Lukman The Wise

Mufti Menk

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By Mufti Menk at the Central Masjid Freetown Sierra Leone

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We commence by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala sending blessings and salutations upon Muhammad Sallallahu

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his household his companions, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless them and to bless every one of you and to bless us all and to grant humanity at large, the goodness and the peace that we are searching for through the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala my brothers, my sisters, I want to commence by declaring My love for you. It is only because we are connected in Allah that I am seated here. We're standing here in front of you today. So we have a link and this link is created by Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we are taught that the best of human beings are those who are the best to the rest of the human beings.

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And for holiness, the best of the people are those who are the most beneficial to the rest of the people. So remember my brothers, my sisters, if you want to be the best, you need to reach out to everyone in Sharla today, I want to address you regarding something very important yesterday, I spoke at the stadium here and I made mention of a man who was from Africa. Do you remember who I spoke about?

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Luqman Mashallah. It means you either day or you were listening Mashallah Luqman.

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He was from Africa. And Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned?

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Because he did something very good. What was it? He took care of his offspring. So if you take care of your offspring, Allah will bless you as well.

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Ibrahim alayhis salam,

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he took care of his offspring, Allah blessed him.

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With us, we need to realize that this man who was not a prophet of Allah, Allah subhanaw, taala, speaks about him in the Quran. And an entire Torah is named after him.

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When you have something good, where did you get it from? Where did you get it from? Allah, he's the one who gives you goodness. So even if you're a wealthy person, even if you're a healthy person, if Allah once he can take away the wealth and the health, he can take away anything. So the giver is Allah. And this is why I

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won my school.

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And remember, when a must Allah, Allah says, Remember when we gain the wisdom,

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we gave the wisdom.

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And what did we do when we gave him the wisdom? It was in order for him to be grateful to Allah to be thankful to Allah. When you haven't been given a gift from Allah, you need to be thankful if you show in gratitude, Allah will punish you or Allah will take it away. allow a ticket away. And this is why when you have goodness, when you have

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when you have been blessed with a man, remember you need to cherish it, you need to value it because Allah says,

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Oh people, you are the ones who are in need of Allah. Allah does not need you, but you need him. Allah is independent, Allah is all powerful. It is you who needs Allah.

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He continues the very next verse after that, he says, a

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God.

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He is if he wants, he can eradicate you, he can delete you. He can cause you to die and he can replace you with another creation. He will replace you if he wants. And that's not difficult for Allah. That's what he says. So if we don't want to be replaced, we need to appreciate the gifts of Allah upon us. We need to worship Allah.

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We need to be behaving ourselves. We need to be people who are beneficial and understand why, on Earth, you are on earth in order to worship the one who made you during the short test period, which lasts approximately 70 years. That's why you are on Earth, you worship Him. And at the same time, if you want to worship Him, you need to acknowledge that He is the creator of everything around you. So you need to respect to the rest of his creation.

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Allah made everything around us, you respect creation, you do not harm people, you do not harm animals, you do not harm birds, you do not destroy the environment to the ecosystem. So panela, causing unnecessary headache and pollution for destruction is against the very reason that you have been sent off to

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remember this, so you send Kabbalah Allah will give you if you don't like him, he takes it away from you, and sometimes he may even punish you as a result. May Allah

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my brothers and sisters, this man

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was so beautiful, so wise, he related the gifts that Allah gave him to Allah. When he was wise, did he say I am wise, because I have a lot of experience because I have a top brain because my IQ is very, very high. No, he related it to Allah. There is another example in the Quran at the time of the Prophet Moses.

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There was a man known as

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Allah says, We gave him also we gave him a lot, we gave him

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a

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coup.

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Hello, Allah says, indeed,

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was from the nation of Moses, may peace be upon him. But he remained from them, he transgressed, he went beyond the limits. What did he do? Allah says, We gave him treasures so much well, that that wealth itself was packed into huge

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treasures. And the key is just the keys to his treasures. There was so many and so heavy, that it was difficult for a group of very strong men to

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only that's what the Quran says. Imagine what type of wealth you must have had, what treasures you must have had.

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The keys are so heavy today, even if you owe $10,000, to be honest, it's one small, carry on in your pocket and you can move right.

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Allah says, We gave him a lot, what was his crime?

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You know what his crime was?

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He removed from the equation and he said, I got all of this because of my brain. I got all of this because I outsmart everyone. I am a top brain I'm very witty, I'm a shrewd businessman, etc, etc. And he took him out of the equation. So Allah says, the crime was he related what we blessed him with to himself, not realizing, if he says he used his brain to get what he got.

