Being Productive

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Peace and Unity Convention in Abuja Nigeria 2018

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah, Allah, Allah, he was happy. I mean, we have to praise Allah. We have to praise him upon all conditions. We really thank him for everything that he has bestowed upon us, starting with the man that we have the fact that we are a part of this ummah. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala. Constantly for his mercy, we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household, his companions, we asked Allah subhanho wa Taala, to bless them, to bless every one of us and our offspring to come up to the end. Indeed, we would like to see them, as well as ourselves on the straight path. May

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Allah bless us, I mean,

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my brothers and sisters to be praised, is something very dangerous. Actually, when we do things for the civilian law, we want Allah subhanho wa Taala, to be pleased, so to be praised, and for people to say, Oh, you did this, and you did that, and you achieve this and that, it actually can sometimes if not checked, destroy the whole reward that a person is achieving. And the reason I make mention of this is many times people say good things about me, I actually enjoy the hate because it gives you that perspective and puts you back into position. Because the praise that insha Allah when Allah accepts and grants us success in the archaea, that is when we will be able to be proud of whatever

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we have achieved, but in this dunya, that temporary praise can actually result in pride.

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It can actually cause a swelling of the head, if you understand what I'm saying. And it can actually make you think Yeah, man, you know what, I'm a big guy, you know, some Hana law. So the reason I say this is we're talking on the topic, this topic is being a productive Muslim, contributing, what have you contributed to be honest, it's not about me, it's about us. That's why I say, when you appraised too much, it's not a good thing. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us, behind your back. People can say good things about you. That's okay. But on your face, I think it's not really a good idea to praise the person. May Allah keep us genuine, may he keep us sincere. May He always keep people who

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can continually remind us of our weaknesses in a way that it keeps us humble. And continuously remind us that it is Allah and Allah alone. It is Allah and Allah alone who allows things to happen. And it is the Messenger of Allah that has actually brought us together. Like I always say, when we talk about being productive, and I'm diving straight into the topic for your information, I have already cleared it with our translator here, he's ready for a marathon so inshallah we are going.

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So in actual fact, my brothers and sisters, we firstly owe our existence to the one who made us the one who we are going to return to, we owe our existence to him and him alone. So primarily, I'd love to please Allah, everything I do, should be focused around Allah, I am on earth for a short period of time. Allah wants to things from me, he wants me to wish him alone. And he wants me to serve the rest of humanity for his sake, the rest of the creatures that he created for his sake, it's provoke Allah He the rights of Allah I will fulfill and hopefully embody the rights of the rest the rights of the rest of us. Beyond that, we talk of the creatures of Allah at large because that is also part

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and parcel of the creation of the same creator. So these are the two things I'm going to be here for a short period of time. And I'm going to be leaving now. The examples I can give you a so many. A lot of us follow football. What happens in football, you get onto the pitch, the whistle is blown and you start what's your aim? Your aim is to score goals. That's the main aim to score goals. If you have scored one goal, is it enough? Which one zero you're winning? Is it okay? Can you just sit back and say right guys, it's fine. We want it before you know it, it will be to one in the favor of the opposition. Because you are now relaxing, but your score 123 even if it's five zero you will

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still want to make it 10 zero if it's false 40 zero, you want to make it 5050 to zero to break world records. Am I right? So that you can be known in history these this team actually 152 bar that's what they call it. Is that's what football is all about when one player drops out of the team or is shown a red card and leaves.

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Does the game come to an end? You got to keep on going. You got to keep on playing without one. We might miss him. He might have been the best but we will miss him.

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We will continue playing and continue scoring. And perhaps we may win even if the best from amongst us drops out. Now, let me tell you why I say this in life, we need to understand we have a similar, it's a little bit different. That's why I say similar, not the same similar example. We're born at the point of puberty. Allah requires us to keep scoring goals one after the other. Don't be tired. Don't give up. Don't be hopeless. Don't be despondent. Don't be filled with negatives.

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But keep scoring one goal, another one, a third one a fourth one goal in which direction against shape and that's what it is. shape, one will make you lazy to fulfill your obligations. Shaytan will encourage you to engage in prohibitions, because shape man wants to score a goal. And that's why if you look carefully, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Why not? wise enough? Lucas, money young woman.

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The scales of justice shall be placed on the day of judgment and nobody will be oppressed at all for me.

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Me Why Mommy, Mommy,

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Mommy, whoever does an atom's wait with have a good, we'll see that good. And whoever doesn't lose weight with the bad will see that bad. That's what Allah says.

