How to Achieve Blessings – Abraham’s call in the Desert

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The importance of remembering people and their families is emphasized in Islam, including the first ever public prayer in Makkah and the announcement of the construction of a new building. The success of Islam in the US and other countries is also discussed, along with the importance of education and educating people to serve others. The segment emphasizes the need for reflection, avoiding giving too much, staying under the canopy of the stars, and being a positive person to achieve peace and happiness. The importance of peace and happiness for everyone is also emphasized.

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Salam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu

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Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Al hamdu lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah heywire Allah, Allah, he was an H mine. Every one of us when we pass away, we'd like people to say good things about us. We'd like to be remembered by our children or grandchildren, perhaps our family members, our community members, perhaps the country, perhaps the world with good things, what have you contributed towards the world that would be remembered. In fact, more importantly, the connection you have with the Almighty will make you remembered among creatures who are far more noble than humankind. And those are the angels. So for me to be remembered by angels is far more befitting than for me to be

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remembered by other human beings. Although it is a bonus. So many great people have passed on, no one really knows about them. And so many people who have achieved only worldly matters are remembered on Earth. And then there are those who have achieved both worldly matters as well as that of the hereafter and they are remembered to this day by the will of Allah subhana wa Tada

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Abraham's call in the desert, what was it Subhanallah we spoke about how he called out to Allah his maker and he kept saying, Oh Allah, protect my family look after them. Let this place of Maccha be a place where people come, let them love my family, let them actually come towards it inclined towards it, give them produce.

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This afternoon, I made mention of how he prayed for produce fresh produce in Makkah, one would have probably thought if today anyone had to go into the middle of a desert filled with sand grains only and say Oh Allah, grant this grant this place beautiful produce, I tell you, if you visited maca, there is fresh produce from across the globe in Makkah. You can see the apples and bananas and everything perhaps from even this country. Maybe there might be things that they are

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selling or available. Just outside the Haram way. Ibrahim alayhi salam made the DUA.

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You can see fresh produce where did it come from? The dates that are there are amazing. There are hundreds of different types of dates. Right now as I'm speaking, there is a stall at the back there

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that is displaying prophetic foods. Foods mentioned in the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. I visited them earlier and I saw so many different types of dates. And then you see the other produce. It is available in Makkah, even though it doesn't grow there.

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Subhanallah what is that? That's a dua of Ibrahim alayhis salam. And like I said, Allah Almighty blessed him, and Allah Almighty granted him because he was prepared to listen to what Allah said, knowing that this came from my maker,

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Ibrahim alayhis. Salam, such a great man. Allah says, What is the alpha? Oh, Ibrahim will power ADA. Meanwhile, by the way is Mary. Remember the time when Ibrahim and Ismail they laid the foundations of the house and they built the house which house

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the Kaaba, what was it built for, to worship Allah. Today there is a replica of the Kaaba here smaller than the real size, but it's quite a big replica for educational purposes. And as far as I was told they're going to be dismantling it either today or tomorrow, but

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Ibrahim alayhi salam was instructed by Allah just build a house here for me to be worshipped, by whom Ibrahim alayhi salam had the habit. Don't question Allah. When he tells you to do something, do it and you will see the result if not in this world. Then after you've left, he had the habit I don't ask. Allah says do this. I do it. Allah says don't do this. I won't do it. Consume this. I consume it. Do not consume this. I don't consume it. That was his habit. Allah loved it so much. What Delphi Allah Who Ybarra Hema Foley Allah the Quran says Allah took the Prophet Abraham as a close friend. allele call Kula is the highest level of friendship. He is a close friend of Allah.

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Why? Because of these wonderful habits that Allah had blessed him with that were shown to

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And we're talking about them today. 1000s of years later, we don't even know the exact time of the existence of Prophet Ibrahim May peace be upon him and here we are speaking about him and honored by our connection with him.

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So, when he built the Kaaba upon the instruction of Allah he did not ask, well, who's going to pray here, although there was hardly anyone around.

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Allah told him you just make the announcement people will come.

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The announcement was made to whom no internet no loud hailer nothing. No sound similar to that of the firemen who made the sound a little bit earlier hear nothing.

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But today there are billions of people who really want to go to Makkah Don't you agree? They would love to go there. People who've been for Hajj and Hodges only once a lifetime the pilgrimage. They want to go again and again and they want to go for Amara and they want to go Masha Allah May Allah take us there again and again. Allah He it's electrifying. I remember when I was little first time I went there my earliest memories. I was four years old. I was four years old.

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And I just remember seeing a huge black structure that was in front of us. And I was so little it looked far bigger than what it looks like now because I was small.

