Fine-Tuning Social Media & why it should be done

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You need to know how to use these apps because it's a double edged sword.

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While we do admit that there is a lot of goodness that comes out of it, there is a lot of evil and we have to admit that too.

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Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

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Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Al hamdu lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah who Allah Allah He was hubby's remain

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my beloved brothers and sisters, if you scroll,

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your favorite social media

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app.

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You would be scrolling for a lifetime. Do you know that? And you still won't be able to watch all the videos and clips and posts that have been posted there

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on that app by everyone on Earth. So if I were to ask you to say out loud, your favorite app, can you say

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YouTube? Instagram, someone else? Twitter.

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Tick tock. I see the guys on the side. They're saying tick tock. Yeah. Okay. Can I tell you? The most popular one on Earth is?

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I can't believe you don't know, don't pretend everyone's pretending here. The most popular app on Earth is.

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Okay, okay. I see this chaos. So the most popular app on Earth is tick tock.

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Right. If you were to scroll, tick tock, guess what?

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It keeps ticking and talking tick tock, right. It just keeps going. It keeps going. And you know what, it has all sorts of things on there good things and bad things. And a lot of waste of time. Neither good nor bad, but it just took up your time. So like I said at the beginning, if you were to scroll your favorite app, you'd probably end up scrolling through the night, you won't realize it's time of Fudger you'll keep scrolling. You won't realize the sun has risen. You keep scrolling, you might feel hungry, you might need the loo you'll get up to go to the loo and come back and keep scrolling and some of us will take that with us to the loo Am I right?

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All of you who said yeah, you're guilty. May Allah bless us. But take it with you to the loo sitting comfy on this little chair, meaning it's not a chair, but on

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on the toilet seat and busy scrolling. If I were to ask you to a show of hands, but I won't.

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A lot of hands would be up to say yes, I'm guilty of scrolling while on the loo yet on the loo is it something that a Muslim should be doing sitting on the loo and you're busy doing your thing and you're busy watching what's happening, man SubhanAllah. But this is a reality we need to talk about, because it's happening. And it's happening to good people as well. Do you agree?

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Mashallah, I'm glad people agree. So, doesn't that mean that as much as we would like to make use of this technology, we need to have some form of guidance and follow it some limit, we need to set ourselves the limits as well. It cannot be that every day, you are losing track of time, because it's very magnetic. It's definitely something that is addictive, to say the least. If I can tell you that I have to be very disciplined in order to get off some of these platforms.

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I can only imagine what it's like for some of the youngsters out there, some of those who might not be able to be as disciplined.

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You would get up in the morning without having really slept at night. And you're groggy through the day and you're upset with the real people around you simply because you were just scrolling and laughing at your screen at a time when you were meant to be asleep. And do you know that at the moment we have

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not just the Coronavirus but we have what is called

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Omicron right.

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And you need to have an immune system that is a little bit stronger and that will not happen if you haven't slept properly. And if you're going to be on your phone you're not going to be able to sleep properly so what's going to happen you're more likely to get sick and ill and you wondering why but you're not sleeping on time. And if you take a look at the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him

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What does he encouraged us to do at night?

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What does the Quran tell us to do at night?

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The Quran says that Allah created the night for us to rest. Yes, there are exceptions. You have a God you have people who need to work at night, you have someone who has something important to do at night. It's not prohibited. Allah Hoon Latvija Allah Allah como Leila latexco, no fee, he won a mobile Sierra. It's Allah who created the night in order for you to rest in,

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in order for you to achieve that comfort in.

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And he created the day such that you can see in it. So that's why you work. That's why you get up and you do things during the day, Allah wants you to get up in the morning for Salat al Fajr. That's not possible to happen unless you sleep on time. So let's realize that we have beautiful guidance. Number one,

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you need to know how to use these apps because

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it's a double edged sword.

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While we do admit that there is a lot of goodness that comes out of it, there is a lot of evil, and we have to admit that too. And in the middle, there is a lot of that we just waste your time wasting time.

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It's up to us to know how to follow who to follow what to do, how to close your eyes, because do you know what speaking to some of the youngsters, they say? And I've asked the question, listen, you know what you are?

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On this platform? Okay.

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What do you find interesting in it? Well, you know what, it's also interesting, it's been made that way. If you noticed, a lot of the apps have now tried to come on par with this scrolling. And they have a little clip, it differs that the amount of seconds differ some 15, some 30, some a little bit more, and so on. And it just keeps going. Why? Because they need you there. So what will keep you there, that which is a waste of time futile.

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I promise you people are very, very, very sad in their real lives. And they begin to believe that the only happiness they are getting

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is from the screen. And from social media, just by watching not realizing it's not the real life. It's a virtual life.

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I'm not even going to go into Metaverse, because it's actually something that's new. But it's taking the globe by stone.

