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Attaining the Love of Allah, Part 7

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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Hello Hello Amanda Rahim and hamdulillah Hello bien alameen wa salatu salam

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ala alihi wa sahbihi Jemaine.

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But we begin by thanking and praising Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, and we beseech him to show Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with compliments and salutations and his family and his companions and all those who follow this tradition until the end of time.

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We ask Allah to teach us that which benefits us to allow us to benefit from what he has taught us and to increase us in beneficial knowledge. We ask a lot to protect us from information that does not benefit it does not bring us closer to Allah subhana wa Tada.

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We have been discussing for the past several months

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ignorant claims

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or an extraction from claims masterpiece on the 10 ways and methods of attaining the love of Allah subhanahu wa Tada.

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We have finished four so far. The first that we talked about is only btw to recite the four iron with reflection and with pondering

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and the second is to come close to Allah subhanaw taala through voluntary acts of worship after fulfilling the obligatory ones. The third is to be in a continuous and constant state of victory of remembrance of Allah. The fourth was to prefer what Allah loves over what we love and our desires when they are contradictory.

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And the fifth, inshallah tada and hopefully the sixth I hope we can cover the fifth and the sixth day because our hope is to finish all 10 before the year concludes, because we started in the beginning of the year. We missed a couple of months for logistical reasons, but hopefully if we can finish this before the year ends, so we have tonight's session, inshallah tada and then we have one more next month in December inshallah, and then come 2018 Bethany life Allah grants us life and ability, the

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Hopefully we can begin a new topic in sha Allah Terada and we'll see what happens there. So today we have a separable harness the fifth way of attaining the love of Allah subhanaw taala Liam says, quote, more bilateral kirribilli Esma he was referred to he or Misha headed to America to watch Apollo v L. We had the hill Meriva Femina Alfa Lucha be a smarty he was the fact he was a family he had the hula hula

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nucleon says the fifth way is to

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expose the heart

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to the names and attributes of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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And to ponder and and witness the realities and the effects of these names, and to have married Eva, and we will talk about what this word means to have metadata, to have knowledge and awareness of these names.

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And he says, to

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the earlobe, to flip back and forth, in a way of enjoyment.

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In the garden of these names and attributes, like imagine these names and attributes are like beautiful trees and plants and flowers, and you're in that garden, and you're just rolling around in there enjoying yourself.

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He says, from an alpha law, whoever knows a lot. And again, he uses the word alpha, and we'll talk about it right now, from an alpha law, whoever knows and is aware of Allah, through His names and his attributes and his actions. He will love Allah, absolutely, no doubt about it, there cannot be any other emotional consequence.

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Whoever knows Allah through his names and attributes in his actions, there is no other result other than ending in loving Allahu subhanahu, WA Tada.

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Before we actually get into this, I want to talk about a little mention a quick note about names.

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names are very important.

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And they're very valuable.

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words in general,

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are very important.

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Oftentimes, we underestimate the impact

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and the value of words that we use, either in a positive sense or in a negative sense. So there could be some words that are very positive. And we underestimate how positive and the effect that they can have. So we don't use them enough.

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Or we don't.

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We are in genuine when we use them.

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And then on the flip side, in a negative sense, there are also a lot of times where there are words that carry a negative meaning, or connotation. And we also underestimate the negative impact of these words, and we use them lightly as if it's no big deal, but they actually have a dramatic impact. So words are very important along somehow this is why Adam Smith akula taught him the names of everything. Words, is the first thing that Adam, Adam was taught.

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And then a subcategory of that are names of individuals, along with some panatela has a snap, he has names, we also have names as well.

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And you'll notice in any language and culture, when something is valued, or when something is praised. It usually has a lot of different names that people use to refer to it.

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And this is very common in the Arabic language.

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And perhaps it is common in some of the other languages that some of you folks here tonight might be familiar with. But when something is valuable, or when something is fashionable or attractive or something that people aspire for, there will be a lot of names or nicknames or phrases.

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For that one thing there will be many ways to refer to that one thing

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and that shows you the significance

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of that which is being referred to

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and so Allah subhana wa tada is the most

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important entity in our lives. And Allahu subhana wa tada has many names.

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What's also interesting about names and some Hello this is not

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this is not necessarily a rule, but it is something observed in creation.

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You know, there are herbs they have this proverb they say could you not love me when asleep

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Anybody heard this before, they say that every person will

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get a share of the meaning of their name.

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Meaning they will embody, they will end up carrying certain characteristics, certain meanings of that name that they have.

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And somehow that's interesting what comes first that a person is created or that they have a name? First they come into life, and then we give them a name.

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And what you decide to name someone, I mean, it's amazing that you're telling me that could have an impact or an effect on them? Yes, absolutely.

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That's why the Prophet slicin, I'm never advocated, or went out of his way to change people's names. Unless if their name had a negative meaning to it.