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How many people don't have a brain? How many people when I say don't have a brain, I mean, they are struggling and suffering when it comes to mental health May Allah give them

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to all those who are sick and Ill in any way throughout the globe say I mean

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my brothers and sisters, Allah gave you the brain. Allah gave you the hands, Allah gave you the highest Allah gave you the nose.

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Allah gave you the necessities Allah gave you the movement.

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No matter how powerful you are, no matter how strong you are, no matter how much you have been exercising on a daily basis and going to the gym and doing whatever else you've allowed once one small nerve in your system can move out of place and cause paralysis and you will not be able to move and you won't know what is wrong with yourself. That is a law. That is the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So thank Allah that He has given you your eyes and your nose and your ears, and your

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lips and every faculty that you have. Thank you. And you have a brain and a mind and you have legs to walk. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless those who are immobile, and grant and cure, say Amin.

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So my brothers and sisters, we need to relate everything we have to Allah today, if you have wealth, yes, you might have used the brain that Allah gave you. You see how you relate it to a law, that is called gratitude. It's called acknowledging, someone taught you when you are young, as you grow older, you begin to go against them themselves, not realizing that's my teacher, that's my staff. Let me respect this particular teacher of mine.

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They did good to me.

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Goodness, anything besides goodness

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of your Lord, do you deny all mankind? Oh, God. Remember my brothers and sisters. When someone does good, you do good back to them. But a better person is he who does good without someone doing good. Don't wait for someone to do good to you and say they gave me something I give them something do good before they have even done good to you.

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Before we even worship Him, He already created us we didn't even understand because our minds were not developed when we were in the woods of our mothers. But we were born and we grew older and older. And then he says at the age of puberty, it is now your duty, your notice.

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responsible to worship Allah to look for him to search for him to ask questions no matter what they are until you find your maker and you only worship your maker. Whoever made me I opened my worship to him, whoever created me, I owe my wishes to him, whoever I'm going to return to when I die, I put my head on the ground and I said oh you are going to return to when I die have mercy upon me. That is false law.

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So if you are thankful to Allah, Allah will give you in return. If you show goodness, you will have goodness, if you give goodness, you will have it. And when someone does good you expect from them also that should

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be acknowledged. They've done it, you recompense when you do it, you expect that the minimum is you're not harm. You know, there was a time a long time back when Mashallah our friends were those who used to help us. Now the world has become so material. When I say material, everything is about money. If I'm getting something from you, I'm your friend. If I'm not getting something from you, I don't need to even greet you. You know, we are taught if you want to spread love, you must read salon. in Sierra Leone, they told me when I first time in my life, I learned about this beautiful culture. They said, you have to put your window down. And you have to wait with those who are there

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to greet you. I was surprised to meet something new and different because normally we don't want to be arrogant or to show that you know I'm some big person etc. No, we are nothing in the eyes of Allah. We are all equal. We are all the same. Maybe. Who knows? May Allah forgive me and forgive you and say amen.

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So as I waved at a few people, I noticed how happy the people were. They were so happy and delighted for Panama, I learned something and I told myself in Panama look at how appreciative the people are so panela so I'm standing here in front of you Mashallah Baraka, Allah, and I asked you to forgive my shortcomings. If I've said anything, or if I have heard in a way that you might have felt hurt, forgive me, because when you forgive you achieved the forgiveness of Allah. If I had it my way, and if time is the day had perhaps 100 hours and not just 24 hours, I might have had the time to shake everybody's hand and perhaps, to speak to you in person. But you know, we are just human beings that

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you do with a law, talk to him every day. Talk to him five times a day, talk to him at night when people are sleeping. So Panama going back to my point.

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Should I not show you something that if you were to do it, love would spread between you greet each other with peace and make sure you understand the meaning of the greeting? What does it mean? Assalamu alaikum peace

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upon you. In other words, I will not harm you.

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I will not harm

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you I need to begin with. We used to say friends are those who help you now when we become so material we say friends are those who do not harm you. Wow. Wow friends are those who do not harm you. Because many people they are ready to harm at any cost. The minute you achieve something they want to see you down if you are a true believer, you will be happy at the achievement of others. When you see someone achieving you say Alhamdulillah Mashallah

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even when you ever cheat yourself, you need to say Masha, Allah, this is related to Allah.