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They want to replace everything that you know in reality, into something virtual, and take you there so you can spend your lifetime there. Your body needs physical movement. That's a reality. Your body needs rest. That's a reality. Allah tells us that if you are disciplined, you will be able to lead a healthy life. And you know, if you're healthy in terms of your body, your mind will also be healthy. And then the way you speak to people you're not snappy because you've had a good sleep, you've had a good rest, you've eaten healthy, you're you exercise well, you're okay. And therefore you speak with a lot of patience and you speak to the people around you with good words and goodness. And

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mashallah, it helps you.

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But no, we are snappy. Why? Because there is a problem. If someone were to search, why is this person so snappy? Why are they speaking so abruptly? Why are they so impatient? Why do they get angry so quickly? Why are they screaming and shouting so fast? A lot of it goes down to social media, the way we use it, because it has a Skittle effect that is studied, people deny it, we are here talking about it, because we love you enough and ourselves as well. We have to make sure Subhanallah that we follow what Allah has asked us to do. And it's not difficult, and it doesn't mean don't enjoy, enjoy it. But within limits.

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One thing that I always like to remind people about is the most real thing.

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What do you think it is?

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If I were to ask you what is that? One thing that's definitely going to happen to you? What is it?

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Say again? Death,

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death.

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As Muslims, we're not scared or frightened, but we have to prepare for that day. It's going to be a beautiful day in Sharla beautiful to go back to your Lord, meet your Lord imagine.

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I mean, we're not going to

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let our health be wasted just

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Because you say Oh, I heard it was it's gonna be a beautiful day. And so therefore, I'd like to get there like tomorrow morning. No, but the reality is, yeah, are you loving? Man Oh you who believe it duckula Be conscious of Allah develop a beautiful relationship with your Lord, while

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long enough soon,

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god dammit livadas Each one of you should look into what you have prepared for tomorrow. What have you prepared for tomorrow? When you're going to meet your Lord? You need to take something with you.

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What did you stand for on Earth? Was it something good or something bad?

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I spoke once about social media a few times. But once I said that,

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Allah will show you your own clips. And you will be asked to watch them and then decide where you'd like to go. How's that?

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People got upset with me? How do you know why?

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Relax. If you're getting angry with me, you're doing something wrong. You should be proud of what you've done. And if you're not stopping, do something else. It's affect I'm going to meet Allah. And Allah says, A Cora kita. He will say to you read your deeds. Read your own book of deeds. Do you not think that this is part of your book of deeds, what you did on Tik Tok and Instagram and everywhere else and what you might be doing perhaps on on Twitter and on Facebook and whatever else it may be, nobody is saying don't use it. All we're saying is when you arrive on the Day of Judgment, you are going to be shown what you did without a doubt. Allah doesn't lie

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you're going to be shown what you did.

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So all your moves, mashallah

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you're going to be shown them the last time I did this, people say booty has moves, Mashallah.

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My moves were not in sync with anything. You know, when I see And honestly, as we scroll, and I'm a part of the social media and show, you know that, and sometimes you do see things, okay.

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And as you scroll, and you think to yourself, imagine the effort that is put in order to get this clip done, Wallah, he, if you had to put a fraction of that effort in trying to improve your recitation of the Quran, you'd be the best car in the whole world.

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I promise you.

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Do you know how addictive it is? Look, a guy like me. And like I said, the gloves are off. I don't want to sugarcoat anything here, a guy like me. Sometimes as you clicking, you know how you flick, you quickly flick away from something you don't really want to be involved in, right? So you flick away. That's how it should be. And I'm saying this because let's face reality, I'm not going to tell you don't use this, although you need to be very disciplined. But I'm going to say if there's something

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and you're flicking it away, because you don't really want to go into it. You hear the first two or three words, you agree, you hear the first two or three words. And sometimes the next one has similar words. And the next one has similar words. And the next one has similar words. And guess what those words begin to ring in your mind when you're going down to recline in your bed at the end of the day. And you think to yourself La hawla wala Quwata illa biLlah when words of Allah should be ringing in my mind, all those words I heard are ringing even louder. I felt that.

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Imagine what those who are dedicated in this would be feeling. They would spend the whole day behind 30 seconds of words, and they will be practicing. I've been speaking to a lot of people in order to try and understand good people, very good people. And they will tell you we practice for a day or two days before we then post ourselves doing the same or similar.

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I'm not saying all of it is bad. I'm talking of that which is dirty and ugly in its wording and perhaps even pornographic in its words. Remember, pornography is not just that which you view in terms of porn, but even that which you hear in terms of vulgarity, to the degree of pornography.

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So you need to realize, as a believer, where do you stand or the question I asked earlier? Am I going to be able to watch this in the in front of Allah on the day of judgment and it's going to happen?

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It's going to happen Mashallah.

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Allah says

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he Cora kita Baca Kapha BNF, single yo Malika Siva

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evidence that you're going to be shown all your videos, all your clips, all your posts, and you're going to be told, decide for yourself, Where do you want to go? Where do you think you deserve to go? Kapha BNF sequel Yom alayka, Hasib, and you can make a judgment against yourself today. That's what Allah says.

