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Jumu’ah Lecture

Masjid Ibaadur Rahmaan

Uitenhage Eastern Cape

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam. O Allah Rasool Allah, Allah Allah He was happy.

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We praise Allah Subhana Allah to Allah we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his household, his companions. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them to bless every one of us and to grant us goodness, my beloved brothers and sisters, indeed, We are blessed by Allah subhanho wa Taala. With many favors, if we were to look into our lives, we will realize very clearly, the verse of Allah subhanho wa Taala, wherein he says, what he

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would do.

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So,

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if you were to try and count the gifts of Allah bestowed upon you, you will never be able to do that, you won't be able to count all of them. Because there are too many, there are plenty, starting with yourself as a person, whatever you have in terms of faculties of your entire body, the organs, etc, the man that you have, the food that you have, the clothing that you have the oxygen that you have, and the list is definitely endless. But what man does is man looks at what Allah did not give him That's why he becomes upset. Allah gave you a billion things, but two things you wanted that he did not give you. So now you are depressed. From this, we learn that gratitude is important to show

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thanks to Allah La,

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Mila Shadi. Allah says if you are going to show gratitude and gratefulness to Allah, He will grant you increase, he will give you more than what he has given you. And in what he has given you, he will grant you blessings, for example, people make do are all have blessed us with offspring say I mean,

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or Allah blessed us with offspring, I mean,

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and when they get the offspring, that offspring comes either with Baraka or without Baraka. So if you are thankful to Allah for the offspring you have, by adopting what Allah wanted you to adopt regarding those offspring, then Allah will bless you in lead offspring of yours. But if you have the offspring and you forgot Allah, and you the way you operated with your children with your offspring was far from Allah command, then you can expect the same children to be the source of your misery and your depression, perhaps because you did not adopt the thankfulness and gratitude towards Allah. So when you make dua for something, follow it up with gratitude by obeying the instruction of Allah

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regarding that particular thing, after you have got it because if you don't do that, the same thing you asked for might become the means of your downfall. I hope we are following what we are saying someone says Oh Allah grant me cure grant me Shiva or align sick or align ill pure me Allah, may Allah grant Shiva to all those who are sick. And Ill say I mean,

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once Allah gives you the cure, don't go back to your sinful ways. Don't go back to your bad behavior. Part of showing gratitude to Allah is when Allah gave you something you desperately wanted, it must bring you closer to Allah, it must bring you closer to him. Imagine your child is crying to you, Daddy, give me 50 rands and you say No, daddy, give me 50 rounds. You say no. And the child cries to you and the child is trying again with you every day, the same story, and then you see the tears and then you start feeling sorry for your own child.

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And then you start saying, Okay, finally you give him and you say, here's the 51st thing they run and they go and buy some drugs. Or perhaps they might go and buy alcohol. What What will you do the next time they asked you for the 50 rounds? Are you going to give them never not at all, you're going to show them that what you did was so bad. Now the example of Allah is way higher than what I just said. Now, Allah says in the Quran, when Illa Hill metal,

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the highest level of example is Wallah, we cannot give low examples. But these examples are only to put it closer to our minds as human beings that look you would treat your child that way. Allah is more merciful upon us in our own parents, but Allah tells us while in Kaffir tominaga Bella Shadi if you are going to be ungrateful, my punishment is severe. In other words, I may choose to

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punishing, you are ungrateful, I may choose to punish you. So therefore when we are not well and we make a dua to Allah for us to get better as you are getting better become regular with your prayer, become a better person, change your life change your ways. The same applies to a job. Some people are looking for jobs May Allah grant us good jobs. I mean

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then suddenly we cry we are in the machine we are calling out to Allah we are in the first software reading Quran we make amends We are doing is still far next thing you find your job. What is the salary 25,000 grands a man who after we got the job we are not in the machine not in the first stuff we are nowhere to be found we become arrogant we no longer greet people we don't talk to others. We look at the brother who was our main brother, the one who may do our that we get the job we no longer Salaam to him. Why? Because we are now proud. I have something I have a lot of money. I have my job. Your job you miss a lot of Juma you miss Paula Lee You are late for Salah to eat imagine