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Allah, no strings, no, our besides that Allah, Allah is the one who gave

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the wise

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Subhana Allah. He told his son a few pieces of advice. And I said yesterday, and I'm repeating it again, how many of us advise our children? How many of us spent time with our children and advice? How many of us advise our younger siblings or even our brothers and sisters who are older than us? And even our parents? Sometimes, if you know that your father or your mother is making a mistake? It is very, very correct and it's your duty to respectfully correct. Take a look at the Prophet Abraham, what did he tell his father,

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Wi Fi.

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Oh, my father, knowledge has come to me that did not come to you. So follow me. And I will guide you to the right path. You are busy doing those things that will be resulting in the anger of Allah, you're worshipping the devil.

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All my father, do not worship the devil For indeed, Satan was very, very transgressing against the Most Merciful. I am here with the same message to tell you, let's worship Allah. Let's not fall into the trap of the devil. Let's not become people who fall into the trap of shaman Satan.

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My brothers and sisters, Allah Allah, the statement of another man alayhis salam.

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A lot of these statements so much. Allah says,

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Remember when we gave Luqman the wise the wisdom that he had, so that he can be grateful to Allah?

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For indeed whoever is grateful is grateful for their own benefit? If you think about what you've got, who are you helping? You're helping yourself, to be honest, to acknowledge what Allah has given you. But if not, you are a loser. So what did he tell his son, I want to speak about a few of the points that Look mom, the wife told his son, the first point he says, yada yada.

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Lee, my son, don't worship anyone, any deity besides your maker for indeed, that would be the greatest oppression. It would be the greatest wrong to worship someone who did not make you who is not your Creator. When you put your head on the ground. You need to say Glory be to the one who made me my Robin means creator. sustainer provide the project and all of that is included in the term of whoever you are, I put my head on the ground for you and you will know and I wish you alone and I will not worship any deities besides you Subhana Allah so he's telling his son,

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worship Allah alone and don't engage in worshiping deities besides Allah, no matter who and what you worship, the Almighty God Almighty, Allah subhanho wa Taala who ever made you we call him Allah and Allah actually means the worship one. So he's the worship one because he deserves to be worshipped. He made me That's why. Imagine the one who created you, what do you think the status would be? It deserves our existence.

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So that was the first piece of advice. And Allah makes mention of it because it is the most powerful piece of advice. And I'm starting also with the same piece of advice. My brother's my

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Sisters, purify you wish to relate your goodness to Allah, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to.

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Then we have the second piece of advice, very important, I want to ask you a question.

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Allah created you correct?

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exactly correct.

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But he chose someone through whom you brought onto this earth, they are known as parents, your mother, your father shall remain your mother and your father up to the end of time, because who chose then Allah? Did you choose your mother? No. Did you choose your father? No. Was there an application form prior to birth? Asking you? Where do you want to be born? What type of a mother do you want? What family would you like to know that already goes to show that men we are not in control, Allah is in control, he has created us for a purpose because we didn't have a say as to how we were created, where we were created and to whom we were born to.

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That's the same that Allah decided it's part of our test. It's like when you go into a school, and you are writing your levels, a levels, whatever other examinations, you have the Senior Secondary certificate, do you decide the question? No, you don't decide the questions. The examiner, who hasn't put you in the test will actually decide your questions. You cannot say, Why do you have this question here? No, you either know it or you don't. Same applies

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to testers. That's why he decided your environment. And he decides the tests that you will go through because every human being will go through tests. And it's only those who understand who will be able to pass the test one after the other in the short life.

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So the man the wife says to his son, or my son,

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Allah has asked us, Allah has advised us to be kind to our parents, no matter who they are, I was saying earlier.

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He, Indeed, Allah has advised us regarding our parents, to Panama. So my brothers and sisters, he's my he's advised us to be kind to our parents. How many of us are kind to our parents?

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How many of us are kind to our parents?

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We need to realize that your parents are a gift for you, even if they're not Muslim, even if they happen to agree with your faith. You need to respect them and be kind to them. You need to understand that Allah chose them for you, as a test, your mother will remain your mother. You might not agree with some of the things that she might do. Or she might say but or even what she might believe. But she's your mother. So you continue to be kind to him. Your father is your father, you continue being kind to your dad to Panama, we ask Allah subhana wa Taala to bless every one of us, and to grant us goodness. My brothers and sisters, that was the second piece of advice regarding

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kindness to parents, your parents, you ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to guide you regarding your relationship with your parents. Remember that no matter who you are, you can be a great man. You can be a leader in your own way, but your mother will remain your mother You are still the baby of your mother. Even if you are 70 years old. You are your mother's child

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and you are your father's child as well.