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I remember jumping into the aircraft at that time and the aircraft routes so humongous and today, he just looks little tiny. Even the a three he looks small because we've grown, we've grown and we're accustomed to massive stuff. Mashallah, when I order a burger elsewhere in the world, they give us a little burger. Order a burger here in Trinidad they give you a burger mashallah I think is the same in the US they say this helpings and servings are humongous. I think you probably eat half of that we can share it as a family back where I come from. Mashallah, you're lucky. That's one other plus about Trinidad.

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But my brothers and sisters, it was not enough for him to just build it. After that. He didn't ask questions before or after, but he prayed. What was the prayer the call in the desert? He says Diana Bellman, oh, our Lord, the Lord of my son, Ismail and myself and my wife and all of us, excepted from us. Now pause for a moment. He is following the instruction of Allah. And after he's done, his asking Allah, here it is accepted from us, except it from us.

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Indeed, you are all hearing all knowing

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there was a stone that miraculously

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went up and down. You know, two stories that are unique. One is the story of the Prophet Noah May peace be upon him when he was building the ark. Have you ever read how it happened? If you read the narrations

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Allah Almighty blessed this man and told him we want you to build an ark in the middle of the city, nowhere near the water. People laughed at him. You want to build a huge ship? Let it be close to the water so at least you can go in.

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He says no. I've been instructed something else. Near the forests where the trees were growing, Allah Almighty allowed each tree to grow very quickly to the height that was needed exactly the shape that was needed that fitted like a jigsaw to the other one. So he took one piece he chopped the other piece it fitted with this one, he chopped another one it fitted with that one until the whole arc was ready. Similarly, with Ibrahim made peace be on him. When he was the technology to break the rocks from the mountains of Maccha. There was no technology. But Allah blessed him. The rocks were available and there was one that he stood on, because it's a very high building. It's

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almost 18 meters, if I'm not mistaken.

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And how were two people going to do it a little child and his father.

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So Allah Almighty, blessed him with a miracle like he blesses all the prophets. With a stone came down it descended and ascended. It went to where he was supposed to get to, he put the rock and came down. This was the help of ALLAH to a prophet of Allah just like he did for the other prophets and in fact, in a unique way, when he was done and he says, oh, Allah, Oh, our Lord accepted from us. You are all hearing all wise, Allah Almighty caused that particular stone to soften

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And to get the imprint of the feet of this man, and then it was hardened once again, take a look at how the rocks that it was built by was softened and hardened, as per the jigsaw that was required in order to put up the structure. What a miracle. Today, if you visit Maccha, you will notice just near the Kaaba, there is a golden little dome that comes up from the ground approximately two meters.

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They call it Maqam Ibrahim. It is the place of the footstep of Ibrahim, you look into it. And you notice the footprint of Ibrahim alayhi salam on a stone. Yes, they've preserved the stone by putting a little bit of metal so that it is protected from erosion, but it is there. The zamzam is gushing, it is there, the footprints are there. The carpet is there, everything is there for you and I to see to witness but Allah says we have accepted it. Oh Ibrahim, to this day, in our prayer before we end the prayer.

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We have to pray a certain prayer blessings upon Muhammad, peace be upon him, his household, his family, his companions, just like you have blessed Abraham and his family.

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Do you realize you mentioned his name every day? You mentioned his name every day, at least five times a day because for each forum, you say it once right at the end Allahumma salli ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala Lisa Edie now Mohammed? Come also later Allah Ibrahima Allah Ali Ibrahima innaka Hamidah Majeed Haven't we heard that oh Allah

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blessings and blessings and salutations upon Muhammad peace be upon him Oh Allah bless Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and his family. His household just like you have blessed Ibrahim and his household. Wow.

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Amazing why Ibrahim in his household, because ALLAH blessed him in a unique way. But the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was blessed in an even bigger way. But for us to remember the blessing that was bestowed upon Ibrahim May peace be on him. Allah Almighty made us mentioned his name in prayer every single day.

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The love he worship Allah alone,

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because you're mentioning his name every day you need to be inquisitive, and ask why. So here we have the theme of this beautiful event. Abraham is calling the desert we are celebrating his life and his struggles and his achievements and the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon him. And we ask Allah to bless us, even in a small way.

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And this is why when there was a debate, the time of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. interesting debate.

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The Jews in MK in Medina was saying that Abraham was Jewish.

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And the Christians were saying Abraham was a Christian.

