A Thematic Commentary On The Quran #19

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The speakers emphasize the importance of holding onto Islam's core values, achieving individual growth and community support, and avoiding conflict between individuals and community members. They also emphasize the need for acceptance in our daily lives, particularly in achieving our dreams. The challenges of achieving these goals are acknowledged, and the importance of acceptance is emphasized.

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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salatu salam ala Sayidina Muhammad Ali, he was Javi Hmm.

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So this is the

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third session on Saudi Arabia and one which is a thematic commentary on the Quran.

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And just to recap, and remind you, and give an idea to those who come here for the first time, that

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we're looking at the central theme in every song because every Surah displays a central theme that connects everything else in the Surah together.

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And it's not an easy task to find or to spot the central theme. And

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point out diverse, the best expresses the central theme, and salt and Milan.

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We had the verse that

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really displays the central theme the most is verse number. One or three

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Lehi, Jamie and Willa tougher Raku and hold on to the rope of Allah seek protection in your commitment to the rope of Allah, and do not be divided amongst yourselves. And we said the whole soul is about two elements, which is

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the individual progress in terms of faith, individual growth in terms of faith, which is displayed with what I tested, the more we heavily learn the Jamia and hold on to the rope of Allah, protect yourself for every type of evil by sincere and being committed and devout to Allah subhanho wa Taala personal growth, that's what it is.

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And when you do this, it will lead to the advantage, that the collective level which is the

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and the coherence, and the harmony that we have among the body of Muslims as a group.

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And we said Allah Subhan, Allah started the Salah with two of his names, which are considered to be Allah's Greatest Name, which is a high volume. So that shows that what I've just seen will be heavily leveraged me and the way you hold on to the rope of Allah, the, the way you get the protection of Allah subhanaw taala from every evil and we said, evil means misguidance, spiritual, evil misguidance and sins etc. and physical protection from physical dangers

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that comes with Lattissima at the individual level, the way to achieve this is life of the heart, life of the heart, we need to bring life or we need to awaken the life in our hearts. That's honestly more or this is what holding on to the rope of Allah gives us is why gives us growth gives us life.

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And then when we do that, individually, when we commit individually, we do our part as individuals, just magically, the natural growth or the natural sequence leads to

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to life or body of the Muslims, the collective of the Muslims. So this is really what the surah is about everything else actually feeds into this.

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Where you got to

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verse number 33. And from verse 33, Allah talks about

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and specifically about Prophet Zachary Alayhis Salam as he gets bestow gets the blessings of Allah subhanaw taala by being promised his son Yeah. And then the story of Maria Maria Sara, Mary peace be upon her and how Allah grants her son and that is Isa Ali Salam, Jesus peace be upon him.

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And there is a reason why this is mentioned here. We said.

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What I tell Seymour for us this personal growth, this personal excellence that we can achieve as individuals, the essence of it is

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a life.

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The essence of it is life or the heart which we call tuck wa unsalted Bacala was called Taqwa it was it was called bill. It was called also the worship of Allah wa Goo, goo Dora Beckham same concept

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the name of Allah

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and he LTU he is the EverLiving and we explained in detail what he means right? It means not only the concept of life, it every It is everything that life includes we said vividness richness, why?

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Is that,

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right? That's what it means life and it's full

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in its fullest version in terms of vitality, life force, et cetera.

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So Allah subhanaw taala.

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The examples that he mentions here, points out his name and hay.

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And I'll pay you a high, and they'll tell you, which is the one who has life in its fullest form and the one who gives life a year and the ones one who offers life to his creation.

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A lot the story of an here I want to get you involved. What do you think the relevance

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of the story of Zachary Alehissalaam and being granted his son yeah here, and Maria Melia Salaam and being granted her son ASA.

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What do you think the relevance is?

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In this context? Anyone can? Yep.

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Yeah, yes, definitely. It's basically Allah subhanaw. Taala demonstrates his name and he here by giving us examples where we do not expect life to exist. First example is Prophet, Zachary Allah, His Salam who wanted a son. Right? He wanted a son. And he reached an old age. He reached an old age.

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And his wife grew old, beyond the age of being able to give birth. And he asks Allah

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in the background, I'm really getting distracted along Stan.

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we said is a career getting too old,

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and his wife was getting too old to give birth to conceive.

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And he asks Allah subhanaw taala for a son. So ALLAH SubhanA wa, tada, Promises, promises him a son, when, when it's humanly impossible. So Allah gives life so the Son is life Allah gives life to this child, when it's most unexpected. It's unlikely, that shows Allah is the giver of life, Allah UMX he's the one who gave his life. The second example is the example of a SATA his Salaam.

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A woman by herself cannot conceive. Right? She needs a husband.

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It has to be the, the, the union of a male and a female

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and a female.

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How some what's going on

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so male, and a female, right? But Allah subhanaw taala offers Maria Maria cinema son.

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And that was acrd, Sara,

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Isa, and he has set up.

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So this is a demonstration that Allah is the true giver of life. Because we humans again, once we get used to something, we adapt to something, we stop seeing the beauty in it. Everything around us, if you look at it is a miracle. Human life is a miracle. Rain is a miracle. We said.

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plantation, the growth of blood plantation is a miracle. Everything in life, if you look around is miracle. But because we got so used to it, we take it for granted, we don't see it as desensitized, we don't see the miracle in it. Whereas everything's a miracle. So sometimes Allah Subhanallah breaks the norms and the patterns, sort of to wake us up to something else because he gives us something that we are not used to. So Allah here breaks the norms, and shows us that He is the giver of life. And the miracle of life. By the way, when a child is born from a father, that

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is not more miraculous than anything else, to Allah subhanaw taala it's the same, he's the giver of life, he can give it any way he wants. But here Allah subhanaw taala wants to break the sort of, I would say, trance that we are in because we are used to the to the to the union between husband and wife that a child is born.

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This pattern to wake us up to the fact that he is the one who gives life.

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And we can take that a step further.

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Because Allah gave you the allihies Ram to Zakariya, and he said him and his wife at a time once it's humanly impossible to have a child and Allah gave a sad he said, um, tomorrow your mother has set up. Tomorrow money has said

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when it was impossible, it's actually impossible. Normally it's impossible for a woman to have a baby without a father.

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This is the physical act

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fact of life

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but Zachary Allah has Salam. And yeah Ali Salam so yeah. Zachary Isom yeah Harris I'm an E Sallys. Salam, the reason they were given life is for what?