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So you're going to be shown this. And this is why the ones who used all of this wrongly you know what they're going to say. And I know people got upset with me when I said this the last time to say, Who are you to judge? I'm not judging. I'm not judging. We judge ourselves. I don't want to judge anyone, I love everyone to be honest with you, those who don't fulfill their salah, those who perhaps don't even dress appropriately, those who don't. There may come a time when they would be at a point turning to Allah perhaps more than I have, or will and others as well, who am I to judge? But am I not allowed to just remind to say, Guys, this is not the right thing, actually, or think

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about it. You can read it nicely. If I tell you think about it. That's what I'm doing today. I'm just telling you think about it. Is it wrong? Am I judging? The answer is no. Listen to what Allah says.

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Will do.

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On the Day of Judgment, the book is put whose book your books, your book is put in front of you.

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What type of deeds Allah says the book, read it yourself and decide where you want to go.

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So Allah says Fatah almajiri mean mush PHEP Nami mafi wire colonna ye la Jana Manny hadden kita Vila Nova de la UVA do Savini ratar O Allah cabbie, Ratan in song.

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The criminals meaning the people who are sinful, they used their time wrongly, they didn't turn back to Allah after turning away from Allah. That's an important way of wording it. Those who did not turn back to Allah after turning away from Allah, but rather turned away from Allah and forgot about him and forgot about the day that they were going to meet him. What will they say? They will look at this book, and they will say what is up with this book? It hasn't left anything.

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Nothing small, no big. Everything is here.

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every deed is in this book, what's wrong? How come Allah has brought the smallest thing here? In other words, Allah is telling us, You know what the smallest of your deeds and the biggest of your deeds will all be in the book. So I have a problem. And so do you? What is the problem? I need to delete some stuff that I've done.

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And you have the same problem because you're just a human being living in the same era. So in the same way that I have things to delete, you too would have things to delete because like I said, we're using the same platforms,

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what to do while you do two things. Number one, seek the forgiveness of Allah Oh ALLAH forgive me, oh Allah grant me forgiveness guide me Oh, Allah opened my doors, oh Allah strengthen me, and at the same time, make a difference by changing.

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If you seek the forgiveness of Allah and you're not interested in change, then that forgiveness is flawed. But if you seek the forgiveness of Allah and you're trying to change,

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then you're heading in the right direction. Even if you fall again, no problem come back again. Each time you do the wrong thing, you should have regret in your heart.

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Each time you did the wrong thing, you fell into watching the wrong stuff or posting the wrong thing. Well, Allah He you should feel saddened in your heart that you know what I did the wrong thing on the Day of Judgment, I will not be able to present this. Some people say and like I say, I've spoken to a lot of people. And the reason why I do especially the youngsters is because we want to know what's going on. And we want to help.

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And they'll say, Look, I'm not doing the Haram haram stuff, but I'm just doing, like just haram stuff, you know.

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Now, that's a statement I've heard. What do you mean?

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I guessed that what they meant was I'm not doing a major sin, but just a minus. Okay, that's probably what they meant. I'm not doing the Haram haram stuff, but I'm just doing the Haram stuff, you know.

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And I'm thinking to myself, Okay, let me ask you another question. And this is a powerful question for tonight. Do you know that on the Day of Judgment, there will be a scale? Do you know that your good deeds will be placed on the right, your bad deeds on the left, so I want to ask you a question. You

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Know that you have deeds Okay? How many good deeds Have you packed away that you can actually say okay, I might have done like the guy says haram stuff but I've done 1000s and 1000s of good things I prayed five times a day without missing. I read Quran every day I actually did charities everyday I did so many good deeds every day, I kept the people who were making a noise in the back quiet by saying Sheesh, that was also a good day. Mashallah, may Allah reward you guys, whoever it is.

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Wow, that silence.

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Whoever did it is blessed man.

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May Allah grant you Jana without reckoning, man, because I don't want to see my book. I'll be too embarrassed. So we ask Allah to give us gentlemen without reckoning say, I mean, we would be embarrassed if we saw our own books. So one of the tricks is to bypass that by saying, Oh Allah give me gentle without reckoning through Your mercy. Don't even show me my deeds. Imagine my deeds, I'm going to just be 100 No man, you know.

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My brothers, my sisters, you have a lord who's merciful, very merciful, very kind and forgiving. What he wants from you is to, at least to make an effort. That's what it is. Make an effort. Even if it is a small effort, you must make an effort. So here goes, we seek the forgiveness of Allah. And we keep trying. And then like I said, the question, the golden question, the most powerful thing that I feel I would say tonight is pick away as many good deeds as you can so that when the scale is placed in front of you, and you start seeing, okay, there's a lot of bad coming. Okay, now, let's see 123450 The good is coming in. You can start smiling. Why? Because I see more good than bad.

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And that's what it is. So how many times do you read your Shahada? shahada is not only for people reverting to Islam, it's for Muslims to read on a daily basis several times a day.

