Are You Proud To Be Muslim

Mohammed Faqih

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Today I stand here and my intention is to make this not one of those sermons where it's just a one way

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speech, but rather make it a conversation

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and engage you for this topic. Today's topic is something very personal.

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We live in a time

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of many trials.

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And we spoke about some of those trials last week and how we should deal with it.

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Now the worst of trials, and the worst of calamities, is that which affects your deen your faith, your belief, when it's either hijacked or taken away from you, or when you yourself

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may be not aware of what your faith is what or what your principles for which you stand on which or what you believe in is. So today, I want to share with you this thought

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and feel free to answer this question.

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After you leave, feel free to share that with me on Facebook or other mediums.

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If someone wants to come and ask you and say are you proud to be a Muslim? What would your answer be? Now I'm very certain what would the answer be? Yes.

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Now I'm certain that every single Muslim will say the same thing.

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Now the question is though why?

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And I'm by the way fine with those who say I'm not proud, but I would like to know why. Why?

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What is it that you're ashamed of? You are ashamed of Islam, but

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Most importantly, the majority will say we are proud of the sun. I'm proud to be Muslim. I'm proud of Islam. The question is why? Do you know why you should be proud of Islam? Now, I don't know about you, but I'm very proud of Islam. And I'm proud that I'm proud of Islam.

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I'm proud that I'm proud

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of being proud of being Muslim.

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That makes sense.

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And I have my reasons. In fact, I'm proud to be proud to be proud to be proud, and I have an endless number of reasons why I'm proud to be Muslim.

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And that's what I want to highlight today. You have every right to be proud, first and foremost, because Allah subhana wa tada says, so he says, In the Quran,

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woman, I said, Oh, lamb mimma

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ila ma llama, who is better in speech than he who calls to Allah?

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Who is better in his speech than he who brings people closer to their Lord in their Creator?

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Who is better?

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And the answer is not given. Because it's given.

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The answer is not as stated in the app because it's understood.

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The answer is not explicitly mentioned, because it's self evident.

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The question is woman, so Konami, manda Illa? And it's like, there's no answer, why you should come up with the answer, you should know the answer. Because if you're reading this ayah, and you understand what it means, that means you already know the answer. And that's why you were there.

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Why me lasagna had and this is the key.

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Who is better to speech than he who calls to Allah? And does righteous deeds?

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Why should you be proud?

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What are the in any man Mr. demeanor on top of that, he says proudly that I am of those who submit to the Lord to Allah, I am of those who are Muslims.

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The very word itself.

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And the name that is chosen for the religion itself is something that you should be proud of very unique.

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You, your faith, and you yourself, who you are as a Muslim. Your faith is not named after a person.

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It's not named after a region or a tribe.

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Right? When you say I'm a Muslim, it's true. In each and every single one of us.

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It is not you're not named, or you don't name yourself or you don't follow some ethnicity.

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No, you this is a state of mind. It's a conviction. You're saying I submit to Allah, Who doesn't want to submit to the Lord, tell me

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who doesn't want to submit to the Creator of the heavens and earth. So the first reason why you should be proud according to this is the fact that you understand a concept called subjugation of one's passion, to the one and only God, the Creator of heaven and earth.

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A lot of the Almighty that's why you should be proud, should be proud because you're you're not only because you're a servant of Allah, but you're an aware servant, you're aware of your servanthood you're aware of the Lordship of Allah subhanho wa Taala when me message me and one of the poets, you know, proudly says my message and he showed up in what he has to be a Kumasi, alpha authorea, the Holy, holy cow, everybody wants

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to be

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part of me, part of my pride. The reason I feel I have this sense of glory, it is not because of my height, or beauty, or, or ethnicity or nationality, all of these things are, you're given those things, you don't earn them.

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You should appreciate them. But there's no reason for you to be proud or think you know, less of someone else.

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Cuz you don't earn those things. You don't win them in a competition. You don't even apply for them. They're just given. But when it comes to faith, and religion, it must be a choice of yours.

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And it should be a choice that you're proud of.

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So this poet says, I am very proud and part of my pride is the fact that I am one of your servants. Oh, Lord. That's why I'm proud.

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And later, he says, and because prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is my messenger. And that's the second reason why you should be proud

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that you are the best of nations

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until you have lots of hands on with Allison

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The last and final messenger and with him the final Testament, the Quran,

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Allah Subhana, Allah Pharaoh is a vapor, from a loss of habitat, he kept his best, you know, to the end.

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And you came to be aware of that. That's another reason why you should be proud.

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Why shouldn't you be proud?

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When your faith, what you believe in, causes you to do good, and be good, and enjoying what is good

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and uphold good.

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There isn't any good out there

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that people agree upon to be something good, except that your faith calls YouTube. Not too long ago, I was listening, I was attending a session held by

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a well qualified individual and he wasn't a Muslim. But it was on management. And and so he made very, very powerful and profound remarks in the statements. And people were very touched by those very inspirational in nature. But every time he made some strong point, you know, something pops in my head that you know, just a thought comes to my mind and I smile. And he noticed that I did that

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more than once. And there was one time where I couldn't hold myself and I turned to the person next to me who happened to be

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Muslim. And I said to him, I whispered in his ears, a quote from our noble honorable Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, literally, I mean, we're sitting there mesmerized by this man's eloquence and the beautiful points and principles upon which this entire course of success and life management is built.

