Farewell to The Haji

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Farewell To The Hajji – Mufti Ismail ibn Musa Menk

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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Muhammad Ali Al amin Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa jabeen woman tambien v San elijo Medina that All praise is due to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all, and may He bless every single one of us.

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Beloved brothers and sisters, it brings a smile to the face to be back here, so soon after the month of Ramadan, that it gives the feeling that we are fasting.

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and May he accept from us the fast we've engaged in and may we realize the fact that he has granted us the months of Hajj, which are very blessed months, that commence immediately after the month of Ramadan.

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Today we are in the month of June,

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which is just before the ledger and many of the Hajaj are planning their trip Mashallah perhaps some may have gone and some might be leaving very, very soon. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to take them with goodness and to make easy for them the Hajj that they will be engaging in to facilitate for them every form of comfort once they are in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala and on that blessed journey and to bring them back with a hedge mob rule, in a condition that we would have all benefited from there are at least I mean,

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brothers and sisters, it is important for us to know that Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam. If you take a look at the five pillars of Islam, you will come to realize that some of these pillars are connected to a physical sacrifice, whilst others are connected to a monetary sacrifice. The pillar of Hajj is one pillar that is connected to both physical as well as monetary. Let me give you an example. for reading Salah you do not require cash, you require the physical movement for giving zeca you do not require movement but your cash or your wealth needs to be given out. When it comes to hedge. It is both. So this is Allah subhanho wa Taala

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it is a pillar of Islam that the almighty alone decides when it will be compulsory upon you. So if you are a Muslim, and if you have arrived at the age of puberty, and if you are saying and if you are a person who can afford the journey to Hajj and back and you have enough wealth to look after your financial obligations during your absence or whilst you are on the journey of hedge, then it would be necessary for you to go for the next possible hedge which means you start applying nowadays, as you know, it is not like it was before we can decide last minute that we want to go for Hajj and the visa is available. Some have applied for years on end and have still not had the good

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fortune of being accepted for this blessed journey. So we start applying if we do not show an interest in this pillar of Islam, and we happen May Allah protect us all to die in a condition where we were able and capable and it was compulsory upon us but we did not even try to go then it is very, very dangerous and detrimental because it would be a pillar of Islam, that perhaps we would not have held up yet we call ourselves Muslim. So by saying this, I'm encouraging myself and yourselves. Once it is compulsory upon you. We need to start applying and making an effort to go May Allah make it easy for us. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala take us again and again to the holy

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lands, and may He preserved the holy lands. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect those holy lands for the Ummah at large. So my brothers and sisters, people then go for Hajj, why is it that Allah has given so much importance to this particular journey? We could probably write books about it. And there are so many verses of the Quran that explain it. And so many a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that have explained it. But if we were to go through just a few of these examples, we would come to realize that Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam sacrifice was so great that Allah loved it so much that he decided and chose to keep that alive up to the end of time.

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And it was emulated by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, which actually became, which then became even greater in spirituality. And then it became an obligation which became obviously that which if we do not fulfill, we become sinful had we had the ability and capability to undertake the journey.

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So, Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam as a young boy, we know that he was searching for the truth in the presence of his father, who was engaged in identity and either worship. And this is from the Quran. The young man is questioning his father, oh my father, what are you worshiping? What is all this about? This is a stone these are six, what are you doing? and his father says, You dare question me. And he says, Look, I will not agree with this just blindly, because the way you are doing things does not make sense at all. So Allah subhanho wa Taala love this because Ibrahim Alayhi Salam at a very young age, he says, In the word gem,

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football on Sunday.

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I have indeed faced my face to the one who has created the skies and the earth, in purity. And I'm not from amongst those who will associate partners with my Creator.

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That statement was so beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this young man continued on that path. And he became such that very few people accepted his message. We find the Prophet loot loot was the nephew of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam lute, later to be known as alayhi salatu was Salam accepted the message of his uncle and the wife of Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam by the name of sada May Allah blessings be upon her. She accepted as well. And these were the two who had accepted the message yet. Ibrahim alayhi salatu wa sallam was one of the highest of prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala, after Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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And Allah says what

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Ibrahima Allah, Allah has taken Ibrahim alayhi salatu was salam, as a family, as a friend, as a very close friend, Subhana Allah. So

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the closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala was not connected to how many people accepted his message, but it was connected to the message itself. And the pristine following of this powerful Nabhi of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now that he recognized the law, now that he knew his makeup, and now that he had declared openly that Oh Allah, I have found you I'm going to face in your direction alone, this beautiful path, I will worship you alone, whatever you instruct me, here I am this surrendering he had already declared. So Allah says, okay, we are now going to test the slave of ours. By instructing him to do things that will not make sense to the human mind.