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And the debate was raging on

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and Allah Almighty says something interesting in the Quran that you and I would not have thought of at times, unless we are reminded and what was it

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McKenna Ybarra, Ibrahim we are moody. Allah Nasir Ali Yun wala Khanna, Hanif

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Muslimah. Womack and Amina machining. Abraham was neither Jewish nor was he Christian, but he was a submitter who submitted to the Lord of the worlds and the term submission is Islam Muslim one who submits so they will all submit as from Adam all the way to the end. Notice the pillars of Islam and the pillars of Eman. Eman refers to your belief and Islam refers to your actions when it comes to the pillars. If you say there are five pillars in Islam, one is to utter the Shahada. That's an utterance you can say it it's an action, you do it. Yes, you believe in the heart and you practice upon it to is to pray five times a day. It's an action.

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Three is too fast in Ramadan. It's an abstention. So it's also reverse action. I don't do this. Okay. Four is to give alms to the poor or charity to the poor, and to share what Allah has given you with those whom he has not given that much. That is also an action and the last one is to go for Hajj or pilgrimage, if you can afford it. It's also an action, the actions of how to worship Allah every prophet was given a

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unique set of actions, how Allah wanted those people to worship him that was given to them. So what you find with the previous Prophet, you may not find with the Muslims, you find with the Prophet Moses May peace be upon him. The method of prayer at the time was unique. The method of prayer for the Christians was unique. The method of prayer with the Muslims is unique. But there is something that is exactly the same from the beginning to the end. What is it? It is the Six Pillars of belief? From the beginning, every single one who came toward exactly the same six pillars, what were they? Number one to believe in your heart in your maker alone, and render worship for him and him alone.

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Every single messenger came with that no matter who he was, he came with it. He said, worship your maker, your maker alone. He is the only one worthy of worship. That's it. Secondly, we believe in all the prophets, we believe in all the angels that the third one, we believe in all the heavenly books that Allah sent books, and all these books, we believe in them. And we believe that good and bad fate is determined by the Almighty and He is the one who decides so don't become arrogant when we blessed you and do not become depressed when we've taken away from you. Wow. Don't become depressed when we took away from you and do not become arrogant when we have blessed you when we

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bless you. People become arrogant Me, myself. And I Qarun says in ama ot to Allah Illman deep, he had so much of wealth that a group of strong men found it difficult to carry the keys, the big treasures in which they were the keys of the treasures of wealth.

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Imagine how much he had.

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Nowadays, we just got a plastic card in the pocket. That's it, you're probably worth how much 1 billion Zimbabwe dollars, by the way.

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But it's a card, right? Imagine how much wealth he had what was his crime? His sin was that he said, All this I achieved myself because of me and I am the one who did this. And that's it my brain and me. And Allah says, Well, who gave you the brain?

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And who is the one who blessed you with what you have? You know, you can be the most intelligent people. And I'm going to tell you something controversial, but very interesting. Some of the richest people are the thickest.

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Sorry, I just said it. You heard it.

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They haven't been to school but the man's a billionaire. He failed in his old levels in a levels dismally but guess what he went out he opened his shop, mashallah, what else? He did his business he became an entrepreneur today he's driving the Bugattis and the bikinis and the Ferraris and whatever else

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am I not right?

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Is your wealth and it's a mountain really determined by the level of education you have. I know of doctors who have equipments and because they found something that makes more money.

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I'm not saying it's wrong, but I'm just giving you a comparison. They are wealthy as well. But the super rich go and check them dropouts from college and so on. Allah wants to show you that look, you can learn you must educate you must serve people but you can earn a certain amount we will bless you with more than you actually need. But you know what? Learn to help people learn to be content with what you have.

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You can have a meal for 2020s and you can have a meal for 202,000 and maybe 20,000 agree it's still the sandwich they call it fine dining. You know why? I finally discovered why they call it fine dining. They find you to dine

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I promise you they give you one cucumber on the side one little prawn or shrimp that's there that's cold and they design a little bit of avocado paste in there and they put two three onions sticking out there they present it to you how much is this $200 Sir why it's fine dining. You mean you've just find me today? Yes sir. I finally discovered why they call it fine dining. Now you know Right.

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Those $200 can feed a family for one month my brothers and sisters did Allah bless them to they use $2 A day why they didn't pay a fine today and

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then we finally got it I'm actually proud of myself.

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My brothers and sisters, we examples that have been set by those before us as such that we will learn that the Almighty bless them with so much and they always said this is from the Almighty Allah says Who gave you the brain You're very intelligent. Okay, you struck a deal. Who put you in the right place at the right time who made you meet the right context? It wasn't it Allah who made the people stumble across your post when others have a product that is worse than yours, but the

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Selling better than yours because somehow they hit the algorithm. Now you know what I'm talking about.

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You have people who have a better product, and they don't sell that much. And you have someone mediocre product and suddenly it's caught the word what happened? That was the Almighty, please include Allah in the equation. In fact, he is the only one in the equation.