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To bring life

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to awaken the hearts of the human beings, which is the revelation revelation is a source of life for the hearts. And this connects us to the name of Allah subhanaw taala. And hey, how are you? And this is the process through which we are supposed to achieve. The first half of the fame of the Lattissima will be heavily lay, Jimmy annual letter photo you're supposed to get to get to awaken your heart you're supposed to give yourself of the heart, you're supposed to achieve this this is how you hold on to the rope of Allah, the reality of it. And this is how you protect yourself from every harm spiritual and physical.

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And you get that through the Name of Allah, Allah you are young. And the name of Allah helper Yom necessitates that He is the giver of life in the form that we know it physically, that a person is alive, he's not dead, she's not dead. But also the higher level of life is the life of the heart is the life of the heart when the soul is alive. And we said this is another dimension of life, that most humans go through life, missing out on this, missing out on this and Allah referred to this in the Quran. As he says, for example, a woman can have eaten for a year now who a woman can have meat and

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would you add another 100? On him she behaved meanness is the one who had been dead then to whom We gave life and then we give them light is that equal to what was dead and in the darkness, ALLAH is talking about the life of the heart. Allah also refers to people who do not accept the goddess they reject it. Allah says, I'm working on a Euro here, what may is your honor, a year no bathroom, these people are actually dead, they're not alive or dead, and they are not alive.

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So okay, so this is why Allah subhanaw taala here mentions the stories of the Karelia salaam, and

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Isa alayhis. Salam.

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And the stories also serve another purpose which has to do with the central theme of the surah is that if we want to achieve clarity Psalm, holding on to the rope of Allah if we want to achieve life of the heart, we cannot respond to the prophets to the source of this life we cannot which were the prophets, we cannot respond to them the same way. The people responded to

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Islam and to a salahi's Sinner, these people were given the light they were given the life from Allah subhanaw taala spiritual life guidance, divine guidance, but they did not handle it well. They do not handle it well so they don't they did not get the benefit.

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So Allah Subhana Allah mentions in details that these people were

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they were given the guidance yet, as this Arabic fella Melfa be heroes. They did not take it in pride did not accept it. What did they do with Zachary Alehissalaam what was the the end of the story?

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He said it he said

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what happened to his story to reality? He said um, yeah.

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Yeah, he Ali's rash, John the Baptist, right? What happened? He said, um, eventually,

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he was murdered, he was killed, he was persecuted. He was actually his head was chopped off

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your hair and he said, he was killed.

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And essentially, he said,

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What happened to him?

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They wanted to kill him. They sought to kill him. But Allah subhanaw taala saved him and lifted him. Allah saved him and lifted him. So these this population of the time was given the light. It was given the light, which is fine in the life, the life that comes through revelation, life of the heart, and it was given through these two special prophets who were born miraculously.

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Were born miraculously. So they brought the revelation to bring life to the hearts of the people. These people rejected the majority of the people at the time they rejected this slide. What did they do?

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They killed a prophet who is highly Saddam, and they sought to kill a Saudi he said um, but Allah subhanaw taala saved him. Allah Subhan Allah saving what did they do to the message of SLE sunnah? They changed it, they twisted it. He was given an injeel they changed it. So the lie

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They are the source of life that was given to them. They first tried to kill the Prophet so they got rid of them. Number two, they changed the message the source of light. Thus it became a source of darkness

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was of death for the heart. It became a source of death for the Han Solo sama is mentioning this for us as a lesson to learn that the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam came to you with what were the source of life which is one, how are you going to handle it? You're supposed to handle it in the way of Islam. Why? To be heavily laden Meaghan Walter photo, you're supposed to take it to heart, he says you're supposed to let it awaken your heart or revive your heart. Right and you live by its guidance and thus you achieve it some once you do this,

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in the second half of the of the Surah, Allah is going to show what happens to the people who actually achieve this individually. What will happen is unity and

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power from Allah subhanho wa taala. So not going to go into the details of

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the story of profit area and the area and Emma Salaam and as Ali Salam, we all know the

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we're all aware of the details to some extent

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so actually, they do the story of a Sally Salaam and he responded to him and how Allah commanded the believers to respond to them, the believers mean things the followers of the Prophet Muhammad SAW them to respond to them takes quite a big portion of Surat Ali Imran.

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Yeah, and here Allah subhanaw taala want to mention this highlight this.

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So let's add Imran you will find a lot of advice that will help the person revived their hearts. One of them that really stands out is what Allah subhanaw taala says Linton Adelberg don't call me Matt to have been warmer to compensate him. For in Allah He called him. Verse number nine to 90 to hear the translation.

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as you read some times in the Quran, you will find sometimes there's a there's a sudden shift in the flow of the verses. This is something to pay attention to. Although it seems on the surface, it's a shift. But actually it is quite timely. There is something there is a subtle message there. This happens a few times in the one one of us, verse 2092.

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So the translation is, you will never achieve righteousness until you donate some of what you cherish and whatever you could certainly well known subhanaw taala This is the whole concept of sadaqa and charity. And

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generally speaking, the scholars when they advise someone who says I find I feel my heart is dead, I feel my heart is dead, I can't feel the Quran, I can't feel the connection to Allah Subhan Allah to Allah, I'm not fearing Allah subhanaw taala I can't respond to the meanings of the Quran. Some people feel that. So generally speaking, the advice of many of the scholars is going to give sadaqa

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go and give sadaqa is a very powerful impact of the sadaqa even the Prophet salallahu Salam.

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Actually, he he says in a hadith or sadaqa to TFIOS Baba.

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Prophet Salam says sadaqa extinguishes the anger of Allah,

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the anger of Allah the sadaqa, close it down. So the, this is how powerful it is.

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And why because sadaqa is an act of

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selflessness, you basically put your last even you take yourself out of the whole thing. You do things that seem to be against your interest. It's money in probably you worked for it, but you give it for for someone else for no rate of asking for no returns, asking for no benefit, no pay,

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it has given selflessly.

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It is you

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a person have to tap into their soul into their heart, the depth of the heart to be able to do that, by the way.

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Any kind of payoff that you expect? Well, the payoff like for example, reputation, getting acknowledged by people.

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All of that is a payoff and is not actually any person could do so the car for the sake of getting recognized.