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just because you have your job. So Pamela, when you forgot the days when you were crying to Allah saying Oh Allah, please, I need a job, I'm struggling, I'm suffering I need food for my family, for myself for everyone else. This is what Allah is saying. Allah is saying sometimes we keep you in what you might think is hardship and difficulty because we want to bless you by you coming closer to us. So the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam clearly says in Allah either a hubbub Donatella, when Allah loves his worshiper, he tests him, he does not give him what he wants. He gives him what Allah wants. Allah gives him what Allah wants, not what you want. Why? Because he

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loves you. When you have what you want, maybe it's a sign that Allah does not love you, maybe it can be.

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But when you have what Allah once and it is different from what you want, it means go back to the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, he clearly says in Allah EDA, hubub, then it Allah, it is only when Allah loves his slave, he tastes him he puts in his life, something that might be a difficulty, something that might be a hardship, so that the heart is suffering. If you are a movement, what happens when you are ill, I'm going to give you an example of sickness, because every one of us, myself included, we get sick and ill, and we get tired and our health fails sometimes. So I give you that example. You get sick and heal. And then suddenly someone says, You've got to go for

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a test. And then you go for this test. And then you find some handler. You know what, it's not looking good. And then what happens? You start crying to allow when you're a dreamer, I mean, your sickness brings you closer to Allah. So isn't that the love of Allah? You started crying for the sake of Allah, you started fulfilling your Salah, you reading more Quran, you became a softer person? Isn't that the gift of Allah? Allah says, that's your gift, we gave you the gift. What was the gift we made you see, and even the same applies a big loss. May Allah protect us from loss. Sometimes you have your business and what happens? You are proceeding and progressing. When Allah

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loves you, He will make you see days when you don't know what's going on. Suddenly, you suffer a huge loss. If you are ready to accept the idea of Allah, Allah will bless you and show His mercy upon you in a way that you cannot imagine.

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Allah will grant you goodness in the dunya and the Sierra, the reason is, you have accepted Allah stick deal. That was part of your faith, your immersion, when you had the difficulty you became closer to Allah when you had the hardship, it brought you nearer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. That is the goodness of incense. Allah says. Those people who turn towards Allah are always successful. You seek the forgiveness of Allah, you ask Allah goodness, you keep yourself away from haram as best as possible, as much as possible. Allah will bless you in a million ways. But Subhana Allah, the One who does not have Eman when the law takes away something from him, he starts asking Allah questions.

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He starts asking

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and insulting.

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Why did Allah do this to me? Why me? How come I'm sick? How come I lost my job? Why did my business catch fire? Why did this happen? Why did I lose this? How come I made the accident? Why did I break my leg? Why did Allah do that to me, my brother, my sisters, do not question Allah. Use the opportunity to get close to Allah. Don't question him. Because you are not going to change anything. When Allah once goodness for you, the whole globe can try whatever it wants, they will never be able to take that goodness away from you. It's going to come to you and when Allah

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intent, that goodness is not going to come to you. The whole globe can try and give it to you, it will not come towards you. So Panama is Allah. Allah is in control Allah is in charge. So thank Allah use these opportunities to get closer to a bull. Is that you Angela? It is Allah subhanho wa Taala who is the maker, the creator, no one questions him.

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Now I want to pause for a moment and take you through the blessed life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He was born in Russia and he passed away in Vienna when he arrived in Medina with the hegira in Russia and over so many things happened in Ruby and a woman Subhan Allah, what a great man. Can I tell you something? He went through tests after test after test it is the sign of the love of Allah. Who does Allah love the most? Isn't it Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who is the best of creation, the most noble of all prophets of Allah, isn't it? Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, how come then he lost his children. He lost his sons. They passed away. He lost his

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daughters. When they were older, they passed away. He lost all of his children in his lifetime. Besides one who passed away a few months after his own death, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us Jana with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and May Allah grant us the intercession of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on the day of BM Amin.