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Because when when something has a negative

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name, or is referred to with negative names, it affects that beam. I don't know if this is true. But somebody said, they did this experiment on some plants. You guys know about this? anybody hear about this? I don't know if how scientific is, but maybe you guys can try it. And then we can see you guys up for an experiment. Or you just want to hear a lecture and go home and sleep you want. Okay? So try and experiment. So they said somebody had these two plants in their house.

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And one plant every single day, they would praise it, and they would say beautiful things to this plant. And then the other one, they would curse it, they would insult it, they would call it bad names. They would speak very harshly and negatively. And they did this over the course of several days and weeks. Oh, no. There's all kinds of things on the internet. I tend to be a little bit skeptical. So try it out. And let me know if it works. You guys are thinking why don't you try it? I said So firstly, you try. So and they said the one that was praised and addressed with nice words, it ended up growing and blossoming. And it was a healthy plant. And the one that was insulted and

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cursed and spoke badly to it ended up being wilted, and it looked rotten.

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Now, whether that's a real thing that happened or not, Allahu Allah.

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But definitely, that is a reality when it comes to human beings. And there's definitely a relationship between a person's psychological state, and how they are addressed.

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If a person is constantly being insulted, they will suffer dramatically in their self esteem. And in their confidence, they will have major psychological hurdles to overcome throughout their life. That's why sometimes we refer to someone or something with a negative term, and we think, Oh, it's no big deal. And these words are like really easy, you know, oh, you're dumb, you're stupid. You're silly, you're ugly, this and that, right? And it's no big deal. or text everyone who Hey, you know, when we're in the locker room, but actually, it can have a profound effect, especially over the passage of time. And sometimes that effect can be subconscious.

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Anyways, how did we get into that names are important. That's why the Prophet sallallahu wasallam encouraged us to give our children names that have good meanings.

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Actually, that is the second write that a child has upon their parent, that they give them a name of good meaning. So a man came to Mr. Malhotra and he complained, he said, My son is driving me insane. So the Prophet said, I said, so So Mr. Bob went to the son told them, why are you driving Pop's insane? He said, Well, he drove me insane. First he did this. And this and other things he mentioned is he said he gave me a bad name. The name that he gave me as a is has a bad meaning. And that's what everybody calls me. That's, that's one of the rights of children. So I said, You're right. And he went, and he criticized that parent. So giving children a good name. So why is that this is what

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they're gonna be referred

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by for the rest of their lives. And so it's bound to have an impact and their character and their personality, it will seep into that. The meanings that's why some panelists something I said, it's not a rule, it's something observed. Sometimes you find a person method and

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you find someone that has the name of aroma.

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And they may share in some of the code, not always they may share in some of the characteristics of Oman. Well, the Aloha and this is observed, sometimes it happens, or someone might have the name of

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someone give me some example someone might have the name of what

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huh zu hail.

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So hail

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Does that mean

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anyone isn't asleep?

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Yeah, and someone has some ease. Or yes it for example from user, perhaps Well, anyway so that's that's something observed. Mashallah, by Allah Subhana Allah has names and these names and these attributes are positive and they're beautiful. Actually they are the most beautiful. That's why some of the best names is avid,

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the servant of Allah and then you can input fill in the blank with one of his name's Abdullah Abdul Rahman Abdul Kareem Abdul Manan

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this beautiful

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amatola

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that's the feminine version of Abdullah. These are beautiful names so it's related to Allah Subhana Allah, Allah says what Allah has a smell.

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To allow some kind of data belongs the most beautiful and the most perfect of names. How many names is almost a penalty add a half?

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Who said a lot?

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That's the correct answer. 99 is the incorrect answer. Oh my God, that's what I've been taught my whole life. Sorry.

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Allahu Subhana Allah has an infinite number of names. When he left he'll Esma will personnel to allow belongs the Most Beautiful Names.

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We know of them 99

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we have been told in the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet slicin of 99 of Allah has a penalty at his names in his attributes. And there are many Hadith and discussions about that. So we're not going to get into that today. I think Dr. Ahmed was it last year, he had a monthly series about the names of Allah. So that's pretty cool. And there's lots of really great resources to tap into, about the names of Allah subhanaw taala, one of my good friends, I'm out. I'm out of Chicago. He's got he's got a class that he does, and he's got a video series where he goes through the names of Allah, that's really nice. But today we want to understand how these names have a direct effect to loving

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amongst the penetrator and then the next step after that is being loved by Allah.

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We said this definition the statement that I am gave is he talked about Maratha he keeps using the sword metaphor to lie. He says Femina out of Allah be estimated he was fit. So the scholars actually dug into this word. Now in English, we say to have knowledge of something to know something to be aware of it. In Arabic, there's two ways we can talk about knowledge.

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We can say margaretha or we can say

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raelynn or

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Maratha or or alpha or allamah.

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Derek

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dariah

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Jimmy that's related. That's related but we'll get to that Gemma

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add something about you know, yeah, good. We'll get to that.