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But there are verses that prove that you can delete the bad imagine they're scoring and you're losing five zero. Suddenly you can say no, let's start again. Let's start again. It reminds me of a little child will be losing. Okay, game over. Let's start a new game and you're starting a new game. So we can do that. It's a gift of Allah. No matter what you've done in your life, Toba seek the forgiveness of Allah start afresh and you'll you won't lose the good you will only delete the bad that is the beauty of Toba. It doesn't

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it doesn't return you to become as pure as the day your mother's gave birth to you. But in fact, even better, why better because when you were born, you came with a clean slate when you do tell about the good remains but the bad goes Subhana Allah the bad goes so it's actually better for you may Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us all the turning of a leaf. Now, if you look at this, the goals we're trying to score against against shape Lang my Salah in order my ambassador in order, I must

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protect myself from sin from harm from harming others from that which will displease Allah subhanho wa Taala. Each time that happens, I'm scoring a goal. And scoring goals, then will come the Day of Judgment. Because when I die, for example, that's the end of my match. That's the end of my game. In my life, when others around me close to me have died, perhaps it's equivalent to or similar to a red card being issued to someone they're off. If you become depressed because you lost a husband, you will lose your match. But if you are sad, yes, it's normal to be sad, you collect yourself, you try the struggles, nobody will ever understand what you've been through what you're going through what

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you what you went through, nobody will but Allah knows, and Allah guiding you, he keeps telling you, you've got to get up, you've got to walk again. If for example, you suffered a loss in your business, it's not the end of the world. You lost a parent, you lost a child, you went through a divorce, it's not the end of the world, perhaps one person in your life is out the rest, you carry on, you keep on scoring, scoring, scoring so much so that when that person who passed on sees later on in the athlete or what has happened, they will be so proud of what you've done. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala be happy with us. You cannot stop your match because one player is gone. You

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cannot stop your match because two have been lost. You cannot stop your match because three have been lost. Even with seven or eight players you need to keep on going because there is still hope that that ball might just go through I'm going to try my best May Allah subhanho wa Taala be pleased with that. So I am trying to end the pleasure of Allah and so should you. And this is why we say we do it for the sake of Allah, we enjoy doing good and reaching the hearts because we scoring goals. I don't need to be paid for what I'm doing because Allah is paying me basically Allah is the one who's going to give us the goodness, its agenda. It's the reward. It's the recompense and a lot of

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promises you he's going to give you the best. So Panama, so Panama, so we keep going and when we keep going we realize that Allah is going to judge us. He says when there's good and bad. I told you already How to delete the bad. If you've done more good than bad in weight then you are fortunate

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enough

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For all

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he can woo me Whoa.

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Those whose scales are tipping towards the right. They are the successful. They are the ones who are successful. Those whose scales are light when it comes to good deeds, and the bad deeds are heavier, they have lost they have none others they have none other to blame than themselves

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from an

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magilla woman, Radhika Fela Illumina, Elana, the prophet SAW Selim says, Whoever finds goodness wherever sees goodness, they should thank Allah. And wherever spines in their book of deeds bad and evil, they have none to blame besides themselves, you could delete what you did. Have you committed sin? Well, Allah says, I love those who seek forgiveness in Allah you have

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been indeed definitely Most definitely. Certainly, Allah loves those who constantly repent to him, how can you repent when you didn't even have sin, hence, we are none of us are sinless. So Allah says, I love you when you repent. So don't lose hope when you've committed the sin. Because there's a step after that, that Allah loves so, so much. He actually says it so many times. I love those who turned to me, I love those who seek forgiveness. Never lose hope you are busy writing your book, the most important book ever is a book you're offering that you will see being printed and published for you in a way Allah knows best on the Day of Judgment given to you in a way that Allah knows best on

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the day of the AMA. And when you get it in your right hand, you are lucky when you get it in your left hand. Unfortunately, that's not something that we would like May Allah protect us from that. So my beloved brothers and sisters, you know, the book is being written, I need to start writing in this book and I need to make sure I delete the bad keep deleting keep deleting when you see that you're doing more good than bad. You need to be very careful because sometimes a small bad deed in the eyes of Allah is actually heavier than you can imagine. Give you an example. When you backbite about someone you know what it is so bad that the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says to Sharia law,

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that if your statement was a droplet of ink and it went into the ocean, it would change the color of the whole ocean. That's how bad it is to backbite about someone my beloved brothers my sisters learn one thing too good about others behind their backs behind their backs. Don't be jealous of one another you see someone Mashallah beautiful car beautiful whatever else will lovely things they have wealth, a good home, be thankful to Allah your remote mean you need to be productive, not destructive. You're gonna destroy yourself to begin with. If you are jealous if you cannot focus on the fact that it's Allah who chose the gift for this for this person. You need to be thanking Allah

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Allah you bless them. I am not going to compete with your charisma with your distribution of wealth. You distributed goodness, oh Allah you bless them. Alhamdulillah Bless Me, too. But you don't say What?