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Did you know that? No. Why? Because we didn't Well, now, you know,

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repeat your shahada, renew it, refresh it, reiterate it, repeat it. It's the most powerful statement that you can utter. But it should come from the heart.

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As head to Allah Illa Illa Allah, what should you do under Mohammed and Rasulullah?

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So do good deeds, your other car? How many good deeds have you done? Sometimes? And this is why I say when you ask the brother or the sister? Well, look, you've done a few things that you're not very proud of. Right? How many things have you done that you are very proud of? Do they

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out number these are not?

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If they do,

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keep it going and keep increasing it and don't decrease it.

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One thing I've learned is when you do not compromise your Salah, you go very far in life. You hear that?

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When you don't compromise your five daily prayers, you go very far in life. And that's not easy. But if you're determined, they say where there is a will there is a way

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if you're determined you will get there.

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So learn to increase these deeds by the will of Allah subhanho wa taala. And

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if you have no such deeds, then who do you have to blame? The only thing you have in your life, the main focus is around

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social media.

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In a way that's a waste of time. I'm not even talking about the Haram haram. Okay, we're just talking about the haram.

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Right? Something that's just a waste of time, and that was your main focus. You spent your energy, your resources, your time. Whatever else it was your money, your effort, your brains, everything behind what this fair enough. Nobody's going to tell you that. It's haram haram. Right. I hope you know the difference now. But it may be haram and it may not be haram depending on what exactly you're doing. However, ask yourself, Is this enough for me to meet Allah with?

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That's a good question. It shouldn't. It shouldn't frighten you to the degree where you get depressed. No, it should just give you a bit of a wake up call.

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That's

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a bit of a wake up call to say what

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I'm going to meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala and I'm going to show him Oh Allah, I tried to do this for you. You're sick. I tried to do that for your sake now.

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People say okay, yes, yes, we help the poor people on our streets for a whole year. You know, we fed them. And when COVID When the lockdown happened, we went around door to door giving people food and looking after them and people might say well, I was there out in the front.

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line and I did this Farren good those are all good deeds. But hang on. Allah says the most love deeds to me

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are which deeds

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which deeds who knows which deeds?

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You said it's so loud it was no longer secret

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anyone else?

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Which deeds Do you think Allah loves the most

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consistency regularly secret deeds? I'm looking for something Yes.

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At the back

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I still haven't got the answer I want it's a hadith good see, Allah says there is nothing more love to me that a slave could do then the deeds that I made compulsory on him.

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Did you ever hear that? So if someone says which deeds does Allah love the most you got to say that which is far off. If he didn't love it, he wouldn't have made it for.

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So what is it?

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Your Salah that which is compulsory, just the compulsory bit of it to begin with, and then you expand on it. Allah says that I love the most. So yes, it's good to help everyone it's good to be on the frontline. It's definitely something encouraged and taught in Islam. It's something that you must be doing and yes, you will definitely be rewarded for it. But you you need to know don't lack in that which Allah loves the most. That's your prayer. That's your fasting. That's your charity to the poor, help people with your finances.

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become a better person.

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You know, a lot of the times marriages break because people don't know how to use social media.

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You sitting and watching everyone has a Masha Allah Subhana Allah Allah Allah Allah Allah, all your decrees coming out, but for the wrong reasons, the wrong reasons. You're watching the wrong things and you saying all these words, praising Allah, if do you know what you're doing here? And you realize what you're looking at and what you're saying are two opposite poles. You should be saying stuff Allah La Hawla, wala, Quwata, Illa, etc. In fact, you shouldn't be there. You should, if there is something

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you know, it's just like walking on the street. If there is something that you're not supposed to be looking at, you know, and you happen to your gaze happen to pass by you, you know, you control it, you look down, you may want to say a word in remembrance of Allah, but the minimum is you look down and you carry on doing your thing. Subhanallah

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the same would apply online.

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People say how could you be on there? There's so many haram things there. You know, hang on, hang on. We don't dwell on it. The first nada, it would apply on social media as well. Which means the first glance that happened Okay, fair enough. flicked it. It is dangerous. I do agree. Because you know, what shaitan does? He makes you want to follow to find out you see a lot of the guys here they follow all these girls, right? Even some of the older guys, they follow all these girls, you know what? My brother you live in a fantasy man? These people don't even want to look at your face. They don't even want to know who you are. They honestly they're just to make themselves feel good. I'm

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not going to discuss whether what they're doing is haram or Halal because they may not even be Muslim. But at the end of the day, you've got all these follows the only thing that's going to happen to us on the Day of Judgment, right? Come here. Who did you follow on tick tock? Here's all the names who are these?

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You can't say shake Beyonce chef. These are no, these are not shakes, Mashallah.

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So, if you focus on the right people, and you follow them, and you set the settings of your app in a way that you you will mainly see what you've asked to see.

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Then you're disciplined.

