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Dress and Obligation, Hong Kong

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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa Sallim wa barik ala Muhammad Sallallahu ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa

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ala de Nueva, we always will continue praising Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and we asked him to accept the few words of praise that we engage in. And we asked him to allow us to lead a life that will be full of praise of his indicating that we really and truly praise Him not only by our mouths, but by everything else. Also, we ask him to bless Send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who was sent to us in order to remove us from the darkness and to bring us to the light blessings and salutations upon all the previous prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala and all their companions May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. I mean, my brothers and sisters

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in Islam.

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There is a lot of excitement within me right now as I'm standing here for many reasons, and maybe I can pause for a moment and explain Firstly, I have a colleague of mine Sheikh Abdullah Berry, who I whom I've just met again, we were in Madina munawwara together, Mashallah.

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Secondly, I have just met for the first time she has canal. And I've heard a lot from him, I actually have

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a joke that I took from him and I did make mention that one of my colleagues have said that was him. And that was the joke if you guys know it, of the mango juice, do remember, it's there. So panela so we ask Allah Subhana Allah Allah to bless us all imagine I'm just remembering something because the first time I ever seen him, was actually at that point when my wife sent me a little clip, and told me Do you know the shade things I said, I will know him in Sharla. And here we are my survival of Allah subhanho wa Taala we're basically doing the same thing. And every one of us would like to draw closeness to Allah. And this is one of the other reasons why I'm so excited is to be able to share

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with you a few good words by the will of Allah words of motivation. And you know, the topic I will be speaking about today, but I want to introduce it in a different way, seeing that I'm in Hong Kong when I was going from the hotel

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or should I say from the airport to the hotel, something strange happened I remembered that I've forgotten my phone at the airport at a certain spot certain place. And so what happened is I told a brother Brother Pharaoh who was with me, I said, Brother, this is what happened. Let's let's get back into the terminal and see what's happening. And Mashallah, I decided at that point that if the phone has to go, it's gone Alhamdulillah two SIM cards, it has dual SIM, so two SIM cards, and the phone with whatever it is Alhamdulillah You know, it has its little lock. And even if they open it big deal, you know, the world will find out that this man's system has been hacked by the handler.

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And I went in there was a procedure of getting back into you know, before the customs and so on. And I got in and guess what, it was exactly where I had put it exactly there. And today some a brother Idris told me he says you know what? Like that generally the people here are quite honest, quite upright, you know, you will find things that Mashallah that's very good, because that is Islam. If you enter a Muslim country, and you find people robbing here and there, they are not practicing Islam, but if you find honesty, even in the non Muslims, they have a portion of what Islam teaches in them. And this is something that really was unique. It touched my heart. Another thing on a

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lighter note to as I was coming, I saw them saying that there was there was a sign they're saying one Chai, or Chai one. I don't know what Which one was it Chai one? No, I think where are we staying is a place called one Chai. So I was looking forward because I know in the Indian language, Chai means tea, right? I said they'll offer me a nice cup of tea there. So panela and today when I was coming back, it was the other way around. It was Taiwan, meaning you left your tea in the back and now you're going somewhere else. So Panama so I looked at the brother I said hey, Is this okay? He said no, no, it's just a different place. They swap it so I said okay, so I'm sure if this place is

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Hong Kong, there must be a place called Kong Hong. And he says yes, there is and I started laughing. I said I was just joking. He said no, there is a place called Kong home. It's a little area here it's a little area it's not a city or anything. small area they call it come home so Allah make it easy. Now I live that you know, it's my minkee someone and minkeys my will be somewhere else.

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all goodness, brothers and sisters. Islam is not a religion of gloom and doom. You notice how we just started now? We're trying to be good Muslims. So am I it's a trial. It's a life, a life full of trying to pass the test. And I want to start off by telling you that there is a big difference between a believer and a non believer, a person who believes their outlook to life is completely different from one who does not believe and this is something unique.

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is something that you have to realize as a starting point, because sometimes when I'm discussing with a person who does not believe, and you're talking about things, they only think in a specific way, and believe me, their norms keep changing in a way that sometimes is very embarrassing, and they still don't realize, you know, recently we've seen the globe moving in a certain way, okay. And we all know that, according to the global norms, democracy is something that is looked very high up to, and is considered a standard, but part of that democracy is the right to disagree. That's part of democracy, which means it's my freedom to agree with you or to disagree with you yet. The same

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democracy disagrees with our disagreement to some things. And this is something that the fathers of democracy are perhaps perpetrating, perhaps purposely May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant the communist like myself and yourself a little bit more sense to understand what exactly is going on my brothers and sisters, imagine if you were to say, or if someone, let's say, let me give you a different example. If someone was to say, you know, I believe Islam is wrong, are they right? Or do they have a right to say that they have a right to say that they have a right to disagree with me, they have a right to believe that what I am saying is wrong. I have heard people saying Islam is

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barbaric. No one says anything. I have heard people saying Islam teaches this and teaches that which it does not teach, I have heard only silent are muted answers of those like myself and the others that are never ever perhaps, you know, circulated amongst the same people who are saying these things. And we have never heard a landslide sort of response to it, or the whole world making a big hoo ha about why someone disagrees with Islam, or believes in it, that which is not really in it. And therefore comes to a conclusion that it is a religion of doom and gloom and so on, and it has no goodness in it. But if anyone has to disagree, for example, just disagree to say, you know what, I

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don't really agree with homosexuality, for example, just an example. I don't really feel you know, that it's the right thing to do if someone has to say that the whole world will descend on them like they've never seen the evening or the morning. And then we want to say you do not have a right to disagree with this. That's what the world is going to so let's wake up and see what's happening in front of us. I have you been studying something you know, the movement that the the the sexual sort of movement of mankind May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us.

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And believe me, it's heading towards animals in the sense that there will come a time very soon, when not only will it be the same thing to marry the sheep or the goats or the animals, but it will be wrong for you and I to disagree, you will be jailed if you disagree.

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Everyone's just looking at me. 10 years from today, we might meet again, then you look at me differently.

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Allah protect us because 10 years back where we were and where we are today is already proving certain things. It's proving points, that we have no right to disagree when it comes to certain things you have no right. But when people call you a dog just because you believe in one God, when people call you an animal, just because you are a person who prays five times a day when people call you a sadistic person just because you believe that there is heaven and hell after you've lived, then there is nothing wrong, they have the right to disagree with you. But when you say my brother, I don't think what you're doing is wrong. Sorry, is correct. I believe that what you're doing is

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actually not ideal. Or even if you just say it's not for me, they will say I can prosecute you I can jail you and you perhaps will be jailed, depending on who you are, is that what the world is all about? So this is why we say the outlook of a believer and the non believer is totally different. Let me explain to

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the mere fact that you and I are going to die proves that this life was not just to enjoy the mere fact that I'm going to die and you're going to die proves that this life has a meaning to it. Because if it was here to enjoy, I would not die I would be living and excited and if I did well I would get more years the more well you do the sooner you die eat more diacritic Have you ever heard that

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you know I can explain that to you from two different ways so panela people say that you know when you eat a lot you become fat and you become sick and so on. I don't really think so. It depends on your so many other factors but let's just go on what people say. So they say if you eat this and if you eat that, you know you die on whatever so quickly and cholesterol and so on and so forth. Okay, so panela we believe is mostly mean that we do not live to eat but rather we eat to live in the sense that we appreciate the food we will eat it we will thank the almighty we will we will know how limits when it comes to food. We know what to eat and what not to eat and that is for a reason and

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I'm going to get to that reason today inshallah.