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But sadaqa is supposed to be given to you only expect a payoff from Allah subhanaw taala not a worldly payoff, but something from Allah subhanaw taala if you do that, you actually have to your spiritual site to do it, this is why sadaqa extreme. And since the last month I mentioned that in the context as he

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clarify some of the misconceptions that are

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propagated by the people of the Scripture, who the source of life that was given to them is that

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there is a message there, the fact that Allah there that you want life of your heart.

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You need sadaqa you need to spend from what you love. You need to spend from what you love and in the Quran is solid

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for your own at the end of Salah tomographic when Allah subhanaw taala says about a person who has not prepared themselves for death when death comes to them.

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Probably a year to year moto phi, a whole lot of Biloela 120 era Jenin Caribbean Faslodex welcoming Asad. Allah says when death comes to one of them, or Allah says do righteousness and spend before death comes to one of you. And when death comes to one of you, they would say, Oh Allah, please send me back. So I could give him charity and be from the from the from the pious.

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So the scholars of Tafseer they said, this shows the excellence of sadaqa because the person as they as they are about to live this life they see on the other side, what is the reward the great reward for sadaqa so that's what they asked for it because they're gonna make their best bet now, because that's what they're going to ask for one thing now, they have to ask for one thing is going to be sadaqa because they know they are aware of this moment of the great reward and benefit of the sadaqa. So this shows that giving charity for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala is a very powerful way to awaken our hearts. Very powerful way to awaken our hearts and people who give sadaqa usually

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have amazing stories to tell.

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The second one here is

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Allah subhanaw taala refers to which in response to the People of the Scripture, Allah refers to Ibraheem Alehissalaam because they claim they claim connection to Ibrahim and Isa that they follow his religion that they follow his footsteps, that they are upon the same guidance of Prophet Ibrahim Ali Salam O Allah, Allah clarifies that Ibraheem Alehissalaam was neither a June or a Christian. He was what a monotheist. He was upon the religion of Islam which was sent to all prophets and messengers.

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And then Allah refers to Mecca so unless you how long was in a wheelchair beating well they had enough under the be bacchetta Mobile I can well then let me the first house that was placed on her foot

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is in Mecca. Al must do that held on the cover. This also shows this is a place where a very good to be revived.

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And anyone who's been to Makkah they know what I'm talking about. Anyone has been for two Umrah or Hajj you know the first time you see the kava, the time you're doing your blow off. It is a feeling outside of this world. It's something

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this is a blessing from Allah Subhan Allah that He gave this place that it has this impact on the heart and there's a reason why Salah in

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salah is in Muslim Haram is multiplied so many times.

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Right Salah and mustard hello is

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how many times have the salah multiplied in Messenger haram in Mecca sacred house 100,000 times

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100,000 times. This is not just numbers.

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This actually refers to something that has a true impact on the heart. Because we said in previous classes if any of you remember that

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your rewards and your sins

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they actually have an impact on the state of your heart. It's not like they're not just numbers with Allah subhanaw taala on a plate

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does not like that. They have a reality. The sins give so much pain to your heart. They're not only on the records, they have, they have a mass of their own we said in the world of the unseen they have a mass and they have an impact on you.

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And the blessing oh sorry, the rewards from Allah that you get from Allah Subhan Allah has the have impact on the heart. So when the reward is multiplied so many times such a huge number shows that there is something special happening to the heart in that spot.

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Last month elements is mentioned is hogere as well.

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Okay, it's in this context as Allah

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Panatela responds to the people of the book. And he says, Why do you? Why are you pushing away people from the Path of Allah subhanaw taala. And then Allah gives advice to the believers that if you follow some of the instructions or if you follow those people who were given the Scripture, some of them would turn you after belief they will turn you into disbelievers if you follow their advice.

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And then Allah gives the command to the believers. It took Allah Hakka to RT, fear Allah be be dutiful to Allah as he truly deserves.

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And do not accept as Muslims as people who submit to Allah, people who are true to Allah subhanaw taala because it's hard our life, you die, the physical death but your heart, your hearts are alive, you're getting the real, the real meaning of the lie of the life of the heart. And it is here that Allah Subhan Allah gives us the central verse in Surah Ali Imran who I just seen will be heavily leverage me on one artifact Roku and hold on to the rope of Allah.

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Meaning be true to Allah, be authentic to Allah subhanho wa Taala

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embrace that life of the heart and the sources of it. Embrace it, embody it in yourself and your individual life, while at a full Rocco that if you do this, and

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yourselves, if you achieve this, it will lead you to not being divided, it will unite you so the strength, the strength of the individual is in Holding, holding on to the source of life, which is the revelation and embodying it. The source of the strength for the the community of the Muslims, as a group is by these individuals being united. And some of the scholars of Tafseer. They took from this verse that if we truly hold on to the truth as in Muslims as individuals, the inevitable result is unity.

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The inevitable result is unity. And this is why the Scholars say

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there's a difference between two types of disagreements among Muslims. There is something called specially with written religious differences. There's something called a falafel monster self falafel muster, sir, is basically an accepted kind of disagreement among Muslims. Why? Because the texts for it, the text allows more than one interpretation.

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an example from the time of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam is the famous one, which is after the Battle of 100 of the trench. The prophets of salaam said lay are solidly in a huddle mean Kamala Ursula Illa de bene Aquila.

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It was just before I started talking with the prophets on Sunday and said do not pray Assad except when you arrive at the lands of binuclear Yoba

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by arriving or by the time they arrive at Mineola, it would be past the time of us it will be muffled it would be a nighttime.

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So some of the companions they prayed us are on the way before arriving at binuclear yoga.

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And another group of the companions they did not pray. Although it was acid time. And Mahara was approaching they did not pray the only prayed when they hit the land of vinicola. And it was already past me every time they prayed. So

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the Prophet SAW Selim did not disapprove any of them.

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He did not disapprove any of them. Did they? Did it lead to any kind of fighting or disagreement or problems? No. This is mostly because allowed for more than one interpretation.

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But there is Hilah disagreement

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cannot be warranted by the text, where maybe one text allows for more than one interpretation. But one of the interpretations

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conflicts with another text. Remember the beginning of solid ally Emraan we have Allah Singh who will lead the enzyme Lal Kitab Amin who is to knock him out on whom the omole kitab Motorshow Behat.

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Allah he's the one who sent up down upon you.