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So you follow good things. It doesn't all have to be directly connected to, you know, something to do with knowledge, but maybe something else you might want to learn some cooking, you might want to do something you might have an interest or two in life, you may follow certain people who may teach you those things. But if something is going to become vulgar and pornographic, what do you do? You don't follow.

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If something is a waste of time, you follow you don't follow. And you can set your settings in a way that you don't need to be suggested things because I don't want to I tell you why. When you are suggested all sorts of things, what happens? You start the scrolling game that we spoke about right at the beginning, and it doesn't end. The scrolling game does not end and guess what all of us are in it without much exception.

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Unless you belong to a different generation altogether.

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But nearly let's wait it this way. Nearly all of us are in it. The scrolling game, it's it needs discipline.

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You need to know what you're doing here, you need to make sure that you actually do the right thing.

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So here we are speaking about that, which is fourth, which Allah wants you to do.

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And then we're speaking about how to create a balance. Because, yes, as much as I do certain things that might not be beneficial, am I doing beneficial things that I'm going to present in front of Allah subhanho wa taala?

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I see people nodding their heads, Inshallah, I hope we are, I hope we are. And then you don't go to sujood with your phone at the back and say, Allahu Akbar.

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See how long I'm taking in. So you?

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You know, you don't do that some people do do that. Recently, I was out for camera. So one of the guys was telling me that, you know, it would be nice to let the world know that it's quite easy to go and make a camera right now. And it is open. And the restrictions are very few and quite simple to actually fulfill. And so to encourage people, perhaps if people saw that you are here, they might be encouraged. I said, Okay, how are we going to do it? This is well, once you're finished, you can take a little video. So when I finished and I took a little video, and I realized, you know what? The curb is right in the back. And it seems like I'm, I'm doing a laugh, but I'm not in the sense

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that I finished I was I was done with it. I had to put a disclaimer underlay to say you know what I was done with my camera, by the way. I felt it, I felt it because in all honesty,

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perhaps I wouldn't like it.

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But then again, as a human being, it happened.

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It happened and we all we all do things like this sometimes where we don't really when we think about it, in hindsight, we think to ourselves, maybe I shouldn't have done this. But then it's done. It's over, leave it in, let it be maybe next time you can learn your lesson. I'm talking about myself.

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If that's the case, then I'm sure a lot of you would relate because we're all human beings to say yes, we have done certain things and later on we feel I shouldn't have done this. So what do you do? Well, if it's something haram haram, then you definitely have to turn to Allah say, Oh ALLAH forgive me. And then you've got to attempt to delete what you did. Now the problem we are facing today, when it comes to social media is something very, very serious. It is the multiplication of the Haram that started off by you, or that you participated in in a way that you were involved in its initiation or spreading.

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And that goes back to a Hadith of the Prophet SAW Salem about someone who sets a good example someone who sets a bad example. Both of them will be rewarded based on the example either with good or with bad

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when it is followed by others and spread right up to the day of judgment. So imagine you started something and it was bad. And people followed it. And before you know, on a platform such as tick tock you could clock a million views and perhaps 100,000 repeats and reposts in no time. The silly it is the more likes it gets Have you noticed

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the more vulgar and pornography pornographic it is. The more reposts it gets.

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swearing and all that thank you. I didn't say it you said it habibi. It's true.

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It gets more and you know what good people mashallah people in you know, who look relatively decent. And you see the biggest way What

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did I just get that?

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Initially, we used to gulp nowadays, minor, that's still a small word, because the big words are becoming small. They're new words. Now. Songs, you know, people were talking about prohibition, of music and so on. You know what I say?

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The lyrics are so vulgar, no religion on Christianity, Judaism and Islam. All three of these actually prohibit those type of lyrics completely.

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But are we interested? While I tell you we have to develop an interest in knowing what's right and wrong, even if I've fallen into you fallen in it? Come on, it's time to at least try and improve yourself a little bit. today. We're sitting here. Sorry, were seated here. I want to say something Allah, I feel connected to this place. It's not the first time I've been here. I've been here a few times. And I want to tell you something faces I see, I recognize at times.

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But do you know there are so many who have attended our events? Who left us in the last two years?

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May Allah grant them genital fear those from your families, your friends, your relatives, those who've passed on metal or give them Jannah?

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And guess what? We could be next in line

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Is it impossible?

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It's not impossible. That's why I say, all you got to do is just tell yourself Inshallah, I'm going to improve, even if it's one millimeter, if you leave this venue today, believing within yourself that I need to improve a little bit, at least we've succeeded. That's all we're asking for, for each other, even myself.

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I've spoken about very important matters, the issue of sleep, the issue of your health, the issue of discipline, the issue of what you're doing, how much you're doing, the issue of preparing to meet with Allah, you can say, oh, Allah, I was stuck in this but I tried to come out and I started improving bit by bit. But before I got to the end, I already passed on. And I came to you. So you know what Allah will say. And this is all from Hadith, by the way, and Quran. Allah will say to you that you know what, because you had a firm intention to come out of this mess, and you started and you were dedicated and focused and you began to achieve even though you had just started when we

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took you away, we will reward you as though you ended and completed. On the best possible note, here is paradise for you. That's the Mercy of Allah. Where do we get that from? We get it from the Hadith, in Namal, Mr. Lubin, yet.