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But primarily you will find these two words that are used. Now the difference between the two

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they say so here we have a technical definition by a lovable aswani he says an margaretha Well, in fact it yakushi be tougher Quran what a boo really sad he well he has so many

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would you like to have an income? Your call phoolan Yeah, if Allah Allah you file your Allah Allah. Allah for the mecanim refer to the Treasury law here btw a 31 a rocky That's what you call Allahu ala mukha whether you call it foo Qaeda, the mechanics in America to to start middle finger to start middle finger. illman Mutasa, la he Rita Cora. So he says malefor Rafa

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is when you come to know something, when you get knowledge about something through the process of tobacco and tobacco

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through the process of pondering and reflecting and processing over something and then you end up with Medifast.

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That's why when it when we talk about knowing a law, we say so and so person yet ready for law.

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He knows a lot and we use the word. Yeah. If Why? Because you have to ponder and reflect over the names of Allah and His attributes. And that's one of the important reasons why Allah told us of his names and attributes so that we would know him.

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What when you meet someone for the first time, what do you ask them?

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What's your name?

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Has anybody met you for the first time and said,

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I don't know.

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kind of slow today, I can't think of hypothetical situations.

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Because someone fed me Mensa for lunch. Anybody know what that what that is?

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So I can't I can't think is like everything slowed down right now. But anybody who like meet you for the first time and they say like, you know, what's your grandfather's eye color? Nobody says that. You meet someone for the first time you say What's your name, that's what you want to know. And then you get into the other nitty gritty details. So you know, someone by their names, you know, someone by observing their actions, you might never talk to someone, but you observe them for years and years, you come in and say that person is very generous, how do you know I am observing, how they behave, how they treat others, or you come and you say, such and such person is very harsh. How do

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you know by observing, so how do you know a lot by his names and his attributes and, and his actions, but Allahu Subhana Allah has created and what he has done with his creation.

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So we say you're ready for love, a person gets to know a lot through this process of double and difficult. But when we talk about Allah, having knowledge of something we say Allahu Alem, yeah, Allah Allah.

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We use the word lm. Why? Because Allah doesn't need to go through a process of understanding or learning allows the parent to add a has that knowledge, that's part of him being the supreme creator, allows a penalty I didn't have to learn about us, he was the one who created us, he knew about us before we were created.

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So Allah has early we can have after we go through the process of Metallica. So if you want to do a Venn diagram for anybody, I really like Venn diagrams, right. So you have

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big circle, a small circle on the inside, magnify a

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big circle in a small circle on the inside, magnify.

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And that's really interesting that even if I am used this particular verb several times, when he talked about the fifth way to attain the love of Allah, He said to have medica of Allah through his names and attributes, meaning you need to go through a process of a double interfaculty

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which is very interesting because there's a hadith which is often repeated, that in any law at certain winterstein estimate that Allah subhanaw taala has 99 names when I saw hide the hidden agenda, and it's often translated as whoever memorized it over memorize these names. And definitely memorization is one component of slop. But it's not the only one, there is a process of to double, you can just memorize it and repeat it. And it'll be nice. It'll be beneficial to memorize the names of Allah. But if there is no pondering over, what do these names mean, what did they refer to? How are these names going to allow me to know who Allah is better? Then you're going to hit a ceiling

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pretty quickly.

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But the idea is to get to know a lot through this process of reflection, and pondering and contemplating over these names. And what are the implications of these names? And so we'll take one example of a lot of names is of a man, one of the most common repeated Names of Allah subhanaw taala, in the moment, right, so we and so what is this name mean? Amen. Well, it's related to the root word which talks about ohana which talks about mercy. What is the law? What is mercy? How is mercy expressed? How is it exemplified? How do we see the mercy of Allah in His creation, etc. We explore these questions and these ideas and then we get to know who Allahu subhana wa tada is,

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through this process through this process.

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So the first thing is believing in Allah Subhana Allah His names and attributes

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and recognizing that he does have his names and attributes, there are certain false claims, you know, an intellectual claims that are made that well if Allah subhanaw taala is one being and one entity, then why are the all of these different names and terms being used? So there's almost like there's multiple beings or multiple entities and that's baseless. They are all referring to Allah subhana wa Tada. And none of them are contradictory. None of the names of Allah subhanaw taala contradict one another. They're all harmonious with each other. So when we look at

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the prophets of Allah SLM interacting with the names of Allah, the prophets are s&m, Said. Anna. Bella.

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In another narration, he said,

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as well, the prophet SAW Selim said that the prophet SAW

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affirm that he is the one who knows Allahu subhana wa tada the best because of his understanding of the attributes of Allah subhana wa Tada. So when we look at the Messenger of Allah, actually we look at all of the messengers, all of those are all of the messengers.

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Allie, can you do me a favor? Can you ask the brother out there to turn the AC on? Because we're cooking inside here?

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In a good way Sharma

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So, when we look at the messengers, they had some rules.

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Further rusu li salatu wa salam, O Allah him,

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Muhammad Allah wa if they had certain roles and certain objectives to achieve of them, and we'll leave it at that our inner Abed at La vida.