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We

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Do not just believe that you eat whatever you see and whatever you like just because you've seen it and you like it, no.

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And at the same time, we believe that the exact amount that you are going to eat

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is already written.

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It's already written

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a llama nevsun Lanza Motorhead data to Stephen Miller his Aha, you need to know that no soul shall taste death until its sustenance is completely delivered. If one droplet or one grain of rice is written for you, still, you won't die until you actually consumed it, then once you consume it, you go. So people say, Well, I'd rather eat less because if if five kgs of chicken is written for me, and I eat five grams a day, then I prolong my life. But if I sit and eat five kilos at once I'm dead.

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It might sound a bit funny but to be honest with you, that is all part of the plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala we will not understand the details of it. But we believe that Allah has in his hands, and he has written completely, exactly what we will have and how we will have before we leave. So I was saying the fact that you are going to die and I am going to die already proves to the mind that this life is not just to enjoy, you know, we are living a life that we believe is full, it's complete. I have Subhan Allah May Allah grant us all good health control over my hands. I feel I was walking up here, I know what I'm doing. I'm standing I'm holding. I'm sweating. Mashallah 97 degrees of percent

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humidity from Allah, Allah, and whatever else it is, you're laughing so we're not used to it. My brother shift command is the first time he's coming to Hong Kong. First thing I had to ask him was how's the humidity 97% of Allah, and sweating in an air conditioned room. That's your Hong Kong for you. I wonder how it will be gone home my brother.

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So the truth is, I feel and I really believe firmly that I'm alive. I'm living I'm, I've got a brain and mind. Do you know what what you have is not actually perfect.

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You will still have the perfect mind and body and everything else in the life after death.

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It would be an injustice, Lord, if you were to just create us to pass time in this world with no paradise with nothing to come after. Because this body is far from being perfect. The mind is far my condition in this world is very far from being happy.

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In the sense of the materialistic world, not the spiritual world, there's a difference between the two materialistically I would love so much more. But it's my spirituality that in reality by believe, would be of essence, if I don't believe it's all materialism, you know, in this part of the world, the religion, in a lot of cases is money. It's money. Everything yesterday I walked into a shop, I forgot my little bar of soap back in some shower. So I came in and asked for an accurate soap. And they did not know what accurate soap was. So I looked and I said, You know what, it's a bar of soap without perfume and perhaps, you know, suitable for little kids and so on. And the man

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gave me a bar, there was a certain brother with me. And he was written on it for zero, which means he was supposed to charge me 40 he looked at me and said, How much is this? He looked he says 60 I smiled and I gave him the 60 and I carried on and in my mind. I said, May Allah forgive this man. Because 40 was for the soul and 20 Why did you forget yourself at home? That's what the other 20 was for. Subhana Allah so I thought to myself, I said he's just worshipped his God and to be honest with you. The look on his face was such that I just said, may Allah guide this man Subhana Allah, He didn't even want to see me. And I smiled at him and he just almost crawled back at me. And I said,

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Mashallah, I will not let myself drop in character, just because the other man is growling. If I grow, I become the same animal Allahu Akbar, Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us and may or may not be, I didn't really have a bad thought. But I felt sorry, in the sense that I said, I can't really read this man except in a negative way right now. And it's up to me to be able to thank Allah for what he's given me and to be able to say, Okay, no problem. If this was your whole life all about here goes, it's okay. You know, it's clear where prices have been written and so on. And to be honest with you, I walked away learning a lesson to say for the sake of Allah, and this brings me

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back to something else but for the sake of Allah, we should be helping one another. Do you know that there is a right that the visitor has upon you for three days? There was a time in Makkah to makara in the 60s and 70s. Ask your parents and grandparents and those who've been for Hajj at the time. Were the first three days no one would ask you anything, you would go to what is known as Mr. Lim, you would sit with him and what would happen is three days you have a choice, he would feed you and you'd stay there and everything after three days you decide whether you want to remain in hajj with him or not. My father told us to me and then you know, you would say okay, Mashallah. He's a good

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person and so on. I will remain they only start charging

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From the fourth day, so I told myself we are live that had to happen today we'd be three days here three days there three days somewhere else.

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We have a free house and we walk away.

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But the life is changed. Today before you go, you are charged. And guess what if your flight is delayed Tough luck, not only do you lose your accommodation, because it's given to someone else, but you've paid for it that's also forfeited, Mashallah so much about the rights of a Muslim upon another, so much about about the rights of a person who's a traveler, may Allah Subhana, Allah grant us goodness and kindness. So my brothers and sisters, a person who believes would feel and would believe that this life is only a test t St. Nothing else I have come in, you know, I like to say you drop into the life, you lead the life and you come out of it.

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Others have dropped into the life they've laid it, they've come out of it, when you're going to go and how you're going to know was not left to you because you would never want to go and you would never choose a way of going.

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If I were to ask you right now, okay. How many years do you want to live? What's the age what's Give me the date of death with choose your own date of death.

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People will say, Hey, I don't want to die. It's a fact, not realizing that this is just a test. It's like in a school, you enjoying the company of your teacher and so on. I don't ever want to leave your school, but you need a certificate you need to graduate and go out to the real life in order to apply what you've learned in order to be able to say, Hey, guys, I've got a qualification I worked hard. And here it is. That's what happens in life. This is a school we are being tested. One after the other monthly tests, weekly tests, daily tests, the major tests our life.

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Jain from Allah to Boone Allah.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Do they not see that every year we test them once or twice major tests, this verse was revealed regarding the tests of MCI and so on, and the battles and whatever else has taken place. But the lesson is for every one of us tested in a major way, once or twice in the year, yet they don't want to repent and they don't want to be reminded or they do not take heed.

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What about us, we have tests every day things go against our world.

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Well against our world, but because we believe we believe the will of Allah is what overrides everything you want Allah once, whatever Allah once will finally ultimately happen. You work towards what you want, yes, but whether you achieve it or not, is in the hands of Allah. If you do not work towards what you want, you become a lazy person whose belief is somewhat, somewhat faulty, because it's known as tawakkol.

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When a person says, Allah will look after my car, but the windows are open, the doors are open. And you just think that you know what, it's okay. It's predestiny if it was written for it to go, it will go well, if you've left it open, you're actually telling a lie Allah, Allah.

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Allah says, I've given you the capacity and the ability, and I've given you a role to play and the capacity ability to fulfill that role, fulfill it and leave the rest in my hands in a beautiful way. You say now it's predestiny. Do what you have to start zero law. That is blasphemy. That is wrong. You know, people who don't want to go out to hunt for a job, and then they sit at home and say, Well, if sustenance is written for me, it will plop through the ceiling. Believe me, the ceiling might fall down.

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Believe me, because you haven't understood the term destiny, Allah you haven't understood go out work hard. The Hadith says lo

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calluna. Allah Allah

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de la raza

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doesn't do what

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the Hadith says if you had to have the correct trust in Allah subhanho wa Taala, he would sustain you, he would provide for you in the same way that he provides for a bird.

