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Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

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Bismillah he will hamdu Lillahi wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah who Allah Allah, he was heavy edge main.

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My beloved brothers and sisters you and I know that Musa alayhis salam or the Prophet Moses May peace be upon him was one of the greatest of the prophets of Allah subhanho wa taala, one of the top five

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and Allah Almighty makes mention of his name the most in the Quran from among the messengers.

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The fact that his name has been mentioned the most does not elevate his status beyond that of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam

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because your name being mentioned in the Quran, or should I say a name being mentioned in the Quran does not necessarily mean that it is depictive of its value based on how many times it is mentioned.

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And the reason I say this is there are people who are saying that

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Jesus may peace be upon him has a higher status in prophethood than Mohammed Salah Salem because he was mentioned more times in the Quran. And that is not true. It's got nothing to do with how many times you were mentioned, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam the Quran was revealed to him. So if the Quran was revealed to him, it is natural that his name won't appear in the Quran as many times as other messengers whose stories were repeated in the Quran.

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Another thing is,

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if value was added to the number of times someone was mentioned in the Quran, then the pharaoh of Iran is mentioned in the Quran so many times What value did he have nothing at all. It was reversed value. Chapin Iblees is mentioned several times in the Quran. So let's get this straight. How many times your name or a name is mentioned in the Quran is not indicative of its value in the in the eyes of Allah Almighty. We believe that afternoon Halki were Accra Maru SULI is Nebby Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam what that means is

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the greatest of creation the most noble of all prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala is Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. However today I'd like to address a beautiful point which is serious and at the same time, it gives a lot of comfort to the broken hearts and those who are oppressed and downtrodden.

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What is it? The Pharaoh frown?

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He was living at a time when Musa alayhis salam was sent to Allah assaulted by Allah subhanho wa Taala to the people basically to him and his cronies.

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Allah Almighty sent Musa alayhis salam, the Prophet Moses to who? to Freetown, wala Coda amo sunnah Musa yah Tina was upon him moving Illa Fe Ravana vermelha a Allah says, and remember when we sent Musa alayhis salam

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with our science?

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To who? With our clear signs to the Pharaoh and his cronies his people. Now why did Allah choose to send a messenger to the pharaoh it's important to know this.

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Imagine Allah sending a prophet of his a noble Prophet, an amazing human being one of the five top messengers of Allah, known as Oulu lasma Mina Rasul, the ones who had great determination. Do you know who those five are?

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If someone asks you as a Muslim, who are the five greatest prophets? What's your answer? You have to say?

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Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, Ibrahim alayhis salam, Musa alayhis salam, Isa Ali Salam and new Halle Salah. So that is Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Noah, with Muhammad, Salah Salem, five, may Allah has peace and blessings be upon all of them.

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So why would Allah sinned, one of these prophets with determination to a man because he was wreaking havoc on Earth, and because he was oppressing people who sail and because he kept on calling himself a god. And because he was really, really nasty, and Allah wanted a lesson to be learned by everyone right up to the end of time. That's the reason did the Pharaoh become a person who changed his life

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And bettered himself. Not at all, he became worse.

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You follow what I'm saying? Allah sent a messenger to someone from Him to guide that man and that man was not guided. How's that?

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This goes to show you and I that sometimes Allah will send you signs. Don't be a pharaoh. Take the sign in your stride and make sure that you have changed yourself.

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When we say don't be a pharaoh, the pharaoh was the one whom the signs came to the signs that he asked for, came.

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But he's still denied. That was the Pharaoh

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as the federal law, my brothers, my sisters, let's learn something very interesting.

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The Pharaoh had many gifts given to him by Allah, but he abused that

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he abused it in the worst possible way.

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He didn't recognize them as favors. He thought, it's me. I did it. I am the one I'm the sharp businessman. I made my money. I propelled myself into position of authority. I'm the boss. I'm the king. And later he began to say I'm the god. Walk on I fear Oh, no. Yeah. Are you hell Mullah Omar Aileen Tula comb in Isla in Erie, the pharaoh told his people oh my people. I don't know of any God that you people have besides me? Oh, no. Oh, no. A man who uses the loo calling himself a god, a man who has stomach problems, who needs to pass when calling himself got a man who actually becomes seeking ill calling himself God, a man who can solve his own problems. He wanted to capture one

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youngster because some fortune teller told him that there's going to be a youngster who's going to remove you from your throne. And so he started killing all of the boys because he didn't even know who the youngster was in the same youngster was brought into his own home and was looked after by his own wife and the poor fellow who called himself the God of the worlds didn't even realize it's happening under your dirty smelly nose.