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They were to call people to worship Allah Subhana Allah exclusively alone. This is something that the prophets and the messengers did.

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We have an A a team with the author says what is the most elaborate editor? And if anybody, Bill mahabodhi?

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What therefore Rudy, he busy fighting generally what a smart income? He says, and how can you worship Allah subhanho data if you don't know who Allah is?

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And how do you know who Allah is? Will you start by knowing his names and his attributes? Again, very logical first time you meet someone, what's your name? We are expected to worship Allah, how you going to worship Allah, if you don't know him? I need to get to know him. What are his names? It's a very logical thought process. And we'll leave it to Sania

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Bayern de la,

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the prophets and messengers were to clearly explain

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and clarify and show us the path that leads to Allah subhanaw taala how do we get to Allah and His pleasure?

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What can you do to this diploma to Allah? And once we find that path that leads to a line is pleasure. How do I stay on that path? Because it's one thing to find a road it's another to stay on it.

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A lot of people find a road and they're like, well, that's a really nice road, but they end up veering off. Right? So people are driving they fall asleep on the road. What happens? You get off road, you go off roading.

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Let's stick on the road, no off roading.

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And we'll leave it to salita. Bejarano Helen mocha Latina Bader

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And the third thing that the prophets and messengers did are to explain what happens at the end of that road. Once your life comes to an end, and then you are resurrected, and then you meet Allah subhanaw taala, then what's going to happen? So these are the jobs that the messengers did. Why did Obama if a certain affinity loosen these three

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objectives and roles that the messengers did, they were often met with some opposition.

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And if you look at the opposition that these messengers were met with, oftentimes, more often than not, or one common denominator amongst all of these forces of opposition is a more alternative society. While more hidden, I feel a smell, those that negated or denied

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or rejected the names and attributes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. That is a surefire way to block the director of the messengers to cut people off from being connected to a loss of habitat, the messengers are coming with a job to connect the Hulk with the harlot to connect the creation with the creator how through knowing who Allah is, who is their Creator, and those that want to oppose the role and the work of these messengers. They often come and they want to deny or negate or reject, or all of the above the names and the attributes of Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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Another method of opposition were those that wanted to misconstrue

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change the names and attributes of Allah subhana wa tada alter their meaning and refer to Allahu Subhana data and describe a lump sum penalty either by other than the attributes and the names that he himself revealed. And Allah gives us examples of that in the Quran.

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When certain people made certain claims describing allows some kind of data or giving certain attributes that allow some panatela is free from that is yet another method. So we see the names and attributes of a lot being a central theme

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But knowing a law revolves around

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we find in Surah, Tilford

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verse number six, Allahu Subhana. Allah describes those that assume bad of Allah, will you as the bulk of your thena Well, it will mushy mushy cat, avant Nina biLlahi, of oneness. So,

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Allah Subhana Allah mentions that he will punish the hypocrites, the males and the females amongst them and the disbelievers and the end the those that worship other than a lot of the males and the females amongst them. What is the law described them with a one Nina Bella haven so that they think of Allah.

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They have ill thoughts they think negatively and poorly of Allah subhana wa Tada. There is this understanding of a law of God that He is evil, or that God is out to punish or torture, his creation or that God is stingy with his creation, or that God tada am yaku Naruto and cabbie Allah subhanaw taala is far elevated above these false claims that they've made throughout the centuries. And that still goes on till today.

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The word choice might have changed. But the rhetoric is the same. The idea of referring to a lot or speaking about a lot in other than the attributes and names that he himself revealed about himself.

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If you want to know exactly from who a person is, the best sources to ask them directly. And so here Allah Himself is telling us what his names and attributes are. But you find a common rhetoric and sometimes that's used in a way that we don't notice is comedy.

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It's very common in comedy nowadays, to

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make references about God

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in very disrespectful ways, or to give a lot to give God Almighty certain names or nicknames that are disrespectful, or that are names that refer to imperfection or flaws.

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That's directly related to Allah's names and his attributes. So it's very important for us to recognize that and to be careful not to fall into those pitfalls.

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That's why Subhanallah Ibrahim Ibrahim alayhi salam, when he found his people, his own family, engaging in [???]ting, engaging in disbelief. He said to them, as is taught to us by Allah in the Quran in surah sulfat verse 87, he asked his people phenomenon nukem Bella Bella anime

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what's you guys's opinion of Allah the Lord of the worlds

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you have, you seem to have a very problematic opinion of who Allah is. And that leads to a lot of

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incorrect beliefs. And those beliefs lead to incorrect practices.

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But you

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so it's very important for us if we want to and this is a very simple method of knowing Allah subhanho wa Taala is to get to know alone somehow the data through his names and his attributes, and every name of allah subhana wa tada refers to an attribute, but not vice versa, every name of allah Subhana data refers to a characteristic that he has, but not every characteristic is a name. That's another principle to keep in mind.

