunteers or one of the employees of the machine will law he will take care of them. And if anyone comes to you and complaints and says you know negative things, if it's legitimate complaint, please bring it to our attention, bring it to my attention, bring it to the attention of brother Simon subra, the President of the Board of Directors here or any volunteers, we take these things seriously, right?

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But if someone does not want to talk to us, or they don't want you to bring it to our attention, then there is something wrong.

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Trust us on this. Trust me. Well, I used to be like you I used to feel sorry for people and tried to help them. And guess what, you cause more damage? Sometimes not only would you get other people in trouble, you may get yourself in trouble as well. And you may be inviting the wrong type of people. Right?

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What if is this person has has bad intentions. So please be vigilant and direct them to the right to the appropriate place. Whether they're asking for financial help, or they're asking for even if it's a question, general question, but what what are they asking you for further? Well, I need to find this information about us. They can go and ask Google or they can come and ask the email.

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So please, be careful. Be extra

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Careful Baraka Luffy I asked Allah subhanaw taala to reward you for your good intentions and ask Allah subhanaw taala to make you and I have those who do what is right and what is best and avoid that which is wrong. Robin attina for dunya Hassan Hassan Filipina haga now Robin Allah to prove Anna data data will have let me know in the cattle have a by the law in the law What are we doing so anyway he says corba went

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