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I'm jealous. I can't and so on. I mean, you want to marry someone they end up marrying someone else. Suddenly you hate the innocent bride because you were a wannabe May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. Why do you hate her? She's innocent. Allah chose her. Perhaps you didn't know? Or you don't know, had you been married to the same guy, you might have led a life of depression and sadness. Who knows? Maybe you didn't fit in the puzzle. Everyone has a jigsaw puzzle in their own way. Maybe the puzzle, the piece you are doesn't fit in their puzzle somehow. And you might be thinking it does. So Allah says Hang on, we know it doesn't. We're gonna keep you away for your benefit. Be happy with

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what Allah has chosen for you. May Allah make it easy. So as you're writing this book, make sure every day you write something good. Like I said, number one, don't waste good deeds by gossiping, backbiting, slandering, by accusing false accusations, spreading rumor about someone because you're actually becoming destructive and not productive. You need to contribute in a beautiful way to society to community to everyone start with yourself. That's why I'm talking first about your self development. I spoke about the link with Allah. Now I'm speaking about the book because that is connected to both the link with Allah as well as everything else that you are doing and it's the

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focus, it's the most important point.

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So Mashallah, we will protect ourselves from gossip from backbiting. Like I said, Sometimes there's a small deed you think it's minor, it's minor, the statement or two that the time of the processor was you know what, she's very short.

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Shorts I mean, short, tall, we go on to say fat and thin and slim and whatever else and we say it in a derogatory way. You see our fact that brother is, notice I didn't say system.

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May Allah grant our sisters goodness, Allah He they give birth to our children, then we

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complain about a little inch, they may have put on one law he might beloved brothers that was done for you. And you'll see, and I'm not saying this because I'm encouraging sisters to actually waste themselves know, take care of your bodies, make sure that you are you're not lazy you need to do things. And that brings me to the first point that I want to talk about from that perspective regarding productiveness. The fighting of laziness, if you're lazy, you're going to achieve zero. Well, law II if you have, and I'm encouraging you to open the females only gym, by the will of Allah, you might have one you will never ever regret it. If you have a serious females only gym,

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trust me. For as long as it's done properly, you will be the happiest person, it will change your mind it will affect it will affect your body positively, you're thinking you feel good about yourself, you will actually become productive because you're healthy, you're running, you're sweating, you racing subpanel or whatever else you're doing within a beautiful halaal place. And the men is well it doesn't mean you know, they say there was a woman who told her husband, Hey, you know what your pen is starting to pop out, you know, it started to pop out because men, they look at the women and she's becoming a fax machine. But the men, the wife says, you know your bed is popping

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out. So he so he looks at her and says, Well yours is popping out to you see, this is a problem, where when we pick something that's going wrong with someone, they want to justify this by picking on you. So if someone says read your Salah, say or fulfill your Salah, and you tell them but what about you? What are we talking about you right now? Okay, we will Let's all do it. But in this case, the wife says to the husband, you know, your belly is starting to pop out. So instead of saying you shall go to the gym, I'll see what I can do. I'll do push ups press ups, I'll cut down a bit on my food and whatever else and so many practical responses. He says, What about your belly, you've got a

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bit even bigger than mine. So she says,

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maybe you've forgotten I'm about to become a mother. He says, Well, what do you think I'm not about to become a dad.

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease. Look at this excuse. She's about to become a mother who says I'm about to become a dad as well. So here's my justification, my brother, my brother, I don't even want to explain what that Billy may be full of May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection. So getting back to the point we need to do something about our bodies, a healthy mind healthy body Subhanallah you will have a healthy mind as a result. And you will be able to really give back to your families to community to society to your nation. But if you yourself are so despondent and lazy, it's going to start off by you wasting your health, because you're lazy, in order to look good

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to feel good, you are going to have to work hard, you sweat. Trust me, somebody will say no, I don't need to sweat just stop eating. So then they stop eating, you go on a diet, you know why they call it died, the first part of it is die. You almost die when you do that.

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You couldn't stay away from food or die without judgment. May Allah Subhana Allah, Allah grant us goodness. So the diet part of it when you stay away from nutrients, minerals, vitamins, etc, in a wrong way, you are going to be affected by voices, by chemical imbalances by, you know, passing out every now and again. Whatever else is happening to you. Sometimes people don't know why that's happening. They come and say, Chef, I have a gym, I can hear voices, and you tell them you know what, you have to eat chocolate, you have to have a little bit of red meat, some yogurt, you have to make sure Oh, but I don't have well the gym, don't the gym don't like those things. So when you eat

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those, you're going to be okay.

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That's just a quick way of, you know, trying to convince them please eat properly have a balanced meal, and your gene will go.

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You won't hear voices anymore. But we want to be size zero. Why? Because everyone else has size zero. Trust me, trust me. You don't need to be what others are like in order to be productive. You firstly need to love what you look like according to what Allah has made you. And I always say those who paint their faces in the way that even their phones don't recognize that face.