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And so the best way for us to know Allah subhanaw taala is by pondering and reflecting over these names and attributes. The other important usage of Allah subhanaw taala as names and attributes is in conversation with a lot.

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We often use the word darat in conversation with Allah subhana wa tada allows a parent to Allah said, what Allah has met with her SNA federal rule will be here

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to allow belongs the most beautiful and perfect of names so call upon Allah with those names. So the names of Allah subhana wa tada serve two very important purposes for us number one to know who Allah is. And number two, so that we can infuse those names in our in our conversations with along with some data. So if you want to ask a law for it is for sustenance for prosperity for wealth, you referred to him by his name was

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the one who grants it is and sustenance by and large

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By the most wealthy if you want to ask Allah subhanaw taala for strength, you ask him by his name alcovy the strongest and Jabbar one who's overpowering

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our hero FOCA Abadi, Allah subhanaw taala is the one who is dominant and is in control over his creation. If you are in a position where you really need mercy and gentleness in the situation you are making drama for you appeal to a lot through the the attribute of Rihanna the loss of Hannah Tata is a man of war him and why dude, the most loving of his creation etc, you guys get the idea. So we know Allah subhanaw taala through these names and attributes and we make dua to Allah subhana wa tada with these names and attributes, so that is number five, number six.

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Number six

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before we move on any questions about the names and attributes of Allah subhanaw taala Yes, sir.

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They said that

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noise is normal

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and it helps us It helps us live

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comprehensive

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good is that that's a good point to know Allah subhanaw taala and also you reminded me of something else which is also for us to embody these characteristics and these names.

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We are also expected to learn the names and attributes of a lot and that also bring those attributes to life and our own character as well so one of our last names is a man like him so we should

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have instill automa into our character in our dealings Absolutely. By number six Look at him says

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Mashallah to be re he said he will not he went near me he and belting it will VA hero for inner head area to Neelam Huberty, this one is really interesting, he says, to survey

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and to observe,

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and to recognize

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Allahu Subhana, Allah to Allah, His goodness, and his excellence,

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and his gifts,

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and his blessings.

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Those that are prominent and apparent and obvious, and those that are more subtle, and nuanced.

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This is an activity. This is a process. Just contemplating. So Pamela, we had a class with some brothers.

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And we talked about

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we talked about loving Allah subhanho wa Taala. And so the question was posed to the students in the class, what are some practical things that we can do, to get to know to increase in our love of Allah? And somebody made this suggestion, they said, Well, this is what I do. So we'll go ahead, what do you do? He said, I schedule I was really impressed myself, I actually scheduled it puts it in schedule, said I schedule, blocks of time, windows of time, where I sit down in a composed and peaceful setting, away from all the gadgets. And I just sit and I think about all of the blessings of Allah subhanho data has given me That's it. This is a session where I just wrote and any other

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thoughts or ideas or distractions that come to mind, I just get back on track. And I keep listening to myself and thinking and contemplating all of the different things that allow us a pound of data has gifted and blessed me with in my life

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is actually something he does. You know, you talk to a lot of people, even amongst folks that are non Muslim. I remember somebody was saying that if you interview the most, quote, unquote, successful and of course, success is always there talking about financial success and building an empire and business success and whatnot, which is one form of success.

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And they say that you'll find one common denominator, which is that they always have a morning routine. And their morning routine includes some form, some form of

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meditation.

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Or what they call meditation, or basically where they

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remind themselves of that which they are grateful for.

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And so you'll hear a lot of like,

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life coach gurus and those types of people, they talk about this, that this is part of your morning routine, that to start your day off, by thinking to yourself, what am I grateful for? And so how am I it's like, you know, that's very interesting. And we find that that is one of the direct ways to increase in love of Allah subhanaw taala there's a reason why Allah told us in the Quran, to reflect over a loss of habitat as blessings, Allah says, well into ADO near Mr. de la he later Soha if you attempt to enumerate the blessings of Allah subhanaw taala, you won't be able to literally count them out. So the idea in that verse is it's it's alluding to the fact that you're trying to do that.

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You actually sitting down and going through that process, so why don't you try it?

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The first time we went for hedge, we were with one of my teachers, and we were in the camp, tent city of Mina. And he made us do an activity, he said, Take a blank sheet of paper.

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said, Okay, and then he said, okay, when I say start, you are going to start and you can't lift your pen off of this paper.

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You can't stop, don't stop, no matter, the first thing that comes to your mind, just write it, don't stop writing, keep listing out, what are we going to write? He said, you're going to make a list of every single thing, no matter how big or how small that you are grateful to Allah for

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no matter how significant or insignificant matter how specific minute or general, overall, you ready, go.

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And the whole group joined in doing that activity. And it was a very fruitful activity. So Panama, people came up with pages and lists of stuff. They're like, Whoa, I didn't even know all of that existed.

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But you have to like consciously sit down and think about it. And you could do that your whole life you could spend listing out those things. It's amazing.

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Ella Abdu se oral exam Kamiya pollun. There's an Arabic proverb, they say that individual is

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imprisoned by the goodness and the excellence that others show towards them.