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The book, Quran

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its verses are so clear cut.

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These are the mother of the book. These are the foundational the references in the book you refer to them.

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We're Ohara Minnewaska mahkamah will

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be Holmatro shabby has an others they carry more than one meaning. Then we said the people who want misguidance people who have ulterior motives, they will come to these verses or these texts that have more than one me

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meaning they will choose the meaning that appeals to their desires.

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Believe as they say it's law. So they have there is something we call that the time internal agency, internal consistency of those forces that allow for more than one interpretation. If one of those interpretations contradicts a clear, con, or in the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, then apparently this interpretation is not accepted. It's not accepted because it goes it goes against something that is clear cut and well established. So we opt for the interpretation that is in line with the clear cut principles.

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So they love Halal mustard.

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When somebody says, hey, linguistically, this verse could be interpreted this way. Yeah, but this interpretation contradicts another Hadith authentic hadith of the Prophet SAW Salem. Do we accept it? No, we reject it. Why? Because it violates internal consistency. And Imam had been hasn't a bomb Hamad bin hasn't by him Allah, the great scholar of Al Andalus. He says

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Al Quran Okwu Joomla. One One.

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This is the Quran should be his one sentence.

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All of it from the beginning till the end. It's one sentence

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meaning one sentence you cannot find contradiction in one sentence if the person speaking is a sane human being.

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Right. So you treat the Quran like one sentence, any, any apparent contradiction

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refers to a misunderstanding. So the Quran should be treated like one sentence. It is consistent, it's connected. It cannot be fragmented. And you can't take things out of context.

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A verse has to be interpreted in the light of all other verses. Every verse is just like this.

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One of the scholars of our time actually, Time is moving on. Like a previous generation. Sheikh Mohammed munition deadly Rahim Allah to Allah. He wrote a great, a very outstanding tafsir it's called Eduardo Brianne theorbo, hell, Quran Hebrew,

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interpreting the Quran, he would take a verse from the Quran, he would interpret it and give it FCL by means of other verses to show the interconnectedness between the verses of the of the Quran.

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Okay, so, ALLAH SubhanA, Allah subhanaw taala here is referring to the unity of the Muslims. So the Muslims are upon if the Muslims fulfill what Tassimo they follow the guidance, the revelation from Allah subhanaw taala. properly, then this was the way for unity at the collective level.

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And this is really what solid highly hamrun is about. We said the first half is about achieving individual

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growth, spiritual growth, spiritual connection to Allah subhanaw taala fulfillment of Allah's rights upon us, which is why just the movie had laid me and which eventually we can say is the life of the heart, you can achieve life of the heart, you can bring your heart back to life. The second half of the surah is about the community, not the individual. It's about the community. Why because once you achieve the individual

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conditions, at the collective level, you're going to reap the fruits in the form of unity and strength and other solar. So that's an unfair loss last month, Allah says, While Atlanta is the author of shallow water, the Habari, hookah and do not disagree amongst yourselves, and let that lead to dissension and severe disagreements. And as Al FATF, shallow, this will take your power away, this will take your power away from you, you will be at each other's throats, you will become opponents to one another enemies to one another. And if you look at the state of the OMA today, that's what's happening. That's what's happening, people are arriving at certain people are holding

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on to specific causes. And if you don't, if you disagree with them, and these are all matters of which jihad, it's a personal, you know, striving to to create an opinion, but people will become very fanatic about their opinions to the point that if you disagree with them, or if you just choose another way, or you choose another course to keep yourself busy with, they would see as if you are desecrating their own course. And then there is a state of enmity disunity. And we are just fragmented amongst ourselves. Simple issues just

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bring issues of of

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issues of halal meat, for example,

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watching the slaughter,

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like okay, it's a disagreement but

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The amount of disunity that this has spawned among the Muslim community is really is not I would say it's unrealistic. It's unrealistic. I mean, there are people in your house that actually say is your is your is your foot Hillel

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there are people who

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are actually saying in some of the unfortunately

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I was I was told that

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people who hold on to this opinion for example, they they machine slaughter these people are eating dead animals

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and eating haram

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How come

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how come this is an issue of disagreement among the scholars and this is a new issue where the free laugh is mostly self laugh here is you know, there's it's not clear cut, it's not a clear cut issue. So for you to say someone is eating haram

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and they're going to pay for it is going to show their children and the eating however,

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again, this this is gonna this is going to create and this already, you know, creates among some people a lot of issues and problems. So, if we truly hold on to the rope of Allah subhanaw taala and the individuals we are supposed to as Muslims, it will eventually pave the way to unity of the community.

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here Allah subhanaw taala starts to talk about how the Muslim party can come together and can come together and can strengthen themselves. Let's see.

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First by acknowledgement, which is shocker and gratitude here. Allah says with Quran amateur the same verse with Quran and meta Lucha Alikum it couldn't come either and for LF Avena Kulu become first spat on metal he is one I mean read from the interpretation here

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Yeah, so Allah says, and hold firmly to the rope of Allah and do not be divided.

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Remember, Allah is favor upon you when you were enemies, then he united your hearts. So you by His Grace became brothers.

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So acknowledge that the Unity you achieved all Muslims, and then the Arabs at the time under the banner of the prophets of Allah and he was sending them that was not due to your excellence because you were divided amongst yourselves who brought unity. Allah brought unity amongst you through the prophets, Allah Salam, and is Allah's grace? What is Allah's Grace here?

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There's a mechanism for it. It's the revelation is the truth. What united the Muslims was the truth from Allah subhanaw taala the truth, the true revelation. So when they followed this truth ever, strove individually to follow this. Allah subhanaw taala by means of that broke their hearts together.

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Welcome to mana, shefa 14, millenary falcoda coalminer and

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you were at the brink of a fiery pit and he saved you from it. This speaks again, individually and collectively, individually you are heading to the hellfire.

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And as a society you were ending you were actually heading towards destruction because of the immorality because of the injustice and which is fire in this world pain in this world struggle in this world and also in the hereafter.

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Okay, this is how Allah makes his revelations clear to you, so that you may be rightly guided

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that Allah says here collectively what the believers are supposed to do and this will bring unity amongst them welcoming Welcome to hire a wire moron, I will model the way in how non animal kitty will echo homophily and let there be a group among you. Goodness, encourage what is good and forbid what is evil. It is they who will be successful.