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That was the man he calls himself God what did he have? He had nothing besides material items of the world

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let's not be Pharaohs

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let's understand in our lives when Allah gave you something don't think you are it don't

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don't allow it to get to your head no matter what. What What could it be let's look at what the Pharaoh had. Number one he had a lot of wealth, a lot of wealth.

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When you get money initially you're looking for a job you try and you go to all the people please give me a job they kick you out. You go to another door give me a job you apply here you apply there. Listen, listen, listen, you apply everywhere, online offline in person via someone use this use that and you apply and you're looking for a job at that stage. You know that you are nobody because you are in need of this job. And then suddenly one day you get the job boom mama driver. I finally got a few runs in my pocket. Hey, come a big man. Masha, Allah, Allah bless you. Allah bless all of us. That is a blessing of Allah. But Allah is watching. Allah says, Look, I threw a few runs

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in your direction, what are you going to do? And then suddenly you get a promotion. You are in charge of the fleet, and then you become a manager. And then you have your own business. And then suddenly it's growing and you forgot one day I was running around looking for a job. Now you got this business of your own and guess how much you making you making enough to employ 3035 4050 people. And now you start speaking to them rough but when your boss used to speak to you a little bit rough telling you why five minutes late, you used to get upset and say this man thinks he's arrogant, but the way you are speaking to the people who are now working for you, you for God,

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Allahu Akbar. You were so quick to forget right? That when I was young, and when I was still working for someone I did not like the way they spoke to me. Today I'm speaking 10 times west to the people that are working for me only because I got

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photos, a few coins. A few coins. That's what it is. You got a few reigns, or dollars or pounds or whatever it may be and suddenly you think it entitles you to speak roughly to people La Ilaha illa Allah you are a little Pharaoh in the making my brothers my sisters that's what you are.

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Allah sent message

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Just to deal with people like this.

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If you don't know why the story of the Pharaoh is mentioned in the Quran, you have a problem. It's mentioned for you and for it.

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He had more money than you. Allah sent a messenger to tell him Hey, but so be careful.

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Be careful, watch out.

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Don't overstep the mark, you are still just a person. If we want, we can flood it and flesh it in a second look at Qarun Qarun was not the Pharaoh he was a man at the time of the Pharaoh. He had a lot of wealth. And he also used to do this, that we mentioned just now haughtiness, and he used to say this money, what God who's a god here, this money was me, my brain, my brain, open the brain, it looks like scrambled eggs have you ever seen it?

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Is because it scrambled. In all honesty. If it was not for Allah to give you the proper chemical balance of your mind, you would be known as a mental case. Just because chemicals slightly imbalanced in your brain, you start hearing voices, seeing things getting angry, believing everyone wants to harm you, everyone wants to attack you. Whereas that is not even the case. They love you. They don't want to harm you. And the voices being heard are a result of something that perhaps is within and whatever else it may be. May Allah help us deal with this.

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Going through a lot on Earth, people are struggling. The point I'm raising is don't think what you got is solely your brain.

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I've said this many times and I love to repeat it. The richest of the people are those who don't have proper educational qualifications, go check coincheck

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Go look and study globally as well as locally. Your area here really beautiful area lovely, the hearts are warm, you can feel the warmth when you enter the masjid as the brothers and sisters are greeting you outside. And there is a warmth of mashallah that is wealth. That is the wealth. What is your wealth, your family, your family, your community, your society. So the enemies are trying to destroy families, they are trying to destroy societies, you no longer care for each other. You no longer bother about each other. Why? When you're alone, all single, then you just do as you please. No one is there to remind you the little Pharaohs that's what they are the little pharaohs.

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A man got a bit of money. Now he got a job he got a fleet. He became arrogant he starts instructing. It's not wrong to tell people listen, the job starts at eight, you're not go for lunch at one, you come back at two and up to five o'clock you shall work five o'clock you knock off please. There is a little contraption, you clock your card in and you clock it out. Thank you very much no harm. I spoke with respect. I put down my rules. I'm a little bit strict because we have a business to run. And I'm polite.