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Jubail insano Allah Maha Betty man, Oksana LA, they say, The human being is, is predisposed to love to be inclined towards the one who has shown him goodness and excellence. Sometimes it can be a complete stranger. But they showed the they do towards you a gesture of kindness and of mercy. And your heart automatically softens to this person. I like that person. What do you know about them? Absolutely nothing.

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So how do you know you liked them, they were so kind and so nice with me.

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Just like that, that's the nature of the human being the hearts gravitate towards that. So if we want our hearts to gravitate towards Allah, then let us reflect over the Zen of Allahu Subhana Allah upon us.

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And then naturally, the heart is just going to go straight to Allah. Because you're going to start thinking about all of these amazing things that allow us to Allah has blessed you with

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was telling you about that activity that that brother in the class was doing blocking out of time. So he made that suggestion. So everybody in the class said, Alright, we're gonna try it.

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A few days later, I get a message, this brother and he was like, Subhana Allah.

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I've never done this before. Like, I actually like sometimes you do it subconsciously like, oh, man, that's such a great blessing. He's like, I've never consciously intentionally purposefully sat down and just thought to myself, all of the most amazing gifts of Allah subhanaw taala upon me, and he said, when I did that, I felt like my heart was going to burst out of my chest with like a pair of wings and just soar up into the sky. It was unbelievable. That's around law. There you go. Try it more often.

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Why is that the case? Look, the human being is hardwired to a few things. Number one, an insane you have buenavista who are Baka Kamara who

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would the way mucho de acabo de de de communal hierarchy when Adam even looks on? will have he juby That's why he GB Hyun the human being not just a human being, every single living creature wants to have wants to live in

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itself, and like itself and be good and wholesome and healthy and complete. And they hate the opposite. If it was up to us, we would live forever. If it was up to us, we would never want to die. We would want to stay alive forever. Right? The the universal thing throughout all the legends and cultures, people always chasing this idea of immortality, right? And the elixir of life, all that mumbo jumbo. Well, you can have that in the alveoli in this dunya coolamon I have fun. But in the alpha, there's eternity. So you just gotta be on the right side of the spectrum and the alpha male lawmakers and the people of gentlemen. So the idea is, this is something that living creatures are

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hardwired for and they hate the opposite. No living creature wants, you know, unless there is some,

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you know, some imbalance or some unhealth. Nobody wants to be destroyed, and to be weakened to be trodden and stepped upon. That's not what living creatures want. So, naturally, when Allahu Subhana Allah gives us life and gives us faculties resources, abilities, organs, health, right? And you reflect upon who is the one that gave me this? Well, I certainly didn't bring it upon myself. I mean, who here decided to be born and went to be born and and what you know you did? Okay, we didn't none of us did. That's from Allah subhana wa Tada.

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Another reason is in Santa Barbara, you hit boom in Santa LA, we mentioned this that the human being leans towards those that show them goodness and excellence.

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a service that is under the mercy element, Mennella, Bishop, Mashable, 150 very well in Lemelson, in a case animal for inika. no better worker and many kin minute Luke, and nahu. alimony, Abby doing agile, or you can be Nassim hotelopia, from VMware, who FEMA can elaborate for Annika to hibou. Also another thing that human beings are hardwired, is we also tend to

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be attracted towards people that have positive characteristics and do good things, even if we never experienced their goodness. So the author gives you an example. He says, imagine you heard of some King or some Emperor or some ruler, or whatever, in some faraway land.

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This ruler is not your ruler, you don't live in his or her land, you're not under his or her Dominion or authority. But you hear about them, you hear that they are a person of knowledge, of virtue, of patience, of generosity, of justice of mercy, they take care of those that are under their authority, you're automatically going to be attracted to such a person. And someone comes and asks you Well, what did they do for you? Nothing.

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But they embody and they have these positive characteristics towards others. They're doing something good for someone else. You automatically think positively of them.

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You might hear about someone that is harmful or abusive to someone else. Did they do anything to you? No. You like them, no. scumbag? What did they do to you? Nothing. But you see when they're abusive to others, you don't like them.

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That's how the human being that's how our hearts and our minds operate.

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Allahu Subhana. Allah tells us so many times over and over in the Quran of the blessings and the gifts in his creation and the law starts from the vast and the general and gets really specific in sort of Abraham Allahu soprano data set. So Abraham verse 32, and 234

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along with levy Hoda Santa, why do you want to

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email?

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Hola, JB Mina, ma TT is Bonilla comb. Allah is the one that created the heavens and the earth and drew out and brought down from the sky water

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and through that water extracted from the earth from Allah fruits for you to eat, it is gonna come sustenance.

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sustenance for you. What's a harana kumana phulkari Tajiri I feel Buhari be empty. He was a hamanako model.