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Whatever you have been blessed with, don't let it make you arrogant. And whatever Allah took away from you don't be depressed Yeoman laka Yong alayka a day for you and the day against you one day you make a profit the other day you have to make a loss lets the world you happy be happy all the time. Say look, you know what I made money for 18 years. Today I lost a little bit. It's okay. I think Allah I still got a house I got everything I got so much. And that's, that is faith. All the prophets taught us that but Islam has it intact, while others may have lost it. And the last pillar of faith from the sixth I was talking about that a common with all the prophets is we believe that

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there is a day of judgment a day of reckoning the world and everything will come to an end and the Almighty will bring us back to the day of reckoning and we have to answer for all our deeds. So those are the pillars of faith the pillars of faith, always the same

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pillars off Amen. I told you the difference Eman Islam, when they mentioned together, they are pointing in two directions. One is the actions and one is the belief within I can't see if you say I believe I can't really see if you believe or not. But if you say I'm a Muslim, yes, you might be praying five times a day you might be dressing in a certain way you there might be certain signs to prove that you're a Muslim. But whether you're a more meaning your heart or not, I cannot tell no one can tell it's between you and your makeup.

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Now Allah grant us goodness. So Ibrahim May peace be upon him solid upon belief. He knew convinced Allah says we bless you, we will grant you and we will give you and not just you your offspring, and every day right up to the end of time, they will mention your name in the best possible way. Allah Akbar.

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Imagine mentioning the name of Ibrahim in the best possible way. Why? Why? crucial to know why? If you have a fraction of it.

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If you and I have a fraction of it Wallahi we've succeeded, what was it? It was his readiness to obey the instruction of God Almighty of Allah subhanho wa Taala without questioning. You told me sacrifice my son. I didn't understand it at all. It did not make sense to him whatsoever. But he never said that.

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He never said it. Allah told him do this. He says okay, Allah was asking you and I Not to sacrifice and to cut and so on and so forth. Simple things, you know the do's and don'ts but we are so weak. Imagine he was doing something for us. We will say it's absurd. Slover Allah. He was prepared. He is prepared. He did it immediately. Oh my son.

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Yeah, Bonilla. Oh, my beloved son.

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In the raffle Nana me Annie Baku, CAFO mother, Dora, my son. This is the instruction of the Almighty that has come to me through the dream.

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What should I do? Yeah, but if to Certegy Duni insha. Allah Amina saw beating

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this young lad who was brought up with the best of fathers of the time.

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What an amazing upbringing. He says, Oh, my father, do as you're instructed. The father was not asking him in order to question Allah in order to prepare his child without knowing a child is ready. Equally ready. Ibrahim is ready. The child is even more ready. Subhanallah he says oh my father do as you've instructed, you will find me to be from among the patient. He didn't want to see in the direction shapefile came to him. Shaitan tried on three occasions to distract him from fulfilling the instruction of Allah and he pelted him he literally pelted him

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as he is about to sacrifice as he's about to fulfill this

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fella Muslimah when they submitted both of them submitted

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when both of them submitted

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what tell Hooli Jebi anyone

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Ibrahim, God knows what Dakota

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in Canada and he gonna just see

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Been in

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law who will Bala been? What further he will be the

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water rock?

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Even hearing salah.

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EBO he, what beautiful verses Allah says, when they came they submitted we replaced the little boy with a ram from heaven. We replaced the boy with the massive sacrifice

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and we ensure that that stayed forever in the remembrance of the people What did Allah do? You go for pilgrimage, go in order to celebrate what Abraham did. May peace be on him. Allah loved it so much the way it happened, yet it was planned by Allah. And so Allah says, you will have to go to Mina and then you will go to Moose deliver.

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Sorry, and then you will go to Arafa and then you will go to Moose deliver and then you will come back to Mina. And I want you to pelt why pelt the devil is no longer there. pelt because the devil was in you. You need to recognize and remove the bad habits that you have. Don't you have them terrible habits that need eradication. Well here you are Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. The exact positions where the devil was at the time of demarcated with pillars. We all go when we go for the pilgrimage, we are going to take out our bad habits. Hence, when we return, we come back as pure as the day we were born and even pura. That's the hatch. That's the pilgrimage. It is a

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celebration to purify and cleanse, you have your bad habits. Here's my jealousy. Here's my hatred. Here's my ill feeling. Here's my bad habit of smoking. Here's my bad habit of gambling. Here's my bad habit of adultery. Here's my bad habit. And what happens seven pebbles the first day 21 The second day 21 The third day, if you've been 400, you know what I'm saying? If not, you can visit that place just as I have done I have finished my talk and you will see what happens. Subhanallah