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And it doesn't stop there. He says the bird leaves the nest early morning with an empty belly and comes back in the evening or comes back later on. Full which means it went out to work and it worked hard It flew for hours on end it picked whatever it could and came back that shows that you have to work towards something it is alhama and farrokh. Another narration says work hard to achieve that which is beneficial for you may Allah Subhana Allah grant has benefit. So why am I starting this way? Why is the talk starting this way because the foundation is far more important than what is to come. If you do not have a foundation you will never understand why the dress code why halal why

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haram Why is this why are certain things permissible? Why cannot Why can we not just do this and why can we not do that? Because if you have belief in you, you will know that there is a greater plan. This is part of a test like when you enter an examination. Can you cheat? No, but what's wrong? I'm just looking

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I've got eyes, I'm just extending my eyes to the one plus one answer of the guy next door. What's the big deal? Everyone knows common logic, you're not allowed to cheat. It's the rule. Can you take in your mobile phones? Most examinations? You cannot. Most examinations you cannot no mobile phone No, sometimes a math test and they don't allow you a calculator. Why? Because they say don't become lazy. At a certain age, you're not allowed the calculator, you need to know it just from your fingers or from your head. Someone says five plus five plus six minus three plus five plus eight minus this times that divided by that. What would you say? Someone would say one? Already, they

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would know the answer. But some of us we need to sit and say okay, this this

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and still come up with a wrong answer. Because we're still used to calculators and so on. So Allah has rules, he has regulations, you need to adopt them, you need to abide by them. That's your test. Your test is beautiful, because it's not just in an exam room. It's in something Allah has prepared for you known as the world. And Allah says, You know what, there will be certain things you're going to dig out of the ground, we will make sure that you consider them valuable just to make it a bit more interesting. What's that? golden silver? Where did it come from? platinum, it came from under the ground, Africa. Well, I come from Africa, remember that? Russia? So gold and silver comes from

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Africa, but it's used everywhere else? You thought of it? Mashallah. And, well, one might argue it might not be that accurate, but a lot of it comes from Africa, let's be honest. So, Allah says, if you think about it carefully, what is it it's something very, very small. It's just something that they've refined. And they've made it valuable, you know, it's become valuable gold, silver. Wow. So, your life, you're gonna have to come in. When you come in, you're naked, meaning you're not unclothed, right? You don't know how to speak, you don't know how to say hello. And you come in. It's a test at that point for your parents as well. You will be closed you will be looked after you

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need to learn to talk you need to learn manners you need to learn face. When you get to the age of puberty, you need to start asking questions. Why am I believing what I believe? Everyone needs to ask these questions. Even Muslims, believe me, it's wrong for us to think you know what, you're a Muslim. Don't ask why are you believing what you're believing? Ask it you will find the answers then you will be believing with basura pasila, meaning you know why you're doing what you're doing. But we'll have the sabini

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tell them this is my path, I call towards Allah, but upon knowledge upon conviction, upon knowledge, upon foresight upon that which Allah has blessed us with, I am calling towards Allah upon sound knowledge, myself and those who follow me. So we will all call towards Allah upon sound knowledge and say, I am not from amongst those who engage in polytheism I worship Allah and Allah alone. It's an amazing verse of the Quran, because it teaches us that you need to question you need to know the answers so that you can give other people the answer. So someone says, For example, why am I praying five times a day? Go back? And it doesn't mean that I must leave it for now No, find the answer, and

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you will be able to get it. Sometimes you will understand logic, and sometimes you will not understand the logic, although it's there. And sometimes it's a matter of belief, Allah testing you like Ibrahim the Prophet Abraham, the Old Testament also declares that at the stage, he was instructed to sacrifice his child, okay, there is a dispute between the Muslims and the others as to who exactly the child was, we say that it's proven even from a historical point of view that it was made. And the other say, perhaps it was the other. But to be honest, is how Allah subhanho wa Taala is peace and blessings be upon him to?

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To be honest, the fact is, he was instructed to do something that did not make sense in all heavenly religions agree with that.

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He was instructed to sacrifice his son, did it make sense? No, no sense whatsoever. But the fact that he knew it came from his maker, he surrendered to it because he knew this is just a test. And this is just something that's going to come to pass. And as a result, I'm going to achieve something far greater. So he went ahead to fulfill the instruction, although he didn't understand it, because he knew its source. And this proves to us and like I said, this is not unique to Islam. This particular story of Ibrahim alayhi salam, you know, there is difference between the different religions and so on. But the fact that he was instructed to do something of this nature is agreed

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upon.

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Why have you ever asked yourself, there are certain things you and I will have to do? That may not be so testing as that but they will definitely be things that we may not immediately understand.

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can give you a quick example. Can I give you a quick example? Okay? If a person breaks wings, and they had what is known as they were upon the condition of ablution what happens? They need to repeat that ablution that will do, but they never ever wash

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when they broke, when from sort of that

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someone might say, but breaking windows, why did I have to wash my hands in my face? Come on, I'd rather have, you know, wash my backside Subhan Allah, may Allah protect us.

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But that is a test of Allah, it makes you arrive at a level of physical cleanliness, as well as spiritual cleanliness, which sometimes you may not understand immediately, but you will feel it, we feel it, we know it. It's something it's a condition when you believe in the almighty spirituality overtakes you in a beautiful way beautiful, you feel things, you feel spirituality, even in a person.

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And you feel spirituality Subhana Allah, even when it comes to your deeds, you want to fulfill your Salah, because that plugin with Allah, you know, I was reading about something lately, breathing, and so on. And I'm thinking to myself,

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if you have to say to the world today that you know what, take the take the name Islam out of everything, but give the Islamic teachings

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and market them without using the term Islam or Muslims, believe me the fastest and best selling. In fact, people are doing that today. People who are non Muslim are actually doing them. They take Islamic teachings, they study Islam deeply, they remove Islam and the Muslims out of the picture. And they teach the same thing. They teach mannerisms, etiquettes social conduct so many other things so much so that international law is also derived from the life of Muhammad Sallallahu, Alayhi, wasallam. So much so that so many things are actually taken from it, but they won't tell you them.

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It's just because people are somewhat fearful. Because Islam perhaps is so is growing so quick. And it's so big, that you know what, with us, I have a policy, I don't like to say, fastest growing religion. Well, why must I brag about it? For what? Somehow Allah to me, it's my test. Like I said, you come into the world, you came without anything, you're going to be taught things. When you get to the age of puberty, you start asking questions, that is your test, and you know what will happen?