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So it is a sign of the love of Allah. I always look at something very, very interesting. And I tell myself look at Allah, how merciful he is to us. How many of you seated here are actually orphans? You were an orphan from a young age? How many? I think the number would not be a majority, it would be a small number. Do you know that Allah only chooses the special ones to be orphans? Did you know that? Do you know that if you are an orphan, you are a special child. You are more loved by Allah perhaps, than the others. And one of the reasons is, his most beloved, was an orphan. Subhan Allah Have you thought of it? Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the most loved by Allah the best of

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creation, the most noble of messengers, the one whom when we say his name, we have to say peace be upon him, otherwise we are insulting ourselves. And Allah says, we made him an orphan Allah,

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not only an orphan, but when he was very young, he lost his mother, he had to go and live with his uncle. And then he lost his sorry, his grandfather, then he lost his grandfather, he went to live with his uncle one after the other, but that did not stop him from being the best of the creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Imagine. So it does not mean that when you don't have something, Allah is upset with you. No, it is your attitude. It is your, the condition of your heart and mind, your connection with Allah that makes you the winner.

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Remember this, Allah subhanho wa Taala is so great, he is so powerful, so merciful. His plan is such that he doesn't have to take away things from you. He doesn't have to. One Hadith says if everyone on earth had to seek from Allah what ever they wanted. And if Allah were to give every single person whatever they wanted, it would not displace from the kingdom of Allah more than what the head of a needle would displace, if it were to be put in the water of the ocean. Imagine how powerful is the kingdom of Allah. If Allah gave all of us what we wanted, not just assitive in the mosquito, every single human from the beginning to the end, if they got whatever they wanted, it would not decrease,

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it would not decrease the kingdom of Allah. And the example given is that of putting a needle head into the ocean to serve Allah, even if I were to dive in the ocean, my whole self, what has been displaced from the ocean, so pan Allah, that is Allah, so seek from Allah be happy with the deer of Allah keep on working hard, but these tests and examinations need to make us become closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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They need to make us come closer to Allah. There are two things I'm talking about here. One is when a lot takes away from you get close to him. Because a disbeliever person who has no belief in the almighty when Allah takes away from them, they get angry. Sometimes you lose a loved one. Many people they lose loved ones May Allah protect us. May Allah grant them who have passed away, Jonathan fair dose, but you lose a loved one. I'm sure we all have lost loved ones, right? Whether It's Your brother, whether it's your father, whether it's your mother, your sister, your uncle, your aunt, your child, etc. May Allah make it easy. The person who is left behind when they lose someone,

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it is their opportunity.

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To earn the pleasure of Allah by engaging in Sabbath, and Allah says in

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Be ye is,

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Indeed Allah grant recompense to those who Allah subhanho wa Taala grants a recompense to those who have borne patients in a way that is without limits. It's without limits Subhanallah that is Allah who grants you the reward because you were patient.

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Have you ever thought, why does Allah give the ones who have patience, or reward without account without limits? Because only you know how much you have gone through. People from all over the world struggle, different ways right now, as I'm speaking, one lucky, every one of us, our hearts should be bleeding for those who are struggling and suffering across the globe. There are people driven out of their homes, there are people whose homes were burned. And I cannot even begin to mention the names of the places where the people are suffering because it's no longer one or two places. It is more like so many places, I can't even say the names. Where should I start? If I start in the

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Rohingya? What happens to Syria? What happens to Afghanistan and Pakistan? What happens to all of us what happens to those in Africa who are struggling? What happens to those who are suffering at the hands of their own brothers and sisters who are Muslims? So so much suffering is happening across the globe? People say why is a lot doing this, my brother, my sister, Allah is the Creator, we are the ones who are doing the evil on Earth, of our heart, I will feel sad to feel bad we will be Makassar but at

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the EU, the EU, Millennium EU law.