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They have. They have an issue with the creation of Allah. They have an issue with the creation of Allah imagine

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your own phone, you got to quickly take over everything and say okay, that's me again, so hon Allah. Luckily, we just put a little design that doesn't need to recognize here and there. But the point I'm sure you've understood it is we shouldn't overdo things. I spoke about it yesterday, but I have to repeat it because sometimes our life is translated into just looking good. Looking good in the way that in the sense that we formed the morning to the evening it's all about painting painting yourself and doing this and we hang on we need to reach out to others we need to engage in a better ima score goal upon goal what happened to the goals? We've forgotten about it already, and it's only

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been 10 minutes, but we need to score more goals and more goals by fulfilling

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Allah doing good to the neighbor once the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was asking questions to the Sahaba who from amongst you did this good deed Who did that? Who reached out to the neighbors who did the Abu Bakr Siddiq? Allah who was saying I did? I did? I did. I did. I did to all of them. Imagine how many goals he scored.

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If I were to ask, all of us, myself included, how many of us have helped or reached out to their neighbors today? Today? I might say no, I lost it. I sent them something.

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Last eat and you think that's okay, score another goal, the nets are wide open, and there's no goalkeeper. Just go and score the goal. Go another one and a third one and do it feasibility lab. Do it be sybilla you will score and you will achieve and you will definitely never regret. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every one of us.

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So fighting laziness is something that is really important. If you look at the youth, a lot of what is destroying the youth is laziness. Look at the boys, the girls, even those who are slightly older laziness, and then you expect to achieve you expect to succeed and you haven't contributed to yourself, how are you going to contribute to society, to community, to the country, to the nation to the Ouma to humanity at large. When you haven't even refined or corrected yourself in terms of laziness. You're so lazy people dream of things, dream of things, and they keep on dreaming. So panela that's why sometimes you see the young boys, you know, and I've seen it happening.

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They're sitting in one corner and suddenly smiling.

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Then he's laughing. And he's smiling again, see what's happening. just dreaming of something big. Well, in order to achieve the dream, get up and start doing something about it. It's not going to come to you where you're sitting. It's good to dream big and it's good to have dreams indeed. But you need to now get up from your sleep and start fulfilling the dream. That's when Allah will help you may Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us goodness.

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So if we realize and understand that in life, we are going to need to keep working hard get up in the morning, come back in the evening. Tired having achieved something and thank Allah one day was spent I scored 10 goals today, okay, the shape man might have scored one or two goals at night you make sure you repent In fact, don't even wait for the night. You repent to Allah, you seek Allah's forgiveness. You ask him, Oh Allah, I am your slave. You know, I'm weak. I'm human. I did not sin and transgress against you out of defiance. I don't defy you all Allah halaal is halal Haram is haram. I know but Oh Allah, it's my weakness. My human nature has made me sing not defiance. I don't

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defy you are my Creator, my maker. I worship you alone. And I'm not going to defy you over lunch, my weakness, Allah will forgive you Subhana Allah, Allah will forgive you. He wipes it out. What did you do to your book, you've written the nice chapter, you've deleted the bad completely gone, totally gone Subhan Allah.

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Now we come to reaching out to others. Now that I have actually helped myself, I've developed I've only spoken about one aspect, maybe a few others when it came to gossiping, and so on. But this aspect of fighting laziness thereafter, I need to remember from my home charity begins at home. Why? How is it connected to what I said?

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When you are judged by Allah on the day of judgment? Yes, he's going to judge you with your belief in Allah, how you try your best to worship Allah, one of the most important things is your character and conduct. Did you ever know that? Have you ever heard a hadith where the Prophet peace be upon him says, Can you come over here? And then he says something.

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But what is he said, What does hirooki mean? It means the best from amongst you. If the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, who is speaking on behalf of Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling us the best from amongst you. It means in the eyes of Allah the best from amongst you. When Allah judges you, he's going to look also at this aspect of about to mention, what is it? Cairo, Cairo camellia Lee? Wow, wow, Allah is going to judge me based on how I treated my wife, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Allah is going to judge me. One of the things one of the things is based also on how I treated my wife, my husband, my family members, it was a sacrifice. This morning, I was speaking to

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people saying, You know what?

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Marriage is one of the biggest sacrifices you're ever going to make. It's not a perpetual honeymoon. SubhanAllah and I'm sure those here who are married they must be thinking Oh Ha ha ha. You know, they say Getting married is like jumping into a hot shower. Once you get into it, you realize it's not that hard. May Allah subhanahu. Allah grant us is.

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Allah grant us is it's not what you think it is. It is way beyond that. It's a sacrifice. Allah gives you

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Opportunity upon opportunity to score goals you are going to sacrifice for your family and they will sacrifice for you as well. Somehow Allah. So my beloved brothers and sisters, Allah is going to judge you on many aspects one of the important aspects is your character and conduct hence the Prophet peace be upon him says, how you come over here.