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You need to find a law of worship Him alone. And you need to understand that he has sent for you a book recently, I was faced with a certain very embarrassing situation where a man who was a Christian was sitting next to me and you know, we have a policy of respecting all we are human beings at the end of the day. So basically, I said, I greeted him and so on. And we had about one and a half hours together because of the flight. And so he tells me, you know, the Quran is a satanic book. I said, Have you read it? He said, I just read a few snippets. I said snippets and you're telling me satanic book. He says, well, the Bible is far you no more superior and so on. I

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said, Okay, hang on, hang on. We believe in the original manuscripts of all these fakes, we believe in them. And the truth is, I'd like you to swear to your maker, that you will read the Quran, and you will read the Bible,

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read it cover to come. And you tell me which sounds more heavenly. Because according to you, the only heavenly book is the Bible. According to me, they were all heavenly books, but some have been changed. And the translation is watered down in spirituality in a very, very big way. But I want you to read these books. And you tell yourself, I have to pick up one at the end of me reading these books. And I have to say, this is the one that has more superiority. It is more fit to be the Word of God than anything else. You do me that favor. He says, I will definitely do that. Believe me. I don't know what happened as a result. But for me, I told him my brother, I know what if you are a

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true human being a true human being and you've read the scriptures, all of them, and you tell yourself pick out one. That is definitely something of the high the closest that it could be to the Word of God, according to us, not a Muslim, you will come up with the Quran. I've read the Bible. I've read a lot of scriptures, a lot of manuscripts, a lot of different people's beliefs and so on. Believe me, nothing touches me as much as the Quran. And that's because I'm a believer, yes, but I want to tell you, even the disbelievers from the time of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam the Quran has something in it that is so amazing because it's the word of Allah, I always tell the non

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Muslims do me a favor, read the book, and then tell yourself from all the books I've read in my whole life. I have to choose one that I firmly believe is the closest to what could be the Word of God. I'm only using this as language because we would be addressing non Muslims. You know, I mean, I believe it's the word of Allah. I definitely have no doubt in it, not a single speck of it. Never have I never will I inshallah, but I want to tell you something. When you're talking to a non Muslim, you cannot shove things down their throat

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But sometimes they have an Allah gives you an opportunity because of some reason for you to reach out to them in a beautiful way. And this is why

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when I, anytime I get emails or I get messages of people who swear and they call you barbaric, I tell myself, I'll handle it. You know what? Most of those who accept Islam are those who swore it before.

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In my experience, from my experience, those who really thought it was bad. So when someone says it's barbaric, that's a beautiful step because now they've Islam is in the limelight to them. It's there, it's now a showcase, you know, but if a person is not bothered, I don't mind I'm not even interested. It's harder to get all of them. But here, it's already there. All you got to do is just say, read, keep on reading find out, you get your questions answered from the right source, and let them keep on carry on. So panela I'm sure you all know, Brother arnoud Van Loon. So panela or you may know him You may not know Him, we met him also now in Dubai, and his son accepted Islam, this

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man was responsible for the movie against Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And he was belonging to a party that hated Islam and the Muslims, and he did whatever it was in his capacity at the time to harm Islam and the Muslims. And he says, later on, obviously, Allah showed him the light. Like I said, he accepted Islam. And he says, I feel so happy to read the story of Omar

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who had gone out to harm and he came back with guidance. Amazing. So this is why I say when someone comes out and starts attacking your dress code, your your dietary code, for example, all the other things, hang on, it's an opportunity, but don't mess it up. Don't mess it up. You know, it's like one day there were a group of little teenage girls and I got an email telling me this, and she says, You know what? We were moving with our friends. And when they when they call us something, we call them back the same thing. So I'm just imagining dog dog. Okay, monkey, monkey.

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mela safeguard us.

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Somehow, you got to break that circle. Someone calls you a dog, you don't just start barking. Otherwise, you prove that you are

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loved lava Aqua, you need to relax, take it easy. Someone says a dog prove to them who is the dog lover.

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neither me nor you? See, I think you must have thought I'm gonna say David.

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So my brothers and sisters, as you are leading your life, you have rules and regulations you will have to live by. There are people who have not lived by them, they also died. There are people who have lived by them have also led a very happy life. If you look at people who are religious and spiritual, for example, you will find something unique in them. They may not have the world, but they have happiness and contentment right up to the last moment, even whilst they are dying. Alhamdulillah you know, you actually saying I'm going back to Europe, I'm going back to my Lord, I hope and I wish and I pray for his mercy and for goodness after this day. But for the rest, you know

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what happens? It started when you were born. And it ends when you die? If that's the case, you won't ever understand why does a woman have to dress in a specific way? Why does a man have to dress in a specific way? Why in Islam?

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See the brothers sometimes when we say men have to dress in a specific way. I didn't know that.

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No, we have to we also are not allowed to wear tight clothing, you know, and so on. And that which is revealing intentionally you know, you revealing yourself and making like you're a big strong man and so on. You're also supposed to, there are certain rules governing how you should be dressed. You need to dress modest cover yourself clothing should be not so tight fitting, meaning it should be loosely fitting you and so on. So panela and another part of your dress code is that you lower your gaze, that's part of your dress code. Did you know that?

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Lower your gaze? And I'll explain to you why. In fact, let me tell you now, you see in this world, can you have whatever you see? Question.

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So can you have whatever you see, I see this, I have it, I see this I want it I and even whatever you work towards, will you always have whatever you work towards? The answer is no. So Allah is telling you hang on, you're a believer.

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You're not just a person who thinks that would be you just have this life. So whatever you can get in it, get it whether it is okay or not, because you believe there is a life after where you will get whatever you want. So in the meantime, in order to pass this test, in a happy way, we will give you certain things. I mean, you will all get married. I remember when I was young when I was 13 High School, we just went in and you know, boys, we were talking and so on and we thinking hey, will I ever get married man? So Hannah, today we're sitting with two wives and seven children that hamdulillah by the fall of Allah subhanho wa Taala so at that time you think to yourself Subhana

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Allah when I ever get married 1314 Yeah, I can't wait for five years left. Come on six years left behind.

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Hang on, relax. But Allah says, even if you get married, you will not be happy. If you don't follow certain rules, you will always be a person who's still hunting. But brother you married?

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You know, a long time ago, I remember seeing profiles in, in like shaadi.com. And then what Muslim matrimony.com? And what have you, you look at a profile and it says, single and looking or it says something else I can't remember. But never do you find married and looking, then I thought to myself, it's because they don't have the option, then. That's the reason they don't have the drop down had they had it. majority of the people would be that love. Allah forgive us. I don't mean the Muslim. Meaning I don't mean they would be that. But I mean, there's so many people, they're married, but they're still looking looking at what it's because they don't understand, lower your

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gaze to appreciate what you have. Because you will never ever get what you're looking at. No, you won't. Never. So look down and say Allah, you've given me a thank you for it. Let me carry on now and start achieving other things in life. This is why I was speaking to a brother of mine. And I told him, You know what? You clock the age 35 perhaps 40 sometimes a bit earlier, I hope not later, and you start realizing you know, I'm married, I've got kids, I need to start working for the next generation. It's not all about me having fun. Now it's about time I helped my kids having clean fun in the in a way that will lead them towards Allah and lead a balanced life and so on. So now you

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calm down, you relax. Even your metabolism slows. Do you know that even your metabolism slows down? Everything starts changing to say, hang on, you know what? You now have to die? Now the life is for the others? Did you pass the baton on or not? Are you still busy hunting decided to get married and I need to do this and I need to have more kids. So on Subhanallah if you want to do things in a permissible way, nobody's going to say no, but well hang on. Your wife might say no.