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We're in Namale equilibrium man, our all deeds are judged by their underlying intentions. And the reward that a person will receive is based on the intention, whether you completed it or not, is actually besides the point for Allah.

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When a person says, Look, I'm going to give a charity of so much every day for the next year, and they start giving a charity and then they pass away halfway, do you really think the reward stops there, it doesn't. They save the money, it's going to go to the heirs and they got a full reward for the whole year based on the intention. Wow. So when you intend to change, I'm going to change this.

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If you're involved in something sinful, and you tell yourself, you know what I'm going to put an end to it, I'm going to stop it in a nice way.

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I'm going to put breaks, I'm going to slow down, I'm going to make sure I improve for Allah. So at least you can meet Allah on the day and Allah is not.

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You know, someone you should be frightened about in the sense that oh, I can't even communicate Allah subhanho wa Taala will communicate with you, you communicate with ALLAH, you talk to him, you will tell him on that day what you want to say, but he is your lord. So there is the or indeed they will be.

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There is a sense of obviously, the the Grandia of Allah indeed. But there is love, there is kindness, all the qualities of Allah in place, you will have to explain you'll have to explain yourself and talk to him and said, You know what I tried, I even though he knows and he knows it well, but he wants to hear it from you. Why? Because you need to bear witness against yourself. That's what it is.

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And that's why a man will come on the day of judgment. And he will be shown his deeds and he will have

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by the way, a lot of the women get happy when they hear this they say at least it wasn't a woman right?

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Because when they talk about the word the last person getting into Jana, it's always a man. Have you noticed that?

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The last man to get to Jenna, what does that mean that women were better? They were they before him, Mashallah. It's a way of looking at things.

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So, this man will come up

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and he will be shown his deeds, do you deny any of these deeds? So he looks at these deeds and they are files files full of deeds. From the east to the west. He says rule number one, number two, number three, number four files full of deeds. His deeds are all recorded registered 99 files full of bad deeds. Do you deny any of this?

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And he doesn't deny it? Because you can't deny it? How are you going to deny it?

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You can't deny Yeah, in this world, you can deny a person so you stealing the cake at the back and said did you steal it? No, not me, wasn't me. And they show you the CCTVs I think this camera has been a little bit edited. Someone's been tampering. Come on, it's you.

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But on the day of judgment, there's nothing like that. Nothing like that. So no denial. And suddenly, the Hadith says suddenly a card falls out of one of

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the files.

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This hadith is known as the Hadith of the card.

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And so when the angels

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take that card, and they're instructed to put it on the scale of good deeds, because it says the,

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the shahada

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that this man had added

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in his life, once

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with true belief in it

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La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasool Allah,

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this will be put on the one the right side of the scale and guess what? It will be heavier than those 99 folders from the east to the west full of bad deeds. And this man will be forgiven by Allah and told to go to Jannah

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isn't that the Mercy of Allah? If you're facing a Lord like that, come on, come on. I mean, some of the youngsters will probably say, I don't think I'll make 99 files, maybe 98.

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You know, we might make less, maybe 7080 files. But anyway, to be honest, all it means is your whole life is there. But you're facing a lord who's merciful. But have you really said a shadow Allah Allahu Allah in your life, even once. With true conviction, I bear witness there is none worthy of worship, besides my maker, and I bear witness that Muhammad peace be upon him is the messenger sent with the message. So what he gave us was meant to be for us as guidance I bear witness. I believe that

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if you have good news to you, that statement is powerful. Hence, earlier I said every day we should be repeating this at least if one of them is accepted, you're successful.

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It's called the Victrola. Remember Allah.

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So my brothers and sisters in sha Allah, we can improve, and inshallah we can grow the obedience of Allah. Like I was saying,

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the bad deeds are multiplied, and we get the sin of it and everyone who actually spread it and everyone who practiced on it and everyone who continued it right up to the end on piano, and that becomes hectic. So what should we do? seek Allah's forgiveness and try to delete your bad footsteps? Try to delete them. Some people can't. I've known people who have been crazy online crazy, and then they make Toba.

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And the craziness goes, and they've asked me what should I do? It's very important to hear this because many of us might fall into small into the same thing on a smaller level.

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What should I do? I've been using my social media or whatever else to do silly, crazy haram haram haram things. That makes it a bit more right.