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And then I can tell my brother, this is warning number one. You did not attend on time. Is there any explanation? You have no explanation? Well, if this happens two more times, unfortunately, I'll have to look for someone more productive. That's hard, right? It's very hard. But guess what? It's not wrong. They didn't insult you. They only read the riot act to you. That's all. They only told you that listen, this is work. You want to take it or leave it either way. But when a person becomes haughty, what do they do? They start saying you I employ you come here two o'clock in the morning you got to go why? Because I gave you a job. My brother I have a family I have people I have

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responsibilities and working for you eight to five you cannot call me at five past five. And if you want to you pay me more than double because guess what? It's overtime and it's after hours. And that's if I can make it if I cannot don't feel bad but we are little pharaohs, what happens when you got money, you become stingy. That's what happens when you got monk that the stingiest of the lot of the the people who have the most

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trust me, you have guys who have very little they will take out and give you guys got millions, not all of them. There is an exception. There are some who are very generous, but a lot of them the more they get, the more they cling to it. That's part of what we were told by the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon.

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You stick to it when you start loving it too much. You don't want to spend. Allah says We gave you so you can spend so that you can earn paradise. But what happens to us, we get it and we gather it we want to amass it because I'm a millionaire. I want to be known as a billionaire. I want to be known as a trillionaire then when I die they'll say the trillionaire has died. What happened with the trillions, whatever happened so long as they knew I was the trillionaire but you never even spent the money Subhanallah you could have built a hospital in every village in your country but you didn't. You know why? You just wanted to be known as a

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trillion Have you built the hospitals, you may have not been known as a trillionaire because you spent your monies, but in the eyes of Allah, you were successful. sadaqa jariya for you up to the end, a charity, the reward of which continues way beyond your death. My brothers, my sisters, the pharaoh, Allah sent him a prophet to tell him, don't let your money get to your head. That was a message and another message. What was it? Because when you have a lot of money, you see initially in any community, this is man, mankind, any community. Look, it's my first time coming to your beautiful Masjid in this lovely community in Rivoli, but I can guarantee you shape and comes to

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everyone good and bad.

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In any society and community, when people have money, people, the others respect the money they have. Have you seen it? They respect the money they have. And there comes a time when more than one person starts getting a similar amount of money. Now you've got 5 million days, and 10 million is now what's it about? It's no longer about millions because we've all made the millions. Now it's about power. Flex your muscle. How many people can I control? So the mask must run according to me? Because I got a million more than you. That's why. Who are you? You're a little Pharaoh. That's what it is a pharaoh in the making.

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Don't think because of your money, you're entitled to have a say impossible no chance that is wrong. If what you are saying is right, even if you have no money you are entitled.

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If what you are suggesting is a point of guidance. Even if you have nothing people should listen to what you have to say. What

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I mean apostle Medina to Janome knowing Surya sin, Allah says a man came from the, from the innermost part of the city and what happened? He was an ordinary person. He was warning these guys What did he have neither money nor authority. He was correct. He said oh people follow the messenger. What did they do to him? They didn't listen to you. The Pharaoh himself Allah says what color Raja minuman Ali frown X Domo Eman Atapattu Luna La Jolla ne Por La Biela a man from the family of the Pharaoh came up and said Why are you killing this person? Simply because they are calling you towards Allah. But who was he? Neither did he have money? No authority, so they didn't

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listen to him. But was his speech Correct? Yes. Was he mentioned by Allah in the Quran? Yes. The message was that of power. Although it's anonymous, we don't know his name. But he was a powerful man because his message was right. The minute you start listening to the wrong things said to you by those with money, you have a problem.

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Are you to NASA Malou Illa Melinda who man who?

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The poet says I see the people inclining towards those who have money and the term Mala means to incline and Mal also means wealth. Look at how it works.

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We're not condemning money, everyone wants wealth. Sure, we all would like good job and good income Masha Allah may Allah bless us all with sustenance, but sustenance with baraka and blessings. When you get money, it doesn't mean it's a sign of the happiness of Allah. Some of the greatest things did not have so much in terms of material wealth.

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If

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material wealth, depicted the love of Allah

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Nabina Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam would have owned in Tyre creation, trust me.

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All the materialistic wealth on Earth.

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Allah would have given it to him. The people offered it to him. He told them, Well, Allah, if you put the sun in my right hand, the moon in my left hand, and you asked me to stop calling towards the goodness, I wouldn't stop.

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What does that mean? It means keep your things that's not what impresses me or attracts me. What's right is right.