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That's if you understand. But the truth is, the truth is you need to look down at a certain point and say, You know what, what I have I think a lovely. Now let me work on my Salah. Let me work on my link with Allah. Let me work on charitable deeds. Let me work on other things in life so that I can die a happy person. Because if you're materialistic as I was driving here today, I noticed in this in GTR, and all I remember is the advert splashed over all of dubai airport some six months ago, where they had a listen GTR and Usain Bolt, you know about to, to race with a GTR. And so when I saw the car, I said, Wow, this is the vehicle. And immediately I thought I told myself, if we were

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people who ran behind the dounia, that this would be my next cue. You know what that means? I would say, wow, I need this. And next thing, I'd be phoning, you're phoning, they're making money from here and there by hook or crook and we have the GTR, then then what will happen? Let me tell you what will happen. Allah has kept it such that as soon as you have something material, they will always be something slightly better than what you have. That's also available in the market. Every time no matter what, you know, the the Samsung five s or s five is out, right? To be honest, as soon as you have it, someone will tell you did you try the HTC. And some will say the iPhone is much

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better. And before you know it, the Amazon, the Samsung, I'm saying Samsung, we took out this, the Samsung 5.5 is out. I didn't know the going point five I thought they went in, in the whole point. They said no, we modified one little thing. So now you say Okay, give this one away. Let's have the other one. And they think about it so deeply. Because there was a time when people like myself never used to change phones because we thought, my contacts and I'm going to have to change this and change that now they tell you no relaxed, you have a Samsung account. You know, all you got to do is just press update, or press backup and it's done backup restore, and it's restored into your new

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phone. They've even thought of that. But all this for me as a believer goes back to that original teaching, which would tell us that if you run behind materialism in the world, it will always run faster than you block yourself with some breaks and start concentrating on something real. What is real, the fact that I'm going to die is the most real and certain things that certain thing ever. So people say

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well, you have to

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you have to

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affect people. I really don't want to but everybody died. You know, Michael Jackson died. I don't know how he died.

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And everyone else died. And everything happened. But we all when we die. We're not bad. We're good. chemin Allah subhanho wa Taala grandpa's goodness. He didn't get that.

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Wasn't Michael Jackson saying he was bad at one stage.

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So when we die, we've got to be good by the will of Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us goodness, a Muslim. We don't want to die. No, it's not like that. It's not like I want to die. This is a man who don't wish to die Don't to run away from your problems. I want to die. That's not Islam. You have to go through that your tests. Imagine you

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You all levels in my part of the world and you you've worked for so many years, and you come into the exam room and you say, I can't write this test, and I woke up, come on, write it down, you might have some marks at least. And you know, what's the goodness of Allah tests? If you just say, Allah, forgive me, I'm sorry, I won't do it again. And he says, okay, you get 100%. Done.

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Amazing. That's the beauty of Allah. So this is why we say believe, and it will answer all of your questions you need to because the reality is, if you do not believe your whole outlook becomes very short. It's only for 70 years. And after that, he led such a beautiful life, people will say, but where are you, that's the point, your money didn't come with you. We didn't like I always say, well, to amass It is easy. But that's not the deed, what makes it a deed is the way you spend it, it becomes a deed you converted, perhaps the way you earned is also a deed but of a different song. But if I have a lot of energy, and I'm a strong man, powerful weightlifter, and so on, people will say

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muscular, but how I use my muscle is what becomes a deed. It makes it a deed. For now that I have a muscle big deal, that muscle is going to die as well. And it's going to go into the grave and perhaps decomposed as well, then what will happen people say he was a big man, where are you right now you got you somewhere where nobody knows only you know, and you know, Who else knows your maker, whoever made you in the first place, that's whom you're going to go back to, this is what Islam tells you that your whole life must be focused, but Allah says, hang on, I'm sending you for a test. But I want to make the test so interesting, because because I want you to have a time where you can

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enjoy yourself as well within my obedience. So Allah says your exam room will have something known as money in it,

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it will have parents in it, it will have children in it, it will have persons of the opposite sex in it, it will have you know so many other things in it, it will have lots and lots of items, motor vehicles, and what have you, and technology and everything in it. All we want you to do make use of all that within what we have ordained. So Allah, Allah does not say you know how to talk to a woman. But a lot governs how you should, when you should, and what you should be saying, and how close you can get to

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each one, depending on how

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official you are with them in terms of relation. Remember this. Remember this. And if you don't want to look at those rules, well see what happened to those who have

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ignored them. never happy. Never content, always a problem, always something going on, believe me. Look at the superstars and the superheroes of today and the most, according to the world, the most gorgeous of the women of the Lord and even the most handsome of the men, according to the gnomes of today, and I'm talking here of the material world, they you study the lives of some of those people, most of them if not almost all of them. They have so much in terms of depression, antidepressants, it's so much in terms of everything else negative in the world, but the show is beautiful. You know, what's the show? I look so nice in my high heels and my jnJ whatever it's called right? And my

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chanel and what have you and I've walking in the smell everyone turns around. Wow. Your own husband doesn't look at you. What's the point? What's the point?

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Your own wife? Don't look at you. What's the point?

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Where is it? Who you're trying to impress? You have 10 million followers. Wow. But you don't have happiness?

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Every one of them wants you.

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But you know what? The one who has you doesn't want you

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thought of it. Why? Because we don't understand. It's not all about showing the world my hair.

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I said if I'm not too sure if it was here or elsewhere. You show someone your hair and let the whole world's men

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say Wow, nice, lovely, good, excellent, brilliant, whatever they telling that to another 500,000 women at the same time. No big deal.

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No big deal. And another thing you can have the best on the globe. There will come a time when it starts coming. You will want to show it you need to go and die because it's now great. Allah says because that's not what you were all here for. You're not just here for your hair, hey is by the way appreciated, let someone who is supposed to appreciate it, appreciate it. And at the same time, we want to tell you that there will come a time when we will prove to you that it means nothing hence guys like us are born Mashallah. Mashallah Alhamdulillah it means nothing. Subhana Allah, it's just a gift of Allah is going to take it away, take it away sooner. You know, King Faisal Subhana Allah

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somebody sent me a message yesterday and they said, person asked him and says having a beard is black, but the hair of your head is white. Meaning Hey, you don't you're doing a dying job, man. You know, how can the hair of your head head is white? or gray? Should I say and how can you be this black? So King Faisal was a sharp man.

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Allow him He says,

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while the hair of my head is 20 years older than the hair of my beard.

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What an answer, what an answer.

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So the hair goes, it actually disappears. And you know what the hair of your head goes before the air of your beard, I don't even know the hair of a beard growing. Once it comes, it's there to stay, I hope. And then there's brothers who tell you you know, I really want to keep a beard but I wanted like yours when you know, mine grows here and the size don't grow. And here it's a bit longer and this Excuses, excuses, thank you. Don't worry, let it grow one side, they'll call you the one side and man Mashallah

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want to let it grow. That's the role of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But my sisters, I need to tell you something.

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As much as we are people who believe in self growth, meaning you grow at your pace, remember one thing we do not judge in the sense that we will not say this is a bad system. This is a bad brother, this is this. There's no No, no. But we have to encourage one another to do good that is not judging, that is just encouraging to say, Listen, you know what, this is what you're supposed to be doing. And this is why you're supposed to be doing it. I have a certain sister who, who told me that you know what, and I believe she's a very good system, she reads a Salah, and so on so many things. But she says, there are certain things that I feel need changing in my life before I cover my hair.