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Today, we are instructed to do things that make sense to us, mostly, still, we don't engage in them. So Allah says, hang on, this will happen and we will

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internalize this entire experience, and we will attain allies this entire life of this great Nabhi of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we will cause it to be emulated by Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and perfected to the degree that up to the end of time, they will be lesson for everyone, as to the surrendering to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah says, We are instructing you to sacrifice your child. Allahu Akbar, is my name and is Salatu was Salam. He had this child after a long time, in old age. And when the child was young, imagine the love between a parent and a child. Yesterday I spoke and I said, even the non Muslims, not only do they love their own children, but when we see

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little children of the non Muslim, they are so innocent. We tend to smile at them. We feel so much comfort you see a little baby no matter what religion that baby's parents may be upon, but you feel Wow, what a gorgeous child and we make to offer them May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all the ability to find the path and trade upon it and to keep us on that path. May Allah do that for us. I mean so Abraham either you

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salatu salam, when he was instructed with that instruction via a dream, via a dream, he decided to inform his child that this is the dream of head Oh my son. In my dream I saw that I was sacrificing you. What do you see? What's your opinion? Imagine? What type of an upbringing did Ebrahim a Salam give the child of his and hotjar alayhi salatu salam who was the mother, that as soon as he said, I saw this in a dream the child realized this is an instruction from Allah. He says, yeah.

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Oh, my father, do as you have been instructed, you will find me to be from amongst those who endure

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from amongst those who endure, we sometimes so we cannot endure getting up for Salatin. We cannot endure dressing appropriately because of the pressure of society and community and the rest of our friends we cannot endure giving up CDs that are full of dirty beat and so on. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to grant us even that much of endurance, we will become powerful people. So this is the example of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam and his son, that we have a great lesson to learn from people go for Hajj every year. Remember, it is a sacrifice of Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam, as well as Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that they would be obligated to emulate and to continue

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and at the same time to come back, having surrendered to the law, Allah subhanho wa Taala and made a declaration to say before I went and now that I'm back, I will be a changed individual. May Allah subhanho wa Taala change us even without going.

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So brothers and sisters, look at the endurance, Allah says we to keep an eye on him as a close friend. You know why? Because of this type of endurance. So if I endure, and if you do, and if we are patient for the sake of Allah, and we surrender to the decree of Allah, we automatically become friends of Allah subhanho wa Taala, automatically,

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we become friends of Allah. Why? Because I'm enduring for the sake of Allah, if endurance for the sake of Allah in the past made them the Friends of a lot, then the same applies today. And each one of us has a different level of endurance. And perhaps we will be enduring different things. Some people need to practice restraint. That also is termed a sub restraint from what a person sometimes has an idea to commit a sin. And suddenly they say, I'm not going to do that. Look at Ibrahim alayhis salam, as he's going now to execute the plan. chiffon comes to him on three occasions, and he pelts the devil, he tells the devil literal penalty. Why? Because this devil needed to be

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repelled. There is a physical, there is a physical effort that is required to repel the devil in my life in your lives. And this is why we always say that when a person goes for Hajj, and they are asked to throw those pebbles to where the devil was what we call jumbunna, to LA cabana, and so on the jamara The idea is not to bruise or to damage the pillar that is there or to try and prove a point by hitting a rock or an umbrella or or throwing a slipper or to upon that pillar. That's not the idea. The idea is the devil that disturbs the individual such as myself and yourself on a daily basis with bad habits, bad qualities, bad inclinations, I am saying Allahu Akbar. And I'm throwing

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that bad habit out leaving it exactly they meaner. So when I come back, I will have had a minimum of 49 a minimum of 49 of these bad habits of mine that I would have left in minimum. So say for example, a person has a habit of lying, cheating, deceiving, adultery, pornography, say for example, time wasting, missing Salah meaning laziness, say for example, consuming the wealth of others or eating interests, say for example, any other bad habits you named and they are, they're gambling, whatever else. If we leave out 49 of these habits, by the time we return from Hajj, we would be as pure as the day we were giving birth to.

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And this is why Allah gives us the first day in Mina.