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And this is why where there is divorce or where there is a problem between your mother and your father. You need to be careful, very careful, respect both of them. And if they talk bad about the other you can excuse yourself by saying that please don't talk about my mom because that is my mom. That's all. I don't I cannot say because you are both my parents. If your mom says something bad about your father because they are divorced, you say my mom, I don't want to hear about my dad because you know what?

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My love for you is not connected to my love for my father. It's my love for you. You're my mother. Let's not contaminated by speaking bad about someone you didn't get along with.

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Because divorce has increased and many people after divorce sadly, they are made to choose. Either you are decide or you are decide. You need to be clear and say Listen, don't make the child choose. Don't make the charges.

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Be a person who is upright and allows the relationship because Allah decided that you wouldn't be the child of both of them. May Allah guide us May Allah help us my brothers and sisters.

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reminds me that divorces increase across the globe. You know why? I've been studying this matter as a counselor for many years now. And I can tell you many people who get married, don't know why they're getting married. They don't realize that they don't think many people getting married, marry for the wrong reasons.

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If you marry someone just because of their looks, what will happen?

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Well, the adage is be careful. People marry for looks, people marry for money. People marry for status, and people marry for righteousness. Those who marry for righteousness are the most successful. Because if you marry only for looks beautiful, I want to marry. Okay, get married tomorrow, see someone looking even better, what happens? I give us you know, I want to marry you.

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And the next day you see another one, Oh, forget about you.

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It will not stop. Like a mobile phone. If you don't have discipline. Every time there's a new mobile phone, you want the new one, you want the new one. And you know you cannot afford it. But your eyes are now focused upon the new one, and you are no longer happy with the phone that serves you. The same applies to cars. And the same applies to clothes and so many other things where we become people who are obsessed with something that's good, because we want something better not realizing let's go back to gratitude. Thank Allah, I have someone I met them. They are the mother of my children, the father of my children, they have sacrificed for me, they are living with me. They are

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actually doing so much for these children. Let me be loyal to them. Let me be faithful to them. Let me make them happy. Let me say words that will make them smile. Let me make this home a home filled with love, rather than a home filled with chaos.

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Confusion, no one knows who's the mother who's the father because they are never there.

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Spend time with your children. Imagine Allah says, we asked you to be kind to your parents. But my brothers and sisters, we have another problem. What is it? Sometimes the parents are living their lives in a way that they make it difficult for the children to be kind to them. It happens. Some parents are such that they disrespect their children. You know you need to understand your child as well. You will have problems you will have difficulty. Talk to the child speak to your children have a good communication when there is a problem the child is going through the child will look at you for guidance, the child does not look at the friends and all the others who might give them wrong

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guidance, but rather you as a parent, be responsible. Be kind to your children as well. Because if you would like you need to give that respect. So I have also spoken today about how important it is not only to be kind to your parents, but to be dutiful unto your children as well. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Grant us peace and Goodness me.

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So my brothers and sisters look at that piece of advice. When Allah mentions this in Surah he does not say for no reason is a valuable piece of advice and it applies eternally to every one of us. We can use it and we must

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know what Allah says regarding the wise.

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My son, establish your prayers. Turn on to Allah pray hard. Pray for goodness, pray for happiness. Pray for contentment. Turn to Allah pray for the sake of Allah not only the five daily prayers, but beyond that. Seek from Allah. seek guidance. Seek help, not just for yourself, but for others as well.

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reach them with your prayers. I've come to your country to pray for you too. May Allah bless you and grant you growth and strength and May Allah protect you from disaster and calamities.

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May Allah grant you growth and May Allah subhanho wa Taala make the rebuilding of the country even better than what it was before.

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But you need to work towards it. You need to contribute to your country by being honest, upright, hardworking

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and learn to care for everyone. Then you've contributed in a beautiful way.

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So pray and keep on praying.

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Look man says oh my son, when people are doing bad, you need to discourage them from bad and when you see a good deed encourage people to do good and encourage good enjoying that which is good remind people to do goodness. Tell my brother I think you should do this my sister. Perhaps if you do this you will earn the pleasure of Allah keep talking about good links because that is how you will learn the pleasure of Allah

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How many of us talk about good things? We remind each other about good things. Don't get upset. When someone reminds you about your duty unto Allah, they are only doing you a favor and asks you about them. Allah will say, Did we not send messages to you to remind you about your duty unto us? The answer can never be no, it will always be yes, we heard them. Well, what did you do as a result? Well, you know what, we ignored them, that's not good enough.