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So I can easily cover my hair. But I don't want to right now because it will give the wrong impression of me being all saintly, and yet I'm not. And so I said, you know what Allah makes easy for you, whatever, you can change immediately. So do so as and when and how it is made easy for you. And not only that, do what Allah wants as best as you can. So if you're telling me it's easy for me to cover my hair, but I don't want to, I would tell you well, that's a mistake. Because if it's easy for you to cover it, cover it. So what if people say you're saintly as it is, when you're not covered? They're still going to afterwards, you know, it's like the donkey story. They will always

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say something about you, about me and about everyone else. That's part of your test, you will have people telling you, you're like this, you're not like that. People say, Oh, you know what? Islam preaches terrorism, are you and I know that it doesn't. But people are going to carry on saying things because of ignorance. Because sometimes there are people who use the name of Islam to do things. I give you an example. Look at what happened in Nigeria 200 girls taken

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and then they use the name of Islam. It's the furthest away from Islam. There are no such teachings in the whole of Islam. And to be honest with you, Islam is put on the block just because some Muslim due to some guy who claims to be Muslim is doing that one wonders, what exactly is the motive behind it so much so that there are so many conspiracy theories that it frightens us to think about them? May Allah protect us. So we cannot just say you know what, we are afraid of what people will say no be worried about Allah. Because if I were to die right now, right now,

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where am I going to go? Everyone will say good man, maybe people will say bad man, whatever they say becomes irrelevant, becomes irrelevant. It's my link with Allah now that matters. What did I do to prepare for the day I die? I tried to dress appropriately. I tried. What did I try to do? To be honest with you, there are rules and regulations in Islam? Can I share something with you? These rules are not unique to Islam.

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If you look at the true Christianity and true Judaism, they have similar rules of dress similar.

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This is why don't you take a look at an okay, they've modified their dress from time as time passes, and the skirts become a bit higher and so on. You take a look at the original nuns, they dress just like a Muslim woman should be dressing. If you take a look at the Jewish women, Orthodox Jews to this day, they should be dressing and they wouldn't be a different so much. So voila, he without a joke. You can go and check it on Google. The Orthodox Jewish men need to wear Nita, do you know that?

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I've seen it myself. If you travel a lot, sometimes you get to see some real weird stuff. Well, let me not call it weird. But to be honest with you something that is different to you. When I say weird, I don't mean you know, something derogatory, but I mean something different. And men, men wearing covering besides the eye showing and they had hats, and so on. So how Google it find it, you'll see it. Amazing. It's something you know, and yet we say but these women they're oppressed. You know, it's shocking sometimes how our own Muslims don't understand my brother. It's not oppression, you doing it because you want to do it. If I were to make an announcement here to say

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all the women in hijab, if you are being forced to dunk that scarf of yours put up your hand.

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Nobody would. And you know what the media will say? It's because they're men we see today.

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But it's a fact. It's a fact. Take a look at halaal food today. We have died.

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restrictions, anything that's unhealthy is prohibited, unhealthy. Take a look at a swine or big pork, whatever you want to call it unhealthy. science and medicine have confirmed that it is unhealthy. But still because it's cheap and is widely available, it's marketed and it's sold and it's made to seem like it's so tasty so on. No, it's unhealthy. Do you know that true Judaism and Christianity also consider it prohibited? Did you know that

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but no, that was watered down and changed but because Islam hasn't changed. People are saying when are you guys going to change Come on, it's about time you need to change start eating the swine start eating big and so on. Start eating bacon, you don't know how yummy it is.

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Allah protect us, may Allah safeguard us. These are all strategies to get you to a place where you left with no faith and you're left depressed and you're left sad and the day you die. It's you in the little sign that you hate.

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Allah protect us really what was the big deal? I'd rather stay away from things knowing that that's part of me passing my test then to do things and put my whole afterlife at risk. You have one life to prepare for the everlasting eternal life after

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Don't miss it be strong if you want to accept Islam do so now if you're a Muslim who wants to accept Islam do so now if you're a non Muslim who wants to accept Islam do so now not after five minutes or tomorrow do so now I tell you why. Because this opportunity may never arise again. This is why we say yeah you

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in

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ob O you who believe me into submission totally completely. Oh, you who believe become submitters. In other words, be proper Muslim? Or you who are Muslim, be proper Muslim, or you who are non Muslim enter into Islam. That obviously is not part of the verse But I am saying that, that if you are not Muslim, enter into submission. If you submit to the will of the one who made you when you return to Him, you are a happy person. And what doom and gloom does Islam have in it all, it has images, rules and regulations that will ensure you're a happy, healthy person, that's all. So for example, if the blood of the animal is still in the animal, we say, Do not eat it, it's not been slaughtered in a

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humane way. If an animal is clubbed to death, we will say don't eat it. If an animal was fed with fodder that is unhealthy for you and I we call it jalala we will say quarantine it for a certain period of time before you slaughter it. So even if there is a cow, or a chicken, or a bird or anything else that is made to eat things that are unhealthy, you know, you have the mad cow disease, and you have the Mad something else disease and so on so many diseases everyday that are coming up, we as muslimeen believe if the animal has been fed with that, with that, which is dirty, filthy, unhealthy, and so on quarantine the item, depending on the size of the animal for a certain number

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of days, and feed it was fodder that is healthy for it and make sure that you have treated it properly. Today, if you were to take a look at the duck market or the chicken market, you might be shocked as to what type of chickens we are actually eating sometimes. But if you're eating halal, then by the will of Allah that is looked into

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when the animal was when he was let's say the bird hatched. From that point. How WAS IT KEPT? How was it fed? What happened to it? Did you treat it in a humane way? Do you know so much so that even when the animal is being slaughtered, and you know, people don't like the word slaughter? Okay. But then, you know, one day I was sitting with a group of people, and they were telling me, these were non Muslims, and they were telling me about how barbaric halaal is, you know, you guys actually cut it with a knife?

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How do you want to cut it?

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And the guy just looked at me. God, I never thought of them.

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There you will be we just follow the trend. halaal is barbaric. halaal is this they actually spill the blood of the animal? Well, maybe your burgers are made of what paper plastic, what else?

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To be honest with you, your burgers are perhaps clubbed to death. And you know, the animal must have been cursing you before and now you've visited, at least with us it was the name of the giver of the life was taken. And therefore we've taken that with utmost humanity and you know, with a lot of respect is and with an acknowledgement to the giver of that life. And at the same time, we make sure that one animal does not see the other one die. That's the proper way of doing things. Do you know that the proper way you don't even show the knife? You actually you you make sure that you know what this is done. Not everyone's a butcher. But ask the butcher, he will tell you and a butcher is not a

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barbaric person. You know, there was a certain girl who told me I've got a proposal but I'm fearing

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I said why the man's a butcher? Oh, wow.