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And every point that he mentions every strong point that he mentioned, that like there's a Hadees, that pops in my head, a heavy statement, a prophetic statement from our profits a lot isn't. So at the end of that session, as I was leaving, he stopped me and said, Thank you very much. Now, as I was leaving, he said, What do you do for a living? So I sent him an email.

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They said, it's very interesting, you know, and then and then. And then he said something he said, he made a statement. So I said, That's very interesting. You said what I said, because what you just said, there is verbatim, it's a verbatim translation. It's a literal translation of a statement made by our noble and honorable Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam 1400 years ago.

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I'm not making this stuff up.

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Go, you check it out yourself.

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He said, really said What did he say? So I shared with him that I said it in Arabic. And then I made a, you know, my best attempt to translate it. And he was like, That's very interesting. That's very interesting. That's why I'm proud of Islam.

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Because there isn't any good, except that Islam taught me.

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And if there's anything that wasn't there, someone may say, Hey, wait a minute. What about the use of iPad?

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iPads are great inventions.

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Right? You yourself have one right? And I'm, I'm a proud owner of an iPad. So what does Islam say about iPads?

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Well, what about this technology? Or that technology? Or this habit? Or that habit? Or this practice this customer that?

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Right? What about those things? Well, the beauty of those solid principles is that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam taught us

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to enjoy and anything that is good, and be part of it and embrace it. And in fact, we are told that wisdom

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and goodness, is the

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an item that a believer pursues ECMO toolbar, lateral movement, right? It is, it is something that belongs to you as part of your belongings that is lost. And you're always in pursuit of it. So wherever you find it,

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and now agenda who left behind, then you are most worthy of it.

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You are most worthy of it.

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And you are part of it. Now this was understood. And for those of us who are facing now, we are being faced with this challenge. There are some people who are trying to define to us what Islam is, they're defining our own faith to us. And we're sitting there, you know, becoming very defensive, and and some of us are getting nervous. Some of us are even, you know, maybe maybe some of us, right, are questioning

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their own faith.

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That's because we're not aware of it. That's because we're not well versed

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in Islam, we took it for granted, and that doesn't work anymore. So now we are being challenged. So we can go back and Google it and find out

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What Google's telling us about Islam?

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Right? And then we have we have we have this basic connection to it. That helps us, because Google just brings everything right. So you basically distinguish and you start filtering things. You're like, No, no, that sounds more like Islam. Right? The right thing always sounds more like Islam.

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And the craziest stuff, you're like, no, that's not this farm that I know. That's not Islam that I was taught. That's not Islam that I see.

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Right? Isn't that true?

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That's, that's true.

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So,

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here in our history, here's a story early on.

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And now you have to understand that in the early days, because some people come and tell, you know, that's what Islam used to be in the early days and then later changed.

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Later the true, you know.

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Now, you have to understand that whatever was taught in the early days of Islam, that is what the foundation

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that's the foundation.

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Whatever was taught first, that's the foundation. That's the most basic.

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So what do we know of that? We know that the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam are not necessarily embraced by their society.

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They were not necessarily treated like first class citizens or like, even citizens, we know that they were subjected to much more hatred,

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and bigotry

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and Islamophobia,

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than we we can ever dream of, facing. And when we seek refuge in a lot from from being subjected to something like that, we shouldn't be looking, you know, right, we seek refuge and a lot from something like that.

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So in the middle of that he the Prophet sallallahu, Alayhi, wasallam, gave permission to some of his companions, to leave, to leave Mecca, and go to avicennia

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where there was a ruler, the nucleus of Abyssinia, the king of avicennia. Now, when they were there, they lived with a little bit,

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you know, insecurity and peace. But soon, the Meccans sent an envoy they sent basically their their ambassador to claim back these rebels and bring them back. And now in order for that to happen, he had to what do the same thing demonize them, dehumanize them, call them rebels, terrorists, right?

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basically use scare tactics,

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and to start a smear campaign against them.

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People who just left Mecca they left they left the most beloved place to them, because they wanted to worship their Lord and peace.

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And because they were pursuing freedom. So the metcons arrived to Abyssinia and of course, they made a case for themselves.

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So the nucleus, but he was a smart man.

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The joshy May Allah has mercy be upon him was a very smart and just ruler. And that's what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam anticipated. He said he is indeed just

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so nice. Yeah. She said, Wait a minute, let us give them let and this is what smart people do. And that's what you should spread. You should tell your friends and your colleagues as smart people just don't, don't don't listen to one side. And

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judge based on one sides view, they don't.

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Right? If you want to learn about Islam and Muslims, you go and ask Muslims,

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you don't go and ask Fox News. Right? That's not where you get your information from.

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And you definitely don't get your information from someone as crazy as Glenn Beck.

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Seriously, if these are your sources of information, Wikipedia isn't it isn't even enough, then you have a serious issue.

