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Inhale the Future, Exhale the Past

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Alhamdulillah Allah Allah Ameen.

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In Walla Walla Walla mean, what should I do Allah ilaha illa Allah hula hula sharika wash, Mohammed Abu Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi A Jemaine, my beloved brothers and sisters, if we look at the life of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, we will find that on many occasions, he looked beyond the past. What this means is he did not harp on the past, he did not remind people about their past. Rather, he looked forward. And progressively, he actually helped people overcome whatever may have happened in terms of negativity in the past. For this reason, we say, inhale the future, and exhale the past. Make sure that you do not get bogged down in things

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that you have done in the past perhaps or with that which you are not proud of something that happened in your past. And you keep thinking, why did this happen? Why did the almighty do this to me, not realizing that Allah subhanho wa Taala has mercy is far greater. Allah judges you by how the ending was not by how the beginning was just like a football match, I always give the example of at the beginning you could be losing, but during the match, you may score goals and at the end, you will win. And subsequently they will not look at what the score was at the beginning of the match, but rather, the one who wins at the end is the real winner. The same applies in life. If we want

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towards the end and right at the end, then we have truly taken the trophy. But if we have lost at the end, then we have lost everything even if at the beginning we saw pockets of victory. So my brothers and sisters, remember within our own lives, Allah subhanho wa Taala has always told us that he is most forgiving, Most Merciful, he will delete everything we've done in the past, a terrible mean of them become a Latham Bella, the one who has sought forgiveness. The one who sought forgiveness from a sin is equivalent to He who has not sinned at all. And then we have verses of the Quran where Allah says Allah EQ but do Allah who say to him Hassan at the people who have turned

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back to the deen and practiced correctly after they sought forgiveness of Allah for the sins that they had engaged in, no matter how big they were. Allah says we will convert their bad deeds into good deeds. And that's amazing, because that's the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala, the Most Merciful. So my brothers and sisters, it's important for us never to go back to the past and look at it in a way that bogs us down that makes us doubt the mercy of Allah. That is the plan of shape. And Firstly, he wants you to commit to sin. Secondly, he doesn't want you to repent from the sin. For Thirdly, if you have repented from the sin, He wants you to think that you are not forgiven. And

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fourthly, he wants you to continue visiting the past in a way that you just don't move forward. So in order to move forward, we must make sure that we understand the plan of Allah. We are human beings, we're not angels. We're also not devils, we're in the middle somewhere where we will, through our own weakness, we may transgress, we may commit sin, not because we're not because we're defying Allah, but rather because we are human beings and then we seek the forgiveness of Allah. So if I were to say that mankind was created in order to worship Allah, I be correct. And if I were to say mankind was created in order to seek the forgiveness of Allah, wherever he or she has gone

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wrong, I would also be correct because

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Adam alayhis salam was created by Allah, not on the earth, but from the earth. And so Allah waited for him to commit a sin to seek forgiveness to be forgiven. And then he was sent on to the earth in order for us to know what to do when we falter. And Allah forgave him. Allah forgave him completely. He was loved by Allah. Imagine there was one thing that he could have done wrong. And that is the thing that he actually did wrong Subhana Allah, but Allah forgive him when he said a few words

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And he always looked forward and progressed. When you suffer a loss in life, don't go back and start looking at it in a way that doesn't allow you to progress. Yes, if you're going back to learn lessons, indeed, that is required. But if you're going back in order to lament over what had happened in a way that it stops your progress, and it stops you from gaining closeness to Allah, then you have fallen into the trap of shaytan. Similarly, when it comes to people who have wronged you, do you know that there comes a point when you would probably benefit much more by letting go and by not revisiting the past and talking about it all the time, this person did this to me, they

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did this to me, it will hinder your forward movement. And this is why Allah says while mo sabella fell in the early gala mean as middle Omo, what is the best thing that you could do? To Be patient and to forgive? That is the best thing that you could do. SubhanAllah Be patient forgive, it's difficult, but the benefit will be yours more than anyone else's. Just remember that. Similarly, look at the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam when he interacted with those who had harmed Islam and the Muslims and even murdered, some of the Muslims look at Holly diploma, diploma, or the Allahumma. When he came to Madina, munawwara accepting Islam he was worried about the murder that he

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had committed in the past. So he asks the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam about it. And he was told in Islam by a Jew buma Kabbalah, when you revert to Islam,

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whatever bad you had committed in the past will be deleted completely. And you are forgiven, it won't be revisited. So this my brothers and sisters is a very interesting point. Allah does not go back to your past, so you should not go back to your past. Let's look at the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on a different note where he entered Makkah, the victory of maca. And what did he tell the people he told them? Yama, Shara, Polish mother, todo, Luna and Nephilim become, are people of courage. What do you think I'm going to do to you today, bearing in mind that they had murdered, they had committed atrocities, they had actually engaged in so much of negativity

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against the Muslim mean. And here is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with all the power on that day, he could have done anything he could have caught martial then executed them whatever he wanted, but he told them, it Habu fun to move to LA, you can all go You are all free, there is going to be no retribution. Today, I am going to tell you what the prophet use of May peace be upon him, told his brothers go letter three ballet camileo go, there is going to be no revenge against you on this particular day. SubhanAllah. Why did he do that? Why did he do that? When so many people had died at the hands of these criminals? Why did he do that when so many people's wealth was usurped by