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The best from amongst you are those who have the best character and conduct develop it. touch people's lives. What is character and conduct connected to it's connected to her cocoa a bat, it's connected to the rights of fellow human beings, those whom you are going to interact with. What do they get from you? Do they get a smile if they get that scored a goal? What else do they get to they get a good greeting if they get that? It's a goal. Do they get a good handshake so panela Please don't give two fingers

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you know people sometimes get with two fingers. Oh, they greet you half heartedly just like this. By the way, it happens a lot with the sisters as well. You just greeting because and you know what if someone shakes my hand from among the brothers, obviously, and he gives it to me half heartedly it tells me that there's something wrong with this person. They have perhaps issues that they haven't resolved. May Allah grant, Grant me goodness and every one of us. You give a good, nice handshake, make the person feel good, make the child feel good. Make all those around you feel good. That is that is character you are scoring goals. You are being productive with your time with your energy,

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with your effort, with your wealth, with all those things with your young age, with your health, you're being productive because those things are going to go they are going to go

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Subhan Allah so have you touched the lives of people if you had trust me, trust me if you did this during your life in the aff era, it will be one of the biggest reasons that you would probably get Jenna for because the Sahaba who were curious, they asked the messenger peace be upon him or messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam

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the people of Jenna, what would have gotten them to Jenna, the people of Jenna How would they have got to Agenda what are the characteristics? You know what he said?

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Two things takala he was

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the consciousness of Allah, developing the relationship with Allah and the goodness of character and conduct Amazing, amazing. So the Prophet peace be upon him told us another thing that Allah is going to judge us by

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another thing that Allah is going to judge us by let me mention it. And then I will go on to this little announcement. Allah is going to judge us by how much we benefited other people whom he created while lying. Why? Because the messenger says how you nasty and far only nasty.

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The best of people is the one of those who are the most beneficial, who've benefited the rest of the people the most. So ask yourself how many have I benefited? How many have I benefited hence, when Allah gives you position? Don't ever be corrupt? corruption is something that will destroy not your dunya but even your Akira imagine Allah gave you a position of authority now you're pinching money. Now you're stealing now you're asking for bribes? Now you're doing something that you know is wrong. May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen all of us who are in authority.

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What happens? You're stealing from society, from community from your nation, if you might become wealthy but your nation is suffering and struggling because you are corrupt. You are part of the problem yet you are in authority. What have you done? How much are you going to amass if it was wrong and you amassed a billion You know what, you're only going to use a million Your kids will be killing each other for that amount. Rather, I take a little bit less and I love it when others earn I love to see others grow. I want to see others succeed. Then you will get Jenna because those were also created by Allah just like you. You want Jenna be happy to see others in business today. If I

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have a big business, I don't want anyone else to do a similar business. Not at all. Never. Why? Because it's me. How much are you going to tea? How much are you going to take allow us also to do a business if you go to some Middle Eastern countries. You notice when you go and buy a bias this 50 shops all have a bias all together. When you want to go to buy phones they got a whole mall full of only phone shops you want to buy why because we are supposed to believe in the in the charisma of Allah there is a case from Allah the sustenance is from Allah, the distribution of wealth is from Allah.

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I remember in Madina munawwara I used to help a certain brother who used to sell some clothes. And one day we did a deal with a certain lady, he did a deal for a certain clock in the morning.

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In fact, it was later on and then he said look, I've done the deal, but I want you to go to that shop across there and buy it from that person.

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No go and collect it from them and pay them and he found the brother he says brother You know what there's been four or five customers came in here today and as for you I saw nobody's coming to your shop so I just sent the client I know you've got the stock same as mine. You can sell it to them

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what was he doing scoring his goal being productive helping society he's happy I made my money for today five people walked into my shop What about my brother? No one's walked into his shop let me send him to clients of ours today no way we will go into someone else's shop and we know where because hey guys, let me tell you I have a better product. Come Come let's work out. Take him out. What did you do? How greedy Can you become? Where's that wealth going to go? Can I tell you you're going to waste it on something bad when your wealth is ill gotten it gets wasted just as it came.

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You don't know where your wealth went? Why there's no Baraka here in Nigeria they say alberca am I right?

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It's amazing. I've heard that term so much that I trust me we need to know more about it. You want Baraka learn to help others when you give Allah will give you when you promise that I'm going to take care of 100 orphans allow will give you the money because he knows if that sustenance is written for the orphans, Allah will give it to you because you are giving it to them.

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So it's a pledge and then what will happen Allah will test you something negative might happen you might suffer a loss keep giving keep giving the best wealth that is given is that which is given when you are fearing poverty. Anyway, let's quickly make an announcement here Toyota Camry Mashallah k u j, 436, g w, Toyota Corolla rsH 741 in why Please, can you move your

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close to the power station?