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Allah says this chaos and corruption on earth that has become rampant. Why? What's the reason Allah gives? There is chaos on earth and on see on land and not see chaos, corruption. Why? Because of what man has done himself, man has done himself who is killing who here, who is harming who here, man is doing it. Don't blame Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah says, in order for them to taste a little bit of their deeds, what they are doing themselves, we will let them taste it so that they can turn back to us so that they can come back to us from this verse, we learn that when calamity strikes, what are we supposed to be doing? Getting closer to Allah, get closer to Allah and Allah

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will grant you success. You know, I heard of a brother. And this we hear every single day. I heard of a brother who was murdered in cold blood as he was going for salata alpha job a few days ago, in Johannesburg, he's a scholar of Islam. He was working, he was teaching young children, young men, May Allah give him genital fair dose. And I thought to myself, look how short life is we have no guarantee some people die of sickness others they die healthy because they are killed by someone some die by what we call accident yet it's just an excuse something for you and I to blame.

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But the bottom line is you don't know when you are going. So cut your bad ways. Cut your bad habits become a better person. Turn to Allah fulfill your Salah. It might be the last Salah you are going to fulfill. We have watched the video clips on WhatsApp where there was an Imam who led Salah to Lhasa in the masjid. He turned around and he's reading his car and he fell. Someone says Mashallah blessing Allah He it is a blessing. We watched another clip of a more admin who before Salatin before he could call the event he was reading Quran in the masjid waiting for the time and he dropped dead Subhana Allah manakala mode came to visit him the Angel of Death visited him and took

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his soul away while the Quran was open. Surah Al anon he was reading, I even saw the page. And you know what? He was gone. People came for Salah to fetch it but the morphine is gone. They said, bless it, death. Bless a death. Okay, I'll give you a third example. There was another party who was busy reading in the public under the helical moto l hyah. Talia boo, boo komatsuna, Milan, and he dropped in Indonesia. He dropped and he passed away. People said bless it get Mashallah. Another example. Someone in Madina munawwara Institute in salah and they didn't get up, people all made a circle around him. They started taking photos for the internet. let's admit my brothers and sisters.

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Don't be deceived by shape. And you know why? Don't be deceived by shavon shavon makes you say blessing, death blessing, death blessing death. That part? Yes, it's correct. But beyond that, what did you do about it? Nothing. We just pass the WhatsApp message to everyone. When we sit in Allah, May Allah give him Jana, what about you? People say May Allah give me a similar day, but you are not there for Salah you are not there before Salah you haven't read the Quran, you are not there in sudo you don't even make sudo for Allah subhanho wa Taala How can you have the same day? Now on a lighter note, one day I was talking to young people, and I said, make sure that you pass away Institute. So

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they all said army loudly say amen. Amen. May Allah grant us the things to do. Allah, it's a blessing.

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So the youngsters came along and they were saying, You know what? But these youngsters they don't read Salah. So I said, Why are you not reading Salah? You want to die in solitude? But you are not fulfilling Salah? Look at that. It's ironic, isn't it? You know what one young man said and people have answers nowadays. They have a quick answer very fast in thinking you know, very quick, he says but if I don't want to reach Allah right now I want to die in so dude, yes, but when I'm ready to die, I start reading Salah so that I can die. And come on my brother, my brother, what is it? Who are you fooling? How can you say that? You understand what his point is? He's trying to say I'm

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going to keep on making our law take means to do when I'm not going to be there because one day when I'm okay, now I will go It's similar to those whom when had you started on you you need to go you can say I still need to sit for a few years no, show gratitude to Allah, I will go You have blessed me now My life is going to become more organized. I'm going to be responsible mature Muslims, because my brothers and sisters Enough is enough. How much are you going to sin? How long are you going to continue in that sin of yours? What do you want? Do you want the law to take you away while you are sinning? If that is the case, we're lucky it's a loss. It's enough. discipline your life cut

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out the sin that is gratitude to Allah you are showing gratefulness for what you have. It's not difficult Do you know for sins you have to pay but to obey Allah instruction you don't have to pay Subhanallah we come to the masjid free go to the nightclub you pay what else? He wants to have alcohol you got to pay to drink water free what else Subhanallah you want to go for drugs you got to pay you want to breathe fresh air you don't have to pay so man Allah. Look at this. Everything you think about you want to leave or an Subhana Allah you will get the mud madrasa. They will teach you v. But you want to do evil and you want to do something bad, you're gonna have to pay for it. People