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Here's the Pharaoh. What did he say? He became so arrogant. He wanted to control so he was scared because a man was going to come to take him off his seat and remove his control. He was warned about it. He became frightened. So what happened? He says, Allah says waka Allah Farah Onoda, oni opportune Musa Alia Dora.

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He says, all my people leave me Let me kill Moses. Let him call his Lord who's his Lord? Who is his Lord? It's like a man with a gun in front of you. And he says, I'm gonna shoot you call your Lord mean, he's stupid because you might kill me today. Guess what?

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My Lord is coming for you after my death. How's that?

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How's that? My Lord will come for you I might be gone, but you gain nothing. From this day onwards your life is a misery and the mess and you're going to be dealt with if not by the law of the land definitely by the justice of Allah.

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That's it. How can you say where's your Lord? Call him let's see, when we get sick and ill people say we is Mohammed Stavroula. Number one is, Allah is a Shafi Mohammed Salah Salem is our NABI sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. But you have people of other faiths coming to the weekends from amongst us telling them come. I remember a youngster telling me clearly this has happened more than once he says, people from other faiths came to me and told me Jesus will cure you, Muhammad won't.

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So I told him when they come back to you tell them they are 25 other people who are Christians who have bigger diseases, they remain in the same ward. What about them?

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How's that? How's that for a response? It's got nothing to do with that. It's good. It is just cheap, psycho where you coming to someone and trying to con them that because you worshipping Allah, you're not getting cured. But there are people worshipping a religion, they are worshipping from long and they are even in the worst of position. It's got nothing to do with it. Don't come to our people and try to con them in that way. That's why I'm here to say, You know what, we worship Allah alone. That's what it is whether I'm sick or not, ultimately, what's going to happen to me, I'm going to die. If not today, then tomorrow. Do you agree? Is death? A loss in the sense that does it

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mean I've I am doomed.

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In fact, through death, I will go to paradise. If I don't want to die, I'm not going to go. I have hope in the Lord, who is merciful? What hope do you have

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the Pharaoh? He says, Let me kill Moses, let him call his Lord. So the question obviously is, why would you want to do that? You know what he says, in me, for you, but de la de Nakum, I'm fearing that he's going to make you change your religion up to now you worshiping Me, and you are saying you are the God and the Lord and fearing he is going to come and make you change that. So what was Musa alayhis salam bringing, he was liberating the mind from worshiping anything besides the maker alone.

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The Prophet Moses May peace be upon him was liberating the mind by the guidance of Allah subhanho wa Taala to make the mind realize that your Lord is the one who made you, and nobody else no one would money, no one would authority is your Lord, not the Lord No.

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Subhanallah

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this was the Pharaoh. He says, I fear that he will change you your faith. Oh, and you're the hero of our daily facade, he's going to create chaos and corruption on earth is going to cause problems. Because up to now we are moving all correctly. And you know what? There's no corruption and chaos. I'm the god I'm the Lord, according to the Pharaoh was saying, and he was wrong in that. But he says when everything is moving smoothly, he's going to come here and make you believe I'm no longer the God and then you guys are going to rebel against me. Allah says that's the whole reason why we sent the Prophet Moses, because there was too much tyranny this man was doing as he wishes, you don't do

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as you wish you respect

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others, you honor them.

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You offer them, goodness, for the sake of Allah. You worship your maker alone.

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So a man comes up and says, Why are you killing this person?

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If he is lying to you, then his lie is against him. And if he's telling you the truth, one day, you will serve punishment. You will be sentenced you will have severe punishment against you. But they say no, it's okay.

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This was the Pharaoh. What did Musa alayhis salam say?

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Musa alayhis salaam looked at him and told him you know what I call you to worshiping the maker alone.

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You know, you are not a god, you know that this wealth you have can be taken and snatched, you know that you're just a human being and you know, the crimes you've committed.

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But no.

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Two things got to his head.

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Over and above other items,

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his money meaning his belongings, his ownership. And secondly, his authority. The fact that he was a leader or in a position of leadership

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cut to his head. So Allah punished him and destroyed him and Allah Almighty made an example out of him as much as he used to call himself the Lord of the world.

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He used to call himself the Lord of the Worlds.

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So much so that he became so helpless. I want to talk about two things before I close. Number one is, and the lesson is for all of us when you become haughty. When you oppress people because you think you got money. And when you oppress people because you think you've got wealth, or authority, sorry. So wealth and authority, Allah is giving you a chance, then he's coming for you.