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On the eighth of the ledger, people go to Mina. When they go to Mina they will read five Salah in minute according to the pseudonym Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and they will engage in the love of the Quran, the vicar of Allah, perhaps a good reminder and meditation over our condition. This is how much I am here. Bless

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A journey people at home are making to alpha me I'm making to offer them at the same time. What are the bad habits I have, if we are weak, we can actually jot them down, write them down and take a little paper with you. I've got this habit, that habit, this habit and so on. We start asking Allah for forgiveness. Yeah, Allah changed my life helped me to give up this bad habit Yala. I'm very weak when it comes to for example, the opposite sex Yeah, Allah made me strong. These are some good resolutions. So in Mena, we begin by meditating by thinking by by looking into the bad and the evil and also look at the good and how we can increase it such that the next day when we go to alpha on

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the on the ninth,

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which is by far the most powerful day of Hajj. One narration says Alhaji arafa Haji rotates around alpha that alpha is what is considered had you haven't been there. You can call yourself a Haji. Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us all. So when we get to Allah for the day, again, deflection you are pondering, some people are only worried about their food. And I always tell them, You worry about the food in a few hours, you'd have to worry about where the food goes.

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Really, it's reality those who've been to Africa, they know you need to just eat a little banana and some sort of fruit because you want to Mashallah, like we say, the biryani Subhanallah you know what's gonna happen, you're gonna have to think of where to release all that law cover in arafa There won't be a place perhaps in Mena also if you might have to tag along and wait for hours on end. So remember had is not about food and comfort, which is not about super drink and being clothed well and smart. We need to know it's about a sacrifice to rejuvenate. It's about a sacrifice, to dedicate the rest of your life to Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a new

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beginning today.

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So this is why if you take a look at the day of alpha, there is lot of seeking of forgiveness. We say alpha the alpha to stand and make the dua in the late afternoon crying to Allah for ourselves making to our for the guidance of our enemies you know like I always say the enemy people sometimes only make dua for destruction anything small that happens Allah destroy him Allah breaker Allah show them Allah fix them. These types of doors sometimes they are unhealthy because we make it for others and others make it for us. So everyone is suffering. Rather we try to say Allah guide me Allah soften the hearts yellow bring them towards the party Allah bring bring us close to what is right

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all of us yeah, Allah show us the light. These are positive to us. They have a good impact on us and our outlook to life and even our outlook to the hereafter. positive impact right? We making positive dua Allah grant him Jana, Grant me, Jana, to Allah, this is a good job. We see a man we disagree to disagreements with him, whether it is in economics, whether it is in spirituality and religion, whatever it is two, three differences and we cast the man like he is someone who doesn't deserve paradise. What if he happens to end up being in paradise before us and we get there because he made a deal, that we should be there. And then we sit there and say, Hey, I shouldn't have said that. And

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Allah says, Don't worry, I know what happened. I have a big heart, make a positive for one another. The enemies of Islam soften their hearts so that they can come into the fold and support the cause. Look at colleagues

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and so many other of the Sahaba who caused quite a bit of damage in the past when they accepted Islam, they tried their best to recompense it by contributing towards the cause. So the day of arafah The next day, or that evening we sleep in minutes. And what happens sorry we sleeping was delivered and it was delivered. Normally you are under the canopy of the sky. Where you look at the stars, you are there on the moon, the silence 1000s of people but they are either walking or they are either snoring or should I say sleeping and some might be engaged in a bother. If we take a careful look at that we would realize Allah is giving us this rejuvenation where you've just been

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forgiven that day in arafa. Now you are here today Subhana Allah or this evening in was deliever and you are contemplating the day you will be in your grave when it's only you and Allah subhanho wa Taala and you will have what can it be? It's only Allah's mercy that will grant you any canopy in your grave. So we are thinking about it, and we are considering and contemplating. And we are thinking deeply about the day that we will be all on our own.

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Just a number. Like I said in the month of Ramadan and I'm repeating it again. Do you know your name becomes irrelevant against your body, the day you die? Have you ever heard that your name becomes irrelevant?

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against your body the day you die? Because when you die just like when anyone else you know has died. They say

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Where is the body? Bring the body? Have you watched the body? They don't say Where is bring? Did you watch? Let's put him down is going down they say the body bring the body down Why? Mashallah, he will always be remembered. But against the body, the name is no longer relevant. Allahu Akbar, we need to think that so this is why when you go for Hajj, your name is irrelevant. You are just a Haji like another 3 million you know, nobody's going to say Okay, you know what? You are allowed to wear a suit because you know what back at home you got the big bucks. No one's gonna say that you have to weigh the same two you're not allowed to actually show that you are different. Even the perfume not

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allowed. Why? Because someone might have montale rights. The other one might be having Rodriguez Subhana Allah and one saying hey, man is better than his. So then they say, hey, this guy's a rich guy. Let's turn towards that direction. No, no, nothing of that nature works. We are equal. We are at par Mashallah. Allah tells you when you go down into your grave, you're not going to take your Mercedes with you. You're not going to take your perfume with you your money with you, everything is going to be left behind. So in Mustafa we contemplate and consider and we prepare ourselves for the day we are going to meet with Allah make ourselves conscious and promise Allah that we will remain

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conscious of the day we are going to die from this day on.