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Please can you move your vehicles immediately May Allah give you a Baraka May Allah bless both of you May Allah grant you happiness in your homes May Allah subhanahu wa taala elevate your status. If you have the courage to get up and walk out May Allah grant you genda to the dose and if you have the courage to get up and walk out and not repeat this May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant you every single goodness that there is I mean, Mashallah, Mashallah Oh Masha Allah, may Allah grant us things your crown chakra, that's for those vehicles. And as for the rest of us, we've committed no sin so May Allah give us double the goodness

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fair, isn't it? Mashallah, you thought I was just going to end with the two alpha criminals? No, no, we pray for criminals and we pray for everyone else even more. May Allah Subhana Allah, it doesn't really make them criminal does it? But you know what, I need to dwell on this. This is so counterproductive to park your car in a way that you're blocking people just because you want to come and listen to an Islamic event and get closer to Allah. When someone is cursing you. They're probably standing out there saying, Allah destroy this person.

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And someone is dying and someone needs to go and there's a fireman and there's an ambulance. It happens with the masjid for Juma every week. What was the point you want to rush to come early to the musty park your car in a nice way. I always tell people who drive me to the masjid please, let's Park half a kilometer away. They say why we've got a parking right there. They've reserved I said no. When you park right there, they're going to block you. You're going to be the last one coming out of the masjid. You run the park somewhere far away so you can walk nicely. No one blocks you when you're walking. So panela

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imagine standing like this at the entrance of somewhere? We've did we've done the same thing but with our motor vehicles. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us productive? How much time have we wasted walking out and repairing them? Okay, we got to do and 1000s of people perhaps maybe soon millions of those who hear this message later on might say amen to it. And you know what? How counterproductive was it? It was a waste of our time, but we tried to make it productive, right? But at the same time, you're gonna walk out you're gonna come back later on and everything spoiled, you might lose your seat and so on. I remember once in the masjid. No one got up and they said the

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person is sitting in the masjid right here. And when I started making dua,

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Allah forgive all your sins. Suddenly this old man got up.

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I said, Come on.

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Then people were looking at me like they're so upset. I said, No, no, no, no, wait, let him walk out when he walked out and said Allah give us double. Give us double. Because we didn't do anything. So please remember that is also a part of our topic to be productive. Do things correctly do things from the door, do things the proper way so that you can you can protect the oma imagine, for my benefit, I must harm someone else. That's what the corrupt people do. Because they want to end they want the money. They want the luxury. It's not bad to have luxury. It's not bad to have money if it came the right way. But here we are talking of those who are corrupt. And those who because of their

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position they trying to they believe they can get away with it. You can get away with it on Earth, but trust me, Allah will catch you in the dunya and the after of corruption is a no no. It's all about your nation, your country, not about yourself. It's about

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All of us, I want to see people empowered. I want to see them earn if I have 10 million, at least I must make sure that others are getting something. How are they benefiting hence you employ you pay your people well, so that they will make dua for you. When you pay them. Well, you help them. What's the point of you earning 10 million, but the lady who's cooking in your home, you paying $100 a month? How? Oh, she's working harder than you. You just sat in the office. And so yeah, but I'm clever, who gave you the clever Who gave you the brain, the mind the cleverness whatever the intellect it was Allah. So Allah testing you that there's someone under your nose was working so

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hard? What are you doing for them? Have you ever been to their homes? Have you ever sat with them to talk to them? How many members in the family are you what are your struggles? What do you have one law when you show that you're a human being just like them, Allah will elevate your status.

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Allah will grant you goodness so much. So Anna Sydney Malika, the Allahu anhu he was

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serving us to the loss of a lot of Salah.

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He says, 10 years, the prophet peace be upon him. I served him he was the best person he never told me. He never told me why did you do this? When I did something never ever he was the best of the lots of Hana. Look how productive he was.

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They didn't haritha Viola when he went for the profits of the Madison, he served the Prophet peace be upon him as a young boy, away from his father.

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He used to be a slave at one stage freed. You know what happened? When his father came? The prophet SAW Selim offered him to go with his father. He said, No, he told his father, can I just stay back here? Imagine, imagine, I want to remain with this man. Why he was exemplary. He was the most beautiful he was productive. He used to want to see goodness for others. Today when we say they didn't haritha we say

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because they will also have a, they were all companions of the Prophet. But no one, no one is actually bothered about how it started and how it didn't in terms of, you know,

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discrimination. No, we don't want to discriminate. But we want to know as history what happened, we want to know for benefit for the dean, we want to know all the history that happened so that we can improve ourselves by learning the lessons indeed. So when you are in position, fight the temptation to be corrupt, make a difference. By being a person who serves you serve everyone who comes you are happy when you see them grow. That's why to be happy at the happiness of another is an act of worship. And to be sad that the loss of another is an act of worship. Many of us exploit exploit, you know, there was a mobile company. Okay, I'm not talking of Nigeria. But this is an example. And

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you know, what?