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Because when I wanted to study other religions, or when I wanted to study something, then I need I need to go to the to the original sources.

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Right? So

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he said let's listen to them. Let's see what they have to say. And here's what happened to them. To make a long story short, the companions of the Prophet so awesome, decided to speak to the to the notice to the king

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and share with him honestly and openly. what Islam is all about and what they stand for. They are not going to sugarcoat anything or change anything because we have nothing to hide. We have nothing to be ashamed of. So they basically chose Jaffa gonna be the cousin of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to represent them. So when when

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So Naja, she asked him, Look, look at this, you know, he said, he said, What is this religion of yours that caused you to depart from your people? from your own people? And how come you did not enter my religion? How come you came here were very religious people, by the way, until this day, until this day, East Africa, and especially specifically Ethiopia. Right? very religious, very proud of their, you know, whether they're Muslims or not everybody is proud of their religion. So I said, How come you didn't join our religion? What's wrong with our religion? How come we don't see you at church?

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Nor have you abandoned the religion of your own tribe? So what is this news? What what? What does your prophet tell it tell you so he said them, he said, he said he was very honest with him. He said, Listen, he said,

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he said that you

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or he said that you had a medic, said we used to be people who were very ignorant.

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And we used to worship idols,

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idols of our own making, we carve them out of wood, and stone, and we worship them. And in some case, like Amaro, they allow us to have one made out of date. And one day he got hungry, and he didn't have something to eat. So he ate his God.

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So he said, that's what we used to do. And we used to eat dead, like dead meat and dead animals. And we used to commit all kinds of sins.

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fornication, you name it, we had, we had no, I mean, the morality was at its lowest.

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And by the way, it was a very liberal society. Right?

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And he said, the strong use to overcome the weak and exploit the week. That's what we used to doing all of that these were standard, standard, basically practices. We had no, no problem with those. And of course, something that he didn't mention that was also common, right was the abuse of slaves, of women bearing

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infants emphasize bearing babies alive, right. So we used to because he said we used to do all of that. takuna Allah Delica, Tabatha, la la la la la sala Mina. And we were like this for ages until a la sent to us, a messenger from amongst ourselves a man

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that we know very well. We know his lineage. We know his nobility. We know about his character. Well, since he was a manatee, he was happy. And we know about his modesty. And we know about his trustworthiness. And we know about his character and his integrity, a man that no one, even those who hated him the most could not question his integrity and his morality.

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lived for 40 years, may have lost peace and blessings be upon him be happy homie.

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Great character.

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Great resume.

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his credibility was well established. They used to call him the truthful and the trustworthy.

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alayhi salatu. Salam, this is my last choice for us. And by the way, we should be proud of that. Allah chose the best of mankind, the best of us for this mission, so he came to us, and He called us to what what did he call us to, to worship Him.

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He didn't claim to be God. He didn't claim that he's the son of God, he didn't make that claim. And no prophet or messenger will ever make that claim.

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But he rather called us to worship the Lord. God, the almighty alone.

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No partners, very simple, very simple concept of God very simple.

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And to abandon the worship of anything else, idols, animals, human beings, you name it.

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And then he ordered us and this is what he said, I'm not making this up. I'm not trying to be politically correct here. This is what Java said long time ago. And by the way, when he made that statement, and he told that story, he really didn't have to tell that story. Right.

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So he said, What a moron.

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And he ordered us to speak the truth.

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This is basic teaching of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu. It was that's what he ordered us to die in a manner and to deliver our trust, make sure that we do not betray our trust

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will see later him and to be kind to our relatives and our kinship.

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Well, first of all you are and to be kind and benevolent to our neighbors regardless of their background to our neighbors.

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Be kind be good neighbors.

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Well, Kofi Annan Muharram and to stay away from, from sins,

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with the map, and to, not to indulge in shedding blood and murder or violence

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when I had an info hush and he ordered us to stay away from evil practices like fornication and, and these kind of this kind of behavior to have any, you know, to be modest,

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he ordered us to be to maintain our chastity

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and he ordered us to stay away from

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from perjury

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or to consume the wealth of the orphan, to explore the orphans

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or to slander

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to slander each other.

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This is what he told us to stay away from and he ordered us to worship the Lord and pray and fast and give charity

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This is basically flat 101

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What is wrong with us?

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What is there not to be proud of? I say this and I asked a lot to make you and I have those who listen and follow the best stuff but they listened to Apollo Adam code was so thoroughly Welcome

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hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam O Allah, Allah, all praises due to a llama his peace and blessings be upon His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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Of course, we know that later on the joshy himself was very touched by this and he decided Of course not to

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let the Muslims down.

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And he basically turned away that the the ambassador or the employee that you know what is very interesting, the very person that actually came to take the Muslims with him back to Mecca, to persecute them, he himself became Muslim.

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And the Joshua king himself became Muslim.

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Right?

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You go back to that region, now you find his grave is still until this day mark, lovely Aloha. May Allah be pleased with him.

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later on.

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We also know of a story of Abu Sofia.

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Because a very similar something similar to that happen except it had a different twist.