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these criminals. Because he knew that we want to move forward, we don't want to go backwards. At times, learn to forgive and move forward, you will never ever progress. If you have baggage, you will only be able to inch forward very slowly and it will affect your health. It will affect everything around you. It will even affect your new relationships. It may even affect your family relationships, whatever else, your surroundings, your work, everything will be affected. Do you know why? You're carrying a lot of baggage? And this is the reason why we say let it go. Let it go Subhana Allah, no problem, you will benefit from letting it go. Some people say but this person

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stole my wealth. And they did this. Yes. I'm not saying do not seek justice. But I am saying learn to move forward and don't cry over the past in a way that it stops your progress. Do you know in some countries where there is no justice at all, you would probably be better off walking away. And you would suffer a smaller loss if you walked away without trying to get back what was usurped of yours because sometimes the justice system in some countries is so corrupt, that the judges and the whoever else it may be in the entire system would accept bribes. And they would rule in favor of the criminal simply because they were bribed. And Allah speaks about this in the Koran. It's been

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happening for a long time. Allah subhanho wa Taala says very beautifully, that don't go to those who are the rulers and those in authority in order that you eat the wealth of others, you know, by bribing these people. So this is something my brothers and sisters we need to weigh when we are seeking justice in a system. That is

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kurupt May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to build systems that are filled with true justice for indeed, Justice is what will bring about true growth of any nation. So my brothers and sisters, here goes, the Quran is telling us to maintain justice and at the same time, find it in your heart to forgive and to progress, you move forward, life is too short, to hold grudges. Life is too short to think about the past all the time to talk about what happened to you all the time. Yes, you might want to get it off your chest. But that's it, then don't harp on it forever and ever. If you had to utilize those energies that you were using to go back into the past, to move forward, you

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would probably gain so much and you would achieve success upon success. Look at some of the wealthiest people on earth. Look at some of the most successful people on earth. They have had some losses and suffered great losses in their past. They never kept looking at it and crying over what they lost. Look at those who went through divorces. And then they married people who were kings and queens in their lives. SubhanAllah. Why? Because they looked beyond the problem. They looked beyond the loss, they looked beyond the issue. And they continued progressing with the energy that Allah gave them. When your mind is clear, you Your health is better, you can think in a better way, you

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progress rapidly by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But when you're bogged down, when you're holding a lot, then what would happen you would be the one who would be at a loss. This is the reason why in so many places in the Quran, Allah tells us to forgive to let go. Look at what Allah says to Abu Bakr, Siddiq or the Allahu anhu in Surah Noor, when Allah tells him, you are a person of virtue, people of virtue, and those whom we've given a lot to, they shouldn't be making promises to fix those who said some bad things about them, let it go. forgiven embrace, don't you want Allah to forgive you?

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That was difficult, difficult, but abubaker acidic are the Allahu anhu being the person he was

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forgave. He let it pass, and allows mercy prevailed. And look at the success that he achieved. One after the other, he achieved so much by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So my brothers and sisters, these few words that I've uttered, I hope and pray that we can benefit from them by letting go and at the same time not going back to hunt in the past and dig into what we have, perhaps been through or what we have done. I've given you both of those examples, what we have been through ourselves or what we have done ourselves. You have committed sins you have had the sinful past, you've changed yourself. Forget about the past. You've asked Allah forgiveness, be convinced that

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you are forgiven by Allah subhanho wa Taala. He is the Most Merciful. Nobody can compete with the mercy of Allah. Don't let anyone say perhaps you will not forgiven, move on, move forward and do good deeds and keep smiling, keep moving. Don't let Shaban bog you down by making you think that you're not good enough. Similarly, if someone did something to you, that did go, try and find it in your heart to let it go. I know. Like I said, people might say, Well, you know, it's the justice system and so on that we're we we are entitled to seek justice. I've spoken about that. You are, you actually are but you have to weigh the pros and cons. Where are you? Is there a justice system? Do

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you think it's fair? Do you need the stress? Do you know how long it's going to take? Do you know? Is it really worth it? If it is yes, by all means go for it. But if it's going to make you a really bitter person with a lot of ugliness, trust me, it's better for you, your health, your deen your dunya your religion, your life, your future, your paradise for you to just let it go Life is too short. Allah will give you recompense you so much more I know of a brother, someone stole from him up to a million dollars. And the day he let it go. And I'm not saying we should all do this because for some people, that's their entire life earnings. But the day he let it go, Allah subhanho wa

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Taala provided him with millions in return. He became such a wealthy person and Mashallah, he's doing so good. One wonders how that happened. That's the word of Allah. Allah is the owner of wealth, and those who have usurped the wealth of others, there's going to be no blessing in that wealth Not at all. There's going to be no goodness in their children and offspring and whoever else who is to come because if they don't repent from their bad ways, the entire system will be flawed. And if the system is flawed, it can only create that which is flawed. May Allah somehow

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Anahata Allah help us all to learn a lesson. And may Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us the ability to look beyond the past, into the future where Subhana Allah, it is the help of Allah that we are seeking the guidance of Allah the blessings of Allah. If Allah is pleased with us, we need nothing else. And if Allah is displeased with us, no matter what we have, we are at a loss. I hope we can ponder over that. A kulu Kohli hava sallallahu wasallam o Baraka ala nabina. Muhammad wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.