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So this is why, when there is goodness, enjoying it, when there is evil and bad, go out of your way to make sure you discourage people from being bad from being hurt from being evil.

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Make sure that you are not just a spectator when bad is happening. Say something about it.

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At least pray to Allah. And I can tell you,

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the weakest of the lot is the one at least in his heart, he feels that it is bad. At least in his heart, he feels that it is bad. Sometimes we let bad happen and such that we don't even guide the people we don't even feel it in our hearts. Sometimes we are the perpetrators.

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Allah guide us may our standards of morality and values be of a very high level. I mean,

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let's look at another piece of advice. He says yeah.

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Oh, my beloved Son, oh, my beloved son

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in

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law.

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Oh, my son, I want you to know that any deal you have done, and anything even if it is as small as a mustard seed, you know what is a mustard seed.

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If it is even as light as a mustard seed, and it is hidden inside a rock, not underneath it, not on top of it, inside the rock, Allah knows it. And even if it is anyway, in the heavens of the earth, Allah knows it. So my son, you can never hide from Allah. When you hide from mankind to commit a sin, you need to know your Creator is watching. He knows seek His forgiveness among your ways. And you will find the goodness and happiness, joy and prosperity because you are on the same page that the almighty wants you to be upon.

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Allah is the owner.

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Allah is the owner of everything, the heavens and the earth and whatever lies between so if you want the goodness, He's the owner of goodness, you better make friends with him.

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If you want something and you have a friend, you know that that friend is going to give you right?

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You have a friend that you need a favor. That friend will help you if your friend is on law, you don't need to worry about anything.

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Indeed, the friends of Allah, the friends of Allah, no fear upon them, no do they need to be sad? How do I become a friend of Allah.

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The next part of the verse is, in fact the next verse and levena

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you only need two things. You need a man belief

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and taqwa which is righteousness, piety, God consciousness. If you want to become a friend of the Almighty, you need to believe in Him number one, and number two is

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you need to be righteous.

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be steadfast. Don't allow your whims and fancies to overtake you, because then you will go to the nightclub you will go to the casinos, you will go to the pubs and bars, you will go to the places of drugs and sin. But if you are righteous,

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you lead a clean life very clear. Your money that you learn with your sweat, you will not waste it

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on a nightclub.

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You will not waste it in intoxicants. Why? Because you feel Allah you are a righteous man. You will have that money. You can use it and you can be charitable with it Subhanallah wasted it's a gift of Allah so my brothers and sisters don't waste the money you have when you are spending thinking what am I spending? What is this? Is it in the pleasure or not? Is it needed a lot can I afford it?

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answer all those questions and then you decide whether you

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You actually needed

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to be with your wife and your money to actually have that may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us blessings in our wealth

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Mashallah, that was a very loud I mean, I see them.

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So my brothers and sisters, these are the teachings, you cannot hide from Allah you can never hide from Allah. So now what do we do? What do we do?

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We've already committed since we've already done so much of bad. We've already been on the wrong path. Well, it's never too late.

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fusuma takanobu

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Mohammed, peace be upon him. Tell my worshippers who have committed sin against themselves who have done the wrong who have transgressed, never lose hope in the mercy of Allah, He will forgive all your sins, He will forgive every single sin for him. He is most forgiving, Most Merciful. What is required? You need to admit your sin number one.

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There are four conditions number one, admit yourself to Allah. You don't have to confess to me No, I could be a biggest sinner than you remember that.

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So what you have to do you confess to Allah and Allah alone, no one needs to know about what your sin is. don't disclose it. No, one, zero. You just say Oh Allah, I admit what I've done is wrong.

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You admitted. Number two, you regret it.

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Oh Allah, I regret it. I feel I shouldn't have done this. I was wrong. regret. Number three, ask him for forgiveness. Oh Allah, you are my maker. You are my owner. You are my king. You know my Savior, you who has made me You are the one through whom I shall enter Paradise, through your mercy. You are the savior of mankind at large or maker of mankind. You have made me so save me and save mankind that love Forgive me, Oh Allah, you are the owner of forgiveness Allah. Allah for the most forgiving the Most Merciful Allah Subhana Allah. So you want the mercy of the Most Merciful? You asked him directly for mercy and forgiveness, he owns you. No one else owes you remember that? No one can

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claim authority over you in terms of forgiveness besides Allah. He is Europe. He's the one who made you. So you say, Oh, you made me. I repent to you what I've done was wrong. Deliver me from evil grantee protection. You are my protector? Who is your protector? He who made you, Allah,

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He who made you? And the fourth condition is your promise never to do that again. So what do you do? You say, Well, I'm not going to go back. I'm not going to go back into myself. If you have met all those four conditions. We are guarantee by

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no matter what. You are totally forgiven. He says

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the one who seeks forgiveness from a sin is equivalent to the one who has no sin at all. Allahu Akbar.