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And then the following day in minute, the first thing we do the big bad habits that we have we leave them there. Allahu Akbar, that's my jealousy gone. Allahu Akbar. That's the deception gone. Allahu Akbar. That's the bad habits that I've had of whatever else gone. This is the backbiting gone. This is the, you know, the the, whatever else you'd like to say adultery, pornography, gambling, all the other bad habits, drugs and so on. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us imagine you release seven major bad habits. The next day, another 21 The following day, another 21. So we've already got 49 minimum and if you want to stay for another day, perhaps you will release even a few more. But

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nowadays when we go we don't consider that sometimes because we just go we bout I've seen with my own eyes, people take rocks.

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Today I'm confronting you.

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I've seen that happening.

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I've seen it. I've actually seen people take umbrellas and start working the poor pillar, the pillar. The pillar is only a demarcation of where you are supposed to be throwing your paper in more the devil that's inside that needs to come out then the devil that's there that needs to be whacked low, aka that was the case would have taken him out a long time ago.

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So when we come back, people must feel this man we are his bad habits. We come back humble. We are down to earth. We've sacrificed we've done the office era.

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We've made for ourselves we've made for everyone else who's around us and for the entire humanity and we are so positive. We have such a link with Allah We are blessed. And for example, one of the bad habits is you know, our urge to dress inappropriately. That bad habit is left in a minute we come back, our scarf is on the head. In the case of the women, we are dressed appropriately. We no longer have the urge to dress in tight clothing. May Allah protect us, but rather we dress properly because now we have had the opportunity to go for Hajj. We may never get that opportunity again. Can I tell you how fortunate we are. I met someone from Indonesia a few years back and they told me Make

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dua I haven't yet been for Hajj. But I said you are quite old. So the uncle tells me, you know, I am here for him and I met him in Makkah. I'm here for hombre. Allah has granted me Well, I've been applying to come for Hajj for the last 15 years. My name is not yet come through.

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I give preference to those who are much older.

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We are sitting in a country where two three years you try and inshallah it will happen by the will of Allah.

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And there was a time when we didn't even need that. So are we waiting for a time when perhaps it will take even longer before we can go for Hajj. Is that the case? Or are we from amongst those who have been chosen to go for Hajj, but we came back without changing our lives. This is why they say that to go for Hajj and to engage in the physical actions of Hajj quite simple, because you can go to camp somewhere in a tent elsewhere perhaps in the college Camps Bay if you had the Camps Bay around the corner, and you might be there for a few days and you might enjoy whatever you're enduring. You came back and you say Wow, we had a good trip to Kansas Bay.

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Hodges not just like that, no, you can't just say we had a nice trip to Hajj but you're still in the nightclub. You haven't given up your bad dress code.

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You haven't, for example, given up, you're lying, you're stealing, you're deceiving. Your problem causing some people's bad habit is that they just love to light the match, like the match. They say like, you know, shape and he wanted to prove that, you know, I am just a person who does very little, I do very little, I don't make people commit murder and so on. I do very little. So he wanted to show them what he did. He took a small droplet of honey, put it on the side of the table.

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And he went to he sitting at the back and watching droplet of honey, this is how things start. When we don't control ourselves. Small Things can become huge, because we fall prey to the devil, small thing can become massive. So here comes that little honey fly set on it. And what happened,

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a little spider came along, grab the fly. And then a little lizard came grab the spider, then a little Rat King Crab, the lizard, then a cat King, crab. So Panama, then a dog came

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and ate the cat. And then passes the owner of the cat. And he started hitting the dog and then passes the owner of the dog started hitting the owner of the cat.

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And then one murder the other. And he says it was just a drop of honey law Kabbalah, Allah subhanho wa Taala grandma's goodness anyway, that the moral of that entire little parable is that we should make sure we do not create a mountain out of a molehill. It happens sometimes my brothers and sisters we need to reflect some people it's in their nature to cause problems. So even if nothing wrong was said they carry a tail from here today. When a man gives us the opportunity to go for Hajj, we need to come back saying yeah Allah. If there is anything bad, I will make a dua to you to help and rectify and I will try my best to positively contribute to the matter so that it can be

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resolved rather than going and carrying tails here and there.