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So the

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as individuals achieve their obligations or start achieving their obligations started growing

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and start becoming closer to Allah subhanaw taala. They are supposed to start sharing that truth. Sharing the truth you call people to what is good. And again,

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I want to point this out because sometimes

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at a time like our times like ours, where there's a lot of polarization

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Islam is being touted as one of those religions, one of those religions

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Now we as human beings, we are supposed to

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have some

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or what they call a tournament. In the sense you can put yourself in the other person's shoes.

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see things from their perspective?

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Yes, things make sense to us because we grew up in this kind of environment. But people outside in the world who don't know about Islam, for them, the name Islam does not mean anything.

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They look at a mosaic of different religions.

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happens to be one of them.

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Islam happens to be one of them.

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So there's nothing that is inviting them to investigate. It's only random people here and there that end up investigating. Sometimes it happens, according to what seems to ask coincidences, as well as guidance.

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But for the majority of people, for them, Islam looks from the outside, like one of those other religions.

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They seem to many people like well, as we especially as we emphasize the names and emphasize Arabic terminology, when we overemphasize that, it seems to people were just just like, we are just like, we are a cult flag, the other cults, and we just want people to join us.

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With what is happening in the media, the negative media and public coverage that is about Islam, we have to give people the benefit of path to go the file, we have to get out of our way to remove this screen, because people are primed. People are psychologically mentally primed to view Islam as one of those religions as a cult that is trying just to win supporters. That's it. And this is going to stop people from giving the content of Islam a fair consideration.

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And this is why we are supposed to know a Dawa, to be less technical,

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less technical, in the sense, we connect to the part of Islam that people already have.

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People already have Islam inside of them,

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which is their fitrah. And part of this fitrah is alive and well. And part of it is suppressed and hidden.

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The issue that has to do with devotion to Allah, the issue that has to do with

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practicing the prayers and the obligations

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to a system, this is suppressed, because of the lifestyle that has been propagated today. But there are parts of Islam

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among people around the world that are still alive, and they are very active in their life. And these are the moral values. Sometimes we treat these moral values, because they are shared by Muslims or non Muslims. Sometimes we Muslims treat them as if they are not part of Islam.

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How many non Muslims around the world who would actually devote maybe a month of the year to go overseas to poorer countries and help people build houses?

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For no payoff? They're not paid for that?

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How, how many people blimps who actually who are very nice to others, and very kind and they get out of the way to offer help and support to others.

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This is part of Islam.

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This is a hallmark of Islam. And the reason people have it

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is because this is the reflection of their Fatah.

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This is the remains of Islam of the intuitive Islam. The original native Islam in them is still alive. Why don't we connect to that? Why don't we recognize this for many people know Islam has to be technical. If it's not technical, you're not talking about if you share anything with non Muslims, like there is some common between you are non Muslims. These people put this outside of the circle of Islam. For them Islam is only what's technical. Islam is only what Muslims engage with.

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Do you know what by means of this, we ostracize ourselves. By means of this we alienate people who still have these parts of their fitrah alive in them.

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So and this helps these people who are misinformed, these outsiders that Islam for them is just one of those religions that claim the truth to itself.

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we put a barrier between them and Islam, why because we insist that we have to do what we Muslims do, and it's not shared by anyone else.

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But Islam is much more comprehensive than than that. For us, when a parent looks after the children,

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when we have a mother that that is, that is so devout to her children to taking care of them. This isn't this is at the heart of Islam. This is at the heart of overdraw. And this part of Islam, this is the part of Islam that is still alive in these people. And this is common grounds that we can connect with with

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upon. And this is the open path for us to have a meaningful conversation and help them by pass the mental blocks that were created by the media,

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and by all the negative coverage that is given to Islam.

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So again, in this sense, and I and I don't want to use this word, because it could be easily misunderstood.

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We want to

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humanize humanize the way we propagate Islam.

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And I'm gonna say a statement that is identical to this. We want to Islam eyes, the way we propagate Islam and share Islam with others. These are two statements, but have exactly the same meaning.

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Islam eyes and humanize because we have the Islamist Islam, we have turned it into oftentimes into a cult, we have turned it into cultural norms that we are specific about. So if someone is a non Muslim, and they are practicing a core part of Islam, in terms of, for example, charity work philanthropy.

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For us, regardless who does this, this is what Islam is. Partly, this is not Islam in its entirety. But this is Param. This is a great and important part of Islam.

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The fact that a non Muslim is doing it does not make it non Islamic, and is something we fall into. This is something we identified it we often as non Islamic would make is only was practiced.

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That's it.

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We have shrunk what Islam really is.

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And we have made it hard for people to be able to bypass the lies that are propagated against us.

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We make it very hard for people through

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at a human level at an intuitive level.

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And then we call this thou, that's the problem.

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That's the problem.

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So what we want to do is, as Allah subhanaw taala says here,

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and let there be among you a group that will call people to Islam, and that's all of Islam and using the best way to connect with people look at the Prophet salallahu alayhi salam.

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There's a famous incident that happened or the life of the prophet saw syndrome.

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There was a man called drew Khanna

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who cannot Canada was a wrestler. He was a grappler.

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He was very strong.

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he had a clear record of victory. No one could put his back to the ground. No one could pin him down.

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he was visiting Mecca.

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And he met with the Prophet sallallahu Sallam this man this is how he sees the world. Now

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engaging with a human with another human being

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in a human way, in a respectful way,

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is part of Islam. Connecting to people having like a respectful conversation with someone is part of Islam. It is it is part of Islam this reward in it and it's a reflection of the values of Islam.

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The Prophet SAW Selim engages with this man

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in a conversation and the Prophet SAW Selim tells him about Islam, it's about worshipping Allah subhanaw taala.

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The man sees the world through his own lens. So he's emphasized to them He says, Well, let's wrestle if you're able to pin me down.

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I will believe in your message.

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What kind of Dawa is this?

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That's how someone who's

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dismissive that's how they would approach it. But the Prophet SAW Selim engaged with him.

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The prophets of the Sunnah, pinned him down.

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He couldn't believe it. He said no one before me.

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He actually said to the pin me down, I'll give you 100 cheap.

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So he gave the person 100. Cheap, he said, but there's something wrong. No one has ever done this to me. Let's try again. There must be something wrong. Let's have another go. So he wrestles with the props and props and puts him down another time.