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In in what is a modern day Syria basically. May Allah subhanaw taala is the situation there for our brothers and sisters. So modern day Syria, chum, right. And in that case, it was the present him king.

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He received a letter from Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam calling him to slap so he wanted to investigate. He asked if there's anyone from that tribe from the tribe of Prophet Muhammad present. So they told him that there is this group of merchants from Christ. But guess what, they were not Muslims. In fact, they were at war with Prophet Mohammed, they hated him. So he said, Okay, that's why I'm bringing them and he brought forth Apple Sofia had me stand. And he started questioning him asked him questions about Prophet Mohammed, and what he stands for. And he told the companions, he told the the other people to stand behind Sophia. And he said, if he lies, you let me know because

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if you guys are lying to me, you're in trouble. So Apple soufiane didn't want to lie, because it's gonna make him look bad in front of his followers because he was the chief.

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And when he asked him, if he had had to be truthful,

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right, so of what he asked him, he said, he asked me many questions, but of those questions was, he said, who follows him? What type of people follow him? The elites of your community, your society? Or the weak and the humble? He said, No. The weak and the humble are most make most of of his followers. He said, that's very interesting, because that's, that's that's the case with a majority of scholar with the majority of profits and messages before him. Usually it was those right? Those who were who were not. So anyways, so he said to him, does their number increase or decrease He said, No actually increases fast growing, fast growing religious, fastest growing religion.

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So if you want to know why I'm proud, I'm proud because I'm one of me and people who profess Islam. Almost

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one out of every five people in the world are Muslim.

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One out of every five people in the world

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it's the largest religion

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And the fastest growing. Now tell me are all these people crazy and mad?

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Brother Travis that we had here with us less last week accepting Islam, Sister Maria, the week before all these people, they don't know what they're talking about, in fact, the most intelligent of people, they're the most intelligent, the most humble of people.

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There is a reason there is there is a reason why one out of every five people in the world is Muslim. And I'm proud of that.

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So he said they increase their number increase. So he says, Wait a minute, but does any one of them leave Islam after accepting it? And look, look how precise he was?

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due to the fact that he was dissatisfied with Islam with the principles themselves.

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That they had, you know, not not what Muslims do, because Muslim we can we could sometimes we traumatize people. May Allah help us overcome our weaknesses and our shortcomings. But he said, Does anyone leave Islam? Because they're upset with it itself?

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After after knowing it, and he said, No, this is what I wished. He could have said, Yeah, of course. That's why we're not Muslim. That's not he's not Muslim. No, he didn't. He has to be honest.

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Then he said to him,

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did you ever accuse him

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of lying? Ever? Has he ever lied to you? Did you ever catch him? It was? Is there any registered case of him lying or saying something false? He said never. Never. This is

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his worst enemy at the time. So he said to him, does he betray trust? Does he commit treachery? He said never know.

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And then it was young. I said, that's when I had the opportunity said, Wait a minute. Now we have this truce between us and him. We don't know what he may do.

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That's the only time he was able to basically inject something or imply something. But nothing, nothing.

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That's why I'm proud. That's why you should be proud. We should be proud because Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam taught us that a true Muslim is he whom people are safe from his wrongdoing. People feel safe in his presence. Because prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us and gave us high standards to live up to.

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Because Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Isom gave us amazing examples

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to work for.

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And I will conclude with this story. I told you this before, I'm going to tell it for the sake of those who are

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on break some of our kids or anyone who's here for the first time.

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And I will be very quick, I promised a man was captured by the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, who was an enemy of the Prophet and the Muslims at that time, they brought him the prophets of Allah Islam did not punish him all he did, he asked them to keep him in the machine in the muzzle and he said, keep them their time to the to the post one of the posts, leave him there, you know, feed him take care of him.

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by the name of amendment without you can look up the story yourself is well documented. And so. So three days later, the prophet SAW sent him releases if he said, just let him go.

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Now what this man got, in my opinion was he got an exposure to the Muslim community from within an ideal good Muslim community. They were not perfect, but they were good. And that's why it is our moral responsibility now to live up to what we say. I mean, we're proud of Islam, but are we proud of ourselves as Muslims?

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That's what we need to work on. So he said, he said, leave him, set him free. They set him free, he leaves takes a bath comes back. And he says I shall do it let you know in the law. Why should I know Mohammed? Also the law, you all know what it means he became Muslim.

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Now, the question is what made this man Muslim? No one spoke to him. No one said anything. No one debated with him about Islam. They didn't show him any presentation about Islam. They didn't try to basically, and they did not threaten him. Nothing.

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But what he got was he got a taste of Islam. He saw Muslims, he saw what Islam is from within. And anyone that sees a community that upholds the teachings of Islam would want to be part of it. And that's the lesson. And that is what I want you to walk out with. That's our responsibility brothers and sisters, to make this community of ours

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reflects the true teachings of Islam that we're all proud of.

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To show humanity in action, why we're Muslims and why we choose Islam and what Islam is stands for. You can sit and defend Islam all day long. You can blog about it all day long. If people don't see a tangible example and this is the dilemma that we have as Muslims, tangible example something that they can see in front of their eyes.