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Right now right here, let's go seek the forgiveness of Allah forgive our sins. All forgive our sins. We admit to your mouth forgive our sins. We regret or not forgive our sins. We promise not to do it again forgive our sins.

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Now that we promised Allah subhanho wa Taala let's change our habits. Let's change our ways. Let's become regular with our duty unto Allah, Allah you will see the mercy of Allah in your life. Today, not tomorrow. Now. You will see the mercy of Allah already. You will witness the peace and tranquility in your heart in your life.

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Because you are now on the same page with your maker, the one who made you, He who nourishes, cherishes, sustains, provides,

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protects and cures Subhanallah so my brothers and sisters, remember we have turned to Allah don't spoil your sheets. Don't spoil your sheet

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by committing sin again.

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We won't do it. And if for some reason

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the devil comes to you. If for some reason the devil comes to you, and he makes you sin again, what do you do you repent again, you repent again and again and again. No problem or condition that when you repented you did not

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land at that moment to commit the sin again. Perhaps the committing of the sin came later on, you thought of it and you might have fallen into the trap once again, get up and walk again even if it happens as many times as can be, don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah

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Subhana Allah subhanaw taala

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ask Allah forgiveness once, twice, thrice, Allah gets so happy when someone seeks His forgiveness.

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The third time, a man tells his angels Do you see this worshiper, he has now realized that he has a rob a creator, a maker, he has realized he is someone who's going to return to the supreme deity, he who made him this worship of mine is seeking forgiveness from me for a third time in such a way that I know he has now realized he has someone who can either forgive him or punish him for that. I want you or angels to bear witness that he is totally forgiven.

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That's the mercy of Allah.

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That's the Arabic part of what I just said.

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They can be no one more merciful than Allah. Islam is a religion based on the mercy

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based on redemption.

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We have a personal Savior in Allah subhanho wa Taala, He is the Savior, he shall deliver us from all evil.

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It is Allah and Allah Allah.

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So that is amazing. Because

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we are taught that your sin is your secret between you and you'll make no one needs to know about it. You know, you make a note, wipe it out by seeking His forgiveness and become a newborn SubhanAllah.

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My brothers and sisters when you get close to Allah, what are the signs?

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When you become close to Allah, it starts showing in you as a person, what are the signs, your nature is softened.

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You become a person who looks at others with compassion and love, because you realize, who gave me life, gave all this life, He is the King. If he did not want he would not have given everyone else life. But because it gave them life. I need to treat his given like,

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most respect.

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When you see animals, when you see creatures when you see trees, when you see anything ecosystem, remember what is created by Allah is part of your tests. How are you going to treat these things as part of your tests?

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So there is a law. He's asking us to pass the test by acknowledging that he is the maker he did not only make you but he made with you an entire creation so that he tests you with the creation. Many of us fail. We see people, we ignore them. We don't want to help them. When someone is drowning. Everyone goes and takes a photo of that person. Hey, let me take a selfie drowning, do this and we're taking a selfie. You're supposed to jump in and help them. Forget about your photos it can happen later on. So panela

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everything has changed today. Let's go back to the original teachings. Let's become human beings to begin with. Let us become human beings to begin with. Let us learn to care for one another humanity at large. Let us learn to build not to destroy. Let us learn to contribute positively not negatively.

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Let us learn to mend and not to damage. My brothers and sisters it's a powerful message of Islam. powerful message. This was the message of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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May Allah strengthen us May Allah grant us goodness May Allah grant us ease

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protection. Allah bless every one of us. mela grant agenda.

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Then you look man tells his son

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Oh, my son,

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my son.

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Don't turn your cheek in arrogance for the people.

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And don't walk on earth in a haughty manner. In a proud way. Don't be proud and arrogant. No matter who you are. You are just a slave of Allah.

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To be proud and arrogant on Earth, don't walk in away with your nose stuck up into the a lot.