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Still, he is not he's not getting gets yet. He gets the problem another 100 Right.

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Okay, let's try just a third time. There must be a trick. So he's trying to get the trick. he wrestles the prophesized, LM porcelain pins him down. This is no one does this for a profit.

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No one does this for a profit and he believes and he becomes a Muslim. The problem gives him back his sheep in case you're just wondering what happened to the sheep.

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The person gives him back his sheep, he begins.

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This kind of engagement isn't about humanizing Islam rising. It's not our approach to Islam. Our our, our, the way we speak share Islam with people.

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Why do we have to make Islam alien to people, when it's native Islam is native to every human being. Islam is native to every human being. That's what it was. That's what football means. By the way, football is not a word that we say throw them put it on the shelf, bring the stuff as

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that's not how it goes Fitzroy is is the very essence of humans is the very nature of humans.

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Say you say that he will fit karate, Rossi Han to swell workwell Adela, some of the Muslim Muslims because they said the leader of Fatah the power of the proof of fitrah etcetera itself the experience of the human is the most powerful

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is the most powerful proof because it is so entrenched deep in the nature of human nature.

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So why

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we have to get people into Islam by means of lecturing them by means of debating them. Why?

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Why not show people Islam? Or why not even when you have a discussion or conversation with people or engage with them even like colleagues and classmates, neighbors, etc?

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Why don't we allow them to see again, what we call the humanity of Islam because Islam is about human nature about football.

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What Why don't we do this?

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The problem is, again, we make Islam seem to outsiders as a cult, just like the other cults, and thus we create a boundary to create blocks between people in Islam. Some Muslims are overly protective, and

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due to

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feeling threatened, the over protective and this leads them to dismiss important aspects of Islam and call them on Islamic or consider them be part of Islam, just because not only Muslims do them but non Muslims, as if automatically as if there's a rule automatically think Islam Islamic. There's no such rule.

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The Prophet sallallahu Sallam in the early stages as he was giving Dawa

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and this was around year nine.

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Or are you 10 after

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Prophet two after the first revelation in Mecca, the Prophet SAW Salem and Abu Bakr and Ali Robbie Allahumma. They used to approach the pilgrims. So

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they approached

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group from Ben O'Shea, Ben

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Ben a che ban have in Iraq, South Iraq and some of them in North Iraq.

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They were pilgrims among them.

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Pilgrims among them they were not Muslims pagans at the time. They were coming for pilgrimage and the herbs used to make perform pilgrimage to Mecca by the webinar shape and these are the ones from whom Imam Mohammed bin Hanban

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will come. Imam Muhammad when a humbler che Barney right is from Bernal Shaman.

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So officer Salam Abu Bakr usually speaks before the because Abubaker is is very well versed with the Arabs and the origins, their ancestry. So, so Abu Bakr in that sense, he understood the era

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was very well and he could speak with them. So he was a very good PR. He would speak before the Prophet SAW Selim spoke. So he approached them

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and he spoke with them.

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They said yes, we listen to them to your to your friend. They sit with the Prophet salallahu Salam, three of the leaders respond to the messenger. Salatu Salam, they say well Allah He said, Allah Allah Allah azza wa jal magic, Toby Lyon Kira, who had said, Oh, brother, like our brother in blood, what you have come with no one objects to that. It's good, it is good.

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But we are people who have left our tribe behind, and we can't just make a decision and change your religion because of a conversation. It sounds naive.

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In our upstanders, at the time, it sounds naive, we just made it here we go back to our people, to our tribe. So they're just a small group from the tribe, that we go back to our tribe and say, Hey, we met someone for the first time. And he says he's a prophet. We believed in Him and we followed his religion sounds very naive. So they said we can't do this. But what we're going to do, we ask you to give us a year, we'll go back to our people will discuss this as the whole tribe, which was one of the biggest Arab tribes, the biggest of the Arab tribes at the time.

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Because this will make a decision collectively, then we will respond to you the next Hajj season or the head season next year.

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And their response was so beautiful the prophets of salaam says he says processes he was amazed person was taken by that the prophets of salaam says he had a huge lack in her processes to overcome. What kind of of manners This is what what kind of morality these people have demeanor, beautiful demeanor.

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Yun Sorolla who be held by a film Allah Subhan Allah, this attitude among them, Allah gives justice to the among them and so on Also props and praises them in in a few sentences.

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And the Proxima is eluding these are the

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these are this is the character of Islam. These are the these are the mannerisms of Islam itself.

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And these people, by the way, become Muslim, eventually. But it was this was the same year the prophet has met a group from an Assad from the Medina and they became Muslims. But eventually these people Ben O'Shea ban, they become Muslim, and among them

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will be some of the most influential military commanders

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who actually open Iraq and Pepsi.

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Under the leadership of Saddam no ABI Waqqas. So basically the point here is that as the last Congress says, Let the there'll be among you a group of people who invite others to Islam.

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Invite we speaking for Allah here as Muslims are speaking for Allah, we have to be

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very careful, we have to do that right. We cannot give an impression about Allah and His religion.

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That is not as a huge responsibility. This is why Tao was supposed to be carried by wise people, by knowledgeable people.

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We should not say anything about Islam that is untrue or communicate in any way. Anything about Islam that is untrue, which unfortunately we do a lot, unfortunately.

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So Allah says the people who share Islam with others, invite them to the truth and look at how Allah says, Allah doesn't say let there be a group among you, who shares Islam with people. But Allah says, welcoming Petunia

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from among you that call others to goodness Allah calls Islam goodness.

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Allah here is his technicality completely was not even mentioning Islam is saying goodness, because goodness and Islam are synonymous are synonymous. But sometimes we insist on the title or the name.

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When people are not ready to receive that.

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People are not ready to receive that. And actually this is this is this is part of the wave the Prophet sallallahu Sallam A man came to an older person, and it seems the person who was suffering from maybe inertia or he was not able to learn a lot at an older age. So he said to the Prophet salallahu Salam, like when you read the Salah, you recite and more ad also recited because my mother used to recite in a in a town outside just outside of Medina.

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So this man is to pray sometimes with the Prophet Solomon sometimes with my wife and he would say, like when you pray you own

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I've only read the prayer What do you say?