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So the answer is my beloved brother, my beloved sister, I tell you

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try to delete, you may not be able to because obviously it's free for all to repost. And if they enjoyed it, they wouldn't probably sometimes depending on what field you were in, it might be copyrighted to someone else, and you don't know how to get out of that agreement. Okay, it can happen depending on how professional you were in it. It's not the end of the world. For as long as you ask Allah's forgiveness, and then you promise to try and undo some of that. And you lead a life where you're trying to undo some of that Allah will grant you, Jana, and Allah will forgive you. So say there was a lot of bad, we tried to delete we couldn't. So we created something good. And we

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multiplied it and we encourage people in the right direction, and we continue using it in a beautiful way. No swear, no curse, no insult, no matter what. You don't teach the Dean by insulting people. You don't teach the Dean by cursing others. You don't teach the deen by punching people in the face with your words. You don't do that. You do it in a beautiful way. So in sha Allah, if 100,000 People were astray because of something you said or did and 20 million found the path because or were moved in the right direction because of something you said on the scale, what will happen?

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What will happen on the scale in sha Allah, if there was sincerity, Allah Almighty will grant you Jana, he's going to overlook it and that's why one of the biggest blessings that the Muslim has, is that Allah ways the deeds.

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Pharma. Farma sacoolas miroir. Zeno for Ola eco moonfleet. On we've heard it so many times in the Quran. Whoever's good deeds are heavy. Yep, those are the ones who are successful. He doesn't say whoever doesn't have any bad deeds, because all of us have bad deeds, myself included.

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We have bad deeds. And we seek forgiveness that which we remember that which we don't remember.

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But we definitely need to do something about it. So if you've led a life that was in the wrong direction, start leading on their own in the right direction. Nobody is saying become a saint overnight. No. You might already be on a very high level in the eyes of Allah because of your struggles. Do you know that Allah judges you based on your ability

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Look at your capacity and how much strength it took from you to do something to please Him or give you a quick example

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a simple example of a scarf, a scarf on the head, okay?

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That's a very simple example and I don't mean offense to anyone.

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If you're in an environment where everyone is wearing a scarf and it's everyone is there your family people are, you know, the people are wearing a scarf and the society, the community, everyone is on a similar level, mashallah, you definitely you will be rewarded for doing the right thing because you did the right thing. Was it very difficult for you to do it? No, it wasn't. So you achieve the reward for doing what you had to do as a Muslim. And you know what mashallah Tabata Kala, it was good. But now there's someone else with a similar scarf. But in an environment where the family doesn't practice, the people around, you don't practice, they frown on you, she gets a bigger

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reward. And then they someone else whom they try to remove it, they fight you, they hate you, they want to abuse you and you still have you get an even bigger reward. Why? Because the mid the basic reward is there, but now you're getting more because of your circumstances. And the other ones getting even more because of the circumstances. So Allah knows that everyone, even in their practice of that which is compulsory, is actually different. In reward, the basic reward or fulfilling the duty is done. But there is a bonus reward because of the extra server and patience you had to endure. And there is an even greater bonus reward, because it was almost impossible.

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But you still did it for Allah in a beautiful way.

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That is Allah, he's just

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prayer. If you're in a room where people are praying, or you're doing things where Subhanallah everyone's praying and everyone reminds you a prayer and mashallah you prayed with everyone, you get a reward. But when you're feeling lazy, and no one around you wants to pray and you're the only one who gets up in mashallah you pray, you know what your duty is done, but you get a greater reward because the circumstances were very, very against what you had to do. And still you did it.

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Similarly,

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maybe I should end on this note, because we still have a few days ahead of us in different parts of the country. And I've been speaking for 15 minutes, I think I have still a few minutes, right?

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Do you know, if you're scrolling

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the scrolling we were talking about right at the beginning, you're scrolling and the time of Salah enters.

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If you have set an alarm, or if you hear the reminder or if you notice the time of Salah has entered and guess what, if you stop what you're doing, no matter what it is, and go to pray Allah He I tell you, you have entered a level of closeness to Allah that is next level.

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I promise you, you know why?

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To turn off a device where you're scrolling through the latest methods of technological advancement, where they're aiming at your brain and trying to hold you in and rope you in with the concentration, the interest and the entertainment and they know what they're doing and for you to still be able to say a shadow Allah Ilaha illa Allah, this is the time for Salah put this away. Even if you were doing something

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wrong, you know we're not talking of haram haram we're talking of something haram you dropped it, stopped it closed it did your did your Salah, took your time with Allah and you got back to your phone. I'm not condoning the wrong, but I'm trying to highlight the right you get what I'm saying? I'm not condoning the wrong but I'm highlighting the right through the blessing and the baraka of your punctuality on that prayer. Allah will help you overcome the wrong here.

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Why in the Salah Tottenham Anil fracture,

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he will go salah the prayer itself will help you avoid that which is immoral and sinful.

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Salah will help you avoid that. So fulfill your Salah. What am I saying here?

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Use of social media needs to be such that time for prayer. Stop, cut, chop, go and pray. And you may come back later.