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Don't turn your cheek. You see people and you turn away like you're ignoring them as though you don't even know

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To beach, learn to greet people if you will be able to spread love that was the heartbeat I mentioned earlier. Should I not show you something if you were to do if love would spread between you he says spread the greeting, greet each other. you greet each other. This is what I noticed in Sierra Leone. Everyone is greeting Mashallah. Every one is greeting from the time I landed, everyone is excited. So Pamela that is the law. It's a sign of love. When you greet each other. It's a sign that you love each other. When you stop greeting each other, you need to be worried.

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That is why when you pass one another greet each other beautiful greetings Salam Alaikum. And smile. Peace be upon your peace be upon imagine everyone telling everyone else Peace be upon you. Do you think we will ever

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know

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we will be spreading peace but sometimes we are hypocrites. We say a Salaam Alaikum. But we have hatred in our hearts. We have jealousy, envy. We have malice debt in the heart, bad feelings for this brother or the sister. Why?

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The movie because the Prophet Mohammed says

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Salalah alayhi wa sallam,

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he will never enter Paradise in whose heart is even a mustard seeds of pride.

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So the Sahaba the companions asked him a messenger, we love our clothing and our conveyance etc, etc. He said, That's not what I'm talking about.

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Pride is when you despise people, and when you reject the truth, when you know what the truth is, and you reject it. That is pride, arrogance. And when you despise people, when you think people are small, and you are big, that is pride. If you have the best car and the best house and the best clothing and the best perfume and the best of everything that is not a sign of direct pride, no way. But if your attitude has changed in a bad way, then that is pride.

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You find some people they own half of a town, half of a city. But when he comes in the machine, no one even knows who he is. He just walks like everyone else.

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He's humble, but he has the best car, the best house everything he uses to help people. It doesn't mean if I'm humble, I must hide my money and I mustn't even buy a car that I need. No, you can do but your attitude is what makes you be careful. No matter how handsome you are, your attitude can make you ugly. And no matter what you think you may be looking like some people think I'm not that good looking well ah he your attitude can make you the most beautiful person on earth.

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The most beautiful, so if you want beauty you need to develop goodness in attitude. Remember that? This advice we get from

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Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam has repeated that for us.

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To turn your cheek against people don't be arrogant. you greet someone they don't greet you back, no problem, you got the reward. They did it Subhana Allah

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you know how important it is to greet in Islam. You know, how important is to reply, the greeting? The reply is more important than the greeting itself. Did you have another

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one?

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When you are greeted with a greeting, reply it with a better greeting, or at least equated. Someone says 50 on you, you say me the peace of Allah be upon you and his blessings and his mercy. Wow. I greeted you back in a bigger way Subhan Allah, that is the mercy of Allah. So Allah says, when you are greeted greet back with a better meeting, if not at least a similar greeting. Because a man takes a record of everything.

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He will recall that you didn't read that or you read it back or you're greeted in a better way. So panela imagine just a greeting. Let's not take it for granted. greet each other smile at each other. I've been speaking about this for a long time. And I promise you repeating it makes a difference makes a very big difference. You'll see a marked improvement in your lives.

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And what was the last piece of advice of local man mentioned?

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He says

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in Allah Allah you have

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what was it is he machine? Well.

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He says Don't be proud and arrogant. Because our

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law does not like those who are proud and arrogant. We spoke about that. He says,

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low your voice,

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walk humbly, moderation.

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while seated the machine, when you walk, walk like a normal human being, you don't have to dip your toes as though you are now bigger than everybody else. You don't have to rush in a way that you will fall down. And you don't have to be so slow as no people will think you are.

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But you must be balanced. That's the teaching of Islam, balancing everything.

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When you eat, you cannot have all your food today and then break for one week. No, relax, you need to eat two, three times a day.

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You don't have to be greedy, eat as much as you need. Some people love to eat.

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And all of us are supposed to be eating to live.

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There is a very big difference between the two. Some people their whole life rotates around food, food, food, and that's it. And they waste and they eat and they eat and they continue eating.

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How much are you going to eat?

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You know, one day I was speaking about destiny. And I said every morsel has been written, how many kilos of vegetables you are going to have or meat or eggs. So say your quota from Allah prior to your death was 25,000 eggs in your life. I don't know if I'm being ridiculous, but I'm just giving you an example. Okay.

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The more eggs you eat every day, the quicker you're getting to your day. Have you heard what I just did, which means your quota is over.