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what a great gift. We purify ourselves. The devil came to him, he decided to pelt we are told we want you to re to do to re live. What happened? We want you to go through it not for no not for no reason, which is not a holiday. It's tough. Why do you have to start off by going to Mina the night known as Yama Teruya, the day of Teruya to sit and reflect who am I? Where am I? What am I? What am I supposed to achieve? What am I good habits? What am I bad habits? How's my connection with my maker? How's my connection with the creatures of the same maker? It's a day of reflection. And after that you go to Arafa to cry to weep to pray to call out It's the day of prayer it's the biggest day

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of Hajj and on those days you're not allowed to wear what you want no perfume because you shouldn't be distinguished

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you know when you wear the perfume you walk through the aisle here everyone says was that who's that and they're looking because why? They smelled something Gucci

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What else did they smell?

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Say a good one.

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Chanel What did you say?

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You look carefully it's written Chantelle on some of them

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still smells good. Still smells good. Yeah, fake or not fake? I don't mind for as long as smelling good. Who knows what's fake and what's not fake? It's smelling on me. It's okay they say it doesn't last long. I don't want it to last long.

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For as long as I just paid a fiver for it. I'm happy $500 Some people pay for each time you spray don't waste it that was $20 gone.

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You wear the same thing you're not allowed to add clothing that that separates you from others especially the men. You go there no head gear come bold or not bold. Come and show who you are here come on. Mashallah, by the way being bold is not too bad.

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I have to say that

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I started using Rosemead works by the way.

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gave you my secret. My brothers and sisters you wear two pieces of cloth with slippers why? Because I'm same like everyone else. I'm here crying to my Lord and the first day I pondered the second day I'm going and and weeping my needs what you want and so you are so simple. I have asked people in hajj what did you pray for? You know what people pray for forgiveness. They pray for this but all the time they say I pray for sustenance. I pray for wealth, good deals, good job, good salary, good etc. Is it wrong? It's not wrong. But what is ironic is Allah tells you to simply

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defy yourself to the simplest two pieces of cloth. You're gone, then you're asking him I need the proper clothing and the proper designer stuff and everything I want to afford it. Oh Allah give me the money. It's not wrong to pray for wealth. But ask Allah Oh Allah grant me wealth with blessings. Because sometimes wealth comes and the blessings are out of the door, because it came in a dirty way. What do you do you use it in the wrong way? You, you blew it? No goodness, before you know it, I had so much money, where did it go your bad habits, you will oiling them. That's what it is.

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And some people earn less, but it's so blessed. They look like they're very wealthy. They're not they just generous. That's what it is.

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You know, sometimes sometimes the wealthier you become the more miserly you become. I've seen wealthy people at times times because they're exceptions. Someone goes to them to try and sell a product, they will squeeze you more than those who are less than those who have slightly less might say it's okay, that's your selling price. No problem. Let's do the deal. And we go ahead, you get a wealthy guy, he'll squeeze you to the last cent.

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I hope that's not the case. But it does happen. It does happen a lot. May Allah subhanho wa taala, forgive us share what you have. It's okay business deal, make sure you are happy, and the other persons also happy, then you your deal is blessed. You know, when we walk into the stalls, and I'm going to take a moment to say this, you walk into the big names, the massive names. I don't want to say them yet because I don't want to offend anyone. But you know the big names of the huge

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corporations, we walk in the aisle. Have you ever gone to the till and say, Can I have a discount?

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No chance you never what the price was you took it and you bought it.

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But when you see someone on the side of the pavement trying to sell you a bottle of water or a banana or something you argue with them, you want them to put it down and bring it lesson lower. The poor fellow wants Halal sustenance to feed. Probably an elderly woman who's his mother, maybe his wife and destitute children at home, who are hoping that he can sell five bananas so that at least he can bring back a few pieces of bread home. And here you are arguing, debating, you know why your wealth is dirty. Allah doesn't want it to be used to serve the people and to quench the thirst of those who don't have water or to give a slice of bread to those who are struggling homeless

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somewhere. If you were true to the blessing of Allah to you, you would tell the person Listen, what do you want for this? You want the dollar for five bananas? I'm going to give you $1 For four bananas, what did you do?

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Or you pay them the price they want, you might not want to spoil the price, and then throw in a little bit more give them give Monica Somalian means sadaqa nobody's wealth has ever been depleted because of the charity they gave no way. In fact, Allah says to us and 50 of

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our lake, Allah is telling us Oh, son of Adam, spend and I will spend on you give and I will give you Oh, you don't want to give? Well, what what is it all about? I promised you you don't want to give the minute your eyes closed. Whatever you amassed, the others are killing each other for it. The more you leave, the bigger the problem.