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They appear to be extremely successful, extremely successful, and they post billions in profit. But you know what, it's very expensive. Number one, number two is the people who are actually spending money on the approval public, people who can't even afford I'd rather you make it cheaper to communicate for them than to make more money and say, my business was bigger, how many billions Are you going to eat? But Allah would know you made it 10 cents cheaper for 20 billion people or sorry for 20 million people, and how much you earned in the eyes of Allah and improve the quality of your service. Subhana Allah that in the eyes of Allah is better, but the former in the eyes of the people

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is a big success. Wow, my company is made billions Are you serving people drop the price and the blessings of Allah. When you sell, there are two ways of selling, you can either have a large profit margin and you are catering for a small number of people. And one way of doing things it's not Haram. But the Baraka is more when you've dropped the price and made it accessible to people, especially when it is something they need. If it is a luxury, it's a different thing. If you're into luxury things, it's a different thing. But to make it easy for people accessible your food and other products that people need capital and don't make it such a big profit margin. Think of them, you're

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serving your nation, the nation will grow people will pray for each other people will benefit each other people will be happier rather than making life so difficult that people steal, they pinch, they deceive because you know what? It's very, very difficult. I can't make ends meet. I can't make ends meet. I must contribute to society and community by being upright and honest, as a politician, as a businessman, as whoever else in position as a manager.

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As a school teacher, don't be corrupt. Yesterday we spoke of people and I received emails in the night to say Well, lucky you have addressed a matter that is very, very rampant. I was shocked. I didn't know it was that bad. They say in order to pass

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The lecturer and sometimes Muslim demands sexual favors are ought to be law if that is happening we are doomed. What are we contributing towards society in order to pass for grades? They call it sex for marks out to be law. What Mark? May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us, my beloved brothers, my sisters, this is something that needs to be addressed. How can we talk about productivity and serving oma and serving community and our country when we are so corrupt that we can't even respect the opposite sex?

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant a steadfastness

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so my brothers and sisters, as you can see, going back to what I said earlier, we should be scoring these goals one after the other in order to fill this book with something beautiful that Allah has asked us to fill it with. We don't want to fill it with that which is ugly that which we are going to be embarrassed, embarrassed

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with.

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My brothers and sisters, have hope.

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have hope. be focused, work hard. Learn to love for people what you love for yourself so much so that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says none of you are true believers until you love for your brother what you love for yourself, meaning you love for others what you love for yourself. You want goodness one goodness for them. That is a very rare quality, very rare. You want success which success for them. I tell you when you help others climb the ladder, Allah will already elevate you even above them.

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When you pull people down, you are below them. That's why you're trying to pull them down. You see

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when you help people up you at the top you're helping them up. You're already above common logic.

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May Allah help us Let's not be selfish. Learn to give learn to be charitable. I've only given you a few examples. these are these are simple examples. But you need to translate this into something great. I've spoken about laziness. I've spoken about corruption as well. And I've spoken about contributing Don't be lazy. What are you doing for your family? Be kind to your family. Allah will judge you by how you spoke to your spouse the words you use how loving they were go out of your way to score a goal when you go home and you say I love you my darling you scored a free goal the nets were wide open What did you do you score Have you scored a free goal

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you might get another free kick but a free kiss inshallah.

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Allah bless us. Well, ah he we don't think of it. How many of you have played with your children kissed your children, your grandchildren and played with them a lot, and shown them the affection and spend time with them. It's not only a son of the prophet SAW Selim, once he was sitting and a crab mahabis was with him. And he the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was kissing and playing with his grandchildren. And an actress says you know what? You're actually kissing. I have 10 children. I'll never kiss. I haven't ever kissed any one of them. So the professor Salaam says Menachem, lawyer.

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Whoever doesn't show mercy will not be shown mercy, the productivity of showing mercy. It's something that is grand, you show mercy you will receive mercy. You don't show mercy. Don't expect to receive the mercy of Allah. If you're a merciful person, you will achieve the mercy of Allah. When you're merciless. What do you expect from Allah. When you help people, Allah will help you. When you do a kind to people, Allah will be kind to you. When you protect the dignity of a person, Allah will protect yours, when you cover the sin of a person, perhaps without exposing them in a derogatory way. Allah will cover you.

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Yes, if someone is a criminal, and something needs to be said about them, because they are affecting more and more and more people in that case, you definitely need to alert the people about what's going on. But we're talking about things pretty things someone has sent between them. And Allah, you saw it and you said, You know what, wow, I saw that sister.

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And I couldn't believe she actually had a beer bottle in her hand. So you don't have to expose her to the public you make to offer her speak to her if you can address her address the matter and so on. But by you telling the world The only thing you've done is you've transferred herself onto you. Let's assume you don't know when we arrive on the day of judgment that we see this book. May Allah not embarrass us. May Allah never embarrass us it's a big issue. It's really a big issue. I pray that we can all score as many goals as we can by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala from the beginning to the end, when you're 90 minutes are up and the whistle is finally blown. And by the

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way, some people might go into extra time allows giving you a chance to score more goals.