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They won't know what it means it won't affect them. That's the example that Abu sufian himself could not deny.

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He couldn't deny that he saw it manifested before his eyes. And that's what we have to work on.

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That's what you know, instead of being defensive and getting all nervous and getting afraid and panicking, we need to get busy doing what we have to do. We need to get busy practicing Islam, and coming together as Muslims, and showing that example of the one body that aches, when one part of it suffers. The whole body suffers when one part suffers to show that example. And that won't happen if we all just if we all stay in our own little corners. And if we all have our own way of doing things, we need to come together to do this. Let us set that example for ourselves, for our children, for our neighbors, for the society that we live in for humanity. ask Allah azza wa jal to

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help us achieve that probenecid dunya hustle, hustle network in other than not maybe the law in the law hit motivate I do it. Anyway. He tell you the

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belly, yeah, look into the Quran, Allah, Allah Naomi's it called political.

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Who is better in speech than he who brings people closer to their Lord and their Creator?

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Who is better?

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And the answer is not given. Because it's given.

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The answer is not as stated in the app because it's understood.

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The answer is not explicitly mentioned, because it's self evident.

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The question is women so Konami, manda Illallah? And it's like, there's no answer, why you should come up with the answer, you should know the answer. Because if you're reading this ayah, and you understand what it means, that means you already know the answer. And that's why you were there.

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Well, I mean, I saw your hand. And this is the key.

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Who is better to speech than he who calls to Allah? And does righteous deeds?

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Why shouldn't you be proud?

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What are the in many men muslimeen. On top of that, he says proudly that I am of those who submit to the Lord to Allah, I am of those who are Muslims.

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The very word itself.

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And the name that is chosen for the religion itself is something that you should be proud of very unique.

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Your faith and you yourself, who you are as a Muslim, your faith is not named after a person.

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It's not named after a region or a tribe.

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Right? When you say I'm a Muslim, it's true. In each and every single one of us.

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It is not you're not named, or you don't name yourself or you don't follow some ethnicity.

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No, you this is a state of mind. It's a conviction. You are saying I submit to Allah, Who doesn't want to submit to the Lord, tell me

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who doesn't want to submit to the Creator of the heavens and earth. So the first reason why you should be proud according to this is the fact that you understand a concept called subjugation of one's passion, to the one and only God, the Creator of heaven and earth.

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A lot of the Almighty that's why you should be proud, should be proud because you're you're not only because you're a servant of Allah, but you're an aware servant, you're aware of your servanthood you're aware of the Lordship of Allah subhanho wa Taala when me message me and one of the poets you know, proudly says my message and he showed up in what he had to be a Kumasi, alpha authorea, the Holy cow, holy cow, everybody wants

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to be

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part of me, part of my pride. The reason I feel I have this sense of glory, it is not because of my height, or beauty or, or ethnicity or nationality, all of these things are, you're given those things, you don't earn them.

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You should appreciate them. But there's no reason for you to be proud or think you know, less of someone else.

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Cuz you don't earn those things. You don't win them in a competition. You don't even apply for them. They're just given. But when it comes to faith, and religion, it must be a choice of yours.

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And it should be a choice that you're proud of.

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So this poet says, I am very proud and part of my project

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is the fact that I am one of your servants. Oh, Lord. That's why I'm proud.

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Elena, he says, and because prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is my messenger. And that's the second reason why you should be proud

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that you are the best of nations.

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And to you, Allah subhanho wa Taala sent the last and final messenger. And with him the final Testament, the Quran,

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Allah Subhana, Allah Pharaoh is a vapor, from a loss of habitat, he kept his best, you know, to the end.

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And you came to be aware of that. That's another reason why you should be proud.

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Why shouldn't you be proud?

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When your faith, what you believe in, causes you to do good, and be good, and enjoying what is good.

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And I've hold good.

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There isn't any good out there

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that people agree upon to be something good, except that your faith calls YouTube. Not too long ago, I was listening, I was attending a session held by

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a well qualified individual and he wasn't a Muslim. But it was on management. And and so he made very, very powerful and profound remarks in the statements. And people were very touched by those very inspirational in nature. But every time he made some strong point, you know, something pops in my head that you know, just a thought comes to my mind and I smile. And he noticed that I did that

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more than once. And there was one time where I couldn't hold myself and I turned to the person next to me who happened to be

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Muslim. And I said to him, I whispered in his ears, a quote from our noble honorable Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, literally, I mean, we're sitting there mesmerized by this man's eloquence, and the beautiful points and principles upon which this entire course of success and life management is built.

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And every point that he mentions every strong point that he mentioned, that like there's a Hadees, that pops in my head, a heavy statement, a prophetic statement from our prophet SAW a lot isn't. So at the end of that session, as I was leaving, he stopped me and said, Thank you very much. And as I was leaving, he said, What do you do for a living? So I sent him an email.

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He said, it's very interesting, you know, and then and then. And then he said something he said, he made a statement. So I said, That's very interesting. You said what I said, because what you just said, there is verbatim verbatim translation is the literal translation of a statement made by our noble and honorable Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam 1400 years ago.

