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Jumuah, Masjid Al Falaah, Harare.

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala Shafi nambia you will know Saleem Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sahbihi wa

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ala Medina.

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We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household and all his companions May Allah subhanho wa Taala, bless them and bless every single one of us. My brothers and sisters, if I were to inform you, that a very wealthy person has passed on, and your name happens to be in their will, where all you have to do is go and collect.

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I'm sure many people would be excited, especially in these trying times where the economy perhaps not many people are living as they used to before. I'm sure we would be so excited.

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And we would rush and make every effort to ensure that we would get we would get what is written for us by someone who has already left. And if anyone tried to hinder us or hinder us reaching that particular state or what belongs to us, we perhaps would take them to task. My brothers and sisters the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam being a messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala sent to us, has left for us a fortune. What is that? It is narrated in the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in Colombia LMU and rifugio Harmon wala Dena, were in nama what was Lima woman who Asada we have been laughing, the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala have not left behind the gold or

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silver, the dealer or the dinar. But they have left something more valuable than that. And that is knowledge. Whoever takes from it will indeed receive a huge portion. It is such that it does not get depleted, it never finishes. But it is up to us to make an effort to learn to make an effort to study to make an effort to read the sea of the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to go out to understand the revelation, there are so many examples that we could give of how we have become oblivious of what is more important. And we give importance to that which in actual fact, is of less importance. Let me give you one or two examples. Most of us here probably know how to drive

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a motor vehicle and we've got our driver's license. Those who don't I'm sure we aspire one day in sha Allah to get a driver's license. What has happened, we went through a test, we had a book known as the highway code in this country, and we went through it, and we had to study it, because we knew there is an examination, the questions are going to come from this book. To be honest, we studied it, we learned when we passed, we were excited, we were happy. Then we went for the road test, road test, we made sure whatever we learned in that book, and whatever we wrote in the exam, we now applied it, if we did not apply it correctly, we will fail. Then what did we do? Some of us repeated

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and thereafter we got it again and again. or whenever it was that we got it. Finally it was because we follow the rules. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us understand

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that my brothers and sisters revelation that has been left for us, it is of utmost importance to know, it is much more important than the highway code. We need to know it we will have examinations and it's not enough to know the answer, but to apply it practically. This is why in Islam, there is something known as an enum and something known as Amel. Although you find the same letters in both words, I am lamb meme or I'm meme and lamb they are connected in the sense that when you have one, you must prove it by involving in the other. If I have real and I have knowledge, there is no point in that knowledge when I do not practice upon it or disseminated. Many of us have now grown old

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perhaps we have children who would like to learn how to drive they will watch you and you will give them a tip or two every now and again. My son, this is what it is you must be careful perhaps sometimes there is a you know, the stop might not be for you. But be careful slow down even if it is a green traffic light and so on. Why don't we do this when it comes to the dean which is more important to advise your children? Yeah. levina man Oh,

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come now all of you who believe Save yourselves and your family members from the fire. something dangerous, much more dangerous. In the same way we give them tips because we don't

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Want accidents or them to be harmed by means of being injured and so on, we would, we must be even more interested in saving them from the fire of jahannam, which is far more severe. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding. So my brothers and sisters and effort is required. Without making an effort, we will not be able to learn. To be honest, I was speaking to a few of the brothers, asking them casually how much they learn about the deen. And they some of them actually said that the last time we learned meaningful learning was when we were much younger Subhan Allah, okay, that means every month, you have nothing that you've learned new, every week, you have nothing

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you've learned new yet, even if you started off by coming early for the Juma or for the Friday sermon and listening attentively, perhaps you would go away with some knowledge. That's a starting point, it's definitely not enough. But to show an interest in your maker and what he has made obligatory upon you is something that is incumbent upon every one of us we must we must show this interest by the by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Further doors will be opened one after the other. So for us to come early on a Friday, listen to the talk, we will be encouraged perhaps to attend in the evening, when there is a tough scene, what is the Tafseer we are explaining the