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And Allahu Subhana Allah give you modes of transport and mediums of moving from place to place even in the ocean, on boats in sea, and he even designed and created for you rivers flowing rivers was a hot on a Kuma shumsa well upon our

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eBay and he was a hora Kumara Laila one when

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Allah designed and fashioned and created for you, the sun and moon and constructed and design

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So perfectly day and night.

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It's amazing.

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The sun and the moon and day and night.

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Anybody been to like Antarctic the Arctic Circle where they have several months of complete darkness and then several months have anybody been there? Me neither? But I heard about it and sort of the process Allah says, A to minjerribah la hora de como la la ceremonia Yokohama, tema de la la jolla Tikun Biblia

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de la hora de como una hora, Samba de la Piazza team and era una vida La Jolla t combi lane interschool una fi. Allah says Imagine if he made it your entire lives for the rest of your existence nighttime.

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Who other than Allah will give you light. Imagine if we always if it was always nighttime.

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Every time you go outside, it's dark. It's just that's that was our system of existence. It was night, always dark.

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I mean, somehow, like you go to countries where it's gloomy. Forget about night, it's daytime, but it's gloomy. They have higher rates of suicide and depression.

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And it affects people's behavior and character. There is a real thing called winter blues, seasonal depression. It's a real thing. Social workers and therapists deal with it. Seasonal depression, this person is happy. wintertime comes they're depressed because there's no more sunlight.

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And then the opposite. Allah says Imagine if all of your existence was in daylight, who other than Allah will give you night so you can find within it comfort and solace and relax.

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One of the ways that criminals and oppressors torture prisoners, they subject them to bright light for days on end.

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They shine in front of them is huge lights. And it has profound and dangerous psychological impact and trauma.

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I mean, you might well it's just light. The human being needs some times of darkness. Talk to people that always work a graveyard shift.

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What kind of quality of sleep they get in the daytime, you can get the darkest curtains that you want. Blackout all the night, all the light. It's not the same as sleeping at night. It's not the same quality of sleep. You can sleep for hours at night. You can sleep eight hours in the date. They're not the same.

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These are the blessings of sadhana como lado now. We're coming coolie Masha Allah. And Allah subhanaw taala gives you from everything that you ask. Well you have to do is ask. You ask of Allah sincerely, a lot of promises and guarantees to answer your drive one way or another. Well in Taro, do you matter long enough to sue her in an insane Ella Walloon cafe. And if you attempt to enumerate and count the blessings of Allah Subhana, WA Tada, you will not be able to enumerate them. And then Allah subhanaw taala concluded with this description of the human being in incentive, the human being is voluminous Kapha

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they are often falling into a cycle of behavior, of volume of oppressing and Kfar of rejecting and being ungrateful.

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Allah saying, he created for you this and he created and created this and this and this and this allows listing them and in the end, the human being is oppressive and ungrateful.

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And we have no right to be ungrateful.

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The creation of a loving human being is insane. He has no right to be ungrateful. And yet, when we forget about the blessings of Allah then we fall into, we fall into this attitude of

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being ungrateful. And that's one of the that's a very dangerous place

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to fall into.

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Allah subhanaw taala says, In a few help, SMRT will have the Bhakti Rafi lady on the heart and the creation of the heavens and the earth. And the fluctuation between date and between night and day, are at our signs. For those who want to use their intellect. Allah subhanaw taala insulted that yet calls us to ponder within our own selves, Wi Fi and physical Wi Fi unfussy Come fly to be alone. In your cells. There are signs within you. Don't you see? Allah says Allah too soon. Can you open your eyes and see

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it's a matter of reflecting the signs are all around us. Even within us You don't need you don't have to go far. Just ponder over yourself, your body, your brain, your emotions, your heart,

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etc. You will find plenty of science.

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Have Allah subhanaw taala has mercy, we just have to dig and look for them to see come up soon.

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There are so many verses in the Quran pages upon pages, where a lot tells us about his his creation of us the other creations. The verses that actually, she had 40, recited in solitude. Today, from Surah to room, really inspiring. Allah subhanaw taala in solitude room, verse 20, and onwards, he talks about women IoT and hot up, according to rob, from His Signs is that he created you from clay from dirt, Allah Subhana Allah says, To me that and to measure on tissue on then you become different people different identities in different cultures and you spread out, allows the parent to assess FTD for LC na te como el when it comes to diversity in your tongues, in your languages in

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your speech, and your voices, in your colors in your races. All of these are signs of Allahu soprano with the addes creation. And these are very general.

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But now we need to come back to a specific and it's important for us to do that on an individual level.

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What are Allah subhanaw taala as gifts and blessings upon me.

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A few days ago, a brother from this community was sharing his story with me.

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I won't say who he is, maybe he was maybe he wants to remain anonymous. But he said that he went through a very, very negative experience in his life. Without going into details. It was something that was real messy, real bad. And in the midst of all of that mess, when he was having some of the worst ideas and thoughts.

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Someone randomly from a place you would never expect.

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suggested to him.

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Why don't you go to the masjid?

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And he's like, what's that? What am I gonna do there? He's like, just go maybe you'll find someone nice you can talk to.