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So, take it easy, relax. I'm eating slowly but surely. Now you might want to understand that there are different ways of understanding what I just said. But what I am trying to say is don't be greedy, your food is not going to run away. Your last morsel you will have it no one else will eat it. If Allah wrote it for you, you will eat it before you die. Don't worry.

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You should know that no soul shall die until it has received in full the sustenance that Allah wrote for it. So if Allah wrote you the last grain of rice, you will have to pick it and eat it before you die. What I'm trying to say is let's not be greedy, what's for you is going to come to you. Let's reach out to others also, we are taught as Muslims Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said if you are a true believer, when you are cooking your skin, you will add a little bit more water and you will send a little bit to your neighbors so that they do not sleep hungry, a lot of

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your neighbors, non Muslim neighbors, your prophet is telling you when you are cooking food, nice food, make a little bit more and send them some some hand Allah so that they do not sleep hungry. That is a powerful statement because it means whatever you have, share it with others, no matter who they are, so that they do not suffer, not having had what you had. Especially if it is a necessity, like food and drink and shelter and clothing.

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Subhan Allah, this is Islam. Where are we? What are we doing across the globe? We are these teachings.

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May Allah help us to reach out to people.

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They see the goodness of this beautiful faith and will llahi they will respect Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam before anyone else, say sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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melas peace and blessings be upon him upon all the other messengers and upon every one of us. I mean,

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so he says, Oh, my son, don't walk in an arrogant fashion and lower your voice when you talk. Don't scream, no need to scream Subhanallah Don't yell at people. That's what it's meant. You swear people, you yell at them, you disrespect them. You know when you see people arguing the two are standing next to each other. But they are shouting and pointing like they're crazy. Allah says don't do that.

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It's the advice of a local man. Why? Listen to the last verse in that piece of advice in

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total hammy Indeed, the most detested song is the sound of a donkey. Have you ever heard a donkey making a noise? It's so loud. It's so irritating. And you don't know what is being said. You don't understand anything. So if two people are arguing, and they are yelling at the top of the voices, they are both fools. The reason is, no one knows what they're saying. Neither of them know what is being uttered. And the spectators they look at both of them as schools. May Allah protect us imagine this beautiful advice. My brothers and sisters today

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I've chosen a more specialized talk, in the sense that we touched on specifics, worship of Allah, development of character, respect of parents, developing relationships with our children, so that we can guide them. And we can build the nation so that in future we can have children who will be leaders by the word of Allah, because we cared for them, and we empowered them, and we educated them, and we treated them fairly, and we respected them. This is Allah Subhana Allah. And we spoke about how important it is to pray, and to reach out and we spoke about how important it is to lower our voices, and to protect ourselves from arrogance and try to respect to our people to greet one

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another. So many things we have taken a lesson regarding today. I hope and I pray that my presence here is accepted by Allah subhanho wa Taala. And I pray that your presence is also accepted, may we get up from here forgiven by Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the angels would actually be saying whenever we have gathered in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala or in the gathering, remembering Allah, Allah remembers us, the angels surround us with the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the mercy descends upon us and when we get up, we are told Get up, you are totally forgiven. So inshallah, when we leave here, we are given by Allah subhanho wa Taala. We start a new leaf, we quit

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our bad ways. We cut out all the sins we've been committing for so many years, we stopped working on our relationships with our spouses, with our family members, with our parents and children, etc, etc. We need to make sure we make amends. We need to make sure we build relationships don't destroy small matters, forgiving them, excuse the people Life is too short to hold a burden. When you don't forgive you're holding a rock on your shoulder. You have many many more rocks as you don't forgive everyone else. The day you forgive you find that you feel so good because you no longer have those rocks and boulders on your shoulders.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala Bless you all I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala bless this nation, Allah we ask you to grant us goodness Allah, we ask you to grant us mercy. We ask you to bless us in every way grant kill to those who are seeking Him. Grant Rama and mercy to those who passed away help those who are affected by the floods and mudslides. Yala helped those give them gentle metal for those those who passed away. And those who have remained make it easy for them Yama was suffering in any way. Got the peace in their suffering Yama, Yama grant this nation growth and strength Allah and all the nations Yama Grant us peace and stability across the globe Allah Allah help us to worship

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you and you alone yeah Allah help us to develop a connection with you and you alone Yama, Yama, help us in become pleased with us Yama such that the day we die You can't just paradise Allah. Allah we asked you the goodness Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asked and we seek protection from the evil he sought protection from. Allah, Allah. Allah Allah. Allah Allah Allah Subhana

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Allah Subhana Allah Subhana Allah,

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Allah, Allah Allah