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highway code that will take you straight through the highway into paradise. That's what it is. It's a highway code, it is showing you the path how to drive how to move from point A to point B in a way that you don't bump this one, you don't damage your vehicle. That way you don't cause obstruction on the road, you don't stop where you're not supposed to stop and so on. Where there is a red traffic light, you stop with green you go and so on. This is something important that will drive you straight to paradise. Why is it that we give more preference to that, which is only for the dunya I'm not saying it's wrong to learn how to drive and be a professional. But we are drawing an example

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to say my brothers and sisters. It's about time we made the effort Come on once a week, twice a week, three times a week. That's not much. It will drive us to paradise. But if we don't make this effort perhaps we will die without knowing why we will create it in the first place. Because many people think that now I'm in this world I can do as much as I want enjoy my life. You know you only live once as they say YOLO and carry on and do as you wish when you've enjoyed everything you die, people say wow, this man really enjoyed he had a good life. But he doesn't realize or they don't realize what happens from there. What happens from that point? That is the real beginning. This was

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only a period of time that Allah blessed you and I with in order to prepare the Palace of the era. Yesterday we lost a brother of ours I'm sure a lot of us would have known him quite well. May Allah grant him Jenna and grant Saba to his family and May Allah grant Jenna to all them are human, all those who passed away.

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A lesson we can take from that is we all have to go. There is a time a fixed time that Allah has already chosen and he has declared in

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when the prescribed time of Allah the fixed time comes it will not be delayed. So don't fool yourself. Let me not fool myself either. We have to prepare for the day we are going to meet with Allah by doing what learn the book, find out what to do find out what it's all about. Land the Quran and the Sunnah of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, learn more regarding the deen. That's not enough. Put it into practice, ensure that you have worked towards it. Do not let the devil distract you never, not at all. Do not let shapen make you think for a moment that I am in this world in order to enjoy as I please know you may enjoy but within the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala nobody's saying

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divorce yourself from all enjoyment No, but enjoy yourself for as long as you do not trample upon the laws of Allah subhanho wa Taala similarly, it is important for us to pass the message on at least to our children, how would we be able to pass the message on to our children, when we have not known what the message is all about ourselves. And this is why Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam has encouraged us so much so much, you know he speaks of those with knowledge. And he says those with knowledge in

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e commerce and in your field automatic

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those with knowledge are similar to the stars, they are used as guiding stars in the darkness or in on on land and at sea. And this is something important so we need to seek the guidance. Be in the company of the knowledgeable learn a thing or two. Perhaps when they have their lessons. Take part. Don't be from amongst those who doesn't even know

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When the lessons are happening in the masjid, when, for example, or how best we can enroll our children to learn something today we heard a beautiful recitation one of the young boys. It is the effort of the parents as well as the Lama that has made this possible by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. If they showed no interest, what would have happened, we would not have really achieved so much so May Allah subhanahu wa taala help us achieve gender, and may He make it easy for us Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has actually expanded on this issue of knowledge, so much so that he speaks of the people with knowledge being higher than all the others, even if some who did

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not have knowledge might have had more acts of worship. And this is why it's explained in a long Hadith in Africa and more hidden, I shall do Allah shape on him in alpha habit, you can have 1000 worshippers of Allah. But one person who has a deep understanding of the deen is higher in rank than those 1000 put together. And the reason explained is quite clear. The one person who has a deep understanding will be able to convey the message to the others, he will be able to save a whole lot, whereas those who don't really have much knowledge, but they themselves are fulfilling their salah and perhaps engaged in the Battle of Allah subhanho wa Taala they may not be able to do that much

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the devil might come to them from places that they won't even know and this is explained in the hadith of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam This is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says quite clearly in the barn, full

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moon our Levine Allah Allah moon,

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ask them see, are they equal? Those who know and those who don't know in Maya tada

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Indeed, those who take heat or those with intellect, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us the intellect, they are not equal. Why are they not equal? Because when you have made an effort to learn the deen, you have made an effort to study and you have made an effort to put it into practice, you are definitely on a higher level. And now you're teaching it to others so much so that Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam tells us that whoever teaches someone else, any goodness will achieve a full reward of whatever they have taught and whenever it is practiced by the others, and will continue receiving a full reward even if those are when the others keep teaching the next generation and so