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The Prophet SAW Selim said

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basically like Quran

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Allah He in Nila or seen Odin data coward then then atom What if he says I cannot I do not I cannot master this kind of rhythm that you want to do then then are basically saying bandanna which is in English they say onomatopoeia which is basically when you

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when you give the sounds like what you are referring to right

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he's saying this rhythm rhythmic ways that you can either recite I cannot do that I cannot master that. So, the Prophet SAW Salem told him then what do you say? He says for MATA says, hola hola Jana was to add him in and now he says in my salah. I asked Allah for Jana, and ask him to protect me from the hellfire.

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The Prophet SAW Selim says How will they handle then then? The prophets of salaam says that's what our rhythms and our that's what that's what it's about fine. You'll find with this. Again, look at that. When a person connects to that level, the prophecy goes down. He says yeah, the meanings that you're referring

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about reaching paradise prediction from the Alpha that's what we're talking about. Keep doing what you're doing. Simple. If it were to many of us today will say no, no, you have to learn. You have to do so and so he has to teach you otherwise your prayer is invalid.

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we have the sense we have dehumanized Islam we have glamorized Islam itself directly.

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Okay, so Allah refers to Allah says you invite people to goodness. That's how Allah talks about Islam, that Allah is

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way more honorable than my roof. And they enjoin and model of good.

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My roof, who speaks Arabic models means known.

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Models means no America is knowing

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or knowledge, and not off is known.

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Allah is saying you enjoined people to command people to engage with what is known to do what is known. Does this make sense?

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Does this make sense? Model of

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What did Allah say you're enjoying people to a model bill? But you do acts of obedience? Why did model fit? Again, same principle we're talking about Maroof meaning it's known in sound human mind to be good. to enjoin people, to what sound human mind recognizes is good. That's why in Islam, the obligations, and the prohibitions make sense.

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They make sense to the sound human mind. And that's how we are supposed to communicate them.

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That's how we are supposed to communicate.

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When when our annual Moon cut, what is a moon cut?

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Not so allow, was known and also means.

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Meaning sound mind approves of it,

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approves of it, dislike but limit the problem they said, like no sane human being disagrees with what you're inviting to make sense. fitrah so why is it called monka? monka means denied, rejected.

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As evil, we translated as evil, right? Why Allah says What does Allah say munkar because in the sound, human mind, this is rejected. It's not good. We recognize as humans not good. So Islam, the commands and the prohibitions. They are identical to the pure human nature of alpha Torah.

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And we are suffering

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in this non technical way, we're supposed to keep them alive and vivid,

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humanly accessible.

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And those are the successful ones, what I call minimum

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and then look at what Allah so Allah says, You believe as you know, Yoshi achieved at Assam you achieved life of the heart by following this guidance from Allah subhanaw taala that you cherish, cherish it in your life. And this will bring you together. When you are together you're supposed to and one of the things that will enhance your unity and strengthen it is when you share the truth that you have with others in the best of ways in a way that can they can relate to

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And Allah says this, these are the people who do this will be so successful ones says what arthur conan Kaleena telephone mean that the manager or Homolka unit will let you get a hold of him. Now what Allah warns us against is, do not be like those who split intersects and deferred, after clear proofs had come to them, it is they who will suffer a tremendous punishment.

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Do not be like those who became divided amongst themselves after the truth revelation came to them.

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Why were they divided?

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The truth came to them why were they divided? The pseudo explains this right? We just, that's what we dealt with.

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So the truth came to them. Why were these? Why did these people end up being divided? Why?

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At the collective level, they are divided, but the truth has come to them.

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Well, I tell them what they did not achieve what I told him or individually, they did not follow the truth. Because they did not individually follow the truth they ended up divided.

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This is why people who follow the Sunnah of the Prophet sama called Atlas so nutty. Well, Gemma, when you follow the prophecies, and This eventually leads to unity,

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eventually leads to unity GEMA.

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And what causes if there is among the Muslims, this unity?

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It is because of the abuse of following the truth, abuse of artists and what's not being achieved. We have desires, we have ulterior motives, we have

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narrow affiliations and loyalty, we have other plans. So the people have this.

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They had plans, and they had

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financial benefits they tried to achieve. So they

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they used to hide some of the truth. They used to change some of the words, why to serve their purposes, to serve the pros. And that's when they did that. They did not achieve our testimony. They missed out on true human development, spiritual development.

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And when they did that, it eventually led to disunity. disunity led to feuds fighting amongst ourselves.

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And that's why we said why Taslima you seek shelter in the rope of Allah. You hold on to the rope of Allah and it means you seek shelter, meaning it protects you from spiritual harm, religious harm and he misguidance or sins and also protects you physically how, because if you do not achieve this, humans without divine guidance will end up divided and when they are divided, they will fight one another. When they fight one another lives have sacrificed people's dignity and honor and sacrifice people wealth. He can, so forth.

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Then Allah talks about safety in the hero

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of safety in the Hereafter, because Allah says

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those who are divided they will have a severe or tremendous punishment. Yo Matoba boo Han what is what do you do, when some faces will be bright, while other faces will be gloomy and dark and

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to the gloomy face? They said, Did you disbelieve after having believed so taste the punishment for the for your disbelief

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amila this in the Venus with the to do home aka Tom Bader Imani confido colada Vemma quantum tech for

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Mattila Humphrey Holly Dune, as for the bright faced, they will be in Allah's mercy, where they will remain forever.

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So, again, the people who achieved to autosomal Walterboro individual and collective excellence, they achieved it, their faces will be brightened on the day of judgment and they will be in Allah's mercy which is in paradise. Whereas the people who fail to achieve connected individually and collectively they are connected. If you achieve the individual, eventually the collective benefit will be achieved.

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But if you compromise on what autonomy, what doesn't mean you will not get

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and these people will

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change the truth they have not followed the truth they will end up with their faces being darkened bitumen and they will have punishment from Allah scholars many times you will see you will see in the Quran, referred to by the Imani come Did you disbelieve after you have believed?

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What does this mean? This refers to yes people oppose dating.

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But it also refers as some scholars

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I have to say, or they say,

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when a human being comes face to face with the truth,

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Revelation, they have a moment of belief, a moment of recognition.

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If they follow it, they will become.

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They don't follow it. They suppress it and they decide to reject it. And they have disbelief in some of these causes. Here they say, the first one you believe then disbelieved refers to that spark, that's a moment of recognition of the truth.