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I'm telling you because I deal with these matters for the last 30 years.

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A little bit less than 30.

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But nonetheless, these are the issues we are facing.

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Imagine what type of people we've become we don't even care for someone else.

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Allah Almighty is telling us in a beautiful way

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to leave a good legacy. Ibrahim alayhi salam is mentioned every day but you and I, he left the best legacy.

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We go to Mina, we then go to Arafa we are crying to Allah after that. We are forgiven.

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Anyone who goes for her journey sincere. They're totally forgiven. In fact, it's better than the day your mother gave birth to you because when your mother gave birth to you, you neither had good deeds, no bad deeds. But when you've gone for Hajj and you seek forgiveness, all your good deeds are still there in your account and your bad deeds are wiped out. So isn't that a bonus? Now you're going from Arafa you need to go to Moose deliver what is most delissa Alma Sherrill haram It is a place open you're so tired, you are exhausted. No mattresses, no nothing if you're lucky, you might have a little Max or something but you sleep under the canopy of the stars. And you get the best

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sleep for those of you who've been for Hajj. I've had the good fortune of being there a few times.

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Beautiful sleep all the season eight of what selfish self improvement. Connect with your maker

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It's about time you turn to your Lord. Why is it that only those who can afford it should go or it's compulsory upon them only?

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Because now that Allah has blessed you with wealth, he quickly wants you to change your life. For the better. Change your life for the better. Become a lovely person. Share what you have, soften. Watch the way you talk to people. Don't break hearts Don't abuse Don't be vulgar. Who on earth do you think you are to swear all those swear words? The F word is no longer a swear word. They use it to greet

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I promise you. I've heard it. I've heard young people say how the F RU. I mean, where did it come from? Why it is being used wholesale. Are you a believer? Do you believe in the Almighty. Respect yourself? Just don't use the word. That's it. You don't need to. You don't need to follow the trends that are dirty.

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Follow the clean trends you can make a difference. Use clean words, good words. How are you my brother?

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Imagine Islam were taught when you're greeting us the most powerful prayer to say your greeting what is it? A Salam or Aleikum? It means may the peace of the Almighty be upon you. Assalamu alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh May the peace and blessings and mercy of the Almighty be upon you, my brother, my sister, wow. Imagine that's the way to greet someone peace, peace. I'm not going to harm you.

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Or only me not harming you, but I want you to be safe. I want you to be blessed. I want the mercy of the Almighty to be showered upon you. That was just saying hi.

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Which one do you prefer? Do you know what high means? They told me in Trinidad. A lot of the guys use that term because of the amount of weed that grows here.

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Allah grant us ease Am I right or wrong?

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I was passing on the highway a certain place I wander wherever it was. And the brothers were telling me you see this area?

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If your car is stuck here, leave the car and go.

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I don't know Is it true?

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And I'm thinking to myself, my brother instead of letting me know the blessed things about your place? Here you are giving me all the this and that

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SubhanAllah.

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But the good thing was I asked them well, do you guys do any good work in that area? They said no, we have we do do a lot of good work. I said well, you must be having people in there whom you know who can help you do whatever good work you're doing said yes, we do. Well, that was a good sign.

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Because we're interested, I tell you what, let me tell you, if you're a mentor in any way, shape or form, you will be concerned positively about an area that's dangerous. And you will be constantly thinking about how to help these people and transform them. They are your children and mine. And they will affect your children and mine. How can I help them, empower them, educate them, do whatever I can for them, so that they can be transformed? Is my business because I am one of the descendants of the Prophet Abraham in one way or another? If not through blood than at least through belief.

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May Allah grant us goodness when you see bad. The minimum is you feel in your heart, it's bad. And you then need to think how are you going to rectify that bad? Otherwise you're wasting your time on Earth?

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If you cannot think for a moment how you're going to rectify the bad. Do you really think we would even have had revelation revelation came about in order to remove us from the darkness to the light? Because there is light? Are you not prepared to share that light with them? Are you not prepared to go out and reach out to them and help them and see what's wrong with them and why they've descended to or why they've come to this particular level. May Allah grant us ease we were talking about Arafa the day of Arafa you sought forgiveness you went to mAs Delhi for you slept under the canopy of the stars. And then you got up early morning you prayed and now you headed to Mina Mina the climax of

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your Hutch the day between Arafa and Mina you slept in was Delphi and now you're going you just wearing two towels mashallah two pieces of white cloth and you have your slops, and you're walking where you're going. I am going to Mina to do what? I'm going to pelt shaytan Whoa, is there shaitan de No, he's not there. There's just there's just a pillar where he was there at the time of the Prophet Abraham.