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I'm not making this stuff up.

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Go, you check it out yourself.

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He said, Really? He said, What did he say? So I shared with him that I said it in Arabic. And then I made, you know, my best attempt to translate it. And he was like, That's very interesting. That's very interesting. That's why I'm proud of Islam.

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Because there isn't any good, except that Islam taught me.

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And if there's anything that wasn't there, someone may say, Hey, wait a minute. What about the use of iPad?

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iPads are great inventions.

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Right? You yourself have one right? I'm, I'm a proud owner of an iPad. So what does Islam say about iPads?

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Well, what about this technology or that technology or this habit or that habit? Or this practice this customer that because?

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Right, what about those things? Well, the beauty of those Sonic principles is that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam taught us

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to enjoy an anything that is good and be part of it and embrace it. And in fact, we are told that wisdom

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and goodness is the

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an item that a believer pursues

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toolbar lateral movement, right? It is, it is something that belongs to you as part of your belongings that is lost. And you're always in pursuit of it. So wherever you find it,

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and now agenda who olevia then you are most worthy of it,

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you are most worthy of it.

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And you are part of it. Now, this was understood. And for those of us who are facing now, we are being faced with this challenge. There are some people who are trying to define to us what Islam is, they're defining our own faith to us. And we're sitting there, you know, becoming very defensive and some of us are getting nervous. Some of us are even, you know, maybe maybe some of us

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Right, are questioning

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their own faith.

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That's because we're not aware of it. That's, that's because we're not well versed

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in Islam, we took it for granted. And that doesn't work anymore. So now we are being challenged. So we can go back and Google it and find out what Google is telling us about Islam.

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Right? And then we have we have, we have this basic connection to it. That helps us because Google just brings everything right. So you basically distinguish and you start filtering things. You're like, No, no, that sounds more like it's not. Right. The right thing always sounds more like Islam.

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And the craziest stuff, you're like, no, that's not Islam that I know. That's not the Islam that I was taught. That's not the Islam that I see.

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Right? Isn't that true?

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That's, that's true.

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So

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here in our history, here's a story early on.

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And now you have to understand that in the early days, because some people come and tell, you know, that's what Islam used to be in the early days and then later changed.

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Later the true, you know,

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now, you have to understand that whatever was taught in the early days of Islam, that is what the foundation

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that's the foundation.

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Whatever was taught first, that's the foundation. That's the most basic.

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So what do we know of that? We know that the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we're not necessarily embraced by their society.

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They were not necessarily treated like first class citizens or like, even citizens, we know that they were subjected to much more hatred,

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and bigotry

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and Islamophobia,

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than we we can ever dream of, facing. And when we seek refuge and a lot from from being subjected to something like that, we shouldn't be looking, you know, right, we seek refuge and a lot from something like that.

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So in the middle of that he the Prophet sallallahu, Alayhi, wasallam, gave permission to some of his companions, to leave, to leave Mecca, and go to avicennia

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where there was a ruler, the nucleus of Abyssinia, the king of avicennia. Now, when they were there, they lived for a little bit,

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you know, insecurity and peace. But soon, the Meccans sent an envoy they sent basically, they're their ambassador, to claim back these rebels and bring them back. And now in order for that to happen, he had to what do the same thing demonize them, dehumanize them, call them rebels, terrorists, right?

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basically use the scare tactics,

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and to start a smear campaign against them.

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People who just left Mecca, they left they left the most beloved place to them, because they wanted to worship their Lord and peace.

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And because they were pursuing freedom. So the metcons arrived to Abyssinia and of course, they made a case for themselves.

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So they knew this, but he was a smart man.

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The joshy May Allah has mercy be upon him was a very smart and just ruler. And that's what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam anticipated. He said, he is indeed just

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so nice. He said, Wait a minute, let us give them let and this is what smart people do. And that's what you should spread. You should tell your friends and your colleagues, smart people just don't, don't don't listen to one side. And

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judge based on one side's view, they don't.

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Right? If you want to learn about Islam and Muslims, you go and ask Muslims,

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you don't go and ask Fox News. Right? That's not where you get your information from.

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And you definitely don't get your information from someone as crazy as Glenn Beck.

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Seriously, if these are your sources of information, Wikipedia isn't it isn't even enough, then you have a serious issue.

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Because when I wanted to study other religions, or when I wanted to study something, then I need I need to go to the to the original sources.

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Right? So

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he said let's listen to them. Let's see what they have to say. And here's what happened on them. To make a long story short, the companions of the Prophet SAW awesome decided to speak to the to the notice to the king

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and share with him

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honestly and openly, what Islam is all about and what they stand for, they are not going to sugarcoat anything or change anything, because we have nothing to hide. We have nothing to be ashamed of. So they they basically chose Jaffa via the cousin of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to represent them. So when, when?

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Sonia, she asked him, Look, look at this, you know, he said, he said, What is this religion of yours that caused you to depart from your people? from your own people? And how come you did not enter my religion? How come you came here were very religious people, by the way, until this day, until this day, East Africa, and especially specifically Ethiopia. Right? very religious, very proud of their you know, whether they're Muslims or not everybody is proud of their religion. So I said, How come you didn't join our religion? What's wrong with our religion? How come we don't see you at church?