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And I thought to myself, well, what does the butcher does? He does you know, he just meat or is anything else you know? Because otherwise all the women's who had to like use knives in the kitchen, does that make you a terrorist? No, it doesn't. You're busy, you know, slicing beautiful pieces of chicken. But a while ago, if you looked at the chicken

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in your face, you probably wouldn't even want to cut that chicken anymore. So Allah, Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala, you cut it humanely In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And what happens, you will enjoy the meal by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But those who don't want rules, they eat anything that moves. If you come across that I think in Hong Kong, it's no. In Hong Kong, it's not anything that moves is eaten. Why? Because sometimes,

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to be honest with you,

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people are lacking in belief. They forget that all the money they earn in this world will be to no avail when they die, when I die, and this is why to offer to move menial mode, you know, the gift of a true believer is dead, because that's the end of your examination. Now I'll give you something beautiful. So when you're old, you should be reminded of your good deeds. You engage in lots of ecfr, meaning seek forgiveness, and you have hope in the mercy of Allah, you're going to a better place not like where everybody says, What a nice person he did so much. You know, he was one of the wealthiest person in the world so successful. She was the top musician on the globe. You know, he

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had albums that cost 50 million, and he did this and did that. But like I said earlier in the grave with all that help. Is there a sheet or a paper written right clock? 50 million? Did this so much did that didn't know your deeds? What was your link with your maker? Did you discipline yourself? Did you look down like I said, this morning, I tweeted something very interesting about clothing.

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That clothing is not just what you wear, but clothed yourself in a more beautiful way with your character, your conduct. And for a more mean close yourselves with piety taqwa closeness to Allah when

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Allah says this in the Quran, the clothing of piety is the best. And this has deep meaning in it, not just the physical clothing. Let me tell you something. If I'm a person who has tattered clothing, but I've got so much positivity beaming from me, and I'm a spiritual person, religious person with a link with Allah subhanho wa Taala, my clothing becomes irrelevant.

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irrelevant. And if I am the smartest guy on the face of the earth, in terms of my dress, but I'm a crook. No one wants to talk to me. I have a bad mouth. Nobody would want to talk to me. Anyone? I just look at them. You know, that? Look? that look? No, you need to humble yourself. No matter who you are. Ask yourself, have you touched this life in a beautiful way so that when you get to the life after it will come as a deed? It will come as a deed.

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Allah grant us goodness, I just recall something. Yesterday, I went to ask for my phone. I told you that at the beginning of my talk, there was a lady who helped me. And believe me, she was quite stern at the beginning. And when we were finished with my phone, so how does she actually smile? Thank you very much. Okay, I said, Oh, I have a lovely day. And I walked away. She just looked at me and smiled. She must be thinking, wow, I had such a different picture of guys who look like this. And look at this man he's speaking to me is wishing me a good day. Wow. And I didn't have a good day walked away. That's hypocritical. Have a lovely day, man. Walk away. So panela.

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And then I thought to myself, I'll get the smart Muslim telling me that you're a Muslim, you're not supposed to have done that.

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Do you know Islam, but you coming to tell me that you're not supposed to do that you living in a non Muslim country. And this is something many people don't understand. You have an environment of people who really, really have a totally bad picture of you, they don't even know. And you busy trying to apply things in your life that you yourself go against when it's suitable for you. I remember a man who told me you not allowed to speak to a woman at all. And one day I was on a flight and he was busy chatting the hostess, and I'm thinking Oh, is that not a woman? Wow. No, I didn't know that transgenders also did that. Protect us. Really? It's something strange that you know what?

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When it suits you, you talk about the dunya? Well, what about me when I want to promote my Deen? Can I not talk about that when it's much more important? I remember a man quite a religious man. And he came to me said, you know, you you promote mixed gatherings? And I said, No, I don't. And he says, Okay, I might have been somewhere where there might have been something but it doesn't mean I promoted it because I visit airports and train stations and so many different places. And I happen to sometimes sit next to people of the opposite sex. I got nothing. No say over that. Right. So this man tells me No, very bad. You know, you're a chef. We don't want to listen to you. I said look,

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nobody said you need to listen or not to listen because there are hundreds

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have 1000s of others that you could benefit from Paradise doesn't come through my path. Remember this, I always say this, there is not just one share from the globe, there are hundreds of 1000s. But the problem is if we keep on saying this one's bad, that was bad, this one's bad. Take the goodness and leave whatever you consider an error, leave it out. But nomina had any luck.

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Mr. Maliki Nana says every single one, you take some of what they say. And you have to discount some of what they say because of their human nature. Besides Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he is the only one you take absolutely everything. Imagine Mr. Maliki, Allah, Allah said this. So me and you are actually people who are far down the ladder, you will have to discount some of what I've said, perhaps you may not like it, it doesn't mean that you will not benefit from me, or I will not benefit from you, you will benefit from everyone where and how you can benefit according to that level. So much so that I've benefited so much from people who are Jewish in fields that are not

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religious, sometimes. I've had teachers who've been Muslims, non Muslims, and all sorts of other faiths, who taught me mathematics and biology and geography and so on, I benefited so much from them, I took whatever I could in terms of the goodness, but the day they spoke about something that I felt this is now stepping territory that I shouldn't be taking from I didn't take it, but I didn't swear them in return. I do. So if that's the case with a non Muslim, what about the Muslims? Amazing, you have so many people every little while you see a clip saying, Be careful of this, man, be careful of that. Be careful of the whole world because you have to be careful. SubhanAllah

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you have to be careful, I am careful and so should you. But if I've said something that helps you, thank Allah, perhaps pray for me. It doesn't make me a prophet. Nor does it make me a person who's Wow, I need to worship this man because of swords. No, I am a human just like you with the same struggles, perhaps even struggling in a bigger way. Who knows. But we just look at things from a different perspective with the light of Revelation. And that makes us content. That's what it is. makes us happy.

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Allah blesses. So like I was saying, so panela people look at you, and they tell you all sorts of weird things. You know, you are like this, and you relax, take it easy. These are rules that govern us. And we know the reason is we need to pass this beautiful test of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. So I was telling you that there was this man who was really telling me, I'm not going to this and that because you know, the way you do this and do that. And Subhanallah I told him, I said, You know what, you have a business. The last time I walked into your business, I saw you. And I'm saying it not out of hatred or anything, I just want to raise the point. The last time I walked into your

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business, I saw you sitting and chatting with a woman behind the counter, you know what the counter is there. behind the counter. There was a woman who I didn't see exactly how she was dressed. But it was definitely dress code that was islamically you know, not in the picture. And you were busy chatting and having tea. And so and I walked in and I greeted, he says Yes, I remember that day. I remember that day. And he gave me the name of the person. I said, Well, there you are. You even know the name. So why don't you check in? He says that's the wrong. That's the wrong. I said, What do you mean, Dora? He said, You are the guys who teach us that necessity will make prohibited permissible

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within the necessity I said, Oh, okay, okay. Okay. So he says he was told I said, what type of borrower was that? He says, No, no, no, no, I have to survive, I have to earn I have to, I have to put a plate of food in, you know, for my family at the end of the day. So I had to talk to her because she was my big supplier. I said, Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I am neither saying You are right. Nor am I saying you are wrong. Because that's your decision. Your Aurora. You said it was an aurora, you said it was a necessity I am telling you, your necessity was related to your dunya which means your livelihood and your life. My necessity was related to my Deen and I think that is

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much more important than what you found necessity in so if you find me being kind to someone, do not come and tell me the Aurora Aurora in your style and in your time and because of you and not look at my own Aurora which is perhaps of a far higher level. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us all, and I walked away. And sorry, I didn't really yell at him the way I was yelling at you.

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But I was just raising a point.