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So what's the point of going the point of going is to fulfill the instruction of Allah to me. When Ibrahim was instructed me peace beyond him he didn't ask why. When Allah told me go I'm not going to ask why I'm going

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but I know I have devil that works on me to all of us.

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shaytan is real. He comes and whispers in our ears and our system and so on.

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You know, once I was asked about how did the devil managed to communicate with Adam when he was kicked out of heaven? Good question.

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They say the devil was kicked out of heaven because he refused to prostrate to Adam. If he was kicked out How then did he communicate? Oh, there are so many integrations but today he communicates through Wi Fi and the Internet and Bluetooth and what have you.

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Don't you agree?

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Where is he? They say just look at your phone, you will find so many devils SubhanAllah.

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Now Allah Almighty forgive us.

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When you have released your bad habits and promised and made a pledge, I'm going to return home without this. You deserve that forgiveness that the almighty promised you come back from hajus Soft person, you come back from Hajj a new person, you come back from Hajj no longer vulgar. you've converted the vulgar words into the praise of the Almighty Radha

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SubhanAllah. Alhamdulillah. All praise is due to the Almighty All praise is due to Allah Glory be to Him and so on and so forth. But blessed words, you speak to someone you are conscious of your expression. Do you know we are taught as Muslims the expression on your face can be an act of worship. If it is a positive one.

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I look at you

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I scared you away. That's all I did. But I give you a nice smile. Look at you acknowledge you mashallah you felt welcome. You feel like you want to live a life because the people around you are positive people. When people around you are negative, you might ask yourself because the devil is contaminating your mind. Why am I even alive? People say that. In my family. They don't love me. They don't respect me. They don't appreciate me. They don't show me a smile. They don't blow a kiss at me. Although I'm the wife or the husband.

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wife or husband, you don't need to blow kisses go and kiss. It's okay. It's fine.

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So my brothers and sisters, these are the blessings that we have pondering thinking improve yourself. The whole Hajj is a celebration, like I said of Ibrahim alayhis salam and an instruction of Allah and the celebration of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he did it and he instructed it he was the one who brought it to us.

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And now you pelt. And after you Peled, what do you do? And what do we all do across the globe? It's called Eid. It's a day of a day of rejoicing happiness, a day of food and drink. It's called Eagle Aloha.

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Who is being celebrated there? Is it not the Prophet Abraham? Is it not the big sacrifice? So everyone says, you have some meat, you have some food.

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And Allah tells you what's more important than all of that is the condition of your heart. lair Nile, Allah Hello humo ha the meat is not going to get to Allah. Why Allah de ma, ma, not even the blood. It's not like Allah is interested in the meat or the blood while I King. Taco.

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Calm what gets to Allah is actually the consciousness within you of him. The preparedness to change your life for the sake of the Almighty. What was the sacrifice? Why am I putting a knife to this particular little animal?

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In actual fact, the lesson is my bad habits. I should put a knife to them.

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The gambling, the alcohol, the intoxicants, the drugs, whatever else it may be that evil that I may have within me put a knife to it, then you have a right to celebrate. Then you truly deserve to celebrate. When you go home. There'll be a celebration without an occasion. Because you're a lovely person. Each time you come home. Everyone is like oh Subhanallah it's like an occasion where it's an eat. Because Dad's home mom's home.

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Can we not do that?

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We lose focus. Today, Hodges a holiday according to some people, and Eagle of high is just about meat. That's it.

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Do you know the lesson? Go back check the theme, beautiful theme the brothers and sisters who came up with it. Congratulations. The call of Abraham in the desert. What a powerful thing we could talk about it our whole life.

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Everything is connected to the Prophet Abraham after him. All these messengers that came. Allah Almighty says and this is an answer to a question that I raised a little bit earlier about whether Abraham was Jewish or Christian. Allah says you

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yeah hello key time b Oh People of the Book Oh Jews and oh Christians, Allah is addressing them in the Quran and saying, and this was the people at the time. The debate was, the Jews were saying Abraham was Jewish, and the Christians were saying Abraham is Christian. So Allah Almighty solved the matter and says

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Lima to Ha

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Joon Afy Ibrahim

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wama. Zilla? Tamra to one in G in lambing, birdie. AlFalah. Turkey Loon, how can you be debating about Abraham being Jewish or Christian? When the Torah and the Injeel or the Bible were only revealed after him? Moses came after Abraham, Jesus came after Abraham, Muhammad peace be upon him came after Abraham. So how could you say he was this? Oh, he was that he was a submitter. That's what it was.

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Let's solve the matter because yes, oh yeah, he couldn't have been because Moses only came after him. Jesus only came after him May peace be on them all. These were the five greatest to exist. Who were they? Noah May peace be upon him Jesus may peace be upon him. Ibrahim May peace be upon him. In fact, I can give you the order.