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nor and you abandon the religion of your own tribe? So what is this news? What what? What does your prophet tell you? So he said them he said, he said, he was very honest with him. He said, Listen, he said,

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he said, Your icy or he said that you had a medic, said, we used to be people who were very ignorant.

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And we used to worship idols,

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idols of our own making, we carve them out of wood, and stone, and we worship them. And in some case, like Amaro de la used to have one made out of date. And one day he got hungry, and he didn't have something to eat. So he ate his God.

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So he said, that's what we used to do. And we used to eat dead, like dead meat and dead animals. And we used to commit all kinds of sins.

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fornication, you name it, we had, we had no, I mean, the morality was at its lowest.

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And by the way, it was a very liberal society. Right?

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And he said, the strong use to overcome the weak and exploit the weak. That's what we used to doing all of that these were standard, standard, basically practices. We had no, no problem with those. And of course, something that he didn't mention that was also common, right was the abuse of slaves, of women bearing

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infants emphasize bearing babies alive. Right. So we used to because he said we used to do all of that. takuna Allah Delica Tabatha La la la la la Sula, Mina. And we were like this for ages until a lot sent to us, a messenger from amongst ourselves a man

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that we know very well. We know his lineage. We know his nobility. We know about his character. Well, since he was a manatee, he was happy. And we know about his modesty. And we know about his trustworthiness, and we know about his character and his integrity, a man that no one, even those who hated him the most could not question his integrity and his morality.

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lived for 40 years. May Allah peace and blessings be upon him be Abby will me.

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Great character.

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Great resume.

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his credibility was well established. They used to call him the truthful and the trustworthy.

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Allah, Allah, Allah, this is Allah subhanaw taala chose for us. And by the way, we should be proud of that. Allah chose the best of mankind, the best of us for this mission, so he came to us, and He called us to what what did he call us to, to worship Him.

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He didn't claim to be God. He didn't claim that he's the son of God, he didn't make that claim. And no prophet or messenger will ever make that claim.

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But he rather called us to worship the Lord. God, the almighty alone.

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No partners, very simple, very simple concept of God very simple.

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And to abandon the worship of anything else, idols, animals, human beings, you name it.

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And then he ordered us and this is what he said, I'm not making this up. I'm not trying to be politically correct here. This is what Java said long time ago. And by the way, when he made that statement, and he told that story, he really didn't have to tell that story. Right.

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So he said, Well, I'm not on

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and he ordered us to speak the truth.

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This is basic teaching of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu. It was, that's what he ordered us to die in a manner and to deliver our trust. Make sure that we do not

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betray our trust

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what's in it for him and to be kind to our relatives and our kinship?

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Well, personal job and to be kind and benevolent to our neighbors, regardless of their background to our neighbors, be kind be good neighbors.

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Well, Kofi Annan Muharram and to stay away from, from sins,

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with the map, and to, not to indulge in shedding blood and murder or violence.

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When a Hannah and it fella has ordered us to stay away from evil practices like fornication, and and these kind of this kind of behavior, to have any, you know, to be modest,

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he ordered us to be to maintain our chastity

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and he ordered us to stay away from

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from perjury

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or to consume the wealth of the orphan, to explore the orphans

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or to slander

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to slander each other.

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This is what he told us to stay away from and he ordered us to worship the Lord and pray and fast and give charity

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This is basically flowerona what

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what is wrong with us?

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What is there not to be proud of? I say this and I asked a lot to make you and I have those who listen and follow their best stuff but they listen to Apollo Adam code was so thoroughly Welcome

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hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam O Allah, Allah, all praises due to a llama his peace and blessings be upon His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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Of course, we know that later on the joshy himself was very touched by this and he decided Of course not to

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let the Muslims down.

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And he basically turned away that the the ambassador or the employee that you know what is very interesting, the very person that actually came to take the Muslims with him back to Mecca, to persecute them, he himself became Muslim.

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And the Joshua king himself became Muslim.

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Right?

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You go back to that region, now you find his grave is still until this day mark, lovely Aloha. May Allah be pleased with him.

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later on.

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We also know of a story of Abu Sofia.

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Because a very similar something similar to that happen except it had a different twist.

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In in what is a modern day Syria basically. May Allah subhanaw taala is the situation there for our brothers and sisters. So modern day Syria, chum, right. And in that case, it was the present him king.

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He received a letter from Prophet Mohammed Salah law instead of calling him to snap, so he wanted to investigate. He asked if there's anyone from that tribe from the tribe of Prophet Mohammed present. So they told him that there is this group of merchants from Christ. But guess what, they were not Muslims. In fact, they were at war with Prophet Mohammed, they hated him. So he said, Okay, that's why I'm bringing them and he brought forth Abu sufian had me stand. And he started questioning him asked him questions about Prophet Mohammed, and what he stands for. And he told the companions, he told the the other people to stand behind Abu Sufyan. And he said, if he lies, you let me know

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because if you guys are lying to me, you're in trouble. So I will soufiane didn't want to lie, because it's gonna make him look bad in front of his followers because he was the chief.