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My brothers and sisters the beautiful Deen of Islam. Now I'd like to tell you something to study the dress code of a Muslim the dietary restrictions of a Muslim and so many other restrictions and rules and regulations. It's not enough to just talk for a little while we can conscient eyes you we can motivate you but you will have to go in depth you will have to study you will have to attend workshops you know when they have the halaal Expo go and ever be traveled to eat if you can invite them to have it in Hong Kong sometimes halaal Expo and you will find out why so much so well law he I know of non Muslims who only consume Allah because they found out what it is. Now just to clear a

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few misconceptions.

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halaal is in no ways meat or food, that Hocus Pocus has been counted upon. Now,

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when I say that I've come across people who have said that how can you eat this halal food, you know, these Muslims, they just say Abracadabra. And next thing you eat the meat, and you just love Muslims.

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If that was the case, I think the world would all be perhaps lovers of Islam and Muslims because the meat out there a lot of it is Hello, hello is merely you know when something is certified halal. All that that logo is saying is that this meat has been processed in the most humane way with the blood being drained, the animal was kept properly, it was fed well, and the blood was drained in a specific way and Subhana Allah just like the Jews and the Christians, these Semitic religions teach. During the taking away of the life, the permission of the giver of that life was sought, by way of mentioning his name, bas.

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Bismillah. Why am I saying Bismillah because what gives me the right to take away the life of a cow. I didn't give that life in the first place I am, I am entitled to life just like the cow is entitled to life. And just like the other things are entitled to live. So I need to use the method that the giver of the life has actually ordained and that is you want my permission. Firstly, don't hack it, don't kill it, do it in a humane way. And ask the name of Allah, the giver of the life Allah or, as we were to say, in the case of the Jewish and the Christian people, it would be the same, they would say in the name of God and slaughter it

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In the name of Allah slaughtered in the name of the giver of the life slaughter. All this

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would render at Hillel, the blood is spilt clean animal and so on. So this is why recently there was a clip doing its rounds regarding halal food. And there was some television station in the States. I actually have that clip on my phone. It was sent to me a few days ago, where there was a certain woman one of the famous women of the globe, I don't remember her name. And she said we must all boycott Halloween for this Thanksgiving. Because the turkey that is being served is actually it has a Halloween logo on it. So Mashallah, do you know what the host did? The host of the show? He actually said, Well, if you want non Halloween turkey then you need dirty turkey that has been best,

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you know, clubbed to death. And that has been smeared in deification and so on. And that is really turkey that was fed in with the most dirtiest of fodder and so on. And have that for Thanksgiving. Because that's not Halloween.

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But if you know what Halloween is, and this is a non Muslim talking, if you know what halaal is.

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You actually know that what you've said is wrong. Totally wrong.

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Allah subhanho wa Taala help us regarding halon. But this is only one small aspect of halaal halaal comes into how you earn your money should be halal. It should be clean, you're not allowed to cook people. So that's hella income people say Islamic Finance, Islamic finance To this day, there is a lot of Islamic finance that I personally have not understood.

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I'm just being honest. There are about three or four dealings that I would really be able to say okay, this I understand it's strange from the Hadith and so on. Otherwise, have you noticed I stay away from it? Why? Because I don't understand it. You might say what you don't understand. I really don't. I'm just being honest and open with you. That if you tell me this is Islamic, and I say But hang on, relax, leave it for the scholars who have understood it because you know what, I can't shoulder the responsibility of all this yet, because I just don't have the brain to understand how it fits exactly here. You know, so basically sometimes I am also one of those who thinks what's the

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difference here now? I'll be honest with you, that's why I say it's just stay away from there are a few things that are genuine but we respect the opinions of those who feel okay yes, it's okay Mashallah, I am taught and I grew up being taught that you respect the opinions of others I might disagree with you I respect your view. It doesn't mean because I disagree with you I need to fight you call you names and kill you and so on. Never ever know. I might differ with you but I'll study your opinion you study mine we continue Mashallah. And that's how it shall Allah bless us. I think one of our topics is going to touch a little bit on this, but at the same time for a person to buy

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Halla chicken, hello chicken and beef and burgers with money that he stole from someone else that's wrong.

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With money that he earned through means where he consumed usually an interest that's wrong.

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So let's go back and make sure when you say Islamic Finance, it actually means I've earned in a way that there was shared profit shared loss, and at the same time, all parties have either benefited or we have been in it together. I have not you served extracted, and I have not. Should I say

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I have not cheated anyone in any way earning this. That's halaal income.

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I've been clear and open when you sell your car say Look guys, it had a scratch and dent on this corner here and I repaired it but this car is almost brand new.

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Be honest, this is where it was but to say no it was never dented again and you busy looking at the corner that was dented never It was not ever dented the money you've earned something wrong with it. It's contaminated with false hope. That's what it is. So earn Hallo Be honest. This is why the IDM says

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regarding the people who buy and sell for in sadaqa Baba Yana Boudicca, hola hola, Viva Lima. If the two are honest, and they are open up right, then Allah grants them Baraka and blessings in their deal, but the minute they cheat and they cover up and they lie, and they are deceptive, there is no blessings in the deal, you might earn a lot of wealth, no blessings. The same happens in our lives, my brothers and sisters, it is about time that we covered ourselves beautifully with the law that Allah has endowed upon us to lead a life in a clean way. And when I say this, if we were to do that properly, you read your Salah, you dress appropriately, you make sure you eat halal, you make sure

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that you do that which is permissible abstain from that which is bad respect others bear in mind that everyone thinks differently, reach out to them in a way that they can see the beauty in your deen by the word of Allah, they will see that beauty. They will be attracted to the beauty of the de you know, moments ago, someone introduced me here and he let the cat out of the bag, believe me. He says, I did a bungee jump.

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I did a bungee jump. Okay, sometimes.

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The truth is, like I said, when I started here, Islam is not all about doom and gloom. I remember when I did that jump last year sometime. I had a few Malaysian friends with me and to be honest with you, I got messages from scholars of Islam, whom I look up to to say chef haram to be Lala it's totally forbidden and engage in tober to Allah. And I replied saying chef, I invite you to jump with me next year

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Subhana Allah

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because to be honest with you, okay, we've taken all precautions and everything, it was something that just I just needed to tick off my list and I got it ticked off. You know, skydiving is almost ticked off each other by the will of Allah but there, it's actually a brother of mine is blocking me. He's saying, Look there, there's no strings attached. You know, here at least you got strings. If you pull this thing and it doesn't go down. It doesn't open what happens and I say, look, what are the chances of it well, there are chances So basically, we still getting it. But the reason I'm saying this is you can enjoy you can enjoy your life. But within limits don't do something haram

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because if you do something haram and I'm going to end with the statement. If you do something haram for the sake of enjoyment, it will bring about everything but enjoyment in your life. If you do something haram to make yourself happy, meaning something prohibited to make yourself happy, it will bring about everything but happiness. Remember the soap if you really want enjoyment and happiness, just make sure it is within the line and the limit such that when you leave the world you will go a person who's utilized whatever time and space has been given and whatever abilities he or she has been given in this short test known as life in the best way so that when we earn the certificate, it

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will be given to us in the right hand and we enter straight into paradise. May Allah Subhana which Allah grant us all Gentlemen, I hope the few words that I've said have touched the heart upon only hava masala Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhana Allah The MDC panic alarm we'll be handing a Chateau La La Land.