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And when Allah comes for someone, trust me, you have no chance. Not at all.

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What did happen to the Pharaoh?

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He had everything. He didn't have one or two men, he had 1000s of men working for him, go check the pyramids out.

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He had a lot more than what you can imagine, for Allah to mention him. He had a lot, indeed.

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But at the end, when he was following, and I'm cutting the long story short, he's following Musa Moses May peace be upon him with all with the people. And he enters into that, that the Sea and the Sea opens and he says it's opening for me. Wow. Yes, it was for you. It was

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the sea.

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He hesitated a little bit, he looks at the sea check. This thing is opened wide. Wow, let's go. It's open for me. It did, but not for you to be saved, for you to be destroyed. That's what it was something a man who called himself The Lord of the Worlds suddenly he thinks this is for him to be saved or to win or be victorious. Yet it's the opposite. And the fool didn't even realize

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Subhan Allah

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so as he's entering the in the water starts encroaching on him and his people. And he realizes he's now drowning. He wanted to say I believe in the Lord of the Worlds, but he couldn't say that because he was the one who called himself The Lord of the world. So if he says La Ilaha illa Allah He used to call himself Allah, what was the point? He had to say? La ilaha illa Ledi manage, be he been who is Surah e. Allah Akbar.

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He had to say there is no God worthy of worship besides the one whom Balu Israel and Moses call out to. That's what he had to say. You see the example Allah gave in the Quran. He couldn't even say Lai Lama because he called himself Allah. He had to say La ilaha illa. Allah the armaments we did when we slide one I mean, then muslimin I must surrender. I'm surrendering. Now. Allah says, ah,

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not well thought out sign into

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Terminal CD, Allahu Akbar. Allah says, No, you want to repent, you want to turn and all along when we sent you reminder upon reminder upon reminder, you nothing happened you were from among those who spread chaos and corruption. It's too late.

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That was example number one. You see how weak he became he couldn't even say a statement. He had to clarify himself because he used to call himself the god. Second thing.

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When he was drowned completely, two things happened. The people may have doubted that this man is not dead because he used to call himself the Lord of the Worlds he's going to come back. Number one. Number two is the sea

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apparently, according to some narration

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found him too dirty to be within that pure water. Who tahu Roma Oho.

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At the Pharaoh is in the water, Allah instructed the water to spit him out.

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Finally our man owner Jacob Biba, Danny curry takuna, the man called FACA i Yeah, we're in a Kathy run. Cin Tina Rafi known on this day, we have instructed that your body be preserved motionless, so that you can be an example for those to follow because many people are definitely oblivious of our science. That's what Allah says.

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So he was specked out of

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the sea, and he is motionless body lay on the side to this day. It is there. A man who called himself The Lord of the worlds and you see the flaking of this brittle skin happening.

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mummified

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Ramses the second or not is irrelevant.

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But Allah says, is preserved because Allah wants every tyrant to know your day is coming. You might cause chaos on earth you might threaten people you might execute your threat, but it's limited you also have to die. People say I'll kill this guy. Hang on after that in what do you have today? Say No, but you know what? If you pull the trigger,

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I tell you, Allah's trigger is not even a trigger you can see. They say the word of a human can be heard. The Word of Allah doesn't even have a crack.

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It is silent, but it is absolutely violent.

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The rain you see out there comes down pitter patter. You look at it, you smile you initially enjoy you walk out, but if you're sitting there oblivious of Allah or pressing, you ought be worried that this rain is not going to stop and the same rain causes floods. And the little while later, your wall comes crashing, and sometime later, the wind begins to blow and your roof is off. And a little while later your entire house is uprooted. And you are standing there being beaten from tree to tree as the trees are being uprooted as well. And you are being pounded through the water and you are going straight into the oceans and you don't even know where and there's no sign of you because at

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the end of the day, you're covered and you're actually gone invisible, totally lost in the mud and the slime and whatever else that followed after the disaster yet you are partying when initially the same rain that was going to destroy you started as a pitter patter.

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The punishment of Allah when it comes,

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it comes, what's the message today?

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Please come down. That's the message. Let's turn back to Allah. Don't let things get to your head. You are no bigger than anybody else. You are just one number. Respect people, honor them. Don't let your money and your power get to your head. Because that heads

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is going to be the root of your destruction at some point. If you continue this way. May Allah protect all of us Apolo kolyada or SallAllahu wasallam albaraka ala Nabina.