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Injury time score more goals.

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So Hannah law, which means if Allah has given you a longer life than the average, you need to be happier, become a good person. As we grow older, and I'm speaking from experience, you know, we've lived with people. As you grow older, you become less patient with the new generations. Because there's a generation gap.

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Learn to realize and understand you also need to come down, they say,

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you will earn Jenna by serving your mother, you will earn Jenna by serving your parents. I agree. I agree. But my beloved mothers don't use that to blackmail your children. And when you are sinful yourself, and you're asking your children to do something bad and sinful with the excuse Penguin, Heaven is with me remember? You want to go to Japan? You gotta have to come through me here. No, no, no, no, you yourself might be heading towards johannah. Who knows? Who knows don't do that. You need to be kind parents to be respected. You need to earn it at times allows creative people in an automatic in a way that automatically they respect their parents. But if you don't nurture that

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you're going to lose it. I know of parents who are vulgar, they swear they abuse they discriminate against their children based on the skin color of your own kids. While law he I had

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a case where

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a girl was saying that, you know, when we go to the malls, I am told to walk a few meters behind the rest of the family because I'm very dark in skin.

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And then do you expect gentlemen? Now the mother says but your agenda is with me? How? Who said that?

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We will still try and be kind to you but respect yourself? My beloved mother. Imagine your children want to get married for no reason you are making life difficult for them. You want to force them your children need to be divorced because they are suffering in the marriage. And you say what will people say no, you have to stay with him. You have to remain How can I remain with such a guy? My life is really a mess. I need to get out of this please my Mom, please. My dad helped me come out. Voila, here it is your duty to help your daughter out of a marriage. If it is not workable. Don't worry about people. The minute you say what will people say you have already forgotten Allah.

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You have forgotten Allah. How many of our girls and boy and sisters are struggling and suffering because they are in a marriage? That's not a marriage, they are hanging? And the Quran tells us Do not leave a woman hanging? Where are the fathers? Are you not man enough to say Listen, my daughter come back no matter who and how powerful a person you are married to. I have to step in and be the man here. You are my child. I'm here to protect you. Allah gave me the responsibility of protecting how are you going to be productive when your own family is not benefiting from any productivity?

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law, open our doors, help your daughters when they want to get married, make it easy facilitate.

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Don't abuse people. We abuse our own children and we use this excuse of You know what?

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I'm the father. I can say what I want. You belong to me. No, you don't. You cannot force your child into marriage. You cannot force your child into marriage. You cannot force your child into marriage. No, it's not Islamic. It's not allowed in the Sharia. You cannot do that.

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And this is why we are struggling as an oma people look at Islam as a backward religion, not because it's backward, because the Muslims live a backward life and they use Islam to justify their criminal behavior.

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Wait until we get to the court of Allah subhanho wa Taala and see what happens. May Allah forgive us? In fact, we shouldn't be waiting, we should seek the forgiveness of Allah now and turn to Allah. You know, what's the big problem? Those who need to hear what I just said, Now, I'm not here.

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Did you hear them hissing and saying yes, yes, yes. Right.

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By the way, that was a test statement.

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I didn't really mean it.

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Because I promise you, it was meant for me to start with, and then everyone else. That's one of the most counterproductive

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ideas in our minds.

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is we think when we hear advice that this is for him, yeah, say it louder. He's here. Or say, I'm going to record this. I'm going to send it to X, Y, and Z. Hang on, hang on. Think about yourself first. Make sure before it's good to send it to others. It's good to think of others at times. After you ensure that you have dealt with yourself. Make sure you deal with yourself. What's the point of sitting in every lecture and thinking it actually fits for someone else? So what fits for you?

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May Allah subhanahu wa taala bless every one of us. Do you believe that we're actually into injury time? I counted for extra minutes because of this announcement.

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Swear right. I was given 40

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Five minutes now it's 50. So I think we're done. The whistle is blown in this temporary

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fashion. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us acceptance. Really it's been an honor and a pleasure to be seated here in front of you. And

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I'm not sweating because of the temperature here. I think it's because of the bright light but that's fine. That's okay. And it's good to switch. I also you know, keep in shape by the will of Allah you can keep on going to the gym, and I'll keep on talking to you. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all and grant us goodness will law he my brothers and sisters, we meet feasability law, we depart for Disability Law, we make dua for each other feasibility, we hope that we meet with Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam in the aphylla and we are taken into the companionship of the messengers of Allah Salaam, and those whom Allah loves. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us from

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his love aku Kohli hada sallallahu wasallam Obara Kala Nabina Muhammad wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.