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Musa alayhis salam Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam

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amazing Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, Ibrahim alayhis, salam, Musa Issa and no May peace be upon them all these were the five greatest, the greatest.

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And that's why you will never allow it to say their names. Without seeing me peace be on him on them.

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And if you do it intentionally, you are considered sinful. And if it was just by the way you forgot, then you are forgiven.

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Be happy when Allah has given someone else honor, be happy for them. Don't be jealous. Your jealousy against Abraham will never ever help you in whatever way you think. Same applies when you're jealous. Regarding what Allah has given someone else, you actually have a fight with Allah. Because Allah gave them something and you you you're not happy about it, which means ALLAH, why did you give them ALLAH says who are you to come and question me, I give who I want and I don't give who I want anything. It's up to me.

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So make peace with the almighty by being happy. When you see others happy.

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We sad that the loss of others in the same way we are happy when they gain mashallah, may Allah bless you all and bless us all. So this was the prophet Abraham May peace be upon him the legacy he left was amazing. Why? Because he tried and he worked hard. I want to mention one more point.

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During his time very few accepted his message so

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it goes to show he followed

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his son, his wife. He later had Saara a wife of his his heart his son

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who accepted the message hardly anyone

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but he was the closest to Allah. This goes to show that at times you may be disrespected, disregarded by humankind. But Allah knows and you're quiet contentment will confirm that you know what? You have a relationship with Allah, you have a connection with your makeup. That's good enough. I don't care if the world laughs at me jokes at me scoffs at me hurts me harms me. Yes, my my Lord will help me but in the interim, I know

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that what I've done is the right thing.

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I have a relation with Allah and the each one of us knows if I were to ask you, are you a good person?

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Answer the question please. In your mind and heart now. Are you a good person?

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You can work on it if the answer is

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not anything but yes. If you can clearly say yes inshallah. I'm a good person. Good news to you. Mashallah, it will help you? How do you know you're a good person? Two things only? Are you connected to your maker? Yes. Are you? Do you respect the rest of the creatures of that maker? Yes, there you are. You're good to go.

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It's called Coca Cola, Coca Cola. But I have a right to my maker to worship him and I have a right to the rest of the creatures to serve them and to honor them and to respect them and to convey to them the goodness and so on and so forth, and to reach out to them and whenever they are struggling to help them and if their life is at risk, I must save it.

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Allah tells us in the Quran, whoever saves a life without mentioning faith, race, financial, standing, social, whatever, whatever. Not. You save someone it's equivalent.

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to having saved entire humanity, you know why? That's what you're supposed to be doing you setting a beautiful trend save lives.

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That's why when I told you stop smoking, I know what I'm talking about.

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You're going to stop smoking.

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Lucha Kabara people are just looking at me like

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Trinidad you've taught me a few things mashallah taught me a few things and happy. Pleased I'm gonna go with some really lovely things my brothers and sisters, later on the Prophet lot followed Ibrahim Ahmed Allahu

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Allah says a lot was his nephew.

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And there comes the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and they come so much more. And the Bible has the, the Old Testament has the version and the

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narrations that we have have the versions and so on. So much happened, but it was load.

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And after that, guess what happened? Millions and billions and trillions and quadrillions of people

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followed

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the goodness the worship of their maker alone.

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Here comes Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam at a time and the place right where Ibrahim was

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with his smile his son

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and today

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when he started out he had a lot of people against him.

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Why because they were fearing we're gonna lose. We're gonna lose things don't worry. Every time you want to make a big decision

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because of your comfort zone, you will definitely feel a should I shouldn't try push yourself if it's the right thing to be done, do it get it done.

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And inshallah you will see, it might be turbulent initially. There was always turbulence in the lives of all of those who did the right thing. Whether it was the prophet Abraham initially or Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam you see how they were persecuted to a degree but when victory came, it was the sweetest thing ever. May Allah grant us all victory. May Allah bless you all my brothers and sisters it's been an awesome few days here in this beautiful country. Trinidad and Tobago wave Nila

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mashallah I really feel the warmth of the people

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and the heat of the place mashallah, it's, it's amazing. Yesterday I mentioned the sauna. Let me tell you

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today, Allah has blessed us. It's much cooler than yesterday.

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When I walked in this afternoon, I said we are three degrees less than what we were the previous day. And now I'm telling you, they said we're going to be another three degrees cooler by the evening and I think it was all right. May Allah grant us the coolness of faith, and may Allah Almighty bless you all. Akula Kohli ha ha SallAllahu wasallam Obara, Carla and Amina Mohammed Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.