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on up to the day of piano. This is why my brothers and sisters if I can pause for a moment, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the highest in grant the best of creation. Do you know that as we are speaking, and as we read Quran, and whatever goodness we do, as we fulfill Salah, every droplet of reward that every single one of us is getting all has gotten in the past or will get in the future is going to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he is receiving all that reward because he was the one chosen by Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to spread the message of goodness in the first place. So if I were to read the Quran, say I was to I were to say, Alhamdulillah, Allah, Allah me, you and I

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know that for every letter that I read, for the sake of Allah, I would achieve or receive 10 rewards. Imagine in that verse, there are so many rewards, perhaps 200 rewards or maybe even more, what would happen, everyone in the chain of those who have taught one another, going all the way back to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam in a split moment has registered reward, similar to that of the reciting of the Quran. Now, to put you into the picture, imagine how many people are reciting the Quran at any given time on the globe. So imagine if this if we had electric cables or wires or you know, optics or wireless, whatever it was to register the reward, and it had to go through wires, I

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think we would burn them all up immediately. It would be jammed completely, because at any given time, people are eating fudging over for us a formal report, or an or some good or people are teaching one another. Where did they get it from someone who got it from someone in the chain of narrators all the way back to Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, surely we need to join that somewhere, I need to be in it somehow. Surely you need to be in that equation somehow. So that one day when I am gone and you are gone, the reward continues in my account, so as you're so panela This is why the Hadith speaks of either mahtab no other mantapa and woman who in law means Allah, when the son of

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Adam, when the child of other meaning human being passes away, his deeds are cut off. His books are sealed, except from three things. One of them is a child who makes dua, someone who makes dua over praise supplicates for them, the reward of that would go to them number two is knowledge that they have disseminated

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Whenever it is practiced upon or taught to others, the full reward goes back all the way back completely. And it continues to add on to their account. And the third thing known as sadaqa, jariya, a charitable deed that they have given or a charity they have given a charitable deed they have engaged in which continues. So for example, someone drilled a borehole someone, for example, might have planted a tree someone has educated certain people or assisted contributed in some way someone has built a Masjid or a madrasa or contributed towards it, it is known as a certain journey, which means a charity that the benefit of it continues generations down even after we are gone. So

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the reward will continue until that item is made use of, or until the time that that particular item finishes or comes to an end. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. The reason I have chosen this or to speak about this today is to encourage yourselves and myself to learn more to make an effort. We know so much about the tax rules that were spoken about yesterday, just yesterday, there was an announcement regarding the duties and so on. I'm sure a lot of us, including myself already know what was going on. And we know that mobile phones are going to increase in price and we know that the price of food is going to go up and we know that 5% was added here and there. Why? Because it is

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of our interest. We are living in the country we know it's the economy, it affects our pockets. What about something that affects your whole era? It affects your whole life after death, it affects eternity Come on, we could do a little bit better inshallah. Learn the Quran studied, attend these halaqaat and these gatherings of knowledge encourage the Ola you know to say please can we start a lesson once a week or so on or if there are lessons attend them make an effort after modeling after Isha once or twice a week? Come on? It's good enough send our children to the modalities you know the the schools to learn the deen sometimes we give preference to the schools that teach secular

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education such that in the afternoon the child says you know what? I've got a hair ache. I don't even know what that is. My hair is aching. We say Don't worry, you don't need to go to the madrasa. What is that? He's brought up something totally useless. He's created something and we are okay with that. You don't need to go Oh, it's okay. I'm late. I'm on my phone, I'll drop you off at about three o'clock when you know it kicks off at 230 show an interest if you drop off your child at 20 past two. When the madrasa started to half past two. For example, the child is already receiving a message that this means a lot to my folks, this is something of prime importance. Show them an

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interest, say look, we're not going to go on holiday when you have a break there then we will tailor make the holiday accordingly. But to us that is by the way, believe me we can trample all over the madrasa and all their own ama and we can tell them what to do but if a businessman comes to us, then we say yes my boss you tell me how to operate. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah forgive us it's a reality.

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And may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a lesson. I hope these few words have just served as an encouragement to Charla, firstly to myself and then to everyone else. Apolo kolyada masala Allahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad