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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah

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wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah. While he was happy,

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we praise our most

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recent 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 brothers, my sisters, there are several things that are lost Hannah Montana reminds us of constantly. And he says that these are opportunities that I give you. And I will take him away at a certain point. from among these, one of them is your health. While you're healthy, you need to make sure you use that health in a good way. You need to make sure that you use that health to obey the almighty to fulfill good deeds, to pray to get closer to Allah and at the same time regarding

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this worldly life, you use your health to earn you use your health to work hard, in order to build yourself to a certain degree that one day when you are not that capable, you will still have a little bit of sustenance to continue afloat. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. Amazingly, the same he speaks about how your wealth is also something you need to seize the opportunity of before Allah says we will cause it to deplete, you won't have it one day, you won't have as much as you didn't have before. And perhaps you might have more and then less and then more again and unless again, all this is the plan or not, do not despair, take it in your stride. work

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the hardest. And remember, if you think you are going through difficulties, trust me, throughout the globe, every single person has his or her own tailor made unique difficulty and hardship. Consider this test by Allah subhana wa Taala for those who believe.

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My brothers and sisters over and above that, Allah says Your life is also just an opportunity. That's what it is, sees it before it is taken away, to do what to get closer to unlock, seize it to build your hereafter. If you were to have a million dollars today, and you were to blow it on that which is unnecessary, you would be foolish. But one of the first things perhaps you would do with that is to ensure that you have a place to live, perhaps you might have clothing, you might be able to invest in a way that you will have a little bit of, you know a return as the money begins to deplete and so on. But I promise you my brothers and sisters, many of us forget that while we are

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living in this life, we're actually being given an opportunity to prepare for eternity for the life to come. May Allah make us from those who take heed.

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That having been said, Today I choose to speak about health. Health is absolutely important. One of the aspects is that we should all believe in the statement prevention is better than cure. It is our duty to take care of the health IT IS AN Americana. It is a trust entrusted to us by Allah subhanho wa Taala and it is wrong for us to allow ourselves to waste our health, be it through a bad habit, being it through intoxicants, be it through just throwing ourselves at that which is harmful for us. All of that we need to take heed. We need to make sure if you have a bad habit that is going to affect your health, cut it out, even the sleeping habits we have, it's our duty to ensure that we

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correct them rectify them because definitely the sleep deficit affects the health in ways that you would not believe May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness.

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My brothers and sisters, we are hearing of a virus and we know of it that has taken the globe by storm at this moment. This Coronavirus May Allah grant us cure may grant us protection, may you cure all those who are affected and maybe make it a test and not a punishment. I mean, my brothers and sisters we must make sure that we have done whatever is in our capacity to protect ourselves to be able to immunize ourselves by the simplest method and that is prevention. Try your best. Make sure your surroundings are clean. Make sure what you touch is clean, your hands are clean, make sure you are in a clean environment. If need be, perhaps in certain countries, they would put on a mask in

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order to ensure that the air is somewhat filtered. All this is a duty that you have if push

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comes to shove, we are thankful in this country that we have not yet heard of any of such cases. But trust me, we are not immune to this, it can happen. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard all of us.

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However, my brothers and sisters, whenever we are failing in health, we always seem to visit the doctor and we shouldn't we must. And it's a duty to visit the doctor to find out what's wrong with you, they will be diagnosis, they will be so many perhaps tests that the doctor might send you for. And you know what, people are always anxious as they await results, especially when they are not doing well at all very anxious, do not remove a lot from that equation. My brothers and sisters, remember, the doctors are there to help him deal and we pray for them.

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But at the same time, it's not for the help of Allah, Allah may decide not to show them exactly what's wrong with you. And yet the favor of Allah is that the diagnosis would be correct, and the medication would also be correct. So we can never remove Allah subhanho wa Taala from the equation, always make it to Allah. Allah is Salam. When he declared his faith in Allah subhanho wa Taala. He clearly said, what he told

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me, whenever I can see it, just be Allah alone, who grants me cure, that does not mean you should just sit back and say, Well, I'm sick alone, give me a call and you don't do anything about it. Allah gave you the brains that capacity Allah gave you the knowledge of medicine or your neighbor, or someone in your city or your town might have knowledge of medicine, thereby call the doctor and therefore you need to go to them to find out what's wrong with you, and cetera, et cetera. All that is part of the plan of the Almighty, you cannot just sit back and say, Don't worry, it's the degree of Allah. If I meant to be killed, I wouldn't be doing what probably it was meant that you were

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supposed to die. So you would die out of your foolishness. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protectors. My brothers and sisters, when a person is told that he is sick or ill, or has a specific disease or sickness, it is our duty to pray for the person. Hence, we say right here right now, may Allah grant cure to all those who are sick and killed in any way across the globe. I mean,

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my brothers and sisters, it is our duty to feel for our fellow human beings. It is our duty to feel for the members of the Ummah, it is our duty to reach out to them when they are not doing well. Minimum by praying for them, by asking Allah to grant them cure. Trust me, you don't know the power of that prayer is such that if you were to ask Allah to give cure to a sick person, the angels would be asking for good health for you. As a result, you didn't lose anything. You might be healthy right now simply because you prayed for someone who was seeking yield. And the angel said, Oh Allah give this person similar good health. Wow, isn't it a bonus. So think about it, my brothers and sisters,

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you would never lose anything by praying for others. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us for good health. Once again, those who are sick and Ill in any way whatsoever. May Allah grant them cure. I mean, that having been said we should be visiting those who are seeking as a duty my brothers and sisters, this beautiful duty is that which is placed on our shoulders, in order not to burden them but to pray for them to be showing that solidarity with them.

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When people are ill generally they go to the hospital that is the trend and that is the norm in our place. And in most places across the globe, the idea is to be receiving medicine, and at the same time to have a rest for a moment. So remember, when going to visit stick to the visiting hours at least go for a bare minimum many times people are sick and Ill we go to visit them in a way that we make them more sick and more ill because we are sitting there for two three hours and they don't have the courage to tell us please leave you want to rest or something of that nature. Therefore remember when you go to visit the sick and the Ill make sure that you know the timing. You know when

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to go and how long to go for and whether to go or not. Sometimes people are too ill to want to meet anyone here you are knocking at the door. They are busy praying that you leave and one wonders what you are busy saying May Allah subhana wa Taala grant the skill and grant us all that sensible mind to be able to do that which is correct. My brothers, my sisters.

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Usually when we are sick and killed, we draw closer to Allah especially when it's prolonging especially when it's taking long. I want to tell you today, any sickness and any illness that brought you

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closer to Allah was actually a gift of Allah, it was not a punishment, nor was it the anger of Allah. Remember that if you were seeking Him, and as a result, you came closer to Allah, you called out to him, You prayed better, you got a protection, you started doing things in a good way. Don't let anyone ever convinced you that that was a punishment of a man. How can something that brings you closer to Allah ever be the punishment of Allah it was the mercy of Allah, if it took a serious disease to bring you back to Allah. Surely that was cheap, because you would now in the agenda fulfill those with a good connection with a man rather than be a person who was healthy, but far

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from Allah, which one is in greater favor? My brothers, my sisters, it's a point to ponder, think about it. In fact, any calamity, any problem, any accident, any negativity, according to you, if it brought you closer to Allah, even one inch one law, he don't know Allah, it was a gift of Allah for you. It was a gift. He brought you closer to him. Yes, it was some kind of love something you might have not liked. But it brought you closer to Allah didn't it? If you lost your life thereafter, wouldn't you have been closer to Allah and this is why

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sometimes man is so weak that when he is cured again, he goes back to his old ways and habits. People leave the clubs, they leave gambling, they leave empty, they leave intoxicants, they leave pornography because they're sick and feel, they come for Salah they do that they have to dress appropriately, they become better Muslims and they cry to Allah and they see similar to what the pharaohs people said at the time of the Prophet Musa alayhis salam that in kashia

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meenan Allah Subhana Allah, they said at that time, when the plague plague them, they said, You know what, if you were to call out to your Lord and we were to be cured, we will follow you or we will actually believe in what you brought. When they were cured, they ran away, they walked away, don't be from among those whom, after they are cured, the turn away from Allah once again, don't let that happen. My brothers, my sisters, it's not working. Would you like to get sick again for Allah to bring you closer to him. And I tell you something else. When we are granted cure, consider it a bigger favor of Allah. Let your life change, let something changing, you become a better person.

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become conscious of those around you and prepare for the day when you might not be cured. When you might go back to Allah without even being sick. How many people today, pass away, they will not see suddenly heart attack, suddenly an accident. Suddenly they contracted something and within moments or days they were gone. It's happening my brothers and sisters, it can happen to me. It can happen to you. Just prepare for the day. Don't become depressed. You have to go back to Allah. There's no way that you cannot you have to go back to Allah. There's no chance there's no option. There's nothing besides that you must return to Allah. Guess what? The good news. Allah is loving. He's

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crying. He's forgiving, not just Forgiving, the most forgiving, the Most Merciful. It only requires that you change. Now I wish to address a very important matter. When you're diagnosed with a terminal illness. What do you do? I'm a movement. mela said God all of us from amongst us there may be some diagnosed cancer. Suddenly HIV AIDS, something else suddenly contracted the Coronavirus. May Allah protect us all. And like I said again, May Allah give Shiva to all those who are affected across the globe, no matter who they are, and may bring them closer to him. As a result. My brothers and sisters, if you have been diagnosed with a terminal sickness, if you were terminally ill

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suddenly you found out you know what, this is cancer, cancer can be cured. So many people lose their lives. But remember, the cures are always on Earth. It's just that we haven't found a way to some of them. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us to my brothers and sisters, it's not the end of everything. If that disease, terminal sickness brought you closer to Allah, what did I say moments ago? What law he was a gift of Allah. I want to bring something into perspective by asking you if you were to die suddenly in a car crash without being able to prepare for your death? Is that better? Or is it better to have had a bit of notice? So

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imagine someone comes to a home you're renting and says out now, you're gonna say how they have to give you a month's notice a few weeks notice right? When it comes to death, Allah does not need to give you notice, but he loves you. He might just give you a little bit of notice that you cannot be so sure, but perhaps you might be able to

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To prepare for the day you're meeting with Allah in a better way. Imagine someone far from Allah. And I've known of cases of people who told me this themselves that if it was not for my terminal illness, I would not have gotten closer to Allah, I feel I'm ready to go and meet with Allah. And I say, Wow, if you ask the same person some time back, they would never have said that. So my brothers and sisters, when you're diagnosed terminal illness, yes, we all want the miracle, we will pray for the miracle. May Allah grant you cure May Allah bless you give you every form of cure there is with the miracle, and inshallah you return back to your health and even better than your health. I mean,

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but my brothers and sisters reality also strikes, sometimes that might not happen. As the days passed, you're becoming worse, and some kind of luck. You've tried everything, whether it be the pharmaceuticals, the drugs on this site, or whether it be the herbal or natural remedies, etc. You've tried everything, and you're still deteriorating. What do you do? I tell you what, there are people healthier than you who left the earth, they went back to their Creator, they went back to the Most Merciful, the most caring, I tell you what, while hoping for the Cure, and striving towards it, you must bear in mind, let me prepare to meet the most loving, the most forgiving, the most kind,

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the Most Merciful, and I know for a fact that life after death will be definitely better than this particular life.

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My brothers and sisters, we are sitting here in the house of Allah, listening to a word that will bring us closer to Allah by his will.

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Do you really think that Allah subhanho wa Taala is not going to forgive you? When you seek the forgiveness? There's no chance if you are genuine, sincere, you repent, there is remorse and you really regret what you did and you are saying Oh Allah, forgive me. He will always forgive you, no matter what you've done earlier.

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The verse that has probably the greatest hope in the entire poem, Allah says all Muhammad Salam tell them, all of you all of my worship is my worship is all my worshipers who have transgressed against themselves you did wrong, you sinned, you commit to whatever sin you have committed, don't ever lose hope in the mercy of Allah. For Indeed Allah will forgive all your sins because he is the most forgiving, the Most Merciful, who is telling you this, Allah, now you're terminally ill and you thinking I'm going to jahannam that shape and that shape are temporary with you in the last moments. As you deteriorate, you need to have open Allah you might not be able to fulfill Salah standing

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anymore. No problem. The Hadith says suddenly Can

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you read your Salah you fulfill your prayer standing if you cannot, then sitting and you cannot, then on your site, so it shows that it's fine. If you cannot make do with water, you might want to consult the scholars and you might be able or permitted to do something known as Allah does not need the fact that you use water when there is a difficulty to get to the water or there is no water or it is harmful for you. He says no problem. You can clean yourself in a different way all together, and I will still consider you clean enough to fulfill your prayer. My brothers and sisters, the mercy of Allah, you read

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more than one place in the Quran. Allah says Allah wants to create ease for you not difficulty, not hardship. So if you are in a situation where you've just been diagnosed terminal illness, I promise you, as much as that miracle can happen, it has happened to others, and they come out of what was considered terminal illness. I promise you just prepare for meeting with Allah. It's not a bad thing. You have to go there are people healthier than you, like I said, who have gone. I know of people who have been diagnosed before they died. Another four or five Healthy People died.

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Who has had the bonus ship. Think about it. The one who was terminally ill, at least he could do his job. He could prepare for the meeting whether or not they could make peace with Allah, he could talk to Allah and you know what Allah says in the Abitibi I will treat each one of my servants according to the perception he or she has of me to have a good perception of Allah have a beautiful perception of Allah, you are human and Allah knows you have human

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Yes, there is. Yes, there is punishment. Yes, there is Jana. But I want to tell you something amazing. very amazing.

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We all know that there is paradise and there is

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no denial of that. Do you know both of those were made for sinners? Did you know that heaven was made for sinners? Did you know that? And hell was made for sinners? Did you know that? You might wonder What do you mean? heaven was made or paradise was made for sinners who repent, the repentant sinner goes into paradise.

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And Hellfire was made for the sinner who does not repent and is arrogant and proud of his sin and really very, very distant from his own maker. Then there is help so when you send it's not the end of everything, just be humble. And just turn back to Allah turn to Allah genuinely become a better person.

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khulumani Adam, haha.

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The best of the children of Adam, all of them being sinful, the best of those who constantly repent, may Allah subhanho wa Taala count as he's my brothers, my sisters, reach out to one another. When we are going through difficulty reach out in a good way empower people with beautiful words. If you're sick and Ill it's not the end of everything. You know what if you are granted cure, inshallah, it's a miracle. It's a good thing we want that. And if you are granted, it's an even bigger gift, isn't it? So either way, a true believer is in a win win situation, I end by telling you I genuinely am removed me.

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kulambu amazing are the affairs of a true believer who knows who is Allah who understands his belief in Allah, all of his affairs can only be positive, they can only be good for him, this side or that side, both sides if I'm cured and hamdulillah if I'm not cured, and I pass away, I pass away with a smile, hoping in the mercy of Allah sometimes the pain is a lot. Yes, you might be on painkillers, tremendous painkillers, you might be in an induced coma. May Allah grant us all ease and a good day, a day when he's happy with us. And may Allah Subhana Allah grant us genda to fill those up, go to Coney

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