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And when he asked him, if he had had to be truthful,

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right, so of what he asked him, he said, he asked me many questions, but of those questions was, he said, who follows him? What type of people follow him? The elites of your community, your society? Or the weak and the humble? He said, No. The weak and the humble are most make most of of his followers. He said, that's very interesting, because that's, that's that's the case with a majority of scholars with the majority of profits and messages before him. Usually it was those right? Those who were who were not so anyways, so he said to him, does their number increase or decrease He said, No actually increases. fast growing, fast growing religion, fastest growing religion.

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So if you want to know why I'm proud, I'm proud because I'm one of them.

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Me and people who profess Islam, almost

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one out of every five people in the world are Muslim.

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One out of every five people in the world

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it's the largest religion and the fastest growing. Now tell me are all these people crazy and mad?

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Brother Travis that we had here with us last last week accepting Islam, Sister Maria, the week before all these people, they don't know what they're talking about. In fact, the most intelligent of people, they're the most intelligent, the most humble of people.

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There is a reason there is there is a reason why one out of every five people in the world is Muslim. And I'm proud of that.

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So he said they increase their number increase. So he says, Wait a minute, but does any one of them leave Islam after accepting it? And look, look how precise he was?

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due to the fact that he was dissatisfied with Islam with the principles themselves.

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That they had, you know, not not what Muslims do, because Muslim weekend we could sometimes we traumatize people. May Allah help us overcome our weaknesses and our shortcomings. But he said, Does anyone leave Islam? Because they're upset with it itself?

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After after knowing it, and he said, No, this is what I wished. He could have said, Yeah, of course. That's why we're not Muslim. That's not he's not Muslim. No, he didn't. He has to be honest.

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Then he said to him,

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did you ever accuse him

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of lying? Ever? Has he ever lied to you? Did you ever catch him? It was? Is there any registered case of him lying or saying something false? He said never. Never. This is

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his worst enemy at the time. So he said to him, does he betray trust? Does he commit treachery? He said never know.

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And then it was you that said that's when I had the opportunity said wait a minute, now we have this truce between us and him. We don't know what he may do.

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That's the only time he was able to basically inject something or imply something. But nothing, nothing.

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That's why I'm proud. That's why you should be proud. We should be proud because Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam taught us that a true Muslim is he whom people are safe from his wrongdoing. People feel safe in his presence. Because prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us and gave us high standards to live up to.

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Because Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Isom gave us amazing examples

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to work for.

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And I will conclude with this story I told you this before, I'm going to tell it for the sake of those who are

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on break some of our kids or anyone who's here for the first time.

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And I will be very quick, I promised a man was captured by the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, who was an enemy of the Prophet and the Muslims at that time, they brought him the process a lot isn't did not punish him all he did, he asked them to keep him in the machine in the muscle and he said keep him there, tie him to the to the post one of the posts, leave him there, you know, feed him take care of him.

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by the name of amendment without you can look up the story yourself is well documented. And so. So three days later, the prophet SAW Selim releases and he said just let him go.

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Now what this man got, in my opinion was he got an exposure to the Muslim community from within an ideal good Muslim community. They were not perfect, but they were good. And that's why it is our moral responsibility now to live up to what we say. I mean, we're proud of Islam, but are we proud of ourselves as Muslims?

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That's what we need to work on. So he said, he said, leave him, set him free. They set him free, he leaves takes a bath comes back. And he says I shall do and let you know in the law. Why should I know Mohammed or pseudo law? You all know what it means he became Muslim.

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Now, the question is what made this man Muslim? No one spoke to him. No one said anything. No one debated with him about Islam. They didn't show him any presentation about Islam. They didn't try to basically, and they did not threaten him. Nothing.

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But what he got was, he got a taste of Islam. He saw Muslims, he saw what Islam is from within. And anyone that sees a community that upholds the teachings of Islam would want to be part of it. And that's the lesson. And that is what I want you to walk out with. That's our responsibility, brothers and sisters, to make this community of ours

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reflect the true teachings of Islam that we're all proud of.

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To show humanity in action, why we're Muslims and why we choose Islam and what Islam is stands for. You can sit and defend Islam all day long. You can blog about it all day long if people don't see a tangible example, and this is the dilemma that we have as Muslims, tangible example, something that they can see in front of their eyes, they won't know what it means. It won't affect them. That's the example that Abu sufian himself could not deny.

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He couldn't deny that he saw it manifested before his eyes. And that's what we have to work on.

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That's what you know, instead of being defensive, and getting all nervous and getting afraid and panicking, we need to get busy doing what we have to do. We need to get busy practicing Islam, and coming together as Muslims, and showing that example of the one body that aches when one part of it suffers. The whole body's suffers when one part suffers to show that example. And that won't happen if we all just if we all stay in our own little corners. And if we all have our own way of doing things, we need to come together to do this. Let us set that example for ourselves, for our children, for our neighbors, for the society that we live in for humanity. ask Allah azza wa jal to

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