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pay to go to jahannam and genma is free. They don't want to come so Pat Allah, May Allah forgive us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding. It's a reality. This is why Allah gives us a chance. And another chance. I can tell you something very interesting. Each one of us we have a specific number of chances. Say for example, you have 1000 chances. Each time a chance comes it's ticked off your list, but you didn't change. Allah says we give him another chance. Another chance you get us some sickness or something else. You still didn't change. Allah says no. We'll give him another chance. We'll give her another chance. Something else happened You still didn't change. We

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give her another reminder. You got the reminder you didn't change until one day bang. That's it, your life is gone and it's over. How many chances did you have? That is why that is why in Surah, Zuma and in other places in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala says that when a person is going to jahannam the angels will be surprised the angels who are standing at the door of Johanna they will be surprised how come How come? How could you make it to Jannah Allah is merciful. Allah is the fool ALLAH is forgiving. alized Rahim Allah is Most Beneficent. Allah is the Greatest Allah loves you. Allah reminded you How come you still made it to john when Allah was looking for any excuse to give

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you gentlemen, but you are not there. So the question is, has

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Cano. Bella, the angels who are standing at the doors of jahannam will ask a question to those coming into Johanna Minh groups saying did Allah not send you someone from amongst you to remind you about this and to ask you to change your ways and habits etc, etc, etc. Did Allah not say

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Use someone to read his verses to you. How come you are here? They will say yes, Allah did say we did hear the verses. But you know what? That's it too late. We got reminder, another reminder, another reminder, we never ever change. So I am here to tell myself to change. May Allah help me to change to become a better person. And I am here to remind my beloved brothers and sisters, you know what? Our time is ticking. We are not becoming any younger, we have to become disciplined people. We have to leave the sons we have to obey Allah instruction, we have to come for salatu wa. So today, we have to do Maghrib and Isha. Today, we are not Muslims only for Salah to Duma, we must make an

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effort because if we don't, my brothers and sisters, we don't want to be from among those whom those angels are going to say, didn't someone come to you from amongst you reading the verses of Allah and we will regret and say, Yes, they did come but you know, we just ignored them. Allahu Akbar. They call it a blackfriday you heard that word?

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What does that mean? Things are for sale. Everything is cheap. Subhana Allah, I promise us every day. We are supposed to be looking for bargains. How many of us when we look for the bargains, and we find a mobile phone 90% off. We can't even believe it. We go there we want to buy. Please don't ask me where it is. I'm making it up in my mind. Okay, so if you find a mobile phone 90% of for example, you want to buy 2030 you can wait for the following week. You have a green Friday, when you might be selling those back at the same price. So

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we are all interested in the bargain. We're lucky we need to search for gentlemen in a greater way than that. We need to search for gentlemen in a greater way than that your jumeau are today. The Hadith says joumana to lol joumana Chica, fara to Lima Bahama

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erotica, fara to Lima Bahama, so many a hadith different acts of worship. If you were to do this Juma and the next Juma the minor sins between the two shall be forgiven. How's that? Even Salah with Gemma if you are to read for example, Salah to another Salah Allah may forgive your minor sins between the two without you even knowing what a bonus Allah gives bonus every day. Let's make use of these bonuses My beloved brothers and sisters. So the point I wanted to raise and I have raised is we've got to show gratitude to Allah by turning towards Allah when Allah gives you be grateful when Allah takes away from you, by our patients, but still be grateful. Look at what Allah has given you.

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The losers are those who concentrate on what Allah took away. The winners are those who say Allahu Akbar, Allah took away from me one thing he still has bestowed me with another million days. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every one of us, and my brothers and sisters, something very important. We have little children. We have people who look up to us, it is about time we became true leaders for our own children.

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How many of us, we have children who look up to us but we are leading a life of embarrassment. We are leading a life where we are not even leaders for our own children. If they were to look at us and what we do, they would actually be led astray. We can't let that happen. We need to thank Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. May Allah grant us goodness aku colada or sallallahu wasallam albaraka Allah Nabina Muhammad