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And so he figured you know what? I don't have any other better idea. So he came to the message.

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And he said, I came with all of these like, hormone all of these like, like, heavy emotions and thoughts and calamities. And I came to the man, he came and saw the Imam of the masjid. And he's like, when I sat there, and then the man was like, Okay, welcome. And let's sit down and talk, what's going on.

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Like, I couldn't think of anything to say. It's like all of that just, I became speechless. And I just started yapping and talking mumbo jumbo,

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and SubhanAllah. That was that experience that brought him to Islam.

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And he was he went through the program, and he got a mentor and he learned how to do Salah. Now he's someone who goes to different massages and prays a completely different, you know, change of life. So he was sharing the story by saying how one thing led to another that he moved because of work. And he ended up being next to the masjid and all of these things that if those individual events, when you were to ask him at that time, he would have said, you know, whatever. But looking back, you see how they add up Allah Subhana. Allah had to plan for him to bring him to a place of mercy,

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and a place of blessing. And every single one of us has those stories. They say, you know, sometimes you hear people, they always have an interesting story. And sometimes that like, I don't know, maybe you're like that, but sometimes you hear about them, you're like, man, I must have a really boring life. I don't have any of these interesting stories. They say everybody has an interesting story. It's just the one who actually is able to tell it is because they've actually thought about it. They've actually sat down and reflected. Sometimes it's the most mundane of experiences. But when you sit down and you dissect it and you break it apart, you see the blessings of Allah subhanaw

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taala that come to life. So that's something that we need to do individually.

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Allahu Subhana, Allah to Allah says, In the Quran, when he talked about

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when he talked about

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profit download and Sulaiman, we'll close with this note our time is up.

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Allah Subhana Allah told us about the story of Deadwood and so they meant that they were people who are given authority and wealth.

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Fabiola. Allah says no Quran,

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Athena the widow Sulayman Alma, Baka Alhamdulillah Allah de fer Berliner Allah Kathy remine rebel

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He, Allah subhanaw taala says we gave them and we give them knowledge and they were grateful to Allah and they said that hamdulillah Allah has preferred us over most of his creation. Anyways, fast forward to the end of the story. In solid surber Allahu Subhana. Allah instructs Deadwood and his family so the man has a son have dealt with the whole family. Allah says you know you guys have all of these blessings, all of this knowledge and strength and abilities and resources at your fingertips wealth.

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Allah says era mailloux Allah, the Buddha, chakra, work, or family of Deadwood. put forth actions of gratitude. Meaning, walk the walk.

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Do actions that express gratitude to Allah not lip service, but do actions that show gratitude to Allah. But then Allah concludes the verse and he says, Well, clearly you don't mean anybody Shaku but very few of my servants are consistently grateful. Ali Amano hubbub, he heard a man making bow off

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around the Kaaba.

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And the man is saying Allahumma elimina lacanian Allahumma journeymen alkylene

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he said all I'm making me from amongst the few make me from amongst the few. So Mr. grabbed me said Hey, what is this? What are you saying? What is this dryer making? I never heard this before. What are you saying he got angry at him. He's like, what is this weird thing that you're saying? Didn't make sense.

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So the man said to him up, he said

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didn't Allah say Waka liloan minibar dia Shaco. Very few of my servants are truly consistently continuously grateful. Yes, that's in the Quran. They said I want to be from amongst those few. So all army can be from amongst those few making me amongst the few. And so I was flabbergasted. And he said everybody's more knowledgeable than

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Colin O'Meara. So May Allah Subhana Allah make us of the few who are grateful. May Allah Subhana Allah make us of those who learn and ponder the names and attributes of Allah. And may Allah make us of those who sit and reflect over the blessings of Allah upon them. And may Allah make us of those who increase in their love of Allah? And may Allah make us of those whom Allah Subhana Allah to Allah loves la Marina to help I happen all those affinity by acquiring about the Liberty the notice of connection you know what I teach I need to be Santa Elena finale. Our law shows the truth clearly as truth and allow us to follow it. Show us the falsehood clearly as falsehood and protect us from

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it. Our law save us from confusion that will lead us astray or Sol Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad we conclude by sending salutations upon the Prophet sallallahu sallam. Allahu Allah Jalla wa karamo Allah Allah is the most high in the most knowledgeable will la vida masa Malik Muhammad Allah He will but I care to our next appointment with one another is going to be in Charlottetown

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December 15.

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java tada December 15.

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We will have the final session of attaining the love of Allah. And

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may Allah give us sincerity and success. Yes, ma'am.

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Yes,

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yes.

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Oh, that was the question.

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yes.

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Yes. along to panatela told us that he didn't Yes.

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Yeah.

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No Wednesday night classes here in the masjid. It's Wednesday. It's msgid class.

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Yeah, it's still here. It's after a shot. He has a 730 and it's after a shot.

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Yes, sir.

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Okay, or you can just not come off as wrong then we'll be okay.