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The next time is imagine I want to ask you a question and I want to make myself feel guilty and all of us say you're scrolling or say you're on the internet and say there's something interesting happening and you've got something and you want to pee

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You want to pee? What do you do? You go to pee. Many of us would take the phone with us. Some of us would not take the phone with us either way, you didn't allow your pee to be delayed

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you don't allow your pee to be delayed but you allow your Salah to be delayed Whoa, whoa, whoa, did you hear what I just said? What a comparison but it's a fact. And that's why I said I want to tell this to myself and then to everyone to make us feel guilty because it's true. You want to okay let's wait it more respectfully right?

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The call of nature we won't allow it to be delayed but the call to success by Allah we allow that to be delayed. There we are. We worded it differently. You got it?

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May Allah strengthen us? These are facts, facts that we cannot deny.

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Now I want the pledge. What is the pledge? I want each one of us to pledge to Allah that we are going to be more responsible in the way we use social media.

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Do we make the pledge?

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No, inshallah doesn't mean Yes. Does insha Allah can actually mean no.

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It's either yes or no. mean? Do we make the pledge

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mashallah now is speaking business. Because if you say in short life means inshallah we can see about it. You know, when you say when you come home, say in sha Allah that means I'm not coming, read my lips. That's what it means.

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Sorry.

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May Allah forgive us all, myself included? I don't really do that. That's the reason why I'm asking the people yes or no and the pledges for your own service, you're not pledging me to pledge you, pledging Allah. I mean, why do we have this type of a reminder and this type of an event, it's in order for us to improve ourselves become better people become better in our relationship with Allah and in our relationship with other human beings. And why I say both of these because let me tell you, the people you meet on social media are important, but they're important on a tertiary level, not primary, not secondary, primarily Allah secondary those around you real life people, human

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beings, tertiary third link the third layer of people, those you meet online and so on, and whatever whatever that they are people sometimes they do need your help and so on, you would reach out to them and mashallah, it's a good if it's a good thing then mashallah, it will help you in the hereafter. So remember, if you are going to meet the third circle, by compromising your second or first circles, you need help you need help urgently. For example, I have so many friends online, but I don't get along with my own family members, I need help or my family needs help.

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I have so many friends online but I've got no relation with Allah I need help with Allah is primary, that my family is secondary. And then the other people I'm really close to a tertiary, it's easy for those online to be fake. They show you 30 seconds a day for maybe 30 seconds, three or four times a day.

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So you see two minutes of someone a day that they want to show you beat on Snapchat, beat on tick tock beat on Instagram, whatever else it might be. They show you a few minutes in the day, and you feel so close to them. You feel like you were a part of their whole day. But the people who were a part of your real whole day, you've got no relation with them, nothing you don't even speak to them, put it aside, talk to each other. I said it earlier in my session with Brother Faisal. I said, You know what, we have to talk to our family members, we have to have a meal together, put aside your phones, talk to each other, smile at each other. Tell them how much you love them, and how much they

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mean to you. Subhanallah

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speak to them and let it be given take, have a family rule, talk to each other.

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Reach out to each other ask them how their day was, what they need, what they don't need, make time for them go out have a picnic, go to the park go out to have a meal and so on. Put your phone aside for a moment. No problem. There will be some people online who are your friends, you know, legal or illegal, which means legitimate or illegitimate, but some of them are your friends. And they'll keep telling you hey, where are you? Why you're not messaging? It's been an hour. I haven't heard from you. No problem. Don't worry. Nevermind, it happens. It's okay.

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You know who I'm talking about? Yes, that person? Yeah. So they'll ask you all the time. You haven't messaged me? What's wrong? What's happening? You chatting to somebody else? Why have you forgotten me? What's wrong? What's up? Oh, relax. I'm late. I'm just leading my real life out here around here right now. You know, you got to be patient.

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala have mercy on all of us. It's been an absolute pleasure speaking to you and speaking to myself today because what I said is advice that I need first Subhanallah when you see me online tweeting to in the morning, you can say hey, you're supposed to be

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bed, Mashallah. And guess what, I'll tell you, I'll tell you I'm in Hong Kong it's a different time zone. Mashallah, Allah bless you guys and grant you goodness and ease. It's a beautiful topic. It's something that I thought I discuss in a way that would be palatable perhaps to the people that you can understand it. And you can have a little tapping on your back to say, Listen, let's do the right thing, guys, let's do the right thing. We know what's the right thing? And inshallah we can use these platforms to benefit ourselves tremendously and to benefit others and to show them things. Did you know that even if you were to show people a recipe or how to cook or something of that nature,

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you get a reward for every time someone actually makes that food? Did you know that although it's not a direct, like, act of worship, so to speak, but it's an act of kindness that then becomes an act of worship. So in sha Allah, we hope that Allah Almighty looks at the good and grants us paradise and overlooks the bad and forgives us and still grants us paradise. I mean,

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and looking forward to seeing you guys again sometime Akoko Leha are SallAllahu wasallam albaraka ala Nabina Muhammad Subhanallah, who behind the use of Hannukah llamada hammock? Shadow Allah ilaha illa Anta Mr. Furukawa Anna to wake bla

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