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That was suppressed in the case of people who disbelieved eventually

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because you will find this a few times happening in the Quran

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that Allah subhanho wa Taala says, addressing the Muslim ummah, now, most of the surah is going to talk about the collective done first half was with the individuals. Now it's going to deal with the collective the Muslims as a group as a nation. Allah says contemplate your own method of rejection Nasta Morona will meld with you with an own animal carry with me no and I believe

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so. You are the best community ever raised for humanity again couldn't tune in the Arabic language.

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it's usually translated as wise right. But it depends on the context because can also means continuity, it could mean continuous uses what can Allah who be cliche in Lima

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and Allah is Knowing of everything not was he was and still and will remain? Okay, so can your corn or quantum It could mean past and it could also mean past, present and future and everything. So, you are the best community ever raised for humanity.

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Your bird, bubble, and believe me, this is specifically about the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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the best nation ever. The best group of humans ever lived on the face of earth after the prophets obviously, but as a group together, that's why I'm lovin on Mr. otherworldly Allah. I know. He said in the light of the bad forwarded the call by Mohammed in hierarchal obey but Allah subhanaw taala looked at the hearts of humans and the heart of Muhammad wa salam stood out as the best. So Allah for his final message

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in the line of Allah few KHUDOBIN a bad the Quran mbf are watching the Kuru bus had he hired a

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home was Allah Allah maybe he will Omen Allah Dini that Allah looked at the hearts of the people after the prophets now.

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Allah saw the hearts of the companions to be the best these ones. So Allah chose them to be the helpers and the supporters of His Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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sub Loomis wrote a letter on home says for every folder home Quadra home so know their true worth companions of the Prophet sallallahu send them

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this is why we are supposed to understand Islam and follow Islam upon Quran and the Sunnah. And the understanding of the companions, walrus Allah.

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Why, because they are the best. And they were the students of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So this refers to them specifically, but it also includes anyone who follows their way. Anyone who follows their footsteps, then they are included in the verse.

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And again, Allah says you are the best nation then Allah and this is again, this is a way of

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this order. This order, in the words shows, causality, suburbia.

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Contemplate your own mutton operator in us you are the best community ever raised for humanity. That model noble model, if you encourage good

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wood that means you became the best nation ever brought forth to mankind because you encourage the good of again

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and evil.

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And you advise against the vote and how not and in America, were to me no Nebula, and you believe in Allah.

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Yeah, and believe in Allah.

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Some deviant individuals, they say for you to believe in Allah you have to enjoin the good and forbid the evil first and then a man will come.

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This is complete nonsense.

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In joining the good and forbidding the evil comes a result of faith. And this verse here is not about chronological order that you get

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forbid the evil and you believe in Allah. This is

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a chronological order at all.

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On the contrary, it actually in one of, again, one of the Bulava

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the rules of Arabic

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expressions here is that

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it insinuates that belief in Allah is the origin owning the good and forbidding the evil but there is a myth that when you believe in Allah and join the good and forbid the evil this feeds back into your faith and increases it in that sense that's correct

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well I'm Anna hooky tabula can have home the home in home well known our external Mufasa cone, had the People of the Book believed it would have been better for them. Some of them are faithful, but most are rebellious. Again, setting the comparison right, we said the reason Allah mentioned the Coriolis, he said he said and how their people responded to them is a reminder

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is that you were given the source of life, right revelation through the prophets Allah salaam, and those people were given the same grace, to respond to it with faithfulness, and I tested him all, hold on to the rope of Allah be true, be faithful to Allah subhanho wa taala. And eventually you will grow as individuals, then collectively you will be united and you will be strong. These people, people of the book, they did not do that. For the most part. Allah says, How had they done that it would have been better for them. So you do it because that's better for you.

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You do it, because that's better for you.

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And among them, are the believers and most of them are rebellious, basically, who are the believers among them are the ones who followed the prophets and their time, truly faithfully followed them. But again, when the Prophet SAW Salah Mohammed Salah Salem was sent,

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then all of them are supposed to believe in the prophets of salaam because as the Quran says, in their books, a condition is made with every prophet, that when a message is sent, all of you're supposed to follow him.

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So all the prophets and messengers, in a sense what a preparation, they were preparation for the message that was given to Prophet Muhammad. So Sunday was the culmination, as the messenger of Salam says in a hadith that the my example or my analogy with the in relation to the other prophets, is like a person who built a beautiful monumental building. And there was just right at the center of it, there was one missing piece. Everyone that passes by this monument would say what a beautiful building had it not been for this missing piece the prophets of salaam says for an article Lavina I am this this break the missing piece that is fit there. Everything was just the preparation

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was supposed to follow the profit sauce and so and then this is why the problem says well, well the Dean fcba The alias mark will be

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well enough CBD hilarious my OB Raju Rahman Al Kitab.

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From Mala you mean OB Illa de Helena prosom says by Allah subhanaw taala anyone

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meaning gets to know about me about my message, and does not believe in me except that they will enter the Hellfire from the people of the book. Why? Because it's it's incumbent upon them to follow the Prophet sallallahu semonin social causes Allah refers to the truthful ones amongst them, the moment they hear the Quran, they start weeping and they say, this is the truth, the same truth that was given to us than they believe in it.

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Okay, we're just going to stop here then.

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And again, we have now

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covered the first part and we have gone the middle point in the soil. So the first point again, or the central theme was what I just said will be heavily laid me I know a lot of personal excellence, individual excellence and excellence at the level of a community as a group. You hold on to the rope of Allah, you seek the protection by means of that you seek Allah's protection from this guidance from sins from all evil, you achieve that you're faithful to Allah, you bring life to your heart through the revelation and heal a human that eventually this leads the group of the Muslims to be

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the first half of Saudi Arabia Imran is about

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the first one which is the source of life that was given to you revelation how you're supposed to take it to heart embody it, and this will give you a life who act in in your faithful to Allah subhanaw You act in obedience. And then we eventually lead the Muslims to be united amongst themselves. You're not

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Did upon the truth. Now Allah is going to talk about the second half how to be united and avoid disunity.

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And through Allah will utilize the example of the People of the Scripture, what went wrong with these issues? So that the lessons so we got to the point where Allah is explaining how the people of the book here got this United amongst themselves, and Allah refers refers that to their failure at the individual will be faithful.

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We'll stop here. Then we will carry on next Friday. We have Mila Anna, we can take a couple of questions before we go.

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Any questions?

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