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This is the goodness this is what Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed us with. And this is why those who have been afforded the opportunity to go for Hajj. If they returned from Hajj without having changed their entire lives, it is going to be such a big loss because they may never get that opportunity again. And there are so many others who would have loved to go who have not been able to go but you were given the chance. Why did you come back and you still haven't changed your life. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us who have already been for Hajj to change our lives once again and bring it back on the straight and narrow May Allah bless us. So my brothers and sisters, like I said

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to fulfill the physical part of Hajj is not so difficult. Because today, everything has been made easy. The aircraft are so easy or they make it so easy to fly so comfortable. And you arrive there in 10 hours, you're ready 11 hours you're ready then sometimes you pass by Dubai in order to buy all your stuff. Now Allah protect us. Yes. And sometimes we coming back via Dubai because we want to buy all the things before we get home. See, they name it actually they know how to get hold of me and you.

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And so that's the journey we went for Hajj, but Where were you all the stuff you bought from? Oh, that was when we were in transit.

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And we call it a journey of Hajj. That's how easy it is you go and stay in the five star hotel Mashallah, you know, one day there was an uncle.

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And we were sitting in the mythos. And he says, you know, this is a sign of Tiana, look at these tall buildings, look at what's going on. And I tried to calm him down, because there's nothing I myself or yourself can start doing about it. And anyway, we talking and so on. And I happen to, you know, he said, Look, this is very bad, it shouldn't happen. I tried to explain to him Look, the good jobs are increasing in number and so on and so forth. Let's look at the different angle of it. Because at the end of the day, I can't really do much about it. So after a while, I asked him, you know, what were you saying?

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He turned around and looked at the tower, and he looked at me and he says better I don't say.

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I said so they built it for you.

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Allah make it easy for us. That's how comfortable life is in five star accommodation. Right next to the bottom, you can see the cabin, and you can see the crowd and choose when to go down. That never happened. Right in 1970s and 80s. Ask those who have been in the 50s how difficult the journey was, and how they had to struggle, and how hot it was and how sickness and so many other things we need overtook them. Some of them lost their lives day. But today, life has become so easy. So the physical part of it has become more and more easy. They now have a train going and coming. They now have so many different facilities we've had a lot for myself and yourselves. But the problem is not

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that the difficulty is when we come back. We are taking the spiritual aspect of it for granted.

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We're taking it for granted. Let us go back and thank Allah for that.

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facilitation because our physical bodies are not as powerful as that of our grandfathers anymore. They could endure the heat today we need a condition they could endure the cold today we need blankets and heaters but with us we will go not realizing that the facilitation from Allah regarding our physical aspect is there in order for us to enhance the spirituality yet we come back we're the same person. As we come back the same evening, a guy Saturday night I'll see you there. What's that? Allahu Akbar May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to change. You know, the sooner we realize that we are going to meet a love very very soon, the sooner we become a better person, and we ask Allah

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subhanho wa Taala to bless us all. These are just a few lessons that inshallah we have derived from the journey of Hajj and I hope and I pray that I have said a word or two that can help myself and yourselves and I really want to make dua for the judge who are going May Allah make it easy for you. May you come back with

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our do aza with you Don't forget us in your eyes and the suffering humanity across the globe make dua for them as well. We do make dua for them. My brothers and sisters that Allah you know, must have worked tirelessly through the month of Ramadan, I'm sure there are so many of the scholars of Islam who have had beautiful programs in the month of Ramadan. Let's appreciate their efforts. They are in our midst, they work so hard, it is about time we got up and supported them and looked at their work and try to be a part of it. Because if we are not a part of the scholars of all of those who are around us and we do not make use of them, then what are we waiting for? Will we be waiting

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for someone to drop from heaven by that time it may be too late. So we appreciate the efforts of every single scholar of Islam and every single Muslim who has contributed in a positive way towards the oma my brothers and sisters. We are proud of you and we are already part of one family. And we really need one another at this moment and we need to support one another and give one another a good message a positive message so that we can be boosted and our link with Allah subhanho wa Taala can be strengthened. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for those who are going for Hajj to come back and live their lives as judge who have been already for Hajj and May Allah subhanahu wa

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taala grant us goodness until inshallah we meet again also De La Hoya selama albaraka ala nabina Muhammad